Better late than never: ‘Reliance on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf cost us dearly’

Published: August 23, 2015
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JI K-P shura member admits lessons to learn from LG debacle. PHOTO: INP

JI K-P shura member admits lessons to learn from LG debacle. PHOTO: INP

PESHAWAR: As if the recent past has been too promising for it, the May 30 local government elections in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have pushed Jamaat-e-Islami further behind its contemporaries.

The party’s embarrassing performance has left curious minds within its circles disturbed, as they look to revive the party’s lost glory. It failed miserably at extending its scope of influence beyond Sirajul Haq’s hometown of Dir.

While many believe the party’s public outlook and policies have caused the damage, others have begun pointing fingers towards its long-time companion, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

“We had no Plan B,” said JI K-P shura member Dr Muhammad Iqbal. “We trusted the PTI for everything”.

The leader, who is also a mover and shaker of the party’s LG affairs, admits JI has lessons to learn from the debacle. He reiterated a stance still held by numerous JI leaders, “I am confident about the party’s performance and future.”

He said the party was caught off guard when PTI ended alliances in different districts at the last minute. “We had not pitted candidates in several union councils and left those seats at PTI’s disposal.”

However, he also somewhat attempted to pin the blame on poll organisers. “We were expecting mismanagement on this scale. The easiest way to defeat your opponent is to create chaos at the polling stations in their strongholds,” he said. “This is exactly what was done to us.”

With a comfortable majority in both Upper Dir and Lower Dir, JI managed to secure only nine district councillor seats in Chitral next door, despite having an alliance with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl.

The love-hate relationship between the two religious parties is known to all and is widely cited as a crucial reason behind the dismantling of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal.

Adding to miseries, JI failed to win even a single seat in districts like Tank, Bannu, Karak, Hangu, Kohat, Nowshera, Torghar, Battagram, Shangla and even Malakand. Its performance in the remaining districts was nothing more than consolation prize.

A committee has already been on the lookout for what exactly went wrong on May 30.

“Its policies obstruct the expansion of its vote bank. Even though efforts were made in the past to gain mass acclaim for JI but nothing really changed,” said Muhammad Raza, a political analyst based in Islamabad. Raza contended that it is not completely wrong to say Haq hasn’t tried to turn tables. “Efforts were being made to lure prominent figures into the party but no progress is visible so far.”

He said the party’s hierarchy and structural formation do not attract the masses. He wrote off the party’s victory in the two districts of Dir by saying “historical, political and religious factors interplay when it comes to Dir and JI.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2015.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • ahmed
    Aug 23, 2015 - 4:11AM

    Come on please, no “Tifal tasalian” . Your current winnings in national politics is true reflection of your current standing in national politics.

    All parties who have done politics on negativity are diminishing, be it ANP, MQM, JI, JUIF etc. The other party which has diminished is PPP but only because of rampant corruption otherwise there agenda is still forward looking and all inclusive.

    The other two PTI and PMLN bring some thing to the table for voters. PMLN brings business and big projects whereas PTI wants to bring systematic change (through appropriate laws and accountability systems)Recommend

  • Fahad
    Aug 23, 2015 - 11:56AM

    @ahmed:
    Yes i agree with you. In addition, business and big projects are not important than appropriate laws and accountability systems. The small projects will cost as much as big projects due to non-accountability. For E.g Metro Bus.Recommend

  • Karachi Wally
    Aug 23, 2015 - 12:12PM

    @ahmed:
    Excellent reply!Recommend

  • Sabeen
    Aug 23, 2015 - 1:11PM

    @ahmed
    Politics of #PTI is going down to drain in karachi, recent elections in karachi cantonment board and NA 246 is an example and more worst is waiting for PTI in coming months.Recommend

  • Overseas Pakistani
    Aug 23, 2015 - 1:14PM

    I’ll just relay what I was told by people from KP here in Saudi Arabia that even though JI is in the coalition government, it’s PTI that is being given all the credit because they are the only ‘different’ factor as JI has been in KP govts. in the past, therefore the good performance of the KP government can mostly be attributed to the PTI.Recommend

  • Abid
    Aug 23, 2015 - 3:15PM

    JI and its dug duggy….As if they would have had conquered Constantinople….people are weary of religious right wing parties….these parties fan extremism and they dont have any plan for future….the tribal islam does not hold key to future….though i have firm faith in Allah myself but i believe that Islam was a religion which should have progressed with science….as it has all the qualities to sync in with modern research but Mullah party has some other plans…..and progress isnt one of them….people are wise enough though…Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 23, 2015 - 6:51PM

    “Lost glory”, nice joke. It got few seats during Musharaf era with Musharaf and JUI support. In post Musharaf era, it was Taliban support which gave them few seats. It has never won any seat without support of most popular political figure, whether its Mian Sahib or anybody else.Recommend

  • Muneeb Ahmed Sahi
    Aug 23, 2015 - 9:53PM

    Really disappointing to see comments by these people. You don’t agree with religious parties or political Islam, its fine but all out hatred towards JI is shameful. PMLN & PPP are totalitarian parties & don’t deserve to be called democratic parties. As far as PTI is concerned, everybody had great expectations from them but they have not been able to live up to these expectations so far. PTI is a democratic party but it still does not possess a intra party system that can hold it without Imran Khan. Also, taking in people during previous elections resulted in its credibility coming under suspicion. JI in this aspect is the only democratic party in Pakistan. A fact accepted by everybody. I am disappointed to see their performance in KPK but if you truly believe in democracy, you should respect JI; if not as a religious party, do it at least as a truly democratic party.Recommend

  • Munna Bhai FRCOG
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:19AM

    @Karachiwally ( punjabi)

    PTI lost almost all bye elections in the recent past .Keep dreaming they will never get hold of Karachi with the help of those who are flexing muscles against the Muhajirs including the JI .

    This modus operandi will backfire soon .Recommend

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