The chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, has been rather busy lately, conducting press conferences and appearing on various TV channels, answering the scathing criticism he has come under for his delayed condemnation of the shameless shooting of young Malala Yusufzai by the Thehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan (TTP).

Much has already been written and spoken about this, including the concern that just like the Jamat-e-Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI) and to a certain extent, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Khan too tried to connect the horrid shooting of a 14-year-old school girl by remorseless Islamists to the issue of US drone strikes in Pakistan.

I’m not going to go into the details about this. Men like Geo’s leading anchor, Hamid Mir, and insightful political commentators like Najam Sethi and Dr. Farrukh Saleem have already poked gaping holes into what Khan had to say in his defense.

Instead, I’m going to take another, much lighter, route. And I’ll do so because I think I know why in spite of facing some cutting but constructive and largely accurate criticism that Khan received at the hands of political and intellectual sleuths like Sethi and Saleem, he is most likely to hold on to his narrative that puts all the blame on US drone strikes and the US presence in Afghanistan for the intense wave of Islamist violence that has been sweeping the country for the past many years.

I do not agree with him for reasons, again, already highlighted and brilliantly articulated by Sethi and Saleem.

And it’s a shame, really, that the more Khan tries to sound different from old, right-wing war horses such as the PML-N and JI, the more he sounds almost exactly like them, especially when it comes to things like Islamist terrorism and the role of the Pakistan’s armed forces and the Americans in what is not only Pakistan, Afghanistan or the United States’ war against Islamist violence, but the whole world’s.

Nevertheless, back to why I believe I know how Khan behaves the way he does. I haven’t met him in person ever, but I’ve seen him play for the Pakistan cricket team on numerous occasions at Karachi’s National Stadium ever since I was just a young school kid in the mid-1970s.

Being a huge cricket fan, Khan, along with the wily Javed Miandad and the flamboyant Wasim Raja, were my favorites. But Khan was right at the top.

In fact, for us college student activists in Karachi who were struggling against and facing the brutalities of the Ziaul Haq dictatorship, it was people like Benazir Bhutto and Imran Khan who were our idols.

So, it was only natural, at least for young men like me, to not only follow every move made by the late BB, but by Khan as well.

He was a unique cricketing personality. Inspired by the aggressively intelligent ways of former Australian cricket captain, Ian Chappell, Khan coupled his professionally honed cricketing skills with mental tactics that were unprecedented in the topsy-turvy world of Pakistan cricket.

This ability of his largely came forth when he was made the captain of the country’s cricket team in 1982. And what he developed then as a cricket captain has remained with him to this day.

So it is in this context I will try to explain why I believe I know he will be slow or unwilling to change his mind on his understanding of the issue of terrorism in Pakistan even in the face of some harsh but entirely intelligent and well-informed criticism he has faced from some of the finest political commentators at home and abroad.

Throughout his long tenure as Pakistan’s cricket captain, Khan was a man with a sharp cricketing mind. But at the same time he was also prone to overtly trust his ‘gut feeling’ as well. This fattened his cricketing disposition with a unique mixture of two opposites: The mind and the gut.

Such a mixture worked rather well for him, helping him to rise to become one of Pakistan’s finest and most respected cricket captains.

However, this meeting of mind and gut made him hold on to it so hard and so self-assuredly, that it also began to make him behave in a rather dictatorial and, at times, in an arrogant manner.

So much so that when decisions taken or judgments made by him with the above-mentioned disposition backfired or flopped, he continued overriding the criticism he faced for taking these decisions and kept insisting on repeating them.

And he is still doing this. So I would like to address him by putting in front of him something from his cricketing past that, to me, proves, why this attitude of his can work wonders, but when it flounders, it can spell a monumental disaster.

So here goes. In 1982 when he was made the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, his first assignment was to lead the team on a difficult tour of England, that had only a year before devastated a strong Australian side.

Practicing with the selected 16-member squad at Lahore’s Qaddafi Stadium, Khan bumped into an unassuming and poorly dressed man who was there to see the players doing their thing at the nets.

That man was Abdul Qadir. Qadir had played a couple of Tests as a leg-break bowler for Pakistan between 1977 and 1979 but had then been unceremoniously dropped and almost totally forgotten about.

As Khan himself writes in his 1994 book, ‘An All Round View’, he did not even recognise Qadir – until he saw him bowl a few deliveries in the nets that day.

Right away Khan approached him, asking him what he was up to.

‘Nothing,’ came the answer. Qadir had even struggled to find a place in the side he represented in Pakistan’s domestic cricket circuit.

Impressed by his bowling, Khan’s mind began to tick. In those days, leg-break bowling had fallen out of favor. When India’s great Chandrashekar retired from the game in 1979, it was as if leg-break bowling had become forgotten history.

Pakistan at the time banked on its quick bowlers led by Imran and the mercurial Sarfraz Nawaz, backed by men like Sikandar Bakht and Tahir Naqash. In the spin department, it had the left-arm orthodox spin of Iqbal Qasim and the off-spin of Tauseef Ahmed.

But Khan’s mind was made up. He wanted the unorthodox leg-spin of Qadir. His mind told him that the English players, bred on seaming wickets would struggle against Qadir’s spin. His gut feeling told him Qadir was up for the challenge.

But the team had already been selected. The selectors turned down Khan’s request to add Qadir. He insisted. The selectors refused again, saying Qadir was a spent force.

Khan put his foot down, even threatening to pull out of the tour. The gamble worked. Qadir was in.

A section of the press vehemently attacked Khan for bringing in a Punjabi spinner at the expense of the Karachi-born ones, Qasim and Tauseef.

This put even more pressure on Khan. Not only did he have to prove the selectors wrong, he had to make Qadir fire to answer his critics in the press.

His gut feeling had encouraged him. Now the mind stepped in. Khan explains the following with great relish in his 1994 book.

He decided to present Qadir as a ‘mystery spinner’ to the English players and press. Not only did he explain him as such to the British press, he convinced Qadir to keep a goatee (!) so he would look more menacing and appear as a ‘wizard.’

The stunt worked. Not only did Qadir actually bamboozle the English, he went onto to become one of the world’s finest leg-break bowlers, hailed as the man who ‘revived leg-break bowling in Test cricket.’

Abdul Qadir.

Qadir also inspired a young Australian who today is unanimously hailed as perhaps the greatest leg-break spinner the game has ever scene: Shane Warne.

During Australia’s 1994 tour of Pakistan, Warne made it a point to visit Qadir at his residence in Lahore.

Khan was convinced his gut and mind work well together. And on most occasions they did. But when they didn’t ...

Across his captaincy, Khan was accused of becoming increasingly dictatorial and stubborn, so much so that it began to negatively affect his cricketing judgment.

During the grueling 1987 tour of the Pakistan team of India, the 5-Test series stood at a stalemate when the Indians suddenly produced a torrid turner for the last Test.

In his book ‘The Cutting Edge’, the team’s then vice-captain, Javed Miandad, explains how he advised Imran to drop Qadir and bring in Iqbal Qasim for the Test.

Imran refused. How could he not play Qadir on a spinning track! Miandad insisted that the track would be more suitable for an orthodox left-arm turner, and with Qasim also being a decent left-handed tail-end batsman, he could blunt the kind of spin bowling the Indians had.

Miandad writes how Khan kept stubbornly refusing his advice, but Miandad kept persisting. Khan finally relented, but warned that they would rue the decision.

Hardly. Not only did Qasim take the most wickets in the game, he played an important role as a batsman as well. Pakistan won the match by just 17 runs and the series. Their first in India after almost 36 years!

Imran did not mention this in his cricket biographies. He hated being proven wrong. Still does.

Like I said, Imran’s stubborn trust on the way his mind and gut work together had produced some amazing results for Pakistan cricket, but even though somehow this stubborn approach could have cost Pakistan a crucial game in India, it was him allowing his ego to heed the advice of Miandad that not only helped the team win the game but to also perhaps save Khan’s reputation.

He must keep this in mind as a politician as well. Because one day this stubborn dependence on the gut-driving-the-mind attitude finally did almost succeed in making the Khan’s otherwise glorious cricketing career come to a crashing end.

This is how it happened. Khan had a great liking for batsmen like Haroon Rasheed and especially, Mansoor Akhtar. In spite of the fact that by the early 1980s, Rashid’s skills had begun to look pale in comparison to what they were in the late 1970s, Khan kept preferring him over the dashing left-hander, Wasim Raja.

Raja was a loner. Khan wanted a team man. But Rashid kept failing him as Raja kept losing vital years of his career due to this. And by the time Khan finally decided to dump Rashid, Raja was past his prime. He retired in 1986.

But this was nothing compared to what happened in 1987, when it seemed Khan’s stubbornness to stick to his disposition and refuse to heed constructive advise cost him a sudden retirement and loss of face.

There is no doubt Mansoor Akhtar was a highly talented batsman. As a person who has played high grade college and club cricket in Karachi myself, I also had a chance to see him play. On his day he could devastate a bowling attack with the style and grace of the great Majid Khan.

Mansoor Akhtar.

But over and over again Akhtar demonstrated that he just didn’t have any temperament for big games. His career as a Test player that began in 1981 should have been over by 1983, but thanks to Imran who (at the expense of a number of some outstanding batting talents available), kept persisting with Mansoor.

Mansoor’s skills reminded Khan of the style and talents of his cousin, Majid Khan. A fair observation, indeed, but that’s about it.

For years Khan continued to keep him in his side, and for years Mansoor continued to disappoint.

And then came the 1987 World Cup; a tournament Pakistan were hot favorites to win. As they made it to the semi-finals with style, there in Lahore, they were up against a much weaker Australian side.

The team’s selection panel included Imran, Miandad, the manager and some other senior players. It was decided to field the strongest combination for the huge game. Khan’s IX included Mansoor.

Others suggested to try some other batsman because Mansoor usually caved-in during big games. Khan refused to change his mind. And Mansoor was played. Alas, Mansoor played and flopped again.

Pakistan lost the game. Imran, who had served so brilliantly for the country, began to be taken apart by the press. The shock of the loss was so devastating that he actually cried in the dressing room. Then, he announced his retirement.

It’s not only because of Mansoor that Pakistan lost. But he was the weakest link in Pakistan’s batting line-up. His unsurprising early dismissal put unwanted pressure on the line-up that crumbled, with only Khan and Miandad showing some spine.

During the Mansoor Akhtar debacle,  Khan had made three mistakes: Blindly and egoistically trusting his gut-mind combination, refusing to believe that some situations require a clever show of pragmatism; rejected good advise just because it wasn’t compatible to what his gut and mind were telling him; and he had allowed personal liking of a player to influence his judgment.

Khan and Mansoor got along very well. They also enjoyed the same ‘highs’ as well. But to be fair to Khan, Mansoor certainly was a gifted player. However, he was just not cut-out for top-level cricket.

Illustration by Sabir Nazar

So then, this is how I see Khan behaving in his politics as well. Forget about the usual attacks he faces for being a Taliban sympathiser (‘Taliban Khan’), or a hypocrite who’d been a ‘liberal fascist’ during his pre-politics years, but now has the audacity to throw accusations on the moralistic dispositions of ‘war loving liberals of Pakistan,’ throwing at them a rhetorical combination of Abul Ala Maududi’s right-wing Political Islam and bleeding-heart Caucasian liberalism.

This piece was not constructed to deal with the above. This piece is a sincere advice by an old Khan fan to listen to informed and constructive criticism.

Because if his stubbornness and the gut-mind combination fails in politics, especially regarding his still wobbly stand on the issue of extremism, this time the loss won’t be about just a cricket game. It may well be about Khan as a politician, or more importantly, of Pakistan as a country.


Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and



The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and

The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Comments (329)

