The news broke on Tuesday, as popular rights activist Jibran Nasir announced his decision to run for the General Elections 2018 on his Twitter.
I am filing nomination papers for NA247 (previously known as NA250) & PS111 (previously PS113) as an independent candidate. I am overwhelmed by the support, love and encouragement I have received already. Together we can and must change the political landscape for a better future
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) June 5, 2018
Jibran Nasir needs no introduction. Jibran rose to national acclaim in his part in the protest against the pro Taliban Mullah Aziz of the infamous Lal Masjid. Since then he has dedicated his life for the social betterment of Pakistan.
From minorities that need protecting, to Khadija Siddiqi’s fight for justice. Jibran is vocal in the fight against injustice.
Jibran was awarded a place in the Foreign Policy Magazine for his considerable efforts against sectarian violence; He scored the position of an alpha activist persona among the Pakistani modern community.
Jibran has been threatened by the Taliban and labelled a ‘blasphemer’ – a label enough to get you killed in Pakistan. What remains unchanged is his undying conviction and willpower.
People are coming in numbers to support his campaign. Educated individuals, celebs and intellectuals alike.
His support is not limited to his native Karachi.
Only Karachi people can vote for Jibran Nasir? Ya sab karsaktay hain because i rly wan to :c
— Ushnaa🏳️🌈🐾 (@Lanaschild_) June 6, 2018
People are really serious about getting him to the highest political platform in Pakistan.
Okay but let’s vow right here to do everything we can, use all of our creativity, to campaign for Jibran Nasir and get him elected to the National Assembly.
— Faizan 🏳️🌈 (@merabichrayaar) June 5, 2018
Even popular celebrities like Osman Khalid chipped in their support.
More power to you, Jibran. We need progressive voices like yours representing the people. https://t.co/7wmRRpvq0a
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) June 5, 2018
The very vocal women empowerment activist, Meesha Shafi also gave her opinion.
If I could vote for @MJibranNasir
I would do so without a shadow of a doubt! https://t.co/pT51IGbMTB
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) June 6, 2018
Renowned journalist Nadeem Paracha, someone Jibran considers his ‘mentor’, also stated he might just vote for him.
Have never hidden who I voted for: (Kar)
1988: PPP (NA & PA)
1990: Didn’t vote.
1993: PPP (NA & PA)
1997: Didn’t vote
2002: Didn’t vote.
2008: PPP (NA) MQM (PA)
2013: PPP (NA) MQM (PA)
2018? Probably PPP (NA), Jibran Nasir (PA) or vice versa. If vote was in Punjab, then PMLN.
— Nadeem Farooq Paracha (@NadeemfParacha) June 6, 2018
While opinion may be divided regarding the intentions of Jibran, there is no disagreement on the need for socially aware and young faces in the Parliament. Jibran Nasir looks to challenge the established party status quo – a challenge we all should support him in.