Supporting Imran Khan

Published: June 14, 2011
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At the recent TEDx event in Karachi, I heard Imran Khan speak. His talk reminded me of why he is a great man: His cancer hospital that caters to the poorest who suffer from this cruel disease, and his educational initiatives in the least developed areas of Pakistan. He has managed to give to the poorest of the poor where the state has failed, and with a level of integrity that is unmatched. During his talk, he came out as a man with humility and fortitude, not something that comes out through his almost near constant presence on television talk shows. He deserves to be in the list of the pantheons of our living saints, like Edhi. Imran has already had more turns at public life than other great men: But in politics he has made little headway despite this impressive resume. His selling point, un-corruptibility and independence, has been long established, amongst other instances, through the WikiLeaks saga.

Many Pakistanis clamour for an independent Pakistan free of corruption, yet they balk at the idea of supporting Imran Khan, myself included. This dissonance is interesting, especially since it is coupled with an increasing gulf with broadening support from the online Facebook generation of youth for Imran.The main reason for the above, I suspect, is his unwillingness to play compromise politics. If a man is unwilling to compromise on his integrity, that should make him stand shoulders above the rest, no? Unfortunately, that’s not true in Imran’s case. A man who fears no one but his own conscience would, in Pakistan, take a stand against the oppressive treatment of minorities, increasing radicalisation of society, demonstrate strength against the Taliban, an issue parliament so easily caved in on, take on the top brass of the military who have compromised this nation and the institution itself.

That doesn’t describe Imran Khan. Speaking on these issues can get you killed, and lose your place and support in this society. His choice is the simpler one; ride on anti-Americanism and support the establishment while condemning an already discredited government. Also, one doesn’t know what Imran really believes in.He says the NRO, an unforgivable law from American and British meddling, came to undermine the ISI and the army. If anything, it legitimised the role of the army since Musharraf was in power when it was drawn up. The press has been rife with rumours suggesting that Imran Khan has sided with the establishment for support. He scoffs at this, but it wouldn’t be out of character, as a committed democrat he has in the past happily endorsed Musharraf.

But the real matter, and one that Imran Khan takes issue with, is that it’s suggested by some that he is a Taliban sympathiser. And for that, one has to consider that there is no other force in Pakistan that treats them as a legitimate entity that has tangible demands that can be accommodated with negotiations. But perhaps most troubling is Imran Khan’s belief in magic. He thinks if the US withdraws from Afghanistan, all will be fixed. Once radicalised, mission creep begins. To believe that those who enjoy the spoils of the fruits of terror will cave in is a gross misunderstanding of what groups like the Taliban are. They want an end to Pakistan as it is, under our Constitution. Imran Khan extends the same line of thought to why there are divisions in the army amongst those who may have helped in the PNS Mehran attack. He traces it back to the war on terror, but misreads that the radicalised jawan just wants the Americans gone. They want democracy to end, they want minorities to cease to exist, they want a fascism of their narrowly-defined beliefs, and they want a state of perpetual war against others. In “Parker Spitzer” on CNN, Imran blamed the death of Salmaan Taseer on the war on terror. As if blasphemy related murders never happened before 9/11. In the same show, when prodded to explain how terrorism could end, he suggested a ceasefire, negotiations and compromise. That’s exactly what happened in 2009 in Swat and Malakand, with the government going further and giving the extremists legal cover.

In all of Imran’s statements, one can find a rich source of caveats where he espouses progressive views. But it’s hard to take that on face value when banned groups, Hamid Gul and the Jamaat-e-Islami take a liking to him and he cavorts with the latter two. To be uncompromising, one needs to stick his neck out for the defenceless and challenge the war on rationality in Pakistan. Pakistan is already overwhelmingly against the drones. In Imran, all we have now is a suave Jamaat-i-Islami version 2.0 repackaged in his person, not revolutionary but old news.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 15th, 2011.

