U.S. expresses concern over poll fairness

Steps, including curbs on freedom of expression and association taken by authorities in Pakistan ahead of the general election, were at odds with their stated goal of a free, fair and transparent poll, the Trump administration has said.

The development of strong democratic and civilian institutions of governance and a vibrant civil society is critical to Pakistan’s long-term prosperity, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said. “In that context, the United States shares concerns about flaws in the pre-voting electoral process, as expressed by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan,” she said.

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