Imran Khan: from cricket hero to Pakistan leader?

Published Jun 29, 2011 11:46am

Pakistani cricket legend now-turned politician Imran Khan, center in glasses, is surrounded by supporters as he arrives to lead a rally against the US drone strikes in Pakistani tribal areas, Saturday, April 23, 2011, in Peshawar, Pakistan. – AP Photo

ISLAMABAD: As an imperious all-rounder who dominated the cricket pitches he graced for more than two decades, Imran Khan exhibited a self-belief that often made Pakistan's opponents crumble.

But that lordly demeanour may not serve him as well on the political wicket as a self-proclaimed saviour of the strife-torn country, despite his status as a national hero for leading Pakistan to its only World Cup title in 1992.

Khan brims with confidence that he can solve Pakistan's myriad and devastating problems.

Striding into an interview, kitted out in tiny running shorts and drenched in sweat after an afternoon workout in 80 percent humidity, he swats away any doubts about his prospects at the ballot box.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan returned to civilian rule in 2008 after nearly a decade under military dictator Pervez Musharraf. Elections are due by 2013 at the latest.

Asked whether he would contest the next polls after boycotting the last vote, the 58-year-old was emphatic.

“Stand for election? We will sweep the election. What are you talking about – 'stand'? The next party in power is going to be Tehreek-e-Insaf,” Khan said, referring to the Movement for Justice party he founded.

“I'm taking bets with anyone. You know I played five World Cups, never did I ever tell anyone, except in the last World Cup, that we would win it,” he added at his sprawling hilltop home overlooking the capital Islamabad.

Twenty-one years on the cricket pitch, he says, honed a “killer instinct” and with Pakistan lurching from political to economic to security crisis under the fragile People's Party coalition, he believes power is within his grasp.

But Khan's party has no seats in parliament and it is criticised for lacking grassroots support and the infrastructure needed to win an election.

While Khan was long a darling of the Western media, dazzled first by his “playboy” lifestyle and then celebrity marriage to – and divorce from – British heiress Jemima Goldsmith, his reputation at home is more circumspect.

Secular commentators, Western journalists and officials also express alarm at his policies – in particular his call for an end to Pakistani military operations against the Taliban and his populist anti-Americanism.

Yet last week US pollsters Pew Research Center named Khan as the most popular politician in the country, with an approval rating of 68 percent. Pew gave President Asif Ali Zardari a miserly rating of 11 percent.

Khan says Pew's findings were a vindication of his call for an independent judiciary, his anti-corruption drive and demands for an end to the “insane” war on terror conducted by the US-allied Pakistani leadership.

“The ruling elite, just for the sake of US support and dollars, is killing its own people, paid to kill its own people. It is the most shameful part of our history,” he said.

The government, opposition and military have undoubtedly been discredited by rampant Taliban and al Qaeda-linked violence, economic meltdown, perennial political crises and the US raid against Osama bin Laden on May 2.

Khan rejects conspiracy theories that bin Laden was not killed in Abbottabad but describes his death at the hands of US Navy SEALs as “cold-blooded murder”, comparing it unfavourably to the courtroom justice meted out to the Nazis.

Khan is a man of contradictions who straddles cultural divides; the elite world of his education at Oxford University, and that lived by the masses who are drawn to his cricketing appeal and calls to tax the rich.

His recommended reading is the “brilliant” “My Life with the Taliban” by Abdul Salam Zaeef, once the Islamists' ambassador to Pakistan and later an inmate at Guantanamo Bay.

Yet Khan rubbishes any prospect of Talibanisation in Pakistan, a country he says is dominated by the mystical Sufi strand of Islam.

His solution to the semi-autonomous tribal belt, where a homegrown Taliban insurgency is concentrated and foreign militants are based, is a peace agreement.

He compares his appeal to the popularity of prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who was voted in on a socialist ticket in 1970 before being hanged nine years later following a military coup.

But few share his confidence.

Veteran political analyst Hasan Askari says Khan will struggle to translate crowds into votes and will suffer for his stance on the Taliban and his name-calling of opponents.

“People in Pakistan cast their votes with a lot of considerations, and Imran's problem is that he is calling every leader a thief,” he said.