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  • A.Ali
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:14PM

    Get a life…. all i’ll say to you…..Recommend

  • Anthony
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:15PM

    He perfectly summed up what I feel, in all the major (and minor) points he made.Recommend

  • Zid T
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:21PM

    Extremely true. He is a bit two faced. Instead of singing the same line on anti Americanism and rubbishing his political opponents he could have done better if he voiced his concerns for minorities and other immediate issues of common manRecommend

  • Fahad Raza
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:22PM

    Why is that you portrait the Jawans as radicalised jawan if they want Americans exit? Why is it such hard bone to swallow ? If you look at the past 30+ years do you know howmay times the used us for their own purpose ? Now we are just lazy bigot when we see all the money coming in and completely ignoring the soverignity we have compromised. It was funny for congressman when John Kerry reported to them after OBL’s Fiasco “Pakistanis are worried about their soverignity..” then they all laughed.

    Now Imran Khan some updated version of JI and affiliates.. that how the left portraits the center is the message here. Not buyingRecommend

  • ashwin
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:23PM

    beautifully articulated couldn’t have said it better.what are the alternatives, may be you have some suggestions Recommend

  • parvez
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:24PM

    Thought that was a good analysis of the Khan.
    His plus point is at least he has a thinking cap and he’s wearing it. His minus point is that the cap is on sideways and he does not know it.Recommend

  • Tahir
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:31PM

    Out of all politicians, he is without a doubt the only hope that we have to save Pakistan. Cheap Imran Khan bashing to gain quick popularity will not change the fact that he has support from majority of the youth.Recommend

  • Junaid Alam
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:35PM

    So we ought to suspect him because Jamat-i-Islami likes him? Good! such cynicism may really be an inspiration toward a better Pakistan.

    I pity such a nation of Islamic fundamentalist and liberal extremists, both of whom would rather have MINDSETS than prudence.Recommend

  • Tinko
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:36PM

    You know, its not our fault if we’re supporting Immy, its because there is no other option left, you want us to support Nawaz Sharif? Zardari? Altaf Hussain or Musharaf??Recommend

  • faraz
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:36PM

    Imran and his politics has mullah military alliance written all over it. He has support from the delegitimized pro-proxy war section of the establishment. But the youth has little idea of the modus operandi of our military and agencies. I think the only good thing about Imran is that he has attracted youth which would have otherwise joined religious and sectarian groups or the Khilafat crowd. Recommend

  • Moi
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:38PM

    my reason for not liking Imran khan is that he sounds like an emotional fool. he seems confused and he’s definitely pro-taliban. after living a life of luxury and freedom, he believes in taking away the same rights from other people. basically going back to his roots at a certain age, very common in middle aged pakistaniz. he’s highly anti-american, which i don’t really care about if he has some brains and could be diplomatic and peaceful about it. one has to be diplomatic in politics, not a simpleton. in short he sounds like a village idiot with a terrorist streak. we need a highly intelligent leader at this time. someone who is very patriotic but intelligent at the same time and knows how to deal with the rest of the nations of the world. our focus and ultimate goal should be world peace, not world domination. no country or nation would rest until they get rid of cancers like taliban and other terrorist organizations, thats what people like imran khan need to decide once and for all ‘are you really peace loving or you are pro-bombers, pro-taliban and pro-terrorists?’ set your priorities straight once and for all. to me he’s as good as any other religious fanatic. a bewakoof dost is worst than an aqalmand dushman. thats what he is, a bewakoof dost!Recommend

  • Ahsan Mansoor
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:00PM

    Fasi, when you are a columnist in an english news paper, its easier to say all the things that you have said (and I agree with most of them). But when you want to bring changes in the society by gaining power through the ballot, tactics have to be changed. Imran Khan claims privately that if right wing goes against you in this country and some how you get the label of “anti-islam”, there is no way you could go anywhere near the power. I agree with this understanding of him. He gives example of ZA Bhutto, how he surrendered in front of right wing when Nizam e Mustafa campaign had started.
    If you remember, he was in agreement with Salman Taseer when he Taseer was supporting that christian woman. He just doesnt say it as loud as you want him to say it. Only because he believes that the mindset of majority in Pakistan needs to be changed over a period of time through dialogue and education, and giving statements right now would hardly serve any purpose.
    Thats my understanding of him.Recommend

  • Khochinskee
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:01PM

    Come on Fasi!!!! how could u discredit Imran for that…ur polarising the support for Imran…If that is the case u should tread carefully buddy…there are way too many religious minded people who would support the Afghan freedom fighters on any given day…We are hardly 5 % of the Pakistani society and I would add here that many amongst us dont have independent opinions of our own and who depend largely on the facebook and twitter for that purpose!!!Recommend

  • maya khan
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:05PM

    The philosophy of Imran Khan might appear to be a twisted one, his logic might be false here and there but the question is ‘ do other politicians have any philosophy and any logic to begin with’? I am not a huge Imran Khan fan but I dont see why must we not follow something-is-better-than-nothing policy? If none of the politians are worth anything why not support the one with one eye rather than the blinds? Or do we have any fresh options?Recommend

  • Aryabhat
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:07PM

    Good intentions, bad leadership is what I call Imran Khan.

