Monday’s National Assembly session – the 15th one to date – is being cited as the ‘dawn’ of Naya Pakistan by many on social media. The event was highly publicized and tweeted about throughout the day. However, while we observed, critiqued, and admired from a distance, we can only guess the deeper sentiments brewing and take a hold of those actually attending the session. For some, it was the symbol for a sweet victory – for others, a hard defeat.
Balochistan saw a wave of brutal attacks during the pre-election period. Its people have borne a lot of grief as a result, and have been calling for peace to be established in the region. It certainly seems the candidates in question realize and hope to accomplish this.
Took oath as member of National Assembly NA-269 Khuzdar. Congratulate all BNP members who took oath from provincial and National Assemblies today. Inshaallah we will try our best to address the issues of Balochistan on a provincial & national level. @Senator_Baloch pic.twitter.com/GBzQCHMeQ6
— Akhtar Mengal (@sakhtarmengal) August 13, 2018
His eagerness to have a word with his chairman was apparently so great, he decided to temporarily usurp the seat of the Prime Minister (respectfully left open seeing as the oath has not yet been taken) to have a chance at a brief private conference.
— Hamza Ali Chaudhry (@hamzaali476) August 13, 2018
The harmony and tandem observed here do give one a strange sense of buoyed hope. It is for sure one of the only times when it seems each and every politician is campaigning for the exact same thing – and that we are not so divided after all.
National Assembly today. pic.twitter.com/GxuZEVLcOi
— Kasim Gilani (@KasimGillani) August 13, 2018
Some might argue he should have been allowed to attend; if not for anything else, then in honor of his incredible assistance with rounding up independent candidates in the wake of elections.
The expressions of enthusiasm in the assembly arena itself are deafening to hear. Watch as the crowd yells for PTI and Khan as the latter moves to the front for his signing:
— Sardar Umair (@UmairSardarr) August 13, 2018
Currently going viral on social media is a clip of the public’s beloved Kaptaan borrowing a cameraman’s waistcoat in order to take a picture, on account of not having one of his own to wear. This, people are saying, is yet another great example of Khan’s humility and down-to-earth nature. Politics is a funny game – the littlest of things can end up working in your favor.
Our PM Elect borrows the photographers waistcoat for his National Assembly Card picture. You simply just can’t make such moments up; fun along the way with simplicity. Hello Naya Pakistan!#PrimeMinisterImranKhan pic.twitter.com/XDD515Dzxd
— PTI (@PTIofficial) August 13, 2018
Some showed up to begin shouldering the legacy of their parents, and also start one of their own – Bilawal Bhutto was one such significant candidate present that day. The public is eager to find out how well he acclimates to the country’s political climate.
Imran Khan, Shahbaz Sharif, and Asif Ali Zardari also came together to acknowledge each other’s presence and put on a display of civility for the masses. It must be awkward to have to politely shake hands with someone you regularly try to discredit on live television, but these three pulled it off well.
An important day for only the politicians present, but also for all the citizens of Pakistan. Now that everyone has voted, the very next concern on everyone’s minds is – will all the promises made be fulfilled? The oath-taking was the first stepping stone. On to the next one!