On Imran Khan’s ‘cowardice’

Published: October 20, 2012

The writer is the National Programme Manager for the Imran Khan Foundation, as well as a film-maker in his free time. He tweets at @idkasuri

Imran Khan was condemned as a coward by Feisal H Naqvi in his article “Shame on you Mr Khan” (October 16) for making the following comment, “We have local affiliates and supporters. Sure, I can give big statements against the Taliban but that would make them [the supporters] Taliban targets.” The writer, a friend and astute lawyer, took an unusually harsh tone, one that has joined the cacophony of ‘allegedly’ liberal voices emanating from backers of the current government.

Over a month ago, I was held at gunpoint in my home in Lahore. The gunman put his revolver to my temple and instructed me to take him inside my home, where my wife was watching television. With perhaps, a momentary lapse of reason I told him, “Shoot me if you have to but I’m not taking you inside.” He took my cell phone and left. Some would call this bravery, others might call this stupidity. In fact, I believe Feisal politely referred to it as the latter. To this day, I am not sure whether I did the right thing, but whatever the results, they would have been on me. Of course, I was only risking my own life. However, if the gun had been pointed at my wife, one of my children or friends, my answer would have likely been different and compliance with the diktat a priority. In any case, the rationale employed here figures within the realm of basic human responses in a crisis situation.

So, when Imran said the words quoted above, isn’t it possible that he actually had the best interest of his party workers at heart? Is there something wrong with that? The region the supporters in question inhabit is known for unspeakable acts of violence and little if any state protection, as most recently evidenced by the attack on Malala Yousufzai. Even Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI) workers have children and the ones I have met from Swat do educate their 15-year-old daughters. I am sure no one wishes for any harm to come to any of them either. Besides, even in the statement quoted, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that he alluded to the Taliban as the culprits. Setting this fact aside, is a provocation of a ruthless and murderous enemy the standard operating procedure used by those responsible for the lives of the innocent? Do security forces storm hijacked airplanes full of innocent civilians to prove they are tough on terror? In certain situations they do, but each instance is certainly debatable and difficult choices made ought not to be condemned as “shameful” without careful consideration. Disagree with his impulse to ensure his party workers do not come into harm’s way (at the cost of obvious political fallout, if not principle) if you must, but to make the jump to cowardice seems excessive.

A more balanced approach might have been to pay heed to the plethora of other statements he gave on the same day before labelling him a “coward”. In each of the others, he clearly condemned this terrorist act as “unworthy of human beings let alone Muslims”. I am not sure there is anything more offensive one can say to a member of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or any other gang of Muslim zealots. It is extremely unlikely that those who attempted to murder Malala would understand such a message as being for anyone else but them! Moreover, the assertion that Imran did not condemn Malala’s attackers is at best a gross exaggeration, at worst, completely baseless.

For all the shame being hurled at Imran for failing to criticise the TTP, something he did rather forcefully on Hamid Mir’s show a few days ago, it is indeed surprising that very little shame is being cast upon the government and security forces actually responsible for protecting Malala. The party in power is the only political party in Pakistan, which can lay claim to playing a role in preparing the groundwork for the TTP’s formulation. A fact conveniently forgotten by Pakistan’s ‘allegedly’ liberal elite is that a former PPP interior minister, Lt General Naseerullah Babar, is widely credited for convincing the Daughter of the East to give birth to the Curse of the East — the Taliban. No doubt, her defenders would say that she was coerced into making the decision. Such admissions of weakness might be comforting, if in fact, anything had changed since her passing. The PPP not only remains weak and unable to challenge the military, in the wake of the Malala incident, it can’t even get a bill passed through parliament authorising the use of military force in North Waziristan. The PML-N boycotted the legislation and the PPP retracted the bill, not because the government didn’t have the requisite majority to pass it, but because they didn’t want to shoulder the responsibility for the operation alone.

In this scenario, where the organs of state tremble at the thought of an operation in North Waziristan, only a “shameless” leader hell bent upon bravado before the election would risk the lives of countless more civilians. Least of all, the “cowardly” leader who refused a parliamentary seat adjustment with the PML-N on principle, choosing instead to contest the PTI’s first ever election in 1997 on its own. More recently, he expressed solidarity with the terrorised people of Quetta when no one else would. He travelled to the gates of South Waziristan to express solidarity with the terrorised people of Fata, when no one else would or could and he expressed solidarity with Malala and her family before any other leader could (or had time to make security arrangements for the perilous journey to Peshawar).

