The title of a recently released Reuters article is “Pakistan’s Sharif DECLARES victory in landmark election” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/11/us-pakistan-election-idUSBRE9490V620130511). “declares victory”. Do people TRUST Sharif?
“Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif DECLARED victory in a JUBILANT speech to supporters as results from Saturday’s (May 11, 2013) election showed a clear lead for his party, making it almost certain that he will become prime minister of the country for a third time”. His previous two stints as Pakistani PM were November 6, 1990 – July 18, 1993 and February 17, 1997 – October 12, 1999 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nawaz_Sharif) so we have to wonder how receptive Pakistan is/will be to A POLITICAL VETERAN.
“The election, in which 86 million people were eligible to vote, will bring the first transition between civilian governments in a country that has been ruled by the military for more than half of its TURBULENT history”. Pakistan’s recent “history” has been EXTREMELY “turbulent”.
“Despite pre-election violence and attacks on Saturday (May 11, 2013) that killed at least 17 people, millions turned out to cast a ballot”.
“(Sharif) declared to HOOTS OF JOY from the crowd“, “Results are still coming in, but this much is confirmed: we’re the SINGLE LARGEST party so far“. “hoots of joy” of course INCREASES THE HYPE among candidates which in turn INCREASES ARROGANCE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “Please pray that by morning (May 12, 2013), we’re in a position that we don’t need THE CRUTCH OF COALITION PARTNERS“. As we’ve seen throughout history, especially in WEIMAR GERMANY, a minor disagreement can cause the entire “coalition” to collpase.
Finally, according to senior journalist Nusrat Javeed, “NAWAZ‘s victory says two things about Pakistan: one, the people of Pakistan prefer THE COMFORT of STATUS QUO over THE UNCERTAINTY OF REVOLUTIONS and two, all roads to the center go through Punjab and in Punjab, people are RIGHT-LEANING and CONSERVATIVE. Still, for a party that only really arrived on the political scene in a serious way two years ago (2011), PTI’s performance was REMARKABLE, to say the least“.
At least this is A step in the right direction after decades of military rule, however small.