Pakistan Elections 2008: Who Do You Support, and Why?

Posted on January 4, 2008
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We want to do a blogging experiment (which requires us to put all comments under moderation) and really let our readers write this post on Pakistan’s Elections 2008. What we are doing is not unique, but there is a twist to how we wan to do it.

First, here is the question we want you to answer for us:

Please tell us which political leader or party you support, or you think should be supported, in Pakistan’s elections 2008 and why?

Now, here are the rules – and we will implement these rules strictly, so please do read them carefully. All comments that meet these criteria will be published. Comments that do not meet these criteria will not.

Rule #1: It is not enough to say who you think should be supported, you need to tell us WHY you think they should be supported. In fact, getting to the WHY is the only real point to the exercise.

Rule #2: We understand the importance of comparison and competition in politics, but you are NOT allowed to say who should NOT be supported (or why they should not be supported). You can only tell us who should be supported and why. You can only tell us who you think is ‘good’ and what is ‘good’ about them. Any mention at all of who you think is ‘bad’ or what is ‘bad’ about others will disqualify the comment.

Rule #3. Please do not try to be too “clever.” We are sure you are all very bright and we also know that you are passionate about your preferences. All of that is very good. However, in our moderation we will err on the side of caution and delete any attempt at all to circumvent Rule #2. So, please read your comment carefully before submission to make sure that it cannot be inadvertently understood as an attempt to get around Rule #2.


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If you think that your leader or party has not gotten a fair deal from us at ATP or the media or the electorate, here is your opportunity to make a case for them. You can make a case for anyone you want. You just cannot make a case against anyone.

I realize that we do often make choices based primarily on what or who we do not like, rather than who or what we like. There is nothing wrong per se with that, but for our purpose we are taking that option off the table.

Too many of us take too much please, too often, in being cynical. Therefore, I suspect that focusing on our positive energies might turn out to be rather difficult for some of our readers. I sincerely hope that I am wrong.

119 Comments on “Pakistan Elections 2008: Who Do You Support, and Why?”

  1. Eidee Man says:
    January 4th, 2008 8:41 pm

    If Aitzaz Ahsan were running, and I had the ability to vote in his constituency, I would vote for him. Frankly, it would be a no-brainer for me. He is smart, well-educated, and recently has proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that he cares deeply about the rule of law and the constitution. I read his Indus Saga book over the summer and was inspired. His dedication line reads something like “To my mother and father, who taught me to worship this land and its people.”

    Another main point about Aitzaz is that he is part of the original Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). The party stands for the uplifting of the common man, the farmer in the field doing hours of back-breaking labour in a share-cropping system that can be best described as modern-day slavery, and the kids on the streets who will continue to skip school and hawk papers and flowers and maybe even beg, until the trickle-down effect, well, finally trickles down to them.

  2. AH says:
    January 4th, 2008 8:47 pm

    I believe that Imran Khan, and his party, should be supported in the upcoming elections because Mr. Khan has: (1) consistently shown himself to be independent of the influences of big money and power; (2) placed the needs of his country over his own personal gain; (3) not been afraid to tell the uncomfortable truth; (4) stood up to those in power; and (5) admitted his mistakes, learned from them and moved on. These are just some of the reasons why Mr. Khan has my vote and support.

  3. sidhas says:
    January 4th, 2008 9:21 pm

    Pakistan Tahreek e Insaf, if they do not boycott the elections. I will support PTI because it is a party that stands for principles.

    Imran Khan won me over when he decided not to launch his student wing saying that students were asking for weapons. Remember students politics in Pakistan revolves around violence. Last year during clash between Punjabi Students Association and JTI in Karachi resulted in death of a student and many students got injured. One injured student was dragged from emergency ward and then beaten to death. Each year many violent incidents are reported all over campus in Pakistan.

    PTI and Imran’s decision not launch student wing if they require weapons is why I would support him. This small act demonstrate that he is a man of principle and if supported his action will reverberate throughout society and may eventually bring out positive change.

  4. Roshan says:
    January 4th, 2008 9:27 pm

    I will vote for PPP as I have been its die hard fan since my childhood. This is the only political party which has strong connection with PEOPLE and somehow believes in the empowerment of people.
    Though it could not fulfill the aspirations of people but unlike many others PPP does not endorse the coups and military rule. Though I was disillusioned from PPP’s role for last several years at the same time could not align myself with any other political party.
    Above all Bhutto’s family unfathomable sacrifices for raising the voices of poor and resisting against religious, military and autocratic establishment are the their political legacies.
    I personally feel that our nation is indebted to Bhutto family and the only way to repay their sacrifices is to VOTE for PPP and every vote will echo the message democracy and rejecting dictatorship.
    P.S. You have posted a ballot paper which does not have ARROW symbol.

  5. Israr says:
    January 4th, 2008 10:30 pm

    Nawaz Sharif League
    Why this is the only hope that there is a chance that Restoration of the powers of Judiciary ( real will be an issue ) Since bycott is not a real option in this questions than Just by elimination I reach that conclusion. The only real difference the next parliament can make is to be force to restore the Judiciary which can than continue the Hope and change that was apparent between March and Nov . hey and I have not said a word against anyone hence no vi0lation of rule Number 2

  6. Pakistan Zindabad says:
    January 4th, 2008 11:12 pm

    Imran Khan. He is a really determined person and will lead us to the real democracy.

  7. Ahsan says:
    January 4th, 2008 11:38 pm

    Pakistan People’s Party.

    Because they feel hurt and cheated and giving them power for next five years can save Pakistan. It is the matter of necessity other than anything else. I hope they can do better job than present set of rulers becasue of their deep roots in populace.

  8. January 5th, 2008 12:12 am

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  9. Saleem says:
    January 5th, 2008 12:15 am

    Mutahida Qaumi Movement

    Because Muttahida Qaumi Movement ideology is based on Realism and Practicalism and that’s what we witness today.
    It’s true that MQM was created on the basis of ethinicity and after a long and difficult journey, they are now in a position to
    enter into main stream politics. There political maturity can be seen in recent riots specially in karachi, when many of us were
    afraid of any backlash.

  10. Wajahat says:
    January 5th, 2008 12:27 am

    Imran Khan.

    1. Already had all the fame and fortune that one can wish
    for in Pakistan and had no desire to come into politics, but decided to do so only because ‘awaam’ wanted him to.

    2. Is not power hungry at all. He is the only person who has declined offers for the much coveted post of PM twice, Yes twice. In 1988 & 1993.

    3. Is well educated and speaks like educated people too.

    4. Admits his mistakes.

    5. Can be a decent, educated and suave representative of
    Pakistan abroad also.

    6. None of the allegations against him regarding money mismanagement for his hospital have been found to be true.

    7. Openly speaks his mind, without bowing to any pressures.

    8. Always keeps his aims high and strives hard to achieve
    them.

    9. Is completely against violence.

    10. Is one of the biggest proponent of an independent judiciary (was a big proponent of neutral umpires during his cricket days also, rewards of which the entire cricket world is reaping.)

