Unsurprisingly, the people of Pakistan are looking for change through ballets, the kind of change which can bring peace and prosperity in their lives; which can provide an equal system of education in every corner of Pakistan. To bring the change Imran Khan is using the formula of bringing young and new people to the Parliament. This is a good stance but not the first time ever taken by anyone in Pakistan. Factually, MQM has always introduced young, educated and new faces under the guidance of some senior leaders like Farooq Sattar in the Parliament.
This time MQM is brining a huge number of new and young parliamentarians. One of the fine example is Ali Raza Abidi, a self made businessman from Karachi who is contesting for NA-251. Imran Khan’s politics was a direct threat to the vote bank of Nawaz Sharif. Now Sharif is playing the same formula and bringing new people to the parliament. One of their candidate for PP-173 is 37 year old Marh Kashif Padhiar, another self made educationist from Lahore, originally from Noor Mandi.
Interestingly, both Kashif and Ali are foreign graduates, and belong to different dynamics in Pakistan. Kashif is contesting from a rural area which is about 40KM away from Lahore and Ali is the contestant of the biggest metropolitan city, Karachi. Kashif said that he is very hopeful for his winning but reason was the not the typical bardari system of rural area, he said that none of his bradari member lives in his constituency. He said,” I have worked a lot on ground politics, and my style of approaching the people varies with their level of understanding”. When you are in Rome, do as Romans do, this is Kashif’s key of doing his campaign. He said previously PPP won this particular seat but the representative did nothing for the betterment of the area, this is another key that helped me in gaining the momentum. He said the opponent from PTI doesn’t even know the names of the villages that are covered in this constituency but he is trying to get votes on typical bradari system.
In Karachi, with the current unstable situation Ali is running his campaign through social media and corner meetings. He said people are upset but not scared; they are willing to go out and vote. Ali started his political struggle through social media and revolutionized the use of social media in MQM. He held training sessions for workers on sectors and units level. He said we work hard as a team and we can tweet more than 40 thousand tweets for our single event. He said that getting ticket in MQM is not easy, they only consider merit and your hard work towards the party.
Upon asking about what can bridge the gap between urban and rural Pakistan, both of my friends replied”Education”. Kashif said that he has dream of changing the whole education system in Pakistan or at least in Punjab. He said, “I am educationist and I know what is the real essence needed in Pakistan which can change the fate of rural people.” Ali said that equality of education can bring us closer and this unjust system is the root cause of corruption and terrorism in Pakistan. According to Ali, this can only happen if we pursue the ideology of MQM and finish the medieval and feudal system in Pakistan. Ali said,” I also want to work on tax recovery system, through which we can benefit our government employees like Police and health workers.” Both the candidates emphasized on the need of local body system, the system which can shorten the gaps between the representatives and the public and provide local leadership. They said that local body is the right system to improve the infrastructure, health and education.
Kashif said that I am totally against the Patwari system, this system has brought lots of corruption in rural areas and because of that corruption people and suffering and patwaris are enjoying the power which people like us can’t challenge. Ali said, “I want to change the perception of the system which calls dual nationals and overseas Pakistanis as disloyal.” “I myself is an example who had all the opportunities after finishing the Masters degree in Boston but I chose to come back to serve Pakistan. So did Kashif, after finishing his education first from Canada then from UK, he returned with the passion of working in education system.
If they get elected, their job will be legislation the system, for infrastructure, Pakistan needs a proper local body system. After seeing these new and young faces in different parties, we can hope to see a better Pakistan for our future generations; only if the ruling elite will let them work the way they want and let them use their young and fresh ideas in system.