Imran Khan thinks like the Taliban

Published: November 7, 2012

The writer is editor of The Express Tribune Magazine [email protected]

Made you look, didn’t it. But this piece isn’t about Imran Khan. Not really. It’s more about the people who love to write about Imran Khan. There are lots of those. They are as numberless as the stars in the sky, the grains of sand on the beach, the lotas in the houses of parliament. Okay, maybe not that many but you do get the drift. There are lots.

Almost universally, the pieces are negative and usually belabour the point that he is a flash in the pan, a person of limited political significance who can only, at best, mislead the already confused youth of Pakistan. If that’s so, then why on earth would you bother writing about him?

Having been around in this beautiful country for some years now, I have seen many elections come and go and seen lots of politicians make speeches, get (s)elected, and then be unceremoniously deposed at the point of a bayonet or by a presidential decree. Few of them have been submitted to the kind of electron microscope scrutiny that the PTI’s leader has undergone. Don’t get me wrong, there have been horrible vilification campaigns carried out against Benazir Bhutto in particular, but those were sponsored by the establishment and its political and media pawns as an accompaniment to the political dirty tricks campaign that has finally been laid bare by the Asghar Khan verdict. This is a little different though. Here, the establishment is not opposed to Imran, and while his political opponents are many, it is not conceivable that they have launched a funded campaign to get op-ed and blog writers to discredit the PTI. Sorry Insafians, but that’s really not happening on the scale that you imagine it is.

Still, it is easy to understand why the PTI is on the defensive. Take the economic policy for example. Rarely have I seen something as unsexy get so much attention. It has been written about, attacked and debunked in columns and talk shows alike. Have you ever seen such attention given to the PML-N’s policy? As far as I know, it has something to do with motorways and Asian Tigers. As for the PPP’s economic policy, it seems “Roti, Kapra and Makaan” has been replaced by “Ruin, Korruption and Malaise”. Does the JI even have an economic policy? Does the MQM? I don’t know. No one’s really ever written about it.

The simple fact is that most writers write about Imran for one reason: because they can. Because he is a soft target.

Unlike many other parties, you can rake the PTI over the coals all you want without a threat to your life and livelihood. There are certain parties which, if they were to receive even half of the abuse that is heaped on the PTI, would send you the not-so-proverbial bullet in a letter. Or at least give you the: “Aap ko tau pata hai, shehr kay haalaat bohat kharab hain” phone call that turns your knees to jelly. Not being an established party, and certainly not being in government and thus not being in the position of being able to yank the chains of corporate media and/or deny government advertising is also another factor. Sure, journalists look to the editorial line, but their bosses mostly look to the bottom line. Guess which one wins?

Write against the PTI, however, and the worst that will happen is that … wait for it … you will get trolled. Yes, badly written abusive tweets and emails in CAPS will be directed at you. You will be labelled a paid agent and, horror of horrors, you may even get bombed. Via email that is. Distressing as it may be, it is certainly not life threatening. There will be no sudden suspensions from on high, no motorcycle riding assailants and certainly no white Corollas without number plates. Also, all that trolling will give you some great fodder for the next column. Which brings us to the other reason Imran gets so much flak: the internet clicks. The PTI is probably the most ‘online’ party in Pakistan and anything written about it is certain to get attention. In an age when the impact of a piece is gauged largely by the amount of comments it elicits, bashing Imran Khan is a sure route to success. The columnist gets attention and the editor gets clicks. It’s as close to win-win as you can get.

Of course, there are exceptions: one open letter in particular stands out as an example of how criticism should be phrased and delivered and there are other examples as well, but they are, sadly, few and far between. Does this mean that Imran should be above criticism? Of course not. There are glaring issues with his stance on militancy, for one thing. But then, this is also a country in which a sitting minister can call the Taliban his brothers; where Fazlur Rehman can call Malala Yousufzai’s shooting a ‘drama’; where Munawwar Hasan can sidestep condemning suicide bombings time and again; where bakery boys can be beaten and the rules of business overturned to favour a selected few. Take all the columns written on these issues and multiply them by 10 and you will almost approach the number written about a single PTI misstep. So, is the reason that the rest of our politicians get off easy simply that we have given up on them? That we have grown tired of advising, cajoling and condemning them to no avail? Maybe Imran gets blasted so often because writers think that he may actually listen to their sagacious advice? As for me, I think it’s because we do it for the clicks. And because we secretly love getting trolled.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 8th, 2012.

Reader Comments (155)

  • Ash
    Nov 7, 2012 - 10:38PM

    Haha.. This is certainly the best article written on imran. Great read!!

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  • Shahbaz Asif Tahir
    Nov 7, 2012 - 10:41PM

    The entire secular, misguided mindset has the following objectives:

    de Islamiization
    de nucleurization
    de militarization
    de linking with China

    May Allah Subhana, help us Muslims of Pakistan, against these secular enemies.