To quote George Orwell, “Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.” Furthermore, “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.” History demonstrably bears testament to Orwell’s observations. It is sadly ironic, though, that Imran is to be castigated for agreeing with Orwell and taking the road less travelled; in this case, the road to peace.

While I disagree with Feisal’s assessment, I know him to be impartial. Therefore, it behooves me to ask, if the verdict for Imran is “shame on you”, what the verdict is for those ‘fearless’ leaders charged to protect Pakistan’s sons and daughters.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 21st, 2012.

Reader Comments (96)

  • Raw is War
    Oct 20, 2012 - 11:57PM

    u r brave

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  • Chengez K
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:00AM

    Imran Khan may be anything but he is no coward…..he is the only leader who is totally living in Pakistan….goes out to meet people openly…..Long Live courage …lonf live Imran Khan

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  • Loco
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:16AM

    In the eyes of media every word that comes out of Imran Khan’s mouth is made a headline and I think this stupidity should be stopped.Imran Khan is clear cut on whatever his approach is and the media must stop this NONSENSE of targetting him. Oh for GOD’s sake he’s not even in the government yet and those who are should be questioned and bashed around. I have never heard PML-N’s opinion on Taliban……..

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  • Ali Sadozai
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:28AM

    this writer also couldn’t help referring to a liberal elite (at least not the liberal fascists). I’m curious if liberals ever existed in Pakistan as a distinct political class? Has any state policy of pakistan ever been influenced by any liberallobby? These liberals really exist or is it some contemptuous term PTI defenders like to use every time they are referring to regular pakistani critics whom they cannot identify as members of a particular opposing political parties?

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  • Oct 21, 2012 - 12:30AM

    Who are you trying to convince Mr Kasuri?
    A Pashto saying resonates with this situation of IK-bashing by so-called ‘liberals’ (actually war-mongers):
    “Che ooda wi agha kho ba rapasawe, kho che zaan ye ooda kare wi no da agha sara ba sa ke”?
    Translation: “You can wake the one who is asleep but what will you do with the one who is pretending to be asleep”?Recommend

  • Ali Sadozai
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:30AM

    And bravo Feisal H Naqvi….your article must have touched a nerve….as its still being discussed!

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  • Mir Agha
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:30AM

    It must be noted: The “elected government’s” own release never mentioned the TTP by name. However, I won’t be reactionary like the deluded “liberals”, and chalk PPP’s failure to call a spade a space up to the spade being so damn obvious.

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:35AM

    “The gunman put his revolver to my temple and instructed me to take him inside my home, where my wife was watching television. With perhaps, a momentary lapse of reason I told him, “Shoot me if you have to but I’m not taking you inside.”
    For you its practical response , but if the gunman would have put his revolver on the temple of the Head of the Police force and asked to follow his instructions , we can only call him helpless poor guy!!!

    IK is neither coward nor stupid he is simply opportunist…..
    He wants to eat the cake and have one as well. He knows very well that this can only be achieved through condemning the Malala attack as well as appeasing the Talibans at the same time, and is doing the same. No rocket science…..

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  • Saqib Q
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:38AM

    You really are brave. Very well written article “A solid response” !!!

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  • Oct 21, 2012 - 12:39AM

    It takes a long time to mold oneself to lead a nation caught up in a web for the past 65 years.
    In reality Pakistan has to reinvent itself and perhaphs Imran Khan is the way that it may achieve that.
    The old ways have to go, we are at the edge of a precipice the people have to decide if they want to become like Afghanistan, tribal fractured and backward, or move forward on a path of modernity and progress and yet be observant of our beliefs, whether we are Muslims Hindus or Christian. The present path is going to lead us to anarchy. The army cannot rule anymore, they are done. So its time to take the plunge, get the old players out and become a progressive nation which others can respect and trust. Stop the arrogance and ignorance. Learn from our neighbor, India. Recommend

  • Oct 21, 2012 - 12:48AM

    Well done. It takes guts to say something like this in the present climate!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:52AM

    I don’t like Imran Khan, nor I am going to vote him but I have started feeling sorry for him after attack on Malala. Including Imran in a list of those who could have attacked Malala and those who could have stopped it, is unjustifed and malicious.

