It is heartening to note that Nawaz Sharif’s PML (N) has forged ahead in the Pakistan election and is set to lead the next government. The people of Pakistan, who turned out in good numbers to vote, braving the threats issued by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, deserve to be lauded for their courage. They have placed a huge responsibility on the winning political parties to ensure that there is a smooth democratic transition. India should do everything possible to help its neighbour build strong democratic institutions. For bilateral issues to be resolved amicably, it is important for democracy in Pakistan to sustain.

P. Senthil Saravana Durai,

Vazhavallan

History has been created in Pakistan with the first-ever transition of power from one civilian government to another. The voters need to be congratulated on exercising their franchise, braving bullets and bombs, and ignoring the TTP’s menacing threats.

Going by the significant voter turnout, it is abundantly clear that the people of Pakistan have re-affirmed their faith in the electoral process, demonstrating an eagerness to ensure that their hard-earned democracy stays well on track.

Nalini Vijayaraghavan,

Thiruvananthapuram

People of the Land of Pure have sent a strong message to the fundamentalist forces. They have endorsed Mr. Sharif’s slogan, “Strong Economy, Strong Pakistan.” One hopes he will succeed in freeing his nation from the fundamentalists, revive its economy, usher in food security and improve the employment scene. The biggest challenge he will have to overcome is, however, the Pakistan army.

Pooshan Chatterjee,

Varanasi

Democracy has taken root in Pakistan. One hopes the formation of a new government with Mr. Sharif as Prime Minister will mark the end of difficult times, and the beginning of a new chapter in Pakistan’s history.

His government will face a host of challenges. He will be closely watched on how he fulfils the aspirations of his people for a better future.

G. David Milton,

Maruthancode

A politically stable neighbour is what India needs. New Delhi should take the lead in extending help to the troubled and terror ravaged neighbour. Both nations should strive to work for peace and growth.

Sivamani Vasudevan,

Chennai

The just concluded election in Pakistan is unique in its 66 years of existence. Mr. Sharif has promised to tackle terrorism. Let us hope he will take the peace process with India forward.

Vijay D. Patil,

Pune

Democracy should succeed in Pakistan if peace is to be established in the sub-continent. Hats off to the people of Pakistan for turning out in large numbers to vote for democracy in the terror-torn country! Hostility towards India can be erased from the minds of people only if democracy is strengthened in Pakistan.

K.R. Viswanathan Pillai,

Chennai

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