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    Will Nawaz Sharif Win?

    Will Nawaz Sharif Win?
    By Dr Haider Mehdi
    The vital question being posed for political
    deliberation in the above title is: Will Mian Nawaz Sharif be the next Prime
    Minister of Pakistan?
    No… he will not. That is the simple answer.
    Yes, he could be. Only IF…
    Let me attempt to explain my perspective on the subject
    in the context of present-day Pakistan and the political realities that are
    behind the massive intensity of a “tsunami” that is on its way and bound to hit
    the political landscape of this country with a yet to be imagined magnitude.
    Revolutionary change is going to be the future history of Pakistan – there is no
    alternative other than a massive transformation of political culture in this
    nation. Make fundamental changes or parish – that is the writing on the wall for
    all political forces and their respective leaderships at this point in time.

    Hence, Mian Nawaz Sharif’s political destiny is at a
    crossroads (like everyone else’s). Understanding the definition of “IF” and the
    probability of its execution is the most crucial factor in Nawaz Sharif’s
    political lifeline in tomorrow’s democratic Pakistan.
    Let us start with some basics: Today’s Pakistan is a
    poor country (though having prospects of being an economic giant) with a
    massively deprived population. The leadership of such a nation cannot
    legitimately or morally sustain political credibility and public trust if it
    lives in palaces, enjoys colonial times lifestyles, and thrives in luxury and
    affluence that is beyond the imagination of its common citizens. As of now,
    nearly all Pakistani political leadership delights itself in the splendor of
    luminous elegance and self-indulgence, and the ruling class has timelessly
    maintained protocols reminiscent of a monarch’s era. Understandably, the ruling
    elite’s lifestyle enrages common citizens – in fact, present-day Pakistan is a
    classic example of a divided society of “haves” and “have nots” – the entire
    ruling elite and its leadership are living in an entirely different world of a
    materially prosperous existence while the majority of people struggle on a daily
    basis to marginally survive.
    Let us consider, for deliberative purposes, Mian Nawaz
    Sharif’s two basic indicators of his lifetime achievements: his entrepreneurial
    and political profiles. Indeed (no questions about it) Nawaz Sharif is a
    brilliant business entrepreneur “par excellence”. He has an enterprising history
    of success in several business projects inside and outside the country. Nawaz
    Sharif has unquestionably established himself as an icon in the field of
    Pakistan’s industry and trade. His leadership in business circles is, indeed,
    outstanding and so are his achievements in setting up his family business
    Politically, Mian Nawaz Sharif is a “Right Wing”
    corporate-affiliated entrepreneur who is ideologically and strategically
    committed to ultra-rightist prescriptions of economic policy- planning for the
    nation. This is understandable because it has been the key to Mian Nawaz
    Sharif’s entrepreneurial success. As such, the PML-N Quaid is compulsively (by
    life experience and a particular mindset) attached to a philosophical political
    view that the nation’s advancement and progress is intrinsically linked to the
    fundamentals of corporate capitalism and its economic policies. However,
    rationally-speaking this ideological perspective makes Mian Nawaz Sharif an
    ardent supporter of political and economic “status quo” in the country.
    Hence, the question that begs urgent attention and
    political response is: Can the continuation of the economic-political “status
    quo” serve the needs of the Pakistani people in tomorrow’s Pakistan? Another
    issue linked to the political-economic status quo is the vital connection
    between political power and economic control – whoever controls political power
    controls economic power as well.
    Public perceptions on the matter is that Pakistan’s
    ruling elite has so far used political power to gain massive economic benefits,
    mostly through illegal means, for their vested interests. In fact, the common
    citizens of Pakistan are absolutely convinced that the ruling elite has enriched
    themselves at the expense of the public. They hold the ruling class responsible
    for the massive corruption, mismanagement and fall of Pakistan into a
    political-economic abyss. They know that the widening chasm of socio-economic
    disparity in the nation is caused by the ruling class’s insatiable lust for
    vested economic interests and the misuse of political power for this purpose.

    The point is that public perceptions, no matter how
    inaccurate, are in fact the visible and accepted face of reality. People in
    Pakistan today want change. They want social economic parity. They wish for
    social justice. They demand fairness. They want a leadership that serves them,
    not governs them. They want an end to the political and economic status quo.
    They aspire for a peoples-rooted participatory democracy and a share in
    political decision-making.
    History tells us a nation’s destiny is made by
    historical acts of superb human determination, heroic personal sacrifices by its
    leaders and a commitment to selfless service to people’s welfare. So, can Mian
    Nawaz Sharif embrace political sainthood? Can he be the political Qalandar to
    respond to the peoples’ demands, shun worldly possessions and addictions, and
    make personal sacrifices worthy of a legendary leader? Can he, for example, turn
    his massive Raiwind Estate into a national university as a token of solidarity
    with common Pakistanis (anyway why should a leader in an impoverished nation
    live like an Emperor)? Those are the “IFs” that are vital for the PML-N leader’s
    future political fate in Pakistan.
    It should be noted that Mian Nawaz Sharif’s political
    past is tainted with historical errors of his era (like all others in politics).
    Consequently, a public trust deficit exists at several levels of society in the
    context of his political image and leadership. In the next general elections,
    the main threat to Nawaz Sharif’s national political leadership will come from
    his arch rival, Imran Khan.
    Khan, on the other hand, does not suffer from any kind
    of public trust deficit. Imran Khan’s “doctrine of change” (which he terms
    “tsunami”) is not corporate-based; his message of change is anti-status quo and
    fundamentally a revolutionary transformation in political management and
    political culture. He does not have to make heroic sacrifices; he is already a
    national hero. Khan has excelled on the cricket field where Nawaz Sharif has
    failed convincingly as a player and metaphorically as a political actor (he’s
    accused of playing the game of politics by manipulations). Imran Khan has
    already established irrevocable national credentials in public service by virtue
    of his nonprofit Shaukat Khanum Hospital and Namal University in Mianwali. Imran
    Khan is supported by the country’s youth who are going to be the bearers of
    impending political change. And on top of that, timely winds are blowing (for
    Imran Khan) as revolutionary political transformations take over the entire
    Islamic world.
    Historically, the context of specific time and age in
    politics is of vital importance. Today’s Pakistan is in a whirlpool of immense
    political change. Indeed, it would be wrong to judge Nawaz Sharif’s leadership
    unfairly – but, it is just the irony of time. There are too many “ifs” and
    “buts” associated with traditional political leadership these days in
    contemporary Pakistan.
    And that explains why Mian Nawaz Sharif will face tough
    going for a top leadership slot in the forthcoming national elections!
    Traditional political leadership is out of the loop of
    our times!!

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    i hope that Nawaz shareef and his friend Zardari , both will get tough time from Pakistan tehreek e insaaf , InshaAllah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by admin View Post
    i hope that Nawaz shareef and his friend Zardari , both will get tough time from Pakistan tehreek e insaaf , InshaAllah.
    Lets hope & pray for that......

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