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  • Saad
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Congratulation Mr Isfundiar Kasuri for articulating the emotions of the silent majority of Pakistan. We are indebted to you. A brilliant article. Thanks a lot

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  • asim
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:54AM

    Undoubtedly, Imran is coward…Real bravery is to call spade a spade.Why Imran cant outrightly condemn LeJ and TTP when they openly admit the murder of people from Quetta to Gilgit.He lead a march for 600 innocent civilian victims of drones.What about the rest of 40000 who were killed at the hands of such barbarians.?Are they the people of lesser God.?No.Simply Imran khan has not the guts to speak truth in front of those who condemn to death anyone who dares to differ like Malala and Molana Naeemi.How can they spare IK.?

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  • Junaid Atique
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:01AM

    Dear you are great but you are banging your head with wall. The Pakistan’s ‘allegedly’ liberal elite can just talk while sitting in PC hotels, can write articles in English to bash IK for actually doing something as they are found of PPP or PMLN as they do nothing for people except to increase their own popularity or tweet whole day from their smart phone while sitting in their home; and can’t even go to Baluchistan or NW or SW. They are actual bunch of cowards.

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  • Nadir
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:18AM

    Forget a war, forget about going into North Waziristan, our Army is not equipped nor trained to fight militants so there will undoubtadly be civilian deaths. Drones are morally corrupt and illegal, no doubt bad. I am sure PTI supporters will agree uptill here?

    Now, what stops you from condemning the TTP? This ideological laziness where everyone offers excuses to explains the TTP’s actions is more dangerous than any drone or military action. Why cant Imran Khan say that all the TTP fundraising and ideological sympathising should be curtailed? No military operation will take place, no civilians will be killed.

    The frustrating part with Imran Khan and PTI is not so much that they are against military operations, its that they offer reasons to justify the TTP’s actions and existence.

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  • Fahad Khan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:22AM

    The response to Mr. Naqvi could not be better than this.

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  • Uqaab
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:26AM

    I double checked if I really read this piece in ET and seems like I did. A good piece for a change and not the same Imran at fault, Imran coward, Imran naive, Imran stupid, Imran novice, Imran taliban apologetic, Imran ISI backed, Imran right wing, Imran’s supporters are abusive, Imran’s Waziristan march political stunt, Imran two faced … . It was all getting a bit too much and seriously devoid of substance.

    Nice one Isfundiar!

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  • Parvez
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:26AM

    Level headed and fair.
    I have been and still am, only less so, a supporter of Imran. It is necessary for him to understand who his audience is when he talks, he is now a politician something he has not fully understood as yet. He must tell the people (large crowds) what they want to hear not what he wants them to hear, that he should reserve for the smaller intimate gatherings.
    On the Taliban or more correctly on the militant Islam issue the PTI is perceived to be double minded or saying what the people don’t want to hear. Like your stand on ‘corruption’ was a clarion call heard loud and clear. On militancy the PTI has ‘messed up’ its time you’ll got the story right.Recommend

  • Hammad
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:34AM

    Imran is criticized because he raised everyone’s hopes and when people decided to listen carefully, all that came out was confused rhetoric. He may or may not support the Taliban, but his rhetoric certainly is line with the religious parties who have given financial and human support to Taliban, and who continue to provide them with moral support. He has proven to be no different from the rest of the political parties of the country: Giving in to the deep state, not holding inter-party elections and using human lives for politics like he did in his peace march. The pakistani voter has proven time and again that they will vote anti-establishment, and a loss to Imran Khan in the coming election will be an affirmation of this.

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  • us
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:14AM

    Very beautifully articulated balanced and rational response.

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  • Sultan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:17AM

    As a PPP voter, I am ashamed to admit that this party has proved to be absolutely coward and gutless. They don’t deserve an other chance. I have my doubts on Imran but I am not going to vote this weak-kneed party ever again in my life.

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  • JCD
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:19AM

    Wonderfully written Mr Kasuri!

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  • bilal
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:20AM

    What would you call the Parliament not using TTP, What would your call the ISPR not using TTP. Are they also cowardice. If they are than every one have right to be a cowardice!!

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  • Sultan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:24AM

    Swingging yorker!

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  • Muhammad
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:51AM

    PTI troll is in swing again

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  • H.N.
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:54AM

    To the author: I have the greatest admiration for you, for your and your teams tremendous efforts in rehabilitating flood affected people. Also amazing is your courage for protecting your family, which as most would say is but natural. I totally agree, that while faisel has a right to criticize Imran for his plan or strategy to deal with militancy, it is excessive to vilify Imran beyond reason which the writer unfortunately seems to be bent upon.