  11. Yousuf says:
    January 5th, 2008 12:40 am

    MQM

    I don’t have much choice being a Karachiite. In a time when elections’re being contested on ethnic lines, I’m putting aside my differences with them for the time being. I don’t see much representation of Urdu speaking population in other parties. Regional parties (though they may claim they’re national) are in a better position to negotiate in a coalition for their constituencies. MQM has been doing that since past 10 years or so (They’ve been into every govt., well.. they start with being in one). Look at how communist and other regional parties in India have influenced Congress’ decisions.

    Please don’t think of me being ethnically motivated, I’m being practical. No point in fighting the local cosa nostra.

  12. Sikandar says:
    January 5th, 2008 12:43 am

    Imran Khan

    If we go through a process of elimination then there’s only one candidate that is truly fit to be the Pakistan’s next PM. Imran Khan is a man of principles and I’ve supported him since the time he started raising funds for the cancer hospital.

    I think he should have contested this elections. I will vote him, if not in this election, then inshallah, definitely in the next election.

  13. Hamza says:
    January 5th, 2008 1:39 am

    Pakistan Peoples Party.

    Although not the perfect political party by an stretch of the imagination, the PPP has always supported increased women’s rights, called for legislation to protect religious minorities, and since its inception has always made a longstanding commitment to a progressive democratic Pakistan. At a time when Pakistan’s very existence is threatened by religious fanatics, the PPP’s progressive bent is all the more appealing to me.

  14. M. Aamir says:
    January 5th, 2008 2:19 am

    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

    Just because Imran Khan has proved himself to be a man of principles, admitted his mistakes and never afraid of speaking the uncomfortable truth.

  15. January 5th, 2008 2:39 am

    I am 1000% convinced that the only chance for Pakistan to progress peacefully is if, before anything else, the necessary institutions are put in place and are empowered. Specifically I am focusing, at a minimum, on an Independent judiciary, a free print/electronic media, and an empowered Parliament working under an agreed upon constitution.

    At the outset, there does not seem to be any particular party promising all these; then again, there may be more then one fully agreeable to what I am looking for. Frankly, I do not much care which specific party one votes for. I am not based in Pakistan, but if I was then I would vote and do so for the candidates who, while committed to the above goals, would be effective in addressing the local/regional issues. This would mean that, even though I disagree vehemently with their politics, I would most likely be voting MQM, based simply on my perception of their ability to help the local communities, and their emphasis on an egalitarian society for Pakistan.

    I also believe that as many political parties, value systems, view points that can be voted to the national and provincial assemblies, the better it would be for the future of the nation. Thus, liberals, concervatives, nationalists, religious parties, women, minorities, all deserve to be represented because they all exist and mean something to some segment of our society.

    Pakistan is a long way off from becoming a strong, well amalgamated – and properly delineated – two or three party system; that will take decades to happen. But, at least, it can if autonomous, empowered, institutions are put in place and allowed to play their role.

    In the meantime if it functions under successive governments of national consensus, that is not a bad idea for the next 20-25 years.

  16. Kamran says:
    January 5th, 2008 2:41 am

    Imran Khan. Not a single doubt in my mind.

    Time and again he has shown character. He has shown patience when everyone was trying to malign each other. Admits his mistakes and learn from them. Has been double crossed on too many occasions, but he still believes what is right for the people and fight for it. Is very well educated and will be a very good ambassador for foreign affairs as well. Is a born leader, and in my opinion has the best personality in Pakistan.

  17. Ali says:
    January 5th, 2008 2:53 am

    PMLQ.

    I believe the party has done economic development in the past five years and should be given a mandate of another five years to continue to build on to it. This can be especially seen in the rural areas of Punjab, where you see many new roads, hardened canals, and more villages being electrified (and more tubewells).

    I have lived near the town of Shorkot and seen some places in Jhang district and outskirts of Faisalabad, and I see all the villages there with at least one ubl/allied bank, one pso/caltex petrol pump, and one telenor/ufone shop, which are mostly used by the local people.

    On a macro scale, compared to eight years back, the previous government has a better foreign policy (peace with India), a better fiscal and monetary policy (yes the 7% mantra), devolution of powers (district government system has brought government closer to people), a better defence (Al-Khalid MBT, Al-Zarrar tank, Agosta submarine, JF-17 Fighter are all indigenously produced and some exported as well), higher education reforms (PU, NUST, KU are in top 600 of THES-QS ranking for the first time), and the list doesn’t end here.

    But despite of this a lot needs to be done, like the rich/poor gap due to some pro-rich policies, universal primary education, and an end to wars in Waziristan and Balochistan with economic upliftment of those so-called peripheral areas, which I think can only be performed if the previous government is elected again by the masses.

  18. Shiraz says:
    January 5th, 2008 3:26 am

    I don

  19. HASSAN ALI KHAN AFRIDI says:
    January 5th, 2008 4:06 am

    Assalam o alaikum,

    I’ll support PML(N), because majority of its candidates are young and are from our generation, who really wants a change in this country. So inorder to get rid of old politicians and old system let join hands togehther and vote for the candidates of PML(N).

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

  20. Zia Ahmed says:
    January 5th, 2008 4:42 am

    Imran Khan should be tried this time.

  21. Junaid says:
    January 5th, 2008 4:55 am

    I will vote for Imran Khan and his party.

    He has started his party by working at the grass root levels, did not try to take any short cuts, has a clean record with no allegations of corruption, represents the majority of the middle class Pakistanis, has built a cancer hospital as one of his biggest personal achievements which benefit the common man directly, is well educated and knows very well how to represent the interests of Pakistan in front of the international public.

  22. Amir Inayat Malik says:
    January 5th, 2008 5:06 am

    I and my family will vote for pakistan peoples party as this is the only party that i think can implemet true democracy and rule of law. Its history is full of sacrifices and its the only party which never bowed to establishment and army. Basically we need to get rid of army in politics and implement rule of law where noone is above law and constitution

  23. Tman says:
    January 5th, 2008 5:58 am

    MQM
    MQM has enough reasons for me to vote for it.

    a) The only party (though with scarred history) which does not comprise of feudals and industrialists. New faces every elections – most representatives from the working class (quite a rarity)

    b) Have matured as a party, great development work in Karachi (unseen in the last 60 years).

    Pakistan Paindabad!

  24. Karim says:
    January 5th, 2008 6:02 am

    MQM

    For the good work they are doing in Karachi and what they did during Earthquake in 2005. This party has the potential and organizational capabilities required to manage a mega city like Karachi.

  25. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    January 5th, 2008 6:14 am

    My preference would be Nawaz Sharif for many reasons.

    1) His party is a main stream party with support base all over Pakistan.

    2) He is one politician who can talk to all different kinds of politicians from the religious right to the left. He has had alliances and understandings with ANP, MQM, JI, PTI, nationalist parties in Baluchistan, PPP, which belong to different hues of the political spectrum in Pakistan.

    3) He carried out some really good projects such as the Motorway while he was the PM.

    4) He is truly interested in sending military back to the barracks. No wonder he picked fights with at least a couple of COAS and also picked fights with GIK when the latter tried to toe the establishment’s line.

    5) He has served at various positions over his political career. thrice CM of Punjab, two times PM, one time leader of the opposition. He has also spent time in exile for seven years. All that adds up to his experience and maturity.

