Editor’s Mail

Southasia - - MALÉ -

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,

Aza­m­garh, In­dia.

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