How PTI defeated itself in Lodhran’s NA-154 by-election

There has been a lot of mocking and celebrations since Ali Khan Tareen’s defeatat the hands of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s candidate Muhammad Iqbal Shah. But Is that what really happened? No, I don’t think so.

Maybe I’m wrong, but Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf since Day 1 of its origin has been selling the narrative of being against the “status quo”, “dynastic politics” and domination of wealthy rulers with no public mandate – this has been the slogan for PTI and the major “Unique Selling Point (USP)” all along.

After the disqualification of the so-called ATM of the PTI, Jahangir Khan Tareen, PTI and Imran Khan should have separated itself from the Tareen family and set an example for the world, that if they are criticizing PML-N for still following a disqualified leader, they are not going to follow the same path just because the person is important and is the source of major funding for the party.

But what did they do? They announced their next candidate, and guess what,he happened to be the son of Jahangir Tareen.That’s what you call “dynastic politics”.

That day PTI lost the election without even competing and PML-N knew that pretty well. That wasn’t the very first contradiction of their own slogan and narrative, PTI has been known for such U-turns for a long time now.

Even after the criticism by their own stakeholders, Imran Khan didn’t listen and kept on justifying the selection of Ali Tareen in a way that is beyond any logic, because he was the one who started this very party to end such family politics. Senior advocateNaeem Bukhari, who is also one of the closest to Imran Khan, said that he was against this decision and that it would cost PTI badly.

Let’s come to the election campaign by both the parties. PTI’s whole leadership was there at Lodhran for the whole campaign.Even Imran Khan addressed the jalsa alongside Ali Tareen, which is clearly against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s code of ethics. But they didn’t care, because when it comes to them they don’t seem to be the onesto follow rules and regulations – that’s only for the rivals and a tool of criticism. On the other hand, Iqbal Shah who was the PML-N’s candidate didn’t get such support from the PML-N leadership and didn’t do any campaign at all.But he is known to be the man of public and there’s a great respect for that man among Lodhran’s public.

This election is a clear wakeup call for the PTI leadership.They need to learn that in Pakistan’s politics, catering public for mega power shows and political army of inactive soldiers on social media do not win elections.And, when after all that, you start contradicting you own narrative that you have been selling for years, it only makes it worse – and you never see it coming.

We can only hope that one day every political party and politician will mean what they promise to public, and instead of contradicting themselves they will set an example of how to practice what you preach.

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4 Comments

  1. AKMAL says

    ARE U WITHOUT UR TAREEN,S ?? TROUBLE WITH U PPLE U WANT CHANGE BUT U DONT WANT CHANGE URSELF,S .SO STOP UR HARPING AT PTI AND LOOK AT URSELF,S & OTHERS LIKE U ,U ALL STILL SING SONGS ABOUT NAWAZ (ONLY IN PAK WOULD PPLE COME OUT TO SUPPORT A CHOR WHO HAS STOLEN UR CHILDREN’S WEALTH ).IF I WAS PTI I WOULD TELL U LOT TO LIVE WITH CHORS U KEEP VOTING & IF EVEN ONE PERSON COMPLAINED AFTERWARDS <O LOOK NO BIJLEE NO CLEAN WATER, NO HEALTH CARE NO EDUCATION,NO WORK BLAH BLAH I WOULD HAVE THE LOT OF U THRASHED AND REMIND U WHO U VOTED FOR. U LOT WINGE CUS MAYBE ONE OR TWO BAD APPLES IN PTI BUT UR HAPPY TO HAVE FULL BASKET OF ROTTEN APPLE ,S(PMLN OR PPP ETC) NO PROBLEM

    1. Gul says

      Please come out of this image of anti Nawaz party. I don’t see anything in PTI now but crying about Sharifs. Everyone else is soldier of their angels army, if he is anti Nawaz. Need to see something of substance from PTI, positive language, performance and policies, thats what matters.

  2. Zack says

    Above comment is what is wrong with PTI and its supporters. You can keep blaming others with nothing to show for your achievements…

    1. akmal moemin says

      to both of u above this what IS wrong with u pple who support pmln ,they have been in power for 30 years and what have they done other than steal from pak, & remember pti has not been in power (only inone region which was mess to start with & only for few years too)and note imran has never stolen from pak nawaz & zardari have & if anything imran has given to the country .maybe u lot deserve the likes of pmln .if u wish for a debate not a problem come to london i will show u how much he (nawaz) has stolen from u& pak &we can meet up with his 2 well fed boys too.trouble with pple like u lot is that those who treat u like dirt which nawaz lot do, u say sir to & those who try to give and get respect for u ,all u do is find faults in them .remember its not as if nawaz lot made pak into paris that pti has come & knocked it down .so wake & stop kiss back side the pple who have ruined pak

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