PTI Pleading for Votes


PTI Pleading for Votes

 

You cannot convince a voter by knocking at his door at 3PM, summer afternoon.

 

The ongoing door to door campaign by PTI’s “tabdeeli razakar” is not bringing fruitful results (apparently) as PTI’s think- tank had thought it to be. These “tabdeeli razakar” knock at your door at odd hours and request you to vote for PTI with a “please”. It is more like they are asking for “charity “or some kind of favor.

 

Yesterday, a “tabdeeli razakar” came to my place as well and handed over a pamphlet that said, “Please vote for PTI”.  Seemed more like a worker from a charity- home asking for “Chanda” for orphans. Hilarious as it might sound, I still can’t comprehend the reason behind this innovation? What kind of “tabdeeli” this might bring? It is very easy to collect Rs.10 or Rs.100 charity or donation door to door, but collecting votes and convincing a voter for a particular party in this way is not an appropriate approach, particularly in Pakistan where a voter has a different psyche altogether.

 

You can build a hospital on charity but you cannot build a “nation” or “Naya Pakistan” on charity. You can motivate people to come for a cricket match since Imran khan is playing it but you cannot motivate a voter to vote him just by using his name.

 

I would really appreciate these “Tabdeeli Razakar” if they said “do vote” whomever you want and if they make us realize the importance of our own “vote”.  I would feel a “tabdeeli” if they said “be a conscientious voter this time and vote for yourself”. Then I would called them real “tabdeeli razakar” who are on a real change. But they too prove them to be from the same run of the mill. Just propagating their party by calling themselves as the only “perfect” option. It’s better if they leave it on us to decide if they even are an option or not

 



A contributor for The News/Geo blogs


  • Israr Khan IsmailZai.

    What a stupid article, don’t vote for PTI because you didn’t like the time they knocked at your door. Go ahead vote for PML N or PPP, and then keep knocking on their doors for next 5 years and see if they care.

    • http://www.facebook.com/twister787 Usman Anwer

      Israr Khan: i am pleased to read your reply.

    • jahanzeb

      Very well said Mr Israr.there is nothing left to say to these kind of people.

  • Hasan Tasleem

    Another, demonstration of their own view & views of those who back them up: Baton Wielding Sharia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ali.azhar.3994885 Ali Azhar

    Atleast people are doing something making an effort and knocking doors at 3:00Pm in summer afternoon’s and it’s not for money or personal benefit its purely for change in this country. Tabdeeli Razakar ARE NOT PAID EMPLOYEES. In English “RAZAKAAR” means “Volunteers” and volunteers work for free on their own free will. Whether it’s fruitful or not or its working or not or it will bring a change or not is yet to be seen. You are judging too soon besides when you make an effort you should expect good out of it ….If 1 person out of 10 vote because of these knocking door campaign then it’s worth doing .
    Its so shameful of you to just criticize and criticize, well thankfully not everyone thinks the same way you do otherwise people will do nothing sit in their homes and complain about everything that is wrong with this country.
    What’s wrong with asking for “vote for us please”, All over the world election campaigns are like this please Google yourself before you start writing an article about this. “Please give us vote” is a common saying and that has nothing to do with nation building with charity what an odd comparison you are making. Vote is for people for themselves and if they give vote they are doing it for their own sake because they feel the person they will vote for will make their life better and that’s not charity ….do you ever give charity to yourself?
    In Australia voting is compulsory and if you don’t vote you get fined and they send a letter before every election please vote otherwise you will get fined so under your analysis that means Australian government is asking for charity and they are posing fines as well for not contributing. Vote and charity NO comparison.
    I think PTI owes an apology to you for waking up a member of community that is fast sleep and doesn’t want to be awake at 3:00pm in the afternoon for once in her life and hear someone pleading please vote for us.
    Instead you are more accustomed to pleading in front of politicians and beg them for electricity, medical,food and safety. I think some people have become beggars and they want to resist change no matter what.
    Last but not least you don’t want to vote then don’t. You don’t want to open door at 3:00pm then don’t. You only want to see the dark side of the picture and want to complain your whole life then that’s your choice but don’t criticize people “Tabdeeli Razakaar” for trying to bring a change for everyone and not for their personal benefit.
    If their leader delivers or not is another story but intentions of all these people asking for vote is for betterment of this country.
    Peace

