US reaffirms support for democratic govt in Pakistan
16 January, 2013
WASHINGTON: The United States has said that it stands strongly in favour of a democratically elected government in Pakistan and observed that all internal issues should be resolved in a just and transparent manner in accordance with constitution and the law.
Responding to questions regarding a rally in Pakistan, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, "Our view is that internal political issues in Pakistan need to be resolved by Pakistanis in a just, transparent manner that accords with the rule of law and we stand strongly in favour of a democratically elected civilian government of Pakistan as we have for a long time and we will continue to."
On the issue of Dr Tahirul Qadri leading a march in Islamabad, she said Washington was not taking a position on the cause of marchers. "We want to see any kind of demonstration remain peaceful and the government to protect the right of people to a peaceful protest and that the protesters remain peaceful," Victoria Nuland said at the daily briefing.
The US, the spokesperson said, had been in contact with Pakistan, and US Ambassador to UN Susan Rice will meet the Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in New York.