Setting the Political Trajectory
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