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Imran Khan’s dream


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IMRAN Khan says he had a dream that his party had swept the upcoming elections. He believes that like in the past this time too his dream will come true.

After languishing on the margins for almost 16 years, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has now taken centre stage in Pakistani power politics, challenging the two established parties. But will Imran’s dream of sweeping the elections come true? Maybe not yet.

Certainly, the PTI has gained momentum, especially with the growing sense of despair among the new generation of Pakistanis. A British Council survey shows that an overwhelming percentage of the country’s young population has little faith in the future of the country and democracy.

This defining trait of young voters who number 25 million, or 30 per cent of the registered voters, will present a major challenge for the political parties at the hustings.

Despite their scepticism about democracy, the majority of youth intend to vote and could hugely influence the upcoming elections. With all their frustration, the young generation could become an instrument for change.

It is certainly not a monolithic group with affiliation to a particular ideology or political party. But what is common to them all is the rejection of the existing state of affairs. Pakistan has never been so ripe for change as it is now. Disillusionment with the ruling parties comes out quite clearly in various public opinion polls and surveys.

Therefore it does not come as a surprise that many among the new generation of voters peg their hopes on Imran Khan and his party. He is the only political leader who from the very outset of his campaign has focused on the youth.

His supporters are largely made up of young and first-time voters frustrated by the worsening security situation, the deteriorating economy and an uncertain future. They are desperate to see a party in power that promises them a better future.

Imran Khan’s decision to allocate 30pc of party tickets to young and first-time candidates has certainly helped consolidate the PTI’s youth support base. But this following seems to be restricted to the urban middle classes. The party holds little appeal for the rural poor who form the majority of the youth bulge.

There is also a question of whether Imran Khan’s charisma and his ability to attract big crowds could sweep away the traditional power base of the more established political parties particularly in Punjab. The country’s most powerful province will be the major battleground in the upcoming elections.

Though Imran Khan’s slogans of “a new Pakistan” and “change we can bring” may have inspired the dissatisfied urban educated youth, they have not generated the kind of powerful mass effect needed to break the domination of the traditional power elite. Moreover, his message is confused and often contradictory offering little to the common people.

Slogans are an important part of political campaigns across the world. They may or may not win elections, but they certainly play a critical role in mobilising public support. The slogan of “roti, kapra aur makan” (food, clothing and shelter) raised by ZulfikarAli Bhutto helped motivate the masses to vote for his Pakistan Peoples Party in 1970.

The three words encapsulated his party’s social democratic agenda and caught the imagination of the poor and downtrodden. Bhutto’s biggest support, however, came from the intelligentsia and the youth. The PPP’s victory in the first-ever direct elections in Pakistan’s history was aptly described as a “revolution through ballot”, though it went sour after the party’s rise to power.

Since then no other political party in Pakistan has campaigned with such a powerful message of change. True, it may not be the 1960s or the 1970s, a period of ideological confrontation when politics was highly polarised between the left and the right and between liberalism and religious obscurantism. But the social, political and ideological conflict Pakistani society faces is much more intense today.

Pakistan is a country deeply mired in economic crisis with more than one-third of the population living below the poverty line. Even after six decades of its birth the country is searching for an identity. There is a raging battle of ideas to determine what kind of state Pakistan should be — a moderate Muslim state or a centre for international terrorism.

Imran Khan’s slogan for a new Pakistan is more of an illusion rather than a vision for change. There is no clear vision behind the ambiguous slogan of a “new Pakistan”. It is more of rhetoric about corruption and the misdeeds of the PPP and PML-N. There is nothing about how his party is going to deal with issues like terrorism and extremism, which present the biggest threat to the country’s existence.

Unlike Mr Bhutto’s PPP, the PTI does not have any intellectual capital to give the party a clear direction. It is almost 18 years since the PTI was founded without any ideological moorings. Notwithstanding its slogan of change, the influence of right-wing conservative elements, many of them former members of the Jamaat-i-Islami, appears quite strong on party policies.

While he promises to fight against the status quo parties, Imran Khan’s hobnobbing with right-wing groups is incomprehensible. The PTI is in negotiations on seat arrangements with the JI and some other Islamic groups which raises questions about his concept of a new Pakistan.

Imran is not clear on which side of history he would like to stand. His ambivalent stance on militancy and extremism does not offer much hope about his concept of a new Pakistan and there are many issues on which he stands on the wrong side of history. Still, the PTI may emerge as a major power bloc in the upcoming elections. But Imran Khan’s dream of his party coming to power may not be fulfilled at least this time.

