Rawalpindi (Pakistan)/ A 12-year-old boy has become improvised politician in the turbulent election campaign fot the July 25 general elections in Pakistan, after his father was arrested for alleged corruption, in what they report as another movement more to weaken his party.
Salar Islam descends from a four-wheel adorned with photos of his father, Qamar, and he begins to shake hands with voters in the rural area of Maira Morah, near the northeastern city of Rawalpindi, and he repeats the same gesture over and over again:
“My father has been unfairly arrested. He has been arrested because he belongs to the Muslim League of Pakistan. You can free him with the power of your votes”, the young boy says, accompained by his uncle, Raja Tariq, who organizes the election campaign of his arrested brother.
Many people respond positively to the message and others directly say that they will vote for Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) of former cricketer Imran Khan, the main rival in the elections of PML-N, who has just finished his term after five years in power.
Despite this, the young boy is not intimidated by this and soon after in the small town of Kingar Kalan, where buffalos and goats grave feerly and the roads dissapear to make way for dirt roads, Salar faces an audience of 50 people gathered to listen his message, where he throws veiled accusations.
“You all know, better than me, who is behind this” he says in reference to the all powerful Army, which has governed Pakistan half of its history.
Salar’s father was arrested on June 25 by order of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB, anti-corruption body) for alleged embezzlement when he belonged to management of a public company that gave water plant projects.
His arrest came a day after he was appointed by PML-N as its candidate in this constituency of Rawalpindi, where he will face Chaudhry Nisar, heavyweight and former Interior Minister in the Government of that party, who left after the argument.
The former Information Minister and spokesperson of PML-N Marriyum Aurangzeb qualified NAB’s decision as “deceit” of the elections to which 105 million voters are called.
The PML-N has been denouncing a campaign against it by “the established powers”,term used in the country to refer to the Army, to prevent it from returning to power.
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Castigar a su padre por pertenecer al partido.
Hacer justicia, ya que su padre ha sido corrupto.
Debilitar al partido al que pertenece su padre.
Manifestándose para que se acaben este tipo de acciones.
Con el voto en las urnas.
Reuniendo firmas para que lo saquen de la cárcel.
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