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Distinguishing Imran from his heroes

Published: April 16, 2011

The writer is a lawyer based in London

Imran Khan is a frequent guest on talk shows, yet I am not sure whether the regular appearances on TV are helping his cause. His understanding of history and politics appears muddled and although Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf fans are unmoved because of their yearning for change, I find it difficult to support change for the sake of change alone, for there are several instances in world history when corrupt regimes have been toppled and change has come, but the arbiters of that change have failed to deliver to the people. More importantly, to be in a position to change things drastically, Imran would have to inspire large numbers of people, not just the unemployed youth but also poets, professionals and the politically astute, who would then jointly work towards common goals to deliver to the masses.

In a recent television interview, Imran, always shy to talk about his team, stated that if he were in government “experts could be hired”. It appears therefore that Imran’s idea of a sound government is one in which he would be heading a team of hired technocrats. And yet, he insists that he will only come in through the ballot. Given our parliamentary system, the two scenarios are mutually exclusive. Nevertheless, Imran, given a free hand by most anchors, waxes eloquent about the accomplishments of Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir, who was prime minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, was a dictator and not a democrat. While I do not believe that a dictator can do no good, and certainly Mahathir is an example of a dictator under whom Malaysia prospered, one must also note that during dictatorships, dissent is crushed. In Mahathir’s case, although Malaysia rapidly modernised and grew economically, political opponents such as Anwar Ibrahim were persecuted, civil liberties were curbed and an independent judiciary was not tolerated. Yet, I am absolutely astounded that in all, the talk shows that Imran has said Mahathir is his model, no anchor has cross-questioned him on Mahathir’s clampdown of the judiciary, which was not too dissimilar to Musharraf’s.

More recently, Imran has begun to count Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a hero as well. This is interesting because Erdogan is a highly charismatic, democratically-elected leader. Involved in politics from an early age, he had contested local elections to become mayor of Istanbul in 1994. Although his performance as mayor was laudable, having addressed water, traffic and pollution concerns, the Welfare Party, led by Necmettin Erbakan, and of which Erdogan was a part, was ousted from power by a “judicial-military alliance”. Turkey’s secular army did not appreciate the radical rhetoric of the Welfare Party and the judiciary shut the party down after declaring it a threat to the ‘Kemalist nature of Turkey’. Erodogan, along with others, was sent to prison. A few months later, Erdogan emerged from prison to set up the Justice and Development Party and merely a year later, the party swept the election. This simply goes to show that if a political party is popular among the people, there is little that the powers-that-be can do to stop its success. So Imran’s cries about flawed electoral rolls and an independent election commission sound more like excuses than legitimate reasons for his political failure.

Furthermore, instead of becoming bitter and anti-system, Erdogan became more pragmatic after his political persecution. He distanced himself from the Welfare Party’s anti-American rhetoric and vowed to uphold Turkey’s secular credentials. Although he has now been prime minister for more than eight years, Erdogan has focused on improving Turkey’s economy and enhancing its international relations, without involving himself in mundane sloganeering, as Imran is wont to do. Erdogan continues to woo the European Union, has not pulled Turkey out of Nato, recognises Israel and openly espouses the benefits of secularism. Yet, at the same time, he has also moved Turkey closer to Iran, Arab countries and Latin America, and has emerged as a beacon of stability and democracy in the Muslim world. If Imran read up further on his heroes, he may understand that ‘revolutionary ideology’ must inspire the electorate and not those who seek to bypass it.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2011.

Reader Comments (128)

  • Apr 16, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Imran Khan, in the political space atleast deserves credit for inspiring alot of middle-upper class young people to get involved in politics or alteast shed the apolitical nature of the urban elite. Now how that translates into actual political participation is debatable. Imran Khan coming to power? How? How will his party muster to gain the 170 odd seats needed to form a government in the NA? At best Imran could join a coalition government where he is offered a cabinet post. To his advantage his ardent supporters muddle his cricketing and philanthropic success as an indicator of future political and governance success. That too is extremely presumptuous. Perhaps he is seen as the best amongst the worst, or due to the lack of alternatives he stands out. I would contend that more than his individual political success, Imran Khan’s long term political impact may actually be in the long-run. Perhaps someone who would have shuddered at the thought of entering politics, will actually do so and bring about change as part of a wave of new political faces. That however, we will have to wait and see. For now, for those who believe that Imran Khan will change Pakistan for the better, 2013 is not that far away, and they better start campaigning.Recommend35

  • Saleem
    Apr 16, 2011 - 9:51PM

    Congrats Ayesha

    Brilliant analysis, Imran sounds like a propped up leader who keeps changing his tune according to the wishes of his benefactors. A clean image person proposed currently as right wing leader in order break up the Sharif hold on right wing politics as it is deemed that the next round the power will shift from the centre left PPP.Recommend32

  • Shaheryar
    Apr 16, 2011 - 9:51PM

    Ayesha, Keep your support for all the OLD and Corrupt faces and I am sure that you deserve more worst leader what you currently have.Recommend70

  • Apr 16, 2011 - 9:58PM

    ”Although he has now been prime minister for more than eight years, Erdogan has focused on improving Turkey’s economy and enhancing its international relations, without involving himself in mundane sloganeering, as Imran is wont to do.”

    I agree with that 100 %.Recommend10

  • Munawar Ali Rind
    Apr 16, 2011 - 10:08PM

    This is wonderful piece of writing. Please keep writing in future to


  • faraz
    Apr 16, 2011 - 10:11PM

    The young, overconfident and naive supporters of PTI will receive a shock of their lives in the next elections. Considering the nature of power politics in Pakistan, Imran won’t get more 5 seats. I think Imran would have toned down his rhetoric if he had seen any real chance of penetrating the vote banks of well entrenched political parties. The problem is not only restricted to the political parties but also the various businessmen, traders, feudals and other interest groups who support these parties. Imran seriously believes that people will happily pay their taxes if they have confidence on the ruler, and that the economy can be run on remittances alone! Politics and leadership is not just about honesty and sincerity, otherwise people would have elected a local trade union leader rather than feudals and industrialists.Recommend9

  • mir majid
    Apr 16, 2011 - 10:14PM

    Definitely Imran is still immature in politics but yet he is a symbol of hope and an escape for the nationRecommend18

  • Sohaib
    Apr 16, 2011 - 10:44PM

    “for there are several instances in world history when corrupt regimes have been toppled and change has come, but the arbiters of that change have failed to deliver to the people”
    So because of those ‘several instances’ we should avoid getting rid of the corrupt leaders because it would be of no use? great argument !

    You are trying to fool your less informed readers, it is true that Justice and Development Party won the election within 1 year of formation but the party was formed by members of a number of existing parties, which means a number of its leaders were know figures and not all of them were new to politics, so victory after 1 year of formation wasn’t a miracle

    Just because the establishment was against Erdogan doesn’t mean that the elections in turkey were rigged, you are comparing their electoral process with ours which has 45% bogus vote and most of the youth are unregistered.

    Talk about ‘change for the sake of change’ what you have done in this article is criticism for the sake of criticismRecommend50

  • Dr.Salman
    Apr 16, 2011 - 10:53PM

    First we all should change ourselves .we as a nation are corrupt and happy being corrupt.
    jaise awam waise hukmaran
    by the way what are the ideologies of PMLn and PPP.lutto te phutto.
    Keep your support for all the Corrupt politicians and I am sure that you deserve more worst leader what you currently have.
    Imran Khan is atleast a ray of light at the end of tunnel.Recommend29

  • hussain syed
    Apr 16, 2011 - 10:59PM

    Any sensable debate about Imran Khan ends when one considers his closeness to Zaid Hamid…Recommend21

  • Rafay Kareem
    Apr 16, 2011 - 11:04PM

    Does this lady have any idea what she’s talking about? Clearly, she does not mind to have the same old tried, tested, corrupt and failed faces in the parliament.

    PTI clearly has a vote bank — in 2009, over two years ago, the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) poll found PTI to be the third most powerful political popularity, and now Imran Khan’s popularity only seconds that of Nawaz Shareef (refer to the Pew Research Poll about Pakistani political attitudes).

    Obviously his party’s popularity has multiplied in recent months, and hopefully, the elections will bear good news for PTI as well as the nation.Recommend29

  • Nawaz
    Apr 16, 2011 - 11:47PM

    In my opinion and generally speaking, Imran Khan’s seemingly immature approach towards politics is only because of the public he needs to woo in order to come to a place where he can influence and execute positive change. Turkey’s literate nation holds no comparison to ours. In order to get the average Pakistani middle or lower (which makes up most of the population) class to listen to him he has to involve himself in ‘mundane sloganeering’. He cannot just gather support by discussing his ideas to step-up the economy and increasing Pakistan’s GDP and the rupee’s exchange rate in a rally filled with farmers, barbers, clerks, shopkeepers and such commonfolk. He has to slander the US, he has to target the corrupt leaders or else the attention span awarded him by the population is going to get shorter and shorter because lets face it, its what they want to hear; its what they want to be saved from.
    This cry for change is the only hope he has because in the minds of the people, ANY change right now is going to be for the better.
    Imran Khan deserves commendation for the biggest contribution he is making at the moment, and that is not giving up despite having next-to-no support in the elections.Recommend7

  • Umair Khan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 12:12AM


    she should her self come into leading the nation. Which she too will not do. But writing for criticizing is all many writers does.Recommend6

  • Ahmed
    Apr 17, 2011 - 12:26AM

    There are two different questions that should be considered here.
    1. Should imran n pti be elected against zardari(ppp), nawaz(pml)? I will ask why not? No matter what criteria you come up with, he is better than them.
    2. is he electable? Cuz feudals and industrialists don’t support him? I would say if that is the reason of his non electability, than people of Pakistan have a very urgent need of getting behind him.


