Azadi March and Inqilab March have been hogging the news media for the past week. The attention and the excitement encircling the two ‘biggest’ marches of the year was anticipated. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri certainly knows how to pull media attention despite the fact that he spends most of the time in Canada and his fiery statements come once in a while, and his party has zero representation in Parliament. He haunted headlines last year but back then he attracted the media with his own tactics. This year the government was kind enough to save him the effort by killing his supporters in Model Town, Lahore, turning the direction of his plane and then, to top it all off, besieging Model Town for a week.
As for PTI, well…when you have Imran Khan as party chairman all you have to do is announce he is planning to set out and viola! The media will shove everything aside in a jiffy. But the charm isn’t enough. To ‘topple the government’ you need more than looks and charisma. Even the so-called junoon doesn’t do the trick. Here are five reasons that will lead to his failure.
- Unreal Demands
I mean seriously? You expect an elected prime minister to resign because you think, no, you believe you should be in his shoes, or in this case, his ‘kursi’? Yeah sure, you can try to cover it up by declaring the elections were rigged but honestly, you can’t just stand up and bring the entire capital to a stand still because you want reelections. The end doesn’t always justify the means Khan sahib, especially when you don’t even have a clear end in sight.
- Stark contrast in words and actions
When I started writing this blog I’d thought I will start with you running of to home every now and then while your supporters wander here and there but now you have gone much farther. You are inviting people to join you in Civil Disobedience because you want to ‘save the country’. #OhTheIrony. As if that wasn’t enough, today you’ll be marching towards the Red Zone, once again to ‘save the country’ and have threatened to turn violent if security tries to do their job by stopping you because you want them to do their job. I mean…you should be exempted of all rules because you want everyone else to follow them? #Irony #Irony #Irony
On one hand you tell people that all you care about is them. On the other hand, people in Peshawar, the capital of the province that YOUR party rules, were dying because it rained too hard (says a lot about management) and you didn’t even care enough to mention them once let alone send the CM to deal with the situation!
While you tell people in your rally to celebrate independence each night, people of North Waziristan are being driven out of their homes. Apparently they aren’t important either. There was an attack on Balochistan airport on the night of 14th of August (the real Independence Day) and you didn’t care enough to mention that. Nope it’s all about you and elections.
And then the biggest threat that you keep giving out: Army Interference. After all the poison you spewed against Musharraf, now you seem OK with threatening the govt that they will be overthrown by the institution he belonged to. Wow Khan sahib. Wow.
- Misled Supporters
I would have taken the ‘Civil Disobedience’ call seriously had PAT issued it. Why? Because PAT’s supporters are much more disciplined, more aware and more mature than your wide-eyed dancing puppets. They don’t know what they want and you take advantage of that by dictating them and charm them by giving out constant cricket references. You do seem to have something in common with your supporters though; both can’t take criticism.
- Same old, same old
Every time you start your speech, I start reading along. Literally. Everything you say, your demands, rhetoric, even your examples are so repetitive that it’s turned stale. All your addresses are Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V = boring. The only reasons I watch you speak on stage is a) it’s my job and b) well you are still charming :p.
- Obvious hunger for power
And it was pretty transparent even before you said, ‘Prime minister Imran Khan ap se kabhi jhoot nahi boley ga.’ This statement removed every doubt anyone had about your intentions and future plans. I don’t think I need to go on about it.
At this moment you are about to barge into Red Zone along with Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri and his supporters. And God knows what’s up for the Pakistani nation next. We can only hope that the outcome of your madness isn’t as terrible as we fear it will be. Then again, it is Nawaz Sharif on the other side, so even if you go what they call ‘full retard’, you might emerge victorious.