If nothing else we Pakistani agree on one thing. Whatever little hope there appears is the last hope. A recent example of this was the invention of water as fuel for cars, which soon came crashing down. When we are too desperate for hope that is what happens. We believe it even if all evidence goes against it. But desperation is such a state that never lets a people learn. They bow down to miracles of crackpots just so that things change without their having to invest in knowledge and scientific progress.

Lately Pakistani urban youth has obsessed with another “Last Hope” who is an ideological lapdog of Hamid Gul and Jamaat-e-Islami whose looks and past athletic achievements are inversely proportional to his current ideology.

As readers might have guessed correctly, yes, its Imran Khan, the ‘playboy cricketer’-turned-politician who once threatened to abduct the greatest Pakistani humanitarian, Abdul Sattar Edhi and whose supporters are anxiously awaiting his triumph in upcoming polls. The demoralised and despondent youth that forms the major chunk of Pakistani population explosion feels abandoned by their government and seeks Khan as the solution to their insurmountable issues. Thanks to the gullibility of these overseas and domestic followers, Khan has earned the status of a Messiah who is expected to transform Pakistan to the ‘Norway of Europe’ in a short span of time by rooting out corruption in 19 days, containing and eradicating terrorism in 90 days and becoming the Saudi Arabia of coal in, again 9-something days. These ludicrous claims of Khan and his party PTI have mammoth selling price at home but in reality they seem idealistic, incredulous and mostly fallacious in nature.

Take for instance, his stance on the issue of terrorism: he holds the ongoing War on Terror (started on 7th October 2001) responsible for not only the mounting polarization, extremism and terrorism in Pakistani society but also for the inception of Pakistani Taliban (TTP).

Recently his comments of Taliban fighting a jihad in Afghanistan faced severe criticism from not only the Afghan government but also from the Afghan public who protested against his comments.

Of course Khan and his brigade of trolls branded all criticism as ‘International Conspiracy’ and Khan further defended his comments by proposing myths that Bin Laden and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar were trained and indoctrinated by the CIA in 1980s.

However there are some pertinent questions which must be answered in order to ascertain whether or not there is any substance to Khan’s claims. The questions are:

Is the Taliban fighting a ‘Holy War’ in Afghanistan for the freedom and rights of afghan people as claimed by khan?

Is War on Terror the root-cause for the menace Pakistan has faced in the last decade?

In the above screenshot (Video courtesy Youtube, banned in Pakistan) Imran Khan addresses a gathering at Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania which was the breeding ground for the Taliban leadership and was well known for its support of Bin Laden. See also Haroon Rashid BBC Report: “The University Of Holy War”.

Even a cursory examination of history can tell us that the Taliban had nothing to do with Afghanistan and were the product of Pakistani JUI-run religious schools for Afghan refugees. Ahmed Rashid, a world renowned expert on Taliban provides a great insight on their emergence in his book “Taliban” (published in 2000). He describes the significant role of Maulana Samiul Haq and Colonel Imam in the emergence of Taliban. Haq is a Pakistani religious and political leader whose madrassa Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania became a major training ground for the Taliban leadership.

Protesters led by Maulana Samiul Haq chanting slogans in support of Bin Laden. Picture courtesy: Khyber Gateway

In February 1999 Haq gave an interview to Rashid in which it was revealed that he was directly managing Taliban leader Mullah Omar in forcefully implementing puritanical brand of Sharia. He was also the chief organizer for recruiting Pakistani students to fight for the Taliban against the Northern Alliance and whenever the Taliban required reinforcements, Haq, along with the ISI provided them with the essential manpower.

The chart below shows the contribution of Pakistani and Al Qaeda militants in Afghan Taliban military force:

Graph below gives an estimation of Pakistan's (Central Board of Revenue): The Economic loss suffered by Pakistan due to Taliban’s illegal transit trade & nexus with Pakistani transport, trade and drug mafia:

In his book Fundamentalism Reborn? Professor William Maley writes “Many Taliban carry Pakistani identity cards, as they spent years in refugee camps in Pakistan, and thousands voted in the 1997 elections in Balochistan for their favorite Pakistani party - the Jamiat-e-Ulema-i-Islam (JUI)”.

Afghans under the Taliban rule suffered some of the worst oppression in human history. It was a period of the Afghan Holocaust that witnessed ethnic cleansing campaigns, massacres, human trafficking, mass starvation and other forms of humanitarian crisis. According to a 55-page report by the United Nations, the Taliban conducted 15 colossal massacres between 1996 and 2001 in order to consolidate their brutal rule in Afghanistan. Shias were branded as “apostates” and there were organised ethnic cleansing campaigns against the Hazara community where women were raped, and thousands of people were either killed or locked in containers and left to suffocate. Women experienced a terrible form of repression where they were banned from education and employment, and were relegated to perpetually living behind the veil.

The savage Taliban, also termed as the “Holy Warriors” by Imran Khan, even closed down hospitals, and not only thwarted the efforts of aid agencies in providing relief to the Afghan people but also refused to cooperate with the UN led polio immunization campaigns for children.

Let’s look at some pictures to get a real feel of life under the Taliban regime, which the Afghans suffered:

Scenes from the Kabul soccer stadium where spectators once enjoyed watching football games now watch in awe and horror as hangings are carried out in public. – Photo courtesy RAWA

Public executions carried out against the Shiite minority in the province of Herat by the Afghan Taliban. – Photo courtesy RAWA

Tortured war prisoners’ bodies are left in the open to rot as the Taliban forbade their burial in Herat. – Photo courtesy RAWA

Paintings by children of RAWA schools and orphanages in Afghanistan depicting the obscurantist Taliban era. – Photo courtesy RAWA

Female passengers had to travel in trunks of cars like animals because the Taliban forbade taxi drivers to pick women without their close male relatives.– Photo courtesy RAWA

A well-known 90 year old poetess, Aunt Saman Boo who had to resign to begging in Herat due to Taliban aggressions. The old woman carries her published book of poetry with her while roaming the streets in search of a few Afghanis or food.– Photo courtesy RAWA

The Taliban regime proved cataclysmic especially for women who were publicly punished, often, by death. According to the Physicians for Human Rights, no other regime has inflicted such repression on half of its population.– Photo courtesy RAWA

Life under the Taliban as Afghanistan underwent the worst drought in its history.– Photo courtesy RAWA

Scenes from the Yakaolang Massacre carried out by the Taliban where relatives are trying to identify their relatives and loved ones.– Photo courtesy RAWA

Taliban phenomenon was not only confined to Afghanistan, even before 9/11 its tentacles had begun gradually spreading over and taking hold of Pakistan. This Talibanization of Pakistan was predicted in the late nineties by Olivier Roy, William Maley, and especially Ahmed Rashid, who documented in his book (Taliban) that by 1998, Pakistani Taliban groups were forcibly imposing their Sharia laws and consequent punishments in FATA as were implemented in Afghanistan. Similar incidents of Talibanization of Pakistan were also documented by senior journalist, Rahimullah Yousufzai in 1998.

As we have seen above that Imran Khan’s “Holy Warriors” are actually savages and beasts who have not only caused mass devastation in Afghanistan but have also become the ideological foothold of Pakistani Taliban (TTP) that has been killing thousands of Pakistanis in recent years. These Taliban were never accepted as legitimate rulers by the Afghan people and from their beginning were considered Pakistan’s proxies.

Imran also expressed great sympathy for these barbaric criminals in his recent book “Pakistan: A Personal History”.  In chapters 8 (Pakistan Since 9/11) & 9 (The Tribal Areas: Civil War? My Solution), Khan provides a grossly misleading narrative that the Taliban were willing to handover Bin Laden after 9/11 and that the American invasion of Afghanistan was motivated by “Imperial Hubris”. However the book fails to mention that America was in negotiations with Taliban on the Bin Laden issue since 1996 and had pressurized them to hand over Bin Laden through a series of UN resolutions such as 1076, 1193, 1214, 1267, 1333 and 1363. Nevertheless the Taliban defied this pressure as it was never in their interest to hand over Bin Laden since his fighters had played a substantial role along with Pakistani assets in their victory against the Northern Alliance and it was their turn to return the favour to their guests.

Exploring Khan’s claim that Pakistan has been wrong in fighting the American “War on Terror” since it has only brought destruction and disgrace to the nation, this seems another bogus assertion of his, based on highly erroneous information.

Between the years 2002 to 2006, Pakistan’s annual GDP growth was at an average of a whopping 7 per cent as compare to the 3 per cent annual growth in 1999 to 2001. This was made possible, not because Musharraf was some Stalwart, a Warren Buffet, or an economic gold medalist like Manmohan Singh, instead the boom was predominantly facilitated by incentives such as removal of all sanctions, debt rescheduling, waiving of export quota restrictions and greater market share that were offered to Pakistan for its participation in the “War on Terror”. Furthermore the relations with India improved significantly due to immense American pressure, due to which, Pakistan curtailed its support for Kashmiri insurgency.

Indeed after 9/11, Pakistan faced an enormous increase in violence which resulted in 40,000 civilian casualties and an economic cost of around $70 billion but an ample proportion of this staggering cost was also attributable to the Balochistan Conflict and ethnic violence in Karachi which had nothing to do with the War on Terror. In any case, the destruction wrecked by TTP was inevitable, even if Pakistan had not participated in the war on terror, as Pakistanis who were assisting the Afghan Taliban had started various movements even before 9/11 within FATA to implement the same rule which later evolved into the ruthless Pakistani Taliban (TTP). The chickens came home to roost for the country when it fought against terrorism and it paid a regrettable price for nurturing Islamic militants and sustaining them. In doing so, Pakistan lost 5,000 of its security forces. A similar cost was paid by the US in the form of 9/11 attacks after it conveniently left Afghanistan in a dilapidated state which later on morphed into a breeding ground for al Qaeda.

By calling Pakistan’s ‘war on terror’ a mistake, elements such as Imran Khan are an affront to the soldiers (such as Major General Faisal Alvi) who have bravely fought against Al Qaeda and laid down their lives. In fact, the correct approach is to slam the peace deals that Pakistan conducted with militants in FATA post 9/11 which were instrumental in giving militants the necessary breathing space that subsequently gave them the required strategic advantage.