    6) He is as practical and at times pragmatic as anyone could get. No idealist, he does politics as it should be done. Principles are good only if they can really be followed.

    7) He and his administration had shown the ability to be pro-active on economic policies during his second stint in power when he adopted the supply side policies, which were termed as Sharifonomics.

    8) He was truly interested in building the physical infrastructure of the country.

    9) He took Pakistani politics away from naarey baazi to doing practical things, such as the Motorway.

    10) He was the first ruler to have initiated the economic liberalization program in Pakistan, much before India started it. His policies were based on the three D’s: Deregulation, Denationalization, and the last D I forgot:)

    11) His was the first government that allowed the private sector to truly get into the economic activity of the country by allowing it to open banks, run airlines, run shipping lines and what not.

    12) He is the best person to resolve the Al-Qaeda problem since he can talk to the religious right with ease, being a religious conservative himself. He has also shown the ability to be accomodative towards all.

  26. Mukarram says:
    January 5th, 2008 7:23 am

    I’ll make this post about pros and cons of my choice, which does not violate any of the rules for this poll.

    My family has traditionally voted for ML but this time I would hoot for PPP because they are the ideal candidate for continuation of Musharraf era policies, sans dictatorship and military intervention. This would sound ludicrous to some, but I feel that the country has had a sense of direction for the first time in its history, and we gave up the path of appeasing everyone and not going anywhere.

    Decisions were made, successful or not, but under a clearly distinguishable and consistent philosophy, and not a hodge podge of lets do this and that as well. Policies were based on vision and strategy, rather than popularism. I think that Pakistan will be indebited for a long time for some of the things that originated in Musharraf’s time. Its a story for another time that why we seem to have unfortunately fallen face down in an effort to move forward.

    Despite the fall, I believe in progress, and now that the time for Musharraf to fade away seems to be on the horizon, I think that PPP has the right mindset and credentials to pick it up where he would leave and make it better. I feel that Musharraf has thus far being clinging on to power because he feels that no-one else can/will do what he wishes to do for the country; he will feel more comfortable ceding control to a party that has similar ideology to his own and that also has the means and credibility to execute the policies. Musharraf almost facilitated BB’s path by installing Gen. Kiyani as the COAS (who was BB’s military secretary in her premiership days, and who strongly advocates professionalism in the Army and relying on peoples support for victory in northern areas and elsewhere). Musharraf also did not leave the Q-League with any more big cards to play after re-electing him to the presidency.

    Its a pity that BB is no more. I am not old enough to have first hand analytical knowledge of her 93 and 88 era deeds, but this time around she looked much more matured. Its a shame to waste a leader like that after all the grooming has been done.

    My choice, however, is not without reservations. In the short term, I fear that because of BB’s death, there will be tendencies of vengeance seeking and confrontation with the Musharraf Presidency in PPP, which might send the country back to 58-2B era, or worse. From what I have seen of Zardari recently, he has been composed and reasonable. I hope that he continues to be so and does not go down this path.

    I also worry about characters like Rehman Malik in the party, who being the security adviser and having served as a FIA director in the past, has shown much incompetence in the occurrence and aftermath of the Dec 27 incident. There are plenty of other Chamchay and Lotay too that make PPP not an ideal party.

    In the longer term, I am also not comfortable with the feudal associations of PPP, and now that BB is dead I have no hope that anyone in PPP will attempt to dissociate the party from those roots until perhaps until the next BB (Bilawal) takes over.

    Despite the reservations, I feel that PPP’s direction is correct (by my compass), and because of that the added baggage might be worth it.

  27. Ahmad Tariq says:
    January 5th, 2008 7:40 am

    I firmly believe that my vote should go to Imran Khan.

    The reasons:
    1) The upcoming youth that will join the voters’ lists in the future shall preferrably vote for him, provided we assume Imran campaigns to every corner of Pakistan.Plus a huge chunk of Pakistan’s population is young, and once they join as voters, they will like to have new faces in governance.
    2) The work in his constituency proves he has done a good amount of work during his tenure as an MNA. An example is the costs he covered to make the same roads was way below the costs the Government incurred to construct roads in Mianwali.
    3) He is known to have support in Waziristan and adjoining areas of NWFP. That will help in appeasing the populace over there and also lead to negotiations with militants that can bear well for Pakistan.
    4) He is an honest, upright man who has the potential to say ‘no’ to those who are wrong. The test for him was evident when he was offered the seat of the PM way back after 2002 elections.

    My second choice would be Aitzaz. He is a man of conscience and of great stature. His personality truly aligns with leaders who have integrity, who believe in themselves and who assert the ‘real’ emotions of the public.

  28. January 5th, 2008 8:07 am

    Imran Khan

    He stands out for he is principled given when he said that he will boycott these duff elections, gues what HE HAS!

    Feimanallah

    Wasim

  29. Mazhar Mughal says:
    January 5th, 2008 9:20 am

    Tehrik-e-Insaf
    Imran is by far the only Pakistani leader who keeps people’s trust supreme. Bold, honest and well-educated, he hasn’t learnt to give up faced with adversity. He has been working for the nation for years patiently and selflessly. He deserves our support in bringing Pakistan’s derailing train back on track. May Allah succeed him in his noble efforts.

  30. AHsn says:
    January 5th, 2008 9:46 am

    In my constituency I will vote for a person who is honest, reliable and sincere, irrespective of any party or party leader.

  31. S.A.Mallal says:
    January 5th, 2008 10:27 am

    PML (N)
    1. It is a middle of the road party. Not liberal and not religious either.
    2. It has support in all the federating units of Pakistan.
    3. Being conservative it is in a better position to negotiate and deal with extremists.
    4. It will not follow the American agenda in dealing with extremists . It will give priority to what is in our own interest in dealing with extremist.
    5. It is an experienced party which has ruled Pakistan before.
    6. It must have learned from its past mistakes and is not likely to repeat them.
    7. It stands for the restoration of sacked justices.
    8. It is more likely to form a coalition with PPP in the formation of government at the centre and in all the provinces .
    9. It is the only party which can rid us of dictatorship once for all.

  32. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    January 5th, 2008 10:27 am

    Nawaz Sharif is the best choice for :

    Patriotism, merit, sincere efforts , reliability,
    perseverance, dynamism, productivism,
    National priorities, Sacrifies, popular trust,
    public reach, Pakistani ideology.

    I shall upport him with full energy.

  33. Rahim Khan says:
    January 5th, 2008 10:28 am

    Nawaz Sharif’s PML(N)

    1. Vast Experience in development and uplift of society.
    2. Honest Leaders of PMLN have delivered, many times.
    3. Infrastructure oriented Airports, Highways, Ports, etc.
    4. Pays great attention to Health/Education.
    5. Empowers the Big & Small Business of Pakistan.
    6. Responsible for Industrial Development in Pakistan.
    7. Believes in Economic Emancipation of people.
    8. Improved standard of living for average Pakistani.
    9. Civil rights, justice for all & reform oriented leadership.
    10. Balanced Foreign Policy

  34. Boy Wonder says:
    January 5th, 2008 10:48 am

    Nawaz Sharif and You and I, will make Pakistan into a economically powerful nation of Asia. He has done a lot in short tenures, give him 5 years, and see the real development.

