When we first heard about Bilawal inviting the most beloved baji of the nation, Maryam Nawaz, for iftar, the first thing we all wanted to do was turn into the annoying rishtay wali aunty and start the instant match making. AND WE DID NOT STOP! Have you seen all the memes over the internet?
Come to think of it a PPP and PML-N mash up
would not be too bad and the offspring Maryam-Bilawal would bear are likely to have
pretty decent odds, while obviously being super cayoot (cute) at the same time.
Meh, maybe Hamza Shehbaz, just a bit.
Anyway, Pakistan’s two largest and oldest political dynasties came together to
write a new future, or maybe build upon the one their forefathers fought so
eagerly for, or maybe not. Obviously talking about the Charter of Democracy
that Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif constructed. But let us talk about that later.
When PPP and PML-N supporters heard about
the dinner, they obviously praised the move and sighed for relief, as they now
could see a future – a future without fear and where they were not being
(the devil) himself was unsure about it, according to some. And some even went
on to say that this iftar was the foundation of a new corrupt regime, where the
two major political parties would come together to loot the nation once again (Hint: This is where the title of the
article came from).
Nevertheless, is that all true and what was
it all about? So what if Maryam and Bilawal had iftar together…
But then again, only if it were that
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s bread and
butter is his appeal to the youth of the nation. I still have to figure out how
a 60-year-old man can still be considered a youngster, but that is not the
point right now. In my opinion, Imran is young, but merely as a politician and
maybe that was his appeal that’s got the majority of the nation to get behind
him and get him the premiership.
presented an idea that was based on the very notion of change and progression.
He gave hope to the very lowest member of the society that he too can one day
dream of becoming the Prime Minister of Pakistan. That he too, a common man,
can break the shekels of injustice and raise a voice. But most importantly, Imran
gave them hope that there will be someone there to hear their voices.
As Pakistanis, we have seen the Sharif
family, the Bhuttos, the Chaudhry brothers, the Gandapurs, Legharis, Khattaks
and so on, but Imran was someone new, someone the people of Pakistan could get
behind, because in reality among all these families and clans, we never saw
something to aspire towards.
But this Sunday, Imran’s bread and butter
was snatched from him as the old dogs learned new tricks. Bilawal and Maryam
are the new faces of their political parties, they are indeed the product of
clever political re-branding and it seems to be working. People are eager and
political workers are now seeing a renewed hope in the shape of Bilawal and
Although the only person young enough in
Pakistani politics to actually be considered as youth is Bilawal and despite
the fact that Maryam is technically a Nani (grandmother), they have
successfully re-branded their political parties and are slowly but surely
transferring the influence and power from their fathers to themselves.
On the side notes though, talking about
Maryam, have you seen the lady? Looking at her I aspire to join Pakistan Muslim
League – Nawaz (PML-N). You have to admit she is one hot nani… I don’t think
they make grandmothers that hot anymore.
Our beloved Prime Minister Imran Khan has
openly opposed this meeting, so much so that he said that the attendees of the
PPP’s iftar dinner are hampering the progress of the country. To that my
question is, since when democracy and a strong opposition (well that is
debateable, but for the sake of the argument) become hurdles in the progress of
any nation. Has PM Imran forgotten about his time on the container? Was he not
the one to introduce or maybe re-introduce the idea of jamming the political
system of the nation? And was he not the one to urge and incite the public
towards civil unrest and civil disobedience?
And as much as I know the timing of this
iftari seems like a desperate cry on behalf of the opposition, Imran Khan
should have taken the high road. The leader that people once loved, seems to be
losing it all. But despite all the chaos, can Khan sahib revive the beacon of
hope he once ignited?
At least for now he seems to have lost his
footing and something as small as an iftar dinner seems to have irked him ever
The current government has developed quite
a habit of historic blunders and failures. Moreover, to PTI’s much displeasure
the economy is in shambles, the effects of which our generations to come will
feel as well. The PTI led government swore upon 10 million new jobs, new houses
and countless other unfulfilled promises but after the IMF’s agreement, it is
expected that around one million people are likely to lose their jobs, let
alone get new and better ones. The question for the poor now is not about a new
house or a new job but a question of basic survival.
Banking on this very sentiment, both
Pakistan Peoples’ Party and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz have promised a political
power show after Eid. They have promised to give the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
government a tough time. They have promised to stand united and come together
as a United Liberation Front against
the failing government by raising a slightly corrupt one. By something as small
as an iftar dinner the opposition has sparked the hopes of liberation from
unkept promises and failing governments.
But, as much as the opposition wants to
derail the current government, they know that they do not have the political muscles
to that just right now, so they are building momentum.
And as much as the dinner seems like a desperate
cry for help following the scrutiny and investigations as part of the massive
country wide anti-corruption drive – the PPP and PML-N coalition has always
brought fruit for the two parties, not so much for the nation, I guess.
But maybe there is more to it than what
meets the eye.
In the side lines of the conversation,
rumour has it that our prime minister is soon to be side lined himself. How
true that rumour is, no one knows for sure, but his anxiety and constant
blunders suggest something. Yet I am not here for all this. I never got
featured in the news when I invite my piece of sh** friends over for dinner. Is
this not that injustice?
My argument is simple; times are tough, and
we need to ensure Pakistan’s future, not some political party’s future. And in
all honesty, I am least bothered about who sits on the throne as long as
Pakistan prospers. At least we as Pakistanis can live a life in which we are
not only allowed to live as humans but are treated as ones as well and that too
My dream is that I want a Pakistan, where
not even a single man of the land goes to bed empty stomach, where every child
has the right to education and where every woman is treated as an equal and has
a voice – a voice that cannot be silenced just because she was born the way she
For all its worth, all of Pakistan’s
political capital can go have a slumber party, but as long as they deliver and
not make fools out of the general public with stunts, schemes, speeches and
I know in the grander scheme of things none of this matters. Keeping people hungry,
uneducated and voiceless is eventually considered good for politics – you have
to keep people in a certain state so they can be ruled. In short, our rulers
need subjects to rule over without being questioned about how they rule them.
But just for a minute when I close my eyes,
I want all the noonis (PML-N
supporters), youthias (PTI
supporters), jiyalays (PPP
supporters) and what nots to become Pakistanis and become one.
If for just a minute we let go of political
point scoring and prejudice and come together to build a better future, a
better Pakistan, we can indeed become better humans.
All I have to say now is, ‘ao mil kar Pakistan ko khilatay hain, kaheen
koi bhooka na reh jaye’.