Pakistani drawing rooms and talk shows are resounding with N-League’s onslaught on Imran Khan. As usual, talk shows are only serving a mere purpose of bringing opponents in the wrestling ring. However, the nation is interested to know why N-League has chosen this time to attack Imran.
There could be two main reasons of this onslaught:
1) N-League is scared of PTI’s success in the general elections. This may be true but the timing of assault was incorrect. The accusations of mishandling SKMH funds and tax evasion might be the only weapon that N-League could have used few days before the elections. And then, Khan would not have enough time to justify his position, and PTI election campaign could have been seriously impacted. Where it is a fact that N-League has an experience in conducting mud-slinging campaigns against their opponents, which have quite worked in the past. N-League’s politics revolves around maligning others and portraying themselves as ‘Sharifs’. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that N-League mistimed its best shot against the fast bowler.
2) N-League is quite convinced that PTI is their biggest competitor in the next elections. They might have also sensed the reality that mere allegations would not damage PTI image much. Unfortunately, they are up against a blue-eyed boy of media, army, and the educated class of Pakistan. They are not pitched against the PPP this time, which has been bashed and maligned in the past with the help of army, biased judiciary, and intellectually corrupt intelligentsia. Therefore, the only option is to facilitate defections in the ranks of PTI. Because, it will be difficult, morally and politically, for first rank leaders of PTI to desert their party right now without any real excuse.
Therefore, N-League has to prepare a batting pitch with a nice sheen of allegations and accusations on which PTI leaders shy away from playing for their team. It is almost certain now that N-League will suffer major losses in the elections if major defection in PTI ranks does not happen. As a last resort, N-League would try to throw a juicy full toss to main players of PTI to get their wickets. Shah Mahmood Qureshi is fond of playing on the front foot if he sees major award beyond boundaries of the field. The fall of Shah Mahmmod’s wicket can cause a domino effect.
If the above two reasons are absurd than surely the recent onslaught will be followed by an attack on the personal life of Imran at the opportune time. This match will get exciting with every passing day till the election night. It is worth watching because it can change the political landscape of Pakistan.
In the whole episode, there is a message for PTI that they should get ready for ‘Tit for Tat’. PTI abusive blitz on social media against their political opponents and journalists would not bring any change on the political landscape of Pakistan. Imran can try digging deep in morality and corruption of Zardari and Sharifs at political gatherings but this attitude is not a reflection of a sagacious politician. PTI should refrain from rhetoric and concentrate on chalking out election contesting strategy because they have little experience in the science of election day comparing to other opponents.
There is also a message for N-League after this drama. In this modern age of free media, the old tactics of politics are subject to absolute failure. Those were the old days when it was easy to shatter someone’s image by merely pointing fingers at someone’s sincerity or morality. They should realize that army is no more on their back so the only option is to roll up their sleeves to practice politics of masses rather than indulge in monkey business.