  35. meengla says:
    January 5th, 2008 10:48 am

    I would vote for PPP because:
    1) Even with BB gone, the ‘arrow’ symbol and ZAB/BB’s photos can bring people from many parts of Pakistan under one tent, so to speak. Pakistan’s federation is at grave risk since BB’s death as she was ‘indisputably’ the chain that linked four provinces (with even significant representation in FATA, Northern Areas, and AJK, as seen by the mourning).
    2) PPP is not all feudal. There are still diehard supporters from the middle class (Raza Rabbani, Aitzaz Ahsan, Wajid Shamul Hassan…) who have been around for decades and have proved their character through sacrifices and courage in face of various repressive rulers.
    3) PPP has always stood for the rule of law and the supremacy of civilian rule. This I say even though BB came back to Pakistan in Oct. 2007 as result of the ‘deal’. But nowhere, at least in public, PPP was willing to sit with a president in uniform. In my opinion, after taking advantage of the ‘political space’ given to her, BB would join hands with Nawaz Sharif in the next parliament (and that’s why PML-N decided to contest elections at BB’s insistence) and restore judiciary, neutralize the powers of Musharraf.
    4) PPP, ANP and MQM are the only 3 parties in Pakistan who are anti-establishment. While ANP never regained its prowess of the 70′s, both MQM and PPP have been hunted down most of the time. That is likely to continue in future.
    5) A pertinent question to ask would be: How much today’s PPP different from that of the 70′s? Can it go back to its ideals which inspired millions upon millions of Pakistanis into its fold? I believe it can, especially if Fatima Bhutto leads. The politics of Left must stay alive in Pakistan and in the world at-large. In Pakistan a matured PPP can play that role in future.

  36. Abid says:
    January 5th, 2008 11:34 am

    IMHO, the SYSTEM is in need of a complete overhaul. It is high time for a new breed of politicians who have the credibility and the trust of the people and who demonstrate their commitment to justice and moral values not merely in slogans and rhetoric but in practice. And who uphold the independence of the judiciary, the media, and address the hopes and aspirations of the common man. And who uphold the separation of powers of the different organs of the state.

    I will support and if possible join forces with those folks/groups who are working towards these goals. It is not enough to denounce just the problems within the system but to engage or support the campaigns and movements that are pursuing change for the betterment of Pakistan

  37. QURBAN says:
    January 5th, 2008 12:31 pm

    I will support MMA candidates because they take the Islamic nature of Pakistan seriously.

  38. January 5th, 2008 12:36 pm

    As a general rule I try not to comment on my own posts (I figure I have already made the case I needed to make and should not abuse my privilige to hog the bandwidth even further). In this case, however, because of the experimental nature of this post (and its rules) I thought it appropriate to make an exception.

    First, my gratitude to everyone who has commented here following the experimental rules for this post that we had laid out. I am pleasantly surprised at the number and content of the posts and it reaffirms my optimism that, when we want to, we can leave the negativity aside. More importantly, I think an analysis of the responses received would itself be interesting; not only in terms of who people say they would support but also – and more importantly – why. So, thank you again for these comments.

    Second, unfortunately, a lot of comments had to be moderated out; either because they did not understand or did not want to follow the guidelines for commenting on this particular post. Some of our most prolific and regular commenters seem to be in this list. We hope that they will, in fact, share their views on this question – but only if they take the trouble of reading and following the guidelines for thsi experiment.

    Third, and finally, my apology (again) that for technical reasons we have had to put on automatic moderation for everyone and on all posts in order to be able to do so on this one. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused in your commenting on other posts. However, from our perspective, the overall effect has been a sobering one and maybe – just maybe – for the sake of everyone’s sanity we will consider making this moderation permanent ;-)

  39. legaleagle says:
    January 5th, 2008 12:52 pm

    With the choices I currently have and looking at past performance in the field of mainly economical development of the country (whatever the scale) over the last ten years, my support & vote is again with the Musharraf Government and its PML (Q).

  40. Kruman says:
    January 5th, 2008 1:19 pm

    PMLN.

    1) PMLN is the only participating party supporting restoration of pre-Nov 3rd judiciary
    2) PMLN stands for the federation
    3) Nawaz Sharif’s mature and responsible behavior after BB’s murder
    4) His prinicpled and unwavering stand against Musharraf
    5) His frank talk with Americans, criticizing Bush for supporting one man against a nation of 160 million.

    And all the reasons listed by Rahim Khan.

  41. January 5th, 2008 1:39 pm

    I will vote for Imran due to his honesty and sincerity. (though his political skills are zero)

  42. Malik says:
    January 5th, 2008 2:07 pm

    I would support PPP bc they care about poor rural people most.

  43. in extreme distress says:
    January 5th, 2008 2:36 pm

    PTI:
    Reasons:
    1: We have tried many others and every failed people of Pakistan and unable to strengthen institutions in Pakistan that can simplify life of common people.
    2: Every other leader either used or bended rules according to their advantage
    3: I would rather take risk with some one new than vote for knowns who were either corrupt or incompetent leaders

  44. Zareen Niazi says:
    January 5th, 2008 10:48 pm

    Imran Khan

    A man of principles, and a proven track record of integrity and honesty. Believes in justice. Also does not come across as hungry for power and money.

  45. taban.khamosh says:
    January 5th, 2008 11:48 pm

    Imran Khan (PTI)

    1. Well educated, logical/rational and balanced personality with a strategic outlook.
    2. Actually understands the issues facing the nation and has a clear plan of attack with willingness to correct and learn from his mistakes. This is HUGE in my book!
    3. Is not afraid to speak his mind and won’t compromise with status-quo maintainers and keep fighting the good fight.
    4. Is willing to fight a losing battle for the principles and for his country rather than sell his soul for a few sheckles.
    5. Maybe be an idealist and not necessarily a political animal per se, but he’s ahead of his time, and he will win eventually, as Pakistani public catches up to his ideas, so this is also a plus in my book.

  46. Sher Bano says:
    January 6th, 2008 12:46 am

    I am torn between Imran Khan and Aitzaz Ahsan. Here are my reasons for each one:
    1. Imran is honest, educated and dedicated to the betterment of Pakistan, has the moral courage to call a spade a spade.
    2. Imran is brave enough to stand by his word even if he is the last man standing (his election boycott is a clear example).
    2. Imran introduced the concept of community giving among ordinary Pakistani masses by building Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital. In this regard he followed Edhi, who is certainly beyond comparison as an independent and non-political figure.
    3. Imran personifies self reliance, especially from Pakistan

  47. Atelier says:
    January 6th, 2008 4:27 am

    I will vote for anyone who:

    - is Middle Class
    - a Taxpayer
    - is NOT FEUDAL
    - is NOT A RELIGIOUS EXTREMIST
    - is Pro Enterprise
    - Promises to spend on Education & Health
    - Drops military spending
    - Liberalizes economy
    - is Secular

  48. Malique says:
    January 6th, 2008 6:13 am

    My choice,after analyzing all the available options,is Aitzaz Ahsan
    1.Aitzaz Ahsan is seasoned,mature and capable enough of handling the tumultuous position Pakistan is in.
    2.Seeing Aitzaz in power would mean reinstatement of Chief Justice & Co,who are still seen as savior among masses.
    3.Aitzaz Ahsan has a huge following not only in educated class but also in middle class as well.
    4.Right now he is more popular than any other leader in Pakistan.More popularity among people means less dependence on aliens to stay in power.
    5.His coming to power would certainly instill some confidence into depressed majority of Pakistan.