    Going against him is also the “Army, Allah and America” trio. His personal life is not my business (nor anyone else’s) but in Pakistani election politics he would noto be able to score high on “Allah” mark thanks to his personal life.

    As for “America”, well, his stand is clear.

    As for “Army”, it is 50/50.

    All put together, As Anna Hazare (another honest, good leader) in India said, he won’t win one election! But the “Civil” society still see good point in both man, and rightfully so.

    However, Imran’s stand that if Americans leave everythign will be fine in Pakistna is simply unrealistic and bad politics. It is also far from reality. If Americans leave, Taliban will be ruling Pakistna in less then 5 years time and Imran will be in first firing line! Remember what is happening to JUI leadership?

    Anyway I don’t see Imran coming to power except as civilian mask of an Army takeover and Pakistan’s finances are so much in mess that this is not happening in near future!Recommend

  • Asif Luqman Qazi
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:11PM

    We reject parleys with Taliban on the premise that we tried it Malakand and it failed. Granted. However, we have tried military operations for the last ten years and they have obviously failed to deliver results too. Doesn’t this tell us that we need to revisit our war on terror policies ? People are dying on daily basis across Pakistan but nobody is really pushed to give it a serious thought. I think a national dialogue on this single point agenda should be our foremost national priority in present conditions. If Americans can have a dialogue with Taliban, and if our government can have a dialogue with India, why should we reject dialogue with Taliban ? It is Pakistan’s requirement and not Taliban’s. If we don’t, our enemies will continue to manipulate certain groups among militants for their own purposes and Pakistan will continue to suffer. We have to understand that the roots of militancy are ideological, and ideologies are not fought with bombs and cannons. An ideology can only be defeated by a superior ideology. For that we need a peaceful environment in order to be able to reach out to the hearts and minds of the misguided militant youth. I think Imran Khan, Jamaat e Islami and Hamid Gul do have a point here. Let Pakistanis of all colors of thought sit together and discuss. This is too serious an issue to be considered a taboo. Recommend

  • Amadeus
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:25PM

    v2.0 – explains everything.Recommend

  • Karim
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:37PM

    Oh Fasi, Great article. Why you or others don’t write such brilliant pieces on politics of MQM. And let me clear you nothing to take sarcastically of my compliments. Please do write on this as well.Recommend

  • Talha
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:45PM

    Imran Khan is in fact a product of Gen Hamid Gul’s project who wanted to created a political personality from a known person.

    Imran Khan might just end up becoming a Bhutto but until now it seems like he will not achieve anything drastic.Recommend

  • tahir
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:47PM

    Fasi Zaka’s hate for taliban might be well placed but he seemed less informed and confused while discussig Imran,his policies and his views on war on terror.When Imran says USA should leave Afghanisatn,he clearly meant it would lessen terrorism in Pakistan,not a complete end to terrorism.Let’s quantify it.With America leaving Aghanistan,it would end 80% of the terrorism.Before 9/11,how many people were victims of terrorism?They were not even 10% of 35,000 being killed after 9/11.
    Imran is not criticizing Army because he can read the writing on the wall:Our enemies want our Army to stand defamed and humiliated.Imran like many of us wants to correct Army but criticizing at this time is not required as it would damage the country.
    Fasi Zaka is disnformed and has tried his best to malign Imran using his disinformation.Imran has just recently asked Govt “Stop Kayani to hold talks with USA directly”.This tells what Imran is all about.He wants to correct Army but not siding with enemies. Recommend