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Tahir Khan
Jun 29, 2011 05:17pm
Most other politicians are thieves. Imran Khan can change the system and make Pakistan a much better country.
ayaz
Jun 29, 2011 05:38pm
Hold your breath my dear Pakistanies. Waves of change is coming soon home.
Arshad
Jun 29, 2011 05:40pm
Yes he is the man who can do something good for our Pakistan.
khurram
Jun 29, 2011 05:44pm
cannot see a need to highlight all the buried criticism related to Imran Khan's past, although most of that is nothing but a living style of any human and harm-less to anyone. the need of the time is to highlight his hard work and sincerity to the country which reflects from every move of his life now. its also nothing but a rubbish propaganda that his party lacks this and that bla bla .... at least he is trying, and he is trying hard. so lets appreciate him for this, and try to support him with any of your minimum effort you can. I am crystal clear in my head, that HE IS THE ONLY ONE YOU CAN TRUST TO SAVE THIS COUNTY TO BE DEMOLISHED ANYMORE. please be positive and support PTI to save Paksitan.
Hasan Mahmood
Jun 29, 2011 05:44pm
He is as bad as anyone else. Rich, without any understanding of what it means to not have basic necessities in life. And regarding the elections, one does not have to look far. After all was said and done, people in AJK voted for PPP. There is a reason why Pakistan is where it is. People will keep voting for the same corrupt politicians again and again.
Sami
Jun 29, 2011 05:47pm
Imran does have a pragmatic solution for Pakistan and a charismatic personality to lead the nation. I voted for him directly in 1990's in Swat and would travel back to Pakistan from the west to vote for him. So there we go, he do have the power to translate crowd into sweeping poll victory..
fouzia
Jun 29, 2011 05:47pm
Ofcourse Imran Khan is the future PM of Pakistan. Do we have any other choice? No!
Salman Bakhtiari
Jun 29, 2011 05:58pm
It is time now to bring in a most respected person of Pakistan who will Inshallah lead us out of these deep Crisis.
Usman
Jun 29, 2011 05:58pm
May Allah (swt) help Imran Khan win the next elections
Dino
Jun 29, 2011 06:04pm
"But few share his confidence" yes the few saddists who cannot afford the say a single ray of hope in us Pakistanis. Imran was a charismatic cricketer & is a leader who has immense potential to mobilize ppl; rich & poor alike. I will travel all the way from UK to vote for him and I will convince all my relatives, colleagues, friends back home to vote for him. There you go positive change. Is it not high time that we all start doing this? instead of bashing him for nothing (or perhaps stop furthering our contorted motives?).
Sohaib
Jun 29, 2011 06:09pm
Imran Khan may not be perfect. His past may have issues but only of a personal nature. He has absolutely outdone himself via the Shaukat Khanum Cancer hospital and the Namal College/ University. He has taken personal life risk many a times through the sit ins in Peshawar and Karachi and elsewhere and is working very hard for a better Pakistan. He has no financial or corruption scandals attached to him. He is honest, well known within Pakistan and thrughout the world. Others have been tested again and again and they failed miserably. In the state Pakistan is, he is perhaps our best hope for a brghter future. He has my Vote.......and may better sense prevail all across Pakistan to select the right one!
m waqas
Jun 29, 2011 06:10pm
@ hasan mahmood how can you say that he is as bad as nawaz and zardari look at his services to the country and look what other politicians have done so decision is the choice between different alternatives . i support Imran Khan because he is simply the best out of national leaders we have at the moment in our country. can any one give me the reason not to support IK and support Nawaz or Zardari instead???????
Le Mystique
Jun 29, 2011 06:14pm
My vote is for Imran Khan and I plan to meet and convince at least 1000 other people of my neighborhood, extended family and friends to vote for Imran Khan. Convincing more people through other means such as internet, email, phone etc to do vote and vote for Imran Khan is also something I intend to do inshAllah (although I already do that through taking part in relevant discussions (online as well as offline) and sharing positive news about Imran Khan and PTI on the internet). I also plan to convince those of my friends who are living abroad to do visit Pakistan to vote for him. I will be taking leave (paid or unpaid doesn't matter) from my work for at least 1 month near the election time to be able to campaign for PTI which I think is the only good option left to save Pakistan.
Aftab
Jun 29, 2011 06:25pm
He compares himself to Bhutto at the height of his popularity and we all know the fate of Bhutto. In the case of Imran Con he will be sent to the paradise by his pet Taliban.
Agha Ata (USA)
Jun 29, 2011 06:26pm
Those who are writing here are his (Imran Khan) men. Those who are not writing are not. Big difference in number! Nobody seems to like "Amrat dharas."
jssidhoo
Jun 29, 2011 06:33pm
He would make a strong PM which would be good for Pakistan . I feel he would be good for Indo-Pak relations as he would be able to dilever on what he promises at present the situation is like Dr Manmohan Singh said we dont know who to talk to . With a strong PM in Pakistan we may even be able to settle the Kashmir issue and live like good neighbors in PEACE
Ali
Jun 29, 2011 06:36pm
I think he is the only alternative people can see.Yes he is rich and alienated from the masses to some extent but he is honest.His problem is that he wants a dignified life.I think he will eventually succeed.
Mukhtiar Ali Jakhro
Jun 29, 2011 06:42pm
Imran khan is hero of pakistan who won 1992 world cup n he also can solve pakistan problems good luck imran khan we support u
Mubashir Ahmad
Jun 29, 2011 06:52pm
The problem is most of the people are supporting him because of the reason "he is the only one left lets also give him a chance when we have tried everyone else." And PTI is becoming one man show that is Imran Khan, he needs to realize he can not win this battle alone he got have a team sooner or later, the sooner it is the better.
naveed nawaz
Jun 29, 2011 06:54pm
honesty with country and its people is the only solution to pull out Pakistan from crisis and imran khan is a guy that is liked and known by his honesty to serve the country. i assume that the time has come when people of Pakistan change their priorities to elect an honest person like great imran knan to lead the coutry.
naveed nawaz
Jun 29, 2011 06:54pm
honesty with country and its people is the only solution to pull out Pakistan from crisis and imran khan is a guy that is liked and known by his honesty to serve the country. i assume that the time has come when people of Pakistan change their priorities to elect an honest person like great imran knan to lead the country.
Babar Shameem
Jun 29, 2011 06:55pm
Imran Khan was, undoubtedly, a great cricketer and captain but has failed to translate that success on the political front. He has no real agenda, no meaningful platform other than anti-Americanism and peace with Taliban. What is he for? What are his economic policy preferences? Where does he stand in terms of foreign policy? Education? Population control? Easy to be against but not so easy for Mr. Khan to come up with articulate, progressive policies. If he compares himself to ZAB, then Pakistanis are in for another nightmare. ZAB could not produce any positive results.
alakhail
Jun 29, 2011 06:58pm
imran can be the true knight for pakland
sofia
Jun 29, 2011 07:11pm
i salute your positive and practical approach....i also had similar plans
Umer
Jun 29, 2011 07:12pm
@baber shameem wow..sory no offensive but iss there current gov has these policies??? these are thinking about educatoion policy???they have to do taken some step to less the budget deficit so they cut down the education budget :( and othet other economic reforms and steps taken by them are also seen in form of increasing load sheding..even they are not protesting when their father fires drones on innocent ones.. but that Imran Khan...So, give the chance to him and see the numal like universities every where.. yes that by Imran khan..near mian wali..
zoya
Jun 29, 2011 07:13pm
