The voting process has started. People have come out in unexpected numbers to vote. Generally in Pakistan, the common man is denied many basic rights by the government but when it comes to general elections or voting, the common man denies himself the most important right ever, and that is, the right to vote.
But this time around things have changed. The turnout is great and people in Pakistan are generally very happy and going out to exercise their voting right with enthusiasm. The general atmosphere here is mostly positive but several incidents of violence and blatant rigging in different parts of the country have turned the situation rather grim.
In spite of all that, people are voting so it’s a good sign.
Internationally, since Pakistan is one of the most talked-about countries in terms of geo-politics (and unfortunately) terrorism, the election process here holds equal significance. This is in fact the first time that a democratic transition of governments will be experienced. People in Pakistan are very excited despite of all the frustration and disappointment from the previous government and we shall now take a look at how the world is viewing the whole process through the eyes of the international media.
1- Bomb Blasts During Elections:
Major news sources such as Reuters, RT, Global Post, The Guardian and the New York Times are rife with news articles which started off the coverage on a negative note. Several reports of grenade attacks in the provinces of Baluchistan and Sindh were reported. Almost 20 people got killed and 200 got injured.
The militant wing Taliban has vowed to further disrupt the peaceful electoral process in Pakistan which caused a lot of panic in the targeted area but didn’t discourage people in other cities to vote.
The Washington Post highlighted one of the most debated issues plaguing Pakistan, unfair treatment with minorities. According to the Ahmadiyaa Community, they are the victims of “separate but equal” electorate in Pakistan. Apart from the other Pakistanis almost 4 million people will not be able to vote due to religious discrimination.
This is yet another scar on the electoral process in the country.
3- Nevertheless, Landmark Elections:
Though the whole process of voting has been chaotic, so much so that the time of voting has been increased to over five-six hours, the turnout has all over been great and the Elections 2013 have been internationally remarked as a “landmark” in the history of the country.
NBC, Fox News, Reuters, CNN etc. have called these elections a milestone in the history of Pakistan. The amount of people who turned up for voting was unexpected and overwhelming as compared to all other elections that have been held so far.
The points above have been the international highlights of Pakistan Elections 2013 for now. There have been no reports on rigging and polling results as the process is still ongoing. For more information on elections being held in Pakistan, stay connected to our site.