PTI — the new Left?

Published: May 28, 2013
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KARACHI: This is with reference to Asad Rahim’s piece “Meraj to Mirza, the end of the party” (May 27) where the writer ponders upon the death of the Left in Pakistan. As outlandish as it may seem, but I think the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) might become the new Left. Its main economic slogan was the same as that of yesteryear PPP, to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state and its support base, which comprises educated, middle class youth, is generally liberal.

It remains to be seen in what way the party will evolve in its tenure in opposition at the centre and in government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa because it has never been forthright about its ideology and its alliances with the Jamaat-e-Islami and Imran Khan’s voting record does not enjoy a comfortable position with his own support base. I sincerely hope that for the future of Pakistan the Left rises again. I also hope that the PPP realises that getting elected requires more than the hollow slogans of Bhuttoism.

Ahsan Raza

Published in The Express Tribune, May 29th, 2013.

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  • Falcon
    May 28, 2013 - 11:37PM

    I certainly hope and wish PTI becomes the flag bearer of left in Pakistan. As of now, its economic policies are left of the center but its ideological leaning is towards the right. I think that will change with time.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    May 29, 2013 - 2:52AM

    @Falcon:
    “I certainly hope and wish PTI becomes the flag bearer of left in Pakistan. As of now, its economic policies are left of the center but its ideological leaning is towards the right. I think that will change with time.”

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    Can you explain in clearer terms to us mortals, which of this extreme-right-wing-religious party’s economic policies are left-of-the-center? If you have a personal definition of the term left, then it is another matter.

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  • Proletarian
    May 29, 2013 - 12:22PM

    @Ahsan Raza
    Dude, Please. Do your homework before writing stuff.
    Left politics is broad but it is bascially focused on real economic realities and the core issue it deals with is social straification. It is a politics which seeks the realization of the idea of social and financial equality, an end to social stratification. It is not based on tribal identity politics of like religion and patriotism, it scoffs at the idea of “glory” which is simply an appeal to the worst side of human nature (pride and supremacism) and excuse to maintain a system of social stratification. PTI is not leftist. It is a nationalist conservative party like the Tories of britain. It is centre-right. It is even more rightwing than the American Democratic Party (which is centre-left).

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  • Ammar
    May 29, 2013 - 12:26PM

    A little confused, how far right can be called left? :P

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  • Abid P. Khan
    May 29, 2013 - 12:56PM

    These Falconian comments reveal very well the standard political “education” of PTI spokesmen/propagators.

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  • Khan
    May 29, 2013 - 7:02PM

    Its not a question of right and left its a matter of right and wrong. In my opinion PTI is right on most occasions compared to all the other political parties of Pakistan

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  • D'sadvocate
    May 29, 2013 - 10:44PM

    @Abid P. Khan:
    Would you like to substantiate your opinion, or will you continue to just lambaste commentators?

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