Imran Khan; the politician, had an absurd beginning. He had options, to make convenient choices for the political office but he had other plans. Some doubted if he even had plans. Alas! After 17 years in the wilderness, the country has warmed up to the charismatic Khan.

It all came together at Minar-e-Pakistan on 30th October 2011. It was a spectacle. Imran Khan had arrived – and how! Tolstoy would say it was coincidence of occurrences; hopeless youth, disappointed masses, corrupt politicians, economic turmoil, ongoing war, the media, CJP heroism that triggered the lawyers’ resistance, the Arab spring and his good looks! Everything conspired for him. Having been abundantly embarrassed by politicians, generals and cricketers alike; Khan remained resilient.

The tale had another twist soon after. Khan’s alluring pull attracted everybody into the loop including the electables. He admitted to Pankaj Mishra that when his party was expanding and attracting electables, he felt he was being ‘…being pulled apart in different directions’. That usurped the idealism people associated with him. Ask Musharraf and he will tell you political actors do not always make rational choices.

To be fair to him, he did not have a choice either. In politics; pragmatism is unavoidable even for an idealist and a dreamer. Nelson Mandela acknowledged that when he finally decided to lead the armed wing of ANC. In spite of opportunists [fine, not all of them], in rank and file of the Tehreek, the dream is still alive. President Clinton successfully embarked on his ambitious economic drive to empower the middle classes with his wealthy colleagues; some of them were the richest men in US at that time.

I can appreciate some of the ideological contradictions in the Tehreek. They are not unique to his party or indeed to the parties of Pakistan. When Prime Minister Cameron made expensive claims and pronouncements earlier this year while pushing for The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, many ‘ideological’ supporters of the conservatives viewed that as a divorce from traditional position. Whatever Tehreek’s contradictions might be, nothing is as frivolous as the Islamic Socialism of the 70s. That too added up.

The only ideology that drives the modern political parties is to bring the median or swing voters into the fold. Politics is essentially about getting votes. Parties now have dropped ideological baggage; all they rely on is the: ‘catch-all ideology’. In the coming few weeks, Khan is going to move further away from his extreme positions. His speech on 23rd March is an indicator. Never mind the rhetoric, PTI would have to settle for post elections alliances, should they choose to sit on treasury benches. Ideologies may not be relevant but the question of change is: Is change more plausible when Khan voices it or when it comes from Nawaz Shareef? The Republicans too, raised the slogan of ‘change’ under McCain, however, Obama was more persuasive. Whatever change means, it certainly isn’t more of the same.

These elections aside, PTI has altered the politics in Pakistan. Khan provides an alternative the country long hoped for. Whether they criticise him bitterly or jealousy guard all his moves; he is now the new face of Pakistani politics and perhaps, the way forward too. In spite of PTI’s overtly ambitious policies on economy, energy and education; Khan epitomises not only what Tony Mendez described in Argo as; ‘… the best bad idea we have’. In fact, he offers more. He is not, unlike the Moghuls of Raiwand, detached from the issues of the people and more importantly, the order in which they fall. Arriving on a June flower as a catalyst, he has inspired the depoliticised country to actively participate in the political process. It was long overdue. The Rabdeeli-Razadar initiative is a terrific development.

From the look of it, PTI isn’t likely to sweep elections. They may not form the government at all. Nevertheless in a journey of the thousands of miles towards Naya Pakistan; PTI after the intra-party elections has made, however small, that first proverbial leap.

The writer is training as a Barrister from Lincoln's Inn. He can be reached at ummar.zia@gmail.com

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

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Comments (114)

FJ Siddiqui
April 1, 2013 1:24 pm
Unfortunately, author bitterly failed to differentiate between being imperfect due to lack of what is needed and making deliberate compromises on the ideological premises or objectives at hand. Must take some basic courses again.
April 1, 2013 1:32 pm
we all deserve a chance for ourselves and coming generations..lets hope that Captain will lead from the front. We as a nation have to make a decision..its now or never. Lets hope, lets pray..May Allah guide us and help.Ameen.
April 1, 2013 1:35 pm
good article
April 1, 2013 1:45 pm
People of Pakistan want real CHANGE not just change in rhetoric as you would expect from the Moghuls of Raiwind or the Dynasty of Sindh. Real CHANGE is now a distinct reality via PTI with IK at the helm for the masses of Pakistan!
