Hats off to Ayaz Amir MNA PML(n)...Defends PTI, Shows mirror to PML(n)

  • Cynicism washed away

    Ayaz Amir

    Friday, November 04, 2011

    I am feeling small and humbled and almost kicking myself for being such a fool. Imran the man, always larger than life, no one could ignore. But Khan the politician, the would-be national saviour, I found hard to take seriously.

    He said the right things but he just wasn’t clicking. The strings which set hearts on fire weren’t being touched. Or so at least it seemed to a jaded observer of the pantomime passing for Pakistani politics. Khan was promising a miracle when the age of miracles was long over.

    And then October 30th happened and the very skyline changed. Was I imagining things or had the stars taken on an added lustre? The crowds pouring into the Minar-e-Pakistan grounds – about which it was said the Tehreek would never be able to fill – were possessed by a fervour, a sense of hope, I have not seen these past 30 years.

    I questioned a good many of them, men and women, young and old, and they said that they were just tired of the old faces and fed up with the old politics. It was change they wanted, a reversal of the established order of things, and it was their belief, their burning faith, that this only the Khan could deliver. If the jalsa and its carnival atmosphere had a central message it was this. Back in 1967-68 many pundits were slow to read what the coming of Bhutto meant. The same mistake could be made again.

    Bhutto arrived on the Pakistani scene like a thunderclap, the PPP founded in1967 and sweeping the polls in West Pakistan three years later, and coming to power after the army’s defeat in the East. But although he achieved much dark clouds lined the horizon and in the shadows a witches’ brew was being prepared. So much so that in five years’ time the stage was set for the long night of Zia’s counter-revolution. Much as the wages of Bhuttoism may be glorified, the Pakistan of today is not Bhutto’s but Zia’s, evil having a longer shelf-life than anything opposed to it.

    The Sharifs from day one were lucky, favourites of the establishment, propped up by circumstances as a counterweight to Bhutto’s legacy, and thus arriving at the gates of power early and without too many hassles or heartbreaks. Even Musharraf’s coup in 1999 proved a blessing in disguise as it erased the memory of their many failures and gave them a new lease of life as democracy’s champions.

    Khan’s journey has been altogether different. He has been wandering in the wilderness these past 15 years. How heartbreaking must it have been? A lesser man, I think most men, even those of tough fibre, would have quit long ago, seeking a home in the mountains or by the sea. What kept him going? He made mistakes, even grievous ones like rallying to Musharraf’s banner but was man enough to beg public forgiveness and admit that he had been wrong.

    The primary virtues are character and tenacity. Other things, including brilliance, follow. A nation whose work ethic has yet to be fully developed has been given a lesson in tenacity. And who knows, for this very reason Khan’s influence may prove more enduring than the flash-in-the-pan effect of Bhutto’s ascendancy.

    No other comparison will do. The two leading parties have bulk and the dead hand of tradition on their side. And this is their principal strength which the Tehreek will have to figure out how to neutralise. But they have little else going for them. Bereft of ideas they always were. Now they seem drained of relevance and purpose.

    In the heady days of Bhutto’s rise and fall who would have imagined that the day would come when the PPP would be the party of the established order, the mainstay of the status quo. But under Zardari, and in no small measure due to his stewardship, this is the distinction it has attained.

    Bizarre as it may sound, the Nawaz League was positioning itself as the challenger of the status quo, St George to Zardari’s dragon, in headier moments even the word revolution playing on its lips. But on the way something happened to spoil this charming narrative. After the 2008 elections the party should have made up its mind which side to be on, but it sought to have the best of both worlds, running with the hare and hunting with the hounds, breathing fire and holy defiance against the PPP at the centre, even as it found itself unable to resist the allure of power in Punjab. There being no such thing as a free lunch, it is now paying the price of this self-inflicted schizophrenia.

    Even this would not have mattered but for the spectre at the PML-N’s feast, the nightmare how haunting its waking and sleeping hours: Imran’s emergence from behind the trees not so much as a third force but the principal alternative to the existing order, as represented conjointly by the PPP and the PML-N. Punjab’s massive discontent is finding its focus and expression by gravitating towards him.

