Pakistan Elections 2008: Vote I Must

Posted on February 19, 2008
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Adil Najam

We have recently been talking about whether people think that they should at all vote in these elections and it is clear from reports that the turnout has been rather low. But it seems that like in all elections there are some who you cannot keep away from polling, even if you wanted to. Here are some images of Pakistanis at Elections 2008.

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23 Comments on “Pakistan Elections 2008: Vote I Must”

  1. February 18th, 2008 11:46 am

    Some incidents here and there but not by Musharraf by individuals of Parties. They should be arrested and in those area’s they should re-do the election. Keep it simple and clear.

  2. February 18th, 2008 11:50 am

    I am sure Nawaz Sharif is winning and sad that he has only talked about making it even with everyone. This means his mission will be only revenge. People fell for this man.

  3. Daktar says:
    February 18th, 2008 12:11 pm

    Nice pictures but the view seems to be that turnout was much less than expected, no?

  4. Junaid says:
    February 18th, 2008 1:40 pm

    Rizwan, it’s too early to say that about Nawaz Sharif. Let us still keep our fingers crossed, and hope for the best!

  5. February 18th, 2008 2:30 pm

    It seems on the surface that elections have taken place peacefully in the main which is good news. Rigging has of course occured all over and even though it is too early to make accurate predictions it seems the masses have made their voices heard.

    Feimanallah Pakistan


  6. zia m says:
    February 18th, 2008 2:35 pm

    Turnout was very light in the morning but it picked up in the afternoon.Not bad considering the circumstances.

  7. Muhammad Zafir Zia says:
    February 18th, 2008 11:20 pm

    Have anyone seen MQM’s stance…………………..they have switched parties already……………Altaf has already said that the will be looking forward to establish government with PML-N and PPPP………..
    Altaf has been criticizing PPPP and PML-N and now he is willing to share power………………I wish PPPP donot form govenment with MQM…………

    MQM has always been hungry for power….Never have they sat in opposition or boycotted except for the NA only in 1993……
    MQM is so hungry for power that it has forgotten that operation against MQM was done during the tenure of PPP andPML-N………

  8. omar says:
    February 19th, 2008 12:17 am

    I give Musharraf credit for nothing. He did NOT hold a fair election. He just underestimated how much rigging was needed. He used every trick in the book to put the opposition at a disadvantage throughout the campaign. Official machinery was used shamelessly to support the Q league and his other cronies. Large scale rigging was not attempted on election day because he really did think that he and his allies had some real support and “with a little help from his friends”, they would still win enough seats to produce a hung parliament, where he and his agencies would manipulate their way to 5 more years in power (with Zardari instead of Pervez Elahi, but Musharraf still in charge). In our constituency in Gujrat, hundreds, even thousands of people got free bicycles. Local bodies legislators who opposed the Q league were shamelessly pressurised by the police. Money was passed out to all sorts of crooks. ID cards were bought and kept with the local bullies. In some areas, the first Q league person supposedly went in and stamped his ballot and walked out with it. Then the next guy takes that ballot in and brings a bland ballot back, that gets stamped and so on. that way, the only mess the purchased voter can possibly make is to double stamp his ballot and spoil it. He cannot vote for anyone else.
    The fact that they still lost most of the seats in the district is due to the fact that they had underestimated how much people hate them.
    It is the first instinct of nice people to start being generous in victory. But some people do not deserve any such niceness. He did not arrange a fair election. He incompetently rigged an election. That is further proof of his incompetence. Not a creditable achievement.
    Our democrats will probably not do a great job. But if rule of law is restored, if the process is allowed to continue within the law (and that has an elastic meaning in any country, but more so in third world countries), if the suicide brigade is kept under control..then things will slowly get better. It will not be pretty though. …but even if it is as ugly as UP (in India), it will be an improvement over army rule….but it wont be night and day…but still better.
    All this, of course, if the suicide brigade is kept under control. That is a very big IF indeed…

  9. JQ says:
    February 19th, 2008 5:37 am

    I don’t know omar sahab, I am confident that the elections were fairer than most. Yes official machinery was used, but I don’t think ANY OTHER PARTY would not have done the same in similar conditions.

    Secondly, even if there was rigging, I prefer to ignore it for the time being because that gives me some hope. Hope is all we have at this point in time. I, for one, am optimistic about the country’s near future and pray that whoever comes to power handles the delicate situation with surgical precision.

    Farishtay koi bhi nahin hain idhar. For me, it was a matter of choosing the one who would cause the least damage.

    The last time we had a ‘fair’ election, we lost half our country. What happens this time, only time will tell…

  10. kamran says:
    February 19th, 2008 5:38 am

    ppl love pakistan and they had to come out to save pakistan
    silent ppl are there with roaring NO to musharraf
    plz Mr. Mushi now leave pakistan. what else you need to realize your status in the eyes of ppl of pakistan

  11. Jalal says:
    February 19th, 2008 7:36 am

    I voted in this election. Not because I believed in any political party. But because I wanted to minimize the damage that might be meted out to my country if I do not select the least worst candidate.

    It might be considered saddening that I had to chose two different political parties for the National and Provincial seats. Why? Because none of the political parties has a clean enough track record for people to vote for them.

  12. MileStone says:
    February 19th, 2008 9:04 am

    I think Musharraf abide by his words of holding Free, Fair, Transparent and Peaceful elections and now its upto the winners of these elections PPP and PML-N to work together for the betterment of Pakistan and I hope that they would not do the same as what they were doing in the Pakistan i-e. “Politics of Revenge”.

