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Why is it wrong to praise Imran Khan?

Published Oct 31, 2011 01:32pm


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As a nation we may cry for change but looking at our behaviour, we don’t really seem to actually want it. We are so deeply embedded in our comfort zone ruled by dynasties and corrupt politicians that when someone different comes along, we can’t wait to mock them on our Facebook statuses and pinpoint the first thing we see wrong in them.

Those topping the Imran Khan hate-list couldn’t stop typing their sarcasm last night about how he held a concert at his Lahore rally. Yeah. He did. Altaf does it. Shahbaz does it. Zardari may hope to one day do it but none of them have so far managed to get crowds singing with them. Imran Khan did – and not while he blared his version of Jalib or a parody of Parday may rehnay do… instead he managed to get onboard people who can actually help him create some kind of unity amongst the crowds – how can that go against him?

How do you even ridicule such an energetic crowd of thousands when compared to the bored and jaded crowd sitting at other political rallies clutching photographs of leaders who aren’t even in front of them?

Imran Khan did not indulge in the usual blame-game we are normally spectators to when it comes to political rallies. Do we really enjoy the tradition of dwelling over the past and discrediting opponents so much that we can’t take a minute to enjoy the fact that for a change we didn’t have to listen to a lecture about who all were responsible for Pakistan’s failures?

So his charisma and cricket career adds to his appeal – good for him. Would we prefer if he had a criminal past or was a part of the feudal elite? For once, we have someone who is not relying on his family lineage or taking pride in the fact that he spent an X number of years in prison. It may not be enough to make him a great candidate for premiership but it is enough for some to be proud of him – let those people have this moment.

The minorities and women also have a right to welcome this moment as Khan promised to protect their rights, which is as crucial as the other point he mentioned: Balochistan.  Bringing Balochistan into mainstream politics may not be the easiest task he takes up, but given he gets the chance to do that and then succeed – well that’s what you call a victory.

His policies may be all over the place… or not even in place yet but Imran Khan has managed to do something none of the other leaders have so far – wake people up. Forget the rural voters who are promised a plate of biryani for their vote. I am talking about people such as your siblings, your neighbours and co-workers. He has managed to wake them up, register themselves and get excited to vote for the very first time. How far Imran Khan manages to go, who knows, but making even quarter of this nation optimistic about the future is a very big achievement already.

More than ever before, we see parallels being drawn here with what Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto created decades ago. The dreams, the hopes and the energy. The youth that Imran Khan has woken up may be as naïve as the rural men who ZAB had woken up once but then again dreamers are always naïve.

Where Imran Khan must differ from ZAB is by learning how to accommodate and facilitate a difference of opinions. He must realise that India is not the enemy and living by the hate rhetoric will not get us very far.

Speaking very clearly on foreign policy, Khan stated that his party does indeed want relations and friendship with the US – BUT, on the basis of equality. He doesn’t want to be America’s puppet – how is that a bad thing? We won’t get dollars, true, but we may manage to get some respect. He doesn’t want to fight America’s war – what’s wrong with that? Last time I checked, we were pretty desperate to claim our sovereignty, which is impossible when our government itself allows the US to drop its missiles inside our territory. But then if that doesn’t happen – who will fight the monsters we created that are blowing people up? Imran Khan thinks dialogue is the solution – so you don’t agree, sure. But it’s not as if military action has so far achieved too many results either – if anything some claim that it is breeding terrorism – but then again, everyone has an expert opinion these days on how to get rid of militancy, if anything Khan is entitled to his – especially when he has the courage to say all this without an entourage of feudal guards around him or a bullet-proof podium to protect him.

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Shyema Sajjad is a former Dawn staffer.

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Absar Oct 31, 2011 12:56pm
PTI is a stark reality now I have to admit it despite being a critic of IK and its party one way or the other.
Abdul Rehman Gilani Oct 31, 2011 01:01pm
The speech was good, though the points made should be analyzed in terms of practicality. Will Imran be able to take a pragmatic approach to the solutions he presented, time will tell. On an off-note, it should be stated that the rampant corruption should be checked. 1200 billion Rupees is not a small amount.
Saadia Anwar Oct 31, 2011 01:07pm
Hope is a rarity in our country so much so that it is nearing extinction. If someone lightens it up in our youth, he should be credited for it and not mocked at which is mostly the case with Imran Khan. He is too religious for our leftists and too liberal for our rightists, same as a person named Jinnah though I do not want to draw an analogy here.
Kamran Oct 31, 2011 01:18pm
Request for all Pakistanis to give PTI a chance ... how many chances we will give to PPP and PML (N)? Each time they come and make money for themselves and for their childern.
Prasad - India Oct 31, 2011 01:32pm
Well Frankly, He needs to be given a chance. But typical of all the politians ( read only politians) even he is afraid of talking about India. Well deep inside everybody wants peace inside, but you think it is against patriotism to talk in favour of india and let the kashmir issue. Think about it....
Omair Oct 31, 2011 01:36pm
Very well written piece. I relate it completely as it just says almost everything that I want to on this. I simply cannot understand the logic behind all the jibes. How can rekindling hope, generating positive energy be mocked at. Probably because all these critics have also forgotten that these emotions are virtues for a nation to have! But we don't blame them...such has been the decline of our country in the last 15 years that anyone can forget what positivity is!
Khawaja Oct 31, 2011 01:39pm
Well at least he looks better than any other option: 1. He has got us the prestigious world cup so he knows how to compete "Internationally", handle pressure, lead and then WIN. None of the others can even think of getting close to something like this. 2. He has been doing a lot of social work starting mainly from his hospitals. I don't remember any other doing something like this individually. That shows his will to contribute positively socially. 3. He is naive in politics but that was around 15 years ago when he entered politics. He's still naive but not that much. Come to think of it, considering the modern times, I can safely say the rest have become "outdated" so he can definitely bring something new to the table. 4. The public namaz stunt was pretty cool. I don't think he's that religious but at least he knows the value of religion in the mind of Pakistanis while also not going towards extremism, which he proved through the concert. 5. We have already tried and tested the rest "several" times. He deserves at least one chance.
liaqat ali Oct 31, 2011 01:42pm
Agree completely.
Ib Oct 31, 2011 01:54pm
bah !...yet another Jamaat-e-Islami in the making !
Izzi Oct 31, 2011 01:58pm
Why is the title of your article misleading. Im a supporter of IK. But because of the title, I read it through the end thinking I'll find something 'against' IK. Maybe you meant "What is Wrong with Praising IK?" or "Why it is RIGHT to praise IK." I know Im just pointing our a grammatical error.. but its so dubious!
Salman Oct 31, 2011 01:59pm
Shyema: Thanks a lot for writing this article :) God bless :)
Bacha Oct 31, 2011 02:00pm
Pakistani peoples are blind so that they vote to these corrupt politician like PPPP. PML and specially the ANP. ANP blaims pushtoon Only Imran khan bring changes coz he view is clear, No corrupt, No one can tresspass our soverignty.
Faisal Oct 31, 2011 02:02pm
sure! we should hands together with imran khan/PTI to save our country.
baloch Oct 31, 2011 02:03pm
Finally someone is taking about Baloch rights. Finally someone consider us the Baloch as Pakistani citizen. We saw the Lahore PTI Rally and cried in excitement & prayed to Allah to help him in changing our Beloved Pakistans Fate. There must be an end game of These Zardariees & Nawaz Brotheren. I would like to congratulate the Pakistani Nation for the beginning of Revolution
Saf Kahn Oct 31, 2011 02:05pm
How can you expect democracy to flourish if you do not allow someone new and different and take his chances in running the country. It's an irony that despite all talk of liberty and freedom and democracy, we stick to our own set rules by not letting someone new try his hand. Imran Khan has entered with a bang. It's about time he's given a chance that has long been due.
Farhan Oct 31, 2011 02:06pm
Very well written article. We have been watching our country being looted by the same politicians over and over, we have seen the military dictators as well and yet we didn’t had any choice. Looking at Imran Khan rally yesterday has given us a hope for CHANGE towards the betterment, that we need desperately. We all need to support Imran Khan and give him a chance after all we have got nothing to loose...
Gilliana Oct 31, 2011 02:10pm
Well a new broom always sweeps well. But Pakistanis should give him a chance as he is still untried, I doubt if Pakistan's foreign policy will ever change because it is not the elected government that frames it. Nevertheless whichever party comes to power will always be subordinate to a more powerful hierarchy and at the end the PTI will be just another government dishing out the same wares.
Marium Ahmed Oct 31, 2011 02:13pm
Sir Imran, we as youth and back bone of Pakistan are with you, we respect your focus and shall be there with you for success of Pakistan and Pakistani's.
waqar Oct 31, 2011 02:18pm
Imran Khan and Pervez Mushraff can unite the country and lead to to success. Pakistan wake up, this is yoru best chance the world is behind these to people, they need to form a coliation.
Fawad Gul Oct 31, 2011 02:19pm
What do you think? God will come from Heaven and bring a change to you people? Do you people deserve that? If a man with a pure heart and good and pure intentions is willing to do so, we shud vote for him, If you dnt vote for Imran Now, you shall be doomed
Sheraz Ali Khan Oct 31, 2011 02:23pm
Allah be kind upon us. It would be Pakistan's lucky moment to have Imran Khan at its lead. Every Pakistani should sensibly exercise his or her right to vote and chose what they think would be best for Pakistan. I like most would vote and would love everybody to vote for Imran Khan. He is the best out at the moment.
Doritos Oct 31, 2011 02:26pm
Love it! Love him! Love your writing! The best part and most crucial point to notice are in your last lines...the truth never feels the need to hide behind it's 'feudal guards' or 'bullet proof podium'
M Malik Oct 31, 2011 02:28pm
People in any society, are always afraid of a change. It took civil rights movement, nearly four decades, for African-Americans to be allowed equal opportunity, and for Obama to become the first black president of the US. That is not to say, that civil rights movement has achieved full equality in every sphere. Pakistanis are so docile and used to empty slogans of career-corrupt politicians, that it may yet take several years of power-sharing games between incompetent main-stream political parties, and those who rule large sections of the country via remote control, to give a fresh face a chance! God help them!
saadi Oct 31, 2011 02:28pm
"we can’t wait to mock them on our Facebook statuses and pinpoint the first thing we see wrong in them." I like this sentence ,This is unfortunatly a national trait and wont go easily. I have seen a very educated man and supporter of PMLn finding such type of wrongs in Imran khan while he had all the praise for Nawaz shareef.What really is the comparison between the two ?If there is any then I guess Imran seems to have much stronger credentials then any other politician in the country. So It would be more fair to say that If you come from any other party just try to anaylse Imran not by nitpicking but by just comparing him with any other leader you think is best for Pakistan.
Ehtisham Khan Oct 31, 2011 02:29pm
Thanks Shyema for giving words to our emotions. There is only one faction in the youth which is reluctant to accept IK as the new leader for the land of pure. This faction includes the tourch bearers of Secularism. According to them IK is an off-shoot of Jamat-e-not-so-Islami. For them anyone who talks against drone attacks is a Jihadi. For them anyone who stands up against US aggression is a mullah. It’s about time for these moderately enlightened yupies surrender their grudge against Imran Khan. I hope your article will clear a lot of misconceptions. Regards, EK
Dr Shoaib Oct 31, 2011 02:30pm
I along with many of my colleagues will Insha-ALLAH vote for Imran Khan and we sicerely believe that he will bring a good change to this nation
Hasnain Ahmed Oct 31, 2011 02:31pm
I wish I was in Pakistan yesterday at Minar-e-Pakistan to attend the ground breaking ceremony of "Spring Uprising in Pakistan" At last, our young generation woke up to take charge of Revolution. Insha'ALLAH, we'll see a better political system in the near future. Yes, Imran Khan should be praid for what he did no one could imagine at this time.
ali Oct 31, 2011 02:32pm
imran khan is the last hope for this country inshallah he would be successive in next election and every one should vote him as he does not talk about sindhi punjabi etc he always talk about the nation as whole while other leader in this country just talk about a specific class of people
Ashar Oct 31, 2011 02:32pm
I can' thank you enough for writing this article. Pakistan needs a change and Imran is the best option for bringing about this change.
Naeem Oct 31, 2011 02:36pm
May all good will accompany Imran, the fact he has given the nation so much already via the hospital and sporting respect makes him sit above any of those feudal leaders corrupt to the core.. The problem will be the rural vote, who need to be freed from barradari voting! Musharraf is the biggest culprit of this mess, he dealt softly with the US (selling our ppl and soul) then he signed off on the infamous and damaging NRO - allowing the crooks to wreak havoc on our nation....
Ali Latif Oct 31, 2011 02:39pm
Although I have issues with many of Imran Khan's views. And I do not agree with him on many fronts. The writer has definitely encouraged me to re-think on a few of them. It takes an a good and articulate writer to encourage a thought process. And to allow more rigid people like myself to view the flip side of the coin!...good job!
ali Oct 31, 2011 02:42pm
Vote for imran khan only as majority of leaders are playing the the game of divide and rule with the people of this country support imran khan and save this country bcoz one more government like of ppp or pmln woul bring the existence of pakistan in danger (may Allah help imran khan in his quest Ameen)
Kamal Oct 31, 2011 02:45pm
Spot on! Though he may not be perfect, He is a thousand time better than the current rulers. Majority of pakistan comprises of youth and he is their only hope
Ammar Khalid Oct 31, 2011 02:46pm
Well I should congraulate Dawn for having allowed a nice article to be published in its name. Dawn does seem to have an agenda of backing PPP and MQM for long time. Publihsing this article backing Imran Khan (which is the right thing to do) is a bit of a surprise.....
