The masses seem to have acknowledged that all political parties are now regional, as one political party didn’t get any votes in Sindh, because during their tenure the motorway wasn’t started from Karachi, the port city, which points to the lopsided vision of development. Another political party didn’t get votes in Punjab because that party tried to divide the province of Punjab into two; or perhaps was unfair in distribution of energy and also that there was massive corruption and terrorism during their rule.

A new political party, whose tsunami was projected to reach out to Lahore and Karachi and other urban areas, saw a mysterious change in its course. Its epicentre was finally discovered to be in Peshawar. However, urban voters in Karachi have yet to know whether we have democracy in the country, a grim fact on which we have little room to discuss in public. Balochistan could not make up its mind who they wanted in their province as the powerful factor.

Amongst the defining features of general elections, a few are highlighted below:

First, the political division of our country has finally taken us to where we do not have a single political party that qualifies to be called a national party, representing all the provinces. Secondly, we have revealed who we really are; the ethnic veil has been lifted.

With our voting patterns, we have made it very obvious that we are a diverse nation. Thirdly, the diversity within the ethnic communities of Pakistan may not necessarily be viewed to be a division amongst them and we shouldn’t dread the diversity within us, on the contrary we can capitalise on it, say, by allowing provincial autonomy, encouraging competition in raising revenues, etc.

It is for the new masters, at national and provincial levels, to take a deep breath and start the journey with these facts pinned on their information boards. Democracy is now demanding from them to deliver.


Karachi, May 21.