By Shefali Meera | Karachi
The effect of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) can be seen not only in India but also across the borders. It seems that Pakistan is about to get its own AAP. A small of activists got inspired by Arvind Kejriwal and his fight against corruption and are now working towards making their own version of the party by March.
An eight-city membership drive, including adjoining villages and small towns, is already on.
According to a reports, 38-year-old social activist and former journalist from Rawalpindi Arshad Sulahri said that they have read about AAP’s work in India and the corruption is the same in Pakistan as it is India.
The report said, “The organizers claim to have received positive feedback in their drive to recruit members. Sulahri said that they have got about a 1,000 applications from the Rawalpindi-Islamabad area alone. By March 23 this year, they plan to have a final list of members ready and begin working formally. At present, the online presence of AAP, Pakistan is restricted to a wordpress blog, a Twitter account (@aamaadmipartypk) with 60 Tweets and 100 followers, and a Facebook page (Aam Aadmi Party – Pakistan) with a mere 300 likes.”
According to TOI, Sulahri said that a combination of two factors — AAP’s rise in India and disenchantment with Imran Khan — inspired him to start an Aam Aadmi Party in Pakistan.
The report said, “The AAP Pakistan is currently only willing to accept members between ages 18 and 50. Those associated with foreign-funded NGOs, MNCs and the army, says Sulahri, are being kept out. ‘We have to be careful about such people and observe them. Hum koi bhi khaas aadmi shaamil nahin karenge (We won’t include any special or powerful person),’ he says.”
It may be recalled that World Cup winning former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, now a full time politician and leader of the principal opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said on January 12 that was impressed by the new Indian political wave led by the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP and wanted a similar storm in home country as well.