By Mahnoor Khan
Isolationism is a political terminology used for political isolation of a country when a state or a country does not become part of an international alliance for the protection of its personal interest related to political, economy and other important sphere such as sovereignty of a state. Many countries, including USA, have adapted such a policy or doctrine to protect their personal safeties from time to time.
It would be surprising for most readers why I want to educate the people of Chitral on the policy of Isolationism? Because, we have been trapped into the dilemma of Isolationism from a decade, or, in common language, one can say that we have become a politically Orphan District. I am surprised that why our think tanks do not create awareness among people about this, and why they just ignore the menace of political isolation? I am not against any political party or any individual. All political workers and parties are very respectful for me. However, I want to highlight the dilemma of our district to not become part of the main sphere of the country’s politics. Those who keep political sense are well aware of the negative consequences to be isolated in national or provincial forums.
From decades, across the country or province, nation voted one party to power but we, the people of Chitral, knowingly or unknowingly cast our votes opposite to the nation or province, and elected the other.
I don’t want to go in details; we elected APML in 2013 when the nation elected PML-N and PTI. Again, in 2018 general elections, the nation elected PTI, and Chitral picked the MMA doing again the same mistake. You know or not, by doing this, we isolate our district from the political affairs of the nation by declining to enter into main national sphere of politics. The result will be; we as a nation (Chitrali) have to bear political isolation both at provincial and national forums. In forums of NA and PA, there will be no say of our elected representatives because we have taken them away from the main sphere of politics. If our representatives are capable of highlighting our issues and needs, the forums will just ignore them or the walls of the assemblies will echoed with laughter. At the same time our elected representatives, if they are honest with the district, will pay curse to us. Otherwise they will silently kill the time taking monthly salaries and other privileges. The previous leaders who were in isolation in assemblies were well aware of this.
Now, it is the responsibility of the think tanks of Chitral to create awareness about this issue, and save the district from the situation of Isolationism in future. We have to respect the diversity and think collectively irrespective of regionalism, tribes and other factors which push us toward the political isolationism. Think about the future of Chitral and its coming generation.
(The writer is a researcher and writes on social issues).