  13. February 19th, 2008 12:30 pm

    Ya there are people who cant stayaway and thereare people whohate to vote also, including ME under MuSH.

  14. February 19th, 2008 1:01 pm

    adil, according to AAJ TV citing ECP, turn-around is close to 45%, higher than 2002. A more granular look at the 4 provinces shows higher than 2002 turn-out. May Allah give wisdom to the parties to do what is right for the country

  15. Bhindigosht says:
    February 19th, 2008 1:49 pm

    I am not ready to concede even an inch to Musharraf. After all he has not conceded an inch to the wishes of the Pakistani people in the past. I am going to revel in this moment (for now).
    Hello World, Pakistan is back!

  16. Ayaz K. says:
    February 19th, 2008 1:54 pm


    Getting rid of Dictatorship and inviting those who have done a lot of bad things to the country in the past, is a good idea or bad; I don’t know, but at least people won’t whine for next 2 to 3 years about the political anarchy and uncertainty (which is normally pronunced UncertaiNITY by most Pakistanis;) in Pakistan. They expect the new government will wave the magic wand and everything will be fine. As a matter of fact, they have a magic wand but they use it for their own vested interests and when the Treasure Chest is all stuffed and starts overflowing they fly away to distant destinations like UK, USA, Dubai or Saudi Arabia.

    I hate to play the old beat, but the Military Regime left no options at all to make a wise decision in electing/selecting the next leader. It always gets removed after costing so many lives and creates a vaccuum behind.

    Had Zia or Musharraf left the office after completing the tenure, things would be different but now again the Nation is going to be ruled by those who have been rejected and condemned unanimously for over a decade no matter they were in the office or not.

    Both Parties have gained or secured so many seats in the National And Provincial Assemblies and emerged as the winners but they will have to work real hard to regain the lost trust and credibility.

    Among the responsibilities of Pakistanis is to cherish these moments and treasure the freedom that they have. The best way to avoid the Dictatorship is not to give any opportunity or excuse to the Army/Military to become the rulers. They always appear when all the options are exhausted– in the time of total anarchy and uncertainty.

    We have to work together to strenghthen the Democratic Process in the country. We have to make Mr. Jinnah your role model and start a new day with new hopes, spirits and determination to make a better Pakistan.

  17. Eidee Man says:
    February 19th, 2008 2:22 pm

    Just heard AITZAZ AHSAN on Dawn News a few minutes ago; he said that he would go along with whatever the party (PPP) decides, but his “personal wish” is to see Amin Fahim elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.

    Our “educated” elite are quick to be seen in support of Aitzaz (and rightfully so), but don’t seem to like acknowledging PPP’s strength.

    Also, as much as I like Imran Khan, he has committed a big blunder by staying out of this election. Throughout the world, it is customary for parties to participate even when they know that polls will be rigged….it’s a form of protest.

  18. razia says:
    February 19th, 2008 2:58 pm

    “What we

  19. jk says:
    February 19th, 2008 3:12 pm

    razia: That is most unfortunate. It is not beyond belief at all. What do the other observers have to say about this?

  20. February 19th, 2008 3:14 pm

    Razia thanks for the link. wow

  21. Fahim says:
    February 19th, 2008 6:08 pm

    So musical chairs;but what change will be there?
    Tome to think of intraparty elections,proportional representation so an improved calss arrives.

    By the way, oil is supposed to go really down betwen 2009 and 12. Moreover, people are linking peak oil with peak famine.
    The poloiticans surely are aeware of this? Why do I think they are clueless? Any mention in their manifestoes???

    Former CEO of Talisman Energy: Peak oil is ‘here or hereabouts’

    Shell VP, Exploration: ‘No More Easy Oil’
    Why the price of ‘peak oil’ is famine

    By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard International Business Editor

    World food stocks dwindling rapidly, UN warns
    As Global Food Costs Rise, Are Biofuels To Blame?
    World Oil Forecasts Including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE – Update Feb 2008

    Increasing Numbers of Oil Experts are Forecasting Impending Peak Production Plateaus

    By the way those in America might like to keep regualr check of daily postings at :

    By the way, a European think tank which predicted subprime debalce in 2/06 report has dire expectations.
    Automattic Earth’s postingngs of a couple of day’s ago mentioned it:

    Collapse phase of the US real economy

    If you don’t have 600 Euroes to spare for full report, a Summer 2007 report can be found on the web:

  22. Noor says:
    February 19th, 2008 11:46 pm

    The images are very nice and it just proves that people want a change from the present regiem. Its the right of every Pakistani to vote as its their national duty! even though the turnout has been low but still people have spoken up!

  23. Naseeb ali says:
    March 23rd, 2008 12:39 pm

    who will b new prime minister of pakistan.? according to my point of view there is only one man who is suitable for that job and that is amin fahim becoz he waited a lot to get his place in National Assembly He is the Most educated Person of pppp and the other best thing about him is he is very inocent and related to a big family from pakistan the new prime minister should came from sindh if pppp want to live for ever then they should give a chance to makdoom Amin fahim shah mohd qurashi,Raza gallani,mukthar these people should b in waiting last if pppp is the party of bublic party then there is no other choice except Amin fahim im 100% sure that Amin fahim will get is position in this party becoz benazir elected him for this Position to b a we are a living in a independ country country so we all pakistani in favour of Makdoom Amin fahim if Amin fahim left this party then there is no party he worked hard to get his place in this party so how can they give another person this position when zardiri was in jail benazir was another country he was the one who take over the party how can bilawal and other members forgot this today is the day we should give him is poisition in this party east or west Amin fahim is the best the reaming people should b in rest.

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