  • Muntaha

    Excuse me! He has already made changes to the nation. But this time the change he wants to bring puts him in need to be in system. That is the very reason he is asking for votes. Its his greatness that he is requesting people just for their own good. The word please doesnt mean pleading it means to ask nicely or considered good manners. So next time you try to criticise, please make sure it is healthy criticism. Ser ving nation and voting is everybody responsibility so dont call it bothered at odd hour specially 3 pm is a reasonable working time of the day.

  • ali

    At least people are doing something making an effort and knocking doors at 3:00Pm in summer afternoon’s and it’s not for money or personal benefit its purely for change in this country. Tabdeeli Razakar ARE NOT PAID EMPLOYEES. In English “RAZAKAAR” means “Volunteers” and volunteers work for free on their own free will. Whether it’s fruitful or not or its working or not or it will bring a change or not is yet to be seen. You are judging too soon besides when you make an effort you should expect good out of it ….If 1 person out of 10 vote because of these knocking door campaign then it’s worth doing .
    Its so shameful of you to just criticize and criticize, well thankfully not everyone thinks the same way you do otherwise people will do nothing sit in their homes and complain about everything that is wrong with this country.
    What’s wrong with asking for “vote for us please”, All over the world election campaigns are like this please Google yourself before you start writing an article about this. “Please give us vote” is a common saying and that has nothing to do with nation building with charity what an odd comparison you are making. Vote is for people for themselves and if they give vote they are doing it for their own sake because they feel the person they will vote for will make their life better and that’s not charity ….do you ever give charity to yourself?
    In Australia voting is compulsory and if you don’t vote you get fined and they send a letter before every election please vote otherwise you will get fined so under your analysis that means Australian government is asking for charity and they are posing fines as well for not contributing. Voting and charity NO comparison.
    I think PTI owes an apology to you for waking up a member of community that is fast sleep and doesn’t want to be awake at 3:00pm in the afternoon for once in her life and hear someone pleading please vote for us.
    Instead you are more accustomed to pleading in front of politicians and beg them for electricity, medical, food and safety. I think some people have become beggars and they want to resist change no matter what.
    Last but not least you don’t want to vote then don’t. You don’t want to open door at 3:00pm then don’t. You only want to see the dark side of the picture and want to complain your whole life then that’s your choice but don’t criticize people “Tabdeeli Razakaar” for trying to bring a change for everyone and not for their personal benefit.
    If their leader delivers or not is another story but intentions of all these people asking for vote is for betterment of this country.
    How Ironic …Miss Maryam …you actually wrote an artice about ” Criticizm” last year ….and guess what u r doing now…
    Hypocrisy at its best ……
    Peace

  • S.Manawar

    That is exactly how you do door-to-door campaigning, Ms. Maryam!

  • Rana Zeeshan

    Im a PTI supporter and to be honest i also believe that a true tabdeeli razakar needs to emphasis on the importance of peoples vote. People will automatically vote for PTI if they get the idea that PTI really cares about the country and not just their own seats. A well written article and something that IK needs to take note of.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Salty7 Saltwater’s Dream

    Dear author, you’re part of a dying breed that’s holding onto the status quo. If you think these razakars seem like ppl asking for chanda then thats your own personal opinion. The whole article lacks intellect, plz grow up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/twister787 Usman Anwer

    Oh C’mon… this article is really a non-sense (no offense please) This is how Politics works in Pakistan. Its not just PTI, even PPP, PML(N) and rest of the parties are doing the same for decades… Yesterday PML (N) supporter came to my house at 10PM night to ask for the vote, they knew PTI is dominating the party and this is what they said “Please Do Vote PML (N), forget what we did last, now we will not disappoint you” DUH..