The writer is an author and journalist. Twitter: @hidhussain

The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

Comments (99) Closed

Shehla Apr 09, 2013 03:25am
Big have nothing new to add at all about the murders, no tax evasions no lucrative overseas bank accounts...yes his dialogue is laced with religious overtones and he has no specific action plan against the Taliban....but what ideology do the other parties have? What are their manifestos..? How is the APML different from the PML Q or N other than in the names of their leaders? Do any of the journalistic elite have any rationale ideas on how to get rid off terrorists? What is the big deal if he is ambiguous about military intervention ...arent we all? Do we really want to carpet bomb waziristan? Be another egypt or syria? Can people stop criticising the only ' clean' candidate we have ever had and come up WITH SOME ANSWERS!?
sher khan Apr 09, 2013 03:30am
Yeh you are right . Lets stick with PPP and PMLN they have clear vision and have done well.
Usman Apr 09, 2013 03:52am
I simply do not understand your reference to PPP wealth of intellectual capital while the PTI's lack of it. This concept, that we somehow need Oxbridge graduates to run the country is misguided, an honest leader does not need to be a Harvard Graduate. When PTI comes to power, it will have the entire country's intellectual capital at its disposal, AND it will have the political will and the vision to change things in Pakistan. No amount of intellectual capital in a party can provide you with honesty and sincerity. Having said that, you might want to do some more research on PTI's intellectual capital, you might be surprised. We need to somehow get out of our thinking that PPP and PML-N are the only parties 'technically' capable of running Pakistan. We need to have faith in our citizens, not a select few who's technical capabilities have been put to good use only to serve their selfish purposes. . The next big step for Pakistanis is to trust in each other, rather than a select visible few, otherwise we will alway be exploited.
Umar Apr 09, 2013 04:22am
What about criticism on those parties never for change? Writer failed to compare present potential of change that can be brought by other parties and PTI. I think leadership matters and if we want change that can be brought by the new face with new slogan and motivation. In today's era of active media and judiciary PTI will have to perform if given chance. So instead of experimenting tested, trialed and failed; new faces and blood be given chance with new leadership.
Ali Apr 09, 2013 04:51am
tabdeeli aa nahi rahi... tabdeeli aa gaey ha!!
Falcon Apr 09, 2013 04:55am
I think the writer despite being an accomplished author has overlooked a lot of details. First of all, PTI has a very clear vision of its direction, much more so than rest of the parties. The evidence is 10 or so policies that have been released by PTI with a lot of detail, which is unprecedented in Pakistan's history. Secondly, the information about alliance with JI is outdated. If you have been following news, it is PMLN rather than PTI that is going for alliance with JI and ASWJ and PPP that is going for alliance with SIC.
Shawkat Apr 09, 2013 05:49am
The biggest contribution of Imran Khan is the fact that he has not only mobilised the youth but has also inspired them as a role model. His dedication and commitment is exemplary, many of his followers who I met recently have learnt so much from him in terms of not giving up easily in life, being focussed to acheive goals and to pursue a mission that gives purpose to life. To me from what I have seen it is not about politics, it is beyond that and can be understood only after meeting his "Youth Brigade" who can make a big difference to Pakistan's future.
Ali Apr 09, 2013 05:55am
The amount of policies he made, the slogans his supporters come up with and the promise of an honest man seems to have blinded you greatly Mr. Editor. You are obviously biased towards the other mainstream parties because you haven't mentioned their faults. Very bad article, sorry to say!
Patriot Apr 09, 2013 06:08am
People here are ready to criticize Imran Khan. May I know how much critically have they examined Nawaz Sharif or any other political figure who have remained in power in the past. I request the writer not to disillusion people. We want alternative and when we get one we dont want to embrace it. Why dont people understand that majority of the problems, especially extremism come from bad economy. So root out corruption, extremism will dissapear in a year or two.
Qureshi Apr 09, 2013 06:23am
A man who could not keep his wife, how can he keep the country intact.
Mustafa Apr 09, 2013 06:30am
My fear is if Imran Khan is counting on his "youth looking" appearance to attract large number of Pakistani youth voters, there is also a possibility that Bilawal Zardari Bhutto, who is much younger than Imran Khan and is much more handsome looking youth, can attract much larger Pakistani youth voters. Therefore the ?youth? war may not help Imran Khan. The biggest problem in Pakistan today is militancy, terrorism, sectarianism and only rulers with iron fist and strong support of men and women in uniform can bring peace and stability to Pakistan.
zahid mehmood Apr 09, 2013 06:35am
i dont know imran's dream becomes reality or not but i am 100% sure that if anyone can do this its imran can do this.imran khan is the only person who is famous all over the pakistan and nation witness his honesty also. he is a hard worker and really want to do something extraordinary for this country.he has the courage for this and have the ability to make impossible to possible it is the right of nation that he would cast their vote according to his own will but i must say here khuda ne aj tak us qom ki halat nae badli no ho khyal jisko ap apni halat k badalne ka
