US lawmakers advise President Biden against accepting Pakistan election results

US lawmakers advise President Biden against accepting Pakistan election results

Pakistan has denied allegations of rigging in polls by the US, UK and other countries.
US lawmakers advise President Biden against accepting Pakistan election results

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12 Feb 2024

US lawmakers from both Democratic and Republican parties have jointly advised President Joe Biden against endorsing the election results in Pakistan until a thorough investigation into alleged irregularities is conducted.

A representative from the US State Department emphasized the need for a comprehensive probe into any claims of interference or fraud. They expressed concerns over potential meddling in the election process.

In alignment with reputable international and domestic election observers, the State Department underscored that the recent elections in Pakistan appeared to have imposed unwarranted constraints on fundamental freedoms such as expression, association, and peaceful assembly.

Congressman Brad Sherman, a key figure in the influential House of Foreign Affairs Committee, stressed the importance of granting press organizations in Pakistan the freedom to report on vote counting promptly and without unnecessary delays in announcing the results.

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib echoed the sentiment, emphasizing solidarity with the Pakistani people whose democracy faces significant threats. Additionally, she emphasized the need for the U.S. government to ensure that taxpayer funds do not support any entities that undermine the people's right to freely elect their leaders.

Asserting the principle of non-interference, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar urged the State Department to appoint independent bodies to investigate alleged electoral interference before recognizing the election results.

She expressed deep concern over reports of meddling in the electoral process, emphasizing that the Pakistani populace deserves a transparent and genuinely representative government.

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