US expresses concerns over few election candidates, groups participating in General Elections 2018
WASHINGTON: The United States (US) State Department in a statement has expressed concerns over alleged participation of Lashkar-e-Taiba-affiliated (LET) persons in the upcoming general elections in Pakistan and has apprised Islamabad of its reservations as well, reported a local media link outlet.
The statement to Islamabad notes that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had rejected the Milli Muslim League’s attempt to get itself registered as a political party.
The statement also read, “We have repeatedly expressed our concerns to the Pakistani government about LET, including the participation of LET-affiliated individuals in the elections.”
US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the attacks on candidates for the upcoming polls and their supporters were “cowardly attempts to deprive the Pakistani people of their democratic rights”.