Violence, repression and upcoming elections

With elections just around the corner the blast outside Lahore High Court killing at least 25,most of them policemen spread chaos, confusion and instability throughout the country. According to a report, the general elections due on Feb. 18th could either dampen tensions and set the country on a path towards stabilization, or exacerbate a long-running political crisis.

We need democracy and having pseudo-free elections is the very meaning of democracy. But does the phrase “true democracy” have any meaning in Pakistan? What do they actually mean when they talk about Free & Fair elections? Or maybe ‘free & fair’ and ‘elections’ are two different things. President Pervez Musharraf promised us free and fair elections and i sincerely hope his promise is not a hollow one. But according to Geo PPP presented pre-poll rigging evidence to Pakistan Election Commission ( PEC) on Wednesday Jan. 9th, 2008.

The story goes like this: PAKISTAN Peoples Party Punjab president Shah Mehmood Qureshi visited provincial Election Commissioner Ayaz Muhammad Baig on Wednesday to register the partyĆ­s concerns regarding February 18 polls.

The PPP leader presented him a proof paper on alleged pre-poll rigging by administration and PML-Q. PPP Punjab secretary general Ghulam Abbas and other members accompanied Shah Mehmood…
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So,when terms like “Free & Fair elections” or “pseudo-free elections” are mislabeled, is there any hope?

4 Comments so far

  1. suh (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 1:57 am

    its in our culture that no one excepts defeat, all parties talking about rigging are preparing for defeat and all those blinded fans of them here are getting excuses ready.

  2. JAYJAY (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 4:54 am

    I wonder why PPP is not complaining of rigging in Sindh?

  3. Jus (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 11:32 am

    Has the post by Usman Latif titled “Who Will Guard the Guards?” been brought down? Cos i could see it in my Google Reader but cldnt find it here.

    Aj kal, mere Pakistan kaisey hai? Main aa rahi hoon lakin …. *shrug* … atawakkalu ala Allah.

  4. Asif (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

    Guys i am not sure if this is the rightway to announce myself…so here goes

    I have started a citizen journalism website called

    I wanted to created an open source news paper where you can report news and post articles. And i request the citizen of Lahore to help me out here.

    do let me know your feedback.

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