Qalim Oct 31, 2011 02:46pm
Not bad if others opposing IK, read through to the end and at least think a bit about their own political beliefs.
Ayesha Oct 31, 2011 02:48pm
I second you. Thank you!!
Ahsan Oct 31, 2011 02:52pm
No Waqar, absolutely wrong. How can you support a person like Musharraf who initiated the war against his own people. Maybe it has become history for you?
Saif ur Rehman Oct 31, 2011 02:53pm
i saw PML-N leaders live on t.v hiding behind bullet proof podium n straight-away i had a bet with ma cousin that IMRAN KHAN will b standing alone like a LION,,,,and so he did,,,, IMRAN can b the KHUMENI, CHUE GEUVERA or anything,,,,IMRAN IZ THE FUTURE OF PAKISTAN IMRAN KHAN ZINDABAAAD !!!!!
Ali Latif Oct 31, 2011 02:55pm
Although Imran Khan may not have a palpable enough answer to a few of the tough questions, he offers something which the country is in dire need of! He offers Hope! As intangible and illogical as it may seem, sometimes it is the only thing which can help people! Thank you for giving countless number of people the hope for a better tomorrow!
Pakistani Oct 31, 2011 02:57pm
we need to save our homeland then politics and politician.....i wont say its high time or critical moment as these words have been used as many times as it lost its sense in pakistani political scenario, but whover knows the realities of the ground knows it best.we should adopt the three main principles of our father of nation... Unity, Faith and discipline...if we ll adopt them in our lives and society we'll over come on our problem and a leader like IK free of corruption can better way guide this nation. God bless Pakistan
Haider Oct 31, 2011 03:04pm
Great article!
Ahsan Oct 31, 2011 03:04pm
It has been ages ago I last saw such a huge crowd. I believe Imran Khan should be given a chance to lead the country. Prime Minister = Imran Khan President = Abdul Qadeer Khan Jive Jive Pakistan
fahad Oct 31, 2011 03:04pm
blistering speech yesturday by PTI. he pin pointed all the major problems . but if u people think imran khan is going bring pakistan, well then sorry to say its not happening anytime soon. coz hes a rising star in punjab. it will take years for him to step into PPPs and MQMs strong hold. it will take years for the rehabilitation of our balochi brothers. No single man on earth can change pakistan alone. problems are so many the only way is collective efforts by all the parties. in my opinion he needs a strong alliance with PML N. even though PML N may have stains of corruption on them, they still have great leaders like javed hashmi ch nisar and even shabaz himself. all the greats have to come together for the sake of pakistan. God Bless Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabaad
Usman Chaudhry Oct 31, 2011 03:06pm
"He must realise that India is not the enemy and living by the hate rhetoric will not get us very far" If there is any personality in the field of politics or sports, Imran is the only being who will be welcomed all around the globe. He has not only said it once but time and time again for an internal change. India has more than that welcomed Imran on its soil and time and time again invited Imran on various occasions. Usman Lahore, PK
Salman M Oct 31, 2011 03:07pm
Great job by Shyema Sajjad. As a nation we have degenerated to such a degree that we cannot distinguish between right and wrong. Pakistan's foundation was laid by dreamers (Iqbal and Jinnah). Imran is a dreamer, NOT a politician. And with all due respect to the advocates of the other contenders, I do not believe that we need politicians. They have had plenty of opportunities and things have only gotten worse, not better. We are in a severe downward slide which can only be stemmed by addressing the very basic elements that a prosperous society requires. IK talks about addressing corruption, Justice for the masses and Sovereignty for the nation. Can we expect any of the usual suspects to take these up. WAKE UP people - why the hell are we such pessimists to think that IK's goals are unattainable and that he will fail. IK does not need a chance. We need to give ourselves a chance. For once lets stand for justice and honesty. IK has delivered in whatever he has done, be it cricket, cancer hospital, university or floods. Most of us are low-lives compared to that . How then can we be critical of someone who has excelled in everything that he has aspired for. I have had enough. Lets stop this hypocrisy and support honesty and commitment. IK's team may not be the most experienced but at least they will try. Real change in Pakistan is a dream or a fantasy which can only be realized by supporting a dreamer.
Zahid Oct 31, 2011 03:08pm
Tsunami, Tsunami.. No match.Imran is far from perfect but the best of the lot.He can commit blunders but not plunders.He has proved , people trust him with their money.His honesty in Shaukat Khanum is enough to prove him.
Atif Oct 31, 2011 03:11pm
Yesterday every Pakistani finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
Omer Oct 31, 2011 03:19pm
Our youth has shown that they are ready to bring the looooong awaited CHANGE............ keep going & don't stop now...... I wish I was there in Pakistan to support the rally....
Rehman Oct 31, 2011 03:20pm
Hope is gives. And once we have a dream, we can shape that into reality as well. Atleast we have an objective to work on and that is creation of a welfare state based on socio-economic justice. This may take decades, but atleast we have.
m.h.kayani Oct 31, 2011 03:22pm
It seems you are not all that sure, well this is how you nation never progressed in the past, you need to understand the option of trusted and trying one. The only way to root the corruptions from the Pakistani mind is to have new start with good clean slate people who never had power to corrupt them. Please give the PTI chance and vote of Imran Khan. you will see the change in first 100 days in the office. If Imran wanted money and easy life today he would have been partner in over £300 billion wealth, but he never went for that. I have known him for over thirty years, the only honest Pakistani I met in my life.
zahir Oct 31, 2011 03:24pm
I think this is the last hope that we have. Personally i think he discussed too many things but then again he has to make his point. I hope and pray that he wins this time. I thought i'll never vote but Imran and PTI made me change my decision. Long live Imran Khan Long live Pakistan
kamran azim Oct 31, 2011 03:28pm
long live immi...we need a new face in the game of dirty politics. He seems honest and trustworthy.
shuaib Oct 31, 2011 03:29pm
best commented.
azam Oct 31, 2011 03:33pm
we can not win people in the name of religion, we can not win them in the of Jinnah but we can win them on their "NEEDS".
Girish Oct 31, 2011 03:38pm
"He Rules The World" does people here only need rulers and dictators?
Hina.K.Chishti Oct 31, 2011 03:39pm
I hope when you talk about change, you are willing to go all the way till the end, its not going to be easy, but if you mean to a least 50% of what you said, we as a nation will support you! Go IK :) P:S ~ Don't turn into Zardari when the high of politics gets to you!
Kashif Oct 31, 2011 03:41pm
Further to add, the media has given lot of awareness to our young youth which now sees all politicians in black & white colors only. Practical approach that our elders had, was to choose the less evil from the rest is no longer viable. As 45% of population are under 30s, who think that IK should be tried this time instead of hoping that same old elite will change the system for good. But the question is, do we have enough time to try old parties again and again?
Asad Oct 31, 2011 03:43pm
I have been a voter of MQM , a donor and a hard lined activist for 15 years - now my vote has shifted to Imran Khan. I don't know if my choice is right or wrong but I want to chose someone different this time around -
Usman Oct 31, 2011 03:45pm
Finally I can share a DAWN article on Facebook and on Twitter with me friends and not just cringe with disappointment after reading it. Great article.
Shuaib Oct 31, 2011 03:50pm
Sorry Ib, but you are making wrong. I am 45 and while living in Lahore, I have seen youngsters (both male and females), convincing "die hard" for IK. I have seen children of 20 to 25 years both in national dress and in jeans/shorts advocating for IK. This is no way a JI making.
supportingimran Oct 31, 2011 03:53pm
I pity people who ridicule him. I agree with writer, this nation is coward and will stand with corrupt leaders who have eaten Pakistan but is not ready to support someone who is talking sense.
Syeda Bukhari Oct 31, 2011 03:55pm
Bravo Shyema! a very prompt and very well written article. I 100% agree to what you have felt as a commoner, because this is what almost everyone who i know felt. I must congratulate Imran Khan and his teams efforts for awakening the youth from the slumber of ignorance! Long live Pakistan!
Hammad Oct 31, 2011 03:58pm
Spot on. In my 35y of age, this is only the first time I am seeing things changing for good. Status quo parties’ supporters are visionless foolish people who cannot see things beyond the tip of their noses. Gone the times when votes were casted for building roads and giving tube-well connections. A piece of advice to status-quo parties’ supporters: Just support the change or be ready to be embarrassed in next election.
Rao Oct 31, 2011 04:01pm
one word....Hope That's IK
AH Mughal Oct 31, 2011 04:02pm
Whenever any nation is down in the dumps, the best way to hypnotize it is by giving a theoretical hope without even thinking over its pragmatic parameters. I agree that he spoke nicely, but do you think if someone speaks in a magnetic way, he can really turn things over?? I know my comments will ruffle feathers but its an irrefragable truth that nobody can enjoy perks unless he keeps the US happy. Just what do we think that a person will come, do an audacious speech and change the country!? That not possible. These speeches are way to gain vote. I find nothing special in Imran Khan. Watch his previous appearances in tv shows and judge his political soundness. Many don't find anything wrong in his past. But give me a single example of any true leader whose past is as notorious as IK's. Che guvera, Lenin, ZAB, you name it, all were very enlightened people, they had vision that they used to walk the talk.
salman khan Oct 31, 2011 04:02pm
Imran deserve a why not? i m with him..lets try for today..lets try him for our future.
Ahmed Omair Oct 31, 2011 04:03pm
This was to attract IK opposers to read the article
shiraz Oct 31, 2011 04:04pm
@khwaja I think that is very unfair and judgemental to say namaaz stunt, he is just trying to practice his religion and you have to look at with such a bad intention... He could have also prayed isha if it was a stunt, maghrib time is very short so he was forced to quickly pray on stage... Honestly sharam karo before judging peoples intentions like this..
Jalal Oct 31, 2011 04:08pm
Someone said that "You see what power is holding someone else’s fear in your hand and showing it to them" i think Imran Khan did that...Change is now inevitable ... thanks to SHYEMA SAJJAD for articulating this .....
Yaser Oct 31, 2011 04:22pm
I cannot say that IK is ideal candidate ... but he seems batter than all other available options in Pakistani politics...
shuaib Oct 31, 2011 04:22pm
Agreed with you.
Sami Ullah Swati Oct 31, 2011 04:22pm
Way and way better than the "Status Quo". We don't need the politics of inheritance any more. Good job on breaking the taboo in Lahore. We wait for you in Swat as well!
Noortaj Oct 31, 2011 04:23pm
Imran Khan is the only hope of Pakistan. I am cent percent sure that he is better than any other politician in Pakistan. He always talk about the Integrity of Pakistan which is rarely seen anywhere. I will appeal all my pakistani brothers and sisters to please join him for the sake of Pakistan. All other politicians have destroyed the image of pakistan. I personally find them always worrying about their political rivalries and their personal cases. Each time the party in government blame the previous party in government and file dozens of cases against them. This process has been circling since pakistan is made. I dont know why their are alot of educated people following those parties and leaders. But ofcourse such politicians are here in politics for their personal interests, every body knows. Please! wake up people of pakistan. Please! We have to make a good image of Pakistan.
Dr.Kamar Afghan Oct 31, 2011 04:25pm
I watched Imran Khan througout his presentation of the ROAD-MAP towards CHANGE in the political culture of Pakistan,at least he was not vulgar in critcising the rivals.He has so far shown the way for a change that he has been talking about in the media before.As a matter of fact he did not say anything new which is understandable but the desperation that the remaining parties have shown in their reaction is clearly visible and specially N-league leaders comments and ganging up of like-minded almost all parties in coalition in Sindh and at the centre in their rally held at the same time in Karachi.I am ashamed of the Sindhi front line ministers of PPP joining hands with MQM this showed that the majority party PPP have lost their dignity and clearly were seen to be at the mercy of MQM. I agree with the analysis of the writer of this article on Imran's political meeting in Lahore yesterday.I know Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had brought the POLITICAL AWARENESS in people as his contribution and to me it looks that Imran Khan has so far shown his way how he was going to contribute his share how to bring THE CHANGE in the current morbid political culture of Nepotism,Corruption, being an American stooge and in selling Pakistan's sovereignity for personal monetary gains. Dr.Kamar Afghan London-England(UK)
Ravi Oct 31, 2011 04:26pm
Even though, Imran Khan party's outlook is conservative, I want him to be the next leader of Pakistan. He has made sense by not supporting drone attacks, fightin against corruption and bringng together masses after many decades. Any agenda is better than having none, like the current govt.
waqas Oct 31, 2011 04:26pm
we all always supported IK but now it is the time to support PTI because only IK cant take on those status quo politicians we all need to vote for PTI in coming elections in our constituencies.
Naveed Sethi Oct 31, 2011 04:26pm
"So his charisma and cricket career adds to his appeal – good for him. Would we prefer if he had a criminal past or was a part of the feudal elite?" I will quote Ghandi "Be the change you need in the World". As a nation we are corrupt and we should admit it. The change is in-front of BUT how to accept it, that's the issue. Last night after listening to Imran I was sitting with one of my colleague who is about to go to Afghanistan on a Seminar and he is not interested to Apply for the VISA. The discussion moved a step further and we reached a point where he said that |"if Imran comes in power then we will be waiting in que for our work to be done as it seems that he washout the CORRUPTION CULTURE". The point I want to make is that we hate "WE WILL BE WAITING IN QUE" system, as we are corrupt from inside and most importantly coward. This is a small example, there can be thousands of them..... Every moment you have a choice, regardless of what has happened before. Choose right now to move forward, positively and confidently into your incredible future. ... the FUTURE SEEMS TO BE IMRAN KHAN
Balaaj Oct 31, 2011 04:28pm
Excellent article. Please keep writing and encouraging the people who are still dithering to accept the clarion call for change. The time is over for the politicians, plunderers and clowns while sitting in palatial buildings and far away lands and giving phony calls of revolution. I agree with one of the post that it would be an uphill task for Imran Khan to bring change unless people of Sindh, both urban and rural also accept his call wholeheartedly throwing away their suspicions bred and exploited for decades by the opportunists. Let's give Imran Khan a chance and reject all those who have hitherto exploited us in the name of religion, language, provincialism and ethnicity without solving the problems of common man;though amassing huge wealth for themselves and stashing it in foreign banks accounts and palatial buildings. Let's stop befooling ourselves that the politicians who could not deliver for decades might deliver now. Imran Khan is the last hope and let's give him at least one chance. Let's capitalize on his energy, integrity, honesty and indefatigability, honour, the qualities which are hard to find in the so called leaders we have been contending hitherto.
