Pakistan is a flawed democracy, but its shortcomings should not lead to a dismissal of the country as a 'failed state' or an intrinsically undemocratic one. Pakistanis are demonstrating that the arc of Pakistan's politics, bends towards democracy.
In Pakistan, the centres of power haven't shifted much despite the political upheaval leading up to this year's elections. Can elections challenge the status quo?
Thousands of people flocked to the shrine of Benazir Bhutto, the popular former Pakistani Prime Minister, who was killed in 2007.
Pakistan's law minister Zahid Hamid resigned after a previously lesser-known religious party struck a deal with the help of the military to end a weeks-long protest against blasphemy.
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