Pakistan Election Results: What are US, UK concerns over alleged irregularities

The US State Department has raised concerns about "undue restrictions" on freedom of expression and assembly during the elections.

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The recent general elections in Pakistan have sparked concerns among several nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, over the transparency and fairness of the electoral process. With independent candidates, mostly backed by Imran Khan's PTI, winning the most seats, there are growing calls for an investigation into alleged irregularities and interference.

International Concerns and Calls for Investigation

Amidst the uncertainty, several nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, have voiced concerns over the electoral process in Pakistan. Allegations of fraud, arrest of activists, and interference have prompted calls for a thorough investigation into the alleged irregularities.

US Response

The US State Department highlighted "undue restrictions" on freedom of expression and assembly during the elections. Democratic representatives Ro Khanna and Ilhan Omar have also alleged interference by the Pakistani military and called for a thorough investigation before recognizing a winner.

UK Reaction

UK Foreign Minister David Cameron has expressed serious concerns about the fairness and inclusivity of the elections, highlighting the need for a level playing field for all political actors.

EU Statement

The European Union has criticized the lack of a level playing field in the elections, citing restrictions on freedom of assembly, expression, and internet access. They have called for an investigation into reported irregularities.

UN Condemnation

The UN human rights office has denounced violence against political parties and candidates in Pakistan, expressing concern over harassment, arrests, and detentions of leaders and supporters.

Pakistan Election Results

According to the Pakistan Election Commission, independent candidates, largely supported by Imran Khan's PTI, have secured the most seats. However, both Imran Khan and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have claimed victory, creating uncertainty over the formation of the government.

Call for Coalition Building

Nawaz Sharif, despite claiming victory, has acknowledged the need for coalition building due to the lack of a majority. He has invited other parties to join a coalition government to address Pakistan's challenges.