I agree w babar shameem...ZAB could not give anything to Pakistan. Hollow slogans and emotional drama give nothing good and the only legacy left behind by ZAB was a whole family of corrupt politicians from whom Pakistan is suffering till this day. Imran khan NEEEEEEDS (and i can not stress enough!) to give a solid ECONOMIC policy! he NEEDS to give a detailed outline of HOW he wishes to tackle the most prominent problems of pakistan i.e. education, health, population control and control on religious education. If anyone can give these policies then at the moment its IMRAN KHAN alone who can do it...but he HAS TO DO IT NOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!!!
Kanwal
Jun 29, 2011 07:27pm
Imran is a true leader. He speaks from the heart, and is very firm and clear in his thoughts and words, which are logical and precise. He has many admirers in India, and I top that list. We feel proud to have a person like him from the sub-continent. I wish him and Pakistan all the best.
Pakistani
Jun 29, 2011 07:28pm
Dawn has more often than not considered Imran Khan as a sour option amongst politicians, although he has served the country much more than any politician. His humanitarian work speaks for itself. Dawn should consider writing both sides of the story, as this leader brings a set of skills/talents to the table that Pakistanis like me are dreading for, i.e. honesty, zero-corruption, confidence, a nack of getting the job done, leadership, focus and much more... Why do people not consider that he has sacrificed his marriage for the safe of a better Pakistan, although he could have easily been living lavishly in London with his kids. Although I don't agree with all his policies, I do share his opinion on a lot of issues and that's good enough for me to vote for PTI.
Ahsan
Jun 29, 2011 07:29pm
Imran Khan is a true leader. He has support of young generation and he has plans to address all issues in Pakistan. May Allah bless him and give him success in upcoming elections.
Ali
Jun 29, 2011 07:36pm
hi, if i m not rong certainley, we r very well aware about our politicians and thier party mandates, inherient pretending policy and lip servicing for this country since partiation. i regret and confidently can say we have no more choice to try new face despite from any political party leadership. undoubtly we have power n exceptional minds in our hands
Jawad
Jun 29, 2011 07:36pm
Those who are opposing Imran Khan don't know any history. Pakistanis please wake up; read your own history and learn from it. Go ahead and do a self assessment on how much you know your leaders. Start counting your current leaders in power who have not collected wealth after taking oath of the office. This will give you an idea why Imran calls every leader a thief. Political analyst Hassan Askari is wrong in saying "People in Pakistan cast their votes with a lot of considerations". The truth is that Pakistanis cast their vote to the false promises because they don't know the history or try not to remember it. Majority of the votes are already sold out long before the elections. Imran Khan wants Pakistanis to know their rights. Pakistan will not be able to elect a capable leader if the people of Pakistan don't learn from previous mistakes of electing the same group of people. Wake up Pakistanis.
Ahsan
Jun 29, 2011 07:38pm
He already has policies to tackle all issues. Have you not seen any of his interview or talk? I would suggest you to go on facebook and join PTI where you can find all that information as well as PTI's website. May be we need to come out of our nests and attend session when he go live in public.
m.h.kayani
Jun 29, 2011 07:42pm
Extremely unfair article, Imran kham was never a play boy, however handsome Pakistani with good education background highly respected by all in his field, married nice young girl but failed because of his miss-understanding of marriage responsibilities. For sure he in the only who could be a better leader and better politician to be at least trusted by all to give the nation a chance, otherwise same old practices by the corrupt and selfish politicians, to hell with nation just loot as much as one can. I hope sincerely, he wins the next elections to make differences. All rest of the politicians need dumping in the sea, non to be trusted.
Ahmer Ali Khan
Jun 29, 2011 07:52pm
Imran khan is the only hope for PAKISTAN....please vote for PTI......he can change the system and make PAKISTAN a GREAT COUNTRY AMEEN.
jamal khan
Jun 29, 2011 07:53pm
No to "Taliban Khan"
Ali
Jun 29, 2011 07:55pm
Imran khan has great power of wrds n thinking for new era of pakistan but its depends on those peoples who are voting him and those not voting him, what and why (reasons) u chosed him. future in our hands 1- conventional or modern pakistan 2- eductaed peoples or current conditon 3- money or voice 4- leadership or justice yes/no (u wil have to face) i proud of my self as pakistani but being a pakistani i didnt do what i was expect to others.
Amjad Karim
Jun 29, 2011 08:03pm
I met U in Jeddah many years ago when U were there to collect donation for Khanam hospital & U were pleased to receive a big $-number with efforts & support by beloved Pakistanis & Saudi donors.Dear Imran,I would suggest as a brother stop pointing fingers to Musharraf bcoz U will get nothing.U all had bad past & wrong deeds which R gone with winds.Concentrate to plan with honesty & with true love to rule Pakistan & God will give U success otherwise U will be treated like a rolling stone.
Amer K
Jun 29, 2011 08:03pm
He will win this time and be even in a better position next time around
asim
Jun 29, 2011 08:18pm
whatever!!! v have no other choice..plz let him come..
NonResidentPakistani
Jun 29, 2011 08:18pm
I find Dawn's articles a bit unfair towards our beloved MR. Khan. Sometimes its Nadeem Paracha taking shots at him and the next day its someone else. Dawn needs to fair to the ONLY politician in Pakistan who talks about hope and has actually done something for Pakistan. Surely he is not as rich as the Sharif's or Bhuttos or "THE ZARDARI" and certainly not as corrupt. He certainly has policies for education and peace in Pakistan which all our other courrpt politicians lack. Long Live Pakistan.
hermit
Jun 29, 2011 08:25pm
long live the khan :) ppl may say what ever they want to say ..ONLY imran stands out amongst all ....he is not corrupt , a true pakistani at heart and the best trait of his..he never turns to WEST for support ...so he has FAITH too ...
Irshad Khan
Jun 29, 2011 08:30pm
Imran Khan is very good in cricket, abusing others in public, has surplus money for his hobby i.e politics, Lives a luxurious life and has nothing to do that is why adopted politics as profession, like many others. Common man in Pakistan enjoys abusing and other habits of Feudal Lords. He has no team to run the government or any public office. He has no patience to listen to others and starts fighting, as we saw in some TV shows. He is very proud person and lives a life of a bourgeois. Do you see a good Prime Minister in his personality?
Ali
Jun 29, 2011 08:35pm
in my point of view why i should vote or support him. bcoz he has got plenty of things which makes him seprate form regular politicians such as see below 1- education 2- vision 3- politics 4- independent if u r agree wid me than support him generously not just bcoz of only choice, come and joion him with vision , show him supprot, bring change into our country for ur future and coming generation. this is the time we can make it possible not today than will never ever.
xclusive
Jun 29, 2011 08:40pm
IMRAN KHAN is a true leader...by success in politics if u mean that he must have his name in the list of corrupt people who dont give taxes like zardari and nawaz sharif ..then go ahead and correct your definition of a leader...people who say that are part of illetrate pakistani society..may Allah bless imran khan he is the onlly one who is honest,credible and one who has an ego
Omer
Jun 29, 2011 09:11pm
"People in Pakistan cast their votes with a lot of considerations" ya right and the earth is still flat.I have a question.Is the writer deliberately trying to be funny?if not,why include such a statement?
Saeed Chaudhary
Jun 29, 2011 09:26pm
Let's be honest to ourselves and Pakistan. Imran Khan has all that we need very much for Pakistan. We are all working here and supporting him to sweep the elections and help solve Pakistan's problems. My countrymen, please wake up. We need Imran Khan to save Pakistan at this critical juncture of history. He knows the problems and how to tackle them.
moeed
