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Where are all the smart people?

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Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: PID

That’s it. Enough is enough. The gloves are off. No more Mr. Nice Guy.

Or so said Prime Minister Imran Khan in a bizarre address to a bewildered nation at a bewitching hour on a Budget evening. It was a declaration of war. Again. What do we make of these surreal happenings when the system is giving off SOS smoke signals?

Let’s take stock:

PTI is full of smart people, right? I mean, this is the party that has done what no one could have imagined happening in Pakistan. Almost single-handedly, PTI gatecrashed the ‘Two-Party’ closed club, beat both parties with an electoral club, and flung them out of power with the contempt that many felt they richly deserved. This is, after all, the same party that changed the suffocating brand of traditional politics in Pakistan; that introduced energy, zest and pizazz in campaign rallies; that gave voice to a huge chunk of the urban middle class and youth; that contested polls from across the length and breadth of the country thereby rightfully claiming support across all provinces and regions; and that forced the burning issue of corruption to become a rallying cry for citizens sick and tired of enduring an unaccountable elite.

PTI is full of smart people, right? I mean, this is the party that attracted to its folds a rainbow coalition ranging from doctors, architects, bankers, dentists, journalists to industrialists, feudals, allamas and pirs. PTI was an ideology that became a party that became a movement that became a phenomenon. Who else but very smart people could have managed to achieve all........

© The Express Tribune