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Watching ‘irregularities’ in Pak polls ‘very very closely’, says White House

We shared concerns about some of reports that we have heard coming out of Pakistan, Kirby says

By Wajid Ali Syed
February 16, 2024
US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, on November 30, 2023. — AFP
US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, on November 30, 2023. — AFP

WASHINGTON: The White House on Thursday expressed concerns over reports of alleged irregularities in the general elections that took place in Pakistan last week.

“We are concerned,” US National Security Council coordinator for Strategic Communication John Kirby said responding to a question about the elections in Pakistan. “We shared concerns about some of the reports that we have heard coming out of Pakistan in terms of intimidation, voter suppression, that kind of thing,” Kirby added. He stressed that the White House is “watching this very, very closely,” and added, “as I understand it, votes are still being tallied so international monitors are still taking a look at those tallies. I am not going to get ahead of that process.”