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United Pakistan (May) Stand

February 18, 2008

By Haider Ali Hussein Mullick
The Washington Post

While most Americans are closely watching their state primaries, Pakistanis are getting ready to vote in a parliamentary election on Monday. On the ballot are Pakistan’s stability, President Pervez Musharraf’s political fate, and the future of the U.S-Pakistan strategic relationship. An environment of rising domestic terrorism, economic uncertainty, and political polarization has made Pakistan a top national security priority for all leading American presidential candidates. The question of the day is, Who will win?
Pakistan's Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (JUI) party leader Maulana ... 
Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (JUI) party leader Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman casts his vote at a polling station in Dera Ismael Khan February 18, 2008. Fears of violence overshadowed Pakistan’s general election on Monday with 80,000 troops backing up police to watch over a vote that could return a parliament set on driving President Pervez Musharraf from office.
REUTERS/Mustansar Baloch (PAKISTAN)

But don’t expect a blowout victory on Monday. Indeed, a national consensus government looks increasingly likely – and that may just be what Pakistan needs. Here is why:

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Pakistan People Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, second ...
Pakistan People Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, second from right, casts his vote at Ghulam Haider School polling station in his hometown of Nawabshah, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 18, 2008. Voters will choose 272 members of the National Assembly, or lower house of parliament, for a five-year term.(AP Photo/Shakil Adil)