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  • Jat
    Nov 7, 2012 - 10:43PM

    Author: This is really not the ideal forum to disclose and discuss your secret fantasies.

    “Trolled” ? Is that what it is called nowadays ?

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  • ikhlaas
    Nov 7, 2012 - 10:49PM

    loved this piece

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  • Concerned
    Nov 7, 2012 - 10:50PM

    Excellent!!

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  • Ahmad
    Nov 7, 2012 - 10:50PM

    Excellent write

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  • R.A
    Nov 7, 2012 - 10:51PM

    A Tlib e ilm has to think
    about Taliban
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  • Liberal
    Nov 7, 2012 - 10:52PM

    finally some sane voice writing for ET …. “Don’t get me wrong, there have been horrible vilification campaigns carried out against Benazir Bhutto in particular, but those were sponsored by the establishment” .. how come u r so sure that Media is not playing same tactics against imran khan now? .. army may not be against imran khan .. but govt with billions in advertisement budget is playing its role ..

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  • Fahad Khan
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:06PM

    Zarrar has summed up everything in one sentence “I think it’s because we do it for the clicks. And because we secretly love getting trolled.”

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  • ikhlaas
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:07PM

    i am going to frame this piece on the wall a superb read

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  • Nov 7, 2012 - 11:08PM

    Are you serious?
    So you seriously believe Troy’s demise was not Imran Khan’s work?
    or Karbala tragedy? Genghis Khan’s atrocities (after all he was a Khan too). No?
    Come on how could you forget his role in World Wars? or Afghanistan War at least?
    I am sure you heard some intellectual saying Imran Khan was off-boarded by US Immigration authorities in search of Tsunami (or may be Hurricane) but Khan smuggled it somehow causing destruction on US West coast. No?
    Man. you definitely need to upgrade your ‘version’ of knowledge about IK. Consult Raiwind Industries Unlimited for the latest updated version.

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  • Fahad Khan
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:09PM

    Zarrar has summed it all in one sentence “I think it’s because we do it for the clicks. And because we secretly love getting trolled”.

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  • Shahmeer Khan
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:09PM

    Probably The 1st ET Article This Year I Read Whole & Tweeted! Thank You Zarrar!

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  • Zoaib
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:09PM

    Nicely pointed out!Recommend

  • ADAM q
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:09PM

    so in reality certain section within the media seems to be trolling imran khan…

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  • Shahmeer Khan
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:14PM

    Probably The First ET Article I Read Whole This Year & Also Tweeted. Thank You Zarrar!

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  • Syed
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:21PM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir

    Indeed we want an end to Mullahism from Pakistan.

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  • trolled
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:21PM

    lol … definitly a troll

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  • Zoaib
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:22PM

    Finally some sense! While criticizing IK/PTI for everything under the sun, people often forget he is perhaps one of the few parties NOT in the government. So it’s quite interesting they get such scrutiny, while those in power are let off so easily.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:23PM

    The spotlight is in Imran not because he is a political newbie and hence a ‘soft-target’ as you’ve said; in my opinion it is more because Imran has made claims that almost deserve to be taken apart and crticised lest they’d serve to be nothing but mirages for this nation. Ending corruption in a week as if it was such a trivial matter, economic policy that fails to raise enough revenue to be feasible, short-sighted foreign policy views like bringing down drones and then what? He is good but maybe needs more realistic viewsRecommend

  • sabi
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:28PM

    Intresting but, don’t agree on many a places.Next time you try on NS same pti trolls will give you a full protocol and don’t worry nothing like that,..Kuch seher de log vi…kuch sanu marn da shoq vi si

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  • Batman
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:31PM

    Completely agree with this article.

    I am a supporter of PTI (even though I don’t agree with some of their recent political moves). Criticizing is one thing, but placing baseless allegation is another. People who bash Khan do that because they are sure, they won’t get a bullet in their head if they go overboard. Nobody will come to their house/office to ask for monetary compensation. No one will threaten your family if you criticize Imran Khan, his party or his family.

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  • Arifq
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:35PM

    Good one Mr Khurro! Khan symbolizes the great white hope Pakistan yearns for thus the desire to believe and challenge. Its all good.

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  • Kasif Akhtar
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:36PM

    Nice!

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  • Sikander Fayyaz Bhadera
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:37PM

    Why do I not see as many comments that I would usually find on an anti-Imran or PTI bashing op-ed?

    :)

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  • Sultan
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:40PM

    All the odorous slander and valid critique only makes Imran and PTI stronger–keep pouring it out. Sona aakhir aag mein jal kar kundan bunta hai. We do to need wilting lilies in the next parliament–we need leaders who have been assaulted and bruised but who have healed and succeeded–we have had enough of sharbat badam types!

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  • NO BS
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:47PM

    We love to give Imran Khan a tough time because we expect more from him, we have zero expectations now from Zardari Bhutto sardars or Sharif & Sons Pvt ltd

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  • Falcon
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:56PM

    oh…you got me with the headline…that was funny…on a side note, couldn’t agree with your thoughts more. A very subtle yet well articulated piece.