  • Asim
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:54PM

    Fasi Zaka’s hate for taliban might be well placed but he seemed less informed and confused while discussig Imran,his policies and his views on war on terror.When Imran says USA should leave Afghanisatn,he clearly meant it would lessen terrorism in Pakistan,not a complete end to terrorism.Let’s quantify it.With America leaving Aghanistan,it would end 80% of the terrorism.Before 9/11,how many people were victims of terrorism?They were not even 10% of 35,000 being killed after 9/11.
    How many Governer were killed before 9/11 due blasphemy law? Not even single.That speaks volume.The one we witnessed was killed was a corrupt man to the core who sat with people like Zardari and Musharaf.
    Imran is not criticizing Army because he can read the writing on the wall:Our enemies want our Army to stand defamed and humiliated.Imran like many of us wants to correct Army but criticizing at this time is not required as it would damage the country.
    Fasi Zaka is disnformed and has tried his best to malign Imran using his disinformation.Imran has just recently asked Govt “Stop Kayani to hold talks with USA directly”.This tells what Imran is all about.He wants to correct Army but not siding with enemies. Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2011 - 11:54PM

    Brilliant ..
    very well written .. One thing I have always thought about is Imran Khan wants Pakistan to surrender to Taliban .. It is as you have said the same situation with Malakand and Swat .. The government accepted their demands , sufi muhammad declared the government illegal and there were more demands and that all kept increasing .. The same was true with the Laal Masjid standoff .. as soon as their demands were met new demands were brought up instantaneously. But then again Mr. Zaka the thing is since Pakistani’s do feel like living like ostriches and avoiding the real issues maybe Imrans Utopia is what the establishment and the people want. Recommend

  • Ahmad Shaheen
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:57PM

    No doubt Imran Khan is considered as a hope for Pakistan and most of our youth is with him because of his stance against corrupt politicians and strong anti American activities. These things are common between hardcore religious elements (i.e. Jamaat e Islami) and Imran Khan. This only thing is a bad sign for our so called “secularists” who wants to take IK away from religious elements. But in upcoming elections a strong alliance is going to be made including Imran and Jamaat e Islami. Recommend

  • Ammar Ahmed Qureshi
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:01AM

    so basically you are saying that he stands for no corruption and half a justice (since he doesnt make a stand for rights of minorities and religious bigotry) ??? still better than every single politician out there..
    IK is not taliban sympathetic..he just doesnot agree that a military operation is the right way to handle that problem..which has proven to be right over the time.
    IK has also made clear that he is ready to compromise over policies but not on justice. dun see anything wrong with that.
    i dun know why most of the ET bloggers have a thing against IK Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:13AM

    Imran Khan should now build another institution badly needed in this country, it might not help the ordinary people of Pakistan directly but indirectly it will as all the lunatics in politics can be locked up in some secured institutional wards and some might even be fixed and rehabilated in the society again. Recommend

  • Mohammad Sohaib
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:27AM

    why does every one need to write against/or on imran khan to be in the lime light ….. fasi u too ….. giving ur expert opinions on politics although u havnt done any majors in it ………… the upper society like u want to accept him as the only problem solver but u wont digest it easily until and unless u dissect him from every possible angle which u think is rite…. n now its not so cool and trendy enough to support imran khan …….. just think for the moment u have u live in here and some coming to rule is going to be from these existing parties …… name any other leader better then him …….. no ……. so simply accept him and promote him … Recommend

  • Irfan
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:33AM

    In my view the article has been written in bad taste with out understanding the current situation of terrorism in Pakistan.In Pakistan the number extremists is increasing on both sides.on one sides we have Taliban and on the other sides we have libral extremists who will never listen to any solution for the current crisis other than crushing the Taliban no matter if it results in a genocide of the pashtun. The argument that taliban are against the democratic system of Pakistan is nothing more than a farce, we never had democracy in Pakistan nor we will ever have democracy in Pakistan unless these corrupt incompetent immoral pigmies holding on to power in our country are all hanged.
    Taliban are terrorist but they are certainly not responsible for all the problems that we have in pakistan. Did we have every thing perfect in pakistan before 9/11? Did we have a double digit growth rate in pakistan before 9/11? The only difference before and after 9/11 is suicide bombing and that is definitely because of US indiscriminate bombing in pashtun belt. All those punjabis who are unanimous on bombing the tribal areas become deaf dumb and blind when they are told about talibanisation in southern punjab which need a military operation. semilary in karachi 100s of innocent lives are being wasted in target killing but when military is called for action every one is opposing it .
    it alarming that we have a very increasing number of US infected minds in our country who thinks the same as bush administration of be a friend or foe. they are never ready to listen to third option which Imran khan is offering. we have tried war for ten years why not a give a honest chance to peace and reconciliation. The example of Swat about failure of reconcilation is not valid since that was a drama staged just gain support for army action. The action was already decided before SWAT deal. The girl flogging was used and an excuse to initiate a war. Women are being paraded naked in punjab so many times by Panchayats, people are being flogged by police every whenere in this country, rangers are killing people with impunity then why only taliban should be bombed and never given a chance to reconcile.Recommend

