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PESHAWAR: Negotiations are over and deals sealed after which major stakeholders among the political parties with presence in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly-elect stand reinforced.

The new provincial assembly was set to begin with 14 members-elect who returned to it after contesting the May 11 election as independent candidates. A dozen of them have joined one or another political party, citing reasons suitable to their chosen political ideology. This has also been the case with the new National Assembly and the assemblies-elect of other provinces.

The independent MPAs’ electoral wins in the May 11 election, if on the one hand, were the result of their pragmatism and supreme political judgement as they chose to contest without using the platform of any political party. On the other, their wins reflected the will of voters who rejected candidates fielded by political parties.

However, the voters’ decision stands altered and composition of the provincial assembly-elect changed since most of these MPAs have joined political parties.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, which won the highest number of 35 seats on May 11, formed the best bet for a majority of the independently elected MPAs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Nine independent MPAs quickly transformed their personal electoral agendas in line with PTI’s election manifesto. PTI was equally quick in accepting these MPAs.

The party’s parliamentary leader in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly Pervez Khattak was the man in charge of hackneying independent MPAs. A crafty Khattak, given his previous experience as a wheeler-dealer, among the PTI MPAs-elect knew well what it takes to make people change sides.

In the days after May 11 polls, he presented in ones and twos independent MPAs at a jointly held press conferences where the switch over were formally made public.

Hence, the party that rose to power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with promises to bring about change fall victim to a system that it wants to change. If its decision to lure these MPAs into its ranks to consolidate its position in the power politics was not akin to a betrayal of its claims, the way it conducted itself in the days after the polling day is not any different than other political parties’ discourse.

Had Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz not announced to respect PTI’s public mandate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam would have adopted the same path that PTI pursued, negotiating deals with independent MPAs in its bids to outsmart the Tehreek.

The PTI’s discourse and the power politics it practiced in the post-election day have certainly helped it consolidate its position in the provincial assembly. It, however, involves a price.

In achieving numerical strength, PTI became part and parcel of the very rotten political system that it vows to change.

It is a system that allows the few to alter majority’s verdict. It is a system that allows political expedients and manoeuvrers to make democracy a joke at the cost of larger public interest.

One could say that the independent MPAs’ joining PTI, Qaumi Wattan Party (QWP), and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad Pakistan (AJIP) is the result of a lawful process.

The criticism against the practice for it being questionable on moral and ethical grounds is equally valid.

When two sides negotiate a matter their chances to strike a deal depends on their ability to make compromises. It is obvious that the independent MPAs join parties against some commitments by the parties they choose to join. It is also obvious that parties who accept independent MPAs in their folds lose some ground to the new entrants, compromising, at times, their election manifesto.

In one particular case, PTI has committed itself to new entrants’ demand that is against the party’s stated position on the creation of new provinces.

PTI’s position on the creation of new province, as per its election manifesto, is simple and clear. The party says that it ‘will support the creation of new provinces based on administrative requirements, not on ethnic lines.’

The two MPAs elect from Hazara division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who joined the PTI a few days ago have an equally clear position on the creation of Sooba Hazara. They represent a popular demand that seeks to carve out a new province out of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by putting together the Hindko speaking Hazara areas as Sooba Hazara.

Before striking deals with independent MPAs, PTI made post-election alliances for forming a coalition government with QWP, Jamaat-i-Islami and AJIP – the three political entities with varied political ideologies and extremes.

While JI pursues extreme right politics with a Jihadi agenda, QWP of Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao has an outdated nationalist posture. AJIP provides a rare example of a party formed and run by a wealthy family.

Ideally, JI and QWP should have extended unconditional support to PTI without becoming part of the provincial cabinet. They could have asserted their agenda to PTI at a time when it would have needed their numerical strength to get its annual budget passed from the provincial assembly. That is how a minority-government works in matured democracies.

