Islamabad, July 14: At the moment it is quite difficult for Pakistan. In a week, three terrible explosions at election rallies in the western and south-western provinces of the country killed hundreds of people, including some candidates for the country's election on July 25.
While the Haroon Bilour of the Awami National Party was killed in an explosion on Tuesday, July 10, Siraj Raisani was killed by the Balochistan Awami party in an explosion in Balochistan's Mastung district. Akram Khan Durrani of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam had barely escaped an IED attack on his convoy in the Bannu district of Khyber-Pakhunkhwa.
This terrible bloody violence happened around the time Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was arrested along with his daughter Maryam Sharif in connection with the Avenfield corruption case in which the duo had been sentenced a week ago. The Sharifs were arrested after returning from Nawaz's sick wife, Kulsoom, from London.
Endless massacre of campaigns; Top leader in prison
Unbearable violence that rips the elections just 10 days before a decisive election and the country's top civilian leader who ends up in prison may seem like a coincidence, but for those who read between the lines, those examples have a devastating cumulative effect on the Prospects of Pakistani democracy for a decade uninterrupted.
Despite a troubled election in 2013, Pakistan saw a peaceful turnaround in power. It was the first time in the country's history that one government completed its full term and another followed. 2018 was the second peaceful transition, but since the last ruling party – the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) – was jolted by Sharif's disqualification in July 2017 and other internal problems, the country now seems to have lost its own a bit and nobody really knows what's in store for the results of the July 25 polls.
Targeted at worldly outfits
With one big party derailing and another falling because of its failure; The extremist elements have considered it appropriate to spread terror by targeting the secular outfits.
The failure of the Pakistani state apparatus to ensure its security (all three candidates who were attacked had seen attacks earlier), especially in the run-up to an election that will shape Pakistan's political path, says the state of affairs of the country's tirade against terrorism.
There was no prior warning about the attacks that speak about the failure of the local news distribution. The situation was similar again in 2013, but the extremists had previously warned. But this time there are no warnings and the attacks come from Pakistan's west side, which borders Afghanistan, which its army allegedly cleaned up.
Pakistan at the intersection
Pakistan stands at the crossroads between the desire to become an ambitious democracy and the weakness of surrendering to the disruptive elements that think the civilian state is now in its most vulnerable condition. For a country like Pakistan, it is very important to have personality cults in its civilian politics. Over the decades, it has seen important political leaders disappear from the frontier through other influential centers of power.
The assassination of Pakistani People's Party Benazir Bhutto in 2007 had left only Sharif as the only major leader (we still do not know what Imran Khan can do) and although the latter is fortunate that his fate has not gone the way of some of them former civil leaders But his departure from the political scene leaves Pakistan's politics faceless. Several organizations could fight for power in the upcoming elections, but that is far less than a means to see Pakistan revive as a truly democratic nation.
There are allegations that the country's strong military and judiciary are migrating the media and some political parties, even though they have denied it. The media experienced a crackdown in the run-up to the elections, allowing the conspirators greater freedom of action. There is very little clarity as to which direction the country currently controls and who can really lead from the front at the moment.
The enemies of democracy want to expel the elections on July 25, with the aim of permanently damaging their prospects, so that the country returns to the Stone Age and with the military is not really ready to take the reins It is difficult to see an easy way out for Pakistan from the mess it's in.