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Not strange bedfellows


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THE prospective alliance between the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf and Jamaat-i-Islami would be a predestined coming together of parties with similar views on important issues in today’s Pakistan. The JI and PTI, which has been called a ‘good-looking Jamaat-i-Islami’, have identical positions on protecting the judiciary. They are convinced the country is in the clutches of the most corrupt. On to problems more nagging and more central to our existence, Imran Khan appears to have a telltale ideological affinity with the Jamaat on militancy, on the Taliban and Al Qaeda and on the US. Given all these factors, a united JI-PTI front was only a matter of time. That time has now arrived and with the announcement of the PTI-JI front to fight the ‘corrupt’ rulers, there is a prospect of street struggle, one which, many would be hoping, aims beyond a mere election contest. The two parties — especially the JI, which, to its misfortune, is again regarded as the junior partner in the relationship — will be hoping to build it into a campaign for change on the pattern of the recent Middle Eastern uprising recently.

For starters, the JI’s help should bolster the numbers in the anti-government campaign the PTI has already launched. It may also lend the protest the fiery element the JI is known to infuse in extreme action. The JI has been quite desperately offering it to the PML-N and failing that, it is all too willing to place its services at the disposal of an even cleaner Imran Khan. This handshake after a rather long informal association will raise questions about PTI’s ideology and its roots. This can be conveniently dubbed an ‘alliance of fundamentalists’. Or more meaningfully, it can be looked at from the perspective of a large enough group of people who believe a compromise between the hardliners and mainstream Pakistan is still possible.

Comments (5) Closed

Usman Masood Jul 01, 2012 11:46am
Analyses devoid of appreciation of ground realities and constraints faced by Mr Khan... and unsophisticated lashing of gloomiest colours in broad hardly-thought strokes. But the canvas is yours, paint what you may, but change is around the corner! insha Allah
M. Asghar Jul 01, 2012 09:25am
This alliance between PTI and JI has to be viewed as a struggle to fight jointly the ghastly corruption all around and defend the geopolitical interests of the country with clarity and without any compromise.
@akhtartak Jul 01, 2012 09:58am
the unholy alliance
Iftikhar Husain Jul 01, 2012 10:56am
It is not going to be a good and beneficial alliance for the PTI. JI has not good record on lot of controvertial issues PTI must think carefully for this move.
Ahsan Rizvi Jul 01, 2012 10:38am
It was predestined and i believe that IK has lost whatever credibility he has gained throughout his political career.