Archive for October, 2016

At this moment Imran Khan stands at the verge of losing all his gains which he got in the past half a decade (since 30 October 2011). Why do I think that he is going to lose this battle with PMLN, will elaborate in the coming passage.

Currently Imran Khan has called for a Lock-down of Islamabad till Nawaz Sharif doesn’t present himself for accountability or resigns amidst the uproar and upheaval of Panama Paper Leaks. But did it all start only after Panama Papers were leaked? The answer is NO. Imran Khan has been on the roads since 2013 elections. In 2014 when Imran Khan was staging a sit-in in Islamabad he gave the slogan of Go-Nawaz-Go to the nation, implying that he won’t return till he has resignation of the Prime Minister in his hands. Then the sky witnessed that none of the skies fell on PMLN leadership.

Coming to the point, what is/ are the reason of Imran Khan’s failure? We will try to learn point-by-point.

  1. PMLN’s vicious media campaign against Imran Khan and using channels and newspapers constantly rant against him. Media is used, as always, to instill one thing in the minds of a common man that there is no hero or a leader. The other person is just like a common man. He is also corrupt just like other politicians and that is what PMLN has exploited insofar as Imran Khan’s so called charisma was concerned. Such aspersions as his drug taking habits etc. has done the damage.
  2. PMLN’s continuous advertisements in the Urdu and English papers about so called economic revolution despite the fact that Pakistan’s economy has been in perils since PMLN has taken over. But a common man whose biggest worry is to make both ends meet has no time to ponder on it. He sees ads, some concrete and mortar on the roads and takes such ads as truth and moves on.
  3. Extensive Social media bashing and abusing by PMLN’s social media cell which starts and ends at vituperation while maintaining constant stance that PTI people do abuses. In fact this is the culture of Punjab and other parts of the country that no one can comment on the political situation without using an abusive word. Again, the way PMLN social media cell has taken the culture of abuses to the next level while they compare N League’s thirty five years rule on sixty percent of Pakistan with PTI’s Three Years government in KPK is something really substantial. A common man using Twitter and Facebook considers blatant lies and rants of PMLN’s social media cell as a source of enjoyment and even those decisions taken by PTI in good faith are made a joke on such forums.
  4. Corruption is a culture in Pakistan and when PTI talks about ending corruption and starting a campaign against such evils, there starts a comparison by renowned journalists (while they pose to maintain their neutrality) with PTI’s government and it is proved that PTI is as much as corrupt as any other party.
  5. PTI has been emanated as the biggest right wing party in Pakistan. It is such decisions as sending the Women Protection Bill to Council of Islamic Ideology, giving aid to those denominational institutions which are considered as nurseries of Taliban had a backlash from progressive communities of the country. Imran Khan still maintains that Taliban fighting against Afghan Government are freedom fighters and suicide attacks are a reaction to the drone attacks etc. This kind of attitude has made the people of liberal approach keep a safe distance from PTI. Although PMLN is also a right wing party but the PTI is more at receiving end of insinuation since it was considered a party with liberal approach. Furthermore, when people like Orya Maqbool Jan are seen toeing the PTI’s line and inciting the people towards defiance and violence against police, people usually distant themselves from such activities.
  6. Imran Khan is short of vocabulary and thoughts. People are fed-up of his same speech (read: rhetoric).
  7. As claimed before elections, PTI has remained unable to do wonders in terms of development although the foundation stones of police reforms and law making has been setup will have long lasting effect but, I repeat, people want to see some red color busses, concrete and roads.
  8. There is a strong perception built among a common man that behind PTI there is establishment, which is taken as matter of abhorrence by intelligentsia.
  9. It seems that Imran khan has been unable to read through the geopolitical situation of Pakistan where Pakistan has been made to stand in the court to answer about anything and everything. Imran Khan also seems totally indifferent to the Kashmir cause, Indian atrocities and he has no idea that because of him Pakistan has been lagging behind lobbying at an international forum. He has just one point agenda to get rid of Nawaz Sharif on the roads because he is corrupt. He also knows, since Nawaz Sharif has strong hold in whole Punjab it is near to impossible to defeat him in elections.
  10. Last but not least, this time Imran Khan has made a big mistake by announcing locking down the capital which is never accepted by any state and establishment. Courtesy his antagonistic approaches, his journey from a real political leader to a demagogue has been cut short. Still one can hope that he succeeds in this fight against corruption.

One can write infinite reason as to why Imran Khan’s whole agitation against drone attacks till election rigging and till corruption of Nawaz Sharif is a failure but the main reason still holds good that Pakistani nation (mostly Punjab) don’t do agitation against oppressors. This is their history. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto once said that if any harm is done to him Himalayas will cry. Rest is history.

 

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