October 18, 2012 4:09 pm
i don't who are those people & what are their expertise for calling Imran Khan the "closest Taliban", but dude your idea of IK messing up is nothing more than a speculation ! We don't really know what's gonna happen unless he assumes power !
October 18, 2012 12:58 pm
So what we "the Common People" were doing for past 15 years? In fact I should say in past 63 years? And when we "the Common People" rise up and push the political parties of our liking?
October 18, 2012 9:32 pm
Imran let go of his ego again in the 92 world cup by including Javed and boy did it pay off.
October 18, 2012 4:34 pm
i have had hope connected to Imran Khan. but his irrational and confusing stance on terrorism has given me jitters. i will see and observe, if he continues on the beating the same drum on TTP, i will not vote for him, instead will go for PML N.
October 18, 2012 4:28 pm
IK must sound anti-Western. Else it would be too easy, given his past, to brand him agent of the West. Even with IK's clear pro-Taliban stance, some are calling him agent of Jews. Imagine what would have happened if he was progressive..... IK spotted the best strategy to come to power (right-wing agenda of a party looking for its following in urban Punjab !!!) in the quickest time. He is getting old and his huge ego would be satisifed by nothing short of PM of Pakistan.
October 18, 2012 3:57 pm
So "The NFP" 's theory is that the choice of single cricket man that Imran Chose really determined team's win or loss situation ! I wonder what the other 9 cricket players in Pakistan Team were upto! Were they not supposed to perform at all or didn't they just matter for NFP before he could come up with his mind & gut theory ? The whole theory is flawed in itself, how the conclusion's going to be the right one out of it ! And Come on NFP, we expect better from you ! The least you could do is convincing in your theories. !
October 19, 2012 3:48 am
Mr NFP, the informed critic in your opinion Islamist Violence is a justifed term??????? for Heaven sake..............
October 18, 2012 4:05 pm
October 18, 2012 9:04 am
Dear Mr.Nadeem, I think you have tried to link Imran's cricket with his politics but I think you have not justified it in detail and for me its an article written in haste. Besides ,Qadir, Imran also persisted with Saleem Yousuf who was a big success. If Miandad's advice made it happen to win Bangalore test , why is Pakistan cricket in real shambles for the last 5-8 years and JMD is serving as PCB's director general for this period to time. Taliban are a product of US and ISI and the only way to bring peace in Pakistan is to have a dialogue with them, period.
Imran Khalid
October 19, 2012 11:46 am
Please suggest a alternative ?
October 18, 2012 5:26 pm
By your acount, it seems Imran Khan has more skills and team building qualities that any common person, including the author. No dount, he is a man of accomplishment and servant of the masses who deserve to lead Pakistan one day. His Cancer Hospital is one more example of his accomplishment.
October 19, 2012 4:47 am
Dear Salman, Is it a rational reply to my simple and basic query ? Imran Khan and PTI have totally failed to answer this burning question, that what they would do differently from other parties but unfortunately they could not give any reply, however instead of giving reply to this simple question they start bashing the person who ask such questions, what a attitude how come we expect any change from another typical right wing party ?
October 18, 2012 4:30 pm
You could have read a different column.....
Maqsood Baloch
October 18, 2012 3:54 pm
I do not see any thing wrong with this picture, Mansoor Akhtar was a good batsman, but was highly unfortunate to under perform in big games. NFP Forgot about Inzimamul Haque(Inzi) he also was Imran's discovery.
Naseem Khan
October 18, 2012 4:00 pm
It is a wishful thinking of Mr. Paracha that Imran Khan will listen to his advise. Imran Khan was a great Cricketer and he used his fame to build a hospital. As a politician, he has no vision and ideology to bring Pakistan out of her misery and decline. It is a pity that a man all western in his heart and mind will seek guidance from the stoned-age clergy. He could have done lot better to learn from Iqbal and Jinnah to confront with the West. Instead, he opted to seek shelter under the dark clouds of Taliban.
From Indian
October 19, 2012 4:36 am
Keep dreaming....
October 19, 2012 4:36 am
Beautiful piece with a thought-provoking conclusion. I even liked the illustration, which speaks volumes about Khan's politics on its own. With that said, I would humbly request Mr. NFP to comment on the the talk show hosted by Mohammed Malik last night that dealt with using religion as a means of commercialization in the music industry. Thanks.
October 19, 2012 4:51 am
And who you think in current lot can do this all other than IK?
Anwar suhail
October 18, 2012 4:16 pm
Nice article. Well done.
October 18, 2012 12:58 pm
imran khan is the only hope for better pakistan
October 18, 2012 3:16 pm
Imran khan is the only hope for pakistan at this time(we need a social democracy), PPP and PML-N has been tried twice before with no result. Regardless there Government has been sack by military dictators. Leader or top Govt has to show the vision where you want to take the nation to but PML-N and PPP has failed to show leadership even atleast good governance (which includes equality, law and order situation and basic need need food water). Rest should all resolved by itself. ** Why do we think west is successful, they dont provide much to there people other than above basic things, and there people have done well, even if we see the historic islamic era, same have been provided.**
October 18, 2012 3:38 pm
Extremes are always on opposite ends, not on the same. And the syaing is " A man is known by the company he keeps." Please improve your writing abilities.
Khurram Shaikh
October 19, 2012 2:53 pm
this is a very good article by Mr. Paracha. A very nice decent analysis of Imran Khan's personality. As far as I tried to understand what Mr. Paracha is trying to say in this article, he thinks of Imran Khan as an able leader who has the capacity to make mistakes. I would want to believe that Mr. Paracha has not criticized Imran Khan's ability in this article but rather tried to highlight his style and personality, thats it!! But then my reply to Mr. Paracha would be: 'who doesnt make mistakes? If we try to micro analyze, i don't think we'll ever end up with a near perfect human being, let alone our pool of finding that individual hails from Pakistan where unfortunately almost every other thing is messed up. Its the broader analysis that we require where a certain individual has come up, apparently with good intentions, if given a chance, I personally feel Imran Khan will again commit some mistakes but the bigger good that he plans to do for Pakistan should put our country on the right track. INSHALLAH!' I sincerely pray for our country and would want our country to be a world leader. Amen!!
October 18, 2012 10:08 am
Egdware road and Edgware are two different locations. Its the later where the one you're pointing resides :)
October 19, 2012 9:20 pm
More drivel!
October 19, 2012 4:44 am
Totally agree. Kana has atleast one eye to look.
From Indian
October 19, 2012 4:42 am
People like you are the reason for Taliban's existence.
October 18, 2012 1:03 pm
Mr. Adil, This attitude of individualism has destroyed our society and the vultures are tearing us apart until and unless we all stand as a nation this menace of terrorism will keep us haunting and we will be doomed soon together
Karachi Wala
October 19, 2012 8:55 pm
@ Nadeem Malik, looking at the happenings after 9/11, it seems like as if USA responsible for everything that is happening in Pakistan, while the truth is, we have been digging our own grave for the last thirty some years. It started with Soviet invasion in Afghanistan and Pakistan jumping (thanks to Zia) into the fire lit by American dollars and fanned by Saudi Ryals and madras’s. 9/11 only put the nails in our coffin.
October 19, 2012 8:55 pm
writer even didnt discuss inzamam , waqar , mushtaq and wasim , how wasim hand picked those and many other which reckon at the world stage
October 19, 2012 4:18 am
I don't think Malala Yusufzai ever droned those innocent village children in FATA - or did she? - she herself is an innocent child from FATA.
October 18, 2012 3:33 pm
Agha sahib. Please save your advice until the moral outrage translates into action against Waziristan. Mallala was shot a week or so ago and not one tank has moved towards Wana, neither the President declared a war of Taliban. This political theatre will run its course--the ultimate solution will always be talks with the barabarians, whether you like it or not. There is no need for Imran to offer any apology--he is dead right!
Kamran Qureshi
October 18, 2012 4:24 pm
I do not agree with the basic premise of this article. Imran Khan like any other normal person has evolved over time. We really can't judge his career as a future politician based on what he did in his 70's & 80's as a cricketer. True, the core of a person remains somewhat the same, but then people do change and refine with age as well; people do learn from their past as well. I think Imran Khan is by far the best choice Pakistan as well. But sadly, the media pundits and political gurus find that hard to digest and even the press has started unduly bad-mouthing Imran all the time. I am with Imran regardless his party wins or loses. I am confident that even if in the coming elections PTI loses it will win the next elections. But PTI's campaign and poilitics is going to be a call for change and a change is what we need!
October 18, 2012 2:34 pm
I like the fact that people don't like to take 'his' name. How much more irrelevant can APML become?
October 19, 2012 4:24 am
If he can't see the the heroism in young 14 year girl, he's more of a villain rather that a Hero. Where does this Country finds it's leaders? Why people elect them ?
October 18, 2012 2:32 pm
So, let us train NFP into losing every election by a thin margin. You will get a good leader of the opposition and I will lose my favorite columnist.
October 18, 2012 1:01 pm
@AftabWilson For too long certain groups have been exploiting islam for thier own gains,
October 18, 2012 7:39 pm
NFP. Sir I normally enjoy your articles but on this occasion I think you are out of your depth and have failed to convince me convincingly on a matter of grave importance one of Pakistan's (very possible) future leader. We all know what IK has done in the name of Pakistan, whilst he may not be perfect, it would be good comparison to have to compare to the other party leaders' achievements in the same vein! As your article stands it no more than character assassination for the PTI Chief.
October 18, 2012 8:46 pm
You have taken hate to another level, what Imran did to you ??? be honest and don't make up things that you don't know much about.
October 18, 2012 7:39 pm
You can say that again.
October 18, 2012 2:26 pm
What is your point EI Cid? You passed big judgment but did not enlighten the rest of the universe what exactly are you trying to say. Can I say you went to a poor primary school and did not study too seriously? You seem to have even missed the crash course on commonsense.
El Cid
October 18, 2012 11:17 am
@Capt C M Khan: Ever been to War College? War games? Strategy? Tactics? Chess? Hand to hand? Your limitations are demonstrated in your absurd myopic statement. You must then be in the Pakistan Military...short course PMA. That explains it.
October 18, 2012 10:49 am
I beg to agree with the dictatorial attitude mentioned above and the advice thereof. But I could feel this compelling disposition of Imran Khan in cricket only . There's a board of governors who is running his SK Hospital and same is the case with the university he's running. Both are successful experiences. In any case, in my stubborn dependence on the gut-driving-the-mind conclusion, he will dictate whenever he gets a chance. And yes, advice is worthy of consideration IK.
October 18, 2012 2:06 pm
I agree with you a 100%!!. NFP and his ilk are exactly doing what they blame IK for; "Blind stubbornness"... stick to a flawed belief that insurgency can be cured by force. It has never ever been successful in the history of the entire world. Remember the definition of insanity; keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different result
Hidayat Hussain
October 18, 2012 9:01 am
i am wrting to you on behalf of an online magazine: would like to inteview you regarding the situation in pakistan to be published in November issue Could yu kindly oblige
October 18, 2012 4:22 pm
Sultan, you are such a sharp person. You read an article and you spotted so much. Go to some detective agency (and ruin their fortunes). Why do you waste your talents on reading someone's article. Please focus your high level perceptions on something more productive. You are right, NFP should not have used Photoshop to post IK's face on someone bare shoulders. Also NFP should have asked you for a better title of his article. Poor NFP does not know. I am a silly sub-conscious mind. I was going to vote for IK but after reading NFP article, I have changed my mind.....
October 19, 2012 6:52 am
I am totaly agree with salma, it was rain god that did the magic for Imran`s eleven, otherwise he would have gone in the wilderness of history and no political reincarnated Imran........
October 18, 2012 5:29 pm
I can't tell if you're being sarcastic about the security being hogged by IK for his rally. You don't need super natural abilities to figure that ALL the politicians that have been in power over the past 2 decades or so were totally indifferent to Pakistan's well-being. That, my friend, is why Malala got shot in broad daylight. I try not to hate those who keep bringing these sub-human goons in power, but it's hard.
October 18, 2012 9:20 am
In my humble opinion, Imran Khan is always driven by his personal inspirations (recall his speech after the team won World Cup 1992). His cancer hospital, his university, his interference in selection of cricket team when he played, his refusal to play with Javed Miandad as captain, his forming a political party, etc. are all workings of his own, private mind. He is not a team player but closer to a dictator as far as I know. On the top of this, his personal political views match more closely with a tribal 'pushtun'. He hates US and West based on his very personal experiences gained and shaped by events over the years. He has probably seen the other side (Western culture) too closely to form a definitive opinion. He found his ideological partners in JI and the like. With this background, I think he cannot succeed in politics or cannot sustain some success he may achieve based on perceived political vacuum in Pakistan. The idea of political vacuum and all politicians being corrupt came from those that will never get elected or never come out in the open. People have so strongly accepted the idea of political vacuum that politicians are perceived ineffective or have become actually ineffective to an extent. In these circumstances, it appears (falsely) that fresh political leadership will help the country. This is the reason Imran Khan is somewhat successful at present. In a couple of elections I see his party becoming redundant and a disappointment. But I wish him luck in his social work and his contribution to society as a popular figure. Strong individual views and getting driven by personal inspirations do make one a good painter or a good songwriter for example, but never a good Prime Minister.
October 19, 2012 6:52 am
What happens when four million people are relocated in a country with a crawling economic growth? In an area where there probably is not much of employment? Well,quite a few of them might not find jobs and might just join the Taliban and strengthen it?
October 18, 2012 2:30 pm
I believe Imran Khan's personal charisma (that never impressed me as a cricket fan by the way) and his high-class manners allowed him to take mental edge over others in control of crciket. So, he experimented with team selection more than his due share. He, being a one track mind but bold person, brought in many great players. In this process he ended up making a couple of mistakes (Qasim Omar, a guy named Younas, etc.). But what is important in the context of the article is Imran Khan's dictatorial tendency. To me, it is his too rightward inclination is what makes him unfit for my vote at least.
October 18, 2012 2:23 pm
Well, I don't see NFP belittling IK as cricket captain. He is, in fact, quite appreciative of IK as captain. What he is talking about is a personality trait in IK, which he believes may prove harmful for IK himself and Pakistan. A constructive criticism here for ANY aspiring leaders to be more democratic in their outlook, that's all !
October 18, 2012 2:24 pm
