Pakistan keeps views on Afghan election result to itself

Pakistan's Foreign Office avoided commenting on result of the Afghan presidential election.

Feb 21, 2020
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Islamabad: Pakistan's Foreign Office avoided commenting on result of the Afghan presidential election.

“We have noted the announcement made by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan. We are monitoring the developments and will respond at an appropriate time,” said Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui at the weekly media briefing, Dawn reported.

While announcing results of the Sept 28 polls on Tuesday, Afghanistan’s election commission declared President Ashraf Ghani as the winner, securing 50.64 per cent of the votes, and Abdullah Abdullah, with 39.52 per cent of the votes, as the runner up.

Abdullah, who held the position of chief executive before the election, rejected the results as “unfair” and declared himself the winner.

Replying to a question about President Donald Trump’s visit to India from Feb 24 to Feb 25, Ms Farooqui said that Pakistan hopes the issues being faced by the people of India-held Jammu and Kashmir will be raised with the Indian government and the offer of mediation expressed by the US president is taken forward through some concrete practical step.

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