ISLAMABAD: As the Afghan crisis deepens in the aftermath of recent presidential elections, the Foreign Office reiterated on Wednesday that Pakistan supports a democratic transition in the neighbouring country and hoped all issues would be resolved peacefully.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan has extended support for the efforts aimed at holding peaceful elections.
“We took several measures to enhance vigilance and security along the border, during the first and second round of elections on April 5 and June 14 respectively; Pakistan has also consistently emphasised that it would respect the democratic choice of the Afghan people,” the press release stated.
The ministry further said that Pakistan has maintained that Afghanistan's presidential elections were an Afghan affair.
“We are aware of the announcement made by the Independent Election Commission regarding preliminary results of the second round and noted the statement that these are not final. It is our earnest hope that all related issues would be resolved peacefully, through dialogue, in a timely manner and within the framework of Afghanistan’s Constitution and laws,” the press release added.
The ministry stressed that “a peaceful, stable, unified and prosperous Afghanistan was vital for regional peace and stability”.
“At this crucial juncture in Afghanistan, when the country is going through multiple transitions, Pakistan stands in solidarity with the brotherly people of Afghanistan; we would continue to support all endeavours that help advance the cause of peace, stability and development in Afghanistan.”
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