Report on upcoming Elections in Pakistan
By Haider Raza Bhutta
On the 11th of may 2013 the elections will take place after the first time a government in office completes its term. This is the first time in history of Pakistan that a government completes its term in office. For the past five years the Pakistan’s Peoples party has held office with president Asif Ali Zardari as head of state and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as prime minister of Pakistan. The elections were held in march 2008 bringing an end to the regime of dictatorial president General Retired Pervaiz Musharraf.
Election campaigning began about a few weeks ago. During that time terrorism has come to a horrifying rise, sticking cities at random. two weeks ago the countries former dictator President General retired Pervaiz Musharraf came back to the country after being in self-exile for 4 years. hoping to gain the support of the people again he was called to court , and with the case of treason upon his head he was imprisoned in his farm house in Chak Shehzad Islamabad.
Terrorism has been on its rise since the election campaigning. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has declared openly that it will openly attack the Pakistan People Party, the Mutahida Qaumi movement and the Awami National Party if they try to campaign during the elections. But these groups have said that nothing can stop them and they will fearlessly go on. The city of Karachi has been rocking with non-stop bomb blasts. Cities around Pakistan have been struck. Police check posts, rallies, anything which can be managed to be attacked is being done so.
No matter how strong one is the fall is to come one day or another. The same happened with the Tehrik-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan. After being called upon stage in the election rally in ghalib market in Lahore, Imran Khan boarded upon a forklift to get on the stage. With him were two security guards. After reaching a height of about 20 feet Imran khan and his guards lost balance as a mysterious man tried to join them on the forklift. Imran and the Guards fell headlong on to the ground. The man rushed off as soon as the trio fell. In the fall Imran’s head hit the forklift metal bar. soon he was rushed, unconscious, to a nearby hospital in liberty market. after receiving stitches in the head he was taken to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial cancer hospital where he had his checkup. the country was relieved to hear that its national hero was well. Imran had received several blows to the head and suffered a minor back fracture.
The eventful elections don’t just stop here. Coming with the elections were paid broadcasts by political parties either denouncing their opponents or trying to bring fame to their name. Some broadcasts show politicians saying that they will end the electricity crisis in Pakistan in 1 year then 1 and a half year then 2 years then two years then and on. While some emotionally try to win people’s heart. What politicians have in their mind while doing this is certainly just to get the vote by wining people’s hearts, by doing things which brings happiness or joy for a days or so just enough to get over with the elections and do their usual thing which in some cases is to help the people and in others is to do corruption.
Security during the Elections should be top priority for the care taker government under caretaker prime minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso. Asif Ali Zardari shall remain head of state till September 2013 after which the government in power shall elect its president. What shall become of the election no one knows.
Now if we are to come to discuss which party is more popular, I do not know a great deal about what is the choice for most people but according to the Television and news papers Imran Khan is the popular choice. Students most of whom are not of age are popularly with Imran Khan. Voters are most definite to try out someone knew as their leader but only time will show who is to come up as the leader of Pakistan and shall lead us to live in the country which we want Pakistan to be, free of corruption, terrorism, unemployment, energy and resource problems and economically stable.
Haider Raza Bhutta is a Grade 8 Student in Beacon House School Islamabad