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  • Zoaib
    Oct 21, 2012 - 3:10AM

    Very well written! One can disagree with PTI and IK’s policies, but calling him a coward is really a stretch (esp from one statement which was in fact about security of his party workers).

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  • salman k
    Oct 21, 2012 - 3:17AM

    very well explained.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Oct 21, 2012 - 3:58AM

    The problem with telling “Half-Truths” is that you eventually forget what the “Whole Truth” is! You say that IK “traveled to the gates of South Waziristan to express solidarity with the terrorized people of FATA”, but neglect to say that IK was leading an ANTI-DRONE march in the process! Maybe is he was leading an ANTI-TTP/terrorist/militant march instead (to protest the near 40,000 Pakistani slaughtered by them over the last decade) we might have seen a potential LEADER who faced reality about who/what really “terrorized the people of FATA” (and Pakistan)! The mindset of IK on these issues is important, but his own words are troublesome. A YouTube video exists where IK states on TV that the “Taliban/TTP/militants are not burning down girls schools in FATA, it is all government propaganda”! History records great leaders who have served their countries at times of great peril, but does IK remind us of Neville Chamberlin, who was willing to make any peace deal with Nazi Germany to avoid war, or Winston Churchill, who knew who the enemy was and fought the darkness!

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  • Shoaib
    Oct 21, 2012 - 4:01AM

    WOW ! brilliant read ! Thanx

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  • Puzzled Indian
    Oct 21, 2012 - 4:34AM

    well, no one has ever put a gun on my temples, so I cant say, I know what you are saying. But you have my support on almost every point written in this article.
    Hope the thought leaders come to their senses and try to end this menace together.

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  • imran
    Oct 21, 2012 - 4:38AM

    khan we trust on u no matter what people say u have gutts .

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  • Uqaab
    Oct 21, 2012 - 4:50AM

    I had to double check if I am really reading this piece in ET and I was. A good change to bring the opposite perspective as well. Had too much of Imran coward, Imran stupid, Imran novice, Imran naive, Imran taliban apologetc, Imran’s supporters abusive, Imran two faced etc. and it was getting frustratingly high on numbers, low on substance and repetitive.

    A very good piece Isfundiar!

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  • rizwan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 5:14AM

    well done… there will be many more for Mr. Naqvi… we PTI supporter will not site and watch… there will be rebuttals, videos and logics in every wrong allegations…

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  • Junaid Khan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 5:26AM

    I don’t get it, we are talking about the security forces protecting a girl from religious Zealots the TTP Taliban, which is good, but what about Imperial racists, the relentless drones which are stacking Malala’s bodies to the sky, At least 50,000 Malala’s were blasted in Iraq by Imperial racism. ITs good, I hate religious zealots, but I also hate Imperial racists, and this is what IK cannot stand, the Liberal fascists who bow down to any Goray master dictate. Sometimes with the imperial class of Pakistan, the British and American boot licking Brown Sahibs, it’s not who is killed it’s who is doing the killing. If white skinned men in suites are murdering brown skinned Pakistani’s it is civilized murder, and okay, by virtue of the superiority of the white masters skin tone. If Brown Skinned Turbaned men are murdering young girls (As a note White men speaking calmly have butchered probably 100 times more Malala’s then the TTP) It is barbaric, not because of the murder, but because of this colonial class hatred and racism towards their own selves.

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  • Falcon
    Oct 21, 2012 - 6:11AM

    A very thoughtful article.

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  • Ali Islam
    Oct 21, 2012 - 6:21AM

    All I can say is, bohat he ala

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  • Abid Jadoon
    Oct 21, 2012 - 6:28AM

    He is true leader with nothing to hide. He is open about his shortcomings and sincere to his words. Imran Khan is self made but his life is not limited to his own. He rather preferred to work for public. Tireless leader with no hidden agenda. Love you Khan for all these reasons and I don’t see anyone of your caliber to serve Pakistan better. We stand with you.

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  • HA
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:29AM

    It is incorrect to say that those who criticize imran khan are supporters of PPP goverment. the criticism of imran khan results from high expectations. imran never condemned the taliban for malala attack. he attributed the attack to the rogue elements pretending to be taliban. imran’s policy of negotiating with the taliban from a position of weakness is misplaced. imran is being criticized for making tall claims.

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  • Sanam T
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:57AM

    BB openly stood up to militancy. That’s leadership. Noone came and butchered the whole of the ppp. In numbers there is strength.