  • http://twitter.com/khanzadaumer umer khan

    I dont really agree with your approach.. rather than charity you can call this a wake up call as well. i think the situation we are in we dont have anyother option but to vote. Now to choose between PML (all alphabets), PPP, MQM, Islamists and PTI.. i really leave that up to you but for me there is no way im going to vote for the people who were in government before already and didnt deliver anything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hassanbasharat Hassan Basharat

    So you like the style of other parties who knock at your door and ask to vote for them or if not, then get ready to die? Which part do you not like, the “please” part? The people who are knocking on the doors are not doing it for a personal benefit or a monetary gain, they are doing it because they think its best for the nation. And they are doing it in a polite manner. Their jazba should be respected, not made fun of in these moronic articles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rizwan.ahmed.33633344 EM Rizy

    Agree with Israr Khan

  • Sabhi Butt

    you are looser for the fact you are not agreed to bring any positive change in here. Em surprised to read this article. You guys cannot even sacrifice 5 to 10 mins to receive good ideas. None of you join IK at jalsas anywhere, you are disturbed with the media advertisement, what else way you want to be conveyed ???? You want tabdeeli razakar to promote Nawaz Shariff? Lol

    Your article “Why I Left PTI is Now Justified!” tells what you are made of. Kindly select some other topic…

  • faizanjehangir

    I thought of writing a rebuttal against the thought of process portrayed in your article. But then I thought why waste 10 minutes of my precious life?? such a bummer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/malickusman Malick Muhammad Usman

    I want to congratulate you for writing such an article and really appreciate the thought you have given to this whole process of “tabdeeli razakaar”. The only thing you “missed” in this process is the motivation level and desire for a change that the youth of Pakistan is showing by carrying on this door to door campaign, even in the hot summer afternoons as you have said yourself. what you must appreciate is that there was no formal “training” for this tabdeeli razakaar campaign and its only the “junoon” and “loyalty towards our country” that is driving this campaign.
    May ALLAH be with Imran Khan in his quest for change.. The Youth shall continue to stand with him.

  • razzas

    Israr you are very right. For few month I noticed that Miss MAriyum keep on writing against Imran Khan… I dont know why she against him. I think Mariyum was sleeping in AC room when her servant came into room and explain her about PTI razakar…Miss 80% of pakistani are working that time 60% of them are working under sun and in end of day they will get 200PKR . they want change so 80% of us want change not 20% of you guys who keep on sleeping and in night get up dressedup and hang around with friends and party. have you ever earn a single rupee in sun???have you ever beg for oe rupee for you child health or food????no no no . so you people always criticise one who help needy people. you people always want to enjoy ur dream life sleeping and parting.shame on you and all those who do nothing but voting PPP or ANP or MQM or PMLQ and N.

  • Zain

    Very Genious Work. Well Appreciated

  • Nadeem Raja

    This aiticle made me laugh, I can feel sorry for the writer who is so behind, he don’t understasnd thuis is the change, the candidates or thier reprresentatives Pakistan where a voter has a different psyche altogethershould come to you and ask for votes, if voters have any questions or any confusions they can discuss. It’s a shame we are so usd to of feudals, who don’t “ask” for votes they “tell” us to vote them. If our voters are not used to of this, as wrter said ” Pakistan where a voter has a different psyche altogether”, we need “Tabdeeli”. Since I was a child,I have been told that “Please” and “Thank you” arte the magic words, the more we use in our day to day life, it makes this society a better place to live. Our Prophet taught us the same values, he used to say “please” anf “thank you” a lot even to children and women. So my dear Tabdeeli Razakaar, keep saying please and thank you and the people who don’t have basic manners, ignore them. I have been living in UK since 1993 and learnt a lot about election canpaigns as I support Labour Party, you are on the right track and you “have brought Tabdeeli”.

  • Anonymous

    ‘It’s better if they leave it on us to decide if they even are an option or not’
    This line ‘If they even are an option or not’ defines the immaturity of the writer.
    Must have come form Nawaz Media Cell.

