The Emergence of Change in Pakistan Politics

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The dissent in faith towards the Political leadership in Pakistan has been growing, making Pakistan's President Zardari more vulnerable to the idea of change. While the struggle for the restoration of the Chief Justice was a one point agenda, the domestic security issues have increased in Pakistan.  The atmosphere of change is spreading from the Federally Administered Tribal Regions to the campuses of LUMS, University of the Punjab and now, Namal University. 

In addition to the War on Terror and the sugar price hike, unfulfilled promises of the leadership and massive corruption, the masses are slowly standing up and a movement is on the verge of being formed.

That movement is a political movement under Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan.  Democracy has came in name, but the essence remains to be seen. Think for a minute and imagine, imagine if you could not use your laptop for a five hours a day because of no electricity, worse, imagine if you had to use the bathroom in the dark because there was no light.

At the same time, imagine if you came home only to find out that your friend died in a suicide attack.  You were just hanging out with your friend at LUMS yesterday. Imagine if a poor man comes to you, wishing to be your servant, so he could at least bring home bread to his family in a village, 20 miles away. In Pakistan, this has become the present day reality.

It is even worse, corruption is at an all time high. One of Pakistan's representatives in the government openly admitted to corruption and is still the Member of National Assembly. For Pakistanis, we all know our problems, we even know the simple solutions, but only a few of us are willing to take action.

Now a leader of a political party that was once and is still seen as a joke by some quarters and the elite, has become more visible in the political scene and their leader is seen on a regular basis on TV shows.  Members of political parties were making fun of him for only winning one seat.

But this man is the future for the young generation who are willing to invest their hopes and their future in him. A cricket legend, a close friend of the late Princess Diana, but a man who is more known for his charitable causes than his charm, the man is Imran Khan, the face of change and future leadership of Pakistan's Politics and leader of Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The Tehreek-e-Insaf achieved over 30,000 online members on it's website, making it among the largest Pakistan Political Party websites with the biggest internet base. If that is not alone, there are two fan groups of Imran Khan on Facebook, mainly with fans seeing him as their leader. Imran Khan has been able to speak on the key issue of War on Terror and how it should be managed to achieve winnable results.

The current Pakistan government has no clear plan for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, NWFP or how to achieve security. A military solution is incomplete without the offensive diplomatic solution, even a good football team knows that defense prevents the opposing team from scoring but it is the offense that does the scoring.  That is the plan that Imran Khan plans to bring, a diplomatic solution, the offense.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has had some successful membership campaigns and their popularity is growing while the PPP's popularity is inflated. The success of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's membership drive will translate to success in the next major elections Pakistan holds. Pakistan's elections will pay a crucial role in determining the success and failures of the current leadership and the opportunity of emergence of new political parties.

If the United States and NATO allies want to see success in Afghanistan, they better hope for leadership that cares for it's people on the other side of the border, rather than leaders who care about their Swiss Bank Accounts. We must remind ourselves that good governance is crucial and the only hope now is the next major elections in Pakistan to provide that and have leadership that can unite the country.

The most important thing that Imran Khan has done is remind Pakistani's of their potential and Pakistan's early past. Imran Khan has also reminded people of the political leadership of Pakistan's Founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Khan's political party is the only party that is not ethnic based and has grown on the strength of the middle class and more importantly, the youth.  But much of this success has not been historic, but recent, more so due to the lack of good governance by the current government in power. Worse, there is no Minister of Education when the country is having an education crisis.

No country can win the War on Terror unless it provides good Governance, the recent success in certain regions of Iraq was only so because of the good governance in those regions. Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan are facing bad governance which has only led to the growth of extremism in the region. While Imran Khan is not the answer, his political party is willing to do one thing that the current government lacks the reputation of, that one thing is simply, work. All the masses ask for is for government officials to actually work. Just by doing that, they will achieve a milestone in the state of present day Pakistan politics.

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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