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Why I Khan’t ... just yet

Published Nov 16, 2011 09:34am


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There is nothing like success or even the prospects of it, which are now all too visible via the wide grin that Imran Khan has been sporting of late. He’s speaking less of the drone attacks and of engaging the Taliban, his pet plank on which he re-launched his political career after the recovery and killing of Osama bin Laden in May by the US navy SEALS in Abbotabad; there’s less anti-America rhetoric and general bitterness in his speech, and more optimism writ on his face. Optimism to be the third, emerging and growing political force that will challenge corrupt politicians and bring them to justice.

IK’s is no more the face of Pakistan’s anger against itself and the world but one that’s cautiously embracing hope and confidence, as more and more known political figures join the PTI, even if the new entrants are certified turncoats. He can explain it, for he is bothered to step out of the city life and urban myths and take cognisance of Pakistan’s rural political culture where the waderas, the sardars, the Khans and the biradari heads are the real vote-getters. Even the MQM is not his bete noire anymore, and he’s willing to go half way to neutralise that party’s rancour against him.

Exuding new hope and confidence, a darling of the media that he’s always been, IK says he believes that the turncoats who may join his party will be on their way to reforming themselves because he, sitting at the top of party leadership, is not corrupt — as if corruption only trickles down from the top. A lot is being said about IK being the latest blue-eyed boy of the military establishment but much of it is being dismissed by his supporters as propaganda by his opponents who risk losing their votes to the PTI. Such speculation, however, is only half the truth because nothing moves in our politics without a wink from the right quarters.

If IK’s rising public support means that for now the military is at the very best neutral in his regard and would not hamper his campaign, that’s a lot of achievement there already. But the assertion on IK’s part that the military pressures only corrupt politicians is a bit immature, because that institution alone is the biggest stakeholder in a stable Pakistan. The military inc., to borrow from Ayesha Siddiqa, needs political stability more than any other arm of the state to carry out its entrenched non-military — read business — transactions with massive stakes in the economy. That is the real strategic depth that the military establishment has built for itself within our own borders.

Whether the political dispensation that safeguards those interests is truly representative is of little concern to the military establishment. Besides, there’s nothing that IK says in terms of his policy on key issues that can upset the generals; much of what he says is actually music to their ears. His embrace of the post-71 myths of the manufactured and establishment-propagated Pakistan Ideology of a welfare Muslim state is complete and abiding. That this ideology is and shall remain elusive because it’s too utopian an idea, is beyond his grasp. His hawkish line on India, despite the expressed desire to better relations, with conditions attached, just completes the picture.

While IK in his massive Lahore rally for the first time spoke of the alienation of the Baloch people, it’s worth noting that he only mentioned the Baloch after telling the crowd that their province had an immense wealth of natural resources which could help steer Pakistan out of troubled economic waters. A more circumspect politician would have been more discreet by at least distancing the two sentences about the wealth of the Baloch and their political alienation and the need to do something about it.

Instead, what he surmised is as follows: the (minority) Baloch should be brought to the mainstream because of their natural resources which are waiting to be exploited. He had no word of sympathy for the increasing plight and alienation of the other (religious) minorities or women of this country, which together form a majority of the population. Ostensibly because they have no such exploitable resources buried under their feet?

Just like the All India Muslim League in 1947, which had no studied blue print to run a state once it was achieved, IK’s revolution for building a new Pakistan has only rhetorical ground to stand on. His battle cry is, ‘if you want justice, come to Tehrik-i-Insaf; just like the League’s was, ‘if you are Muslim, come to Muslim League’. And like the League, IK’s sense of rights and justice is not all inclusive. When he speaks of justice, he’s talking more about bringing the corrupt (politicians alone) to justice rather than upholding justice for all.

This is not the medicine that people like me need to cure, or even manage, their cynicism.

Not just yet.


The writer is a member of the staff at Dawn Newspaper.


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Salman Nov 16, 2011 02:55pm
Very true...
Tolerance1 Nov 16, 2011 03:07pm
I am surprised that you mentioned that Imran didn't even mention women rights or minorities in his speech. Please just listen to his speech that's all.regarding turncoats he clarified bybsaying any one who will declare their true assets are welcome in his party. That means all corrupts are outs he has created a cell for checking every one assets including his own party people. If you want to critisize IK , fine do it but if you want to be anti IK like most of the writers here without proof then you are loosing your credibility. waste of time article.
veeda Nov 16, 2011 03:09pm
Then Mr. Writer u should join or vote for PPP and PML-N. u r deliberatly twisting facts so u best suite with those parties and u dont want to see Pakistan out of this difficult situation. I am amazed how u twisted :)) wow .....God bless
Ashraf Gul Nov 16, 2011 03:13pm
Thet being far true
Junaid Nov 16, 2011 03:18pm
It is all twisting that is going on. Latest addition is Imran Khan. The most unfortunate thing is the utter lack of tolerance in his supporters who start pointing fingers on every voice of criticism on Imran- off course without going into the merits or demerits of the criticism.
Tahir PhD Nov 16, 2011 03:23pm
For sure, we need a change in Pakistan in a big way and who more can we expect from other than Imran Khan. He is right about his message to the public that there is no long term benefit to the nation if the current inept and corrupt old faces swap and play musical chairs. However, I am sceptical but I wish him luck when he constantly refers to the management of Shaukat Khanum Hospital as a classic model of transparency and honesty on which he plans to run the country. I hope he can get the same team effort spirit from each and every inhabitant of the nation including the clerics if and when he takes over the power. In the meantime it is sad to know that some of his opponents are already branding him as a product and offspring of the West and USA. Only time will tell.
Ozan Nov 16, 2011 03:25pm
Baseless armchair analysis to say the least.
