WASHINGTON: The United States mentioned on Monday Pakistan ought to maintain an unbiased investigation into the claims of election irregularities by way of its authorized system.
The US State Department’s spokesperson Matthew Miller, responding to a query in regards to the demand for an unbiased probe, acknowledged, “I don’t know what physique are they proposing to conduct an unbiased investigation can be.” He added, “Right now, it’s a matter of first course, authorized system play itself out in Pakistan, that’s the suitable first step to take, and we expect that’s the step that ought to be taken.”
Miller talked about that the United States was keen to discover different choices, with some US lawmakers urging the Biden administration not to acknowledge the outcomes of the Feb 8 elections till the proposed probe is accomplished.
“If there are extra steps that ought to be entertained, we’re completely happy to look into that,” Miller mentioned. “Certainly, we wish to see the liberty of meeting revered wherever on the planet.”
While congratulating the folks of Pakistan for collaborating within the elections, Miller additionally congratulated Pakistani ballot staff, civil society, journalists, and election observers for his or her work to defend and uphold democratic and electoral establishments.
Responding to a query in regards to the US response to rigging allegations, he mentioned: “We did categorical issues publicly, we additionally expressed these issues privately and joined the EU, the UK and different international locations in doing so with some irregularities that we noticed within the course of.”
The US, he mentioned, had additionally conveyed to Pakistan the necessity for his or her authorities to respect the need of the election. “We emphasize that we wish to see the rule of legislation, respect for structure, free press, vibrant civil society revered within the run of the elections, and we proceed to consider that’s the case,” mentioned Miller whereas emphasising Washington’s dedication to democracy and freedom.
The US official additionally acknowledged that restrictions positioned on the web and cellphone connections in the course of the election had a unfavorable impression on the method. “We condemn political and election-related violence and restrictions on web and mobile phone service; these negatively impacted the electoral service,” he mentioned. “The claims of interference and fraud that we’ve seen raised we wish to guarantee are totally investigated by Pakistan’s authorized system,” the US official added.
The US, he mentioned, “continues to monitor the method in days forward.”
Published in Dawn, February thirteenth, 2024