Ali Shah Apr 09, 2013 06:51am
i fail to understand why columnists think that Imran's stance on militancy is ambivalent? Please listen to his interviews, it is not ambivalent at all.
Faisal Shafiq Apr 09, 2013 06:55am
In summary, the above is a stuttering article lacking intellectual gravitas and appears tainted by the writers personal biases. The argument is simple. Either the Pakistani nation will decide a new future for them in the upcoming elections or they can choose to vote the same old crooks in. The choice couldn't be more simple. I disagree with the writer, I think people will vote for change this time as they now have a choice and have simply had enough. Now or never!
sraz45 Apr 09, 2013 07:01am
I have maintained that the youth of Pakistan will be the single biggest factor in deciding these coming polls. All the reason they should, they are a majority of its population and the most affected, their future is in their own hands. Please exercise your right to vote and do this with care. Do not reelect the garbage which has just been dumped or people 2 cycles before them. Elect new honest sincere folks who will make a new Pakistan, May 11 2013 will a crucial day in Pakistan's history.
Ahsan Mlk Apr 09, 2013 07:04am
You can gauge how ill-informed & prejudiced the author is through his single line "There is nothing about how his party is going to deal with issues like terrorism and extremism" The whole upsurge of Khan & PTI has been due to his bold stances on terrorism & extremism. How conveniently this is missed out here is clearly evident.
Hopeful Apr 09, 2013 07:07am
I earnestly and sincerely believe that Imran Khan is the only hope left if Pakistanis want to survive and I strongly disagree when you say, "Unlike Mr Bhutto?s PPP, the PTI does not have any intellectual capital to give the party a clear direction. It is almost 18 years since the PTI was founded without any ideological moorings. " Common, are you kidding me. Lets go and vote for Imran Khan and show all the "Bhuttos" how its done.
SheeshaDude Apr 09, 2013 07:09am
So Mr. Zahid Hussain, since you in your opinion has articulated a masterpiece condemning a party which has never contested an election in its truest form, could you please elaborate on what other parties who have enjoyed long spells on power have done ? Does Noora League have "intellectual capital", does PPP have the anecdote for everything ? Before lamblasting PTI, it would have been prudent to talk about parties who have ruled us and plundered our wealth. One more thing, yes IK says he has a dream and you wasted an entire article to write about it, what about other parties who are getting "2/3rd majority" or "coming in power again based on their previous performance"? Please take off the anti-PTI goggles and the world would be much clearer to you !!!
saadsiddiqui87 Apr 09, 2013 07:12am
I am not against Imran Khan, but he is unable to handle the popularity and masses, still I wish him best
Zulfiqar Haider Apr 09, 2013 07:24am
"The party holds little appeal for the rural poor who form the majority of the youth bulge." Does the writer care to back his above argument with some facts? Here is one against the above: For the past couple of years Imran Khan has been consistently holding big rallies in rural areas across Punjab and KPK. The overwhelming presence of "rural youth" in such rallies is the main reason behind their success. In the Lahore Jalsah of October and March people came in from the rural areas of Punjab and KPK mostly. So I wonder what the writer is thinking!!
kaiser Apr 09, 2013 07:37am
imran khan also stands on the wrong side of character on many matters, which many have coveniently decided to ignore or overlook.
spectator Apr 09, 2013 07:59am
So zahid sahb, who do you want us to vote for?
Salman Apr 09, 2013 08:06am
Imran is very clear about his strategy the only confusion is with so called intellectuals.... this is not politics of wright or left it is politics of status quo and anti-status quo.... the element of status quo are: 1) corruption 2) Bad governess 3) run government under influence of US, UK and KSA 4) dont bring the system with good control so elite can manipulate it for their interest 5) Power politics to get support in business or to increase assets through other means 6) No education system for common man so they can vote to them for ever
observer Apr 09, 2013 08:17am
Imran has a pretty decent team up his sleeve with people like Dr Arif Butt and Asad Umar who are achievers. Bhutto's clear vision was power and nothing else and his nationalization and co-option of the militancy and mullahs is a prime example of how miserably he failed. Imran has done what no other person in history of Pakistan has done. From his achievement in Cricket to his elevation as a social worker and educationist, he is a man of his words. Its just that we as a nation have had so many flawed leaders turn after turn that we are just too afraid to trust anyone new. And as far as change is concerned, we need a leader who at least takes one small step in the right direction. With Noora and Zardari we can be sure there won't be any critical reforms coming. With Imran, there is hope. And hope is the only thing we have since we have been deprived of education, health, basic facilities by these so called 'Khadims' of the people.
Jabeen Apr 09, 2013 08:25am
