US calls for respecting ‘democratic principles, rule of law’ in Pakistan

The United States calls for the “respect and equal application of democratic principles, freedom of expression and rule of law” in Pakistan, said the US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller, regarding the ongoing political unrest in the country.

“We call for the respect and equal application of democratic principles, freedom of expression around – and rule of law around the world, and of course, in Pakistan we urge that these principles be respected for all people,” Miller said when asked about the crackdown against political workers and journalists in light of May 9 protests.

The government is clamping down on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) through mass arrests and registration of cases under various laws, including terrorism laws due to their involvement in the protests that turned deadly on May 9, when party chief and former prime minister Imran Khan was arrested.

The State Department spokesperson reiterated that Washington continues to closely monitor the situation in Pakistan, but doesn’t “have a position on one political candidate or another” in the country.

Moreover, Miller also expressed regret over the terrorist attack on the gas field in Hangu and offered sympathies to the bereaved families.

“We are saddened by the devastating reports concerning the deadly militant attack at the Pakistan oil and gas facility, which killed four security troops and two private guards,” he said, while praying for speedy recovery of those injured in the attack.

Miller further stated that his country was also following the developments in Pakistan.

At least four Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel and two private security guards were martyred when a gas plant in Tall Tehsil of Hangu district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, came under terrorist attack.

Tall Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Irfan Khan told Geo News that heavily armed militants struck the private gas extraction plant in the mountainous region.

The cop further stated that the militants had also damaged a solar power plant at the affected plant before fleeing to the adjoining North Waziristan area, where they had come from. He said that a joint search operation was underway in the area.

Irfan said the security personnel fought bravely for two hours and repulsed the attack.