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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Resolution passed on Pakistan’s elections in US House

Pakistan has not officially responded to the resolution passed by the US House of Representatives.

The resolution passed unanimously by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday marks a significant step toward promoting democracy, transparency, and human rights in Pakistan. This move comes amid growing concerns about the integrity of Pakistan’s electoral processes and its commitment to democratic principles. Introduced on September 30, 2023, the resolution received overwhelming support with 50 votes in favor and none against, positioning it for further deliberation and approval within the House of Representatives.

Pakistan has not officially responded to the resolution passed by the US House of Representatives. However, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, in a weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, expressed Pakistan’s willingness to engage in dialogue with the United States to address any misconceptions or misunderstandings related to the electoral process. This stance underscores Pakistan’s commitment to fostering constructive engagement and resolving issues through diplomatic channels.

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The resolution articulates several key demands concerning Pakistan’s electoral system, emphasizing the critical need for transparent elections, the protection of human rights, and strict adherence to the rule of law. It calls for heightened engagement and cooperation between the United States and Pakistani authorities, urging President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to initiate meaningful dialogue to address these pressing issues and uphold democratic values in the region. Central to this dialogue is the recognition of the Pakistani people’s aspirations for fair and transparent electoral processes.

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The committee’s decision follows a recent hearing held on March 20, which centered on post-election democracy in Pakistan. During this session, Donald Lu, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia, stressed the importance of transparency and accountability in responding to allegations of electoral irregularities and investigating claims of interference or manipulation in Pakistan’s recent general elections. Lu, previously embroiled in a diplomatic cable controversy in Pakistan, made his first public appearance in two years to refute allegations of US involvement in the ousting of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in April 2022.