    Against the backdrop of this change, “Go Zardari go” is a slogan which has lost its relevance. The crowds at the Minar-e-Pakistan seemed to be making no distinction between Zardari and the leadership of the League. Their anger was directed at both equally, or perhaps a bit more at the League because from Zardari from day one they had expected nothing at all. But to catch all this, to catch all the nuances, one had to be there.

    Talk of a rainbow coalition. To Imran’s standard are flocking the young and rebellious at heart, students and workers, the educated from both ends of the spectrum – English-medium schools and Urdu-medium schools – working women and smart girls from rich neighbourhoods, and even religious types, there being a fair sprinkling of beards that evening in front of Minar-e-Pakistan.

    Political sages, who often get such things wrong, need not worry too much about would-be electables. They are pragmatic souls, instinctively averse to backing lost causes or betting on losing horses. For 15 years they did not consider Imran a serious option. Overnight, as if in a flash, he has begun to figure in their calculations. Now their very pragmatism, sharpened by Imran’s show of power, would be promoting a different line of thought.

    So the major parties better beware. Dangerous winds have started blowing across the Punjab landscape (Imran having his work cut out in the other provinces). These winds can be felt most strongly in the triangle which for over two decades has been the N-League’s heartland: Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Lahore. But it is only a matter of time before they turn north, to the Pothohar Plateau and the districts straddling the mighty Indus.

    We must not forget the bleakness of the distance traversed. For a decade and a half Imran was out of sync with the times, bawling out a different tune while Pakistani politics was stretched along a different path. Now the constellations have shifted. What was once the call of the wild is now the call of the times, no cry louder or more insistent in Pakistan today than the call for change. The only man fitting the bill as instrument of change is Imran Khan, all the other knights of the political arena exhausted figures, symbols of the discredited past and therefore part of the problem the nation is confronted with.

    But nothing happens before its time. It required the events of 1917 for the Bolshevik Revolution to occur, the Ottoman Empire’s defeat and humiliation in 1918-19 for Mustafa Kemal to be summoned to greatness, for Britain to face mortal danger after the German victory over France in 1940 for Churchill to be called to lead the nation. The moment has to be there; it cannot be manufactured. Lahore indicated that Imran’s moment has come.


  • A very touching article, it takes a man to accept he is wrong.

    I think this is what changed his mind!


  • Hahahahahahahahaha......and this is the same Ayaz Amir who was castigated not too long ago on pkpolitics and the band of internet brothers wanted him to be hung upside down!


  • I cannot understand what is so funny. Ayaz Amir has accepted that he was wrong concerning IK, so if he is honest about it, then forgiven.

    It seem to me more surprising for someone who we thought was a no-gooder nooner, coming and saying I was wrong, and u were right.

    Change bro move with it.

  • Yep! this is the most graceful way forward;

    Accept your failure, Identify your deficiencies,try to remedy your shortcomings (instead of highlighting others)& then present yourself in front of people as the one who has learnt from his mistakes.

    Well done Ayaz you are brave man.

  • The day is no far when PML( minus Sharif Brothers) will join PTI.... The leaders like Javid Hashmi, Ayaz Amir and others(men of Characters) have started working on minus Sharif Formula and joining hands with Imran... Only hesitation to these leaders to join hands with IK was that they hav been thinking it'll be beneficial for PPP.. But now they'll join IK as they've learned that IK's popularity is increasing by leaps and bounds every day...They want to get rid of Sharif Family's obsession & subordinance...Whole Pakistan is waiting for that bless-full day of PTI+PML( minus Sharif Brother and other crooks)in leadership of Great Imran Khan

  • Don't worry people....y'all don't need men of characters such as Javed Hashmi or Ayaz Amir as the ISI has already worked out that end and have provided IK men of "impregnable" integrity in the form of Mian Azhar, Malik Zahir Khokhar, Ijaz Jazi, Roedad Khan, Haroon Rashid and Akbar Sher Babar.

    Ayaz Amir not too long ago was a phedophile and Javed Hashmi was being taught a lesson in ethics on how he and Chudhry Nisar back stabbed his holiness in the back by convincing him to boycott the 2008 elections.

