Ten points to team Pakistan!
For the first time in it’s history, Pakistan’s government has made a peaceful democratic transition from ruling party to an opposition party. There’s a lot to be said of this, noting how far Pakistan has come.
Pakistan is the fifth largest democracy in the world and has experienced a tumultuous back and forth between military and civilian governance. After a bloody split from India as part of British decolonization, Pakistan was led by the internationally renowned Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who was instrumental in the establishment of an independent state dedicated to protecting Muslims on the Indian subcontinent. His death less than 13 months later left the young country to less capable statesmen, who failed to govern as its inchoate political institutions floundered. The military was viewed as a pillar of stability, having inherited the majority of officers in the former British India military hierarchy. Following a spate of political instability, Pakistan experienced it’s first coup in 1958 under General Ayub Khan, who declared himself the new President. Continue reading