Hasnain Haque
April 1, 2013 2:03 pm
A good analysis all round. The problem with Pakistan is that the people are too used being told what to do or being paid to do what the corrupt elite want them to do. Pakistanis do not know what democracy is and how to embrace it. they cannot accept the concept that personal sacrifices need to be made for the nation. Imran is not offering bribes, perks but instead promising to eliminate corruption, now that will effect millions of Pakistanis who thrive on bribes and corruption. So the question is, are Pakistani's ready for real democracy where you sacrifice for the nation and the future generations. Personally I dont think Pakistani's are ready for that and that alone could be the stumbling block for PTI and Imran Khan. However, I believe by just being there on the sidelines and being a thorn in other politicians backside, PTI is making a huge difference to Pakistani politics.
April 1, 2013 2:14 pm
Excellent piece of work...
April 1, 2013 2:18 pm
Imran will bring change inshallah !
April 1, 2013 2:27 pm
Thank you Imran Khan for changing the dynamics of Pakistani politics. I hope and wish that PTI wins the elections. God bless you IK.
April 1, 2013 2:34 pm
The thing is, Media is not playing a role as a neutral entity. It changes its views everyday. They all know that other parties have so many illegal, illetrate and currupt members and Pakistan definitely need a loyal and honest leader, who is one and only IK. I am hoping that public has a sense that enough is enough and we need a change.
April 1, 2013 2:47 pm
That's a really well written article based on reality. Unlike the ones that represent blind hatred against Imran Khan and seem to protect the status quo. Kudos
April 1, 2013 3:11 pm
If IK weren't on the scene the people would've been looking at the army for a coup. His very presence has given people hope and the two parties a run for their votes. They have to get their act together and deliver as long as IK is on the scene. This is all that matters whether PTI wins or not.
April 1, 2013 3:12 pm
Imran Khan is a ray of hope for us.
April 1, 2013 3:25 pm
Inshallah, PTI will win and new PK will emerge. If any other party comes to power it will be business as usual - No jobs, high inflation, now electricity, no gas, no oil, no criciket, no tourism, PIA will go bust, no railways.... the list is endless.
April 1, 2013 3:33 pm
If Imran Khan accomplishes nothing more; he has at least changed the focus of politics in Pakistan for better. Pakistan can not do any worse by selecting him. Though caution is necessary in the high lofty expectations from him should he be selected. He is an unproven commodity. People like him say any thing to get elected. The proof will be, as we say, in the pudding should he be elected to power.
April 1, 2013 3:40 pm
For those of us who have spent a long time abroad in America and Europe, Imran Khan seems like the only viable choice to take our troubled country forward. His message of an equal playing field for everyone resonates with everyone I have spoken to.
April 1, 2013 3:47 pm
IK is not only the testimony of CHANGE.A good talker is not a good doer.but if in case he wins he surely have to fulfill his six promises.we should focus on what kind of change he is going to make.this government has also made many so called changes.i think we are hurrying up and drawing consequences before testing imran khan.he should clear his policies much more.
April 1, 2013 4:20 pm
I was listening to Imran's speech in Mingora yesterday. It was a disappointment. He said he would stand up for the opressed yet he singularly failed to mention the name of Malala being the victim of Taliban oppression. He failed to mention that hundreds of schools have been bombed by taliban or the daily killings of shia in Karachi, Peshawar and elsewhere. Repeating over and over again that this is America's war shows the depth of his shallow analysis. Imagine someone wanting to change Pakistan yet making seat adjustment with Martial law's B team ?
Cyrus Howell
April 1, 2013 4:32 pm
The upcoming elections might not decide much in the long run, but they will reveal a great deal concerning a way forward.
Cyrus Howell
April 1, 2013 4:34 pm
The Pakistan media will be extremely busy after the national elections, no doubt.
Cyrus Howell
April 1, 2013 4:37 pm
Imran Khan will bring change, God willing. He will not bring change in the Name of God.
April 1, 2013 4:42 pm
My first loyalty is for Pakistan. Imran seems to be the only hope to get to the dream of a "Naya Pakistan." It's a "do or die" situation!!
