Zehra Naqvi

Zehra Naqvi

The author is a writer and poet. She is a 2018 Canadian Rhodes Scholar and will be pursuing an MSc in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. She tweets @fzehran (twitter.com/fzehran)

The desire for change: A new Pakistan does not mean a better Pakistan

I began writing this in the morning after the 2018 Pakistani General Elections. This was my third time voting in an election, and my first time voting in Pakistan. On Election Day, I was moved. The morning after, I felt uneasy. I woke up to the headlines heralding Imran Khan as the prime minister of Pakistan amidst strong allegations of rigging. Not feeling particularly loyal to any party, and knowing with a level of certainty that the candidates I had voted for would not win – and they did not – I wasn’t keen on staying up all night biting my ...

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