Pakistan General Elections 2018 – The Silver Linings:

A friend of mine posted this to Facebook and I’m reproducing it below. It’s interesting that Pakistan has a FPTP, like the UK, US, India & Canada. That means that there’s an inbuilt bias for a 2-Party system. At any rate the below is an interesting read. Apparently a Shi’ite lady (PTI) beat a sectarian outfit.

-An absolutely brilliant and inspiring election campaign by Mohammad Jibran Nasir, where he refused to bow down to extremist pressure (ZackNote: he is a Shi’ite and has a bold stance on the Ahmediyya) and never once indulged in condemnation of any community or mud-slinging against any party. It won him 6,462 and 6,109 votes from NA-247 and PS-111 respectively, which in today’s political climate is a huge achievement.

-The first Hindu to be elected to the National Assembly on a general seat: PPP candidate Dr Mahesh Kumar Malani from Tharparkar (NA-222).

-Two leaders of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement – Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar – winning National Assembly seats from South Waziristan and being able to represent the PTM in Parliament.

-Rana Sanaullah, Chaudhry Nisar and Maulana Fazal ur Rehman types being voted out. Just go now, bye.

-The overall underwhelming performance of religious parties such as Tehreek Labaik Pakistan despite all the pre-election hype they had created.

-An over 50% voter turnout despite the targeted attacks that killed three candidates in the election run-up and a suicide attack outside a polling station in Quetta on election day.

-Avoiding a hung Parliament, which would have meant further instability and focus away from governance in Pakistan.

A stellar victory speech by Imran Khan, hitting all the right notes. Much cause for holding on to hope and a reminder of all the crucial work that is to be done.

Now onwards and upwards Pakistan 🇵🇰

FM

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29 Replies to “Pakistan General Elections 2018 – The Silver Linings:”

  1. I’m very happy about Dr. Mahesh Kumar Malani. As someone wrote on FaceBook, while PTI was conducting politics on “Finality of Prophethood”, PPP was getting a Hindu elected on a general seat.

    Imran Khan said all the right things in his victory speech, but let’s see if he is able to deliver on what he promised.

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    1. >I’m very happy about Dr. Mahesh Kumar Malani. As someone wrote on FaceBook, while PTI was conducting politics on “Finality of Prophethood”, PPP was getting a Hindu elected on a general seat.

      There were actually several PPP leaders who made comments about the Khatam-e-Nabuwat in support of the protesters (https://twitter.com/cybertosser/status/939438370299801601?lang=en). And when election times started gearing up, Bilawal Bhutto diligently began scrubbing anything on his Twitter feed which could be translated to supporting Ahmadi civil rights. And PTI got a Kalash elected under one of their tickets in Chitral. Both parties play the token minority figure game, and both play the Khatam-e-Nabuwat game too. Imo PPP is worse because behind their fake-ass woke progressive bs, they’ve given cover to some of the most regressive and antidemocratic politics for decades.

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      1. PPP is the most progressive mainstream party. They have been greeting Hindus on Holi and Diwali for ages. Recently, PML-N also started doing this.

        PTI is a totally right-wing party and most rational people in Pakistan know this. Imran Khan portrays himself as a born-again Muslim.

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        1. If that’s your checkmark for progressivism, then the PTI would be just as progressive as the PPP since Imran Khan and the PTI have also issued greetings for Holi. Anyway, what’s the use of such shallow progressivism? The PPP has presided over a long period of girl snatching and forced conversions, sometimes by its own politicians in Sindh. Sherry or Bilawal’s greetings and tweets don’t mean shit when it comes to concrete action.

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        2. Is there really something called born again Muslim or it’s a rip off of born again Christian 😂😂. Sashi tharror would be born again Hindu then

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          1. Imran is a “born again Muslim” in the sense that he has distanced himself from his playboy past and very ostentatiously adopted conservative Islamic positions. His current wife even covers her face, unlike Jemima and Reham.

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  2. ” (ZackNote: he is a Shi’ite and has a bold stance on the Ahmediyya) ”

    Is he? How has he till now escaped from LEJ and SSP, considering what he has been accused of.

    “The first Hindu to be elected to the National Assembly on a general seat: ”

    I think that raja of Umerkot would/should have won couple of times had he been contesting.

    “Two leaders of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement… ”

    Thats the only sensible move, Pashtuns are the most co-opted group in pakistan, the movement will soon slowly die its silent death, and will give rise to PTM party which will just be another pashtun party.

    “Rana Sanaullah, Chaudhry Nisar and Maulana Fazal ur Rehman types being voted out. Just go now, bye.”