April 1, 2013 4:51 pm
As far as I am concerned, Khan showd his true colors when he entered into an alliance with the Jamaat-e-Islami. For me, it's a deal breaker. I will NEVER support anyone even remotely associated with the Jamaat. Musharraf was right. Imran is a mullah without a beard.
Cyrus Howell
April 1, 2013 4:52 pm
Clear. Agree with Hasnain Haque here 100%. Promising to eliminate corruption and disenfranchise millions of Pakistanis who thrive on the bribes and corruption could easily get him killed. All the police have to do is look the other way. All the people who support Imran Khan are the ones who will have to protect his life. Their personal sacrifices may have to be made just to keep him alive. Assassination in Pakistan is not what we can refer to as a "changing dynamic". Hopefully the Pakistan military would see their role in protecting him were he to assume the path of leadership.
April 1, 2013 4:52 pm
ek or zamoora.
Gerry D'Cunha
April 1, 2013 5:05 pm
Waqas: you ill come to know the true colour when the devil comes out of him!!!! wait and see if he comes in power – don’t have high hopes in pakistani politicians – they have fooled the poor innocent people for 65 years just to get the seat and high protocal
Salim Khan
April 1, 2013 5:10 pm
No doubt at all, Imran is the Honest leader and we must support PTI in the coming elections. PTI would convincingly win both at national and provincial levels in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and would do much better than we expect in the Punjab. Imran has taken over the minds of the people and if the youngsters are out to vote, I am so confident to declare that it would be a revolution similar to Reagan election victory of 1980. Lets be together for our country Pakistan and save it from the clutches of those who have mismanaged it over and over again. Both PPP and PML(N) had enough chances to do something good for Pakistan but they failed again and again. People direly need a change now and parties like PPP and PML(N) want government to rule and fill their treasures. WE MUST REALIZE THIS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NEED AND A WANT? God Bless Pakistan.
April 1, 2013 5:20 pm
With all due respect to Barrister Sahib, in my meager humble opinion, PTI is the only option for this nation to survive. It is now or never situation. It is up to the masses, whether they want this country to move forward for prosperity with a vision for future generations or move backward to darkness as it has been especially for the past 5 years. Bottom line is that there is no other leadership that can come close to as that of PTI in any aspect. Vote for PTI to build a new Pakistan, IK 4 PK.
majid canada
April 1, 2013 5:27 pm
So you want shariff brothers back for third time?
April 1, 2013 6:52 pm
I am an INDIAN. But if i am given a chance to vote i will vote for IMRAN. Seeing him from 1985 in cricket field...i never saw him sledging others or showing uncontrollable joy when getting a wicket.. So mature...He is a real field marshal in the field. I hope he will show the same maturity in power also... All the best IMRAN..All the best PAKISTAN..
Agha Ata (USA)
April 1, 2013 6:58 pm
. It may be a rational analysis of Khan's position, yet it is an underestimation. He would certainly be able to make a huge impact of Pakistani politics in this very election.
April 1, 2013 7:10 pm
IK! Now the new generation of our beloved country is with you and this literate and educated sons won't let you down and you also don't let them down. We pray, hope and urge you that our beloved Quid created Pakistan and IK you have to fulfill the dreams of our Quid by breaking the shackles of feudalism.
April 1, 2013 7:12 pm
I am a fan and supporter of Imran Khan. While attending the recent Jalsa on 23rd March, I met people with full hope and enthusiasm to change Pakistan. However, the very same people who were chanting slogans of 'Naya Pakistan' were also making videos of girls, grabbing them or trying to touch them inappropriately and girls at the jalsa were treated quite poorly. Until people especially men in our country do not change themselves, progress i'm afraid can never come about.
April 1, 2013 7:22 pm
The thing to understand is that even if Imarn Khan's PTI comes in at number 3 it would mean a serious paradigm shift for the better in our political structure.
