US commends ‘courage’ of Pakistanis who voted

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The United States has commended “the courage of the Pakistani people, including many women� that turned out to vote in the country’s general election.
In a statement Friday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, also condemned the violence leading up to Wednesday’s balloting. “We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their families, and wish a speedy recovery to those injured,� she said.
“The development of strong democratic and civilian institutions of governance and a vibrant civil society is critical to Pakistan’s long-term stability and prosperity,� the statement added.