  • paindo
    Apr 17, 2011 - 12:55AM

    Imran Khan is a great hope for the people of this country. we love him and wants him to be in powerRecommend12

  • Ali
    Apr 17, 2011 - 12:57AM

    The writer represents the elite ideology of Pakistan. The status quo doesn’t affect you so lets not change it. I won’t get killed by target killers so it doesn’t matter. I won’t get killed by drones. I won’t get killed by food shortage. I have generators in my home so electricity is not an issue. This is underlying mentality of Pakistan’s elite. Its a sad state of affairs. The fact that you don’t support Imran Khan is irrelevant. Imran Khan and the PTI has certain issues that it needs to get over. The worrying trend in Pakistan is that many intellectuals support men like Asif Zardari. They accept the status quo because at the end of the day it suits them. Its worrying to see the educated support criminals.Recommend24

  • Hiba
    Apr 17, 2011 - 1:06AM

    Great analysis but still, for many, only hope left is Imran Khan. On a lighter note, I think he knows he can’t afford to pick heroes from the west (would be considered pro-westwen) so he opts for the best alternative………..go east……….Recommend4

  • Apr 17, 2011 - 1:07AM

    The article is just a piece of rubbish, If Imran talks about his models, people like Quaid-e-Azam, Nelson Mandela are also part of his role model list… He never said experts can be hired to make a team, he says his team is best amongst all because they are all clean from any kind of corruption, and are also those who have already achieved something and not doing politics to make money but to serve country, If media can’t invite his team the it has no right to talk about it as well.. It seems like the writer is also a part of these corrupt leaders and afraid of PTI’s growing popularity and creating a propaganda here by manipulating the facts….Its very shameful for not only the writer but all those media agencies who are also playing their silent part in spreading this propaganda…

    Shame on Express.. guys your standards have gone down….Recommend17

  • Apr 17, 2011 - 1:12AM

    @Rafay Kareem:
    Very well said Rafay… I 100% agree with you… I guess the lady at the end of the article should also write how much money she took from these political corrupt parties for spreading this propaganda against PTI…

    PTI remains the best political party in Pakistan, because of no financial corruption charges on them, best team they have got and the deliverance this team has showed in Shaukat Khannum and Namal College…Recommend11

  • XX
    Apr 17, 2011 - 1:27AM

    Nice propaganda! Definitely better than others that I’ve read. For example, the column the other day in Jang by Abbas Mehkri, criticizing Imran Khan for being silent on the Raymond Davis issue – even after IK had led rallies of thousands about the issue! So yeah, definitely was a good idea to get a much more educated propagandist to do the job, like this lady.
    (Turns out by the way, that the writer of that Jang piece had been an administrator for the Elections Commission of Pakistan! Unfortunately, it appears that he had to quit the job after he apparently got shot – but good to see that the guy’s still alive and kicking in the propaganda line of work! Pakistan Zinda(or murda?)bad!)Recommend9

  • shahid khan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 1:57AM

    I am not a PTI supporter, and have no affiliations with any party since I no longer reside in Pakistan for the time being. But there is no doubt that Imran is the best option by far. only he can united punjabis urdu speaking pashtus etc. those of you who oppose him; do so at your countries peril. As a mohajir that was brainwashed into supporting MQM from a young age; I have switched alliances in favour of whats right. Although this is against my roots… really does make sense. vote imran if u want to save pakistan.Recommend14

  • Majid
    Apr 17, 2011 - 3:30AM

    wow! wonderful piece.Recommend4

  • A
    Apr 17, 2011 - 4:23AM

    This is yet another anti Imran Khan article from ET–nothing out of the ordinary and because of their constant attack on PTI and Imran Khan, I’ve come to take everything that they say with a grain of salt.Recommend12

  • Shamlick
    Apr 17, 2011 - 4:31AM

    Respected lawyer based in London with a self-elating photo,

    May I ask who you should it be if not Imran Khan? I rest my case. No further questions, my honor!

    P.S: This article is a piece of this long chain of Imran Khan bashing articles that Tribune is publishing to attract audience, mostly with female authors. Cheap publicity stunt, I would say.Recommend19

  • Ahmed Rasheed
    Apr 17, 2011 - 4:42AM

    Pakistani media only respects those who are involved in politics of terror or the parties who the journalists work forRecommend3

  • Israr Ul Haq
    Apr 17, 2011 - 4:50AM

    ‎”Imran, always shy to talk about his team, stated that if he were in government “experts could be hired” ” what ive always heard him say is that when going into full fledge election campaign, he will introduce his teams for all departments with their proposals. recommending debates with the teams of other political parties. democratic and clear enough for u? and so right from the start, the writer appears to be either biased in her perspective about pti and imran khan, or ill informed – the latter also, for most haters, seems to be a case of a fixed mindset against ik’s ‘alleged’ naivety and stupidity, wherein they fail to give him due respect and cant be bothered to hear him out completely.Recommend7

  • Shaheryar
    Apr 17, 2011 - 5:22AM

    Pakistani: I am pakistani and it is in my fate to give my vote to only family owned political parties,

    I will vote for Nawaz Shareef & Bainazeer.
    My Son will vote for Hamza Shahbaaz and Bilalwal Bhutto.
    My Grand Son will vote for grand son of Nawaz Shareef and Bainazeer.
    …and we will keep this tradition.

    We deserve more courrpt people as we are.Recommend7

  • abrar
    Apr 17, 2011 - 5:46AM

    Excellent article.Imran needs to be answering these type of questions on his frequent TV appearences.He is given too much latitude by the hosts.

    Imran also needs politically astute heavy weights who can garner and cultivate his vote bank,People who can send a clear message to the people why his Party will be good for the country. PPP stood for something when it was at the height of its popularity. The poor identified with its manifesto. PTI needs to do the same,People support a slogan and manifest they understand and identify with.

    Imran Khan needs to let his party and its manifest take the limelight and he should become the spokeman of those two not the other way round as it seems right now.Recommend2

  • omar yusaf
    Apr 17, 2011 - 6:43AM

    Reading between the lines, it would appear that the author has missed the wood for the trees.
    When one is faced with limited choices, then you settle for the best, and endeavour to make the best of it, because the alternatives offer a worse outcome.
    Nit picking serves no purpose in this case.
    Mahathir a dictator? Of course he was. But to his credit, he made Malaysia what it is today. In the process some fineries of ‘democracy’ had to be jettisoned, however once stability and prosperity had been achieved, then the fineries could be gradually stitched into place, as indeed they have, even if ever so gradually. Which is why Malaysia along with Turkey are viewed as model nations, within the Islamic perspective.
    If your desire is to bring about stability and prosperity and freedom in Pakistan, then I think you will need to temper your utopian ideals with pragmatic (& hard) realities. Once these objectives have been established, the rest will follow. But putting the cart before the horse is not the way to move forward.Recommend8

  • ihtisham khan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 6:54AM

    i am surprised…who should i elect?…nawaz sharif or zardari?….ok..imran khan is not the best but who else is there?..even a kid will deliver better than there is no chance of imran khan not delivering because his comparison will be with the most incompetent government in the world…Recommend5

  • wsd
    Apr 17, 2011 - 7:02AM

    This piece is classic example of intellectual bankruptcy and to be honest I am not surprised at all…..these so called “endlightened” writers have led us no where in our entire history. Yes MAhatir had some shortcomings and so did all other great leaders of this world excpet the prophets. Instead of giving some clear cut policy differences with Imran’s views sh ei ssimply saying that we should keeop the current rotten lot of PPP/PML ( N,Q, AML),MQM,ANP and contniue to revolve in circles as we have been doing for past 60 years.

    This is a unique time of our history where all major parties are in power and still the problems have just increased exponentially. This time represents a collective failure of our rotten political lot.

    Now we need a new face, a new party and no othe rthan Imran is on the horizon. He is the sole statesman in todays Pakistan and the only hope for people of Pakistan who have faced this kleptocracy for past 60 yrs. God bles Imran and PTI……Recommend10

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Apr 17, 2011 - 7:03AM

    Faraz, you are too generous..None from his party will win any seat. Only five of his nominees, including him, will save their Zamanat. Few thousand urban youth idealize him, not because of his anti american talk, instead they like him because of his western style. This is the point, which Imran cannot understand.Recommend2

  • Truthseeker
    Apr 17, 2011 - 7:20AM

    @ Dr.Salman!
    It is never ending tunnel which is lengthening for last sixty years.And Imran Khan is a mortal who is getting older with every passing day.
    Imran Khan despite his sincerity will not be able to convince this nation to pay their taxes, and won’t find suitable candidates to win seats in the parliament, even in double digits.Imran is an excellent person and a good administrator for a corporation or institute, he may have the hearts of Pakistanis in his grip ,but he will not get their vote.Recommend2

  • Sarmad Rafi
    Apr 17, 2011 - 7:24AM

    Does this lady thinking what shes talking about. Imran Khan supports the reforms Malaysia and Turkey did to mordernise their economies…what have our politicans done in 64 years of independence. It looks like PPP and PML leaders have not matured either…stop blaming Imran Khan..instead of supporting him as he gives us some signs of seems this lady does not want change or has given up..instead of writing in London and talking crap help him and give him support..I am sure she does not know any politcan apart of Imran Khan who can deliver..stupid article…wake up woman!!Recommend6

  • maestro
    Apr 17, 2011 - 9:42AM

    Uh yeah – Imran has the hearts of the younger generation who is going to take this country forward. The earlier generations since 1947 have failed miserably in doing so. I’ll take my chances with an honest man who doesn’t need to speak from behind bullet proof glass shields in rallies unlike our current “leaders” who know they will be shot when caught unguarded. We are with Imran. He at least is an honest man, has built three major institutions (2 hospitals and a university) through nothing but charity. So he lives in a mansion in Islamabad – which he built after selling his one condo in London. I’m sure an Oxford educated, captain of Pakistan team for 10 years, could have saved enough to purchase that much luxury for himself and deservedly. So Ayesha, stick to Zardari, Sharif and co. We won’t anymore. Inshallah Imran is our next PM. And he has the guts to talk back to the US which our pathetic rulers can’t do as they won’t get their paychecks then. lol..Recommend13

  • LUA
    Apr 17, 2011 - 10:32AM

    If you don’t like Imran Khan, give me one honest and corruption-free alternative capable of politics. Just ONE. The answer is, you can’t find any. Pakistani is doomed to failure, because once the PPP goes, there’s still no shortage of the old, fat-bellied corrupt politicians from other parties,Recommend12

  • ahmed
    Apr 17, 2011 - 10:39AM

    Well in my eyes Imran Khan is the best option for Pakistan.. If the writer has her vote for somebody else I am sure the person cannot be the stature of the person for whom she has written this piece. All hopes for the better future.

    P.S. If the electoral process is flawed this does not mean honest Pakistanis should give up politicsRecommend10

  • Hamid Raza
    Apr 17, 2011 - 10:49AM

    Picking up one line spoken in a certain context and then tearing it apart out of context can be very easy for someone living in the cool comfort of London :((((Recommend8

  • Mohammad Irfan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 11:40AM

    Not only that, but Imran Khan doesn’t seem to have an iota of knowledge about economics. When Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) proposal surfaced recently, the guy threatened to start a Gandhi styled civil disobedience movement against the government. All economists are of the opinion that in order for Pakistan to come out of the current economic mess, RGST is the only viable way.