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  • khan
    Nov 7, 2012 - 11:59PM

    saccastic… but i think media should have mercy on Pakistan, people in this country dont know what is the plan for themRecommend

  • faraz
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:02AM

    So if PTI fans stop trolling; criticism would stop. Listen PTI fans

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  • Law
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:05AM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir:
    I am not a Muslim, I wasn’t born a Muslim. My forefathers came to this land long before yours did. I do not wish to be governed by Islamic law – secularism is the only way forward. If you do not agree, you are free to leave my country.

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  • Hammad
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:10AM

    It is a bold attempt on part of ET to allow a fair column citing prevailing situation of attention seekers and so called liberal bashers
    Keep it up .

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  • Sry
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:11AM

    Excellent article, Mr. Khuhro.

    Much of the criticism aimed at Imran Khan could just as easily be directed at other political leaders, but the media seems to have an obsession with Khan. The recent interview which contained questions regarding homosexuals could be done with any other party leader and I guarantee you they, too, would shy away from answering.
    (not PTI supporter)

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  • Saad Arif
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:19AM

    hahahaha Nailed It – Simply loved the piece and yes, you made me look at it with your chosen Title.

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  • Javed Mohmand
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:20AM

    You will get more clicks and no trolls,difference between PTI and other parties,you are talking of the past, when was the last time someone was threatened by a follower of a particular party,please quote?People write about Imran because of his hypocrisy,naiveness and his unrealistic stance on terrorism,corruption,and use of offensive language.

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  • Falcon
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:22AM

    @Acorn Guts:
    Every one within PTI or outside PTI with an IQ above 40 understands that corruption can not be eliminated altogether in a week or 90 days, so everyone also understands the context IK is talking about, the corruption originating from the highest political echelon. But of course, people like to create a drama out of it for the sake of it. Lastly, for the economic policy, I would love to hear in detail alternative put forth by others (including yours) on raising ‘enough revenues’.

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:33AM

    While this article is great and a refreshing change from the usual stuff, I fail to see the reason behind the celebratory tone in the PTI comments. You people do realize that Imran Khan and his policies have been comprehensively defeated in the recent US elections and that the US voters have given a thumbs down to your anti-drone plea.

    Take a deep breath and look forward, there is a rejuvenated and re-energized Obama standing in your way. And you also must know from history, what happens to those Pakistani leaders who don’t listen to the American establishment.

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:45AM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir: Please tell us oh wise teacher, in the last 65 years what benefits have come your way by following the policies of Islamiization, nucleurization, militarization and linking with China ? Have you looked in the mirror lately and viewed where your country stands in the world order and what the people of rest of the world think about you Pakistanis ?

    And if you think your achievements as a result of your above mentioned policies have been spectacular, then Sir why this talk of change and breaking the status quo ?

    Utter confusion and lack of foresight.

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  • Jamshed
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:46AM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir:

    “de Islamiization, de nucleurization, de militarization, de linking with China”

    Why do you consider behaving in a civilized manner by actually FOLLOWING the rules laid down by Islam “de-islamization”? Is not supporting killers of Pak Troops and little girls un-islamic in any way? Is saying enough is enough and no more killing un-islamic? Why is every little thing linked to religion? Why cant the TTP actually create 10 girls schools and say that yes, in complainace with the first word of our Holy Book, we have created 10 schools and that we support girls education? Is that un-islamic?

    The problem with thse fundos is that they want a “arabize” Pakistan. While Saudia can hide 50% of its workforce (indoors) because they have oil, we cannot adopt the same approach as we do not have the resources.

    Lets hear you condemn these killers and their tactics.

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  • Ch. Allahdaad
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:50AM

    I will definitely disagree with writer here. Imran Khan is fake leader with zero credentials. Only true leader in Pakistan are Mian Shahbaz and Nawaz bhai. They are Symbol of hope for youngster generation like myself. PTI trolls only abuse, but themselves of no use. Unlike PML-N hardworker.

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  • Salman Ahmed
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:55AM

    What an absolutely brilliant article !!!

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  • Sultan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:57AM

    @Shahmeer Khan:

    Express Tribune is part of the International Herald Tribune, which is owned by The New York Times. Their editorial standards are naturally balanced precariously on the tip of the pyramid in th middle of the $100 bill!

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  • Waqar
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:07AM

    I am confused…!

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  • kashifjan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:12AM

    This is the best article I have read on Imran Khan on Express Tribune :)

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  • Khurram
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:24AM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir: You are delusional with no information at all. Abdus Salam was not even a Muslim and he set up the Pakistan’s Atomic energy Commission for Pakistan and set up the Space Program for Pakistan in the form of Suparco. Also your misinformation is evident from the fact that when China dont allow any Muslims to pray and have held thousands of Muslims of Xinyang Provinces in Jail but you can see atrocities of America only and silent on that fact.
    Nobody is your enemy but you are an enemy of yourself and you have created enemies in your brain which dont event exist.
    Our main problem right now is Corruption, Inequality and Economy in Pakistan and if we want to Follow The Turkish model then we have to follow Secular Values like Turkey and we should learn from them rather than from Arab states where no equality exists and ignorance prevails like in Pakistan.

