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Diary of a first time voter

I have always been very excited especially for new young voters to know that our opinion carries so much weight in deciding who’ll end up running our country.

Youth voter enrollments surged in election 2013. It seemed something had engaged young voters, they were not shrugging their shoulders, and get more involved in politics.

Even those who weren’t old enough to vote, get worked up about politics. We all pegged our hopes on Imran Khan to end the domination of the traditional powerful elite and to bring a real change.

Even I liked his ideas.

With an unquestionable integrity and a fresh political vision, I started looking at him as a potential leader of Pakistan and the one who always aspired this country to be self-reliant.Khan gave PML-N, and PPP a tough fight, and PTI positioned itself an alternative to other political parties and violent brand of politics.

If I could vote, I’d vote for a bat. But now with no tabdeeli in sight, he does not stand out from the rest.

I take a look at other leaders, their vision,and integrity, commitment and passion, creativity and innovation, decision making capability and accountability but choosing the best is yet complicated.

Corruption

Corruption does not only mean being dishonest in the matters of money. It includes rules of a few, nepotism and cronyism, influencing voters by the distribution of money, food or else, false political promises, voting irregularities, and holding on power against the will of the people.

None of our leaders both to have a hard look at how they work, and what needs to be improved.

Neither they own up to their shortcomings nor they commit to resolve them. Recent Senate elections have shown the worst form of opportunism and even those who claimed to have an unquestionable integrity were cast in the same mold.

All political parties have an element of corruption and it is widespread growing but transparency is still an overlooked value.

Culture of Self-Victimization

Leaders are urging young voters to join their camps in the coming balloting but millennials are more pragmatic and progressive and the policy of portraying martyrdom image and self-victimization has already failed to entice them.

We look how you made your impact on your party politics as you’re responsible for running everything inside the party.

There almost seem to be a gross pleasure of politicians in playing the victim and pretending a feeling of powerlessness.

They vow to fight for the sanctity of the vote, seek public support to strengthen the institution but ridiculed the same mandate and make the institutions practically infructuous in their term of office.

They mobilize the public by invoking the deaths of their leaders but with zero pace of relieving the plight of its people.It takes just one call from them for the public to take to the streets but when it comes to deliverance, they cry for powers.

Lack of Productive conversation

From leaders to workers, all seem to engage in verbal gymnastics. There vulgar and illogical communicating skills are evident in every public speeches.

If you’re an information and news junkie, use to watch talk shows featuring politicians to remain consciously aware of national matters, or even for the evaluation of the political candidates, you’ll find the same phenomenon in each of them.

In an attempt to obtain power and control over the conversation, they talk over one another, attack on anyone who belongs to the opposition in a vicious and hateful way that ultimately leads to conflict.

No focus on workers education

Good leaders create more leaders and don’t just get people to follow them. Our political parties lack any substantive mechanism to ensure workers’ political development and discipline.

Leaders never emphasize their worker’s education that influence and shape them as a member of a social and political system and to equip them with prerequisite tools to assume responsibilities within and beyond the party.

Religion card

Religion has a prominent role in our life but political parties are playing on religious sentiments. Religio-political leaders exploit their people in every way possible to advance political gains.

They declare themselves as the righteous person and foment hatred against any of their opponents by labeling them as “American agent, or Yahoodi lobby”, hurling shoe or throwing ink in the name of religion and bydeclaring anyone an apostate (Wajib-ul-Qatl).

Other political parties also use similar tactics and use religion as a vehicle to achieve power.

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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are solely of the author and do not represent ARY policies or opinion.