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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's move reflects his interest in getting Pakistan’s foreign relations right and signals this intent to the implementers of the county’s foreign policy vision around the world.


Peace has been touted as the only way security can be provided. Soon after he was elected, Mian Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the PML-N, announced that pursuing such negotiations would be at the top of his agenda in the upcoming months. Leaders of various religious parties proffered themselves as brokers of this promised peace, all lining up eagerly for the job.


The Pakistani media has used the expression "Naya Pakistan" — Imran Khan's campaign slogan — to describe the post-electoral situation in the country. Certainly, the mobilisation of the voters has been remarkable, since 44 million of them (out of the 86 million registered) cast their vote (sometimes at their own risk, given the attempts of the Islamists to derail the electoral process by resorting to terrorism). And a "new" man has emerged, since Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is now number two in terms of valid votes — ahead of the PPP, an "old" party of "old" feudals, whose defeat is unprecedented.


The use of anti-Ahmadi rhetoric by political parties raises a serious question: Is there anyone who will ever stand up for their rights? “It’s almost laughable. You first forcefully declare us a minority, then you promise to protect minority rights, and when you fail, you conveniently say sorry,” an Ahmadi that I interviewed recently for my elections research laughed at the contradiction and hopelessness in Pakistan. Behind his laugh


People who know the current situation of the tribal areas apprise us that the dynamics of various tribes have changed altogether after the infiltration of foreign fighters


The incoming prime minister has extended an olive branch to the terrorists who are responsible for the unprecedented electoral violence in the run-up to the May 11 polls.


Based on information, we can comfortably say the analysts were wrong on most of the accounts. A neck to neck fight has yielded almost a simple majority to Sharif


The big news is, of course, a famous victory for democracy in Pakistan and a courageous rejection of Islamist fundamentalism despite a mixed verdict. As many as 26 lives were lost to fundamentalist mayhem on polling day and 100 more since the poll campaign began in April. Fear kept away some polling staff and voters, but the overall poll percentage has been gratifying.


The election results, surprising for many, point to the challenges ahead for the country.


Irrespective of who wins today’s election, nothing except more insecurity awaits non-Muslim communities, Ahmedis and Shias in an increasingly intolerant country


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