  • http://twitter.com/fcbsglobal fcbsglobal

    A simple video to let you know what is really going on. Don’t be stupid and think If one person is doing that, then everybody is doing the same thing.Check this video and you will know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0ntsNowWd20

  • sahir

    brilliant israr……our nation is of the type….given the opportunities to so called big political parties and who could not yield rather kept on blaming previous governments, now it is required to let someone new to flex his muscles and prove his capabilities and thats how our democratic system would get matured

  • http://www.facebook.com/dawood.johiya Dawood Johiya

    I think that the author missed the point of the campaign; they are trying to raise awareness about voting in a country where the turn out is only 40% ( this is the tabdeeli that they are trying to bring). The author objects to the word “please” , would the author be more obliged if they were to threaten her at gunpoint as a party does in Karachi?

  • http://twitter.com/ahmedomair احمد عمیر

    Stupidest article. The blogger doesn’t have any idea about election campaigning.

  • zaka

    pathetic article

  • zaka

    the writer is highly immature. The world is working and striving for glories at 3 p.m. so what is wrong with the timing? This nation needs to wake up instead of having naps at 3 p.m. just 10 days away from the most important stage in Pakistan’s history. Just casting vote is important but giving it to the right people is even more important.

    Of course every party says they are the best, so does PTI and there is nothing wrong with it. It does not take away our right of judging them and casting our vote as we wish. Have you ever heard of party in the world which goes o the people and says we are the imperfect party?

    Will Ms Maryam Khan like to be knocked at her door just to be told to at least vote for any party at 3 p.m. in the summer afternoon? I think not.

  • Malik Nawaz

    they are PTI tabdeeli razakar u Moron, and this is how election campaign is done, they are doing it for a better future, sorry if the time was not right for you

  • Talha

    There is no merit in what shahbaz shareef or Zardari has done because if any one is nto blind and in his senses they have done nothing no body in the government has either its provincial or federal , every body is euqally responsible for thi smess and come electiont imes they start criticising their own allies and people with whom they governed for 5 years , and no offense but all the oldies who are still very much faithfull to their corrupt parties you have given this country what you could have by supporting these corrupt politicians who have brought more bad than any good to this nation … this time its the youth turn to change what you couldnt in 60 years … these kids are pleading for their future not just a vote … its a mtte rof understanding which some cant so despite having pity on them have pity on your self.

  • Talha

    and for all those who think PTI people are not mature and kind in theri words .. first of all literacy rat eint his country is below average which means people will use slang language irrespective of which party they belong its just a matter of concentrating on PTI de merits only , secondly the people who have looted and given us only corruption and make our future less certain can never be treated with kind words

  • NZ

    I read the article & then the comments & this
    reading has reconfirmed once again: PTI (which has done a good job in giving
    healthy competition to other status-co loving parties through some good
    initiatives) is also tinkering & breeding on hot water issues. People are
    genuinely mad at never ending corruption, lowest economic growth, worst ever
    security situation & ever rising inflation etc. PTI has promised to deal
    with all such evils in one clean sweep (5 years term). The vision & the spirit
    has been shared with the ordinary Pakistanis (with no political background) who
    have been offered high place (so they are now somebody) , hence, eligible
    to contest election s& secure key positions in the post-election scenario. However,
    the dream slides away when PTI manifesto says that it will de-politicize the
    education system/schools & then immediately it brings the political motivation
    back into its manifesto, hence, the education section discriminates against English
    medium quality institutions as giving unfair advantage to few over the majority , therefore, all the private schools will be
    made Urdu medium (class 1-8) in spite of the given facts: a) it’s not just rich people whose s children
    are studying in good quality private schools but also the middle class children
    are also studying in this system; b) We need continuity & consistency in
    our education system as has been learnt from the past. In the pre-partition era Muslims rejected
    English on political & religious grounds & they are still paying for it
    as time has proved that English is not
    just the language of Goras /Farhangi/
    non-Muslims but it is also the language of knowledge. Even in present we don’t have the capacity to change all the knowledge
    in Urdu in a short 5 years of time but we can certainly teach English to our
    children as they by birth have the capacity to learn several languages (mother tongs,
    national language etc.). Our children also need to learn what knowledge ha been
    acquired by others in the past before them so that they do not have to reinvent
    the same wheel but are well qualified to contribute through their own innovation &
    value addition analytical work & scientific discoveries. This will also
    increase their employability & competitiveness nationally & regionally.
    If we go by PTI education manifesto then
    I am afraid to say that we would end up having more unemployment nationally,
    & would also be closing the doors for our children to collaborate &
    work in regional markets or pursue international career choice. Please don’t
    forget that even developed countries cannot absorb all of their educated youth
    nationally, they too have to go to regional & international markets. Solution
    lies in ensuring that, no matter which party is in power/government, it should ensure
    that it brings more quality to the education system by ensuring continuity & consistency of what has been achieved in the past,
    e.g., we should have an assessment of the excising education system to rate
    which school is at what level on a scale
    of 1 to 10 (1 being the lowest) . Those who are at 1, should be brought 2-3;
    those at 3, to 4-5 & so on a so forth. The solution does not lie in
    bringing 7 down to 1 but there is certainly a value in upgrading 1 to level 7
    & that is only possible through continuity & consistency in policies
    & practices.