Aziz-Ul-Rehman Larik Nov 16, 2011 10:26am
Sir,u mean to say that he just needs to have proximity to the practical.If he has to do so.It means Ik knows nothing other than surging up flurry in the people of this country,just publicity.
Hasan Mirza Nov 16, 2011 10:30am
Its about time journalists start showing some support for the country and think beyond thier pay cheques and how they can make a "masala" story out of everything to increase viewer or reader ship. I am sick of tv anchors and journalists (especially the grey hair or no hair ones) putting a negative spin on everything. After all a newspaper or a tv station is nothing more than a shop that tries to lure customers into buying its products by whatever means. In addition to political and social reform, its time for a major reform in the media sector as well. And like all other reforms this has to be done by the youth as well to get rid of these so called news and current affairs analysts who sit on thier fat behinds and salaries and feed nonsense to the nation on prime time.
Naveed Chaudhry Nov 16, 2011 10:30am
Not true. Most of the things have been twisted and distorted. Sorry to say but this is full of prejudice.
Khalid Nov 16, 2011 03:38pm
What ever the case may be, I am going to vote for Imran Khan and will love to see him on top.
Ahmed Nov 16, 2011 03:40pm
Reading this article is the most cynical thing I've done since I got up in the morning. Mr. anti IK what are you trying to prove? The jalsa you referred to;did you have the courage and ability to go and witness the turnout there? I guess,NO. People like you sit behind screens and hide when they're asked to make themselves a little known to reality. You've just taken low to another level . IK is not going to be affected by people like you. Get a life and give journalism a fair chance.
Dr B Kamran Nov 16, 2011 03:52pm
Sadly the facts are totally twisted in a way that speaks volumes of the biased mindset of the author. No matter whatever is the motivation behind these yellow pieces of journalism, its not going to stop or hinder the dawn of a new era in Pakistan of glory and progress free of stinky, raging corruption and no prizes for guessing who is spearheading this's Great Mran Khan and PTI. Long live PTI and IK and long live our beloved homeland Pakistan.
El Cid Nov 16, 2011 03:55pm
Justice and equity is fundamental - Al Qu’ran - every thing else follows...
Fahad Nov 16, 2011 04:00pm
Your article would have made sense if we actually had someone else to fall back on. So even if he has some shortcomings, at least he has the people's respect and has enough credibility to secure their trust. And no other politician out there comes close to that even the slightest bit. A transparent, non-corrupt and an accountable government is what people can expect from him and that's a pretty decent achievement in itself to say the least. To add to that, I am sure that will just be the beginning of greater things to come.
Ahmed Nov 16, 2011 04:04pm
Mr. Junaid what kind of merits and demerits have you managed to come up with? I strongly disagree with you when you tarnish his supporters as being intolerant. I am not his supporter and will never be but brandishing a class of people as being intolerant is utterly abominable. What do you make of people classifying nawaz and zardi as being deity of sort? Come out of your envelope of ignorance and force yourself to stop praying in front of people. You should bow down only in front of Allah or if you're not a Muslim: THE GOD you consider as your GOD.
shahzeb Nov 16, 2011 04:06pm
Oh please! This is irresponsible writing at best. Please take the time to research the topic you're writing about. His speech on the 30th is available on YouTube for anyone to see. He clearly mentioned both the rights of women and the rights of minorities. And in a society where there is absolutely no rule of law or concept of human rights, be it the minority, the majority, children or women...why is it that most of our self-proclaimed Liberal opinion makers and armchair critics can't look beyond the religion and/or gender of those who are suffering and realize that until someone puts an end to the injustices and indignities faced by Pakistanis from all underprivileged sections of the society things WILL continue to deteriorate.
Salman Ikram ul Haq Nov 16, 2011 04:10pm
Some points are well made but for the most part, the writer is clearly biased against Imran. I'll just mention one instance. "When he speaks of justice, he’s talking more about bringing the corrupt (politicians alone) to justice rather than upholding justice for all". This is totally incorrect. He has always maintained (since the launch of PTI) that we need to have justoce for ALL. Although, the parallel with Muslim League at the time of partition is thought provoking ...
Waqar Nov 16, 2011 04:19pm
I don't agree with the author, he is the change agent in Pakistan and we the youth want to see him leading the country towards prosperity, success and honor
combaticus Nov 16, 2011 04:28pm
IK has drawbacks but compared to others he is better. If he comes into power, there will be people around him to guide him in public policy matters. He is someone who gives hope to people and can inspire people in the government as well. Democracy is about picking the best from the options you have. He is indeed not perfect but he is far better than the rest of the political leaders.
Ysk Nov 16, 2011 04:34pm
Declaring of assets should not be the only criteria. Our politicians have innovated enough in terms of spreading their wealth among their families. They hardly own stuff in their name so this will not work for all.
shoaib mumtaz Nov 16, 2011 04:37pm
The ratio of anti article content show that the writer should write another apologetic article Imran is only to be tested at the moment there is no chance for anyone else even military cant handle the issues we dont have complex issues we need a determined and honest leader ship to solve all the mess
G.Nabi Nov 16, 2011 04:39pm
Mr. Rizvi: For 3 years you raised no objection to the wheeling dealings, worst governance in the history of the nation headed by an accidental president, now you are alarmed when a new face shows up in the political arena.When ZA Bhutto showed up, he was sometimes contradiction to himself but people like you willingly embraced him. Double standards even have limits.
Aqil Nov 16, 2011 04:40pm
If IK gives the "Baloch, (religious) minorities or women of this country" equal right without openly sympathizing with them...I think thats alright with me! You know why? Because the political mafia in Pak sympathizes with all minorities but have NEVER done anything for them. Intentions are more powerful than words.