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  • Pinky
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:26AM

    so the message for PTI supporters is: whenever you find an anti-IK article, ignore it..DONT comment & certainly dont fwd it…deprived of the attention, the columnists might move on to other more important stuff..

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  • Nadir
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:30AM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir: What does “secular mindset” have with anything that you are saying!

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  • mak009x
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:44AM

    Haha. It’s been a while since I’ve come along an article as good as this. The headline really gets you trolled. Libidos won’t like it.

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  • AJ
    Nov 8, 2012 - 2:05AM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir:
    May be just for a Minute I agree with your observation on misguided Secular and there intentions and grand conspiracy against Muslims of Pakistan. May I ask what have our Islamist given to us Pakistani Muslims in the last 65 years?

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  • Nov 8, 2012 - 2:23AM

    i love you imran khanRecommend

  • Timorov
    Nov 8, 2012 - 2:27AM

    Bravo Khurram sahib. Ahh how I wish every opinion piece in this newspaper was written by you, and others of your (nuanced, sophisticated, non-Manichean) ilk. God Bless!

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  • meekal a ahmed
    Nov 8, 2012 - 2:31AM

    Their “economic vision” was not that bad except it looked suspiciously like an unimplementable IMF-financed program!

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  • Noman
    Nov 8, 2012 - 3:16AM

    Super,
    The best
    Love it
    True..

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  • ad khan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 3:31AM

    i hope the writer will be blessed on the resurrection day, just coz of this master justified piece ,,, long live sir

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  • Golden horde
    Nov 8, 2012 - 3:32AM

    Superb article!!!
    Finally a voice of reason shines through. Well done sir.

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  • mahakaalcharka
    Nov 8, 2012 - 4:20AM

    If IK thinks like Taliban, talks like Taliban and walks like Taliban, then what is “He” if not a clone Taliban.

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  • Abdul Salam
    Nov 8, 2012 - 4:26AM

    @Javed Mohmand:

    People are not stupid like you that they will waste their time on Imran being hypocrite,naive and his unrealistic on terrorism,corruption,and use of offensive language and I wish you wise enough what IK’s vision, you wouldn’t write this crap.

    Please do vote for one the present goons and suffer but don’t cry then.

    Vote for PTI only what it may be and Burnol for IK’s opponents.

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  • Zalim singh
    Nov 8, 2012 - 5:02AM

    he is taliban.

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  • Abdul Khan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 5:23AM

    Worth reading article and very judgmental…..

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  • H.N,
    Nov 8, 2012 - 5:24AM

    You have my appreciation Mr. Khuhro for summing up a lot of points. I am convinced that critique of policies is the only way forward (which of course then applies only to those who have a policy), but it is very evident that a large portion of the intelligentsia seems to be more sensational and subjective rather than objective. I observe this not just in the write ups but also on the talkshows. It is everyones right to criticize, but criticism fueled by emotions and personal agendas is totally unfair which seems to be the case in most instances. Talat for example always criticizes in a balanced manner and is objective and spot on.

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  • Akhtar
    Nov 8, 2012 - 5:52AM

    So PTI isn’t is the ruling party? Oh…Sorry. They way IK is held responsible for anything, I thought he is the chief executive of the country. Oops…pardon my ignorance.

    Hang on, am I reading it in ET? Or am I still asleep?

    And Mr. Magazine Editor, job to bach jae gi na is article ke baad? :)

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  • Zeux
    Nov 8, 2012 - 6:08AM

    @Zalim singh:
    Just like you RSS trolls

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  • Taimoor
    Nov 8, 2012 - 6:43AM

    @Jat:
    Last I checked this is about pakistan not america both candidates supported drones. So whats your point, this article is a slap on the face for people like you because people like you feel like they can bash and bash others but when it comes to yourself, you hide like cowards.

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  • Noor
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:15AM

    Superb great article

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  • XD
    Nov 8, 2012 - 8:37AM

    LOL i loved it

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  • XD
    Nov 8, 2012 - 8:39AM

    masterpiece and truth

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  • Abbas
    Nov 8, 2012 - 9:57AM

    @Ch Allah Dad,

    Loughing out Loud on your silly joke..100% agree with the writer that KHAN SAHIB is being bashed because he is a soft target.

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  • Abid Jadoon
    Nov 8, 2012 - 10:02AM

    We write because we care. IK is hope and we don’t want anyone just for sake of defame and discredit write against him. No criticism for sake of criticism.

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  • Nov 8, 2012 - 10:14AM

    so you agree that he has glaring issues with his stance on militancy. that’s where the problem lies. you can’t be both secular and conservative. you’ve be clear on what you support.