    Khans humming and hawing and insinuating is not leadership. And I’ don’t think he understands that explaining to them that we are brothers and we too hate amreeke isn’t going to make them put down their weapons and go back to their quaint little tribal lives.

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  • Ahmed Yar Khan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 8:05AM

    Imran Khan didn’t go to South Waziristan “…to express solidarity with the terrorised people of Fata”, because if he’d done that, a big part of the march would’ve been anti-Taliban.

    No. He went to SW to express solidarity with people terrorized by drones, but not with people terrorized by the Taliban.

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  • Oct 21, 2012 - 8:34AM

    Imran Khan, PPP as well as PML (N) all are eyeing power . As the Sympathizers of the cause of Taliban has grown to an extent that no political party van afford to ignore them. This ground reality has tied their hands. They all deserve a shame on their face.

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  • Rizwan Ansary
    Oct 21, 2012 - 9:02AM

    Thank you, for writing this.Recommend

  • QQ
    Oct 21, 2012 - 9:08AM

    AAZ had said attack malala is attack on women of pakistan…Recommend

  • salman
    Oct 21, 2012 - 9:36AM

    Very well stated. In addition, forget about Waziristan, the writ of the state doesn’t exist in Karachi where you have target killings, robberies and gang war going on in Lyari. Why isn’t the govt protecting its citizens all over Pakistan. Besides, I thought the military operations in Swat was successful but I guess not given the Malala tragedy. Just as a reminer, the TTP is higing in Afghanistan and looks like they are being used against Pakistan by the Afghan government. For the people talking about conducting military operations should reconsider about going to NWA and instead going to Afghanistan if you really want to avenge the attack on Malala.

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  • observer
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:29AM

    To quote George Orwell, “Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.”

    I do have my doubts.
    I am not sure that had Orwell been around we would find him standing in a queue to join the Taliban or to garland a certain Mr Qadri.

    So let us put “Orwell in defence of Taliban” thesis aside.

    Now, Orwell also told us about Doublethink and about the Ministries of Peace and Plenty. Remember, in the Orwellian world there were no words to describe ‘bad and evil’. Things were only ‘good, plus good and ungood’. In the Talibani parlance this becomes “Muslim, Good Muslim and Unmuslim”.

    I think, we can clearly see what Orwell was talking about.

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  • basharat
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:41AM

    Imran Khan has disappointed many of his fans, he has no clear policy about the terrorists; he appears to have soft corner for them. He vehemently opposed drone attacks and in order to condemn he leads
    rallies but killing of innocent people by the talibans and other terrorists, his reaction, if any, is merely in the name sake. His party virtually has become a twin sister or brother of Jamat-e-Islami, there is hardly any difference between their policies. Imran Khan has lived most of his life in western countries and likes their manners of governance but bent upon to make this country like Saudi monarchy. If he does not revisit his course of politics, he will loose what- ever popularity he could earn during 15 years of his political life.

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  • Noble Tufail
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:01AM

    Great piece Kasuri saab. infact Naqvi saab went too far to the blame & shame level instead of staying logical.

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  • Aayan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:03AM

    Nice defense Isfundiar, I really liked your response.. No doubts at all at Imran Khan’s intentions and stance he takes on any issue..

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  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:19AM

    Loved this article. it is a good response to those who, for no reason criticize IK.

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  • Oct 21, 2012 - 11:22AM

    it is our nationak trend that we are jralous. i caanot find a just person in the media. findind fault and blame game is the touchestone of media. may b some good people but vary rare. without trying khan sahib if someone concludes that he cannot deliver is i would say a stupidity

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  • eddy
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:30AM

    welll.. As compared to other faithful politicians,lol, whether it is PPP or PML N, I would say that at least Imran khan has courage to stand against the USA drone attacks policy. I know that Army stopped them moving ahead to their destination, but, they reached very near to it. Recommend

  • Moulvi Nawaz Shareef
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:09PM

    Awesome piece Kasuri

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  • psychedelic
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:12PM

    The fact of the matter is, a 14 year old girl proved to be braver than a 60 year old champion of rights. Recommend

  • hbk
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:23PM

    great article! and a great reply!

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  • Saz
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:25PM

    Well then it was Mr Khan said again and again that there is no danger and no terrorist in Over there but all of a sudden there is a danger when he himself is on site. So is there danger or not cannot have it both ways.Recommend

  • zia
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:31PM

    We are with Imran Khan, Full stop.

