For the first time since its founding in 1947, Pakistan has seen a civilian government complete a full term in office.
Since Pakistan was founded in 1947, government were often overthrown
in coups, toppled by political infighting or end in assassinations or
But overhanging the democratic transition is the continuing militancy and growing sectarian unrest.
"There is a long history of tussle between the democratic and
undemocratic forces in Pakistan, but the democratic forces have finally
achieved a victory," [outgoing Prime Minister Raja Pervez] Ashraf said in a televised address to the
Mr Ashraf also promised that the forthcoming elections would be free and
fair, and said he hoped the parties would reach consensus "amicably" on
which of the rival candidates should head the caretaker cabinet.