“I’m a newcomer to Pakistan. As I said earlier, my background is in the Middle East. I’m learning every day and I’m watching. And I’m very impressed by how lively, frankly, politics are in this country.”
The US ambassador said he believed general elections in Pakistan would take place in 2018, as scheduled.
“We’ve seen a peaceful transition from one elected government to another elected government. There is no reason to not expect there to be elections coming up in 2018. We support that,” he said.
“I can’t speak to the past but I can tell you today that we do believe in Pakistan’s democracy and we do believe that it is the soundest basis for stability and prosperity,” he added.