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PAKISTAN-Political Parties on Trial

support, PAKISTAN Political Parties on Trial PAKISTAN'S polity has been projected into a democratic climate with a vengeance. After II years of military rule, when most of the institutions of democracy had either disintegrated through disuse or had been systematically dismantled, the country has in a short period of a couple of months been sharply prodded into contending with all the problems of 'free and fair elections' in a bourgeois democracy. If the reports of the election-eve euphoria, admittedly touched with a certain desperation, are anything to go by, the polity has responded with enthusiasm to the stimulus of elections. This is notwithstanding the low voting figures of ,50 per cent, partly due to the last-minute court order requiring voters to obtain identity cards. But the next few weeks will tell if the political parties can respond to the challenge and are able to achieve a working democratically-elected government.

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