One of the main architects of these deals was General Aurakzai, who not only supported the 1999 Musharraf coup but was also condemned by the UN for his pro Taliban views and by the Pakistani XI Corps Commanders for his inept military operations. Aurakzai has been widely quoted by Imran Khan who is inspired by him in his defence of peace deals. However, it’s very naïve and illogical to blindly follow the narrative of a slippery character like Aurakzai who drew blame on the US for his own lack of competence in leading military operations.

Khan is an ardent promoter of these peace deals and continues to deceive the public by calling these the solution against terrorism and by linking it to the Northern Ireland peace process. He fails to understand that this process was only made possible after the successful “Decommissioning” where the IRA had to surrender its weapons. One can never expect the Taliban and al Qaeda to adopt “Decommissioning” since their ideology and struggle is religiously motivated unlike the IRA conflict. Currently the US is also striving towards similar agreements with Taliban where the latter are required to abandon their weapons and accept Afghan Constitution.

To sum it up Khan’s views on Taliban and his policy of countering terrorism is based on myths and distorted facts which promotes the conspiracy theory culture. His views remain unchallenged by a majority of the Pakistani Youth and media because they themselves are ignorant of history and are mostly the product of the TV Boom of 2003. He further misguides the public by terming the Pakistani Hazara sectarian cleansing as an international conspiracy and refrains from highlighting the link between these ethnic killings and those carried out in Afghanistan by the Afghan Taliban before 9/11. The latest example of his propagandist attitude is the drama he orchestrated about his flight from Toronto to New York during which he was questioned. He made an issue that he was harassed and grilled due to his stance on drones only to be later confirmed by officials that the reason was that the donations he collected were illegal on the visa he was travelling.

In the end, Imran is a ‘Taliban Khan’ not because he wants his people to be slaughtered in soccer stadiums, but because he strategically supports Taliban for two main reasons:

a)    To remain in the good books of a faction of Military establishment that has always viewed Taliban as a proxy and is leading Pakistan into disaster.

b)    To exploit and fuel Anti-Americanism,  the best-selling product in Pakistan and which directly results in keeping a deafening silence on Taliban’s terrorism and instead blaming the ‘War on Terror’ for all the ills befalling Pakistan.

This strategy of Imran Khan can be further evidenced in the absurd claim he made of blaming the War on Terror for the murder of Salman Taseer while conveniently ignoring the murders of those such as Justice Arif Iqbal Bhatti, who have been killed like Salman long before 9/11, only because they defended blasphemy victims.

If Imran Khan really is as daring as he purports to be, he should openly confront and condemn the Taliban leadership by name, which he does not have the courage to do. He should learn a lesson from Malala who defied the Taliban’s ban on education of women.

References: Roy, Olivier, 'Domestic and Regional Implications of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan', 24 April 1999. Syed Saleem Shahzad 2011, Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11. Pakistan: A Personal History by Imran Khan Roy, Olivier, Middle East Report, Winter 1997. Yousufzai, Rahimullah, 'Pakistani Taliban at work', the News, 18 December 1998. Ahmed Rashid: Descent into Chaos 2008 Ahmed Rashid: Taliban, Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia http://www.rawa.org/murder-w.htm http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C11%5C12%5Cstory_12-11-2011_pg3_4 http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Pakistan_gdp_growth_rate.svg&page=1 http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C11%5C12%5Cstory_12-11-2011_pg3_4

The writer is an investigative Counter Terrorism Analyst. He blogs at aacounterterror.wordpress.com and tweets at @Anas_Abbas1.

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

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Comments (276)

