I am sure all of you watched the press conference of former MQM Mayor of Karachi Mustafa Kamal. He levelled a lot of allegations against leadership of MQM. But this is not an isolated incident. Previously Zulfiqar Mirza, former minister of PPP, levelled similar allegations against leadership of PPP. And arrested minister of KP Ziaullah Afridi levelled allegations against PTI-Q CM. Zulfiqar Khosa of PML N also blamed leadership of his party for cronyism and nepotism.
Why is there similar situation in all political parties? The answer is simple none of the political parties are institutions and are controlled by dictatorial powers of either a family or an individual. Chairman Imran Khan is a little different from others but he has also breached party constitution, allowed status quo mafia to control the party in the form of PTI-Q; and violated merit in award of tickets and party positions. The other difference between PTI and other parties is that since the beginning we have raised our voice whenever party constitution or merit was violated. We did not remain silent to enjoy party perks like Mustafa Kamal and Zulfiqar Mirza did rather we were punished for raising our voice through show cause notices to SCAD and suspension of membership of Justice Wajih. These individuals of other parties are driven by personal ambitions that is the reason they announced their own parties while blaming leaders of their former parties. But we have always said that we will fix our party PTI rather than reinvent the wheel by creating another party as long as there is a hope to reform it.
Today Chairman Imran Khan also held a press conference and stated that he wants free and fair IPE and respect for merit. But as usual his words and actions conflicted with each other. How can intra-party elections be free and fair when Chief Election Commissioner of the party sits beside him on the stage? This is a clear indication PTI EC is neither independent nor autonomous. How can there be free and fair IPE when secret proposals are exchanged between Chairman and party election commission? This is violation of TOR and constitution of the party. We must remember that Chairman is also a candidate. So he has a vested interest in the election process. Chairman has also publicly announced his support for some candidates and still hangs out with them. We must also remember that Chairman repeatedly violated party constitution in last three years. He refused to work with elected Central Executive Council (CEC) after last IPE and created an unconstitutional body comprising of unelected people favored by him. The decisions by this unconstitutional body controlled by PTI-Q has almost destroyed this party in last three years through introduction of mauroosi siasat, cronyism and nepotism.
The future of PTI will only improve when it is converted into an institution and it is liberated from the shackles of PTI-Q. That should be our objective for upcoming IPE. Only PTI+IK can win in next general elections. PTI EC should avoid sharing stage with Chairman and maintain their independence and autonomy.