Politics is a dirty game – this past week, Pakistan has witnessed one of the most politically skewed games where politicians are saving their reputation by changing their verdicts. With the JIT verdict going against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, every political party is challenging for the throne.
Among these parties exist the power-hungry people who are in the game of politics to make a name for themselves. Similar to this is what happened yesterday between PTI MNA Ayesha Gulalai and PTI chairman Imran Khan.
According to members of the party, Gulalai wanted a ticket but was denied by the chairman – due to which she started an agenda against Imran Khan. Gulalai claims that Khan sent “inappropriate” text messages to her in 2013 and claims to be harassed. Upon asking, however, Gulalai did not provide any proof in her yesterday’s conference which she organized to address the reasons why she left the party.
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While this fiasco created a frenzy among the social media and political masses, people couldn’t see which side to be on. On this note, singer-turned-politician Jawad Ahmad gave a long status bashing Imran Khan, telling how unethical and religiously corrupt the chairman is.
Here’s what the Singer said:
A brief note after Ayesha Gulalai’s press conference and resignation from PTI.
I have always maintained that Imran Khan is sadly one of the biggest modern exploiters of religion in Pakistan politics. He is talking about religion in his politics all the time, reciting Ayaats and Ahadees and self righteously glorifying his clean and uncorrupted image being helped by none other but GOD himself whereas his personal and private life is completely opposite to what he preaches.
He makes everyone believe through his speeches that GOD is on his side, thereby playing emotionally with a deeply religious and socially conservative society and changing the focus of people from their real life issues like wages, housing, education, health, employment and respect to the debate of whether a politician is a chosen, ‘good’, honest and ‘virtuous’ man/woman or not. Nawaz Sharif also says the same thing about being blessed by GOD with riches, success, respect, fame and position. So does Asif Zardari. If, according to these people, GOD is on the side of all of them because of their ‘worldly’ positions, respect, fame, success and riches, then whose side is GOD not on? GOD forbid, do they want to tell us that GOD is not on the side of those tens of millions of poor Pakistanis and the struggling middle class who have been helpless and deprived for decades and for their successive generations, because according to their logic, GOD is not on the side of unsuccessful, common and poor people? Politics is not about proclaiming and proving whom GOD is with but about who has a better economic agenda to improve people’s lives and about the ability to materialise and successfully implement it.
He is a ‘religious hypocrite’ like so many other religiously self righteous Pakistanis from Politics, Showbiz, Sports, Media, Business and other walks of life, who exploit religion both to appear clean and pious as well as for earning a socially conservative or not very liberal society’s sense of respect for those who talk about religion or quote religious lines. It glorifies their image and makes them more acceptable to the public and in turn more successful in their professions. ‘Religious hypocrisy’ is the worst type of hypocrisy and is extremely harmful to the intellectual, cultural, scientific, technological and subsequently the socio-economic growth of a society.
Though I would still not agree with and rather be against his half cooked, third world, neo liberal economic agenda, but if he at least stops exploiting such a beautiful thing as religion and GOD’s name in his politics and confines himself to the socio-economic and political issues of people regardless of which religion, sect, race, clan, gender and ethnicity they belong to, no one would be bothered about his private life, as then it would be his personal matter only and something only between him and GOD. The middle class, in general, is confused in Pakistan over the role of religion in politics and falls prey to bigotry, misogyny and male chauvinism of their leaders belonging to and raised in a highly patriarchal society.
He has also cleverly and quite successfully built this narrative in youth that religiously immoral personal and religiously moral public life are two different things whereas he says that he wants to make Pakistan like his own version of an Islamic state. It is quite ironical because in the Islamic state that he wants to build women will be allowed to sing and dance and wear western clothes whereas, in the one which the other religious parties want to build, all these things will be prohibited.
Though I personally believe that it is entirely his personal life and no one should have the right to challenge his morality in his private domain but at the same time when he uses religion in his politics, one is compelled to judge him after that in his personal and private life too. After all, proclaimed religious piety in politics has many shades to it, religious morality in private matters being one of them. Politicians should stick to improving living and working conditions lives of Pakistanis and their families, which include Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and others instead of playing with religious emotions of people and building their tall but fake images upon it.
It is a reality check for all those politicians who lead a double life in Pakistan, mixing and using religion with/in politics and not observing any religious values in their private lives. They will always be judged religiously more than the ones not doing it. On one hand, they exploit religion and make us believe that they are the chosen saviours of the nation because of their being honest in the eyes of GOD who is rewarding them now with success and on the other hand, they want to live a completely liberated private life which is against the basic principles and norms of the same religion that they are preaching in their politics. They should realise that they just can not always have their cake and eat it too in the long run.
For all the reasons why one can say, politics is indeed a very dirty game and you can’t really decide who’s side to be on. While the singer didn’t really comment on the situation and kept throwing shade at Khan’s way, his statements can make one wonder whether this is all a political hatred or the reality.