Infostani International- UK and US diplomats stressed the need for fair elections on February 8 in meetings with Pakistani leaders Nawaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. Concerns surrounding the upcoming polls prompted discussions on trade, investment, and fostering bilateral relations. This brief encapsulates the proactive engagement of the UK and US representatives with key Pakistani political stakeholders.
International Diplomats Advocate for Fair Elections in Pakistan: UK and US Engage with Key Political Leaders
International Diplomats from the United Kingdom and the United States highlighted the importance of conducting fair elections on February 8 during their meetings on Monday with PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.
The country, scheduled to hold general elections a month later, faces concerns and accusations from political parties and civil society about an uneven playing field in the political arena, marring the lead-up to the polls.
British High Commissioner Jane Marriott, in a meeting in Lahore today, conveyed to Nawaz, according to a statement from the PML-N, that “it is critical for Pakistan’s future to hold inclusive elections on February 8.”
The meeting, attended by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, Senator Ishaq Dar, and Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz, discussed matters of mutual interest. Nawaz, as quoted in the PML-N statement, emphasized the significance of a strong relationship between Pakistan and Britain, highlighting the crucial role of Pakistanis living in Britain in strengthening the friendship between the two countries. He underscored the need for promoting relations between Pakistan and the UK in various fields, including trade and investment.
US Ambassador Discusses Political Issues, Trade Relations, and Green Alliance Framework with Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari
In a separate engagement, US Ambassador in Pakistan Donald Blome visited Bilawal at Zardari House in Islamabad to “discuss current political issues, including the importance of free, fair, and inclusive elections,” as mentioned in a press release from the US Embassy in Islamabad. The ambassador engaged with a “broad range of Pakistani political stakeholders” as part of his meetings. Additionally, they discussed the strength of the US-Pakistan trade and investment relationship and the development of the US-Pakistan “Green Alliance” framework.
According to a statement from the PPP, the meeting chiefly focused on ways to promote bilateral and trade relations between the US and Pakistan.