Canada Congratulates Pakistani People on Commitment to Democracy

May 13, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada congratulates the people of Pakistan for demonstrating their commitment to democracy by voting in the millions in this historic election.

“The extremist violence aimed at suppressing the voters should be unequivocally condemned. We send our sincere sympathies to those who lost loved ones. We encourage Pakistan’s authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“It is our hope that those elected to office will work to promote freedom and prosperity for the Pakistani people. Canada will continue to work with the Pakistani people to promote freedom, democracy, the rule of law and human rights, including religious freedom.”

Canada committed six Canadians to participate in the European Union Election Observation Mission.

Canada was pleased to see that voter turnout was high and included many more women and youth than in the past, another achievement in these elections.

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