PTI’s Munaza lives to fight another day

Published: May 10, 2013
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Munaza Hassan, PTI Women Wing President. PHOTO: ZAHID GISHKORI/FILE

Munaza Hassan, PTI Women Wing President. PHOTO: ZAHID GISHKORI/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Munaza Hassan, president of the PTI women’s wing, looks towards the future.

In a move that many may not understand, she has refused to contest Lahore’s NA-129 against PML-N’s Shahbaz Sharif. Instead, she asked party mate Chaudhry Mansha to run. Her reasoning is simple: she wants to focus her energies to contest against Nawaz Sharif, and him alone, in 2018.

Although she is direct about certain issues, such as current electioneering and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf’s (PTI) electoral chances, she evades a motley of ‘controversial’ topics.

When it comes to the PTI, optimism is her strong suit.

“I’m very much optimistic about my party’s [chances] to clean sweep 2013 elections,” says Munaza with conviction. “We can’t really target the number [of seats] but are confident of winning enough seats to form the next government without any compromise.”

According to her, party chief Imran Khan will not enter into an alliance with Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Sindh, or with the Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl. “I [just] don’t foresee any such possibility of alliance with them [MQM, JUI-F, JI] in near future,” she remarks. “At the moment, we are confident of forming the next government solely.”

According to her, PTI will also not join hands with PPPP, JI, PML-N, even if any of them succeed in forming the next government.

She admits that the entire party depends on Imran Khan – all workers are backing their leader.

“Imran is putting a Herculean effort to campaign for the party,” she exclaims.

The 52-year-old president adds that PTI leaders expect a record voters’ turnout in the forthcoming polls, and promises that the party will not compromise on its “principles and the future of this glorious country for anyone”.

Talking about the recent spate of militant attacks on political rallies and corner meetings, she forcefully says there is no justification. However, she carefully avoids naming those involved, saying that those accountable had already claimed responsibility, as has been widely reported.

Munaza shares conflicting thoughts on the election commission, as well.

“PTI is confident and optimistic about the integrity of the upcoming elections,” she says, but adds that the party has certain reservations about polling and impartiality. Diplomatically, she refuses to elaborate on just what these reservations are.

This evasion of details continues when Pervez Musharraf’s person is broached. Conveniently, she says that her party believes in the independence of the judiciary, and does not want to comment on the ongoing trial.

According to Munaza, women’s contribution to PTI’s election campaign should not be overlooked. The women workers, she says, have exceeded everyone’s expectations, all because of their hard work and unwavering dedication.

The making of Munaza

Munaza, who studied at Queen Mary School and Kinniard College, was inspired to enter politics by her father, Sheikh Hamid Mehmood. She joined the PTI in 1996 and, from there, there was no looking back. She served as Imran’s chief polling agent at NA-95 in 1997 and considers her party “a party of transition”.

Currently, she is busy running PTI’s campaign in Lahore.  She recently replaced Dr Fauzia Kasuri in the intra-party elections.

 

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  • Mohammad Ali Sidduqui
    May 10, 2013 - 11:31PM

    Munaza:

    You should be prepared for the worst, you have really worked very hard and leave everything on Al-Mighty Allah.

    If you don’t succeed, you should not regret, but if you succeed, thanks to Allah for his blessings.

    I will pray for you. If it is good for you and your family, Allah will give you the chance to serve.

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  • Falcon
    May 11, 2013 - 12:04AM

    Keep it up Munaza. Also please highlight the disturbing new development published in Dawn where women in many areas of KPK and FATA have been banned from voting based on under-the-table agreement between PPP, ANP, JUI-F, PML-N and JI. This is so shameful!

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  • Murtaza
    May 11, 2013 - 12:47AM

    Good move! No need to attract controversy on the eve of the elections! We have too many pessimistic people parading as ‘realists’.. such optimism is welcome and breath of fresh air !! Good Luck !

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  • Murtaza
    May 11, 2013 - 2:33AM
  • Sohrab Karboy
    May 12, 2013 - 1:25AM

    In my eyes you, Imran Khan, and PTI, and millions of Pakistanis who supported you, have won hands down. You have not lost. First time, in a long long time, you have instilled enthusiasm and vigor and a quest for freedom and independence in our people. You have been able to expose the corrupt parasitical politicians. You have won. You have been able to highlight the reasons for Pakistan’s poverty and its’ fate in the hands of others and who is responsible for it. You have invigorated our youth and have filled them with dedication to strive for their nation. You have not lost. It’s just the end of the beginning. The struggle starts now. You have won hands down.

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  • Asjad
    Jun 4, 2013 - 10:39AM

    Reading this now on 4th of June, how wrong can a person be?

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  • Ubaid-ur-Rehman
    Jun 4, 2013 - 11:14AM

    Imran Khan my all wishes with u and i pray for u. donot lose your confident and move ahead Insha Allah your party will be succeed in next election and i want to see the prime minister of PAK

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  • kanwal
    Jun 4, 2013 - 4:12PM

    so this is my introduction to this lady. hadn’t known much abt her before she was given preference over fouzia kasuri for reserved seat. from the impression iv gathered of her from this article I don’t think she is in any way better than fouzia kasuri.

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  • Jun 5, 2013 - 2:19PM

    Fauzia Kasuri did the most of hard work for PTI women wing. And in the end, Munaza Hassan got the benefits.

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