Sometimes, the number of things two countries share are uncanny.
Take for instance, India and Pakistan. We see many things coinciding like the language, the culture, the people, the ethnic diversity and even the Aam Aadmi Party.
No, we do NOT mean this guy:
We mean this guy:
Meet Arslan Ul Mulk, a rights activist with an equal penchant for sitting on hunger strikes and dharnas in front of government buildings. Yep, he is the founder of the Aam Aadmi Party in Pakistan.
Though they have no connection with Kejriwal’s AAP, they do follow an anti-corruption, reformist agenda inspired by the Indian AAP.
And they often use similar methods as well. Here’s a picture of them on a hunger strike against corruption in the government.
According to Mulk, his party will strive to make Pakistan into the land that their Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah envisioned, a land of equality and freedom. He believes that the current administration has lost the plot where ideals are concerned.
Again, a thought which we may have in common.
The party was recognised by the Election Commission of Pakistan on January 1, 2014.
Since then, they have been busy protesting, getting jailed, getting tortured, getting out and protesting again.
Once in a while, parties such as the Aam Aadmi Party, where ever it may be formed, really do help shake up the system and bring some transparency at least, into our countries’ politics.
Funnily enough, the BJP has accused the Indian AAP of being helped by volunteers coming from Pakistan and Bangladesh, or in their words, “taking the help of anti-national forces”.
They need to understand that the ‘mango people’ are the same, everywhere.
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