Posted: 28 May 2014 at 12:13pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by charminggenie
@Mr A - Congrats!! Thoughts on cabinet?
@KA - Was meaning to ask you this- has Imran Khan able to maintain his political relevance , is his party gaining ground somewhere? Also I liked N Sharif, he carried a lot of integrity and grace, irrespective of what he or his party does but I say , he did well .
In Pakistan the elections are mostly about "electibles". Specially in Punjab and Rural Sindh. These are people who have influence in their areas. They belong to parties and then there are many who we call "lotas" i.e who change parties where wind is blowing.
Imran was getting people to mobilize and was expecting a Tsunami. However Nawaz Sharif started collecting electibles in Punjab. Imran was expecting a change where these people would be voted out by common man. That did not happen and Nawaz routed him in Punjab.
Problem with Imran is that he does not want to use electibles as they are corrupt and represet fail system and looters. However on the other hand public in punjab specially is still the same. He got votes in KPK but failed in Punjab. Either he has to change his principles (which he does not easiliy) or expect public to come out.
Also he has not been able to make everyone happy. On one hand he is moder, liberal but then he is sympathetic to Taliban and calls for talks etc. He is soft on them. He is sort of dual in this that on one hand he is so principled about corruption but then you talk about peace talks with talibam (pakistani) who have killed many.
These are things which have kept him in check.
Nawaz behaved well and did not use this occasion to forward his concerns like Kashmir, water etc. I believe this was not the occasion (as all were there for ceremony) and I personally think modi acted little cheap in my opinion.
I guess he needed to show off to his domestic supporters that he is some sort of strong man. It was not required at this occasion and was undiplomatic. Anyway he is new and will soon learn the realities of how to run a country as oppose to a local state. Time will come to discuss these issues later on. Nawaz is now being criticized for being too soft or not responding. At very least all are accusing him of being unprepared. Anyway lets see. I dont see any hope in all this which is fine (in indo-pak context). lol
Edited by Forever-KA - 28 May 2014 at 12:17pm