Karachi - The last month of 2012 proved quite eventful that witnessed the resurrection of Tahir ul Qadri, indulgence of Pir Pagara in public gatherings and launching of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari into politics.

The PPP chose the 5th death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto for Bilawal to step into the political arena with an impressive speech delivered in refine Urdu beside his slain mother’s grave at Garhi Khuda Bux.

Second coming of Tahirul Qadri, the founder of Tehreek Minhajul Quran, from Canada and his reforming agenda delivered before a huge gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan was the biggest political show that may change the course of electoral process. Though MQM’s support to Qadri was surprising but the two leaders had same thought and opinion on a number of major issues which became common platform for them to come closer.

Qadri even went to Nine Zero and Jinnah ground to share speeches given in front of a mammoth crowd.

Late Pir Pagara had never gone into public politics or addressed a public gathering because his influence in politics and Pakistan was immense and he did not need to gather people to show his political muscles.

Late Pir Pagara used to stay away from public politics or addressing public gatherings because he did not need to accumulate people to show his political muscles.

However, his successor decided to transform himself into an active political leader by amassing large gatherings. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari flanked by PPP senior leaders made an impressive debut into political life by delivering a fluent speech unlike his late mother.

Among the three, Tahirul Qadri jolted the political arena of the country after his Lahore rally. Though political leaders are dismissing the threat posed by Qadri, they know that his agenda of restaging Tehrir Square of Cairo in Islamabad on January 14 could threaten everything.

Speculations are rife that his sudden appearance followed by Minar-e-Pakistan rally and the declaration of long march to Islamabad have hidden motives. If it’s true, the success of his political agenda could be close to reality.

He already has a huge following in Punjab and support of the MQM will increase the crowd on the streets of Islamabad, if he continues with his long march call.

Qadri’s Minar-e-Pakistan speech has attracted even the attention of President Asif Ali Zardari, who in his public speech at Garhi Khuda Bux had said Egyptian model will not be accepted.

He was referring to sit-in protest at Tehrir Square which ended Hosni Mubarak’s reign, initiating hosts of reforms. Political analysts have guarded opinion about entry of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in the political arena. They say that PPP will aim to capitalise on the son of Benazir by luring masses through his emotional speeches and to convince its voters to give the party another chance.  

Analyst Jami Chandio opines that PPP had played four decades long innings under Bhutto Charisma but the regime has badly disappointed the people of Sindh with bad governance, nepotism and passage of Local Bodies Bill under the dictation of the MQM.

He said people of upper Sindh badly affected and displaced for two years from consecutive flood and government had failed to provide them shelter. According to figures, 9.2 million people displaced in 2010 flood while 8.9 million in the flood of 2011. The victims are running from pillar to post for rehabilitation but their efforts go in vain.

More than 18 million flood affected people are still displaced and living in camps and government did nothing for them. No tangible work was done for the well beings of the people by the government, so ‘I think that PPP has lost on moral ground’, Jami said. He said Bilawal delivered good speech but it lacked emotional vibrancy.

Some analysts observe that people of Sindh would again vote for PPP because they have no alternative. As for as nationalists parties are concerned, they have only street power and have nothing to do with electoral politics.

A general election is expected in the month of May but the full five years unchecked and unchallenged tenure of the PPP has failed to deliver. The common man is facing a host of problems including constant gas shortages, incessant power cuts, inflation, pervasive corruption and the ever-present threat of terror attacks.