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Imran Khan’s U-turn

THIS is apropos of the letter “Imran Khan’s U-turn” (Sept 12) by Hamza Wyne.

The writer appears dissatisfied and disillusioned by the political stance of Imran Khan during the recent past.

Besides criticising Imran Khan for accepting some well-known but ill-reputed faces of other political parties in the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf, he has roundly disapproved of Mr Khan’s participation in the public meeting originally organised by Sheikh Rashid of Awami Muslim League at Liaqat Bagh, Rawalpindi, on the eve of Aug 14.

So far as joining of the PTI by some politicians from different political parties is concerned, Mr Khan has made it clear that no political party can shut its doors on new entrants.

Further, joining of these politicians does not mean that they stand guaranteed to get the party ticket at the time of general elections.

Similarly, Mr Khan was just a guest speaker at the  meeting at Liaquat Bagh where neither Imran Khan nor Sheikh Rashid announced the merger.

The purpose of going to the public meeting of Sheikh Rashid was none other than the unification of hearts of the people.


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Comments (37) Closed

Sep 19, 2012 02:19am
when will we learn. there is a blast in karachi killing 8 and no one from the current govt even bothers to comment. it doesnt make big news as we are all so accustomed to reading such headlines.. would such writers who continue to criticise the promising PTI(that is far better than any other party) be rather well off with the current bunch of crook until one day their loved ones are victims of these suicide blasts. would such writers then wake up to the reality
Sep 18, 2012 01:28pm
Imran Khan has no chrisma like ZA Buhutto once had. He is still a novice in politics and cannot deliver a good speech in public like Bhutto used to deliver. Equally he is not a man of caliber and has an average mind like other politicians in country and is a hopeless person. Hardly his party will win 10 percent of seats in coming elections, I predict.
Sep 18, 2012 09:32am
@observer I disagree with you. People make mistake and Imran is not excluded (after all he is a human being) but I honour his courage to speak about his mistake and clarify. He is a man of dignity who stood for a cause and stood by it for a very long time. My fellow folks seem to forget his stance which he is stick to since 9/11 "WAR IS NOT AN OPTION" but "WINNING THE HEARTS AND MIND OF PEOPLE IS THE ONLY OPTION TO WIN THIS WAR". Can anyone disagree on this? Plus as far as politician leaving PTI is concerned, I am not bothered about it at all. There were people criticising him why he is letting so many people into his party including bad eggs. Which he, rightly so, clarified that it can't be stopped being a political party but he also said, as the writer highlighted, ticket is not guaranteed and you will see selfish people leaving the party very soon (over and over again on media). Now it's happening and people are criticising him for that as well. I think people of Pakistan need issue to remain happy and live with. They are not looking for their solutions. I blame our media also which is basically turning our society into issue driven society and none of the media channel is pushing towards the solution but creating new if there is none left. I understand being critical is good for cause but criticism has to be constructive otherwise it can create chaos.
Sep 18, 2012 07:29pm
I think he would have been better with young educated new faces.
Sep 18, 2012 08:29pm
Well said Ahmed!
Sep 18, 2012 08:32pm
Dear Real Pakistani I will sure vote for Imran, but only because others are hopeless, not because he is a great political leader. I agree with Dr. AQ Khan that Imram lacks political maturity.
Sep 19, 2012 11:22am
I agree with Real Pakistani, Muhammad and AQ Khan. every other party had their ride. they were immature in the beginning and they learnt but in a corrupt way. They started with corruption and they improved in that way. I see Imran as a great leader (not political yet) and I will definitely try him not the ones already been tried.
Sep 18, 2012 09:43pm
Such a lousy thinking with no substance.Mr Faisal,it's not that tickets Will b distributed on the pattern of other parties.It would b purely on the recommendation of the elected body from each constituency.So don't get confused,Please calm down And think rationally.
Sep 18, 2012 09:47pm
Well done Mr Shigri.
Sep 18, 2012 06:57pm
More U TURN to come from Imran Khan ,remember he went after Altaf Hussian all these cases in UK courts , i was at speech he made against Altaf in Manchester UK August 2006 , then sudden friendship cuz dude wanted to do Jalsa in Karachi so these politician no good.
Sep 18, 2012 06:56pm
what is a politician supposed to do ?
Sep 18, 2012 08:11am
For pakistan it is better to have an honest and pakistan sincere person at the top then to have 2 proven failed parties and leaders. Give PTI and Imran a chance, if he just stops the land mafia, exam mafia, forest mafia, government loot mafia, railway mafia, steel mill mafia, fuel mafia then 30% of the government lost revenue will go for pakistan's benefit. Just by having one inccoruptible person. who cares who he supports, join him, leave him-he is the man for the hour, he should be voted in.
Sep 18, 2012 06:12pm
Imran Khan is a Far right politician who is sympathetic towards taliban, we dont want such people to rule our country, they are worse than the corrupt politicians
Real Pakistani
Sep 18, 2012 08:19am
Irespective of mistakes being made by Imran Khan, I still find him an honest and committed leader head and shoulders above the other leaders in Pakistan Politics. We cannot afford another chance to even Muslim League (N), let alone PPP. Wake up from slumber and vote for Imran Khan, the only possibility of any improvement in current situation of the Country.
Ahmed Khan
Sep 18, 2012 06:06pm
