From Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to My Kaptaan

Published: August 2, 2011

The writer is secretary general of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

The crowd was pulsating as Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) continued to talk about Afro-Asian solidarity. Some of us raised anti-Ayub slogans. ZAB stopped us and said ‘abhi naheen’. He was into the third hour of his first public speech after ditching his mentor and the venue was Government College Lahore. The 60s were an era of healthy debate between the left and the right. My mother insisted that I stop reading comics and novels and she thrust upon a young mind The dialogues of Plato. I graduated to Maududi, Marx and Engels to understand socialism, religion and the exploitation of man by laissez faire capitalism. Iqbal fired up a passion and pride, and Bhutto’s book The Myth of Independence gave me a nationalist perspective, though I disagreed with his political philosophy. People dislodged Ayub Khan and yours truly still carries a couple of bullets in his right arm as a memento of a people’s struggle gone awry, somewhat like Egypt of today with no real change. Our lot since then has gotten from worse to worst and beyond.

Forty years later I am travelling with Imran Khan from Lahore to Faisalabad for a PTI jalsa. His recent upsurge started from the Peshawar dharna. Karachi was the watershed where people of all ethnicities joined in to make a statement that there is a breath of fresh air in this miserable political arena. Multan was a notch higher and we reached there in time from Lahore despite many receptions on the way.

We started at 2:30 pm, planning to reach the Dhobi Ghat ground in Faisalabad at 6 pm. But it was not to be despite Imran Khans urgings, as the crowd in every village on the way had come on the roads to welcome him. There was a sea of passionate people every mile of the road we travelled.

An old man almost got trampled making it to his side of the car and with tears in his eyes exhorted Imran Khan to “save Pakistan”. Women pushed through the crowd of men, shouted greetings, and those who could not reach the car would give the traditional blessing from a distance. Huge crowds would not allow us to move despite our portable speaker announcements that tens of thousands were waiting for us in Faisalabad.

Khan blamed me for the lack of organisation and discipline in the welcoming crowds. But it was evident that the paradigm shift and tsunami which he had been predicting had arrived. It was incredible to see the rising passion of the people which gives a leader strength, but also puts on his shoulders a great burden of responsibility.

For me, this was déjà vu’ plus, from the Bhutto era. I welcomed Asghar Khan in Karachi in ’67. Then I followed Bhutto, though I disagreed with his pseudo leftist philosophy. I never forgave him his role in the breakaway of East Pakistan, but I imbibed the hope of his ‘we-will-make-a-new-Pakistan’ speech after the debacle. I admired him for his brilliant link to the people and the dignity which he gave to the common man. What has been done to his legacy is nothing short of political rape.

Mubashir Hasan and others like Rafi Raza have dissected Bhutto’s contradictions in their books and have concluded that he had two personalities which struggled within him, that of a wadera and that of an awami leader. He loved the latter but frequently succumbed to the compromises of the former. Khan has no schism. What you see is what you get. Let me sound the bugle that the tides have turned and for those who have seen or read about the Bhutto ‘sailab’, this is an emerging ‘tsunami’, as the people have found a leader they can trust and who will deliver.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2011.

Reader Comments (142)

  • zia ur rehman
    Aug 2, 2011 - 10:57PM

    good articl dr Alvi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! kaptaan will win!!!!!

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  • N
    Aug 2, 2011 - 11:20PM

    Come the new pope of our politics and we shall have instant miracles!
    Ok, if you believe that….. tsunami more like it. But for the moment let us sound the bugle and get mysty eyed in our remembrance of ZAB.

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  • Rafiq Khan
    Aug 2, 2011 - 11:20PM

    Imran iA will deliver — he always has. Waiting impatiently to vote him in.

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  • Rehan
    Aug 2, 2011 - 11:22PM

    Yes, I too will be voting for Maulvi Imran Khan in the next election.

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  • Asad
    Aug 2, 2011 - 11:29PM

    What a refreshing read and completely agree with the respected writer.

    Inshallah Pakistan will see a change and I am sure it will be bigger then the 1970′s.

    The progressive section of the Pakistani society welcome Mr Imran Khan to deliver to the masses and it seems he is getting thru.

    Many people complain about PTI not having a team, well here is one proof that they have one solid team with experienced and seasoned political leaders like the writer.

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  • mubashra
    Aug 2, 2011 - 11:38PM

    inshallah sir tsunami will sweep away most of corrupts if not all with its first tide and all with its successing tides..my prayers and wishes and most importantly vote is with you..

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  • MAD
    Aug 2, 2011 - 11:43PM

    He is our Kaptaan now. Pakistan;s Kaptaan.

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  • Vortex
    Aug 2, 2011 - 11:57PM

    Do Pakistanis know how to do things honestly anymore? The bureaucracy, generals, media, politicians and judiciary all have personal vested interests and do not want the system to change.
    I salute PTI for being true in its ideals and its actions – and for that, regardless of the outcome, they have my undying support.
    Pakistan Zindabad, PTI Zindabad.

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  • farhan
    Aug 2, 2011 - 11:58PM

    Khanji ..more power to you.I have never voted in my life, this time around I want to make it count for a an ideology that can make the difference.

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  • Zoaib A Khan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:05AM

    I see sincerity in your and PTI’s struggle Dr. Alvi. May God help you in achieving the dream of Quaid’s Pakistan!

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  • Imran Ghazali
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:11AM

    Dr. Alvi represents the New face of politicians which represents PTI. PTI is full of clean people who have delivered in their professions and are involved in politics for the sake of Pakistan.

    Pakistan needs these kind of politicians to get out of the mess:
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  • hasnain
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:14AM

    kaptaan zindabaad

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  • AMI
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:21AM

    Awesome!!!! Vote for change!! Vote for Pakistan! Vote for Kaptaan!

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  • parvez
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:26AM

    It is not difficult for Imran Khan to look good compared to the likes of the present political lot. But it will take much more than the wishes of the man on the road side to come into power in Pakistan and Imran Khan has not as yet demonstrated that he has the political guile needed to win. I hope he acquires this quality fast as we certainly could do with a good change.

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  • Aug 3, 2011 - 12:30AM

    All power to Imran Khan.

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  • Realist.
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:32AM

    How Dare you Compare the GREAT Zulfiqar Ali bhutto with a Politician who is a Failed Politician ?
    Zulfiqar Ali bhutto had charisma of Attracting People What does Imran Khan have ?
    Zulfiqar Ali bhutto had BIG GUNS with him to contest Elections What does Imran have ?
    Zulfiqar Ali bhutto Knew each & everything About Politics What does Imran Khan know ?

