Both the neighbouring countries- India and Pakistan attained independence more than 65 years ago. In these years, both the nations went through various complicated political situations and challenges.
When India's (Congress & BJP) and Pakistan's (PPP & PML-N)- all giant old parties could not free their nations from the grave issue of "fighting against corruption" cancer, then two political parties took birth in both nations with an uncanny similarities.
Here, we are talking about two icons-India's Arvind Kejriwal and Pakistan's Imran Khan.
Both of them have a same passion to channelise the "youth energy" in the postive direction to seek the development and progress of their respective nations.
Both Kejriwal and Imran Khan have a same passion to channelise the youth energy.
The cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan launched Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on April 25, 1996 with an aim to represent true aspirations of the people of Pakistan while social activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal founded Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on November 26, 2012 with an aim to lead corruption-free India.
Both Khan and Kejriwal have enormous potential to bring the much-needed change in the society irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Both of them want to free their nations from the shackles of corruption and other social evils that create hindrances in the path of development.
Both of them want to wipe away the dirt from politics and to serve their people with clean and transparent governance, where the voice of common man is heard.
So, here lets get to know what's more common between the two stalwarts and their political parties:
AAP is based on the ideology of anti-corruption and Swaraj while PTI's ideolgy is also anti-corruption and anti-status quo.
Kejriwal's AAP objective is to ensure equality and justice for aam aadmi and to make government directly accountable to the people. With Swaraj, it lays stress on decentralisation, self- governance and community building.
Similarly, Khan's PTI aims for political stability, social harmony, and economic prosperity for all religious, ethnic and racial communities.
Kejriwal's AAP wants to introduce four primary policies: Jan Lokpal legislation, Right to Reject, Right to Recall and Political decentralisation
Imran Khan's PTI has called for has called for major social, economic, political, educational, military and foreign policy reforms.
Both Fight against corruption to bring change
Both Kejriwal and Khan have same priorities in their political commitments- to fight corruption, to bring change and to see each and every individual with equality.
Many Pakistanis and Indians who live abroad expressed their support by coming to their countries to vote for AAP and PTI.
In May 2013, A group of Non Resident Indians (NRIs) from 20 different cities in the USA extended support to the AAP.
The defiant, Imran Khan has emerged as the most popular politician of Pakistan and many people beleive that only he can bring the genuine change. H ehas successfully garnred support for his party by campaigning and organising rallies.
Both exhibit political muscle in Parliament
During recently held assembly elections in Delhi, AAP got 28 seats out of 70 assembly seats while PTI won 36 seats in the Pak National assembly.
On 23rd March, 2013 (Pakistan Day), Khan took six pledges in front of massive crowd and said that he will fulfill those six promises if his party comes to power in Pakistan.
Both made stunning debuts
Both AAP and PTI made spectacular entry into the world of politics and got huge votes. In India, AAP got 66 percent of total votes while in Pakistan, PTI got 55 per cent of total votes.
Both influenced Youth
Less than two-year-old AAP has 90 percent of youth leaders in its party while Khan's PTI has 80 percent youth faces.
Imran Khan's PTI has a "youth wing" for people under the age of 40 to help bring attention to their issues and problems.
Both are the best alternative
Both the AAP and PTI were founded by Arvind Kejriwal and Imran Khan as a result of socio-poitical movement in India and Pakistan.
Kejriwal took it upon his shoulders to change the basic political structure of India and named his party as "Aam Aadmi Party" and he proposed to represent the interests of the common man of India.
Khan formed Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice) to create a truly independent, self-reliant Pakistan which is free from debt, dependency, and discord if elected to power. PTI maintains that it represents all Pakistanis, regardless of religious, ethnic, linguistic, and provincial backgrounds.
Face criticism initially
Despite facing crticism from other political rivals intially, both Kejriwal and Imran Khan emerged as one-man army who stunned their nations with their unique and distinct vision.
Both of them proved that "nothing is impossible". 45-year-old Arvind Kejriwal became the second-youngest Chief Minister of Delhi on December 25, 2013.
Social media presence
As both AAP and PTI aims to reach out to the massses, especially the youth of their countries, they have made their presence felt on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter to influence and impact the youth voters.