US ready to work with new Pakistani government
WASHINGTON (92 News) – The United States looks forward to working with the new government of Pakistan and furthering the goals of security and stability in South Asia.
In his statement, US State Department spokesperson remarked that the US will look for opportunities to work with the new leaders of Pakistan after they form the government, and will try to advance security, stability and prosperity in South Asia.
The spokesperson said that Washington will be working closely with Islamabad, given the two countries’ relationship in light of the US strategy for South Asia and the issue of Afghan peace talks.
The spokesperson further said the US was concerned by reports of constraints placed on freedoms of expression, association, and the press leading up to the elections.
Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan made a what is called a comprehensive and impressive victory speech, highlighting the key issues and his mission to resolve them.
Talking about Pakistan’s relations with the US, he said, “we want to have a mutually beneficial relationship … up until now, that has been one way, the US thinks it gives us aid to fight their war … we want both the countries to benefit, we want a balanced relationship.”
As Pakistan concluded its 11th General Elections on Wednesday, with a single massive incident of violence, the vote counting is portraying PTI in a favorable light with Imran Khan visibly assuming the prime ministership of the country in just a few days.
Imran Khan’s party, founded some 22 years ago, has managed to bag 118 seats of the National Assembly according to unofficial results in the fraught elections that pitched him against the all-powerful Pakistan Muslim League-N and Pakistan Peoples’ Party.
The current tally would be topped up with reserved seats, as well as the independent candidates joining the party, paving way for the ambitious cricketer-turned-politician to step into the Prime Minister’s House from his palatial Banigala residence.