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Elections, parties and movements

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Recently, an experienced Norwegian politician said that political parties are not important in themselves; they only play their roles if they get political ideas accepted and concrete projects implemented, such as roads built, schools made better, more jobs created, with equal pay for men and women.
This is true, but I also believe that political parties are important as forums to discuss and agree upon values and ideology; they must have a foundation that guide them when prioritizing what is important to do and how it should be done.

In a few earlier articles, I have underlined that political in Pakistan and everywhere else should not be built around individuals, founders and their families.
At the same time, great politicians of yesterday, heroes and heroines, especially those who lived in difficult times, can inspire us also today: Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Angela Merkel, and many more.
But solutions for problems and issues today must be found by the leaders and politicians in our time, even if we chose to do things that the old leaders would not have approved of in their time.

I believe that it is essential for Pakistan to draw lessons from the past at home and abroad, but politicians must also realize that their work belongs to the present time and the future.
Indeed, they must realize that it is ideology, values, ideas and concrete actions that create and unite people in a political party.
Political parties should have democratically elected leaders, who work within the party organs.

In many ways, I am worried about the culture of the important parties in Pakistan; today’s leaders should remember that although they may be indispensable today, tomorrow they are gone.
Yet, their mission and vision should be carried on by others.
I believe that many parties in Pakistan deserve much........

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