Imran Khan unlike many previous leaders has a keen understanding of his environment. Being a self made man, Imran excels at tipping the scales to balance them between self interests and helping out others equally. It is one of the most important political skills that have established him as a gifted politician.
The PTI government’s condition of an indemnity bond was a politically adept move. If a bond was provided by the Sharif family, it would essentially undermine any claims of not being corrupt. Having his campaign based on bringing the corrupt politicians to justice, letting Sharif go would have been political suicide. Since now the Lahore High Court has overturned the move, the judiciary has taken a large share of the blame if Mr. Nawaz indeed does not return back to Pakistan to face the charges against him.
Looking at it in simpler terms, Imran Khan appears to be greatly against the idea of abandoning his anti-corruption agenda. His final move is perceived as being a man of action, doing all in his power to ensure that justice is held above all else. Part of the credit goes to the advisors of Imran Khan, who provide him with a wide array of suggestions with diverse perspectives. Perhaps Imran Khan realized this at an early stage, that the any compromise on his anti-corruption agenda would destabilize his political support and following. Imran Khan is currently working towards economic stability, but has realized that getting rid of the Purana Pakistan (Old Corrupt Ways) is much harder. There is no Roti, Kapra or Makan call that will gain him votes for the economic reforms and his Naya Pakistan revolves around eliminating corruption mainly.
The Naya Pakistan is still riddled with individuals who have based their business developments on the Purana Pakistan. These individuals have made big names for themselves by using the government’s resources and making a profit out of it for themselves. The economy partly rests in the hands of these individuals that have resorted to buying cheap goods from the government and selling it at their own rates. Bargaining in an noncompetitive, highly regulated state economy is what makes these people richer and any threat to their income is bound to be met with challenges.
The general population has suffered through this system for so long that most of the people understand this rigged system. To put it into one sentence, people have grown accustomed to a world where there is corruption but they aren’t forced to pay taxes. An average Pakistani has dealt with the corruption and Purana Pakistan system that it has been hard coded into their mind. It is not a matter of if you get caught breaking the law you will have to face justice, it is always about how much in bribes you will have to pay. The people of Pakistan understand the business model of Purana Pakistan and it’s more of an instinct than actually supporting this system.
The daily grind for Pakistanis is about making deals with this devil of a system. The average Pakistani struggles to make enough to afford basic healthcare. It is necessary to consider the contents of one’s wallet before getting checked up by a doctor. Healthcare, Acquisition of slum housing, Cheaper food items and Water for agriculture are what’s required in reforms. However, Khan has gotten sidetracked by reviving the FBR and Tax system to support incompetent public sector that is only draining the public and businesses on the pretext of regulation.
Imran Khan may have turned adversities into opportunities successfully, but still remains under the threat of being eliminated politically by the ‘system’. The dream of Naya Pakistan is edging closer but still remains far from reality as a whole. To actually achieve Naya Pakistan, it will require more than just Taxes to kick start the economy and break the elite stronghold. (system)
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