“Global Concerns Mount Over Pakistan’s Election Integrity Amidst Allegations of Irregularities”


The international community has raised concerns over the integrity of Pakistan’s recent elections, with prominent figures and organizations expressing apprehensions about alleged irregularities and restrictions that marred the electoral process.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed worry over the suspension of mobile communications services and instances of violence during the election day in Pakistan. While urging political leaders and society segments to maintain calm and refrain from violence, the UN spokesperson emphasized the importance of upholding human rights and the rule of law, calling for any disputes to be resolved through established legal procedures.

Both the European Union and the United States adopted cautious responses, with the EU demanding a thorough investigation into reported election irregularities and urging authorities to implement recommendations from an upcoming EU Election Expert Mission report. The US State Department emphasized the importance of timely and complete election results that reflect the will of the Pakistani people while condemning undue restrictions on freedoms of expression and association. The US also expressed concerns about allegations of interference in the electoral process, calling for full investigations into claims of interference or fraud.

Similarly, the UK government commended those who participated in the elections but voiced regret over the lack of inclusivity and fairness, citing instances where parties were not permitted to contest and political leaders were prevented from participation. The UK urged Pakistani authorities to uphold fundamental human rights, including free access to information and the rule of law.

International media outlets echoed these concerns, with publications like The Economist labeling the election as “rigged” and Time highlighting the brazen rigging allegations and the international community’s expectations from these elections.

As Pakistan awaits the finalization of election results, pressure mounts for thorough investigations into alleged irregularities and for upholding democratic principles to ensure the legitimacy and credibility of the electoral process.

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