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INTERVIEW WITH JAMSHAID AHMAD KHAN DASTI, MEMBER NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND LEADER PAKISTAN AWAMI RAJ PARTY

  • Saleem Shahab
  • Nov, 2017
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  • Interview

HOW DID YOU EMBARK ON POLITICS AND WHAT WAS THE REASON OF YOUR SUCCESS?

The injustice and highhandedness committed by feudal lords forced me to join politics in my area. I come of a poor family. My father had been working as a baildar in Canal Department; however, he was a sportsman and fond of exercise, desi kushti (local style of wrestling) and Kabadi.  We used to reside in a mud-house seven kilometer away from Muzaffarabad city. My school and college life narrates the story of poverty. I used to pay my fee by selling eggs in the city. I also used to grow goats. Once I purchased books after selling  goats. Neither I had owned property in the past; nor do I own property today despite the fact I have been Member of the National Assembly for the last ten years. Only God has granted me courage to stand up against the tyrannies of feudal.  I have never been guided by any political mentor. The injustices, plight of women, thana culture, violence, rape were common and everywhere. The sardars and feudal used to support the perpetrators. They had made their own illegal prisons. The darkness and illiteracy had prevailed everywhere. God gave me idea and courage to raise slogan against their atrocities. Also I formed a student welfare movement which used to help the needy students on self help basis. I made the poor, the weak, farmers and the vendors understand that these people were our enemies. At this, the feudal lords got the fake cases registered against me in police station. I had started my struggle against them since teen age. I joined the student union and formed labor union against the said cruelties. During my struggle, I was put behind the bars and I had to be away from my home for a period not less than one and a half year. Soon I became the voice of the people and they started supporting me. In 2005, I became the Nazim from the platform of the Mazdoor Ittehad Council. I defeated the son of a feudal lord MPA from Muzaffargarh during Musharraf era. Interestingly, the feudal lord was the member of Q League. I started my social work by cleaning the area. For this purpose, I myself took up the broom and started cleaning the areas. With the blessing of God, I succeeded in winning the hearts of people and became the Member of the National Assembly. I have founded my own political party. I have chose 'broom' as its election symbol since it represents our character with the aim to purge the society from evil doings. I am hopeful that our mission to clean the society will go on and meet success in the days to come.

YOUR STRUGGLE REMINDS ME THE PERSONALITY OF DR. NAZIR SHAHEED ON WHOM I HAVE READ A BIOGRAPHICAL BOOK LONG AGO. HE STARTED REFORMATION WORKS IN D.G. KHAN.

I am also a great admirer of Dr. Nazir Shaheed. Dr. Nazir Sahab gave a sacrifice for the people. He was martyred by the Sardars (Knights). I believe that the mission launched by apostles of truth can never be ended. I don’t see personality in the perspective of their parties. For me every person who hoists the flag of truth deserves my salute. Dr. Nazir Shaheed is alive in me. I know that I cannot become Dr. Nazir Shaheed due to his towering persona but I have borrowed light from his candle to rekindle the hopes in the people’s hearts.  I have also started political work in D.G.Khan where Dr. Sahab was martyred.  I try to walk on the footprints of these elders. I am not reluctant to seek guidance from their enlightened lives.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO LET OUR READERS KNOW WHAT AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF SUCCESS IN LIFE IS?

You know good intention is the key to success. By making tall claims and having an oily tongue, you can cheat everyone but not God Who is All-knowing and the Omnipresent. Allah will help you provided you start working in good faith. It is believed that money brings success. I don’t agree to the statement since my life witnesses against this false idea. I being a laborer come from a poor family. My mother still breeds goats, a cow or a calf. She has no knowledge what an MNA is. She says me to join a petty job to deal with the life matters. I mean to say, money is not the another name of success. You see political dynasties the Khars, the Gurmanis, the Khosas, the Qurehis, the Gillanis, the Makhdooms, the Dreshaks and the Mazaris are billionaires but are terrified. I would lay stress that money is nothing as compared to your good intention. God Himself comes to help you.  I don’t have bank balance or a secret business. I have submitted my statement to the Election Commission, which clearly reveals that I don’t own property, Car or a business. I alongwith reside in a portion of my rented office. I am not yet married.

WHAT ARE YOUR POLITICAL IDEAS AND PARTY MANIFESTO?

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