I like your name. Matches your ideas.
October 18, 2012 3:52 pm
Naddem I agree that khan Is a stubborn person but I wont agree that the intensity of stubboness now and then is a question mark. I saw his few interviews when he was captain and I think that was true defination of aerogant character but now I think there is a significant change in his personality not a 180 but 120 or 130 degree.
October 19, 2012 6:56 am
I read this article in The Economic Times , an Indian Business Newspaper today , & thus came bck to see what readers in Pakistan have to say about IK . If he is so dependent on his gut instinct without any thoughts for general trends in whole world ie Secularism etc then Pakistan is having a big gamble on its hands in coming days .
October 18, 2012 2:23 pm
I'm undecided voter but I'll prefer PMLN over PTI. I disagree that "PMLN has been tried and they disappointed". Don't forget the total period which PMLN was allowed to work in the govt as we know that even with two third majority PMLN was kicked out by Musharraf after one and half years. Even within few months PMLN has delivered many things on the economic front. PMLN is a business friendly party. PTI has fallen back after IK set aside the old guard and nestled with these so called "electables" which we all know what they stand for. Above all, I totally disagree with IK on his vague and confusing stance on extremism, war on terror and Talibans. IK at times seems to be a clean shaved taliban siding with mullahs covertly. I support Gen Kiyani who said that this is our war now and we have to fight it together..
October 19, 2012 6:59 am
I started reading your long 'cast of characters' comment but lost interest after reading two lines. You are a typical 'jiyala' of PTI. I hope Imran Khan gets more like you and sees his doom quicker. Hopeless lot. Go and worship your Imran Khan.
October 18, 2012 2:21 pm
Obaid Sb., Political leadership and corporate leadership are two different subjects the last time I checked.
October 19, 2012 10:54 am
Imran never cares about people he want to be PM or President of Pakistan for that he will do whatever bad he need to do just like Obama He is good orator but not good leader cricket and politics are different.
October 18, 2012 8:32 am
NFP for President !!!
October 18, 2012 2:20 pm
Imran Khan is not the last hope. Democracy is a system and is not supposed to depend on individuals. People come and go but political ideologies and parties are permanent entities. If democracy is accepted from heart and adopted as the only system of government, then we need not look for a charismatic leader. Right now, nation's faith on democracy is not strong enough. So, we look for one individual instead of a system to solve national problems. Imran Khan is present hope of many. Fortunately, I am not one of those who expect miracles from Imran Khan (or any other politician). He may be elected to lead a government or two. Then he will be rejected too. Don't consider him another 'ameer-ul-momineen'. We still have bad taste in the mouth from the last one (1978-1988).
October 18, 2012 2:20 pm
We are human and every human has good and bad things. Please not to discuss anyone personal life. You belong to whatever party, but we have to respect all. We all know how is behind this bloody war. I am not Irmran khan supporter, but i respect him as human. I hope he would have chance to lead Pakistan. Some one can answer me why FATA is not a seperate proviance or not include in KPK?Someone want to trhat should be like this. I need answers for these questions?
October 19, 2012 7:04 am
Your Gos seems to be more than willing in everything, even in murders. As far as IK is concerned, he is a hypocrite.
Concerned Citizen
October 18, 2012 8:32 am
Agree entirely. Imran is a hypocrite, most willing to compromise any which way just to avoid being targeted by militants.
October 19, 2012 7:08 am
Nadeem F Paracha, obviously, you didn't take heed of my advise the last time I gave you. Please, please, please do not write under the influence of DRUGS because then you just loose your mind and write a lot of USELESS CRAP that ulyimately wastes very precious time of most of us!
Ali Usman
October 18, 2012 8:39 am
Talking about cricket feats or debacles why does this article abruptly ends at the semi final of 1987?
October 19, 2012 11:47 am
Bravery ! then why he returned from the border of Waziristan he should have continued his march and hold the rally inside the Waziristan as they boasted earlier
Capt C M Khan
October 18, 2012 3:31 pm
@Observer...a true and honest comment. I choose not to repond to El Cid's poor comment but you have said it all. A Spade must be called a Spade.
October 18, 2012 3:29 pm
This shows his brought up and family background.He's exceeding the moral limits.
October 18, 2012 2:45 pm
dawn news represents the secular class and is famous for that, that why it is very famous in india, and many indian news agencies carry its stories and published them.
Raheel Adnan
October 18, 2012 2:36 pm
October 18, 2012 3:27 pm
That being said, it is also essential that he continues to protest the drone strikes. That is an issue independent of Malala's incident, but it is one that I am glad Imran stands up againt. We need to stop the drones AND the Taliban.
October 18, 2012 2:35 pm
Good luck. I just hope you don't run a bakery in Lahore; otherwsie, you may have to rrevise your voting strategy :) And by the way, Noora league is also against attacking North Waziristan--they don't want their Punjabi Taliban buddies planting bombs in their election rallies!
October 18, 2012 3:25 pm
Mate, I think you need to get over yourself and realize that this is not "an attempt to cast shadows over Imran's character and sexuality". I am a PTI supporter myself, but I was disappointed at the lack of criticism that Imran had for the Taliban's actions against Malala. You simply cannot blame this incident on the U.S drone attacks. If you do, which I fear that you might, then I shudder to think what kind of Pakistan people like you envisage. I would rather not live in the folds of the Taliban, who seek to impose their own twisted view of Islam on this country. Imran Khan is probably the best candidate out there and my hope is that he succeeds. But he needs to develop a certain degree of humility and needs to realize that he too, like every other human being, can make mistakes. We do not need arrogance in Pakistan. We need leadership, and Imran should be that leader.
October 18, 2012 8:29 am
Oh my god you are a genius !!!
Omer Khalid
October 18, 2012 8:29 am
Either IK will not win more than a couple of seats because he doesn't have more than a few thousand online followers. or IK has not political base outside some urban areas in Punjab and KP. or he is a political non-entity, never been in power and never will be or he is so important that every 'intellectual' has to churn out one at least one article criticizing him every week. IK sells, I guess.
Fair Reforms
October 18, 2012 8:48 am
Imran Khan is showing his true colours. Just because he was a good cricketer does not make him a civilized human being. He proves himsef better qualified to replace Mulla Omar as a politician. If he thinks that Malala's shooting is because of American droning then he lacks logical reasoning.
Cyrus Howell
October 18, 2012 8:26 am
"Khan too tried to connect the horrid shooting of a 14-year-old school girl by remorseless Islamists to the issue of US drone strikes in Pakistan." . " You think there is still Hope, but Blith the only hope you have is to realize you are already dead. Then you will be able to function like a soldier is supposed to function, without Mercy, without Compassion, without Remorse. All War depends upon it." BAND OF BROTHERS . The Taliban are at war with society. They kill without mercy, without compassion and without remorse because they must kill to go to Paradise. They need fresh victims in order to convince themselves they are fighting a Jihad. They can do this because in their own minds they are already dead.
October 18, 2012 2:52 pm
You are missing "in" in your name
October 18, 2012 2:52 pm
i must say NFP creates an interesting analogy by comparing Imran the cricketer to Imran the politician and if the cricketing success of Imran is an indication to go by ,well than we are all sorted and in for a great prosperous ride in the future. True Imran faulted with his decision to back Mansoor Akhtar endlessly but similar disposition gave us the genius of Inzamam in the next world cup not mention the likes of Saleem yousuf,Waseem Akram,Waqar Younis,Aquib Javed and many others. Alas real life and politics are not the same.Imran certainly would need many capable deputies like Mudassar and Miandad but our country does depend a lot on an individual's leadership charisma . However i must concede that Khan's take onTaliban's does confuse me a lot on a personal level but one thing i do agree with is that Pakistan's current mess can only start to diminish when the Yankees go back home. As long as they are around no level of military action(however appropriate it might be) will not do the job.
October 18, 2012 9:44 am
Mr. Imran Khan is Icon of Cricket which will remain with him forever but right now he is too much confused on Taliban issue and the cowardly act/s against an innocent girl Malala. If he openly speaks against his supporters he will loose considerable seats in KP and the same is with JI, JUI-F&S. PML-N will also loose his supporters in Punjab and some in KP. These parties are only playing politics on dead bodies. The best comments were from Mr. Najam Sethi. Mr. Imran Khan could not satisfy his viewers when pocking questions were put by Mr. Hamid Mir. We must not forget that FATA and other remote areas have always been under the control of different criminal groups right from its inception. They change their loyalties with the time. Some times they become custodian of Jihad but actually they are other-way around. Money is what matters them most. It is time for the government of Pakistan to bring these affected areas right under its control. Law of the land should be applicable in all areas under the boundaries of Pakistan. There should not be any other law for any territory.
Mighty Pop
October 18, 2012 10:35 am
I am stuck :/ Who to vote for ? PML-N has been tried before and they were disappointing; they did nothing in my region to improve the life of the people. PPP is in power now and the state of the country is visible to everyone. There is no power at my home, the food is so expensive and even 5 year old know what suicide bomber is and is afraid. So PPP is out. The Islamic parties have never been my favorite; they manipulate the religion for their political benefits. For me religion is a very personal affair. So they are out as well. PTI is left and though I have liked Imran Khan, I can see the point that he sometimes sound vague and repeats the same narrative again and again. He is an honest man though and in the land of the blind, one eyed man is the king. So his honesty may win him my vote, I am undecided yet whether I should even vote. ANP is corrupt and they do their politics on the basis of ethnic identity. NFP, I like your articles when you are being objective, though for me your best work is the pictures from Pakistan's past. You have been a member of PPP; and I would like you to be honest and write an article on the current government. I like they are centre-left but that is all I like about PPP. They are not competent to run Pakistan. I do not believe in family run political parities, where one clan heads a political party forever. In summary, I want PPP ideology on social issues + honesty and motivation of PTI .
October 18, 2012 11:06 am
Masses has all the power to change the stance of the Party of their liking. I am not advocating for any particular party but we common people can make change and push the party of our liking to take a comperhensible stance against terrorism without any ifs and buts
October 18, 2012 12:07 pm
Once the great motivational speaker of modern time Brian Tracy said clarity is important tool if you want to achieve any goal .Khan in his politics have nothing of that sort the man is part 2 of IGI , with bunch of same old politician so actions tells which path party is going.
October 19, 2012 11:51 am
You must be drunk when you were reading this article otherwise you would have not read this article LOOK AT THE DEMOCRATIC ATTITUDE OF PTI AND KHAN'S LOVERS, they will bring the change
October 18, 2012 9:52 am
NFP, following paragraph of your above article is suffice to sum up the whole politics of Imran Khan "And it’s a shame, really, that the more Khan tries to sound different from old, right-wing war horses such as the PML-N and JI, the more he sounds almost exactly like them, especially when it comes to things like Islamist terrorism and the role of the Pakistan’s armed forces and the Americans in what is not only Pakistan, Afghanistan or the United States’ war against Islamist violence, but the whole world’s". Imran Khan really disappointed the new generation with his views and we vociferously say "NO" to Imran's politics as we do not want another right wing party another Jamat-e-Islami without beards.
October 18, 2012 5:30 pm
I am glad to see that fried a cricketer for 100 rupees now sells for 1000 rupees - a worthwhile value increase -- congratulations Imran Khan, sir -- you are ten times more expensive to buy now than you used to be.
October 18, 2012 1:31 pm
Mr Paracha I do respect your crusade against religious extremism but Kindly do not belittle Great Khan achievements as Great Cricket Captian. He may not be successful or smart politician but definitely was outstanding Cricket Leader. The secret of his success in Cricket was very simple, He always Lead by Example be it on the field or off the field. Even in World Cup Semifinal you mentioned in which Pakistan Lost His personal allround performance was outstanding. You are forgetting that He dropped His first cousin Majid on his first tour as Captian in England and they were the then not in talking terms. He was first to report at nets and last to go. He always encouraged youngsters as Captian.. He was the reason for grooming of Waqar Yunus , Wasim Akram, Inzimam-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed etc. Even at the age of 39 in Last world cup Final in difficult batting conditions He Led by Front and came out to BAT at No 3. He simply wants all our current political leadership to Lead by Example if they are in government, I do not think it is very complicated.
October 19, 2012 12:08 am
He surly stands out among others, He is tall, handsome, foreign educated, a play boy according to a writer, previously married to a very rich jewish lady but definitely not a better option Looks like an oppertunist..
October 20, 2012 1:47 am
My post had nothing to do with Pak's relationship to India or its leadership. Your response simply shows how insecure you are if Pak elects a strong leader. Get over it and have a life.
October 18, 2012 10:01 pm
Either way.... Imran Khan is going to be the next Prime Minster of Pakistan.
October 18, 2012 9:35 pm
Please provide solutions rather than just criticisms. Terrorism is not the only problem facing Pakistan today. We have to understand the underlying causes of terrorism such as lack of education and opportunity.. And who is this hidden visionary that you're supporting? The feudal lords Zardari and Sharif? What have they done for the general masses? Can you please highlight some of their accomplishments in the last five years. Sure, they kept us entertained with their judicial games, NAB cases and selfish politics. The visionary party of BB is long gone.
Karachi Wala
October 19, 2012 8:43 pm
Everyone knows what to expept from ZardarI, Shareefs, Musharaf (not going to mention Benzir as she is no more). It is the fear what Imran possibally can bring.... JI, JUI, or the worst of all TALIBAN?....I think this is what people like NFP, Najam Sethi have been pointing to....
October 19, 2012 9:13 am
If you say so..........
rahim uzaal
October 19, 2012 9:14 am
it is NFP like people with no honour who let u down not IK
October 19, 2012 9:16 pm
Yes. Any other questions?
From Indian
October 19, 2012 4:57 am
Oh, a typical Zahil Hamid fan. If NFP had talked about Pakistan's 1992 world cup, then Imran Khan would have got the certificate from NFP as the future prime minister of Paksitan? And that would have solved all of Pakistan's problem, by remembering that Pakistan won the world cup. Dear Sir, you lost NFP long back. He was not writing the article to showcase Imran's achievements. He was bringing out his other traits like arrogance and one-track mind. As NFP said, he was a FAN of Imran, just like most of Pakistanis. NFP was trying to give good advice to his cricketing Hero. Like I said, what were you thinking when you were reading the article? Everyone knows Imran was ONE of the reasons that pakistan won the 1992 world cup. But he was NOT the ONLY cause, Sir. It needed an Inji and Wasim to actually won that cup. And What are Imran's thoughts about Inji amd Wasim at present? IMHO, he has no good feeling towards them....
