Is the time near when Imran Khan will us take for a rollercoaster ride just like Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto did, forty years back? Presently our nation seems to be quite emotionally charged, which is good, but it’s more important that with the emotions meet maturity and sensibility halfway.
Like ZAB, Khan also promises us overnight socio-economic revolution, justified land distribution, reforms to minimize tax evasions, and an end to corruption, and issues that have been close to his heart for the past 15 years. And, after a 15 years long struggle, he has eventually found a vice chairman for his party: Mr. Shah Mehmod Quareshi, a big name, indeed. Is PTI like many others, also hungry for big names? And if they are, then it’s sad, for all he has are used cartridges.
However, thanks to our naivety, we all are still waiting for the big bang, a ‘tsunami’ of change to be precise, that will ‘change’ our fate overnight.
One reason for this is our century old tried vs. untried hypothesis that seems to be our only benchmark to evaluate politicians.
What better time can there be for our rapacious politicians to feed on the plight of the people, whose desperation for change can be witnessed from their willingness to follow anyone with a banner of change, without caring to ask if the man has any required tools for it.
ZAB like Imran khan was a fairly honest man when he started off with his political career, with not even a single taint of corruption. He represented the youth of the time, he too employed the rhetoric of ‘change’, also had a certain degree of linguistic proficiencies and he, more than any one else was well-acquainted with the art of delivering remarkable speeches.
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto also weaved for us, an image of a dreamland-Pakistan, through employing some fairly typical phrases that every smart politician who’s desperate to win votes uses. “Roti, Kapra, Makan” was one such famous lines. But when in power, his lust for it became the driving motivation behind a lot of his actions. And the masses who showed such overwhelming support for him in elections were left empty handed.
“We learn from history that we do not learn from history” George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.
(Sad but true.)
One of the reasons why The Great Bhutto couldn’t deliver what he promised to, was that he was handicapped by the establishment, bureaucracy, the aristocracy (which he was also a part of) and theocracy, and we all know the terrible end to a sorry tale. Now, what makes Mr. Khan special or different from Bhutto? a hospital that never lowered its rates for dengue tests while all the other labs in the region did, or the world cup?
Today when establishment and bureaucracy are more vicious than ever, Imran khan like ZAB also claims that they least affect him, what guarantees do we have that this time that this is the truth?
Now we are again ready to venture for another memorable journey with Imran khan, with his slogan of change. Doesn’t it seem more like a “déjà vu”? And doesn’t, in this way, Imran Khan is also tried and tested?