India on Sunday extended its congratulations to Afghanistan for successfully holding parliamentary elections in the country, Ministry of External Affairs said.
India congratulated the people of Afghanistan for exercising their democratic rights at Parliamentary elections held yesterday.
In a statement, the External Affairs Ministry said, the enthusiastic participation of people, including women, despite terrorist violence, is a testament of resilience of the people of Afghanistan. It reflects their desire and faith in democratic governance and rejection of the evil forces that foment and spread terror and violence.
India too congratulated the National Unity government, the Independent election Commission and the security forces of Afghanistan for creating an enabling environment and organising the elections despite numerous challenges.
MEA further said, “We hope that these elections would contribute to the strengthening of democratic institutions and deepen inclusive democratic system in Afghanistan. India supports the people of Afghanistan in their efforts to build a peaceful, stable, united, inclusive and prosperous nation.”
As per Independent Election Commission’s recent figures “About three million people risk their lives to vote on Saturday.”
Officials said, at least 17 people were killed and 83 people were injured in violent incidents across the country as people voted on Saturday.