Wali K. Niazi
October 19, 2012 2:51 pm
Oxford educated ,first class cricketer ,married to the daughter of one of the richest men in the world, reasonably rich himself, he could have continued an opulent life style in the UK and for that matter in any other place in the world, yet he opted to come back to his roots.Has declared his assets, income tax he paid, never lied, never shied away from telling the truth, never endorsed sharia laws, strongly condemned attack on a 14 year old girl - Now all of sudden he has become a focus of liberal,social media, a target of unbridled criticism for not naming talibans as if talibans would change their modes apprendi because he said so. We as a nation are doomed to status quo, to wear the yoke of landed & industrial dynasties. Wish we would listen to the message before killing the messenger.
October 19, 2012 2:50 pm
You protest too much Indian man. The more the reason to vote for the Great Khan---the last hope of Pakistan.
October 19, 2012 2:49 pm
You think we should still vote for Zardai, Nawaz Sharif, Altaf or Moulvis?? No person can get everything right, and by your argument Imran should have won every single game as Captain ? We are gonna vote for him as he has ledreship qualities, is visionary, and is not corrupt. We are happy for him to make mistakes , but in good faith, like his captaincy decesions.
October 19, 2012 3:10 pm
“Why does not he tell the Talibaan to cross the border and go get the Americans in Afghanistan” You mean do like what you did at Sallala, Abbottabad, and Naval Base?
October 19, 2012 3:56 am
Not one, I repeat, not ONE politician has mentioned the plight of four million Biharis who opted for their beloved Pakistan after the break up of our country in 1971. They are still languishing in camps, two generations down the road, despised and humiliated. Shame on us all. Imran, when he becomes the prime minister, (inshallah he will), should immediately have them settled in North and South Waziristan and give them protection. They shall easily outnumber the Taliban. Their wandering and squalor, and our perennial problem with the Taliban should then come to an end. Imran please take note.
October 19, 2012 6:10 pm
Great analysis. I agree totally. I wish Imran Khan would read this article. Perhaps, the writer missed one other name, that of fast bowler Zakir Khan. Imran supported him more than he deserved. Zakir Khan failed to deliver.
TK from USA
October 19, 2012 5:37 pm
Folks like you have to understand that there is a concerted efforts by the writers who have a soft edge for PPP (in this case NFP) to connect Imran Khan with Taliban. Imran Khan has always said that Talibans are Pakistan's Problems and let Pakistan handle it; not by America or NATO allies. This is nothing let the elections come closer and you will see so much stuff hitting the fan. However, All Lies.
Mighty Pop
October 18, 2012 10:17 am
ahmad butt
October 19, 2012 2:18 am
Good analysis NFP, but you have proven Ik's trial and error cricketing career having Pakistan to win the world cup 92 in the end. So what you are implying is that Imran Khan erratic politics will save Pakistan in the end ultimately? Youth and even the older generation have lost hope on the other parties that have no solution or agenda to clean up the mess.
October 19, 2012 4:47 pm
Get your fact correct please. Haroon Rasheed played in only six matches when Imran was captain. You are wrong when you say, Imran persisted with Haroon. Plus, all you could find were three "faults" in Imran's glorious cricketing career full on unmatchable achievements? Also, you haven't told us ... that if not Imran then who? So convenient to try to find perfection in Imran and yet..... happily living with the likes of Nawaz, Zardari and Musharaf!
Ahmed Khan
October 19, 2012 1:31 am
That is my dilemma too. I had decided to vote for Imran Khan, until the Malala episode took place, and IK adopted a "foot-dragging" stance on Terrorists and Talibans. IK seems like all the rest of politicians, stupid, arrogant, and living in the "make-believe" world of their own. The only positive thing about IK is that he is not corrupt, but his thinking about how to tackle the most important problem facing Pakistan ie. terrorism is terribly flawed.
Pro truth
October 18, 2012 3:22 pm
we find every ill in Imran Khan as a leader, but we forget with all his weaknesses, doesnt he stands out as far better option than other family cartel cum political parties? only on this point i leave it to you! compare Zardari, Nawaz, Altaf with Imran! you will get the clear answer!
October 19, 2012 11:07 am
It is a huge shame that most of Pakistanis are still in illusion that one leader will solve their national and political problems. How many more failures would it take for the nation to realize that we all have to unite and solve our problems. The sooner we stop waiting for the messiah the better. But then what do you expect from a nation that is going through a bad patch of international isloation, lacks education, and does not even agree on how the State and its Constitution should be shaped (so-called 'Islamic' or Democratic)?
October 18, 2012 8:11 pm
Sir Jee are you seriously suggesting that PPP are not going to win the next elections?
October 19, 2012 3:01 am
Dear NFP,may I humbly object the use of terminology 'Islamist Terrorism' and 'Islamist Voilence'. In myopinion u have used these terminologies as most westren writers use. They can use beacuse of limited knowledge of ground realities but you???????????
Kamal Khan
October 18, 2012 8:06 pm
Imran knows very well that Taliban are a big threat to Pakistan, but what he says on media ie supporting their terrorist acts is like an insurance against their suicide attacks against him, just as Biolur aptaly got his name off Talibans hit list by offering award
October 19, 2012 2:02 am
It is true that IK hid behind twitter and lukeworm condemnation of Taliban after the Malala attack (contrast this to the "rally" led by him), but reading between the lines, the author is clearly trying to paint a picture of IK as a person who would bring Pak down, if things did not go well. Did anyone notice the nude torso of a young IK - another attempt by author at character assassination of IK by publishing a picture of him from his playboy days. IK has his weaknesses, but he is the BEST hope for Pak, a country brought to its knees by the corrupt leadership - all of them thugs and known play boys.
TK from USA
October 18, 2012 7:38 pm
@A.Salma. How many Gold cup wins or appearances since then? Apparently the even the backdoor is seal shut!
October 18, 2012 9:00 am
Imran needs to be a man and stand up to terrorists ie Taliban; otherwise he is no different than the rest of them. Time to make a choice Mr Khan. Are you with Taliban - the terrorist or are you with the rest of the decent citizens of Pakistan.
October 19, 2012 4:14 am
IK visited India recently. When asked to comment on the future prospects of friendly India-Pakistan relations, his reply was: Yes there will be improvement, God willing. I want to ask your readers: Is God the almighty personally running the affairs of Pakistan? If not, then why IK could not come up with a more straight-forward and honest response.
October 18, 2012 9:13 pm
It is obvious that his attitude has, till now, gotten him nowhere. He is 60 years old, pretending to be from among the youth, has yet to have a seat in parliament, though we have had an freely elected parliament for nearly five years, including many by -elections. For many years, his party has been a "tanga party", with only the tanga walla as its visible passenger. Now it has a few other passengers but they seem to have different destinations in their minds, and not on the route this tanga claims to ply.
October 18, 2012 8:58 pm
No need for Tsunami Taliban Khan to pour his gut contents on the nation. As far as his mind is concerned, do not depend much upon it. There is not much there.
October 18, 2012 10:12 am
@muhammad: '"NO” to Imran’s politics as we do not want another right wing party another Jamat-e-Islami without beards.' No, to Noora League (PML-N) No, to Pakistan Lootera Party (PPP) No, to Qatil League (PML-Q) No, to Anti-Pakistan Party (ANP) Ok, then who do you want to be in power? Do you dare to come out from your mansion and raise the voice in favor of People??? waiting to see your response.
October 19, 2012 4:34 am
I 100% Agree with you Khalil. This article is waste of time total waste of time....
October 19, 2012 5:00 am
A well written article. But what I would like to pinpoint here is that since quite a few days I have been coming across criticism regarding IK and the whole Malala issue and what I think is that too a lot of extent he is right. Firstly, hundreds of Malalas and even younger die everyday because we chose and allowed to carry out drone attacks against ‘extremist’ in which as a collateral damage the citizen pays. If Malala was an unknown girl, i am very sure nobody would have bothered to pay any heed. Secondly, let’s take an example. Person B slaps you, you slap back. You have inadequate knowledge and you have been following your traditions since centuries. So when Person C comes up to you and tries to promote something you associate with Person B’s traditions, you will retaliate. Thirdly, IK gave a very good example on a talk show the other day…”Khi is being attacked by terrorist each day, so what now? You will bring in military and start bombing Khi? Is that the solution?” We have given chance to everybody and now when somebody actually deserves a chance we are busy criticizing. Have we ever as nation looked into ourselves?
From Indian
October 19, 2012 5:00 am
Imran was fortunate to have inji, waqar, miandaad and wasim in that team. They won the cup, and not Imran ALONE.
October 19, 2012 4:31 am
You gotta be kidding. I think you are already giving them all a chance with what they did to 14 yrs old hero. Wake up ppl.
October 18, 2012 9:09 pm
Mr have pinched the right nerve.Apparently this is the main reason of their being so offensive.In fact they don't want anyone to challenge their professional Irregularities.They r more like scared of their illegitimate income in the days to come. The whole machinery by and large is corrupt,and they know their weaknesses as how to exploit and pave way for their petty interests.
October 19, 2012 4:29 am
Should he call them demons in English. Does it make any difference? You think?
October 19, 2012 1:15 am
Honestly, I don't think he lacks logical reasoning. He is just using the present anti-US sentiment to come to power. This is the most productive and quickest way to become PM of Pakistan. Imagine how many of Pakistanis voted for him if he presented some progressive ideology. To me, very very few. So, he has chosen the path of instant popularity. Those that he is trying to appeal with his presence in politics do lack logical reasoning and are West-haters for no reason.
Ali Hassan Ayub
October 18, 2012 10:57 pm
he has more to offer this country than the rest of your bloody civilians who loot, plunder and leave nation in despair
Syed Amjad Ali Shah
October 19, 2012 5:27 am
Dear Mr. Paracha, A very detail article but it would be far better for you to present the views/ road map IMRAN regarding elimination of extremism /terrorism in Pakistan.
October 18, 2012 8:48 pm
Say what you want and I will lend you my ear for freedom of expression but World Cup 92 and Shaukat Khanum Trust??? Stay well clear of them!!!! Yes we Khan
Faisal Naqvi
October 19, 2012 5:18 am
Very good article by Nadeem. Last paragraph is absolutely true. I was very excited when I heard Imran joining the politics in 90s.Sadly, he turned out to be utter disappointment. He is so open and harsh to criticize Zardari and Sharif but when it comes to Taliban, he is a chicken. He is not only a sympathiser of Taliban but also fears his life from them. Perhaps more than any other politician. I have never been a fan of Benazir Bhutto, but she was the bravest politician. Imran Khan will never be as courageous as Benazir Bhutto.
October 18, 2012 7:33 pm
Oh please, can you stop the theatrics? I am about to vomit....
October 18, 2012 10:29 pm
Imran Khan too a scared sparrow. He too need to watch his back in Pakistan, let alone others. Unless and until Pakistan spend more money to educate their children other than the lessons from madrassa, there is no escape from this situation, instead it is going to aggravate.
October 18, 2012 2:37 pm
You have no concept of reality do you? Imran has disappointed the new generation???!!! i think you need to take some time off from the stuff you are ingesting.!!!! or may be the so called "Left wing liberal" of the 70's in you is still losst in the fog of LSD?
October 18, 2012 8:58 am
I clicked the Thumbs Down button not because I don't like NFP but because NFP will stop writing when he becomes President. We need more of his writings than his skills as a President.
October 19, 2012 5:59 am
Very civil and positive article. It's clear and friendly and to the point. People like you make the civil society work. This gives me faith in human. I hope IK reads this and learns.
October 19, 2012 5:52 am
paracha is conveniently forgetting that mansoor akhtar was a prolific domestic player and IK was only supporting merit.
October 19, 2012 5:49 am
Paracha, you're one of those who'd find a fault in anything as long as you want to. Your 'analysis' is based on hearsay and assumptions, ruthlessly denying the facts.
October 19, 2012 5:44 am
you have problem with someone saying Godwilling now???
Ghalib Khan
October 18, 2012 9:33 am
I think NFP can do a much better Job if he is Opposition Leader.
October 18, 2012 8:10 am
Dear NFP! In your last para, please elaborate as to how have you drawn parallel between a possible end of Khan the politician and Pakistan as a country? We still have our Sharifs, Bhuttos and most importantly the famous Edgware road resident!
Abdul Basit
October 19, 2012 12:19 pm
I completely Agree with Asif...
October 18, 2012 10:50 pm
How conveniently u forget the match with South Africa, where Pakistan was the victim of rain too. When Pakistan was 74/2 after 21.3 overs, rain halted the play for an hour and the target was revised to 194 in 36 overs. Besides Pakistan did well when they had too. No one gave them the cup. THEY EARNED IT. Your blind hatred for Imran Khan does not even leave a joyous moment for the entire country spared from venom.
From Indian
October 19, 2012 3:59 am
The Great Khan? If Imran khan is Great khan, then I pity the worldwide khan's population. He is an egoist, arrogant and below-average intellect person to be honest. He has no idea about how the civil society functions. He looks more like a tribal person. IMHO, Imran khan is very Racist. You just have to ask him an intelligent question to bring out that trait of him. He is also a sympathizer of Taliban, which is no secret anyways. So, it means he is also a Sexist person. And he also does not believe in Minority rights (to live) if he is a Taliban supporter. He is against Female education and empowerment, as he is a believer in Taliban's philosophy. He has no guts to criticize the Army and establishment, so he has feudal traits and no one can hope that he would enact any law which would give power to democracy. He also does not have guts/intellect to criticize/refute conspiracy theorist and thus he has twisted world view. If Pakistan think this is the guy for them, Good luck dear.....
October 18, 2012 9:54 am
well said mate. Excellent
October 18, 2012 7:31 pm
Both Hashmi and Qureshi are talented, upright individuals and Rashid has his own party and is not part of PTI. Caught you red handed, exaggerator par excellence!
October 18, 2012 12:40 pm
Imran looks sexy in above pic ;)
October 19, 2012 9:59 am
NFP is a better man than Imran Khan. He should be our prime minister!
October 19, 2012 10:01 am
very true "Andhon main kana raja" goes for imran khan
October 19, 2012 10:13 am
As always... good analysis.... and all those blind Imran fans - M not against him but we have always fallen pray to politicians whom we have blindly trusted ...
October 18, 2012 1:56 pm
That's no wonder the world is in trouble.
October 19, 2012 10:04 am
here is the name "Mustafa Kamal" . he did well for karachi and if given the chance iam sure he will radically change pakistan. kindly note iam neither a member nor a fan of MQM. but truth speaks for itself
October 18, 2012 10:34 am
Analysis of selective events............
October 18, 2012 1:59 pm
MQM according to a recent tweet of his!
Naeem Malik
October 19, 2012 7:26 am
I am not going to defend Imran Khan - God knows why politicians say wht they say - I do not - NFP you are clever person - so perhaps you can just answer whether what is happening in our region today would have been happening if it was not for the West's meddling in our affairs. I know we are acting as if we are living in the stone age. But than who promised to bomb us into the stone age and proceeded to do so in less than a decade?
