Countries including the United States and the United Kingdom have called on authorities to investigate reported irregularities in Pakistan's elections.
Several countries have called on authorities to investigate reported irregularities during Pakistan's general elections as vote counting is underway.
Results began coming in almost 12 hours after voting for the national and provincial assemblies ended on Thursday.
Independent candidates affiliated with imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), take a narrow lead.
The elections were marred by violence by armed groups and a widely criticized suspension of mobile phone services, which led to accusations of “political engineering”.
The military said about 12 people were killed and 39 injured across the country in attacks aimed at disrupting voting.
Here are some global reactions to the events so far:
The US State Department said it looked forward to “timely and complete election results” in Pakistan, reflecting the will of its people.
“The United States stands ready to work with Pakistan’s next government, regardless of political party, to advance our shared interests,” he said in a statement.
“We join credible international and local election observers in their assessment that these elections included unjustified restrictions on the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly,” it added.
“We condemn electoral violence…and are concerned about allegations of interference in the electoral process. Allegations of interference or fraud must be fully investigated.
The UK has expressed “serious concerns about the fairness and lack of inclusiveness of the elections”.
In a statement, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said that “not all parties” were able to formally contest the elections and that “legal processes” had been used to prevent some political leaders from 'participate.
It also highlighted restrictions on internet access, as well as delays and irregularities in reporting.
“The UK urges the Pakistani authorities to respect fundamental human rights, including free access to information and the rule of law,” Cameron said.
“The new government must be accountable to the people it serves and strive to represent the interests of all citizens and communities of Pakistan with fairness and justice,” he added.
We recognize serious concerns about the fairness and lack of inclusiveness of Pakistan's elections.
Authorities must respect fundamental human rights, including free access to information and the rule of law.
– David Cameron (@David_Cameron) February 9, 2024
The European Union welcomed “the continued commitment of the Pakistani people to democracy”.
The bloc nevertheless said: “We regret the lack of a level playing field due to the inability of some political actors to contest elections, restrictions on freedom of assembly, freedom of expression online and offline online, restrictions on Internet access, as well as allegations of serious interference in the electoral process, including arrests of political activists.
The EU called on authorities to “ensure that a thorough and rapid investigation is carried out into all reported electoral irregularities”.
“The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson congratulated the Pakistani government and people on the successful holding of their parliamentary elections, saying it shows the strong place of democracy in the country,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry said foreign. job on the social media platform
He added that Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani “wished Pakistan’s brother, friend and neighbor country increased prosperity.”