S.Khan Oct 31, 2011 04:36pm
Asad, glad to have you away from MQM. I think we dont have a choice, all the options besides Imran Khan are an utter failure. Shahbaz Sharif looks promising & sincere but his older brother is absolutely pathetic. We need to mobilize our determination and make sure as many people vote as possible, then surely Zardari & Nawaz will not be able to hide behind fake votes & their respective mafia.
Asif Shaikh Oct 31, 2011 04:38pm
@ Asad : there are thousands of Pakistani Youngsters in Karachi who are ready to support This MAN openly. yesterday the most disappointing moment was to see a Sharp contrast between Karachi and Lahore. huge gatherings but completely opposite directions. I'm a karachiite & I congratulate all Lahories for such a Surprise. I Wish that Imran khan get such a house support from karachi as well.
AH Mughal Oct 31, 2011 04:39pm
If someone gives you hope, does it make him a sincere leader?
roquefort Oct 31, 2011 04:39pm
Liked the article and Imran Khan seems to be a better choice .
waqar Oct 31, 2011 04:43pm
Well impressed with the article and also with all who are participants in this blog.very pleased with the yesterdays jalsa but speaking about my self if there was only one person in that jalsa I would still vote for Imran.change bigins from yourself and this is the national duty for every patriot is to vote for the best person and not for your chacha or mama.Sory for some bad selection of words as this is my first time writing in a blog.also thanks dawn news paper for arranging this plateform.
Babar Khan Oct 31, 2011 04:51pm
Well done Shyema Sajjad well done. "In Imran we trust". A small but very important message for the people of Pakistan: Please grab a copy of Confessions of an economic hitman. A must read for every Pakistani. Only by reading this book, you will be able to understand the gravity of the situation. When i first read it: i was was shocked, stirred, and was then able to come face to face with reality. We people of Pakistan know about the crises of this country, but we only have vague ideas. Everyone of us needs to read this book. If you cannot grab a copy, send me an email and i will forward you a PDF e-book version. Shoaib Mansoor is making movies on social issues: indeed inherent problems of our country, but these are not the problems that are dooming us, the nation. He definetly needs to make a movie inspired from this book and if he does, i assure you its release date will be regarded as the day that changed Pakistan and will definetly support the cause of Imran Khan, and let me warn you all it is not his cause, he doesn't need it, it is us the people of pakistan that needs him and it is us the people of Pakistan that need to make the cause now termed as his as ours. Their is no other way around. The only way up is with Imran. All other ways, well i do not need to describe them, we have experienced them many a times. e-mail ID for those who want a copy of the book:
waqar Oct 31, 2011 04:56pm
the revolution has began in Pakistan, the youth of Pakistan, go for it, kick out the bad guys. NOW
Zulfiqar Haider Oct 31, 2011 04:58pm
Great to see a change in stance by Dawn. It would be interesting to see Nadeem F Paracha's take now that he can easily see that Imran Khan is a real game changer in Pakistan's history be it politics or cricket!!
Balaaj Oct 31, 2011 04:59pm
Do you have a better alternative possessing the qualities of leaders mentioned in your post. Let me help you. Perhaps you may find your ideal leader in the likes of Altaf Hussain, Asfand Yar Wali, Pervaiz Illahi & folks.
Dr Ali Oct 31, 2011 05:02pm
Well done Sheyma have done a great job by inspiring people and writing such a nice article..many many thanks..plz keep it up
Ahmed Omair Oct 31, 2011 05:05pm
no one else is even giving us hope
Fahad Oct 31, 2011 05:05pm
Hi, its time for the Karachi youth to wake up, Look at Altaf Hussain, he was talking trash about Zardari a month ago, said that it was a big mistake to support Zardari and look what he did yesterday rallying in favour for Zaedari. Its clear now that they want to be in power at any cost
noman Oct 31, 2011 05:06pm
I too was the voter of MQM since its inception but after seeing its shenanigans,idiocyncracies and sommersaults during the present and Mushraff's regimes my vote is for IK. Keep it up Imran and wish you all the best
AH Mughal Oct 31, 2011 05:15pm
you are creating too much hype. He'll be an american puppet if he comes in govt. Accept it or not, nobody can go against the wishes of america. So please don't be too excited.
Owais Shah Oct 31, 2011 05:16pm
Imran Khan for PM, however i still like Shahbaz Sharif for the CM Punjab slot. Both have proved themselves
AH Mughal Oct 31, 2011 05:17pm
Spread education and change will ensue. Nobody's hopes can change Pakistan.
Owais Shah Oct 31, 2011 05:18pm
lahore rally was based on true emotions and feelings.
AH Mughal Oct 31, 2011 05:20pm
None actually. Their past is not worth mentioning. I believe right now just play your part and educate the society. Change will come itself. Politicians just want to score, don't fall in trap by such speeches.
Ahmed Omair Oct 31, 2011 05:22pm
Don't be disappointed buddy. We the Karachiites support IK too. It's now time for youth of all the cities to stand behind IK and vote for the change.
Ali Oct 31, 2011 05:23pm
@ Mughal: You are perfectly happy talking about what might or might not happen, but what the other parties have already done to this country, YOU don't see that!!!! Its time for a change in our mentality and our attitude of mocking at someone who dares to go against the status quo!!
Azhar Iqbal Oct 31, 2011 05:32pm
At the moment Pakistan needs HONEST & TRUSTWORTHY leadership. Once people have confidence that the leadership is HONEST, everything will start to fall in place. People will be willing to pay taxes, foreign remittances will increase, flight of capital and brain will stop, Pakistanis from all over the world will be willing to invest in Pakistan, and so on. Imran Khan is definitely the ONLY option at the moment. If people of Pakistan don't support and vote for him, THEY will be the losers.
G.Nabi Oct 31, 2011 05:33pm
He is not a perfect man, then who is? He can't be worse than present crop we have been seeing for decades . If he is honest & scrupulous then what do we have to lose ? Time for all Pakistanis to support him, especially people of Sindh including Karachi.
faraz Oct 31, 2011 05:37pm
Karachi's youth DOES NOT support Altaf Hussain, enough of these 'leaders' who have been fooling us for decades, he called a rally in support of who....'Zardari'?? whose government MQM bailed out from a month ago, enough for me to give my vote to PTI and I am a Karachiite. Karachi is with Imran Khan, too.
Nomijoestar Oct 31, 2011 05:42pm
Great article. Bookmarked. Take the people to the right path. IK for life!
Ali Oct 31, 2011 05:47pm
Brother Azhar, Do you really need a Taliban Supporter running your country ??? He wants to negotiate with bombers of Mosques, Shrines and killing every single human who does not follow their school of thought. Give me a break after all these years of sufferings at their hand I dont need a leader backing them emotionally.
Murtaza Jamal Oct 31, 2011 05:47pm
I am all for Mr. Khan given his proven leadership qualities on and off the cricket fields such as the Shaukat Khanum Hospital. My only advice to Mr. Khan will be to tone down his anti-American anti-US aid rhetoric. Given the present and foreseeable marcro-economic conditions, Pakistan is and will be hugely dependent on U.S aid even after (if) he gets a chance to lead the country. U.S is a great country with a lot to offer developing nations like Pakistan but the onus lies with the recipient country on how the aid is used. He needs to focus on the positives of U.S-Pakistan relationship and leave himself some wiggle room when and if the time comes.
AH Mughal Oct 31, 2011 05:51pm
Everyone was expecting change when Obama came to govt. Why?? Because he was so apt at delivering such speeches. But what did he do except for getting an Nobel prize for himself!? If you want to change Pakistan, play your part, this country was made for elite to enjoy ( its not a joke, refer history books if you don't agree), so forget whosoever is in govt, just give your best and serve your nation. That's the most you can do for it.
SMJ Oct 31, 2011 05:51pm
This pathetic failure of a coalition government is the reason IK has risen to popularity so fast in the last two years that he never did in his one and half decade of political career. Had it not been a coalition government, I do not think he would have been able to stage a rise as he has done today. Having said that, I think even a basic calculation and analysis would reveal that come elections we are probably headed for the most hung parliament and a split mandate in the country's history. Will that serve the people or will it serve the powers to be? That's the question that I think most people need to think of rather than IK finally pulling the crowds which is a foregone conclusion anyway.
Raoul Oct 31, 2011 06:04pm
I think IK will win more votes this election than last one, as he is supported and respected by Army.
Yaseen Mohiuddin Oct 31, 2011 06:06pm
Imran bhai! love from india. We are with you. Inshallah you will make pakistan the best country in the world.
Zaid Oct 31, 2011 06:11pm
Finally a light at the end of the tunnel! We are sick and tired of MQM, PPP and others who only boast of what they do but in reality they are the culprits who promote this culture of corruption and bribery. I hope PTI wins the next election and brings a promised change to Pakistan's politics. My vote is for Imran Khan.
Khalid Khan Oct 31, 2011 06:16pm
Well done Sheyma Sajjad by writing such a nice article..many many thanks..plz keep it up. You have rightly depicted our feelings. People have misconception about Shahbaz Sharif administration capability. We are working with him on various projects and we know that he and his cronies utilize all their energy to get media projection. Imran Khan has all the talent and leadership qualities. We should fully support him as he is the only leader who can bail us out from the problems being faced by us
Muhammad Oct 31, 2011 06:17pm
What can I say? I take my hat off for Shyma Sajjad and Dawn news paper as well. First time I have congratulate both in the same sentence. I pray that Imran don't let all Pakistani (sind, Balochistan, NWFP and Punjab). Imran our heart's each beats for your success and happinees for all Pakistan. Let us ship all these MQM, PPP, PML-N and PML-Q to nowhere distination. Pakistan Zindabad and Long live Imran Khan the son of the soil! Regards
Waleed Oct 31, 2011 06:18pm
who wrote comments/statuses against him ? what are you talking about ? on my friend list of 446; all those who commented praised him. If there are some black sheeps they would always be there to criticise but look at the general opion the wider view !!
Naeem Oct 31, 2011 06:19pm
@Mughal, Thousand miles journey start with a single step... If you can't do by yourself anything, atleast support the good people.... The world has been made hell, not because of bad-people rather becasue of silence of good people... support good people....
Wadood Oct 31, 2011 06:32pm
Start of change comes with Imran Khan.
Dr. Ali Oct 31, 2011 06:37pm
@AH Mughal... ok than vote again either for Nawaz Sharif and let him execute brilliant schemes like Qarz Utaro Mulk Sanwaro or vote for Zardari... other options consist of Altaf Bhai "A real life Bhai"...and than keep on whining when the people you vote for do not deliver which they never will.
Babar Khan Oct 31, 2011 06:38pm
Mr. AH Mughal i am very sorry to say that people who have thoughts such as yours are those who are damaging this country. Thanks Almighty that he has given us a leader in the personality of Imran who cannot be lured into dollars lust and he is the one who is going to get rid us of this slavery...... Your Well Wisher Babar Khan...
Ahmed Oct 31, 2011 06:43pm
I am 100% Karachiite (and urdu speaking), never been with MQM and since 2005 strictly with PTI. I have donated to their cause. I WILL GO AND VOTE FOR PTI from my consitutuency like many many others who I konw. Inshallah Karachiites will prove that they love their country, their province and their city and VOTE FOR PTI.
Zafar Ahmed Oct 31, 2011 06:44pm
Only choice & hope left is with Imran Khan's PTI party. Rest are tried and failed badly to deliver the goods to the nation /masses.Past & Present rulers either in Civies or Khakis are there to loot the money of people and transfered it in overseas accounts. How they got huge money in overseas banks. WE ALL MUST COME OUT TO SAVE PAKISTAN BY JOINING IMRAN KHAN.
UMER IJAZ Oct 31, 2011 06:46pm
The most important thing about any leader is to have the CREDIBILITY. Imran Khan's honesty and credibility is matchless among all political rivals in Pakistan. He has shown his managerial skills in World Cup 1992 and his honesty has always been reflected by his cancer hospital in using public funds . He himself is a rich person by his own resources so he will not do any corruption once he is in power. His rivals are threatened now after seeing a massive gathering of people at Lahore. He has taken the nation with him. He talks sense and has commendable vision for the homeland. He is the voice of heart and the heart never tell lies. He will sweep away the competitors and will emerge as a true political hero with immense support of people.
