House of Lords written question – answered on 20th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what initiatives they are taking within the Commonwealth to promote full civilian control over Pakistan's military and intelligence forces.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Since rejoining the Commonwealth in 2008, Pakistan has made real progress in consolidating democracy. The forthcoming elections are a real opportunity to continue making progress. The Government work with a number of Commonwealth partners to help Pakistan consolidate democracy and break cycles of poor governance, which can lead to military intervention. For example, we are working to support elections that are credible and acceptable to the Pakistani people.

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