November 3, 2012 5:49 pm
article combine all the fantasy conspiracy theories, low intellectuals talk and old pictures whic we saw thousand time and all the information we know for many years . Not IK fan , but he is politician ,like any other politician in the world they only give hope . And let people decide they are agree or not. Please all writers give us something new not the old newspaper.
November 2, 2012 8:04 pm
Apropos to my earlier comments, it is sufficient to take a look at the authors blogs, to judge his loyalties. And mindset. It is one thing to criticize and point out the short comings but quite another to spew out hate filled blogs against everything Pakistani. Also readers may kindly note the conciliatory noises made blindly by the author in support of everything western and dare I say Zionist in his writings. Constructive criticism is one thing, destructive and hateful propaganda another.
Asad Mahmood
November 2, 2012 3:40 pm
I do wonder how reputed organization like Dawn will let such a misinformed article placed on there website. By far I have not seen one article with so much wrong information in it. If the writer wanted to put his -ve thoughts against Imran Khan, he have his blog which we know not much seen or followed. Why Dawn needed to place it on there website is the question ....
November 4, 2012 11:45 am
I believe Dawn knows the mental tendencies of its readers. By publishing such a biased article it has successfully increased in the popularity of IK and PTI.
November 3, 2012 1:11 pm
again ... author has failed to differentiate between TTP and Afghan Taliban. It is evident that Afghan Taliban do not own the activities of TTP. This is the reason, IK has been asking government and the army to differentiate between those two. Recently, Afghan Election Commission has also declared that Afghan Taliban can run their candidate for Presidential Election.
November 3, 2012 1:11 pm
Politically motivated article, instead of blaming govt (or past governments) this guy is trying to put the blame on Imran Khan, what a joke. Even the way the article starts ‘playboy cricketer’, you can tell the hate driven wisdom its going to follow.
November 2, 2012 6:01 pm
I am just waiting to read the MASSIVE flame comments that will surely come from the PTI supporters. Now THAT is pure entertainment!
David M
November 3, 2012 4:04 pm
You have helped strengthen further my belief in Imran Khan and his policies. Thanks for the favor.
November 3, 2012 3:39 pm
Well said sir, indeed on a forensic investigation of the article it has been found to be full of misstatements, distortion of facts and outright lies. What is sad is that Dawn for a little titillation left behind all moral social and legal obligations in printing this.
Cyrus Howell
November 3, 2012 3:39 pm
That's politics.
November 3, 2012 3:43 pm
Quite right the ignorant choose to be that way. If you had used your intelligence to investigate this article further you would have realized how full of lies and rubbish and misleading it is. Truly researched for puerile minds without ability for thought indeed.
Rizwan Rauf
November 2, 2012 1:11 pm
Still IK is better than Nawaz Sharif and so called Bhotto Zardari.
Raoul Ciao
November 2, 2012 2:10 pm
very brave write up.PTI seems to be indeed a TTP front.
November 3, 2012 8:07 pm
It is ironic that you say one must not attack when you have pretty much accused the writer of representing America's interest and not aware of Pakistan's problems. There are a multitude of ways of looking at a country's problems. You may not agree but it is also unfair to discredit someone's point of view.
A Karim
November 2, 2012 1:08 pm
Easy to criticise all without having to provide alternative argument. The author is opinionated and is relying on less than factual published facts. He is mixing apples and oranges by bringing water car and IK. Critcism on IK for giving hope to the nation is shallow.... sorry I dont buy!!
Capt C M Khan
November 3, 2012 8:43 am
It is because of people like you that Talibaan are surving.
November 2, 2012 11:59 pm
Unbelievably opinionated article, betraying clearly the author's intentions. This is not news. Shame on Dawn for having no journalistic integrity. Laughably, one of the referenced article was a website called 911myths.com. The scribe seems to have googled his way to arrive at the conclusion he had already conceived.
November 2, 2012 5:43 pm
So according to the writer, it is the people's gullibility that is responsible for Imran's popularity and his views. What should we do, Anas? Ban the people's gullibility? A totally useless article based on wrong information. I mean Imran never, ever threatened to abduct Abdul Sattar Edhi? How could he? It is very much possible that no one at Dawn read this article.
November 3, 2012 3:29 pm
Which part sir do you find valid? The one about IK detention at Toronto? He was detained and questioned about his views on Drones, not as the author claims on his charity visa. That how the writer makes up stories to suit his views. Any person with any knowledge would know that you cannot transfer funds from the US until it comes through government authorized companies. So to give the impression that IK was going to walk out with cash full of dollars is blatantly misleading. Just one example the article is full of these misrepresentations.
Ali Asmi
November 2, 2012 1:21 pm
What an amazing piece of writing Mr Abbas. You have given me enough reasons to back my arguments in debates with PTI supporters. Thanks
Mohammad Qadri
November 2, 2012 11:25 pm
Thanks to the gullibility of these overseas and domestic followers, Khan has earned the status of a Messiah
November 2, 2012 6:53 pm
This article just NAILED IT. Now when is this going to get published in the urdu newspapers?
November 3, 2012 3:47 pm
I have only two words to say to the writer, 'jealous much'.
November 2, 2012 9:47 pm
I don,t know how much this person knows about Pakistan or Imran Khan, This article sounds like a massive effort to badnam Imran khan and make him look like he supports Taliban.
November 3, 2012 3:23 pm
Yes for sheep, blindly believing whatever is placed before them.
November 3, 2012 3:21 pm
It could have been effective if it was not full of such inaccuracies. Unfortunately there are people who blindly, without using their intelligence read and believe anything which is written. Did you check any of the statements made by this author.? We may or may not agree with IK or NS or AZ, but lets keep everything in perspective. By the way pray which of our politicians is not has not been an establishment proxy? If anyone has been insidious its been this writer with his own agenda for further creating divisions with manipulative lies and distorted facts.
November 3, 2012 3:12 pm
It really is not a question of IK, its a question of credibility if the author, the article and Dawn printing such rubbish that it is beyond incredulous. This article is written by a someone with an agenda and IK is just the scapegoat. Even a cursory glance would tell the most naive observer that this article is full of inaccuracies and manipulated facts, and between the lines an anti Pakistan diatribe. I am not a conspiracy theorist but this I believe to be one.
Cyrus Howell
November 3, 2012 3:11 pm
Don't play the fool.
November 4, 2012 12:07 pm
Don't forget the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations, he was clearly responsible for them too. I don't care if he was born then or not. Guilty as charged,.
November 3, 2012 8:02 pm
Perhaps the writer Anas is creating a confusion by connecting the facts wrongly to a person who primarily talks to curb prevailing chaos and corruption n the country --- in essence what is wrong about that ??? . In fact the the esteemed writer has twisted facts and created lies.
November 3, 2012 8:03 pm
I was neutral about Imran Khan then went to a jalsa of his...I went from being neutral to thinking he is without any backbone. This article presents the cold hard truth about Imran Khan and we need to have all the information as opposed to believing rhetoric as to whether he is the one who can lead our country or not. Even I found what he preached totally utopian and unrealistic given the political environment. And I have no agenda, in fact, wish only well for Pakistan. Do I think Imran Khan can deliver - no. Please let facts, and not sentiment determine what you believe in.
Ash Khan
November 3, 2012 12:12 am
When will Pakistan learn that Talibans are their real enimies?
dum dum
November 3, 2012 7:55 pm
LOLZZZZ....good one Z.....Global Warming is also an evil doing of Imran Khan....the writer got his research from the la la land. Shame on Dawn for publishing such a bias article....
November 2, 2012 11:31 pm
who is expected to transform Pakistan to the ‘Norway of Europe’ is there any other Norway somewhere outside of Europe? or did you mean Norway of Asia?
November 2, 2012 1:08 pm
Wow, one of the hardest hitting pieces of journalism I have ever seen anywhere in the world. The research into this is both comprehensive and staggering, in it's complexity. Anas Abbas you should be proud to call yourself a journalist.... Incredible!!! Elbony Australia
November 2, 2012 1:34 pm
Why do we forget that 100 years ago, we were not in this world and 100 years from now, we will not be in this world. For money and power, we sell our soul to devil. May God guide us to the right path. Ameen!
November 2, 2012 1:08 pm
Sorry but I do not agree with your conclusion.....
November 2, 2012 2:44 pm
Thank you Anas Abbas for an insightful article. May you live long and in peace.
November 3, 2012 3:14 am
Excellent analysis!
November 2, 2012 3:58 pm
imran khan is true hope for better pakistan we support you mr khan
Fahim Mirza
November 3, 2012 7:35 pm
Again very disappointed with dawn to allow this type of article to publish in their newspaper. I always disliked Taliban and agreed with the history you presented but I have also seen that years of US and Pakistani effort to control their terror with terror only helped increased their numbers many fold. The more you kill them the more supporters you create for them but when you take away their narrative and offer a different platform to people,you can defeat them without bloodshed and relatively quickly and without collateral damage. It is a war of hearts and mind. I have also read "Taliban" book you referred and believe the real hard core Taliban are far and few. The vast majority of the people associated with them are those people who are looking for a change and a better life. The more we try to crush them the more we are playing in the hands of Taliban. This is exactly what those thugs want. You accuse Imran Khan Play Boy on one hand and Taliban Khan on the other. These are two different extremes. His work, plans and speeches prove that he his focused on applied religion that build schools instead of those who burn schools. His approach is very strategic and his last name give him the advantage to pull innocent people out from the trap of Taliban net. He can offers a political solution that no one else can give. I believe Imran Khan wants to eliminate all sort of extremism from the society and he have the courage and political maturity gain over the years to deliver the result. Please don't take this opportunity away from the Pakistani people and don't think we sitting abroad are so naive. Fahim Mirza New Jersey USA
Tariq Ahamd
November 3, 2012 1:59 am
Finally someone that makes sense. Imran Khan makes up more things than even an actor, his followers claim that by getting everyone in Pakistan to pay taxes they will not need foreign aid, the fact is Pakistan balance of payments has nothing to do with taxes, rather it exports less than it imports, so the governments borrow just to get the imports, his followers cannot answer any questions. Just like Mosri in Egypt who promised a lot and later asked the US for funds just to make payroll. Maybe the best solution is to let Imran Khan win and let him drown in his own lies
Raja Farhat Abbas
November 3, 2012 2:02 pm
dear sarah,i share your sentiments,.I'm shocked and disgusted by this article aganist Imran Khan..Long live Imran Khan,.
November 3, 2012 2:06 pm
A very well researched and presented article. Thanks for the effort. We need to bring rationality back into the pakistani society.
November 3, 2012 2:07 pm
No the writer does not seem to be averse to Ik but to his ineptness bordering on cowardice in condemning taliban despite their atrocious behaviours and brutalities.
November 3, 2012 2:19 pm
I agree that the Taliban have ruthlessly committed atrocities against thousands of muslims, and especially Shias. And I would like to see them gone just as much as most other peace-loving Pakistanis would. What you are alluding to in your article will lead to more killings on both sides. Imran Khan's approach in fact seems most rational because it involves the changing of the mindset of the majority of the Taliban thereby marginalizing and sidelining the few hardlined leaders.
