Pakistan Slams Criticism of Its Election Process as US Calls for Fraud Probe
"We are surprised by the negative tone of some of these statements, which neither take into account the complexity of the electoral process, nor acknowledge the free and enthusiastic exercise of the right to vote by tens of millions of Pakistanis," the foreign ministry said.
"These statements ignore the undeniable fact that Pakistan has held general elections, peacefully and successfully, while dealing with serious security threats resulting primarily from foreign sponsored terrorism," the ministry added.
“While we value constructive advice from our friends, making negative commentary even before the completion of electoral process is neither constructive nor objective,” the ministry statement remarked.
US Calls for an Election Fraud Probe
"Claims of interference or fraud should be fully investigated," stated US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller.