Gutsy Marvi steps down…goes solo?

Published: June 23, 2011

Here’s to Marvi Memon, whose exit from the parliament is true to her own style of politics. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVED

Here’s to Marvi Memon, whose exit from the parliament is true to her own style of politics. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI Here’s to Marvi Memon, whose exit from the parliament is true to her own style of politics. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVED Here’s to Marvi Memon, whose exit from the parliament is true to her own style of politics. PHOTO: SHAHID SAEED

I won’t lie – I’ve often made fun of Marvi Memon’s overzealous emotional style, her long winded breathless sentences without full stops and the almost audible exclamation mark at the end of her sound bytes.

At times, I have used her high pitched quotes to add a bit of life to an otherwise dull TV report. More often than not, when I have seen her protesting on the streets I have wondered why a parliamentarian who claims to care so much for the masses, would associate herself with a party whose manifesto seems to focus on regaining power.

On Wednesday, as the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), a fresh part of the coalition government, voted in favour of the budget, Memon broke free of the party whose politics seemed to constantly collide with her principles.

Rendering her resignation from PML-Q and subsequently the National Assembly, Memon said that she wants to impress upon the people that they do not have to accept a government that robs them daily. A great sentiment, but we have yet to see what alternates she presents before the masses.

There have always been doubts about Memon’s politics, but I for one, have never denied that this young former parliamentarian is a go-getter.

Her statements might have been more emotional than logical (her support for former president General Pervez Musharraf has at times bordered on disturbing) and her protests will always have a political point scoring tag, but at least, Memon has never stopped at delivering criticism.

Be it floods, extremism or the country’s failing economy, this London School of Economics (LSE) graduate has always come forth with a plan – a good or bad, it has been a plan nonetheless and that solution oriented approach is something that sets her apart.

Her charisma as a leader was apparent in PML-Q’s Gilgit-Batistan (GB) campaign. Her connection with the people can be seen in any of the sit-ins and protests she has ever been a part of. For someone who resigned before completing her first term as a parliamentarian, Memon sure has a following.

Considering her track record, it isn’t likely that she would take a step this big without a proper plan. So while she denies plans to join any other political party and vows to continue her struggle for the people via the judiciary, on the roads and through other means, one can’t help but wonder if there is any truth in the rumours about her possible attachment to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).

Afterall, her slogan for ‘haq’ seems to be in line with PTI’s call for justice.

Whether she joins Imran Khan or decides to play it solo, I’m looking forward to Marvi’s new beginning.

So here’s to Memon, whose exit from the parliament is true to her own style of politics – gutsy and good willed, a little impractical maybe but in the dirty arena of Pakistan’s politics I would gladly take the bold, sincere gesture as a great precedent and hope that more parliamentarians would opt out of voting in favour of policies that serve the rulers instead of the people.


Sadaf Khan

A broadcast journalist based in Islamabad who was formerly associated with Geo News and Dunya News. She blogs at

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

  • Fahad Raza

    Its high time our politicians take a lesson from her. To stand on a principle and acknowledge the responsibility people gave them when they got elected otherwise its no use sitting in the parliament better do what marvi did. I think she should remain independent till the elections come meanwhile I am positive she will show on issues of national interest and of the people “the Maroos” as she called them.
    One good way to know what she is doing is find her on twitter on which she is very active. Recommend

  • Natasha Suleman

    Not really a fan but Marvi’s one brave woman out there, yes. Always wondered why a woman like her was doing in a party like Q league. Glad she’s done with it.

    Good luck to her.Recommend

  • http://Lahore Naveed Javed

    Very well done Ma’am Marvi Memon! Surely Actions speak louder than voice..#respectRecommend

  • Saleem Khan

    Really, MARVI MEMON is a great lady. I am following her on twitter and gets updates on her daily activity. She was inexperience but now she learnt good lessons and these lesson can help her, if she keeps taking right steps. We need youngsters to come in politics, who are qualified, energetic, sincere, loyal, technology oriented… Seriously we can change the future of country by bringing high tech guys in Parliament. Country can not grow without technology but alas majority of Politicians don’t know how to operate mobile even.

    Marvi Memon is surely a ray of hope for many….hopefully many new youngsters will join her to lead and throw out rubbish from Parliament.Recommend

  • Faraz

    Marvi Memon for Prime minister. Recommend

  • Mooed

    now what was so bad in this budget that wasn’t in the last budgets? just a cheap publicity stunt and she needed a ‘reason’ to jump-ship pmlq to run for more greener pastures

    anyone who supported Musharraf does not deserve any respect, what is the use of all this ‘logical approach’, education and intellectualism when all you are going to do is to support a dictator? talk about rule of law and human rights when you supported the dictator who tore down the constitution not once but twice! Recommend

  • Fahad Raza

    here you go dude lemme educate you .!! her resignation tell a lot here
    then see this why she tore pages from the budget June 6th 2011 and where she point out the difference

  • Mooed

    @Fahad Raza:
    and what are the reasons which were NOT true about the mush govt and true about this govt ?
    its just political talk nothing substantial
    was the mush govt not corrupt and inefficient? did mush stand stand up to NATO forces and drones? he was the one who got it all started
    amazingly she also talks about ” Govt has practically abandoned the valiant people of occupied Kashmir”
    now who had changed the policy on kashmir? this govt or mush ?Recommend

  • Haroon

    I just hope she does not join PTI that would be a disaster.Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,Karachi

    That does it. I am leaving Pakistan. Marvi pls come back or else I will leave Pakistan.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza

    and what are the reasons which were NOT true about the mush govt and true about this govt ?
    here’s one truth at that time we had an unelected Ex-commando for a president and this time around we have a selected ex-convict. Beisdes this blog is about standing up for a principle if you can’t get arround your head its not my headache. Most here atleast appreciate what she did when she saw her aprty going the wrong way. Recommend

  • Awais

    I hope she joins PTI.. other options are no different then PML-QRecommend

  • Tanzeel

    She’s confusing Politics with Social work.Recommend

  • Sumaiya

    She will join PTI.