    The only person who can rock a better mustache than Sanaullah is Mr Ahuja (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyan_Dev_Ahuja)
    About “Chowdy” Nissar i would not take any injustice meted to my fellow Chandravanshi(or is he Suryanvanshi?) rajput brother. Pura Padmavat hojayega!!!

    “The overall underwhelming performance of religious parties such as Tehreek Labaik Pakistan ”

    Could never understand how much”Islam” do you really need in already self professed Islamic country? Pen di siri! Ali aftab has also released its remix version.

    Best of luck Pakistan!

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  3. Latest news is all the non-PTI parties (except for PPP) have decided not to join the Parliament and are calling for a re-election. Interesting times ahead.

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    1. Reham was his wife. She lived in Bani Gala. I’m sure she knows what she is talking about.

      Is she angry and exaggerating some stuff? Probably. If you were divorced in a nasty way, locked out of the house and not allowed to collect your stuff, you’d probably be out to get the man as well.

      Hope he has better luck with the Peerni.

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  4. I’ve heard she wrote some weird shit like IK was gay, had Indian kids, and took drugs. There was apparently some zionist plot BS in there too and Jemima said she might sue if the book was published in the UK because some conspiracy stuff about her family. On top of that, rumours about Wasim Akram having cuckold fantasies and having his now deceased wife sleep with a black man.

    Personally, I think Reham is a garbage human being and there are better critiques of IK out there.

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    1. You shouldn’t be able to spread canards about our qaid-e nou or openly hob-nob with a ghaddar-e watan like haqqani without being imprisoned for it. No raham for reham. Lock the woman up…

      The rooh of Qaid-e azam and Iqbal will be smiling at us from jannah today, for we have achieved to elect our messiah and fulfilled our destiny. Only befitting that the skipper who gave us the World Cup is the skipper of our ship in these troubled waters…

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    2. Everyone knows he has illegitimate children. Sita White’s daughter lives with Jemima. Would it be so surprising if some of them are Indian? A lot of people have said that he was on drugs, not just Reham.

      I don’t really care about his supposed bisexuality. I do care that he is a right-wing hypocrite. He portrays himself as a conservative Muslim (and distances himself from his playboy past) and yet he indulges in superstitions like rubbing kali daal on himself to ward off “black magic”. As his wife, she would know this stuff. It seems plausible. As she said, she comes from a household that follows Shariah and she was shocked by the goings on in Bani gala. He has a right to do whatever he wants, but then he shouldn’t be so set on imposing conservative Islam on the whole country.

      Even if you think that Reham is a disgruntled ex-wife and is making some stuff up, there is enough there that seems somewhat plausible. Calling her a “garbage human being” is going too far in my opinion.

      The point is IK is not as “Muslim” as he makes himself out to be. You don’t have to like Nawaz Sharif, but as far as we know he has only ever had one wife and no illegitimate children.

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      1. >Everyone knows he has illegitimate children. Sita White’s daughter lives with Jemima. Would it be so surprising if some of them are Indian? A lot of people have said that he was on drugs, not just Reham.

        I don’t really care about his supposed bisexuality. I do care that he is a right-wing hypocrite. He portrays himself as a conservative Muslim (and distances himself from his playboy past) and yet he indulges in superstitions like rubbing kali daal on himself to ward off “black magic”. As his wife, she would know this stuff. It seems plausible. As she said, she comes from a household that follows Shariah and she was shocked by the goings on in Bani gala. He has a right to do whatever he wants, but then he shouldn’t be so set on imposing conservative Islam on the whole country.

        Conveniently ignored the Jew and zionist conspiracy baiting in her book, but OK. If anything, that, and her appearances on foreign media where she makes a U-turn from zionist Khan to Taliban Khan should tell you she just says what her audience wants to hear. And thus, smear attacks.

        >Calling her a “garbage human being” is going too far in my opinion.

        She’s very clearly wanted to get into politics for a long time and if you really like juicy rumours and hearsay, you can go check out what PTI members had to say about her attitude during her marriage with IK.

        >The point is IK is not as “Muslim” as he makes himself out to be. You don’t have to like Nawaz Sharif, but as far as we know he has only ever had one wife and no illegitimate children.

        No one voted for IK because he’s a model Muslim. There were literal maulvis people could vote for if they wanted a devout Muslim to represent the country. It was a mix of anti-imcumbency and approval of PTI governance.

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        1. If you are a PTI supporter, there is no further point to this conversation. IK is a right-wing hypocrite. But I hope he is able to take the entire country on board and not just be the PM of those who voted for him. Given the foul language he has used against Mian Sahab and Zardari, I’m not expecting great statesmanship from him. I’d love to be proven wrong, for the sake of my country of origin.

