| The rally of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) on 30th October at Minar-e-Pakistan Lahore certainly had a snowball effect. It proved to be a turning point in the 15 year long political career of Imran Khan. His party had never been taken seriously by political heavyweights before. The equally successful rally outside Quaid-e-Azam's mausoleum in Karachi on December 25 further proves the growing popularity of Imran Khan. However, having said that, there are certain serious questions which need to be answered by PTI stalwarts. But the problem is that instead of giving plain answers, PTI supporters follow a very strange line of argument. A typical debate is somewhat like this:
Question: PTI is now filled with same old faces that used to be part and parcel of every government in the past backed by the establishment. Half of Pervez Musharraf's cabinet has joined PTI. How will Imran Khan bring change with a team which once supported a military dictator?
Answer 1: So what? Even Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif were the products of dictators.
Answer 2: Imran Khan can bring change because it is leadership that matters. A good schoolteacher can control a class of naughty students with strict enforcement of discipline.
Answer 3: You are a loser. You are on PML-N's payroll
Question: Two wrongs don't make a right. If NS and ZAB were products of dictatorship, both of them paid the price for that. One gave his life and the other went into exile. If Imran has accepted these ex-ministers of a military dictator (which he has by the way), it implies that all the gruesome acts committed by that dictator including the removal of the honourable Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary, killing of Akbar Bugti, the November 3 emergency, the 12th October Martial Law, the 12th May Karachi killings, the NRO, Pakistan Steel Mills privatisation, (and the list goes on), have also been endorsed by PTI. How can Imran justify this?
|Wasn't it a good idea to make these politicians (and ex-military men) at least admit their mistakes and make an apology before joining the cleanest party of Pakistan?
Answer 1: Those who have been accepted by PTI are honest people and more so they are 'electable'. Your objection used to be that PTI doesn't have electable candidates, and now when we have them, you are objecting again.
Answer 2: We didn't commit all those acts. Musharraf did. How can PTI be responsible for them?
Answer 3: You are a loser. You must be on PPP's payroll.
Question: On one hand, the PTI says that people are tired of corrupt and inefficient politicians, and on the other, it is welcoming them with open arms. How have all these politicians suddenly become 'clean' while they were not when they were with other parties? What does honesty mean? Does it mean endorsing the gruesome acts of a military dictator while sitting besides him in the cabinet 'honestly'? PTI's main slogan is 'accountability' but ironically it is accepting these politicians without any internal accountability first. Wasn't it a good idea to make these politicians (and also ex-military men) at least admit their mistakes and make an apology before joining the cleanest party of Pakistan?
Answer 1: Everyone has declared their assets before joining PTI. We believe in Imran, and he will bring change. When the leadership is honest, nothing can go wrong.
Answer 2: If not Imran, who do you want us to vote for? Nawaz or Zardari? They have plundered the wealth of this country. The PPP is running the most corrupt government in Pakistan's history and the PML-N is responsible for that.
Answer 3: You are certainly a loser and now I am sure that you are on the payroll of both Nawaz and Zardari.
Question: Is mere declaring of assets sufficient? If so, then why doesn't PTI invite Pervez Musharraf as well? He has declared his assets. It will certainly boost the party because he has tens of thousands of fans on Facebook just like Imran Khan. It is also not understandable how a party in opposition, ie the N-league can be held responsible for the government's follies? And by the way, my other questions are still unanswered!
Answer 1: PTI can't be held responsible for Pervez Musharraf's acts no matter who joins PTI. It is Imran Khan who we support and he will build a new Pakistan for us.
Answer 2: Yes, Nawaz Sharif is responsible for the follies of the government because he supported the government in the name of democracy for three years.
Answer 3: You loser. You are on the payroll of Pervez Musharraf as well.
This list of questions and answers could go on, and is probably endless, but electricity has gone and my UPS will also shut down in a while along with my internet connection (the generator has already become useless thanks to gas load shedding). Because of these hard realities, I think I must stop. And I don't want to be accused being on any more payrolls.
The writer is a columnist, TV anchor and playwright. You can find him on www.facebook.com/yasir.pirzada1