  49. mozang bijli says:
    January 6th, 2008 7:05 am

    I would have voted for Imran khan because I believe in his sincerity. I am certain that he will do every thing in his might to ensure pakistan’s place among the developed countries. But now that PTI is not not contesting elections I will vote for PML-N. Because
    1. Nawaz sharif dared to make pakistan a nuclear power, and now pakistan is being ganged up on just because it is a muslim nuclear state. I think voting for PML-N will mean ensuring protection of pakistan’s nuclear arsenal and sovereignty of state.
    2. PML-N will restore judiciary
    3. Nawaz sharif initiated employment schemes in his previous regimes. This time too PML-N govt will work for development and give employment schemes.
    4. Nawaz sharif realizes that “enlightenment” does not come with the bare skin and obscenity but enlightenment comes with technology and development.

  50. Ibrahim says:
    January 6th, 2008 8:19 am

    Imran Khan. Simply through process of elimination..

  51. Shahid Saeed says:
    January 6th, 2008 9:17 am

    I’d prefer Sheikh Rasheed because he’s been great to the constituency. He has started education and health projects especially aimed at women and has been active always.

  52. Friend says:
    January 6th, 2008 10:02 am

    I like the idea of this post. Reading the comments is so much less aggravating. Nice idea.
    My support will be with Jamaat i Islami if they decide to run finally. They have democracy in the party and party discipline and a clear ideology and do not change their views just to get power.

  53. AZHAR says:
    January 6th, 2008 10:43 am

    I will be voting for ANP candidate if I can.

    ANP has been consistent in its politics. It has been focus on needs of its constituency. It is internally democratic. Its vision is modern.

  54. Baba ji says:
    January 6th, 2008 10:47 am

    If I could find enough information on all candidates I would note without any focus on the party at all. I dont care what party they are from.

    Are they from my constituency actually?
    Do they have a track record of working for local issues?
    Do people in the constituency think highly of their personal character?

    That is all I will ask for.

  55. Humaira says:
    January 6th, 2008 12:48 pm

    Nawaz Sharif or PPP. Both deserve to complete at least one full term in office.

  56. zia m says:
    January 6th, 2008 3:38 pm

    I am willing to support
    Aitzaz Ahsan
    Imran Khan
    Nawaz Sharif
    Aitzaz Ahsan will be my first choice.Simply because he understands
    Jinnah’s ideology best.
    We must separate masjid from state .

  57. zakoota says:
    January 6th, 2008 8:28 pm

    Nawaz Sharif,

    There are alot of reason but mainly because:

    1. He is the cleanest of the lot,
    2. He is the only one who has repeatedly mentioned on numerous occasions that he has come back to save Pakistan and not to rule.
    3. He made Pakistan nuclear officially, didn’t take any pressure.
    4. He is sincere (always approached PPP and other political parties for agreements, also courageously went to see Benazir after she was attacked, no one other dared)
    5. He believes in good communication infrastructure. Motorways, internet, mobile phones, better taxis came under his leadership.Also started Gwader project, couldn’t complete it though.
    6. He also initiated various self employment schemes.

    I also consider Imran Khan quite sincere but lacks candidates. Alone he cant do much.

  58. Hyder says:
    January 6th, 2008 8:32 pm

    Nawaz Sharif’s party.
    Nawaz Sharif have courage, boldness and leadership qualities needed to tackle difficult issues and will be able to unite the country.

  59. A.D. says:
    January 6th, 2008 9:04 pm

    For me also party is not important, the person is. I will vote to the candidate who will do most for my constituency.

  60. Mudassar says:
    January 6th, 2008 11:28 pm

    Imran Khan

  61. RE says:
    January 7th, 2008 1:19 am

    We must pick a leader who will unite Pakistan and eliminate hate among us. Any recommendation as who is talking for unity?

  62. YLH says:
    January 7th, 2008 4:53 am

    PPP

    Because they symbolize the unity of the federation.

  63. Hassan says:
    January 7th, 2008 7:01 am

    Musharraf!

    My vote is for Musharraf (and who ever he supports) because he is the only person in politics who has the courage to take leadership decisions against the popular bandwagons. I love his “Pakistan First” policy which is above individuals, groups and creeds.

  64. Talha Hassan says:
    January 7th, 2008 8:02 am

    I will vote for PTI if they are participating in Elections. Imran Khan is the only politician who stand and fight for principles. The party has a vision and their objectives are beneficial for Pakistan in long term.

  65. Umar says:
    January 7th, 2008 9:08 am

    Imran Khan,

    He is the only one at the moment who thinks, decides and then abides by his decision. His politics are for the principles and not for power. And he has nothing to gain from authority which he already does not possess so he is likely to be least greedy of all.

  66. Adnan Ahmad says:
    January 7th, 2008 9:41 am

    Aiztzaz Ahsan and therefore PPP. He gave the most hope during the most trying times in 2007. Looking beyond nailing PMLQ, winning elections, and having your own ministeries, it is very important for me to have someone who understands Jinnah’s vision and can adhere to it the best. I know it sounds like a cliche when one talks about Jinnah’s vision but that is what Pakistan needs and that is what will save Pakistan.

  67. azarpr says:
    January 7th, 2008 12:58 pm

    My preferance will be,

    1- Atizaz Ahsan (without PPP)
    2- Imran Khan

    …for the reasons stated very exhaustively in the previous comments supporting these two gentlemen.

  68. Aqil Sajjad says:
    January 7th, 2008 2:26 pm

    This is a good exercise. I have some reservations about the available choices but here are some comments.

    My first choice: PTI/Imran Khan.
    Reasons: Imran Khan stands up for his principles and has even spurned an opportunity to become PM because he would not compromise on principles. He has been raising the issue of an independent judiciary for quite a while now. He talks about social justice and land reforms which none of the major parties do. Without even being in power, he has built an impressive cancer hospital and has done some development work within his own constituency. This is in sharp contrast to other alternatives who have been in power and have still not done much for the people.
    Reservations: Imran Khan needs to work hard on organizing his political party before it can have any realistic chance of becoming a major player. He also needs to distance himself from the likes of JI.

    If PTI is taken out of the picture, then I would consider PML-N, provided it promises not to revive the project of making NS amirul momineen again.
    Reasons for prefering PML-N: it is a center-right party, which means that it has a better chance of taking the right wing segments of society along in the war on extremism. It has competent people like Sartaj Aziz and Ahsan Iqbal in its economic team and has demonstrated its serious interest in the economy in the past through various infrastructure projects. In the present crisis, PML-N has taken a clear position for the restoration of the pre-Nov 3 judiciary.
    Reservations: here, one would be hoping that PML-N would not repeat its past mistakes, especially the assaults on the media and judiciary.

