Statement by the Government of Afghanistan on Elections in Pakistan

 President Hamid Karzai congratulates the government and the brotherly nation of Pakistan on conducting a successful general election.

Saturday’s election marks Pakistan’s first transition from one elected government completing its term to another.

The high public participation in the election proved that the people in Pakistan despite the threats of terrorism and violence want to move forward in democracy and not to give up to such threats.

We hope that the new elected government provides the ground for peace and brotherhood with Afghanistan, and to sincerely cooperate in rooting out terrorist sanctuaries so that our two brotherly nations could be saved from this menace.

As a brotherly government, Afghanistan stands ready to extend full cooperation with Pakistan in eliminating terrorism and bringing stability and security to the region.