With the next general elections due shortly, we will witness the most lethal and sanguinary of all political battles in Lahore. Lahore- A bastion of PML-N, challenged by PTI, has now become the epicenter of all the political activities in the upper Punjab. The scenario was never what it is now! In the general elections of 2008 PML-N had bagged 11 out of 13 national assembly seats in Lahore. It was 17% of their total seats all over Pakistan. Then suddenly we saw that the sands of time started pouring against them. This dates back to 30th October.
PTI mesmerized the whole of Pakistan by its grand show in Lahore on 30th October, 2011. People had thronged to Minar e Pakistan just to support Imran Khan. His every single word was cheered and highly applauded. The crowd of thousands reverberated with every single uttering of his. People entrusted him to be their savior; the Messiah who would liberate them from the jaws of cupidity, mendacity and depravity. The entire Lahore knew just one thing; just one incantation i-e “Vote for Imran, Vote for Change”. This is from where the actual journey of PTI began and the think-tanks of PML-N had to do some grueling brainstorming.
PTI, after its surge in Punjab, has posed a serious threat to PML-N. Though the leadership of PML-N claims to be unaffected by the newly emerged PTI, but actually their nerves are jangling, for they are being thoroughly challenged. PTI has chalked-out a comprehensive strategy for trouncing PML-N in Lahore and PML-N are well-aware of the situation and are trying to keep things smooth at their end.
With youth blindly adoring Imran and his penetration deep into the strata, it will not be untenable to presume that the tide of PTI can prove to be a nemesis for the rocks of PML-N. Even though Imran’s surgeons have amputated the arms of the patients of PML-N, but still they are a force to reckon with.
A common refrain among different circles is that Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi will contest the elections against Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif from NA-123. If it so happens then it will, indubitably, be the mother of all election encounters. NA-123 has always been of prime importance in the election history of Pakistan. Many leaders have always had a pronounced inclination towards contesting elections in this constituency.
The results from Lahore will be crucial. If Lahore falls for PML-N then it will be a major setback for them and a huge boon for PTI. A change always brews up in Lahore, shapes up into a whirlpool, and then spreads all over Punjab. So Lahoris, get the front-row tickets, for you are about to experience ‘Political Battle in 3D’!