Cricket season is again in the air. Pakistan Cricket team has brought us some laurels but trust me they have a long way to go. But one thing which you learn from cricket is that the team, which performs under pressure wins and the guys in the middle can adjudge the best way to win the game. Younus Khan in Dubai proved exactly how to get it done with a superb century. Spectators will always be heard making suggestions like the Barmy Army members sitting next to me were lecturing how Pakistan has good talent but no technique; but then again you can never know if you are not in the middle.
The biggest problem with Pakistan has been that we have all the people sitting as spectators on the sidelines and comment about the misgivings of politics on the whole. A favorite pastime of our masses sitting in their drawing rooms or wherever they meet, 6.0 Million Pakistani facebook users and to an extent the critics on the media. Since most of them do not have off hand experience of the political challenges on and off the streets. They may never know how to bring that change. Also, please do not forget that millions of Pakistani’s are still not internet savvy or have access to. So there are those who do not have a channel to vent out their thoughts but do have an opinion . Unfortunately , when the time comes. People are over dependent on views of news anchors and their available channels of acquiring news which forms their opinions. Some one sitting in Pindi might not know the challenges in Karachi & vice versa. Same goes for someone sitting in Urban centers might never know the needs of our rural Pakistan which forms over 80% of our population if not less. So what do we do ? Before we form opinions ; we need to know more and dwell into the realities and action our selves accordingly.
When elections happen in the US ; people take pride to choose their candidates and volunteer to support the same in their campaigns lest the fact that they go out and vote for their preferred individuals. Whilst in Pakistan the turnouts are in the vicinity of 35-40% and of that it has been ascertained that over 35 Million votes across the country are bogus. So if you do the math ; the actual turnout may not be over 10% of all the elections that have taken place. Unfortunate isn’t it. So if we have not participated in the political process on the whole from canvassing till the vote . What gives a right to us to despise our political forces in the country? Once I met Mr. Farooq Sattar on a flight to Islamabad and that next few words became memorable for all my life. He asked me that “ Why literate and capable like you do not come forward to serve this nation?” . Of course, like everyone I have been too much focused on climbing the corporate ladder to earn money and have missed the larger picture. I might do well as an individual. What good is the success whilst everyone around me crumble with every passing day?
Today, when I write this I must stress that each individual Pakistani needs to choose rightly and decide since it looks like probably this may be an elections year. But again you may never know. The situation in Pakistan currently needs a herculean effort to salvage this nation of Quaid-e-Azam. For that you need a party grown from amongst the masses, survive and grow without god fathers should be the nucleus, proven track record for delivery and the will to see Pakistan at the top by dedication and effort not just by rhetoric’s. A party you may feel connected to & a party who relies on not individuals but has a huge pool of people to serve the nation successfully & also a party who has room for all types of Pakistanis irrespective of their caste, creed, ethnicity and religion. A party which do not have pseudo intellectuals and consultants but doers and those who belief in action. After all that is what our religion teaches us to be above our prejudice and siding with the truth, our Holy Prophet (PBUH) has also taught us for the same and this was what the dream of Quaid-e-Azam was at the time of creation of Pakistan. Trust me this will be the only way to grow this great nation.
I ask this question from all PML-N and PPP supporters that will they ever get a ticket to represent their party . The answer is oblivion. PTI is new on the block but the side lining of its pioneers like Umer Cheema etc. gives an idea of the writing on the wall for its future. All the parties in the pursuit of power forget that the same people who vote them in power also have an equal right to sit in the assemblies, carve and decide the future of the nation. The masses are more than just mere voters and supporters. They are the back bone of this nation and should be for any good party. As they are closest to the ground realities of the people. There are parties in Pakistan which has proved that with their existing pool of representatives and from the list of all in the past has proved again and again that they believe not in heredity politics & has given chance to its true workers & rather believe in politics of principals for winning over people’s mandate.
People who read this should first choose a party to side with incase they haven’t as yet; and would have to step on the pitch to understand politics like I did it. Than they should choose a party above their theological, tribal and ethnicity and vote plus work for that party. Only for Pakistan. Then ask this question that if they would have worked for their party . Do they have a chance to represent the same irrespective of the background. If the answer is Yes! Then that’s the type of party we as a nation need as of now.