    Imran Khan is just a populist politician who likes to stir wrong emotions among people to gain popularity.Recommend5

  • SaudiRules
    Apr 17, 2011 - 11:56AM

    Imran Khan can become a political force, weather permitting. :D
    If elections are held in summer, he may not get too many upper middle class votes as it may be too hot to vote!! LOL.Recommend8

  • Dr. Altaf ul Hassan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 12:50PM

    Imran Khan has been an excellent entertainer as a cricketer and in this capacity he has amused us a lot. We are very much indebted to him for his achievemnts in the field of cricket.The dilemma is that he can never come out of that particular mindset he has developed over the years as a cricketer and his words and deeds must always be interpreted with reference to this. Practical politics has its own commitments and ground realities which may need a politician, who has to rule over the the heart of masses, to kiss the ropes of gallows. It is hard to expect from a person like Imran Khan. Had he convinced the masses to that extent he would have become a politician to have a siz-able following in the voters. People are very well aware of his past. He had been a blue-eyed boy of dictator General Zia. He has been a diehard supporter of General Musharraf”s referendum.

    As a self proclaimed politician he is an addition to the Right Wing whose inner core is more inclined to dictatorship and so are his heroes who are most of tehm dictators. He is a representative of a class of society who even curse the masses if they fail to elect through a democratic process.Recommend3

  • Apr 17, 2011 - 1:06PM

    What do you find convenient to support then?Recommend4

  • xyz
    Apr 17, 2011 - 1:22PM

    If Miss Ayesha ever saw the thread of her own articles and all other IK bashing articles, she would realize that very few, if any, agree with her views!Recommend6

  • Apr 17, 2011 - 1:22PM

    Democracy begins at home – if Imran Khan believes in democracy – he should have elections within his political party. Stand down in favour of someone else in his party. Unfortunately it is one man show. Imran Khan imagines he has the answer to every problem, so he is not going to let anyone take his place in his political party. So if he contests national elections -he will not tolerate any kind of opposition and is likely resort to repressive measures to deal with those who disagree with him. So beware.Recommend4

  • Ahmer Ali Khan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 1:44PM

    He is an honest, trustworthy, straightforward, simple, open minded, and merciful humanbeing. He plays clean politics, he never killed or tortured his politically opponents, he never bribed or toke illegal path to gain a position. He is competent, proactive person. He has a vision for Pakistan. He left his glamorous life and decided to work for his motherland. Oh people of Pakistan, what else you need in a good leader? He deserves to be our leader in the near future. Get rid of these traditional corrupt politicians and political mafias and gangs and give him a chance.

    Long Live ImranRecommend11

  • mans
    Apr 17, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Imran Khan may be good, charismatic and the only ray of hope for many but he needs more ground work to generate more popular following. Need to organise his political structure more mannerly targeting not only youth but all tiers of masses. He himself has to develop a more mature and political approach. Should not make every issue the matter of life and death for himself rather has to prioritise his agenda, he cant pull people out on every issue. Need to develop a vision wherby he judges and decides on an issue that really attracts and mobilise people generating a popular support.Recommend2

  • Nadir Khan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 2:06PM

    SPOT on Ayesha! My sentiments exactly!!!Recommend3

  • Khan Asif
    Apr 17, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Does one have to go that far into criticizing ones hero’s shortcomings to discredit the vision, moral and success of this leader (and party) that it promises to the country. We all have to bear in mind, no one is perfect and have to face the harsh reality of choosing the personality that sits as close to perfect as possible.

    I hope the PTI campaign for the upcoming elections is far reaching and not ridiculed on minor issues, i.e. “‘their model heros have shortcomings”. Only the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is the perfect human, every one else will and have flaws, we can only strive for perfection.Recommend7

  • Hassan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 2:52PM

    Ayesha obviously you’re not sure about Imran and made no effort whatsoever to do any relevant research on his politics, policies and what Pakistanis think of him. His understanding of politics and history is so muddled that he predicted the impasse in Afghanistan 7 years ago when people where were clamoring for western funds to fight an immoral war. History is rife with instances that one can use as a basis for a superfluous and weak argument and your example of scaring us into believing that changing the status quo in Pakistan just might make things worse well Ayesha I’ll take my chances with Imran Khan!!!!

    Misquoting facts and fitting them into opinion pieces against Imran is becoming quite the fashionable things to do, Imran has released the names of 15 experts from foreign affairs to defense production and agriculture to the media and if you had bothered to find out you would have known the names of those 15. If you want I can send them across to you, just to inform you in the last 3 months of 2011 PTI leadership has appeared in 219 Live / recorded programmes on different TV channels out of which Imran Khan was only on 32 which is around 15 % so PTI leadership is getting more and more visibility by the day. All these numbers can be verified from the TV channels themselves.Imran has talked about experts in various fields to address Pakistan’s numerous issues he has not said that technocrats will be heading the ministries or that they will be part of the cabinet, how you reached the conclusion you did is a mystery to me.

    Now to the Mahathir issue, was he not chosen by the people of Malaysia in free and fair elections the longest serving elected leader in the world!!!!! He craved power yes but was he a dictator no. Mahathir is one of the many leaders that Imran looks towards the list also includes Nelson Mandela, Lee Kuan Yew, Quaid e Azam and admiring Mahathir does not mean that you give blanket approval to anything and everything that he did. Imran’s admiration for Mahathir is limited to the fact that he contributed to a sense of national identity, pride and confidence that had not existed before. He put Malaysia on the map, and most Malaysians were pleased about it and that is what Imran seeks for the people of Pakistan.

    Asking for justice and fairplay in the electoral process is now viewed as an excuse for political failure, the comparison between the Turkish Army’s resistance to Erdogan’s political rise and the blatant cheating of the electorate in Pakistan as one and the same thing, I am amazed are you really a lawyer? The extent to which the elite in this country go to make sure that change never materializes in Pakistan is comparably to countries like Burma and maybe a few African republics not Turkey.

    You continue with your illogical comparison of Turkey’s and Pakistan’s politics it’s a world apart, Turkey with a 88% literacy rate compared with that of Pakistan!!!!! Imran has clearly mentioned that he is not against any one country but against policies which harm Pakistan in the long run, it is a just stand and a stand which echoes the sentiments of Pakistanis living in Pakistan. As for inspiring the electorate a look at the comments section should give you some idea of what the educated electorate wants. For the first time in Pakistan’s history the politically shy middle class is getting active and that credit goes to Imran Khan and not even you can take it away.

    A little something from Kemal Ataturk which we are trying to emulate…

    Turkish Youth, Your first duty is to preserve and to defend Turkish Independence and the Turkish Republic forever. This is the very foundation of your existence and your future. This foundation is your most precious treasure. In the future, too, there may be malevolent people at home and abroad, who will wish to deprive you of this treasure. If some day you are compelled to defend your independence and your Republic, you must not hesitate to weigh the possibilities and circumstances of the situation before doing your duty. These possibilities and circumstances may turn out to be extremely unfavorable. The enemies conspiring against your independence and your Republic may have behind them a victory unprecedented in the annals of the world.

    It may be that, by violence and trickery, all the fortresses of your beloved fatherland may be captured, all its shipyards occupied, all its armies dispersed and every corner of the country invaded. And sadder and graver than all these circumstances, those who hold power within the country may be in error, misguided and may even be traitors. Furthermore, they may identify personal interests with the political designs of the invaders. The country may be impoverished, ruined and exhausted. Youth of Turkey’s future, even in such circumstances it is your duty to save Turkish Independence and the Republic. You will find the strength you need in your blood.Recommend41

  • Usama Arshad Warraich
    Apr 17, 2011 - 2:53PM

    The Author is unfortunately residing in that part of the world where she has media as the only way to access information. She is unaware of the ground realities and the suffering the people of Pakistan have to go through everyday. I guess she did not have anything to write on and hence criticized the only hope in Pakistani politics for the sake of writing.
    The author is quoting Imran Khan out of context and that is really where it seems that she is only a part time journalist and is completely unaware of the journalistic ethics. Whenever Imran Khan idealizes Muhatir or Erdogan he is referring towards their economic policies. He never owns any of these leaders or their policies in general. Everyone has flaws and the above mentioned leaders are no exception. The author needs to watch IK’s interview she mentioned above again. In the interview IK said that we need to correct the system from the top and once we have established the basic goal of supremacy of law, smaller policies can be made hiring experts if needed. I guess this happens all over the world doesn’t it? I cannot imagine Obama devising a policy to provide electricity to a new village in the remote area of Alabama. Before quoting someone author should look at one’s statement both contextually and literally.
    I respect the viewpoint of the author but disagree with her with all due respect!Recommend33

  • Arif Z
    Apr 17, 2011 - 2:58PM

    During some of the talk shows Imran khan tries (pretends) to speak convincingly but after a while one can see that he does not some times know what he is talking. He changes his tune as and when suites himRecommend

  • Rafay Kareem
    Apr 17, 2011 - 3:23PM

    @Umair Khan:
    The author works in London for “American and Pakistani” firms. She’s a failed author who’s penned something called “Rodeo Drive to Raja Bazaar.” All this information is gleaned from her website.

    It’s not hard to see on who’s payroll she is working. You can promote a secular agenda in Turkey, like Erdogan did, and I am sure Imran is as secular a person as one can find with all his western connections. But secularism is political suicide in Pakistan, Musharraf tried that and the results were visible to all. It’s not hard to see that this article really is criticism for the sake for criticism and nothing else.

    I think she’s flattering herself by taking potshots at someone who’s built a cancer hospital, a university and is revered as a hero by so many, and is the future of Pakistan.Recommend5

  • Kashif Jan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 3:36PM

    Ayesha Ejaz Khan seems to churn out an article a month criticizing Imran Khan. Critique is always welcomed as it allows one to look at one’s policies, however one can only take serious note of it if the criticism is based on actual facts as opposed to one’s personal dislike.

    Ms. Khan starts of her article by suggesting “she is opposed to change for the sake of change”. Clearly Ms. Khan seems to be talking of a Pakistan that an ordinary Pakistani cannot recognize. We have just been voted as one of the most corrupt countries in the world by latest reports from Transparency International, we spend one of the lowest % of our GDP on health and education even in the developing world, we have stagnating economic growth for the last 3 years, we have over 32,000 people killed in the war against terror and over a 1000 suicide attacks in the last 3 years. If Ms. Khan still cannot understand why people wish to see a change then surely nothing will convince her.

    She continues (as if she knows the PTI vote bank demographic) that in order to bring change Imran Khan would have to get poets, intellectuals and “politically astute” on his side. Before condemning the unemployed youth, perhaps she should look at the recent example in the Middle East where it was the youth that led the revolution not the pseudo intellectuals sitting in their drawing rooms as it tends to happen in Pakistan.

    Ms. Khan claims that she heard Imran Khan stated that “he would hire experts”. This is a factually incorrect statement and PTI already possesses as strong team of SME who have excelled in their respective fields. PTI is the only party which has a shadow cabinet and 12 key ministries spokespersons appear regularly on TV channels sharing their insight on how to resolve problems in their respective fields.

