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The Role of Youth in Current Political Dilemma of Pakistan

by M. Ali on 4th September, 2014 at 4:43 PM CEST

Pakistan is a developing country and it is politically unstable. Democratic governments have always failed to complete their tenure which eventually results in a long lasting dictatorship reign. In Pakistani politics, there is a clear domination by few land lord families only and these families have never produced long lasting fruitful results since after the British rule in the subcontinent. The political system has been stagnant since 70′s and no drastic change has taken place. The chair of the head of state has been a war between the head of the army staff and a few noticeable political leaders.

Last year, when Mr. Nawaz Sharif won a landslide election victory, many dared hope that Pakistan was entering a new, democratic era free of turmoil on the streets and of meddling generals. The election was a milestone, the first time in the country’s history that one democratically elected government handed over the charge to another elected party. It was first civilian administration to last out a full five-years term.

Alas, not everybody on Pakistan’s political scene has concluded that repeatedly interrupting the democratic process retards national progress. Imran Khan, a former famous cricketer, turned manipulator politician, is preparing to lay siege to the Capital, Islamabad, with an army of supporters. Mr. Khan’s aides liken the gambit to the prolonged demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in 2011; his aim is to bring down the government.


Imran Khan (L) and Tahirul Qadri (R) say only a change of government will end their protest

Alongwith Mr. Khan, Tahir ul Qadri, a famous religious scholar who runs a well-known Muslim organization ”Minhaj Ul Quran and commands an immense following. Unlike Mr. Khan, he appears uninterested in fresh elections. Instead, he wants a “green revolution” leading to the establishment of a government run by spotless but as yet unidentified technocrats. Mr. Qadri’s followers have in recent months shown their capacity for confrontation, sometimes violent, with police. They also have staying-power: in early 2013 Mr. Qadri led another long march to Islamabad, where thousands of his supporters camped out on the Capital’s main avenue in winter. Mr. Qadri established his grounds for a huge anti-government protest, last month, when his 18 followers were killed by protesting against the government in Lahore. Unfortunately, all were young people. This incident created wrath in the community of Mr. Qadri against the Government.

On 14th August, 2014 which is also the independent day of Pakistan, Mr. Qadri and Mr. Khan started their Long March towards the Capital of the country along with an army of their supporters. Mr. Sharif’s government has responded by banning demonstrations, blocking entrances to Islamabad with shipping containers, and calling upon the army to protect the city. All this has made the situation worse. Both the opposition leaders captured the capital and the whole nation turned into a frustration. The stock market wobbled, and currency dealers reported a rush to dump Pakistani rupees for dollars. The Capital seems to be like war zone. All major institutions are not working since last two weeks and whole nation is facing the frustration due to instability of political system.

The most important thing is that majority of the protesters in both the parties belongs to youth group. It reveals that youth of the country wants to bring a change in the conservative political system. Especially the party of Mr. Khan, Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaaf, is known as the party of youth. It shows that how the Youth of the country starts participating in political issues which is fruitful to have a Corruption free society in the country. It indicates a new political trend evolved in Pakistan.


An aerial view of protestors (picture source)

Both the opposition parties know the power of young blood that’s why after spending 17 consecutive days in the protest, they are still on their demands. The Government is trembling. The business community, traders, civil society, the media, lawyers and the courts all voiced strong support for the positive demands of the protestors so that the country may re-travel to its normal routine life. Even, many of them described Imran Khan' and Qadri’s demands as illegal and unconstitutional - but that was not the point. The point is to handle the worse political situation of the country with a new trends and reforms. The role of youth in politics seems to be revolutionary in this scenario and needs to be looked upon if the country is to strive for betterment. One possible solution for the underlying problem is to improve the political and electoral system.

In such a chaos there is still a huge quantum of hope along side, there is anticipation and prospects route for accomplishment and triumph. Consequently, there is a huge responsibility lying on the young generation’s shoulders, towards nation building. To bring the state of affairs back on track the youth has to play its proactive role to help change things for better, and to revive the state of affairs from getting worse. 

“Words, without power, is mere philosophy”

Written as personal view by M. Ali. (CF Local Representative, Pakistan) 

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Nayna Thakkar

Nayna Thakkar

Wishing for Peace in Pakistan and Ali Good Job for sharing information..

8th September, 2014 @ 12:01 PM CEST

Hitesh Thakkar

Hitesh Thakkar

Right Ali.. Nice Informative Article...

8th September, 2014 @ 12:03 PM CEST

Chinmay Dave

Chinmay Dave

Ali thanks for sharing article... Good work

8th September, 2014 @ 12:06 PM CEST

Dhaval Desai

Dhaval Desai

Its globally situation... so youth have to come in front and have to play imp. role

8th September, 2014 @ 12:11 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

Dear Hitesh!

thanks so much for your comments!!

credit goes to you my beloved VP(LR)!
Thanx again to motivate me to write down the article

8th September, 2014 @ 6:23 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

Thanks Nayna Bhabhi for your positive response!!!

8th September, 2014 @ 6:25 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

Thanks Dear Dave and Desai for your nice comments!!!

8th September, 2014 @ 6:27 PM CEST

Hitesh Thakkar

Hitesh Thakkar

Welcome and keep it up bro your effort as change maker..

11th September, 2014 @ 8:11 AM CEST

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