I am very glad that Shireen Mazari’s daughter voted for PML-N

Published: December 2, 2015
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Imaan Hazir was quite vocal about the internet trolls who lambasted her mother for her choice of vote. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Recently, news emerged that the Central Information Secretary for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Shireen Mazari, and her daughter voted differently in the local body elections. Her daughter, Imaan Hazir, created quite a stir by voting for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Democracy, by its very definition, proposes that the freedom to vote is a wholly individual choice. It is not something that a person can be coerced into doing otherwise there would be scant difference between democracy and dictatorship. But what happens when a prominent member of a famous political party faces mutiny amongst her domestic ranks?

This unleashed a barrage of abuse against Mrs Mazari who replied in an innocuous tweet that ‘democracy means free choice’.

Ms Hazir was quite vocal about the internet trolls who lambasted her mother for her choice of vote.

She proceeded to post a picture of her inked thumb stating that her and her father’s votes were very different. Skies did not fall. Mountains didn’t turn to dust.

It is lamentable that PTI supporters had to resort to bullying tactics when it is really a completely benign issue.

It is understandable that such a prominent member of PTI would expect her family to vote for PTI as well, but it would be unfortunate if this was forced upon her children. The fact that she respects her daughter’s decision to vote as she pleases is extremely commendable. It encourages debate and reform which are not things to be afraid of. A PTI supporter should not treat a PML-N supporter as a deplorable person who should be ostracised. There may be certain points that Ms Hazir liked about PML-N that appealed more to her than PTI.

It really is nonsensical to harangue her mother for her ‘rebellious’ daughter when she is perfectly entitled to vote as she pleases. Why create a ‘them and us’ attitude?

Why is conformity so important in our society? Why is the exertion of personal choice considered a rebellious act?

What would be extremely encouraging is if the children of the members of PML-N did the same.

Could Maryam Nawaz ever vote for PTI?

Probably not, but it would definitely be a fresh move away from the typical dynastic politics that have plagued Pakistani politics for generations. It would encourage true political choice and the freedom of reasoned decision.

I, for one, am very glad that Mrs Mazari reacted so positively to the news. Instead of expecting submission, she let her daughter make her own political decisions.

When PTI supporters were against PML-N’s thug-like tactics, they shouted and screamed from the rooftops, held rallies, protests and sit-ins. So why behave in the same manner if someone offends them? What difference is there between PTI bullies and PML-N ones?

Forces that are intent on keeping our views strictly polarised must abandon their efforts if we are to make any positive reform in our political discourse. The whole point of a democracy is to encourage uninhibited choice, and clearly, Shireen Mazari understands this. If her supporters can comprehend this notion, we might just see a new Pakistan.

Faiza Iqbal

Faiza Iqbal

A law graduate from King's College, London Nottingham Law School. Having worked at Mandviwalla & Zafar as an Associate, she now writes freelance articles and is trying to qualify as a barrister in Canada.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • ash

    I dont care, vote is a private matter. What is all this attention seeking anyways?Recommend

  • asad

    On a side note, her daughter is surprisingly good lookingRecommend

  • Rehan Ali

    PTI’s is nothing but fascist and Shireen Mazari should know it better.

    Democracy is only a facade Imran and his cronies use to fool the people as their actions have proven their true autocratic mindsets. Does anyone even know what happened to honorable Justice (r) Wajih uddin Ahmed?Recommend

  • fouzia shafiq

    I do understand your right to vote whoever you want the only problem is why can’t you stick Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. Let me tell you something this whole situation was desperate attempt for attention.Recommend

  • Shahid Lateef

    thats her choice that Imaan Mazari voted for PMLN. by the way Faiza Iqbal there is no comparison between PTI & PMLN because there is a huge difference between abusing someone on twitter by PTI & killing someone on street & using punjab police against opponents by PMLNRecommend

  • ehs

    I really don’t care why we are getting all media articles over such an unimportant issue.

    This is hardly and issue. Writers should focus on things that matter – like exposing corruption, health, and education..

    These types of articles belong in entertainment section…seriouslyRecommend

  • HaveAllThrones

    That is the reason why we cannot proper, because of people like you, who can befooled easily,,, This is technique of remaining always in power,,,.!!Recommend

  • Parvez

    Learning experience for both daughter….and mother.Recommend

  • Ali Aftab

    Pathetic ways of attention seekers b/w who cares who she votes.Recommend

  • Brutus Love

    Just a poor ploy to get into politics at the expense of PTI …. “spokes-person’s daughter knows that her mother’s party cannot win” is the worst message for PTI and Mazari should resign after such a big vote of disapproval or fired.Recommend

  • Necromancer

    Imaan Hazir you are beautiful unlike your mother :pRecommend

  • common person

    OK do as she wishes, but people should have rejected pmln after no economic policies etc, (Ishaq dar is as competent as it’s gets). if they are blind , what can we say about the rural areas.

    With due respect to Imaan Z Hazir

    ‘”Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
    Albert EinsteinRecommend

  • SOHOMAN

    did you ask Maryam if she could vote for PTI or is it you just know it. Speculative arguments are not welcome.Recommend