US against extra-constitutional changes in Pakistan

Marie Harf says US supports democracy

WASHINGTON - The United States on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is constitutionally elected head of the government of Pakistan, with the State Department also stating that Washington does not support any extra-constitutional changes to the democratic system.

“We support the constitutional and electoral process in Pakistan, which produced the prime minister as Nawaz Sharif. That was the process they followed, and the election they had, we are focused on working with Pakistan,” State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said at the daily briefing.

“We do not support any extra-constitutional changes to that democratic system or people attempting to impose that,” she added. "Nawaz Sharif was elected and he is the prime minister. There is a government that was elected (and is) in place,” Harf noted in reply to a question.

“While we call on all sides to refrain from violence we are monitoring the situation. We will continue to work with Pakistan. I would caution you from assuming sort of where this goes from here. We think there is a protest that is peaceful. We know there is a lot of space for political dialogue,” the spokesperson said.



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