Jun 29, 2011 09:35pm
Last and Final Hope for PAKISTAN Long Live Imran Khan Long Live PAKISTAN
asif hamid ali
Jun 29, 2011 09:44pm
True leader of all times and .............. fields !
Shahan
Jun 29, 2011 09:45pm
Hey readers, Let's do a small survey, please include in your comment if you will/want to vote for PTI (not Imran Khan) and if you actually live in Pakistan. Thanks
Abrar R
Jun 29, 2011 09:47pm
What is the commotion about. Imran is the next PM. Period that.
shahzad
Jun 29, 2011 09:50pm
imran khan is the only hope for Pak, we have tested and tried all other how many time, but dont also expect that when he becomes PM all probelems will be solved within 5 years,,, his basic objective is peace in PAk, when comes peace the economic growth and prosperity comes automatilcally, so he is right when saying the we should talk to taliban and have peace deal. why keep on fighting. good luck imran i am with you, a 33 years old UK resident.
anwar khan
Jun 29, 2011 10:04pm
we sure need ruler like imran khan -having same charectaristic of integrity and honesty as founding fathers of pakistan.but this generation of pakistanis adore the most corrupt rulers void of any values of integrity and moral values. recent results of polls in azad kashmir has confirmed this character ofmost pakistanis voters.many other parties subscribed more in the aftermath of last earthquake , but that was all forgotten and thoseparties did not find any favour .so imran khan has very little chance to be able to find any key slot for himin pakistani politics
murassa sanaullah
Jun 29, 2011 10:19pm
i mran khan still have to mix among the lower classv ,he has gained popularity among the youth of upper middle class, y visitng lums and giki type of universities but he has not tried to visit the majority public i.e our middle class or lower middle class ,he is popular but he doesn't have workers or party leaders who can stand in all contuencies and and win the elections
Ahmed
Jun 29, 2011 10:51pm
I would support him simply for the reason that we have tried everyone else - only he remains, so he needs a chance. If he too fails, we can always go back to our political musical chairs !
Xainab Mirza
Jun 29, 2011 11:11pm
Imran Khan is the most popular leader in Pakistan at the moment.
Nasr KiKi
Jun 29, 2011 11:18pm
When an uneduacted dishonest man can be at the helm of the countries affairs. Why can't my countrymen can go for an educated and honest Imran Khan.
Uzair
Jun 29, 2011 11:46pm
All talk no action - its highly unlikely his party will ever come into power, simply because there is no leadership, there never was and never will be. Noon is the only party that can rescue pak now
Fawad
Jun 30, 2011 12:16am
Anyone, who is opposing Imran Khan. Can you please give us an alternative, which is better than Imran Khan and has a slight chance of winning more than 3 seats. If yes please let us know so we can consider this option. Thank you.
Mubashir
Jun 30, 2011 12:34am
Imran Khan is sincere to our country, but he does not have the wisdom required for a politician, in addition he does not have any other in the party with a strong character, let's see if he could build up a strong team for the coming election.
Mansoor Iqbal
Jun 30, 2011 01:24am
"People in Pakistan cast their votes with a lot of considerations". :D lol . Yeah right no wonder they keep voting the corrupt parties again and again. Give Imran Khan a chance. I will specially come from overseas to just to vote for this guy. He is our only hope.
Sayeed
Jun 30, 2011 01:27am
This one man party will struggle to find enough people to stand in the elections from even 50 constituencies. Forget about the voters. And as long as the President is there, no one else can win.
Danish
Jun 30, 2011 01:55am
LISTEN PEOPLE! Before saying anything, Please THINK, what choices do we have? Imran Khan is "comparatively" a million times better than other so-called leaders. 2ndly he deserves a chance. The silent-majority MUST come out a vote for him because he will be a new face which is what we need. The worst that can happen is if the same people win again.
Azhar
Jun 30, 2011 02:07am
Pakistanis have two choices: 1. Elect the same corrupt lot. 2. Elect Imran Khan. If the nation takes Option 1, then be ready for four more years of the same and don't complain. If the nation takes Option 2, then let Imran Khan be the Prime Minister and support him from all the corrupt voices... and wait for the results. The best option is still General Pervaiz Musharraf. Choose him, support him against all the corrupt voices and wait for the results. But, then Imran Khan must join and support him like a true ans strong Pakistani he is. Whoever comes, he will have a tough job ahead for the only reason that the nation is easily fooled by the weak and corrupt voices that we all are. Nation will have to regain a back bone. Now, I feel that the nation is more to blame than the politicians. After all when you elect thieves, ... they will steal. That's the only thing they are good at. Best of luck "NATION".
Ahmed
Jun 30, 2011 02:36am
At least this man will bring back my self-esteem and pride.
shoaib
Jun 30, 2011 03:31am
i do not agree to any of ur points against imran khan.... but, just for a change, suggest an alternative who is better than him
Arsalan
Jun 30, 2011 03:40am
If we want new pakistan we neednew leader, and that is imran khan.
BRR
Jun 30, 2011 04:29am
Yet another knight in shining armor. Pakistanis are still looking for one such hero. It is time to roll up ones sleeves and get to work collectively. Instead, what we have here is a chorus from people seeking yet another hero. Perhaps even God seems to shy away from such people.
Ashmal Khan
Jun 30, 2011 04:42am
I haven't seen one half-decent article about Imran Khan in Dawn. Such a pity. Our so-called liberals have lost all sense it seems. There is no hope but Imran Khan. Look at the other choices if nothing else.
Shafi Ansari
Jun 30, 2011 05:54am
Imran Khan is the most eligble politician in the country to lead the nation. Please don't compare him with others. Inshallah People will vote for him. There is no other option available and PTI is the best option.
Ateeq shah
Jun 30, 2011 06:23am
Imran is the only hope for Pakistan wakeup u sleeping nation before we lost every thing
a. asad
Jun 30, 2011 07:24am
“People in Pakistan cast their votes with a lot of considerations ...” Hasan Askari. Mr. Hasan Askari is purely guilty of over-estimating our under-educated masses. I would like to ask him which voter is he talking about, is it the villages or cities.
Faiza
Jun 30, 2011 07:45am
yes! better than Zardari, Nawaz and their kind :-) i can trust Imran in politics anytime.
Sufi
Jun 30, 2011 08:44am
Pakistan will be very fortunate to have Imran Khan as their Leader. He is the only hope left for the Pakistani public. SO people go support Imran Khan and pull yourselves out of the black hole of despair. He brings good tidings and good sense. Hurray for Imran Khan! God speed!
Razza
Jun 30, 2011 08:51am
Imran may have some flaws, like all of us. But the mess the Pakistan is in you do not have any other alternative but to give him a shot. I hope Military leadership brings him on without election and let him pick his team and get to work for about 8 years. This democracy thing aint working. Pakistani people have seriiously lost when they vote based on racial affiliation, money and personal favours instead of voting based who can bring about change. This nis not democracy.
Ali
Jun 30, 2011 09:02am
All you Desi Liberals calling Imran Khan taliban khan, dont know what your talking about, you are still trapped by western think tank ideas, that you can defeat an insurgency though violence. IK is not pro taliban he is pro Pakistan. Pakistan has done dozens of military operation, we have taken tribal agencies only to have to retake them again. as long as we are american slaves we cannot win this war.Imran Khan is not the last resort, he has the best ideas and the best vision
Faisal
Jun 30, 2011 09:04am
It's funny how so many people defend him because of his vision and what he says and they say that today's politicians are no good.That might be true but Imran Khan is a motivational speaker not a politician. He cannot do anything but complain and sit in opposition. Whatever he says cannot be actually done. People forget that and think change will happen. Remember establishment controls pakistan not elected people. The elected people follow establishment or lose elections. People look carefully how Pakistan is run, who has real power, who has money-they control Pakistan. Leaders come and go
