THIS is with reference to your editorial ‘A skipper skipped’ (Jan 17). While giving an account of a much-publicised sit-in of Dr Tahirul Qadri in Islamabad, you seem to have wittingly criticised the role of Imran Khan, stating that Dr Qadri outsmarted the skipper by giving a call for a successful long march. After having read your editorial there is a need to see again the whole scenario of the long march in a nonchalant manner.

No one can deny the fact that well before the start of Dr Qadri’s long march and during all the while of his sit-in in the capital, not a single political party of Pakistan threw its support behind Dr Qadri.

Instead, they all raised very valid questions about the ‘motive’ and ‘sponsors’ of this long march. Likewise, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf, led by Imran Khan, denounced the action of Dr Qadri as ill-timed and undemocratic. Mr Khan stated in no uncertain terms that when the elections were just a couple of months away, it was not wise to resort to violent means for any political change in the country.

He emphasised the point that the key to change in the country was not grabbing power through violence, but it was by means of free, fair, and timely elections. In his opinion, the PPP would benefit the most from any undemocratic move at this point of time. So, the skipper was not slow in reading the googly from Dr Qadri. In fact, he read it right and, well, left it. He had rightly concluded that the interests of democracy and the interests of Pakistan exist side by side.

RAFAT MAHMOOD ANSARI Islamabad

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I. Ahmed
February 4, 2013 12:12 pm
Googly is defined as: while a normal leg break spins from the leg to the off side, away from a right-handed batsman, a googly spins the other way, from off to leg, into a right-handed batsman. So if it is coming in to the batsmen then it cannot be 'left' as there is more than even chance that batsmen will either get bowled or leg before wicket. Unless, the ball is pitched way outside the off stump, in that case the chances of a wide is a possibility. If left because of wide then Imran has scored a run for his team, else he is out!!!!!!
excalibur
February 4, 2013 8:35 am
Atleast have the honesty to recognize that MQM, Awami Muslim League and All Pakistan Muslim League ( Parvez Musharraf ) backed TahirulQadri's march and his agenda
Husain Jan
February 4, 2013 6:15 am
Well, Ansari saheb the long marchers were disciplined as never before and there was not much chance of violence except of course if initiated by the govt. So reason for non participation to avoid sharing the blame of violence is void. Imran may also have sincere intentions but by accepting all and sundry in PTI without any check has surely raised many an eyebrows as it can never be defended in any cogent manner what so ever. Any sincere leader would never be inclined to accept turncoats in the party, those who have been with the dictator and the looters.
Bbbb
February 4, 2013 6:07 am
Sure, Tahir ul Qadri is a googly from our multi-talented president Zardari. Army thought that they are going to use Tahir ul Qadri for themselves, instead they got outsmarted by the alliance of Qadri -Zardari.
Arif
February 4, 2013 5:57 am
Well left !
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