Yes, you are right. Politics is a game in Pakistan-- a game of loot and plunder, with people like yourself applauding it fom the side. On what basis can you say that Imran Khan is only viewed and recognized as a cricketer? What rubbish! Have you not been to or seen his political rallies?
Zain Safi
Sep 18, 2012 04:20pm
Why dont you go vote for Musharraf then? As if he did good things for Pakistan!
Sep 19, 2012 09:27am
he is far more mature than anyone else in the country. The only way you can figure that out if you see him giving interviews to the foreign media. He seems like the only one can represent us in the whole world and maintain and bring back our dignity we have lost as a nation (partly because of us and most because of the corrupt ruling mafia). As long as you are following ARY, GEO and low standard media who is getting dictation from our neighbouring country...who is more concerned about creating issues out of nothing instead of proposing a solution to them .... I am very much worried about my fellow Pakistanis.
Syed Nazim Karachi
Sep 18, 2012 05:49pm
In Pakistan environment it is not possible to fight two establised(although incompetent and corrupt) parties symaltanously. In this election PTI should go for alliance with party closer to its manifesto. In the next election after five years PTI will be able to stand all alone.
syed M N
Sep 18, 2012 05:41pm
There is no charge of corruption agaist Sh Rasid during his long political carrier. It is big asset for a politician.
mohammad hamza
Sep 18, 2012 07:28am
Demonizing Musharraf unashamedly for all the wrong reasons seems to be a habit now of people who only think on parochial lines. The truth is Imran has hijacked almost all what Musharraf stood for and delivered on his watch. Had Imran been sensible to lend support to Musharraf's efforts , Pakistan would have never fallen into the mess that we are now in after Musharraf. But then egoist and selfish Imran will continue to do what he did with Miandad and also treat Pakistan itself as Mama Khanum Hospital
Sep 18, 2012 02:38pm
Country is more important than the party principals. When a party needs to bring unity, it is alright to break principal. When a party had made a mistake a U-turn is the best thing. Any ruling party must be open to accepting the opposition and must reconcile. Please start thinking like a mature nation and think about the progress of the country for the common person.
Sep 19, 2012 12:36am
It pains me to see that in this day and age there are still people who find nothing wrong with the idea of people ruling over them through the power of gun. Seems it will take us a long time before we can call ourselves a civilized society.
Sep 18, 2012 05:12am
Imran Khan makes mistakes every so often. Latest one is joining hands with likes of Sheikh Rashid. PPP made a similar mistake by accepting PML-Q as their coalition partners. At the veey least, PPP should have asked PML-Q leadership to condemn in clear terms siding with Pervez Musharraf before making them a coalition partner. Where are the principles in politics?
Ali Sibtain Naqvi
Sep 18, 2012 05:18am
whenever a lie needs to be told you hear phrases like "unification of hearts of the people."
Cyrus Howell
Sep 18, 2012 04:46pm
Not if you have guns at home.
Sep 18, 2012 04:53pm
There are no principles in Pakistani politics, Every thing is right if it is going the way you want it.
Sep 18, 2012 07:06am
My dad died about 20 years back and was cricket fanatic. He always said about Imran Khan's decision, that he makes terrible mistakes, but he is very lucky, which covers up his wrong decisions. In-depth critical analysis of some famous wins (cricket) will identify those errors, starting from winning the toss and making wrong decision to insistence on including few players in the team. I wish and pray that his luck continues to support him, despite political errors.
Sep 18, 2012 12:55pm
Gerry D'Cunha
Sep 18, 2012 08:35am
politicians in pakistan are more interested to get the seats and protocal, rather than improving the country's economy or improving the poor people's burden
Sep 18, 2012 03:36pm
he must be damn lucky that he won quite a few test series abroad. He was lucky that his decision of spotting talent like Inzamam, Waseem and Waqar paid off. he must be that his idea of Shaukat Khanam is also achieved ... That man is bloody lucky...don't you see his achievements anywhere? or all that is a sheer luck? or do you think your father was a great analyst with due respect, of course? Or your father may have made a mistake in his analysis about imran khan?
Sep 18, 2012 03:39pm
I can see the war that musharraf was responsible for has been hijacked by Imran, right? (a bit of sarcasm) He's been against the biggest issue on earth at the time (war) since the beginning, wasn't he? we (pakistani) since have lost lives, money and most importantly our dignity and your hero is Musharraf? I wonder not why we are heading south in our history and economy.
ali ahmed
Sep 18, 2012 02:47pm
only making money is the principles of politic...and same apply to the people who elect them...recently we saw in Multan..how people voted for Musa
Suleman Khan
Sep 18, 2012 12:48pm
Khan is the one to save the sinking ship InshAllah
Sep 19, 2012 12:06am
Your comment makes sense. Imran should not have opposed Musharraf, but joined hands with him. If he had done so, Musharraf and Imran could still be in power today, and Pakistan could be in much better shape today.
faisal khan
Sep 18, 2012 12:38pm
This is a typical student wing member who simply parrots Imrans words. Who are you trying to kid buddy? Your forget your old loyals and give all the top party postions to the known 'lotas' and you then come with the dubious argument about ' no guarentees for getting a party ticket"? You think the public is this foolish? Others are no good but you guys are no better. We have no expectations from PTI.
Sep 18, 2012 09:15am
Imran Khan is still immature politically. He has more fans than followers. People still see him as a charismatic cricket captain in a cricket ground but politics in Pakistan is altogether a different ball game.
Sep 18, 2012 01:51pm
well, this is writer's view and not Imran's. you can have your point of view but it doesn't stand any ground without facts.