It seems a wave of political change is heading towards this country. While Lahore was stage to two political rallies, which focused on corruption and the federal government’s failed economic, security and foreign policies, Karachi hosted a stage managed show by three sitting coalition partners of a government, which has absolutely zero credibility.
Imran Khan put up a massive show of force on 30 October by holding a huge public meeting at Lahore’s famous Minar-e-Pakistan. It was one of the largest such meetings that has ever been held since 1980s.
Lahore has always spearheaded political changes in Pakistan and the venue of Imran Khan’s meeting was the same that passed 1940’s Pakistan Resolution. This public meeting was unique because it had a large component of youth and ladies, not just party activists, as compared to PML(N)’s rally held on 28 October, which was dominated by party activists, supporters and traders. The stage of Imran Khan’s public meeting displayed the national flag and portraits of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal along with a single photograph of Imran Khan.
In sharp contrast to these two political meetings, the public meeting in Karachi was jointly held by a coalition of what is generally believed by most to be an alliance of the corrupt and opportunists, whose sole goal is to remain in power and harvest the gains for their insatiable greed of ill-gotten wealth. Change is not just in the air, but is the demand of the people of Pakistan.