When The General Left?
I haven’t had the privilege of seeing a lot of prime ministers in our country. One of the reasons might be General Musharaff and his obsession with “Sab Se Pehle Pakistan” so no one could actually get near the corridors of power until I was ten years old. Towards the end of 2007, misadventures like Lal Masjid operation and manhandling Justice Chaudhry had created some tensions for the General where his approvals were going down as opposed to his initial years in Power. Global powers were already privy to what might happen next in a Nuclear Islamic republic.
Well, the events that followed 2007 were actually a reflection of what the General had said while departing the Presidency, “Now it’s up to the Almighty”.
Mrs. Bhutto, our only ray of hope, on her return to Pakistan suffered at the hands of Al Qaeda as they say and with that, I had given up on my country`s political future.
Back in the day, political pundits had predicted Mr. Z to takeover cashing the Bhutto legacy followed by Mr. Sharif and it couldn’t get better for the status quo. Democracy or Dictatorship, it never had an impact on the ruling elite of our country. For what its worth, they just want their evening cigar burning with a game of bridge to discuss the clan of stupid politicians, they have to withstand.
Imran Khan and his Tsunami
Imran Khan, a cricketer turned politician who stepped into politics back in 1996 was consistent with his anti-corruption narrative, however, he was never considered a threat by the status quo.
Although Khan was an international icon, he was considered an idealist, deemed unfit for Pakistani politics.
Then came 2011, Khan was able to put up a massive political show in Lahore. Where did that come from? How did PTI manage to pull out such crowds in a Sharif stronghold? Will Khan be able to secure enough support in the upcoming elections? The answers weren’t that clear back then but after October 2011, Khan was in the game, although still an underdog competing with the likes of Zardaris and Sharifs.
2013 wasn’t exactly Thanksgiving for Mr, Khan but from a single seat to the second largest party in terms of popular vote, Khan`s Tsunami had almost reached Northern Pakistan.
Seven years ago, I wasn’t so sure, whether someone like Khan would ever be able to lead our country.
When was the last time we had a popular political leader?
Nawaz Sharif, certainly not. Well, he was popular within army ranks, as a matter of fact, General Zia`s Aaron boy would do the explanation part.
Mr. Zardari, we all know the answer to that.
Perhaps Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the last popular prime minister, Pakistan ever had. Today as we speak, Khan has won and the Naya Pakistan he promised us decades ago might be a reality in one way or the other.
The wave of Khan`s tabdeeli took twenty-two years of struggle, massive protests, and innumerable public gatherings to follow.
For me, the change Khan had promised had already begun. When he used to quote democracies around the world, one would’ve thought, Is he mad or what? How on Earth can he compare us to Germany or the United Kingdom? The man`s a psychopath, obsessed with his premiership. The same so-called political philosophers later on concluded that he is the best Pakistan has to offer in the existing political scenario.
Khan came to an understanding with electable politics, far-right political parties, nationalists, and many others, he had promised to eliminate. At first, a lot of his supporters weren’t happy with what was khan up to but then again, why was he doing this?
Did we force Khan to play the kind of politics he never did? I would certainly agree to that, after all on what grounds do we judge a politician? Mr. Z for us is one of the best politicians, Pakistan ever had, just because the guy buys off whatever he deems fit for his empire. The Sharifs are considered to be business friendly because of the fact that:
“Khaata hai, tou lagata bhi tou hai”, Could Khan ever win in a country where politicians are judged by their cartels and palaces rather than a political ideology? At first, I would say no, but the 2018 elections pivoted that decision for me.
It’s about assuming authority and that is only possible through the ballot, its the ballot that eliminated the likes of Sherpaos, Bukharis, Nawabzadas and the everlasting clan loyalty that got them into the parliament every now and then.
The moral high ground, Imran Khan has set for the politicians to come isn’t exactly what his predecessors would like, in fact, they never cared about morality with a few exceptions.
Even if Khan delivers fifty percent of what he has promised which seems quite impossible in the next five years considering the bureaucratic hegemony our country faces today, it would be far more effective than the last three decades of corrupt democracies and dictatorships.
I hope the PM-elect delivers and fulfill his dream of a Naya Pakistan.