April 1, 2013 7:50 pm
IK has proved time and again that you dont need to be in Politics to be a leader. Jinnah was a leader he was not a politician. IK has instituted grass root democracy in this country not a small feat by any means. He has shown the feudal parties that people of Pakistan can and will rise. His manifestos have started a new tradition in Pakistan that are now forcing other parties to follow suit. His leadership and vision has proven how technology can be leveraged to have free and fair elections in this country by holding intra party elections vis a vis cell phones. He has mobilized the youth and given them a purpose. And most of all he has given Pakistanis hope and shown them that not all is lost at a time when we needed it the most. I dont know about you all but I know a leader when I see one
April 1, 2013 8:30 pm
For those who disagree, please tell us what do you think or who do you think can bring the change. I want to see how you guys think about Pakistan.
Jo bhi
April 1, 2013 8:35 pm
when we people will realise that 'we' need to a bring change, and not just a person like Imran Khan. Seriously, the so called 'educated nation' need to change first. Saying Inshallah will not bring a change my friend. Acting on true believe will...
mohammad Akram
April 1, 2013 8:35 pm
Sometime writer do give their thoughts and put it down on paper but they are only views expressed which can change. Imran Khan is well liked political leader in Pakistan at the moment who is giving hope and a voice of change to masses. Imran is a learned man and knows what he is talking about and not making false promises to the nation. He is going ahead on set plans and his road map is great In my opinion he will win if not majority but with lot of seats to form a coalition government. There are Independent parties who will join him Good luck Imran Khan your place is confirmed in Pakistan.
Shahryar Shirazi
April 1, 2013 8:41 pm
Media is giving a free pass to "N". I am surprised the anchors are more interested in question why Lahoris didn't show up on the 23rd ( which is not true) or why his party conducted internal elections. Why not for a change question the governance of N in Punjab. I can only hope for PTIs good show, but honestly also know my fellow country men and their naivety :(
April 1, 2013 9:08 pm
Come out of the drawing rooms and VOTE on the day of elections
April 1, 2013 9:36 pm
Because Imran Khan can not take on the Talibans, the SeS, LeJ et al. He does not have the guts and he is in somewhat of a deal with them. More than 200 people were killed in Queta carnage and when did IK go there? He was too scared of the Talibans. When it had cooled down only then he went there as a show off !!
yasser khan
April 1, 2013 9:49 pm
Imran Khan did not take the easy way into the pariliament, instead took the road less travelled and struggled for 17 years! But hopefully this year he will be rewarded! And you are right, he is the new face of politics. Now newer generations like Bilawal Bhutto will try to do better than Imran and not do corrupt stuff as there are standards now in Pak politics.
April 1, 2013 10:20 pm
Good luck! Political ignorance is so high that Pakistan certainly has no future.
April 2, 2013 12:21 am
Imran can bring change, vote for him.
April 2, 2013 12:25 am
God has created two kinds of creatures, Humans and Pakistani men. That explains every thing.
April 2, 2013 1:41 am
Imran khan would be the best leader pakistan can ever think of, surjeet
Nadeem Paracha
April 2, 2013 1:48 am
Dear Ameena, that is a general issue and occurs at any mass gathering of men and women together whether it be east or west and is not specific to PTI Jalsa. You are raising a fair point but is out of context of this article. Imran has promised to change the fortunes of the country and not to make men, Men.
Ali Mirza
April 2, 2013 2:17 am
Where is Nadeem Parchaa...how come Dawn is changing its policy to not to criticize him.
April 2, 2013 2:41 am
That is PTI - of course.
April 2, 2013 2:53 am
Ameena, you are right. But it is a different issue. Let us take care of the politics first, and hope that the politics will take care of such issues. The problem you mentioned is a serious one but it is only one of them.
April 2, 2013 3:12 am
He is the change that may propel Pakistan in the right trajectory InshaAllah, so please go out and vote for him we do not want the old crooks and arrogant people running the country again. The rural populace needs to be educated not to vote for the zamindars and vadheras and the tribal chiefs. Imran can bring grass root change as the country is ready for it at the present time. Just do the right thing on May 11 2013. History will judge you, be wise.
April 2, 2013 3:15 am
I have to give him a shot. I gave Benazir a chance, I gave Nawaz Sharif a chance. Let me try Imran this time. I see no reason to vote PPP/ PML
April 2, 2013 3:21 am
Politics and Diplomacy sits on the same bench in any political environment and Pakistan is not an exception. There are many people in our political setup who will play dirty politics and try to deviate PTI but this is where I would like to see Imran Khans true intentions.... only than we can test him in deep waters.