Imran Khan’s PTI could have done differently. Its decision to form coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reflects more of a status quo than a promised change.

Comments (64) Closed

Tahir May 27, 2013 05:53am
Absolutely unforgivable antics of PTI. Very disappointing for the so called New Pakistan hype that had us all in a glimmer of hope for a change and tsunami to sweep through. Alas it was fake..
Moon May 27, 2013 06:05am
pti in my point of view win the general ellection2013.
Optimist May 27, 2013 06:39am
If PTI would have decided not to form coalition government in KPK, the whole country (political parties, media, masses) would have been criticzing them like crazy that now when given chance to prove their selves, bring some change and implement their manifesto, they have backed out. Also in this scenario, people would have been giving the same logic in next elections: PTI dont have any expereince, we need an experinced party... lets bring PPP back into power. Also for PML-N not forming government in KPK with JUI, they have not really done it out of respect for PTI mendate but rather have killed many birds with one stone. PTI has taken a huge risk and has accepted a big challenge by forming a govt in KPK. Also they have joined hands with parties who have not been in govt in last five years. Atleast given them some time to perform before we can start critcizing. Its ironic how we are willing to accept partes which have been tried, tested and failed the nation and country many times but not willing to give PTI a single chance, even in a province.
AR May 27, 2013 06:48am
PTI has not played and you gave the judgement.......
Muhammad Asif May 27, 2013 07:08am
We should give time to judge PTI. If they do the same I can assure you that the people of KPK will not vote in the next election, just like they did not vote any other party who failed to deliver.
Israr Khan Ismail Zai May 27, 2013 07:49am
Dawn, why your people are always anti PTI???? Why?????
Michael Malcolm May 27, 2013 08:27am
Let the Government settle down and see what they do in next 90 days. What was said and done during election was another ball game. Now the team has taken its position and see who starts gaining points with their good governance and deliver to people. Dont put negative thinking and words into peoples mouth.
SNA May 27, 2013 08:41am
Very true and a good impartial analysis that may be painful for PTI followers to digest. What saddens me more is that tolerance and patience is missing from the very basic character of PTI and this is very dangerous and what is found in great quantities is abundant arrogance. It is not that we wish PTI to fail, however, what PTI is doing and how it is conducting in the post election process is likely not to yield a different outcome from the very status quo it was up against in the first place. We as Pakistanis have a collective wish for betterment of our beloved country Pakistan and its people.
Syed May 27, 2013 09:04am
I totally agree with you Moon, I think that PTI has won this election and due to the massive rigging across the country the outcome is different than what people of Pakistan were expecting. I did a post-election mini survey with all my contacts including friends and family members in Pakistan and learned that 58% of the people I know in Pakistan voted for PTI, 21% voted for PML(N), 9% voted for MQM, 4% voted for PPP, 3% voted for Independent Candidates, 2% decided not to vote for anyone and 3% had funny incident cause when they reach the polling station to vote, they found out that they have already voted (meaning someone already use their name to vote).
Kifayat May 27, 2013 09:05am
Dear Author, Its too early to write an article like this, at least please let PTI to take oath first!!
Omar May 27, 2013 09:53am
So much speculation... tsk tsk I expect more from the news. I expect concrete facts.
ahmed2030 May 27, 2013 09:56am
I would say its a good analysis but at times writer has given sweeping statements without much justification.
saalimak May 27, 2013 10:11am
as if the elections were free and fair, the entire media machienery is pushing honest and concerned citizens to accept the results including Dawn news, this article is, basically an extension of the same policy hence part of status quo,,,,,,,,,
Patriot May 27, 2013 10:18am
Too early to make such judgement. Let the PTI innings begin and then any one has a right to comment.
M. S. Alvi May 27, 2013 10:20am
The author wasted so much time and so many words for nothing. If whole Pakistan joins under one good man, it is better not worse.
