The top British diplomat in Pakistan, Jane Marriott, has scheduled a series of meetings with prominent political figures to advocate for “timely, inclusive, and peaceful elections” scheduled for February 8.
The British High Commission officially confirmed these engagements in a statement on Tuesday, outlining Marriott’s plan to meet with key political parties across Pakistan, including in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi.
In these meetings with political leaders, Marriott intends to discuss various issues, including UK-Pakistan bilateral relations, economic matters, and the significance of conducting elections in a timely, inclusive, and peaceful manner.
The communique detailed her interactions with political figures, noting meetings with Barrister Gohar Ali Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Islamabad. In Karachi, she engaged with leaders from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P).
Marriott’s visit to Lahore included a meeting with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The gathering also included former Prime Minister and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, Senior Vice-President and Chief Organiser Maryam Nawaz, and PML-N Chairman Election Cell Senator Ishaq Dar.
Additionally, Marriott is expected to hold separate meetings with leaders from the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q). These engagements reflect the UK’s interest in fostering diplomatic relations and promoting the importance of fair and peaceful elections in Pakistan.