Ahead of Pakistan’s general election, the US has insisted it has no role in electing the country’s leader.
US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters, “The United States has no role in the election of Pakistan’s leader.”
Miller was accused by a US-Pakistani journalist on Monday (December 11) and said, “The United States has brought the corrupt criminal Nawaz Sharif back to Pakistan.” NDTV reported that Miller made that comment.
The journalist claimed that ‘US has never challenged or condemned Nawaz Sharif.’
“We will engage with the leadership shown by the people of Pakistan,” Miller said. But, we will have no role in electing the leader.
Incidentally, general elections are going to be held in Pakistan on February 8.
Meanwhile, the country’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan has been imprisoned in multiple cases since August this year and is facing adverse justice from various Pakistani courts.
Nawaz Sharif’s opponents, on the other hand, claim that he was allowed to enter Pakistan after a compromise with top army officials.
It may be noted that the State Department’s comments came at a time when Pakistan Army Chief General Asim Munir is currently on his first official visit to the United States after taking charge in November last year.
The Pakistan army chief is expected to meet senior military and other government officials during the visit.