          It’s not a surprise that Reham wanted to get into politics. I think that’s part of the reason they got divorced. With the Peerni, he now has a wife who will quietly sit at home and speak to the jinns in Bani gala (I kid you not, she actually told a foreign journalist that she talks to jinns. She’ll probably find some jinns in PM House.) He made a big deal about the fact that he never saw the Peerni’s face until they got married.

          IK’s whole shtick is that he’s a born-again Muslim and he wants Pakistan to be an “Islamic welfare state”. That’s part of his appeal. You have to be very naive to think that that isn’t the case.

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          1. I can’t have a conversation about politics with anyone who likes PTI.

            If you don’t like women who cover their heads, the new Mrs. Khan (the Peerni) covers her entire face. Her views are quite bizarro. I swear to God she actually told a foreign journalist that the jinn speak to her (Nadeem Paracha quoted this in a column). I hope she doesn’t inflict her bizarro ideas on the people of Pakistan.

            Reham was a modern Muslim woman. Peerni, not so much.

            I hope Khan Sahab is good for Pakistan. Given that he’s a tool of the Army, I’m not holding out much hope.

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          2. >Given the foul language he has used against Mian Sahab and Zardari, I’m not expecting great statesmanship from him.

            What are you expecting him to do? Butter them up? Those two are so objectively terrible and despised by the country, that at different times, both their parties have campaigned on getting the other dragged through the streets and punished for corruption.

            >he wants Pakistan to be an “Islamic welfare state”. That’s part of his appeal.

            Yeah emphasis on welfare. In case you haven’t noticed, Pakistan’s already an Islamic republic. The MMA flat out stole Erdogan’s soft Islamism for their election campaign and lost so badly that they’re now sitting in the APC complaining about rigging.

            >If you are a PTI supporter, there is no further point to this conversation.

            It sounds like your biggest complaint is against Pakistan’s national identity imo. You can’t criticize IK for talking about an Islamic welfare state in a country which was created to be a ‘new Madinah’.

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          3. I am well aware Pakistan is an “Islamic Republic”. I live here.

            My “biggest complaint” is that IK is a right-wing hypocrite and a mouthpiece for the Army. Also that this was not a free election. All out efforts were made to destroy the PML-N and Mian Sahab and Maryam Bibi were conveniently jailed just before the election.

            You can’t talk about Mian Sahab being “objectively despised by the country”. Large swathes of Lahore and Central Punjab love him. If this had been a fair election, PML-N would have won more than 64 seats. They could have done worse than they did last time, but not this badly. The playing field was set up so that Khan Sahab would win.

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          4. I don’t think Kabir should worry too much. I feel Imran being Imran will bump into the “boys” on some issue or the other, then army would be back to Shabaz sharif – zardari combo.

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          5. Saurav,

            You are right. I wouldn’t count PML-N out forever. Maryam Nawaz could still be a future contender if she uses her jail experience to turn her into Benazir. I would love an elegant Punjabi Muslim woman as the leader of Pakistan. It would certainly send out a “soft” image of the country. Maryam Bibi’s future prospects was the main reason they came back. Otherwise, Mian Sahab could have lived in exile forever. He’s already been PM three times.

            All I wanted was a free and fair election. Whoever the PM of Pakistan is doesn’t make a difference to the daily lives of the upper-middle classes. Anyway, I am a foreign citizen and will be moving abroad to study soon.

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          6. > right-wing hypocrite

            Fair enough.

            > mouthpiece for the Army

            Very nice meme. He supported Ali Wazir and other PTM candidates in the recent election, criticized the military ops in NW Pakistan, disagrees with fencing the Afghan border, and came close to wrecking US-Pak mil relations with the NATO blockade.

            > All out efforts were made to destroy the PML-N and Mian Sahab were conveniently jailed just before the election.

            Yeah, and the Panama Gate scandal also conveniently cropped up near the end of NS’ tenure, just in time for the judiciary to prosecute him and jailed before the election. Really makes you think, huh?

            >Maryam Bibi

            Lmao I can understand your support for NS but you don’t need to start buttering his spawn, especially one whose sole noteworthy accomplishment has been being the daughter of a leading politician.

            >You can’t talk about Mian Sahab being “objectively despised by the country”. Large swathes of Lahore and Central Punjab love him.

            I mean if you want to get technical, of course, there’re people who’ll support him.It’s funny actually, because you’ll acknowledge that outside his little regional stronghold which he showers in money and development, there’s no one who has a reason or incentive to support him or cheer for him.

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          7. I will always take Maryam Bibi’s name with great respect as I will take Mian Sahab’s name with great respect.

            What matters is Lahore and Central Punjab. That is the heartland of the whole country.

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