The thing is we can’t predict the occurrence of singular events, we can only explain them. When Manzur was leaving DI Khan for the long march he only had 22 people with him. People joined
the march not knowing what the concrete demands were and then it was very late in the sit-in that Manzur was catapulted into the current charisma. It is not to underwrite the role or image of Manzur but rather to point that Manzur only gave a shape, an agenda,
a program and a passion to that uprising. Manzur wasn’t the cause, he was the effect. And now for most events, he is becoming the cause.
It was Manzur who was present right there at the correct moment to channel the eruption of revolutionary energies into a concrete and far-reaching political program. Now, that eruption of revolutionary consciousness could have gone either
way. It could have been a force of destruction and violence.
MNAs Mohsin Dawar (left) and Ali Wazir (right)
But Manzur, Mohsin, Ali, Sanna
Ejaz and other leaders of PTM channeled it into a constructive non-violent political movement. Rather than putting an unnecessary strain on the state all of the programs were defined under the ambit of constitution and laws.
Neither any of the demand is illegal or unconstitutional nor a brick of public property has been damaged despite seeing the worse of crackdowns and violence.
The state is violent machinery with a staggering potential and instruments of violence. The state and the powers that be, the army
and security and intelligence agencies, aren’t known to be institutions capable of reason and foresight.
the cause for PTM
The state has pushed people into the extreme ends of desperation and in their myopia, they aren’t
able to see what the ultimate product of violence in relation to the future of the integrity of the country could be.
can very well crush PTM with violence but it will never be able to crush or erase the insurgent political consciousness which gave birth to PTM and which PTM further strengthened and translated into a coherent constitutional program.
PTM as an organization is susceptible to the logic of state violence but the political consciousness of the people who are supporting PTM in millions is far
away from any reach of violence. The state and those powers who want to undo PTM should try to find an answer that what will be next if there is no PTM? PTM is necessary for the survival and health of the Federation of Pakistan.
There will be chaos. PTM is a wall between a participatory and emancipatory future and reign of chaos and anarchy. Pakistan’s youth population, its
strife, its anger in conflict and displaced communities is real. The sooner it is acknowledged, the better.
06 Feb 19/Wednesday
Written by Afsana