mansoor sheikh
Jun 30, 2011 09:22am
Inshallah he will bring the change that we despritlety need
sportan
Jun 30, 2011 09:29am
The king khan is incorruptable unpurchasabl unlike the other imposed filthy politicians! He is the true statesman
shahzad khan
Jun 30, 2011 09:38am
Imran khan is the only option my pakistani brothers, he is right and honest, none of the leaders say the truth , and he say it out loud that from A to Z leaders are corrupt, and we know it. no honest leader will stay in the assembly watching what everybody is doing around them, hence proved that they are all in the same boat and its called the corrupt, vote for imran for ur hereafter sake. long live the Great Pakistan
Reasoner
Jun 30, 2011 09:46am
I'm wondering why Imran Khan did field candidates for Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK elections and still he's considered as most popular leader ??? No to Imran Khan !
Tariq
Jun 30, 2011 09:56am
If Imran Khan does not deserve to be a Pakistan Prime Minister then who from the current lot of politicians deserve to be one. He is giving a hope at least to a nation with no hope and direction. I guess he deserves a chance to prove himself.
Uzair Khan
Jun 30, 2011 10:22am
Ohh no, that we only see in the Shareefs and Zardaris...Khan, a leader, never.
Fiz
Jun 30, 2011 10:24am
Wow ..I read out all the comments and I am sure Imran Khan will be the next prime minister of Pakistan. God Bless him. I support Imran Khan..he is the only hope for Pakistan ...as Ayaz said Hold your breath dear Pakistanies. Wave of change is coming soon home so wait for the Next elections Guys.
Wasif Rasool
Jun 30, 2011 10:37am
Extremely unrealistic observations. This country definitely needs new leadership and where would it com from if educated people do not join politics and which party can do this. How you think movements are made.. If you are hopeless man how would you give hope to people. Why would someone join you. At least he is trying. who else is trying?????? Remember he is not the one who openly called someone Lohar or made someone remember what he used to do at Bambino Cinema.. He was never a playboy .yes he had attractions of being a big celebrity of his time. But he never claimed to be a saint. Did he? We all know that corrution is the real menace facing this country and everybody knows who are the real culprits. How you call him Taliban Khan when US openly accept they are negotiating with Taliban are they pro-Taliban too. This is not lavish life. Someone operating close to general public. There is life threat, there is fatigue when you try to arrange a jalsa in the June heat of Multan. Lavish life is what people enjoy in government palaces or their hidouts in Europe when they are not in power. Saying this, I do not say I believe he can bring some sort of revolution. He may never get the numbers in election and acceptability amongst establishment. We all know the ground relaities...... Question again remain "where else you see some hope????? "
Imran
Jun 30, 2011 10:39am
I am with Ahsan here. Why don't we research first before saying, or at least posting anything? Haven't you heard the talks and interviews? Have you ever visited his website? It's funny we are demanding everything from Mr. Khan but nothing from other parties? Let's see what we have got in store. PPP: Wow, great economic policy, very good education policy and what to talk of foreign policy because it's beaming with pride. PML(Q): What can you expect from a leader who can't even mumble properly? Now that they in govt's harem, they are dancing to the tunes of the government. Great policies. PML(N): Waiting for their turn to drain out the rest of the life (if there is any left after PPP) from Pakistan. Education policy? Economic policy (what do you expect from someone paying tax of Rs. 5,000 and having billions? Foreign policy anyone? So it turns out that the questions that are being asked of Mr. Khan are never raised against other leaders. I am also tired of listening the same "lack of team" comments.
Umair Yousaf
Jun 30, 2011 10:39am
so you don't like Mr Khan because he want to put an end to corruption he want to end the endless war he wants to improve the tax system he wants to spend more money on health and education then arms or because he wants to stop taking foreign aid So this is why you don't like him RIGHT?
Uzair Khan
Jun 30, 2011 10:43am
Amen...funny I was never much fond of politicians but the continuous bashing of Imran Khan by Dawn has turned me into a supporter.
sami
Jun 30, 2011 10:54am
Although he is a sincere and honest person but he needs to be careful, people in general hate Taliban and somehow he is often seen as their supporter. Politics is different as compared to a game. Here a leader must also be careful about what the people think in general.
sami
Jun 30, 2011 10:58am
Isn't he better than the existing lot ? Hasn't he done some good for the people, i.e., cancer hospital etc. See the whole picture and you would realize he is far better than others, but he needs to improve in some areas and surely needs to control his emotions.
Leftist
Jun 30, 2011 11:08am
yea, yea !! we have nuff rightwingers to ask for more
Imran
Jun 30, 2011 11:14am
This is totally unfair comments by the author. Imran Khan is the most eligible candidate for PM and a man of principles.
Faraz
Jun 30, 2011 11:37am
Increase the Tax collection and pay for education is fairly simple policy. Rest are details.
Abbas
Jun 30, 2011 11:38am
I feel, in a democratic nation, a leader should be someone who has the ability to win at-least some seats rather than the ability to gather a bunch of people on the street. I fail to understand why someone like Imran that has no verifiable public support and no consistent direction in his message .... is considered a leader.
Asif
Jun 30, 2011 11:43am
This article seeks to demean Imran Khan. Why? Oh, I know because he wants to rid the country from being under the American thumb. The people do not want slave leaders who serve America, but leaders who serve justice. Out with the traitors who have sold our nation to foreigners.
Irfan Ahmad
Jun 30, 2011 11:49am
Imran Khan has the traits of a leader and he has demonstrated that during his career in cricket. He has given the nation a Cancer Hospital which speaks of his ability to actually complete a project with limited resources and opposition etc. He has manifested what he usually says and he is presentable figure and fit for a role to be the nation's leader. He might lack the political acumen, but comparing with others in power, Imran Khan will be a safe (and better) choice to be elected.
Adnan
Jun 30, 2011 11:54am
We need to go out and vote for him to bring about the change. We need to spread the massage to the masses and enlighten them why Imran is our best bet.
aRIF
Jun 30, 2011 12:00pm
I will definitely go to his public meetings and I will take everybody to vote for him in elections. HE IS THE LEADER AND HOPE FOR US.
Umair Malik
Jun 30, 2011 12:10pm
There isn't a single person even among Imran's opponents who doubt his intentions. Those who question his abilities, should look at the alternatives and what they have done to Pakistan. Quaid e azam of Pakistan struggled for 40+ years and then became a national leader. His agenda is evolving, his track record is clea and competent. Ronald Raegan and Arnold were both Hollywood stars who rose to heights of political power. Please don't judge. Shame on those who are criticizing him for not winning seats. No comparison to Prophet SAW, but to put it on context, he struggled in the beginning as well. You don't need a har-fun-mola to successfully run a country. Lula of Brazil was a mere union worker who transformed the destiny of Brazil. Mahathir was a doctor and there many other countless examples. All we can do is to be a with a group that is sincere in intentions and actions. May Allah guide us.
tcs
Jun 30, 2011 12:17pm
according to Islam , a leader must be honest , truthful , competent and brave person of the community .... by keeping all these qualities in mind no one is the best match but Imran khan...
Israr Khan.
Jun 30, 2011 12:20pm
