Dr Muhammad Tahirul Qadir’s sudden decision of a retreat from his imperious revolution, struck his followers with a fright, many of whom were left with a deep feeling of dismay.

There can be several speculations about his change of mind and his alleged behind the curtain talks with the sitting regime, but manifestly, it can be seen as yet another failed political adventure.

     Nothing in politics is constant and as per Qadri’s agenda, his sit-in was to change the system and introduce a pristine form of electoral and administrative structure. After hectic days of struggle for the revolution, he ultimately decided to become a part of the political system, which he had bashed and bettered during the past two months. 

There is always a lesson in history. For this revolutionary stalwart, the need was perhaps to stand the ground firm if he really wanted to affect change. There are two kinds of stories that history renders: stories to be talked about and stories to be laughed about. Qadri has certainly delivered us both.

On the other hand, the PTI’s Khan copiously marches from city to city with a roaring crowd. His tireless political movement gains momentum with each gathering amid allegations of corruption and rigging against the ruling party. 

With the announcement of a gathering in the heart of the People’s Party stronghold, Larkana, in November, one can imagine the discomfort setting in within the PPP.

In the aftermath of Imran Khan’s charged gatherings, Pakistan People’s Party also managed to get their comrades in Karachi last week. It was a strong show of power by the PPP, having all the backing of provincial administrative machinery.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari made a speech that contained decades old rhetoric but did not mention the plight of the Thar people, who have been affected the famine, right under PPP’s nose.

The unfortunate down trodden lot requires more than these political gatherings. The need of the hour is to focus on the constructive policies to cater the grievances of the people.

By: Syed Zuhaib Hussnain