US does not support extra-constitutional changes in Pakistan: State Department

Published: August 21, 2014
State Department Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf. PHOTO: ZAHID GISHKORI

State Department Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf. PHOTO: ZAHID GISHKORI

WASHINGTON: The United States has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was constitutionally elected, with the State Department also stating that Washington does not support any extra-constitutional changes to the democratic system.

State Department Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf brushed aside the suggestion of regime change. “I in no way am calling on that”, she responded, when questioned if the US is calling for Nawaz to step down.

“We support the constitutional and electoral process in Pakistan”, the spokesperson said at the daily briefing.

“We do not support any extra-constitutional changes to that democratic system, or people attempting to impose that”, she added.

“Nawaz Sharif was elected and he is the prime minister. There is a government that was elected, and is in place”, Harf noted in reply to a question.

“While we call on all sides to refrain from violence, we are monitoring the situation. We will continue to work with the Pakistanis.”

The spokesperson was replying to questions by journalists who wanted to know about the US position on the ongoing marches in the capital.

She also urged a peaceful political dialogue. “I would caution you from assuming, sort of, where this goes from here. We think there is a path forward here that is peaceful. We know there is a lot of space for political dialogue, but it has to remain peaceful.”

The spokesperson checked an Indian journalist against portraying the marches situation in dire negative terms, when he suggested that the situation in Pakistan was grave.

“We caution you from using terms like grave”, she stated.

US not involved in negotiations between parties

A statement from the United States Embassy in Islamabad has clarified that the US is not involved in negotiations between parties in light of the recent developments on the political front.

“Any suggestion to the contrary is false and unhelpful to the dialogue between parties,” the statement reads.

Further, the statement says that the US Embassy has been carefully monitoring the PAT and PTI demonstrations in Islamabad.

“We continue to urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint, and respect the rule of law. Peaceful protest and freedom of expression are important aspects of democracy.”

Stressing that the US strongly opposes efforts to impose extra-constitutional changes in Pakistan, the statement says “all parties should work together to resolve differences through peaceful dialogue in ways that strengthen Pakistan’s democratic institutions and rule of law.”

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Reader Comments (61)

  • Waseem
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:11PM

    Finally the king makers come out in favor of their hand picked democracy. First the US, to be followed shortly by the Army.

    What a tangled web they weave.


  • Muneer
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:17PM

    “We support the constitutional and electoral process in Pakistan”, the spokesperson said at the daily briefing.

    As you did in Egypt.

    After this statement even pro Nawaz people should consider supporting Imran.


  • abc
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:20PM

    How about calling for the audit of 2013 election??? If you support the real democracy than you must also call for free and transparent elections.


  • ishrat salim
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:22PM

    This is Pakistan`s internal problem & should be handled as such…


  • Zain
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:24PM

    Why dont US mind her own business and deal with baby Israel’s brutal entity first.


  • Ghalib
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:25PM

    US does not support extra-constitutional changes and proof is General Al Sisi of Egypt.


  • sardarzaheer
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:27PM

    Why Amercians are saying this on Pakistan’s internal matter…its only people of Pakistan who can decide who can be their leaders and if some one has stolen their votes they have right to demand his/her resignation….Why did Nixon resign…please have look


  • Aug 21, 2014 - 2:27PM

    Does the US support killing of civilians by constitutionally elected PM?


  • sana
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:28PM

    Lol the US does not support real democracy anywhere.
    They only want their puppets in place.
    Nawaz Sharif works for them, not Pakistan.


  • salman
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:35PM

    Same USA is currently supporting Israel’s destruction of Palestine.


  • Who Cares
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:37PM

    Who cares what they think, want or support. They should stick their head in the sand as they do in the case of Israel.


  • Syed
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:39PM

    Please, we are not in the mood to take external crap, so buzz off. Don’t pique us, else we might organize the next inqilaab march in DC.


