Global reactions: US, Britain count virtues of dialogue

Hammond hopes all parties can work together under the Constitution to peacefully resolve political differences


Agencies August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON/ ISLAMABAD:


The United States on Tuesday urged all sides in Pakistan to resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue in a way that strengthens democracy in the country.        


“We believe that all parties should work together to resolve their difference through peaceful dialogue in a way that strengthens Pakistan’s democracy,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said.

She was asked about the situation arising from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) marches on Islamabad. The spokesperson also called on all sides to avoid violence. “We are carefully monitoring. We urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint and respect the rule of law,” Harf added.

Britain, one of Pakistan’s leading partners and a major aid donor, urged the two sides to find a democratic solution to the crisis.

“We strongly support a democratic Pakistan and the use of democratic institutions to resolve political disputes,” British foreign minister Philip Hammond said in a statement.

“I hope that all parties in Pakistan can work together under the Constitution to peacefully resolve current political differences.”

The European Union also voiced its support for democracy in Pakistan and linked it to a highly prized trade deal.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2014.

COMMENTS (11)

FGafur | 7 years ago | Reply

USA & British would you guys just stick to your own business? as few roots of these problems are in WASHINGTON. So just SHUT UP.

On the other side its shame scene here in Pakistan as none of the Political Force of the country tried resolve this issue with the dialog on a serious note for the sake of National Interest rather everyone is trying to get something out of it.

goggi (Lahore) | 7 years ago | Reply

The Americans, the British and the Vatican should once again revive their institution of slavery and send some ships to Gwader...... we have lots of well-fed and good- for-nothing politicians and clergies in special offer!!!

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