Politics is a dirty game, and more than that it is a game that requires wit, cunningness and the recognition of the opportunity when it comes in front of you. Imran Khan, right now, is doing the same, however whether that opportunity is worth the risk is another debate. But there is no doubt that his popularity has today risen to a level where if you are not a Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaaf supporter, you are bound to get some serious lashing and ultimately leading to the conclusion, “Oh that means you are a Zardari supporter”, *SIGH* (But more on PPP later).
In its initial days, there was little buzz regarding this party and the supporters that you would find on the streets were few and far between. His charismatic appeal was still his Cancer hospital and the 1992 World Cup victory. But beyond this, there is little in him that can attest to his leadership qualities.
Founded in the year 1996, the man’s leadership capabilities were being judged by the way he led the team in 1992, and as the only victory to his name, there was little or nothing more to attest to his Political Career. The initial members who joined the party were much in awe of this man. But there was another reason as well, or so is my analysis.
The victory after the 1992 world cup acted as giving the entire country a reason to be intoxicated, the resulting illusions of which were that “now the world cup and after this the world”. This illusion was automatically transferred to the man who had given them the initial victory and now will lead them to conquer the world.
But despite this, his popularity never soared beyond a certain point, and it wasn’t until the Lawyers Movement that his party gained momentum. His party was finally making a stance and the youth was highly impressed with this man who was a childhood hero for many and had no corruption charges against him. He was a man that had not been tested yet by Power and its temptations and thus still represented hope.
But this symbol of hope, despite emerging as no doubt a favorite leader for many today and worth taken seriously, has had no agenda. His many promises are void and have no path to achieve them. For example, one of his many quotes that are much admired today is “I will end corruption in 90 days”. No one has asked him or he answered himself how he plans to do this.
This claim becomes even more conspicuous to believe considering that today he is building his party on the same leaders whom he resented and criticized till yesterday. Today we saw that the likes of Shah Mahmood Qureishi, Kasuri’s giving heartwarming speeches about the change they will bring to the nation. This party will only lead itself to become and be known as the party of the runaway Looters, as rumors are that the Leghari’s are in rank to follow the trend.
The history of shah Mahmood Qureishi presents him as a man who has never have had any loyalties to any party, starting from Zia-ul-Haq, his personal interest, and his vote bank from his feudal holdings have seen him switch him from PML(N) to PPP and now to PTI; Khurshid Kasoori, the man whose reputation and actions were much questioned during his tenure as the Foreign Minister in the Musharraf time; Legahari’s, the clan who sold themselves to the army during Benazir’s tenrure; Asghar Khan whose role in Bhutto’s hanging is still vivid in people’s memory.
These are the very looters that the youth claims to bring a change against, and these are the same feudal lords who have ruled us forever. How does anyone be so disillusioned to claim that a change can come when you have such people are onboard.
My heart goes out to those workers who have worked in this party since the beginning and are now going to be sidelined as the main positions of the party are being sold out to these big names, so that their vote bank can be profited by Imran Khan. If the power of the name is so intense that Imran Khan can sideline his old workers, then why should we criticize dynastic politics of the Bhutto’s?