Sunday’s by-polls for NA-122, NA-144, and PP-147 were nothing short of a nail-biter. NA-122 was reclaimed by PML-N’s Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who went head to head with Abdul Aleem Khan. PTI’s Shoaib Siddiqui took PP-147, beating PML-N’s Mohsin Lateef and NA-144 went to an independent candidate. The whole point of these by-polls was to prove that PML-N rigged the general elections of 2013Im. While Imran Khan could never prove anything on that front, the fact that PML-N won NA-122, again, goes a long way in showing that all Imran Khan has done so far is pursued dirty politics; politics involving hatred and throwing dirt with absolutely nothing under the belt. Imran Khan’s PTI won PP-147. Along with the fact that NA-122 was not a wide-margined victory by PML-N, Imran Khan should take the higher ground and accept the defeat with dignity. But, it would seem that unless Khan Sahib actually wins, he will not stop the blame-game.
Following are a few tweets from Khans official Twitter account shortly after the election results were announced,
We are investigating the number of PTI votes thrown out of NA-122 at the last minute & will then approach ECP. We will learn from our mistakes & counter those rigging tactics by PML-N that we were not prepared for again.
It would seem that the only thing Imran Khan has learned in his political career so far is how to act like a sour loser. Without a shred of proof, Imran Khan successfully vandalized the capital, threw away millions of rupees, wasted precious resources, got ECP to conduct by-polls on a few constituencies and lost again. In his tweets, he was generous enough to mention that it were a moral victory for PTI since they challenged the sitting government. That in fact, is true. PTI successfully challenged the sitting government with a lot of effort, but failed again. Now, Imran Khan is back to square one. What PTI absolutely fails to understand is that no matter what the margin is, a loss is a loss, a win is a win. Whether it is a by a single vote or a thousand is absolutely irrelevant. If Imran Khan truly believes it was a moral victory, then he should become the politician he screams about at the top of his lungs standing on a container in the middle of nowhere. He, again, has a chance to do so in his own province, KPK. In Pakistan’s political scene, Imran Khan is still an infant. When an infant wants something, he cries and that is exactly the behavior Imran Khan portrays.
But the margin in the victory was so less compared to what it was in 2013 you say? Well, of course it was. For once, PTI’s followers saw a glimmer of hope because based on his terrible rantings for months, a couple of constituencies opened for a re-election. People would automatically assume that there was some credibility to his allegations. But the results clearly show who the winner was, and it definitely was not Imran Khan. The results show that the elections of 2013 were not cooked. The by-polls held on yesterday were not cooked. So that leaves Imran Khan to walk the talk. The time for making accusations and having absolutely nothing to show for them is long gone. Imran Khan of PTI has over two years left to prove he is the man of his word and if he can’t do that, surely you are not suited to guide the people to ‘Naya Pakistan’.
Here is a very simple logic. If there was rigging involved, PTI would not have won PP-147 and PML-N would not have lost NA-144. PTI’s Chief Imran Khan, laid down a few conditions for the by-elections which were all met. Making allegations of rigging, yet again, means that he does not trust the current government (which is obvious of course), but he also does not trust the rangers and the army.
In all honesty, in the 2013 elections, I would have voted for Imran Khan had I been provided with a chance. But I believe it was better for all of us that he lost because Imran Khan showed what he was made of, over and over again. Politics is not easy Mr. Khan, if you can’t take the heat you may want to consider retiring. If you can’t win, and you didn’t win four times in a row, that does not mean that the others cheated. It simply means that you are not good enough. I would never vote for a man who ignites fire between his own countrymen. I have had the most pleasant opportunity to talk to a few people and ask them why they support PTI. Following are the most popular opinions:
- His personality is awesome.
- He looks good.
- I can feel he will bring change.
- Because he won the World Cup.
These are only some of the absurd responses that the so-called educated supporters of Imran Khan gave. One can only imagine how the responses will be from the uneducated and so on. Before long now, Imran Khan will resort to long marches, and brewing hatred between people. It is not too late Mr. Khan, accept the results, let go of any animosity, make peace, and prove your mantle for the next general elections. Wouldn’t you rather the money you spend on campaigns is spend on the people you are oh-so-fond of? Wouldn’t you rather spend it in your own province? Wouldn’t you rather bring prosperity to the people of Pakistan? Wouldn’t you rather spend it on your own hospitals for which are always begging charity? Or would you prefer concerts on a container while feeding and infuriating people with falsified hope? This is Pakistan Mr. Khan, fix this Pakistan if you can. There is no room for Naya Pakistan nor is there any need. If Naya Pakistan is everything you represent, then I’m sorry to say that Naya Pakistan will be worse. If you have any dignity left, take the high road. Try to fathom the multiple defeats. Live to fight another day.
P.S. I do not necessarily support PML-N, but I absolutely abhor people that are selfish, destructive, and can’t take a loss when they are handed one.
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