Khalid May 27, 2013 10:29am
I don't know what internal arrangements are to form a Government in KP, but I wholeheartedly wish success to PTI there. I don't think Imran Khan is forming Government for power sake, he may intend to have some of his wishes come true for a change and others might have joined him for the same purpose - although it doesn't happen in Pakistan. Everyone is there to fulfill his/her interests.
Khan May 27, 2013 10:45am
i dont know why but dawn has always promoted anti PTI sentiments. It a;ways fail to provide a balanced picture all the time.
Seema May 27, 2013 10:50am
Sorry you are wrong they were not voted out but on purpose they kept out on purpose.. bcoz their voters terrorized by TTP that is the reason IK only got 30000 votes
Bassam May 27, 2013 11:26am
if you are equating PTI's 35 seat with Maulana's 13 seats and think maulana got have formed the government and it was a favor by PMLN to not support maulana then you need reevaluate your anti PTI bias.. how about some lines on evry tom dick and herry joining pmln ???/ we know what pmln has done in the past and we have no expectations from them .. I actually wish i was a resident of KPK and not punjab I am too ashamed to have shabaz sharif a 4 time CM and zawaz sharif a 3rd time PM and ten more members of sharif family as ministers .. please done ever compare PTI and PMLN again .. atleast not till PTI fail in KPK.
Akhtar M. May 27, 2013 11:36am
What a pseudo analysis. This is the parliamentary system of governance. You cannot CHANGE this by just running KPK. If you want PTI to change the 'system', then elect them in enough numbers.
excalibur May 27, 2013 11:44am
pti must petition the validity of this farce election instead of accepting muk muka otherwise tak of any real change remains a pipe dream only
Khan Spices May 27, 2013 12:03pm
i wish that the author should have a moderate approach. He thinks PTI should have leave the ground in KPK for PML(N) and JUI(F). All the independent MPAs have to join a political party but when majority decided to join PTI, now the author is unhappy and is giving a message through his writing to consider PTI as Status-political party like others in the country. It is very much true that resistence to change would be always there and even this author is victim of sterotype thinking and his thoughts are still with the old system in the country. He is very much sure that delivering in KPK by PTI would make a life horrible for those who are can't deliver in the rest of the country. But remember HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY and it it applies to your writing as well.
up4friendship May 27, 2013 12:33pm
You do you are damned, you don't you are damned. This has been the attitude of majority of the Pakistani media against PTI. I saw, at least, one anchorperson (very famous) criticizing PTI (very subtly) for raising the rigging issue (...rigging ki tau apko bhi shikyat hay lekin apnay tau results qubool karliye... kuch parties aisee hain unko qubool nahin...) Now they want PTI to change everything about this system while 95% of the control remains in the hands of those who want to retain the system. They go to the extent of "nit picking". They notice something insignificant and blow it out of the proportion while ignoring stark violations. PTI is doing just right based on the circumstances. They had clear mandate but the vultures are out their to by pass it. Why doesn't dawn focus on those vultures? If those vultures desist from their wrongdoing and accept the public's mandate in KPK, then at least, the public will respect them for that. The media should be play a more impartial role. Right now I don't see that.
MAD May 27, 2013 12:37pm
Should the PTI have left KPK at the mercy of JUI-F?
Y Magsi May 27, 2013 01:07pm
Let PTI come in to power - PTI want local govt system and thats why acceptence of Indipendents is fine for me - just wait and see - please focus on PML-N what they are doing.
Bilal May 27, 2013 01:17pm
The Person who wrote this article has constantly written negative things about the PTI. Makes it difficult to take this article seriously.
K.Khan May 27, 2013 01:36pm
Please don't try to make PTI guilty for such smaller things! The folks who rigged massively and stole the elections from PTI, don't need to be preaching high moral values anyway. The N-League is the trend setter, and they have proved that stealing votes can make anyone successful!
arslan May 27, 2013 01:39pm
Because some where deep within MQM sympathies lurks in back ground. Very subtle indeed. Anti Taliban but pro MQM, i have always wondered what is the difference between the two.
