A Moment of Hope

Anjum Naveed / AP

Supporters of Nawaz Sharif's party celebrate Pakistan's general elections Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Feb. 18

It has been some time since I was as happy as I was on the night after Pakistan's Feb. 18 general election. Mine was perhaps a reckless joy, temporarily distracting me from the very real troubles that Pakistan faces. But as I spoke to friends and acquaintances, both here in London and in my hometown of Lahore, I realized that the sense of euphoria I was feeling was widespread.

Pakistan is sometimes described by the international media as the most dangerous place on the planet. That has always seemed to me to be an...

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