  • abdul
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:40PM

    Quid pro quo. Very clever by the state department to come out in favour of nawaz so as to bring some kind of merit to this fitna (revolution) in the making by useful tools qadri and khan. Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Ukraine, Nigeria, Isis etc etc ???????? And now, god forbid, pakistan.


  • Imran
    Aug 21, 2014 - 2:55PM

    Elected by the US for the US


  • Kamran
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:06PM

    Exactly. This statement from US is enough to clarify who in Pakistan is a foreign agent.


  • Parvez
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:12PM

    …….and America asks why is it so unpopular amongst the masses in Pakistan……DUH ?


  • Pakistani
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:17PM

    Excuse me?


  • H.A. Khan
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:22PM

    The statement from State Office of US is logical and according to the constitution.


  • Nadeem
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:23PM

    Hello US of A, Please mind your own business!


  • Mubashir
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:25PM

    Ya Right. It only supports Dicctators..


  • sharabi
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:26PM

    Here comes your Master agian


  • Aslam Shah
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:28PM

    US only supports their hand picked servants in post-colonian states, as Pakistan. Perhaps we should just accept it as a unchangeable fact, and let the political and business elite rule and loot the country.


  • gr.niazi
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:28PM

    US always backs rigged and undemocratic governments .you may see the general sisi toppling democratic govt of Morsi…
    US should mend his own business…..we are better acquainted what is best for us…keep your advice with youRecommend

  • Zaid
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:30PM

    I don’t know why people continue to ignore reports from independent observers who noted that despite irregularities, elections were largely fair.
    As far as “bogus” votes are concerned, unverified votes are not necessarily bogus. Any organization that has conducted a major survey in Pakistan will tell you that surveyors often note down CNICs incorrectly – simply because 16 digit numbers are hard to get right, specially in stressful circumstances where there are long queues of people waiting to vote.
    I don’t know why PTI has diverted attention from Karachi, where rigging was apparent. Instead they have focused on Punjab where elections were largely fine.


  • Yousuf
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:41PM

    Please Mind your own business. Else we may also ask whats happening in Ferguson?


  • Haider
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:50PM

    Mind your own business..
    You dont support Imran bcz according to Wiki leaks he is the only leader in Pakistan without USA backing…..
    He can only dear to block Nato Supply and drones would have to face farewell in Pakistan when he comes
    Iran President Ahmedinejad said “south asia and middle should have a leader like Imran Khan he can talk with eye to eye to America”Recommend

  • excalibur
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:51PM

    International sponsors of Noon ( Khoon ) League to the rescue Shame on them


  • Sana
    Aug 21, 2014 - 3:52PM

    Currently, the US and UK are making a case to invade Iraq, currently pressure is being put on Iran. Nawaz will come under pressure but Imran will stand against it. Plus money can also pour in for Nawaz. In my opinion, that too is a reason for this statement supporting our crippled democracy


  • Zulfiqar
    Aug 21, 2014 - 4:00PM

    The people should now realize and open their eyes and see who is standing where !!!!!!!
    These Americans touts and hand picked people are the ones against whom Imran Khan is fighting and this fight is going to be intense now !


  • Wisdom
    Aug 21, 2014 - 4:10PM

    US should mind their own business


  • UKPak
    Aug 21, 2014 - 4:24PM

    The masters of democracy have spoken. Is it me or is ‘democracy’ just some bakwaas thats only applicable when its in your own interest? About time muslims wake up…


  • kmax
    Aug 21, 2014 - 4:27PM

    We are back to state where the US influence is crucial to the survival of the NRO regime. After the army refused to get involved, the Americans saw an opening and obviously are supporting their two favorite yet highly maneuverable clowns to further their own political agenda. The timing could not be impeccable, refusal by the army forces meant, Nawaz was looking for international support, and off-course as IK is not in the list of American “GOOD GUYS”. They had to maneuver against him.


  • Truth
    Aug 21, 2014 - 4:32PM

    Americans want Pakistan to destroy itself from within since it can’t take Pak nukes by force. Sharifs are their stooges who will do the dirty work for them for few pennies. If Pakistanis don’t stand up for their rights, Pakistanis will end up just like people of Gaza.


