ISLAMABAD, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday congratulated the Afghan nation over successful elections.
He said that making decisions through ballot boxes by the Afghan people reflects their determination and keen interest for adopting democratic culture.
Afghans voted in landmark presidential and provincial councils elections despite the Taliban threats and bad weather.
Sharif emphasized that the participation in the process by the Afghan people would play a significant role to bring peace and stability to the region.
"Pakistan would not only help and support Afghanistan in strengthening democracy, but also work in collaboration with the new leadership in Afghanistan for bringing peace and tranquillity in the region," he said.
The prime Minister expressed the hope that a peaceful transfer of would take place in Kabul. He also hoped the elections will be instrumental in bringing unity and harmony to the war-torn people.
The Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said in a statement that the people of Afghanistan have braved the security threat and inclement weather and turned up in millions to exercise their democratic rights to choose the future leadership.
"Pakistan wished Afghan electoral institutions well as they take the next key steps in ensuring the successful completion of the electoral process," the spokesperson said.
She said the people of Pakistan stand in strong solidarity with the Afghan nation at this historic moment, and as it moves forward in its peaceful democratic transition.
On Saturday, nearly 7 million Afghans, out of 12 million eligible voters, cast their ballots in the third presidential and provincial councils elections, according to elections officials.
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