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  • Nov 8, 2012 - 10:18AM

    Finally some truth told about IK. Great read

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  • Eyeing Propaganda
    Nov 8, 2012 - 10:38AM

    Very well observed and written brilliantly !!

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  • Baset
    Nov 8, 2012 - 10:50AM

    This is awesome and so true. Kudos to the writer !!

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  • Afzaal Khan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:08AM

    @Law

    Well you have to bring bith certficate of your forefathers for us to even consider this. If you don’t like Islamic system feel free to leave Islamic Republic Of Pakistan.

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  • Haider
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:16AM

    Brilliantly written!

    Yes he is the soft target for our media guns because he was seen as a stranger in this ‘holy culture’ of politics and also taken as a challenger for a system where everyone draws benefits from it according to his size and status. It was therefore quite natural for this ‘unholy alliance’ to point its guns towards this newly emerged threat. Interestingly all the fascist liberals and all the religious extremists are on board against him joining hands against the common enemy with a view to nipping the ‘evil’ in the bud.

    In fact these self proclaimed scholars are unable to conceive the phenomenal change in the dynamics of politics after the active participation of the youth in the national political affairs. Imran succeed in stirring their political awareness and they are no easy prey for these hunters. In our highly polarized society he emerged as a true nationalist who finally laid ‘the left-right debate’ to rest once forever. Here criticism is welcome but playing shots at Imran in the garb of journalism can’t fool the most aware segment of the society.

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  • Abbas Mehmood
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:16AM

    I am a secular….:-) and i am winning May Allah Subhana Help Me..@Shahbaz Asif Tahir:

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  • Usama
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:22AM

    Our leader think like true Muslim………..

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  • Mughal e Azam
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:29AM

    Finally someone felt realize… Read some thing good after a while

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  • Tariq
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:35AM

    The title did make me open this article thinking these guys are now boring with Taliban khan title. Usually people cant find something negative to talk about IK so they keep recycling old material with some image effects. In the end good article, explaining why writers worry about IK so much.
    thumbs up

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  • JAVAID Ahmed KHAN
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:11PM

    Imran khan never said of ending corruption with in a week.What he said was that all Major Corruptions can be stopped in 3 months by appointing competent honest people in major corporations like PIA etc.@Acorn Guts:

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  • MAXWOOD
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:32PM

    you have unconsciously or consciously pointed towards political parties of City Karachi

    May Allah keep you safe.

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  • Fyza Javed
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:59PM

    best one!!

    kudos to the writer for a brilliant beginning of article

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  • Ibrahim Hashmi
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:11PM

    Such kind of balanced columns will promote healthy debate.
    We should have a pragmatic approach for discussion!

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  • Zulfiqar
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:13PM

    Well written article !

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  • MC
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:19PM

    I agree with the title to the extent that, much like the taliban, IK also seems rather fearless in his approach, and perhaps that comes with the belief in the notion of ‘nothing to loose’. Either way the predictions go for PTI’s future, they will have achieved- no matter how much, and for that matter, solely or at the expense of other political parties. Perhaps then it may be this very underlying belief (well i believe so), that provides the real impetus to the ever so ubiquitous media frenzy over PTI, let alone IK.

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  • El Cid
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:31PM

    @mahakaalcharka: “If IK thinks like Taliban, talks like Taliban and walks like Taliban, then what is “He” if not a clone Taliban.”
    .

    No not a clone. You have described the physical, emotional, and mental qualities of a great leader, a general, a warrior chief, a master strategist, a chess master…who can think, and out think the opponent.

    You have described ‘The Ultimate Negotiator’, and ‘The Supreme Commander’: Always one step ahead of the opponent…able to offer the carrot or the stick at the appropriate juncture. Yes, you have described a great leader, the great leader:

    The Great Khan..!

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  • Ammar
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:31PM

    @Falcon:

    But that IQ is missing in IK :)

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  • salman
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:42PM

    vote is for IK

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  • aftab ali khan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:55PM

    awesome article sir…a muster piece and you exposed the truth…love you and imran khan zindabadRecommend

  • aftab ali khan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:56PM

    excellentRecommend

  • aftab ali khan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 1:56PM

    good job sirRecommend

  • Sultan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 2:06PM

    @Ammar:

    But that IQ is missing in IK :)

    What can the poor guy do–all the high IQ is being hogged by the superior indian race east of our borders! We will just have to make do with 40 number.

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  • SAJ!
    Nov 8, 2012 - 2:20PM

    For some people everything happening wrong in Pakistan is all because of Imran Khan. I don’t know if they really hate him, or they just simply wanna close their eyes towards the truth.

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  • MUSTAFA SOHAIL
    Nov 8, 2012 - 2:44PM

    I thing 4 sure IK change Pakistani politics he saved democracy in country my family i me will vote PTI for IK only hope he dont dissapoint us like NS and Z

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  • MUSTAFA SOHAIL
    Nov 8, 2012 - 2:45PM

    IK we trust u but dont trust ur team

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  • Kanwal
    Nov 8, 2012 - 3:27PM

    Great read!!made my day. There is a reason you are the editor. great writing.

