People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 24, 2008
On Pakistan Elections
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statement on February 20, 2008
THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) congratulates the people of Pakistan for their verdict in the elections to the National Assembly. The verdict is a rejection of authoritarian military rule and the reaffirmation of their faith in parliamentary democracy. Equally significant is the verdict against religion-based parties and sectarian politics.
The formation of a coalition government based on the popular mandate will augur well for the transition to a full-fledged democratic system. The elections should have a beneficial impact in the region as a whole. It provides an appropriate setting for the continuance of the Indo-Pakistan dialogue and steps to improve ties between the two countries.