Zulfiqar Haider Nov 16, 2011 04:52pm
"Instead, what he surmised is as follows: the (minority) Baloch should be brought to the mainstream because of their natural resources which are waiting to be exploited. He had no word of sympathy for the increasing plight and alienation of the other (religious) minorities or women of this country, which together form a majority of the population. Ostensibly because they have no such exploitable resources buried under their feet?" How much more cynical can you get? Disgusting! "This is not the medicine that people like me need to cure, or even manage, their cynicism." So you do accept that you are absolutely cynical. Then why bother tainting other people's sincerity?
Shakti Nov 16, 2011 04:55pm
Everyone: What most of you seem to have missed is that the author is criticizing IK not demonizing him or engaging in any kind of character assassination. IK will, and by extension Pakistan will also, benefit by heeding his criticism. Some of you have commented/admitted that notwithstanding the author's observation, IK remains the best bet for Pakistan's future. Imagine how much better it will be if IK were to work on the flaws that critics like Mr. Razvi point out! Leave the "either you are with us or against us" attitude to the US :) Be more tolerant to criticism. Mr. Razvi: Good points all. We have our very own (but much younger) version of IK in India. We call him Rahul Gandhi :) Both appear to me as well meaning but relying too much on ideals and a little too less on practicalities. However, its this very attitude of theirs that make them popular among the youth of our nations. Only time will tell how things pan out for them. If they do come to power based on the expectations of the people, I fear that the same expectations that put them in power will let them down. We are a race that expect superhuman abilities from our very human leaders. Maybe all your detractors are right. Maybe IK is still the best alternative they have compared to the rest of the lot vying for the PM's post despite his flaws-As long as they remember that later on. As for you sir, cheer up a little bit will you :) a healthy dose of optimism has never done anyone any bad :)
Junaid Ahmed Nov 16, 2011 05:00pm
I want to add here, that in the end of your article you mentioned that "When he speaks of justice, he’s talking more about bringing the corrupt (politicians alone) to justice rather than upholding justice for all" I think you have to think rational on this , if Imran Khan able to catch big fish like Zardari , Nawaz, Rehman Malik, Raja Pervez Ashraf etc then most of the corruption in the country will decline and country's GDP( gross domestic product) and National income will increase, when economic stability comes into play then it's not difficult to give justice at lower level. Mr. Murtaza Rizvi you must think this from both economical and political perspective rather then just a critic for the sake of critic.
Ahmed Hasan Nov 16, 2011 05:03pm
Dear Writer What else do you want?Can't you accept IK for the sake of a new face and a new party in the government??What more do you expect from Nawaz sharif & PPP?? Do you have a better option??Kindly come up with your "better option" in your next article which you won't as you don't care about public opinions on your articles.
Imran Nov 16, 2011 05:05pm
I think everyone would agree with me on this quote "where there is WILL there is WAY"
Aurangzeb Nov 16, 2011 05:09pm
This article adopts a one-sided approach from the very beginning. Next time, please do your thorough research and focus more on the positives as we all are fully aware of the negatives of our leaders, and Imran Khan surely has the least of all among the current lot.
Arshad Khan Nov 16, 2011 05:13pm
I cannot comprehend the opinion expressed by some authors when they say "IK’s is no more the face of Pakistan’s anger against itself and the world" and some other statements similar to this. IK needs to be understood in a relevant context which is "people' frustration not against themselves but against the incompetent, psycophant and self proclaimed ruling elites in Pakistan". He is the true representative of the feelings of main stream middle class urban and rural Pakistanis.
Soman Nov 16, 2011 05:14pm
He will do a lot of good if he manages to break the stranglehold of feudal lords on the Pakistani Parliament. There is hardly any ordinary Pakistani who gets a Cabinet post. All of them are in Armani suits or sporting Louis Vuitton handbags.
aqabdulaziz Nov 16, 2011 05:15pm
Excellent article. Keep writing such articles because ordinary people need to open their eyes and see the real politicians, no matter what type of cover they are under. IK may have good intentions (all politicians have some good intentions), but he won't be able to deliver much of what he is promising. Just imagine him changing the laws of Pakistan to accommodate minorities and women...we all remember what happened to Taseer. Politicians speech is something and the ground reality is something else. Pakistani people are lost and desperate; it is no wonder all the promises IK is making sounds sweet.
Haider Javed Nov 16, 2011 05:18pm
"This is not the medicine that people like me need to cure, or even manage, their cynicism." Mr. Writer, The other medicines available in the market are called The Sharifs, The Bhutto-Zardaris, Chaudhrys, Mutahidas, and Molvis.
naeem Nov 16, 2011 05:25pm
IK is the ONLY politician in Pakistan who is free from any corruption. In matter of fact he wants to end the corruptin which is destroying the very soul of Pakistan. If he can only achieve that then that will be the best thing any Pakistani leader has ever done. It is amazing that none of the other leaders wants to end corruptin.
Ahsan Nov 16, 2011 12:26pm
He may not be the best or the greatest leader, but by God he far, far better then anything we have or have had for a very long time. For that we should all be very greatfull!!!
rafiq khan Nov 16, 2011 05:27pm
Great job and keep it up.
Tanzeel Nov 16, 2011 05:46pm
Emotional brigade of Pakistan is only looking for change rather than testing a lesser evil who turned almost a failed state into a progressive nation and brought media, economic, governance revolution in Pakistan. When we already have alternative in the face of Pervez Musharraf why on earth looking for a person having no clear vision and manifesto.
Shakeela Bradfordia Nov 16, 2011 05:53pm
Splendidly expressed second paragraph. We hope and pray for a change of fortunes in Pakistan's future now overdue for 60+ years and hope Mr Khan does not play a muted and muzzled inaction at the plight of minorities and women which are very much the victims of the clerics and a vast majority of the intolerant public - be it educated or otherwise.
