THE grand promise to purge the KP government of corruption could turn out to be a mere political ruse to get rid of unwanted allies. The PTI has thrown out the two KP ministers belonging to the Qaumi Watan Party ending an uneasy and short-lived partnership. The QWP is determined to not go out quietly, and there are some who point out that the real reason for the split could be the difference of opinion on political issues rather than allegations of corruption. It may be no coincidence that the parting of ways came just a week before the PTI’s scheduled blocking of the Nato supply route. Even though the truth is difficult to get to amid a plethora of allegations and counter-allegations, opposition to the Nato blockade by a coalition partner, the QWP, could have made it awkward for the PTI-led government. Imran Khan appears to be confident he has the numbers on his side in a house in which the PTI has 53 members out of a total strength of 124. But the mathematics apart, his praise for the JI ministers following the QWP sacking is reflective of his desire to be with ideologically compatible friends.

When Imran Khan made the pledge to dismiss corrupt ministers earlier this week, questions were raised as to how he could assign the job to Chief Minister Pervez Khattak. As the head of the cabinet, Mr Khattak had been tasked to carry out an exercise that could stigmatise his government. Still, principally, Mr Khan’s statement was hailed. So much so that the more hopeful in the crowd hastily celebrated it as, even if partial, fulfilment of the PTI’s flaunted dream for change. That hope has since been tempered by the demands of realpolitik and the much-trumpeted campaign against corruption is liable to be seen as discriminatory. The PTI might ultimately move to inspect and clean up its own stables, but that’s for the future. For the moment it must brace itself for a counter-attack projecting it as an agent of no-change dressed in pious clothing.

Updated Nov 15, 2013 06:59am

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Comments (5) (Closed)


zeizoud
Nov 15, 2013 05:35pm

Alas! we'll never learn to appreciate. Even the DAWN, which is, perhaps, the only rational voice in the media of our country cannot free itself from the conspiracy-manufacturer-culture of ours. Breaking a partnership and putting your own government in jeopardy just because QWP was not willing to join in the sit-in?? The stance that QWP took makes it very obvious that the problem was ongoing; despite the warning issued by PTI more than once QWP supported their corrupts.

Akhtar
Nov 16, 2013 02:12am

The editorial is highly biased and clearly shows how partisan the paper in reality is. In the backdrop of astronomical corruption in the country which has destroyed the society, I wound have thought that an anti-corruption step would have been appreciated. But seems like hitting the ideological opponents is more important for Dawn than backing the truth. What a shame for a paper who claims leadership in Pakistani press.

Sajid Kamal
Nov 16, 2013 02:55am

Sir try to appreciate the good things done by the PTI government, believe it or not but QWP is involved in corruption please don't try to drag the other issues into this. I would suggest you to got to the northern parts of KPK area and conduct a survey about the two QWP ministers, especially about the smuggling of precious wood being smuggled to Afghanistan. Malik Ibrar Hussain is a timber smuggler and several cases have already been filed against him. Its crystal clear case, you don't have to make it a conspiracy theory.

Riaz Ahmad
Nov 16, 2013 09:56am

No matter what you say, in this corrupt nation, at last there is a constant and consistent voice against corruption. Before the rise of IK and his PTI, the word corruption was never uttered in parliament or the corridors of power. In so far as media and new papers were concerned, corruption was a neglected issue as if not really relevent as a issue haunting the nation.

NASAH (USA)
Nov 16, 2013 08:42pm

I wouldn't be surprised if soon the PTI itself will split into two parties -- one headed by steady Umer Asad and the original by an increasingly rabble rousing Imran Khan.