  • Back to establishment again, is that going to be your excuse from now on. Never knew establishment could influence such a big jalsa. So how many did they send to support IK?

    Any proof that they did?

    Were u not the one's to protect Ayaz Amir, and now all of a sudden him saying good of PTI, your pants are on fire.

  • Javed Hashmi and Ayaz Amir are in Noon league like( Razia Ghundoon mein). Hope soon they will leave noon league to Join Imran Khan.

  • msyedh

    Javed Hashmi and Ayaz Amir are in Noon league like( Razia Ghundoon mein). Hope soon they will leave noon league to Join Imran Khan.

    یہی حال ڈاکٹر شیریں مزاری کا تھا جو میری اطلاعات کے مطابق عمران خان کو شرمندہ کیے بغیر چپکے سے معراج محمد خان کی طرح پی ٹی آئی چھوڑ چکی ہیں - قائدانہ صلاحیتوں کے مالک اچھے، پڑھے لکھے اور سلجھے ہوئے لوگوں کو آمرانہ ذہن رکھنے والا عمران خان برداشت نہیں کر سکتا کیونکہ اسکی چئیر مین شپ خطرے میں پڑ سکتی ہے

    پی ٹی آئی کے "انقلابی" نئے لوگوں کی آمد کا انتظار کرنے کی بجائے جو چار اچھے لوگ پی ٹی آئی میں ہیں انہیں سنبھالیں

    میاں اظہر کا تو حال یہ ہے کہ لاہور کے لوگ برملا کہتے ہیں

    ماں کا نہ باپ کا - میاں اظہر آپکا

    نوٹ: پی ٹی آئی والوں سے گزارش ہے کہ اب ڈاکٹر قدیر خان کی طرح ڈاکٹر شیریں مزاری کی کردار کشی شروع نہ کر دیں - بہت شکریہ

  • @Bawa

    If i am not wrong, i think, i saw her in Imran jalsa on stage.

  • @ msyedh

    وہ تو ایک سال سے زیادہ عرصۂ ہوگیا ہے جان چھڑا چکی ہیں

    اگر تکلف میں یا منت ترلے پر وہاں آ گی ہوں تو الگ بات ہے

    وہ پی ٹی آئی میں سرگرم ہرگز نہیں ہیں

  • Shameless Pervez Rasheed of this site keep lying day and night :)

    PTI respects DR Sahib more than these socalled supporters of Dr. Sahib

  • @ msyedh @ ExPosed

    وہ پی ٹی آئی کی سینئیر نائب صدر یا نائب صدر تھیں. اب ذرا پی ٹی آئی کی آفیشل ویبسائیٹ پر مرکزی عہدیداروں کی لسٹ میں اسکام نام تلاش کریں

  • @ ExPosed

    وہ پی ٹی آئی کی سینئیر نائب صدر یا نائب صدر تھیں. اب ذرا پی ٹی آئی کی آفیشل ویبسائیٹ پر مرکزی عہدیداروں کی لسٹ میں اسکام نام تلاش کریں


    Dr. Shireen Mazari

    Central VP National Security and Foreign Affairs


    Pervez Rasheed<a></a>

  • پی ٹی آئی کی پورے ملک اور بیرون ملک عہدیداروں میں انکا کہیں نام نہیں ہے

    کیوں؟ کیوں؟ کیوں؟ کیوں؟

  • بھائی پرانے لنک نہ لگائیں

    یہ ہے آپکا نیا لنک


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  • @ ExPosed

    مجھے بتا دیں کہ پی ٹی آئی کی ویبسائٹ سے آپکے تک کیسے پہنچنا ہے؟

    :) :)

  • @Bawa

    Above link is onthe website. Only pervez rasheed can't see that link on PTI's website. Are you pervez Rasheed?

    Stop living in self denial. It is better if you ask some of your friends to take you to the eye specialist :)

    Her profile:

    Dr. Shireen Mazari

    Central VP National Security and Foreign Affairs

    is on PTI's website when you click on spokesperson's link. She has never been the VP of PTI so stop lying again please.


    You wrote on the main page of the website that an official of the PTI abused you on this website without any proofs of that official** It is better if you stop such things living abroad where people can use that country's law against you :)