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Australia says regrettable people were restricted in their choice in Pakistan elections

Expresses condolences for loss of life incurred by terrorist attacks in run-up to and during elections
A voter gets an ink mark on his thumb after casting his vote during the general election in Karachi, Pakistan February 8, 2024. Reuters
A voter gets an ink mark on his thumb after casting his vote during the general election in Karachi, Pakistan February 8, 2024. Reuters

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.”

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