Imran Khan is the only hope for Pakistan. I am so not impressed with the so called "political expert", Hassan Askari's opinion towards the end of the article, where he thinks that people of Pakistan put a lot of "consideration" when casting their votes, r u kidding me? u really must be living in a diffrent country man, not in Pakistan. Secondly, he says that Imran is calling all the leaders "thievies", is it not true? Atleast some one has the courage to say the right thing. I would like to BEG people of Pakistan to think about this country and elect Imran Khan or trust me we wonnt have another chance.
FJ Siddiqui
Jun 30, 2011 12:20pm
If Imran is inconsistent in his message then on the other hand every other politician is consistent ...but in failure and corruption
Naved Haider
Jun 30, 2011 12:43pm
It seems you are a supporter of Imran Khan. I have one question to you, why Imran is not so vocal whenever there are bomb blasts/cuicide attacks on a mosques/Imambargahs or on relighous processions? why he is very upset and creats a lot of noise on the killing of cruel taliban & their facilitators/supporters in drone attacks. Why he is so biased? It seems he wants to use the environment of religious extremism for the political gain.
Ahsan
Jun 30, 2011 01:13pm
I see more and more such article on Imran Khan in the few months with the same intent that he has no capability to lead the nation. It is very unfortunate that the only person in the political scene who has actually did alot for the nation by bringing joy and happiness with his sporting and his social work they are challenging him against the worlds most corrput personalities. On top of it Author made another joke by saying our pakistani voters takes a lot of consideration when vote..i am sure he is talking about 70% of rural population living under the fudal lords. All i can say to the author is not to insult our nation intellect.
Zarak Khan
Jun 30, 2011 01:16pm
Unfortunately the Pakistani nation still waiting for a Messiah or saviour who would descend on earth in the shape of Imran Khan and who would steer the ship of this nation to the right direction. The recently held AJK elections should open the eyes of those including the urdu print and electronic media who are predicting that Imran will sweep the next general elections.
Wasif Rasool
Jun 30, 2011 01:25pm
Naveed Brother ! You can get as many as 100 criticisms per day but will this solve any problem? This is the easiest game to play.. criticize everything but question is what is the solution and that is where everyone is silent except this man..
Selina
Jun 30, 2011 01:41pm
I think that he needs to convince people that his stance on the Taliban will work, or if not then change his stance. Leaders I think often have to exercise some control in the things that they say. He should focus on the things that might make the West/America cautious. I don't think he's a strong leader, but at least he is incorruptible, which is a very good thing. He should surround himself with similar people and try to get along with most people including the Americans. They have legitimate fears about terrorism, (whether they are going about fighting it the right way is another debate). But there can’t be an attitude of ‘we don’t need you’ because right now, we do. I wish we didn’t. he should think of a long term plan.
zahid A.
Jun 30, 2011 01:42pm
I agree with Naved Haider. Imran Khan is man with confused ideologies. I have never seen him criticising Talibans, the way he bashes his political opponents. while sitting on the sidelines, it is always easy to blow whistles and hurl allegations on others but the real test comes when you are asked to resolve and fix the matters. As far as his dharna against drone attacks is concerned, I would endorse it and join hands with him, once he initiates similar dharna against the talibans and their atrocities against the common man of Pakistan in the name of religion and the so called revival of islamic caliphate.
IMAM
Jun 30, 2011 01:46pm
Perhaps he is the only chap who has not been tried and tested, I agree with what he says that the country is in total peril in the hands of a few evil old leaders who only wish to fill their bellies with fire by earnings of an illicit nature. Pakistan majority is the youth, and we the youth do not deerve our country to be destroyed by those who have an evil opinion about our nation.
umair
Jun 30, 2011 02:17pm
if we want justice and peace in our country then we should vote for Imran khan.
Ameer
Jun 30, 2011 02:24pm
Abbas, you must be joking. How do you think the Jamat--e-Islami have been functioning for years? They barely manage a handful of seats and yet they have such a "dehshut" over the country such as on the issue of the blasphemy laws, any secular legislation, freedom for women etc. This is a developing country and there is lots of ignorance. Secondly, before casting doubts on someones profile, do some homework. Your homework for today is: a) research Shaukat Khanam Cancer Hospital b) research Namal University c) Think - Peace
Ameer
Jun 30, 2011 02:33pm
At the end of the day, the choice in the next general election for those who are a bit grey about Khan will be simple, especially in light of the recent AJK elections: Either let Zardari have another term or ruin the dream by voting for Imran. Pretty straightforward if you ask me.
Kashif
Jun 30, 2011 02:36pm
No one knew Bhutto before but people voted him then under feudalism. So people like Hasan Askari needs to revise his history book. & people who oppose Imran Khan and say that he is biased and doesnt speak against talibans, then you need to listen & understand the ideology of Imran. and tell me who have we not tried in this country but none of them has returned favour to this nation...PML-A...Z, MQM, PPP, MMA....everyone has been in the government and has not brought any exemplary changes? Think yourself? Listen the facts & figures of all previous govt/parties not their fake debates. If you still think that these so called existing political parties will bring any change...then watch the future of your next generation
Sarah
Jun 30, 2011 02:50pm
I personally believe if we really have fair elections in this country, yes Imran Khan would win. Nation is sick of our present leaders and dictators like Musharraf. However, there is no such thing as 'Fair' in our elections.
Uzair Khan
Jun 30, 2011 02:55pm
Like it did twice before, right?
Sher Ali
Jun 30, 2011 03:05pm
Pakistan needs change, it hardly seems that change will come through a street revolution. The ballot box seems to be the only means of bringing change. In this political spectrum, Imran Khan seems to be the only leader to speaks sense. Strangely such are the condition in this country that only a very few politicians speak sense at all. With regards to Taliban, the US unilaterally are speaking to them, so is Britain. While us Pakistani's almost 10 years and 30 plus thousand dead are left out in a cold. Should we not wish for change? any here is my argument ... If not Imran Khan than WHO?
Saleem Khan
Jun 30, 2011 03:30pm
These are blind and deaf people, still they think he does not know politics and these so called intellectuals criticise him even after his so much service to this country. These are weak and defeated minds who cannot think beyond Zardaris and Sharifs.....
Moin
Jun 30, 2011 03:37pm
Yeah right. Like that's gonna happen.
Nadeem Akhtar
Jun 30, 2011 03:55pm
Imran is the only politicians who speaks against the drones attack openly. We have given chance to the PML(N), PML(Q), PPP, and some other parties so let us give a try to PTI and see what he can do.
Ali Awan
Jun 30, 2011 04:40pm
Self-induced ignorance and not willing to change are one of the greatest hurdles in the rise of a nation...
ilyas khan
Jun 30, 2011 04:42pm
Yes we hate Taliban, but does it mean we kill them? Imran Khan has a logical point, talk to them, seperate the one who want to come to mainstream from those who still want to resist and then deal with them according to law. Is this a rocket science? Is this doesn't make sense? This author has no idea about the reality on ground in trial areas. We must learn listens from the history. Which nation has suceeded in Tribal regions by force in the past. Give me one single name then I will agree that Imran Khan is wrong..
Saad
Jun 30, 2011 04:47pm
Its a simple choice - either vote for people who have proven to be corrupt or inefficient, or give somebody new a chance for once, who has no allegation of corruption on him, and is efficient enough to have fund-raised and built a whole big cancer hospital giving charity treatments because of his own sheer determination. The choice is really very clear and very simple. And there does not seem to be many alternatives.
