The US State Department avoids commenting on Pakistan’s internal affairs | Pro IQRA News

The US State Department avoids commenting on Pakistan’s internal affairs

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US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday that the ongoing situation in Pakistan’s politics was its internal matter and the US did not need to comment on it.

While speaking to State Department reporters during a State Department press briefing, Ned Price said the United States supports “the peaceful maintenance of democratic, constitutional and legal principles around the world, including in Pakistan.”

He said this while replying to a question about Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan being denied bail in the Toshakhana case and his party workers calling it an example of political victimisation.

Earlier this week, a non-bailable arrest warrant was issued for the PTI chairman in the Toshakhana case by an Islamabad district and court for continuously failing to appear in court despite the issuance of summons.

“These are issues for the Pakistani people. These are not issues for the United States,” Price asserted during his press briefing.

In response to another question regarding the crackdown on Afghan refugees in Pakistan, Price said the United States is engaging the Pakistani authorities on the issue.

The US is in regular discussion with its Pakistani counterparts on the issue of Afghan refugees, he said.

“We encourage all states to uphold their respective obligations towards Afghan refugees or asylum seekers, and to refrain from returning them to any place where they could face persecution or torture.”

It should be noted that US relations with Pakistan were at a low when former Prime Minister Imran Khan accused the US of being behind his rejection.

But last month, a high-level delegation led by US State Department adviser Derek Chollet, while visiting Pakistan, reaffirmed its commitment to increase cordiality with Pakistan and said it would further promote the bilateral relationship and support Islamabad in flood rehabilitation.