Osman May 27, 2013 01:41pm
I tend to agree that PTI resorted to standard political compromises to form its majority in KPK. Unfortunately, it is also a fact that if PTI had not done that, JUI (F) would be forming provincial government in KPK instead. Intikhab: may by you would like to confirm whether you would have preferred JUI (F) forming a government in KPK instead of PTI?
Riaz Ahmad May 27, 2013 02:55pm
PTI has not chosen to join the rotten system, and your example to prove you point of compromising with independent candidates does not carry much weight. It is a normal political process even in advance democracies. As long as PTI remains corruption free, leans hard on police and administrative corruption, gets private investors involved in KP economy, delivers to some extent, under the most difficult conditions in the province, people will hold PTI in deep respect. You have already judged the match before it has even begun; not a very wise thing to do.
Riaz Ahmad May 27, 2013 03:04pm
No honest person worth his salt will show any tolerance or patience for the corrupt and their corruption. Pakistan's miseries are due to abundance of bird brains of your ilk.
ali ahmed May 27, 2013 03:09pm
it seems PTI supporters and workers lack decipline,they can not tolerate healthy criticism..which can be seen in social media and the laungage they are using.....already..Imran khan tool u turn by nominating 62 years old hourse as CM...and prevending women voters in Dir....very soon PTI will be history like MMA
Jamal May 27, 2013 03:18pm
It is quite amusing to read all PTI supporters' comments, how they try to justify what their party is doing. This is what PPP supporters did last five years. One thing is for sure, after PTI signing a deal with Talibans to take away women's right of vote in Dir and giving education ministry to JI, I can see that PTI supporters will be spending next five years explaining why things are not working out in KPK. Nothing has changed except for faces.
Kamran May 27, 2013 03:18pm
PTI had to take this challange. No matter what it takes to form a government. At least they will inshaAllah perform much much better than others. The author looks very idealistic and perfectionist which is good but not practical. PTI badly needs to show their presence in power politics. By the way you need an iron to cut the iron.
ANEES May 27, 2013 03:32pm
Why did I read such an absurd analysis? May 27, 2013 03:58pm
Imran khan always said, PTI is not a club, anyone can join it as long as the politician is open to `100 percent financial disclosure. Some of the members of the parties join PTI, Shah Mehmood Qurehshi is one example who was part of PPP, & held a key position in PPP government.
hidayat May 27, 2013 04:56pm
It looks like DAWN is agree on Independent members joining PTI.
allforpeace May 27, 2013 05:05pm
shame on you Dawn for always putting PTI down, very biased. If the people ok KPK have voted for PTI, then they are doing the right thing by making a govt there.....Simple and clear. Stop spreading doubts and misstrust.
Waqas May 27, 2013 05:06pm
Please leave PTI alone and let them govern for atleast 90 days.
Syed A. Zafar (USA) May 27, 2013 05:15pm
I do not think Dawn is against IK. Ik has no leadership qualities including the ability of keeping commitments in my opinion. Not only this, he signed a paper which prohibited women to vote in certain areas, whereas, in other palaces, he used women not only for taking their votes, but also to use them for dharnas and violent rallies against his political opponents. However, he knows how to use his flamboyant/play boy personality and his cricket background smartly, to impress certain segments of our society including the wealthy urban youth. This urban youth who is not given fair share to take part in elections as was promised, has all kind of resources, including the wealth and influence of their parents which helped IK boost his popularity, fortune and arrogance. Those who insist on saying that let IK play his innings, are wrong in my opinion. IK has played his innings before, when he manged to become Captain of Pakistan Cricket Team through his PR skills and family influence. Besides, he had no sportsman spirit and ability to admire and appreciate better players than him, just because they had different background and spoke Urdu. Javed Mian Dad was about to make a history for himself and for our country, when he declared the inning. He could not digest his historic success just because he was Urdu speaking. IK. who