Lahore Jalsa, a new beginning for Imran Khan?
Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, mostly known as Imran Khan’s party, are hoping for a dramatic change after the crucial congregation at Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore.
PTI emerged as a huge threat for relatively old parties like Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)a year ago. But things unexpectedly started changing when a lot of politicians decided to leave the party, seeing that its popularity
was going down day by day.
On the other hand, Mian Nawaz Sharif’s party is gaining huge popularity, at least the recent surveys suggest so. The PTI members believe that their graph went down because they were too busy in the intra-party election. And now since that mess has come to
an end, PTI is likely to go up once again.
Do you remember PTI’s huge congregation on 30th October 2011, after which many seasoned politicians joined the party. The Tsunami lovers are hoping for something similar. It is a reality that the upcoming gathering in Lahore is very important
for the party. And if Imran Khan fails to put up a big show, all his hopes will evaporate.
The chairman of the party, however, is really confident. I was surprised to see Jamaima’s recent tweet about her kids. She revealed that Imran told his sons that he would be Pakistan’s leader when they visit the country next time.
A lot of people call IK a freak who is over-confident. This has been his story however. From winning World Cup in 1992 to building Shaukat Khanam Hospital, Imran Khan has worked just like a freak. He is known for turning impossible into possible.
Politics is a different business though. It is not about an individual. He needs big names and famous faces to get support of those living in the rural areas. So far, his opponents are on top.
If a traditional election takes place, IK will have no chance whatsoever. However, if he succeeds in creating a wave, he might trouble even the best in business. Lahore Congregation is the first step towards that particular wave. Time will tell how Imran
and his party perform.