Cyrus Howell
November 3, 2012 2:20 pm
IK thinks he is using the Taliban. The Taliban believe he is their pawn. Khan probably thinks he can rid Pakistan of them later, or a miracle will happen and they will see the light - the dream of peace on earth.
November 3, 2012 2:27 pm
I was an IK supporter but now By knowing the reality I will vote noble (Shareef) people so that they will do some more nuclear tests increase the defense budget and invest in missile programs so that our internal and external enemies can be scared and peace will be brought back in the country. Zardar will be my next option.
Cyrus Howell
November 3, 2012 2:28 pm
(Photo) "Scenes from the Kabul soccer stadium where spectators once enjoyed watching football games now watch in awe and horror as hangings are carried out in public. – Photo courtesy RAWA" . Why at the football stadium where people could attend en mass? It sends a simple, forceful message - "This could be you."
Ye Z
November 5, 2012 10:19 am
Your comment is not supported by facts. Here's a quote directly from Wikipedia: "The annual death toll from terrorist attacks has risen from 164 in 2003 to 3318 in 2009, with a total of 35,000 Pakistanis killed as of 2010. According to the government of Pakistan, the direct and indirect economic costs of terrorism from 2000-2010 total $68 billion." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_in_Pakistan). After reading this article in conjunction with the one at (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_Terrorism), it becomes evident that Pakistanis became victims of terrorism post-9/11. My conclusion: Imran Khan's assessment and solution of Pakistan's problems, are right on target.
Cyrus Howell
November 3, 2012 2:38 pm
"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it." -- H.L. Mencken
November 3, 2012 2:57 pm
Has Dawn asked the question who this gentleman is ? What institution he represents? Who or what organisation appointed him a counter terrorism expert? Does Dawn fact check before giving these people the space to foster their insidious agenda on the public at large? Did anyone at Dawn fact check this article before allowing it to go to print? Are you interested in becoming a rag only interested in circulation numbers, without any social moral or legal responsibility. There is something called journalistic ethics, something for your editors to ponder over. Think before publishing such inflammatory and obviously deviously mischievous articles, fior the sake of your own credibility. Which in my humble eyes is plummeting fast. May the honorable founders of Dawn rest in peace.
Cyrus Howell
November 3, 2012 2:54 pm
That is usually the way it is.
Cyrus Howell
November 3, 2012 2:55 pm
May you live long and prosper. Spock
November 3, 2012 3:02 pm
Which part is well researched sir? Did you try and research his research? If you had you would have found that it is full of lies and distortions. Humble suggestion don't believe everything you read, try and use the brain God have in his infinite generosity has decided to give to. Mysterious are his ways.
November 3, 2012 3:03 pm
Thank you, does not say much for Dawn and its credibility.
November 3, 2012 7:10 pm
A poorly written article. The huge amount of links and images make it very difficult to read. Also the author seems to have veered off from writing about Imran Khan to writing about how much he hates the Taliban.
November 3, 2012 7:13 am
Afghanistan was persistently hostile against Pakistan, North. Alliance is supportive of pakistan's opponents through out the history and they are not ready to compromise, a neutral approach of North. Alliance will be a ice breaking factor to put an end to all this circus, We are Pakistanis, we have to take care of our own interests first, keeping that in mind, we need a friendly Afghan Gov, otherwise Taliban will play an important role in this region, We support Imran Khan and his stance on it. Pakistan Taliban will be for sure restricted, Once the power deal is done in Afghanistan. During the Afghan war attrocities were comitted by each and every side, you should quote them for both sides, that country has divided on ethnic, sectarian lines long before the Taliban, the hate for local Hazara for what soever reasons is more then century old. So please in future do well reasearch and be more patriot. Imran khan, Pakistan Army Zindabad.
November 2, 2012 7:10 pm
A hotch potch article.
November 2, 2012 12:57 pm
what to comment. Pakistan is doomed as ever along with the religious ideology it follows...world's cancer that has to be extirpated.
Ye Z
November 3, 2012 10:42 am
Impressive retort .. mature analysis.
November 4, 2012 12:30 pm
Very brave..uuh or verybiased??
November 4, 2012 9:09 am
This article makes lots of statement without any proof. how can the writer claim that khan wants people killed in a stadium whereas he is the first poltitician who openly demands stop on drones and said so to the yankees on their face.
November 3, 2012 1:09 pm
I see 8 thumbsups... sure not from Pakistanis... I see most of the comments against IK comming from non-Pakistanis...
November 2, 2012 4:38 pm
IK condemned the TTP by name after it claimed responsibility for shooting malala. The author needs to go back to the drawing board.
November 2, 2012 5:50 pm
Well done sir, at least you are honest by showing how much you hate Imran Khan. But between you and me these type of cheap articles will not change anything keep wasting your time.
November 4, 2012 10:55 am
Taliban Khan will only lead this nation to the dark ages, if we are not there already. Take a look at next door Afghanistan people, especially the period during the Taliban's rule.
November 4, 2012 12:11 pm
Pack of lies! Why would IK threaten Edhi? Totally concocted story.
November 3, 2012 12:37 pm
Yeah like the current 'brave' government officials are leading it to the path of prosperity. Hypocritical nature of Pakistanis who have been electing thugs to power now nit picking every action of IK never seizes to amaze me. Only if they scrutinize the real offenders this much.
November 2, 2012 9:05 pm
I am sorry to say that most of your pictures/ stories are fabricated and you call yourself an investigative journalist. Let me clarify I have no sympathies for Taliban, but what you have written is pretty gross.
November 3, 2012 12:30 pm
Saeedoo, please know that blue terms are hyperlinks. You can go to these by clicking on each and find reference material. Sorry that hyperlinks annoyed you.
November 3, 2012 5:04 am
Everything is explicit and clear to a a normal human being except to a closed brained and opportunist known as Imran Khan.
Saad Iqbal
November 2, 2012 2:01 pm
Does Dawn News even reviews these blogs before allowing to post them? and you cant run away with the lines ""not reflect views and policies" because it is on your official website so take ownership. when can accept the views but the kind of tone and choice of words is highly condemnable. I request to review this post and if it deserves to be featured on Dawn News, otherwise it raises a big question over the Quality of literature posted on Dawn.
November 2, 2012 11:30 pm
So anyone who wants to deal with this menace in other ways than counter voilence is a Taliban supporter? If your loved one was the next victim of Taliban (God forbid) and if I told you that negotiations may save him, would you not try?
iqbal Khan
November 2, 2012 12:56 pm
......and Imran Khan wants to talk to them.
adam memon
November 2, 2012 2:25 pm
May Allah make all muslim highly educated and full of knowledge.Fight with brain.Only stregnth will not work.
November 2, 2012 6:41 pm
All those doing propaganda against khan will not succeed.. i advice people not to even read this article as even the references given in the bold letters are not authentic. how can people just throw things at someone who doesnt have any link with it and still live with themselves.
November 3, 2012 6:17 pm
Only person who can defeat Taliban is IK, vote for him and it is confused individuals like Zeeshan who are part of the problem and can't think with a clear head.
November 2, 2012 8:59 pm
Bravo ! Great work Anas Abass. Hats off for Dawn Group too sparing space for the truth.
November 2, 2012 4:37 pm
One must be balanced in his writing... the above article is biased piece ... I am not activist of PTI but such biased material must be criticized by everyone.
November 3, 2012 10:12 am
Why people turn their guns towards Imran for the talibanisation. It was Benezir in her time who supported Taliban and Nawaz sharif continue to support Taliban.. if you say imran has no courrage to say the truth, then where have you heared that NS say something about Taliban.. Hailing from the troubled region, i can better assess the situation than someone sitting in drawing rooms and making the analysis.. i 200 % agree with Imran Vision and the only way to solve this problem.
Baber Khan
November 4, 2012 9:56 am
A well researched article, indeed! The poor guy doesn't even know that two of the pictures he has used here are from a fake vedio made by the US government for propaganda purposes during its war against Taliban!
qayyum khan
November 3, 2012 6:08 am
the writer is not beaware of real problems facing by Pakistan.He researched only on the basis of american intrest.every nations have diferent people who think differently to eachother but does not mean who think wrong must be attacked.But i think ,dialouge and teaching is best way to socialize them.
Ali Malik
November 2, 2012 3:54 pm
Dont know how writers like this can get publication space. Coward
November 3, 2012 12:42 pm
But... I still prefer Imran over Nawaz, Zaradari and the rest of them
November 2, 2012 3:51 pm
It would be remarkable if these photos of taliban are compared sidebyside with Abugharib and gitmos photos of Americans.do you see any difference. Also add pictures of Vietnam War and second world war pics and native Americans pictures
November 2, 2012 9:14 pm
The best article i have read on here in a long time, Thank you for your insight and looking at the situation from a different prospective, to be honest i hate all the political parties of Pakistan and i will not bother voting next year, i was some what leaning on the idea of voting for Imran Khan but after following his comments and attitude towards the taliban and extremist i have changed my mind, he didn't even outright condemn the taliban for the attack on Malala, there's no hope left for Pakistan....
November 3, 2012 6:11 am
The highlighted parts are hyperlinks! That's why they are bold. Scroll over them and you'll understand.
Stop ignorance
November 2, 2012 3:35 pm
Excellent piece. Very factual and to the point. Need more honest, unbiased and courageous journalism. I support ik on issues like corruption and good governance but when it comes to his assessment of civil war with the savage Taliban I doubt his grasp of the threat these animals pose to society and civilization. He has to accept tht the only way to deal with these beasts is to eradicate them and to talk with them. You can't argue or negotiate with them.
November 2, 2012 3:37 pm
Very well documented article except that the last time I checked Norway was still in Europe. I suspect you meant Norway of Asia.
November 3, 2012 12:17 pm
What offenses, he hasn't formed a govt yet. The only people responsible are those that are running the state from the past 30-40 years, PPP, PML(N) and MQM
November 3, 2012 3:24 pm
Sid you ever bother to check the facts? Just google the UN resolutions and you will see how ,manipulative this writer has been.
November 3, 2012 10:28 pm
You are swayed very easily. I don't believe either that Imran is a Messiah, but looking at the facts around you, with US leaving Afghanistan by 2014, we know for a fact that this war is un winnable. Pakistan is the on that will be left to foot the bill and thousands of refugees and insurgencies across the nation. We can't win this war with guns, negotiation is the only way. Imran has never said, as the writer assumes that these Taliban are "Holy Warriors", thats a concocted theory. What he has said repeatedly is to not label all Pashtun as Taliban, and separate the "fighting taliban" from the resident "Taliban". I don't agree with Imran when he says he can weed out corruption in 90 days either. But compared to Nawaz and Zardari, I do believe he is the main guy for the job. He is educated, articulate, has pride in being a Pakistani and the willingness to stand up for Pakistan.
November 4, 2012 12:28 pm
And the pics of drone strike victims
November 2, 2012 1:58 pm
That is very nobel of Mr. Khan. The dilema I face is when will people learn to start changing themselves, if we all just start concentrating on yourselves then as a nataion we will all improve. The irony is everyone wants the others, or the Govt. to change but no themselves. Where do all our people in government come from - from among us and they are our reps. so let's stop blaming others until we work on ourselves.
