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Eschewing familial politics

By News Desk
December 07, 2023

Unlike some other political entities, the PTI has chosen not to prioritize familial ties when selecting its leader. This departure from the norm is significant, considering Imran Khan’s own family members could have been potential successors. 

The tendency among Pakistan’s political leaders, exemplified by figures like Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari, to pass on the party’s highest positions to family members has been a recurring theme in Pakistani politics. This trend is not limited to a single party and is a systemic issue in the democratic setup of the country.

Eschewing familial politics

The true essence of democracy is reflected within a party, and the PTI’s decision to elect Barrister Gohar Ali Khan as chairman, who lacks any familial ties to the party chairman, is a ground-breaking move. It sends a positive signal to other political entities, emphasizing the importance of merit and genuine competence over nepotism. In a country where democratic values need to take root, fostering democracy within political parties is paramount. If there is a lack of democracy within a party, it becomes challenging to advocate for genuine democratic values at the national level.

Mujeeb Ali Samo