    PS: I must add that I like Aitezaz Ahsan. If he were the PM candidate for PPP and if the party were willing to get a team of competent people for managing the national economy (like PML-N has Sartaj or Ahsan Iqbal), then I would seriously consider voting for PPP. While PML-N has the advantage of being slightly right wing, which could help in taking people on board in the war on extremism, PPP has the advantage of its strong presence in Sindh, which could be helpful in strengthening the federation. However, I am making this comment only as a PS because I am not very hopeful on the chances of Aitezaz becoming the PM candidate for the party.

  69. ShahidnUSA says:
    January 7th, 2008 8:01 pm

    Aitezaz Ahsan!
    Hands down
    With or without PPP
    because I know he would leave PPP, if they dont get their act together.

  70. Nasar says:
    January 7th, 2008 9:09 pm

    Definiely PML-Q… and if we do have a choice for people who are not contesting elections (like Ahtezaz Ahsan and Imran Khan) then Shaukat Aziz or Mustafa Kamal (MQM) for that matter.

    I personally prefer the above mentioned individuals/parties because:
    - They have a record of bringing about economic and infrastructural development.
    - These individuals can conduct themselves professionally and don’t tend to get over emotional or try and instigate emotional reactions from the public.
    - Many of the prominent faces from PML-Q are articulate and can express themselves well not only in Urdu but also in English. This of course excludes the chaudries… :)
    - And the biggest plus is that they support Musharraf who has done an outstanding job of development and managing the country well in crisis after crisis.

    On a different note I also like Ahtezaz Ahsan (even though I disagree with him on many issues) and other PPP members aren’t bad either but the party needs non-feudal democratically elected leadership before I vote for them.

    Thanks.

    Thanks.

  71. symk says:
    January 8th, 2008 3:13 pm

    Tehreek Insaaf
    1. Imran khan’s sincerity is beyond doubt
    2. He is honest and cares for his people
    3. He won’t be blackmailed by the traditional politicians
    4. Imran is the only politician with priciples and personality to control the military
    5. he can be acceptable to both liberal and conservative minds
    6. he has already delivered when given a responsibility (as cricket captain and social worker and the member of parliament from his contituency in mianwali)

  72. Wasiq says:
    January 8th, 2008 10:34 pm

    Pakistan Peoples Party –PPP.

    It is Pakistan’s only national party.

    It has never been allowed to complete its mandate.

    It is the only party that was not created or nurtured by the military or ISI.

    It gave voice to the poor in a country where the Sahib loag never cared about the poor. Doesn’t matter if they were unable to deliver much. Their terms were always interrupted.

    PPP brings together the entire mosaic of Pakistan –Baloch tribals, Pathan traders, Sindhi landlords and peasants, Punjabis, Seraikis and Urdu-Speaking intelligentsia.

    Above all, the PPP has sacrificed more and has always been cheated and hated by the establishment. It always got more votes than any other party in Pakistan and I believe in the wisdom of the people rathern than the superiority of the theories of the educated class.

    I owe it to Benazir Bhutto, the most courageous woman in Pakistan’s history, to vote for PPP. None of her critics would be able to go through even 5% of what she went through. It had to be belief and determination because so much sacrifice is not possible just for power. Other Pakistani leaders have folded under much less pressure.

  73. aDONIS says:
    January 9th, 2008 5:55 am

    For me, the decision of whom to vote for depends on different factors for national and provincial assemblies.

    For National assembly election, I vote for party irrespective of who the individual candidate is. The reason is that while making national policies, the ideology and leanings of a particular party are much more important than whether I like or dislike a particular candidate.

    For provincial assembly elections, I believe personal characteristics of candidates become more significant as provincial assemblies are primarily concerned with development work and for social infrastructure. A candidate who is more attuned to the infrastructural problems of his constituency and is easily accessible should definitely have an edge, although party affiliations cannot be completely ignored.

    To cut it short, for the National Assemble elections, my vote is for:

    PML (N)

    Reasons:

    1 Its support for restoration of judiciary.
    2. It has a leadership that can unite all spectrums of our society.

  74. Sabyasachi Majumdar says:
    January 9th, 2008 6:25 am

    I am not a Paki and so shud not be interfering but had I been one I would have voted for PML-N and NS. NS is the guy who can take liberals as well as fundoos together, he is a businesslike practical man who can come up with practical solns for the problems facing the country. He can also make peace with India. And has been uncomprising in his oppn to Mush.

    And I find him quite cute as well.

    Regards

  75. Masood says:
    January 10th, 2008 7:03 am

    I believe that one should vote for the PPP. Not because they are the most honest of the lost but our current problems are more closely related to the integration of the federation. To keep the pakistani federation from breaking up I think only the PPP has the required amount of support in the villages as well as in the cities.

  76. TamashBeen says:
    January 10th, 2008 9:38 am

    PTI and Imran would be my first choice. I have always admired Imran’s qualities but he won my vote by the bold stance he took after the May 12th incidents knowing very well that by doing so he was risking his own life.

    But since he is not running, my choice would be PPP. No party and leadership has sacrificed more for democracy than PPP. It would be my way of paying back the people who separated BB from us.

  77. umar khan says:
    January 10th, 2008 1:09 pm

    Undoubtedly Asfandyar Wali Khan! Like his father Khan Abdul Wali Khan, he is a man of principles and has never supported the military! ANP has always believed in peaceful betterment of the Pukhtun Nation; a lesson taught by Bacha Khan (Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan).

    As an Ahmadi, I must admit that ANP was the only party who abstained against the anti-ahmadiyya laws enacted by the Bhutto regime. ANP was right back then when they said “who is the parliament to determine who is allowed to call himself a muslim”. As we have seen after 30 years, the sunnis and shias are now at each other’s throats calling each other kafirs.

    Like his father, Asfandyar Wali is well educated and despite being a Khan of Charsadda, he is a simple man. The ANP have never been associated with corruption either. Wali Khan spent many years in prison and Asfandyar and ANP will never seek to come to power through the back door with the assistance of the military or ISI.

    Most importantly, the ANP is a SECULAR party like the PPP. For years, they were lead by Naseem Wali Khan, the wife of Wali Khan. ANP has never supported the mullas and in these difficult times when the Pukhtun nation is faced by ISI-backed taliban, ANP is the only true voice of the pukhtuns of pakistan.

    Long live Pukhtunkhwa
    Pakistan Zindabad

  78. Sunny says:
    January 11th, 2008 1:29 pm

    I think one of the biggest fear from moderate Pakistanis is the corruption from who so ever will lead Pakistan. We have the same problem in Bangladesh and it’s been dealt with. I think after election the Pakistani people need to aggressively drive out the corrupt ministers and advisors.

  79. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    January 11th, 2008 2:12 pm

    @Sunny

    I am really sorry but in my view whatever is happening in Bangladesh is just an eyewash, where the military, which is as much or even more power hungry than the Pakistan Army, would keep interfering in the political affairs one way or the other. The results would be the same. Complete entrenchment of the military in all spheres of life, stagnation of the political process, subservience of all organs of the state to the military high command, lesser respect for the constitution and as a result for the law, more benefits for the Armed Forces Personnel and their wards, more involvement of military in businesses, and what not. Political problems should be dealt with politically and not militarily.