    And moreover you call it a tsunami ? :D
    makes me laugh.
    PTI gathered People from across the country In peshawar Dharna , Which was merely a crowd of 10-15 thousand at MOST.

    //There was a sea of passionate people every mile of the road we travelled.//
    SEA ?
    I really doubt your calculating capabilities because few people or few hundred people do not make a crowd that you can call ‘SEA’.
    The crowd Which Recieved Benazir Bhutto in late 80s is what you call ‘sea of people’.
    Imran Khan will Never Win Elections I bet on it.
    Where was Imran Khan in Elections of Azad Kashmir ?
    oh wait may be there is No ‘youth’ In Azad Kashmir ? :P
    Last but not the Least Even Asghar khan was far more successful Politician than Imran khan.

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  • Muzammil Ahmad
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:33AM

    Dr Alvi I hope you are a better dentist than a politician. And please pay the poor decorator whose chairs and tents were damaged by TI activists during the recent Karachi dharna.

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  • Realist.
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:34AM

    Oh wait wait i forgot one more thing.
    you said you disliked Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto for being a Pseudo Liberal.
    Where do you see Imran Khan ?
    He is a hardcore Rightist isn’t he ? :P
    he Sides with taliban. THAT is why he is known as taliban khan.

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  • Tahir
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:39AM

    Great article Dr Alvi saab,Inshallah nothing can stop this tsunami.

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  • zia ur rehman
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:59AM

    @Rehan:
    westernized thoughts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Like being a maulvi or carrying islamic values are bad!!! shame on people like u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • asif
    Aug 3, 2011 - 1:01AM

    I have never voted but I plan to vote for him because he has that essence to make a strategic shift for Pakistan. With supporters like Dr. Alvi, his will receive his , much needed and frequent, dose of idealism. Godspeed.

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  • Ahmer Ali Khan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 1:05AM

    Kaptaan is the last hope for Pakistan.

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  • Bangash
    Aug 3, 2011 - 1:18AM

    PTI is one-man band which can only come to power with help from ISI.

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  • Maaz
    Aug 3, 2011 - 1:25AM

    Superb article dr sahab pti need people like u em glad u r with us imran sir is our kaptaan the only cornered tiger of pakistan who can stand tough against the odds n inshallah we will no one n i mean it no one in dis world can nw stop pti n imran sir we all are with u inshallah we will hit the bulls eye soon keep working all the best frm ur die heart supporter

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  • Aug 3, 2011 - 1:41AM

    Imran is the future ……….While rest are the past..

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  • Ali R.
    Aug 3, 2011 - 1:55AM

    I live in Saudi Arabia. I am a 21 year old citizen of Pakistan and I can not let my country keep going this way. If you have any sense you will not vote AGAIN for PPP nor will you vote for PML N or Q or F or MQM. You have seen what they have done to my Karachi. It is time that they are dealt with and swept away by this tsunami. I have never been able to vote but inshaAllah, I will fly to Pakistan JUST to do my duty and give in my vote for my local PTI candidate. Change is coming Pakistan, Kaptaan is coming and with him he’s bringing along the best of the best including Dr. Arif Alvi. This Ramadan pray for change and pray that PTI brings success to Pakistan that no other party can even imagine.

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  • QB
    Aug 3, 2011 - 2:21AM

    Let us not forget that the tsunami bieng talked about here is actually “us” — the youth of the country. We don’t have to wait for the tsunami rather we have to become a tsunami. Please folks, spread the word with full force — we can’t let corrupt politicians violate our country any more — please let us save ourselves Bilawal Bhutto becoming the next PM — InshAllah.

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  • Hassan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 2:25AM

    PTI will sweep next elections inshallah!

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  • chand khan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 2:32AM

    This is just a Facebook party.

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  • rai hammad
    Aug 3, 2011 - 2:42AM

    I will be a small drop this tsunami….inshaallah

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  • naeem khan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 2:43AM

    I must say that looking from Kansas, I see a ray of hope for the people of Pakistan.One thing comes to our mind is that Imran Khan is not corrupt and hopefully see to it that his party remains squeaky clean and nobody could throw mud at them.I think it is time that we need new young,energetic people to lead the country.Our prayers are with you Imran.

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  • Aug 3, 2011 - 2:53AM

    This is amazing. A wonderful piece of writing.

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  • salahuddin
    Aug 3, 2011 - 2:55AM

    Tehreek e Insaf looks like a ‘one man show’. I don’t understand how can an “angry old man” take care of state craft.

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  • faraz
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:00AM

    From ZAB to Kaptaan, or Maududi/Mian Tufail/Qazi to Kaptaan?

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  • wsd
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:10AM

    A great piece indeed…….Imran, for sure, is the embodiment of hope among Zardaries, Chaudries, Shariefs and Altafs of Pakistan……the true Kaptaan!!!!!!!!

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  • Junaid Atique
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:10AM

    INSHALLAH Kaptan is coming people! beware!!

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  • Samad
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:20AM

    It is harder for you kaptaan sab to win even 10 seats in election, he desperately lack vision and brain required for a leader, we are suffering from the worst phase of our history and at this time we don’t lead only honesty and sincerity type of stuff but also some bravery, vision and will power, which your kaptaan sahab couldn’t develop even after about 15 years in politics. No hope no sorrow.

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  • Ali
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:24AM

    “I never forgave him his role in the breakaway of East Pakistan”

    That is a HUGE MYTH. Bhutto was not in charge or responsible to 1970 cylcone and he did authorise operation search light.and bhutto was not responsible for Mujib meeting Indian Dipolomats in London in 1969

    Uddhar tum, iddhar hum.” (You stay there, we stay here), Pakistan would have remained united. These words are said to have set the seal on Pakistan’s dismemberment. The truth is that these words were never said by Bhutto. It was Abbas Athar, news editor of the Lahore Urdu daily Azad, who ran the Bhutto speech under this brilliant though misleading headline.

    Zia’s propaganda after 1970s tried to scape goat bhutto to make him unpopular.

    Yet another charge that does not go away is that Bhutto tore up a Polish resolution in the Security Council that, if accepted, would have saved Pakistan in 1971

    There was an Anglo-French resolution that called for a cessation of hostilities, the urgent conclusion of a comprehensive political settlement and the appointment by the UN Secretary General of a special representative to “lend his good offices, in particular for the solution of humanitarian problems”.

    There was also a Polish resolution that called for peaceful transfer of power in the eastern theatre of conflict to “the representatives of the people lawfully elected in December 1970”. It also called for negotiations between India and Pakistan for troop withdrawals in the western theatre. Now if any resolution should have been accepted by Bhutto, it should have been the Anglo-French one.