October 18, 2012 9:58 am
Imran Khan could never be so successful a captain without the acumen and sharp cricketing mind of Javed Miandad. I strongly believe that Miandad has equal contribution in Pakistan's success alongside the strong leadership of Imran. Both form a thrilling combination of never-say- die approach combined with fine cricketing skills. Has Imran got another Miandad in his political field? I cannot see one and that's one of the main reasons of Imran stumbling from one post to another. With due respect I have serious reservations about the "mind" of khan.
October 18, 2012 7:25 pm
The article may be containing good stuff but the fact is that it is not article but looks a story. Readers may feel sleepy while reading lengthy.....!!!!!
October 18, 2012 11:08 am
A fantastic and well written pice. Risks and gambles are the essence of politics. Trust in mind-guts and stubbornness it's all that makes or breaks a politician. IK is the process of becoming a politican .. a lead. He got to risk, gamble, trust on mind- guts combination, and to be stubborn - but if he is wrong, the nation will have to pay the price.
October 19, 2012 4:49 am
oh bhai your questions are all fair. I can guarantee you that he has read more books and have more knowledge and vision than the current lot of politicians in Pakistan. Also he is competing in Pakistan not in US. It is a shame but no matter how he is, he is the best Pakistan has to offer at the moment. (I hope you got my point)
October 18, 2012 11:49 pm
NFP are you suggesting Imran Khan to listen to Altaf Bhai ?
October 18, 2012 11:52 pm
I agree with this analysis. This article is like a counsel for khan. He better take heed. I wish there was someone like this to point the way for me in my life. I always visit DAWN to see if there is anything by NFP. If there is none, I leave immediately.
October 19, 2012 4:24 pm
Asif, Why do you read NFP's articles if he gives you 'useless crap' and waste your precious time? To me, NFP coulmns are worth reading. Even the 'not so good' columns are not waste of time. Why don't you start a column of your own? By the way, do you seriously think NFP needs your advice? Also, if you advised him something and he did not listen to you, it becomes kind of cheap to remind him of your advice. If and when he wants he will benefit from your great advice if he finds the advice good for him. If he does not find it beneficial, there is no need to rub your advice in. He is supposed to be an adult not an infant.
October 18, 2012 4:42 pm
to all Pakistanis conservative, liberals, Taliban lovers, Taliban haters, disco, and paindus. what is teh solution of this terrorism. do we go and kill all the terrorist, by that account 100% Pakistanis will have to be killed because the oustiders considers every Pakistani to be a terrorist. and even if we select a few, do we have legal frame work to do that or just extra judicial killing, well , the later approach is no different than what your are trying to get rid of. extremism is a mind set taht we have all fallen into, there are religious extremisim and there are liberal extrimism, and both are bent on destroying the other at any cost , leading to this never ending clash.
October 18, 2012 1:06 pm
Haroon Sahib, You are complainng about the corrupt politicians. Wait till you see the mullahs take charge
October 19, 2012 8:17 am
Its simple - IK as a cricketer i still respect him - as a politicial he is biggest hypocrate of all time may be young generation does'nt know.
October 18, 2012 12:53 pm
the mindset by Gen. zia continues to grow in the form of PML and now addition of PTI into it.
October 18, 2012 12:52 pm
Didnt get lot of smile here. No doubt accurate analysis but want to see more laughs and smiles from your article.
October 19, 2012 8:15 am
For a large part of his life there was not much of what people understand about having character. He was too busy to have much character.
Agha Ata (USA)
October 18, 2012 1:44 pm
I have a different view. When Gandhi was reminded of what he said before and what he was saying now, he answered that he also keeps learning, and then added "Don't you?" And, when Qaid e Azam was asked why he was in the Congress and now in Muslim League, his answer was, "I was also, once, in fourth grade too." I was expecting Imran Khan to stand up and say at the top of his voice, "Yes. I made a mistake. I shall never defend myself when I am wrong like other politicians who claim to be angels. I am not. I am a human being." People would have loved him! I have no idea why politicians think they must always be right like a prophet!
October 18, 2012 9:04 am
Beautiful analysis ... had always had this opinion about him , but I always kept it in mind and never discussed. But someone else has the same opinion like me ... Yes Mr Khan is very immature, stubborn and egositic.. I think he will let the country down with his antics .... What he doesnt understand is that one cannot have negotiations with people who believe in ALL AND NOTHING PRINCIPAL .... I heard around people saying that Khan Sahib has been around politics now for 16 years and seems to be matured now ... naaa.. i think he still needs another 16 years to revisit his gut feelings, which are wrong and needs to mature a bit
October 18, 2012 9:11 am
A good article, but NFP misses the most important point. As is said in corporate leadership, "It is very lonely at the top". This is where the buck stops. To be a good leader takes a lot of guts and individual judgement and Imran has this quality. You can never please everybody and it is very easy to do an autoposy of a career and point out mistakes. But in the end success is what matters.
October 18, 2012 12:50 pm
I go with the last point! So important, he became an important Chapter in Journalism.
October 19, 2012 1:21 am
Some of what NFP has written seems true, but simply put - we have no other alternative. Its either an arrogant but honest IK or corrupt spineless politicians like NS and AZ. We need an honest man at the top, arrogance can be forgiven.
October 18, 2012 1:14 pm
There is a saying: 'You are defined by the company you keep'. The company IK kept during the cricketing days and the ones he keeps now are two extremes on opposite ends.
muzammil ullah khan
October 18, 2012 1:14 pm
people call him closet taliban. i think that is a fairly good assessment. he is a very confused person . if by a strange stroke of luck he ever comes to power, he is going to mess up things so badly that we may never recover . i , however, do not doubt his good intentions but good intentions by confused people can be very dangerous.
October 18, 2012 1:14 pm
So funny. How can you like/love dictators? Do you realize that Army rule for so many years is an important reason for lack of good civilian leadership?
October 18, 2012 9:10 am
Imran Khan needs to denounce the Taleban, clearly and unequivocally, plain and simple ! These people have murdered 30,000 Pakistanis and Imran Khan should have the courage to call a spade a spade.
October 18, 2012 8:48 am
great analysis. I agree totally. I wish Imran Khan would read this article. Perhaps, the writer missed one other name, that of fast bowler Zakir Khan. Imran supported him more than he deserved. Zakir Khan failed to deliver.
October 18, 2012 5:03 pm
Salman Rushdie once said that Imran Khan was a dictator in the making.
October 18, 2012 1:17 pm
So what is your suggestion for the alternative? Let the cancer growing in North (not South Waziristan as you claim) take the life of the entire Pakistan. You are comparing apples and oranges by likening the situation in North Waziristan to the situation in Karachi. Karachi's problem is mostly gang related, while Waziristan area is the assembly line of terrorists who kill in cold blood using the name of religion. Karachi does not have people who are against women's education, want to enforce (their own brand of) Sharia on the whole country and send women hiding into burqas. BTW, I am for taking out any murderers and gang members in Karachi by whatever force is necessary, but I think a competent police force should be able to do this job.
October 18, 2012 5:03 pm
What kind of person are you? You love dictators. Specially one who ditched the Constitution of Pakistan and sold the innocent average common man on the street---peddler, barber, vegetable seller, candle stick maker---to the US on false charges, to fill a quota, to be kept in torture prisons without trial for over ten years. You love a dictator who tortured prisoners sent by US for earning foreign exchange. And turned a brave fighting army into a bunch of cowardly shameless eunuchs poor businessmen and heaped shame on them and the country. If you do than you are a indeed low life.
Ali Usman
October 18, 2012 2:56 pm
While Imran is at it can he please tell us the solution for Lyari aka Mini waziristan?
Shahid Latif
October 18, 2012 12:47 pm
NFP You could have chosen a different picture of Imran Khan to sell your column
October 18, 2012 1:19 pm
'We common people' aren't that common, actually. You might be surprised to know that many Pakistanis do not feel so strongly about the Taliban issue. Some are confused, others give their tacit approval to the armed mullahs. So one shouldn't really blame the army or politicians for being unable to clear the mess that is TTP; they're just reflecting this country's ambivalence concerning the fight against terrorism.
October 18, 2012 8:35 am
nice NFP - but don't you think that in the end, his "stubborn dependence on the gut-driving-the-mind attitude" won him what no one else could win in Cricket. And why not to talk about his other projects where, again, Khan's "stubborn dependence on the gut-driving-the-mind attitude" enabled him to achieve the results; yes I am referring to the cancer hospital & Nimal College. What is your take on that?
October 18, 2012 1:20 pm
Imran Khan would not solve any of Pakistani problem! He will come and go as like many of his predecessors in the past.
October 18, 2012 1:21 pm
So NFP knows the solution but not Imran Khan. I would advise NFP to advise not just criticize.You guys criticize without solution.
October 18, 2012 2:40 pm
Here is the main cast of characters of the play “Terrorists Amongst Us” being staged daily in our towns and cities. I think it will be helpful to ponder this list and think about each group’s stated goals, hidden desires, and sponsorship to devise a cunning policy to defang them, not just useless “let’s bomb them” rhetoric being trumpeted out by the macho, reflexive media. 1) TTP: stated goaI is imposition of Sharia law, hidden desire is power and control, possible sponsors are Afghanistan/CIA/India 2) Punjabi Taliban: stated goal is imposition of Sharia law, hidden desire is revenge against Pakistani state for Lal Masjid, possible sponsors are madrassahs/JUI-F 3) ex Kashmir Fighters: stated goal is to liberate Kashmir, hidden desire is job security and continuation, possible sponsors are ex ISI/money collection in mosques 4) Pasthun Nationalists: stated goal is Jihad, hidden desire is revenge against Pak Army for its invasion of FATA, possible sponsors are Self/Pashtun community abroad 5) Drone Victims: stated goal is Jihad, hidden desire is revenge against Pak Army/US Army, possible sponsors include Self/TTP/Pashtun community abroad 6) Arab/North African Fighters: stated goal is Global Jihad, hidden desire is power and revenge, possible sponsors include Arab philanthropists 7) Central Asian/South Asian/Southeast Asian Fighters: stated goal is Global Jihad, particularly against China and Russia, hidden desire is independence of their lands/revenge, possible sponsors are Arab philanthropists/CIA 8) Global "Romanticists": stated goal is Global Jihad, hidden desire is to defeat capitalism, mostly self sponsored individuals from eclectic backgrounds, including native Westerners 9) Criminals: stated goal is Jihad, hidden desire is making money from sale of drugs, providing safe passages, kidnapping for ransom, sale of arms, theft, etc., sponsors include Self/TTP All these groups have slowly coalesced over the past two decades to become one tough ball of terrorism we face today. We need to break this orb and deal with each on its own merit. The least common denominator that these groups use as both a moral cover and a recruitment ploy is Pakistan’s support for the US war in Afghanistan. Once we announce our withdrawal from it, it is going to take the wind out of their sails and deflate their morale. Once this pernicious, unifying factor–the devil’s glue, if you will–is removed, due to clashing inner desires I have listed above, fissure are most likely to develop amongst them that can the the state can then capitalize on. As the British say: Divide and conquer, a strategy these supposed “idiotic savages” have proved, time and again, that they are extremely adept at. Unfortunately, all we get from our “clever angels” in the media is a boat load of pathetic, knee jerk poets and lyricists, tripping over each other and utilizing really third class antics now in their zeal to drown out the only voice of sanity out there at the moment: that of Imran Khan!
Might Popo
October 18, 2012 1:33 pm
Actions speak louder than words. He declared his assets. They way Shukat Khanam Hospital is run is another example. Please do not compare Musharaf to Imran Khan. Why would you trust Musharaf ? He took an oath to abide and respect the constitution but he broke this by imposing a martial law and becoming a dictator. I guess you are one of the person who think high of Army. Army's role is to protect our borders, which this Army is not good at: for years we have been fooled in believing that our Army is very professional but if you look at the record, we have not won any war: 1971, Kargil and the OBL raid are all examples of how incompetent this military is. They are only good at selecting the best land for DHA and making Fuji cereal.
October 18, 2012 11:33 am
"There’s a board of governors who is running his SK Hospital and same is the case with the university he’s running" this is enough to say that unfortunately, your inability to understand the underlying .. the board of governors you have mentioned came into existence because of Imran Khan. SKMH was built because of IK's determination and refusal to give up for his dream project. he wa opposed and ridiculed by almost everyone. Millions of dollars are donated to SKMH just because of IK...not because of the BoG's....i bet hardly anyone would know who the BoG is consisted of. same goes with his University. He has managed to complete these projects on the basis of his clean reputation and sheer determination and that is the reason that people go in flocks to see him when ever he travels abroad to collect funds for these institutions..
October 18, 2012 1:27 pm
I have always read your column with interest. Though not a fanatic PTI supporter, I believe going into NWA will have disastrous consequences for Pakistan. In this regard I support IK.
Proud Pakistani
October 18, 2012 11:32 am
Paracha thank you for taking me in to past happy cricket days . What ever you say will not convince me not to vote for Imran . If and when he is in power and my condition as a poor working man dont Improve. I will not loose any thing because" I have nothing to loose " . All I want is when i m on street I have pavements to walk , street lights in the night , enough loyal police 24 hrs on road for my security so when i m out and about my wallet , mobile phone is safe and nobody kill me for them. I must get clean water in my taps to drink , Quality education for my children every day and institutions not close because of strike calls from any political party .No power cut or load shedding of any sort . I want good medical facilities and I m quite happy to work and pay for every facility I m provided with. I dont want any thing for free. I will give Imran one chance thats it and if he provide simple needs of citizens of Pakistan he can come for another term as well.
October 18, 2012 5:09 pm
Imran is King of these politicians today,,,,Sethi nadeem ...farrukh saleem....all on same band wagon
October 18, 2012 11:29 am
That is the sign of the charlatan and definition of the demagogue
October 18, 2012 5:10 pm
Dawn: let the readers rate up or down my comment! NFP! as we all know and if you too might know the result of the last election that PPP is in government and incharge of every decision the state has to take for domestic and foreign policies. before that musharraf was the one responsbile for the country's affairs. while the policies continue and have thus far failed to protect malala why on earth do you ask Imran Khan to talk about any policy matter? he is not an elected representative! while you lecture people to ignore rants by someone not important, you yourself waste key strokes on a no one(as yet)!
October 18, 2012 5:12 pm
