Milestone of sorts

Print edition : April 19, 2013

Asif Ali Zardari. He has emerged as a shrewd manager of allies, pandering to their wishes and showing great survival instincts and enormous patience. Photo: Caren Firouz/REUTERS

A security guard frisks a man outside the election campaign office of the former President Pervez Musharraf in Karachi on March 28. Photo: ASIF HASSAN/AFP

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at an election rally in the north-western town of Mansehra on March 25. Photo: AFP

At the entrance to Pakistan Army's headquarters in Rawalpindi. Photo: REUTERS

The site of a car bombing that targeted the minority Shiite community in Karachi on March 4. Photo: AP

Yusuf Raza Gilani. The former Premier paid the price for refusing to seek reopening of the graft cases against Zardari. Photo: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP

At a checkpoint in Hangu district after a bomb in a pick-up truck was detonated there on February 15. Photo: BASIT GILANI/AFP

The PPP-led government becomes the first civilian government to last its full term in Pakistan. But the compromises it had to make take away from the achievement.
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