    However, by now this really was all academic as Gen Niazi had already thrown in the towel and East Pakistan under Indian bayonets had become Bangladesh. Bhutto’s move was brilliant. It was the only way a defeated and humiliated Pakistan could retrieve what it could of its honour. The Polish resolution, moved at the express instructions of the Soviet Union which was backing India not Pakistan

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  • Jawad
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:31AM

    Zulficar Ali Bhutto Shaheed is the great Pakistani PM in History(Jinnah was only Governor General). His vision and independence. Whilst his Lefist ideas may be outdates in the modern globalised economy he builts steel mills and industry his foreign policy was perfect.Sure he wouldve updated his economic beliefs just as China did in the late 1970s and India did in early 1990s. Even his Daughter didnt share the same socialism but rights of the common man must be protected even in Capitalistic model

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  • Aug 3, 2011 - 3:36AM

    Please explain how exactly is Mr. Kaptaan going to take on the military establishment? How is he going to bring an end to the land mafias in urban centers and landlords in the rural areas? How is he going to increase taxation? The answer to these and many other questions have conveniently been reduced to “end ties with America” and magically things will become fine.

    As you said, what you see is what you get! And there is nothing to see apart from blatant populism and the fact that PTI supporters, who are supposed to be supporting a political party which offers a new kind of politics in Pakistan, has ended up like all the other bhai logs and jayalas, posturing aggressively and pointing to emotive arguments.

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  • Saladin
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:37AM

    You have prayers of children, elderly and the youth to fulfill the covenant. Go for it Kaptaan, we are with you!

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  • Rashid
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:37AM

    Imran is a man of sincerity, and is honest. He has the potential, the will and he will do it, Insha’ALLAH!Recommend

  • Exposed
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:50AM

    InshAllah Imran Khan will win next elections. Imran Khan is far better than what we have had i the last 64 years in the country. He is above recism and Biradari system.

    We will see Pakistan winning again InshAllah.

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  • ghazni
    Aug 3, 2011 - 4:03AM

    Talib khan is an emotional follower of followers. He does not have political agenda and yes of course he is good at casting aspersions at our elected leader. If to abuse other is politics then he is a brilliant politician. You will come to know that he is no more than naked sympathizer of Islamic militants, Thanks Recommend

  • umair mahmood
    Aug 3, 2011 - 4:18AM

    On ZAB
    I admired him for his brilliant link to the people and the dignity which he gave to the common man. What has been done to his legacy is nothing short of political rape.
    EPIC!Recommend

  • Saba
    Aug 3, 2011 - 4:19AM

    It would serve ‘our kaptan’ well to acclimatise himself with realpolitik and policy making along with a PRACTICAL actionable strategy to follow up on his jingoistic slogans. As we have seen from frequent interviews, it is sorely lacking. We salute the intentions but anticipate the actions.

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  • Muzamil Anwar
    Aug 3, 2011 - 4:51AM

    Under Imran’s captaincy, Pakistan will come out a winner on the world stage InshAllah.

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  • Aug 3, 2011 - 4:53AM

    Pakistan’s found a leader who will lead Pakistan out of the troubles it’s facing. Good luck captain.

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  • Truth Seeker
    Aug 3, 2011 - 5:08AM

    Never expect too much and you will never be disappointed.

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  • Arifq
    Aug 3, 2011 - 5:27AM

    The mere fact you are totally dependent on one man in this case IK shows the paucity of your democratic principles. Democracy is all about consensus, building political trust from the grass root, working with an organization with a vision whereas all you have Imran Khan remove him from the picture and you will have nothing. Political activism requires party membership, building base of supporters and nurturing leaders from within. Your so called great leader is no different from Nawaz Sharif or Asif Zardari, they too are totalitarians with no real belief in the democratic principles where people are allowed to compete for leadership.

    The writer has always “idolized” people rather than work with the system and make sure we build institutions, thus his romantic affair with Imran Khan.

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  • zia ur rehman
    Aug 3, 2011 - 6:23AM

    @Realist
    zulfiqar ali bhutto is history and talking about his greatness, means u are living in the past. Talk about future, which is imran khan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Observer
    Aug 3, 2011 - 7:43AM

    If this guy is the Sec. General of PTI, good luck to them—the article is a rambling of his own political misjudgments and little else. Imran Khan is “what you see is what you get”—yeah right—ask those who saw him partying at Anabel’s and then acting all “Muslim” in Pakistan.

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  • zia ur rehman
    Aug 3, 2011 - 8:20AM

    @ghazni:
    I don’t know about imran’s sympathies for islamist extremists, but i am convinced that u are a follower of “liberal extremists”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • irfankhan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 8:21AM

    we have trust on our captaan . imran khan prove its leadership in the 1992 world cup and INSHALLAH he will prove its leadership today

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  • Ali
    Aug 3, 2011 - 8:34AM

    we are with you Mr. Alvi,No care who wins or who loses.

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  • Bhutto
    Aug 3, 2011 - 8:43AM

    ZAB was a great Leader and he will be remembered for centuries.. He had a great vision and he knew the pains of general public. Imran Khan never went for any meeting or gathering at any rural area of Pakistan to know the difficultis and problems of the villagers… First promote them they can make Imran’s dream come true to become PM.

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  • azaan iqbal
    Aug 3, 2011 - 9:06AM

    Why we are comparing zab and imran … bhutto was a great leader but at this moment imran khan is the right Person who can lead pakistan… I wanna ask from imran khan haters … who u think is better who can lead pakistan zardari? Nawaz ? Altaf .. o fazlul rahman … ? Get a life haters … cuz of u people he’s getting blessed day by day

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  • Rizwan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 9:13AM

    we need to stand behind PTI for change, mere verbal support is not enough

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  • Aug 3, 2011 - 9:17AM

    @Exposed

    Exposed says that Imran Khan is above recism(sic!). Have you ever heard of a book written by IK called,”Warrior Race”.
    Insult thrown by IK at Africans(black skinned), would in a civilised country be taken to a court.

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  • Amazed
    Aug 3, 2011 - 9:28AM

    Imran Khan would be the first man in the world to ‘deliver’ as everyone is so eagerly waiting for this delivery.

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  • Dreamer
    Aug 3, 2011 - 10:02AM

    I always love Imran Khan fan boys cheering the great Messiah. The keywords of sincerity and honesty are generously thrown around. No attention is paid to the JI-esque agenda. The populist idea of breaking ties with the US, and breaking the begging bowl are good to hear. But, what exactly is the plan, and how are things going to get better? With experts such as Shireen Mizari representing the foreign policy agenda of the party, they might as well make Zaid Hamid the president, and wage war against the entire conspiring Zionist-controlled world.