Really? Jinnah started Dawn? Cool... Finally there is something that he did right.
Dawar Naqvi
October 18, 2012 3:05 pm
Well Said , Paracha. I would like to add few IK attributes. In 1987 world cup for the last over Imran preferred Salim Jaffer over Pakistan greatest left arm bowler Wasim Akram. This was just because Wasim was the discovery of Javed Miandad. Saleem Jaffer gave 17 runs in the last over. One o the cause of losing the match. Pakistan lost by 17 runs. Everyone in cricket arena knows that Imran Khan never likes JM and he declared JM unfit before the world cup 92. But it was a great performance by Javed which helped Pakistan to won the world cup. He was highest scorer of the tournament. Pakistan won only five matches in that world cup and all five matches Miandad scored over 50 runs in each innings. IK never appreciated his world cup performance . He always mentioned about Inzi heroic inning in Semi Final, Wasim Akram performance in final etc. But he never said about Javed’s performance in the world cup 92. Because he already mind set against JM. Remember If Javed was not there Imran never won the matches for Pakistan. Many times Miandad alone won the matches which Pakistan almost lost. We still remember Six on last ball at Sharja. Imran Khan was also set his mind against great Saeed Anwar, Qasim Omar, Shoaib Mohammad and Waqar Younis. He did not select them for world cup 92. Saeed Anwar scored three consecutive centuries (world record) and Imran Khan dropped him in the very next test series, he gave main reason that Saeed has no temperament. Now look at the ex opener Shoaib Mohammed. He was a Man of the temperament, IK sent him at number 9 in a One day match and expected him to score century. Qasim Omar , another talented batsman from Karachi was the victim of Imran Khan. Many times IK gave favor to his friends or people he likes. He gave the test cap to his old time friend Mohammd Younis (not sure about his full name) at the age of 40 and he did not perform well. Another blue eyed player Mansoor Akhtar, he played 6 matches in the world cup 87 and he scored total 19 runs only. He is a dictator and will try his politics on the principal of his dictatorship. If he finds his deputy as like Javed he will successful otherwise his leadership will damage Pakistan. I do not see any Javed Miandad in his PTI team.
October 19, 2012 7:58 am
Lose hope in yourself first, youth have always supported change mindlessly playing into the hands of the puppet masters, do not be gullibiliy lulled into another false promise
October 18, 2012 5:16 pm
Very well analyzed Nadeem, but I don't know if this will ever cross the eyes of Imran, and even if it did, why would he change his ways, when his attitudes have got him to where he is today. The only merit he has, is virginity to the corridors of power (political). And for people of Pakistan following the definition of insanity, (one can counter argue with known evil being better than unknown...). Either way PPP, PTI, PML-N or .... in my opinion nothing is going to change unless we all individually change our ways our mind set.
October 18, 2012 1:30 pm
Dawn censors anything it does not like, even if it is a well written comment with no vulgarities! So much for the paper staretd by the Quaid-e-Azam.
October 18, 2012 1:30 pm
A very good and balanced column. I am a die hard fan of Imran Khan and the above criticism is true to some extent. however, unlike NFP a section of the press is wrongly accusing Khan over this malala incident. Even if you dont agree with his policy on terrorism, he still isnt responsible for whats going on right now in Pakistan. The army and the parties ruling us are. khan is offering an alternate strategy and even though people might not like it, ( which they have a right to) you cannot blame Imran for the ills of today. If criticism is offered in a sincere and constructive way then he may change his mind. And just for NFP 's record, Imran has become much much more flexible and willing to listen to others then his cricket days. No doubt about that.
October 18, 2012 1:30 pm
Imran Khan is the only political figure in Pakistan who is discussed more often. He is praised and criticized by every one. Nobody even wants to talk about Sharifs, Bhuttos, Chowdarys, Walis etc. Because we all know it is useless to talk about pathetic people.
El Cid
October 18, 2012 5:17 pm
The Universe is enlightened. You are the odd man out. Say what you want. I could care less.
October 19, 2012 7:56 am
i had given reply in the morning on 19 Oct 12 but it has been published
October 18, 2012 5:34 pm
i mean if khan is not the right man to lead the country what is your choice?only criticism is not the solution , i think u may prefer molana Diesal
October 18, 2012 5:36 pm
May be that's what brought a great cricketer into the high priced politics of Pakistan.
hashaam ud din
October 18, 2012 1:33 pm
as yours.
October 18, 2012 1:34 pm
He will not understand because he does not have the foundation of the Islamic teachings; he is talkingt Islam based on the crash course he is getting from the same gorup who is behind all this i.e. JI and other religious political parties (Gen. (R) Hameed Gul et al. The religious parties now know they will not win seats because people may show up in their election campiagns etc. but they would not want them to rule hence these parties want to now have new faces that people can relate to - IK is on top of that list because it is mutually benefical for all concerned.
October 18, 2012 5:41 pm
Fawad Hasan
October 18, 2012 5:43 pm
I am a supporter of Imran khan and know that his honesty, dedication, hard work and loyalty to Pakistan is beyond suspicion. Those people who prefer the tried and tested parties are definitely biased. Mr. Paracha failed to observe that the semi-final loss to Australia in 1987 was not due to Mansoor Akhtar's failure but because of poor judgement by a world-wide respected umpire of England, he was either Dicky Bird or Shephard, who made a disastrous decision against Imran Khan, when he was notout. He apologised to Imran after the game. That decision cost us the vital match. He also does not mention the poor batting of Miandad in that match. He scored 70 odd runs while batting extremely slow as if he was not his true form. Imran is very sharp in picking up talent, whether it was Wasim, Waqar or other cricketers. By overlooking his innumerable accomplishments for the people of this country and highlighting a few mistakes clearly shows Mr. Paracha's bias against Imran. I hope he sees reason.
October 18, 2012 5:44 pm
Pure intellectual placebo. Other than showing your dripping ignorance, what do your comments achieve? Very disappointing. Now, I would like to see your brilliant mind at work on trying to deconstruct my explanation of the cast of characters involved in terrorism. It is posted above--let's see what kind of gibberish you come up with this time. Pure waste of time!
October 18, 2012 5:47 pm
the difference being Imran was a leader and Miandad a deputy who could not last more than two series as a captain after Imran's retirement.
Syed Hussain Akbari
October 18, 2012 5:47 pm
The belief of Imran Khan has proved to be very disappointing. How can he favor Taliban or the likes ? He is not only favoring terrorism but also is speaking in support of sectarian killings. It is astonishing that a surrendering request of Zia ul Haque to take back the resignation from Captaincy of Cricket (I think everybody will recall it ) has worked so bad on him. Imran has become the follower of Zia ul Haque. He is apparently the second adopted child of the dictator. My hopes with Imran Khan are shattered.
October 18, 2012 5:48 pm
No, not at all. It is an attempt to distribute batashay amongst the PTI followers. Well done, eagle eye Ghazali, I completely missed it!
October 18, 2012 11:25 am
NFP has identified rightly ,following cricket for last thirty years,I have exactly the same conclusion about IK. It is not very difficult to sum up that his behavior and decision proves that he is a stubborn dictator.
October 18, 2012 1:36 pm
Well NFP -- one thing is sure you know your cricket and its "greatest" captaincy very well. But politics is no cricket -- in politics the insistence on leg break spinning can break some one's head -- as it did in Malala's case. Imran Khan's hogging of all security and intelligence surveillance to his own sojourn to Waziristan that thankfully tanked at Tank without injury -- may have been one of the factors what happened to Malala Yusfzai -- due to a yawning security breach in Swat area -- or who knows -- as a warning to IK to keep off the Taliban Territory.
October 18, 2012 1:37 pm
You are right, but when the cancer grows too much it kills its host - in this case we call it sticking the head in sand to hope the problem will go away.
October 18, 2012 1:37 pm
What a better way; to learn from the mistakes on the harmless cricket grounds and become an experienced politician. I say, Mr. Imran Khan. it is the way to go unlike most others who were handed over the reign because Mama, Papa or grand Pa were career politicians. “A cannibal was walking through the jungle and came upon a restaurant opened by a fellow cannibal. Feeling somewhat hungry, he sat down and looked over the menu... Fried Cricketer Rs 100 Broiled Moulvi : Rs 500 Baked Politician: Rs 1000 The cannibal called the cook over and asked, "Why such a price difference for the politician?" The cook replied "Have you ever tried to clean one of them?"
hashaam ud din
October 18, 2012 1:37 pm
all mindsets are growing. Bhuto, Zardari, Altafa, Ghaffar khan etc, so what is wrong with Zia mindset. Are the former Divine mindset?
October 18, 2012 1:38 pm
At least this Zardari epigone thinks that the fate of Pakistan rests on Imran Khan.
October 19, 2012 7:49 am
Not impressed.... What about those who hate cricket but still support IK,.. they dame care about what IK did in cricket but they obviously want IK to lead them for a sociopolitical change in the country... They only criteria is transparency and bravery, IK has qualified for that.
October 18, 2012 12:08 pm
Imrans hypocrisies abound -like his marriage to Jemima although sometime prior to that he commented in an interview that Pakistani women are most beautiful and that he would marry one!Also imagine his lifestyle and the sympathy with the Taliban terrorists!It is good that his true self has been unravelled fully and the so called tsunami has turned into a damp squib!After Malala episode he should have been brave enough to speak up against these treacherous enemies of Islam and not show his cowardice by wagging his tail!For us both US and Taliban are anti real Islam!
October 18, 2012 12:07 pm
Agreed. The least common denominator that these groups use as both a moral cover and a recruitment ploy is Pakistan's support of the US war. Once we announce our withdrawal from it, it is going to take the wind out of their sails and deflate their morale. Once this pernicious, unifying factor--the devil's glue, if you will--is removed, due to clashing Inner Desires listed listed, above, fissure ought to develop amongst them that can then be capitalized on. As the British say: Divide and conquer, something these supposed "savages" are extremely adept that. Unfortunately, all we have from our "angels" in the media is a boat load of pathetic, knee jerk poets and lyricists, tripping over each other and utilizing really cheap antics in their zeal to drown out the only voice of sanity: that of Imran Khan!
Usman Ajmal (@dodgy_helmet)
October 19, 2012 12:19 am
The real hope is (or should be) that unlike Bhutto, who left behind a feudal and family oriented party, Imran will leave back a truly democratic party, and he is well on his way to do that. So faith in Imran is justifiable, he has already shown us that impossible is nothing, even if he doesn't come to government, he will leave behind Pakistan's first truly democratic party (complete with internal party elections, and a charter). That to me is reason enough to support Khan, with all his imperfections
Usman Ajmal (@dodgy_helmet)
October 19, 2012 12:21 am
Really like your writing style NFP, and agree with everything you said. Although, it is easier to find imperfections in a person who is perfect otherwise. Imran is not only the only honest politician out there, he is a man with a plan. Let's give his plan a chance, it cannot be worse than our present government, I can assure you.
October 18, 2012 12:02 pm
Paracha sahib, IK knows that it is better to negotiate with the Mullahs because the circus loins of country taking 90% of budget cannot fight. They are only good for corruption,plots and running business, and politicans can't fight with bear hands.
October 18, 2012 12:00 pm
The difference between Imran Khan and others (cricket or politics) is that he does what he does not for personal gain or prejudice. As long as the conscience is clear i am alright with a leaders decisions. Advise and criticism are fine - no one is perfect like Altaf Hussein.
October 19, 2012 2:38 pm
You seem too quick to "open" your eyes; read all the posts here, listen to what he Imran is actually saying and then change your mind if you have to.
October 19, 2012 12:27 am
I cannot understand why people are criticizing someone who has a plan, rather than all the political parties who are in government and are clueless. I think people do underestimate his non cricketing achievements.....,he is well educated...(oxford university).....has travelled in the tribal areas for years and written a book about it and the only philanthropist to build a cancer hospital from scratch in the world. Also, if anyone still defies that then my question to all these critics and pupil is to read the history of the tribal areas since existence and you'll know why he says that this war is never ending.
October 19, 2012 12:29 am
Also, to add if there was another request to all the other parties is 'TRY IT NOW'....because you are in power for now.
October 18, 2012 6:04 pm
Your universe seems limited to yourself only.
A. Salma
October 18, 2012 6:04 pm
'92 world cup..imran was favored by the "rain god". As England which was sure to be in semi-final had its winning game (needed to score only 72 to win!) rained out. In those days there were no duckworth-lewis method. Each team shared a point and pakistan got through the backdoor to had had NOTHING to do with taliban khan's captaining ability!
October 18, 2012 6:05 pm
At least PTI and IK have a strategy to identify the real terrorists, segregate them, flush them out, and deal with them accordingly. What strategy do other parties, Saleems and Saithies have? Reminds me of a fox who lost its tail and was trying to convince all other foxes that with your tails on you look miserable, therefore, cut them off.
October 19, 2012 12:37 am
Just One or two questions here. 1... How many books has this man read? Remember Bill Clinton, despite his shananigans was a reader. 2.. What does he know about social policy? 3.. What does he know about Foreign policy? 4.. What books on economics has he read? 5.. Which intellectuals has he talked with, and in depth, about Pakistan's problems? Or perhaps he knows everything.
Z Khan
October 19, 2012 12:44 am
sure your ''rain god'' didn't favour Imran or Pakistan in the game against South Africa, which Pakistan was comfortably on its way to win, but had to lose becuase of rain and then subsequent Duckworth-lewis method(FYI Duckworth-lewis created a huge controversy in 92 World Cup). if not for rain Pak would have been through to the semis without needing that 1 point which you mentioned.
secular pakistani
October 18, 2012 9:39 am
while i must admit that from the comments below this might be the first article by NFP Where most of the reader are not agreeing with NFP on topic@ well the situation in Pakistan is so that we no other choice so we have to chose a slightly better of two evils and Imran khan is the only choice NFP@i would really like to know What and whom you want to form the next govt of pak
October 18, 2012 11:09 pm
Based on Paracha's description of Imran Khan (which appears to be fairly accurate), it is obvious that Imran khan lives in a black box and does not really grasp the variable situations which may arise due to different circumstances. Imran Khan is an egoistic person who believes that his way is the only way and refuses to adjust his views/acts according to the need of time. He was a mediocre cricket captain and is not even a third rate politician. The man has no credibility and no spine. Malala’s case has certainly exposed this coward and opportunistic man.
October 18, 2012 11:12 pm
I don't understand what r upto?you r using future tense ignoring past and present.I don't know what they want from a person to be?I think he's suggesting to take a dose of opium and sleep deep.Life is all experiment,differentiate amongst the available stuff and go for the best and leave the rest.That's how it works.Isn't that sensible? Ajilala USA
October 18, 2012 6:08 pm
