By Sajjad Amin Bangash (Lecturer in International Politics and Economics, Creative Writer and Political Activist for PTI (Imran Khan’s Party).
I have read a lot of famous revolutions in history books such as industrial Revolution in Europe, French Revolution, American Revolution and lately Arab Spring which by all means carried some intense intentions behind and some chronic purposes. Every revolution has several parameters and causes of its own and noticeable motives. Apparently, when the people took to streets and often the conflict may arise but that’s what happens between the opposite forces. We may explore the detailed historical perspectives of the causes of these revolutions but most importantly the consequences of such movements bring productive consequences. The wave of such revolutions can be vividly seen in Pakistan these days as the new generation of Pakistan who’s well-educated, socially aware and technologically advanced are now roaring for the ‘political change’ under a democratic paradigm.
This political change can be gauged from the the generic cause is that whenever people’s freedom of expression, democratic, civil and judicial rights are tortured and suppressed and the ordinary citizen of a country is being ignored, either economically, socially and judicially and where there’s a complete lawlessness prevails in a country then the revolt against such system is spontaneous and has to happen.
Pakistan is a country passing through similar phases of change and people are now in an extreme passion to revolt against the prevailing democratic system which primarily favors the rich, powerful and politically influential. Over the past 40 years of democratic history of Pakistan, the politics was the game of landlords, feudalism, industrialists, status quo politicians who caged the major clauses of constitution. Here, the rich gets richer while poor gets poor and above 70% of population lives under poverty line.
Role of Social Media in this Revolution.
With the advent of Social Media Networks, the distance among people around the globe has narrowed down substantially and we have conquered the whole world in our own fingers. The latest versions of those social media networks are easy-to-use, capable of multimedia features eliminating and limiting the foregoing biased role of lobbying which controls the media houses since the social media contents are independent and free. What we have saw in Arab spring was the active role of the social media in toppling the dictatorship, monarch systems but in Pakistan, this uprising is somewhat different to Arab world as we have democracy but which is physically handicapped by these power politicians.
The Role of Imran Khan.
With the emergence of Imran Khan as a revolutionary leader, people of Pakistan have now found a new hope of getting rid of this polluted system. The incredible fact of Imran Khan’s political popularity that he aroused that section of Pakistan which never participated in political composition of Pakistan which is very educated and we’ll aware.
Now, they’re very active under the visionary leadership of Imran Khan since they’ve realized that it’s a perfect time to administer the country in a better way and to set the country free from corrupt mafia of landlords, feudal lords and lobbyists who use politics for their own interests and nothing to do with the miseries of a common citizen of Pakistan. It’s claimed that 80% of youth is part of Imran Khan’s political movement and most importantly, for the first time in Pakistan’s politics, equal participation of women is seen which represents 50% of Pakistan’s demography.
Likewise, all oppressed sections along with minorities are joining PTI each passing day since they’ve realized that it’s Imran Khan who’s honestly uniting all of Pakistani nation irrespective of race, culture, linguistics, ethnicity, religion or beliefs. Every human has the fundamental right to be treated equal.
Besides, the biggest astonishing change what Imran Khan’s political wisdom brought along is that the women are now actively taking part in the political process and setup while in past they were either kept oppressed or they didn’t seem politics to be a ‘forum’ of women’s participation and their rights can be substantiated. PTI with a distinct superiority over other traditional political parties, stresses the need and importance of equal participation of women in politics largely because women represent 52% of Pakistan’s demographic contours. Pakistani women are very brave, hard working and talented especially the young girls who are well-educated, politically aware, more liberal. Their dual participation in Politics, is indeed a big milestones and touchstone for all those women of the world whose rights are oppressed and neglected.
So what caused PTI and Imran Khan a rise in Pakistani politics?
In the last 40 years of democratic history of Pakistan, the political set up was controlled and administered by feudal lords, industrialists, corrupt elite section of society who by their very access to the national treasures have accumulated huge amount of money thus transferred those funds abroad and created huge business empires. This section of the society is very few in numbers but very actively imposed their vested interests on their followers to gather votes, propagate their political agendas and reach the parliament and eventually caged the democracy under their chains.
They have been ruling Pakistan for the last 40 years and gained a substantial amount of benefits while in being in politics closing all the doors to the ordinary and well-educated class of Pakistani society to either participate in political participation or government jobs as merits for them do not carry any meanings. The worst aspects of these politician’s politics is that they’ve caged the whole system of Pakistan from judiciary to taxation, police to media and from aviation to industrial set ups. The election commission of Pakistan has been paralyzed duly for the sake of their well -managed rigging and fake degrees attestation.
