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AFTER a campaign dominated by mudslinging, two of the victors of the May 11 vote seem to have decided to end the friction between them. On Tuesday, in a magnanimous gesture, Nawaz Sharif visited Imran Khan in hospital, gave him a bouquet and offered to “bury the hatchet” now that the elections were behind them. The man destined to be prime minister a third time said he had nothing personal against the PTI chief and that he wanted the two to have “a working relationship to steer the country” out of crisis. Even though we have no word directly from Mr Khan, a spokesperson for the party said that he had reciprocated the PML-N chief’s gesture. A cricket player himself, Mr Sharif offered “a friendly match” to the victor of the 1992 cricket World Cup after the latter recovered. Later, Mr Sharif told newsmen Mr Khan congratulated him on his electoral triumph, and the PML-N chief believed the PTI had the right to form government in KP.

In the aftermath of an election that has given the people a renewed confidence in the political process, all politicians have to realise the vital role they have to play in consolidating democracy. Because four military interventions have worked against the evolution of a refined democratic system, the country has been witness to an abysmally low political culture. Often, the opposition aims at nothing higher than bringing down the government irrespective of the consequences. This myopic attitude must change. Political differences should not be allowed to turn into personal enmity and taken to a level where the very survival of the system is threatened, as seen quite a few times during the last five years. Ignoring some genuine complaints of electoral fraud, all parties have by and large accepted the results. On Tuesday, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, whose PPP is the second largest party in the National Assembly, accepted the people’s mandate and pledged to work for democracy. Let’s hope the promises now being made are kept.

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Aizaz Moin May 16, 2013 11:07am
Yes indeed, this is statesman-like behaviour
Iftikhar Husain May 16, 2013 11:08am
It is too early to predict anything we have to wait and see the progress in few months.
shabedeh May 17, 2013 05:35pm
for Pakistan to be prosperous, you better care about South Asia.
shabedeh May 17, 2013 05:32pm
the man is in the hospital. what do want from him? wait till he gets out of the hospital and actually starts working ... then things will start unfolding.
pathanoo May 16, 2013 01:31pm
Pakistan, Don't exhale just yet. But, Good Luck and Congratulations.
Jalaluddin S. Hussain May 16, 2013 04:49pm
As a Canadian-Pakistani, I am encouraged to observe mature political culture developing in Pakistan. Let the incidents of terrorism be history now!
MOHAMMAD May 16, 2013 06:33am
Tariq May 16, 2013 05:19pm
Give the new government 100 days that should be an ample time to gauge how the new political scenario will evolve in the country?
Moazzem cemil May 17, 2013 01:00am
Not really worried about South Asia. Pakistan all the wayyyyy!!!
Agha Ata (USA) May 16, 2013 12:50pm
Besides, ethics based n maslehat is usually short lived. :(
Fahim Khan May 16, 2013 02:26pm
...this time Imran khan did not call it MUK MUKA because it is Sharif-Imran instead of Sharif-Zardari; we all are waiting and support Imran Khan to go to Supreme Court for the implementation of Asghar Khan (Mehran Bank) case.
Ragh May 16, 2013 01:30pm
This is a new day in Pakistan and in south Asia; I think the new government will work for the pepole of Pakistan and for south Asia.
N dean May 16, 2013 11:51am
I commend Mr Sharif for reaching out to PTI and have them involve in the governing process. It's good for the country and good for the people
desisurfie May 16, 2013 02:50pm