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  • tahir
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:18PM

    a great article and someone at ET also acknowledges imran’s braveryRecommend

  • Dr. Ismail Nami
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:49PM

    A great worth reading article. I highly appreciate the courage of Imran Khan along with the way this writer wrote!

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  • Azeem Aslam
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:56PM

    Good reply to Faisal. In a good way with well manners without harsh, biased and fanatic words.

    We Love you Imran Khan.

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  • Fuzzy Z
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:02PM

    So it seems a 14 years old girl had more courage than this 60 years old champion.After all standing against these savages for her right.Recommend

  • Khalid Khan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:44PM

    Leadership is all about having the courage to do the right thing – all the times, not when it suits you, all the times. Argument can be made that hypocrisy does not fit in such definition, and I’d agree with that whole heartedly. But before I call IK’s stance hypocritical, I’d be making an assumption that he agrees with TTP beliefs.

    If we agree that TTP or any like minded organization’s existence is due to ignorance and illetracy of people, and that the only sustainable way to get rid of them is through educating masses, question I’d have is on PTI’s priorities on Education, and I see it up there at the top!

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  • Muhammad Tayyab
    Oct 21, 2012 - 3:25PM

    Great piece indeed, gang of fake liberals is running an organized campaign against Imran Khan and finds every problem within him but they never ask those who are in power & are responsible.

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  • observer
    Oct 21, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Over a month ago, I was held at gunpoint in my home in Lahore. The gunman put his revolver to my temple and instructed me to take him inside my home, where my wife was watching television.

    A, Is the Taliban holding a gun to the temple of Mr Khan and ONLY Mr Khan?

    B. Had the gunman held the gun to the temple of a policeman and asked him to take the gunman to the local school, what would you suggest?

    C. If the enemies of Pakistan point a gun at the army personnel and demand free passage, should the army comply?

    D. If LeJ, ASWJ types hold a gun and demand the right to kill the ‘apostates’ should the state give in?

    Ever heard of any difference between ‘private’ and ‘public’ between ‘self preservation’ and ‘public spirit’, between ‘leaders’ and ‘charlatans’?

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  • faheema
    Oct 21, 2012 - 4:11PM

    ”Lt General Naseerullah Babar, is widely credited for convincing the Daughter of the East to give birth to the Curse of the East — the Taliban”. At least someone in Imran Khan’s camp is indirectly admitted Talibans are “Curse of The East”". So Mr. Kasuri this is what Faisal Naqvi wanted Imran Khan to realize and stop supporting these savages. PPP is paying price for this folly of their leader but mind it ‘had she not gave birth to Talibans her Government would have hardly survived for eighteen months as happened in 1990. She was well aware Jahadis would ultimate prove Frankenstein but our deep state looked differently as it was looking towards independence of Kashmir through Afghan war veterans.

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  • aafat
    Oct 21, 2012 - 5:30PM

    Really enjoyed this piece and it’s hit a lot of nails right on the head.
    Hypocrites exposed.
    Time for them to be kicked out.

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  • Someone
    Oct 21, 2012 - 5:38PM

    I am afraid that your words will fall on deaf ears, Mr. Kasuri. For Pakistani liberals, almost anything under the sun is some macho mullah-istic conspiracy of Imran Khan.

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  • Hitman
    Oct 21, 2012 - 6:21PM

    Over the fence for SIX !Recommend

  • Timorov
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:59PM

    Masterfully written Mr. Kasuri. It’s good to see the nuanced truth being spoken in these pages rather than biased polemical rhetoric.

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  • Ahsan Shahbaz
    Oct 21, 2012 - 8:06PM

    Imran Khan is a true hero..Very well written..Recommend

  • Sultan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 9:45PM

    @Muhammad:

    Mallala. Troll, Mallala. Can you say anything else–even pidgin has more words!Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:38PM

    Isfiandur, don’t you think that Imran Khan is a prime leader of Pakistan whom all youth would like to look upon.He likes to be next PM of Pakistan , now clearly being a leader he has to set up a shining example , the behavior exceptions from a Leader is always and should be higher than normal public. You and me are normal public , but Imran proclaims to be a brave Leader and he clearly must a brave example , while on the contrary he has shown a cowardliness . This can be expected of any A, B, C etc but not from a self proclaimed brave and brave leader…Shame on you Mr Khan.

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  • anticorruption
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:35PM

    “Do security forces storm hijacked airplanes full of innocent civilians to prove they are tough on terror? In certain situations they do, but each instance is certainly debatable and difficult choices made ought not to be condemned as “shameful” without careful consideration. Disagree with his impulse to ensure his party workers do not come into harm’s way (at the cost of obvious political fallout, if not principle) if you must, but to make the jump to cowardice seems excessive.”

