I cannot vote

I cannot vote.

But why can you not?

I simply cannot convince myself to vote.

But if you do not vote, how can you curse or condemn or comment on the policies of
the rulers of tomorrow.

Well, you are going to vote for PTI?

Yes I am.

You believe Imran Khan stands for change.

Yes I do passionately definitely.

You hope tomorrow in power, he will make Pakistan a peaceful, progressive and
prosperous nation.

Yes I do even though there are challenges.

Of course there are challenges. This is not the Pakistan of eighties. Bomb blasts
may blast our TV screens every hour. They do not blast our souls for a second even.

You are right. Remember in our childhood when Ojhri Camp happened. For days and
weeks we mourned. We felt shattered, terribly saddened at the loss of lives.

Yes remember if there was news of robbery, we would be scared the whole night.

Oh yes, now robbers roam around now and we go on with our lives.

Remember in school when the price of Pepsi went up by 50p, mom was so angry with the
rulers.

Now she has got used to the price hike, does not complain.

You used to call the electricity grid if there was no electricity for 5 minute.

Now I live without electricity for hours on end. The grid uncle was so patient. If I
did not call sometime, he would call to inquire if all was fine. Now grid does not
pick my phone.

Those were the days. Remember when Benazir came to Pakistan.

Oh yes. The momentous reception. The thundering Bibi.

The dreams she invoked.

Remember her oath taking ceremony. She looked so determined to achieve prominence
for Pakistan.

Yes she was. You know I always voted for her.

Did you? So unlike me you have voted in elections.

Yes I have for she in my eyes was change.

She a feudal, a change!

Why do you believe Imran is the change.

What a stupid question is this? He promises justice for all, peace for all,
education and health for all. He would be Pakistan’s reliable representative at
international forums. An Oxford graduate, a born winner! What else……

Was Benazir not all this and in much favourable circumstances? Had she wanted, could
she have not changed this country years back.

But she could not have done it. People around her were not sincere to the country.

She was Benazir Bhutto: a woman of substance who had every chance to bring the
change you so passionately desire Imran Khan will bring.

She did not have the time.

She had it. She betrayed me. She betrayed you but I cannot betray her.

But she is no more. Why have grudge against her?

Why not have grudge against het? If Imran tomorrow deprives you of your hope, your
confidence in him, forgets his promises, aggravates national decay and chaos how
will you feel?

Betrayed!

Will you vote for him?

No not at all.

Will you vote for someone else?

Trust is like the soul, once gone is gone forever.

So you will not vote.

If Imran betrays my trust, do not think will ever be able to have trust in anyone
else. Will never vote.

Wish he lives up to your trust. Wish you never feel betrayed.

But why will you not vote for him.

I had trusted Bibi as much as you are trusting Imran. She betrayed me but I cannot
betray her.

I CANNOT VOTE!




3 Comments

We must remain optimistic. For sun rises every day. Things are going to improve with each new polls. So if you consider Imran Khan can bring the change, go out and vote for him. For he is nothing without you. Without your vote.

I cannot agree more that people trusted ZAB and Bibi, but they were disappointed.

This is the problem of Pakistan. The thing we call voting/elections/democracy is very beautiful. We vote and elect people for a term of 5 years. If they deliver, Good! Vote them again; if not, vote someone else. I respect your sentiments and agree that you had a firm belief in Bibi and she did not do as much as she could. But Imran Khan needs your vote (he really does), and if you do not cast your vote, you are not doing anything to prevent the other two thieves coming into power again. Let’s take it this way: this is your country, your motherland. If it’s drenched in big problems, do you like to see it falling down or prevent it from happening?

The choice is yours. You do can one of these..

1- Do not Vote, which means you allow these corrupt, incapable and dishonest people to form the next government.

2- Vote Imran Khan (Vote for Change/Vote for Bat): Just see what he did for the health (SKMH) and education sector (Namal University) without evening coming to power. The other strong party in Punjab talks about roads, easy loans, bullet trains, motorways. And Imran Khan and his people talk about education, health, tax collection, district governments, respect of Pakistan abroad, accountability, in short A Naya Pakistan.

The choice is yours again. No one has any right to convince you, but being a fellow citizen, I’d request you to reconsider your decision and vote if you want change for good in Pakistan.

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