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  • Wasif Rasool
    Aug 3, 2011 - 10:04AM

    Cmon people… even the strongest of the strong media people do not have the courage to ask Nawaz Sharif or Asif Zardari any bitter questions and we all know what they are. Anybody can ask anything to Khan on TV and he would listen to you patiently and try to clarify his position. He is the only politician who is trying to get amongst the masses instead of trying to loop the powerful people in their own circles. He does not have a corrupt background and no one expects dishonesty from him, which is enough for me to support Khan. Even if some agency has soft corner for him, is not such a disqualification becoz I too have one and I know every politician had patronage from military once. There is no guarantee for success of anyone but this does not mean one should not be optimistic and try. Who other than him has a chance to succeed to improve things for us… I dont see any and lofically I have to choose from one of the available options.

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  • kohsar walla
    Aug 3, 2011 - 10:14AM

    for someone who seems to have been around and has the goalees in the right arm to show for it.
    it saddens me that you think green and purple are alike.

    thats comparing bhutto to imran.
    whats the need my friend ?.

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  • kohsar walla
    Aug 3, 2011 - 10:23AM

    apart from be convinced that imran should have stuck to his charitable work.

    why compare green and purple.is that logical?

    arif sab should spend less time on comaparisons and more on putting together a solid pti organisation on the ground so mr khan has a decent chance in the coming elections.
    i wish you success.

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  • Salma
    Aug 3, 2011 - 10:31AM

    The writer has has no clue as he is blaming Bhutto for east Pakistan debacle …secondly comparing IK with Bhutto is out rightly naive and wishful-thinking….IK simply doesn’t have that Charisma. The writers assertion that people flocked all the way will be taken with a pinch of salt as we yet have to see even marginally the kind of response Bhutto got. And this comparison is too far fetched…just to give an example Bhutto was so astute in Foreign policy….what has IK to offer or anyone for that matter in his team.

    I don’t know why on the one hand some people oppose Bhutto and on the other to elevate their leaders compare them with Bhutto. If IK and his party and the writer who seems to eb closely allied to him have any substance they should present IK as IK not as Bhutto….because this is where the whole insecurity as well as the cheating starts.

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  • Asad
    Aug 3, 2011 - 11:22AM

    People here talking about lack of Imran’s ‘political guile’. You guys mean political guile of our current leaders of using people as pawns and safeguarding evil interests instead of thinking about the well being of the nation? Are you guys happy with being manipulated and discarded? No wonder pakistan is in the state that it is now.

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  • Asad
    Aug 3, 2011 - 11:23AM

    Kaptaan Pakistan!

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  • Aug 3, 2011 - 11:37AM

    Wow, I cannot believe someone with so much exeperience in politics as you claim to have is saying all this!
    Good intentions dont run countries, good strategies and good policies do – what does Imran Khan have to offer? Words of protest over everything? Nothing by the way of solutions!
    How is your Kaptaan aiming to change things? SInce we dont know anyone besides him, I assume he will be campaigning for a dozen people at the max when elections roll around (i.e. If he dares to stray from his tried and tested ‘bycott the elections’ part). Say he contests, wins, and even manages to get 5 other PTI people into the parliament, what then? He sits in coilation with either PPP or PML-N (Cause reality check, either of the two WILL win majority seats).
    So, question is, can Imran Khan with 5 pr 6 minions, really, REALLY make a difference in the legislative process? They might make a lot of noise against corruption, but, well, someone or other always does that, and so far it hasnt made a difference.

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  • Hassan Bokhari
    Aug 3, 2011 - 11:38AM

    Imran Khan is simply incapable of being compared with the great Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Shaheed, who gathered this country in unity within a year or two. Imran Khan is unpractical along with being vision-less who chairs a party full of useless politician wannabes.

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  • vega
    Aug 3, 2011 - 11:42AM

    Imran Khan All the Way!

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  • Irshad Khan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 11:44AM

    To run a government, a leader/party needs a quite large and capable team. People who wish to see him as Prime Minister would like to know who will be his Foreign, Interior, Finance, Industries, Power & water, communications and many other important Ministers for which properly educated, trained and experienced persons are required. To run a government successfully a large number of persons are required who are to be men of integrity and also good/patient negotiators and for every post there should be more than 2/3 choices. I do not see any such team with him, further, it is very difficult to work with such a person who do not know to respect people, what to say working as a team with patience and coordial atmosphere. Politics and running the government are different matters than captaincy of a cricket team. It looks that he can attract and assemble spectators for a tamasha/drama/cricket match only. Has he ever put forward a scheme that how will he run the country, what will be his objectives and how will he achieve that. Whether he had a chance to run an office of a councillor or district Nazim/Mayor? His only agenda and slogan is sub ko tang donga. OK, come on how will he do that, any scheme, if any, then make it public? Or this will prove an exploitation or to be another thrilling experiment, like we are observing since last six decades.Recommend

  • s.g. jilanee
    Aug 3, 2011 - 11:48AM

    So, has Godot arrived at last? Let us hope.

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  • Zaid Khan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:29PM

    For critics of Pakistan Tehreek Insaf & Imran Khan I would like to quote famous lines from Gandhi. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” So, we are not worried about these critics and tactics played to defame IK.

    We are not afraid of these critics as it would help to make corrections in our strategy. For all people of Pakistan who want a change and get rid of these corrupt mafias. We have a message for them, that they had enough and we will not give up no matter how much you criticize us or call us Talibaan, but everyone knows that this is to save the Pakistan and nothing to do with any other things.

    Regards
    Zaid LondonRecommend

  • yaz
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:33PM

    IK has the best team working for him. People dont know them. Best part is none of them are there for power or money or fame. Thay all are technocrats, specialists in their fields, working sincerely & silently for Pakistan.Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:33PM

    Kaptaan sahib will be a disappointment in post-2013 Pakistan ;)

    which is no different than what he has been as a politician since 1996!

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  • Imran Khan Niazi does not need to be introduced so i am not going to introduce him. If i ask who is the most charismatic, charming and famous personality of Pakistan after Great Quaid-e-Azam then answer is for Sure Imran Khan. If we search for a Pakistani who is given respect and honour outside Pakistan after Great Quaid-e-Azam then again he is Imran Khan.Recommend

  • Mudassir Iqbal
    Aug 3, 2011 - 12:55PM

    Dear Dr, Alvi,

    I hope one division within his PTI, is following up with VOTE Registration for Younger Generation. They are they hope for them. Please look into this matter very seriously. People who are coming in PTI jalasas, they are not registered Voters.. Please visit all universities and colleges and make sure that every single student is registered and they come out of the house on the day of election. It is very important.

