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US wants probe into allegations of Election fraud in Pakistan

Arshad Khan

The recently concluded general elections in Pakistan have been fiercely contested.

The recently concluded general elections in Pakistan have been fiercely contested. No party got the necessary mandate to form the government in the disputed election. Again, various political parties including PTI have brought forward the allegations of rigging and changing the results of the elections.

In such a situation, the United States has called on Pakistan to investigate allegations of vote fraud. The country has even said that it will keep an eye on the situation of this South Asian nuclear power country in the coming days.

In a report on Tuesday (February 13), this information was reported by the Pakistani media Geo News.

According to the report, the United States has requested the Pakistani authorities to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of irregularities and rigging during the February 8 general elections. The announcement of the final results of the elections originally held on February 8 has been inordinately delayed. Which raised doubts about the transparency of the election.

Several political parties including former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) have alleged irregularities and rigging in the recently concluded elections.

However, after the announcement of delayed results, other parties including PPP, PML-N and MQM-P have started talks to form a coalition government. Because no party was able to win a simple majority in last week’s election.

However, Imran Khan’s PTI-backed independent candidates won the most seats. And then there is Nawaz’s PML-N and Bilawal’s PPP.

In such a situation, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in the daily press briefing on Monday, “Now we think that the legal system will be effective in Pakistan itself, this will be the right first step and we think that this step should be taken.”

Responding to a question about US lawmakers pressuring Pakistan to conduct an independent investigation into alleged election fraud allegations against the Biden administration, he added, “I don’t know what agency they are proposing to conduct an independent investigation.”

“We would be happy to see any additional steps taken as needed,” Miller said.

In a separate question, the US State Department spokesperson said: ‘We are calling for a full investigation of the allegations of election interference and fraud that have been raised under Pakistan’s legal system. Apart from this, we will continue to monitor it in the coming days as well.

Calling for a full investigation into allegations of electoral irregularities, spokesman Miller said it was clearly a competitive election where people were able to choose the candidate of their choice and “we respect the democratic process and we are ready to work with them once the government is formed”.

The spokesperson added that the United States has publicly and privately expressed concern about the election and stands with the EU, the United Kingdom and other countries in this regard. We have seen some irregularities in this process of selection. We have conveyed to the Government of Pakistan the need to respect the election verdict.

Condemning political and election-related violence and restrictions on internet and cell phone services, he said, “We want to see the rule of law, respect for the constitution, independent media, respect for civil society during elections, and that’s what we believe in.”

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