Although PTI has emerged, in the recent polls, as the second largest political force in the country, yet it direly needs improvement, evolution and political maturity. There seem to be many contradictions and inconsistencies present in its policies and practices. Ignoring the persistent and pervasive corruption and mismanagement by the PPP government and its allies, the prime target for its criticism has been the PML-N and the punjab government. The waves of his so-called ‘political tsunami’ remained confined to the Punjab, ignoring the coastal city of Karachi, where it was direly needed. Due to some reasons best known to him, PTI chief Imran Khan could not be seen anywhere in Karachi during most of the election campaign. This is the primary reason PTI could not properly mobilise and realise its potential vote bank in Karachi in the recent elections.

In the beginning of his political career, Imran Khan has been the major critic of the MQM chief Altaf Husain’s politics and practices in the country. He also, once, termed him as the traitor and a terrorist. He also approached the British authorities and attempted to submit some evidence relating to the Altaf Husain’s alleged involvement in the criminal activities in Pakistan. One may fail to understand what made him take a 180 degree turn regarding MQM. We have witnessed the senior members of the MQM participating in the rallies of the PTI and welcoming it in the national politics. Reciprocating it, Imran Khan termed the MQM as the liberal and progressive political party.

Now, after the elections of 2013, PTI again has been seen protesting against the manipulation and rigging in these elections by MQM in Karachi. All these practices and attitude of PTI reflect the very fact that either it is a bit politically immature or has shown some political pragmatism, keeping in view the ground realities in the city. But a golden opportunity to upset the longstanding political and social status quo in Karachi has been negligently missed.


Lahore, June 13.