A clear instance of their power and hegemonic existence can be drawn from the fact that in the 2013 general elections in Pakistan where the people voted for Imran Khan and few other candidates of their liking, the outcomes of the polls turned out to be something else and this prime minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif is the production of this massive rigging in the election. But now, with the emergence of Imran Khan in this political hemisphere, their hegemonic dichotomy is diminishing as Imran Khan is letting the nation waking up and standing them on their feet. This is the reason that these gangs of politicians are up against Imran Khan knowing their political deaths. Imran Khan launched the protest against the election fraud and sit in a protest rally for the last 60 days, seen a high organized coalition of these ‘so called democracy which runs under feet, forgetting all their political differences merely to protect and safeguard their own interests.
What we the Pakistani nation has been seeing over the last 67 years after independence in 1947, is that our country has been ruled by either a tripod of either military dictatorship or political symposium of either elite class section of society, landlords, feudal lords, industrialists etc. who always used politics for the attainment of their vested interests, enhanced business empires by looting, plunder and transfer the public money in their safe deposits either in Swiss Banks, USA or UK banks etc. While the ordinary citizens were deprived of their native rights of civil rights, injustice, imbalances in income level, giving rise to incessant inflation, unemployment, oppression, sense of deprivation among the people of Pakistan. Over the last 40 years, these power politicians caged the democracy under their hold and given nothing in return to the economic development of Pakistan. This ‘swap of government’ between two parties i.e, Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League (N) have rolled the dice between each other.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf commonly known as PTI (Urdu:پاکستان تحريک انصاف;
Pakistan Movement for Justice) is a centrist,nationalist and communitarian political party in Pakistan, which was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party is an anti-status quo movement advocating for an egalitarian and modern model of Islamic democratic welfare state. It is the fastest growing political party in Pakistan. The PTI claims to be the only non-family party of mainstream Pakistani politics. With over 10 million members in Pakistan and abroad it is claimed to be Pakistan’s largest party by membership. According to the 2013 elections results PTI is Pakistan’s close third largest party, second largest in Punjab and Karachi while the largest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It received the second largest popular vote in the country, with over 7.5 million people voting for it on election day. It also leads a coalition government in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistan Tahreek e Insaf’s agenda articulates and spells out the vision of a modern Islamic republic that advocates individuals welfare through community’s co-operation. PTI wants to set Pakistan on a course to political stability, social harmony, and economic prosperity for all religious, ethnic and racial communities.
PTI has an agenda to blend traditional social and religious values and cultural and ethnic diversity of Pakistan into common goals and aspirations for a just society based on Mohammad Iqbal’s and Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s vision of Islamic democratic culture providing Social security, Welfare and the Rule of law. Mohammad Iqbal’s work has influenced Imran Khan in his deliberations on an “Islamic social state”. Khan’s call for religion and national pride to play a greater role appeal primarily to a gradually growing young and educated urban middle class. As the political elite have shown neither the desire or ability to act against the energy crisis, inflation, and social tensions, the population is looking for alternatives. On 23 March 2013 (Pakistan Day) Imran Khan addressed over 100,000 supporters at Iqbal Park and made Six promises to the people of Pakistan if he comes to power also known as Imran Khan’s six pledges.
- I will always speak the truth to the people of Pakistan.
- The PTI government that will come into power, I promise that we will try to end tyranny.
- I will never take my money out of Pakistan. I will never take personal benefit from being in government, nor will my relatives be allowed to benefit from my being in power.
- I will protect your tax money.
- We will stand together with every Pakistani in or outside Pakistan.
2013 General Election results
Pakistan’s 2013 elections were held on 11 May 2013 throughout the country. The elections resulted in a clear majority of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), a strong rival of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf but it did managed to take over the Pakistan Peoples Party as the main opposition to PML-N’s candidates in the Punjab Province where the parties popularity was able to push 20 representatives to the Punjab Assembly. PTI also emerged as the second largest party in Karachi While according to non-official results announced by Pakistani media and the Election Commission of Pakistan. Imran Khan, Chairman of PTI won three of the four constituencies he contested winning from Constituency NA-1,Constituency NA-56 and Constituency NA-71. While Khan’s party PTI won 31 directly elected parliamentary seats which is more than 300 percent more than it got in 2002 elections. PTI is emerged as a close third largest party nationally as well as being the largest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and second largest in Punjab. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PTI defeated all mainstream political parties across the province with mostly new candidates. It also won every seat in Peshawar,Nowshera and Mardan district, it is expected that PTI will lead a coalition government in the province. PTI couldn’t manage to win a majority in Punjab but made some wins while barely managed to make any inroads in Sindh or Baluchistan. PTI got 34 out of 99 seats in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. Providing a credible new leadership for restoration of Pakistan’s political and economic sovereignty through building a new bond of trust between the government and the people is another stated goal of the party. Establishment of a strong accountability and anti-corruption system is also a very important part of PTI’s agenda.