  • Abdul Ahad Ayub
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:37AM

    “They want democracy to end, they want minorities to cease to exist, they want a fascism of their narrowly-defined beliefs, and they want a state of perpetual war against others.”

    Sweeping statement?

    Also, a man who hasn’t and is unwilling to compromise on his integrity (something which the author took great pains to detail) can not be taken at face value because Jamaat-i-Islami supports him? This is exactly why he doesn’t play compromise politics and put his integrity in doubt. Protects his statements and efforts from unfounded allegations you see. Recommend

  • Usama Zafar
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:44AM

    Fasi Zaka your articles just get better and better!!Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2011 - 12:48AM

    Imran Khan is enjoying the luxury of being in opposition and a populist. Recommend

  • kashif manzoor
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:54AM

    @Khochinskee:
    really nice to see an acceptance of being just 5% of pakistani society( a brave exaggeration though, as i know elite class amounts to about 1 or at the greatest 2%). so be rational and do not try to impose alien ideology in pakistani society. for god sake stop these peoples from meddling in the things which they dont have any stake but the filthy desire to apply secular mccarthyism Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Jun 15, 2011 - 1:14AM

    Surprised to read such a biased article. Using military might against a nation like Afghanistan has proven itself to be a failed strategy time and time again…the USSR saw the first and now the US is desperate to leave the region because it has now dawned upon them too that military might will not provide a resolution to this. Imran has been one of the very very few Pakistani politicians who has always spoken about alternative ways of resolving these conflicts. If we continue with the military operation, then we are only enlarging the part of Pakistani society that is vulnerable to indoctrination by the extremist forces that then feed their minds nothing but unjustified hatred.

    We have given military power a chance, lets give negotiations a chance too. In order to achieve this though, the government needs to win the trust of the people and take them along in this fight. If the government is seen to be playing a double game with its own people, then it will only take the country down the path of disaster!

    It is time to give Imran Khan’s politics a chance!…like all the other areas where he has excelled, I am quite sure he will not disappoint, InshAllah…Recommend

  • Chubaka
    Jun 15, 2011 - 1:20AM

    Agreed!! if i were gay and you skinny i would ask you to marry me..! Now have the daunting task of find a female Fasi Zaka!! Recommend

  • faraz
    Jun 15, 2011 - 1:31AM

    American dialogue with Taliban will bring Taliban into Afghan government. Do we want to bring Hakeemullah Mehsud into the parliament? Afghan Taliban are fighting against foreign occupation while TTP is a terrorist organization that’s involved in killings of innocent people. Its a collection of religious extremists and sectarian groups that want to take over the state to enforce their ideology. Any negotiation with TTP leading to unconditional surrender could be acceptable. But Imran’s solution of handing over FATA to TTP would be an epic disaster.

    Pakistan in late 1980s developed a policy of gaining strategic depth in Afghanistan and to bleed India in Kashmir. To achieve these aims, the state nurtured jihadi groups. Foreign funded sectarian terrorist groups gained huge strength. Before 911, dozens of militant groups having over 500,000 local and foreign members were based in Pakistan.

    There was no suicide bombing in Pakistan before 911 because the state was supporting these elements. Why would these groups attack the state that fed them? All changed after 911, when Pakistan was forced to contain these groups. Tribal are mere victims of state policies adopted since Afghan jihad. Taliban in Pakistan do not represent the tribals of FATA; they are the product of mullah military alliance. If Imran really has any love for pushtoons, he must speak up against the real tormentors; Nawaz and PPP do not run our national or defense policy.Recommend

  • Copper
    Jun 15, 2011 - 1:31AM

    basic question: Is there any other better option available? He is the best among available.
    Vote for change or live with status quo!Recommend

  • Hasan Tariq
    Jun 15, 2011 - 1:32AM

    Fasi,

    I am totally disagree with your article about Imran Khan. All your write up is what was being discussed or shown on TV from last 3 years about Imran Khan.