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  • Elyas Kakar
    Aug 3, 2011 - 1:02PM

    well there is no comparison of imran khan with shahedd ZA bhutto.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Aug 3, 2011 - 1:11PM

    More power to you, Khan!

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  • Hassan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 1:13PM

    @Nadir El- Edross, unfortunately your world view revolves around the Establishment and that alone to you its the bane of all our problems not understanding that a vaccum left by moral authorities (political parties) will always be filled by those who have physical power. When politicians promote incompetent Generals due to their own vested interests and those generals bite them in the behind somehow only the establishment is to blame.

    You dont need to take on the establishment you need to work with them and other stakeholders in Pakistan to ensure that there is a common goal that everyone aspires too, the establishment has ruled the roost because despite everything they stay in Pakistan while our politicians rob the country and run away to lands far off. The Politicians are the ones that are trusted by the people to engage the establishment on their behalf and Imran Khan will do the same based on a mutual dependency concept rather than a client master relationship that exists currently.

    Dealing with mafias and increasing taxation comes under the ambit of maintaining and ensuring that the rule of law is applied fairly across the board when the PM and the cabinet pays taxes and conducts their affairs in line with our resources only then can they ask and enforce laws relating to taxation and other ambits of the law. This my friend isnt rocket science and PTI does not believe in ‘ending’ ties with the US it talks about ensuring they happen on equal grounds their is a difference one which can be understood if one can be impartial in viewing PTI’s stance.

    The people of Pakistan are emotive by nature and yes sitting in London it would be rather difficult for you to fathom but PTI also has people that live in this country and will make mistakes also, there is a clear difference between PTI and other parties we dont have militant wings, we dont have corrupt leaders, we dont collect bhattas we dont damage public property while protesting, all our people do is present their point of view with emotions because Pakistan and its future is an issue which envokes passion in most of us.Recommend

  • khan of quetta
    Aug 3, 2011 - 1:13PM

    he will only have support from urban areas of punjab and k.p his seats will be same as m.q.m

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  • SAMER
    Aug 3, 2011 - 1:27PM

    @Realist.:
    4 me leader should have following qualities… 1) he should b brave 2) honest 3) ideological 4) visionary and i think IMRAN KHAN has all… BHUTTO was very intelligent that he came into power by struggling for only 3 or 4 years but did he really change PAKISTANI setup… the answer is no… brother only those people have brought CHANGE in the world who are IDEALISTS… making of PAKISTAN was impossible uptill 1945 but it become possible by the contribution of youth… so give your vote 2 IMRAN KHAN and try to convince ur family and friends and leave the rest on IMRAN KHAN and us (IDEALISTS)… PAKISTANI people are not cattle… there are huge chances that IK will lead a huge alliance in the next elections that will comprise of PTI, jamate islami, sunni tehreek, sindh national front, PPP SB, balochi leaders and parties, jahangeer tareen party and political leaders like shah mehmood, marvi memon, sheikh rasheed… so b hopefull brother…

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  • Haq
    Aug 3, 2011 - 2:12PM

    i hope u r right Dr Alvi. Believe me.

    But I am still not sure ik the kaptaan has a game plan. Please write another article and tell us about Imran’s game plan for the education sector, economy and taxation and law and order.

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  • Imtiaz Piracha
    Aug 3, 2011 - 2:19PM

    I always admired Dr. Alvi’s arguments and reasoning, I didn’t know he was such a gifted and passionate writer. To digress on the ‘gifted’ bit, allow me to share a couplet: ham bohut ranj o alam sehtay hain, tab kaheen ja kay ghazal kehtay hain.

    On a serious note, I notice that even the fast growing number of zealous PTI supporters seem to overlook the real strength of PTI; it is not so much Imran Khan’s persona, as it is; the power of his message, which is HOPE for a battered despairing nation and; the TRUST that people have in the words of Imran Khan and his supporters, including Dr. Alvi. This HOPE and this TRUST are the most valuable assets of PTI, which will need to be guarded jealously.

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  • bhai
    Aug 3, 2011 - 2:28PM

    i see some people calling Imran Taliban khan, molvi, inexperienced etc etc….utter idiots they are i would say!

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  • Zaheer
    Aug 3, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Fine article by Dr.Alvi, I have read few comments in above columns & started laughing on awareness of people, one gentleman says IK has no vision, Imran Khan is the person who emphasised, explained the leadership & vision to youth, his saying is: One can compromise FOR vision but not ON vision. And yes Dr.Alvi, I can feel the wave of YOUTH for saving their country is becoming bigger & bigger, inshAllah our YOUTH will bring a positive change in this country under the guidence of Great IK.

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  • Aug 3, 2011 - 2:37PM

    Another IK fanboy…

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  • Hassan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:25PM

    @Nadir El- Edross, unfortunately your world view revolves around the Establishment and that alone to you its the bane of all our problems not understanding that a vaccum left by moral authorities (political parties) will always be filled by those who have physical power. When politicians promote incompetent Generals due to their own vested interests and those generals bite them in the behind somehow only the establishment is to blame.

    You dont need to take on the establishment you need to work with them and other stakeholders in Pakistan to ensure that there is a common goal that everyone aspires too, the establishment has ruled the roost because despite everything they stay in Pakistan while our politicians rob the country and run away to lands far off. The Politicians are the ones that are trusted by the people to engage the establishment on their behalf and Imran Khan will do the same based on a mutual dependency concept rather than a client master relationship that exists currently.

    Dealing with mafias and increasing taxation comes under the ambit of maintaining and ensuring that the rule of law is applied fairly across the board when the PM and the cabinet pays taxes and conducts their affairs in line with our resources only then can they ask and enforce laws relating to taxation and other ambits of the law. This my friend isnt rocket science and PTI does not believe in ‘ending’ ties with the US it talks about ensuring they happen on equal grounds their is a difference one which can be understood if one can be impartial in viewing PTI’s stance.

    The people of Pakistan are emotive by nature and yes sitting in London it would be rather difficult for you to fathom but PTI also has people that live in this country and will make mistakes also, there is a clear difference between PTI and other parties we dont have militant wings, we dont have corrupt leaders, we dont collect bhattas we dont damage public property while protesting, all our people do is present their point of view with emotions because Pakistan and its future is an issue which envokes passion in most of us.

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:30PM

    An obviously biased article.