  • Nabeel

    Well Friends, Most of you are praising for PTI. Agreed IK is giving very tough Time to PML-N but keeping the Seats for each party as mentioned above in mind. If a strong wave of change would blow PTI would take 60-70 Seats not more than that. I would say there will surely be a hung Parliament and you will agree that too will not be a strong Government and PPP and Zardari is master of getting an alliance for his good. I think whether PTI Supporters on PML-N supports nor the majority of People in Pakistan would like a Zaradari’s Government. Having said that IK clearly mentioned he will not do a alliance with any Party so would they form a government. So my idea is that vote for PML-N so at least we get less corrupt government as compare to Zardari’s Govt and there will be a strong opposition in the form of Tehreek e Insaaf keeping in mind after 11th October PML-N and Shahbaz Sharif do whatever they can to bring something bright to see for the people.
    I am not supporting PML-N but i am supporting good strong Government in Pakistan. Think Over it neutrally and as a Pakistani not like a die hard fan of any Political Party. Thanks

  • Shaan

    If youth doesn’t step up and think about their future right now and be united as they are b.c of PTI there will be no point of all the libraries and education as there will be no job opportunity. Teaching youth to stick up for each other as a society is the most important thing otherwise they will all get their education and leave Pakistan as has happened in the past! Also, door-to-door is a way of campaigning, maybe if you and the writer took interest in politics and current affairs of your country you would know that this method is used around the world and actually it’s the youth in the western world that does this, you want to become like Americans and yet you don’t know how they promote elections and voting in their country! I want Pakistan to become a super power and In Sha Allah that day will come if we all work together for a better country, not only will it benefit us but our future generations!! TC

  • Shaan

    Are you a chef?

  • ujala

    nice shot ;)

  • http://twitter.com/vikihaq waqarul haque

    tell me any gud work mr shabaz has done

  • http://www.facebook.com/anna.alam.16 Anna Alam

    it seems u were never taught to vote in school or college, voting rules regulations and ethics are for those who are educated, ur education must be lacking and ur sense of right wrong very imbalanced to see a pleading please as chanda and charity or else ur hatred for smeone has overpowered ur sense of humanity, if someone is willing to beg u to vote for a better pakistan in which u also live it is his positivity, his bigness of heart to come to ur door step thinking of ur future… but it is sad that u can only be petty and mean n think of ur self rather than a country , that u could only see the odd hour rather than the 3pm heat in which these ppl were rude enough to knock at ur unhospitable door, thinking that maybe behind ur door they will find a patriot, such actions are only for patriots to understand nt politicians … so nt ur fault… be political. maybe when u become a patriot then u will be amongst those who have the courage to stand rebuke, take criticism and beg and plead for something they believe in…begging for our country’s better future is nt something we are ashamed of, apnay he logon say apnay hi mulk kay liyay bheek mang rahay thay…. but u ppl cannot even value sentiments, maybe u have never had a dream… ill pray u see a dream someday, have a vision, and maybe then actions motives words will be seen for their sentiment nt their petty obviousness…