    Ms. Khan then continues to criticize Imran Khan’s political heroes, which is comical because Imran has never claimed to be in agreement with each and every policy of Mahatir or Erdogan. Ms. Khan conveniently ignores the 2 other heroes that Imran Khan mentions regularly and they are Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Nelson Mandela and despite their great achievements even they had certain flaws and committed mistakes. But you do not aspire to replicate their flaws but get inspired by their achievements and this is what Imran Khan hopes to achieve.

    What Ms. Khan calls “sloganeering” is in fact political ideology based on sovereignty and self respect and good relations with all countries. When PTI opposes drone attacks it is opposing a policy of a country not the country itself, the day our simpletons who jump to criticise understand that, a lot of their own confusion will go away!Recommend10

  • Taimur Shaique Hussain
    Apr 17, 2011 - 3:38PM

    It’s A No-Brainer Where The Vote Is Likely To Go…..

    Political writers and speakers seem victims of the stereotypical political myopia that repetitively comes through in writings and speeches of Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) detractors, who probably seek to curry favor with status quo politicians, both treasury and opposition, regardless of their true merit. Whilst PTI Chairman , Imran Khan, and PTI members, workers, and volunteers have successfully managed to counter most of such myths and perceptions, rather misperceptions, the dragon appears to rear its unsightly head again and again, and requires to be slain for the collective benefit of the political system in, and the populace of, Pakistan.

    The PTI is often seen as lacking “administrative experience” attributable to other politicians, but commentators seem to have forgotten the leadership qualities, team work, clean intent, credibility, and supreme administrative capabilities required to build and run charitably a hospital of the stature of SKMT (with annual budget about PKR 8 billion; and now being expanded to the cities of Karachi & Peshawar); establish Namal College with the collaboration of Bradford University, UK; and raise funds to the tune of PKR 2 billion within only 2 weeks to aid victims of flood. PTI’s efforts in social, developmental, and emergency relief sectors may be deemed “larger than life”, for all these achievements came without the party ever having any access at all to national taxes; public exchequer; state machinery; the establishment; the bureaucratic setup, all of which have been enjoyed by political rivals at several points in history, with very little to show in return. The PTI stands a good chance to usher in an era of major reforms whenever in full-fledged power and when they have recourse to all the above mentioned resources. As regards the present government, the entire nation awaits to hear even one, singular, documented, positive achievement, what with Pakistan being ranked amongst the “leading” nations with regard to corruption, economic mismanagement, foreign policy failure, and rigging the electoral processes at the very core.

    PTI Chairman, Imran Khan, has often chosen deliberately to sit at the sidelines of political “power” for he happens to be a “non status quo” politician, incorruptible (as his detractors admit themselves), and generally not open to ideological compromises as regards the PTI. It appears strange then that some writers term him an “impatient politician”. If anything, Imran’s principled stance and his visionary political ideas such as accountability, independent judiciary, criticism of the US for sponsoring a “civil war” like situation in Pakistan (all hijacked later by his adversaries for their vested gains), project him even to international media and observers as an independent-thinking and patient leader. Imran may not be a “politician” per se. However, each one of us Pakistanis has witnessed, and now realized, the dismal performances of “career” politicos, each dabbling in politics to make a fast buck. Imran, on the other hand, consistently displays “leadership”. If the electorate can dole out multimillions of hard earned savings to support Imran’s social imperatives, it certainly does not appear unlikely that, given an undisputed track record of public service, he stands to win a whole lot of seats come next election. Afterall, what are the other alternatives? Repetitively tested and repetitively failed parties at the helm of affairs?

    Political rivals seem to state that Imran has no “team” with him, which logistically and operationally appears in frontal contradiction to the ease with which he cruises along from completing one remarkable project to another!!! Detractors are perhaps ignorant of the reality of how well organized the PTI is becoming with each passing day, and this, right down to the grassroots level, and right across the country. Additionally, the electorate seem up-in-arms to question our rulers to please shed some light on the amorphous performances in government of parties such as the present one, some granted three shots at power with no progress to show despite having “teams” comprising a 100+ cabinet members?

    By PTI estimates, and supported by facts, no less than 90% of the overseas Pakistanis’ vote lies with Imran. The PTI Chairman has gone so far as to state that whilst 175 million people at home have a collective GDP of about £107.26 billion / annum, the roughly estimated 10 million Pakistanis abroad alone have a GDP in excess of £153.23 billion / annum. With Imran and PTI credibility and “no-corruption” record, there already exist commitments to the tune of 10% of expatriate GDP in the form of remittances and / or Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Pakistan. This approx £15.32 billion / annum for Pakistan emanating from our own people, our own sons-of-the-soil, so to say, certainly augurs favorably for Pakistan in comparison to the piddly sum of £0.92 billion / annum through the Kerry-Luger Bill that has unfortunately made the whole nation, and our “rulers” (as opposed to “leaders”!!) completely hostage to the US.

    The last issue that is often voiced is that of the “ballot”. So disenchanted and disenfranchised are the people that hardly anyone turns out at the ballot. Pakistan seems to be signaling, “We want none of the above. Could we have a change of face?” PTI has been running a widespread voter registration campaign, and have reached the highest courts of law for electoral reform. Also, the Pakistani electorate has been becoming increasingly savvy. All of us witnessed in the 2008 election several sitting PML-Q Federal Ministers unable to secure their very own seats from their very own constituencies. This included political heavyweights including the likes of Khurshid Kasuri, Sheikh Rasheed, Humayun Akhtar, and Chaudhary Perwaiz Elahi, because the electorate deemed they had not performed.

    Today, the ground reality, which the majority of the country is united upon, is that status quo parties have once again failed to perform, the fifth time around between the two of them.

    It’s a no-brainer where the vote is likely to go…..Recommend9

  • niazikhan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 3:43PM

    AYESHA ALTHOUGH YOU ANALYSis seemed neutral but you should seein that prospect which imran khan want to realize us….arrogancy,want to pin-point and criticism is easy but clean and brave politics is not easy which imran khan is easy…mohatir uplift his nation and erdogan did it well too…you got 1 point of weakness and digest their hardwork easily..;;;x.Recommend1

  • ron(Indian)
    Apr 17, 2011 - 4:10PM

    I heard pak army plays major role in politics. The army has created nawaj sharif. Since pak army is not in favor of zardari and sharifs in comming years they may support Imran Khan. Otherwise Imran khan will not sustend his political ambition.thanks.Recommend

  • Clean Pakistan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Nothing wrong with Imran… reading too much between the lines make us suspect everyone, everything…Recommend2

  • Apr 17, 2011 - 5:20PM

    Most of the comments above by Imran Khan supporters are attacking the writer and repeatedly highlighting how Imran Khan is different from the Zardari’s and Sharif’s of this country. Well that may be the case, however his supporters are apparently no different from the jiyalas and supporters of other political personalities.

    While talking about a new type of politics that Imran Khan is bringing in, in the same paragraph the same people are questioning the motives of the author, claiming that she is on the pay role of certain actors, resides “comfortable abroad”, is a failed lawyer etc etc.

    Please stop it! How is all this slander any different than what the people Imran Khan opposes indulges in? Where is this “good governance” and “corruption free” rule of Imran Khan going to come from if you cant even accept criticism?Recommend6

  • Rafay Kareem
    Apr 17, 2011 - 5:23PM

    Brilliant analysis and a million times more enlightening than Miss Ejaz’s thoughts.Recommend3

  • Fahad Raza
    Apr 17, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Cant disagree more with author. It became quite fashionable to “Express” negativity with a touch of political correctiveness when it comes to Pakistani politics. We have people Idealizing western values and questioning Eastern traditions.

    Imran Khan’s only problem I see is that even if his politics is for middle and lower class but his message has yet to be accepted by them. I think that is why he is maneuvering with his foes of the past like MQM and APML to gain access to the masses.

    Now it is the flaw in out political system that we have a party system. I think parties should be abolished and people voting for individuals who passed after undergoing strict scrutiny of their merits and past lives before entering the polls. That way corruption in politics will cease.Recommend3

  • Amna
    Apr 17, 2011 - 5:53PM

    I think you try too hard to pick apart Imran Khan’s statements and counter them with some pseudo-logic of yours. I wonder why you never listen to Pervez Musharraf speeches or Altaf Hussain speeches, and write on them? Maybe they aren’t as big of a political threat to the current system as Imran Khan.

    I would like to see you comment on Altaf Hussain’s “Inqilaab” that we have been hearing about for years now, and have yet to witness. Or about his support for “patriotic army generals”. In my opinion, he REALLY doesn’t make any sense, and the fact that no one takes such notice of the nonsense he spews out, tells me the hate for Imran is because of his success with masses.Recommend5

  • Conviction
    Apr 17, 2011 - 6:17PM

    @Kashif Jan:
    Well said Kashif.Recommend

  • Usama Arshad Warraich
    Apr 17, 2011 - 7:46PM

    @Hassan: Man you are spot on!

    I think it is the foremost duty of the newspaper not to publish a content that is misguiding and has undergone window dressing. The article lacks objectivity and hence is not a good read for the students of politics and journalism in particular.
    I am just shocked to read a lawyer who is criticizing IK’s demand for free and fair election! The very lawyer seems to be completely unaware of the political situation in Pakistan. The author needs to follow the historic judgment of Supreme Court regarding 45 Million bogus voter lists in Pakistan; the issue that was taken up to the court by PTI. The author resides in the cosy atmosphere of LONDON where no one can even think of a bogus vote or a sham election but respected ma’am this is a third world’s country under discussion and free and fair elections are the only way to a silent change or revolution in fact. I need not to repeat what Hassan said but the very person the author is accusing of muddling the history predicted the grave impacts of War on terror in FATA when liberals like the author were advocating the violent use of force in FATA.Recommend7

  • kp5538
    Apr 17, 2011 - 8:11PM

    one solution only revolution vote imran khan save pakistanRecommend1

  • Anum
    Apr 17, 2011 - 8:24PM

    If you want the same people to rule the country; PPP & PML-N, then you deserve what you are getting from the country, or lack of it thereof.Recommend5

  • Khurram
    Apr 17, 2011 - 8:27PM

    Warraich Saheb your comment is rather quite lopsided. Imran may be your hero as he is to millions of his fans but he is not free of blind-spots, there are inherent weaknesses in all of us and he is one of us. Now having said that, Ms Khan has only pointed out to one of his shortcomings; his muddled understanding of the contemporary history and which is quite true, he may not be confused but he is certainly not clear at all about the Made in Pakistan solution to solve our problems, the imported political philosophies and solutions never work. To find our own we need someone with original thinking with better sense of our own history unfortunately like all other leaders of the past and present Imran too conspicuously lacks it. I do not personally know Ms Khan and what ever I know of her is through her writings and I can say this with confidence that she not only identifies with but fully understands the everyday struggle of Arif and Sakina.Recommend2

  • faraz
    Apr 17, 2011 - 9:01PM

    Imran clearly enjoys support from the pro-proxy war section of the military establishment. His politics revolves around foreign policy and national honor. He claims that Taliban cannot be lumped together with terrorists! He never criticizes the Afghan Jihad or our strategic depth policy which are the root cause of terrorism. He is silent over sectarian terrorism. He considers Taliban a genuine political entity which represent the pushtoons. He never talks about the non-pushoons which form 55% of Afghan population, and accepts Mullah Umar as the legitimate ruler of all of Afghanistan. If this doesn’t endear him to the military establishment, then what else will?Recommend3

  • azb1
    Apr 17, 2011 - 9:41PM

    Name one politician in Pakistan who has contributed to the Pakistani society more than Imran Khan? Shaukat Khanum was the first Cancer hospital in Pakistan and those who have been there, it is equivalent to any NHS hospital in UK. He maybe inexperienced but alteast he is sincere. All the experienced politicians are only experts at hiding their ill gotten weath!