    Imagine comparing “Im The Dim” with someone like Bhutto even allowing for all his faults.

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  • Hassan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:39PM

    @ Sadaf Baig, is it a surprise that Pakistan is where it is when educated people like yourself cannot distinguish between so called noise on corruption and actually having a valid stand against the issue which is eating this country from within. The mere thought that you think of it as noise is disgusting to say the least.

    Good Intentions translate into good strategies and policies Imran Khan has leadership and integrity something which is required at this point in time, he has given solutions time and again if only you bother to get off your high horse and understand them people like you can only see the negative.

    I know off so many leaders within PTI,PPP, MQM, PML N, PML F, JI JUI F, APML, because i bother to read and research on issues facing this country and the options i have but you dont because you sit on your behind all day and criticise not bothering to get up and find out yourself, you people want everything fed to you dont want to work for anything and anyone.

    Imran Khan and PTI might never win and i dont care about that he is the only politician who has served this country with distinction and continues to do so i vote according to my conscience not caring whether he wins or loses, the question is not whether Imran wins or loses the question is what alternatives do you have madam and are you willing to do more than just talk!!!!

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  • Majeed Aslam Raja
    Aug 3, 2011 - 3:41PM

    My only hope is Imran Khan.

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  • Hira
    Aug 3, 2011 - 4:09PM

    @Realist.: clearly, you are the delusional one here.

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  • Realist.
    Aug 3, 2011 - 4:42PM

    If Elections used to take place on internet Musharraf & Imran Khan would’ve Been in Power.
    But sadly elections take place in Real Life Where No one Votes for them.

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  • Realist.
    Aug 3, 2011 - 4:45PM

    @Hira:
    Tell Me if i said one thing about Imran Khan which is not true ? :P

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  • Nasir Khan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 5:01PM

    IK, all dressed up and nowhere to go.

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  • aa2544
    Aug 3, 2011 - 5:03PM

    Quite a few bashers of Imran khan….. even in a pti facebook party (if I agree with one of the comments)…… but I have only one question from these people….. who else if not imran ….. ???????…….. Imran once rightly said….. if you check history its only idealists who won….. and it is the right answer to above comments such as Realist or bangash……… i do believe in a mantra ‘we agree to disagree’…… so I dont mind if some keep bashing us in a pti party party as wellRecommend

  • Faiz Al-Najdi
    Aug 3, 2011 - 5:04PM

    His comparison of the Khan with Bhutto is an insult to Bhutto. Imran Khan is a pigmy before Bhutto. Very soon Imran’s political life will be over like many of his likes before him – for example Asghar Khan, etc. Recommend

  • w.mateen
    Aug 3, 2011 - 5:14PM

    the lack of tolerance in the ppl of pakistan is clearly evident from the comments thread that followed. the honourable writer gave his views and nothing in the article accused ZAB for anything directly…the writer said that he had his views abt ZAB not that he imposed those views on anybody. also the comparison is great and i shall leave a question for the readers to answer….r u really ready to vote for the present PPP and PML-N leaders if not IK’s PTI??

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  • AD
    Aug 3, 2011 - 6:26PM

    May the swing be with you.

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  • hamza khan
    Aug 3, 2011 - 6:39PM

    @Arifq:

    ouch!

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  • Usman
    Aug 3, 2011 - 6:49PM

    To criticize is always easy, The difficult part is to present solution.
    I will love to hear from the people who criticize Imran Khan if they can provide a better alternative option, otherwise please do not try to undermine the efforts of Imran Khan. He may be new in politics but he is only hope for many persons in Pakistan, compared to every other politician.

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  • Scholar
    Aug 3, 2011 - 6:51PM

    To be realistic, in all available options, only IKhan is the best. Lets strengthen his team and join the cause. Once a better option is available, we can rethink. But for now, IKhan zindabad.

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  • haider.h
    Aug 3, 2011 - 8:01PM

    Yes the bugle of change has sounded!! all hail the revolution.

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  • Tahir
    Aug 3, 2011 - 8:02PM

    I will vote for the first time and it will be for Imran Khan, I will get all my friends to do the same.

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  • umair
    Aug 3, 2011 - 8:04PM

    we will win INSHALLAH

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  • moeed
    Aug 3, 2011 - 8:37PM

    hello guys i am 27 and i have never voted this time around when the next elections i am definately going to stand in the que no matter how long i have to wait for my turn and vote for my kaptaan.

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  • mind control
    Aug 3, 2011 - 8:37PM

    Kaptan believes that once drones are eliminated all the uglies will transform into Cindrellas, but the fairytale has a flaw, in fact several flaws if you consider;

    A. Ahmadias became fair game much much before anyone in Pakistan knew how to spell Amreeka.

    B. Jihad as a major export item precedes drones.

    C. Taliban were created by the friends of the Khan long before the drones.

    D. The Nizam-e-Shariah and the Hijbul Tahrir types are not dependent on drones for their popularity.

    E. And some Pakistani Tanzeems were instrumental in the Mazar-e-Sharif massacre even before the first drone was seen anywhere near Af-Pak.

    By which magic is the Kaptaan going to ‘disapparate’ these groups? That is if the Kaptaan is actually interested in their disappearance.

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  • Osamah Naseem
    Aug 3, 2011 - 8:39PM

    Other than Jinnah,name one great leader of his stature during Pakistan movement. Name one person other than Bhutto when bhutto came into power (and dont count corrupt feudals). The point is revolutions are brought about by visionaries not a “tola”. IK doesnt have big names, but he has a team of sincere and capable individuals,His party’s first 100 days plan is a testimont to that. Yes it would be nice to see some big names standing beside him, Yes IK is not perfect, but during these dark ages, he is the only beacon of hope. These IK skeptics are either supporters of the corrupt status quo or hopelessly passemist. Its no use trying to changing their mind.

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  • Khalid Munir
    Aug 3, 2011 - 9:37PM

    From Bhutto to Asghar khann and now Imran khan. Next? The list will go on?

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  • Aug 3, 2011 - 9:52PM

    @mind control:
    That only goes to prove why Bollywood is so popular on this side of the border.

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  • Pakistani
    Aug 3, 2011 - 9:56PM

    Imran khan can in no way be compared with a leader like bhutto … Imran khan is honest person whereas Bhutto was an evil genius …

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  • yaseen
    Aug 4, 2011 - 12:15AM

    Imran khan is far better leader than Zulfiqar……. ZUlfiqar emerged from the dictator’s womb divided the country into pieces for his personal lust of power……where IMRAN KHAN has always made the nation proud and once again he will lead from the front to prove to these pseudo intelect that he is the real hero the real leader ……!!!