    Hi Isfundiar:

    You make a very valid point, and I agree that some of the criticism directed at Imran on this point is a little unfair. However, by your own logic, especially the lines I just quoted, shouldn’t Imran also not be too harsh on those who disagree with his proposed solution for the terrorism issue? If there have been military operations against the Taliban and Imran disagrees with that course of action, shouldn’t he recognize that “each instance is certainly debatable and difficult choices made ought not to be condemned as “shameful” without careful consideration.” PTI can disagree with military operations and give its reasons for doing so, but why condemn everyone who believes force will be necessary to deal with this problem as ‘bay ghairat’ or an American boot licker? And given that Imran does regularly indulge in name calling against liberals, why complain when he gets a taste of his own medicine?

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  • Foolitics
    Oct 22, 2012 - 12:25AM

    Imran khan is an apologist for the Taliban and the author is an apologist for Imran. This chain of apologists is very long. What the author is saying is that being a coward like Imran is ok if the cowardly approach is a strategy to protect their supporters from Taliban attack.That’s a very very twisted reasoning but still a novel rationale for being a coward. Very interesting! But does the real real real reason for being a Taliban apologist have something to do with ideological affinity with the Taliban? Just asking….

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  • Sultan
    Oct 22, 2012 - 4:22AM

    @Foolitics:

    Okay, you win. Imran is a coward. What next? Silence for miles and miles……………..let’s just pray for Mallala to keep us busy.

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  • Sultan
    Oct 22, 2012 - 4:35AM

    @basharat:

    Wow, what an amazing insight into Imran’s psychology? May I know if you are related to Freud or Jung? Where do we get placebo producers like this?

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  • Sultan
    Oct 22, 2012 - 4:36AM

    @observer:

    Yes, we are well aware of the differences. That is why we will vote for Imran. Any other questions, Lord Observer?

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  • gp65
    Oct 22, 2012 - 5:49AM

    “In each of the others, he clearly condemned this terrorist act as “unworthy of human beings let alone Muslims”. I am not sure there is anything more offensive one can say to a member of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or any other gang of Muslim zealots.”

    Ah but he condemned the act not the actors. He did not say the Talibans who committed this heinous act were not true Muslims.

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  • Zainab
    Oct 22, 2012 - 7:59AM

    If IK’can’t make a statement against TTP fearing lives of a FEW supporters, how can we expect him to make a statement when (and if) he is made responsible for ALL his countrymen?

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  • Baset
    Oct 22, 2012 - 8:51AM

    This is so beautifully written and argued. What a treat to read. Thank you so much !!!

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  • Hafeez
    Oct 22, 2012 - 9:26PM

    Mr Isfandyar, you need to understand that Imran Khan considers himnself a leader, so it does not make sense to make your own incident as an analogy. Let me tell you something, no other party has made sacrifices more against terrorism than the ANP and still they openly criticise Taliban as a scourge for Pakistan. Its the likes of Imran which would give birth to more Mumtaz Qadris than to Malalas. Saving your party workers is a nice idea, but then we are talking about a country where humdereds are killed every week at the hands of terrorists. So I believe Imran has to be more open and put the blame squarely where it lies.
    “He travelled to the gates of South Waziristan to express solidarity with the terrorised people of Fata,” You what terrorises people in Fata more? Its not the drones, its the taliban. So better express solidarity openly than doing it not even meekly.”and he expressed solidarity with Malala and her family before any other leader could (or had time to make security arrangements for the perilous journey to Peshawar).” Really?, he needs security, against what? He has already taken care of his secutiry by not opting to tlak openly against Taliban.

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  • unmet46
    Oct 23, 2012 - 1:59AM

    @ Hafeez I do not agree that the Taliban are felt more of a threat by the people of FATA than the drones. The Taliban are a more threat to us (i mean people outside of waziristan). Also a lot of people of Waziristan are joining the Taliban because of the drones.

    Secondly how do you know the Taliban don’t have IK on the hit list? Haven’t they called him secular and slave of America? There was even a statement by the Taliban before the march that they would attack them with suicide bombers.

    And talking of the ANP openly criticising the Taliban. Haven’t heard them name the Taliban in any time recently. Can you provide any web link? But what would be the significance of them doing that anyway? Since the ANP itself has its militant/terrorist wing in sindh. They should first stop doing terrorism themselves!