A good writeup. It's going to be an uphill task for PTI and a deciding moment in the history of Pakistan. The so-called 'urban' youth will not allow the career politicians to steal Pakistan this time around. Insha'Allah.
Zahid Hussain Apr 09, 2013 08:39am
It's a very good article based on realities Imran khan would secure some seats but may not come in power but it's obvious this election will be start of change as Imran will have chance to manifest his vision in parliament
Akram Apr 09, 2013 08:44am
nations change their identity to suit the modern thinking, Britain once thought of itself as a super power that ruled the waves, but after World War 2 had to accept a role as America's sidekick, more recently it has grown to accept, even embrace the immigrants from its former colonies and accepted a multicultural Britain. This was the message sent out during the ceremony to the London Olympics. Pakistan will search for an identity similarly to reflect it position at the time. This nothing particular to Pakistan, as it happens in every nation. The nation has to adapt itself to change.
Naveed Apr 09, 2013 09:25am
InshAllah.... PTI & IK will win with the help of Allah... IK whole heartedly believes in Allah and only seeking His help in turning the ships round this time. The way IK expresses His faith in Allah, I don't see think with this imaan Allah will disappoint him. In my opinion, its now or never situation and we can't afford anything less than IK our next PM
Mehran Apr 09, 2013 09:27am
Imran we are with you. You are the only one who can bring change.
Mach IV Apr 09, 2013 09:38am
The writer appears to have very superficial knowledge about PTI. This writeup is a classic example of a "google/cut-paste and add a tagline" article. Same old script with no depth nor any recognition of the changed ground facts in the last couple of years. Not only does PTI have a clear roadmap and is more organised it is all set to sweep the next election IA
Rai Ahmed Apr 09, 2013 09:39am
Zahid sb...each and every time almost everyone say what u write today...his party is the only party which give u policy papers, about terrorism he gave u rather propogate what has to be done but not done by some vested interests, secterian voilation is other issue to be dealth with by creating harmony among islamic so called groups.. i think either you people do not try to understand his vision or you people try to confusion the public at large..his dreams might not come, but let's time decide it...only request to you is be positive try to help him where he is wrong, donot confuse people....and it might be possible that you have different veiwpoint regarding naya pakistan....Islam itself is very liberal Deen as there is no harshness in it.....try to negotiate with islamics groups do not mean that dialoughe must be ended. one has to engage himself/herself with all kind of people...he has vision, and has leadership qualities as i think, if ur point of view is different than it's other not confuse people...masses at village level do know him and u will see some surprising results...
Ahmed Zaidi Apr 09, 2013 09:45am
Firstly why is it that the English Speaking elite considers the right wing religious parties as the absolute devils. I mean the Madarsa educated masses, if we can all it that, because the Westernised elite coopted with the West pandering ruthless 80s Dictator who absolutely corrupted the mass education not just for the masses but even the rank and file of even the army. Yes it is true that Imran Khan has been a bit vague in hammering out a ground plan. However it is his selfless philanthropic nature that has prompted him to single handedly establish education (NUML) and healthcare institution with funding from Pakistani (as opposed to Aid instituions). I feel that there should be broad consensus that the long term solutions of this land and its people lie in absolute focus in education and healthcare, As they say " I will do as you do rather than what you say"
shayan Apr 09, 2013 10:29am
I think you will be surprised how pti shall clean sweep these elections, if you did you research you would know pti is the only party with crystal clear cut policies, on youth, health, education, disabled, war on terror, governance and much more
Ejaz Apr 09, 2013 10:41am
actually we are totally furstrated with all parties that why hopeing that imran can change, it not true. imran is also saying just like other say, he do not have any plan for nation, he has only plan to clear corruption in one day, do not you think its just the election word to attract the people, what going on in his party over ticket distribuation??????
Salim Apr 09, 2013 10:42am
Ik is surrounded by the same old politicians now. His right hand, one of the main financier of PTI Mr. Aleem is a land grabber with registered murder case against him (friend of Malik Riaz). The secretary from Lahore has around 5 registered murder cases. Unfortunately in last 1.5 years, PTI is taken by the same old corrupt mafia, and I have no hope that IK will be able to deliver. Shocked to see that people like Ayla are preferred over Miss Kasuri, Amjad Niazi (joining few days ago) preferred over Inam ullah Khan Niazi. IK had more trust on these corrupt electables rather than people especially youth of the country. This will back fire. I was watching a program about Multan. The host asked a person about JH and SMQ and change by PTI. He said that these people are getting elected from here for few decades and have done nothing, what change they will bring now.
saablog Apr 09, 2013 10:49am
