For the first time in Pakistan’s history an elected civilian government has run its full term and, if all goes well on 11 May, power will be handed to another elected government.
While that might not seem very significant to us here in Australia in Pakistan it’s a democratic first. Since Pakistan came into existence in 1947 elected governments have rarely run their full term—mostly being kicked out by the Pakistan military.
So the May 2013 election is a significant milestone in the history of Pakistan’s democracy. Rear Vision takes a look at the development of democracy in Pakistan over the past five years and at the main political players vying for power in this election.
Mona Sheikh, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies.
Samina Yasmeen, Professor Political Science and International Relations at University of Western Australia and the Director of the Centre for Muslim states and Societies.
Abdul Basit, Senior Analyst, with the International centre for political violence and terrorism research at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.
Hassan Askari Rizvi, Political analyst based in Lahore, Pakistan.