I write as a confirmed middle classia who has voted in two general elections for two different losing PPP candidates.
Something interesting happened today. Something shocked me greatly- so much that I shot up and rubbed my eyes to see whether I was asleep. But before I come to it let me give you the context.
Eversince the PPP got into an alliance with its historical foe ANP from NWFP, we have seen the emergence of a new kind of a self styled PPP worker. This PPP worker is virtually indistinguishable from an ANP worker on certain key stances which are:
1. You cannot refer to Pakhtunkhwa as NWFP…even if you do it inadvertently, you are a right wing middle class revolutionary wanna be PML-N sympathizer.
2. If you say something against Bacha Khan (who Zulfikar Ali Bhutto hated and who hated Zulfikar Ali Bhutto) you are an enemy of the PPP, Democracy and forces of the left.
3. If you supported the Lawyers’ Movement or have said anything good about Aitzaz Ahsan – well you are a right wing Islamo-fascist left hating closet Jamaatia.
4. If you call yourself a Pakistani instead of anything else, well you are most likely a member of the racist Punjabi elite out to cheat Pushtuns and everyone else of their rights.
These are consistent positions by the Neo-pipliya. It is therefore mildly amusing to be termed a middle class left-hating jamaatia left wannabe anti PPP Nawaz Leaguer, especially if you have always been a loyal PPP voter and if your family has been in the PPP since the late 1960s, by those who antecedents were in 1977 part of the Nizam e Mustafa campaign against Bhutto and who actively supported the military coup by General Zia and later accepted presidential medals from the General himself. Yes I am referring to the ANP wolf in PPP sheep’s clothing.
Now ladies and gentlemen there is a point to this. Bear with me for I come to the shocking discovery that was so shocking that I shot up from the bed in surprise as mentioned earlier.
I first heard about Qazi Anwar when he suddenly popped up to declare a general strike of Lawyers to get the NRO judgment implemented. His pathetic attempt was defeated. I thought at the time “not another Jamaatia Right winger as the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association”. Yesterday Qazi Anwar allegedly met Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the PML-N, and a few hours later the shit hit the fan.
Today Qazi Anwar declared that all parliamentarians were thieves and liars.
Now here is the real irony: Qazi Anwar is an office bearer, full member and ex-senator of…drum roll please … Awami National Party. Yes ladies and gentlemen, while ANP takes to waxes eloquent about evil Punjab yet again, a card carrying member of its main party core is hobnobbing with PML-N chief and advising him to hold out on the amendment package.
Pakistan People’s Party is the only federal party in Pakistan. It is also the only patriotic Pakistani party. ANP and PML-N are playing a dangerous game – one using its Pakhtunkhwa card (and the renaming of the province would obviously deprive them of this card) and the other is using the Punjab card. What these people are really after are mid-term polls. PML-N reckons it will win the election if held now and ANP sees that this could mean a renewal of the politics of 1990 when PML-N and ANP were the staunchest of allies despite completely different views or so we thought.