Democratic Triumph: Pakistan Polls 2024

Democratic Triumph: Pakistan Polls 2024
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Polling in 2024 General Elections in Pakistan has concluded peacefully, marking a pivotal moment in the nation’s democratic evolution. Despite numerous security challenges and attempts to disrupt the electoral process, the unwavering resolve of the Pakistani people has prevailed, reaffirming their steadfast commitment to democratic principles.

Throughout this electoral process, inclusivity has been a guiding principle, all parties in a way demonstrated a commendable sportsmanship and collaboration.

The Government’s proactive efforts, alongside the dedicated work of law enforcement agencies (LEAs), Civil Armed Forces, and the Army, remained instrumental in ensuring a peaceful and secure environment for the voters. Political campaigning, rallies, corner meetings, and other activities were undertaken in a routinely calm manner by the political rivals despite the ideological differences they held.

One of the important security measures implemented during the polls was the temporary suspension of internet services, which was designed to prevents the efforts of individuals opposed to Pakistan. This proactive approach proved critical in preserving security, especially in light of recent attempts to disrupt the political process through violence.

Balancing out the challenges, the Pakistani people’s commitment has remained stead-fast, resulting in the successful completion of the General Elections. One important phase still left is to accept the elections results and gracefully assist in formation of new setup in an orderly and dignified manner.

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International news agencies, including Reuters, Associated Press, and BBC News, have recognized Pakistan’s commitment to upholding democratic values amidst security concerns. These organizations have lauded the resilience displayed by the Pakistani nation and commended the Government’s efforts to maintain order and security during the electoral process.

In their separate messages, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Anwar ul Haq Kakar have lauded the performance of all the security officers, who played critical roles in maintaining a calm polling environment. Their persistent efforts, spanning multiple locations at vast stretches, demonstrated their dedication to ensuring every citizen’s right to vote in a secure environment.

Despite isolated occurrences, the overall security situation remained under control, highlighting the efficiency of the security measures adopted.

The successful completion of the polling process may be ascribed to the Armed Forces, Civil Armed Forces, and Law Enforcement Agencies’ continuous commitment to providing a safe environment to voters for exercising their democratic rights.

Moving on from security concerns, attention traverses to the outcome of the General Elections. Preliminary polling data from international news organizations indicate a wide representation across political parties, demonstrating the Pakistani people’s extraordinary enthusiasm for the democratic norm of elections.

As the nation awaits the official announcement of election results in due course of time, remarks from caretaker Prime Minister Karar echo the sentiments of unity and resilience visible throughout the electoral process. His emphasis on upholding democratic values underscores the importance of maintaining the integrity of the electoral process, regardless of the challenges faced.

In a statement, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) also expressed immense satisfaction with the overall security situation during the elections. As well as acknowledged the dedication and professionalism of all the security forces and law enforcement agencies, emphasizing their critical role in ensuring the smooth conduct of free and fair elections. With the deployment of 137,000 army personnel and civil armed forces at approximately 6,000 selected most sensitive polling stations and over 7800 QRFs, a safe and secure environment for the public was ensured.

The conclusion of the 2024 General Elections represents not just the exercise of democratic rights, but also the Pakistani people’s collective commitment to define their own future.

In the end, it is a democratic triumph, reinforcing democracy’s position as the foundation of Pakistan’s governing structure. Certainty is likely to emerge with economic prosperity as its intended dividend in the months to come.

 Looking ahead, the incoming Government inherits a country brimming with promise and ambitions for growth and prosperity. It is critical for elected leaders to listen to the people’s opinions and address their needs and concerns, so promoting inclusive and sustainable development for all.

The General Elections of 2024 have been a testament to the resilience, determination, and commitment of the Pakistani people to the democratic process. As the nation celebrates the successful conclusion of the electoral journey, it stands ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, guided by the principles of democracy, unity, and progress.

The views shared in this article reflect the author’s personal views and do not necessarily align with the institution’s official stance.

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Sehr Rushmeen, an Islamabad based freelance researcher, did her MPhil from National Defence University (NDU) in Strategic Studies, and her BSc from University of London (UOL) in International Relations. Her area of research interest is Strategic Nuclear Studies, Artificial Intelligence in Warfare, South China Sea and South Asian Politics. She tweets as @rushmeentweets and can be reached on sehrrushmeenwrites@gmail.com.

Sehr Rushmeen

Sehr Rushmeen, an Islamabad based freelance researcher, did her MPhil from National Defence University (NDU) in Strategic Studies, and her BSc from University of London (UOL) in International Relations. Her area of research interest is Strategic Nuclear Studies, Artificial Intelligence in Warfare, South China Sea and South Asian Politics. She tweets as @rushmeentweets and can be reached on sehrrushmeenwrites@gmail.com.

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