I was drawn into Pak politics due to local necessity: Ayaz AmirDecember 25th, 2007 - 6:30 pm ICT by admin
Islamabad, Dec 25 (ANI): Ayaz Amir, a renowned Pakistani journalist, who is writing columns for the Dawn for the last 24 years, has said that journalism and popular politics do not mix although they are bread and butter to each other.
“I am not a politician who has come to journalism but a journalist who has occasionally dabbled in politics not drawing-room politics, for which I have not much talent, but constituency politics,” he said.
“Simply because I have a constituency to run from, those coming before me having carved out a space for themselves in local politics,” Ayaz wrote in his weekly column in the Dawn.
Commenting on journalists dabbling into politics, he writes that one or two journalists in recent times have made their mark in diplomacy, none more so than our distinguished High Commissioner in London.
A few have clambered up politics backstairs, through the Senate (the most convenient backdoor of all) or by attaining party rank, friend Mushahid coming to mind in this respect, Ayaz added.
“None, in my reckoning, has contested a general election in the last 50 years,” he claimed after deciding to take part in the January 8 polls.
Ayaz said that he was drawn to politics not out of any lure of high political office, but because of local necessity.
He further said that a one-sided political field, with all the Presidents men on one side and no credible challenge on the other side, drew me into the election race: To even out the political scales.
Today in my district, the political scene again is tilted towards one side, the Presidents men holding all the cards in their hands, a similar situation to be found in many districts of the Punjab, and Sindh, Ayaz writes.
Politics by contrast, especially party politics in Pakistan, is a distressing affair because all our parties lack a democratic structure and leadership, he said.
“I stray from the road. Contesting these elections, I am informed, spells the end of my long association with this newspaper. If it is to continue it will have to be in some other form. A harsh price to pay and, as I said, my heart is torn,” Ayaz concludes. (ANI)
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