I believe on freedom of speech which is why I have no problems with this article. Having said that, one thing is for sure is that Imran Khan is the only hope for Pakistan.
October 18, 2012 12:38 pm
What a great read. although i support PTI, i just cant comprehend this policy of not engaging blatant violation of writ of the government by the Taliban. they should be made to bow to the constitution of Pakistan, if they refuse to accept it then it comes under treason, penalty for which is death. Simple.
October 18, 2012 12:10 pm
Imran threatens all these media groups because he will make them pay taxes! Since he announced his economic policy, the hostility meter has shot to the sky!
October 18, 2012 11:55 am
how do you judge if he is honest? Musharraf looked very honest with his agenda, we all know where he took the country!!
From Indian
October 19, 2012 4:02 am
You want a good looking leader? what kind of people comment here?
October 19, 2012 4:04 am
"The article though put nicely, clearly smelled of social intellect-class. They have no answer to real world problems," Does the poster think the answer to the 'real world problems' -- may be in the fragrant explanations of Ehsanullah Ahsan sahib? My limited limited range of class consciousness -- does not tell me what the 'social intellect class' is -- but this much I know that the answers to the real world problem given by Mr. Ehsanullah Ahsan are definitely not from the socially acceptable intellect-class -- but from the socially unacceptable idiot class. And they smell bloodied bad.
October 18, 2012 9:39 am
the same old question & nothing else. He has all the courage & what NFP (between the lines) agree & went a bit above by calling him a 'stubborn'. :)
Raisur Rahman
October 18, 2012 8:38 am
Imran Khan is probably the only politician who thinks about his country, be it be Hospital, University,Fund Raising, Relief Camp. His intention and ideas are noble. Courageous Leaders don’t make excuses……………..They Apologize !!! He is a very courageous and dashing person, let me put it as pride of Pakistan. One should remember “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” I stomgly feel the youth of Pakistan has a great future if Imran Khan is elected as the next Prime Minister or else they will serve the Slave Dynasty. The writer of the column doesnt know that everything cant be right because you are working against people who have self intrest and Imran is one such whose intrest is to see his country's flag flying high. Raisur
Raw is War
October 18, 2012 12:11 pm
excellant analysis
From Indian
October 19, 2012 3:29 am
If Imran is your best hope for pakistan, Bal Thackrey is the best hope for India.
El Cid
October 18, 2012 9:22 am
“Pakistan’s captain, Khan a man with a sharp mind. But at the same time he was also prone to trust his ‘gut feeling’ as well. . This fits the description of all Great Leaders of Men. Exactly the charismatic attributes and judgment required of a statesman Pakistan so needs at this time if it is to survive its internal enemies, overcome the well established fifth column within...while blocking the devious foreign onslaught on its very existence. The Great Khan has always given the best of himself for Pakistan: Talent; Money; Charity; Family; Philanthropy---has asked for nothing back. He can choose to live and earn respect and acceptance any where in the World. He chose Pakistan. He is the one you can trust. Elect him and see Pakistan win its place back into the community of nations. Chose not him and see yourself crumble further into the dust of ignominy. Imran Khan has the potentiality of an intelligent, just and wise leader. The only one with the ability, education, experience, and training to look into the eye of the Farangi Death Machine and NOT blink. Pakistan elect him. Don't shoot yourself in the foot and reject him. Your time is nigh...!
October 19, 2012 12:54 am
"Got through the backdoor to the quarter final." Know your stuff!There were no quarter finals in 1992 WC!
October 19, 2012 6:43 am
the mould***
October 18, 2012 6:15 pm
"He is not only favoring terrorism but also is speaking in support of sectarian killings". This is the biggest lie and propganda campaign I have ever heard thatwill put even Goebbels to shame. It was Imran Khan who sympathised with Hazara Shia' Muslims, Baltit Shia' Muslims and the Christian community in person whenever they were attacked. This is one reason why he has a fair number of Christian leaders in PTI.
Saabi Khan
October 18, 2012 12:15 pm
Please be aware that Imran Khan is not the solution to Pakistan's current crisis, he is the best from the current crop of politicians that we have. The others are also stubborn in their ways and rely on uneducated gut decisions. We have been waiting for change, PPP AND PML have had many chances but failed. We need to go for our gut instinct and Vote Khan. There is no other option!
rahim uzaal
October 18, 2012 1:40 pm
Agree. I don't see anything more intelligent in all.
October 18, 2012 6:20 pm
"Imran is very sharp in picking up talent, whether it was Wasim, Waqar or other cricketers." And as usual Imran is very sharp in picking up talent, whether it is Hashmi, Qureshi or Sheikh Rashid in pricy politics.
October 18, 2012 3:01 pm
you don't get it do you.... as much as you, Sethi, Bucha, Rumi, Sirmed etc try to defame IK....his supporters grow more faithful. I think IK is a very clever and intelligent politician. A year back he swept the youth and people fed up with the PPP and PML corrupts. After that he is now trying to sweep the right wing voters with these campaigns. To us he is our ZA Bhutto, only difference, he is going to deliver. Deal with it.
October 18, 2012 12:20 pm
Did NFP denigrate or degrade Imran Khan in any way? NO. Did NFP blame and denounce IK's stand on the Taliban? Surprisingly NO. Does NFP have a soft spot for leftist leaders and socialist rhetoric to combat the feudal socio-political setup in the nation, given his student experiences? Absolutely yes. And he has nothing to apologize for, the facts are there for all to see. Paracha just gave an opinion about IK's famed adamant attitude that needs an overwhelming amount of persuasion to be changed (like Miandad's) - that does not make him "Biased" or a PPP apologist, maybe some of you need to look up dictionaries to understand real bias. Or you need to take a good look at your own prejudices - Punjabi/Sindhi/Balochi, Shia/Ahmedi/Hazara etc.
October 19, 2012 12:57 am
Good one.
iqbal Khan
October 18, 2012 12:22 pm
Musharaf was taking country in the right direction.The best leader after Ayub.
October 18, 2012 3:00 pm
FATA is not a Pakistani province. Pakistan does not now nor has it ever had a complete sovereign control over FATA. In fact, it is precisely Pakistan's lack of sovereign control over FATA that allows the militants, many of whom are not Pakistanis, to operate so openly there. TTP or Pakistani Taliban's activities have nothing to do with drone attacks or American presence in Afghanistan. They are bunch of criminals and thugs involved in kidnappings, money, power, drugs trade etc using the cover of Islam and Shariah.
October 18, 2012 6:29 pm
You are unique columnist, NFP. Like a Mat Hatter, you keep pulling out amazing stuff prolifically on the pages of Dawn and on Here once again you have taken your own individualist and unique route to comment on a topic that everyone seems to be talking about. Because when it comes to writing about stuff that is on everybody's mind, you come up with the most unique approach. I loved the piece, sir. You are a stand-out writer. Kudos.
October 18, 2012 6:34 pm
Please remember Imran Khan is no longer a cricketer but a politician. He is doing and will continue to do what a politician must not only to survive but to succeed as well.It is up to the people to judge and act accordingly.
October 18, 2012 12:38 pm
I am not a member of PTI but I think Imran Khan is not a dictator as is clear form the blog that he accepted the advice of Miandad. No man is perfect from faults but one has to be honest like Imran. Had he been dictator why would he accept the advice of Miandad who was his nearest competetor in the heroism of Pakistan Cricket. He has sacrificed his family life for the sake of people of Pakistan. He is right in not sweeping away in the propaganda. His stance against the operation in South Waziristan is based on reason and supported by the majority of Pakistanis except a few. If some one is killed in Karachi or Lahore, would we like the whole populations to be bombarded or cities become battle grounds just because some undsirable elements are infilterated in? Malala is injured, which is highly condemnable, how does it justify the killing of hundereds of innocent chidren and civilians. No one has answer. Those who stand for principles are remembered in the history even if they do not succeed in securing a political office. We need the wisdom, courage of Imran Khan in our politics whether in power or opposition as he is a torchbearer of principles. . He suffered the heartrenting sadness of the loss of his mother in his early age and he realises the pain a child feels whose mother is lost in the war. The honour and success betowed upon him by God is not without any reason.
Arshad Khan
October 18, 2012 9:15 am
This article is based on a few events happened in IK's life and doesn't take into account his personal attributes like honesty, courage, sincerity and above all competence. Comparing him with JI, PMN(N) and others is biased to say the least because he is not incidental leader rather became a leader through matchless contributions made for the uplift and dignity of Pakistani nation. What he says about drones has been proved time and again by various surveys one being carried out quite recently by Stanford university in the US. Even a large population in the US is opposed to the idea of using drones to flush out terrorists because they cause collateral damage and kill innocent civilians, children and women. IK is the last hope of Pakistan and I haven't seen such a dedication to his cause, love and respect in common people's heart for anyone except IK. I believe he will do something bigger for Pak no matter whether the coming election or next or next.
Ahmed j
October 18, 2012 8:28 am
1987 Reliance cricket world cup semi final is still fresh in my mind. Mansoor Akhtar may have been a cause but there were other two main factors. Anyone would remember Saleem Jaffer's last over where he conceded many runs. That was a disaster. Second was Rameez Raja's opening where he played recklessly and continued playing same shots repeatedly and became an easy prey. In that particular match I don't see Mansoor Akhtar as a reason for that loss. Anyway, playing in a world cup semi-final is a great achievement and winning the cup the following tournament is another greater achievement. If Stubbornness and the Gut-mind combination made us win then it is the right combination.
October 18, 2012 2:41 pm
Don't know how much I agree with. But a very good and well layed-out article. I do need to point out 1 mistake. The writer implies that after the semi-final defeat, Imran cried and announced his retirement. Actually, Imran announced his retirement 1 year before the world cup. All of Pakistan knew that Imran Khan was going to retire at the end of Pakistan's world cup campaign.
October 18, 2012 6:49 pm
Sir Jee IK has never been given chance to prove his mettle, atleast we need change of policy that we are having.
October 18, 2012 11:07 am
Swat is not underseige any more.. that is a big difference.. many malalas got shot or flogged.. many big shots get weaker ones beat up.. these issues got attention of ppl which made the difference.. shahbaz sharif's son in law is in jail because of the CCTV footage.. video of girl getting flogged made a difference.. Malala will make a difference too. Imran Khan wants Govt to talk to ppl who kill and bomb innocents, no harm in talking. But Khan Saab must show flexibility and talk to people in the govt too.. He abuses elected people but shows sympathies with people who not only kill but say they will keep doing it again n again.. that to me is the problem with Khan Saab.
October 18, 2012 12:31 pm
Well more often than not the gut and brain combination worked wonders...not only Qadir, but waqar younis and inzi even more famously were products of Imran's gut feeling. Remember Miandad wanted Inzi dropped during that world cup campaign whereas Imran kept on insisting that Inzi would win us the world cup ? As for Imran's plan for dealing with terrorism, I see nothing but common sense there. Surely it makes sense to isolate your real enemy rather than pushing the local population (the tribal people) towards their camp ? On the other hand, calls for crushing this insurgency by force seem to be exactly the sort of stubborn mindset that NFP is trying to portray in this piece. Has anyone even tried to calculate how much it would cost, and how many military formations you would need for a simultaneous operation in all the tribal agencies ? You would need 70% of your entire army in KPK and FATA. On top of that you would need to completely seal the Afghan border which given the mood on the other side doesn't seem possible. Swat was supposedly a successful operation, and yet the trouble is far from over there.... Mullah Radio just went across the border. And then the human cost of such a massive military action !? Is collateral damage ever justified ? In short, how on earth are we supposed to eliminate this insurgency by force is totally beyond me.
October 18, 2012 6:55 pm
I agree with NFP. However, I would also add one more attribute to Imran Khan, which is hypocracy (Munafiqat). He has been calling his political opponents hypocrates, but he is the biggest hypocrate himself. If he is not, he should subject himself to punishment by Sharia law for the acts of zinna that he committed when he was a bachelor, then he has the right to call his political oppnents Munafiqs.
October 18, 2012 10:50 am
Beautiful analysis
October 18, 2012 10:51 am
A good article and a much needed advice for Khan
October 18, 2012 10:40 am
Dear NFP: Great leaders take big decisions. There are mistakes on they way, but then what is important is the end result. Imran has proved it time and again on the cricket field. Now nobody on earth can claim that they have a fool proof solution for the Taliban menace in Pakistan, there is no slilver bullet. Whether Imran is wrong or right only time will tell. But atleast it will be better than what we have today. Has bombing or droning helped get rid of the menace? Remember Swat where Malala was shot was one of the biggest battle grounds against Taliban. Did it make any difference? What Imran say about nipping the evil in the bud makes much more sense to me than your theory.
Adil Jadoon
October 18, 2012 10:54 am
No change is what you have to say Mr. NFP but alas you have a prejudice which is most evident in not only what you write but also how your write. Khan is certainly not perfect (unlike Altaf Hussain, of course) but he is at least honest and, some one willing to think and do what is necessary for our country. I will vote for him and encourage others to do so.
October 18, 2012 10:39 am
Imran Khalid
October 19, 2012 11:10 am
Dear NFP , you are correct. I don't think we should support Imran Khan. We should stick to the likes of Zardar and Nawaz Shareef. These people will do wonders for our country. They are experienced and well versed in the art of Politics. I would suggest one small thing, in the last 60 years the only person linked with politics who has dome something for the country at a social level is Imran Khan. He has made a hospital which the government of Pakistan has not been able to produce at 10% of the scale. One last comment , I do agree Imran Khan is not perfect and he has his misgivings but when you compare his misgivings please put them in perspective of misgivings of Zaradi and the Shreef bradraan.
October 18, 2012 7:12 pm
NFP you mean to say he is Akhrot...DOH!!
Adil Jadoon
October 18, 2012 10:54 am
Why can't you put all your comments in a single post or is it too mind draining for you?
Adil Jadoon
October 18, 2012 10:57 am
Taliban have nothing to do with Sharia! they are mostly criminals and terrorists. What we need is a security apparatus and courts that are able to deliver. Without an honest leader and a government people can trust this will never happen.
Adil Jadoon
October 18, 2012 10:57 am
Who is WE? speak for your self.
October 18, 2012 10:58 am
Are you a sycophant?
October 19, 2012 7:33 am
nfp u r the only person in the world who understand the millitant issue in Pakistan. its amazing how someone like u can do it from Islamabad bedroom.
October 19, 2012 11:09 am
Very good article. I would have voted for him before Malala incident. But now my eyes are open. Pakistan can not afford to have him as top executive and take Pakistan to international isolation and at mercy of terrorists.
October 18, 2012 2:55 pm
