The Evolution Of Democracy In Pakistan - BY: Zafar Iqbal Rawana

The day of 25th July witnessed the 11th general elections in Pakistan. All the parties, national and regional alongwith a large number of independents entered into the arena with zeal and zest. The exuberance of candidates and workers i.e khilaries, noonians, jiyalas and religious activists was worth seeing as were all out to grab the maximum out of 272 seats of 15th national assembly. As many as 3,459 candidates contested on 272 seats of NA and 8,396 candidates were up to grab 577 seats of provencial assemblies. The figuer show a significant decrease in the number of candidates as compare to the 2013 general elections. The compaign remained cool, calm and no significant untoward incident was observed during/ on the day of election, except the unfortunate accident in Batgram ( NA-12 ) where 5 soldiers embraced shahadat in the line of duty.All the political parties and their nominees flocked to the polling stations and exercised their ballot amid scarching heat the day over but did not complain rather requested ECP to extend the polling time by one hour.However, when the counting of votes was underway the defeated parties started with traditional allegations of rigging . Cricket icon turned politician Imran Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI ) emerged with a triumphant smile. This is the result of 22 years of conviction, relentless efforts and determination. The team of PTI led by IK desplayed very well. I am indebited to applaud the KPK government whose outstanding demonstrated performance not only made their overwhelming come back possible but wielded influence the country wide. Most of the so called stalwarts like ' Yousaf Raza Gilani, Shahid Khaqan Abbassi, Fazal ur Rehman, Siraj ul Haq, Mahmood Achakzai, Asfandayar Wali, Ch Nisar Ali Khan' faced humiliating defeats. Most of the ministers of Nawaz Sharif's federal cabinet could not make a come back and slipped into the archive of history.

The election results unfolded unexpected facts, on one hand the first tier of leadership grabbed their seats comfortably, whereas on the other hand the voters also facilitated in clearing some non-essentials like Dr. Firdaus Ashiq Awan, Ishaq Khakwani, Raza Hayat Hiraj and Allah Yar Hiraj. PTI leadership should't have marched on with this stock. Had they respected the years long services of diehard workers the situation might have been similar to KPK. A worthwhile filterstion of"Electables" came be known during these elections. I am positive the remaining will also be wipped out in 2023. IK made history by winning against unbelievable odds, entrenched forces of status quo, primitive mindset, world's best fraudsters , trolls, thugs, land grabbers, tax evaders, money launderers, murderers and international lobbyists. IK remained composed throughout and then appeared on 27 July at 1700 hours. During his 40 minutes informal speech he unfolded the broad road map. He touched briefly areas of concern, appreciated the sacrifices of people of Balochistan and KPK, spoke his heart out as how well he will address the basic issues, highlighted his envisioned foreign policy issues especially relations with neighbours, showed his deep concern apropos the working style of police, revenue department, pledged to uproot the corruption which has spread over all around like turmite. He desplayed his political acumen and statesmenship through out. He also pledged to strengthened the institutions. We wish him and his team the best of luck in the time to come.

Posted on Jul 31, 18 | 7:09 am