Australia has stated that it was regrettable that the Pakistani people were restricted in their choice since not all political parties were allowed to contest general elections.
“Australia supports a democratic, stable and prosperous Pakistan which upholds its commitments to democratic principles including human rights, media freedoms, freedom of expression, and freedom of association,” the government said in a statement.
It was shared by Neil Hawkins, the Australian high commissioner to Pakistan.
As a friend of Pakistan, the statement said that the country Australia has called for a free, fair, inclusive and credible election process - in line with Pakistan’s Constitution and its international obligations.
It further expressed its condolences for the loss of life incurred by terrorist attacks in the lead-up to and during elections.
The country welcomed the increase in the number of women registered to vote and the fact that millions of Pakistanis chose to vote.
“As a long-standing partner we look forward to working with Pakistan towards a shared vision of an open, stable, prosperous and inclusive region.”