US requests investigation into claims of election tampering on February 8

The US has reaffirmed its demand for an inquiry into claims of fraud made during the most recent elections in Pakistan.

US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said during a press conference in Washington on Wednesday that the US thinks it’s critical to look into any allegations of anomalies in-depth, not just in Pakistan but anywhere in the world.

He underlined how important it is to appropriately investigate and settle these accusations.

Miller stated that the creation of a new Pakistani administration is ultimately a domestic decision for Pakistan. He underlined that Pakistan should make the decision over the establishment of a coalition government, not the United States.

Political stakeholders are working to form alliances and secure the necessary 169 seats in the 336-member lower house of parliament. During the announcement of election results, PTI-backed independent candidates maintained their lead over mainstream political parties, particularly in the National and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assemblies. Pakistan’s political future is still uncertain as none of the major political parties—PML-N, PPP, or the PTI-backed independent candidates—secured a simple majority in the National Assembly during the February 8 general elections.

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