July 25th, 2018 was the day when amazing historical elections were held. My polling station was in Karachi East, constituency NA 245 and PS 106. After casting my vote I planned to visit some such areas which are considered as main areas of some political parties. On my list I had Baldia Town ruling party there is MQM since many years, Liyari where PPP is considered as the throne owner since Zulfiqar A. Butto begun his politics.
Due to less time I opted for one of them i.e. Liyari considered as “GARH” of PPP.
What I wanted to see was a two point thing.
- What the party has done for that particular area. Like what measures they took for the betterment of that area, and in what way they served their people.
- After so many years of rule of PPP are they still supporting PPP, are they satisfied and happy with the governance of PPP.
Liyari is that area of our city, Karachi, which has almost all communities living, to list some : Balochies, Pashtuns, Punjabies, Memons, Gujraties, Patnies, Urdu speaks, Brohi and so many more. In short, this is a mini Karachi, and all of them live in harmony and peace among themselves unless some third element do some dirty magic.
Here I’m talking about the most dangerous considered areas of Liyari, which we all have heard in News a lot. This includes:
- Singo Lane
- Cheel Chowk
- Zikri Muhala
- Nawa Lane
- Naya Abad
- Agra Taj
Candidate of PPP from here was Bilawal Bhuto Zardari ( chairman PPP himself ), seeing the poster from my car as I was about to enter Liyari Town I thought it’s a nice strategy because Liyarites adore Benazir Bhutto very much and are die hard fans of her. As I entered the vicinity there was a total changed situation. In order to mingle among common inhabitants of there I had to walk for almost 2,3 hours during which I talked to a huge number of people.
Most of the people were carrying play cards, banners and posters of PTI in their hands having Imran Khan’s pictures and pictures of candidates from that constituency. While walking on streets I talked to people regarding elections and past rule of PPP. One common thing to be heard was, ” Hume ab bhok, aflas or ghurbat se chutkara chahye. Hum salon se qurbani de rahe hain hume ab tabdeeli chahye” ( we have faced poverty and hunger for many decades, we have sacrificed enough now we want change ).
On being asked that why nobody stood from here for their rights in previous years, they replied, ” Hum ne 2013 me PTI ko vote diye the phir bhi PPP jeeti, Dhandli hui thi” ( we voted for PTI in 2013 and still PPP won, the elections were rigged ). On hearing this I was quite shocked, because the enthusiasm I saw there for PTI in elderly people, young people and even children, I could imagine the massive rigging the other one had to do in order to win PTI in former elections.
What I saw and the inhabitants told is, no funds were spent on us and liyari and that I could myself see. I took a few pictures from my phone which are speaking themselves.
These pictures are showing that they have not developed since decades. Their demands are basic and understandable. They want peace, better health, education and humanly rights which they deserve. Due to these reasons people of Liyari opted for change over Bibi’s love.
When I got back home, I was quite confident ( with what I saw ) that PTI will win at least from there and soon in evening I was proved right. That doesn’t came as shock to me.
PTI was seen everywhere and they talked of people’s rights and solution sought issues.
People have elected them and handed them power to bring change but now the major responsibility lies on elected ones. People are looking up to them with hope and trust. It’s now their responsibility that how will they prove people right and bring their desired change.
Wishing luck to PTI and Imran Khan, hoping to see the promised change from them.