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Leadership Tip 101 – Rule Pakistan On Metaphors

Leadership Tip 101 – Rule Pakistan On Metaphors

Rida Khalid
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With the elections nearly less than a month away, every political leader across the nation has been putting forth a series of their proposals. At one end, despite being dismissed from the running, the Sharif brothers continue to garner votes.

Only recently, Shahbaz Sharif went so far as to humiliate Karachiites to “encourage” them to vote for him in the elections of 2018. On the other end, Imran Khan sparked a national debate when he was found prostrating at a Sufi shrine, accompanied by his wife.

Amidst the infamous leaders is one well-known leader of the Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan.

It is a self-proclaimed Islamic political party striving to win the elections under the leadership of Khadim Hussain Rizvi. Their agenda is purely to reinstall in Pakistan the prerogative of its creation – Islam.

Where one can understand their agenda as purely religious, in one recent interview for 24 News, Rizvi left not just the nation but even the news journalist completely amused. When asked more tangible questions about how he intends to run the country if he wins, Rizvi replied with what can only be called flowery metaphors.

He lacked any solid agenda or plan to remove Pakistan from under the hefty weight of debts and continued to promote a Pakistan that was free from the ostentatious luxuries of the “rich.” Despite the question being rephrased several times, Rizvi stuck to his point and claimed that as long as we follow Islam, there is no debt or problem big enough. Nonetheless, when asked how he intends to accomplish the former, Rizvi failed to provide any suitable or satisfactory response.

Where the above is at one instance worrisome, it also quite laughable. Our political leaders who arrange and address crowds of people supporting them, continue to lack any plan to put Pakistan formidably back on the map. They seem to be lost when addressing tangible matters that have raised concerns over Pakistan’s economic standing on a global scale.

Safe to say, Pakistan is officially going to be run on metaphors, fueled by similes. And when these fail, there are always rhetorical responses. Unquestionable rhetoric, that is.

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Rida Khalid
Rida Khalid

An English Literature graduate with a passion for Psychology. An avid reader, writer, poet (self-proclaimed) and part-time fitness trainer. Currently working with NIC, Lahore. I spin words to make my narcissistic wit sound like diffident profundity. The above feels a lot like braggadocio, meh!

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