it looks more a drawing room analysis rather based on reality. 65 % of registered voters are under the age of 30 (dawn news) and this is called youth. now it depends on the majority to justify their votes on the right direction.
Mian Zain Zubair Apr 09, 2013 11:11am
Lets hope that Imran Khan proves all of us wrong yet again.
XYZ Apr 09, 2013 11:23am
May Ik's dream of coming to power be fulfilled at least this time and must retain at any rate for two or three terms to wash the mess of six decades. His message must not be confused to consider it only for limited people. we hope that he will bring change for with in us Insha Allah not through US or Saudi.
ak18 Apr 09, 2013 11:47am
the writer appears to be confused, perhaps deliberately... when imran talks of job creation and economic policies then terrorism and extremism is the most important issue... when he talks about dealing with terrorism and extremism then the economy and power crisis are the most important issues... there is no pleasing these people... PTI's manifesto will be announced today... read it... compare it to any other party... and if you are not totally insane, and have not taken leave of all your senses.. you will admit it will be the only real choice Pakistan has, the only realistic manifesto out there, the only policies that can realistically be implemented, and the pti team is the only one that can realistically be expected to implement it... as far as zab winning an elecetion is concerned.. im afraid the author got that wrong also... zab lost to sheikh mujib... whether we like it or not... and the second elections were so badly rigged, even zab was too embarrassed to face the foreign press!
Ram Apr 09, 2013 12:39pm
Imran khan himself is not a religious man his past life style aligns more towards west his ex wife is from London and a christian. He does not appear a muslim, However he is embracing religion just to win elections there by joining hands with taligan and other religion extremist. I see there no change here every politician has tried failed using this formula, Pakistan needs a tough leader who takes taliban headon and defeats. Imran Khan will only make the problem worst by giving hope to Taliban ideology
Tariq Apr 09, 2013 12:43pm
I wish to share that IK's dream will come true and I along with the whole nation of Pakistan will Inshallah celebrate by way of moving back to Pakistan after having been incarcerated in foreign country since 1969! On many a occasion have contemplated moving back but the system is so corrupt I did not want to risque losing everything, even though I am a professional engineer. I would be willing offer my services to PTI in any capacity to do my bit for the greater Pakistan!
Javeed Apr 09, 2013 12:45pm
Totally biased article. PPP was in power for 5 years( a very big term indeed) & what they did, they have brought the country on the brisk of destruction. Whether be it economics, security, or foreign policy, they have done every wrong thing; no one would have ever dreamed of. When it comes to IK, it may be that he has not a solution to many problems Pakistan is facing but he does have solutions to few. The biggest thing about him is that he is the only clean politician among those running for elections & this only thing makes him far better than the others. About solutions, you may differ about his views of tackling the problems but then every time he had his view on anything there were people who differed & in fact opposed what he said.Always he proved his critics wrong & I hope this time also he will. To me he is the only hope
Zubair Apr 09, 2013 12:48pm
The writer seems to be suffering from senile thought process and degenerated opinions! he hasn't understood the aim of pti and is hopelessly creating hopelessness among the people of Pakistan!
Riz - US Apr 09, 2013 01:24pm
I guess "clean until elected".
inam Apr 09, 2013 01:25pm
The author looks confuse to me
ajaz Apr 09, 2013 01:28pm
Dear writer, If you can understand the vision of change doesn't necessarily mean everyone else is as narrow minded as yourself. I have read his plan. And believe it or not all of it is about CHANGE, to make better Pakistan, More reliable Pakistan and more respected Pakistan.... not for himself but for the common people. the poor, and wealthy. If you don't understand this Vision of "Change" then maybe you should stick to what you do undertand "Roti, Capra and Makaan" ALL 3 and more of which PPP has taken away from the poor. No offence but if YOU understand these people better then Maybe you deserve to be ruled by them.
OP Apr 09, 2013 01:30pm
"The party holds little appeal for the rural poor who form the majority of the youth bulge." -- I am curious, as to what the basis for this statement is. Are there polls or surveys done that show this?
ssayub Apr 09, 2013 01:30pm
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.... so squint-eyed analyses yields a jaundiced view - pure and simple. Wake up Mr. Zahid Hussain! Pakistan has changed........
Falcon Apr 09, 2013 01:33pm
No offense but this comment hardly makes any sense. Is the commenter implying that Pakistani youth is so focused on 'looks' that will get up and follow anyone who looks 'young'?
Hamdard Apr 09, 2013 01:33pm
Why are we talking about his wife or personal life at all? Does your marital status affect your work? If it does, its your marraige thats unmanageable, not his. He dealt with his marriage the best way it fit his needs. Stay out of people's personal lives. Your ignorance attitude is the reason why Pakistan is this situation today. People get over petty BS.
gangadin Apr 09, 2013 01:38pm
This guy is so power hungry, my Allah, give us all a break. Gracefully disappear from political scene but no, sorry, he's a pakistani. He will go like Saddam.
