Maleeha Hashmey |
The fool didn’t know it was impossible, so he DID it. Since the day I opened my eyes in my land of pure, if there’s one thing I’ve heard every single day, it’s the following six words; “Pakistan is going through turbulent times”. Never have I ever seen anyone practically take measures to end the much talked about turbulence and it’s repercussions.
It’s been a month since cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan took the oath the Prime Minister of Pakistan and it shook his naysayers and critics for life to the core as he signed up to be the CEO of the country. This was shocking rather embarrassing for the political pundits, astrologists and numerologists, who spent their past two decades assuring the whole country that he LACKED the power line in his hands and hence, would never be throned as Prime Minister.
A renowned economist, Atif Mian’s inclusion to the Economic Advisory Council, which was deliberately turned into a subject of hot debate on religion and economy, ended up in his resignation and left all the literate minds with a sour taste in their mouths.
It took them all a while to be jolted back to reality. It was a dream come true for some and the worst nightmare for many. His political campaign had revolved around the idea of eliminating corruption and fixing the state-run institutions – the malfunctioning of which was precisely the bread and butter for the latter.
The situation got interesting when biased media tycoons decided to dive into the rescue and made a mountain out of a molehill every five minutes. Starting from the newly elected Prime Minister’s not so fluent “saqeel” Urdu accent to the brand of biscuits served at the Prime Minister’s oath-taking ceremony (which was a FIRST, as it broke the tradition of serving nine-dish menu, reducing the inevitably high cost of the ceremony from LACS to Rs. 50,000/) but who cares?! We’ll debate on the brand of biscuits and the design of the utensils used.
The fun had just begun. Who knew that ONE month was going to offer such an interesting roller-coaster ride starting from the newly found amazing quality of BREAKING NEWS flashing on almost every other news channel.
● “Nazireen, Imran Khan just had Paratha with cheese omelette WITHOUT taking the whole nation into confidence.
● “Ladies & Gentlemen, the newly elected Prime Minister, often heard speaking of his favourite “Austerity Drive” just hoped on to his CAR for commuting to office. Why not a rickshaw? or a Chingchi? or on an elephant perhaps? (Could have saved fuel, No?)”
● “Nazireen, Imran Khan used his left hand to mark his signatures today whereas he was always using his right hand for making his Kaptaan’s signature style hand movements during his political processions and rallies”
● “Oh nooo. You wouldn’t believe the fact that Imran Khan took 86,405 breaths today whereas the average breath count for humans stands at 86,400.”
Is THIS the Naya Pakistan that we all Voted for?
While you must be appreciating the quality of the Breaking News we have been cherishing, there was a lot more that the nascent PTI led Federal Government had to go through in their honeymoon period. A renowned economist, Atif Mian’s inclusion to the Economic Advisory Council, which was deliberately turned into a subject of hot debate on religion and economy, ended up in his resignation and left all the literate minds with a sour taste in their mouths. However, the opposition parties’ collective response on all the happenings throughout the month, if summed up in one sentence, would be, “If Imran Khan did something, he shouldn’t have done it and if he didn’t do it, he should’ve.” (Perhaps they took the word “opposition” a little too literally)
This was shocking rather embarrassing for the political pundits, astrologists and numerologists, who spent their past two decades assuring the whole country that he LACKED the power line in his hands and hence, would never be throned as Prime Minister.
Jumping from non-issue to non-issue, thirty days passed by and now PTI is only left with SEVENTY days to set the direction right for the country and it would be unfair not to appreciate them for what they have been able to deliver so far, amidst all the interesting “Breaking News” and the allied confusions. I would like to thank the incumbent Government for the achieving the following milestones in a month that none of the previous Governments could.
● Letting the whole nation a good look at HOW the gigantic Prime Minster House looks like and WHERE their hard-earned tax money has been going.
● Auctioning the unnecessarily kept 102 PM House Luxury cars, including recent models of bulletproof BMW’s, 24 Mercedes Benz, 40 Toyota cars – 2004 Lexus, 2006 Lexus SUV, a bunch of Mitsubishi vehicles, Hondas and jeeps. Half of them have been sold above the market price and rest of the them are also going to make their way to their respective buyers.
● Oh, and Mian sb’s beloved buffaloes! (He looked weak in his recent photograph. Now we know why)
● Opening the “No-go” Governor houses to the general public to have a round of the territory that very much belonged to them.
● Realizing the need to bring the Afghan and Bengali blood born on Pakistani soil, to be brought in the mainstream by providing them with the right to have Pakistani citizenship in accordance with the law and as per the universal practice of citizenship. It will eventually make them all identifiable and once they are entitled to the rights that every Pakistani is entitled to, it will turn them into useful part of the society! (Wow, that’s a first)
● Presenting the revision of the most recent budget, broadening the tax net and tilting the tax burden on the upper-uppers, the affluent, attempting to strike a balance in the economy.
● Sending a harmonious message across the Parliament that if Imran Khan succeeds, it will indeed be a success for every citizen of Pakistan, including the opposition (Shahbaz & Bilawal).
Read more: PTI wins its first round – Maleeha Hashmey
I guess, now is the time that I should break the answer of the query embedded in the title of my article. The man behind Imran Khan is ” Imran Khan” himself. He’s the man who has been bestowed with extraordinarily amazing skill-set and pure intentions accompanied with an undeterred resolve to turn the tables around for his homeland. He does realize that the match he’s playing now is way bigger than 1992 cricket debacle and the outcome of his struggle is going to even bigger than the 1992 World Cup, Insha’Allah. Pakistan Zindabad! 🙂
Maleeha Hashmey has been working with the telecommunication sector as a corporate trainer, with the Ministry of Education, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as a Human Resource Development Consultant & Teacher Trainer. She can be followed on Twitter @MaleehaHashmey.
The views expressed in this article are author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.