This is with reference to last month’s cover story on Pakistan’s General Elections. In a truly democratic society, on-time holding of elections is a routine affair that should be held peacefully for the smooth transition of power to newly-elected representatives. In Pakistan, however, elections come out to be the most challenging proceedings that are often marred by rigging, violent protests and even bloodshed. The recent elections were also no exception that proved the country’s incapability to carry out democratic transition in a peaceful manner. Unfortunately, the presence of a large number of security personnel during the polls did not send a positive message to the world while the absence of a level playing field for all political parties defied any prospect of free and fair elections to make matters worse. Pakistan cannot be termed as a failed state, but its inability to hold smooth parliamentary elections fails the country time and again.
Saeed Uddin Khan,