  • Feisal
    Aug 21, 2014 - 4:39PM


    The party position ranks in 2013 elections were as forecast by pre-poll survey. The rigging was probably proportionate to the strength in their constituency.


  • Bablu
    Aug 21, 2014 - 5:04PM

    Right words at right time. Nawaz is an elected leader. Khan sahib, please wait for another four years. Please for God’s sake!


  • Tiger
    Aug 21, 2014 - 5:04PM

    Imran Khan should condemn the police millitarization and brutality against citizens of Ferguson, USA and call for charges to be placed against the officer who shot and killed a young, unarmed black man.


  • Aug 21, 2014 - 5:40PM

    It’s our own internal matter we do not want Yankee to intervene in it
    It shows even shows USA thinks it will b. Impossible to buy IK as he is a man of principle but sadly lot of Pakistanis can’t realize it now how sincere is Ik for Pakistan.


  • Tribune Reader
    Aug 21, 2014 - 6:01PM

    Finally someone speaks up for the Government of Pakistan. Thank u, USA


  • Baba
    Aug 21, 2014 - 6:16PM

    Then they whine; why do they hate us? Because of your forked tongue that speaks for those that dance to your tune. US will never learn!


  • Zohaib
    Aug 21, 2014 - 6:18PM

    Actually US is feeling in the pain of their fake democracy show in Pakistan when its really becoming over.


  • Xman
    Aug 21, 2014 - 6:45PM

    Pakistan is a nuclear state and can’t afford to have a “Sultan Rahi” at the helm. The US concern and support for sitting government makes sense. Soon the whole global community will follow suite. Anyway, good bye IK, nobody enjoyed your freak show. Next time use constitutional means to bring change, and get some therapy if you still can’t think clearly.


  • Ahmer Qamar
    Aug 21, 2014 - 7:27PM

    Good statement by USA. Pti should not be allowed to bully others. They need to follow rules. Everyone should know that if u don’t follow rules u will b isolated


  • IN the line
    Aug 21, 2014 - 7:32PM

    USA always support regime that suits to there interest , Nawaz SHarif is serving well the interest of USA in western boarder …


  • csmann
    Aug 21, 2014 - 7:38PM

    US ,like any country ,has to give its opinion of the situation when asked.It surely wont allow a Taliban-inspired IK from derailing the democracy.PTA and PTI are using the same tactics of intimidation and bullying to force them into power,as TTP has been doing.They have to be stopped like Taliban before they drown the fledgling efforts of the country towards democracy.


  • jun
    Aug 21, 2014 - 7:51PM

    civilized statementRecommend

  • Zen
    Aug 21, 2014 - 7:55PM

    Pakistan’s stand on Gaza in NA is not interference, Double face?


  • NotAntiUS
    Aug 21, 2014 - 8:20PM

    What an irresponsible behaviour by the US . You have no rights to talk about internal matters of Pakistan . Get your nose out of Pakistan . Thanks. Sincerly not so anti US – citizen of Pakistan


  • Pervaiz NAWAZ
    Aug 21, 2014 - 8:31PM

    No body is trying to add or change the constitution or the political system just trying to get rid of the corrupt people in the system who stole the mandate from Imran Khan by rigging the election.


  • zmufti
    Aug 21, 2014 - 9:01PM

    It is natural after Ferguson Killings US Govt issued a statement favoring a govt that ordered killings of 14 innocent people in model town. Historically US has always supported Millitary dictators in Pakistan. Now they speak up for a self proclaimed King of Pakistan who has set a bad precedent by Nepotism and politicization of Police and Judiciary. The double standard policies of US will dethrone it from the status of sole super power.


  • yousafhaque
    Aug 21, 2014 - 9:13PM

    @H.A. Khan:::Whose constitution ? Will you please explain.


