News Kashmir Exclusive
A historic turn has taken place in the politics of Pakistan after nearly 30 years. Neither the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) nor the Pakistan Muslim League (N) will form the government in Islamabad this time. It will be the new party the centrist PTI on the block — the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.
After more than two decades of hard work in politics it looks finally hardwork and charisma of Imran khan has paid dividends. In his victory speech from his house in Bani Gala in the capital Islamabad’s suburbs, Khan shared his ambitious plans for the country and vowed to safeguard the interests of the ordinary people. “I will live humbly because I belong to the masses and come from you,” he said in a televised video message.
As a matter of fact , Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) (Urdu: پاکستان تحريک انصاف, “Pakistan Movement for Justice”) is a political party in Pakistan founded in 1996 by former national cricket captain Imran Khan. PTI is the most rapidly growing political party of Pakistan, and has created a tri-party system, in which it opposes both the leftist People’s Party and the conservative PML-N.
The biggest curiously is how the cricketer turned politician will take steps to better the worsen ties with India and also what will be his policy on Kashmir issue .
Mani Shankar Aiyar, prominent Indian politician and writer in his column wrote : “
For us in India, the near-universal rejection of Pakistan’s religion-based parties is perhaps the most significant outcome of this election – for it demonstrates (once again) that far from being partisans of fanatical Islamic terrorists, Pakistanis, by and large, reject religious extremism and terror politics. The mainstream of Pakistan’s public opinion is remarkably like India’s: deeply religious but very wary of basing politics on religion,. and wedded to the ballot rather than the bullet.”
While talking to the News Kashmir Nasir Khuehami, a young journalist states :” Imran Khan offers a change that many will find at least a new and dynamic change. We are yet not much aware about how he will go in the governance matters or foreign policy issues but I feel that less burden of any horrible past will make him take some good decisions hopefully .One hopes he takes steps in establishing peaceful relations with India and seeking solution to the vexed issue of the Kashmir. On relationship with India or on Kashmir issue I feel something new is offing as the previous government in Pakistan had become too predictable and traditional in approach.”
The coming weeks and months will be very interesting to note as to how the new PTI Government functions.