Sajid
Jun 30, 2011 04:59pm
Agree, that would make too much sense.
SYED
Jun 30, 2011 05:18pm
It is better to vote for a man who is well educated, has given the country a heroic status in cricket, has social standing, caliber, hate corruption, and most of all has deep human feeling specially for the Poor with proven charitable hospital Imran Khan is the man ho will deliver justly and rightly. So what he does not speak the corrupt language of the tried and tested politicians since 4 decades. When he will have the responsibility, he will fight for his life with aim and objective and line of direction. All educated class should come out and vote for him.
Nasir
Jun 30, 2011 05:32pm
The double and confuse nature of our nation is also a problem where they want change but always voted on ethnic basis. see the last election result. our pple keep trying the tried leader.. Be clear and vote IK, surely he deserve a chance.. I wish Imran do sweep otherwise there is no point of him winning few seats..it change nothing..coalition never works at government level
Aarij
Jun 30, 2011 05:54pm
It looks like every person (not in power) has a perfect plan to solve all the ills of our society. Such persons claims that when they'll come in power will resolve the problem of unemployement, stop drone attacks, make Pakistan self sufficient etc. But the problem is they don't have a plan. Can anyone ask Mr Khan how our economy will sustain without foreign aid? What industries will Mr Khan target to create jobs? What exactly is his education policy? How he plans to eradicate the ills (evils) of extremism (both religious and non-religious) from our society? etc. To be fair to Mr Khan no leader of any political party has the answer. So in my opinion he or any one like him is no different.
Saladin
Jul 01, 2011 12:08am
One request to all those in Pakistan having roots in rural areas. As we all know, 95% of our population lives in rural areas and they are the real voters of Pakistan. Allah has given you the abiilty to easily distinguish between good and evil today but it may not be that apparent to them. Please do not hesitate to communicate the good IK propagates and the evil that exists today. You, the people, can be the best representatives of the change. You, the educated may not be able to bring about a change with your vote, but with you time and efforts in convincing and spreading awareness among the deprived masses, will change the future of Pakistan.
Saladin
Jul 01, 2011 12:17am
Mr. Abbas, I am not sure if you have followed IK that well. IK knows the ground realities of Pakistan today, in the past 10 years, you have gotten 20 B in aid and lost 70 B in losses. Should you cut losses or get more aid? Simple, cut losses, cut aid and promote organic growth. Where did the aid go, where is the aid going? Do you have any clue?. Where will he bring money from? His primary aim is to bring peace and stability which means foreign investment returns. At the same time, he will restructure the loss incurring state institutions, reduce the corruption leakage and on top of all, bring overseas Pakistani wealth where people have vested interests in investing for Pakistan. A person running a iconic welfare+commercial hospital must have a sound understanding of health. I am sure he will figure that out. At the same time, one who has created a university for the poor, has done ample research in that space as well. Pakistan is not completely broken, it lacks good governance, leadership and DANDA. All these things combined, plus his open willingness to import consultants and a highly skilled competent team will change the game. I am not sure where you live, but I have seen Pakistanis around the world, willing to serve, only and only under a non-corrupt leader and have pledged allegiance to IK already. What else do you need?
ziaullahshah
Jul 01, 2011 12:38am
To the author who is trying to discredit Imran khan's capability...We have to vote anyways..you just tell us who should we vote for, Zardari?? Nawaz??? Altaf???? Asfandyar???? Molvies??? You got to be kidding with Pakistanis..None of these so called leaders is even comparable with the great KHAN. We will vote for Imran khan and We will convince others (as many as possible) to vote for Imran Khan. This kind of articles aimed at reducing khan's worth is actually increasing his worth by giving us an oppurtunity to respond...Victory for Justice....Victory for Imran Khan....in the coming elections inshallah...
salman
Jul 01, 2011 02:28am
One difference is that we know Imran will not loot the country....
Asif
Jul 01, 2011 03:50am
If we dont do anything now then i am afraid things will become more difficult for us. I live in UK and happen to talk to some doctors, they have seen the systems and the management of the Shukat Khanam Hospital and always tlak in positive about this which makes me proud. Can anyone tell me has any of these politicians did anyting which we can be proud of? I guess never or nothing. Do we need to live like slaves of these upper class who all these lives live in the UK, study in best colleges , when they go back they are the loards but on whos wealth , Our's of course. This man has worked all his life, achieved and earned everything by his own hands and now struggling to achieve something for his people. He is the only hope for our people guys and i wish him all the success with all my support.
Muhammad Farooq
Jul 01, 2011 05:46am
Imran Khan does not have a magic wand that he could wave and do away with all financial and social problems of the country. He cannot change the wind but he can adjust the sails, he can set the country on right course to achieve economic and political independence. You need to compare Imran Khan to other leaders in terms of honesty integrity and approach. You need to look at the past records of the governments and you need to look what they have done to steer clear the country out of the ongoing crisis. We have to choose amongst alternatives; we have to hope and trust; it would not be proper to out-rightly reject upcoming leaders like Imran Khan.
Muhammad Farooq
Jul 01, 2011 06:04am
Aaeen-e-nau say darna, tarz-e- kuhan pay urna Manzil yeh hee kathin hay quomo ki zindagi may -Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Translation: They get scared about new paths to tread, sticking stubbornly to the old ways This is a difficult stage in the lives of nations. yes Pakistan national has to take a quantum leap from the existing political set up in order to improve its lot or else there is no solution with these tried and tested elements. Aazmooda ra aazmoodan jahal ast (Persian saying) Translation: It is a sign of ignorance to try and test one who has already been tried and tested. Best wishes, love and prayers for Pakistan and all Pakistanis
zanab khan
Jul 01, 2011 07:08am
imran khan is the best choice for pakistan because he is honest educated. He does social work to poor people. He helps a lot in the cancer hospital.
Faizan
Jul 01, 2011 08:13am
How can someone compare imran khan with ZA Bhutto ? And also claim that, no one knew Bhutto before people voted for him. Bhutto had been handling around 5 Minitries during Ayub Khan's regeim. He was a very popular Foriegn Minister of Pakistan during the 65 war. Bhutto had handled the ministries like Energy, Commerce, Information, Industry. He was a Delegate for the United Nations when he was just 28 ! .. For GOD's sake, how can you compare Imran Khan with Bhutto. The concerns of Hassan Askari are 100% justified.
Mushtaq
Jul 01, 2011 08:58am
One should ask Mr. Imran Khan how much money did he solicit from the poor people of Pakistan to build that ELITE CANCER HOSPITAL? Only to find that not mere a shadow of a poor person can enter there. Sure, we Pakistanis should give a chance. BUT do you think that giving chances in this political arena is the only choice? what if he will prove worse. which is most likely given the fact that he has no political experience. He is just riding on an agenda which will appeal to the people but you will see he will end up in the mess again and bring the country into ruins. He is a rich man. WHat does he know how much the poor people suffer? He is just saying empty slogans...just to win... THE POWER WILL CORRUPT HIM AND HAS CORRUPTED HIM. RUNNING A COUNTRY IS NOT JUST LIKE RUNNING A TEAM OF 12 PEOPLE OR SO IN A CRICKET TEAM...
Muhammad Mehtab Khan
Jul 01, 2011 10:09am