T. Khan Oct 31, 2011 06:52pm
Mr. Mughal, Can you explain what President Obama has not done; so far he has kept his promises and despite of inept US congress he has manged to steer economy to a respectable level, keeping the inflation under control, fuel prices are high yet affordable to 90% of the working Americans. Yes, creation of jobs can be better, however, you have to know the demographics of the current job seekers, they are at an age where their skills are not compatible to current job offerings and instead of retraining themselves or going back to job market, they have opted to wait out to retire. Please don't compare America or President Obama in the same context with Pakistan and its leadership. Even a worst day of American Economy is far better than what Pakistan can offer. As the author has summed up; every one else has been tried out why not give Imran Khan a chance, at least he has a clean track record.
sabs Oct 31, 2011 06:55pm
IK Pros: 1. Electing a fresh face is a very attractive option - been readying himself for this moment a long time. 2. IK is learning the hang of working up an audience. 3. New. non-dynastic leaders in the horizon are a necessity in Pak today 4. Impressive speeches on sovereignty, Independence from the USA and dialogue with terrorists - after all, violence seldom leads to lasting peace. 5. Has a record as an achiever and a honest record in running his Cancer Hospital, which can't be said of any of today's politicians.
sabs Oct 31, 2011 06:57pm
IK Cons - mostly questions: 1. Is making himself and his Tehrik a viable, workable option for the Army corps. Cosying up to GHQ is good for political survival - is it good for Pakistan in the long run? after all that we have seen to date. 2. Making all the right noises - hardline on India, Kashmir issue - for co-opting the army. And corruption, electricity for consumption of the masses. 3. When the day eventually comes, will he show the spine to refuse GHQ maneuverings harmful to Pakistan? 4. What kind of coalitions will IK eventually get into? With the mainstream PPP or PML or MQM - or with Jamait like right-wing parties? 5. To me he looks to be promising reforms and cool aid to too many people, but may turn out to be as shallow a politician as the others - so is he still a hope for this nation?
Nazish Zahoor Oct 31, 2011 06:58pm
Well I read the article and the comments that followed but I am very dissappointed to see that we cry out for change but our mentality and perception about change has not changed a bit. Even after 6 decades of bad experiences we have learnt nothing. We always want change but through a leader that should fall out of sky to solve all our miseries with his magic wand. We have still not learnt from our experiences and that of other nations that revolution requires collective effort and thorough understanding of the objectives that are to be achived. We are always looking for the change of faces and not rotten system that is in fact the root cuase of all our problems. We fail to realize that what ever hardships we are going through are the result of the decaying system of our country. Without structural change, changes on the surface bear no meaning. If we want change we will have to broaden our vision rather than evaluating on the basis of personalities like Imran Khan Vs Altaf Hussain.
Abhijit Oct 31, 2011 07:05pm
Good to see this change in political will, hope this works for pakistan...
asif Oct 31, 2011 07:08pm
All Pakistanis in Uk are also behind IK.
Atlya Oct 31, 2011 07:11pm
i hope ths wont turn out as Obama's leadership
Rehan Oct 31, 2011 07:18pm
IK is a blessing
raheel Oct 31, 2011 07:20pm
i am karachi's youth and i support Imran Khan ! inshallah he will rise to power someday.
Adnan Oct 31, 2011 07:34pm
@ AH Mughal, I tend to disagree with you with all due respect. If you listen to his speech and agenda for the last 15 years or even before politics .. He has stated clearly .. THIS COUNTRY NEEDS EMERGENCY APPLIED IN EDUCATION ASAP...He repeated the same thing yesterday at Minar-e-Pakistan.. We will Impose emergency on Education.. Give him a chance please .. My request.. Give him a chance .. Please vote for him...we might have differences but there is no difference between you and me that we are both looking towards better future and a Great uplift to our Pakistan. !
Adnan Oct 31, 2011 07:38pm
I am a karachite too.... Imran is the hope ..
ArishaG Oct 31, 2011 07:39pm
Mueen Hasan Oct 31, 2011 07:45pm
Carry on PTI. we had tried benazir , Nawaz Sharif , MQM many times but they did not give any thing to pakistan except filling their bank accounts. Its time for change .Support PTI
Tahir Jamil Rao Oct 31, 2011 07:46pm
Straight from the heart. Regards.
rizwan Oct 31, 2011 07:47pm
so does the US?
Citizen X Oct 31, 2011 07:50pm
So Ali, what do you think is the right thing to do? Continue bombing them? Continue sending troops there? Has that helped in Pakistan, has that helped in Afghanistan? So your solution is to keep doing what we are doing even though it has not changed anything but made things much worse. Common sense is not that common!
Tariq Oct 31, 2011 08:10pm
Good article, kind of awakening seen at Lahore at rally was responsible for IK's MNA seat he had won in pre Mush era. I salute people of Mianwali for that. God bless you success Imran khan you are the sign of hope. I never voted in my life but next time I WILL inshaAllah.
Ahmed Oct 31, 2011 08:11pm
I am from India living in US. Its funny when we have friends gathering from Ind Pak in US we always talk abt Pakistan Politics, I have been telling my Pak friends that only a guy like Imran Khan can make the changes and rally the Massess. But ordinary Pak people mistrusts every one. They have so many divisions and so many cultural differences for such a small country, that they hate each other so much. I think this comes from lack of education and looking at the bigger picture.
dave mathews Oct 31, 2011 08:14pm
Ali shallow is the argument you propose, Imran has NEVER supported any act of violence and has stood firm against all extremist forces. check your facts before you post bro! check your facts!
Ahsan Rai Oct 31, 2011 08:29pm
Great article!
Afzal Mir Oct 31, 2011 08:34pm
Owais The problem with Shahbaz Sharif is that he comes with too much unwanted baggage i.e. his brother Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistani Oct 31, 2011 08:49pm
I hope Imran Khan will head this nation soon (Inshallah) but one thing that I worry about at times is that our nation is very emotional. Khan will have a lot of mess to clean up and it will most probably take him time to show results. I really hope that our people will be patient with him and will understand that it’s not just his job but also our responsibility to work with him to bring the change we want to see. We will need to stand with him the way we did when he approached us to help him with the hospital; the only difference is that this time we will need to help him to build Pakistan.
Zulfiqar Ansari Oct 31, 2011 08:52pm
PTI is only one MAN SHOW......
Farah Oct 31, 2011 08:55pm
Iqbal Zaman Khan Oct 31, 2011 08:59pm
Thanks Yaseen, Imran is our hope.
Jam yousuf Oct 31, 2011 09:01pm
What I understood from Imran Khans speech of yesterday is that he wants relations with US on basis of equality and mutual trust. I don't see any thing wrong in it? he never spoke of breaking ties with US! i do agree for his leadership qualities but he still needs to be groomed a bit more!
Adnan Oct 31, 2011 09:05pm
Mughal - I agree that we should all focus on education and doing our part. But I find it extremely naive of you to believe that change can come without a relatively good government. You we have a lot of singular good in pakistan, from people like eidi and good professors but we need a government which supports these individual efforts. I support Imran but respect your view.
Saad Oct 31, 2011 09:06pm
"Imran Khan thinks dialogue is the solution – so you don’t agree, sure. But it’s not as if military action has so far achieved too many results either" Shyema Sajjad seems to have forgotten all about Swat. Dialogue WAS always an option, WAS tried by our civilian democratically elected govt, but look what happened? Are we ready to open that pandora's box again?
G.Nabi Oct 31, 2011 09:11pm
Waiting for chronic 'liberal' NFP to put a spin on IK's rising popularity.
Nadeem Oct 31, 2011 09:23pm
The author is correct. Pakistan needs change not a change of face and Imran inspire that change. Is he going to be a novice? The answer is "Yes" but I am sure that he is going to learn quickly and evolve just like he did in cricket. Is he going to make mistakes? The answer is "Yes" but they are going to be honest mistakes and not with an intention to cheat. However, I am sure that he is going to learn quickly from his mistakes and turn things around just like he did in cricket. Is he is going to be loved by all? The answer is "No" but he is definitely going to be loved by the majority just like in cricket. Why I say that because he is a proven leader with a clean slate and remarkable character. He is an ambitious man with a passion to succeed. He has a great personality that demand respect. I am sure once elected to lead, he will galvanize support and bring in the revolution from within just like he did in cricket. My advise to the corrupt, the cheaters and the feudals "beware" Imran has arrived.
Shahid Rehan Oct 31, 2011 09:24pm
Dear Mughal you are right that everyone has to play his part but unfortunately we never had and still don't have a right direction, confused on every issue, destructed by inflation, poverty and now a days power failure and terrorism. In the given circumstances we need a big change at leadership level which would take us out of uncertainty. Individual efforts alone might not help we need a major surgery.
adeel Oct 31, 2011 09:36pm
Ali... Imran Khan is the only option this country has. It will be very unfortunate if we elect these same corrupt souls to further ruin our country. I sincerely hope we give Imran a chance. There will be tough times ahead but at least we will be dealing with them with honest leadership. I think our current leaders/politicians should be stoned in streets for what they have done. But instead they are dreaming for another tenure in office.
Waahid Oct 31, 2011 09:46pm
you have the right to be pathetically pessimistic and mental slave to what US can/can't do. But people power can bring about any change they want. The way to achieve those changes may be more painful and would require mental tougness as a nation. IK all the way ...
Amna Oct 31, 2011 09:51pm
Highlight his notorious past which has created issues for the country? I think any sovereign country can survive without bowing down to USA. He is an untried politician and if he chooses to lead his country how does it make him like other politicians? No one can vouch for how a new political party will deliver, its the hope and willingness to take the risk which can tell you if someone is worth giving a try or not.
Hasnain Oct 31, 2011 09:55pm
Its not excitement but long awaited transition for many this time that seems true (MA). Lets once support the people who atleast were not charged with corruption and crimes before or after their first rule. At least IK has a vision he shared, not just the speech with milion repetitions of one name in roar of a man who stood against the real enemy! No doubt Bhutto was a leader but does anyone of them knows his vision??. We have been fooled more than twice and i believe this is enough. We should stand with IK,
Sajjad Oct 31, 2011 10:08pm
Journalism at it's best....2 thumbs up
jamal Oct 31, 2011 10:09pm
It's not enough to be honest or a nice guy or a great cricketer. In politics, you have to be able to execute. Sadly, that's why Bush was a greater President than Obama. One knew how to pull the trigger; the other could only talk about how the gun was designed and what kind of bullets to use.
Pakistani in US Oct 31, 2011 10:15pm
Don't underestimate hope. Because without hope, there is only despair. And that leads to nothing (and in some cases more destruction). I would rather have hope and take a chance, everything else falls in place eventually.
Yawar Shah Oct 31, 2011 10:24pm
Imran Khan will lift Pakistan to greatness and glory just as he did by winning the Cricket World Cup. He then went on to build a world class cancer hospital for the poor. He has inspired the people of Pakistan to rise against the corrupt politicians, who have plundered the country and should be held accountable. The 180 million people of Pakistan deserve better, they want a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan. They will with Imran Khan.
Arman Zain Oct 31, 2011 10:26pm
Who are Talibans? Who created them? So called our mighty military and Super power USA has achieved with violence and war? Do you have other solutions? There are too much that is not told, are you sure all these kills were done by Talibans, I am not saying they havnt but they are not the only ones, let me tell you that. So war is not solution, according to you dialogue is not solution then Please tell us what is the solution?
Salman Tariq Oct 31, 2011 10:28pm
Dude, get over it. He's better than you. You won't become any cooler by denouncing him. So stop posting 100 times, you've made your point!!
Saleem Khan Oct 31, 2011 10:36pm
Lahore made all Pakistan proud. lets hope we can have such rally in Karachi. The youth of Karachi is dying to welcome Imran to the city. For god sake, save us from MQM, PPP and ANP.
malik Oct 31, 2011 10:39pm
He always moans about drone attack but never mentions how many people have been killed by these barbarians in our markets and mosques. He wants to negoitate with them. With who and what would be the agenda? The rest of what he says I agree but with regards to negotiating with talibans I differ and is the only reason I dont want to vote for him.
qkamal Oct 31, 2011 10:41pm
my prayers r with u IK,,,,,may god protect u ameen
Marvi Oct 31, 2011 10:47pm
Yes.!! AH Mughal you are right.
Shaid Jan Oct 31, 2011 11:13pm
I do not support Imran because he is a taliban supporter
Qasim Oct 31, 2011 11:31pm
Whether you support Imran Khan or not it is the right Pakistanis to decide who should form the next government. If the Pakistanis decide to put PTI in power they will also have the power to remove PTI if it does not perform well. All over the world people decide who they vote for and against. There is no harm in giving the PTI a trial for a few years as we have nothing to lose anyway.
Omar Oct 31, 2011 11:45pm
Brother Ali, all pakistan has been doing for 7 years now is figting in the taliban. and let me tell u someting, the taliban are a stubborn group and if you keep fighting them they will keep fighting back which had damaged pakistan severealy. which made pakistan near failed state status since 2005, a year since the operation on the taliban began. imran khan does not support the taliban, but theres no solution of keep fighting them
Sri1 Oct 31, 2011 11:57pm
Well said, my friend. The best wishes for IK and Pakistan from across the border. Personally, to me it appears that he is cosying up to GHQ by carefully voicing what they like to hear and making himself as the sole alternative. But given his record of delivering results and integrity as you have underlined, maybe he is the man for the job. Esp when the alternatives are pathetic career politicians.
Raheel Sad Nov 01, 2011 12:06am
Very poorly done article. "He must realise that India is not the enemy and living by the hate rhetoric will not get us very far". Who are you appeasing here? Imran has more respect in India than any other country (expect Pakistan). Imran never said a word against Indian people. He may have different views about Indian govt, like he has for Pak govt but who respect the establishments of these two countries. Imran is the last hope to have a long term peace between India and Pakistan. Pak belongs to younger generation.
