Cre­vice in PTI

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

IT is iron­i­cal that when­ever PTI leader Im­ran Khan is un­der pres sure from within the party, he re­sorts to un­due and un­called for Govern­ment-bash­ing, ap­par­ently in a bid to di­vert at­ten­tion from in­ter­nal cre­vice in the party that is threat­en­ing its pop­u­lar­ity and also prospects for fu­ture to emerge as rul­ing party. Re­ports ap­peared on Sun­day that five MNAs of PTI have re­belled against KPK Chief Min­is­ter Per­vaiz Khat­tak al­leg­ing that he was in­volved in cor­rup­tion and con­spir­a­cies against Im­ran and was also hin­der­ing the much-trum­peted but un­re­al­ized changed.

Of course, it is an in­ter­nal is­sue for PTI to sort out but the chargesheet of the dis­si­dents de­serves due con­sid­er­a­tion by the party lead­er­ship as it also echoed con­cerns of­ten ex­pressed by dif­fer­ent seg­ments of the so­ci­ety and es­pe­cially peo­ple of KPK. Im­ran Khan is vow­ing not to sit idle till 2018 and would con­tinue to drum up Panama is­sue but strangely enough in­stead of tak­ing ac­tion against cor­rup­tion and cor­rupt prac­tices he pre­ferred to dis­miss ac­count­abil­ity chief of the Prov­ince. And now the is­sue has been high­lighted by five PTI MNAs who al­lege of­fi­cial funds are grossly be­ing mis­used. Sim­i­larly, Im­ran Khan is promis­ing change to peo­ple of Pak­istan but how and why should they be­lieve him when he has mis­er­ably failed to demon­strate any worth­while change in KPK where his party is in power for three years. PTI is los­ing cred­i­bil­ity and this was ev­i­dent from its de­feat in by-elec­tions in Pe­shawar but un­for­tu­nately its lead­er­ship is un­will­ing to see writ­ing on the wall. PTI an­nounced its in­ter­nal elec­tions a few weeks back but the plan had to be re­voked be­cause of strong rifts among in­flu­en­tial and top rank­ing lead­ers of the party and IK had to take refuge be­hind ‘ag­i­ta­tion’ against the Govern­ment to cam­ou­flage his in­ter­nal weak­nesses. This os­trich­like ap­proach would not work and in­stead in­flict more harm on the party in months to come. There­fore, in­stead of wast­ing his en­er­gies on desta­bi­liz­ing the Fed­eral Govern­ment, Khan should bet­ter fo­cus on party af­fairs and gov­er­nance is­sues in KPK as fate of the party hinges on th­ese two most cru­cial chal­lenges.

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