Naz Baloch first became interested in joining Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) after the party’s chief, Imran Khan, paid a visit to Mama Parsi Girl’s High School where she studied.
He had come to collect funds for his Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. “We [students] saw him sticking to his words and building the hospital. I started idolising him since then.” Soon after graduating from St Joseph’s college with a degree in economics, she married a staunch PTI supporter who encouraged her to join the party.
PTI leader Fauzia Kasuri, who approached educated people to come out from the confines of their houses and play their part, also motivated her to join the party. And so two years ago she did exactly that, despite the fact that her father is a staunch Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) supporter who has been awarded the party’s ticket for a provincial assembly seat. At her father’s house in Pak Colony, huge PPP banners adorn the walls and nearby pillars while Naz’s posters can be seen some distance away.
While drawing room arguments on politics are common in the Baloch household, they have never had an impact on the personal relations. “Father is still stuck with the ideology of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, while I believe in Khan sahib’s Naya Pakistan. Our siblings are divided about who to support.”
So competitive is Naz that she wants Humayun Khan Swati, PTI’s candidate for the same seat her father is vying, to win. “He is my father, but I want my party to win every seat,” she grins.
Naz vows to tackle the shortage of potable water, introduce better schools and open maternity homes as well as hospitals in the area.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 2nd, 2013.