“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.”

– Montesquieu

It had taken Pakistan 61 years to carry out a democratic transfer of power. Decades of military coups, uncertain leadership, and unstable governments have taken a toll on the public. Never being truly exposed to democratic forces, the public sees itself further away from the political process than it actually is. In spite of electoral shortcomings, the power of popular vote cannot and must not be underestimated.

As thing stand, Pakistan seems well on its way to adopting democratic politics. Our society, and ultimately, our nation, cannot afford a disinterested population that does not exercise its democratic power.

Let’s engage in decent debate, rational analysis, and equip ourselves with political awareness, so that we are able to carry the torch of democracy and contribute towards the progression of our nation.