The New Puppet On The BlockBy Muhammad Ali Sajjad • Apr 28th, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look • 13 Comments
When Pakistan won the cricket world cup 20 years ago Imran Khan became my favorite. Then for the construction of his cancer hospital he frequently used to visit schools, in the process visited my schools 2-3 times for donations and promote items as Eid cards etc and the proceeds would go cancer hospital. He launched his party, carrying it forward single handedly. There was time when he was the only one who spoke for the missing persons, against the mafia party of Karachi, especially after the killings on 12th of May during CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Ch, both of these during Musharraf era. Unafraid, he just wanted to speak truth and get justice, he was a true fighter. During the floods of yesteryears domestic and international donors gave more donations to Imran Khan than they gave to Government of Pakistan, his honesty and integrity was un-doubtable. Kind hearted, brave, honest, compassionate, he was almost perfect.
The Puppet Master:
Like in USA, in Pakistan we have select group elites who control the reins of the country, they are like puppet masters, and they have the strings to control, manipulate the puppets (Governement Of Pakistan) as they wish. When the audience (awaam/nation) gets fed up, these elite or puppet masters simply take the puppets off the stage, bring on new puppets and start a new show to keep the audience calm. The audience think that it was them (the audience) who forced the show to be changed and they are in control, but its in fact the opposite. The puppet masters remain the same.
The Dirty and The Dangerous:
Thanks to Julian Assange, the Wiki bomb exploded. In July 2009, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirate’s armed forces and de facto defense chief, said that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is ‘dirty but not dangerous’ and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is ‘dangerous but not dirty’. This might be crown prince’s personal opinion but this is how the establishment in Pakistan sees them. UAE and KSA are major players in Pakistan and the establishment is in close contact with them.
The Horns Of Dilemma:
The dilemma for the establishment is that they have run out of options. They know that the nation is fed up with PPP/Zardari and it’s only a matter of time people will demand a change. The alternate was PML-N/Nawaz Sharif. They know Zardari’s time is over and they don’t Nawaz Sharif have another term. Simple solution would be military take over. The army is already engaged on western border and the dismal state of national institutions would make too much on the army’s plate. So the need arose for a new option. Further gone are the days of pre-90s when military take over was a routine, now media is more active than ever and the masses have also gained a sense to oppose army rule.
The New Puppet On The Block:
Imran Khan was the perfect new option who had all the traits of good leader as I have mentioned above. The establishment has given the signal that they now favor Imran Khan so all the turn coats and lotas are flocking to PTI. Javed Hashmi and lots of other politicians who have joined PTI are now vocal critics of their former bosses what led to this overnight change? Shah Mehmood Qureshi only spoke against Zardari’s handling of Nuclear Assets when Foreign Ministry (his free ticket to world tours) was taken away. Those who stand for principle don’t wait, they just part their ways.
Had Nawaz Sharif transplanted something inside his head (a brain) instead of hair outside it, he would have chosen Hashmi as leader of opposition, but he chose Nisar Ali Khan. Let’s not forget Mian Azhar, who famously had a spat with Nawaz Sharif over the Governorship of Punjab. He was the first one to lend support to dictator Musharraf after the coup and headed the Q-League. The list will go on endlessly. Take a look majority of “heavy weights” who have joined the PTI are the ones who didn’t get tickets from their current party or key ministers from Q League from the Musharraf era. This Q League became the crutches of Gen Musharraf during his era of ”enlighten moderation”.
Open up the profiles of these “honest people” (as Imran Khan calls them) these were the ones who joined Zia for power, then stayed with Nawaz Sharif during the 1990s then joined Gen Musharraf in 1999 and now PTI. All they want is power.
These people without power are like fish without water.
As You Sow So Shall You Reap:
Being a cricketer Imran Khan should know better than all his supporters that when 10 members of cricket team revolt against its captain, no matter if the captain is right or wrong, he is rendered helpless and in some cases the captain has to quit. If a majority of Imran Khan’s party members are corrupt what can Imran Khan do?
A farmer no matter how hard working and dedicated, if he is sowing wheat he won’t get rice from that crop. No one is questioning the farmer’s dedication but no matter what he does he can’t get the desired result. All the PTI’s new entrants are well known turncoats and gold diggers, always looking for opportunity to make personal gains. This group has been in power before and only made things worse for Pakistan. Why should they be trusted with the policy making this time around ?
What makes them different this time? The only difference is Imran Khan says that there are only clean and honest people in PTI. I suppose Imran Khan equates joining PTI to Hajj, as who ever performs Hajj has all his misdeeds forgiven.
These people have a long list of cases to their names.Will the Justice Party spend 5 years serving masses or fighting cases of its own members, or is it time for NRO Part 2.0?
The One Point Agenda:
One way of rising above is to work hard; the other is to make other look bad. Imran Khan is more focused on the latter. Saving his best for Nawaz Sharif. Zardari must be singing “o jane walay dekhta chal , hum bhi paray hain rahon main” (oh passerby spare sometime for me also)
Up till now Imran Khan’s one point agenda is to malign Nawaz Sharif. Nothing about inflation, neither poverty alleviation nor he has ever told how he plans to lift Pakistan out of its current mess. All we get to hear is his promises that he is the solution to all problems. What is that solution? what are going to be his policies ? all quite on that front.
Maintenance Of “Status Quo”:
Given the frustration of the masses, all any leader has to do, is make one call to protest, and the people of Pakistan will come to the streets and force the current regime out . Since Imran Khan is being sponsored by the establishment, keeping in line with their signal, Imran Khan can’t do anything dramatic, cautious enough not to do anything that might trigger a wholesale change in the system. His rally is Karachi went on, only after approval by the establishment, otherwise the MQM in Karachi doesn’t even allow a bird to chirp with out its permission. Confrim that from Nabeel Gabol, the helpless minister from Karachi .
Like Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan is very efficient in arranging rallies and jalsas. Merely gatherings in park accompanied by slogans won’t solve anything.
Where Does He Stand Now?
Come the next general elections, (should they choose to contest) PTI might win 40 seats maybe 60 if it is helped by the establishment, which would be not enough for to bring any change. PTI has well and truly arrived on the political scenario but it is only a false dawn.
The Three Sided Coin.
If a coin had three sides Zardari and Nawaz Sharif would be two sides and Imran Khan would be the third.