ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday took note of statements from certain countries and organizations on the general elections held in Pakistan saying, “We are surprised by the negative tone of some of these statements, which neither take into account the complexity of the electoral process, nor acknowledge the free and enthusiastic exercise of the right to vote by tens of millions of Pakistanis.”
The Foreign Office Spokesperson said that these statements ignore the undeniable fact that Pakistan has held general elections, peacefully and successfully, while dealing with serious security threats resulting primarily from foreign sponsored terrorism.
“Some statements are not even factual. There was no nationwide internet shutdown” she said adding that only mobile services were suspended for the day to avoid terrorist incidents on the polling day.
The elections exercise has demonstrated that the concerns of many commentators were misplaced,” the FO statement claimed, she said.
The spokesperson said: “Pakistan held the elections as part of its commitment to building a stable and democratic society. While we value constructive advice from our friends, making negative commentary even before the completion of electoral process is neither constructive nor objective.”
The statement reads, “Pakistan will continue to work towards building a vibrant democratic polity. Every election and peaceful transition of power brings us closer to that goal. We do this not on account of the concerns expressed by others but because that is the aspiration of our people and the vision of our founding fathers.”