The United States, in response to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s rejection of the former Prime Minister and PTI founder’s nomination papers, maintained a stance of non-interference while reiterating its support for democratic processes in Pakistan.
State Department spokesperson Mathew Miller addressed the issue without directly commenting. Miller emphasized, “Pakistan’s future leadership is for the Pakistani people to decide. Our interest lies in ensuring free and fair elections conducted by Pakistan’s laws. We don’t support one candidate or party over another in Pakistan or anywhere else.” The statement reflects the U.S. policy of neutrality in foreign electoral matters, focusing instead on the broader principles of democracy and fair electoral practices.
In the wake of the Election Commission’s decision, which ignited debates about the fairness of the electoral process in Pakistan, Imran Khan accused the U.S. of seeking military bases in Pakistan. Miller refuted these claims as baseless, underscoring the U.S. stance that it is up to the Pakistani people to choose their government. Miller also clarified that while the U.S. cannot dictate Pakistan’s electoral procedures, it strongly advocates for elections that are free, fair, and include freedom of speech.
The clarification aims to dispel misconceptions while affirming the U.S.’s commitment to democratic values globally.