April 2, 2013 3:51 am
That is why Ameena that we need to change. Change doesnt mean change of faces only; it means change of attitude and the whole approach which is just round the corner. What you have referred to is really a absurd thing to say the least but it may happen anywhere in the world, even in the most educated and democratic countries. It is highly comdenable. Imran's two feats are something nobody have achieved in the ocutnry so far; 1) without having the tax money at his disposal, he has been providing enormous amount of social services to the countrymen in the health and education sectors; and 2) the intra - party elections to make his party a true democratic set up I think if we all look at these two things, should be enough of a change of attitudes.
Amir Khan
April 2, 2013 4:02 am
We are all the proud believers of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Allah and day of judgement. It is a fact we have not seen any of them. Holy Prophet clearly stated that follow the Quran and my sunnah and you will never go astray. Very simple and logical words. Unfortunately, we as a nation are not doing so. Islam is the way of life desired by Allah and shown to us by the greatest man ever born in this Universe, Holy Prophet (PBUH). It is clear we are not following our religion and thus the turmoil in our country However, Allah is very generous and forgiving. Of the 99 names of Allah, I think there are only 2 names which have relatively tough meanings. This election is not a mandate or endorsement of any political party. It is going to be the mandate of a very loving and beautiful nation, whom I love and respect very much. If Imran Khan is the best man, then Pakistan please support him for your own self, your children and your future. We all need to seriously read and understand the greatest of all books, the Holy Quran. It is the cheapest book available in the market and the reward for reading and following its commands is Jannah, which cannot be bought by all the wealth in the world. In the past 60 years we have lost 3 generations due to lack of education, energy crisis causing major financial loss to everyone and a long list of never ending dictators. This massive destruction of Pakistan cannot be done by God fearing people or people who love the Holy Prophet. Please cast your vote wisely and if Imran Khan is the best person, then may Allah elevate his level and make him strong. It is only Allah who can bring fame or humiliation to anyone. We should all pray for the prosperity of Pakistan. Please try to offer the Tahajjud prayers, because Allah with his angels is very close to us and listening to our requests.
April 2, 2013 4:40 am
PTI - Inshalla
April 2, 2013 5:08 am
These elections are a big Exam for people of Pakistan. This is the first time since 1947 that the people of Pakistan are getting an opportunity to make this country a practical and vibrant nation. we are on a cross road. This time wont come again.
April 2, 2013 5:09 am
I guess the writer meant Tabdeeli Razakar, not Rabdeeli-Razadar.....
April 2, 2013 5:11 am
yeah but we want real change not numbers. We do not have time to wait for 5 more years. Your point is valid though.
April 2, 2013 5:47 am
I agree Imran has already changed Pakistani politics and from my interaction with some of his supporters I am highly impressed with their motivational level. Imran has captivated the imagination of youth and is a source of inspiration for educated Pakistanis. His commitment, integrity and determination to bring about change makes puts him in a league of top leaders world-wide. He is a role model to many even outside of Pakistan.
April 2, 2013 5:52 am
Well, well, well. All you guys need to remember is that be it Imran Khan or for that matter any one else, none of them has a magic wand to change things over night. Secondly the corrupt military establishment and the corrupt bureaucracy together is not going to leave the field open for any politician to take charge of national fortune (rather misfortune)
April 2, 2013 6:10 am
We should give PTI chance to rule, we don't have much cards in our hands to try. Importantly we are getting out of time.
April 2, 2013 6:19 am
when you support him in the coming elections, remember to be patient. Change does not come overnight. Do not expect that your life will change . We belong to a poor country , there is a lot that needs to be done at the grass root level for the poor and we as the middle class will have to wait our turn. For the love of God do not go crazy like the Arab world!
April 2, 2013 7:25 am
Imran Khan, for me, you are it!
April 2, 2013 7:49 am
If true, I am deeply disappointed by this. Perhaps God will give us Zardari for another 5 years to punish us for our conduct. We deserve it
Mohammad Ali Bandial
April 2, 2013 9:11 am
It did start out well enough, but there were just too many mistakes..could've atleast had it proof read before publishing, nothing more off putting than an error filled opinion piece.
