For shame Imran Khan, for shame

Just when we think you’ve gained some much needed sense, you prove us all wrong.

Salman Zafar November 22, 2016
Imran Khan, you perpetually misguided political novice. You inherently misinformed self-proclaimed leader of the youth. You have done it again. First the fiasco with shutting down Islamabad, and now the reaction to Erdogan’s visit.

Just when we think you’ve gained some much needed sense, you prove us all wrong. And you don’t do that in your average every day way. No, sir. You do in the most spectacular of manners, debunking every delusion we may have had of you finally mending your ways.

Over 80,000 people dead, more than 48,000 of which are civilians. Blood splattered across the streets of Pakistan, Karachi in tatters, your own Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) ripped apart to shreds and the sanctity of life tucked away where the sun doesn’t shine. Yet somehow you find it within yourself to blurt out nonsense after nonsense. The bacterium of terrorism enters the country’s skin deeper and deeper every passing day, yet your focus only deviates to Raiwind and Nawaz Sharif. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its various factions shake the very foundations of the country, yet your focus remains on conjuring accusations of dollar hogging to rigging in the 2013 general elections.

The time for self-reflection, the time to ponder, and the time for correction – it is all but gone. This is not a test drive Mr Khan. This is the real deal. The promises you made before the elections, the wave of euphoria you rode on, the chest beating support base you gathered, it is shrinking and before you know it, the only people supporting the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) will be over-enthusiastic teenagers going through their first exposure of naïve populist politics. But maybe it is pointless to bring this up. You have been at the receiving end of so much slack that you have become immune to any criticism tossed at your conspiracy theory loving ways.

History is the most brutal of avengers, and you Mr Khan, will feel its wrath eventually. You may find everything dished out your way to be above and beyond you, but that is not the way history will land its knockout punch. History will break you down, inch by inch, scrutinise you till no end, and then come up with a conclusion that we are all too familiar with. The books they will write, the essays they will compose, anything and everything will rip you apart in shreds. It will paint a picture that people will remember for ages to come. Your legacy will be answerable to your legion of supporters when they throw away their PTI blinded shades and face the cold hard truth, and then there will be nowhere to hide.

No military man will protect you. No religious faction will take your side. You will be out in the open, at the mercy of the vultures that have already started circling over your fast decaying political career. And when that happens, you won’t be able to point fingers at imaginary third forces. Not the media you claim has sold out to dollars, not the government you claim licks the boots of the Americans and not the drones you claimed only take innocent lives. No, Mr Khan. You will be exposed in a manner not imagined before. Not because you are a violent criminal. But because you’re an ideological criminal sinking the state of Pakistan down the pool of its own blood every passing day.

You single-handed, gave a whole generation hope. You single handed, made promises that a whole generation was naive enough to believe. You singe handed, exposed them to political hard-lining. You single handed, made them treat your word as law, and you single handed, incorporated your twisted political ideology in them, polluting their minds.

While you reside in peace at Banni Gala, your shrinking support base breathes its last on the ventilator of childish agitational politics. While you roam around in your air conditioned Prado, every non-Muslim goes to sleep at night not sure if he will wake up alive the next morning. While you pass horrendously foolish statements, every Muslim who is not a Sunni walks the streets of Pakistan not sure if he will go back home in one piece.

And then you have the nerve to claim that the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) is root cause of all problems in Pakistan.

Shame on you.
Salman Zafar

The writer works in the Education Sector and tweets as">@salmanzafar1985

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Wasif | 7 years ago | Reply Imran Khan - The biggest wrongdoer ever to enter Pakistani politics and open the floodgates of sewer in mainstream politics. The man (very much like our Trump) opens his mouth and there is nothing but divisive, hateful, vulgar, pitiful and distasteful venom that spills out. It is no wonder that no Woman could ever live with him or bear his hateful personality for long. You can start counting from Sita White days... He surely is the Altaf Hussain of Punjab/KPK and is using every trick in the book to pit Pushtuns against Punjabis with his hateful rhetoric. The man is nothing but an extension of talibans and as the government in Punjab cracks down on illegals Afghan settlers in Punjab, he will twist it as anti Pushtun campaign to bring a stop to it. This is the most "Patheecher" human being not just in politics but in entire Pakistan and he was wrong on deceiving Punjabis and while he hates that zaat by refusing to accept the heritage of his father, and while constantly abusing Punjab and shedding tears for terrorists, I wonder how long will it take before he gets exposed to the fullest.
Khurram Farooqi | 7 years ago | Reply "every Muslim who is not a Sunni walks the streets of Pakistan not sure if he will go back home in one piece" Wow what great statement go and check the stats about people killed in terrorism that how many were Sunni and I am sure more sunni were killed then people of other sects.
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