Imran Khan, The Future of Pakistan
Present day Pakistan is enmeshed in numerous problems, such as corruption, nepotism, social evils, economic crisis, energy shortage, water crisis, population explosion, terrorism, international isolation( to an extent), rising menace of foreign debt, law and order situation and so on. It is an herculean task to steer the nation’s boat through the hot water. In such circumstances, with the slogan ‘Tabdeeli Aa nahi rahi Tabdeeli aa gye hy’ Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf under the dynamic leadership of Imran Khan participated the General Election 2018 and succeeded in getting more seats than the rival political parties such as PPP and Muslim League (N). Now it is up to Imran Khan and its team to change the present day Pakistan into ‘Naya Pakistan’. Tehreek e Insaaf revealed Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s saying in its manifesto which reads, “We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.” In the light of the saying, the Movement for Justice/Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) started its journey and succeeded in convincing the voters in General Elections. For this purpose, they started a fight for a just and equitable society based on the system that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) laid down in the Medina Charter, which was the foundation of the model Islamic state, an egalitarian society based on the rule of law and economic justice, the first welfare state in the history of mankind. It was none other but the Muslim philosopher Ibn-e-Khaldun who saw through the mist of history and made it clear that when the Muslims’ commitment to justice declined so did their civilisation. It is these principles of justice and egalitarianism that Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah envisaged for Pakistan and it is these principles which are the foundation of PTI. For PTI, it is not just “politics”: it is a commitment to building a welfare stat e where the rule of law, meritocracy and transparency are guaranteed to all citizens - where a social welfare safety net is provided to the marginalised and the elderly. A just order is the foundation for creating a nation where equal opportunity exists for all citizens in all fields from health to education to security of life and property. Justice ensures women, minorities, the poor, the differently-abled, the dispossessed and disadvantaged are not exploited by the powerful or discriminated against. PTI is the Party of the ordinary Pakistani toiling hard to make a better future for himself/herself and his/her family. PTI stands committed to providing that future because it sees the people of Pakistan as the wealth of Pakistan. That is why PTI has always dedicated itself to the welfare of all the people of Pakistan without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, origin, gender, or religion. PTI stands for an effective government with merit and responsiveness as the guiding principles. PTI strongly believes that an ineffective state structure has generated a crisis of governance that has effectively marginalised everyone in the country except a small elite. Therefore, PTI will end this corrupt and decaying system to build anew on the foundations of Justice and Equity. The legacy of misrule and misery by a corrupt inept elite will be relegated to the dustbin of history. PTI also recognises the scourge of terrorism and its devastating effect on Pakistan and its citizens not only in terms of the massive loss of Pakistani lives but also in a once tolerant society becoming polarised into intolerance, fear and hate. PTI stands committed to restoring the spirit of tolerance and acceptance amongst all the citizens of Pakistan.