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New leaders, new possibilities

By: Muhammad Ali, Uploaded: 7th December 2010

Pakistan faces multitude of problems, the biggest of them all is glaring lack of vibrant new leadership. Having faced media, judicial, political and democratic activisms in the recent years, the nation still has not been able to churn out an aw-inspiring leader. The political scenario in Pakistan is dominated by old faces and tried politicians. There is a crucial need of generational change on the political landscape bringing a new crop of honest, young, literate and patriotic leaders whose first and foremost responsibility should be sincere service to the people they represent and who can bring about positive and progressive visible change through their deep thought, foresight, vision, strategies, plans, knowledge, understanding and charisma.

This change in public leadership can essentially come through older leaders who need to realize that they cannot continue to influence power forever. Secondly political parties need to play an important role in institutional development and grooming of much wanted new leadership amongst its ranks. The challenge of changing the traditional attitude of undemocratic norms, nepotism and feudalism within political parties lies upon existing leadership, the membership and the vote bank. It is important for them to work towards identifying and bringing forward young members, without a bias, who demonstrate qualities and abilities to represent people with honesty and hard work.

Political workers on local and regional level also need to motivate the general public to get involved in party affairs, nominations and selection process. This interaction is imperative for a bottom up behavioural change within political class. This cultural and democratic change is necessary within Pakistan’s mainstream political parties. While introduction of legal frameworks that affect the executive memberships of the party need to be re-engineered, a new approach towards internal governance mechanisms is essential for natural growth of successors and grooming of suitable challengers for leadership.

Political parties must develop clear and concise governance structures, horizontal and vertical linkages of these structures, introduction of leadership training and grooming. It is vital that membership and electorate at local and regional level get involved and communicate this much needed re-invigoration to the senior leaders vocally and by show of strength.

This institutional change within political parties can have direct impact on the political dynamics of Pakistan thus producing leadership which can end cartel political culture. The leadership turnover will strengthen and bring wider political benefits to these institutions. Every Pakistani is looking towards progressive political leadership, without the generational change we will continue to lurch between narrow minded political agendas, vested interests and personal politics. New leadership in political institution will lead to new opportunities and new possibilities.

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Story first published: 7th December 2010






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