The people of Pakistan voted emphatically against president Pervez Musharraf and his political allies, the Pakistan Muslim League, PML (Q). As the results are coming in on Monday, its clear that Pakistan Peoples Parliamentarian Party (PPPP), Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz Sharif) and ANP (Awami National Party) are taking the lead in the national assembly. MQM (Mutahida Qaumi Movement) of Altaf Husaain has also taken 18 seats in the legislature, second only to the PPPP whose leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December of last year. PPPP has so far been the largest political power in the Sindh province where separatist sentiment peaked after the sad and brutal killing of Ms. Bhutto. So far PPPP has emerged as the only party to have won seats in all the four provincial legislatures thus rightfully claiming to be the only party suited to run the federation.
The rout of the PML (Q) and the religious extreme coalition MMA (Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal) shows a two pronged attack on the part of the masses. First, they have completely rejected the religious rightist parties which won a comfortable majority in the last polls which according to critics it were rigged by Gen. Musharraf and government agencies so that they would have the leverage against the Western politicians. The democracy loving people of Pakistan have also, through these results, shown that they totally disagree with the present regime of Pervez Musharraf. All the major stalwarts of ruling PML (Q) were disgraced and defeated in yesterday's elections. During the countrywide polls for national and provincial assembalies 30 lives were lost and hundreds were injured as violence erupted at many places during the polling. Nonetheless, European and American observers have declared the polls to be free and fair. Thus the people of Pakistan have spoken and in no uncertain terms have wiped out all the collaborators and their henchmen in a historic sweep against Musharraf and his obstinate, autocratic rule of the past eight years.