    Vote for Imran Khan!Recommend6

  • Apr 17, 2011 - 9:45PM

    I have this to say to those who have become upset with my article:
    1) Not supporting Imran does not mean that one supports Zardari, Nawaz, Altaf or any of the others.
    2) Not supporting Imran does not mean that one does not want change.
    3) Not being impressed with Imran’s vision or his methodology to bring about change does not mean there cannot be alternative ways and methods to bring about more effective change.
    4) The lawyers’ movement was a good example of positive ideological change, which I supported wholeheartedly. The reason was a fantastic leadership in the form of first, second and third tier leadership organised by the lawyers and supported by the masses. It made complex ideological issues simple so that the people could espouse them. The idea was to enhance the intellectual calibre of the people and not to dumb them down over slogans of “American puppets” and so forth.
    5) Finally, to those who think that any article that criticizes Imran must be propaganda or the writer must have been paid great sums of money or must be on some sinister payroll, let me just say—please try to write an anti-Imran article and let me know if you make lots of money from it—for those of us who know a little bit about how our media works, one is lucky to get paid at all—-and no oped writer is writing what they write for monetary compensation so please get that out of your head. And do you honestly believe that Imran is so perfect that anyone who seems not to think so must be hired specifically to write against him?

    @ Tight Dhoti and Khurram—-thanks.
    @ faraz—-good analysis.Recommend5

  • Usama Arshad Warraich
    Apr 17, 2011 - 10:07PM

    Khuram sahib with all due respect I dare to disagree. If you think that IK’s understanding of the contemporary history is muddled then please you haven’t read his books. I will recommend two of his books for you Warrior Race: A Journey Through the Land of the Tribal Pathans and Indus Journey: A Personal View of Pakistan.
    IK’s vision is genuine and is derived from his own experience of life as a Pakistani. Often people like you criticize him for not knowing the Made in Pakistan solution to our problems. Brother this criticism comes due to the fact that IK is an idealist. All great leaders have been idealists start from prophets and stretch the line to Mendella. They are all idealists. Dude there are no made in Pakistan solutions to our problems. By referring to made in Pakistan solutions you are actually referring towards being pragmatic or more bluntly put compromising on principles. He is an idealist like Quaid-e_azam and his idealistic approach can deliver us. If IK becomes pragmatic I will be the first person to withdraw all my support from him.Recommend6

  • khan
    Apr 17, 2011 - 10:29PM

    she always writing againbst imran khan,, post this on here dnt remove itRecommend3

  • kp5538
    Apr 17, 2011 - 10:47PM

    vote imran khan save pakistanRecommend4

  • Ikram
    Apr 17, 2011 - 11:39PM

    Setting there in UK and discussing Imran Khan and his politics she does not know about the reality and also mentioning Mahatir as a dictator. Even if he was dictator does not matter but now he has given a new Malaysia to their people. Which make them to feel proud of their country.
    What these 10 percents and Sharif family has given to the people of Pakistan so far. By the ways Mrs writer which political party background do you have?Recommend2

  • Fasahat
    Apr 17, 2011 - 11:41PM

    Imran to some extent better, but not the right choice exactly. he has lack of vision which is more imp than lack of good team beside him. He is still unable to prepare his manfisto and to hold it strongly, which is v alarming thing, he is in politics for last 15yrs which r enough to choose ur target n to declare ways how u want to achieve ur targets……. He has not held real elections in his own party yet.
    Considering all parties, Jamat-e-Islami of munawar hasan/ qazi hussain is best in present scenerio, we should give them chance as they r eduacted, organised n corrupt free!!!!Recommend

  • Fasahat
    Apr 17, 2011 - 11:43PM

    @Mohammad Irfan:
    exactly. Imran not a rite choiceRecommend

  • Mohammad Abbas
    Apr 18, 2011 - 12:37AM

    Wow! Shame on all Pakistani media for being unfair to their jobs…No matter how extravagant and earth shattering they made the MQM rally in Lahore it turned out to be peanuts….And now slinging mud over the only person who has made Pakistan proud time and time again…(and mind u with his own effort, money and skill)

    What we have for politicians these days, I would want Imran Khan to be our PM any day! Maybe wat we really need, is an inexperienced politician. SHAME ON U !!!Recommend3

  • IronyDetector
    Apr 18, 2011 - 12:50AM

    The author is right on many points: Imran Khan may not have a very good grasp of how to run a country; there might indeed be contradictions to his supporting technocrats and simultaneously supporting office through polls; she also may be right on the fact that at times he seems anti-everything.

    BUT, he’ll still be a million times better prime minister than the ones we’ve had since the country’s existence. Why? Because, say what you will against him, but even his worst critics can not dare accuse him of being a THIEF. Simple enough?Recommend1

  • Sarmad Rafi
    Apr 18, 2011 - 1:22AM

    The problem with the author is that she is uses to the media to get information and so used to the old politics that is being run in Pakistan that when a different party emerges initiated by Imran Khan they all start to criticize him. I want to question how many non-political affiliated elites have done anything to make this process a start how many rich people actually paid taxes and voted under the scorching sun..hardly any..only the labor class who want change do..this author should support Imran Khan because he is laying the very platform for ordinary people to get into politics and make a difference and eliminate family politics from our country…he is a successful captain and a successful administrator by overseeing shaukat khanam hospital and Namal College..we would not have any cancer hospital if it wasnt for him and all his insitutes are running very well compared to PIA, Steel Mills, KESE, where the government are in charge and are getting bankrupt and full of corruption
    . I am not saying that Imran is absolutely correct…we are all human..we are so eager to criticize him easily but not the looters of this country like Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, and Altaf Hussain who have no Nationalism in them..even the late Benazir had no vision..if she was living a luxury exiled life while her workers suffer than she is no leader in my opinion..if r gifted to write then write something positive and support him…if u know any other leader besides Imran Khan who can do a better job..let us know!Recommend4

  • Ashfaque
    Apr 18, 2011 - 1:27AM

    I don’t know what makes her think that politically astute and emotional youth don’t look at Imran Khan in the same way. She is free to have an opinion but I’d call it an incorrect assessment. Maybe those political heavyweights and astute youth still grossly underestimate him however it takes time for one to make his/her ground. Moreover, one needs few revolutionary incidents to actually bring a paradigm shift, for instance after assassination of Dr. Imran Farooq, a large faction started looking at him as a possible leader. So in short, it takes time…..Recommend2

  • Khurram
    Apr 18, 2011 - 2:40AM

    Warraich Saheb, thank you for taking time to read and for responding to my comment. What a coincident I have both of the titles you are so magnanimous to suggest plus Ms Khan’s Rodeo Drive to Raja Bazaar. I have immensly enjoyed owning and reading them. All three books are very well written but the difference lies in the fact that the former were produced by some surrogate and in the case of latter title the author herself burned the proverbial midnight oil to produce it.

    Now regarding what we wish to see in a leader. Imran Khan may be a very well meaning but this I can only vouch foronce he is at the helm but when you are in the opposition anything goes, I too like a leader to possess to a certain degree the qualities we see in the personalties of Abraham Lincoln, MA Jinnah and Nelson Mendella. These were idealist and pragmatic at the same time fusing the two without a strain.The Hadith recite more than one instance when our beloved Prophet(PBUH) depending upon the situation prefered commonsense pragmaticism over ideals.

    Brother,(I would rather refrain to use the word Dude) all of us have strengths and weekness and so does Imran Khan but he is far from being a Mendella or for that matter MA Jinnah. We badly need a great visionary leaderwho will not only be able unify our nation without the use of staples as has been done in the past but also stear us clear of rough waters, a harbinger of peace and prosperity. It is a task of gragantuan proportions, unfortunately Imran Khan does not fit the bill at least not now and that is what Ms Khan has tried to convey in her very well written analysis and I fully agree with her appraisal because it is very close to the mark.Recommend1

  • Feetal
    Apr 18, 2011 - 4:28AM

    well saidRecommend

  • ihtisham khan
    Apr 18, 2011 - 7:31AM

    so what r u suggesting…u don’t want imran methdology…u said u don’t want us to vote zardari or nawaz or anyone else…..but u do want change…and i am wondering
    oh yeah…becaue u live in england and u have a life in a developed world….u can’t wait years and years because does not matter for you wether it comes early or late..for us..unfortunately it matters…we have to suffer for all these years ..and what are u suggesting.?..not to vote any one and do what?…i don’t know ..really don’t know…Recommend2

  • Fahad Shaikh
    Apr 18, 2011 - 10:10AM

    I would like “Ayesha Ijaz Khan” and all other analysts to write a comparative article on Leadership of such political parties.

    Criticizing Imran on his political stance, to mee which has always been a Principle Stand, is an easy task that catches the attraction of thousands of readers.

    Why doesn’t she compare Imran with Nawaz, Zardari and Altaf.

    She would be left with nothing but supporting Imran Khan.Recommend3

  • Hassan
    Apr 18, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Ms Ayesha Ijaz Khan, it is unfortunate that after writing a rather scantily researched and disappointing op-ed your reply to the comments leaves a lot to be desired. You chose to address the emotional responses which support Imran which tend to go overboard in accusing the writer of bias.

    Yet there are quite a few responses which took exception with your piece and gave valid counter arguments and explanations which you convienently ignored to address. It is not criticism of Imran which bothers his supporters it is the unsubstantiated criticism by people like yourselves that is based on half truths and hearsay.

