Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan had promised everyone that his press conference on August 11 will clearly prove that massive rigging took place in the May 2013 general election. After all, Imran’s entire movement is based on the assumption that the elections were rigged to keep the PTI out of power. Therefore, it is only fair that he provides evidence in favour of his many claims before marching on the capital to bring about a revolution. However, much like Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, there was no revolutionary change that could be observed in his modus operandi.
Once again, a long list of names. All united in a giant conspiracy against PTI. No concrete evidence. No mention of the mysterious Military Intelligence Brigadier who Imran had promised to identify. A series of unsubstantiated claims that the people are simply supposed to believe and accept because Imran says so. And since that is not how it works in a court of law, the PTI Chief has assumed the role of judge, jury and now, an aspiring executioner. The list of ‘conspirators’ includes ex-Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, Former SC Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday, Journalist Najam Sethi, members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) responsible for printing fake ballot papers and other malpractices (latest entrants in the list), Returning Officers and finally, PML-N. They are all guilty. Granted that none of what Imran says has been proven by either Imran or any court in the land but that is clearly not as important for some as it is for others.
In his pursuit of free and fair re-elections, he is pleased to be joined by a man who opposes re-elections; the same man who admittedly finds incitement to murder a perfectly adequate subject for humour and doesn’t ever shy away from going back on his words. Regardless, Imran is convinced that he will successfully convince Mr Tahir-ul-Qadri to soften his stance on the matter. Is it going to be one big sit-in? Or are we going to see two sit-ins, one under Imran and the other led by Qadri? Do they agree on anything more than sending Nawaz home? Will Imran call off his sit-in if Qadri does and vice versa? Mr Qadri has clarified that the two marches will not be merging together as they have their own “identity”. However, he added that they both share the same “ultimate goal”. If that is indeed the case, why not merge? And what difference in identity make them different from each other? Both Imran and Qadri have promised that they will not compromise. How will those differences be overcome? They are marching on the same date, headed to the same destination and share a common enemy. Yet, they appear hesitant towards openly embracing each other as allies for now. Why?