US body assures support for strengthening democracy in Pakistan

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, now serving as Chair of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Tuesday praised the Pakistani nation on the historic transfer of power from one civilian government to the next following the May 11 elections when she called on the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. She was joined by former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Ambassador Cameron  Munter, NDI President Kenneth Wollack and Director Asia Peter Manikas.

Ms. Albright said the smooth transfer of power reflected the strong conviction of the people of Pakistan in democracy, according to a press release issued by the Pakistan Embassy here. On behalf of NDI, she offered continued support for strengthening democracy in the country.

The Prime Minister emphasized that democracy has taken roots in Pakistan. He acknowledged the contribution of NDI in improving the electoral systems in the country and also expressed the desire of the Government of Pakistan to continue working closely with international organizations such as NDI to consolidate the democratic gains in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister was assisted by Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar,  Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani.