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PML-N: For the people or by the people?


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A lot has gone missing in Pakistan since last night – and no it is not just common sense. It is a whole lot of people who were against the feudal dynasties and family politics. It is a bunch of commoners who wanted to be free of previous affiliations; a group that staunchly wanted an end to status quo parties and most of all, a nation that believed that voting can make a difference.

Where many people have sat back and accepted the fate of yesterday’s polls, I am not sure I can do the same. I still haven’t been able to vote – therefore, I still have the right to say it loud and clear that these elections were not free and fair. I am perplexed at everyone who says they were but more than anything else, I am astonished at the complete failure that the Election Commission of Pakistan was. Not answering help-lines when people called to complain is one thing – not arranging staff and ballot boxes at polling station is a bit too much. By the time night came, it seemed clear who would win – the soon-to-be had given his victory speech already.

Pakistan woke up to further confirmation of the previous night’s hunch – Mian Nawaz Sharif seems to be back. PPP is trailing way behind – an outcome we all predicted after the disastrous past five years. But the true winner of these elections seems to be the PTI chief. He may have not managed to win the elections, but he managed to turn every non-voter into a voter – that, itself, was one of the biggest achievements.

PTI supporters eventually realised that filling their social media feeds with pictures of green and red flags won’t be enough – they had to physically vote to make their leader the winner. And with that realisation in mind, they went on a spree – convincing anyone and anything that came in their way that Imran Khan was the way forward. Staunch opposers of Khan, too, decided that the only way to make sure he didn’t win was by taking their fight to the polls and voting for a competing party. And in the process, Pakistan saw a 60 per cent voter turn out yesterday – perhaps one of the reasons why people are calling the elections a success. Real success would have been if every voter who set out yesterday to cast his vote, was able to do so, without delays, without pressure and without fear. That did not happen.

It seems bizarre how people ranging from my own grandparents in Karachi to strangers in my neighbourhood supermarket in Lahore all seemed to be vouching for the bat – and how they couldn’t manage to succeed. It seems bizarre how most of NA-250 which seemed more like multiple PTI jalsas than polling stations, never got a chance to successfully cast their votes, and instead may head to re-polls. More than anything else, it seems bizarre how everyone is congratulating one another today when thousands witnessed foul play at their respective stations yesterday. Perhaps no one complained to the ECP, perhaps the ECP didn’t really care. Either way, we have a leader for the next five years picked for us (by us I mean, I suppose but I can’t seem to believe that just yet) and must make sure we don’t allow ourselves to become as apathetic and as apolitical as we were five years ago.

Sharif has a multitude of challenges ahead of him and must realise that this is not the same Pakistan it was back in the day when he was king. This Pakistan is drowning in corruption and is riddled by militancy. This Pakistan has children as young as 10, stating their political preferences and a media with immense freedom. A large portion of this Pakistan does not believe the way forward, in terms of militancy, is through dialogue and understands very well that expertise in urban planning and infrastructure will not feed empty stomachs.

Good luck to Nawaz Sharif, if within a few hours he is declared the prime minister of Pakistan. He has his work cut out for him and he will most likely end up facing a stubborn leader of the opposition who is supported by a very large chunk of relentless Pakistanis who don’t plan to give up on him. ———————————————————————————————————————————————— The writer is the Deputy Editor at ————————————————————————————————————————————————

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Shyema Sajjad is a former Dawn staffer.

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The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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YOUSUF HUSSAIN May 15, 2013 10:58am

I fully agree with the writer comments,but I am not agree with 60% turn out.I have experience of 1970 and 1977 election where the huge peoples come out and there was long que of people all the time from 8AM to 5PM at this I have not seen any long ques.

Taimur A. Khan May 12, 2013 11:34am
The analysis by the columnist is naive. Like a lot of the younger generation, she seems to have been carried away by euphoria, altogether ignoring the other factors and analyses appearing in the press regularly. For instance, all the surveys by various national and international agencies, were categorically predicting the over whelming success of PML(N).Tremendous change has been witnessed; let us view it positively, rather than being succumbing to our unfounded speculations!!
mujtuba May 12, 2013 11:57am
nevertheless, there must be something happening behind the scene which promotes amir ul momineen infront of people
Imran Khan May 12, 2013 11:52am
Hmmm....In the next election I will run my election campaign in Nawaz Sharif's bullet train. Atom Bomb chalana aasan hai ya bullet train? IK
Hadi May 12, 2013 11:52am
I will not loose hope in Pakistan... They are still naive ... They have been taught to think short term ... Hear promises of the lull ... It took us 5 years to remove an one ... No matter, 5 more till this one is brought under ... I will not loose hope in Pakistan!
Asim May 12, 2013 12:11pm
If we can learn to take credit for ourselves our leadership will become more reasonable. IK did not turn anyone into voters. We the citizens were so fed up with malgovernance that we voted and turned a flawed PTI into something. It is not them but we who matter
IK May 12, 2013 12:30pm
In the western democrasy they count heads not weight them and so an Intellectual's vote is considered as equal as a none.
Pakistani May 14, 2013 08:20am
NS is worse, he is a hypocrite.
Junaid May 12, 2013 01:19pm
You have spoken my heart out. Thank you sister.
Rizwan Nasar May 12, 2013 01:07pm
Third time is a charm... I only pray that he has learnt from his mistakes and seen the passion for change so he may for once work for athe betterment of the people of Pakistan and shape a better future for it. I can only hope...
Raj May 12, 2013 11:44am
To add Imran khan has a chance to learn to be a responsible opposition leader and responsible politician.
moina May 12, 2013 10:10am
How true ! & YES a good luck SharIf and a hardluck to Pakistan
Raj May 12, 2013 11:30am
Media is no public. What public decide media has no clue. Once again media and so called daneswar fails to asses the ground reality. Broken democracy is better then no democracy. Best of luck Pakistan you are in right direction. Don't doubt about it.
03112972054 May 12, 2013 10:21am
"but he managed to turn every non-voter into a voter". Not me! Voting in 'Representative' Democracy changes nothing.
Khan May 12, 2013 10:21am
Nice analysis, Shyema!
Guest63 May 12, 2013 10:24am
With PTI already a sworn enemy of PML-N (no meeting of minds expected ) , In order to get to that Post , Nawaz Sharif has no option what so ever except to lean on PPP , MQM and ever ready Maulanas of JI & JUI and offcourse the most flexible and spineless Independents so very soon a real horse trading ( buying of votes out of these 4 groups ) will begin , it might have already been discussed and approved in the Raiwind meeting Nawaz has asked for his party leaders to come to .... AAZ , Pir of London and ever green maulana Fazal , will extract the maximum price out of Sharifs in order to get to that coveted chair of PM .
Meena May 12, 2013 10:27am
Excellent article , every word resonating the truth! My question can the youth of Pakistan be trusted if we to go by stats that state the biggest portion of the PML-N votes came from the 18-24 age group....
ashfaq May 12, 2013 10:29am
Touching! I could not cast my vote either, but I am totally optimistic about the future. It will be harder for them to ignore people now. They will have to be better to keep these voters, competition next time will stronger for PMLN.
Meena May 12, 2013 10:30am
Exactly! The nation is its worst own enemy.
NK May 12, 2013 10:40am
I share your sentiments and am equally baffled by the results, given the fact that no one I knew even remotely thought of voting for anyone other PTI.
Doritos May 12, 2013 10:48am
PTI has won! Pakistan has lost. Keep letting your voice being heard. it makes a difference, i know it!
AHA May 12, 2013 10:49am
Disappointing results. I am surprised by the small number of seats that PTI has won.
AA May 12, 2013 10:54am
I cannot accept Lahore results. Everyone I know voted for PTI. For the first time ever people went out to vote. How is this even possible?. Utter nonsense. Incompetent ECP and shameless politicians. Disgusted!
ek May 12, 2013 10:57am
unfortunately thn you are considered in the minority and the majority of Pakistan was there to caste thr vote... rigged or not but people came out
Harris May 12, 2013 11:01am
Allama Iqbal said: "Defence aur cantt se aagay Pakistan aur bhee hai"
Ikhan May 12, 2013 01:22pm
The brothers only woke up after Oct 30..when Khan had his first Jalsa.. Work on Metro Naujawans started appearing in their statements for the first time Laptops handed out And so much more.... So they have been never sincere with even their own population for all the years they spent..
abdussamad May 12, 2013 01:26pm
No it wasn't. Majority wasn't there to cast their vote. Not by a long shot. Let's do the math shall we? 186 million population 86 million registered voters 60% turnout = 51.6 million voters. Pray tell me how 51.6 million out of 186 million is the majority?
abdussamad May 12, 2013 01:29pm
PTI devotees are such sore losers. The PML-N won something like 3 times the number of seats that PTI won. Admit it that they won fair and square. Now we have to contend with Nawaz Shariff for 5 years. Here's hoping he's learned from his first two stints.
