Living in Pakistan and listening to the endless tales of corruption, fraud, mismanagement and terrorism one either gives up out of frustration and let things be or decides to take things in one’s hands and try to do something about it. I could do neither!
I felt guilty for just sitting there and taking only minion effective steps to change things. Talking to like minded people for help ended up in verbal action only with no actual results. This was very disappointing.
However condemnable,I am one of those weaklings who cannot take big steps to change things but attach themselves to causes where a little contribution can go a long way So when PTI announced its manifesto I was bowled over. Here was a party that was speaking my language, thinking on my lines and had a bold, clear vision of how things should be to change a beaten up system set up by vested interests and endured by hapless masses.
I heard Khan Saheb’s fiery speeches and thought about all the times I had made efforts to improve things from my office environment, to rights of the daily wage staff, from the issues of my domestic help, to those of the top executives in the organization I worked for, from the classrooms that I taught in tomohallas in underprivileged areas around Islamabad all came rushing to my mind. I thought fighting from a bigger platform might do the trick. I was hooked! So I joined PTI as a member.
I wasn’t the only one!All the young and old dreamers hoping for a better Pakistan joined the platform and followed the light that IK’strack record exuded. “Kaptaan fighting from the front and his soldiers from the ranks and files!” Then came the jalsas and the marches. People responded from all walks of life giving the much needed support that the Party required for fighting the general elections of 2013. We were all on a high and dreamt of a Naya Pakistan that would be all that it was meant to be.
Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be! The elections, however controversial, brought forth the strengths and weaknesses of the Party, giving it a wake-up call to organize itself better. A lesson that is good for any entity to work on if it wants to survive and sustain itself in a difficult terrain.
Now after the DHARNA (which would need a separate session) and protests against a ‘rigged’ election, the party supporters are facing a dilemma as to where the party is heading. The younger lot are optimistic butimpatient about their leader’s next step. The older ones are wondering if they will witness any positive change in their life time.
I would say to all who are feeling a little let down right now that a lot has changed already! Your passion for the PTI, your eagerness to help where needed, your commitment to work for a better Pakistan and most of all your presence at the jalsas and the polling stations, all surfaced as the unsullied face of Naya Pakistan that we all dream of. “Our spirits are alive and so are the melodies of the songs that we don’t tire of singing even today to support a movement that has awakened us all to fight for a better tomorrow. As they say “ paiwastarehshajar se, umeed e bhaarrukh”!