US favours free, fair elections in Pakistan, says envoy Olson

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 06:50 hrs

US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has said the United States was in favour of free, fair and transparent elections in Pakistan so that the country's democratic system may strengthen.

Pakistan is expected to hold elections by mid-May with the federal parliament due to disband by mid-March. The polls are expected to mark the first democratic transition between two civilian governments in the country's history, reports the Daily Times.

Olson said the US was not in favour of or against any political leader or party.

He said the US was very hopeful with regard to the general election in Pakistan and added that his country was a proponent of democracy.

Olson emphasised the Obama administration's commitment in building a strong, cordial and cooperative relationship with Pakistan. He said that there was great goodwill in the US for Pakistan, as well as appreciation and admiration, for the huge sacrifices rendered by the people of the country in the course of confronting extremism and terrorism. (ANI)

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