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  • Realist.
    Aug 4, 2011 - 12:35AM

    @yaseen:
    Imran Khan also emerged from a General’s Womb. :P
    General Mujeeb :P

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  • Realist.
    Aug 4, 2011 - 2:12AM

    Hey wheres My reply to SAMER ?
    This is Injustice.
    I did not write anything which can be taken as offensive.
    I took me 2,3 minutes to write that reply :’(
    Dont do this Moderator :S

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  • My Name is Khan
    Aug 4, 2011 - 3:03AM

    In Pakistan we find false prophets all the time. ZA Bhutto was a fake progressive. He’s hugely responsible for the massacre of 10 million Bengalis in 1970 and 1971. His greed is responsible for splitting Pakistan in two.

    Now we talk about Imran Khan. A man who has no agenda but to say whatever will get him big crowds. He does not understand the core challenges Pakistan faces and is a terrorist sympathizer. He has dharnas against drone strikes but he does not care about minorities or victims of terrorist attacks.

    Let’s be rational. If Imran Khan is the best leader Pakistan has to offer, I might suggest all of you still in Pakistan think about whether you like the warm, dry heat of the UAE or would prefer the more temperate climate of the US. If you have an advanced education, you should come to the US. If you don’t, go to Dubai. Otherwise, stay in Pakistan and watch Imran Khan bring it to further ruin.

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  • Asim Mubashir
    Aug 4, 2011 - 3:12AM

    Obviously comparing Bhutto and Imran Khan would be outrageous. Why compare a crook with a seemingly honest man?

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  • mohsin khan
    Aug 4, 2011 - 3:46AM

    nice article. i wish he will inshah Allah. perhaps we need to support him to the max. Jeo Mere Khan Kaptaan .

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  • Sheryar Farooqui
    Aug 4, 2011 - 4:18AM

    Even if Imran Khan doesn’t deliver, at least there is a chance worth taking with him, if he fails I am afraid Pakistan will become Somalia, Sudan type while the rest of Asia rises because all the other parties are full thugs with self interest. For all the critics of Imran Khan, if they have another option please suggest, else they should shut up and be content with the miserable lives destined for us Pakistanis.

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  • Aug 4, 2011 - 4:38AM

    Dear Dr Alvi

    I wish that your Captain wins but it is bit too optimistic in my view as he still has to prove in the coming election whether people trust him enough to vote for him. The major draw back he can suffer is not having experience or seasoned politican on his side. Lack of winning candidates could upset the calculation you and your team may have done.

    Inspite of all my pessimism still wish you to win the next election in some form so that you are involved in the government may that be a coalition with someone.

    Dr Choudhry

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  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Aug 4, 2011 - 7:43AM

    Total lies. Only few hundred, under age kids were around Imran Khan and writer called it a Tsunami. No wise person in Faisalabad was interested in a beardless Mullah. Could you please Mr. Writer, name five consituenties in which Imran is sure to win? I am sure this thought will spoil your whole day. Arrange a hideout like Mr. Laden, because after election Imran will be hunting people like you.

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  • EndAfghanWar
    Aug 4, 2011 - 7:46AM

    @mind control:

    From what you say about the Taliban, we should have gone into the tribal areas much before 2004! Then why did Musharraf, Benazir, Nawaz Sharif and the army not fight the Taliban before 9/11? Why did the Americans have to tell you to clean up the mess? What Imran khan claims is that based on the history of this area, it is insane to engage in a war with these Talibans (which include mostly the locals who joined hands to fight the foreign forces) directly without any political structure and basis. I have heard plenty of sane voices in America, and elsewhere who have been saying not to go at war. I still believe that a leadership which is sincere can get rid of the mess by engaging the tribal people (who are whether you like or not Pakistanis) and getting rid of this ideological element. If you keep continuing this insane policy of do more (which im sure will end just when Daddy tells us to turn around and march back) this will never end. Please are we better off then before having dealt with this issue with such insanity??
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  • Taxpayer
    Aug 4, 2011 - 7:58AM

    @Realist.:

    Ure just scared IK is going to win

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  • Mirza
    Aug 4, 2011 - 8:01AM

    ZAB was representing Pakistan at the UNO while not even 30 years old. He became a federal minister when he was 30 years old. At 33 he became a foreign minister. Imran Khan even today cannot even carry ZAB’s shoes. This is the same as we say “from Imran Khan to my Kaptan Shahid Afridi”! Partisan politics is fine but not the white lie.

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  • Osamah Naseem
    Aug 4, 2011 - 8:41AM

    All those friends who believe IK is the answer, please log on to insaf.pk and become a paying member for PTI, so that PTi can better organize its self in all parts (Its just 10$ per month). This is the least we can do in terms of practicaly doing something to make things better. Recommend

  • anon
    Aug 4, 2011 - 10:57AM

    @ Realist
    You are right, Kaptaan can never become Bhutto
    Kaptan can never order to open fire on the protesters in Liaquat Bagh,
    Kaptan can never say “Udher Tum, “Idher Hum”
    Kaptan can never make “Azzulfiqar” to kill ppls
    Its all can do your Bhutto only

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  • Amer Khan
    Aug 4, 2011 - 11:08AM

    On ZAB, more than 90% Bangladeshis think that the only and one man they can identify with the breakup was Mr. Bhutto, there must be some reason behind it, han!!!!
    On TI, i think the Kaptan will come with some push from the people in the establishment!!!! best of of luck

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  • grinz09
    Aug 4, 2011 - 11:11AM

    @Realist.:
    And he was responsible for the fall of East Pakistan.

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  • Aug 4, 2011 - 11:11AM

    Useless effort to link Kaptaan with The ZAB, you are comparing a person who hasnot achieved any thing yet with a person who run the countries for years, offcourse you cannot compare a a cricket legend to a country ruler…………… Kaptaan need to achieve alot before making a comparison with ZAB. But I do hope Kaaptaan achieves his mission, because if he fails, the hopes of Millions will fail !

