RAWALPINDI: The whole Pakistani nation, the caretaker government, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), political parties, and all victorious candidates were congratulated on Sunday by General Syed Asim Munir, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), for the conduct of the general elections of 2024. In an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, the Army Chief stated that Pakistani citizens’ unrestricted and unreserved exercise of their right to vote proved their dedication to the democracy and rule of law that are guaranteed by the country’s constitution.
The COAS stated, “Despite overwhelming odds, the leadership and employees of law enforcement agencies deserve our greatest admiration for creating a safe and secure atmosphere for the electoral process. “The largest electoral exercise in the history of the country was successfully conducted due to the constructive role played by civil society, members of the judiciary, civil administration, and national media.” “A united government of all democratic forces imbued with a national purpose will well-represent Pakistan’s diverse polity and pluralism,” he continued.
Democracy and elections are tools, not goals in and of themselves, for the benefit of the Pakistani people. For a progressive society of 250 million people, the country needs steady leadership and a healing touch to get past the politics of anarchy and divisiveness. Elections serve as a tool to ascertain the will of the electorate rather than being a zero-sum game of winning and losing. The Army Chief stated, “Maybe the only way to make democracy functional and purposeful is for political leadership and their employees to rise above self-interests and synergize efforts in governing and serving the people.”
It is now the responsibility of all political parties to respond to the collective faith of the Pakistani people in the Constitution of Pakistan with political maturity and cohesion. The speaker then stated that in light of this national milestone, it is imperative that we consider our current state of affairs and our proper position within the international community.
To bring about political and economic stability as well as peace and prosperity for our beloved Pakistan, the COAS wanted these elections to succeed.