Good Politics is always Gray

Good Politics is always Gray

The one positive attitude we can see in Pakistani politics is that there is no black or white in the politics. The recent PMLN and MQM meeting proved that there should always be a gray in the politics. Keep your door open, never stop communication and sit together if the country is demanding. but their communication was not welcomed by Pakistani media. But what was the odd about those two parties’ meeting that media showed unenthusiastically behavior? Haven’t we seen many unholy alliances recently in Pakistani politics, all made on the name democracy, although some succeeded and some don’t?


In May 2006, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif signed Charter of democracy (COD) by brushing away all the past antagonisms aside.  The COD was a positive attitude among two parties to restore the democracy in Pakistan. History witnessed the hostile situation among two major political parties in each tenure. The Politically motivated false cases and corruption allegations were the typical practices both carried for each other. After Benazir’s death, Zardari as party head took charge of the relationship with Sharif and both participated in 2008 election together where they ended up making joint federal government. PMLN offered unconditional support for Gilani as PM Pakistan. Although Zardari was charged in case of kidnapping and extortion in 1990 which Benazir called politically motivated and fabricated case by Sharif government.


Benazir was assassinated in Punjab whilst PMLQ was in rule. Zardari openly blamed PMLQ by calling “Qatil League”. Reportedly, Benazir wrote letters internationally pointing that if she ever gets killed in Pakistan then head of PMLQ Pervez Ellahi to be charged. But then for saving the democracy Zardari invited PMLQ; who then was sitting in opposition; as their partners in the government.


How can one forget the shameful incident happened in Punjab University in which Imran Khan was badly beaten up by Jamiat’s students and then was  arrested by the police  on Jamiat’s wish. But then very next day after his release Imran ended up in Mansoora, met Qazi Hussain and called incident as internal matter and now both PTI and JI are in collation government in KP. Another change came during election when PTI allied with Shaikh Rasheed, who, once was a disliked politician by Khan. Recently, Arif Alvi of PTI met CM Sind of PPP with a great chance that PTI will join PPP in Sind government. We all are aware of Khan’s stance against Zardari.


Sindhi Nationalists formed alliance and gathered small provinces on a platform “PONAM”. Which was according to them was made against Punjab, reason, being biggest province is occupying on small provinces’ rights and wealth. But then recent meetings of Sharif with Sindhi nationalists like Paleejo, Magsi and Mumtaz Bhatto were called  as a bridge between the two provinces. Mumtaz merged his party in PMLN.


In Baluchistan, in last few years, target killings of Punjabis living in Baluchistan was on the peak but suddenly Baloch leadership showed trust in Sharif which was also considered a big step towards unity.


Recently, PMLN Sind Leadership Ghaus Ali Shah, PTI and JI leadership paid visit to Uzair Baloch Chief of banned outfit People Amn Committee (PAC); who just been declared a criminal by Sindh High court and is on the run. Ghuas Ali Shah invited Uzair to join PMLN but no analysis or condemnation came out in against as gangsters are being welcomed in Pakistani politics.


Recent media reports show that PTI Minister for Law in KPK Israrullah Gandapur is supporting JUIF candidate for NA-25 against PTI candidate but media didn’t questions PTI for this support, as we know that JUIF is the archrival of PTI in KP. Amazingly, QWP of Aftab Sherpao, an alley of PTI in KP, voted for PMLN presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain.


2007 London APC which was attended by all the parties who were out of government at that time agreed on one point agenda that no party will do any political alliance with MQM, which then PPP vetoed. PPP acumen was good enough to see the importance of MQM in Pakistani politics like the importance of Karachi in Pakistan. Here MQM has a better political approach than all other parties because they haven’t given any statement of “door closed” for any political party. In past years they visited Mansoora, communicated with ASWJ, Jafferia Alliance and other religious groups for interfaith harmony.


It is not about MQM controlling Karachi, it is about the majority of Urban Sind which include Karachi vote for MQM. Does that mean that these political parties want to leave people of urban Sind out of mainstream politics? Wouldn’t this increase the deprivation of urban Sindhis and non-Sindhis and will create another Baluchistan like situation in the country? Instead of playing own cards, media should teach the people the importance of “Communication” in politics which in the end bring unity and political stability.


Farheen Rizvi

A masters in International Management from University of Maryland, a social worker and a blogger.

  • Zak

    Writer: Your article is always pro MQM. and always anti PTI. I am not a supporter of any political party. MQM always try to control Karachi. It is not about urban Sindh. I don’t know if you read news paper but every international news papers was talking about MQM and UK relationship that how UK has used MQM for intelligence purposes. MQM is not a party and will never be a party.

  • M.Saeed

    When talking about our politicians and their colour, it is clearly visible that, their “Gray matter” suffers from serious heterotopic disorder. Means, their gray matter (in brains) have migrated to the most inappropriate of all places!
    For an example, just see the “quick remedial action” taken by the Karachi Administrator after the heavy rains that flooded Karachi. His bizarre means of tackling the flood were conspicuously displayed by the media. He was seen “supervising” a lethargic team of just “two sweepers”, trying to sweep away the heavy flood with their ordinary brooms i.e.,”Jharoos”!!!