Congratulations Imran Khan, PTI workers and supporters. You deserve to celebrate. I can understand how you feel here — this is your moment, enjoy it! For my generation, when Bibi returned home from exile — that was our moment of hope. Our dreams didn’t live long, they were washed away by blood of our beloved leader and countless martyrs of democracy. I do hope your dreams come true and you live long enough to see the Naya Pakistan you dream of.
Imran Khan — now that you’re in the position you have desperately wanted to be in, giving up all the principles you once stood for; remember that the resilient people of Pakistan have put faith in you. They are looking up to you to deliver.
Frankly, I do not have much hope in you to deliver. I say this because I was once on the bandwagon which a lot of charged youth is today, and I respect them. You stood for some principles once and promised change, you threw all of that down the drain just to come into power. With a team made up of Sheikh Rasheeds and Amir Liaquats, your unstoppable U-turns, disappointing and surprising hypocrisy, I lost faith in you. Your position is not clear on a single thing.
- You said you loathe electables and promised revolutionary change, but ended up with all those electable lotas in your party.
- You promised not using religion to your benefit, then you jumped on the blasphemy bandwagon by (a) attending Khatme Nabuwat events and berating Ahmadis (b) giving centre stage to Amir Liaqat and Sheikh Rasheed who were on fore front of false murderous campaigns against bloggers using blasphemy allegations and also support murderer Mumtaz Qadri (c ) letting Abrar ul Haq continue his venom of using religiously driven propaganda.
- You promised better political culture with your educational background and educated party leaders but ended up introducing a cult of a party which is arrogant, self-centered and devoid of empathy — and believes in using all sort of false propaganda and abuse to get to their goal. This is a return to politics of 90s, just like Nawaz Sharif — who you despise. Your CM KPK calls voters of PPP as ‘sons of bitches’ while you refer to your potential voters as gadhay, bewaqoof or zindaa-laash. This is borderline fascist political culture.
- You promised an end to corruption but then the accountability institution in the province you ruled has been shut down for three years.
- You led a campaign of belittling any achievements of PMLN calling their flagship transportation project as ‘jangla bus’, but then copy-pasted the same project in KP. Not only that, expenses for the project in KP were more than three times that of Punjab.
- You promised to be a man of the masses and said will reject protocol, but you have been flying all over the country on a state helicopter costing millions to the tax payer while your government spent several million on tea and biscuits.
- You promised Pakistan for all, but opposed progressive legislative bills in the National Assembly including the Womens Protection Bill.
- You promised not giving in to religious extremists, but your government handed over tens of millions to the most notorious terrorist-producing factory in Pakistan, the madressah of Sami ul Haq.
- You were given a mandate to represent people who voted for you but your attendance record in the National Assembly speaks of your respect for democratic process, which you further testify by your ‘laanat on parliament’.
I am not a pessimist and I have unflinching love for people of Pakistan. Also, unlike you, I am not in the business of judging people on how and who they vote for. I totally understand why people have voted for you. People are desperate for change and a large number of youth, who are too young and gullible to understand how politics works in our part of the world can not get to the depth of it. I respect their aspirations and participation in democratic process. For their sake, do good. Do not let them lose hope.
The people of Pakistan have elected you as their new leader. You have been given a strong mandate in the centre, in KP and even in Punjab — you have all the superpowers you need to deliver and there can be no excuses down the road. For the last five years you have done all you could to derail a sitting government — but a lot of us firmly believe in democratic process. You are my Prime Minister and I look up to you as well. You have a massive challenge ahead of you and this is going to be a rough ride. As a believer in democratic process, we will support you on this journey to the fullest to deliver Naya Pakistan and give you strong opposition where there is a need.
The people of Pakistan have so much potential, they deserve better. I hope you prove your critics wrong and deliver what you have promised. If there is one thing I would like you to do, that is focus on environment and water shortage — that is one thing I believe you did well in KP.
Let’s do this Imran, we are all together in this. #GoPakistan