US looks forward to free, fair election in Pakistan
17 March, 2013
WASHINGTON: The United States looks forward to timely, free and fair elections in Pakistan that will mark the country's first civilian-to-civilian democratic transition, the State Department said.
"As you know, the Pakistani parliament is planning to complete its term tomorrow (Saturday). We look forward to timely, free and fair elections that'll result in the first civilian, democratic transition in Pakistan's history," Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.
She also said Washington wants the dialogue to expand to security concerns between the two countries. Washington has been encouraging the two South Asian countries to engage in dialogue on improving bilateral ties. "I have to say that I didn't see what happened in the Pakistani parliament yesterday with regard to India," she said.
"I think you know how strongly we've been supporting, both on the Indian side and the Pakistani side, direct dialogue between them and improvement in their relationship. They've already made some good strides on the economic side, on the visa side," the spokesperson added.
"We want that to continue. We want it to be expanded to some of these security concerns that they have with each other," Nuland noted.