Statement following recent elections in Pakistan


February 10, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement:

“Canada congratulates the millions of Pakistani citizens who exercised their democratic rights by casting votes in the National Assembly and provincial assembly elections on February 8, 2024. We condemn the incidents of electoral violence, which are attacks on democracy. Canada remains committed to supporting the people of Pakistan in their aspirations for a more stable, prosperous and democratic future.

“We join civil society, including the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, in their concerns about the lack of a free, fair and transparent democratic process, including cellular and Internet service disruptions and attacks on media workers. Canada will remain a firm and consistent voice, speaking up for the protection and promotion of human rights and the advancement of democratic values in Pakistan.

“Canada and Pakistan have a long-standing bilateral relationship, dating back to 1947, and the people-to-people ties between our two countries are strong. Canada will continue to work with Pakistan on our shared priorities, including enhancing climate resilience, strengthening trade and advancing gender equality.”


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