[PICTURES/VIDEOS] US Congress calls for impartial probe into Pakistan’s elections following irregularity claims

FearlessRoar

Super Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Sep 11, 2023
Runs
17,477
The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of an impartial investigation into the claims of election manipulation in Pakistan following the February 8 national polls, emphasizing the need for people’s participation in the democratic process in the South Asian country.

Pakistan’s last general polls were marred by a nationwide mobile Internet shutdown on election day, arrests and violence in its build-up and unusually delayed results, leading to accusations that the vote was rigged.

The issue was most forcefully raised by former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), whose leaders had to participate in the electoral contest as independent candidates after being deprived of their symbol, the cricket bat, following a legal battle over an intra-party election deemed flawed by the election authority.

Much of the PTI leadership, including Khan, found itself behind bars on a range of legal charges as the country went to the polls, though the candidates supported by it emerged as the single largest bloc in the National Assembly.

The US house voted 368-7 over a resolution calling for “full and independent investigation of claims of interference or irregularities in Pakistan’s February 2024 election.”

It condemned “attempts to suppress the people of Pakistan’s participation in their democracy, including through harassment, intimidation, violence, arbitrary detention, restrictions on access to the Internet and telecommunications, or any violation of their human, civil, or political rights.”

The House Resolution 901 said it was to express support for democracy and human rights in Pakistan.

It urged the government to uphold democratic and electoral institutions, human rights, and the rule of law, asking it to respect the fundamental guarantees of due process, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and speech of the people of Pakistan.

It also condemned “any effort to subvert the political, electoral, or judicial processes of Pakistan.”


1719417244516.png

 

PTI Lauds US House For Launching Probe Into Irregularities In Pakistan Elections​


Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said Pakistan Army and the election commission of the nation are responsible for Pakistan’s humiliation on the world stage after the US House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Sources close to PTI told CNN-News18 said the Supreme Court of Pakistan is the only institution that can give justice to the PTI.

“(The) Army never wanted Imran to come back and (gave) absolute majority to Nawaz Sharif. This fractured mandate was created to also keep Nawaz out of the game,” the sources said.

The United States House of Representatives decisively voted to support an impartial investigation into allegations of election manipulation in Pakistan following the national polls held on February 8.

The House emphasised the importance of ensuring public participation in the democratic process in the South Asian nation.

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, with a tally of 368-7, in favour of a resolution calling for a “full and independent investigation of claims of interference or irregularities in Pakistan’s February 2024 election”.

It condemned “attempts to suppress the people of Pakistan’s participation in their democracy, including through harassment, intimidation, violence, arbitrary detention, restrictions on access to the Internet and telecommunications, or any violation of their human, civil, or political rights.”

It should be noted that 85 percent of House members participated in the vote, and 98 percent supported the resolution.

The House Resolution 901 said it was to express support for democracy and human rights in Pakistan and urged the nation’s government to uphold democratic and electoral institutions, human rights, and the rule of law, asking it to respect the fundamental guarantees of due process, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and speech of the people of Pakistan and condemned “any effort to subvert the political, electoral, or judicial processes of Pakistan”.

 

Pakistan condemns US resolution, cites misunderstanding of political landscape​


Pakistan on Wednesday criticised the US House of Representatives' Resolution 901, labelling it neither constructive nor objective due to its perceived lack of understanding of the country's political situation and electoral process.

Responding to media inquiries regarding the resolution, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch confirmed that Pakistan had noted its passage.

“We believe that the timing and context of this particular resolution do not align well with the positive dynamics of our bilateral ties and stem from an incomplete understanding of the political situation and electoral process in Pakistan,” Baloch remarked.

She emphasised that Pakistan, as the world's second-largest parliamentary democracy and fifth-largest democracy overall, remains committed to constitutionalism, human rights, and the rule of law in line with its national interests.

Baloch stressed the importance of constructive dialogue and engagement based on mutual respect and understanding. “Such resolutions are therefore neither constructive nor objective. We hope that the US Congress will play a supportive role in strengthening Pakistan-US ties and focus on avenues of mutual collaboration that benefit both our peoples and countries,” she added.

Earlier on Wednesday, the US House of Representatives approved a resolution supporting democracy and human rights in Pakistan, calling for an impartial investigation into claims of irregularities in the country's February 8 general elections.

A total of 368 members voted in favour of the resolution, which called for a "full and independent investigation of claims of interference or irregularities in Pakistan’s February 2024 election." Seven members voted against it.

Pakistan's February 8 general elections were marred by a nationwide mobile internet shutdown on election day, arrests, and violence in the lead-up, and unusually delayed results. These issues led to widespread accusations of vote-rigging.

The resolution highlighted the need for public participation in the democratic process, following the contentious elections. Opposition parties, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), have disputed the election results, citing significant obstacles faced by their candidates. Many PTI candidates had to run as independents due to a legal dispute with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

In the aftermath of the elections, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) formed a coalition government, leaving PTI and other parties in opposition.

 
Pakistan to pass resolution against US House demand, says Ishaq Dar

Winding up discussion on the cut motions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar said the government has taken notice of the resolution passed by the US House of Representatives on Pakistan. The draft resolution will be shared with the opposition and treasury benches.

He asked the treasury and the opposition benches to must show sovereignty and unity.

Ishaq Dar rejected the impression that Pakistan faces isolation at the international level.

He said Pakistan has been elected non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, which shows the confidence of the international community on Pakistan.

He said the forum will be effectively used to raise the Kashmir dispute and the situation in Gaza.

The Foreign Minister said relations with Afghanistan are on the priority agenda of the government. He said the government is in contact with Afghanistan and dates are also being worked out for his visit to Kabul.

Ishaq Dar said the government is pursuing the policy of economic diplomacy as it is the way forward to put the country on the growth trajectory. He said Pakistan has the potential to come out of the difficult economic situation.

 

Iran condemns US congressional resolution on Pakistan's elections as interference​


Iran has voiced strong criticism against a recent resolution passed by the United States Congress, which called for an investigation into alleged "interference or irregularities" in Pakistan's February 8 elections.

Iran's Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr Reza Amiri Moghadam, condemned the resolution as controversial, stating, "We condemn the US resolution regarding Pakistan's elections."

The resolution was overwhelmingly approved by the US House of Representatives earlier this week, with 368 votes in favor and seven against, reflecting broad bipartisan support.

In response to the US Congress's move, Pakistan's National Assembly passed its own resolution on Friday, denouncing the US resolution as "contrary to facts" and interference in Pakistan's internal affairs.

The resolution, tabled by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Shaista Pervaiz Malik, was passed amid objections from opposition members.

Ambassador Moghadam criticised the US resolution as blatant interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign UN member state, describing it as an attempt to exert pressure under the pretext of promoting democracy.

He also commented on the situation in Gaza, accusing the US of blocking a ceasefire resolution using its veto power and accusing Washington of supporting what he referred to as the "genocide" of Gaza's people by providing military aid to Israel.

 
Back
Top