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  • Mahmood Tariq
    Nov 8, 2012 - 4:15PM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir
    You hit the nail. I hate secularism and all supporters of the Turkish model. Turkey has gone against all the fundamentals of Islam. We did not separate from India so we could create secular state total Islam.

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  • Sultan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 4:15PM

    @Batman:

    Criticizing is one thing, but placing baseless allegation is another

    All Imran bashers generate a lot more heat than they provide light. PTI is the only party that is documenting its thought process on various governance, economic and social issues in the form of policies–a rarity in our political culture where everything is done from the seat of the pants at the 13th hour, with no written record of anything. What our professional politicians hate the most is to grab a pen or use a keyboard to write–they would rather get a root canal! If you look at the critique of PTI policies, it can all be summed up in one sentence: Oh, it is all wishful thinking, it will never happen. Such crass intellectual laziness is a hallmark of the anti PTI forces amongst us. The main reason for all this visceral hatred for everything Imran is quite simple to figure out: these “patriots”, just like their neo-con, Ayn Rand worshipping spiritual fathers in the US, do not want to pay any taxes. Period.

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  • Zeeshan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 4:42PM

    Hats off to you, brilliantly written article.

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 5:09PM

    @Taimoor: Lame is your comment, lame is your argument.

    All the so-called new policies of Imran are just rehashed versions of early military dictators. And Pakistan is down on the mat by following these policies for last 65 years. No wonder considering Imran is a godson of Lt Gen Pasha, legitimate or not, we will know later.

    Using the establishment as a crutch is so lame.

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  • ali
    Nov 8, 2012 - 5:16PM

    Excellent article!!! Balanced analysis!!
    Vote for Imran, come what may!

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  • Nov 8, 2012 - 5:16PM

    A good read, thank you for highlighting the core issues.
    PTI supporters always appericiate constructive criticism.
    ET has history after 100 anti-PTI op-ed they post 1 sane voice. Many people are disapointed over bias behaviour of editors’, and unsubscibing fast.

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  • Asfand
    Nov 8, 2012 - 5:58PM

    Great article Zarrar. I’m really impressed that the ET actually approved this to be published. For once someone in the media has taken note of what is happening with the great Khan. I’m so very proud of you to write such a honest and straightforward article.

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  • Salman
    Nov 8, 2012 - 6:19PM

    Liberal fascist media only has one problem underlying Imran khan. If Imran (God Forbid) came to power, he might look into eyes of Americans and flow of dolors might stop. It is very hard to earn living in Pakistan and this profession of spreading lies and propaganda seem to be one of the business thriving these days.

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  • Sultan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 6:26PM

    @Jat:

    Imran is a godson of Lt Gen Pasha, legitimate or not, we will know later.

    Whatever he is, at least he is not an inbred Jat mongrel!

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  • Sane
    Nov 8, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Worth reading article,thanks for writing Mr khuhrro

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  • Hamz
    Nov 8, 2012 - 6:33PM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir: There is no such thing as ‘Muslims of Pakistan’. We are Pakistanis. Irrespective of religion or creed. Pakistan belongs to everyone, not just Muslims. Hindus, Sikhs, Christians are all Pakstanis.

    Secondly, Allah is not Pakistani. He does not have a green passport. He belongs to every Musalmaan in the world. so let some other country now carry the Islamic flag forward. We have already lost a lot in the name of Islam.

    There is no room for a religion-let alone Islam- to be involved in the matters of the state in Pakistan. Ideally, the name of Pakistan should be changed from Islamic Republic to just Republic of Pakistan.

    No one wanted Islam to be most influential force in Pakistan. We were made by a secular man and in the name of secularism.

    If it is so important for someone, to be in a state that is close to Islam, Saudi Arabia is the place to be. The one-way ticket will be provided by me.Gladly.

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  • observer
    Nov 8, 2012 - 6:40PM

    @Author

    A.there have been horrible vilification campaigns carried out against Benazir Bhutto in particular, but those were sponsored by the establishment and its political and media pawns

    B,the establishment is not opposed to Imran,

    Need one say more?

    Moderator ET- The quotes are already there in the article.

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  • Ozymandias
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:14PM

    @observer:
    what on earth is your point? If you have one, that is?

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  • Jibran
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:19PM

    Zarrar Sb; so far the best article to analyse why always PTI is there. At first, when PTI unveiled its Health Policy, i didn’t understood why so much articles on it alone in ET leaving aside other NPs. You made it quite clearer for readers like me to understand the POINT. Thanks for taking the time of writing this piece.

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:19PM

    @Sultan: Ah yes, the same class, the same lineage as shown by the other PTI trolls, you all share the same contaminated DNA part Ghaznavi, part Ghouri.