That's why I said in my first post that we do not want another right wing party giving lame excuses for every terrorists act (whereas terrorists are not even shy to hide themselves or show any remorse) we need a real leader who can lead the nation and not merely follow the misplaced sentiments of nation and I do not see such character in Imran Khan personality that's why he has taken refuge in the lap of old tested politicians and blowing the old trumpet which so many parties like PML (N) and Jamat-e-Islami are blowing for the last many years whats new in him?
rahim uzaal
October 18, 2012 11:16 am
where my comments have gone? u don't like it , Editor?
October 18, 2012 7:46 pm
As long as IK doesn't condemn the Talibans by name for what they did to Malala Yusufzai -- IK is no better than the 'older' politicians.
October 18, 2012 7:45 pm
If Imran the Taliban Khan is hope of Pakistan then there will be no progress for women in Pakistan.NFP funny blog of his cricketing skills has nothing to do with serious issues facing the country.His total lack of courage in condemning attack on defenseless malala a school going kid and nothing to do with drones.This is a serious educational issue for Pakistan.
Tahir Razvi
October 19, 2012 7:42 am
Yes I believe it is, thats what they call it and they kill in the name of God. Please don't shy away.
October 18, 2012 1:51 pm
That no wonder the world is in trouble.
October 18, 2012 1:51 pm
I always wondered who was Mansoor Akhtar's PAWA. Now I know. There were so many good players then that would never play but Manoor Akhtar would always be in the team. He NEVER went past 35 runs. Maybe scored 1 century. Now i know.
October 18, 2012 10:28 am
It is sad to see everyone is after a person who sincerely want to help Pakistan and it's people. No one is going after those corrupt politicians who destroyed this country. But in such corrupt society where almost everyone ,if not all, is contributing to one's best, resistance like this was expected especially when elections are so close. His policy are future-based and long-term solutions and that's what our shortsighted anchors, politicians etc. can see! Military and emotional decision would definitely calm militancy for a while but will come back with more force! After all, we would have to bomb our own people and would destroy their homes and kill many innocent and displace them. So what do we expect in reaction?
October 19, 2012 8:35 am
IK is a man of honour, who will never let us down. Good article nevertheless
October 18, 2012 2:51 pm
I believe IK is the only Politician who is very clear about his views. For atleast last 10 years he is persistently talking about same Education for all, Free Judiciary, Independant Police system and a political system free of feudals and thier kids. It's not IK, it's US who are confused to make our minds to accept a CHANGE. We have tried all but IK. Let's give him a chance.
naazli shah
October 18, 2012 1:54 pm
the world these days is ruled by mediocre like Obama, Merkle, Nathanyahoo, Bon kimoon, sarkozi( just left), UK PM (the glaxose baby), etc.
October 18, 2012 1:55 pm
No!, the medicine to remove the cancer needs to be changed. The “blind surgery” that is going on with the drones is more destructive than effective; the slow acting radiation therapy of negotiation by locals will be far more effective!!. noone wants the cancer, the disagreements is on course of treatment. The blind carpet bombing without any regards to the collateral damage is insane at best.
October 18, 2012 10:30 am
We all know what happened whenever Miandad captained the side, what happened to his acumen then.You must be Miandad's relative or something to even make that kind of suggestion.
October 18, 2012 2:47 pm
Not really! in both cases you have to convince the people to follow you r ideas and gain their trust.
October 18, 2012 10:30 am
@Umer: "…. What he doesnt understand is that one cannot have negotiations with people who believe in ALL AND NOTHING PRINCIPAL …." So you mean to say that Military Operation is the resort to solve the matter? If that's what you want then with all due respect you have learned nothing from the Past, nothing from Present and with this gut thinking, again 'very sorry to say' you will learn nothing in the Future as well. My simple question to you, What US and her coalition has achieved in Afghanistan after relentlessly Bombing the country for past 11 eleven years? They even failed to control a small area which they call "Green Zone" located in the heart of the Capital. At last they finally realize that War is not a solution and now from many accounts they are looking for all possible channels to arrange Dialogues with Insurgents and Talibans. It is the same idea What Imran Khan has been saying for many years.
Shahzad Qazalbash
October 18, 2012 8:41 pm
It is the ultimate beauty of free press and social media that we see people commenting about personalities / events / issues for which they have never contributed an iota, but feel impulse to write about. I, for one, continue to believe in rights for all - but before rights could be claimed, there are responsibilities, and one must be committed to abiding it. The article though put nicely, clearly smelled of social intellect-class. They have no answer to real world problems, yet find ample time at disposal for identifying where and when and how things went or would go wrong - as divine revelations. Not a fan of IK or his overall personality, I fail to see authoring naming any other name who had actually been able to run the country. The last 3 lines were crux - falling of a country due to IK's misbehaving. Come on Mr. Paracha, we all know you wrote this in state of abeyance.
October 18, 2012 9:59 pm
"This time the loss won’t be about just a cricket game. It may well be about Khan as a politician, or more importantly, of Pakistan as a country". Mr Writer he has not only singlehandedly won us the world cup, made the best cancer hospital Shukat Khanum and an excellent university but I can bet he will also win this country and its people. People like you will keep on criticising him because it’s very easy to sit in a AC room with a cigar in hand and write lines against someone great like him because you are sure that many people will read this article because his name is selling like a hot cake.
October 18, 2012 10:31 am
Here is the main cast of characters of the play "Terrorists Amongst Us" being staged daily in our twons and cities. I think it will be helpful to ponder this list and think about each group's motivations, sponsorship, etc. to devise a cunning policy to defang them, not just useless "let's bomb them" rhetoric being trumpeted out by the macho, reflexive media. Character Stated Goal Inner Desires Possible Sponsors TTP Impose Sharia Law Power Afghanistan/CIA/India Punjabi Taliban Impose Sharia Law Revenge for Lal Masjid Madrassahs/JUI-F ex Kashmir Fighters Liberate Kashmir New job at same company ex ISI Pasthun Nationalists Jihad Revenge against Pak Army Self Drone Victims Jihad Revenge against Pak Army/US Self/TTP Muslim Foreign Fighters Global Jihad Power/revenge Arab Shiekdoms Global Romanticists Global Jihad Defeat capitalism Self Criminals Jihad Easy money Self/TTP All these groups have slowly coalesced over the past two decades to become one tough ball of terrorism we face today. Ignore Paracha, Imran is right, we need to smash this orb open and deal with each group utilizing a strategy that is bot politically clever and realistically implementable. We need to give our fighting urges a rest for a bit and think, think, and think again to get out of this mess!
Capt C M Khan
October 18, 2012 8:55 am
If Imran thinks it is the American drone attacks that is the reason of Talibaan killing of forty thousand innocent Pakistani Civilians then as Imran says Talibaan will listen to him!. Why does not he tell the Talibaan to cross the border and go get the Americans in Afghanistan??. Yeah...WAKE UP IMRAN AND OTHERS....All of you are doing a DIS-SERVICE TO PAKISTAN...Futre generations will not forgive you. Very Good article Mr Paracha.
October 18, 2012 8:56 am
totally agreed. I think, NFP, was a bit biassed while writing this article.
October 18, 2012 8:56 am
Cricket is all about winning and does not hold any term implications. Politics, on the other hand, is not restricted to winning only, it holds a variety of long term effects. Therefore, even if Mr. Khan wins the elections based on his current ideas/stance (which are pro-taliban and non-secular), our country will be doomed.
October 18, 2012 8:57 am
You caught him , did't you.
October 19, 2012 4:48 am
You have a point but it has nothing to do with the context.
Sue Sturgess
October 20, 2012 2:13 am
If Pakistan truly hated the west, they would reject cricket as a symbol of British oppression.
October 19, 2012 3:37 am
I think situation can not get worse than we already have. I dont see any harm in giving IK a chance. More importantly if IK plan is not workable then whats the alternative? Writer remember loss on 1987 and i remember win of 1992, matter of how we see things. Good articel and I am big fan of NFP writting.
From Indian
October 19, 2012 3:38 am
Oxford is producing a very questionable breed of leaders, so please do not make Oxford a criteria for sincere and intellect. Salman Khurseed (indian law minister) also claimed that he has a degree from Oxford the other day, and the very next day he threatened the civil society members (who are exposing his corruption) with death threats. IMHO, Oxford is not what it was 50 years back. Nowadays, anyone with money can get into Oxford.
Khan Baba
October 19, 2012 3:38 am
Anthoon main kana raja.
Ahmed Khan
October 19, 2012 1:16 am
You are right on Nadeem. I am terribly disillusioned by Imran Khan's naive and misguided stance on Taliban terrorists. I was a staunch supporter of Imran Khan until now. But after watching his behaviour and watered down comments on the extremist's destruction of human and Islamic values in Pakistan, I have lost all faith in Imran Khan as a potential leader. He will not get my vote. My vote will go to that political party which shows resolve to fight extremism and Talibans as a top priority. Combating corruption has gone way down my list of priorities as compared to fighting and eradicating Tlibans and all other extremists from our land. Down with Imran Khan, the coward and the misguided!
Ahmed Khan
October 19, 2012 1:18 am
No I don't agree. If Imran Khan wastes his time in negotiating with Talibans then he will accomplish nothing for Pakistan. Extremism is the main problem now, not corruption and poor governance!
Ghani Khan
October 18, 2012 10:24 pm
Malala Yousafzai , a 14 years old, a star has emerged , a beacon of light & hope for particularly 'progressive & liberal media', a topic of discussion for roundtable talk by political pundits.A wake up call for ruling elites who were in slumber even though bloodshed of Hazaaras community and target killing in Karachi were routine.To vent their frustration, governing class & social liberal media have found a villain in IK though he has strongly condemned attack on Malala. Imran has condemned terrorism, you can call it Talibanism or Jhangvi group- IK's naming them is not going to change the face of terrorism. We should be holding the ruling class in the dock for failing to provide security to citizens like Malala.
October 19, 2012 3:52 am
Very good analysis.
From Indian
October 19, 2012 3:32 am
Looks like an indian has more neutral and better questions about Taliban Khan's intellect and sincerity.
October 19, 2012 6:28 pm
No arguments here. I think virtually all pakistanis (I, IK, NFP et al) consider the perpetuators of the Malala shooting, TTP, other such groups, the enemies of humanity, islam, pakistan, you name it. But if you think whoever does not jump the bandwagon of military occupation, bombing, droning of the entire population of FATA wreaking collective havoc are somehow apologists or closet Taliban khans, then we will have to disagree.
October 19, 2012 5:03 pm
Bigger hypocrite than Zardari, Benazir, Shareefs, Musharaf etc?
October 18, 2012 8:21 pm
I wish NFP would himself show the same compassion and unapologetic readiness in condemning the innocent village children being blown to bits in FATA that he accuses IK of lacking in the Malala tragedy. His ink would reek less of an agenda driven spite (from a smoker's corner?)
October 19, 2012 1:45 am
Oh yes you are spot on with Mansoor Akhtar. I hated him as a batsman in Pakistani Cricket. Well, as IK mentioned in his book, he has learnt from the past and ready to move on. Also with age and experience behind him now, he is the only ray of light. I am not being a supporter of IK but I don't see anyone else of his class in current political horizon.
October 19, 2012 6:42 am
NFP has described that mould that that cast Imran Khan . Politics can be a brutal,vicious and a forceful teacher...he just might learn the skills to do a good job? Anyways,Pakistan does not have much of choices for an effective and an useful change at the top?
Sohaib YAHIA
October 18, 2012 9:03 am
Great article and insight provided - a true depiction of Imran's personality traits that has left many of his ardent fans like me disillusioned
October 18, 2012 9:51 am
neither i disagree with paracha nor agree , this article is a kind of 50 50 for me , i personaly want to urge paracha sahib that imram khan is human being not an angle so kindly try to understand him as a human being as far as his cricketing mistakes r concern as u mentioned in ur above article are totaly senseless. who knows that what were the situations when khan had to decide about the players to be included in the team. again i urge u paracha sahib not to compare cricket with politics, well now here i wish to clear for every one about imran,s policy regarding taliban. khan is nt a sympathetic with taliban infact he wants to have a dailog with taliban in proper way.
October 18, 2012 10:06 pm
so may we know what are your views on the current president and both the prime ministers "gilani-with the doodh wala look and the present one the meter reader", if 'Nothing Else' Mr Khan, at least, is very presentable and will not embarrass us on the world scene .
October 19, 2012 2:54 am
Mr. NFP do you want to see a perfect man to take over? Is this possible? Tell me a single person in the history of mankind who has never been criticised and have always been praised for all his or her deeds. In present scenario a better approach would have been to compare Ps and Qs of all contenders such as Zardari, Sharif, Altaf, Fazal, and Imran and see which one has more Ps rather criticizing on few past mistakes which in the end brought better results. I am saying this because its high time to educate people who is better and who is worst on that P and Q test. It doesn't look OK to criticize someone only on few and forget much praised worthy achievements.
Khan Baba
October 19, 2012 3:40 am
Anthoon main kana raja - IK. Please give him a go. He is new - can't be worse than B. Bhotto, N. Sharif and the old Amir-rul-Momineen.
October 18, 2012 9:08 am
What ever people says about him he deserves to serve this country. He is honest and credible.
October 18, 2012 2:05 pm
Thank you Dawn. Now please plese print this: NFP, this article is a cheap, pathetic attempt to cast shadows over Imran’s character and sexuality. The choice of words for the title “Either Way”, the bare shouldered picture of Imran, and the innuendo about him sharing the same “high” as Mansoor Akhtar are all subliminal hints aimed at the subconscious mind, well hidden between the lines of otherwise “objective” crticism. You are fooling no one so please grow up a bit. Why don’t you just write about the good old days–I like the old pictures of hippies you are so fascinated with! .....
atif khan
October 19, 2012 2:33 am
I'm standing at a certain point, in front of me there are 4 different pathways, I have to choose one to carry on with my journey, problem is all 4 are dangerous. but as i have to choose one of them so i will analyse and select the path which is less dangerous, that way atleast i will have a chance to reach my destination safely. So out of those four courses I choose imran khan, less dangerous than all others
Marcus Khaleeq
October 19, 2012 9:38 pm
Imran is still a cricketer who is playing politics in a country where Dictators were in the short term the best fixers. Imran falls in the same category from cricketing days and the success it brought. Leading a country with so much cultural, lingual and sectarian diversity, it is not as simple as it sounds. Choosing and dealing with 30 men from the 36% of urban population and from 3 or 4 selective towns of a large country. Observing the problems of the recent past in the country, Imran is stuck for choices. On one hand the drones killing innocent in the company of terrorist and the other 40,000 Innocents and an ideology supported by Mallala. Either you are with Mallala’s stance or with her attackers.
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