Nawaz Sharif addresses an election rally in Islamabad May 5, 2013.
Mian Khursheed / Courtesy Reuters

On May 11, an estimated 60 percent of Pakistan’s 86 million registered voters cast ballots to pick a new government. Election day, like the entire campaign season, was marred by deadly Taliban attacks, mostly at the rallies of avowedly secular parties. And some charges of voter fraud have darkened the proceedings. Still, the election was a democratic achievement worth celebrating: in a country where the military has aborted every democratic transition, this weekend marked the first turnover from one democratically elected government that has served its full five-year term to another.

As expected, the incumbent Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was routed,

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