    Imran like all public figures must be criticised for what he does wrong but to twist facts so that you could meet a deadline for your op-ed piece is a gross miss use of the right to express your opinions by way of this esteemed newspaper.

    Now to your Response

    1) You dont support any of the political leaders in Pakistan so should i assume you support the military would that be a fair assessment going by your method of reasoning.

    2) You have a right to support anyone you want since you also want change, so who do you support and how are they planning to bring change – i really hope you have an answer to this one!!!

    3) What are those alternatives and revolutionary methodology Ms Ayesha that makes Imrans vision and methodoly so unappealing to you? Can we please hear the secret!!!!!

    4) Success has but many fathers and i am not surprised to learn of your support for the Lawyers movement. Could you please elaborate on the 1st, 2nd and third tier of leadership can we know any names? The masses Ms Khan were rallying behind political parties which supported the movement incase you werent told of the actual truth. It was a reaction against a military dictator in the form of the lawyers movement no complex constitutional or legal issues were made simple by anyone so please dont try to prove a point when none exists. So now after the intellectual capacity of the people has been raised thanks to the lawyers the intelligent people support Imran Khan as amply demonstrated by the views in the comments section!!!!!!!

    5) Imran is not perfect, not by a long shot but he is better than most. You Ms Ayesha are also not perfect and as you would want Imrans supporters to accept criticism you must also inculcate this habit of being crticised for what people view as a negative propganda op ed rather than a critical analysis of what Imran is doing wrong. If you choose to write a critical piece on Imran ask me to help you i will tell you what actually could be improved in the way Imran does politics.

    79 comments Ms Ayesha and only 3 worth praising and those too that support your point of view, need i say more on a rather biased op ed and a very visible support for Imran in the educated, intelligent and self aware part of the Pakistani Electorate.

    A little something for you to think about as a critic….

    It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.Recommend14

  • SJ
    Apr 18, 2011 - 11:06AM

    Somehow I feel that ET is bend upon persecuting Imran Khan. Not that I support or favour him, but it has become pretty obvious. This only goes to harm the paper and site’s already not-so-credible reputation. Each paper has its policies, opinions and ideas but ranting and raving wilfully over someone or some people all the time is certainly not helpful.
    Not to mention there are several other things that the paper hardly ever talks about. For example:
    The rise of extremism in minorities
    The urban extremists in our midstsRecommend

  • MHJ
    Apr 18, 2011 - 11:25AM

    @Mohammad Irfan:
    Oh! i think you even donty know the meaning of economics. What this RGST will do except to further burden the middle/ lower class. Why not to tax agricultural income, which is exempt, only because our so called leaders are mostly feudal/landlords and they dont want to pay taxes.!!!!!Recommend1

  • SJ
    Apr 18, 2011 - 11:56AM

    @Mohammad Irfan:
    “All economists are of the view….”… O really?Recommend

  • aslam
    Apr 18, 2011 - 12:13PM

    This article and the comparisons drawn out are so absurd that its not even funny. This lady obviously has no clue about the ground realities our country is facing.

    Ms. Ayesha, do you have any idea how many people are dying each day due to these mindless drone attacks? Do you have any idea how many people have died in the last 10 years due to the failed policies of these corrupt politicians? Do you know how the majority of the population is struggling to even make ends meet? Obviously you seem to have no clue, all cooped up in your generator-powered AC office, writing silly articles such as these.

    If you can name even ONE political party that comes even REMOTELY CLOSE to what PTI has done and continues to do for this country, i will rest my case and apologize to you personally. In the meantime, please do write something a little more constructive than this. This country needs hope, and people like you are just out to destroy every bit of with your mindless cynicism.Recommend3

  • Raheem Khan
    Apr 18, 2011 - 1:07PM

    Imran Khan is a GOOF who has no idea about Politics. Ignorant & Arrogance, a deadly combination. He think he is a God gift to human man kind.Recommend2

  • johnny_bravo
    Apr 18, 2011 - 2:36PM

    Ms Ayesha talks about “change for the sake of change”. Sorry lady, but your article is just “criticism for the sake of criticism”. Instead of criticizing the one guy in a population of 180 million who is bold enough to take a stand and fight for the rights of his countrymen, I suggest you better suggest SOLUTIONS instead of pointing out flaws. Imran Khan may not be a saint, but neither are you. Next time please write articles that are constructive. Going by the numbers on this thread, its 83:7 in favor of Imran Khan. You need to get a reality check lady. PTI will sweep the next elections.Recommend3

  • Maulana Diesel
    Apr 18, 2011 - 3:33PM

    if Imran is such a visionary leader and PTI a revolutionary party then how come Imran and PTI have yet to win a single seat in any of the bye-elections in Pakistan? Even in Gilgit Baltistan where MQM has won seats the PTI has not been successful. Could it be that people have looked through Imran’s double talk?

    Any why so all the PTI supporters talk about Imran’s charity work? Dont get me wrong his charity work is absolutely fantastic but does that mean that if tomorrow Edhi Sahab stands for elections then we should vote for him? I love Edhi but I am not going to vote for his political party either.Recommend2

  • Si
    Apr 18, 2011 - 3:42PM

    Brilliant Hassan.
    I also thank Ayesha for creating the debate from which I have learnt.
    My assistant (who belongs to the MQM camp) says that if Pakistani’s want a decent leader, they will first have to change themselves.
    I believe him.Recommend1

  • Hassan
    Apr 18, 2011 - 4:17PM

    @ Maulana Diesel, 45 % bogus Votes, Nearly 300 + parliamentarians with fake degrees this system isnt designed for free and fair elections. This is what we are up against, and will continue to fight to change the status quo in this country as for the MQM winning seats in GB please we never want to win seats by actually having to purchase them.

    PTI supporters talk about his administrative skills that have been visible in his charity work, and your mindset is a reflection of the hoplessness that we have reached as a nation where we have put people in silos and refuse to consider a world outside of the said silos. Is politics the birthright of the Bhuttos and the Sharifs or is it the right of those who wield a gun and conduct politics in the name of ethnicity or religion.

    Imran Khan has introduced the concept of issue based politics and for that we are forever thankful, no one in this country talked about Justice and accountability now we discuss these two issues day in day out. No one talked about the repercussions of the war on terror and now all major political parties are saying what Imran has been saying for the past 7 years. Imran and his manifesto has been plagarised by all these political parties to appeal to the masses but their time of fooling the nation is coming to a close.

    You are used to supporting personalities its not your fault, its difficult for everyone to see beyond the deciet but we have and we support Imran for his issue based politics and just stances for Pakistan.Recommend8

  • Si
    Apr 18, 2011 - 5:26PM


  • Fatima
    Apr 18, 2011 - 5:41PM

    r u sure, u reside in UK? how come you don’t know how institutes are established? and what’s the role of ministers?Recommend1

  • All BS
    Apr 18, 2011 - 7:00PM

    Weak on analysis, lady you need to add some meat to your criticsm. I liked your previous article better with the Sita White reference and questions on morality………come on you can do so much betterRecommend1

  • Maulana Diesel
    Apr 18, 2011 - 7:38PM

    @Hassan— ZA Bhutto was the first leader to talk about the injustices facing the downtrodden in Pakistan….he was killed by our establishment. People still love him. This is leadership my friend – you give your life for what you believe in. Imran Khan is NOT, I repeat NOT, a man of the people. He is an angry man who spends 95% of his time moaning about this and that but has no answers. When asked about his team he says he will “hire” a team. I heard him say that on a TV show just last week. In one rally when a few of his supporters got close to him he gave them a look of disdain and pushed them back God forbid if their sweat might dirty his freshly ironed shalwar kameez.
    I applaud Imran Khan’s cancer hospital and his service in cricket to Pakistan but I am sorry I cannot vote for him.Recommend3

  • Usama Arshad Warraich
    Apr 18, 2011 - 8:35PM

    Sir,I beg your pardon for disagreeing again. You know actually the problem with our nation is that we criticize for the mere sake of criticizing. I see the vision in IK and his ideology rather I see him as the only visionary leader here. Politics here is done for two purposes power or genuine struggle to implement a certain ideology. From the past record we can clearly see that IK’s politics is not politics of power hence the latter applies to him. If you want his vision I being a member of PTI can provide you with that. IK has the vision and the honesty and credibility along with all leadership qualities to implement it. PTI is being organized to union council in all four provinces and can be seen as the only party that can unite the nation for good. The problem is that when you criticize IK you do not give a better alternative.
    Regarding pragmatism, all the great leaders were idealist in the first place and then when they saw that compromising will help them achieve the higher goal, they compromised. They never compromised on the principles and IK has proved the same through his character.
    I know it will be rather difficult to convince you here on this thread but the only thing I can say to you is to wait and watch and one day you will be the one writing a blog somewhere agreeing with me.Recommend4

  • Apr 18, 2011 - 10:13PM

    @ All BS

    Can you pls let me have a link to the article you are referring to. I never wrote any article mentioning Sita White.Recommend

  • Hatim Hussain
    Apr 18, 2011 - 10:56PM

    The writer deserves commendation on her pertinent analysis about Imran Khan’s failure to emerge as a booming politician and his lack of ability in attracting voters so far. One of the reasons of his failure perhaps is that he makes us feel as if he is still in the field of cricket where he used to be captaining the side with command and an element of hostility- he seems to be struggling to come out of the charmed epoch of yesteryears. He still believes that youth of the present generation is as crazy and fanatic for him as the youth of his time. But what he refuses to concede is that gone are the days when he ruled in the field of cricket and that now he is in the field of politics which is a different ball game altogether. His cavalierly tone and mulish style of conversation reflects of a man who deems that whatever he says is incontestable. Another serious problem with Imran’s politics is that he has not been able to understand throughout his political career that to be an astute politician he has to come out of his comfort zone and mingle with the people to share their basic problems. Mr. Imran must know that he can’t be a favorite politician for common masses unless he gets down from the floors of seminars and conferences held in posh hotels and halls to discuss the issues of common men. His frequent appearance on different television channels also cannot make him popular as the viewers have got fed up with mere lip service from politicians. Mahatir and Erdegon are Imran’s heroes and there is nothing wrong to idolize someone as long as it motivates and triggers one’s obsession to follow the idol’s path of success to attain one’s objectives – but it looses its worth when you shun the struggle and hard work your idols did to attain the glorious status and position not only in their own country but worldwide- mere citing their achievements is a ritual of futility. Mr. Khan you will have to interact with the people on streets, have to drench yourself in sweat by visiting far flung parts of the country to earn support and favor of the groaningly poor people and you will have to make people realize that you belong to them. Only then you can become what you aim for – Don’t forget that this down trodden nation is anxiously waiting for an emancipator who will crusade against the tyranny and will purify the land from corrupts and looters. Who knows you might be their emancipator.Recommend4

  • Apr 18, 2011 - 11:17PM

    Imran Khan has done extremely well as a sportsman and a social worker. Whatever his merits, Imran has not yet struck a chord with the masses. Can he yet emerge as a winner? That is the million rupee question. The situation appears to be heading in a direction that might bring him to power, if not on his own, then as a coalition partner. The biggest parties may be in for a surprise. “Faites vos jeux” says the croupier(make your bets).Recommend

  • Hassan
    Apr 18, 2011 - 11:40PM

    @ Maulana Diesel, it is becoming a rather tedious correcting your infactual information, ZAB was hanged for ordering the murder of a political opponent. We can argue the facts of the case but lets not forget that ZAB died by the proverbial sowrd he chose to live by.
    People in Pakistan also love Zia what does that mean the people of Pakistan have trusted its leaders to deliver but they have time and time again played havoc with the future of this country and its people and ZAB was no exception I can literally go on and on about how much damage that man caused this nation starting from the debacle in 1971.

    You my friend are oblivious to Imran and his struggle because you dislike him and that is fine you don’t want to vote for him that’s also fine it is your democratic right to use your vote as you please, but to resort to falsehood to prove your point is really disappointing. I challenge you to post a link to that or any other program where Imran has said that he will “hire” a team instead of having elected representatives as ministers. I have explained in detail what Imran has meant when he said he will “hire’ experts and technocrats so no use in flogging a dead horse.

    Your fictious example of a rally is funny to say the least, where you present there; where was this rally or has someone relayed this nugget to you? I have personally seen Imran and his extreme dislike for VIP culture he has no security protocol and he sits with the people, he eats with them travels with them and is conducting public meetings all over Pakistan amongst the masses.

    Imran couldnt create the cancer hospital, Namal College and collected billions of rupees for flood relief if he was so averse to being with the masses as you claim, the difference between your argument and mine is that I can prove each and everthing.Recommend5

  • Usama Arshad Warraich
    Apr 19, 2011 - 12:11AM

    @Ayesha Ijaz Khan:
    Hassan is actually doing a good job to show you the real picture but tell you what, there are people who for the sake of criticism criticize people when they themselves cannot put forward an alternative.
    Do you think its fair to criticize someone for nothing that substantial and write an article to reduce his support amongst you readers. I guess people who have given at least a 100th percent of what IK has given to this country might reserve the right to criticise IK, not someone who sits in the sunny afternoons in LONDON and just give a shot to writing a piece of paper that is worth nothing.Recommend2

  • Hassan
    Apr 19, 2011 - 12:12AM

    Mr Hatim, I appreciate the points that you have raised and would like to take the opportunity to counter them one by one.

    Firstly Imran does not believe and has never said that the people of Pakistan and especially the youth love and adore him like a rock star he believes that they hold the key to the change that this country desperatly needs and they support his agenda for change, there is a stark difference in the two points of view. You seem to imply that Imran is on some ego trip, well let me assure you Imran Khan’s name is already secure in the history of Pakistan. Fame and power have been thrown at his feet and he has walked past them time and time again to struggle for a higher purpose. He was offered cabinet posts during Zia’s regime and then again in Musharrafs tenure but he declined because his struggle is against the status quo.

    The man has an authoritative tone but that never means he will not listen to anyones point of view, which leader in Pakistan do you think can sit in a one on one debate with Imran Khan on issues facing this nation he has challenged all the major political leaders but they will never accept because they know the man has an impecabble reputation and they cannot throw dirt at him like they can with each other. As for disagreements Imran and PTI are open to all point of views and possible solutions if you have any we would be very happy to listen to you.

    I would beg to differ on your argument about his ability to connect with the masses; you can’t carry on such succesful charity work if you are not able to connect with the masses. I have collected money for SKMT in school and have watched him engage people across all social and economic stratas. He has travelled extensively throughout Pakistan for his charity and political work. Amongst so many public welfare initiatives He has recently launched a micro finance scheme in Nowshera for the flood victims which will help 1200 flood victims he was there at the inaugaration and didn’t do it over the phone from London or dubai or from the PM or Presidents house.He has appeared a mere 15% of the times in television programs over the last 3 months as compared to other PTI leadership.
    This number is out a total of 215 programs over three months across various TV channels.

    Imran Khan is one of the hardest working individuals I know his commitment to his goal is unwavering and this nation has seen it time and time again so rest assured the hard work is there he is in the trenches with his party and his people you can get all the details of what he is doing from the PTI website.

    www. Insaf.pkRecommend2

  • Khurram
    Apr 19, 2011 - 12:31AM

    Brother Warraich Saheb, Thank again for reading comment, I am sorry perhaps for want of a resonant and rich expression I have been unable to put across my point of view to you in somewhat more convincingly. All I wished to say, I wish I were capable to compress my thoughts more precisely in a single paragraph but unfortunately I could not; is that I hold no ill feelings of any kind against Imran Khan, him and I went to the same school although he was many many years my senior but the bond, an affinity is still there. He is basically a very fine and capable person with many noble ideas. Now here I differ with you and your assesment of him. He stands tall in the eyes of multitudes because they compare him with the highly corrupt and morally bankcrupt pygmies and midgets who have been leading the nation astray right from her birth but where as I see Imran from a different perpective I put him for assessment with the world class statesmen both of the present and past against the backdrop of the huge problems burdening my country. To tackle this head on we need some one with much larger and wider vision than Imran Khan. It is always the easiest to shine among the weak and dumb classmates but what matters is, how tall one stands is when one is competing against the best of the best from all over the world. May be I am expecting too much ofa leader but as far as I can see and understand it shall take a superman to pull my nation from the abyss it has been pushed into by the forces of selfishness, moral and social corruption.
    Imran Khan still stands the need of going through the crucible.
    As I said before I do now Ms Khan personally nor have ever had chance to meet her in person apart from once I saw her on TV around the time of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. I liked her writings and I am very much impressed with her honesty of expression and her overall understanding of world affairs and the world at large. I do not think she holds any grudge and dislike for Imran Khan, being a writer she is unable to hold back but conveys rather elegantly the very truth as she sees it. I think all the comments entered herein to villify her are totally baseless and completely uncalled for. Thanks.Recommend

  • Attic
    Apr 19, 2011 - 12:47AM

    Amazing how Ill-informed about IK, the PTI, Malaysia, Turkey and pretty much everything the author is. Surprised that this piece got space.Recommend2

  • Maulana Diesel
    Apr 19, 2011 - 3:21AM

    @Hassan…..last time I put a link to the talk show in which Imran said that he will “hire” a team the moderator on this site did not allow it. The programme was ‘Khari Baat’ on 11 Apr 2011. Dont come back and say oh he didn’t mean that etc etc….I know exactly what he meant.

    Mr. Moderator – I beg you to please allow this comment. I am just trying to show Hasan that just because he supports Imran does not mean that IK cannot do any wrong.

    Also, I think Imran lacks guts. I remember when he was harassed by the IJT students in Punjab University (its on youtube) – he followed them like a ‘bheegi billi’ even after they pushed him around. There were at least 100 PTI supporters around him but they too put their tail between their legs and did not even raise their voice against this disrespectful behaviour towards their leader.

    Now compare this to ZAB…remember how he tore that SC resolution in 1971 infront of everyone? Also Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, even after she was attacked in Karsaz that did not deter her from going to rallies and finally she GAVE HER LIFE for this country! On the other hand Imran has said this himself that he does not want to badmouth the Taliban too much because he is scared of them. This reminds me of another one of your great PTI supporters by the name of Mr. Zuhair Toru who thought it was too hot to protest and was moaning about police danda. One jiyala = 1000 PTI supporters!

    Got that warrior race?Recommend2

  • Khurram
    Apr 19, 2011 - 6:01AM

    @Ayesha Ijaz Khan, your writings do have a unique quality to combine an awesome breadth of knowledge with a real ability to communicate your thoughts in a manner stripped of all pomposity. You are one of those writers who are capable of summoning up a whole gambit of ideas and feelings with few choice and most appropriate words. Please keep up the good work of sharing your thoughts with us and never let the illworded and nettled comments by some hot under the collar readers ever discourage you from conveying the truth as see it from your own perspective.Recommend2

  • Fahad Shaikh
    Apr 19, 2011 - 9:35AM

    @ Ayesha Ijaz Khan

    I respect your views and agree that criticizing does not mean one is being paid for this..

    But disagreement is our right.

    The thing which you claim to be muddled is actually called a Principle stand. Imran has always been supporting free judiciary… He has stood for the same and was joined by many… He has always opposed the Operation in pakistan… He pressed that Talks must be held. Now US says the same thing…

    He was the one who brought Dr. Afia’s case infront along with vyone.

    Very humbly, I would suggest it is the matter of understanding and comfort. Many in Pakistan are following him considering him the LAST HOPE for saving Pakistan while others are still searching other alternatives.Recommend1

  • Conviction
    Apr 19, 2011 - 10:51AM

    Well said sir – I second that.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Apr 19, 2011 - 10:57AM

    @ Khurram, let’s start from the point where we agree which is that Ms Ayesha Ijaz Khan must not be vilified for she has expressed her opinion however biased I may find the op Ed.

    Now to some of the arguments that you have raised, Can Imran be faulted for being head and shoulders above the “highly corrupt & bankrupt pygmies” that you mention. Is it his fault that the leaders of this country have brought it to the level that they have, I am sure you would agree that is not the case.

    Why must Imran be compared with the statesmen of the past and of the present can we not evaluate him on his own merits, does he have to be a Nelson Mandela for us to acknowledge that he is the only viable option out of politicians that we have, I agree that it is unfortunate that we have not developed political leadership in this country but must we be stubborn and continue to wait for a messiah or some divine intervention.

    Pakistan has a lot of problems and we have a sincere and honest man raising a voice for change can we get behind him, can we help him in the areas in which he is weak can we get over our differences and start focusing on our shared values for Pakistan and its people. Imran is not perfect and he is not the statesman that we all wish he was but he is infinitely better than the options so can we start working with what we have or curse the status quo and wait for a miracle.

    You talk about a larger vision, what is that larger vision can it be explained and quantified so that we who support him can maybe help him address those gaps in his vision, I would love a reply on this specific point.

    My last disagreement is over the fact that this country needs a superman to pull it out of the mess it is in, I humbly disagree Pakistan does not need a superman it needs all its ordinary men and women to stand up and be counted.

    “The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society.”Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    Apr 19, 2011 - 11:59AM

    Imran Khan is an idealist. He will eventually grow disillusioned with his impractical rhetoric and realise his own limitations of his one-man-show called the PTI.

    In a parliamentary democracy, a political party needs a massive team to partake in elections and get elected with enough seats to form or be part of a government. A party needs at least 170 seats in National Assembly to form a government.

    Imran Khan, despite his popularity among middle and upper middle class youth, will fail miserably because his party has not grown beyond his persona and does not have the desired political personnel to make a difference. PTI will only win 1 seat, and that too of Imran Khan only, meaning he will most likely remain a charismatic nobody in politics.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Apr 19, 2011 - 2:54PM

    @ Maulana Diesel, I think you have probably sniffed way too much Diesel Maulana Saab; your tirade against Imran started with the fact that he is not visionary enough and couldn’t get seats in the assembly. From there it digressed to the fact that being a philanthropist he had no right to get into politics.

    Once I addressed those misconceptions you started accusing him of not being a leader of the masses like ZAB and concocted a story of how he pushed people away from him yet somehow magically these people still donate for his charitable ventures and this arrogant man keeps working for the masses of Pakistan. There is an absurd contradiction in there somewhere but one which you will never see.

    I have already explained the comments about “hiring” a team if the Almighty has not blessed someone with basic powers of comprehension then I a mere mortal surely cannot assist you in understanding my point of view.

    Now to a new set of accusations where you are making Imran out to be a coward and PTI supporters to be not militant enough I will respond to that as well. Firstly to ZAB you remember his tearing of the SC resolution I remember how he denied the democratic right of the people of East Pakistan and played a major role in the countries dismemberment, I also remember how he played into the hands of the Mullahs and declared Ahmadis to be non Muslims, I remember the nationalization of this countries institutions and their consequent destruction at the hands of cronies. I also remember a certain thing called the FSF to harass political opponents; I remember a lot Maulana Saab I never forget.

    Cowards run away to London or Dubai and buy property there with stolen money when faced with the threat of Jail.

    Imran Khan and his supporters are not gangsters and thugs we believe in a civilized way of protest. Imran doesn’t roam around with hundreds of guards he roams alone with the people of Pakistan and to correct another blatant lie Imran has never said that he is scared of anyone including the Taliban. Those scared of the Taliban are sitting in the PM and President houses not Imran Khan he goes where he pleases and does so without armed escort his guardian is the same as that of millions of Pakistanis, the Almighty we don’t need any other guard.

    1 Dumb Jiyala has no equals

    Got it Diesel Sniffer!!!!!Recommend2

  • Salman
    Apr 19, 2011 - 3:17PM

    Seems like the Tribune will print anything these days.Recommend3

  • Faraz Siddiqui
    Apr 19, 2011 - 8:19PM

    For thos who think Imran will not win more than 5 seats… consider this… MQM has 23 seats in the current parliament and Fazlu has 11.

    Even if PTI gets 10 seats, it will be a “positive” force to reckon with in the next parliament!Recommend2

  • Nasir I. chaudhri
    Apr 19, 2011 - 10:10PM

    In her article Ayesha looks aloof of Pakistan politics. Things are different on the ground. Imran and his party is every where now. In the talk shows only person who commands respect among the guests is Imran Khan. The reason is simple he is honest Pakistani, tells truth and no hidden money plus is not hesitant of blaming any wrong doer be it PM or the president, no one has this much courage. What is wrong in hiring experts in different fields if the current ones are corrupt and incompetent. An incapable PIA MD gave loss to PIA in three years more than since its inception.
    Imran Khan raised voice in media boldly and steel mill was saved from being sold at throw away price, thanks to CJP also who took notice of it. No politician except Imran Khan has the vision.
    Take the example of war in triable areas. Seven years back it was Imran khan who said many times that war will never end as long as US forces are there, very true today.

    Party is not seen? I know about Karachi more as I live here, there are corner meeting almost every week in different areas where party leaders speak and inform the publik about the party progress and other activities. They are running Insaf Sasta Tandoor program in differen poor localities providing five rupee per meal, 20 thousand meals a month. The PTI is seen every where.Recommend2

  • Usama Arshad Warraich
    Apr 19, 2011 - 11:14PM

    I deeply respect your viewpoint.However I see IK as great statesman and a true visionary leader. At this point in time when IK has not been given a chance to deliever your views are based more on perception of IK. All I can say is that you just need to wait and watch and let the time come. History will itself decide who is right you or me.Recommend1

  • Khurram
    Apr 20, 2011 - 5:50AM

    Hassan Sahib, I thank you for commenting on my comment. Ms Khan for that matter no other writer ought to be vilified for expressing her or his opinion as long as certain decorum is maintained in conveying one’s thoughts. We all have our biases so does Ms Khan and since she is a writer, such predilection, whether consciously or unconsciously is easily given away to the reader. But I have always liked her style of writing and she is one of the few young writers I genuinely admire and that is where all ends up as for I am concerned.
    I have never said anything negative about Imran Khan as a person or his sincerity, courage and integrity all I said was his lack of experience it would have been of much benefit had he had chance to run even a single ministry at federal level. But that is a moot point.
    Now to answer you inquiry as to what I meant by the word Large Vision. I meant a leader who can see from the things at hand to the far horizons. A leader who has not only the imagination, insight and courage but also faces any challenge that calls forth the best in people. He is able to mobilize the masses around a shared sense of purpose. If in your good opinion if he does possess these qualities let us help him I am fully with you. What ever I know of him is all that I have gathered from TV interviews and various articles. I have never had the chance to meet him in person although I have seen him in person many a time. My mystic-bond with him is going to the same school many years after had gone.
    Comparing him with leaders from the past. History is a great treasure we can draw enormous help from to guard ourselves from repeating the same mistakes over and over and by the same token the leaders of the past are grand examples of innovative action, clear vision and sincerity of purpose. We cannot transplant all their experiences but still can utilize a great deal of it to our own advantage, Sun-tzu’s Art of War is still as much applicable today as Pythagoras’s theorem.
    Why I am hesitant to trust a leader because ever since the birth of our country we have been conned and the very faith we reposed in them has been badly exploited to the hilt by them and it is still going on in broad daylight. No body seems to be caring about the monstrous debt we are accruing, poverty, education and excessive religion and population. All I hear is Sab Achha Hai. Besides the above given gargantuan problems there are many more which would require even a bigger space to discuss. I wish Imran Khan the very best in his endeavors to eradicate the very malaise that has been killing us slowly for a long time. Thank you and all the best to you.Recommend1

  • Khurram
    Apr 20, 2011 - 6:38AM

    Warraich Saheb the feelings are mutual I too hold your thoughts in great esteem as I said before all I know of IK is what ever I have been able to catch from his TV interviews and articles about him in various publications. I am willing to wait till cows come home if IK is ready to tackle the bull by horns. Rome was not built in a day neither our problems will disappear in an overnight it took a long time for social, political and economic ills to permeate our Nation’s DNA and it is going to take a long time to restore her back to full health but it can be done as long as long as his leadership is effective in manifesting his vision, creates specific and achievable goals and enlists the participation of every citizen no matter what his or her station in society for everyone is equally significant in nation building in the end a transparent honesty. That is all what we are looking for in a leader.Recommend1

  • Trangfa Maujood
    Apr 20, 2011 - 9:55AM

    To begin with, let us congratulate this lady for very beautifully articulating her ideas and putting across her points fairly eloquently and quite rigorously. We in Pakistan need a critical assessment of our political, economic and social destiny and that has to be subjected to reasoned scrutiny, and this lady has done what was required for a long time. Imran Khan, while his absolute sincerity and passion for positive change in Pakistan may not be questioned, but his strategy must be evaluated with a view to make sure that everyone knows what they are sacrificing for. The price of one’s political commitment in these unsettling times must not be a spineless government but it should be a sustainable, sturdier and visionary dispensation.Recommend3

  • Usama Arshad Warraich
    Apr 20, 2011 - 11:29AM

    Man seriously I see all of the capabilities in IK to vanish these problems. All you need is an eye of an independent observer or a political activist to see them!Recommend

  • Billy
    Apr 21, 2011 - 3:09PM

    Ayesha, we living in the west, if even give a slight damn about this damned country and its confused citizens , is only caus of Imran Khan.Recommend1

  • waseem khawaja altaf
    Apr 24, 2011 - 4:09AM

    Aysha is well balanced in her artical IMRANS close friends or advisors are not mature politicians

    he needs people like AYSHA to direct him on right paths to bring change in PAKISTANRecommend1

  • Sarmad Rafi
    Apr 24, 2011 - 9:35PM

    @ Waseem Khawaja

    Do you mind me telling that Imran Khan and his friends are not mature politicans…then what have the mature politicans have done to this country since Independence might I ask

    You speak that Ayesha will direct him to the right path….you guys just criticize IMran Khan because he has the guts and courage to do something for Pakistan. He is not living in London like Aysha who does not know any ground realities at all. If you criticize that do give us the solution right now if you have..until then dont bother blaming just sit in your house and expect change will come to you and this stupid writer on a piece of plate..get real…khud kuch karo change lanei kei liye…start with something micro..Recommend

  • mawali
    Apr 25, 2011 - 5:42PM

    Without plunging myself into rehashing what I really cannot honestly decipher. However, what little I did I would have to say if I were a shrink it would seem like you are trying to reach out with inner most latent desire for Imran Khan to succeed in his quest?

    Straight and even narrow always gets you there faster! Brevity works. Try it!Recommend

  • Apr 28, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Well written articles always interesting and insightful.Recommend

  • Farrukh habib
    Apr 30, 2011 - 3:07PM

    guys dont worry these critics cant stop imran khan to make pakistan prosperous. when imran khan started cricket media published leading story imran CAN’t play cricket then imran khan is the one who won world come with ever weakest team in history of pakistan. When he started cancer hospital people said imran CAN’T made cancer hospital if he made it then he could not be hospital is made and now operational and one of the big charitable cancer hospital of the world. Now he is making knowledge city in the shape of NAML in a rural area of mianwali. where Pakistanis will get full scholarship and foreign degree.imran khan collect 3 billions for flood victims because of his credibility.

    its mean imran khan is the man who can turn all impossibles into possibles.

    Imran khan is the one who educate his nation in last 15 years why we need justice? what is governance system,what is tax system,what is education system.why pakistan must be sovereign country.there is no shortcuts in life. now people admire imran khan for his all above contributions which no politician ever made
    so keep doing criticism on imran khan but keep in your mind Imran khan is man of turning impossibles into possibles.

    for writer i can say” you can fool some people all of the time but you cannot make all people fool all of the time”Recommend

  • Ali
    May 26, 2011 - 9:12AM

    Ayesha, Keep your support for all the OLD and Corrupt faces and I am sure that you deserve more worst leader what you currently have [2]

    Well in my eyes Imran Khan is the best option for Pakistan,,,,!!!Recommend