Pervez Siddiqui
April 2, 2013 9:14 am
Excellent write up covering all aspects of PTI's journey. I am sure Imran Khan's party will do great in elections. Even if not, he was able to open the eyes of a common man and to raise their expectations that the other parties never came around to match. Let's hope for the sake of Pakistan (not necessarily for IK), that people after hving seen the performance of PPP and PML for the last 20 yrs, will vote for PTI -- NOW or else it may be too late.
Salman Naveed Butt
April 2, 2013 9:37 am
A balanced and unbiased analysis is what that main-stream writers often fail to produce while digging into Khan's political endeavors, thankfully the piece does not fall prey to the tendency. A good read!
Ali Shah
April 2, 2013 9:57 am
A well written piece. The dream is alive for sure and kicking. Go Pakistan. Go Imran
April 2, 2013 9:58 am
Save Pakistan. Vote for IK and PTI NOW!
April 2, 2013 10:01 am
Who would you support then?
April 2, 2013 10:04 am
This is so true and the most important message during this election. It is crucial to be patient otherwise we will end up like the Arabs and get the whole thing being hijacked by foreign interests. Wait and see, the new golden era is around the corner, inshahllah!
Hisham Idris
April 2, 2013 10:07 am
I am not an admirer of the Tahir ul Qadri but he made the entry at a very critical moment and jolted the people from their slumber. Tahir ul Qadri did his job very well and made the difference. The Tornado rescued the Tsunami and gave it a new lease of life.
April 2, 2013 10:12 am
Exactly! Patience is the key of success.
April 2, 2013 10:13 am
I don't know why you have received more Thumbs down. I believe you said all True.
Imtiaz ali
April 2, 2013 10:37 am
PTI is surely last hope for pakistan. Imran khan is a real hero of pakistan. Whole nation is supporting him especially educated youngesters.
Malik Usman
April 2, 2013 10:47 am
I see HOPE in PTI - I know you do too so let's VOTE THIS TIME PEOPLE!!!!
Krish Chennai
April 2, 2013 11:15 am
There is an almost euphoric wave, and IK is riding the crest of the wave. When it comes to delivery on election promises and the aspirations of the electorate, it is the TEAM that is built up after the victory that matters. May he build a great Team too.
Ashar Pervez
April 2, 2013 11:26 am
Wow, a pro IK article in Dawn. Miracles still happen :)
April 2, 2013 11:44 am
It is Tabdeeli Razakaar program NOT Rabdeeli-Razadar...!
April 2, 2013 12:39 pm
Only PTI will have my vote this election .. because as the PPP government plundered the country, the PMN (N) watched from the sidelines.
April 2, 2013 12:49 pm
If IK wins the election...it would be safe to say... owzat!!!
April 2, 2013 1:06 pm
he is so handsome, let him become our pm :D
Mohammed Khanzada
April 2, 2013 1:50 pm
i think Imran will be incompetent leader. He will fail miserably
April 2, 2013 2:04 pm
IK should start organizing his cabinet, including young & educated members from all religions, cultures genders & all walks of life, who work together to create a vision for our country that includes not just religious, but economic, social, civic & geo-political goals! "TALL order" you say but looking at United States history, some 200 years ago, a very young Benjamin Franklin, Washington ( and many others) put together a constitution that not only provided a separation of power but guidelines, still a gold-standard today! These young visionaries were "plantation & slave " owners, However, what they did have, was a vision for a strong & economically prosperous nation. They didn't get it right the first time but they never gave up. China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand...& many other nations, given the same drawbacks of poverty, pollution, etc. have all accomplished such economic prosperity. We cannot accomplish these goals "ground-up" since we lack basic resources such as education & health care for masses. It will have to be a "top-down" solution" with a leader, who surrounds his/herselves with other young hardworking dreamers, who share common ideas & goals. We can get this done! I have seen Pakistani youth of today; they are well-educated, motivated & just hungry for good role models to lead them. May Allah bless Pakistan!
Goga Nalaik
April 2, 2013 2:35 pm
My vote will go to PTI. We don't need a politician to govern the country but a Good and sincere Manager. Take a look at all the projects that Imran Khan has undertaken and the results ... Our country needs Imran Khan and I will vote for him :) PTI aaway hi aaway :)
April 2, 2013 2:35 pm
Imran khan may not even win the election but he has already given a new direction to Pakistani politics. well said.