  80. January 16th, 2008 7:39 am

    ppp 100%vote

  81. Samad Khurram says:
    January 18th, 2008 1:52 pm

    PML-N and ANP:

    Both have agreed to restoration of the pre-Nov 3rd judiciary.

  82. Khosa says:
    January 18th, 2008 11:23 pm

    To all my Pakistani brothers and sisters

    It is always one person that makes a difference, it is always one wave in the ocean that has a ripple effect.

    Faith without belief is as good as being faithless.

    yuu.N hii hameshaa ulajhatii rahii hai zulm se Khalq
    na unakii rasm naii hai, na apanii riit naii
    yuu.N hii hameshaa khilaaye hai.n hamane aag me.n phuul
    na unakii haar naii hai na apanii jiit naii

    jo tujhase ahd-e-wafaa ustavaar rakhate hai.n
    ilaaj-e-gardish-e-lail-o-nihaar rakhate hai.n

    Keep the hope and faith will enlighten our hearts. One day Pakistan will emerge as a vibrant nation full of vigour and all dictators will be humiliated.

    I will support anyone who takes on these dictators and army firauons,

  83. riaz akbar says:
    January 21st, 2008 8:11 am

    we should support all the independent candidates because their cause is to work freely for the people and they dont have no party affiliations and they can work with any govt and president

  84. January 30th, 2008 1:37 am

    AOA to alls

    It is a greate post on this site because,” Today the main issue is eletions 2008″. The situation on this time is very criticle.
    After martyring of BB the situation of our country is more criticle.And I think this time the elections are Unfair.

  85. mozang bijjli says:
    January 31st, 2008 10:26 pm

    Can someone tell me how an overseas pakistani can vote. Because I want to vote but do’nt know how can I do that

  86. Asif Khan says:
    February 1st, 2008 1:31 am

    i will saport PTI but PTI bycott this bogas election PTI is best and good politics and imran khan is very good because he is truth man and brave man PTI bycott so i saport ANP GA wali narai wali ………………………TAL DI WE PUKHTOON WALI GA WALI GA WALI

  87. WAQAR AHMED says:
    February 5th, 2008 5:32 am

    I WILL SUPPORT PAKISTAN PEOPLES PARTY BECAUSE IT IS THE REAL AND ONLY LARGEST PARTY IN PAKISTAN WHICH IS PRESENT IN IN ALL PROVINCES OF PAKISTAN. ITS AJENDA IS TO ENPOWER POOR POEPLE AND BELIEVE IN DEMOCRACY.

  88. February 5th, 2008 7:46 am

    PML (N)
    because their motive is restoration of judicary along with free media. Bycott is not a valid choice becuase you are again giving chance to PML(Q) .

  89. shah ahmed says:
    February 5th, 2008 9:45 am

    i will give my vote only for MQM because they work for common and poor peoples of the country, not for industrialist, landlords, nor those who born with gold spoon, if u want change the luck of country please vote for poor and common man who spend their lives with poverty.

  90. Aeyaz Hassan Razi says:
    February 5th, 2008 5:10 pm

    Asalam and a good day,Dear all,MQM(www.mqm.org)and reason being voter is very clear.M.Q.M is the only political party of our beloved country Pakistan which truly is from the people,to the people and for the people.This party believes in what it says.Relief activities in Tsunami, earthquake in kashmir,flood in sindh are few examples among so many good deeds done by this party, they not only represent the 98% middle,lower. middle and poor class of Pakistanis but also educating and gathering them to think and work for their rights.
    Its MQM which has set new trend in political history of pakistan that not only people from middle and lower middle class can participate and contest election but they also can win and be the member of lower and upper house. MQM is a practical example of ” where there is a will, there is a way”.
    As its a universal truth that “action speaks louder than words” MQM in shape of Mustafa Kamal is speaking through actions.
    I would also like to add that MQM under the leader ship of Altaf Hussain and according to his teaching and idiology InshaAllah will make this country the way QUAID-E-AZAM want it to be.
    PAKISTAN ZINDA BAD

  91. Nasir Jamal says:
    February 6th, 2008 4:26 am

    I will vote for MQM. I live in Karachi and I am very happy with the development work being done in the city. This does not mean that I am fully satisfied with the performance of the party. There is a lot to be done besides improving infrastructure facilities in the city. MQM needs to make long term planning for improving standard of education and health services. In modern world it is education which counts the most and it is unfotunate that education is not in the list of priority of any political party.

    MQM should work for improving the transport facilities on top priority. This remained neglected in the previous government and I hope that it will be attended to after the coming elections.

  92. Saleem Shah says:
    February 6th, 2008 5:17 am

    Mian Nawaz Sharief is only hope to build Pakistan again for good future. He is only one hope for all nation in Pakistan who run the country very well inshahallah. So Pakistan need nawaz sharief Inshahallah again he will be in power and do any thing for poor peoples and nation.

  93. February 6th, 2008 2:11 pm

    fatima bhutto is new leader of pakistan

  94. Asghar Ali says:
    February 7th, 2008 5:14 am

    my vote for Pakistan Mulsim Leauge (N)

  95. madiha kiyani says:
    February 7th, 2008 12:14 pm

    I’m 14 years old girl and very unluckily, I can’t vote in the coming elctions. However, if i get a chance, I will definately just vote PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party). This is because the former chair person of this political party, Bainazir Bhuto, had strived realy a lot for improving the conditions of Pakistan. And I do believe that the same quality of patriotism and a feeling of making a difference in Pakistan’s politics is undoubtedly present in both his husband Asif Zardari and son, Bilawal Bhuto. By chosing this party, I think people can defend their rights and the image of our dear country can also improve in this steadily progressing world. and what else we need?

  96. Musaddiq Hussain says:
    February 10th, 2008 7:22 am

    salam o alaikum
    meri duay sab chahatay nawaz sharif or makhdoom javed hashmi kay sath hain

  97. Sheheryar Shah says:
    February 10th, 2008 4:06 pm

    Pakistan Peoples Party

    Because I need Roti, Kapra Aur Makan. I am concerned about my basic necessities, so are 40% of population living below poverty line.

  98. Muhammad Zafir Zia says:
    February 11th, 2008 6:40 am

    I would have voted for Jamaat Islami, but since Jamaat has boycotted elections, I will abstain from voting.

    God bless pakistan

  99. muhammad khalid says:
    February 14th, 2008 12:25 am

    I am sure MQM will sweap off the coming elections because of the leadership quality they have.

  100. Ehsan says:
    February 15th, 2008 1:40 am

    Imran Khan,

    For all the right reasons, he is the best leader one would have for Pakistan. He is amongst the masses.

  101. Shoaib Ahmed says:
    February 15th, 2008 3:31 am

    i’ll suuport PMl (N)

    Reasons,

    i) They hv clear view point for restoration of judiciary.
    ii) Nawaz Sharif hs straight forward point to end rule of military in politics permanently.
    ii) During nawaz shrif govt pakistan ws going in nice direction inspite of sactions from the world due to atomic blasts.
    few very +ve points: project of Motorway, Atomic blasts.
    Also Nawaz Sharif is now very mature politician.

