Unified Government to Reflect Pakistan’s Diverse Polity: COAS

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir recently stated that a unified government, comprising all democratic forces, would effectively represent Pakistan’s diverse polity and pluralism. He emphasized that this government would operate with a common national objective.

General Munir’s comments came in the wake of a meeting of major political leaders in Lahore, where the formation of the government was discussed. He emphasized that elections are not merely a competition of winning and losing, but a process to ascertain the people’s mandate. He urged political leaders and their workers to prioritize national interests over personal ones and to synergize their efforts in governance and public service.

The COAS underscored that elections and democracy are means to serve the people of Pakistan, not ends in themselves. He congratulated the entire nation, the caretaker government, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), political parties, and all winning candidates on the successful conduct of the 2024 general elections.

General Munir lauded the Pakistani people’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law, as demonstrated by their free and unhindered participation in the voting process. He also commended the leadership and personnel of law-enforcement agencies for ensuring a safe and secure environment for the electoral process, despite significant challenges.

The COAS highlighted the constructive role played by the national media, civil society, members of the civil administration, and judiciary in facilitating the successful conduct of the largest electoral exercise in the country’s history.

As the people of Pakistan have placed their trust in the constitution, General Munir called upon all political parties to reciprocate with political maturity and unity. He expressed hope that the elections would bring political and economic stability and serve as a harbinger of peace and prosperity for the country.

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