Agha Ata (USA) Apr 09, 2013 01:42pm
A real penetrating insight, of course. Imran Khan describes the direction, but not the destination. I think he should find some easy words for corruption- less, peaceful and prosperous Pakistan (excluding the word "secular", at this stage)
ahmed Apr 09, 2013 01:46pm
'PTI does not have any intellectual capital to give the party a clear direction' ??? it is total ignorance to say that they do not have a clear direction given they are the only party in the history of pakistan who have come up with policy papers for all the pillars of the economy even before coming to power. while one may differ with what they say in their papers, but clearly it is the most significant indicator showing their seriousness to deliver if and when they get elected.
abidi2013 Apr 09, 2013 01:57pm
Writers views are biased and clearly to one that of PPP admirer. The current state of Pakistan is due to so called itellectual asset that the writer says PPP has been able to develope. This is the very status quo that Imran Khan is fighting against. PPP has lost the right to claim to be victim of establishment. The corruption in the last 5 years is unprecedented. Both PPP and PML are responsible. Just have by having an honest and sincere leader like Imran Khan will bring enormous change. Once fooled shame on you, twice fooled shame on me. What Vision PPP or PML-N holds? The writer is just niave.
Kdspirited Apr 09, 2013 02:30pm
This article is nothing new. Its the same old rhetoric of IK not winning the elections. The real question is what are the people of this country willing to do to ensure the same old faces of plundderes of this nation do not come into power. Why doesnt anyone write that article. The truth of the matter is that thanks to policies in the past we have a huge baggage of extremisim and extremist ideologies in this country.IK needs to deal with it just like the rest of us. The only way to eradicate that is to change it from the ground up. Not top down
kumar Apr 09, 2013 02:44pm
Imran Khan himself is not a religious person he was once married to Christian he keep himself clean shaved, However in recent past he claims as reborn Muslim, one should question why Imran is embracing Islam is it for love of Islam or just to win elections as this appeal to certain masses in Pakistan, He is not the first politician use religion to win elections, but he contradicting himself by calling a new pakistan the old pakistan was based on religion and every other leaders from Jinnah to Bhutto to Zia-ul-Haq used religion as basis for their governance. Pakistan need a leader who can learn from history and take a firm stand on important issues such as separation of religion from state, eradicating extremism from its root which are far more important than petty corruption.
ezazil Apr 09, 2013 02:58pm
Dear Mr Zahid, with due apology, we are seeking options from available lot. Capacity,vision etc are necessary but at the top is will and sincerity of purpose. Other parties have shown us all during past. You can expect everything but capacity, vision,will, sincerity... from tested lot. He is the only untried option. Insanity is doing same thing over and over again and expecting different result.We cannot afford a repeat telecast of last 5 years..
sarah Apr 09, 2013 02:59pm
the writter has dissapointed the readers in terms of giving superfacial information and mixing up different issues to cook up something about imran khan. This piece atleast cant be regarded as a good journalism!
Imran Apr 09, 2013 03:04pm
It appears that in the article writer seems to miss the PTI policies such as Economic Policy, Education Policy etc. No other party does have any of the policies or any concrete agenda, they seems to make same slogans without any policies or agenda. Also perhaps needs to look into the PTI core team such as Asad Umer to name a few.
Imran Apr 09, 2013 03:12pm
How many of youth does Bilawal Zardari has managed to gather so far?
Imran Apr 09, 2013 03:13pm
Jinnah lost his marital life happiness as well before his wife died. Has he managed to keep the Muslim nation of subcontinent intact? Please be rational
arvind Apr 09, 2013 03:25pm
Imran Khan appears to be liberal person who can get Pakistan freed from fundamentalists. But single person cannot do anything unless a team works.
Salar Khan Apr 09, 2013 03:28pm
Have you taken the time to look over the details for tackling current issues provided on PTI website?
Zack Khan Apr 09, 2013 04:14pm
Ram Ram Bhai, before you post your comments please do some research! If you you don't understand something, ask for clarification...!
Pakistan Apr 09, 2013 04:35pm
It gives me goosebumps when i see such passion from our overseas Pakistanis MashAllah!!
Pakistan Apr 09, 2013 04:42pm
Quaid e azam had the same story when it comes to the marriage life. How was he able to bring this vast change on the map of subcontinent?? Keeping a wife is surely not the measure of a leader's capability.
waqar Apr 09, 2013 04:46pm
RAM .you should still learn few things that IK's wife was converted into ISLAM.
waqar Apr 09, 2013 04:47pm
He will surely
waqar Apr 09, 2013 04:49pm
Salim : we have faith on IK and he is still leading the PTI ,so we should not be worry about other peoples .
Ali Apr 09, 2013 04:54pm
The elections are almost here but unfortunately the media such as here is not playing its role in making history. Maybe some people are just happy with PML(N) and PPP taking turns and bringing the country to the brink of failure. Can you answer me who exactly deserves to be the PM if not Imran Khan and what exactly Nawaz Leaque will be able to achieve and why it couldn't do that in its last two outings?
