A Giant Leap for Pakistani Democracy

Five years ago, few would have predicted that Pakistan's new civilian-led democratic government could last. It would be, after all, an unprecedented feat in the nation's 65-year history: every previous elected government was brought down by a military coup or subtler means. And yet it's March 2013, and the government has survived its full five-year term.

But there's much more work to do. Although the government, led by President Asif Ali Zardari, has made notable advances--allowing dissenting opinions and passing important constitutional amendments--the country faces persistent threats: flood damage, terrorism, power struggles, a sluggish economy,...

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