Tariq May 12, 2013 01:32pm
There needs to be a clear investigation of the total failings by the incompetent ECP. And which ever NA areas were mismanaged by the ECP those should be rerun to let people cast their votes.
M. S. Alvi May 12, 2013 01:43pm
One thing is clear from this election - the nation does not have any sense or understanding of democracy, the problems, and who can solve them.
Nizamuddin May 12, 2013 01:58pm
We need have our PM to focus on building the basic institutions of democracy. These will allow us to fight any problems that we need to solve. At the same time we have our friends in the North-East (China). How do we take a chapter from their experiences and make it work for us is up to our leadership.We could also look at Afghanistan or even (our favorite foe) India and see what we should consider or not. Honestly, feeling negative about not being able to vote for your favorite party is one thing...accepting the mandate and working with the elected leadership is another.
Omar May 12, 2013 02:33pm
Just like the 1987 World cup when Pakistan was pre tournament favorite only to lose to a mediocre Australia in the semis, and winning in 92' after everyone had written them off, so too shall PTI rise to fulfill the promise it made to the masses.
zaid May 12, 2013 02:39pm
It is we who matter yes, but without a head even the most patriotic masses are rendered useless, imran khan did what other politicians have never done - he made the apathetic vote, which is no small achievement
asn615 May 12, 2013 02:46pm
I just cant accept the results in Lahore. Everyone standing outside the polling stations was voting for Khan and the results turned out to be otherwise. People wasted the whole day standing in line to vote. But they were never allowed too. The behavior of Nleague in the women section was shameless. They knew women will be voting for Khan so they stopped the polling. Women stood the whole day waiting for their turn to vote. They were not allowed to. Musharraf conducted better elections then this democratic govt. What a shame election commission. What a shame is this democracy.
hakeemullah mehsud May 12, 2013 02:53pm
so happy taliban khan lost he has 5 years now to hallucinate and dream up new ways to mislead the nation with hype
Me May 12, 2013 03:05pm
Well good luck to the nation. We made it clear this time that democracy is not for Pakistan, we don't vote for someone who wants to bring a change and will rid us of corruption and chaos but we vote for family allegiance and feudals without any logical explanation. Sharif brother have pushed the country into darkness before and oppressed media but this nation doesn't learn it's lesson. We elect the very same looters with hope and complain for 5 yrs and time again elect someone else the next term who is no different. Good luck and shame on you!
Asif Hussain May 12, 2013 06:10pm
This is unfortunately how democracy works, it is slow and tedious. Just look at India, it has taken over 60 years of continuous democratic governance to get them where they are economically. It will take a lot of patience, I am sure that there were lot of pol rigging but that should be dealt with separately. Any way there are still more positives then negatives. It is clear that Nawaz has to deliver otherwise his parties' fate will be same as PPP.
Such Bolo May 12, 2013 06:33pm
Dakest day in the Pakistan history. Corruption won again. Punjab has no right to complain about corruption, injustice, classs system no law in order. Punjab should get ready for live by corruption and die by corruption. Now Only miracle or severe azab of nature could change the Corrupt society. nation of beggers ghulami and kharaat won onec more. Just watch in a year or two There will be Military Coup.
John May 12, 2013 06:59pm
I agree, I voted for Imran Khan's party. Absolutely outdated ECP whose Chief had to be helped to even answer a single question by his assistant. All planned to bring a puppet of America.
Jaseem May 12, 2013 07:21pm
Democracy by the Taliban, for the Taliba, of the Taliban/. First time Sharifs in power - not a mistake of Pakistanis Second time Sharifs in power - Pakistanis - bad boys, don't do it again. Third time Sharifs in power - Pakistanis deserve Sharifs. Democracy works.
khalidmurad1 May 12, 2013 07:35pm
Don't you cry, this is all "Mazaq-e-Jamhuriat" with people of Pakistan, neither it is of the people nor it is for the people, it is Private Mutual Limited of Nawaz (PML - N), which has purchased the votes. You scratched your head for last 5 years, waiting to get rid of Zardari's gang and now you scratch your face, but you will not get any relief, after all they have spent their money to srcatch your flesh. My dear good people you are for sale and purchase, there is nothing of the people or for the people. Good people good luck, relax and enjoy, it is inevitable.
hc May 12, 2013 07:35pm
After your criticisim of the ECP i am surprised you are quoting an as yet unconfirmed figure from the ECP chief '60 per cent voter turn out yesterday
hc May 12, 2013 07:38pm
And additionally while I completely sympathize with you over not being able to vote and being a Karachite their failures are painfully apparent ...I think that perhaps you should perhaps show a greater appreciation of the challenges that ECP faced and what they did manage to accomplish...