    Wake up buddy and learn more about him and his party before writing anything more.

    God bless Pakistan.Recommend

  • Irfan
    Jun 15, 2011 - 1:35AM

    Banned groupd Hameed gul and jumat islami ????????????????
    Hamed gul is not a group and who banned JI ?

    Not even in the US list JI is a banned group. Recommend

  • desi gurl
    Jun 15, 2011 - 1:50AM

    Why not imran khan? Currently is there any better option available for us? I do not think so and the man surely has a convincing persona and potential in the eyes of many pakistanis.Recommend

  • Ali Wazir
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:11AM

    Something isnt automatically wrong if JI supports it. Its like saying Cigarttes are good coz Hitler is anti smoking (which he was). You and NFP give liberals a bad name. A pro Drone strike pro Paxamericana pro PPP Liberal.Ha! What a joke… I will stick with Chomsky and IK on this one.Recommend

  • Nosheen
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:22AM

    Thanks Fasi. Wonderful, constructive engagement. Recommend

  • Ali Wazir
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:24AM

    Pakistanis arent Americans . We understand things are more complex then represented. You are from KPK and yet you pretend as if you dont understand what the Army has been up to these past so many years in Swat and the tribal areas. (Bombing villages killing ppl extra judicially. Then supporting one militant group to another). Journalist arent allowed in tribal areas the tragic case of Hayatuallah is in front of us. So you dont hear about the crimes and Human rights violations, that may have contributed to this suicide bomber factory.Yet your prescription is BOMB BOMB BOMB, “We dont negotiate with terrorist” Like a bad Chuck Norris movie.
    Its a civil war. Most people have been dragged in as a reaction to Mushi spinelessness. How many years more are we to fight them They are Pakistanis also after all you pompus jackass.. Would it make sense to isolate the trully ideological anti Pakistan element.Americans can negotiate with the Taliban and we cant???Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:25AM

    @TightDhoti: Imran Khan is neither a fish nor a fowl, he is a creature in between! Such folks do have the tendency of enjoying whatever is there, you know “hamare shamsabad types”! Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:27AM

    I believe Fasi Zaka is very misinformed. Imran Khan has the perfect policy to build up pakistan.. And we cant get peace if we keep fighting our own people.. the Taliban is increasing in numbers because of the number if people losing their families to this so called war on terror..if this keeps going on for another 10 years, i believe pakistan would be in a more worse situation than afghanistan is in nowRecommend

  • Architect
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:32AM

    The author is an ignorant soul who not only has great love for his godfather America but his allergic from people who are doing something good for Pakistan & Islam is also not hidden. He is criticizing IK just because Hameed Gul, Jamaat-e-Islami & banned groups take a liking to him. (Wow!)
    Fortunately OR unfortunately these banned groups, J.I & IK are the only hope for poor & helpless Pakistanis (yeah! not for the elite class). They have proved themselves as true patriotic leadership by sharing the grief & sorrow of the helpless poor Pakistanis, through their deeds & relief works.
    Sadly (without any doubt) Pakistan is being ruled by Pro-American Secular Fascist Elite mindset from the beginning till now, and they have ruined this country.
    Recommend

  • Nabeel
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:56AM

    Pakistan is country where minority (pro-american elite secular fascist mindset) is ruling the majority (anti-american, pro-islam) since 1947… And still want more.
    This is true democracy… isn’t it???Recommend

  • Saleem
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:56AM

    in simple words Imran Special Interest Khan Recommend

  • Pseudonym the First
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:59AM

    My question is simple: if (and this is a big if) Imran Khan became Prime Minister today, what would he do differently? Does anybody honestly believe he has the capability to govern a country facing the strife Pakistan is facing today?Recommend

  • Tahir Khan
    Jun 15, 2011 - 3:25AM

    Imran Khan is the most popular leader for the youth in Pakistan. If not this generation then the next he will be in power. Its inevetable.Recommend

