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Understanding the Challenges of Political Change and Future-making

Understanding the Challenges of Political Change and Future-making

By: Mahboob A. Khawaja

Are the New National Elections a Prelude to Change?

The people of Pakistan have spoken out loud and, quite logically, Imran Khan is the person they have elected to lead a futuristic system of political governance. To discard the incurable resentment against the former indicted criminals-turned-politicians, he people of Pakistan have rejected them through the ballot. The July 25 national elections under a non-partisan caretaker setup were a history-making event for Pakistan. Had this happened some sixty years ago, Pakistan could have been a leading model of democratic norms, social and economic cohesion and political stability to lead other nations of the southwest Asia. For over 60 years, the so-called Pakistani politicians – the former neo-colonial landlords who were masters of lies and deception – have been inept, greedy and egomaniac and they only stole time and opportunities from the young and educated generations to foster political change and productivity, and make Pakistan a stable nation. While other progressive nations of the world encouraged participation and created favourable opportunities to enlist new educated and intelligent brand of the youth, Pakistani political leaders were naïve, indifferent and guilty of having plunged the morally and intellectually conscientious nation into an abyss. None of the religious parties appears to have any worthwhile activism in the outcome of the elections. Have they succumbed to be impotent for the future? Imran Khan, the new elected Prime Minister, wants to make a New Pakistan – a highly-promising ideal and slogan under unusual political circumstances. Pakistan desperately needs a new constitution and new political system of governance, a revitalization of socioeconomic and political integration between all the cultural diversities of its people in Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh. Pakistanis lost the East Pakistan to India and surrendered in 1971 because they were foolish, corrupt and leaderless. The national integration, security end to foreign aid and strategic cooperation, as well as political cohesion of the country must take priority over other major policy agenda. To dispel the history’s malicious ironies, Imran Khan would need to widen the scope of his thinking and strategic planning to encompass the prevalent political realities of Pakistan.

What Needs to be Changed?

Nothing is normal in today’s Pakistan. Institutionalized corruption is a favourite perversion to attract people’s support for new ideals of change and anti-corruption psychology. Most indicted criminals like Nawaz Sharif, Bhuttos, Zardaris – all wanted to serve the noble ideals of political fairness, honesty, socioeconomic stability, human rights and law and justice. The problem was that none of them had such traits and character in their own life and profile. How could they have given something to others what was not part of their own life and possessions? One cannot combine wickedness and righteousness in one human character. To make Imran Khan comparatively a credible candidate for genuinely soft approaches to articulate a sustainable compound culture of new thinking, new ideals and new strategies for a New Pakistan, it is imperative that Mr Khan knows and fully comprehends the nature and scope of the sickness that continued for decades to rob the nation of its due opportunities for change and future-making – a deliberate pillage leading to massive destruction of the socioeconomic, moral, intellectual and political infrastructures of the Pakistani nation. None of the former criminals are punished for their crimes against the nation. Mr Khan does have the first–hand knowledge and observations of lots of such accumulated pillage over the decades.

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