Jahiz Nov 01, 2011 12:24am
I really liked the article and what you had to say about what he achieved in this rally. I would love to see Imran come into power, but he needs to do a lot to make that happen. It will be key for him to not just keep this momentum up, BUT to build on it. In Pakistan, parliements are not won by getting the educated vote, because most people are not educated. It is won, as ZAB showed, by getting the vote of the poor and the destitute. This presents a unique opportunity, one I havent seen in decades in Pakistan, for a new person to come into mainstream politics. Imran needs to go to the villages, to the really poor, and needs to convince them that he can do for them what no other politician can. This was ZAB's strategy and it worked wonders. Imran needs to do this, and if he can, there still might be hope left for our country. As a Pakistani abroad, I feel the best way for me to help is to financially support Imran on this quest and try to make my country hopefully better!
Sri1 Nov 01, 2011 12:52am
Don't dare insult a newspaper that has consistently striven to show unbiased facts which is not true of most other media outlets. Backing democracy does not imply a biased support of PPP or MQM. Recognize a principled paper that does not fear showing the powerful a mirror to their distorted faces.
Mehmoona Nov 01, 2011 01:10am
He's honest and has proven his merit at whatever he's done so far whether it's cricket or cancer or charity ..looking at our present poltical environment of looters and liars .imran khan does stand tall and he appears to be our only chance as long he keeps his vision and focus clear and not be influenced by others seasoned in the game.good luck
mahvish Nov 01, 2011 01:17am
great article...the youth is with imran khan and with the hope of better tomorrow!
Saadia Nov 01, 2011 01:19am
It's great to hear that the people of Pakistan (I'm in London) are finally feeling that they need to be heard. For too long, it's just been the extremists with the loudest voice while the rest of the nation looks on with indifference because they just don't feel they have the power to make the change. Yes you do! Take democracy with into your hands and give it all you've got. Imran Khan is a man with ideals and not too many details on what his policies will be besides the one that gets the rally going - anti USA. Pakistan needs more than just that and the people have the right to more demanding of any future leader.
Bilal Nov 01, 2011 01:30am
@ali no democratic country negotiates with terroristes until they do.. Even isreal negotiated ... US wants negotiation too .. So why can't we
haris Nov 01, 2011 01:34am
brilliant article. Imran rocks
W khan Nov 01, 2011 01:45am
This article is great and well balanced. I really appreciate the writer. The fact is that all of us need change but how and who can bring that change. If we make a list of all parties and politicians , no one else can satisfy us other than Imran khan. This is for so many reasons including his personality, agenda, his slogan of one pakistanis and his soft and balanced direction towards achieving his goals, not like others who are killers of thousands and yet claim to be heroes. Angels won't come to rule us, of course, but out of humans we can at least prioritize.
Azar Mahmood Nov 01, 2011 01:50am
Allow me to say this to the articulate blogger and her readers: merely writing and commenting here or Facebook or twitter will never be enough. People who've held the reigns of this unfortunate country will not let go just because we tweet about change or even if a 100,000 of us managed to gather at Minar-e-Pakistan. Rest assured they will use any means necessary to hold on to what they believe is their God given right. If fear, doubt or even laziness prevents us from making our physical presence felt when it matters the most, any idea of change will die it's own death.
o Nov 01, 2011 02:00am
how is IK's stance different from the current powers who strike deals and try to negotiate terms?
T. Zaman Nov 01, 2011 02:14am
Sheyma Bibi praising Imran Khan is wrong? NO. But you did not elaborate more in his past, is he really that different than say Mr. Nawaz Sharif or Mr. Zardari!! Please search in internet for about his cricketing behaviour other than winning the world cup. Lot of people will remember is muscle-pulling tactics. Was that fair? Ask cricketers of that time? How many times did he the Great Khan gave interview to PTV? and what were his attire in those interview? Now that he wants to enter glass house of Prime minister-ship of Pakistan, should we bury his extra-colorful past which is very much contrary to middle-class Pakistani sensibilities forget about Islamic! Does the Great Khan consider running the country as running Pakistani cricket team? A governments 5 year tenure as 5 day test match? In slogan-mongering speech these sound-bites seems hilarious, they are nothing but words. We are a nation of complicated people on whom many experiments have been done since independence, any new new experiment will unravel the whole country. We should take time in praising. We do not have anybody to praise as of now.
Impala Nov 01, 2011 02:16am
Sir IK onto the next step .... now. Lead the nation out of this turmoil, insh'Allah.
genda kaka Nov 01, 2011 02:34am
imran seems to be a decent chap. however will the army give him a chance. i think not. a pity.
Abdul Nov 01, 2011 02:37am
just have a look at these names , asif ali zardari, nawaz sharif and altaf hussain you people want to vote them ? IK is not perfect but hes way better then those three
parveez uk Nov 01, 2011 02:51am
Ali you have to think, what has fighting given us, more deaths, made our country unsafe, even for us who love Pakistan are scared of coming to Pakistan, because of what happens to us when we land at Karachi, or Lahore. You need honest people.
rashid abbasi Nov 01, 2011 02:55am
i do agree with you owais
mirza siddiq Nov 01, 2011 02:57am
Well done Mr. Khan. You are the last hope for Pakistan as old guys are all tested and already brought Pakistan to the brink of faulty state. Hope u will bring Pakistan integrity back.
Aarzoo Nov 01, 2011 03:07am
My simple question to all who have commented above - Why Imran Khan? What has he done till date for the people? I am not against him. After reading your comments it looks like you just hate current politicians and so u support IK. Point out what he has done for the country ( don't include cricket). Thanks
deosai Nov 01, 2011 03:09am
your have just told the million doller truth, that as a nation we are corrupt to the core of our heart and we hate the { QUE } as much, there is no question about it. like it or not
Ace Nov 01, 2011 03:38am
Yes, because education will automatically spread itself. Woops.
Ace Nov 01, 2011 03:39am
Well said. My thoughts happen to be pretty similar too.
Ace Nov 01, 2011 03:41am
Except he's not a Taliban supporter/
Imran Qasim Nov 01, 2011 03:51am
BRR Nov 01, 2011 03:57am
When the Taliban ride into Islamabad in the same tank as IK, then you will all head for the hills, or India. Until then, yes, the savior is here, follow the new savior, IK.
Babar Raja Nov 01, 2011 04:10am
The people who doubt Imran Khan, what choice do we have? MQM, PPP or PML-N. I was loyal PPP supporter from my college days but I what is happening in Pakistan is very sad and unfortunate. I will vote for Mr. Khan in a heart beat. He is the real deal anf only politician that people of Pakistan trust.May Allah bless Pakistan and people of Pakistan.
merv Nov 01, 2011 04:12am
I dont like Imran. Because of his past. He is trying to raise him by harshly abusing others. Who say he is World Cup Hero. Totally nonsense. All gambling.
Asim Nov 01, 2011 04:14am
We all know that we are corrupt and we have closed our eyes, we can't see some body is showing the right path, regardless of PTI POPULARITY its hard to change people's mentality, every body wants change, but not every body want to give vote for change, hope people understand who is with the country and he can lead us to prosperity
amir Nov 01, 2011 04:16am
Lets get Imran in the office and see what he can do. If for no other reason then simply for the fact that all others have failed pakistan(Zardari, altaf, nawaz are all corrupt theives) Lets hope Imran walks the walk and give him our vote!
Tariq K Sami Nov 01, 2011 04:27am
What Lahorites are experiencing to day is what Karachites saw in the MQM in 1986. But Altaf's struggle was against a a very brutal and vicious establishment, and alone he forged his path against all odds and succeeded. Good Luck to Imran and I hope Lahorites will not abandon him this time.
Molana Ji Nov 01, 2011 04:34am
Imran Khan is much better leader than others we have.
Ace Nov 01, 2011 04:49am
Please don't make it sound like Karachi hates IK, lol.
Kamran Ali Nov 01, 2011 04:59am
Imran Khan is the ONLY option for this nation. We have been on a suicidal spree for many many decades and elected people who are looters, liars and hypocrites of the highest order. It must change - Its NOW or NEVER!
Ace Nov 01, 2011 05:01am
Your wanna-look-smart stunt was pretty cool.
Meral Nov 01, 2011 05:09am
Sir can u please mention what type of education u r talking about and what type of change it will bring, and if and when it does then who in politics would u want the people of Pakistan to support? And can u guarantee that by that time my children or grandchildren or their children would be in a better position or would actually be blaming us that if their forefathers, meaning us, had taken a chance this time and supported Imran Khan, the world would've been better for them. I'm living abroad sir and I would tell u something I would be much more proud Pakistani if I had Imran Khan as head of the state of my country! it's embarrassing for Pakistanis to move around anywhere in the whole world and that is not because we r a terrorist nation that's because we are a begging nation, a sold out nation!
MER Nov 01, 2011 05:16am
I am really annoyed by the people of Pak to support Imran. The tragedy of his country people is they forget everything. Look back his careers from cricket to marriage. WHat he will give you, nothing. He is not politician just pretend to be. Raising his height by opposing others. Did you guys need that community spread like cancer in whole country particularly Punjab.
Sumi Nov 01, 2011 05:27am
This not cricket where one can gamble. This politics. Punjabis will never support Imran. We couln't afford another Karachi in Lahore. How soften u are for other states. Ask them.
Raja Ali Nov 01, 2011 05:37am
We need change. political dynasties need to go.
Usman Ahmad Nov 01, 2011 05:43am
I live in USA.I know majority of the Pakistanies will vote for Imran Khan in the upcoming election because he is honest,devoted,educated and has a vision. Look at our neighbors. where they are heading and where we are after 64 years. Our peoples are dying of hunger and diseases while corrupt politicians have nothing else to do except watching their bank balances grow. Sure they know how to feed the hungry masses with empty slogans and pull each other’s legs Do not take my words just check any politician ‘s past and present. Check his bank balance abroad. You will find out the truth. How did we get here? We have been fooled by these corrupt politicians for too long. Wake up or our next generation will never forgive us. For some reason ,we people, living abroad feel little extra pain for our beloved country which gave us everything. Now it is our turn to do something in return. WHOULD YOU? PAKISTAN ZINDABAD
Khalid Nov 01, 2011 05:53am
When the 'New Mind' surfaces, the 'Old Mind' must pack its bag(s) and retire.
Jamshed Nov 01, 2011 06:02am
Dont Quote ur friends on this forum plz ... 99% of ppls want change and they dnt have any problem in following whatever rules constitute set for them unless rulers follow them as well ...
M. Siddique, USA Nov 01, 2011 06:17am
Sheyema, great article. I am sure your perked up the youth of the country. I wish I could help him from here, but I cannot help financially but will support morally. We need to throw rascals out. If he needs technocrats, I will be at the service of Pakistan. God bless.
imran Nov 01, 2011 06:47am
All corrupt political days are numbered, probably looking for way out in forign countries and those old and corrupt leaders are giving statements against Imran Khan as they know thier days are numbered
Nasah Nov 01, 2011 06:53am
Why is it wrong to praise Imran Khan -- because he is like any other politician -- a hypocrite who leads a double life.
Indusonian Nov 01, 2011 06:56am
Excellent article and let's hope and pray that Pakistan will have fair elections and with that note, I am certain that Imran will bring this great nation and beautiful people to prosperity. My advise with due respect to Ali in response to his comment is that there is a difference between finding the root cause of a problem with sincerity as oppose to hide the reality with disguise. Mr. Ali, Imran is the ONLY leader who can guarantee the world that soil of Pakistan will not be used against ANYONE for terrorism.
Indusonian Nov 01, 2011 07:00am
Mr. Ali, Imran is the ONLY leader in Pakistan who can guarantee that soil of this beautiful will not be used for terrorism against ANY country.
Indusonian Nov 01, 2011 07:03am
Excellent Article, great job, let's hope and pray that Pakistan will have fair elections because that will ensure PTI victory.
Jamil Ahmed Nov 01, 2011 07:46am
Imran go and get those corrupt criminal "politicians" and give Pakistan a clean and honest governance.
Ahmed Khan Nov 01, 2011 08:04am
Heartiest congratulations to Imran Khan & his great team effort for pulling such a awesome show of unity among a new generation of Pakistanis. Imran has proved his leadership quality not only in Cricket but also as a great human being by giving the country a cancer hospital which is recognised all over the world. I am hundred percent sure Inshallah that if we have fair & free elections in Pakistan we will see Imran as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan who will bring respect & honour to this great & beautiful country. Pakistan Zindabad
Mustafa Nov 01, 2011 08:22am
The author’s first two sentences as follows, hits hard like a hammer on the hearts of all Pakistanis because it is nothing but truth. “As a nation we may cry for change but looking at our behaviour, we don’t really seem to actually want it. We are so deeply embedded in our comfort zone ruled by dynasties and corrupt politicians that when someone different comes along, we can’t wait to mock them on our Facebook statuses and pinpoint the first thing we see wrong in them.” It is very embarrassing for Pakistan that a man who wishes to be the top leader of Pakistan and who is trying hard to get support of Pakistanis by borrowing the slogan of “Change” from US President Obama as if he is dreaming to achieve the popularity of President Obama and at the same time he shouts slogan of hates fir America and the US President. President Obama spelled out prior to his election what changes he had in his mind. Has Imran Khan informed Pakistanis what changes he has in mind? Are Pakistanis so naïve to be impressed by him hearing the magic word “change” (borrowed from President Obama) without knowing what changes he has in his mind? Imran Khan must spell out in clear term without ambiguity what changes he has in mind and then the Pakistanis at large should evaluate him.
khalid Nov 01, 2011 08:32am
My sincere advise to Imran Khan is to re frame his agenda and add some honest people to his team. This will fetch him some good votes in the up coming elections.
