EU asks Pak to lift emergency, restore democracy

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New Delhi, Nov 26 (UNI) The European Union (EU) today asked the Pakistan government to restore full democracy in the country and lift emergency before holding the elections.

Purtuguese Ambassador to India, Luis Filipe Castro Mendes, and Ms Daniele Smadja, Head of the Delegation of the European Commisssion, said in a joint press conference here that the EU was very concerned about the situation in Pakistan and was watching the developments there ''very, very, closely.'' The two were speaking to reporters ahead of the Eighth India-EU Summit to be held here on November 30.

They said the EU had been invited as Observers during the elections in Pakistan, But the offer is being put on hold.

''..We are putting it on hold because we don't believe that elections can be held in an emergency,'' Ms Smadja said.

Asked whether the situation in Pakistan would be discussed at the Summit, the two leaders said the Summit leaders could exchange views on the latest situation in the country and see what could be done.

''We have a common position on Pakistan, that is to restore full democracy. We are looking at the situation very, very cautiously and with concern,'' they said.

Describing the situation in Pakistan as ''very complicated,'' Ms Smadja said there was a need to give a very strong message that the situation is under very, very close scrutiny.

UNI

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