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Pakistan: Politics and Government

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Pakistan. (191421)

I welcome the opportunity taken by the people of Pakistan to exercise their democratic voice in the recent elections. I endorse the EU Election Observation Mission report’s findings and we are pleased they assessed that the elections were competitive, despite the well-documented procedural problems.

Despite fundamental problems in the electoral process in the run up to election day, we recognise there has been progress since the last elections in 2002. The Government are determined to work closely with the people and Government of Pakistan to help them meet the challenges they now face—including political, economic, education and health.