My resignation from PTI, with a heavy heart
Dear Chairman Imran Khan
With a heavy heart, we are highlighting following points that are causing discomfort among party workers.
1) PTI has failed to implement a system of justice within its own ranks.
2) The lack of accountability within PTI is not acceptable to us.
3) Response of the Senior Leadership team to the resignation of many other veteran leaders (local as well as overseas) has not been encouraging. If a party cannot value its ideological workers then it is not the party of change in Pakistan.
4) The party has forgotten its roots and cronyism is on the rise.
5) If PTI cannot provide justice within, will it be able to do so for the Nation?
6) PTI’s social media team is busy in conspiracies and propaganda against party people.
7) PTI failed to become voice of the people on issues like drone attacks, NATO supplies, Shia genocide, Malala attack.
8) PTI failed to deliver on its commitments about offering solid policies for solving Pakistan’s problems. There are several flaws in the policies and the Think Tank leaders are responsible for the same.
9) PTI is no more the harbinger of change that it once was. Old political gurus have taken over the party.
10) The Chairman is not the same anymore as he flies in Jets and roams around in Land Cruisers. If he can fall for a land cruiser today, imagine what he will do when he is in power.
We will continue to raise our voices for Justice but with a heavy heart, we are announcing our resignation from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Good bye.
All this sounds too familiar? Read such letters already? Yes, you are right.
Many such letters have propped up in the past few months on social media & have gone viral.
So I decided to summarize their contents and compile a ‘Resignation Template’ for easy reference & prospective future use of all those who think they aren’t brave enough to stand by their leader when the winds are actually blowing against him. (They just have to type their own names in the end after Sincerely)
Now the quitters may say: what rubbish? we stood by Imran Khan for 5, 10, 15 years, at a time when he was a political nobody. So how can you call us “not brave enough”?
I beg your pardon Mr, Ms and Mrs (whatever applies). True you stood by Imran Khan but it was when he was a political nobody (yes you heard it right). People ignored him politically but liked him as a human being so associating yourself with such a person was socially rewarding. It was not limited to you but the feeling was share by many others even outside PTI. Just the way media persons and anchors liked to be seen interviewing him & cozying up with him, as it brought ‘Ratings’.
Your association with Imran Khan or PTI was probably not political but only social. You thought of PTI as ‘just another social club’ where the affluent get together and discuss the problems of the ‘poor nation’, over a cup of cappuccino off-course. You either never expected Imran Khan’s star to actually rise or you thought if it did rise, it would be a smooth sailing just like in Bollywood political movies where the public wakes up one day & rallies behind the hero for justice & CHANGE making him the country’s leader while the status-quo politicians confess their crimes & retire or are jailed. THE END. You simply forgot that Pakistani politics is different from Yash Chopra’s melodrama.
Here people did rally in support of the hero (Imran Khan in this case), starting 30 Oct 2011, but that was not the ultimate destination or the final CHANGE in any way. It was just a symptom of CHANGE that the people are ready. It didn’t mean the status-quo was willing to repent & leave the field open for Imran Khan because of his good intentions. No, you were too naive if you expected a smooth sailing from the status-quo politicians. That was not supposed to happen.
Instead, a bitter campaign of propaganda, negative tactics, whisper campaign through media, character assassination and divide-and-rule was round the corner. While nobody quizzed PTI reps on media especially in talk shows before 30 Oct 2011, the situation took a 180 degrees turn afterwards. PTI reps started coming under fire on talk shows, even for such lame issues as “mismanagement in PTI Iftari at Cheechoo-ki-Maliyan” etc.
When the going got tough and opponents’ propaganda started taking the toll on PTI, you (quitters) realized that PTI is no more the ‘hot sensation’ to be associated with. That the feeling of being righteous that you previously got by introducing yourself as a PTI-wala is now fading. That you have to answer the propaganda of opponents, some of which may be correct but most is plain propaganda.
So why associate with PTI when it has lost its nascence charm & shine? Why not quit & join some other ‘social circle’ where you don’t have to be actually answerable for anything. From where, sitting on a high moral ground (due to the resignation letter) you can still comment on the dirt of politics & woes of the ‘poor nation’ and how your ‘Ex’ (PTI) has left its ideals and joined the bandwagon of status-quo.
The same talk-show anchors who used to scorn you due to association with PTI, now call you as experts-from-within to comment on the ‘dirty’ politics of PTI and the political U-turns of Imran Khan. You also have the freedom to criticize Imran Khan for having stepped back from his ‘Nazariya’. Now you again have the same ‘Feel-Good’ status and the inherent satisfaction of being above the ‘dirty politics of Pakistan’.
Let me tell you one thing folks, you (quitters) are mistaken. You think you will dissociate from PTI and your conscience will remain satisfied as you are the righteous ones??? Pardon me but you are seriously mistaken. You think PTI needs to correct its course on certain issues? Come on, play your part in doing so. Simply quitting is not the answer. Let me make it easy for you with some brainstorming.
I think (rather I am sure) that even today you people feel Imran Khan is Pakistan’s only shot at success at the moment. Right?
I hope you agree that he is sincere in his plans for Pakistan even if you don’t agree with his line of action. Right?
If so, it means you too believe that Imran Khan will never let Pakistan’s interest be undermined. Right?
I also hope you are in politics for the country’s interest too (since I don’t suspect any personal interest), even if with a different line of action. Right?
This in turn means that you only have differences with Imran Khan’s line of action and not his intentions. Right?
If so, then don’t you think quitting was a poor poor idea in the first place?
Lets see another angle…
Do you think all the crooks sitting in PML-N, PPP, MQM, ANP, JUI, PMLQ etc are happy with their party colleagues or agree with everything their party decides or the course their party takes? No. Off-course no. What binds them together then? PERSONAL INTERESTS bind them together because a PPP MNA who may be abusing his leader in private, sticks to PPP only because he feels his personal interest is served in that party.
So if the BAD-GUYS can set aside all their differences & sit together to serve their personal interests, why can’t the GOOD-GUYS sit together for the country’s interest?
Do seriously ponder over it. But while doing so, do remember that Pakistan’s next generation will hold us (and you) responsible if due to our follies & egos, this last hope of CHANGE is lost. If PTI is damaged due to your actions, you will be as much responsible for re-election of the crook rulers since you are ‘technically’ supporting them (by weakening PTI).
Do you want your (and our) children to be ruled by Bilawal Zardari, Maryam Nawaz, Musa Gilani, Sangeen Wali, Maulana LutfuRehman or Moonis Elahi? Only because our egos are too big to accommodate each other?
If a person of average intellect like me can comprehend this, why can’t you INTELLECTUALS? I rest my case.
Shah Zalmay Khan.
The writer is a tribesman from Bajaur Agency and tweets at @PTI_FATA
(no official association with PTI)
Shah Zalmay Khan.