US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson says the United States looks forward to witnessing timely‚ transparent‚ free and fair elections in Pakistan on May 11.

In a statement in Islamabad on Tuesday‚ he said these elections will mark an important democratic transition‚ a historic development of which the people of Pakistan can be very proud. He hoped that these elections will proceed peacefully.

He said it is solely up to the people of Pakistan to determine their future leadership. The United States is backing democracy and the strengthening of Pakistan's civilian institutions through the electoral process.

The Ambassador said the United States does not support any particular political party or individual candidate. He said we look forward to continuing to build our bilateral partnership with the government elected by the voters‚ regardless of the results.

He congratulated on behalf of the US government and American people to the government and people of Pakistan on the democratic process leading up to the 2013 general elections.