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Dream and team: Imran Khan at Mingora


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IM-MEDIATELY after the polls, the party’s im-andar and im-mensely talented cadres will im-merse themselves in working for the im-plementation of the pr-im-e minister’s programme…. If this is an impolite implosion, it has been motivated by the dream itself. The speech on Sunday sounded like another lesson in faith: ‘I am, therefore, you will’, Imran Khan promised the people. After the Minar-i-Pakistan victory eight days earlier, the surprise lay not in the exhibition of his growing belief in himself but in the sign-watchers missing an important omen for ultimate victory: the venue for the latest jalsa by the skipper in Mingora, called the Grassy Ground. They listened attentively as their leader told them that a dream doesn’t quite remain a dream once he sees it. At the age of nine, he imagined himself playing for Pakistan and a decade later, he was rubbing shoulders with national cricketers on a tour of England. He next saw himself lifting the World Cup, a wish that was realised in 1992. Then the cancer hospital was achieved as it was visualised. Given this record and the trajectory of his current thoughts, he had to now quite naturally look for a dream that predicted a sweeping election victory for his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

Even to the most imaginative mind, not all things come in a dream. Small details have still to be sorted out — for instance the selection of a dream team that can realise the vision. Here again Imran Khan has come to his own rescue. But as he vows he will — himself — fix the list of the PTI poll candidates, he appears to be threatening to over-apply himself as the answer to every question. He needs partners and cannot bowl from both ends at the same time.

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Comments (16) Closed

Apr 02, 2013 05:26am
Dawn somehow cannot miss an occasion to criticize Imran. What is wrong about him saying that he achieved whatever he set his eyes on? What is wrong in dreaming big? The only dreams we should worry about are the ones where someone is told to do certain things by a divine being. If he dreams of a better Pakistan in his own capacity, all power to him.
Shahryar Shirazi
Apr 02, 2013 07:35am
Why don't you, for a change, question the leader ship in centre and Punjab on what they have delivered in the last 5 years . Lay your hands off PTI and IK.
Ali Shah
Apr 02, 2013 07:50am
I wasted 2 mins of my life reading this
Ashar Pervez
Apr 02, 2013 11:24am
Not just Dawn who has something against IK but another English newspaper based in Lahore. Oddly enough they seem to miss out on PPP, PML(N) and most importantly MQM.
Apr 02, 2013 11:35am
IK and it's Supporters are Living in Fools Paradise....
Cyrus Howell
Apr 02, 2013 12:49pm
Fair criticism, but anyone running for high public office is also fair game for the media.
Apr 02, 2013 01:40pm
the supporters of PTI (me included), need to realise Dawn is not a mouthpiece for PTI. It is there to give both points of view, and let people make their own minds up. Lets not suggest Dawn should only put forward pro PTI views. They have a right to publish criticisms, it is up to the awam to judge from evidence.
Agha Ata (USA)
Apr 02, 2013 01:53pm
It is perhaps his self confidence that won him fame in politics. Many leaders in history have done the same, People do worship personalities, that is in their blood. All is well, if it ends well.
Apr 02, 2013 02:24pm
And yet this "fair criticism" isn't applied as fairly to other party leaders. But is only used extensively at Imran Khan. How is that fair game then?
Apr 02, 2013 05:30pm
They are scared. "Free" to go after dishonestly to those that believe in dialogue and won't terrorize them. Can't criticize ANP, MQM, PMLN, or PPPP because there won't be just comments online attacking the publication...
Apr 02, 2013 06:21pm
i am a supporter of Imran and my earlier comments can attest to it---so let my loyalties be laid to rest. But i do believe Dawn is right. One should not ceate a personality cult---i syndrome. Now Imran has millions behind him but it,s time to use the word we the people of PTI promise! Every earlier leader in Pakistan indulged in it and history tells us how they ended. Imran you are a new kid on the block--we have invested a lot of hope in you AND your team. I understand your dreams and have read about our unique spirtual advisor but it,s WE the people who are going to make Our dreams come true through you. Victory has many fathers but defeat is a orphan.
Apr 02, 2013 07:21pm
Imran avey hee avey tey nawa Pakistan laway
Apr 02, 2013 10:30pm
So what if he fails. We are still with him unlike the turncoats in all parties. I wonder what Jinnah had to say about Imran given the country has been led by exemplary leaders, according to Dawn.
mm, NYC
Apr 03, 2013 12:53am
I am not from Pakistan, I feel If pakistan has to survive, people should vote for his party. It may be a historical opportunity for Pakistani's to right the wrong. Capitalists, corrupt bureaucrats and some opportunistic journalists are scared of IK.
Baber Khan
Apr 03, 2013 04:37am
The reason probably is - they all know who is making a difference this time round!
Mubashir Ayaz
Apr 03, 2013 12:48pm
We love IK, Vote to Imran Khan in election 2013.