Bilal May 12, 2013 07:52pm
Those who can read and right should only be given the right to vote, atleast then awared voter % would increase.Otherwise chaurdrys and waderas would continue their reign......
Asif Ali May 12, 2013 08:21pm
"Real success would have been if every voter who set out yesterday to cast his vote, was able to do so, without delays, without pressure and without fear." -- Shyema Sajjad But that's an unrealistic ideal situation. Reality is delays, pressure, and fear were always going to be part of the election process. That doesn't mean that the elections weren't successful. IMO PTI did as well as expected against the status quo with just two years of organizing. I hope it continues it's grass roots movement and grows over the next election cycle.
Hamza May 12, 2013 08:25pm
IMRAN KHAN WANTED TO MAKE ONE NATION ALL THE REST WANTED LICENSE TO LOOT The stage is being set to divide this nation on ethnic lines and feuds between the provinces are bound to increase this ethnic tension. May Allah SWA save Islam and Pakistan I don't see PML-N capable to save it they are merely willing puppets in the hands of the puppet masters
Modassir May 12, 2013 08:58pm
So it is basically inevitable. If PML-N fails to deliver, people will try PPPP once again as it has been the case in the last two and a half decades. Alas!
Iqbal Hussain May 12, 2013 09:27pm
Big time rigging in Punjab caused Imran's Tsunami disappearance. Nawaz is going to provide all sensitive information to India (as per his interview to Indian television). Both brothers don't know how to run the country beside running the Lahore. Lets hope they will learn the lesson from their previous mistakes.
Khan May 12, 2013 09:29pm
The nation is lost far beyond any human being's ability to resurrect. Imran khan was born in the wrong country, he cannot do anything for people who are so lost. Enjoy five more years of corruption, injustice and ignorance.
Khan May 12, 2013 09:36pm
Lets talk about some facts is NA 250 consist of Defence housing authority constituency only? What about the other constituency where poor, lower middle class or middle class lives which are part of NA250 People from defence does not represent Karachi they are 1 minor segment of overall Karachi population. Neither Karachi is responsible for PTI rot in Punjab or is it? Doesn't rigging happened in Pakistan specially in rural areas? Imran has anyway given up on Sindh and Balochistan and concentrated most on Punjab and KP why PTI is cribbing about Karachi? The whole Pakistan was fooled in to watch NA250 and the real Thappa was going on in Punjab. Nawaz raise a slogan in 1990's "Jaag Punjabi Jaag Teri pag no lag Gia hai Daag" now it should be read as "Jaag Punjabi Jaag too neih PTI ko laga dia a daag" . By the way since Pakistan independence when did Punjab ever lead a change?
Khan May 12, 2013 09:39pm
What's the guarantee people who can write or read are literate? Benazir was an oxford graduate as well as the policy makers in Islamabad and GHQ and look at the current status of Pakistan.
ady May 12, 2013 10:03pm
what a shame! what a shame! how come people be so blind!
MZ May 12, 2013 10:44pm
Nawaz came to power on shoulders of his'bosses' for the third time. Ask people of Pakistan and they voted for Imran but Nawaz becomes winner. Results were already decided , like 1990 and 1997.
Guest May 13, 2013 07:23pm
That is a poor assessment of countrymen who overwhelmengly voted for NS!
MZ May 12, 2013 10:46pm
Punjab did not vote for Nawaz. They came out and voted for Imran but Nawaz was declared winner long before May 11.
fr May 12, 2013 11:38pm
the ppl who wanted to vote were not allowed to vote, the ppl who voted, their votes were misplaced and their were govt. workers stamping bundles of votes but no inquiry will be held and no justice dispensed as pk is true lawless place but still some ppl call it elections. it's really painful.
Usman May 13, 2013 12:35am
In Karachi, PTI was robbed in broad daylight of the right to vote. This elections was more for PTI or against PTI, as all forces tried their best to keep Imran Khan out.
