Dear IK

Dear IK,


Great to see you hale and hearty.

Just like you holding the much awaited World Cup trophy is an unforgettable moment in my album of memories, so will be your fall.

You lifting the trophy lifted the pride of a nation. You falling and the subsequent scenes brought people to their knees praying hard for your life.

As I watched those scenes unfold. Memories of another day came flooding. Of that fateful day in December, when your ex-class fellow dressed in blue, her face glowing with maybe anticipation of a national victory, had waved and then disappeared forever.

No one would ever know what went through her mind as the bullet pierced through her mind.

For a minute I had thought history was repeating itself. I was never an ardent supporter of Benazir Bhutto. On that cold foggy December evening, she still made me cry as helplessly as you did on that hot May evening.

I had cried for despite her shortcomings, she was a hope just like you are. She commanded respect nationally and internationally just like you do. She loved energising the crowd just like you do. She was as comfortable in London as much as you seem to be yet you both seem perfectly pleased at a jalsa in Kasur. English or Urdu, she loved the mike, so do you. When I see you expressing impatiently passionately your views on several talk shows. I try to visualise you and her on a talk show together. Would have been a contest of like. Who would have won? Maybe she, maybe you. She was a born politician, you have been a politician by choice.

Both of you could have opted for a comfortable life in London. Both of you did not for your people I guess.

She never got my vote. You did. She could not inspire me to stand in the lane and exercise my voting right. You did.

At times I think I would have voted for her. I was probably influenced by my elders but for you I voted against the wishes of my elders.

She disappointed me as a Prime Minister. She had every opportunity to make Pakistan a peaceful powerful country. Onerous challenges were there but then BB was a resolute resilient woman. A woman who saw her family perishing, best years of her life spent in exiles and prisons. BB knew how to triumph adversity and adversary.

She just failed Pakistan.

I hope and pray you do not. I know the task is overwhelmingly herculean but everything you have done in life would have been impossible for many Pakistanis. But then not many Pakistanis have the power and profile to change Pakistan.

Just like you, millions of Pakistanis will consider the elections rigged. Day after the election, had seen many tearful eyes. I had wept. But we have to accept it as another unfortunate episode in the history of Pakistan and focus on Pakistan. Your turn will come inshaAllah.

As a sportsman you believed in victory despite biased umpiring. Your positive attitude resulted in victories at places considered impossible because of highly favoured umpiring.

Election victory can be yours despite rigging. Just work hard to have a large majority convinced with your dedication. Focus on the task at hand. At winning the game. The field is set for the captain to lead.

From you, only perfection is accepted. You cannot make a mistake for ideals do not err.

Everytime I read of a jailbreak, of a helicopter used for personal reasons, of a Minister not behaving responsibly. I question whether I voted right. Whether I should have put my trust in you.

Well you may say humans do err. Yes humans do, super humans do not.

Naya Pakistan has to be different to the current Pakistan. Priority has to safety of people, well being of Pakistan. Human life has to be valued. Those whom we have voted into power, have to bring in economic and social stability. They cannot enjoy unnecessary luxuries and not be  accountable to the voters.

Well, your ministers might say, when others enjoy why can we not at times.

They cannot for they like you have got votes on the promise of Naya Pakistan. If they desired status quo, they need not have been part of your dream.

Am I not right? When natural or human misfortunes occur, should they not be in the field doing what you used to excel at in the sporting field- LEADERSHIP.

You got my vote. You have my support but only on the condition that you will not rob me of the hope that dreams do come true. That honesty, responsibility and integrity are traits of national leaders. That leaders forgive and forget in genuine national interest.

I do not want to be disillusioned and cry and weep on shrines.

I want to be a proud Pakistani. Just like SKMTH unleash a sense of overwhelming joy, I want Pakistan to do so.

You are my only HOPE! Have been for years. Voted for hope. Will vote again only if that hope becomes a reality!

IK, I know you can do it so just do it!

Wishing you a very happy Eid!

A sincere voter


it will be good for the greater interest of country if IK doesn’t lives up to the expectations of this few bourgeoisie population who has sucked the blood of masses since its inception.

Well the task of building a Naya Pakistan is certainly herculean but I still have hope that may be just may this time our Hero would deliver, just the way he delivered in that World cup. Great article.

Afra as usual a thoughtful and well written piece. Just need to add that the time has come that we all will also have to do something;besides voting for the first time guess. That something to create pressure groups and ask for accountiablity becuase as Imran said on his hospital bed before the election that if we don’t act we won’t survise this time; we wnt be able to take it any more. The government of KPK or the performance of PTI is definately not something to be proud of infact it is extremly worrying moments of us; the PTI supporters. So keep doing/writng whatever anyone can do to realize the dream of Naya Pakistan.

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