Why Pakistan chose Imran Khan over Hafiz Saeed?
26th July is always a big day for Indian, and we celebrate it like independence day though Pakistan in these years didn’t get a chance to feel happy after the Kargil war on the same day, however, the election result finally gives it a reason. When I say Pakistan, I am referring more towards the army than general people as it is the military who control the government and the Islamic Republic is just a joke in the name of democracy. Though we say that their citizens are happy for Imran Khan’s victory, and some of our intellectuals here in India are promoting the nation as a peace-loving because they didn’t select terrorist Hafiz Sayed. Whereas the truth is different and these intellectuals are forgetting that the PM has officially no power, and Kargil war is the biggest example of it where Nawaz Sharif faced humiliation in the US. There are numerous reasons for choosing Imran Khan over Hafiz Saeed and expecting peace, democracy, and secularism from it is like searching for drinking water in the sea and put in mind that there was/is/will be Army, no matter who sits in the PM chair. If people from India have high expectation after the fresh election, then it’s their foolishness.
Imran Khan’s image is more secular than Hafeez Saeed though it doesn’t change the ground reality
He is more acceptable than Saeed because of his image as a cricketer and of course, as a public figure, he maintains his secularism and words against India carefully not like Hafiz and most importantly, he is not a most wanted terrorist. The army tries to convince the US and the rest of the world that their country is as secular and democrat like India and other democratic nations. Those who are saying that there was no propaganda against minority during the campaign, let me clarify that just before few days of the election, a Sikh family home had been destroyed by the local people, and the percentage of the minority is continuously decreasing in an alarming rate after the independence.
Even if there were no speeches against the minority, that doesn’t mean they are supporting them, and Pakistan should not be an example for India in this matter. The biggest reason is their constitution is not secular and is based on the religion, whereas India is a secular nation from the beginning. In a country where minorities have to hide their identity to survive can never be an example of secularism, but such posts have been roaming around social media from last few days. In 1951, the percentage of Hindu population was 12.9%, but today it’s 1.85 percent, and not to mention about the repeated prosecution of Ahmadiyya, gunning down of four Hindu doctors and forced conversion of Rinkle Kumari. These are a few examples of recent incidents. The situation is worst for Christians, Sikhs, and Atheists where they are facing repeated attack on their religious places, tortures, killing, humiliation and forced conversion is the daily news for Pakistan. It was there from the beginning and will be there, and Imran Khan as a PM won’t make any significant changes to control the violence against the minorities. No matter how hard they try unless their intention changes, the reality will be the same, and Imran Khan can’t hide the ground realities.
Hafeez Saeed is a most wanted terrorist and is difficult to control
It is clear that for Pakistan, a most wanted terrorist has equal respect as their PM has as long as they continue their anti-Indian propaganda whereas the ISI and Army didn’t go behind the emotional love for Saeed and carefully ousted him in a democratic manner. Saeed is popular among the people like Imran Khan, but for the Army, he may become a Bhashmasur (destructive) that something they never want. Pakistan is well-known for prosecuting its sitting PM and President and even executing it whereas this will be difficult in case of Saeed by considering his public support. Army never accepts a person outside of their control with popularity like Jinha as he may not act as per their wish, and the nation will be out of control from their hands. On the other hand, Imran Khan is popular but doesn’t have the power like Saeed to go against the Military, and he certainly doesn’t want his fate to be like Nawaz Sharif or Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The deal is a win-win negotiation for both, and at the same time, they can put Hafeez outside of power without hurting his supporters’ sentiments. The best part is he can be useful for further propaganda against India and can continue the terror activities without any direct relation with officials. From last few years, the army is desperately trying to wash its terrorist image to get more funds from the US, and Trump’s sanction has become a headache for it, which is why they chose the election to change the mindset of the US.
Imran Khan as a PM promises for peace talks and development but Kashmir as a priority
Hafeez Saeed could not become an image of peace talk and development, and most importantly it would be difficult for Pakistan to handle international pressure if a most wanted terrorist becomes the PM. Imran Khan promised the development, and peace but will continue his Kashmir agenda as the first priority as he said that this should be resolved and again just like a usual Pakistani leader, he refused to accept it as an integral part of India, after all, this is what the shadow government wants.
The result of Pakistan election is not sudden, and have been carefully planned from years to destroy the Sharif legacy in a legal and democratic way to show the world that Pakistan is ready for a change whereas the reality tells a different story.
A nation based on the jealousy won’t progress unless leaves it which never seems to happen with Pakistan, and the rest of the world always becomes the silent eyewitness of their desperate attempt to gain control in Kashmir without taking appropriate action against them. The shadow government will continue its rule no matter who sits on the PM chair
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