Pakistan has just concluded its general elections — a historic event because this marks the first transition from an elected government that completed its term to another elected government. A two time Prime Minister has been voted in for a third tenure with a considerable majority but with the emergence of a powerful new force in Pakistani politics — the Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) led by the cricketer turned philanthropist turned politician, Imran Khan. The Peoples Party that led the last coalition government remains in the game but with a vastly reduced presence with most of its leaders voted out on the basis of their five year performance. This election also marks the highest ever voter turn-out — over 60% and the advent of a new voting motivation among all classes — including those who preferred arm chairs to queues in the sun previously. Neither the heat, nor the inconvenience nor the threat of violence kept people indoors. Overall Elections 2013 indicated a political maturity that augers well for sustainable democracy in Pakistan.
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