November 4, 2012 11:56 am
may be there is a bias approach in this article according to some friends, but there are definit concerns on imran aproach towards taaliban and terorism...terorism and sectarinism in pakistan started from 1980s after the so called afghan jihad and linking all this to amercan terrorism war is not a reality.
November 2, 2012 8:15 pm
Agree with the writer. Just wondering if Imran becomes the PM, does it mean all of Pakistan will be under Taliban? Will he have to start growing beard?
November 3, 2012 5:37 pm
IK is opportunist without any intellectual background. He neither has political insight nor he can deal with different realities of various cultures of Pakistan. I see his target is to capture KP because of his Khan identity. He is no political brain. I quote his words during Ghotki( near Sukkur sindh) Jalsa where he was raising voice against Drones attack in Pakistan. At that time i knew that he is talking a complete non-sense in front of rural sindhis whose issues and demands are different than rest of Pakistan. If he cannot know the requirement of each part of Pakistan how he can be a true Pakistani leader. He will prove a complete disaster for Pakistan. Coming election will show how a common Pakistani will show more political sense than IK , who is chief of one political party.
November 2, 2012 9:28 pm
The facts most of the trolls don't want to listen or understand.
November 2, 2012 10:04 pm
One master piece of information, one great summary. It tells us why Pakistanis love Taliban more than Afghans.
November 2, 2012 2:04 pm
An eye opener article.
Zia Rehman
November 2, 2012 2:04 pm
Just shear nonsense. This type of article should never have been published to malign the only clean politician, Imran Khan.
November 2, 2012 10:17 pm
Federal aur provincial governments ki corruption, governancer kay issues chor ker sab Imran khan kay peechay kyn par jatay jo kabhi power mein aya he nai, na anay kay bawajood uski her important issue pr policy tiyar hai
November 2, 2012 1:10 pm
A food for thought for those who are still in control of their senses.
Zulfi Haq
November 2, 2012 10:21 pm
Can this be translated to Urdu, distributed to every mosque and the imam forced to read this out using loud speakers during the Friday "Prayers". Then there will be hope for this "land of the Pure".
November 2, 2012 10:25 pm
It would be eye opening if pictures of taliban brutality and Abugharib and gitmos photos are compared.Is there any difference
Julie C
November 3, 2012 4:46 pm
You can demonize Imran Khan all you want, but he is THE ONLY ONE who has the credentials to lead Pakistan.
November 2, 2012 1:58 pm
Imran Khan is simply engaging in the same right-wing politics as Mullah parties and PML-N : win votes based on mixing religion and anti-something (Anti-US, Anti-India, Anti-West, Anti-USSR etc) and then enjoy your years in power. Pakistani public is politically naive and easily fooled.
Logical thinker
November 2, 2012 2:57 pm
A nicely written and well researched article to refresh the memories of all those who are blindly following PTI or TTP.
November 3, 2012 4:39 am
Great article, perhaps one of the best I've read on Dawn. The author is correct, Khan does not have the courage to speak the truth. If elected he will lead Pakistan down a path of ruin.
Israr Khan IsmailZai.
November 3, 2012 1:44 am
So what other options, Mr. Writer, Pakistan has??? Nawaz Sharif or Zardari??? Imran might not be the best option but he is a better one. Atleast give him a chance, funny thing is that the people that have looted this country time after time, i would like to know how many articles have you written about them??? Please have mercy on Pakistan and its people and stop the propaganda against Imran.
Ram Sekhar
November 4, 2012 5:31 am
Great article! Heavy reading. Loaded with dense matter in every sentence and multiple references that buttress the author's claims. Kudos!
November 2, 2012 4:03 pm
Nice Analysis. Thanks Dawn for publishing this bold piece.
November 2, 2012 1:26 pm
Fanatics can't be stopped through emotional suggestions or by force but with lots of efforts and best strategy as Mr Khan has adopted........keep calm and wait for his turn because every thing else has been tried and tested since the beginning of the war on terror.
November 3, 2012 2:34 am
This articul raises lots of issues. Is IK playing games? If he gets elected how will he face the music? What will be future of pak?
MJ Siddiqui
November 4, 2012 7:16 am
Although I agree that Imran is not the solution for Pakistan's problems, the author misconstrued the facts a bit to demonize the Taliban. The container incident that he talks about has been well documented and the people who were suffocated and killed were actually Taliban not the other way around. When writing such articles one must not get carried away to prove their point .... I am no sympathizer of the Taliban but would still expect the writer to remain impartial.
nasir khan
November 4, 2012 8:08 am
I am a supporter of Imran Khan but i really get upset by the abusive comments of PTI supprters which shows either the frustration or shows that they are no different than rest of the crowd. I know Imran Khan cannot change the nation in days or months and he knows it well but as this nation was fooled by Bhutto with ROTI,KAPRA aur Makan,they will be fooled again and again. our problems are low literacy rate,overspending on defence, population explosion,corruption at every level and the false belief that we are the best of the Muslims (we are the best hippocrates) Imran Khan latest tilt to the right and his stance on Malala issue is disappointing.
November 4, 2012 6:58 am
How about the interview by A. Sattar Edhi in which he claims to be threaten by Imram Khan and Hamid Gul. Mr. Edhi is the only living angel in Pakistan, shame on you IK.
Bilawal Khoso
November 4, 2012 6:50 am
A well researched article educating Pakistanis about their Last HOPE. Thank you for the effort. PEople should know who they are voting for and why? PS: Don't expect any intellectual answer by PTI. They will end up abusing and getting personal.
November 4, 2012 6:33 am
To the author: wow! you really hate IK, don't you? so much hatred. But no worries, elect zardari one more time.
November 4, 2012 6:26 am
How does Dawn get such writers? Rather than a neutral article, this "writer" has an obvious blind bias against IK. I cannot see how any educated Pakistani can vote for PPP or PML-N. IK is the only viable option right now, and almost everything he says makes sense, you can take anyone's comments out of context and construe it however you want to. Under PPP and PML the country has gone from bad to worse.
November 4, 2012 6:23 am
The author has put a lot of effort in making the case that Imran Khan is the root of all evil. I am surprised he has not put the dastardly assault on NY by Hurricane Sandy at Imran Khan's doorstep. Writing such long diatribes has to be full-time job. What does this author do for a living? Who pays his bills? Surely nobody is paying him for his objectivity. Even if one was to take his thesis at face value, what is he suggesting? Continue with Zardari, or switch to Nawaz Sharif? That is not even funny. What do these two worthies have to do to become completely discredited in the the author's eyes? Is there anything left? Even the author cannot honestly dispute that compared to these two, IK has far credibility and integrity. Despite this this author, and any others use this newspaper's masthead as a pulpit for partisan politics devoid of principle. It is increasingly difficult to regard this publication to be the journal of public record.
November 4, 2012 6:17 am
when i saw the pie chart with ppp colours..i stopped reading.. this article has a lot of factual mistakes.. the writer has said the opposite of ahmed rashid..
November 4, 2012 6:10 am
This article is so full of distortions..
November 4, 2012 6:10 am
Oh so I realize it now that Imran Khan is the culprit behind all these problems to Pakistan. He is such a bad boy. We know he is not in power but still he manages to do all this to Pakistan. Very naughty indeed
Tariq K Sami
November 3, 2012 10:43 pm
So what's your solution dear Mr Anas Abbas ? Also what solution have Nawaz Sherrif or Asif Zardari offered.
November 4, 2012 6:04 am
Very good article. So maybe I should vote for Zardari or Nawaz, again?
Adil Jadoon
November 4, 2012 5:48 am
What rubbish. Are you telling us that he is a Taliban sympathizer? The war in Afghanistan is not our war, he war against the criminals in the tribal areas is our war. learn to make the distinction. He is no Messiah but at least he talks about our issues and is not corrupt. If you have some one better lets have him!!!
asim kaleem khan
November 3, 2012 2:37 am
It would have been an impressive effort only if you have worked that much hard on giving us the solution to this particular problem rather than proving Imran Khan wrong.
November 3, 2012 2:45 am
Interesting, valid points.
November 4, 2012 5:43 am
Imran Hassan
November 4, 2012 5:43 am
Writer seems to be supporting "so called" WAR agaisnt terror. Can he tel us the useful outcome to WAR imposed on IRAQ and AFG? The massacre and rapes carried out by US military are much higher. If US is peace contractor of the world, why US does not go to Palestine and Kashmir? Can this writer say something about US policy against muslim countries? A total biased product against IK. Havoc by the writer
November 3, 2012 10:49 pm
People, there is clearly a well-coordinated move in various media to pin PTI as Taliban supporters to keep the current lot of plunderers, crooks and murderers in power. Did Imran create Taliban, Al Qaeda,, Jaish, Lashkar etc? We all know who did and under whose rule. You may not agree with Imran' s opinions but to end violence he is only offering an alternative approach to what has not not worked for 8 years. Show some liberal tolerance and engage in debate not disinformation. This so called analyst would have us believe Imran wants to bring Taliban rule. That would be a bad political call on his part as we all know 99 percent Pakistanis wouldn't want that. Is Imran such an idiot? He attended Oxford, remember, and studied politics. This is clearly a politically sponsored write up for electoral objectives and I am surprised some readers endorse the views in it.
November 2, 2012 3:05 pm
Mr Anas, I respect and share your opinions. However, I must ask what is the need for having every second phrase highlighted in your article. Your article must be able to stand on its own using the weight of facts, figures, and clearly stated opinions based on these facts. What is the point of having every second phrase in your article printed in bold? I found it to be very annoying.
November 4, 2012 4:44 am
These people had invented there own Islam.
November 4, 2012 4:44 am
dear shireen....ever heard of Stockholm syndrome?
November 4, 2012 4:22 am
Zardari & Nawaz Sharif is better then Imran Khan. pakistan is governed beautifully, Imran Khan is the culprit for all this mess. Thanks Author you open my eyes, Imran Khan is giving hope , & giving hope is bad. IK is honest man , created hospital & university, gave world cup, creating 3 rd Political force, which is bad . Thanks Author for all hep to open the eyes .
November 4, 2012 4:11 am
Why not grow up. Get rid of the hate and envy. Stop making up stuff, half truths, innuendos, and outright lies. Allow Pakistan a chance to get out of this mess, and thrive again. Become equal among equals. Vote: The Great Khan.
November 4, 2012 4:05 am
so u want to bring those crooks again n take pakistan to stone age
November 4, 2012 3:49 am
Sure if you have limited knowledge and no insight!
Firdous Naqvi
November 4, 2012 3:42 am
I am surprised at the naivety of the article that the author does not mention that this war on terror has been going on for more than a decade and those in power have failed to resolve the issue and bring peace to Pakistan which is essential for progress. If somebody has a better idea than Imran why do they not come out with it, The americans will talk to Taliban but we should not. Do people know that Benazir was the one who installed Taliban in Afghanistan. Unfortunately we do not discuss solutions we only comment.
November 4, 2012 3:03 am
A biased article on Imran Khan. Making it look like Taliban are headed by Imran.
Liaqat Yousufzai
November 4, 2012 6:32 am
i am shocked to see some comments saying and praising the writer for his analysis.. what we Pakistani (still enough) don't understand is the reasoning skills that are required to analyze any given scenario... my simple question from all those who says " excellent anallysis" is that what is the correlation of this taliban mess with Imran Khan... secondly, we have another bad habit, if a data is presented with an excel chart and pie chart, we think of it an excellent analysis.. and lastly, in Pakistani media both print and electronic, some people have habit to criticize Imran Khan for becoming popular..