It is reality that we have very short memory as a nation because we have been deceived by the corrupt politicians those who always change their parties for the sake of power and making money but we elect these uneducated and so called politician as our our representatives and leaders in every election. We support the feudal lords those who are cruel never support true Leaders in the elections because a leader having vision always talks about land reform, a transparent tax system, goodbye IMF, World Bank and America, Economic stability, Solution of Energy Crises and so on which are against the agenda of our dear landlords & politicians. On the other hand we are ready to support the parties and leaders those who have trillion of dollars in the bank of Europe and America and they are still involved in the corruption and do politics as a profitable business. Now there is time to take decision from mind not from heart and keep in mind the historic change and power of masses which reinstated the status of the people in Egypt, Yemen, and Morocco etc. We will not support a person who possesses a Vision, Education, loyalty, sincerity and what he earned from cricket he spend in Pakistan not in the foreign banks or invested abroad. Now the world is changed and nations elect their leaders in the world on broader spectrum because we cannot survive alone in the world but also we cannot walk on our feet if we will be stick with IMF, World Bank and America
aabi
Jul 01, 2011 11:17am
for mr.imran khan: WOH URDU KI AIK KAHAWAT HY (a proverb) KHAYA USNY NAI JISKO MILA NI hope u get what m saying
Israr Khan
Jul 01, 2011 12:45pm
First of all, yes i am a supporter of imran Khan. Secondly, about ur question, well, my friend if u can show me one statement from him or his party where the praised the suicide bombings, i would quit supporting him. Now, the reasons of him being so vocal against the drone attacks are two, first of all he says to ur leaders not to kill their own ppl for american dollars, second, those drone attacks have a reaction and we as Pakistanis are suffering from both sides, i hope u understand that. Now u and another guy that replied to my comment, i have a question for u folks, is this the most important issue that Pakistan is facing right now? Is everything else is been taken care of? Get ur priorities straight my friends, and think about the real problems facing our country.
Shoaib Khan
Jul 01, 2011 01:58pm
IK represented Pakistan's Cricket Team at the age of 21, so what do you have to say about that?
Owais
Jul 01, 2011 05:09pm
You are right mushtaq, that running a country is not the same as leading a cricket team, so what do you think we should do??should we elect these corrupt Nawaz or Zardari again as they have the experience of how to rule a country and corruption as per you imran does not have the experience of running a country. Mushtaq saying that Imran khan does not have experience does not make any sense because that means we will always elect these courpt people again and again.You can never bring a change in a country like Pak unless you give someone honest and modest person like Imran Khan a chance.
Asif
Jul 02, 2011 11:56pm
I left my country to live in UK for studies, but remaining here has taught me to look more closer to the happenings in Pakistan. The fact of the matter is i will never return to my country till i see all these looters who have plundered with the wealth of my country men in jail. For that matter i will give all my support to great khan.
Rabia
Jul 03, 2011 09:49am
if imran is calling every leader a thief, he is only stating facts. the problem is that he is not saying much else.
Imran Jiwani
Jul 03, 2011 02:35pm
I am sure we need to give someone else a chance. Afterall we have tried all of them, PPP, PML and MQM. I think a change would be good.
Hameed
Jul 03, 2011 02:37pm
Imran is our only hope. I am living abroad these days but every word that Imran says appeals to every Pakistani outside the country. We outside Pakistan are willing to help Pakistan if only a sincere man like Imran becomes the leader. We do not believe in any of the other thieves that have looted the country so far. The biggest thieves are the army generals whose children study abroad with money earned through innocent Pakistanis blood. The generals are assisted by the corrupt politician. I plead to the People of Pakistan to use their heart and mind for Pakistan. Support Imran Khan for he is the only and only hope.
Muhammad Khan
Jul 04, 2011 12:17pm
although we have corrupt political leaders but Imran is one of them, which striving since two decays, but he is emblame of cricket so he never ever will be popular.... if he is sincere regarding pakistani populace than why nt he summit or vest his property to national... and would live as a common man... thr is only one notion in pakistani politics, that policians are the elite one and they want power, so thy have not any kind of sympathy to their nation...
Mansoor
Jul 04, 2011 03:39pm
I live abroad but I swear I will fly to Pakistan during next general election and will vote for PTI candidate (inshaallah). If imran khan is calling every (current) leader a thief then what wrong with it. Are they not???? Can any genuine leader survive under this corrupt umbrella? We Pakistanis need to change this umbrella now. OK. One question to all Pakistanis, Who do you vote for if not him. Is it Mr. Zardari, or Mr. Sharif, or MR. Iltaf Hussain, or Muhtram Maulanas, or Mr. Chaudris, or Mr. Wali etc. or their next generations, WHO????? OR all of them to see another coalition government like this. Do all Pakistanis want the similar five more years? Can anyone honestly give me any one name that deserves to win the next general election??
Indusonian
Jul 05, 2011 12:40am
There is no other option, but Imran Khan if Pakistan needs to stay on the map. He is the only one who can give the World guarnatee that soil of Pakistan will not be used for terrorism. He is the only one who can get this country rid off the dynastic corruption. If someone disagrees, they either need to wake up or get off the drugs they are on.
Shahid
Jul 06, 2011 07:54am
Pakistan needs hope and Imran provides it , his rule may not be the best but would bring some sort of change. I don't expect miracles as Pakistan is a hard country to rule. But Inshallah Imran will provide a great leadership and is able to clean up the system if given a chance. WE have tried all others , nothing has worked out ,there is nothing wrong with giving Imran a Chance and see what chenge could he bring. Me and my family are flying to Pakistan to vote for him in the next election.
Jawad
Jul 06, 2011 08:52pm
Mr. Khan, your comments only spread negativity. What is your point?
Malik Mushood
Jul 06, 2011 11:12pm
khan hhad the intentions to do what ever he said. And he have proved himself in the past by running a hospital which deals the poor patients for no cost. So giving him chance this time is the last and the least option after analyzing the repute of the other politicianz. Best of luck to Imran khan. God bless u. We r waiting for u to overtake once.
Kashif Mumtaz
Jul 07, 2011 11:29am
Imran Khan canot solve the problems of the Country as he is too much optimistic. In his last interview on Express TV he said that he will introduce punchaid system in the villages of Pakistan though he does not knew the total no of villages in Pakistan. Why punchaid system? Why Imran Khan forgots karo kari and Mukhtara Mai Cases all these verdicts came from the punchaid system. He said that this done to decrease the load on courts. Right the load will be decreased but other aspect of karo kari was not studied. Secondly once he was interviewed by Kashif Abbasi, He asked him how he will persuade the US to stop the drone attacks. He replied I know the Americans from inside if you talk logically they will accept your point. This is the person to whom you peaple are trying to elect as a future leader. Many more instances i have but no time to write. How a person can lead a country when he is too sight sighted and have no future plan as i wrote above on courts instance and drone attack. We should try to elect a new party which is not in the politcs of Pakistan till now.
MUHAMMAD TARIQ
Jul 14, 2011 03:22pm
we want imran khan he is the great we give more and more chance to pmln and ppp now pakistani nation change there mind there is no better leader then imran khan in pakistan he is future pm of pakistan plz join imran khan the great