waqar Apr 09, 2013 04:54pm
don't go anywhere just look at below comments those who supports the IK has more " Likees " is the major success of PTI.
Pakistani Apr 09, 2013 05:13pm
For a sake of an argument, let us for a second believe that Imran Khan's vision for new Pakistan is not clear, his policies are not clear, he does not know how to handle extremism and terriorism etc etc. But having said that, isnt he still the BEST Political alternative we have available today? Isnt he better than the old currupt lot we have? Does we not see some light in the tunnel when we think of him being the next ruler? In comparsion to utter darkness by voting PPP n PML (N). If PPP, PML(N) had a clear vision or policies, what stopped them from implementing it after they got into power 3 times. Please give people of Pakistan a break now. Alteast give Imran Khan a chance! Even the worst of Imran Khan will be lot better than the best of Zardari and Nawaz. Request to all, please vote for him, try him.
Mustafa Apr 09, 2013 06:17pm
Dear Ram, I agree with what you said, no question about it. Unfortunately many people do not like to hear what you said. The same way I said this elsewhere in this post: The biggest problem in Pakistan today is militancy, terrorism, sectarianism and only rulers with iron fist and strong support of men and women in uniform can bring peace and stability to Pakistan. Many people did not like to hear this. I have watched events when Pakistan was just a dream. The last I saw Jinnah was in 1948. I would never dream that Pakistan would go to gutter at some point of time, Today the only thing good left in Pakistan is its Nukes and its Armed Forces. I am sorry to say Pakistan must drastically change to be in tune with rest of the world to exist in peace. Pakistan must also co-exist with all its neighbors in peace. It need rulers with iron fist to fight and eliminate the enemies of humanity within Pakistan.
irfan Apr 09, 2013 06:31pm
I think IK has explained about his policy against terrorism and extremism on many local and foreign TV channels. Second, if Bhutto had such an intelligent team then why he was unable to make our economy better and improve institutions?
Parvez Apr 09, 2013 07:46pm
You may be, just may be right that he will not come into power this time but to end matters there is not worthy of a writer of your caliber. Simply the impact of the Imran Khan PTI phenomena on our political scene is more important than winning or losing and not recognising that is simply wrong.
Rizwan Liaqat Apr 09, 2013 08:11pm
"Unlike Mr Bhutto?s PPP, the PTI does not have any intellectual capital" I lost you at Mr. Bhutto's PPP.
life rider Apr 09, 2013 08:25pm
I am an indian. I love the people of pakistan and i sincerely hope peace will prevail between the both countries. I am impressed by Imran Khan's integrity, honesty and his moderate approach to life. For that matter alone, I am willing to overlook his personal shortcomings, his unsuccessful marriage etc. Do you want a person with courage, conviction and true leadership skills to be your prime minister or a weak religious teetotaler, to lead your country? He is the only leader who talks about collective prosperity, where india and pakistan can both prosper, if they join hands together. Should make sense to every Pakistani and Indian. I wish Pakistan good luck this coming election. I just contributed a small amount towards Mr. Khan's campaign. I hope he wins and he doesn?t get assassinated. Pakistan India Zindabad!!
really upset Apr 09, 2013 08:26pm
If it was up to Ziad Hussain the writer, there will be no Quaids Pakistan or no Martin Luther King.... Mr. Ziad, all greatness start with a dream, and unflinching belief that makes the impossible possible. How can an objective journalist wish or analyzes that incompetent and corrupt politicians from MQM, PMLN, PMLQ, PPP and mullah parties will be re-elected. I am sorry need for you to get you head out of the sand... never stop believe.... we are the change that Pakistan need, don't listen to morally dead journalists like Mr. Zahid Hussain.... BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN!
faryan786 Apr 09, 2013 09:06pm
Mr. Hussain, regretfully, you lack passion, you clearly have no imagination you are still busy worshipping the PPP and its lies about roti, kapra aur makan which the nation is still waiting for. Imran's dream is my dream, our dream, we as a nation need a leader who has never been a politician, who does not know politics, people who knew politics, did what for the country or my countrymen. Imran is far better than anyone else. There was a time when going to the moon was impossible to we are reaching out to other parts of the galaxy. We are going to believe in this dream and going to make everyone else believe in it too.
waqaasmalik Apr 09, 2013 10:16pm
people said the same regarding Jinnah..look what he did to the country :)
khurshid Apr 09, 2013 10:42pm
No substance in this analysis - only a regurgitating of worn-out and oft-repeated ideas - quite disappointing, to be honest.
pathanoo Apr 09, 2013 10:48pm
My heart goes out to the Pakistani people abused and deceived by the politicians and the military equally since their very existance. Obviously, they are thoroughly disillusioned and feel hopeless. That said, Imran Khan is more a wishful hope born out of desperation than a reality borne out of experience or facts so far revealed by and about Imran Khan. Best of Luck, Pakistan.
Thoughtful Apr 09, 2013 11:05pm
