Long March he declared! And I cursed him discreetly for hours.
Why can he not live and let live? Why can he not govern KPK dedicatedly and let others govern Pakistan as they want to? If only he could make KPK a paradise of peace and prosperity, the writing on the wall is the present rulers would fail and he can win by a huge margin the next time.
Give up Imran Khan. Do not dig your grave. In vain I hoped he would be arrested, something would happen for the March not to take place.
Nothing happened and he marched on. The crowds were astounding but how would he sustain interest. I wanted him to stop the madness.
Why can he not have common sense?
As I tried to answer the question, for once I started questioning my common sense. What was he demanding? A vote recount! Why, because he thinks elections were rigged. So what, if they were rigged?
Flashed in front of me the Magical May morning when I had seen people of all ages and groups, voting for Imran Khan. In their eyes I had seen dreams. After decades Pakistanis like me had woken up from their coma to cast a vote for a change.
I recalled the day after, when at Lahore airport I had seen people who had come to cast their vote from all parts of the world crying for the change dream shattered. I remembered the Pathan taxi driver in Dubai who had wanted to commit suicide after PTI lost the elections and will only come to Pakistan when PTI forms government.
So if Imran is to be believed, the will of the people of Pakistan has been assassinated. We have been robbed. If it happened last May, it will happen always unless someone stops it.
As I see people at his rallies, in their eyes I can see the same dreams, the same hopes that I saw last May. They are braver than I am. They are willing to stand up for their rights.
For me important is that given so many challenges, the government is allowed to continue governance but then if this government is not the one that we voted for, then why are they governing us? Why are we letting this happen?
Democracy must be preserved but is democracy not about what people want, or is it about what a small group of politicians want.
Who is manifestation of true democracy – the Parliament and Prime Minister or the thousands of Pakistanis protesting?
I do not know!
Are they right in protesting? If they are able to bring the government down, it will become a trend setter? Will it or will it become a lesson for anyone daring to rob Pakistan of the will of its people?
I do not know!
I also do not know why I think that something somewhere is changing, the Prime Minister may not resign, Imran Khan may never become the Prime Minister of Pakistan but rigging any elections in the future will be a task not easily executed.
Imran Khan has thousand imperfections but he has done one thing perfectly…… made people of Pakistan realise democracy is of the people and must be fought for by the people.
Whether our democracy ever is for the people…..maybe soon, maybe never …I do not know!