Alam Khan
April 2, 2013 4:51 pm
What it has to do with Imran Khan? When society's standard of living gets better, morality of the people will improve too. People have limted access to entertainment due to poverty. If Imran gets elected and brings economic change, hopefully people's morality will change as well Elect Imran and I am without any shadow of doubt belive he will turn around country into prosper Pakistan InshaAllah
Alam Khan
April 2, 2013 4:54 pm
I am delighted to see our Indian Brothers/sisters care for Pakistan as much as we do
Alam Khan
April 2, 2013 5:02 pm
100% agree People of pakistan need to use their brain and think about who can transition Pakistan into a prosperous country. People do not realise that corruption in goverment cost them in high prices. nawaz league and PPP together looted the country and they should not be supported
April 2, 2013 6:03 pm
I am very concerned about upcoming elections. If you see Punjab, and Sindh's political dichotomy, you will notice that vote bank belongs to powerful elite. See what is going on in Faisalabad, Southern Punjab and Sindh. The illiterate villagers don't know IK and they only know that they have to vote to the candidate who belongs to local elite. At the end, Sahi, Chaudhry, Khawajas, Bhuttos, and Makhdooms will be reelected and same people will have another 5 miserable years. IK might win few seats from the metropolitan areas of Lahore, and Islamabad but that is all. I hope I am totally wrong. However, seeing election activities it does not look any different from past election. The younger people of Pakistan must go out for a gross root campaign for IK or face a bleak future.
April 2, 2013 6:28 pm
Imran Khan is strongly supported by establishment and agencies of Pakistan. He was no where and then he was brought into spot light by the establishment.
Such bolo
April 2, 2013 6:54 pm
Yes indeed He is following what Imran had asked on March 23,2013 " wada karo as a Qum Hum Sab such boleinge". I am not sure why peoples of Pakistan want to vote for any other party beside PTI. PTI is the only non corrupt , non family based party. If Pakistani still vote for other parties beside PTI then they should get ready for worse hell then what they have seen in last 5 years. Electing same corrupt parties and their MNA will not leave any thing for you and your children. Be a wise person and decide your self . Your vote can get rid of corruption and bring a system which will be just for all, poor or rich. For your kids sake get out of fear and worshiping corrupt leaders of PPP and PMLN. You can decide better what is good for you rather then these Corrupt MNA's of these corrupt party. Vote for PTI and build naya Pakistan where is Law is fear for all. Education is same for all. Job opportunities are same for all. Make Imran next Prime Minister of Pakistan and see what ALLAH has provided you in Pakistan
April 2, 2013 8:23 pm
U got to be kidding!
April 2, 2013 8:33 pm
The only 1 criterion is ability to deliver. Pak politics is no cricket.
April 2, 2013 11:10 pm
Imran, the biggest LOSER!
Mustafa Razavi
April 3, 2013 1:38 am
May be Dawn is just getting out of the Tsunami's path.
Mustafa Razavi
April 3, 2013 1:41 am
You are not thoughtful but wishful, Pakistan has a great future, Insha-allah.
Mustafa Razavi
April 3, 2013 1:56 am
That is not enough, every Imran supporter MUST take 10 other voters with him or her. I am already counting my co-voters. The status quo has an unimaginable war chest in terms of money. Understand the economics of the elections. PML-(N) received only 5.5 million votes in the last elections. If you divide the money they stole in the last five years by the number of votes, it comes to about 500000 rupees per vote. Would they not gladly spend 50000 rupees per vote in this election? That is a 1000% return on investment. Not to mention foreign money, they would pay anything to denuclearize Pakistan. Nawaz sold Kargil, he can also sell our nuclear program, he tried that in 1998 but the Army overruled him.
April 3, 2013 2:38 am
He'll make for a formidable opposition too, and a genuine one at that. That'll eventually pave the way for eventual government takeover, in case it doesn't work out for PTI this time around.
April 3, 2013 4:23 am
What he achieved ?
April 3, 2013 4:37 am
Imran khan avey hee avey tey nawa Pakistan laway.
