Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulates Biden and Harris on US election victory

Islamabad: Pakistani leaders took to Twitter to congratulate Joe Biden after he was declared winner of the US presidency and expressed hope to strengthen bilateral relations and peace in the region.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan was among the first world leaders to congratulate the US president-elect. Congratulating the United States President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Pakistani premier said that he looked forward to “Biden’s Global Summit on Democracy and working with him to end illegal tax havens and stealth of nation’s wealth by corrupt ldrs [leaders].”

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“We will also continue to work with US for peace in Afghanistan and in the region,” PM Khan added in his tweet.

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President Dr Arif Alvi said that Pakistan looks forward “to an improving US role towards world peace specially in Afghanistan, as well as the entire region” and the country hopes for “continued long term friendship and a dignified relationship.”

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Healing touch

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Several Pakistani ministers also rushed to congratulate Joe Biden on social media. Defence Minister Pervez Khattak expressed hope that Joe Biden’s victory “marks the beginning of a better and stronger relationship between Pakistan and the United States.”

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Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar anticipated that commitment of the new US leadership will improve the global response to coronavirus. “High expectations from new leadership in US as they can play a decisive role in leading the global response against COVID-19 pandemic and bringing peace to regions suffering from conflict.”

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Minister for Planning Asad Umar, who is also spearheading the country’s fight against the pandemic, is hopeful the Biden will utilize his power as the US president to promote “peace and cooperation in the world and Afghanistan in particular” as “the world needs a healing touch.”

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Pakistanis express joy

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Pakistanis living abroad particularly in the United States and Canada, who were closely following teh US presidential elections, expressed their joy and relief over the US elections results. “Biden’s victory is a welcoming sign for the Muslims and South Asian community. It gives them hope for a better future as Biden has promised to unite the people” Nabeel Javed, a Pakistani who lives in the United States, told Gulf News.

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