Asif Ali Bhatti Nov 16, 2011 06:04pm
If he Khant than who Khan? . We have tried everyone. sorry but My vote and My 50 family members votes are going for Imran khan instead of PPP or any other crooks
Harris Shahzad Nov 16, 2011 06:11pm
If Imran "Khan't", then who will? The current and previous had proved without doubt how useless they are and how hard and well they try to hide their corruption. As if enough had not been done, they have ruined the railways and the airlines as well for personal gain. The writer probably has alot of personal issues to vent it out on here, without an ounce of optimism. Shame.
Nabil Nov 16, 2011 06:16pm
Yet another piece of criticism just for the sake of it. Can the author please give us an available alternative?
AH Mughal Nov 16, 2011 06:32pm
Problem with youth is that they, infact we don't have the experience it takes to understand the whole picture. Author is very learned person and he has raised very rational points. We can't deny them. We are perhaps missing intellect due to aura of euphoria that surrounds his speeches.
Voice Nov 16, 2011 06:32pm
Calling the writer biased shows bias on the part of the callers themselves. I believe it's a sincere analysis. This and similar analyses could provide PTI a cue to realigning and fine tuning it's message and strategy. Let's stop condemning the messenger. He has raised valid and relevant points.
Asfand Nov 16, 2011 06:36pm
So you suggest we just vote for the same corrupt leaders again and shouldn't vote for change. Sorry i can't waste my vote anymore and fall for the same lies again maybe you can.
Noman Nov 16, 2011 07:17pm
IK is way better than current lot - I though a combination President Pervez Musharraf PM Imran khan
Muhammad Faizan ul h Nov 16, 2011 07:28pm
Columns can be biased so I am fine with what have you said. Even being IK supporter, people should have the courage to hear something reality and some criticism. What I have noticed at many places that IK's supporters start lashing out the one who is trying to write some criticism on IK. That is not democracy and that is not a change by any means. My advice them to "be supporters" instead of being "Jayalas".
Hammad Nov 16, 2011 07:42pm
Very happy on people take on this article.God bless our country, I am seeing a change already in people thinking Mashallah. It is obvious that the writer main focus while writing this article was to find some cynical, twisted perspective just for the sake of it and he lost the entire plot of true journalism.
Muhammad Ilyas Nov 16, 2011 07:49pm
IK is the only politician who has a background achievements in order to prove what he is capable of. Cynicals thoughts he wouldn't be able to make a world class cancer hospital, but he proved them wrong.
Sinan Nov 16, 2011 07:51pm
Very biased article. If you are going to write for such a popular newspaper company you have learn not to be biased.
Malik Latif Nov 16, 2011 07:59pm
Good , short and to the point best answer
jay komerath Nov 16, 2011 08:03pm
Hi, Excellent article,and thie is the only for the country to move aheadIn the modern world Democracy is king end equal right for all
Ashfaq Nov 16, 2011 08:07pm
This article was a waste of time. He should do some research before writing an article.
Sameer Mohyuddin Nov 16, 2011 08:14pm
Absolutely ridicules and baseless paid article, trying to misguide people of this country. You need to listen to his complete speech on youtube as he clearly spoke in the favour of the rights for both minorities and women. I would request you to do some research first before writing an anti-someone article.
Hasan Nov 16, 2011 08:57pm
Futile analysis at best!
Arman Nov 16, 2011 09:13pm
Dear author, thank you for your article. The more anti IK articles I read the stronger my resolve gets to support him unconditionally and I am sure I am not the only one. So keep writing such OPINIONS from the comfort of your armchair. Lastly, have you ever done anything for the society that you live in?
Haroon Nov 16, 2011 09:17pm
In an ideal world I would have wanted angels to rule over men; alas men rule over men. So my concern is not that Imran Khan is perfect or not or even that he will bring a 'revolutionary' change in pakistani politics because I know he can’t. What I do believe is that he is better than the alternative.
Dr. Zia Nov 16, 2011 09:19pm
So who are you going to vote for if you Khan't just yet: Option 1. Zardari. Option 2. Nawaz. Opation 3. Altaf hussain Option 4. Nobody Difficult one isnt it. I think option 4 would do because if you cant "Khan't just yet" then you are good for nothing and good for nobody.
Kamran Nov 16, 2011 09:41pm
Journalism, Mr. MURTAZA RAZVI, is doing a lot of research and only posting the article when you are confident with every line in your written material and back it up with evidence. Unfortunately, it seems that you didn't listen to Imran Khan's speech and yet decided to write about it. He did mention the rights for women and minorities quite eloquently in his speech. Maybe you didn't listen to what you didn't want to hear.
raheela Nov 16, 2011 09:51pm
Cannot help but notice the ambiguity of the title .I have followed the Western and Pakistani politics for a while.Its a dirty business at best.I find Pakistani general populace a lot more intelligent than anywhere else.Articles like the one above can have only 2 reasons, one,it has a motivation other than writing an unbiased objective piece of journalism or comes from a need to appease an overinflated ego. If you have to write off someone, write off the ones that needed to be written off 60 years ago and then move on with your pessimistic paralysis of analysis .
Yasmeen Nov 16, 2011 10:13pm
I don't understand how do these poor quality 'opinions' are even allowed to be published with no research and references or sources. Is there even an attempt to meet publishing standards? Is Dawn's quality gone so bad or is it really uncovering its mask now? Shame on the writer. Just hate speech and nothing else.
Awai K Nov 16, 2011 10:17pm
Love how the writer thinks he's so smart. The problem witht his country is that people like this writer can't seem to unite with the rest of the population. Right now, 80% of the people are supporting Imran Khan, why not unite and support a leader so he can bring justice to the country? Right, "Justice". You say that Immy K is only bringing the corrupt leaders to justice rather than the rest of the population too. Well you've ignored the fact that by only bringing corrupt leaders to justic will the help the poorer masses leave their state of misery because guess who's eating all their money? The corrupt politicians. Please leave the typical Pakistani mentality of "Lets elect a government and then turn against it" or may i say "nukta maari". Just go with the flow.
