Sharif Takes Over the Reins of Power in Pakistanis First Democratic PollBusiness, Featured Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
No one would have thought that the man former military leader of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf ousted from his post as Prime Minister, would return and win a crucial election that has resuscitated self-determination abilities of Pakistanis. More so, Nawath Sharif is slated to win even a majority vote when the tally culminates.
Stipulations of forming the next administration began leaking as early as over the weekend, before the voting was complete, with Mr. Sharif signaling on the next leader to take over the critical Finance post.
Even as the securities market rallied after the generally violent election culminated late Sunday, the country’s economy is in a shambles and something needs to happen if Pakistan will not fall into the clutches of austerity or dependency on the International Monetary Fund. This is why Ishaq Dar, a close ally of Mr. Sharif, may likely clinch the job that he dually held during the last decade, but one, when the nation was in turmoil, politically.
The premise of Mr. Sharif, an ex-business mogul dealing in steel, and one which stamped his campaign with zeal, was to rescue the nation from failing economically, as well as, bringing back electrical stability in a nation where blackouts can extend for more than eighteen hours, on end.
Accolades from Obama
One of the subtle allies of Pakistan in the war against terror, the United States, has sent a congratulatory message to the new president, touting the success of the democratic exercise that will even bring the two countries together as ‘equal partner(s).’
US President Barrack Obama said the Americans join hands with the rest of the Pakistanis to welcome the ease of power transition to civilian rule, hailing it as a significant progress for democracy.
Mr. Obama also emphasized the resilience of the countrymen for conducting the polls in the face of violent frustration from outlaws. BBC Radio had reported on the penultimate day to the vote that the northwestern part was one of the most violent in the election, as non-sympathizers of militant groups suffered the blunt of bombing.
The election of Nawaz Sharif back to a seat he forcefully lost in a coup d’ etat becomes important, in the region, because it is the initial time for a new administration to gain the reins of power through the will of the people. Military coups are commonplace in Pakistan.
Across the border, in India, PM Manmohan Singh hailed the election of Mr. Sharif, resuscitating memories of Sunday’s correspondence between the two, in which the latter invited his Indian counterpart for the inauguration. Relations between the two countries have always been rocky, over the simmering issue of the Kashmir secession.
Though people turned out in record numbers in spite of a blood bath in some parts, some parties like that of former PM, Benazir Bhutto, performed poorly in what analysts blame as Taliban intimidation, thus giving Sharif’s Muslim League a walk over.