Report # 5 REFLECTIONS ON ELECTION OUTCOME 2013
Dr. Gilani’s Reflections on Electoral Outcome: The end of Bhutto-anti Bhutto politics in Pakistan
UNSOUND GOVERNANCE IN A SOUND SOCIETY The foremost learning from the outcomes of Pakistan’s national election is that this nation rests on sound fundamentals. The election outcome has not only revealed the sound fundamentals of Pakistani society but also demonstrated its rising capacity to punish unsound governance.
Pakistani state has been in constant turmoil since its first election in 1970. Following that election the country tore into two pieces, and what remained to be Pakistan was polarized across two bitter political groups which came to be known as the Bhutto and anti Bhutto political factions. A divided house of civilian politicians and their followers allowed repeated military interventions which pitched one faction against the other and ruled the country beyond rule of law, though often under veil of constitutionally sanctioned governments. The 2013 elections is a formal pronouncement on the passing away of Bhutto-anti Bhutto politics, which was also known as the left and right schism in the country’s politics. In our judgment none prevailed over the other.