Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Inability to vote upsets Pakistani expats

L N MALLICK

DOHA THE stage is set for holding general elections and electing people’s representatives in Pakistan on May 11.

However, while the Pakistani Diaspora in Qatar looks forward to the exercise with anticipation, the one thing that piques them is inability to exercise their franchise.

Despite the Supreme Court’s efforts to allow expatriate Pakistanis to vote, it is unfair of the government to ignore them in the process of elections, they feel.

These elections gain even more importance because for the first time in the history of Pakistan an elected government is going to complete its term and the ensuing elections will mark the all-important transition between democratically elected governments.

The major parties in the fray are Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. While the first two have alternately governed the country for some time now, poll pundits say international cricketerturned- politician Imran Khan’s PTI has become a force to reckon with this time around.

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