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Is it ‘The end of Khan’?

March 25, 2012

THIS is apropos of Cyril Almeida’s article ‘The end of Khan’ (March 18). I would like to start my argument with the quotation of Voltaire. ‘I disapprove of what you say but I will defend till death your right to say’. The writer levelled dreadful allegations against Imran Khan, without any justification. I want to clear that we are not yet disenchanted with the promises Imran Khan made to us.

How sarcastic it is to call someone’s supporters ‘Little Khanitas’. I remind you here that it is the little Khanitas which pulled out and persuaded their parents and other fellow members to join the historic public gatherings in Lahore and Karachi.

So it would be an injustice to little Khanitas to say that they would not come out in the hour of need. Why do critics forget that it is the idea that prevails and not the personality of a man called Imran Khan (who is known to us as a ‘man of principles’)? It is not a matter of consideration whether his followers follow him. What’s significant is whether he is right or wrong.

The writer castigated him for not participating in the by - elections which appears to him as a condition like a fish out of water for the PTI. But the other side of the picture depicts that he does not compromise his orientations and not being susceptible to his cronies on his principal stands.

I defend his argument of not being part of malicious and rigged elections in which weapons are openly used and political agents are harassed. It not only tears apart the rule of law but also jettisons the constitution of Pakistan.

In a nutshell, it is Imran Khan who gives us hope in these difficult times driven by corruption and lawlessness.

The writer believes that the odds are not stacked in his favour, but I would like to assure readers that ‘he shall return’ as he has a dream to pursue like Martin Luther King.