November 3, 2012 10:33 pm
What has happened to Imran Khan he started off well and nose dived,get a grip man.
November 4, 2012 2:57 am
Well said...this is the truth!
November 4, 2012 2:58 am
November 2, 2012 3:10 pm
good piece - don't agree with all but its important to see both sides of the story and the evidence is compelling.
November 4, 2012 2:53 am
Excellent observation....thanks .
November 4, 2012 2:56 am
Well said ...totally biased and engineered article!
November 4, 2012 2:51 am
It is not rational anywhere!
November 4, 2012 1:40 am
I'm amazed that people can't see through him. I'm not a fan of Imran Khan, but I do have enough sense to make out when someone has lost it. Ironically, the comments below show this article's "analysis", is also a "last hope" for people who cannot think for themselves. Congratulating the aforementioned article as if it were a success, is foolish. It is quite evident that this guy as an agenda. Dawn should report more and leave the analysis to the people and not allow meth-addicts to post articles. Anas Abbas is becoming to Dawn what Bill Oreilly is to Fox News.
November 4, 2012 1:39 am
A very well researched piece writer should be commended for arduous and painstakingly detailed work. but what do i care, i'm sheedabystander with ridiculously miniscule IQ and even smaller attention span. my logic is skewed, Imran khan is my hero, Malala is amreeqi agent, Women have no business in school,Drones are violation of our sovereignty and foreign terrorists who have occupied FATA for years are not. 9/11 was staged by CIA to implicate Osama bin laden....
November 4, 2012 1:04 am
You ought to read more articles in Dawn then, there have been much better ones. This is a biased op-ed, which has its own place, but it's not truly analytical, I applaud the effort though.
November 4, 2012 1:02 am
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA Is this a joke please tell me its april fools day. I have never seen such reliable links like facebook and wikipedia used in an article but you sir accomplished it in a supreme manner. As expected by pretty much every media outlet not asking these questions to the people who are in POWER but the guy sitting on the sidelines. Its like...like... I don't know never in the history of the world has it happened. Did Imran spat on you or something that you have a vendetta against him. All of you points are old talking points that can be debunked in a matter of minutes but the sheep below will always be remarking this joke of an artcicle as "insightful" enjoy your fifteen minutes of fame bashing imran is the express way to it.
November 4, 2012 12:41 am
I'm not sure why this is a feature article, it seems more like an op-ed. It is an unbalanced, rather biased article, presenting only one side of the coin. It is great to be critical of our leaders, that is what makes a great democracy, but you have to present both positives and negatives. Yes, IK's policy towards the Taliban is flawed and he must explain his "peace" approach in more detail, perhaps he will ask them to lay down their weapons, much like the IRA, a dispute which did have some basis in religion. Moreover, by continuously referring to IK as a playboy cricketer, you continue to attack the personal character rather than the politics of the man, showing your journalistic bias, which would be fine, if this was an opinion piece rather than a report by an "analyst". I do not like Zardari and co. for their corruption, nepotism, record on the economy or lack of resolve on foreign policy, but I appreciate their efforts in strengthening democracy and reducing the influence of the army in politics. Present both sides my friend, then you're doing us a service as a journalist and as a newspaper.
Bakhtawer Bilal
November 4, 2012 12:32 am
It is ok to attach the baggage of past to all politicians, when it is done with Imran, then it is hate driven!
Noon NJ US
November 4, 2012 12:28 am
STOP WORSHIPPING THE MAN, think with your brains and try to counter the writers arguments with logic/proof rather than being disgusted!!!!
November 4, 2012 12:12 am
Where is the UNLIKE button? My vote is all for Imran khan, what does this Anas guy wants us to do? Vote for Zardari and his platoon of corrupt politicians who spend all of public budget in election campaigns and then forget and then ask for more! Long live Imran Khan and may Allah protect Pakistan and it prospers again InshaAllah
November 3, 2012 11:38 pm
This article is one-sided and full of nonsense. Just because Imran Khan has a different point of view, it does not give anyone the right to tie Imran Khan to all the ills by Talibans. I think Dawn has stooped to the lowest level by publishing this article.
November 3, 2012 11:34 pm
Bias-ridden article. Irrespective of writer's analysis, there is no doubt that Imram Khan is making sincere efforts to rid Pakistan of the corrupt system and has no hidden agenda. Those casting doubts on Imran Khan's good intentions are doing him a grave injustice. Long live Imran Khan.
November 3, 2012 11:09 pm
The solution obviously is to get rid of the Taliban and their supporters such as Taliban khan. It was so difficult to understand!
November 3, 2012 11:03 pm
How can Dawn allow this ill researched article full of incorrect quotes be allowed here. There is no journalistic integrity left in this world.
November 3, 2012 10:59 pm
Shayan go to the PTI website and read their doctrine for answers not this article if you want to be better informed and want to vote with a clear heart
November 3, 2012 10:58 pm
Sometimes Ignorance is a bliss.
November 3, 2012 10:53 pm
PTI is not pro Taliban. If you belive that based on this article then I pitty your ignorance and lack of vision. Educate yourself better. Go to the PTI website and read their doctrine.
November 3, 2012 10:19 pm
We have crooks, murderers, plunderers ruling us .Have never seen such vitriol in Dawn poured over them. Imran may have his fair share of human faults, but this kind of poison? At whose behest, one wonders? Just does not seem honest.
November 3, 2012 10:16 pm
Fantastic article. Very well researched and written.
November 3, 2012 9:50 pm
I don't disagree with your view. I just disagree with your evidence. Its as faible as it gets. And quiet honestly I don't want to vote for Imran Khan not because he's Taliban Khan (which I don't believe, I just think he's a bit of a coward), but because he has weak policies. However, at the end of the day, i will still vote for Imran Khan. The others have had their chances and they blew it. You raise the topic of 'last hope'. If there's no path to follow but the path of 'last hope' then where else must we go? Better something than nothing no? You didn't state a solution. State a solution!
November 3, 2012 9:43 pm
.I am a shia and I do not suppor Imran Khan because he associates with JI and the Mullas. He is very passionate about drone victims , can he March against the Taliban for their atrocities against the Hazaras?
November 3, 2012 6:30 pm
very well written. detailed synthesis. one of the rare pieces where journalism and academic integrity coincide, as proven by the references below :)
November 3, 2012 6:31 pm
can you share few pics of Guantanamo be
Zeeshan Rasool
November 3, 2012 6:31 pm
I salute you for your research, jaw-dropping facts, and an eye-opening article. It would be nice to propose a solution in addition to your 'hawaye firing' of words.
November 3, 2012 9:41 pm
I can't tell if you're serious or just making a satirical comment. :/
November 3, 2012 9:25 pm
I never come across such an absurd piece of writing. Another Imran bashing, Dawn should do a better job of selecting at least an average calibre of writers.
November 3, 2012 9:11 pm
Nothing but yellow journalism.
November 3, 2012 9:10 pm
Sorry to bust your bubble,but neither well written, nor based on facts and hence illogical. One must shy away from extremists including those like the author. Tired of correcting all the mome who fall for such irresponsible and reprehensible writings by dishonest and dishonorable authors who twist and manipulate facts for their own insidious agenda.
David M
November 3, 2012 9:01 pm
Best example of yellow journalism!
November 3, 2012 9:03 pm
Absolute hogwash!
November 3, 2012 8:48 pm
he is Pakistan's only chance. analyse all you want in whatever way you want just prove any of our former presidents better than him.
November 3, 2012 8:46 pm
Don't understand what you mean by Troll? I doubt if you do either so it's quite pointless to argue the case on logic.
Ashraf Bugti
November 3, 2012 8:21 pm
This is worng and biased article. Imran Khan is the answer to the Pakistan problem. I am a Pushtun and I know what Imran Khan is saying. No body understand Afghan problem currently then Imran Khan. My and other Pushtuns and Baluchis votes will be for Imran Khan and PTI not for Zardari or MQM. ZINDABAD IMRAN KHAN AND PTI.
November 2, 2012 9:18 pm
Thanks Anas for providing a well written article based on facts and logical arguments and showing why one must shy away from those who are supporting the extremists.
dum dum
November 3, 2012 8:20 pm
completely agree...most of these foreign correspondents and article writers (even the writer himself) have never been to the tribal areas, they have not even an iota of understanding of the beliefs, culture and history of these areas. All they do is read a couple of books and call themselves experts. All I see in this article is complaining and wining but no real solution to the problem. Well as a matter of fact, none of these so called experts have given a sane solution to this endless war. All they want is more war and opening of new fronts. How convenient for is it for the writer to show pictures of Taliban executing civilians, I dare him to show pictures of the thousands of innocent children and women who have been killed (continue to die) in the tribal areas as the collateral damage of drone strikes and other bombardment. I bet the writer will not be able to a) because these pictures are never taken and/or published b) the writer and the people following his school of thought, may not care about these innocent children and women dying every day. I am not at all siding with the TTP, I am just looking at this conflict as a humanist and as a concern Pakistani. If the writer and his band of misfit western writer thinks that Taliban are a bunch of cruel angry men killing innocent civilians (which they maybe are), then how are drone strikes and aerial bombardment any less barbaric? I challenge the writer let us know how his brilliant plan of winning the war against TTP? The world's sole superpower tried using their military power but failed. NATO tired their military power but failed as well. And now they are both in the favor of negotiating with the TTP. Imran Khan is the only politician who not only knows the tribal areas (where TTP stems from) but also has a solution for ending this war once and for all. Hate him all you want, but at the end of the day, he is the only one who can bring this to an end.
Agha Ata (USA)
November 2, 2012 1:09 pm
Imran Khan would be closer to being the best leader in Pakistan only, if he stops being infatuated with Taliban..
Ali Shah
November 2, 2012 1:52 pm
I stopped reading the article when the writer gave the link for Imran Khan's threat to Abdul Sattar Edhi to have him abducted. Such a ridiculous accusation that I went to the link to verify this fact and it was a total waste of time.
November 2, 2012 11:43 pm
I could not have written this any better myself. Thank you for providing references and articulation your view so well. Now wait for PTI troll attack..
November 3, 2012 5:04 pm
I laughed a lot after reading your comment. You should become a comedian.
Riaz Hussain
November 2, 2012 2:46 pm
First of all i am youth and not groomed by so called 2003 TV Boom.TV is very old source of information.This is totally biased article written by some politically motivated puppet writer who doesn't live in real life Pakistan and his information is based on as being fed while sitting in a drawing room.It has described only one side of the story and hiding facts on almost all the topics it has touched.Cleverly written article to tarnish image of Imran Khan but alas it will only increase his support.
Ahmed Zeeshan
November 3, 2012 4:00 am
I donot think that Najam Sethi's analysis is very authentic.... too much....
November 2, 2012 7:33 pm
What a waste of time. Pathetic article
November 3, 2012 7:32 am
if IK is so opposed to the west, why he goes there and why he accepts donations from multinational corporations ?
November 3, 2012 7:32 am
More than a serious article it seemed like a piece of paid propaganda
November 2, 2012 5:02 pm
