Imran Khan just delivered his victory speech after the party managing to sweep parts of Pakistan in the General Elections 2018. Despite the trends which the polls were showing, PTI not only managed to retain the voter base in KP but is also in a close competition with PMLN in Punjab and has managed to get a significant number of seats in Sindh too.
This shows that the narrative of PTI has been welcomed by the people of Pakistan in this general elections. A wave that first hit KP has now swept many in parts of the country and the results are reflective of just that. Many were anxiously awaiting for Khan to deliver his victory speech because the party has managed to jolt the traditional two-party setup of the traditional Pakistani politics. It is also very rare for a third party to get significant support in other parts of the world, so a feat as grand as this must be celebrated.
Soon to be Prime Minister, Imran Khan, came out with a mandate not just for his party supporters but for the entire country and there are several takeaways from his victory speech
After quite a while, Khan’s speech was not marred by what usually seem like the rants of an unseasoned politician. While his supporters praise him for his lack of political correctness, this was one speech where Khan needed to be apt and convince the masses to believe in his vision for the next five years.
In the last couple of days, Khan has been excessively criticized for not stopping his election campaign despite the apparent terrorist threat and taking out the time to speak for those who lost their lives in the election process.
The fact that he started his address by commemorating those who lost their lives is what was the need of the hour
Our media has been solely focused on the electoral process which is why these blasts did not get the coverage that they deserved but this speech reasserts the fact that Pakistanis do not forget nor have no regard for their fellow countrymen. It is a reinforcement of the fact that despite losing their loved ones, Pakistanis still went out to vote to uphold the democratic process.
He went on to highlight his ideology for the next five years. The focus of his party will be the human development in Pakistan
The promise that policies will be focused on the average Pakistani instead of the elite rekindle a hope in Pakistanis that areas such as education and health which have been grossly neglected by successive governments will be given priority. The fact that he mentioned minority rights and the development of women is also a great sign. While this promise is key to his success, it will also be the reason to make or break his government. Actually being able to deliver is going to take a rigorous amount of effort and efficiency, and will come with a steady flow of criticism flowing from all parties who are already alleging rigging.
Khan has set the right precedent by saying that political victimization will not be his policy and that he has forgotten all personal attacks
The state machinery will not be used to victimize people. People will only face trials and put behind bars for actually going against the law because it is very important to not misuse the authority. He has also opened the gates for criticism against his own party by saying the scrutiny will start from him. Perhaps this will serve as a way to cleanse the loose ends in his own party as well.
It was very important to address Pakistan’s ailing economy
The amount of pressure that this government has inherited due to the amount debt is going to take very effective policy making to reverse the situation. Khan’s policy of involving the overseas Pakistanis is going to be an interesting ballgame because much of the overseas Pakistanis have shown an inclination towards supporting Khan. We have already seen a good sign in the form of the opening of stock market post-Imran win.
Foreign policy for any candidate of the prime ministership is important to discuss. It is a very delicate area and needs to be intelligently dealt with
He managed to mention all the neighbors of Pakistan despite India’s continuous efforts to portray him, as he says, a Bollywood villain. He realizes the significance of Pakistan’s geostrategic location and the need for a developing nation being cornered by international players to be diplomatically sound. However, the comment on an “open doors” policy with Afghanistan might just land him in trouble because matters of foreign policy are not dealt with idealism.
Lastly, Khan has given the masses a massive deja-vu moment by asking his political opponents that he will cooperate with them in cases of rigging
This is a repetition of the important wicket of Srikanth in 1989, where Khan asked the opponent to bat once more. This is great sportsmanship and definitely a trait that Khan is best at. This is a gesture which upholds democracy and will win hearts.
Overall, it was a great victory speech. The next five years will be a huge test of time for Khan who has managed to make some big promises but their delivery is not only difficult but also extremely time-consuming.
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