is also painted as a philanthropist, openly laughs at and throws racial remarks on Urdu speaking Krachites and their leaders. Here is one classic example of his philanthropy. He attacked an Urdu speaking leader (Mr. Babar Ghauri of MQM) on his favorite right wing tv channel. He said "he is not only black but his hurt is black too" What about Hadhrat Bilal of Habsha who were very dear to our prophet (saw)? Well, taking advantage of today's political fashion of change, using famous anti American slogans to please the religious extremists and their voters and coming to America to collect its tax payer's money and making false promises cannot and will not bring a change in our society. It takes continuous evolutionary efforts under the guidance of an honest, competent and unbiased leader. If exploitations and modern means of communication could bring overnight change in a society, there would have been a successful revolution in Egypt, Libya etc and their youth would not have been more frustrated and lost than before.
Abbasi May 27, 2013 05:56pm
Thank you for such an articulate article. More balanced approach would have been appreciated although the "other view" is justified, too. One thing that was missing from the article is, the message from IK that if people wishes to join they have to come clean...question is we give them a chance providing a clean government. The question will be ...are they bringing their own agenda or following PTI's agenda.It was also interesting to read how you compared JUI-F forming government. Reasonable journalism is very important and writing about those who had made least contribution in such a hi-fi way was noteworthy of your writing. I am not sure of your background (in political affiliation) but balance writing will promote a balance society.
Abbasi May 27, 2013 05:58pm
Well said
zohaib May 27, 2013 06:33pm
the writer did not have a clue what he was writing. A novice to writing and a novice to political analysis and even to politics. I dare ask him how he proposes PTI to move ahead in KPK to form a govt? by the way writer needs to take a lesson in parliamentary politics and also its history especially of Indo-Pak politics including Jinnah' history.
usman May 27, 2013 07:24pm
Honestly, it's you who sounds like the fake voice of a planted element.
Naeem Malik May 27, 2013 08:18pm
whichever you look at it - the mandate in KP was for a coalition and that is what is happening. That is what happened in UK when no Party won overall majority and the Tories formed a Coalition with the Lib-Dems. One cannot criticize PTI for accepting the mandate it was given and moving forward with it. Next few months will see what compromises various Parties to the coalition have made. This article is therefore premature and unfair given the decision the voters made. Whether we will see significant structural changes in Pakistan or KP is doubtful nevertheless.
Kdada May 27, 2013 08:33pm
The author doesn't know that Subha hazara tehreek fielded there own candidates and was not able to secure a single seat. The MPAs elected were not elected on the basis of Hazara province demand. You can read some more facts by reading the each constitvency result of Hazara division on ECP website.
Chica May 27, 2013 08:48pm
Correction: Dawn Peshawar bureau only
Paki First May 27, 2013 10:49pm
Agree with Akhtar
Asif F. May 27, 2013 11:19pm
SNA - You are just another PPP voter. The people have spoken and are sick of the same corrupt looters in the parliament.
Afzal khan May 27, 2013 11:41pm
An extremely superficial analysis, if it can be characterized to be so. The PTI had wasted precious time and energy in intra party election that concluded just when general elections were announced. It lacked experience and skill needed for contesting election. Now that it has found some foothold in KP, it is unfair to expect it to lose that opportunity by ignoring dynamics of parliamentary politics and stick. To any vague idealism. Afzal khan
simlpysaints May 28, 2013 01:18am
For all readers, please look through the archive of this author. A constant propaganda against the PTI without any substance. Hardly any article about anything else. It is either obsession or deliberate pandering to PTI detractors. Either way, it is fair to say that the analysis has always been biased.
Ali May 28, 2013 02:09am
So if a person comes to me and accept my agenda and wants to support me, what do you think I should do? should I tell the person no I do not need you. Is this not killing the purpose of forming an all inclusive party? Dawn please report with logic.
