FO takes note of ‘negative statements’ by other countries on Feb 8 polls

  • February 10, 2024

“Making negative commentary even before completion of electoral process is neither constructive nor objective,” says FO

The picture shows presiding officers counting votes. — AFP/File
The picture shows presiding officers counting votes. — AFP/File 
  • FO says surprised by negative tone of some statements. 
  • Pakistan held polls peacefully and successfully: FO.
  • “There was no nationwide internet shutdown,” it clarifies. 

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Saturday took note of the statements issued by certain countries and organisations regarding the 2024 general elections which were held across Pakistan on February 8.

“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,” said the Foreign Office. 

The FO said that these statements ignore the undeniable fact that Pakistan 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. 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,” it added. 

The statement added that Pakistan conducted the polls 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 the electoral process is neither constructive nor objective,” the FO said. 

Pakistan will continue to work towards building a vibrant democratic polity, adding that 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,” the statement concluded. 

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