Can Politicians hijack PTI from its honorable goals?

Javed Hashmi and Imran Khan

Javed Hashmi is now a PTI politician ditching PML in their favor.

I am a bit concerned about the mass influx of traditional politicians from PPP and PML into Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), an upcoming political party run by the venerated Imran Khan.

Veterans like Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Shaukat Tareen, Awais Laghari and others have been in politics longer than the somewhat new democratic process begun after the death of General Zia ul Haq in 1988. However, none of them have contributed significantly for the improvement of the the democratic process, providing justice to the people or controlling corruption in the country. Heck, most of them enjoyed VIP privileges when ministers for PPP, PML and even willingly served under the leadership of a military dictator.

How can these people join PTI and suddenly become saints? How can they bring about an end to corruption in 90 days when their own track record at times needs a lot to be desired? How can they help improve the livelihood of an ordinary Pakistani when their only interaction with them is during the election period?

I have serious doubts that these politicians can help PTI achieve its honorable goals that it has set out to achieve.

Not long ago, a similar mass influx of politicians had occurred in what was called “All India Muslim League” led by Mohammad Ali Jinnah when it was clear that Muslim League will prevail and create Pakistan. Those Unionist and British fed muslim politicians backed Quaid-e-Azam to become their leader but when they got power (in the newly created Pakistan), they did nothing for the betterment of the country. They fought, quarreled and squandered opportunities. Eventually, causing us to not progress and move forward as envisioned by the founding fathers.

For me, the writing is on the wall. It is clear that their influence and bikering will turn PTI  into a mirror image of PPP and PML. It will no longer be a party for justice. It will become yet another political party that will hustle for seats and votes just like PPP and PML. And it will fail to heed to the pleas of the poor Pakistanis. Dashing hopes of millions of Pakistanis


About Atif Mumtaz
A serial entrepreneur who loves to travel, discuss politics and hikes on weekends.

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