Although the voting figures have not been finalised it seems probable that Pakistan has a new single-party national government, formed by the Pakistan Muslim League led by Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister and one of Pakistan's most experienced politicians. He will need all his experience and help from many other quarters if he is to stabilise the country as a functioning democracy. Since it became independent in 1947 the Army has been in charge more often than elected politicians. The country's internal tensions are among the most difficult in the world yet it has managed to hang on to a democratic commitment and Mr Sharif will now have an opportunity to consolidate that objective. It will not be easy.