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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

UK Foreign Secretary expresses disappointment in Pakistan’s elections

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron conveyed regret that certain parties were not allowed to participate formally, with legal measures employed to obstruct the involvement of certain political figures and impede the use of recognizable party symbols.

The United Kingdom has expressed grave concerns regarding the fairness and inclusivity of the February 8th elections in Pakistan. British Foreign Secretary David Cameron conveyed regret that certain parties were not allowed to participate formally, with legal measures employed to obstruct the involvement of certain political figures and impede the use of recognizable party symbols.

In a statement issued on the British government’s official website, Cameron highlighted the limitations placed on internet access during polling, significant delays in result reporting, and allegations of irregularities during the counting process.

He emphasized the UK’s call for Pakistani authorities to uphold fundamental human rights, including the right to access information freely and the importance of a fair trial through adherence to due process and an independent, transparent judicial system free from interference.

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Cameron underscored the crucial role of electing a civilian government empowered to enact essential reforms for Pakistan’s development. He stressed the importance of this new government being accountable to the populace it serves, striving to represent the diverse interests of all Pakistani citizens and communities with fairness and justice.

The British government expressed eagerness to collaborate with Pakistan’s forthcoming administration to achieve these objectives and advance their shared interests comprehensively.

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