Altaf Nov 01, 2011 08:41am
InshaAllah Imran Khan's party will win next election. I am from Karachi and fed up with batha political parties. I pray may Allah give him strength, courage and wisdom to fulfill all promises he has made which are in fact in the current political setup we Pakistanis can only dream. LONG LIVE IMRAN KHAN LONG LIVE PAKISTAN
Owais Nov 01, 2011 09:04am
Mr. Ali, where and when did Imran say he is pro Taliban. If ever he spoke about this issue he said that with Taliban and Afghans there is no end to the conflict which has been proven in the history. So in that case would you want your military and other resources to just drain down for nothing in an endless war. Come on try to rationalize the issue. He has never been pro killings of Taliban or any other groups whether it be US. He thinks masalahat is the solution for this problem and not war. If you can solve the problem by making the two party sit on the table, is there anything better than this? I think most of those who oppose Imran do so somehow because he talks about Islam here and there. Although he is not an extremist Islamic figure by any stretch of imagination but still they are allergic as to why does he even mention Islam. This is an unbelievable state of affairs that we live in. I think we should go back to square zero and see where and how did we start as a country and what should our center be in living this life of the world.
Nomzn Nov 01, 2011 09:08am
Ali, the point you make here is no different than the point American or Israeli governemnt would make. Core of the issue needs understanding not the blanket statements. To understand the core, dialogue is critical. This obviously provides no comfort to the ones who have lost so much already in these terrorist attacks but should there be more attacks? Unless we understand the core issue (and only a handful of people in the world would claim to understand that right now), this will continue is some form or fashion.
naseem Nov 01, 2011 09:09am
While majority of Karachites came out to support the corrupt MQM n PPP, Lahorites have opted to change. Sindh should break the PPP/MQM shackles and show that enough is enough, that they too want change for a bettet life and a strong PAKISTAN.
Luqman Nov 01, 2011 09:16am
Murtaza you have the right to put forward your opinion...but I would like to you to name me a single country in the world which has actually progressed or developed with US AID.My brother AID does not help any one, all great nation rapidly developed in last 50 years such as Japan,Germany,Singapore, have progressed by their own.I would like to give example of Malaysia and Turkey since they are muslim majority countries, they have progressed rejecting "AID" .I agree you can not be isolated in this global village, you should not! but unless we get rid of this "AID" from US we wont be able to stand as a nation by our own.Mahatir Muhamad in Malaysia rejected US AID and decided to build the country by their own.Beleive me Malaysia had nothing and now you can see how they have developed themselves.We as a nation should have a courage to manage our issues ourselves. P.S i am studyin in Malaysia currently.
imran alam Nov 01, 2011 09:18am
He is the last hope for sinking cuntry from Zardari corruption, dont Pakistani feel shame to call Zardari a president
S Tanvir Nov 01, 2011 09:24am
Imran Khan's personal character is very questionable. He could be a very nice human being and a smart politician, but still , very good and honest Muslims live in this country. With all due respects to Mr. Khan, he should not seek a position to lead Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Sajjad Nov 01, 2011 09:26am
The article was great. While we must look at the positives coming out from this rally and what it may mean for the country , i am and have always thought about who else is up to the job? While this is a great step towards making a mark, getting into power and making changes is completely another. In the end for me the end is what matters and that is how can IK get into a position of authority through which he can make changes that benefit the aam admi on the road. It also saddens me beyond definition that he is the only one for whom we have our hopes on. We as a nation have not produced a decent, honest leader in 60 years.
Balaaj Nov 01, 2011 09:28am
Do you expect the change will come overnight. No. It would take time. What should we do in the transition phase. As you agreed there is no better choice then why not try Imran Khan. His past is testimony of his achievements. He is the agent of change. He promises of imposing education emergency. Even if he succeeds in keeping at least 50% of his promises, he would be doing a great service to this hapless and divided nation. We have suffered enough at the hands of corrupt and self-serving political, civil and military elite, which has divided us to perpetuate their stranglehold over our lives and destinies much too long. Let's be a nation and act in unison to rid ourselves of those who have not only spoiled our image but have also sucked blood out of our body.
Adnan Nov 01, 2011 09:35am
Yes this the true spirit. We have had enough of all those now we need a change. Its time to wake up Pakistan. Its time to vote for Imran Khan.Its time to save pakistan. I request especially my Sindhi brothers to wake up and vote for Imran. I am not a Punjabi but my vote is for Imran Khan. GO Imran GO.
Imran Ali Soomro Nov 01, 2011 09:48am
Great Article and splendid effort to display the true picture of Pakistan's politics. I m of 32 years but never voted for any party, but this time I m thinking to caste it for first time in favour Imran Kha.
Junaid Nov 01, 2011 09:48am
Honestly, I do not care of what anyone has to say. Lahoris said it all! I love it! All I have to say is ... Hum Eik hainnnn! Hummmmmmm eik Haiiiiiiin! Congratulations Pakistan. We did it. We now have a respectable face to our struggle. The days of humiliation and abject despair will come to an end. Allah never lets those who strive for justice struggle in vain. Our time has come. We have a responsibility to Pakistan and those who died to birth her. The REAL Quaid's children have answered the call. Watch the rolling thunder that follows.
Imran Sherwani Nov 01, 2011 09:53am
Fantastic article. Please keep writing and encouraging the people who are still dithering to accept the clarion call for change. The time is over for the politicians, plunderers and clowns while sitting in far away lands and giving phony calls of revolution. I agree with one of the post that it would be an uphill task for Imran Khan to bring change unless people of Sindh, both urban and rural also accept his call wholeheartedly throwing away their suspicions bred and exploited for decades by the opportunists. Let’s give Imran Khan a chance and reject all those who have hitherto exploited us in the name of religion, language, provincialism and ethnicity without solving the problems of common man;though amassing huge wealth for themselves and stashing it in foreign banks accounts. Let’s stop befooling ourselves that the politicians who could not deliver for decades might deliver now. Imran Khan is the last hope and let’s give him at least one chance. Let’s capitalize on his energy, integrity, honesty and indefatigability, honour, the qualities which are hard to find in the so called leaders we have been contending hitherto.
junaid Nov 01, 2011 09:55am please send a copy to me as well
Saeed Nizamani Nov 01, 2011 10:00am
Imran Khan chha gaey...
Yaser Nov 01, 2011 10:06am
AH i dont know which history book you are reffering to ... can give any name :)
Saquib Nov 01, 2011 10:09am
Well Said Faraz Bhai. its the voice of every citizen of Karachi including myself.
ahmed Nov 01, 2011 10:12am
Not sure about ik, but we need new young blood, where islam is respected and minorities are as Pakistanis.
Ali Aftab Nov 01, 2011 10:12am
No its not wrong to praise him ... Yea he has given us hope .. some one who can be trusted and followed ... he is not god, he doesnt have an accurate answer to all questions but then who does?? do u hv all the answers? come on .. gimme a break ... who is better than him, in current scenario, the joker politicians that we have?? ... he may not solve all problems overnight but all we people ask the govt is to have the direction right ... at least TRY, at least MOVE, do something ... but all PML,PPP,MQM have given us so far is save ur seat, blame each other loot the country and run away ... so way to go IK .. may Allah be with u and may we all succeed (Ameen) and btw it cud b great if overseas pakistanis could cast votes, it can hv a major impact, dn know if its possible though ..
fj Nov 01, 2011 10:17am
Mr. Mughal, the problem I see is that you unfortunately represent the group of people who always choose to live in denial. Change does not come just by talks. its very easy for you to show us your intellectual muscles by talking about having an effective social structure which supports the education & health for every one but please also tell us about a single deed you have done yourself to support this structure. Please stop being so naive & accept the change. We as pakistani are completely aware of the fact that you cannot freely spread education & awareness in current feudal system without a strong system which is there to support the implementation of reforms. Imran is our hope to bring this system and we all support him. whether you like it or not :)
F.rahim Nov 01, 2011 10:38am
There being no alternative, we should wholeheartedly support IK.
Babar Khan Nov 01, 2011 10:50am
Mr Mughal, It is for this simple reason that i am urging people like you to grab a copy of the mentioned book. It will clear up the whole scenario as in what makes people/governaments puppets of America. Trust me Imran Khan isn't one of them and i am saying this because of simple obvious reasons of which i think you have no idea. Please do grab a copy, it will go a long way to change your thoughts
Kashif Nov 01, 2011 11:24am
He has given HOPE to the destitute of Pakistan. Plz just visit the Cancer hospital and the NUMAL university in Mianwali. The Hospital is not just a hospital and that university is not just a univeristy. those places are world class and above all they give hope for a better future. if he can give do those things outside the Government, then imagine what he can do while incharge of the government. Just imagine that Mayo Hospital or Jinnah hospital in Lahore become like Shaukat Khanum Hospital, imagine MAO college or Civil Lines College become NUMAL Univeritites, imagine dear please imagine!
Raza Nov 01, 2011 11:28am
Ask them? The Lahorrites have already given a definite and clear answer by turning up and making the rally a huge success. And after that, you are saying 'ask them'. Pretty naive!
Ali Faraz Nov 01, 2011 11:34am
I don’t live in Pakistan for a decade but I was born and brought up in Karachi. I agree that he’s the last hope for Pakistan but I still remember allegation on him for discriminating crickets from city of Karachi when he was doing one man show in PCB. He apologised for his meeting with Gen. Musharraf after 2002 elections. I wish one day he apologies to people of Karachi too.
Muneeba Nov 01, 2011 11:37am
None of the Karachiites willingly come out to support MQM/PPP; everyone knows that people are compelled to attend such rallies just to show that the mass supports them. The political scenario of Karachi is not that easy as compared to Lahore, no one gets killed in Lahore for speaking against some political party. If Karachiites would not have been the victim of such politics then I am sure that they have been a part of this change too.
pERSHANT Nov 01, 2011 11:38am
Hallaj Nov 01, 2011 11:42am
I don’t care what Imran says, in fact it does not matter. We don’t need a hi-fi political manifesto or an ideology to save us. Honesty, is all we require. I trust him. That’s why I will cast my vote for the first time.
Sadiq Nov 01, 2011 11:45am
Sajjad Bhai, I totally agree with your analysis
Ahmed Omair Nov 01, 2011 12:02pm
And who will spread education?
Imran Sherwani Nov 01, 2011 12:03pm
Great article!!!!…the youth is with Imran Khan and with the hope of better tomorrow! my prayers r with u IK,,,,,may god protect u ameen
Fiaz Nov 01, 2011 07:06am
Imran Khan must show his team, regarding to solution of the problem he hilghted, because idealogy, good thinking is not enough to tackle the situation.
Ahmed Omair Nov 01, 2011 12:13pm
roomi Nov 01, 2011 12:18pm
As you said Ali it was an "Allegation" - and in my humble opinion-following cricket for over 25 is a ridiculous "allegation". Imran my have dropped players from Karachi but he also also dropped his own cousin "Majid Khan" from the team when he became captain.He went for what he believed were players that would win him the match He gave more chances to "Mansur Akhter"- the most successful first class batsman in Pakistan (from Karachi) than anyone else. Mansur failed to make it big in International arena. Although he dropped Iqbal Qasim for Abdul Qadir but when the pitch demanded he brought Qasim back in to the side and we won the series in India. And he relied the most on Javed Miandad as his deputy, when it mattered just proves these allegations are untrue.
imran alam Nov 01, 2011 12:19pm
No one is perfect he may have made some mistake in past but now he is sincerely stood up for country so please forget past and give him chance as you know the character of Altaf and Zardari
Muhammad Ali Nov 01, 2011 12:20pm
Excellent article....Imran Khan has woken up the youth and it is the biggest achievement of his political career so far however the BIGGEST is yet to come wen he becomes future prime minister IA....i never bothered to cast my vote or even to think about it.....but today i am more than enthusiastic to support Imran...i went to the jalsa and made a sigh of relief that i have played my part....we love you Imran are the man....may ALLAH bless you and give you a long and healthy life.....what soever happens in the elections you are already a you :)
imran alam Nov 01, 2011 12:27pm
god sake forget the past and give him chance after all he is human, he may have made sme mistake in past but now is the onply hope and he completely given up luxrious life style
imran alam Nov 01, 2011 12:30pm
who told you Bush was the greatest president, he is the worst president in history of USA and have lowest ratings in history
Saif Nov 01, 2011 12:31pm
Question is not why I support Imran Khan Real question is why don't you?
Saif Nov 01, 2011 12:36pm
Time for the youth of Karachi to show their support of Imran Khan and join the mainstream politics of Pakistan High time that the youth of the country gets together
m.h.kayani Nov 01, 2011 12:39pm
Imran is the only hope for you Pakistani, grab the moment vote for him and give him chance to make a real change, for sure he is sincere and honest man.
Sikandar Khan Nov 01, 2011 12:46pm
He gives us what we all need right now - HOPE. Something, no other party can give us at the moment. Good article. Keep it up.
Rana Athar Javed Nov 01, 2011 12:47pm
Honesty is the one crucial trait that the youth would like to see in Pakistan's leadership. The gathering in Lahore shows that the youth in general demands high moral ground from politicians. Imran Khan seems to be one the important leaders who touch that standard.
wmz Nov 01, 2011 12:51pm
I have to admit I am also one of those people, that quietly saw change of power from one party to another and the back & forth game that has been happening since the nineties. I too never voted as there wasn't a choice but I agree although I could not attend the rally but just hearing about it made me want to vote for the first time. I say thank God and lets look forward for a change. Good work Imran Khan!
