I voted in the last elections and my party won. I distributed sweets and made merry. But, I ended up crying for the next five years. I may have voted for the party that formed government but I hadn’t voted wisely. It was my loss and a loss for the entire country. Now that I am going to exercise my right to vote once again, I’ll try to make a wise decision. We should vote for the best candidate – an intelligent, educated individual with a sound character and no dubious past – regardless of the party they belong to, for we surely want our assemblies to be filled with competent people.

Mehreen Hasan,

Lahore, May 8.