Akmal Nov 16, 2011 10:31pm
"He had no word of sympathy for the increasing plight and alienation of the other (religious) minorities or women of this country"?? Surely the writer didn't listen to the Lahore speech. And why bash the Muslim League? after all they struggled for the creation of Pakistan.
a abidi Nov 16, 2011 10:36pm
it does have to start somewhere. I believe his rhetoric is harsher that his actual beliefs. What's the alternative? sharif? zardari? I'll pick Khan over them any day of the week
Adnan Nov 16, 2011 10:50pm
Imran Khan is all talk no action. He is asking for the top spot of the state without any experience even on any smaller state post. It is just like that I start to demand the captainship of natinal cricket team without playing cricket at any level just because I have closely examined how australians manage to win every time. Pakistan needs some experienced leadership with proven track record like Nawaz Sharif.
Aysha Nov 16, 2011 10:56pm
Imran Khan is playing a very dirty politics. He is including all the bad names of PML-Q into his team. He claims to be the real opposition & blames PML-N as "friendly Opposition". Well we all can see that PML-N conducts a rally against PPP & what was the reaction of PPP led coalation government & what was the response of the very same coalation to PTI jalsa at Minar-e-Pakistan. Infact PPP led coalation government congratulated IK. We can clearly see who is fighting kushti against PPP.
Rufi Nov 16, 2011 11:22pm
Imran Khan ZINDABAD! Pakistan ZINDABAD!
AcclaimedMan Nov 16, 2011 11:35pm
Very correct you are in your second paragraph. Humans should be treated like humans - nothing more and nothing less. Opportunity for all will bring tranquility to the society.
Saqib Nov 17, 2011 12:02am
well said..
Nasir Khan Nov 17, 2011 12:04am
IK has already proved himself with great achievements. The cancer hospital & 1992 World Cup victory demonstrating his leadership skills.
gabby Nov 17, 2011 12:17am
Excellent blog! Imran Khan may provide justification for inclusion of turncoats but the fact is that he and his party is finally succumbing to the corrupt system. There is no doubt that he was facing an almost impossible challenge to rise up and challenge the overall roots of our system but I would have preferred him to join hands with Musharraf when he was first offered rather than embracing the turncoats. A revolution is due in Pakistan but considering the IK's uturn , I don't think it would come through IK.
tanveeer Nov 17, 2011 12:19am
He is only hope in Pakistan,save pakistan for new genration.
Murtajiz H.M Jafri Nov 17, 2011 12:47am
Yes,maybe article is based on biased analysis but do you really think that all of a sudden IK can achieve that much support from punjab province?i believe it was an artificial throng turning up at Julsa down the line......political clandestine to hurt sharif brothers standing with the help of ruling party.......
Altaf Nov 17, 2011 01:09am
Please do research when you writer the blog,what are the other choices???Zardari , Nawaz Sharif etc
Qasim Nov 17, 2011 03:19am
Why is it, that we are so cynical of any alternative to status quo. Give credit where credit is due because Imran Khan whether he is the next leader or not I believe he has done much to bring a long over due change and attitudes. People who are so sarcastic should still vote for PTI even if they have reservations. At least give someone new, the oppurtunity. Imran Khan can do no worse then the past regimes. If PTI cannot deliver then simply don't vote for them at the next election.
Zeid Nov 17, 2011 03:23am
I have no idea why Dawn is so anti-PTI and why its standards of journalism drop to accommodate someone's biased opinion. ( I know this comment will be screened out just like all the others I post on here before this!)
Zaid Nov 17, 2011 03:47am
What a waste of my time, what are you trying to prove? IK has always said that he wants to root out corruption from top to bottom please do not twist the facts to suit your own well being, he is the only icon for change now and if you do not want change and if you want to play the waiting game than I suggest you wait for judgement day to arrive as in 64 years we have seen corruption, bribery, terrorism and what not. Instead of criticising play a positive role!
Lodhi Nov 17, 2011 03:49am
Another Cynic???? Mr Writer, CAan you please propse the alternative Leadership, if not Imran Khan??
Hareem Nov 17, 2011 03:53am
I have only one thing to say. At present, given the state of our country, he is the best option we have to try. We have given multiple chances to PPP, MQM, PML and all others and now we are fed up. This man is new, energetic and best of all not corrupt. I am sure he is the light of hope which Pakistan desperately needs today.
Imran Nazir Nov 17, 2011 04:19am
Well all I would say is that we need hope and fresh start as a nation and I believe like majority of my country men that imran khan is going to lead us to a new era so hopefully inshallah at least we should give him a chance
hassan Nov 17, 2011 04:54am
this article is not fair, let him come to power and then we will assess him whether he fulfil his mandates or not, its is pathetic that you give vote to PPP and PMLn which are already proven corrupt twice and you criticise Imran without giving him chance.
S Nadeem Nov 17, 2011 05:22am
Impressive comments......Pakistan will definitely change.
zarra Nov 17, 2011 06:04am
I disagree with author sense of cynicism and pessimism about IK. IK is no angel but he loves Pakistan. He wants to live and die here only. He would invest in Pakistan. I hope he wins and prove everyone wrong who think he is just a facebook leader. It is an uphill task against political mafia based on caste/coulour. I hope that Pakistani nation give him a chance. I have another question for author and other who disagree with Imran vision, would you guys want Bilawal and/or Hamza to become PM IN 10 years time? We need to get out of it and vote for someone who is honest, brave and at least has courage to speak the truth.
muhammed asad Nov 17, 2011 06:18am
All military dictators talked about "corruption" and ending corruption. That the Khan is talking their talk means that he will eventually walk their walk.