Ismail Ahmad Nov 01, 2011 01:12pm
Its hearening to see people coming out of their comfort zone and showing support to Imran khan in rally. please spread the word to people around you and convince them alteast give chance to a person who is honest, patriotic and only hope.
pspuvacha Nov 01, 2011 01:22pm
I find most of the comments to be too naïve.. most of them projecting him to be the new messiah.. on the face of it he has all the credentials but what matters is what his ideology is and what he plans to do and how? I have been following Pakistan for quite some time now. As an Indian I firmly believe that there is no alternative for Indian and Pakistan to be friends if they have to realize their potential. But as things stand today both these nations at a different point on the growth trajectory.. India is certainly way ahead..( last week’s successful F1 is testimony to it..) I won’t go into that.. But for Pakistan to join India on this growth trajectory it needs a politician who can bring a fresh and bold thinking on relations with India. Some one who can boldly say that “ India is not our enemy. We need to make peace with India to prosper. We will not treat India as an enemy. We will try to find solution to India without treating it as an enemy and without allowing elements from Pakistan hurting it and most importantly I will like to take religion out of india-Pak relations”.. Imran could have said that and if he has said that you would’ve certainly been the messiah that Pakistan is groping for.. but he didn’t he took the easy way out. Blasting Zaradari, Nawaz Sharif, Altaf hussain or for that matter all the politicians is no big deal.. your school going children can also do it without fear.. similarly lambasting US is no big deal.. that is the other opium people have been fed by the powers be and they have got addicted to it..on both these points he was toeing the line of the real powers to be in Pakistan: Army + ISI + Jihadi elements..if he really wants to reform Pakistan he would have told the Army and ISI to just do their job professionally and stop dictating policies to the government. he wants to keep the “ anti-India” sentiments alive.. this is all the more striking because he did not utter a word about the happenings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Bahrain..this is all the more surprising considering the fact that he spent so much time in India, he had so much fun in India, he has so many friends in India, he made so much money in India, he has been given so much love in India and Indian media and today for the sake of winning few seats he wants to become ungrateful.. we are not expecting Imran to make Pakistan subservient to India.. all that we were expecting to do is to reduce the rhetoric, the deeply entrenched negativity between these 2 nations. So now we are convinced that even Imran were to come to power ( which is highly unlikely because when the election time comes all the politicians will get together to keep outsider outside only..) nothing will change for the subcontinent..
Ahsan, Sweden Nov 01, 2011 01:25pm
I have been through most of the comments and come to a conclusion that almost 95% of the comments are favouring Imran Khan. But there is still a huge way ahead of him before success can be realized. Just to mention few examples: How will we ever get rid of this “Bratheri” concept? Also the low literacy rate in Pakistan is hampering the “change”. But what can you do about it? Just write comments in here and leave rest to God? God will not help unless you do something about it. Don’t you think it is about time to take some responsibility? It has been several decades ago Pakistan was declared independent but unfortunately our brains are still caught by “slavery”. What you need to do is to bring awareness about what it really means by being an “azaad” country. Why don’t you begin with your family and friends? Let us initiate a chain message: “We want azaadi” We all have to work together to achieve our goal/the “CHANGE” we have been looking for ages. I want to live as a proud Pakistani I want to die as a proud Pakistani Imran Khan: hum aap kay saath hain.
tayyab Nov 01, 2011 01:32pm
Absolutely right Jamal. Therefore, we should all vote united for IK. If the nation is united, the parliament will be a reflection of that Unity.
Nilofer Nov 01, 2011 01:34pm
Currupt and selfish leaders have drawn our country to the abyss. Imran Khan has should his courage and determination to lift our country from the deep. Now he only needs the protection of God Almighty and the support of the people, especially the youth.
Khayyam Nov 01, 2011 01:42pm
There is no comparison between ZAB and Imran Khan. A person who cannot recall whether he had visited 90 (as do all others) to beg for support or not, cannot be compared to that Giant of a Man known as ZAB. ZAB had a program and a team, Imran Khan does not. ZAB toile with the masses and created an identity with the poor masses, whereas Imran is surrounded by rejected politicians and unknown business tycoons, who I am sure are investing in their future. ZAB roused the crowds with his words and his message an he didnt depend upon singers to rouse them and inspire them. DONT EVER COMPARE ZAB WITH IMRAN KHAN.
Khayyam Nov 01, 2011 08:42am
There is no comparison between ZAB and Imran Khan. A person who cannot recall whether he had visited 90 (as do all others) to beg for support or not, cannot be compared to that Giant of a Man known as ZAB. ZAB had a program and a team, Imran Khan does not. ZAB toile with the masses and created an identity with the poor masses, whereas Imran is surrounded by rejected politicians and unknown business tycoons, who I am sure are investing in their future. ZAB roused the crowds with his words and his message an he didnt depend upon singers to rouse them and inspire them. DONT EVER COMPARE ZAB WITH IMRAN KHAN.
shaukat Nov 01, 2011 01:44pm
its true honesty in a leader is requirment n 1 and we the people of pakistan are happy that atlast we have got it and that honest person is imran khan . now it is up to us to vote him so that he can lead us to a bright future. to be honest guys he is the last hope for this country so lets do it.
javaid sh. Nov 01, 2011 02:21pm
obama had the same slogan of ;a change: and awaking of youth ----- and to day we seechange in the shape of REcession ,ten % unemployment and trillion of $ bebt ,so dont be deceived and be wise
khurram Nov 01, 2011 02:36pm
great piece of writing... he is the man who should lead n govern Pakistan now...
Kamran Khan Nov 01, 2011 02:40pm
Imran's gathering was excellent, but still he needs to make sure to cascade his message to masses. He needs a very systematic and calculated approach and must not miss any single opportunity to make sure PTI presence and significance. Above all, voter lists must be corrected and rural areas must be tapped if he wants his dream come true, otherwise, all talks will remain talks.
Arif Tolar Nov 01, 2011 02:41pm
People often say. how can a single man (Imran Khan) can bring a change? Now let me clear this to every one, He is not alone now, there are Pakistan's 70% youth standing behind him, ready to bring change under his leadership. If person's intentions are positive and has strong Faith then nothing is impossible by the grace of Allah, I'm supporting Imran khan since when he setup his Party, Today I'm happy to see it's not only me it's the whole Pakistan now....Pakistan Zindabad
Awais Kaleem Nov 01, 2011 03:00pm
@As far as you following our country's politics is concerned, you have done a good job i must say. But, try to be a little unbiased and stop acting like a media controlled nation for a change. Look at problems broadly. To be honest we have our own issues to resolve, we're not even thinking about India right now. That's has just become a cliche topic we have to discuss because of all the blame game. Coincidentally, I am a "vaila" like you too these days and have been reading about foreign economics. I think you should spend a little time controlling your population that is going to be the largest in world in 2020 instead of peeking into your neighbors internal affairs [not to mention like you did in 1971]. As far as Imran khan is concerned, he does not get like "naee mein naee bolta. mein nai khana naee khaan ab se" [i hope you get the sarcasm in this] ... He is a practical person. The one who knows where to place his next step and move gracefully. In the end I must say once again, that it has been a pleasure to read your comment here, a concerned and respectable one i must say. Keep following Pakistan and see where we go. :)
Faraz Paracha Nov 01, 2011 03:01pm
Excuse me, but India is not the only country on the planet and that rally wasn't in support of India. Why do you expect us and IK to just be talking about how to deal with India. He talked about strengthening our relationship with China and rightly so because unlike India, they don't go about blaming Pakistan even if a bird dies in their country. You said, you have been closely monitoring the political scene in Pakistan but I guess you overlooked the slogan of the rally, 'Hakumat Hatao, Mulk Bachao' (Overthrow the Govt and Save Pakistan). The rally wasn't in favour or against the Middle Eastern countries so why should he utter even a word about them. We need to fix the issues on our soil first before talking about other countries including India and before determining foreign policy. China is on a different boat as compared to all others so please spare us your comments regarding them. Secondly I can't stop laughing at your ridiculous and absurd comment regarding how he has friends in India and blah blah. What age are you? A 5 yr old? Seriously bloke get a life. What should we be grateful for to India? What has India given us apart from the blame game and cancelling cricket tours. Please stop acting as a home alone child. And if your measure of success is based on a mere F1 race then wake up and smell the coffee. India has the fastest growing population rate on the planet, highest infant mortality rate, killing based on gender, biggest slum on the planet (Mumbai), great amount of corruption (Anna Hazare made is very clear) and etc etc. So please its our country and we will deal with it. You are just feeling the pain that you don't have someone as charismatic and passionate as IK in your political ranks. You don't have someone who can attract a crowd of 0.5million from one city alone. You are just offended that we have Imran Khan and InshaAllah he will win the elections.
saba Nov 01, 2011 03:10pm
Imran khan is honest and patriotic citizen and will not betray people of pakistan he looks like a real lion
Rehan Nov 01, 2011 03:11pm
The Lahore Rally has opened eyes of many and few have lost their sleep that night. Imran Khan is no more alone, PTI is no more a one man show. Youth is standing with him today. I wish Imran Khan and his party best of luck and hope that he will win next elections InshaAllah.
Mir Nov 01, 2011 03:15pm
it was very very heart warming to see the HUDE rally of lacs .. it was indeed a turning point in Pakistan's poliyical landscape and i just wish and pray to God the momentum keeps going ahead .. i am an strong supported of Imran Khan and would like to advise him to now to divert the attention towards NWFP, Sindh (specially Karachi).. also he needs to rally the support from rural areas also (country side - 70% vote) ... with the state of affairs of current government, Imran would not have to do much for his publicity as the existing state performance is an automatic advert for PTI ... Long Live Pakistan!
Raheel Nov 01, 2011 03:19pm
Dont forget ZAB flourished under a dictator before becoming PM... he himself was a feudal lord... thats why got all those puppet along him whom you are calling a team?? On the other hand IK has nothing but true sincerity.. would it have been very pleasing for you that IK, like ZAB, should have accepted the offer of a dictator to be his right hand so that he can form his team of more famous ppl...?? Wake up bro, every one is waking up so u need too...
Dr Mehnaz Farhan Nov 01, 2011 03:29pm
we all should hope for the best to evolve out of our nation when it comes imran khan.....who speaks the truth and just.But do all of us really believe that our nation is a disaster only because we have immoral,unjust,corrupt politicians on our least i dont think so...we as a nation are in majority and we should be held accountable first and yes we are responsible this way or that way for the ultimate fate of our country.And we should all doubt about the fact that if a fair man becomes our president or PM, after the accountability of leaders ...are we ready to stand accountible for our deeds...are we ready to speak the truth for others and for our selves and our beloved ones.....are we ready to stop slowing down our electricity meters....are we ready to educate our slaves...are we ready to stand in a long cue...are we ready not to use unfair means for getting favors...are we ready to be appointed in a firm on pure eligibilty basis.....if the answer to all these questions is "YES" only then imran khan would be able to bring a change, other wise we should not expect a revolution.
Ashok - Singapore Nov 01, 2011 03:37pm
Its human nature that they like change. 5 to 9 yrs back, i used like Sonia Gandhi now i hate that lady most. Like this, i have no such idea about Imran Khan but can say.. he earned from cricket and now trying in politics. if he wins, after 5 or 10 yrs, people will look for another change. cricketer aur actor India ko lutt liye officially.. Pakistan alo same. I think, Pakistan needs fresh young politician rather than same 60s to 80s uncles, no use. its applicable in india or pakistan too. Happy Diwali friends... pls dont fight here again with India and Pakistan relationship. Dont know about pakistan but yes all pakistani deserve good safe life.
Muhammad Nov 01, 2011 03:47pm
i dont no about u guys, but out of all the paki politicians out there, imran khan is the only one i might think about trusting OUR country with. zardari, nawaz, and ofcourse altaf have only lust for power. atleast imran isnt exactly like that. im not sayin hes great, but hes definately far greater than the people who run our country right now!
Hassan Nov 01, 2011 04:12pm
Dont forget raheel, ZAB stood against same dictator and ousted him too.IK stood for dictatorship and supported it as well.
Vaqas ud Din Nov 01, 2011 04:27pm
InshAllah Success will be for Imran Khan because his Honest, Straight forward and right towards to people. He didn't spend time on the Luxury apartments, protocol. He proof him self He is great lover for the country of Pakistan for devoting their life for Shoukat Khanam Cancer Hospital. Any politician do this kind of work ?? No way they can't because they want $$$.. IMRAN Khan Definitely win the Election contest if election commission done their job Fairly but I don't think so its possible because of PPP corrupt government.
vijay, chennai, Indi Nov 01, 2011 04:31pm
iIt is good that people of Pakistan are looking for an alternative. This change of mindset will definitely help in ushering real democracy in Pakistan.
Arun Kochar Nov 01, 2011 04:47pm
So what if he has made money in India. Havent Ali Haider (purani jeans), Ali Azmat, and other musicians who would be a lot poorer if it wasnt for India are anti-India to the core now. Even Sohail Tanvir who made Rs. 80 lacs in IPL-1 was quick to show his true feelings for India when not selected for IPL-2.
Aabid Hussain Nov 01, 2011 05:56pm
Imran Khan is the best leader of Pakistan, and future of Pakistan..... geo Pakistan and Pakistanis, I love all Pakistanis and we are brothers of an other... we are one nation, It is american policy "divide and rule" but Imran Khan would unite entire the nation of Pakistan..... best of luck Imran Khan, we are with you......
