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State Dept: US urges Pakistan to respect human rights, fundamental freedoms 

The US State Department has underscored ongoing dialogues between American officials and their Pakistani counterparts, focusing on human rights and fundamental freedoms.

In a recent press briefing, Vedant Patel, the deputy spokesperson for the US State Department, highlighted that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome have been actively engaging with Pakistani officials.

Patel stressed that these discussions are part of the US’s enduring commitment to advocating for human rights and fundamental freedoms globally.

“We consistently urge Pakistan to respect the rights of its people in accordance with its constitution and international commitments,” Patel responded to queries, addressing Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar’s criticism of US involvement in Pakistan’s electoral process.

The deputy spokesperson urged the Pakistani government to safeguard freedom of expression, religion, peaceful assembly, and association for all citizens.

“We call on Pakistan to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression, assembly, religion, and association,” Patel affirmed, underlining these principles as crucial to a democratic society.

Regarding inquiries about alleged electoral fraud in Pakistan, Patel confirmed ongoing discussions with Pakistani partners, emphasizing continued US interest in the matter.

Commenting on domestic political affairs in Pakistan, Patel noted the internal nature of issues concerning Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Founder Imran Khan, reaffirming US respect for Pakistan’s sovereignty in managing its internal affairs while maintaining a focus on human rights concerns.

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