Imran respects me like one does his father: Hashmi

Published: June 19, 2013

Imran Khan. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has said that Imran Khan respects him a lot and that he (Hashmi) himself had recommended Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s name for the party’s deputy parliamentary leader in the National Assembly.

Speaking in the Express News talk-show To The Point, he said Imran respected him as he would respect his father and refuted rumours of any differences between him and his party chief, adding that he had met the latter on Tuesday as well.

Hashmi also said that he did not find himself suitable for the position of deputy parliamentary leader because the position required someone who could endure physical and mental stress.

He dispelled the notion that he was not visiting the National Assembly since Qureshi was elected deputy parliamentary leader. “I was present even today and I sat with Qureshi.”

Hashmi said he believed in respecting everyone despite political differences and said that personal attacks should not be allowed.

He, however, cited an incident when the youth had objected to his calling the former military dictator respectfully.

“It seems that these days values are changing and there is a generation gap. Some people think that if you have differences with someone, you should start beating him with a stick rather than discussing the issue with reason and logic.”

He also acknowledged that Nawaz Sharif is the leader of the house. Referring to his controversial statement about calling Nawaz his leader, he said that in order to avoid confusing the youth – the future of PTI – he decided to withdraw his statement.

He said there was a time when Nawaz Sharif would drive his car for miles and would wait for him outside his room, but now he is in a respectable position and is the leader of the house.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Mirza
    Jun 19, 2013 - 9:42AM

    Hashmi believes that a man in his sixties respects him like his father? Are you kidding me?

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  • Fahad
    Jun 19, 2013 - 9:55AM

    And son tells his father either to withdraw from you statement or your services are no more required….. Geo Hashmi sb.

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  • sa
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:03AM

    to whom he is talking to , may be himself

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  • asim
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:04AM

    NS robbed PTI of its mandate.

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  • fahad
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:08AM

    the very last statement makes no sense. baghi we respect your services

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  • sgrr
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:11AM

    The history tells us a lesson that King has no relative, neither father nor mother or any one else. Now replace the word ‘king’ with leader.

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  • Shah
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:15AM

    Referring to his controversial statement about calling Nawaz his leader, he said that in order to avoid confusing the youth – the future of PTI – he decided to withdraw his statement.

    Confusing the youth? Tells you a lot about the mindset of the old-guard of Pakistani political elite. Also what kind of simpletons are following the PTI? and Why?

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  • Asad Shaikh
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:17AM

    Before making comments here do watch the interview with Shahzeb Khanzada first.

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  • Zubair
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:46AM

    Patience and dialogue is rapidly disapearing from our society and we should admit that our youngsters are very agressive and gets ino physical confrontation very quickly. We should work on ourselves!!!

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:52AM

    Hashmi is one fine man.. who is there left who respect each individual having extreme political difference.

    IK shouldn’t have had Hashmi taken back his statement regarding Nawaz Sharief, instead IK could have said.. 17 year’s of Hashmi’s dedication for PMLN will take sometimes to die..” just to some respect to one fine politician alive in extremely corrupt political arena.

    I am not IK or PTI fan but I also respect individuals.. who ever may be IK or Hashmi.

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  • RizwanKhan
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:53AM

    @sgrr:
    My friend you have totally lost the very basic difference in a king and a leader. A leader leads other by setting himself as an example whereas the king is a ruthless Boss who pushes others to achieve what he wants. Leader cares for his team whereas king cares for himself only.

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  • moeed
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:00AM

    @asim:
    how is that will you plz elaborate

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  • Tanveer
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:07AM

    I respect Hashmi Sb from the core of my heart. I had seen the program & what he said respect his comments regarding Imran Khan.

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  • Arif
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:10AM

    He needs to pull his head out and get some air…

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  • Asif Butt
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:34AM

    Hashmi said “..youth – the future of PTI …”

    I thought PTI was the youth ?

    Isnt youth the future of Pakistan ?

    PTI followers will start bashing me for this , but I think that both PTI leaders and followers are pretty messed up regarding unity and political vision, leave alone national vision from which they are 100 light years away.

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  • Shanawar Hashmi
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:37AM

    @moeed:
    You’re probably one of those who still believes that the May 11 elections were free and fair. We overseas Pakistanis were seeing some hope that maybe we’d be able to go back and live and contribute in a Naya Pakistan. But alas its going to be the same old for another 5 years.

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  • Nakhtar
    Jun 19, 2013 - 12:29PM

    He meant ” values matter”, its a lesson for the new generation YOUTH

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  • sgrr
    Jun 19, 2013 - 1:57PM

    @RizwanKhan:
    That’s why leader asked his just like father either to withdraw from you statement or your services are no more required…..

    I think you are living on the moon.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 19, 2013 - 4:43PM

    I would request all the contributors to kindly spare Hashmi Sahib and do not criticize him any more.

    Enough is enough. If his tounge slips once, it does not mean that we should be running after him, as God forbid, Hashmi Sahib has said some thing wrong.

    For me, all political leaders are my leaders – if I say so, what is wrong in it?

    Mian Nawaz Sharif is a political leader. If Hashmi Sahib has said him in the National Assembly that Mian Nawaz Sharif is his leader, he has said so as a matter of respect and regards towards Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, but in my opinion, he does not mean to say that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is his leader and NOT Imran Khan.

    For God sake, leave Hasmi sahib alone, otherwise, he will go mad after reading all these comments.

    Please, this is my personal request.

    Let me clear it that I am apolitical and I have no relations neither with Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, nor with Mr. Imran Khan and also not with Mr. Javed Hashmi in any manner.

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  • Marium Faisal
    Jun 20, 2013 - 7:35PM

    Lets be clear. Hashmi has switched loyalities because Sharif did not give his relative a party ticket. He did not switch loyalties due to any principles, because Pakistani politicians have no principles to begin with. So please stop living in a dreamworld and recognize the fact that Hashmi, like any other politician in Pakistan is not worth spending a minute of the day thinking about or worrying about. Kindly do yourselves a favor, and get to the nearest embassy and look for a way out of Pakistan, because that is the only hope you have of a decent future.

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  • Jun 22, 2013 - 1:55PM

    It is very strange that father-like Javed Hashmi is made to take his word back by Imran Khan on harsh insistence of PTI youth. There is nothing wrong in terming Leader of the House in National Assembly as your Leader. And he has 20+ years affiliation with Nawaz Sharif and PML-N. It should not have been a big deal.

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