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We want a moderate, modern and democratic Pakistan: US

world Updated: Aug 24, 2007 08:23 IST

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The United States has said that it wanted to see a moderate, modern and democratic Pakistan, reacting cautiously to country's Supreme Court verdict that allowed exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to return home.

"I think we've made it clear where we are. What we want to see a free, fair, transparent, fully participatory elections, and an elected leader who represents Pakistanis choices. We want to see a moderate, modern, democratic country, led by the choice of the Pakistani people. We haven't had any change in policy there," State Department Spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said at his regular briefing.

The spokesman was asked if there was a change in American policy in the context of the ongoing fluidity in Pakistan.

"Pakistan's Supreme Court has ruled that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif can return to the country. We understand that they did not make a determination regarding past legal charges against him. For further information on the status of the legal charges against him, I refer you to the Pakistan legal authorities," he said.