Congratulations PTI

PTI did not sweep the polls but do not lose heart.The rise of PTI is not short of phenomenal. The charisma of Imran Khan and the conviction of common people to change their destinies historically chained to family loyalties have made sure PTI comes out as a formidable third political force in the country.

The people of KP, who have endured the most suffering over the last three decades, have shown the most political awareness and ensured PTI sweeps the province. This is a great opportunity for PTI to show good governance and become an example for the rest of the country. They can be a formidable opposition in the centre and ensure government policies are aligned to the welfare of the people.

Congratulaions are in order for Nawaz Sharif and his PML for winning the overall polls although the level of rigging seen in Lahore and other cities of Punjab is creating serious doubts as to the transparency of the polls.

Nawaz Sharif has an opportunity to make things right, put the country to the right path and most importantly listen to what people are saying and listen to PTI. Agreed, a coalition with PTI is unlikely but they must listen to what the young generation is saying. Above all, Nawaz Sharif must resist tendencies to usurp and centralise power. He must let the judiciary and press function independently  to ensure check and balance. He must ensure the tone at the top is correct in terms of zero tolerance to corruption, nepotism and ensure good goverance.

Let’s hope for a better, peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.

Post script

The above results require a major qualification as to the transparency and fairness of these elections which have been marred by visible rigging and electoral fraud in a number of widely known cases. Read it below.

https://hankypanky.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/election-2013-karachi-suffers-again/

Election 2013: Remember 12th May tomorrow

Remember 12th May tomorrow

Whatever the circumstances, the human nature is always hopeful and so we are hopeful that the population will come out in droves and vote with the conscience and not with emotional attachment to leaders who have never delivered in the past and who in fact are a great hindrance to the progress of the great country of ours – Pakistan.

When you vote tomorrow, please remember to reject the corrupt, the tried and tested, the mock faithfuls, the so called open minded when they are the most closed minded and above all the extortionists, the real terrorists, the cannibals.

Vote for the untried and untested. This is the best hope we have…. And perhaps the most provident.

In the midst of all, please do not forget 12th May, it is only fitting that the elections are taking place in May only a day ahead of 12th May which is one of the darkest chapters in country’s history when a city was locked down by darkness and torch bearers of confrontation and regression.

No one should forget 12th May, 2007, when a country’s Chief Justice was denied entry to Karachi. When people were killed in cold blood, when media was terrorised and which to this day is crying for justice.

The three main parties claiming to represent the voice of liberals played the game of blood against each other’s workers on that day.

You can search for yourself to confirm what happened that day but you may find some links at the end of the article as well.

The supporters of this crime and many more over the course of the last fifty decades (including succession of East Pakistan and other debacles) and their cohorts should be utterly rejected if the people require a change for the better, for a politics without violence where differing opinions are respected and where people are respected for what they bring to the table and welcomed.

Karachi is a cosmopolitan city, attracting people from all ethnicitiy and backgrounds like any mega-city in the world and will remain so. It is up to the people to come out in their droves and reject the politics of fear, intimidation, extortion and above all false victimization. People remaining in power for over two decades cannot claim victimization.. not any more.

Remember, it is very difficult to rig an election, where an overwhelming majority of people vote for a new face, a change. Vote for Imran Khan, he is not a perfect man but he has never been tried. And  only a fool will try the same thing, the same people again and again which has failed before. It has not worked in the past and will not work in the future.

Vote for your future generations… vote for hope.

Good luck Pakistan.

Links (remember and reflect before you vote!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Karachi_riots

http://www.opinion-maker.org/2013/04/pakistan-12th-may-a-message-loud-and-clear/

http://www.chowrangi.pk/12-may-2007-a-black-day-in-history-of-pakistan.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8693681.stm

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/13/world/asia/13iht-pakistan.5.5692979.html?_r=0

http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/karachi-gun-battles-leads-to-deadly-chaos-1.352721#.UY0Z8cUUOqY