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US senator raises concern over political violence in Pakistan

Senator Jacky Rosen expressed concern about the increasing political violence in Pakistan. She also urged Pakistan's political parties to resolve their differences and uphold the rule of law. 

Pakistan’s political crisis is sparking international alarm. US senator Jacky Rosen has expressed her concern about the increasing political violence in Pakistan.

Taking to Twitter, Senator Jacky Rosen expressed her solidarity with the people of Pakistan. She also urged Pakistan’s political parties to resolve their differences and uphold the rule of law.

“I’m concerned about rising political violence in Pakistan & call on all parties to resolve differences peacefully & adhere to the rule of law & democracy. My thoughts are with the Pakistani people, especially as they recover from the humanitarian crisis caused by recent flooding,” Senator Jacky Rosen said.

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Jacky Rosen is an American politician serving as the junior United States senator from Nevada since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she was the US representative for Nevada’s 3rd congressional district from 2017 to 2019.

Pakistan’s political fiasco

Currently, Pakistan is going through intense political turmoil with PTI and the incumbent government consistently butting heads. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has been roped into legal battles which have resulted in several arrest warrants for him.

However, every time the police attempt to arrest PTI Chairman Imran Khan, his supporters, and workers put up a strong resistance, triggering pitch battles between the police and PTI that have led to several injuries, including deaths.

Furthermore, the government has also launched a crackdown on the media by arresting journalists, taking channels off the air, and barring them from broadcasting live speeches of Imran Khan.

Read more: US concerned over suspension of ARY News transmission

PTI leaders have also had terrorism charges filed against them, which again is a cause of concern since the terror charges were in retaliation to the protests and resisting government actions.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday expressed concerns over the recent political violence taking place in Pakistan and asked the government to de-escalate the situation and minimise ‘overbroad anti-terrorism provisions’ against opposition protesters.

“The use of Pakistan’s vague and overbroad anti-terrorism provisions against opposition protesters is very worrying,” said Patricia Gossman, Associate Asia Director at HRW.