Raju May 13, 2013 01:08am
You are right Democracy is not an easy business and it is slow in growth . In Bihar elections one time there was massive rigging on elections. Elecetion were a big joke. Now that state one of the best managed state. No system is perfect, Democracy is the closest. Be patient.
Asif Hussain May 13, 2013 01:33am
It saddens me to read all the very negative comments in this blog. Yes it probably would have been better and more exciting if PTI would have won. But democratic elections require machinery that will convince the people to vote for them. It requires people in the constituencies that can get the trust of the people and have proven record. I think it is a tremendous achievement of PTI to get almost second highest members elected. They should take this as a beginning rather then an end. They should learn from this election, get better organized, come up with policies that people will buy. In the end Military must not be an answer, military rule has set Pakistan back and given rise to the Taliban. There are a lot of hurdles to overcome they cannot be done by political intransigence.
mohd raj May 13, 2013 01:45am
100% right.
Ahmed May 13, 2013 01:47am
This is truly and totally fake elections. The ECP did NOTHING to make this free and fair elections. Why did they not immediately intervene to STOP the people for cheating on behalf of NAWAZ's PLM-N? Well...Zardari''s PPP brought Pakistan to its knees - Now PLM-N will certainly put Pakistan flat on its back. I have no faith in the PLM-N as a party and certainly do not recognise it as an officially elected government.
mohd raj May 13, 2013 01:48am
fools never learn. May 13, 2013 02:34am
Well written article. I just beg to differ on two accounts. People who can read and comment on this post represent less than 10% of Pakistan and we can certainly identify rigging accounts but it certainly does not mean that we will not have to eventually accept these results. The stark reality and challenge is to ensure that government remains accountable. We need strong institutions rather than just the applicable party leading a system. All of us PTI supporters need to show resilience for another 5 years. We can overcome this hard patch and show our faith in our strong beliefs of improving Pakistan. Additionally, we need to bring our actions to those people who see this party limited to a specific class. Asking for votes actively is one thing but speaking through our actions and and ensuring rural development is a very important task which we cannot overlook at such a crucial time. Victory for us will not be about who is elected in the office but more about ensuring that we keep working towards a better and Naya Pakistan.
Khaksar May 13, 2013 03:02am
I am an Indian...but the way..the entire population got enamored by a politician (yes a politician) still surprises me. Just action. I read about mass hysteria once, several years ago.
Aisha May 13, 2013 04:15am
Like I said before in your other post, if Fakhru sahib or any of his relatives are reading this, I would want to convey to him that he has lived his life. At 86 he should be afraid of what answer he'll give to Allah when asked how he fulfilled the most imp responsibility given to him and further, whether he was truthful in accepting his mistake or misled the masses by covering his faults. Fakhru sahib, we want a reelection in this city. Otherwise baddua milein go aap ko iss youth se.
Lostsoul May 13, 2013 04:20am
I am an overseas Pakistani, who belongs to a well educated , agricultural family. All my friends and family in Pakistan and all over the globe...people in my village, our Mazaras and servants in our urban home...every single person was sick and tired of the same old, corrupt parties headed by PPP and PMLN....everyone voted for PTI.....and here we are.....once again our fate was decided by uncle sam. And we are blessed with these leaders.....yeahhhh...yippyyyy.
ABM May 13, 2013 05:15am
Dude, I can read and write pretty well. But when I went to vote, i got to know that my entire family's vote had already been cast. So what you are saying would help, but would not completely eliminate the problem.
Khan May 13, 2013 06:20am
On a saner note if Imran really wanted a change he should nominate one of his ordinary worker as PM not himself. Every party chief nominate himself as PM and Imran is doing The same what NAYA he is talking about. In civilized country candidates whose extramarital affairs and other immoral activities once become public they step aside from the race, Imran personal life is known to everyone can't he have a single PTI worker in his party available with clean character whom he can nominate as PM candidate ? Do you think the country is wrong or people who critisize are wrong? What is the fault of country?
Imran May 13, 2013 06:45am
Dear Bro...Lets face it...Your vote counts but once only...your or mine opinion can not be applied to everybody. I voted for PTI too but I humbly accept the results. We, being the educated ones, have to be patient and respond the outcomes reasonably and responsibly. I agree with you that elections were not idealistically fair but in the given circumstances, I feel this is best we could have achieved. Moreover, I find this mandate to be ideal as we have older players to run their show in Federal Government and PTI who claimed to offer dialogues to TTP and other stuff has to prove themselves in KPK....Let the wheel role over....the time will decide the better ones...Stand a little taller...