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Aug 21, 2014 - 10:40PM

    Why it is being projected that only US but entire civilized country of the world do not support current mobocracy in Pakistan .


  • such bolo
    Aug 22, 2014 - 1:12AM

    You have a nerve to interfere on the name of constitution to save your puppets Like you have supported, Husni Mubarak, saddam and shah of iran
    PMLN and other corrupt leaders should know better what will be their end, if not sure take a look at Husni Mubarak, saddam and shah of Iran.
    It should be Pakistani deciding what is the good for them no one else


  • Qatar
    Aug 22, 2014 - 2:14AM

    US wants Sharif to live another day so he can die the death of Sadam, Hosni and Ghaddafi.


  • Basit Choudhary
    Aug 22, 2014 - 5:46AM

    The USA is a nation that separated from Great Britain- what were the reasons? Tax? Unrepresenation? Pakistan is a nation built solely from separating from India- why? Religion? Persecution? As Muslims, we must follow a code not based on law, but religion. As such, we (agreeing with some Pakistanis) cannot fully comply with a leader (Nawaz) who cannot fulfill or acknowledge the pleas of his own people. Resignation isn’t a big deal. In a democracy, the minorities’ rights are even more important. Imran is simply representing them. As Americans, we should not favor or be biased towards Nawaz and ignore Imran, as America was once a protestor against Britain.
    “History repeats itself.” And revolution is natural.
    -A concerned Muslim-American
    P.S. Please don’t think badly of us Muslims


  • Stewart J
    Aug 22, 2014 - 9:11AM

    If the US did not provide aid, do you think a mickey-mouse economy like Pakistan’s can maintain such a huge military and a massive nuclear arsenal? Even the USSR buckled under the weight of both. Next time you abuse the US, think about this.


  • SanaA
    Aug 22, 2014 - 9:55AM

    Stewart J. Firstly I apologise on behalf of my people who have used very harsh words against the US.
    I would however point out that Pakistan may have a puny percapita income and maybe we do need aid to thrive, but people are rich. Having assets all over the world, so much money unaccounted for. If we just account for the frozen Swiss bank accounts, oue economy doubles. So I assure u we are well capable of taking care of ourselves on our own, once the corrupt few have been taken care of.
    Also, your comment implies that US has made so many countries dependant on aid, thats exactly our concern for which we stand with Imran Khan, we want independence ‘Azadi’


  • Aug 22, 2014 - 11:55AM

    Why ask the US to interfere?


  • Aseem
    Aug 22, 2014 - 2:07PM

    @Basit Choudhary:
    Please, Pakistan did not separate from India due to Persecution, it was only a political game using religion. Pls tell me what religious persecution had happenned in India before the demand of Pakistan? If muslims go only religious law, then why TTP is being suppressed since they only demand implementation of Sharial laws.
    You are an American and you should know what America is saying, that US does not support extra-constitutional means of power change. This is a generic statement and not taking sides with anyone. At least be loyal to your nation and dont misinterpret what statement your nation is making.


  • Danish
    Aug 22, 2014 - 2:32PM

    Yes, they support democratic regime in Pakistan, Military regime in Egypt and oh wait..what about the draconian regime of baby Israel too. Not hypocrisy at all!


  • Aug 22, 2014 - 4:42PM

    dear X man,You are probably insane.Do you not see that for the last 65 years the Foreigners have played havoc with our country.Govts have come and gone and played to the tune of murderers and killers of the Pakistani Nation and Muslims elsewhere in the world.
    They give loans to their agents and bookies in Pakistan.then dictate their terms and
    pit one faction against the other. This war on Terror, WMDS in Iraq and Attacks elsewhere are all part of a Plan. Read the Past history. They are gun slingers of the world.
    Musharraf, Zardari and NAWAZ have Played Havoc with this country.its about time
    people like Imran and Qadri should stand up for rights of the People.
    So wake up and see a doctor S.ASIF RASHID


  • HJ
    Aug 23, 2014 - 1:28PM

    US has many faces, proven at number of times


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