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Vote, Me Worry?

With cracks showing in the major parties, a hung national assembly seems most likely. Even without the army trying.

Vote, Me Worry?
Vote, Me Worry?
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On October 10, Pakistan will begin yet another tryst with democracy. It's three years to this month when General Pervez Musharraf had ousted the popular government of Nawaz Sharif. It's on this day the world will witness what it has never before: people coming out to vote in what Musharraf calls a 'sustainable democracy' —decidedly a queer system where a military dictator first declares himself president through a referendum, then amends the constitution to disqualify towering political figures from contesting elections, and ultimately renders the future popular government subservient to his office.

That the general's sustainable democracy doesn't have soul is palpable in the streets of Pakistan: there are no massive rallies, no excitement at choosing a people's government, no thrill of watching a leader sway a throng with his or her rhetoric. It makes you ask: will Pakistanis come out in substantial numbers to exercise their franchise?

They, though, might still troop out on October 10, and in numbers good enough to spark another controversy. For the jury is out on...
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