The EU wants the new government to start addressing core issues such as strengthening of democratic system, reestablishment of an independent judiciary, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and issues related to regional peace and stability. This was stated in a declaration issued by the European Union here. The EU welcomed the elections held in the country on February 18.
"The elections provide a basis for a new democratic development in Pakistan," the declaration said.
However, the EU regretted that not all political detainees including judges and lawyers have been released and thus prevented from taking part in the electoral process.
It renewed its call for their immediate release and reiterated the need for freedom of media.
The EU reiterated its commitment to the people of Pakistan in helping them build a prosperous and stable society, based on the principles of democracy and the rule of law.
The successful deployment of a comprehensive EU Election Observation Mission during the elections is ample evidence of this continuing engagement, The Nation reported.