Our car was parked on the side of the road where the end of Gizri area shows its rather ghetto-esque side and right on the opposite side of the road was the end of Defence, a rather posh area. We were awaited by human-rights lawyer and activist-turned-politician Mohammad Jibran Nasir.
‘Hum Mein Se Aik (One of Us) was anthem and slogan, sung by prominent actors, cultural activists, athletes and students, to support Nasir’s movement and campain. He emphasizes to be the presenter who is the exact opposite to Imran Khan and other established politicians in Pakistan. With a social movement geared towards the protection of every citizens life, rights, and property, Aik Awam (one nation), he structures a campaign concentrated not on a single person, but on an inclusive ideology instead.
The independent candidate for the national and the provincial assembly did lose in the elections twice but never lost his determination to keep doing the job, he has just started. It takes time to satisfy one’s requests, execute concerns and fulfill a political programme. There is just one right way to win ambitious objectives like uniting people impartial of religion, caste, and gender.
Strenghtening the entertainment industry is part of the approch and ranks as a last but not the least point in his political programme. Jibran Nasir describes himself as an advocate for social media. He knows perfectly well how to use the instruments that create fans and followers and in the end form collectives: film, art and the internet as the right tools for intermediation.
Nasir quotes the youth as the main reason for having entered politics. The generation of like-minded individuals that longs for an alternative is strong and ready to stand up against those who failed, dare to ask questions and demand answers.
Discussions about his religious orientation were and still are an ongoing matter with religion being a fragile matter, Nasir offers his attitude which is as simple as not using religion to make things possible and he quotes the country’s founder, „Jinnah’s vision was to create a state where minorities were protected and safe. Am I wrong to follow in this footsteps?” Still, not spearheading the country but rather being the catalyst of change is what keeps the 32-year old going.
Jibran in his kitchen preparing Pakistani chai
Home-made pudding, simular to the Spanish flancake, served by the landlord himself.
In Jibran’s yard: Playing a hand-soccer game seems to be a long time ago