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:24PM

    @observer: “B,the establishment is not opposed to Imran,”

    You knowingly, by mistake, leaked the most secret open secret. They start behaving strangely whenever you mention their illegitimate godfathers. :)

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  • Imran Ali
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:28PM

    Its brilliant. The last line just thrilling “And because we secretly love getting trolled.”

    In short, People like Saleem Safi loves Imran khan but their ego does’t allow them to do reality based criticism….

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  • Muzaffar
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:33PM

    excellent piece
    the anti PTI trolls like to discuss IK so much just because they have never encountered the MQM, PPP and PML(N) trolls cause that encounter could be their last.

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  • Jasim Khan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:35PM

    This is what I wanted to say :)
    I like it.

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  • Taimoor
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:45PM

    @Jat:
    What the heck are you talking about, which policies are you talking about. The only 100% confirmed party of the ISI is the illegitimate child called the PMLN. They even said it themselves. I did not even mention the establishment where did you get that from. Let me rephrase it for you so you may comprehend. If you dish out criticism you better be able take it. Is this simple enough for you.

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:58PM

    @Sultan: “…Criticizing is one thing, but placing baseless allegation is another…”

    How does one “place baseless allegation” ? I haven’t heard it done anywhere, you want to share your secret ?

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 8:17PM

    @Taimoor: “What the heck are you talking about, which policies are you talking about.”

    Much improvement in your manners here, from the earlier when you said, “you hide like cowards.”

    Am always ready to have a civil discussion. Peace !

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  • Sultan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 8:22PM

    @Jat:

    Ah yes, the same class, the same lineage as shown by the other PTI trolls, you all share the same contaminated DNA part Ghaznavi, part Ghouri

    May be, but still better than inbred Jats!

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  • Ace
    Nov 8, 2012 - 8:27PM

    Haven’t really felt like commenting on this site before. Top notch article. Straight up common sense which seemingly lacks nearly all the damn time in most of the stuff going around. Quite probably the best political article I’ve read in a long while.

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  • faraz
    Nov 8, 2012 - 8:31PM

    @Tribal Insafian:
    Hahahahahahaaaaa sarcasm at its best

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 8:38PM

    @Sultan: @Jat: Ah yes, the same class, the same lineage as shown by the other PTI trolls, you all share the same contaminated DNA part Ghaznavi, part Ghouri
    @Sultan: “May be,…”

    What do you mean by “may be” ? You mean you are not sure about your parentage ? How sad is that !!

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  • observer
    Nov 8, 2012 - 9:00PM

    @Ozymandias:

    @observer:
    what on earth is your point? If you have one, that is?

    I have only quoted Mr Zarrar Khuhro.
    Ask him, why the ‘Establishment’ vilifies other politicians, but is kind to IK.

    Not being in the same camp, I have no clue.

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  • Sultan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 9:05PM

    @Muzaffar:

    the anti PTI trolls like to discuss IK so much just because they have never encountered the MQM, PPP and PML(N) trolls cause that encounter could be their last.

    anti PTI agents should not be called trolls–I think the word “pygmies” suits them better!

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  • Sultan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 9:06PM

    @Jat:

    What do you mean by “may be” ? You mean you are not sure about your parentage ? How sad is that !!

    No dumbo the elephant, I am not sure about yours!

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  • Sultan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 9:13PM

    @observer:

    Ah, @Observer aka Dobby is back in the forum who thinks it was the US drone attacks on Ziarat and Mingora that made the terrorist flee Swat! Must be quite down today as your neo con, Atlas Shrugged buddies lost out in the US election! Don’t worry, their stock is still thriving in little india, where you come from.

    Dobby must serve master, Dobby must defend drones, Dobby must earn his keep, Dobby must write piffle and waste everyone’s time!

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  • observer
    Nov 8, 2012 - 9:28PM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir:

    At least the Nuclear and the Chinese are SECULAR in capitals.

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  • Sultan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 9:50PM

    @observer:

    Ask him, why the ‘Establishment’ vilifies other politicians, but is kind to IK.

    Perhaps because they know that the cavity in his skull is a place for generating ideas, not stuffing stolen cash. Or could it be that they like the fact he is an honest person who has served Pakistan immensely in his capacity as a cricketer and a philanthropist. Or might it be because they know he will take the ball and run with it and not shatter it in a thousand pieces like the “democracy revenge” team has done? No, no, none of that–it must be a dark conspiracy!

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 10:04PM

    @Sultan: “@observer: Ask him, why the ‘Establishment’ vilifies other politicians, but is kind to IK.
    Perhaps because they know that the cavity in his skull”

    Oh God ! Imran has a cavity in his skull ? Most humans have a brain…

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  • Khan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 10:47PM

    cheeta

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  • Parvez
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:45PM

    I thought it was a superb back handed compliment for Imran Khan an the PTI.

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  • rafaqat ali khan
    Nov 9, 2012 - 12:14AM

    Truth will be the winner one day, which is IK, doesn’t matter how much express tribune publish against OK, this paper has already been discredited in the eyes of Pakistani youth.