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  • mian khaliq
    Oct 23, 2012 - 12:31PM

    PTI zindabad.

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  • omair shahid
    Oct 23, 2012 - 12:59PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    yes you just come & bash imran khan on every article or post for no reason at all i’m not supporting imran khan here but in every article which is on imran i also see your negative comments on him yes i know you are not going to vote for him it’s your choice no one will force you but i dont see a single comment negative comment from you about PML-N who has been in government many times when they do something bad or negative. think about it.

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  • unmet46
    Oct 23, 2012 - 4:31PM

    @gp 65

    Lol. IK said that the attackers are not worthy of being called human let alone Muslim so he condemned the Taliban and not the act. And as the author points out in his recent interview to hamid meer on 16th october he condemned the Taliban by name saying at the 12:39th minute

    “I am astounded that they, the Taliban
    have even given a justification for
    it. That is first they did such a big
    wrong act and then even gave a
    justification for it, no Pakistani and
    no human being can justify this”

    so he said that the Taliban are not Pakistani and human.

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  • sheen
    Oct 24, 2012 - 1:05AM

    Those critiquing PTI and Ik are delusional, why cannot you see that he is our future PM and will clean sweep these elections, there is no other option PTI is coming to power and i write my words here today!!

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  • Imzi
    Oct 24, 2012 - 1:19AM

    Awesome piece Kasuri

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  • Imranistruepakistani
    Oct 24, 2012 - 4:52AM

    @Indian Wisdom: There is a famous saying if you dont know the truth then shutup rather than spreading lies and making up facts.

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  • Imranistruepakistani
    Oct 24, 2012 - 4:56AM

    @asim: If imran is suppose to do everything then why dont you give hum authority by voting him? PPP destroued the country. N doesnot even issue statements about taliban. All they care about is Punjab|? Do you even know what is PMLN stand on war on terror? do you know if they support drones? if not what have they done to stop them? Only Imran is the voice of people. Not these american puppets sitting in punjab sindh balochistan kpk (pmln ppp mqm anp and all other traitors)

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  • gp65
    Oct 25, 2012 - 11:15AM

    @unmet46: You provided an exact quote that the Khan supposedly made. Can you please provide a link? I googled and came up empty. I rememebr one quote from him where he said ” jin login ne ye kiya hai wo na mussalman hai na pushtoon without specifying who these log were. At another point when he was questioned he specifically refused to name Taliban citing safety of PTI workers in KPK

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  • unmet46
    Oct 26, 2012 - 12:21PM

    @gp65 I donot understand why my comment with the link doesn’t get approved. Anyway search for “Capital talk 16th october” iN google. Click on the Zemtv.com link on the search page (it is the 4th one on my search page) and then watch video no.1 @11:52nd and 12:39th minute. Hope this one gets approved.Recommend

  • unmet46
    Oct 26, 2012 - 3:02PM

    @gp65 >@11:52nd minute: “And this responsibility that the

    Taliban have accepted, the strongest
    condemnation of this would still
    be less, and @ 12:38th minute: “No body by
    any means can justify this act, and I
    am astounded that they, the Taliban
    have even given a justification for
    it. That is first they did such a big
    wrong act and then even gave a
    justification for it, no Pakistani and
    no human being can justify this” http://www.zemtv.com/2012/10/16/capital-talk-imran-khan-exclusive-16th-october-2012/

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  • sal
    Nov 5, 2012 - 1:39AM

    IK is an opportunist. He supported Musharraf to get something and when he didn’t he joing anti Musharraf lot. He then became very loud anti-american voice but not anymore nowdays as he was before. He came to Karachi and didn’t even mention the people he has been calling terrorists few years ago and is still quiet on karachi situation which is worse than what it was in swat and tribal areas. He was in KPK where the people are religious and anything against that will not be good for getting votes so nothing against the Taliban. He is simply an opportunist wantng power just like PPP, PML, MQM, ANP, JUI etc etc.

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  • Texas
    Nov 8, 2012 - 8:45PM

    @asim:

    So what about yourself? How come you can take a stand on this blog for the families for the 40,000 people killed …. why cant you start a campaign for them in your city?
    Why cant you put banners against those responsible outside your home?
    ohhhhh because you’re not a coward …. but Imran Khan is ???

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  • Nov 19, 2012 - 5:49PM

    A thought-provoking and constructive critique of the formidable Feisal Naqvi. Thank you, sir.

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