Waqas Shabbir |
Ousted Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, claims to be fighting aliens, who he is alleging, played a key role in his political ascendancy.
Nawaz at a rally stated that Imran and Zardari are not at par with him, he is not contesting elections against them, but his fight is against extraterrestrial life.
A Heap load of Conspiracies
Was it Nawaz who loved unleashing alien power before general elections? Even Shehbaz would love to orchestrate this again. Alas! Nawaz is not willing to hear, after all it is N-league not S-league. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has also alleged that certain elements from the military establishment played a key role in helping Nawaz Sharif win the 2013 general elections.
This anti-establishment narrative is built to either pressurize Army to give NRO or to gain momentum in Punjab citing victimhood. Nawaz believes that backing of the powerful military establishment is crucial to win elections.
In a rare interview with Geo News programme Capital talk, Imran told Hamid Mir that a Brigadier had helped Nawaz in Punjab, during the last general elections.
There might be credence to Imran Khan’s allegations, as he himself admitted that he gave a lot of time before making these allegations. Anyone in Punjab, having seen the political activities only weeks prior to general elections, could be convinced that a certain atmosphere is created, where people discuss Army’s role. Even in 2013 elections, Army backing Nawaz was an open secret.
This message from Imran is crucial in a context that in 2013, PML-N had given an impression that military establishment was supporting Nawaz’s political agenda. Especially after, the claims that Nawaz is fighting against aliens, instead of Imran and Zardari. But, this time around, it doesn’t appear to be the case. Being the biggest party in Punjab, historically PML-N has given this impression of support from GHQ.
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Despite Shehbaz’s Sharif’s attempts to extend an olive branch towards Army, Sharif has continued his confrontational policies much to the dismay of loyalists like of Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan and others, particularly in Shehbaz group. In the start of last month, after returning from London, in a bid to come into good books of Army again, Shahbaz has all of sudden found COAS professional and straightforward.
Shehbaz heaped praises on COAS and urged people to respect and honor those safeguarding national interests. While one brother [Shehbaz] is praises COAS right at the brink of 2018 elections, the elder one has announced a war against the aliens. Why does Shehbaz wish for alien power, but Nawaz is dispelling it and failing to hearken his brother?
Ousted Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, claims to be fighting aliens, who he is alleging, played a key role in his political ascendancy. Nawaz at a rally stated that Imran and Zardari are not at par with him, he is not contesting elections against them, but his fight is against extraterrestrial life.
What Imran said is nothing new. Even Zardari and other political parties questioned the transparency of last elections. Imran claimed that Returning Officers in Punjab rigged the elections for Nawaz. “The 2013 polls are called RO elections because the Pakistan army stopped candidates from going into the polling stations.”
Nawaz is aware of upcoming political challenges given his extreme position against judiciary and security establishment. He is trying to reach out to voters by giving an impression that he is being victimized for not following the Army orders and his ousting was a conspiracy against the democratic traditions of the country.
Nawaz is building a narrative to urge people to vote him for fighting their war against hostile forces which are now favoring Imran Khan-who is dubious and lack credentials to lead Pakistan. Imran denies this and assures that Nawaz is fooling people by repeating every day outside the accountability courts and in public gathering that Imran is working on someone else’s agenda.
Nawaz is gutted. Once he was the ‘ladla’ (favored) of the judiciary and army, Imran said. Now, when Army has shown alienation with political affairs. Nawaz is repeatedly accusing them of being the aliens at work behind the scenes. “The incumbent army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, among his peers, was the most neutral and pro-democratic leaders of the armed forces”, Imran asserts. Did Army alienate politics or political parties are alien to understand this!
Since Panama paper scandals put Nawaz on the back foot and subsequent investigation brought all the murky affairs of House of Nawaz in public Nawaz. Nawaz is miffed. Why touch the untouchables? Sacred cow remains a sacred cow.
Despite Shehbaz’s Sharif’s attempts to extend an olive branch towards Army, Sharif has continued his confrontational policies much to the dismay of loyalists like of Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan and others particularly in Shehbaz group.
Despite trying many international and national channels, Army is not willing to give an NRO to Nawaz. In a desperate situation, allegedly being a player of international establishment, speaking against Army and favoring the forces working against Pakistan’s interest. For example, supporting PTM’s Manzoor Pashteen and becoming an obstacle in FATA mainstreaming at the behest of Maulana Fazal ur Rehman and Mahmood Khan Achakzai, is a testimony to Nawaz’s affiliations with anti-Pakistan forces.
This anti-establishment narrative is built to either pressurize Army to give NRO or to gain momentum in Punjab citing victimhood. Nawaz believes that backing of the powerful military establishment is crucial to win elections. At the same time, Nawaz wants to repeat a lie often enough until it becomes a truth, in a bid to remind his hardcore voter bank around GT road in Punjab to support him at this horrendous and dire situation, when aliens have abandoned him.
His narrative although erroneous but if media engineering works, it can sell and could result in some dividend for the beleaguered Sharif’s. But, Imran’s quest to outsmart Nawaz’s narrative and prove him wrong for not being the stooge of establishment needs greater efforts to engage people at the ground root level to reach out to the ignorant.
Waqas Shabbir is a Derby Business School graduate in Finance, currently working as a freelance writer. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect GVS editorial policy.