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May 12, 2013 at 10:40pm IST

Barack Obama congratulates Pakistan on completion of polls

Washington: US President Barack Obama on Sunday congratulated Pakistan on successful completion of parliamentary elections and said his administration is ready to work "as equal partners" with the new government. "I congratulate the people of Pakistan on the successful completion of parliamentary elections. The United States stands with all Pakistanis in welcoming this historic, peaceful and transparent transfer of civilian power, which is a significant milestone in Pakistan's democratic progress," Obama said in a statement.

"By conducting competitive campaigns, freely exercising your democratic rights, and persevering despite intimidation by violent extremists, you have affirmed a commitment to democratic rule that will be critical to achieving peace and prosperity for all Pakistanis for years to come," said the US President.

The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) lead by Nawaz Sharif has emerged as the winner in the election and he is likely to be the next Prime Minister of the country. "The United States and Pakistan have a long history of working together on mutual interests, and my Administration looks forward to continuing our cooperation with the Pakistani government that emerges from this election as equal partners in supporting a more stable, secure, and prosperous future for the people of Pakistan," Obama said.

Barack Obama congratulates Pak on completion of polls

"My Administration looks forward to continuing our cooperation with the Pakistani government," said the US President.

In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the people of Pakistan and said the Obama Administration is looking forward to working with the new government. "These national and provincial assembly elections mark an historic step in Pakistan's democratic journey. The Pakistani people stood up resiliently to threats by violent extremists," he said. "We'll be working with the new government to advance shared interests including a peaceful, more prosperous and stable future for Pakistan and the region," he added.