Imran Nov 01, 2011 05:58pm
You are right, people have been criticizing Imran Khan maybe because he is an easy target for them. As for people who say he held a concert, they should know that whatever they say won't affect the people who are supporting Imran Khan, they will support him regardless because the people see a great competent leader in him. Imran Khan does need some improvements, but he is a great person and is capable of delivering to Pakistan
Ahsan Jahangir Nov 01, 2011 06:17pm
ZAB was a product of Dictatorship, while Imran khan is not. Its sad to see how political affiliations make us so biased. The truth is out there and u still are rejecting it. PTI has to get real serious about channeling the support into votes. It is a tough job, but i hope Imran Khan can do it. We are with you IK :)
Marvi Nov 01, 2011 06:26pm
Once Shahzad Roy said in his song that here honest is one who did not get chance. So I think IK looks honest because yet he did not get any chance. Time will tell who is right. There is much difference b/w words and actions. I do not why Youth is going to support a man who is ready to talk with killers.
Noman Nov 01, 2011 06:27pm
If we are searching for perfection then perhaps we'll all be disappointed. Imran is not perfect, neither when he won the WC nor when he got SK hospital. We may have the tendency to project him to be this ideal leader and have the series of expectations from him. The fact that we have positive expectations is a good sign. But he needs support right now and a sense of trust. He has made mistakes in the past and he will make more in future but the fact is that he is likely the most honest politician Pakistan has seen in decades. Now honesty is something you don’t associate with politicians in general and Pakistani politicians in particular. Imran may sound idealistic and naive on occasion but that are also the qualities we have always loved about him. I think it was pretty naive to expect a WC win after being bowled out by England for 70 odd runs. I think it was pretty naive to expect to have a cancer hospital where healthcare will be free for the poor. It might have been naive to say that he would hold one of the biggest rallies seen in decades in Pakistan after getting no more than a couple of seats in parliament in prior elections. It might be naive to say that we can negotiate our way out of terrorism crisis. It might be naive to say that Pakistan can survive without American dollars. Pakistan can use some of that naiveness and idealism. I would rather be naive than a pessimist right now. For the first time in decades people are not trying to select the ‘lesser’ evil. If the change is to some, it will have to be now. It really is a wakeup call. That is for sure. Let’s just hope the nation is not going to hit the snooze.
Naveed Nov 01, 2011 06:38pm
Imran is honest and true leader which can unite all pakistanis under the banner. At the momnet parties are representing provinces which is very bad for Pakistan. let us come together and creat new prosper pakistan under his leadership. I hope that he organize a bigger rally or jalsa in karachi where all pakistanis come and stop the politics of fear.
Naeem Malik (Dublin) Nov 01, 2011 06:39pm
He deserves to praise when it comes to question regarding corruption and reforms in Pakistan. There is second big problem i.e. “extremism” in Pakistan society. Being in a minority and liberal in Pakistan, I am concerned about his right wing rhetoric about drones and anti-Americanism. Nobody is against discussion with Taliban but his policies are vague and not-concise that how he will handle them. How he will control untamed extremist elements with “only” discussion?
Raheel Nov 01, 2011 06:44pm
@Hassan .. you need to study the history, don't say what you hear from people. Google it and you will find the facts... Besides I am not opponent of ZAB's brilliance. I admit he was genuine leader of masses and I admire him from many aspects like nuclear program and getting islamic countries together.. I am just having point here that besides all this he was not God that you cant compare him with anyone else... whatever and whoever he was, he is past now. we need to concentrate more on our future than past and let me tell you, IK is the future leader of Pakistan... I assure you, once IK is given a chance, he will prove himself true leader of masses too IA ...
Ambreen Malik Nov 01, 2011 07:48pm
Imran will make a great leader,,we need people who can change the depressing circumstances of Pakistan and i think he's the man.We tried PPP and nawaz party they r all failures and MQM another distructive force among them good for nothing. We need someone like Imran khan who genuienly loves his country and wants the congrates to him on this successful rally...we are counting on you Imran to see Pakistan a better place to live and be proud of our nationality.WE ARE WITH YOU
sana Nov 01, 2011 07:50pm
May these supporters turn into voters.
Ammy Nov 01, 2011 08:22pm
Imran is a believer who has demonstrated FAITH in all that he has done. That alone boosts up his worth. Remember the story of the frog who stopped trying to get out of a jar, the lid of which was removed once he stopped trying!
Syed Nov 01, 2011 09:14pm
Nice yearling all this about our country Pakistan that people want change n they r following the right person Imran khan I'm his fan since I was 13 now im 38 still love him as a great team leader ,a leader who dare to fight in ground, but slight change in politics ground specially pakistans politics which is the darty ,I never been to vote n nor I support till now .. But I do thinking of Imran khan this time.. He is educated world seen hard worker n gentle in person have personality all in one he decide n do ... All other faces of politics if comes back to pak government means we r over so guys we need change stand up give a chance to some one new face with new brain may pak will stand back on his feet in world .
Shumaila Zulqarnain Nov 01, 2011 09:55pm
Our Leader Imran Khan is an example like Where Eagles dare', so its mean he will be a change agent in Pakistan. So Khan sb will approve that our country Pakistan is a paradise in this world.
Moaz Nov 02, 2011 12:04am
very well said in this article... I was a big supporter of nawaz sharef but after outcome of IK nw i hv been passionate about a change in our counry. i have registered my vote and i'm definitely compel my family to vote even if IK won't win but itx our sole responsibility to vote.. my Vote for IK.. Lastly I want to ask the next jalsa of PTI is going to be held in karachi, so wht are the opinion of karachi ppl regarding this upcoming jalsa of IK?? wud it be same like lahore jalsa or not??
Asad Nov 02, 2011 12:04am
Indeed a very good beginning for Imran Khan. But he has a long way to go to translate into election victory. I hope he succeeds. Best of luck
Maria K Nov 02, 2011 03:36am
That has to be one of the more ridiculous comments I have read regarding Imran Khan. I hope you are aware that "change" is not a word/term coined by Obama in the last elections. It has been repeatedly used to since time bygone for political parties that are bringing forth something new (hence, 'change') and in this case, the use is completely valid since, if for nothing else, PTI is stepping up to challenge the double game that PPP and PML have been playing for a while now. I understand that you are an avid follower of American politics - at least of Obama's - but it would serve you better on this forum to pay attention to Imran Khan's (or for that matter other leader's) speeches and writings as well. I am not sure what you have heard/read (if you have at all) but he is one of the few politicans who actually talks about his policies (whether I agree with them is a different matter). So be honest to yourself and do your research before hanging onto a single English noun/verb that might be in common in Imran's and Obama's (and many others) slogans. I am no PTI fan myself but at least I am not so transparently biased.
nautilu Nov 02, 2011 06:54am
imran khan actually protested against Musharraf, and he did so visibly, WITHOUT having to ride a wave of discontent. can you claim the same for ZAB? ZAB nationalized much of the countries' industry and infrastructure, which helped to benefit some of his political party cronies and feudal lords. thanks to his nationalization policy, Pakistan's industrial backbone had been forever ruined and the economy and education still suffer as a result. Pakistan has no sustainable industry, courtesy of ZAB. I give him credit, however, for the nuclear program.
nautilu Nov 02, 2011 06:58am
I think everyone needs to realize that it doesn't matter whether some may think Imran is inexperienced or not fit for politics. if the man has sincerity and honest intentions, what do we care? we should all go out there and vote for him! if the people of Pakistan don't take the first step towards change, when will they do so and will they do so in the future? stop saying "i'll worry about this tomorrow" because "tomorrow" will never come if you continue to sit there, useless.
Farhan Nov 02, 2011 07:48am
Dear Dr. Mehnaz, I am currently living in Australia and believe it here people do steal electricity from the government. I have seen the advertisement in the TV Queensland Government telling people not to do it. We have to educate people in Pakistan as well. It is our country same as we think of our own home. we have to keep it clean from all the possible harm, so it also goes for our country. The only thing is how our leaders are other than making money and doing nothing.
Wobblydangly Nov 02, 2011 07:52am
Hmmm- I dont think honesty gets you very far in Pakistani politics- unfortunately. You need to be shrewd and deceptive to succeed
shuaib Nov 02, 2011 10:56am
enough of ZAB. this is 2011. the team of bhutto, you are talking about, put Pakistan in negetive progress by nationalizing all industry and Pakistan has not come out of those problems. No more cashing in the name of bhutto or zardari bhutto.
Mustafa Nov 02, 2011 11:12am
There are more Karachiites speaking here than Pakistanis. Does this mean, pretty soon Karachiites may separate from Sindh and even go further to separate from Pakistan?
Hira Nov 02, 2011 11:41am
We seriously need a change, which can bring our glory back. Till now we have seen so many vows which had never been materialize, inspite of this we as a nation in utter disgust of corruption, inflation hike, GDP downfall, unemployment etc. To embrace success we should stand united to be with CHANGE in terms of votes not by just willingness for a change
Kisa Nov 02, 2011 11:50am
As happy as I am to see this article, I am surprised too. This article cant be labelled PRO-Imran Khan. It is indeed very neutral. It is comparing politics of one with another and questioning whats wrong in things that PTI has done? Everything I have in mind, I saw in words here. But I have always felt these things were quite obvious, do educated class even need to debate on it? Altaf sings BOLLYWOOD in his khitab, Shabaz is a horrible singer (no offence), Imran Khan had patriotic songs being sung for heavensake! I, being a youth of this country, thinks PTI pulled it off brilliantly. hats off
Muhammad Abbas Ahmed Nov 02, 2011 01:44pm
the writer seams to be naive and biased about the exact opinion about the government's doings. may be relating imran khan with ZAB work in some point in time, but theres always a difference in one's own mentality. along with one's own life experiences. what imran khan seams to be doing may be similar to ZAB's strategies but there is a huge difference in mentalities of both of them.
Azar Nov 02, 2011 02:23pm
Authors frustration is understandable. I am also surprised at the volume of "intellectual" as well as downright abusive criticism that is being directed at Imran. For me, voting for Imran Khan this election is a no-brainer. Unless of course, you feel satisfied with the current leaders.
pervin Nasir Nov 02, 2011 03:54pm
yes! we need a change .Buck up Imran khan ,you are our dream leader.
Shafeen(Melbourne) Nov 02, 2011 08:17pm
64 years are a decent number of years for a country to gain its respect in all aspects of life, apparently the people with so much brains who are in Pakistan do not have the guts to decide what they want.
Muhammad Arsalan Nov 02, 2011 11:51pm
PTI will win the next elections inshallah.....
waqar Nov 03, 2011 08:47am
All we need is a sincere leader. If Imran can give us 1% of clean leadership at the top, I am sure it will translate to the bottom. We have degraded as a society over the time and it will take us time to recover. It is not possible to produce the best of the best at this time but I am sure with time we will rise again. For now I am please to take a baby step forward by voting Imran Khan and change. Best wishes to PTI.
Karthik Nov 03, 2011 08:59am
People of Pakistan must vote for the ideal candidate who can give clean governance and create economic growth and generate jobs. My feeling is that a sizeable number of Pakistani's prefer someone who espouses the harsh version of sharia law - as is evident from the amount of support provided to the Punjab Governer's killer
nautilu Nov 03, 2011 09:13am
why don't we organize independent election "watchdog" groups to monitor voting booths? we should try to count the votes, by counting the number of people walking to these booths. the government will obviously try to rig the elections, especially using the NADRA system. however, a physical count, conducted by several watchdog groups constantly using twitter to update the people, will be able to prevent any rigging. for example, if PPP or PML-N rig the elections and claim that 35,000 people voted for their respective party. independent counts will reveal that the total number of participants in the election do not match the proportion of party votes claimed in the results of the election. the key is to highly publicize this and mobilize the younger generation, through social networks like Twitter, to protest fraudulent elections if discovered.
Waqar arif Nov 03, 2011 12:16pm
I think so, IK has the ability to take on the leading role. The people of Karachi are with him as well but due to his bit biased attitude towards Karachi players in the past , they are bit skeptical. I think so he has changed himself quite lot and he can attract karachities towArds him. He can bring Karachi into main politics provided he understand and address the reasons of karachities leaving different political parties and start joining this MQM. Everybody knows that karachities were not racist or ethnic minded as everybody knows that Jamaat e islami use to dominate in Karachi but then they realise that these major parties are not doing any good to people of Karachi, neither they have enough representation of karachities in their leadership. I think so now IK has to think on these lines to attract Karachi towards him. I can't see in the country any better leader than him.
Saima Rizvi Nov 03, 2011 09:37pm
Hmmmm interesting read and quite a few comments u got there! But my question is what has he waken up the people of pakistan for? What change is he talking about?
Muhammad Daud Alam(A Nov 04, 2011 01:27am
Give this man (Imran Khan ) a chance, otherwise we will get the same old wine in a new bottle in coming elections.
Mehmood (Bahrain) Nov 05, 2011 11:11pm
Imran is the only honest and daring leader in PAK, may Allah (SWT) protect him and give him success, we need to support him, whole youth of PAK must support him so we could bring the change for which we waited since ages.........
Huzaifa Sohaib Nov 10, 2011 03:26pm
U r Right.................................................
SADIA Nov 14, 2011 02:13pm
He is a great leader and we all young youth are with him. We want him to be the next president of Pakistan but its only possible when these all parties like MQM &PPP is baned. Our all hopes lies with imran khan not other than him. He is a true and brave politician as well as a good human being who can persuade and lead our nation towards positivity which will bring change in Pakistan. WE ALL ARE ALWAYS STANDING WITH YOU.. KEEP YOUR SPIRITS HIGH..
Shahida Nov 14, 2011 08:19pm
People of Pakistan looking upon Imran Khan & confident that he can bring real revolution in Pakistan.My humble suggestion to Imran Khan to be careful &precise while delivering some speech,avoid such statements'Army& ISI will be under my control' inshallah when you will come in power automatically every one will be in your control.We understand you don't have a magic wand but needs to work patiently to bring your vision in reality. Good luck