Set­ting the Po­lit­i­cal Tra­jec­tory

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

Your cover story on Pak­istan’s gen­eral elec­tions 2013 was an in­for­ma­tive read. The writer ex­plained in de­tail the cur­rent sce­nario of the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal do­main which is dom­i­nated by heavy­weights such as the Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party (PPP), the Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM), and the Pak­istan Mus­lim League – Nawaz (PML-N). Th­ese elec­tions were a mo­men­tous event in the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal his­tory as the PPP-led govern­ment com­pleted its 5-years in ten­ure and held elec­tions on time. It was en­light­en­ing to learn about the key can­di­dates from each party and what role they could play in th­ese elec­tions. More­over, the key points from the man­i­festos of the five prom­i­nent po­lit­i­cal par­ties added tremen­dous value to the author’s ar­gu­ment. Un­for­tu­nately, Pak­istani vot­ers sel­dom read party man­i­festos and rely largely on rhetoric. By pro­vid­ing a ba­sic break­down, the reader was able to draw com­par­isons be­tween par­ties based on their man­i­festos. Based on facts and fig­ures, the writer dis­cussed in de­tail the many predica­ments the coun­try faces such as sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence, Balochis­tan’s sta­tus as a prob­lem prov­ince, and pos­si­ble at­tacks on the elec­tion cam­paigns by ter­ror­ist out­fits in­clud­ing Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Tal­iban. The elec­tion cam­paigns did bring to the ta­ble pledges made by po­lit­i­cal lead­ers who were eye­ing to be­come the head-of-state, how­ever, most of th­ese lead­ers had lost their cred­i­bil­ity in their pre­vi­ous term.

Ah­san Badar Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan

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