Mr.Khan Nov 17, 2011 06:47am
No Razvi, Choudry or Saiyn is going to fix this country. Lets give the Khan a chance. I'm pretty sure he will somehow get all of us out from this big mess.
Asad Nov 17, 2011 07:28am
The political scene in pakistan is so messed up, one has to struggle to find words to describe it or even try to suggest the course of action to fix it. IK has been totally devoted. what proof you need of his loyality towards the nation? Irony is that most of our politicians are not educated enough to be a politician and when someone does rise up who is educated and talks about stuff that makes sense, they brand him an element of western powers, no, you have no other excuse to reject an educated person.
farrukh Nov 17, 2011 08:14am
I think the people of Pakistan must realize now that IK is the only option left for them all other leaders have been tested time and time again. Give him your votes! Allah doesn't change the fate of the people until they do something for the change, so my fellow Pakistanis wake up and vote for change and Inshallah Pakistan will come out from the dark ages...
anon Nov 17, 2011 10:05am
Get a life and be optimistic :)
Navid Khn Nov 17, 2011 10:23am
Dear Sir I don't know why you wrote this article. IK is our only hope. We want change.... We're fed up with those old an corroupt faces that we're seeing for decades. In my opinion he is thousand times better than Sharifs and Bhuttos. Lets give change a chance
Saladin Nov 17, 2011 10:50am
IK never hesitates to repeat the issues faced by the country. Infact, I get sick of Drone attacks, friendly opposition, NRO etc. At the moment, the public and most importantly the Anchors want to know his further plans in regards to alliances, turncoats and elections. Please get your facts straight. And yes, we love him, because there is some one who finally represent me. And I am a Muslim, who loves peace, who believes in harmony among all the people, who believes in the Pakistan ideology, who wants to bring in Unity and Discipline in Pakistan and get rid of Thugs!
Asim saeed Nov 17, 2011 11:08am
Cynicism is incurable desease.
Ahsan Nov 17, 2011 11:20am
Please get ur facts right.thanks
salman khan Nov 17, 2011 11:39am
This article is one sided, very shallow in research and above all fails to portray the bleak political landscape of Pakistani politics. We need a leader who is transparent, no history of allegations or corruption, no hidden foreign accounts and businesses, not surrounded by corrupt mafias. Above all he carries the vision befitting for nation and not for foreign masters. With this criteria, lets take a look at the political options available, take a re-look,,, and seriously,,do we not to think twice before we say who is the best option available. Lets not forget criticizing is perhaps the easiest thing to do for being a famous journalist in Pakistan. But a good journalist adopts a holistic approach with a proposed solution and not the easy way out. In the present circumstances Imran Khan is the best option and we should not hold it back!!!! May Almighty have mercy on us and bless us with a sincere leader.
Jalib Nov 17, 2011 11:40am
I think most of the individuals commenting on this article are just upset that someone has intelligently critiqued their hero. The bottom line is that the majority you guys are trying to get back at the writer by just pointing out things that your hero is not (not a zardari sharif ). Its pretty sad seeing how everyone just wants a leader at the top that is not as bad as our other options. Why cant there be a serious discussion, in a civilized way of course, about trying to find some new leadership that can offer more than this whole overplayed "corruption free" label. It reminds one so much of the obama-mania the american population was swept with a few years ago and everyone was talking about all this grandiose rhetoric of hope and change; not to mention repeatedly brushing off cautioning voices by saying "do you want another bush instead".
Hassan (Australia) Nov 17, 2011 11:42am
Please DONOT write just like that, Imran Khan is so far the only politician emerging in Pakistan through merit, if you cant trust Imran Khan you cant trust anyone, this is the best chance dont let it go.
AFRIDI Nov 17, 2011 11:46am
Criticism for the sake of criticism alone is pathetic at best.
Aamir Ishaq Nov 17, 2011 11:47am
Since, youth of the nation wants change it is time to react and join hands with Imran Khan, Chairman PTI as IK is gleam of hope and change in Pakistan to get-rid of corruption. Long live Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad.
Huma Ijaz Zaman Nov 17, 2011 12:13pm
Constructive critism should always be welcomed as it would let a political party grow and learn as politics is undoubtedly a learning curve and has to evolve with the times. You have objectively approached the speech which means that good intentions have to be rightly worded also in public speech. However he is at present the best choice among all our so called politicians and should be given a chance to prove himself.
syed faisal pir zada Nov 17, 2011 12:14pm
dis iz time to vote for IK, to bring change that is needed in our country......
faysal Nov 17, 2011 12:18pm
everyone give him a chance this time ...
Muhammad Zeeshan kha Nov 17, 2011 12:19pm
Who should we try now,The rest or the worst plz guide us
Gohar Nov 17, 2011 12:35pm
I mostly agree with what the writer opines. But Sir, it is not like the Pakistanis are spoiled for choices here. Either we let the current system run with the established, and occasionally, admitted corruption and incompetence of the two major parties or we go with Imran Khan and hope that his rhetoric does eventually brings about some meaningful change.........just hopefully so.
Dr. Farooq Nov 17, 2011 12:50pm
If we don't at least give a chance where we see some hope and keep submittig to zardaris and sharifs, then I guess we should only wait for God to come down and help us out. IK is not the final destination, it is just first a step, a means towards the right direction in this corrupt riddle nation It is high time Mr. Murtaza Razvi write something consructive rather than sticking to same old secterian bias
Amin Ansari Nov 17, 2011 01:01pm
Mr. Razvi, you lost me when you talked about Baluchistan. You failed to mention the fact that IK said he talked to Mr. Akhtar Mengal amd Khan of Kalat for finding a way forward on addressing the issues of that province. You are only focusing on the negative. While that is your prerogative to analyse and form opinion. However, you are bound by journalistic ethics to not cherry-pick facts. At the same time I completely defend your right to write anyway you feel to be the truth. That, as a supporter of IK, is what I offer you.
