|Imran Khan's Lahore Rally : Oct.30,2011|
Yesterday, October 30th. Imran Khan led a rally in Lahore which is covered the world over. It is seen as a ray of hope and change in Pakistan and not all the international community is ready for this change for a couple of reasons. Before going in detail, we have to look at the size, the style and the message that this rally send at large. No wonder, it was quite a big crowd per se but not enough for a country of about 200 million and a city of about 9 million people. Nevertheless, the participants were there by choice, were very different from the usual crowd that is seen in Pakistani political rallies and accordng to the analysts - a middle class involvement which is considered as a clear indiacator of change - was present there. Many of them were women and young people - which have never shown interest in going to political rallies before at such a large scale. What was said in the rally was nothing new: how can it be new when the ailment we are sufferening is more than 60 years old....it will have the same prescription. Anyhow, let us look at how was this rally being covered internationally and what does the International media is saying about it around the world:
New York Times in its coverage here, did termed this rally a political shift in Pakistan.
San Francisco Chronicle called it: An Anti- US Pakistani Cricketer rallies 100,000.
Hindustan Times ran a headline saying: New Delhi should withdraw Army from Kashmir: Imran
BBC says: Imran Khan addresses thousands gathered at Minar-e- Pakistan
The Telegraph reports: Imran leads a rally of 100,000 against Pakistan's US alliance.
Huffington's Post reported: Pakistani Cricket Legend Imran Khan And Supporters Rally Against U.S.-Pakistan Alliance
Council on Foreign Relations had a post by Ed Husain: Imran Khan: Pakistan's Comeback Kid
Asian Correspondent ran the same heading as the SF Chronicle here.
Yahoo News through the Associated Press (AP) ran a headline: Anti-US Pakistani cricketer rallies 100,000 people
Why is it important to focus what the foreign media has to say???
They create and send a specific image of any event happening around the world.
The KEY WORDS used in some of the leading newspapers to highlight Imran Khan's Lahore Rally of 30-th October include:
Anti-US , political shift, Against, Pak-US alliance and Anti-US Pakistani cricketer.
If we look at the history of politics in the developing world and particularly in Asia, we will see that people came to power through the help of foreign powers. There is enough evidence that shows that the advocates from old democracies have supported anti-democratic movements within these developing countries, they have waged their proxy wars there, they have destablized them in many ways, they have always given asylum to the fraudulent leaders in these developing countries who have been involved in severe human rights violations and robbing the public exchequer and have never liked a leadership that asked for "equality" among nations in general and who looked into the eyes of these old power houses.
News shapes opinions and if that is how a change in Pakistan is covered internationally with a phobia, with irrational fear and as a possible threat then it is a very sad news for Pakistan and for the world. Change in other countries must be seen as a possiblility of a better and stable tomorrow rather than demonizing the change and fearing it!