WASHINGTON — Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and Barbara Lee (CA-12), CPC Chair Emeritus and Peace and Security Task Force Chair issued the following statement on the recent election in Pakistan:

"In their elections last week, Pakistanis sent an unequivocal message that they want a country led by the people, not the military. We condemn the Pakistani military’s efforts to impede those free and fair elections and call for immediate cessation of any of those continuing efforts. We join the State Department in calling for accountability around efforts to impede the elections. Given the history of U.S. support for Pakistan's government and security forces, we have a special responsibility to ensure that, going forward, our security cooperation is with a government that represents the will and democratic consent of the Pakistani people."