PTI knows that it cannot win the 2018 elections and the Panama case proves just that

Published: March 31, 2017
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP.

For the past one year, no other issue has gained more prominence in the political landscape of Pakistan than the Panama leaks. The issue is frankly trivial and not worth this much obsession, but thanks to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and our electronic media, a triviality has transformed into a national obsession. The government has been distracted and is in some sort of a survival mode; more pressing issues in the country have been relegated to insignificance as the Panama case has become the centre of everything.  

For PTI, the Panama case has become a fixation which is now bordering lunacy. So much so, that even bomb blasts, openly claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) and Islamic State (IS), are perceived to be a conspiracy hatched by the government in connivance with India to divert attention from the Panama case. Furthermore, many PTI leaders start their tirade by saying,

“Abhi Panama case ka faisla inn ke khilaf aane wala hai.

(The Panama case verdict will be against them.)

Just yesterday, PTI chief Imran Khan was seen whining about a secret deal between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), entailing a plan to save the former from the impending doom of the Panama case verdict.

On social media, I constantly read laughable tweets by desperate PTI members, mostly belonging to “educated” urban middleclass, expressing a range of emotions including hope, fear and frustration about the Panama case verdict. Following are some “shining” examples: