The head of Pakistan’s powerful army has made his first public statement since Thursday’s vote.
“The nation needs stable hands and a healing touch to move on from the politics of anarchy and polarisation, which does not suit a progressive country of 250 million people,” said General Syed Asim Munir, according to a statement from the military.
“Elections are not a zero-sum competition of winning and losing but an exercise to determine the mandate of the people,” the statement quoted Munir as saying.
“Political leadership and their workers should rise above self-interests and synergise efforts in governing and serving the people, which is perhaps the only way to make democracy functional and purposeful.”
The military is a dominant player in the country’s political affairs and directly ruled it for more than three decades since 1947.(Al Jazeera)