Chitral — Pakistan is one country where politics has been the main past time of people owing largely to the dearth of other forms of entertainment. The main beneficiaries of this have been the political parties and political personalities. Chitral has been one place very prominent where every second person is a politician who likes to be called a ‘leader’ of one political party or another. One popular place for political debates have been the side rooms (kotakei) of mosques, where instances recorded in the past of men grabbing each others throats during debates favouring their political parties or leaders.
The intense involvement in politics of the common man seems waning today as more and more people are getting disillusioned with political parties and politicians. The recent example of the much trumpeted visit of Jamaat Islami leader Sirajul Haq to Chitral is a case in point. Despite using all the resources of the highly organized Jamat Islami and even enticing people with free lottery prizes for participants of the public meeting, the show up was much below expectations, proving the point that people are loosing interest in politics.
Talking to a few people on the issue, CN observed that now people want solid service delivery instead of void political slogans. Today if politics is wound up, a ban is imposed on all political parties and a technocrat government is set up to run the country, majority of the people would welcome it.