Looks like the writer has a personal grudge against IK. He has tried to mash up all the things which are not related together. If IK does not condemn Taliban for malala there is a reason behind it. It's to protect the supporters. Secondly which other major leader can you name of who has openly critisized malala attack? Nawaz/zardari? No! Thirdly he may not be the last hope but he is definable toy the last choice between all the parties because all the others are tried and tested again and again and again. They have failed to deliver repeatedly and are one of the reason behind the chaos in the country. Who can you think better to vote??? So I think the youth has thought it right. Lastly dealing with Taliban is an other issue but there far more issues which the common man faces. I'm sure if he would not be able to end cure option he would at least try to reduce it. If he can get this nation off with the energy crises at least he will try with all his force to better it. At least he will try to reduce inflation if he can't stop it. Because there is a will behind this man and sadly it's not present in any leader of any political party!!
November 2, 2012 2:39 pm
there just isnt any politician that deserves a vote
Ali Touseef
November 2, 2012 6:00 pm
Great Article of Truth. People need to know more about it and only a newspaper like DAWN can spread the Truth. But by cowardly hiding behind doesnt solve the myth Behind Imran Khan the so called Saviour of Pakistan.
November 3, 2012 4:37 am
Great article!
Ahmed Saeed
November 2, 2012 1:04 pm
Biased and lacks authenticity. Dawn the most reputable newspaper is requested to avoid such negative writings.
Roney Indian
November 3, 2012 5:19 pm
OMG - God save this country !!...Unless Pakistan acts like cultured nation and mends its ways there is no hope for it.
November 2, 2012 5:09 pm
Taliban are bad! we get that. No one in current administration is doing anything about that so give him a chance. Doobtay ko tinkay ka sahara he kafi hota hai, may be that is what Pakistan need?
November 3, 2012 1:51 pm
Maybe, maybe not. We may disagree with IK and his policies but as far as the author is concerned his article is deceptive and factually incorrect. Nothing brilliant about making up facts to suit your point of view, in this case to further create disharmony and fragment the already divisive country. Factually incorrect and dishonest, written dare I say with a hidden agenda at the behest of those who would like nothing better than to see us divided. Shame on Dawn fir publishing such articles without fact checking first.
November 2, 2012 12:55 pm
it is evident that the writer has spent a major chunk of his time doing research into highlighting any and all possible faults he can find in Imran Khan, trying to deprive the people of all sense of hope. I only ask one question, couldn't you devote a fraction of this time researching Pakistan's other alternative parties like MQM, PPP and PML-N? Or should we just turn a blind eye to what they are doing and what they have done and just focus our energies into damaging IK's reputation and continue our society's nosedive into depression and chaos. It is quite certain that the writer's only motivation is the blind hatred he harbors towards IK which can also be seen as his love for the status quo parties and I feel sorry for such ignorant people. May Allah show all of us the right path ! Ameen
Asim Iqbal
November 2, 2012 6:04 pm
A very biased point of view.. Afghan taliban has nothing to do with the killings in pakistan. Their top leadership has continously denied invovement in these killings.. And many of the Afghans prefer taliban over hamid karzai govt. I live among the afghan refugees in Peshawar and they hav shared this feeling with me
November 2, 2012 2:28 pm
WOW - impressive, something which I thought but found it difficult to put in words.
November 2, 2012 1:01 pm
so you want us overseas Pakistanis to hate Imran because of what the taliban did and allowed to do with Pak govt and military blessing/silence?? Or do you want us to hate him because of his silence, unlike the outspoken MQM leader well guarded and safe in London. Here's why we, who are shias, support Imran. He CANNOT be bought. He is a patriotic Pakistani and when in power, he may not do all he can for Shias of Hazara or Sufis of Ahmedis, but he will likely do more than any politician or general currently in power. And he doesn't have blood on his hands. Imran could have lived like royalty in London, but chose to be with Pakistanis. Whatever his reason be for staying with his people, love of his people is one of them, and that alone makes him a better candidate than all else.
November 4, 2012 9:07 am
i have never seen a more biased and irrelavant article than this before.What does taliban history have to do with Imran khans stance on stopping this war.
November 3, 2012 5:27 am
hey if you are not going to vote for imran khan who will you vote for? ppp again? pml again? imran khan might not be a savior, but he deserves a shot at leading this nation as others have had their chance and failed miserably. this author is simply doing what modern day pakistanis do best - crying and moaning for no good reason.
Secular Pakistan
November 3, 2012 1:30 pm
The Pakistani nation runs from one perceived messiah to anohter in search of miraculous salvation to the promised land of milk and honey or roti, kapra, makan, forgetting that real progress starts with educating the children, tolerance of others, electing good politicians that will deliver more than rhetoric and religion. The fuedal midset where a supreme figure delivers all the goods is ingrained in our mindset. Until we can break the chains of this submissive behavior, we will continiue to be enthralled and ensalved by these passing figures such as Bhutto, Zia and now Imran Khan.
November 3, 2012 2:22 am
A disgusting article. No one else has condemned Taliban by identifying their names, why author singled out Imran Khan? More Dawn take part in prpaganda against Imran, more I become convinved that he is the men Pakistanis should pick as thier next prime minister.
November 3, 2012 1:30 am
TRULY well researched, detailed, rebuttal of misleading statements made, and uninformed views expressed by Imran Khan. Not that it matters to Ik and his minions. The ignorant choose to be that way.
November 3, 2012 8:14 am
He has given no reason and no argument. Lies expose themselves eventually as you will find.
faisal wazir
November 3, 2012 4:50 am
This article is a misleading piece of views expressed in complete ignorance of 'on ground' reality' by author. Talibans as we all know have committed brutalities in the past and are on the same track but then the question is how to end it.Talibans in post 9/11 period has different agenda then they had before it and those in Pakistan are not solely the product of "war against soviet union' but are compelled to pick guns to take revenge of killings of their family members by US. those who criticize khan for being too lenient for talibans are far away from reality and most probably in their whole life haven't visited tribal region for once.Being a resident of FATA i know khan's plan to end talibanization in Pakistan is viable and would work as it aims to isolate hard-core talibans from the victims of US invasion.Military action alone is the not the solution to end militancy in FATA as we witnessed in the past 7 years or so. Khan's don't have soft corner for talibans but yes he can't out-rightly condemn them as he has strong following in FATA which would be put at hit-list by talibans and it's not wise to let it happen before he gets a chance to practice his plan. Refering to Gen Aurakzai as peace dealer is again wrong as even at present Army has peace deal with talibans in north waziristan when another general is in command.Khan is not anti-America as projected by media but all he wants a nation with policies in its own interest and say 'big No' to US pressure.
November 2, 2012 6:25 pm
Eye openener.
November 3, 2012 3:36 pm
Yes it does sir, but you are asking the wrong questions. What you should be asking is why has this author manipulated facts and distorted the truth. We may not agree with IK, but we have a God given gift which is intelligence and we should use it sometimes. Google the author and his blogs, thee you will find the real answers. He supports blindly everything western ( nothing wrong with it) provided you admit it openly and honestly. Western policies are not always synonymous with those of ours, does not mean that we are pro Taliban or anti west, just pro Pakistan. This article was written with an agenda to create further divisions within our society, hence full of lies and distortions. Just check it carefully.
November 3, 2012 12:28 pm
It is said that anger eats away wisdom. Angry, please listen to Mr Edhi talk by clicking on the hyperlink.
Shehzad Hameed Ahmad
November 3, 2012 2:21 am
Dear Anas, The basis of journalism is formulated by the source of your information. Clearly, you have made those pie charts on MS Paint and used pictures with absolutely no source list. Do you know that the Taliban employ the same strategy by showing images of dead babies and then blaming it on the American military? Just like you connected those images with Imran Khan. Second, not once do you mention a possible solution to this problem? Not once did you even remotely mention the plethora of instances were Imran Khan has criticized the Taliban. Selective amnesia?
November 3, 2012 11:34 am
There is an over emphasis of the Talibaan alleged brutality and then the attempt to drag Imran Khan into it to give the impression to the reader that somehow he is to blame? A bit bizzare and not fair in my view. The reason no leader takes on the Taliban in their comments is the fear of deadly backlash from them. I think the problem is quite complex in KP and Fata but it will not be solved by alienating the groups there further. Continued drone attacks and military operations will not solve the problem. Its like if you have one of your children who have really gone off track, you will not fix anything by saying and doing things to alienate them further, infact you need to be approachable and create an environment to interact and influence their thinking by dialogue. Their idealogy has to be changed from within, aggression will never eliminate them completely and will continue to fuel their anomisity against Pakistan and the rest.
canadian indian
November 2, 2012 6:06 pm
well said, pakistanis please jago... and live peacfull and let live peacfull to others
November 2, 2012 2:49 pm
Very brave to have written this.
dr aq khan
November 2, 2012 7:00 pm
Extremely well-researched article. Love you.
November 3, 2012 10:30 am
asim kaleem khan, Why do you think it is the duty of author of this article to give you a solution? The objective of the article was to bring out some facts people were not paying attention to. Research the things mentioned in the article on your own and make you own decisions. Don't expect any one person to do all the thinking on your behalf. Honestly, if we are unhappy about performance of present political governments, we must tell our elected reps what we want from them instead of bringing in a whole new party. There is no harm if PTI makes a good showing in the coming elections. But giving it a sweeping, tsunami style mandate is putting too big a responsibility on IK and his PTI. PTI has to grow as a political party. Blind, emotionally-driven support for any party is not what is best.
November 3, 2012 10:59 am
Imran is a paper tiger who is very good at challenging the US( because the US will not target him) and scared of Talibans because they can actually kill him and his party men.
ahmed Ze
November 3, 2012 10:57 am
I Agree....
Saad Khan
November 3, 2012 10:54 am
Like many the writer chooses to criticize. I would really appreciate the article if instead of all this ranting he had came up with a SOLUTION to the problem.
November 3, 2012 6:47 am
What is the solution to the problem????? Should we continue military operations and drone attacks against the Taliban which has got no result in the last 8 years but has increased militancy and radicalism exponentially. It is very easy to draw some diagrams in Paint and copy pictures from the internet and past in your article. Khan is not responsible for That mess. You don’t have any solid reason in order to scratch the shining character of an international icon. Too prejudice display!!!!!
November 3, 2012 5:13 am
Those who love food, music, poetry... will rise again. The people of Pakistan will recover their beautiful land from these groups, who will disappear like others in the 20th century.
Rizwan Qureshi
November 3, 2012 3:31 pm
utter nonsense and massaging of facts by the author....dawn really needs to raise its standards
Ali khan
November 3, 2012 6:31 am
They never show the picture of Afghans that who were killing in daily drones because Pak media is the media of USA
November 2, 2012 9:12 pm
