Naveed Aman Khan
GENERAL election 2018 is over. We have entered in third consecutive democratic five-year term in the history of Pakistan. After nine-year long unconstitutional rule of dictator Pervaiz Musharraff fortunately last two successive governments of Pakistan People’s Party from 2008-13 and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz 2013-18 completed their democratic terms. For second time Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in a row has won general election 2018 in KP and first time in the Centre. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will make its back-to-back government in KP quite comfortably which reflects that PTI has delivered significantly during last five-year term in the province. Back to back governments have never been seen in the history of KP because masses of KP had never spared badly performing political parties. Masses of KP have been throwing those out of power who didn’t deliver up to their expectations. Return of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in KP consecutive government is enough evidence of its deliverance and performance. Similarly, in Punjab PML-N has successfully ruled and delivered during last two consecutive terms of five-year.
That is why PML-N has come up with majority and seems to make its third back-to-back government in Punjab. Surprisingly, PTI has emerged second largest party in Punjab and Sindh with it’s convincing numbers. Emergence of PTI in Punjab, Sindh and KP has replaced PPP and ANP. Recent numbers of PTI in Punjab shows that it has even swallowed PMLN seats also. Election 2023 will prove whether PTI is new political phenomenon or not. In Punjab PMLN is leading with majority wining 127 seats while PTI is behind with 122 seats. Both PMLN and PTI are struggling hard to form government in Punjab because of very marginal number game. In Sindh Pakistan People’s Party has completed its two consecutive ten years terms and now is almost set to make its third back to back government. Balochistan Awami Party has emerged a new political power of Balochistan and seems to make its government with PTI and other winners. Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf has come up as the biggest political party of the country having its convincing representation in all four provinces.
Election 2018 was last blow to Muthidda Qoumi Movement. MQM has been swallowing almost all the seats of Karachi and dominantly Hyderabad for the last three decades. After the dissolution of MQM, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has shown its successful presence in Sindh Assembly. In Sindh PTI, GDA and MQM are struggling very hard to join hands to form government with other winners but PPP seems to lead. Masses of Punjab, KP and Sindh have shown confidence in their respective former governments. On the other hand masses of Pakistan have once again rejected religious parties. Over all liberal political parties have won dominant seats in the entire country except a few pockets of KP and Balochistan. Terrorism hit Awami National Party even couldn’t get sympathy votes and ANP leader Asfand Yar Wali himself lost his own seat with difference of over twenty thousand from PTI veteran candidate Fazal Mohammad Khan. Bilour family, despite several sacrifices could not come up in limelight in 2018 election.
Probable Prime Minister Imran Khan in his first speech from Bani Gala has categorically focused on priorities of his government. While speaking he looked charged, sentimental and jubilant. He pledged that he will keep Madina Model of governance in mind and follow rules and parameters derived from it. He quoted that as a ruler of Islamic Jamhoorya Pakistan he will be held responsible for the fodder of a petty goat even. He ruled out any level of political victimization. He said that state institutions will be strengthened by all means. He focused his attention on strong foreign policy on equivalent basis. He showed enough maturity in keeping China as prime pillar of foreign and economic policies of Pakistan. According to him balanced relationship with Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and India will be maintained. He is seen standing with Kashmir. In the Middle East he said that Pakistan will like to offer its mediation when ever required.
First of all he presented himself and his cabinet members for accountability. He said that empowered anti corruption department will be the dire need of the time. Adding to his words he said that education, health, water scarcity, investment, economy challenges, foreign loans, overseas Pakistanis, unemployment, tax collection will remain focused. Adding to his priority list he said that farmers will not be left back as his government will timely address issues related to agriculture. He added that small business culture will be introduced and looked after. Impressed from Madina Model he decided to opt policy of simplicity. Following this line he has decided to make Prime Minister House a university.
Adding to this he said that Governor Houses and big Rest Houses will also be given to veracities. Fine. He looks very passionate but making Prime Minister House and Governor Houses varsities looks near to impossible because of location and security issues. His first speech was quite impressive. Now he should set precedent of burying all past political hatchets. Masses of Pakistan have very high hopes from Imran Khan. If he did not stand by his pledges even his supporters will remind him his words and part ways. Masses have shown confidence in him. If Imran Khan betrayed or disappointed masses he will meet same fate of [some] former rulers very soon.
— The writer is political analyst based in Islamabad.