    She will receive offers from other parties…she will wait and pretend to think about the best option and strike when the iron will be hot.Recommend

  • Obaid

    @Mooed: you are saying that if she did not stand up earlier . .so she should not stand up ever … Dair aayad durust aayad . People get mature with time and learn to take right decisions. No one is absolutely perfect ..and she has not been any perfect ..even i respected her in past on some of the positions she took in past against all odds. .but this time she did a perfect decision….. Hope Javed Hashmi will do the same …and they join PTI .. ps: Mush Govt. was not perfect either . He might be a dictator.but governance was far better than Zardari Toola ..Recommend

  • Abdullah Zaidi

    so its kosher to support a dictator, but as soon as you rail against the PPP you are a hero!!!Recommend

  • Hasan

    Who cares about her voice?
    Change process will take time much as we expecting from our people.Recommend

  • luqman

    kudos to Marvi!!! Respect Respect Respect….. ## Her joining of PTI would give her and the party more credence ## Think about it Marvi!!!Recommend

  • Ahmad

    Oh please. It took her a decade to realize that the PML-Q was against her so-called principles. And someone who supported Pervez Musharraf is now singing democracy’s praises? Irony much?

    “Memon has never stopped at delivering criticism.”

    Is that what sets her apart for you? Really?

    “Be it floods, extremism or the country’s failing economy.”

    Did you think nobody would check out your ‘flood’ link? Her plan on that was filing evidence in the SC, which while admirable (although in her case just opportunist because the US was involved in a related case she filed) doesn’t really make a ‘plan.’ That extremism bit that she may have a plan for was started by her ex-boss Musharraf, so you don’t really get brownie points for offering a solution to a problem your own (now-ex) party brought into existence. And lets not even start with the economy. The PML-Q will be finished as a force in politics now that the budget has been passed and especially in the next elections when all the turncoats return to the PML-N. She had to remain relevant so she left. Nothing more.Recommend

  • Scorpio

    Great going Marvi. you must join PTI. Recommend

  • Ameer Ali Muawiya

    She is bold, intelligent and patriotic. She was never good for a party like PML Q. I would recommend that she joins PTI. That will be awesome. Recommend

  • Saad Durrani

    @Abdullah Zaidi:
    The pastures were greener back in the days of the ‘kosher’ dictator..Recommend

  • Watani

    Marvi has emerged as a Great Leader! She has demonstrated honor, honesty and integrity that the public can be so proud of. Pakistan can once again be full of hope at a time when there seemed no hope. She is the champion of the people’s cause and for Pakistan. Marvi you have a Great Following – Keep it Up. Stay with the people. God Speed! Zindabad!Recommend

  • Mustafa

    She stood for her principles, She’s by far the best politician of the Country.Recommend

  • umar

    My vote for her since she has shown great guts and courage to leave a cabnet of ‘chors’
    Atleast some one stood up for that, i really love her for that Recommend

  • Zia Akhtar

    At least she has proven that there are still some people around who adhere to principles! Now, a good beginning would be to join an organisation which can give a boost to herself and a party. PTI comes to mind. It is in need of principled politicians!
    She should not lead to getting this wave simmer out!Recommend

  • Farrukh Ashfaq

    Marvi memon for sure is an icon for the youth of Pakistan. We have witnessed the young energetic and zealous LSE Graduate protesting on the streets with KESC workers. I think she has had an arrangement with PTI before resigning from from the party. Also Imran khan quoted the other day that we will come up with a good news regarding marvi memon very soon which indicates the whole story clearly.
    I think PTI is the place for young people like marvi …. Thums up !Recommend

  • Ali

    Mohtarma aap ko Salaam!Recommend

  • Umar

    She should join PTI.Recommend

  • saad

    She will marry Imran as it seems.Recommend

  • Mooed

    @Fahad Raza:
    recently jamshed dasti had also resigned from NA on ‘principle’
    I hope that you also respect him as much as you respect marvi

    just because she uses twitter and communicates with you elites does not make her ‘best politician’ (she isn’t a peoples leader anyway because she was on reserved seat)Recommend

  • Fahad Raza

    Now that is whats called a political gimmick, he resigned from NA but no from his party.. I wonder why?? Jamshed dasti is our master cheap thriller once he was disqualified on fake degree if i remember then reelected i wonder how now most probably he didnt get any fund so he sought ot resign. He never published his resignation to media or public where as Marvi memon made a stand on pakistan have you taken any care to read her resignation charge sheet mate. and she opnely refused her party’s stance on joining the government for ministries. She sat on neumerous dharnas alongside commoners whether constituents or not. and stood in blistering heat.
    Jamshed dasti and his kind are he curse for pakistan and marvi memon are the blessings, besides marvi responds often responds to question and comment from various people i am not special or elite FYi. you can do it tooRecommend