Pakistan: Back From The Brink?
And if that happens, some experts say the state of emergency could be reinstated.
Political analyst Shafqat Mahmood told private English channel DAWN NEWS that the date of Dec. 16 is significant because it came a day after the date by which candidates are allowed to withdraw their nomination paper.
"If political parties boycott elections, he might not withdraw [the] emergency an [Provisional Constitutional Order]," he said.
It's a long, long way to a stable Pakistan -- something there's precious little precedent for -- but at least the toes aren't hanging over the cliff now.