April 3, 2013 4:50 am
a Pro IK article in Dawn !! quite a turn arround :)
April 3, 2013 5:44 am
It seems like the youth in Pakistan is with them. My friends who once supported other "Urban" parties are now more aligned with Imran Khan, however, I believe that Khan will not come even close to winning the elections. It's easy to be a part of a Facebook event or to Tweet or to press that "like or share" button but it is completely different to actually get UP from your bed and go stand in a line for hours under scorching sun light to VOTE for the person you believe in and then to come back to your home only to find out that the power just went out and that the damn generator is not working (if you are lucky to have one there). Every time I go back to Pakistan and see everyone, I see them living two lives. I could be wrong, God, how I wish and hope that I am wrong but in my opinion, we are a bunch of hypocrite losers, the kind that yells and preaches at the top of their lungs but when it comes to delivering and acting on our own advice, we run away from responsibility that we so dearly talked about in our 'mohalas', when we are talking politics with our friends etc. Time to accept the facts. The fact is that 2020 map of Pakistan is looking a lot more real every passing day because the ship is not sinking, it's already under water. There I said it!
FJ Siddiqui
April 3, 2013 5:57 am
My apologies to the author and fellows who commented or disliked. I misread the article. I got a wrong impression that author is saying that IK has to make compromises on his stance of firmly sticking to the ideology. Regards. PS: I think 6 others also got the same wrong impression from the article who gave a 'thumb up' to my comment :) IK the only hope, the best bet!
April 3, 2013 6:07 am
Does Khan have support from only the middle class youth? Where is his power base? Is there polling data to indicate chances of success for his party, not just himself?
April 3, 2013 7:06 am
I seriously doubt if it was a pro IK article. I mean sure the writer started off with listing down IK’s achievements and ended on putting a question mark to IK’s win with strong endorsement that we may not without giving any objective reasons why. Typical journalism, confuse ppl and drive propaganda! My view, IK is the face of a new Pakistan, if he count him out then I am not sure if there will be anything left of what remains of Pakistan today!
April 3, 2013 7:19 am
IK is my last hope in this generation of politics in Pakistan. If we dont support him this time around, we will have to regret for many year to come!
April 3, 2013 7:41 am
I don't know how many of you watched Hanif Abbasi on the Shahzeb Khanzada show. To match IK's good looks he seemed to have applied his wife's entire makeup kit. Truely hilarious.
Baber Khan
April 3, 2013 7:58 am
Who on earth expects an overnight change? All we want is to put a derailed train back on track and set the direction right. Once I've seen just this much, I'll die soooooooooooo peacefully!
April 3, 2013 8:24 am
@khanzada brva i do understand and respect ones own opinion, but my question to you is; you say IK is incompetent, and you just ended it there... My question is, how is he incompetent, when he single handedly is changing the whole face of politics in a country like Pakistan, where frankly speaking politics and democracy have never emerged... To us Pakistanis, democracy has 2 faces; one of the them is the Shareef face and the other is Bhutto and clan... Don't you think these two have done enough damage to the integrity to our nation. Today we are deprived of basic commodities; gas, electricity, water, education, poverty, terrorism and the list goes on... When ones purpose for politics is filling his/her pockets, then what do you expect! I think Pakistan will only stablize when IK is in power... We can argue that he might not live up to his promises, but if completes 30% of his promises, you'll have at least stability! My advice to all voters is... Think of a better Pakistan when you vote, not going by family traditions... I love all my Pakistani brothers and sisters and I know they won't let me down! Adnan from Hong Kong.
Hisham Idris
April 3, 2013 8:51 am
But Tsunami Khan has made it clear that he will not take oath of PM from Zardari. So as long as Zardari is the President of Pakistan our dream to see IK as Prime Minister of Pakistan can not come true. Perhaps IK is indicating that he might settle as the CM of Punjab, If IK becomes CM of Punjab at least we will be able to get rid of NS who is the source of all troubles in Pakistan.
Julie C
April 3, 2013 10:32 am
Good to know that 'establishment and agencies' do good things too!
Julie C
April 3, 2013 10:36 am
April 3, 2013 11:45 am
Yes , I think Imran Khan will be unable to sweep the elections , But it is a very good steps toward New Pakistan, we appreciate him and support him in his Tehreek’s
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