Hashim Nov 17, 2011 01:35pm
I think once again, "political assisins" are being hired by powers that be who want status quo and who continue to loot and plunder pakistan. Funny, how Khan is scrutinized immensely and when you will be asked to share your opinion on Zardari /Nawaz .. you'll close them eyes ..
ZAWAR HUSSAIN Nov 17, 2011 03:09pm
It is nothing more then criticism for the sake of criticism.Mr.Rizvi is unhappy because IK has not touched every single issue and has not given a magical solution to them in a Public meeting.But he does not know that he has to read the manifesto of the party for the purpose.
Kashif Nov 17, 2011 03:30pm
@Jalib.. I think everyone is just giving personal remarks in a very civilised manner. One can only debate on something where two-communication is possible. Critics are always good to identify the real man behind the suit but it has to be honest critics based on truth which I personally believe is not all in this article.
sadia khattak Nov 17, 2011 03:40pm
such sort of criticism will not affect the choices of those who need a change in this country and will definitely support imran khan no matters whether he win or not,,, a lot better than our country traditional choices of Muslim league and ppp,,,,, imran khan is not a magician but have the guts to speak against the present system and that all we need at a present time,,,
Alizay Nov 17, 2011 03:59pm
Mr Jalib, reading ur comments, one get the idea that there are many viable political options in Pakistan and just for personality charisma people are blindly siding Imran Khan. Moreover, I am surprised that u are "Sad to see that every one wants a corruption free man as our leader", does that infer u r happy with corrupt leadership. The way people are commenting here is civilised and democratic way,,though it may seems a bit out of contest for expats. Thx
Pranav Nov 17, 2011 04:14pm
Wow ! Reading the comments - as an outsider - I get the impression that Imran Khan will win hands down !
hira hashim Nov 17, 2011 05:59pm
Imran khan is our hero.We trust in him,for that we should become optimistic and hopeful INSHAHALLAH our future will change..
Yasser Malik Nov 17, 2011 07:24pm
Khan is the best option that Pakistan has at the moment. He is engaging the youth in the political process and guiding them to a bright future. Youth of Pakistan NOT Army is the biggest stake holder in Pakistan. Establishment or No establishment if youth exercises their electoral right would mean a bleak future for PPP and PML N. It is disappointing to see various political parties ridiculing the young crowd at PTI Jalsa in Lahore... All I have to say to them is to Wait and See... Their end is near!!
The Right Left Nov 17, 2011 07:24pm
Once again the Pakistani public suffers from the Messiah syndrom. IK is just a politician of a different flavor. Not all his positions are favorable for Pakistan in the long run. He can be one of the leaders affecting change. Dont make him THE LEADER.
Najaf Nov 17, 2011 08:07pm
Nice blog. But amazing to see that the so called educated people are so frustrated that they are willing to accept a hot headed cricketer as their leader. I really hope IK wins next elections and then we shall see what he delivers!
Najaf Nov 17, 2011 08:10pm
...and we have experimented with this country so many times that another experiment would not matter I guess...
AH Mughal Nov 17, 2011 09:38pm
The best way to exploit youth is to give them some fantasy to imagine. I myself am young but I don’t get driven towards his speeches like the way the so called energetic youth is. Its our immaturity that we don’t understand the bigger picture. Its too naive on our part to trust someone who is just good at empty speeches! He talks about youth, but keeps adding those political veterans who have never remained sincere with any party. Why doesn’t he bring youth to mainstream politics? Why to piggyback over those same old faces who provide parties with votes just because they are landlords or have poor public at their mercy. By all that, I don’t mean to praise any other political leader of our country, because to remain in power you have to obey what the master says, otherwise they wont hesitate to oust you. Creating too much hype of Imran Khan is by no means a sensible act.
Gandhi Nov 17, 2011 10:30pm
I wish all the best to IM and to any Pakistani politician who challenges the status quo. A ton of potential in this country lay burried under by forces of 'vested interests'. It is very hard to fight against our own because such forces are never visible or clearly identified. It is true in Pakistan as it is in India. I can only hope and wish a great leader emerge in your country to make our sub-continent a success story like we see else where. Best wishes from, An Indian
Iqbal Malik Nov 17, 2011 11:28pm
The time has arrived for IK to start presenting his Big Plan for the change we are waiting for.............
TARIQ MUNIR Nov 18, 2011 09:16am
riz Nov 18, 2011 12:24pm
Imran Khan,,support for new Pakistan,which will be true democratic,were true justice,freedom of speech,corruption free society will be base, shun all landlords and mafia-lords who have made life misreable,let us resolve for better future make correct decision, we are standing at important crossing,our decision will effect our future generation,let us make life of our children bright,otherwise we will have no answer to them.
DR GHULAM HUSSAIN PA Nov 18, 2011 04:22pm
Imran Khan's group is very aggressive,work harder and beliveable.Inshallah they will win the election and accompolish their promise which they had justified ahead public.
Adnan mukhtar Nov 18, 2011 07:17pm
What Pakistan needs is a strong government that can be achieved only through a single party majority win which then would be in a position to take decisions that are not sabotaged by coalition partners or establishment. To get in control of policy decisions regarding our security and foreign relations and economy, the parliament would have to take initiative in all these areas in a bold, decisive and fast manner so as to wrest control away from the non- political forces and bring it in the control and supervision of parliament. Imran Khan's addition at this point and juncture, is only another factor that could result into a weak and divided parliament, relying on coalition to form a spineless government, resulting into compromises and half hearted solutions to the gnawing problems.
ahmad mustafa Nov 18, 2011 08:48pm
INSHALLAH Imran khan WILL win and steer pakistan out of turbulent waters.
