From: N. RAM <>

February 20, 2008
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
On Pakistan ElectionsThe Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) congratulates the people of Pakistan for their verdict in the elections to the National Assembly. The verdict is a rejection of authoritarian military rule and the reaffirmation of their faith in parliamentary democracy. Equally significant is the verdict against religion-based parties and sectarian politics.

The formation of a coalition government based on the popular mandate will augur well for the transition to a full-fledged democratic system. The elections should have a beneficial impact in the region as a whole. It provides an appropriate setting for the continuance of the Indo-Pakistan dialogue and steps to improve ties between the two countries._______________________________________________