A Refuge for Opportunists

In any political party, there are those who will swoop on any available opportunity for personal gain, to extend political influence while compromising previously held political as well as moral principles. These opportunists are particularly common when the elections are just around the corner and political parties are to distribute party tickets for provincial as well as national assemblies.

Trend of Party switching is very common in Pakistan as the candidates will take sides with whom they have best chances to get the ticket and being elected; similarly on the other side’s the political parties favor the people who have greater influence to secure majority votes regardless of their moral characters, their previous association with other parties.

Imran Khan – a man with a charismatic persona, the founder of Tehreek-e-Insaf, with his pleonasm imbued with a sense of honesty and honor has fomented the cynic youth of Pakistan madly wanting to see a refashion the political culture of nepotism and the notion of might is right. Youth has branded Imran Khan and his party PTI as a wave of change. But the word CHANGE needs a definition…

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s mandate is to free society from corruption, land mafia, favoritism, family dynasty culture. The list of politicians joining Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for last 2 month continues to grow. The major concern here for the youth and the public, in general, supporting Khan Sahab is that in case PTI fails to win the 2018 elections what is the assurance that this list will not reduce, people who have changed their loyalties before the election will not change their stance if they were not given party tickets. What difference does it make if the public in general and youth, in particular, are served the same venom of corruption in a different spoon- is this the wave of change, same representatives with a changed platform.

As it is quite evident from the issue of distributing party tickets creating a great hustle in party members that led them to stage “Dharna” in Bani-Gala. Doesn’t it imply that Khan Sahab is nurturing the opportunist culture here when he distributed party tickets to those with greater influence who can easily fund the party regardless of their political history and character in an attempt to avail the opportunity of getting an edge over the opposition? The workers claimed that the party has not issued tickets on merit yet the party proved to be a political refuge for people who fear not to gain power in other parties mainly PMLN and PPP, so they changed their localities with the previous party and took shelter in PTI. It seems that Mr. Clean is caught with his hands dirty. Well, it’s time for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and its leadership to prove its stance that it runs on transparency or it can simply follow the philosophy of ends defines the means.

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