THIS is apropos Zahid Hussain’s article “Imran Khan’s dream” (April 9). Yes, his dream is the dream of many, including our youth. The PTI is a leading political party and has earned its reputation, respect and dignity by displaying courage, heroics and patience, mostly by Imran Khan himself.

But it could never have been one-sided as portrayed. Mr Khan today proudly stands having millions to support him not just because of the goodwill he contributed to Pakistan in the form of the 1993 World Cup, the first cancer hospital of Pakistan and another recently inaugurated to be constructed in Peshawar, a university, social service or as the chancellor of a British university.

He stands here because the people have faith in what he intends to do. Just like they did back when Bhutto stood for a better Pakistan, we cannot say it was just Bhutto’s dream, can we?

Imran Khan has representatives largely elected to party positions by the public, even Bhutto had many newcomers from among the public which paved the way to his party winning the elections. Since the PTI’s manifesto and policies have been announced, it is now known what ideology does Mr Khan has for its party and Pakistan.

As the writer sees the PTI being largely influenced by people belonging to extremist Islamic groups, I would like to clear the stance of the party mentioned by Imran Khan and the manifesto presented that their first priority is of gaining control, through dialogue and peace, over the worsening security situation in the country caused by groups and movements instead of doing the same thing repeatedly and having no positive results.

Mr Khan might have dreamt of his party coming to power through this election, let that be a driving force for his spirits to be held up high during the election campaigns with the traditional power elite to fear about.

What matters to the dream of a better Pakistan with a high sense of security -- productive economic activities, much less corruption (that includes accountability of the armed forces too) and overall providing the citizens of their rights -- is that who among all rises as the batman to save Pakistan out of this dark night where many can’t sleep well to dream.

Manifestos of political parties have been presented and we all know who has delivered being in power.

Therefore, Imran Khan does deserve a chance because of the fact of delivering much more without even being the captain. There are many proud to be Pakistanis but there are a few who Pakistan is proud of.

OSAMA KABIR KAZI Karachi

Updated Apr 13, 2013 01:10am

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Comments (7) (Closed)


Reas
Apr 13, 2013 10:36am
Dream of Qaid i Azam MA Jinnah did not come true. Allama Iqbal was also just dreaming. If our farmers just dream and dont make field, the dreams shall remain dreams only.
gangadin
Apr 13, 2013 12:21pm
What qualifications Mr. Khan have that make him a superior politician? I didn't call him a leader or a statesman, that would be an insult to many others.
Salman
Apr 13, 2013 12:24pm
Pakistan is in fact the land of reverie. Where leaders came up with dreams only and none of them are able to leverage the indigent and downtrodden masses.
Agha Ata (USA)
Apr 13, 2013 01:27pm
I hope, while dreaming of Jinnah's desires, Imran Khan is also dreaming of a Secular Pakistan where there would be no Blasphemy Laws, and all women and ALL minorities will be safe, free and happy. BUT ... woould JI let him do that? :
Kdspirited
Apr 13, 2013 03:41pm
Very well Said. I would hope that Imran Khans dream is every Pakistanis dream. And I hope that we all live to see this dream come true. I wonder how long the nay sayers will hold on to their rhetoric instead o joining hands with someone who truely deserves a chance.
Jalaluddin S. Hussain
Apr 13, 2013 06:32pm
Remember, the famous African-American activist Martin Luther King's, "I have a dream speech". This inspiring speech promoted many an African--American movements and immensely helped in the in the two-time election of Barack Hussein Obama. as President of the USA.. We know for a fact that Obama's father was a Kenyan Muslim and his mother was white Christian. She was a very learned lady, who had also worked in Karachi and knew how to speak Urdu! Having a dream makes all the difference!
Asif
Apr 13, 2013 08:07pm
you are a moron, show us the connection b/w JI and PTI? Why are you hiding in good old USA and not fighting for secular rights from the trenches in Pakistan?