As an observer of Pakistan's political scene I have been very carefully following the print and and electronic media to see who can best capture the spirit and the mechanics of the recently held elections. In my view the best article to meet these standard is the following:
To read the column in the web version, click: https://jang.com.pk/news/528575
The above article is a nutshell presentation of what the media, in general, has been saying about the intent, the conduct and the (expected) results of the recent elections held on the 25th July 2018.
The reason I chose this column over the scores other, are the following:
Firstly, it reflects the writer's objective take of the events leading to the elections day. Secondly, he does not shy away from stating his version of truth based on his knowledge, experience, and observation. I solute his resolve and courage and this column shows abundance of both. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, he ends the article on a very positive and patriotic note, even congratulates Mr Imran Khan and advices the nation not to ruin the "flavour" (?taste) of New Pakistan, and offers, tongue in cheek congratulations to all those who have worked both behind the scenes and in front of them to deliver the results we have.
Reading the above column I felt good for Pakistan. So what if we do not have high caliber statesmen, what even if we do not have honest politicians, Pakistan does have very courageous, honest and powerful political analysts, anchor persons and journalists. Saleem Safi is one of them. I do not usually read newspaper columns more than once, but this one I have read several times over and I want to share it with others as it captures and encapsulates my own overall assessment of Pakistan's elections, as well as what our attitude should be towards the winners, and those who helped them to win.
© Akhtar Injeeli 05/08/2018