  102. Ali says:
    February 15th, 2008 5:23 am

    I will go to vote for ANP, because now we want change and want to live with pakhtun identity. After all these operation in Pakhtun belt, we are thinking in favour of ANP.
    PML N & Q are punjabi Parties
    PPP is sindhi party
    MQM is for Mahjir
    ANP for pakhtuns

  103. khattak says:
    February 15th, 2008 9:03 am

    PML NAWAZ and AWAMI NATIONAL PARTY.
    nawaz sharif and asfandyar wali khan have a relatively good character as compared to others. nawaz sharif in his tenure had made lahore a city like london. he started the motorway project between islamabad and lahore. even by receiving calls from america he made nuclear tests and had put aside the calls from america. and because of nawaz sharifs nuclear tests we as a nation are safe and sound from any attack from india. asfandyar wali khan like his father is a very tactful person. I will give him vote on the basis tat he is fighting for the pashtuns and their sovereignity. he has worked hard for the people.

  104. MIAN MUHAMMAD IBRAR says:
    February 16th, 2008 4:26 am

    PML-N SHOULD BE SUPPORTED AS MIAN MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN SAVE THE COUNTRY HE WILL RESTORE THE JUDICIARY HE WILL CHANGE OUR FORIEGN POLICY HE CANSTOP THE TERRORISM. SO VOTE FOR HIM
    NOT FOR ANY ONE BUT FOR PAKISTAN

  105. Ali says:
    February 16th, 2008 1:23 pm

    I think PAKISTAN PEOPLES PARTY will win coz tht iz 1 of most strngest party in Pakistan we cant foget sacrafice of BHUTTO FAMILY…

  106. salima says:
    February 17th, 2008 6:04 am

    pakistan people’s party.
    i m going to give them my vote because they understand the pain of poor people .and our other polititian doesnot understand what is the pain of their local people and what they are facing i think people should vote for our great leader shaheed benazir bhutto . she died n awake all those people who were sleeping .now this is our responsibility to fulfill her dream .
    because kal bhi bhutto zinda tha aur aaj bhi bhutto zinda hai.

  107. Arsalan says:
    February 17th, 2008 6:24 am

    I wold vote for Imran Khan if I could.

  108. Ch.Arslan says:
    February 17th, 2008 8:14 am

    Muslim League (N)
    because the motto of Mr. Nawaz Sharif is well then all parties in politics

  109. Ali Ahsan says:
    February 17th, 2008 11:26 am

    I think PML-N should win because they are good people and they think of country.Nawaz Sharif has build Highway and hub power plant and when he was prime minister good were very cheap.

  110. Safdar says:
    February 17th, 2008 12:10 pm

    We are in need of a truely national leader widely respected accross Pakistan. I don’t see anyone except Nawaz Sharif. He has stood firmly on his principles despite all odds and rejected lucerative deals from the establishment. His views about judiciary, strategic assets including Dr. Qadeer and the will to promote Pakistani interests make him a natural choice of evryone. I would give extra points to him for being capable of taking along the people of all thoughts and geographics.

  111. Sadia Sikander Awan says:
    February 17th, 2008 8:07 pm

    Well i will vote for a party that has a legacy, that has been actively involved in Pakistani politics, that has a modrenised vision with religious harmony, that believes in people’s right and was actively involved in for the betterment of human rights none other than PPP. kitab library main, Shair Jungle main, Patang hawaoon main, cycle road per, aur TEER hath main zulm k khilaf, ghurbat k khilaf, aur jahalat k khilaf…..

  112. Nazim says:
    February 17th, 2008 11:29 pm

    Imran Khan (If he was participating)
    We all ‘ve beard Govt. of other famous politicians, Y not to give chance to this Patriot.

  113. Muhammad Saad Khan says:
    February 18th, 2008 4:07 am

    I believe, keeping in mind the current chaos in the country, handing over the reign to PPP is absolutely vital to the survival of Pakistan. As has been seen throughout the history of pakistan, no party other than the PPP enjoys support in all four provinces of the country. Hence, PPP stands fully capable of uniting the country on the provincial front. Secondly, with shrewd leaders like makhdoom amin fahim, raza shah geelani etc. I believe PPP can bail out our country from the current crisis.

  114. Muhammad Umer says:
    February 18th, 2008 5:58 am

    I want to vote Nawaz Sharif League
    Why this is the only hope that there is a chance that Restoration of the powers of Judiciary and more is the reason is that i want true Islamic country.

  115. Malik Imran says:
    February 18th, 2008 7:10 am

    PAKITAN MUSLIM LEAGUE: Now in our country nawaz sharif is only the person who understand the problem of the country.Nawaz shrif is a brave man because he fight agaisnt the mushrfe. GEO NAWAZ SHARIF GEO

  116. February 18th, 2008 9:06 am

    Sir/Madam,
    Dare to raise your voice for the inevitable socio-political change in Pakistan, to empower the Pakistani , the country belongs too.

    Since the creation of Pakistan the Pakistani people are left at distant from the corridor of power so that the ruling elite can do what they wanted to do in favour of their interest, leaving the Pakistani people at the mercy of circumstances. As this policy is denial of right of Pakistani people to rule their country according to their aspiration and desire to built this country, which can provide equal opportunity to all without any discrimination for the establishment of welfare society. Only the society base on tolerance, equality and justice can be the real guarantee for the prosperous and strong Pakistan there for your intention is invited to the crucial movement which could be the point of distraction or disaster.

    We have already lost the major part of Pakistan in 1971 simply to save the centralised sole power to exploit this country by the ruling elite they let the country break in part then allowing the masses to rule this country democratically. In the present circumstances we are again dragging our sovereignty at stack for the external interest in the name of national interest, instead of our interest i.e. the interest of Pakistani people at large.

    The only way out of these crucial circumstances is the only way to empower the common Pakistani at grass route level i.e. the change of system. This change is inevitable for the prosperous Pakistan .As a citizen of this country I have try to provide an alternate socio-political system to empower the masses at grass route level for rapid industrial and agriculture development with transparency and accountability in the system. Along with basic guarantees for the creation of welfare state, where in public representative and institution shall be answerable and accountable to the masses.

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  117. February 19th, 2008 8:56 am

    Congrats Nawas shrief
    I wish all the best

  118. ghotki says:
    February 23rd, 2008 7:04 pm

    asalam o alakum
    i am mohsin ali siyal from ghotki sindh.i have support ppp since my birth but ppp has not given us any think.i loved ppp i am loving ppp i will be loving ppp till death.
    i am doing private job in news1 and tv1 as junior satellite engr.i have passed engr in first division in electronics…i want to get job in govt or in ptv as i support ppp in media..
    so i am requesting bilawel saheb,asif ali zardari sahab,makhdoom sahab and all pppp authority that help me in govt job…sir i am waiting for help of ALLAH and u
    my cell no 03337245877
    alahafiz

  119. May 11th, 2010 12:43 pm

    congrates mqm we love mqm

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