Pakistan: Change is Imminent, Need for Political Empowerment

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These are interesting times in terms of politics in Pakistan. Right now, there is plenty of uncertainty in regards to who will be the next Prime Minister, President, or if there will be midterm elections or whether the current PPP lead coalition government will survive the full five year term. In Pakistan, the need is clear for new leadership to emerge. Will it will be former President Pervez Musharraf or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan has become the question. The most important demographic group in this debate whose opinions matter the most, are the young generation.

The young generation has not been given the focus they deserve in regards to the political situation. However, their opinions matter. The name that stands out from the younger generation is the name of Imran Khan. Why it is important, is because the young generation has lost hope in the PPP, PML-Q, PML-N, and in some ways, even MQM because these political parties have been given the opportunity to lead. The religious right of Pakistan, who once were united in a coalition labeled, MMA, are also loosing their support, not so much because of their ideological views, but because of the disunity within their own coalitions.

The upcoming elections in Pakistan, whether they will be in 2011 or 2013, will be the most important elections since the elections of 1970. What is different this time, is the fact that Pakistan has an independent and vibrant media and a judicial branch that has inherited greater respect and responsibility than ever before. But this time, the youth must play a more significant role. This is not about President Zardari, this is not about Prime Minister Gilani. This is about millions who died during the Partition and those that sacrificed everything for the struggle of Pakistan. This is about the great leader, Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah. It is in their honor that we must begin a new movement. A new movement to restore respect, integrity, honor and character that Pakistan once had.

People ask me, what can they do to help the political situation in Pakistan. Many say they want to start their own party, but most of them will fail in the effort. Not because of the lack of their own sincere efforts, but because the time, dedication, finances, organizational structure, voter database, and trying to understand the Art of Campaigning takes a lot of work. If someone like Imran Khan has great challenges to expand his own party, certainly, some no name candidate will have even more challenges.

The best thing we can do is help emerging political parties such as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf empower the masses, and bring our own education and each the political party members, leadership, speaking skills, understanding good governance, ethics and empowering our people. Leaders are among the great motivators of society, but the current leadership at a time of crisis is failing the people and neglecting the people.

The best hope we can provide is working towards improving the political situation and understanding that it will take a sense of courage, dedication, long term commitment and compassion to achieve the great struggles of our father Jinnah. If for no one else, we must struggle to achieve the vision that our Father Jinnah had. If Father Jinnah had his way, he would be doing it under the Banner of Justice. Let me remind people, father Jinnah stated that the first duty of every government is Law and Order. That will be the biggest challenge for Pakistan. Can it be achieved? Yes, it can. And you can make it happen.

Munzir Naqvi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Kennesaw State University.

He serves as an advisor to the Pakistan Israel Peace Forum (PIPF) & Pakistan The Next Five Years. Mr. Naqvi has served as President of Student Government at Kennesaw State University in 2004-2005. 

Naqvi is interested in developing countries and economic policies.  He is an advocate of Free Trade in a Free World.  His Motto is Diplomacy before Dialogue.  You can follow him at www.twitter.com/naqvi and Join the Facebook Group: Pakistan The Next Five Years

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