The indicators were there. There were subtle signs that the Myanmese Junta was softening its stance with Aung’s NLD. And with intensified international and regional pressure, one was hopeful that incremental change was on the cards.
On the flip side, the demise of the charismatic Benazir Bhutto, and security concerns thereafter, threatened to cripple the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and delay parliamentary elections indefinitely; ending hope of an end to military rule in Pakistan.
But a day, not to mention a few weeks, is a long time in politics. The
Pakistani opposition parties (Pakistan Muslim League-N party and the PPP) have stormed to victory in their general election and are now contemplating the formation of a coalition government.
Politics is a funny and unpredictable thing.