Imran May 13, 2013 06:59am
I am not surprised to hear such low stuff from Karachi...The way your leader Chief MQM Mr. Altaf has responded to elections and especially the way he has congratulated Mian on his success is nothing but shame for whole Pakistan...I never believed, before this very incident, that MQM is still a Mahajer Movement...I would request such people to please grow up and show some national spirit...
Imran May 13, 2013 07:08am
Not anymore...People have got a choice now and to some extent they have given him the chance to prove himself in a province and claim for the prime-minster-ship in the next polls.......See the brighter side dear....
wachucha May 13, 2013 07:18am
And who do you think would do this investigation? Judiciary? Or caretaker government Or Election Commision? Or Nawaz Shareef himself.
Maryam May 14, 2013 07:21am
PTI supports stop being judgmental. IK won in KPK you accept that right? he lost in punjub , take that too and stop crying please! this is democracy and just a reality check for you elections weren't happening on FB and twitter . Accept your defeat gracefully and start working on KPK now ,we want the see the new Pakistan your leader who mobilized the youth and has disappeared himself now , has promised. do something for KPK and only then Punjab will approve and vote for you, or else be happy in the nutshell (DHA , FB and twitter )!
Pakistani May 13, 2013 09:29am
Mr. NS has certainly taken the first step in inviting the military when while giving an interview to an Indian journalist he said that he would hand over the inquiry report of Kargil operation to India. I shudder to think that a man with such an intellect is the PM. May Almighty have mercy on all of us.
Bajwa May 13, 2013 09:58am
The Demon-Cracy at its best !!!
Sohail Saleem May 13, 2013 10:27am
I am surprised and disappointed when few people including the blogger comment on behalf of 80 million voters. If at all you want to reflect your depression, talk about your polling station why do you comment on all the constituencies and all the polling stations. I think people have spoken and we should accept that. Whenever they have been given an opportunity they have spoken very clearly but pseudo intellectuals always try to compare them with retarded and illiterate lot. Did we not know that ANP and PPP failed to deliver in KPK; all players have been punished. Don't we know PMLN delivered in Punjab and people recognised them but punished those who did not like PPP and PMLQ. In Sindh people have yet to wake up and demand their right but even there signs are of awakening. Balochistan too is limping but moving ahead. At least I am proud of the Pakistani's and their defiance to nay sayers. As for those who question fairness should remember that even Bush was elected in an unfair way. So like me celebrate one great job we have done and I am not going to credit anyone for this I have done it for myself and for my country! Long live Pakistan.
M Rafique May 13, 2013 10:43am
Its by the people
Arun May 13, 2013 12:27pm
The election was for all, including PTI. You speak off Karachi, what about the ridiculous occurrences at the Frontier? IK did win from NWFP right? My point is, everyone (i.e most of the political parties) bore the brunt of anti-Democratic forces, albeit each party was a prey in different corners of Pakistan. What I make of IK's comment is that: (a) Yes we lost (b) Kar
Junaid May 13, 2013 01:04pm
Your arrogance is obvious in your writing "mazaras...servants". Talking about change, it was people ike you when I noticed supporting PTI, I changed over to PMLN.
Junaid May 13, 2013 01:10pm
I voted for PMLN, none came to me with any money to buy anything. I simply liked Shahbaz's ambition, the way he gets things done such as building mega constructions projects, Danish schools, laptops, medical emergency services, roti schemes, surprise visits to govt dept. Yes not everything goes well but I like the ambition. Grow up and realize majority's mandate.
Junaid May 13, 2013 01:17pm
I voted for PMLN, my brother and sister voted PTI, The elders of our family were all for PMLN. I find it very arrogant by this online young generation PTI lovers who are actually a small fringe minority in actuality to be calling this election a foul. Your leader IMRAN needs to teach you how to respectfully lose and yes, learn to accept majority's mandate. This is what democracy is.
Kammi Kameen May 13, 2013 01:41pm
Our fate was decided by "Uncle Sam"? What else would you blame "Uncle Sam" for? The extinction of dinosaurs? I suggest you get your head out of the Elders of Zion propaganda and wake up to the real world.