Mustafa Razavi May 28, 2013 03:08am
Syed Sahib; i don't want to quarrel with your fundamental premise that the elections were rigged, I too believe that. However your mini survey is also rigged, albeit not intentionally. Your survey shows 98% turnout and this is a tell tale sign of rigging. In statistics it is called positive correlation, in simple language it means your friends tend to be people like yourself.
saidal May 28, 2013 03:15am
A very good and thoughtful analysis by the author.It seems that so early in the aftermath of so called free and fair election(in KP only),the" hype of tsunami" and "NEO pakistan" is losing heat.One thing I am still amazed to see that,scores of intolerant people are following his fake version and not understanding that he has been given a charge here just for one reason,2014 2014 and 2014.....PTI is a soft core version of TTP.........They are here for a reason and they have to have the right numbers to do that job. GOOD LUCK Pashtoonkhwa.....
Ali May 28, 2013 03:41am
This article has no concrete facts. I see it differently. It was important for PTI to make the govt. and resist JUI-F and for that it used the man with the right experience. Now sides have been chosen, and lines are drawn and a platform is now available to at least make an effort. That is a lot better than what this province has suffered in the past. Why doesn't the author take some the pessimism that fuels this article and apply it to the show that PML-N is going to put up as the federal govt.
AK May 28, 2013 04:05am
This article doesn't have any merit. Just filling up the white space!!
Bride 2 Wife May 28, 2013 04:21am
i don't think they had any other choice. i think anybody in that position would do the same.
Javeed May 28, 2013 04:40am
How was it possible for PTI to rule KPK without that alliance. I guess it is too early to jump at conclusions, the govt is yet to form, let they take hold of the governance and then criticize them where they go wrong. There was never a different way in view of the power thirsty Maulana. I am pretty hopeful that PTI will deliver what we expect from them.
sm zaki May 28, 2013 04:50am
Yes this is a "Naya Pakistan" of PTI zealots.
drsalmanjaved May 28, 2013 05:23am
Talk about One Sided Negative Journalism....The author talks about PTI maintaining the status quo in KPK....How about Negative Journalism maintaining its "Blame it all on khan" status quo....The Man hasn't even taken oath yet but the Vultures seem to be out for him..right from the start.
Khuram May 28, 2013 06:28am
I think we should speak the truth and I agree with the sentiments of the writer. I believer the status quo politicians and stance PTI have adapted will never build a naya Pakistan. I am thoroughly disappointed with PTI and the course it has taken. I actually had a lot of hope but seeing them become part of the status quo has adopt the same politicians and mechanism to form a govt is disturbing. I think the problem is with our system where we seem to rely so heavily on these feudal families and the wealthy. Why can we not build a Pakistan where the an honest hard working middle class doctor, engineer, lawyer, teacher etc can become a leader in the assemblies and until that happens we will never have real change or a naya Pakistan.
Intikhab May 28, 2013 10:36am
I think PTI should have been let to form the government with an unconditional support from JI, QWP, AJIP, and Independent MPAs. I mentioned the same in the write up as well. Nothing against PTI, I am only trying to go by its manifesto. Will keep doing. This is my responsibility as a journalist. regards.
citizen May 28, 2013 02:19pm
It is too early to make judgements on PTI and besides, Change has to come from within the systems in a gradual and piecemeal basis the other option is to have a revolution, which dismantles the existing social and political structures. PTI is a political party and it will act like any political party. The question that we should have and that we should look out for is how much is PTI willing to compromise on its principles and manifesto in the coming months and years. May be you should write your article addressing real performance of PTI in a couple of years from now.
Insaf-Seeker May 28, 2013 05:26pm
The author is a naive or a biased person, he doesn't know that independent candidates always join the party in majority. Secondly IK has always said and reiterated many times that PTI will not make any electoral as well as govt alliance with the parties who have been ruling the country for past 5 years. So where has PTI changed its stance?