The U.S. has urged Pakistan to conduct an independent investigation into alleged election irregularities through its judicial system following the general elections held on February 8, 2024.
The nation awaits final results, with major political parties criticising the outcomes, including PTI, JI, and JUI-F, while PPP, PML-N, and MQM-P, despite minor concerns, focus on government formation. The PML-N and PPP are finalizing a power-sharing agreement.
State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller emphasized the importance of allowing Pakistan’s legal process to address these concerns, suggesting this as the primary step.
In response to inquiries about U.S. lawmakers’ calls for an independent probe, Miller expressed openness to further steps if necessary, underscoring the U.S. interest in ensuring a thorough investigation of interference and fraud claims by Pakistan’s legal system.
Miller acknowledged the competitiveness of the election, affirming respect for the democratic process and readiness to collaborate with the new government. The U.S. has shared its worries over public and private election irregularities, aligning with the EU, the UK, and others, stressing the importance of respecting electoral integrity.
Furthermore, the U.S. advocates for the rule of law, constitutional respect, a free press, and a vibrant civil society, condemning political violence, election-related violence, and restrictions on communications, which have adversely affected the electoral process.