Sunday, 12 May 2013

Election 2013 Pakistan – Surprise Surprise

     Huge success of PML (N) in recent polls came as a surprise to everyone. All the results are not in, but it seems that PML (N) is on its way to form a government without the need for a coalition partner. Political analysts were unanimous in their view that Nawaz League would get NA seats in the range of 80 to 100 and they would require support of other parties to form a weak government at center. Even its staunch supporters were not that optimistic about such kind of success.

     Credit for galvanizing the youth and a higher turnout certainly goes to Imran Khan. He is right when he says that even those people who never voted in their life came out. He must be a little heart broken like most of his followers but making PTI the second largest party in the parliament is a tremendous achievement in itself. They are in a position to form a coalition government in KPK and if they can deliver some good to the people in that province, then the future belong to them.

     All the maneuvering, ploys and tactics by Mr. Zardari and Mr. Establishment failed quite spectacularly. People were starting to believe that our president is a genius par excellence when it comes to the politics. Mr. Zardari pulled one trick after another from his bag and played all kinds of cards. Mending fences with Q League, giving premiership of PPP Punjab to Mian Manzoor Wattoo, appointment of Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood as governor Punjab, Saraiki province card and vicious media campaign proved no substitute for bad governance, load shedding and corruption.

     Establishment was hoping for a split mandate and hung parliament. Something they could keep under their thumb. Things like covert support for Imran Khan, launching of Dr. Tahir ul Qadri and other measures also proved inadequate for the job.

     Now I hope that Nawaz Sharif shows some maturity, avoids confrontation at all levels and leaves accountability and treason cases to the judiciary… But then the future is an undiscovered country.

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