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  • vedprakash chopra
    Aug 4, 2011 - 11:28AM

    i my self beeing a sportsman irespect imran khan as a sincear honest and straitforward man. he is good fighter and a hope for better pakistan. people from all walks of life must sport him. my good wishes.
    vedprakash chopra.
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  • All BS
    Aug 4, 2011 - 1:04PM

    Good luck, you will need it against the political mafia that has ruled us for over 60 years. It is be a welcome change to see a clean and result oriented leader of Pakistan

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  • Aug 4, 2011 - 1:46PM

    To all those portraying Imran Khan as the ultimate savior of Pakistan, I can bet zillions that they WILL be lamenting on the same woes in a much more magnified way than today. Why personality worship again? Treating the patient instead of treating the disease? The only reason I find for voting in favor of Imran Khan is just because NOT TO VOTE for all the existing ones, else, on the political front, he is no lesser evil. Recycling the garbage and trash of all other parties, somersaults in favor and against of the same parties, is this not enough to show his political acumen? ANY single candidate with credibility he has come up with? Inviting Shah Mehmood Qureshi to his party as he was the best foreign minister of Pakistan who kicked back USA into her socks? Calling Ch. Shujaat as the only opposition party while the whole of Baluchistan provincial cabinet and CM was proving otherwise, endorsing MQM and Altaf Hussain just because of a statement against drone attacks? What practical measures did MQM come up with to have this endorsement? Calling the longmarch as hijacked WAY after the longmarch, where was he and where was his hostility against the PMLN leaders and where were his opinions and supporters on the call off of the longmarch, why he and his supporters including those of APDM and Jamaat e Islami not resent at that very moment? I regret to say, if this is the standard of political maturity and TRUTHFULNESS and HONESTY, I believe we have much better people with a much better leadership in the shape of Zardari today. We either accept the failure of the nation on front of morals and values, and call or a need of reform and bring out leaders, or we keep on shifting from one devil to another deep sea devil.

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  • Muhammad Sajjad
    Aug 4, 2011 - 3:24PM

    I wish people vote for him and i wish he can bring a team with character. Let hope he will chang the destination of this nation, which is bitten by every ruler.

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  • Hamza
    Aug 4, 2011 - 7:33PM

    ZAB played with fire and he got burnt. Today Imran Khan is doing the same, and his fate shall be the same too.
    We must realize that while IK might be a good person, Pakistan is no Shaukat Khanum and it can not be a one man show. This article has no weight when it comes to the credibility of Imran Khan. It is more the creation of a symbol ‘My Kaptaan’ just as ZAB created ‘Roti Kapra aur Makaan’. Pakistan is no cricket ground Dr Alvi, we need to snap out of this Imran Khan phenomena or be prepared to face another catastrophe of the hands of another immature political party.
    Although, I do not support any political party to its entirety, we must let PPP stay for another term. Mainly because it knows how to deal with the complexities of this nation. A knight in shining armour only works in fantasy tales…

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  • Muhammad Dawood Abbasi
    Aug 4, 2011 - 11:25PM

    You misguiding the people. Punjab is for Nawaz Sharif

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  • Khalid
    Aug 5, 2011 - 2:36AM

    @Realist.:
    Unlike Imran Khan, ZA Bhutto was also a murderer, he eliminated his political opponents through his notorious FSF and He was responsible for the East Pakistan debacle.

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  • Realist.
    Aug 5, 2011 - 3:10AM

    @SAMER
    In your Qualities where is the MOST IMPORTANT Quality i-e COMPETENCE.
    Imran Khan is NOT a competent man. A person who cannot make a Party in 16 years you expect him to run the country ? huh!
    Visionary ?
    Whats Visionary in imran khan ? All Imran khan knows is to chant ‘Corruption corruption corruption’ ?
    & if you think am going to vote for PTI then you’re Mistaken! I will NEVER Vote for a Pro-establishment Party If this country is to survive then it is only possible by ANTI-Establishment politics & Imran khan cannot do that , you know why ? Because He is Establishment’s Stooge.
    & please am sick of this rhetoric of “change” i’ve seen what happened to Americans when they voted under this “CHANGE” Obama got record votes in american history , what happened next ? The Bubble of change bursted within 1 year.
    coming down to elections HUGE Alliance ? HAHA :D
    I suggest you to get the correct definition of huge firstly,
    Secondly there is NO votebank of PTI in pakistan All the votebank of PTI is on facebook & internet PTI has nothing ‘on ground’. Mumtaz bhutto cannot win his own seat What are you talking about & Sheikh rasheed is doomed he won’t win either. Shah Mehmood Qureshi will NEVER join Imran khan because his Political height is way much more than Imran khan , & rest is marvi memon ? Sweet :P
    marvi memon cannot win a seat in general elections i can bet on that because she was on QUOTA seat earlier.Recommend

  • Waseem
    Aug 5, 2011 - 4:48AM

    nice try to attract readers by putting past in the title. :P poor PTI

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  • Amer
    Aug 5, 2011 - 4:54PM

    If ZAB Shaheed suffered from a dual personalitym what do u say about a person who enjoys the life in night clubs, marries a jew heiress and is all praise for the Taliban at the same time.

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  • haroon pasha
    Aug 6, 2011 - 4:41AM

    @Nadir El-Edroos:
    what i fail to understand is people like you Mr Nadir think they know everything, where as u dont. Our country is in dire straits and your constantly criticizing IK. I usually see ur comments on every article and ur usually criticizing people. And i have a Question for u Mr Know-everything, is there a better option than IMRAN KHAN? Let me enhance ur knowledge, no politician is perfect. Imran Khan cannot bring a change overnight. And if u think he has so many problems why dont u make a political party rather then commenting on blogs? its easy to criticize but when u enter a field and sacrifice everything for pakistan its another ball game. people like you are happy earning money they dont care about Pakistan… sad !!! though im not a PTI supporter but certainly im going to vote for IK. we cant imagine nawaz or zardari ruling our country again… Next time use ur head :) peace!

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  • Realist.
    Aug 6, 2011 - 6:13AM

    Anyone Who is voting for PTI is making sure that PPP rules for the next five years again.!!

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  • Mehmood Ahmed
    Aug 12, 2011 - 11:58PM

    The one thing that I have been waiting in every show, every read and column and analysis about Imran Khan is there in this article. Deep down I knew that Imran Khan would have known this but it is a relief to get confirmation … yes it will put a great deal of responsibility on his shoulders.

    He has said on many occassions that he does not need “politics”, he does not need “power” … and I was wary on those occassions … I want Imran Khan to make it his very own, closer to heart goal to save Pakistan. If contemporaries of Imran Khan have the knowledge of stressful responsibility … it is gonna put on him … then it will all be fine.

    The rest is in God’s hands and we will pray for him and even more than that when time comes. Waiting impatiently.

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  • Muhammad Sohail Irshad
    Aug 19, 2011 - 6:31PM

    Sorry to say that Dr. Sahib gives pti manifesto after every 3 months which is never followed by the captaan and his associates. There is always violation of it. First Dr. Sahib answer and clarify this issue then talk something else.

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