Third Com­ing

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

Your cover story dis­cussing the 2014 elec­tions in Pak­istan was in­for­ma­tive and de­tailed re­gard­ing the key play­ers and mis­man­age­ment con­ducted by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion. The writer ex­plained in de­tail the rig­ging and mis­man­age­ment that was pre­vail­ing across the coun­try on Elec­tion Day. With Nawaz Sharif be­com­ing Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan for the third time, peo­ple will ex­cept him to take wise de­ci­sions which will bring the coun­try out of its many predica­ments.

Sharif will need to ad­dress Pak­istan’s en­ergy cri­sis, curb ter­ror­ism, main­tain friendly re­la­tions with South Asian neigh­bors, cre­ate a vi­able for­eign pol­icy with the West, and re­vive the coun­try’s stalled econ­omy. Al­though po­lit­i­cal lead­ers are hail­ing the ef­forts of the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan in hold­ing elec­tions on time, it is the un­pro­fes­sional con­duct wit­nessed on polling day which has cre­ated doubts among the Pak­ista­nis over the le­gal­ity of th­ese elec­tions.

More­over, peo­ple and pol­icy mak­ers alike will care­fully ob­serve Sharif’s first 100 days of power dur­ing which he will de­cide upon key is­sues to de­ter­mine the course of Pak­istan’s po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic fu­ture. Af­ter serv­ing as the op­po­si­tion leader dur­ing the pre­vi­ous PPP-led govern­ment, Sharif will have his hands full in prov­ing his worth as Prime Min­is­ter dur­ing his third term.

Shahid You­nis Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan

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