London, Apr 3 : The UK was keen to see the success and progress of democracy in Pakistan as the South Asian country was of major interest to Britain, said UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Lord Mark Malloch Brown.
The minister said after years of military rule, it was crucial to build a democracy that represented all sectors within Pakistan.
“In the longer term, the new government is a solid starting point for a constructive engagement not just amongst political parties, but for the development of political institutions, and the real deepening of democracy across country. Now this is going to be really fundamental if the people of Pakistan are not to again become disillusioned with civilian politics if this is to be the final decisive break from the cycle of military interventions,” The News quoted Brown as saying while speaking on a conference on Pakistan-UK relations.
He said that Britain's Foreign Office minister said despite problems with Pakistan's election, the peoples’ will had prevailed.
“The election staff and the role of the representatives of media and civil society, I think demonstrated a countrywide cross sectoral determination of Pakistanis to make sure their political will was allowed to prevail and that they got the right to go to the ballot box and choose a government,” he added.
Brown was speaking on Pakistan-UK relations and its possible return to the Commonwealth organisation at a major conference “Pakistan: Sources of Stability and Instability”, last evening.
Organised by Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and supported by the Global Conflict Prevention Pool, the conference aims to find ways of reducing the conflict in the Muslim state.
The British minister also outlined the need for a strong Anglo Pakistan relationship saying for the UK, there was a direct domestic British interest in seeing the success of democratic, stable, inclusive politics in Pakistan. “This is not some abstract foreign policy problem, it matters to us very directly in terms of domestic security and law and order back home here,” he added. (ANI)
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