Political unrest in our country is never-ending. The top two conflicting parties, the PML-N and the PTI keep their noses in each other’s business. This is a type of test match which is still ongoing. The captains of both the teams have no intentions of giving up. So will this battle between Khan and Nawaz ever end?
The Battle Field
The battlefield of this match i.e PML-N vs PTI seems more like a war against two leaders. Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif, the top dogs of our country have been arguing with each other since 2013 elections.
Recently, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has warned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to “make a move” before the PTI’s ‘anti-corruption rally’ reaches Lahore in the next phase of protest.
Urging the prime minister to respond to allegations leveled in the Panama leaks, the PTI’s chairman said that the prime minister would not have time to head for Jeddah once the rally reached Lahore. Imran said that his party was seeking response from the prime minister since the past five months.
In return, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, “Politics is not a theater, a one-day or a Test match which creates commotion just for the sake of publicity,”
“Politicking atop a container is never called politics,” he said referring to a purpose-built container the PTI chairman uses to lead protest rallies against the government. “Politics requires sobriety, and sobriety requires vision. And vision teaches us to think before you speak,” he added.
The PTI has shown little interest in doing anything like practical action for good. It should have formed a shadow government, offered articulated criticism on government policies and presented its own. This would have busted the myth of the PML-N’s good governance on one hand and improved the PTI’s image on the other.
It is time for the PTI to rethink its strategy of throwing everything into a single campaign. Khan and his hawks can keep doing populist politics but experience and wisdom of people like Chaudary Sarwar and Asad Umar should be put to more constructive use. And, yes, the PTI really needs to improve its performance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Case in point, Imran Khan versus Nawaz Sharif, the humility, the zeal, the hope and the undying quality of never giving up that comes with being an underdog are what form the very strength of our Pakistani identity. We have always been and will likely be, for the foreseeable future, underdogs. But we have also always won and will continue to win as underdogs.
So, Pakistan’s story is one of the most thrilling stories of winning in history. Let it never end.