Aussie May 13, 2013 01:44pm
For every PTI educated voter living in posh areas and going to posh universities, there were 10 PMLN voters who were illiterate, poor, jobless and intellectually challenged. PTI should now realise who is the voter and what are the demographics of the society.
Nauman usmani May 13, 2013 02:23pm
a good article !!
khanzada May 13, 2013 02:25pm
imran khan is loser, no more tsunami
Aftab May 13, 2013 02:53pm
I voted for PML-N in one of the most important constituency in Punjab NA 56. PML-N had never lost this seat since 1985. Yet Imran Khan defeated Hanif Abbasi. Now should we start accusing PTI of rigging? The fact of the matter is that the presence of PTI was restricted more to the urban area and that is where it has made inroads. The rural population was ignored which led to this sort of result. PTI supporters should now exhibit some sportsman spirits and accept the verdict of the large segment of the population. Nawaz Sharif has now come of age. Instead of indulging in politics of vendetta, the first thing he has done is to invited IK for the formation of government in KPK. His statements about resuming dialogue with India are also very encouraging.
M Aslam May 13, 2013 02:59pm
Actually he himself needs to learn how to accept loss or respect others. He believe only in abusing others with harsh words. He even have no manners of a mature person. He is hero of that folks who dont want to obey their parents, elders, religion or nation.
M Aslam May 13, 2013 03:04pm
The problem with Sindh is that all agricultural lands belongs to big landlords and general workers work for them, live on their lands. There were still issues that if in a village, they found one vote against the will of landlord, whole village will be burnt. Unless land reforms will be done in Sindh, it will not change.
M Aslam May 13, 2013 03:05pm
Who decided your fate in KPK?
M Aslam May 13, 2013 03:10pm
Peoples of Pakistan are more wise and mature against your wishes and investment in media. Mature people does not believe on impossible promises. They do differentiate between false hopes and reality on ground. Thy are proving themself since 1940. You should wake up and stop providing false hopes just to come in power
Hammad Hasan May 13, 2013 03:12pm
Very well said Junaid.
hammadhasanleo May 13, 2013 03:19pm
100% False
M Aslam May 13, 2013 03:26pm
Every peroson has right to vote as per his liking. If Pakhtoon vote for Pakhtoon, Sindhi for Sindhi, Baloch for Baloch, Urdu Speaking for Urdu speaking, then why you people wants Punjabi has no right to select his own leader. Now your leader won in KPK, ask him to prove his worth. But I doubt. He took 17 years to built his party. But could not unless he get help from old electables which were rejected by both parties. He still claim to be Quid-e-Azam and Bhutto. Quid-e-Azam achieve Pakistan in compain of less than 10 years. Bhutto won landslide victory on his first election just 2-3 years of forming his party. If you just blames others, it does not prove that you are Mr. Clean. You have to prove your worth with actions and way of life. People of Pakistan are quite wise and it is not such easy to fool them by investing on the media. Wake up sid
Usman May 13, 2013 03:30pm
Yup in the form of ROs who were asked that next GOVT will be of NS, if you didin't support us, be ready for the consequences. Shame on PMLN
Akram May 13, 2013 04:12pm
This is not about accepting defeat graciously or respectfully. This is about respecting the democratic process. If we intend to be a fully functioning democracy then there should be no place for rigging. Having said that, allegations have been held against all parties, even PTI. So please do not try and make this about ungracious PTI supporters kicking up a fuss. There are numerous independent candidates out there as well along with people who do not support PTI protesting on the streets today. This is an unfortunate part of our democratic that needs change and we should appreciate that citizens are calling for greater transparency and accountability. That is what holding your government and politicians to account means.
Ram May 13, 2013 04:12pm
One of the promises made by Imran Khan was that he is not going to fight "others" WAR on terror, so my question is does this "others" got to do anything with results
pakistani May 13, 2013 05:52pm
The pathans and baloch will suffer suely . Punjab will enjoy more at the cost of kp and balochistan.
Nasir May 14, 2013 06:58am
It all revolve around 2014 when forces will leave Afghanistan. They needed changes in two places, center and KPK and they achieved their goal. I don't trust these results, we are not "Free" if any body thinks so
Muqtadar May 13, 2013 07:16pm
Well written. IK will rebound. He is resilient (and yes, stubborn!). He is honest, sincere and committed. Most importantly as you said, he has avid and dedicated supporters who don't plan to give up on him.
