Today, I write with a heavy heart. It seems that 15 years of toil and hard work is being unravelled in a matter of weeks. The entire declaration of asset issue has dragged the PTI into an unending, fruitless, and I fear a dangerous discourse with little to gain and everything to lose.
In politics, perception is more powerful then reality. After years of misrule, the perception of the people about the leadership of both PML(N) and PPP is clear. So what is the PTI trying to achieve by ignoring serious political challenges facing the country and instead solely focussing on the asset issue? Trying to prove that the present leadership is not transparent is merely stating the obvious and a reiteration of an already deeply entrenched public perception.
The down side of this debate is that PTI does not consist of angels. We are all humans with our own skeletons in the cupboard. Those skeletons are being investigated by an intrusive electronic media at the behest of powerful political forces who feel threatened by the PTI. The only logical outcome of this asset debate would be that PTI would look no different from the other conventional political parties.
The carefully crafted image and perception of the PTI, a party consisting of clean and upright individuals with a clear national agenda, drew the attention of the people primarily because of the failings of the ruling political leadership. Rather then strengthening that perception by laying out a political agenda for the future, we went on shopping spree of mostly discarded and dumped leadership. It was a like a garbage collection truck going from street to street collecting political waste in the hope of recycling it to generate power.
What we need to do is to immediately disengage from this asset debate and concentrate all our energies on how we could mobilize the people, as in Egypt and Tunisia, to start a process of real political change in Pakistan before the establishment steps in to repair the status quo.
Sounds about right! It was very interesting to note how "democratically" SMQ was recently elevated to the position of Vice Chairman, whereby PTI completely overlook those members in the party that have remained so loyal to Imran for 15 years. Oh well, i guess the Tabdeeli Ka Nishan bubble had to burst eventually.