Muhammad Ilyas Nov 19, 2011 03:04am
Why would you want Musharaf to be president when he is the one responsible for the current turmoil in the country. The only place I imagine for him is behind bars.
Karim Hunzai Nov 19, 2011 02:27pm
Imran Khan is most favorite politician in true sense of people of pakistan specially youth just because of his vision for changing the current volatile political system prevailing in pakistan where some landlords and inherited politicians who have already been tested many times but failed to come on people's expectations for many decades. one who is born and grown up in such a system cannot bring change and come up on expectations of their voters. This has to be changed and chance must be given to educated, patriot and enthusiastic Imran Khan.
Bharat Nov 19, 2011 05:46pm
This reminds me of Argentina - wher the latest elected President is incredibly popular, making all sorts of promises, and then they have a coup because the unkept promises disappoint people. Politicians of any hue, promise a lot more then they can deliver. They can only see as far as the next elections.
charm Nov 20, 2011 03:02am
Imran is becoming contraverisal in the society. And started to put those people in his parties whom he was objecting before. He is becoming greedy to rule the country without knowing his fate in election. Surprisngly, he appeared as a big name on Pak politics. Suspicious and danger.
Mustafa Nov 20, 2011 09:18am
Dr. Farooq, you said: "IK is not the final destination, it is just first a step, a means towards the right direction in this corrupt riddle nation". It seems to me you know much more than what Imran Khan or any politician of Pakistan knows. I am saying this because you claim to know the right direction for Pakistan. It is your kind of person who can become Messiah of Pakistan.
@Peace Nov 20, 2011 05:30pm
Every country need honest and farsighted leader who may look forward to change the darkness. Dividing people in name of religion or region and systematically breeding the seed of frustration among groups is worst terrorism. Peaceful course is to unite the world by justice and ensuring peace without any single killing on earth. Presently forces are uniting to control resources and governing by default every part of world. Those who are not submitting to their will are termed as dictator/non-democratic and fundamentalists. World need a man who can ensure peace by uniting everyone instead of calling human a terrorist. Let live and enjoy within your own boundaries within your resources. Today Oil energy resources are prime reason of conflict. Let human are respected and benefited by peace.
Khurram Nov 21, 2011 01:42am
I do not think Mr. Rizvi has any clue what he is talking and writing. A very bad article, analysis and conclusion.
sja Nov 21, 2011 01:22am
Imran in one tv program said he is changing by reading and learning more and more from Allama Iqbal. Listening to him on the TV and his ideas, I wonder what is he learning from Iqbal ---- Iqbal was for Khuddi, Khuda, Ummah, Islam, Muslim, Quam, the challenges and the opportunities, and our shortcomings etc. Imran favorites words are foreign assets, Titanic, Psanumi, PTI sweeping, in 18 years he has yet to win one seat in MNA for himself, he should read from the Iqbal's story of Jugnu and the Bulbul that has a lot of lessons for all leaders.
Uali Nov 22, 2011 01:12am
Completely agree with your reply, people of Pakistan are starting to look at him like he is a Messiah, just like the Americans did with Obama....alot of talk but when it actually comes to getting the job done its a different story
Mustafa Moiz Nov 22, 2011 02:46am
The fact that you used Ayesha Siddiqa (in particular, her twisted views on the military) to support your argument, greatly weakens your point.
ZAFAR KHAN Nov 22, 2011 05:37am
Great people are inspired from Iqbal's "shaheen". Jugnu and Bulbul were written for common man.To see eyes to eyes with US is khuddi what Imran Khan is talking about.To bridge the gap between liberals and religious minded is making Ummah,what you might have noticed in Meenari Pakistan public meeting.He sang Allah's praises before his speech which is the hall mark of a Muslim.Criticism for the sake of criticism has no weight.
Zain Nov 22, 2011 07:46am
And you my friend have all the sensibility in the world. I simple get an impression that you are just trying to brush of the annoying hype for Imran Khan. People like you are a cancer for Pakistan; I do appreciate your criticism. Though your beliefs are completely out of order here mate.... Quaid-e-azam Ali Jinnah had no backing of a country but he believed for a change. We are a nation of masses but it is a disgrace to hear
Zain Nov 22, 2011 12:49pm
If you cannot bring a change don’t obstruct or stop a change....
Indusonian Nov 24, 2011 03:38am
With due respect, why you Khan't be more Razwise please.
Waseem Nov 24, 2011 02:52pm
Give him a chnace. We gave both Zardari and Nawaz a chance, and both failed the nation. Maybe Imran Khan is the leader we were looking for.
Kamran Nov 24, 2011 10:49pm
Boy is that the most bias article I have ever read. The increase in popularity of Imran supporter should worry the corrupts old thieves of the system, but to a point where they will pay their way out to journalist now. Highly disappointed. Its not even about if Imran Khan will bring the change anymore, its the monopoly of mafia made in our political system that has its tactics and ways of arm twisting people who have different opinions. All i have to say to you all, we are in this sinking ship because of people who has a price and because of people who can pay that price. Good luck Pakistan.
Ali Sattar Nov 25, 2011 01:40am
Mr Author do you see a better man in politics than IK.Go ahead name them?
Asif Usmani Nov 25, 2011 02:51pm
Surprised, this is not what Ik will bring when he will be PM soon Insha'Allah. Ik is the only hope for this hopeless nation. He is far better than what we have right now. Would request media to help Imran Khan to lift Pakistan again on the world map. Please study his basics, he is not corrupt, he is educated, he has vision, he has personality but what he does not have it dirty politics experience, so please forget his mistakes is he makes or if they are really mistakes in time to time politics.
Umer Nov 27, 2011 12:34pm
Such a biased article...