Britain wants to see 'untainted, transparent, impartial' polls in Pakistan
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson has said that his country wants to see Pakistan successfully handing over power to next civilian government after a "free, fair, transparent and credibly impartial electoral process".
Thomson added that the elections should not be tainted.
The Daily Times quoted the envoy, as saying that people in Pakistan are not only concerned about quality of their lives but they are equally concerned about the high standards of governance in their country. They want their representatives to deliver and be held accountable for their actions, he added.
He said the present Election Commission in Pakistan is the most 'independent' in the history of the country. The ECP must play its role in 'purging ' Pakistan's parliament of people who do not come up to the high standards set for them in the constitution.
He said elections should be held on time and managed by an independent election commission under the auspices of a constitutionally-appointed and impartial caretaker government that lasts its proper term and no longer.
He said the elected representatives should act as a role model for the people and that they must enjoy public confidence. He said Britain had supported the ECP in a number of ways -from provision of ballot boxes during the elections to the allocation of funds to Pakistani non-governmental organisations for monitoring of electoral process.
Referring to Dr Tahirul Qadri's "million march" in Islamabad a few days ago, Thomson said Britain won't support any unconstitutional behaviours at a time when the present government is going to complete its term and people are to choose their representatives to govern the country for another five years. He said Britain supports Pakistan's constitution, and all acts as well as demands should be within the parameters of the constitution.