After reading the article and readers response, it appears to me that Imran Khan's supporters are emotional and live in a world of permanent illusion. The writer is correct in his analysis and fact of the matter is that Imran Khan is simply a fraud. His sole objective is to grab power by hook or by crook. He is bad for Pakistan due to his arrogance, ignorance, lack of political knowledge, and personal greed. Although, the author of the article is very polite in saying that Imran Khan's dream will not come true at least this time but the reality is that Imran Khan will never be able to grab power neither now nor in future. With time due to consistent failure Imran Khan will become more and more inconsistent and ridiculous and will lose already a falling credibility. His supporters may insult the author of this article by negating him but fact of the matter is that his analysis is fact based and he is correct whereas Imran's supporters are dead wrong.
Asaad Apr 09, 2013 11:44pm
If Imran would follow the traditions then it wouldn't be a 'new dream' or a 'new Pakistan', would it. Weather, or not Imran can come to power is one issue but bringing weight to his party from its conception says something about his process. He is new (leader) and different and who knows what lies ahead. We all know the past and existing process of no mass benefit, so, your writing of reminding what and how past is boring and has no value added. How about provide a solution of a current issue and ask Imran to follow it.
Sultan Alvi, Toronto Apr 10, 2013 12:39am
And this author is so blinded by his bias, he can't see it.
Suhail Apr 10, 2013 01:12am
Ram Gee, please do a favor to yourself. Just learn little bit more what Imran is today.
Janan Khan Apr 10, 2013 05:52am
a hollow leader with hollow slogans...imran khan(hypocrite-taliban-khan)...shame on his fake ideology of hypocrisy....
huma Apr 10, 2013 06:13am
It seems that the writer has not done his research properly regarding all the comprehensive policies on health, education, energy, economy etc put forward by PTI. Plus the grass root reality is different the wave is there.
Shah Apr 10, 2013 06:44am
"On the wrong side of history"? Quite judgemental aren't we writer?
hasan Apr 10, 2013 10:22am
he just wants attention...
aslam Apr 10, 2013 01:46pm
''There is nothing about how his party is going to deal with issues like terrorism and extremism''..haha dude wake up :) only party and leader who has been standing up against drone attacks and has the perfect strategy to cope up with the problem..its shocking how your blog is based on personal opinion and NOT on facts..and is still published..
Ram Apr 10, 2013 02:28pm
Khan Saab, Imran Khan was my hero I enjoyed watching Imran Khan bowling in swingers to Gavaskar, I did follow his career and I do have enough knowledge, during his cricket days he was surrounded by Wasim Akram,Waqar younis, Javed Miandad Salim Malik and many other which enabled him to win the world cup for Pakistan, However during his second innings as a politician he is surrounded by Islamic extremist who needs to be dealt with Iron fist. His main agenda should be to defeat Taliban and realize Jinnah's dream of tolerant Pakistan. However he is making wrong choices and not learning from history
Ram Apr 10, 2013 02:38pm
Thank you Mustafa saab, I was born in 70s, However my neighbor was a car driver to Jinnah I grow up hearing lot of stories about partition from him. you are right today Pakistan needs a leader who deals terrorism seriously with zero tolerance.
Imran Apr 10, 2013 02:50pm
It appears that you are not able to see his past track record neither his accomplishments.
Imran Apr 10, 2013 02:56pm
Impressive, then please carry on with the old habits and believe on those who never fulfilled anything leave alone any thing good for the people of country neither any concrete work they have ever done. It perhaps would be a waste of a time to talk about whether IK is greedy or not his past achievements are there to look at. Up-to a certain extent Jinnah was arrogant as well because he was honest and believed in truth, IK happen to be in the same category what's wrong with that.
Imran Apr 10, 2013 03:02pm
All can be suggested that please go and have a look into PTI manifesto and their policy details which are available on their website
Md Imran Apr 10, 2013 03:57pm
Why are Indians so keen to peg their country with Pakistan ? Is this inferiority complex that they try to gain some semblence of identity through Pakistan ? There is nothing in common between two country. An average Pakistani is far more wealthier, sincere, creative and prosperous than an average Indian.
Babar Raja Apr 10, 2013 08:03pm
You must be kidding. If IK is fraud than what about Sharif's, Zardari's, Musharaf and Iltaf Hussain. You must be one of these parties supporters.
Asaad Apr 10, 2013 10:53pm
No where writer said Imran was fraud, corrupt...hook and crook. Your own analysis of the writing is a proof that you are incorrect and simply resorted to most common words of political assault that goes between party members. Rise above your anger/hatred and emotions and write something so politics get better by building calm and bridges yet agreed to be in disagreement and not resorting to killing each other. Here is a suggestion, think deep about Quranic ayaat and get some earthly knowledge (through college degree or other means). Imran is merely a human (and so is every other 'super' leaders) and his ideas are merely common ideas, but he is able to bring forth these common ideas with his charisma and that is little refreshing/promising and stands out.