Pakistan Election Results 2024 Live Updates: Australia Expresses Condolences Over Loss of Life; regrets the restrictions imposed
Pakistan Election Results 2024 Live Updates: Australia’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Neil Hawkins, issued a statement on Saturday expressing his condolences for the loss of life and regretting the restrictions imposed on the people of Pakistan.
The statement read: “As a friend of Pakistan, Australia has consistently called for a free, fair, inclusive and credible electoral process, in line with Pakistan’s Constitution and its international obligations.”
He added: “We express our condolences for the loss of life suffered by terrorist attacks in the run-up to and during the elections. Australia welcomes the increase in the number of women registered to vote and the fact that millions of Pakistanis have chosen to vote. It is regrettable, however, that the Pakistani people have seen their choice restricted, as not all political parties were able to participate in these elections.”
The statement further said: “Australia supports a democratic, stable and prosperous Pakistan that respects its commitments to democratic principles, including human rights, freedom of the press, freedom of expression and freedom of association. As a long-standing partner, we look forward to working with Pakistan towards a shared vision of an open, stable, prosperous and inclusive region.”