With the country’s parliament completing its second term since 2008, is Pakistan truly on the road to democracy? How do the headlines compare with the trend-lines? Are there any significant potholes in this road to democracy? Are the persist negative headlines justified? Do oft-repeated dire forecasts about Pakistani state’s survivability make sense?
Do Pakistani political party leaders practice democracy within their own parties? What accounts for attempts by the political party leaders and candidates to resist full financial and other disclosures? Why did they try to escape accountability by passing Election Act 2017?
Who are the “electables”? Why are political parties trying to recruit them to run as their candidates in the coming general elections scheduled for July 25, 2018? Can such “electables” bring about much needed reforms in the political parties? What are the downsides of putting up electables in terms of widening political participation and voter turnout?
Viewpoint From Overseas host Misbah Azam discusses these questions with Sabahat Ashraf and Riaz Haq (www.riazhaq.com)
Tags: Pakistan, democracy, elections 2018, political parties, dire forecasts, accountability, political participation, voter turnout