Shattered Dreams but lets start from KPK-By Hassaan Saad Tariq
Shattered Dreams but lets start from KPK
By: Hassaan Saad Tariq
Heads are down and dreams are shattered – PML-N as a matter of fact swept Punjab but was this only because of the ‘massive rigging’ – certainly not but yes PTI could have won more seats both in Punjab and Karachi had this ‘good for nothing’ EC be able to manage these elections efficiently. So where did PTI go wrong? A lot has already been said on this but I think PTI took a long time on the intra-party elections whereas PML-N at that time was busy in forming alliances and accepting people from other parties. Imran Khan himself admitted this many times that conducting elections in the party was a tedious task and all the party workers and leadership were busy which had an impact on PTI’s election campaign and its overall ratings in the surveys.
One has to appreciate the concept of the Intra-party elections as PTI created history by holding the genuine elections within in itself but the timing was not right. PTI should either have conducted the intra-party elections long time ago or should have tried to wrap-up as earlier as possible. The process of awarding party tickets was another mess – some of the ticket holders could not even qualify PTI’s own ‘change’ symbol. PTI had to compromise here because it had no other option – you need strong candidates to do well in the elections and in a country like Pakistan, where corruption is common, the reputation of such ‘strong candidates’ has generally been poor. PTI leadership needs to work on this and make sure next time tickets are awarded to the people with good reputation and clean record. Although it is true majority of the tickets were given to the new and young people as Imran Khan wanted people to vote for the ideology/party rather than the candidates but did this strategy work? Can you expect these young and new people to fight against the ugly mafia of these electables? As a matter of fact PTI had to depend on these electables and this is the ugly face of our political system, something Mr. Tahir-ul-Qadri has been saying for a long time. You need to groom the party workers, train them, invest in them and develop leadership qualities in them so that you do not face this dilemma again next time. There is famous saying of Vince Lombardi, ‘Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile’.
The biggest credit that goes to PTI is the mobilization of the youth – Pakistani youth was always hesitant to the politics and most of the people would rather get up late on elections days and spend time watching movies and hanging out with friends. This time it was different – we witnessed thousands of young people attending PTI’s protests and public gatherings and then coming out and voting for the ‘change’. I know many of the overseas Pakistanis who came just to vote for PTI – some of them even left their jobs, some had to buy expensive tickets but everyone had a dream of building the Naya Pakistan.
PTI is all set to form the government in the KPK with the support of JI and few independent candidates. Would this be easy – no in fact this would be the huge challenge for PTI and this could go either way – PTI has a great chance to bring peace and prosperity in the troublesome KPK and set the highest standards of good governance and this would be the first step towards the ‘Naya Pakistan’. On the other hand this could also be the ‘suicidal mistake’ of forming the government in KPK if it does not have the required potential because it’s completely a different ball game once you are in the power. So what’s the best deal for PTI? Certainly it should form the government in KPK and prove its worth. Imran Khan made lots of promises during PTI’s election campaign and now its time to deliver. I wish Mr. Khan and his team best of luck.
Hassaan Saad Tariq