I would post something in defense of Imran Khan but you would shoot it down and call me a PTI troll. So no point. Though I would point out that when he made that Jihad comment about Afghanistan he never took the name of Taliban. But alas, Imran Khan supports Taliban by not taking there name when condemning, and not taking there name when commending them. Quite Logical no? Anyway, i Hope this comment gets posted. And if it does, you are free to call me a PTI troll. I dont mind. Peace.
November 2, 2012 1:42 pm
Here comes another liberal asking to start war on another front on US commission.
November 3, 2012 10:32 am
A person who has no qualms about backing the severest of human rights abusers made a hue and cry over his "questioning". He should be banned in U.S. for life.
November 2, 2012 4:46 pm
November 3, 2012 7:59 am
...and water cars. LOL
November 3, 2012 7:58 am
Yes there is big difference. They are not comparable. What Taliban have done is a drop in the ocean compared with Gitmo, AbuGraibe, Bagram Base, and rendintions by US to Egypt, Libya, Turkey, Syria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan...others.
November 3, 2012 7:27 am
After 11 years of war America is also doing dialogue with Taliban. Most likely when America will exit Afghanistan Taliban will be part of a power sharing formula and will be recognized as legal political entity. Both Afghan and Pakistani Taliban will remain a force in power politics of region at least for some more years. Therefore Pakistan will have to deal with them militarily as well as politically. Probably a policy of carrot and stick will serve the purpose of achieving peace and writ of government.
November 3, 2012 12:32 pm
Riaz Huaasin, Why don't you write an answer to this article if you are sure there is another side of the story. Are you serious that such facts increase support of PTI?
November 3, 2012 10:17 am
Is this the only thing you noted from the whole article Asad?
Nisma Rafiq
November 3, 2012 4:38 pm
right on the money Sir!
November 3, 2012 7:22 am
This article is offensive and obscene. Pictures are one-sided, unbalanced. How will Dawn explain itself, retract and reverse itself when Imran Khan wins? Is there no one in Dawn who plans for coming events. This kind of gamble lacks foresight.
November 4, 2012 9:22 am
Dear I am a die hard supporter of PTI and will remain till my last breath. My comment could be little confusing but that is actually rendering on the PML-N. We all know that our nuclear arsenal and defense expenditures have pushed us towards financial destruction.
November 2, 2012 2:51 pm
Oh man, I am not sure who should one vote in the next elections? I thought I would vote for Imran Khan but after reading this I am having second thoughts. On one hand we have PTI (Pro Taliban Party) and on the other we have PPP (the ultra incompetent and spineless party).
November 3, 2012 1:43 pm
Sorry doctor manufactured article, full of distorted facts and manipulated to the Authors and his handlers viewpoint. Factually incorrect and patently dishonest. Shame on dawn for publishing such divisive and incorrect writings.
November 3, 2012 1:43 pm
Imran Khan is a perfect example of a political chameleon! Pakistan is such a beautiful country, has so much to offer, the sea side, mountains and history without end. Millions of dollars could be brought in, if tourism was possible. The neighbouring countries are profiting ... Hope everyone wakes up before the elections!
November 3, 2012 1:21 pm
Imran Khan has raised his voice against the drone strikes but he has never supported Taliban behavior or actions depicted in any of the pictures used in this segment. Similarly, the references used in this article relate to "what the Taliban are doing" - they do not support or prove the connection that the author is trying to establish.
Ahmad Saleem Akhtar
November 3, 2012 10:07 am
I used to regard The Dawn as a quality publication of PAKISTAN. By ignoring to air my very valid and moderate reposte to this poisonous blog, you have disappointed me no ends. Where is your balance that every good publisher tries to present. this is not the first time I have encountered it from you either. SAD,SAD, SAD !!!
November 2, 2012 7:25 pm
This whole article is hilarious. I am not a PTI person and lives in America. The way, writer put all the blame of evilness and wrong doings in Pakistan on Imran Khan is ridiculous.
November 2, 2012 1:50 pm
Excellent article. I would also add PML(N) and Sharif brothers names to the list of politicians who support Taliban.
November 3, 2012 10:00 am
masud, You took this article seriously. Didn't you? Or you would not be commenting on it.
November 3, 2012 9:56 am
Better read the whole article and research into the threat mentioned by the article author.
November 3, 2012 1:17 pm
A very bold and comprehensive takedown of the fraudster khan. Only the PTI trolls who lack critical thinking can ignore the facts presented in this article.
November 2, 2012 8:43 pm
Very aptly put. Well done sir.
Ali Khan
November 2, 2012 8:34 pm
Excellent Article and an Eye opener. Cant agree more with the writer!
November 3, 2012 9:27 am
ahmad butt
November 3, 2012 9:17 am
Yes you have proved a point that Imran Khan opposing the war has shown his soft corner for the taliban, but what has the war achieved? There are more dangerous militants now, the people who have traumatised seeing their relatives die cannot do anything to US and NATO so Pakistan will suffer. I think people want to suffer, rather than someone talk about an alternate solution.
November 3, 2012 8:56 am
Rubbish...brings shame and loss for Dawn's name and prestige.
November 3, 2012 5:42 am
Imran Khan a simple man with one goal in mind to fix Pakistan. The problem with Pakistan news Media and journalistic is that they write biased article with made up facts. There is a old saying in the west it goes like this "biased news paper articles are nothing more than toilet paper and you know what toilet paper are used for"!! Taliban are not Imran Khan's creation the system that is going after Taliban is responsible Taliban extremism. These graphics picture are cut an past so that Mr Anas Abbas can make his point the way he felt a appropriate. Where are the pictures of innocent children and common civilian being murdered in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the name of war on terror. I am not a supporter of Imran Khan but I have been observing Imran Khan for last 6 years. He is the only Pakistan politician who believes in justice for all and he has taken stand on issues which most of our senior political leaders dare not to touch. A) Drone Attack, Imran totally against it and any person who respect human dignity will take the same stand. B) He is against corruption and the only Pakistani Politician ready to put his neck on the line with a time table to control corruption in Pakistan C) He is against feudal system and the only Pakistani Politician make it a policy matter for his party D) The only Pakistani Politician going for Land reform E) The only Pakistani Politician mobilizing the Youth for the future of Pakistan F) The only Pakistani Politician used his energy to put a cancer hospital, University and other institutions for the poor of Pakistan. G) The only Pakistani Politician with a good understanding of U.S.A/West, Taliban/Afghanistan and the role of Pakistan to bring peace to the world I don't want to argue about numerous mistakes in Anas Abbas article because it is not productive but I want to highlight Imran Khan's contribution to Pakistan. The last questions is why Pakistanis living in the USA, Europe and Middle East love Imran Khan so much. The answer is very simple, most Pakistanis living in the west are similar to Imran Khan, hard working and educated. They want Pakistan to succeed, they left their country because of the system but when they see Imran Khan giving up everything for the sake of the country this make Imarn Khan a true leader for them. A leader is not leader unless he gives a personal sacrifice for the sake of nation. Imran Khan left life of luxury, fame and offered his services to the nation with no personal gain. Imran has already done so much for the country and he is ready to do more . Pakistan Zindband Sadda Sadda Abad Raho
Ye Z
November 3, 2012 10:45 am
Well written, Khan .. Pakistan has a bright future, insha'Allah.
November 3, 2012 12:23 pm
Looks like Dawn newspaper finds it difficult to swallow the truth, when reality is presented, they just look the other way. The writer of this article has an obvious bias against Imran Khan, however foreigners know all too well the devils currently running the country and those who have held power in the past are the West's little minions. Imran Khan will always get my vote over the current criminal class ruling Pakistan.
Z Khan
November 3, 2012 11:20 am
Imran Khan is such a bad person. you forget to mention that Hurricane Sandy was also caused by Imran Khan. you can quote me as a reference for this info as its straight away from US.
November 2, 2012 6:44 pm
Imran is intelligent enough to decide who to condemn, who are you to impose your philosophy on someone. I don't know how old are you but you seriously lack knowledge to understand the complex circumstances currently surrounding Pakistan. Don't just sit in the bandwagon of moderate preachers (US and Co), try to understand who they are and what are their motives.
Ali Syed
November 2, 2012 1:43 pm
Absolutely brilliant.
November 3, 2012 6:14 am
The list of Mr Khan's offenses is pretty long.
November 2, 2012 11:31 pm
Where did you get these figures from? From US? Ummmm...of course from "official figures"..."realism"...in other words slavery!!!
November 3, 2012 8:05 am
Wonder why Dawn wants to gamble its reputation like this.
Mustafa Razavi
November 2, 2012 11:24 pm
Wasn't it just a few months that Hillary Clinton publicly admitted in Islamabad that it was the United States government that created the Taliban? The author is hoping for a collective amnesia.
Shoaib Awan
November 2, 2012 1:49 pm
Good article. PTI fans will be a bit offended by your direct volleys at Mr Khan, but good use of historical facts.
November 3, 2012 1:48 pm
After Imran Khan gets elected and the bubble bursts.
November 3, 2012 1:49 pm
DAWN.com you are sinking lower day by day... I'm not a big fan of Imran Khan either, but this is the second article by Anas that is replete with nonsense.
Ayaz Khan
November 4, 2012 8:39 am
Thanks for exposing IMRAN. If Imran and Hamid Gul are so much in love with Taliban, then they should introduce them to Punjab.
November 3, 2012 4:45 am
One of the most effective counters to Taliban apologist in chief, Imran Khan. Pakistani youth would do well to pay heed, rather than blindly follow this insidious establishment proxy. Well done. Mr. Anas!
indian.....love the neighbour
November 3, 2012 5:50 am
November 2, 2012 5:49 pm
Your wit behind writing this whole article against Imran khan is not summing up right because most of your analysis is based on incorrect statements. If we take your article as benchmark then all you are saying, 'guys, there is no hope in saving Pakistan, so leave it alone'. Have some integrity and right set of statements before maligning a person who is doing everything in his resources to make Pakistan a better place to live. Wanna be writers like you just go to any extent to get accredited for different work. Imran Khan has always given detailed overview of his ideology on power, economy and governance. In 9 days the corruption graph would come down not because of new system would be put in place rather because of the impression that an honest man is on top. His energy policy explanation has it that it would take continuous effort upto 2 years to tackle power crisis and almost 5 years time to be fully energy sufficient. For God sake Dawn News don't just publish any article with good old english vocabulary rather have some conscience to publish articles with right/correct statements.
November 4, 2012 8:47 am
Distorted Facts! Author just copied US media campaign of 2001 which it launched against Taliban to justify their War. U.S. is good at it. And we Always have people like Anas Abbas falling for the one-sided facts. With some media campaign, you can make anyone the most barbaric brutal villain of the history. Its very easy these days.
November 2, 2012 7:03 pm
After reading this one thing's for sure........I am having second thoughts on supporting Imran Khan......:/ But when I come to think of it, there is certainly no other option left....It is our desperation that has led to our blindness to facts like these....:(
November 5, 2012 10:58 am
"Last Hope" is what the writer is trying to target, for most of us IK is the only viable option even if he is not the last hope... the most irrelevant article
November 2, 2012 6:58 pm
Brilliant article, thanks for writing, wish it could be circulated to the masses.
November 2, 2012 4:49 pm
Gruesome !!
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