Maryam Nawaz, Bilawal Bhutto and Maulana Fazlur Rehman, these are two novices and one heavyweight. Do they have anything in common? Anything at all? Yes, a common nemesis in the form Imran Khan but what else? Let’s break it a bit to sail away from the scattered clouds of confusion which might be proving a hindrance to reaching an answer.
Maryam and Bilawal are scions of the heads of the two most influential political parties of Pakistan, and are now ready to take it on from the indicted and ailing daddies. Then, who is this Maulana guy and why is he determined to prove himself important in this equation. He is a classic and ever-fresh example of being an opportunist, the one who knows exactly when to make the move and on whom. Here, this time, his presence is harbinger of a calamity which is going to push both PPP and PML-N into a darker corner.
There is a right time for everything, and when it comes even a considered-to-be dud plan would accomplish the desired results, on the contrary, if time is not right, the most well thought of plans would lick the dust. The mutual decision of opposition parties to lead massive protests right after the Eid will not succeed, it seems.
Of course, the primary author of this plan was Maulana Fazlur Rehman but keep in mind that with ample funds and many running seminaries he doesn’t have much to lose in this situation.
Following are the most basic reasons due to which this plan will backfire.
Almost a year has passed since Imran Khan took charge and started building his New Pakistan. Seeing from his side, indeed, this is enough time to form an opinion. Seeing from the side of PPP and PML-N, with all the on-going cases, new scandals coming in every day and with their lack of deliverance in their respective tenures, one year is too less a time to wipe out the negative image of them from minds of public. Right now, in this sweltering summer, a crowd of no more than a few thousand can be gathered, that too, with too much investment.
This remains a fact, that, to this day, the performance of PTI government is far from satisfactory and ministers are unable to deliver anything which can come in handy to save the day. Despite this, the public is not yet ready to heed any call of protests anytime soon. After Eid, even if we have a few protests in major cities, they will be for genuine grievances, shared and suffered by everyone. To do that, political patronage is not required.
No long-term plans
Under the blessed presence of Maulana, PPP and PML-N may have rediscovered their lost divine mission and have whole-heartedly accepted each other but their purpose lacks a long-term plan.
To bring Imran Khan down and oust PTI from the power corridors is not a plan, it is merely a wish. If PPP and PML-N are serious to pull a crowd as they used to in their heydays, they must halt the plans of agitation, for now. Things are too obvious and in poor taste. The arch-rivals, PPP and PML-N, have only bonded for the time-being. Once, the task is complete or is abandoned, they’ll revert to the old ways of dealing each other.
Don’t follow Maulana. Follow sense.
PPP and PML-N can still find their way back; they can still have it their way and put an end to their elongated sufferings.
The first suggestion is to stay away from Maulana Fazlur Rehman. The second suggestion is to give it a little more time. Take a deep breath, face the cases and reorganize the breaking ranks of parties.
Sooner the better but then, haste makes waste. Follow sense.
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