Guest May 13, 2013 07:26pm
Not sure why you are saying this. How many seats PTI got. Please compare the total votes PTI got and against PML-N. That would tell you how many people support the majority party!
Guest May 13, 2013 07:27pm
Not a responsible/respectable comment about the country!
Guest May 13, 2013 07:40pm
Not a reality...count the total votes!
Guest May 13, 2013 07:49pm
The Tribune report says drastically different picture than what you are claiming!
Guest May 13, 2013 07:51pm
Hope you can "write" and have the "right" to vote!
Guest May 13, 2013 07:56pm
Please count the votes....PTI is not even 10% of total votes! Not sure why such sore claims from you!
Guest May 13, 2013 08:05pm
Just because you do not like the election results, you have no business to insult the "will" of fellow country men! The total count of votes for PTI (insignificant fractions) is no match for PML-N. It is a shame to claim that the votes were rigged as the claim wouild have meant something if PPP came to power (again)!
Guest May 13, 2013 08:14pm
The voting is not about a city, but about the country to elect a GOVERNMENT (and not Chieftains of a Tribe)! Grow up and be matured enough to accpet the verdict from the "majority" of the citizens. PML-N was not in power but PPP was during the current (just past) if you have complaints, understand that the party who failed the country for proper voting in NOT PML-N but PPP.
Mostafa May 13, 2013 08:50pm
You're supporting the status-quo which has ruined this nation. Well done
Ali May 14, 2013 01:09am
The author completely ignores the political facts and ground realities. She took case of her locality and tried to paint a general picture of the whole election scenario across the PTI, believed in the fable of a clean sweep which was not only unrealistic but a useless pipe dream. According to EU observers massive amount of rigging was done in Sindh, followed by Baluchistan. Karachi can be used as a perfect example. Although the massive turnout is an encouraging sign, but the behaviour being displayed by PTI and its supporters is pathetic. Imran Khan can not become leader of opposition with out forming an alliance with PPP and MQM, now it is a litmus test once again for IK if he keeps his word of not forming alliance with the former incumbents. PTI will be rendered toothless in its role as a opposition party. A positive sign from all this is Nawaz Sharif accepted mandate of PTI in KPK and stating since it won most number of seats in KPK so they should be allowed to form their government in the province, contrary to PTI claims it is well short of 63 seats required to form government. Get ready for compromises. The biggest failure is not the electoral system of Pakistan but the non-sense deep rooted behaviour of ignorance, intolerance based on arrogance revolving around superiority complexes ranging from religion to education. PTI and its supporters are a case and point of that failure. Although it seems a lot of them wants NS to fail miserably but remember it wont just be failure of PML-N but that of Pakistan.
Me May 14, 2013 02:15am
@junaid: "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me", think about what I just said. The performance of Nawaz league has never been up to par. He has oppressed media and judiciary in his time and corruption was at peak may be not to an extent of PPP but he was and is a corrupt leader. Good luck with the suffering for next 5yrs if they finish the term and I hope they don't but just in case. It's people like you who are responsible for everything that is wrong with the country because you make decision based on loyalty thn logic and facts.
Mohammad Adam Khan May 14, 2013 03:37am
If you really understand me, Pakistan has been saved again. First time, was saved by ZIA ul HAQ, second time had saved by Musharraf and third time saved by not letting Imran Khan to win. Imran Khan will never win or will never be a prime Minster of Pakistan, unless obeys establishment. You obey establishment and establishment obeys USA. Threesome combination is very necessary to be a Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Syed Ahmed May 14, 2013 03:49am
I I agree with Dr. Shahid Masood that NRO brought Zardari to power, NRO 2 brings Sharif to power.
Malik Arif May 14, 2013 05:01am
Tsunami is over, some 3-4 months back I have posted that due to attitude of these naunahalan e inqulab with the help of yellow media Imrna Khan can never win. same thing happened. Election is not on twiters, face book or on internet or abusing others..... it is practical and PMLN workers proved it. Well done PMLN!!
Zafar Iqbal May 14, 2013 05:02am
Every one is asking where is tsunami in Punjab ? The answer is very simple that tsunami jolted in KPK vanished ANP and by the mercy of "thappa mafia " punjab did not suffer most by tsunami .Other wise tsunami is tsunami .wait for next round.
Khan May 14, 2013 06:19am
Where are the ghairat brigade including Imran khan, no treason case, punjabis have immunity but Musharraf is a traitor and terrorist