The upcoming general elections have created a contrasting environment in Pakistan. One side is the enthusiastic one, where people are excited and willing about the upcoming elections 2013 whereas the other side is terrified and frightened about the present violent situation of the country and expecting more adverse conditions ahead.
In a strange way, the array of continuous events since after the launch of electoral campaign the political setup of the country seems to be divided into two categories, Secular and Non secular. Previously the political parties were always categorized and identified on the basis of language and provincial popularity.
The two political categories can easily be distinguished from each other as the one attacked by Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan are secular political parties where as those which are unharmed by TTP are non secular. The secular parties include Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) and the non secular consist of majorly Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamaat e Islami (JI).
The continuous deadly attacks on candidates, members and political offices of PPP, MQM and ANP all over Pakistan by TTP has brought a colossus damage to these parties not just in terms of member killings but have also sabotaged their electoral campaigns. Whereas on the other hand PML-N and PTI is running a massive electoral campaign from conducting public rallies to political meetings and door to door campaign.
After analyzing the current political scenario certain weird doubts occur in mind.
Is it actually TTP after all these blasts and terror attacks on political parties? Or is it just a ‘Pseudonym’ or ‘cat’s paw’ being used by those powers which do not want elections and cannot tolerate democracy in the country especially by the ex-ruling parties (PPP, MQM, ANP). As they may have a fear that these ex-coalition parties might again form a government because some how these three parties still have popularity votes in their strong regions. Therefore these ‘powers’ are using the title of TTP to extirpate the chances of elections or eradicate these parties from electoral race.
Isn’t TTP or powers behind it, rather than pushing PPP, MQM and ANP to the wall – are gathering sympathies for these by targeting? The Masses which previously voted for these three parties and brought them to the government had got really irked by these because of their ineffective government and wanted to get rid of these but now feel sympathetic as these parties are being continuously threatened.
Will the anti-taliban masses vote for PTI and PML-N? The TTP is not targeting these two parties because they are non-secular but this situation might affect these parties negatively because people are getting this impression that PML-N and PTI have softer policy for Taliban and during their regime Taliban will fasten their roots in Pakistan. Masses with such kind of doubts might avoid voting Nawaz League and Imran Khan.
Above all these threatening attacks on parties the worst fear of people which might prevent masses from going to polling stations and hence voting is the threat of Taliban’s attacks on polling stations on 11 May.
But people should get out of their fears, be brave and cast vote to whatever party and whoever leader they deem fit because that’s the only way our nation can curb these anti-prosperity powers. Democracy should be promoted in Pakistan because it’s the utmost right of our nation to choose its leader and ruler, ITSELF.