Britain supports democratic Pakistan: UK minister

LONDON: Britain, one of Pakistan´s leading partners and a major aid donor, urged the two sides to find a democratic solution to the crisis.

“We strongly support a democratic Pakistan and the use of democratic institutions to resolve political disputes,” British foreign minister Philip Hammond said in a statement.

“I hope that all parties in Pakistan can work together under the Constitution to peacefully resolve current political differences.”

The European Union also voiced its support for democracy in Pakistan — and linked it to a highly prized trade deal.