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  • Jat
    Nov 9, 2012 - 12:21AM

    @Parvez: “I thought it was a superb back handed compliment for Imran Khan an the PTI.”

    More like a back-handed slap to knock some sense in to the skull cavity of the PTI.

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  • waqas M
    Nov 9, 2012 - 2:08AM

    i think imran khan is the only hope we can rely on…otherz we have tried and has failed badly……plz this time do think when casting your precious vote.

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  • Talal
    Nov 9, 2012 - 5:56AM

    Marvellous, surely the best. You have written down what I have had in my mind since long. You have represented me. Thank You.

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  • Taimoor
    Nov 9, 2012 - 9:17AM

    @Jat:
    Thanks for the compliments but so far you have contributed nothing to the conversation except your baseless bashing. So what you’re just trolling around here nothing better to do. If you have nothing to add your opinion will certainly not be missed. I mean it is not necessary for you to comment on every single Imran article. let those who are trying to have a conversation converse.

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  • Emad Faruqui
    Nov 9, 2012 - 9:54AM

    i think with PTI…no publicity is BAD publicity.

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  • Jat
    Nov 9, 2012 - 11:40AM

    @Taimoor: There are so many problems with your comment. Are you an employee of this publication who has been entrusted to seek and destroy trolls ? Who are you to tell me if it is necessary or not to comment on every Imran article ? What is your shinning contribution to the conversation in this news item ?

    The pompous silliness of your behavior can be gauged from the fact that even the author of this article has said, “But this piece isn’t about Imran Khan. Not really. It’s more about the people who love to write about Imran Khan.” So this is not an Imran article.

    Now note the last line of the article, “And because we secretly love getting trolled.”

    In short, stop taking yourself so seriously, lighten up…

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  • Parvez
    Nov 9, 2012 - 1:40PM

    @Jat: You have your view and I have mine – nothing wrong in that.

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  • Jat
    Nov 9, 2012 - 2:30PM

    @Parvez: Agreed ! :)

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  • Siddh
    Nov 9, 2012 - 2:43PM

    Awesummm article

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  • NAZ
    Nov 9, 2012 - 5:14PM

    Well nothing wrong in the thinking of Imran Khan. Talibans are not aliens. What is wrong in Tliban?. If you think they are cruel. Then forget it. The cruelty unleashed by Americans in 2nd world war, in Vietnam, Iraq, and now in Afghnistan is unprecedented. The atrocities committed by India in Kashmir, Punjab, Nagalad are horrendous. Taliban]s cruelty is no match to their’s. Isn’t it true????????????????????????????????????????????

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  • Kamran Naqvi
    Nov 9, 2012 - 5:21PM

    A well balanced article on Taliban Khan, simultaneously exposing the Bhai log.

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  • Sanes
    Nov 9, 2012 - 5:57PM

    more power to imran bhai

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  • observer
    Nov 9, 2012 - 8:12PM

    @Sultan:

    Whatever he is, at least he is not an inbred Jat mongrel!

    Looks like Kreacher has not learnt his Wizard Lore properly. It is ‘Pure Bloods’ that are inbred. Mongrels are mixed breed.

    Calling a Mongrel, ‘inbred’, is an oxymoron. But then what can you expect from those with a ‘cavity’?

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  • Ali Syed
    Nov 9, 2012 - 8:24PM

    Articles on Imran Khan are directly proportional to the amount of coverage he gets by the media So you cannot rant about the media criticizing your juvenile grasp of economics, terrorism or you name it while you depend on the very same media to make you a viable politician. Which other politician is on the talk shows as often as Imran Lhan? Also keep in mind how often he has actually been elected.

    And yes, perhaps the media critizes him because they can. I think it’s more so because of how comical his ideas are. But at least now we know why he doesn’t criticize the Taliban.

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  • Zarmala
    Nov 9, 2012 - 11:05PM

    Great points.
    But I cant help being disturbed at the lack of focus on Education– undoubtedly the nations most urgent and crippling problem.

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  • Javed
    Nov 10, 2012 - 12:42AM

    @Ash:
    A secular mindset always support such type statement as well as such authors.The recent situation in Pakistan created by such statements, such politics and such type civil society members. I ask all of such mindsets Pakistanis what is the meaning of Islamic Republic of Pakistan? Can we prove it that the Pakistan is a real Muslim state?

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  • Sultan
    Nov 10, 2012 - 1:47AM

    @observer:

    No drone sales today? How was the Lockheed Martin convention in Florida?

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  • Javed
    Nov 10, 2012 - 10:41AM

    Totally secure thinking people and they dont want to lead Imran Khan Pakistani people.

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  • observer
    Nov 10, 2012 - 11:32AM

    @Sultan:

    @observer:
    No drone sales today? How was the Lockheed Martin convention in Florida?

    Is that what Dr Cavity was going to attend when the Yanks deplaned him?

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