When I joined PTI in 2006, not many took PTI seriously. But Imran Khan was a man of solutions back then. He used to make sense and provide solutions to problems prevailing in this country. The idea was simple, liberate the people of Pakistan from the shackles of a bogus system, invest in human resource and they will take care of their progress.
Imran Khan used to criticize Musharraf back then, but only where it was due. I remember after the earth quake, Imran Khan while criticizing Musharraf government’s inappropriate response to the disaster, suggested Musharraf to setup a camp office in Kashmir to mobilize resources. When asked about Musharraf’s refusal to Indian helicopters, he supported Musharraf saying he might have genuine reservations with Indian pilots. This was the man, I firmly believed would change the traditional politics in Pakistan.
I worked selflessly for this party for 3 years. Even when I was pushed out of the party in 2009, thanks to internal party politics, I never had any doubts on the intentions of Imran Khan and supported PTI whole heartedly in 2013 election campaign. Continue reading
Its been almost 9 months now since PTI announced its internal elections. Since then the well-wishers of PTI have been hoping to see something positive coming out of these elections since these elections were seen as the cure to extreme divisions within the party, also pointed out by Talat Hussain recently. However till date, there is no expectation that these elections could be completed before general elections which makes one wonder, whether this was another hyped up bubble (like Hakumat Hatao, Mulk Bachao) that is about to burst? Akbar Sher Babar, once Imran Khan’s right hand (no more however), has rightly said that the party seems to be caught between the rock and a hard place.
As per my opinion, PTI has approached this whole exercise the wrong way. I would first like to share some information on why elections have been delayed in Islamabad.
What is happening in Islamabad?
There are two major groups, along with few minor groups participating in Islamabad. The stakes are high since the internal elections are deemed as the gateway to ticket in general elections. One of the major groups has raised serious reservations with the voter lists in front of the party leadership including the Chairman. Continue reading
Abbas Athar has beautifully explained the current situation prevailing in Pakistan in few but effective words of Urdu.
دانشور یا تجزیہ کار خواہ کچھ بھی کہیں لگتا ہے کہ پاکستانی عوام وہ تمام باتیں جانتے ہیں جو جنرل شوکت سلطان جیسے محب وطن پاکستانی نہیں چاہتے کہ وہ جانیں۔
مثلاً باجوڑ کی کارروائی کی پاکستانیت یا امریکیت پر جو بحث چھڑی ہے میں نے اس پر ایک ٹیکسی ڈرائیور کی رائے پوچھی تو بولا سیدھی سی بات ہے کہ جب آپ نے کسی کو باپ مان لیا تو یہ بھی ماننا پڑے گا کہ آپ کی ماں پر پہلا حق بھی اسی کا ہے۔ مجھے بات آگے بڑھانے کی جرات نہ ہوئی۔
“Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished, as the once vital voice of the verisimilitude now venerates what they once vilified. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, and so it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.”