  • zain
    Jun 15, 2011 - 3:31AM

    Hey FASI – ill call your article the PARACHA INFLUENC ;) What in real seems to me rubbish without maturity. i just cant believe i just wasted 5 minutes of my life reading to one’s hyper paranoia suffering from taliban-o-phobia! Once can be easily deluded with such rhetoric efforts to support drones to condemn suicide attack, what has been the biggest fortunate for him or us including I is drones haven’t reached our roof tops as yet so its fair enough to ensure its ongoing stability as living under the influence of a Desi secular :) & I also think fasi you missed reading the article where talibans vowed giving up vengeance provided NATO SUPPLY ROUTES are blocked but what if Imran comes in power – NATO supply is blocked – talibans give up vengeance – the last bid would be, what would happen to our desi seculars pockets? Who will pocket their wallets with peanuts and butter when $ hath farewell from Pakistan – right fasi ;)?Recommend

  • Truth Seeker
    Jun 15, 2011 - 3:35AM

    Imran Khan should concentrate his efforts for changing the education system of Pakistan, where he may succeed.Imran Khan is influenced by those forces which wrongly believe that by holding the reigns of power one can change the society.It has never happened in the past and in Pakistani polarised society it will be a nightmare, unless Imran is willing to change mindset of the masses( most of which are uneducated).
    Otherwise Imran Khan is (unwittingly) joining hands with Hameed Gul, Zaid Hamid and Munawar Hassan by making a perfect square to fit in Pakistani Circular Vortex.Recommend

  • SUPERB
    Jun 15, 2011 - 3:37AM

    You have distorted the truth. It was only Imran who condemned the Salman Taseer murder and this was said by Salman Taseer himself that “I am pleased Imran Khan supported my stance”. He is the one who is biggest champion of human rights by providing education, health to poor and underprivileged not by making free talks or writing articles.
    He has said multiple times that he can’t allow any group with weapons and talibanization is not the solution for this country when he said that if these people try to enforce their kind of islam he will be the first one to carry the gun against them in talk shows many a times. I don’t know why you have tried to twist the facts.
    We must remember and must visualise the recklessness of army operations in East Pakistan, Balochistan and so on. Now we can feel the heat by few incidents in karachi and Queatta. Mind you this was captured by media and in other case no media was there.Recommend

  • Salman Ghumman
    Jun 15, 2011 - 3:38AM

    Pessimism amongst the people! Pessimism is good, it keeps the element of surprise alive. Lets just say for example Imran Khan does deliver on his vision (magic as Fasi likes to refer to it) by ending this war , declaring an education emergency , dragging Pakistan out of its economic voes & setting a sublime example of good governance and thus creating a massive change in social and cultural values – then there ought to be someone who’d proclaim I stand corrected. Fasi you can be that person. And please be loud in your proclamation – refrain from rationalizing the man and his process – for we all know you are really good at that.Recommend

  • Raja
    Jun 15, 2011 - 3:47AM

    oh, how fresh! another anti Imran article. The sweeping statements that you make are so original. A true (pseudo) liberal at heart, how else could you have interpreted the statements of a man who actually cares for the poor and the rule of law. Next! Recommend

  • SUPERB
    Jun 15, 2011 - 3:58AM

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/188610/us-establishes-contact-with-mullah-omar/
    read this story and you people will get some sense. How will you catagorize uncle Obama for contacting Mullah Omar and co the biggest enemies of USA.
    What IK believes is try to get our own people into mainstream and isolate them from real terrorists and then go after those who don’t accept the state rules.
    Our ruling elite has ignored the jahadis and used them as toilet paper where needed i.e. in kashmir, against soviet, in chechnya, bosnia, kosovo and they were made responsible for the jehad in whole world.
    Our stupid ruling elite must have remembered that they are not robots that will remain under their control for ever and they might use their brain some day and turn against this ruling elite.
    Why you are not suicide bomber becuase you are living a joyful life will all your family intact and home intact as well Mr Fasi. Had there been a drone attack or a jet bombing on ur home killing the whole family except you then I could have asked ur options.
    We must think with the minds of affectees as well.Recommend

  • Black Rose
    Jun 15, 2011 - 4:08AM

    1 thing that i think pakistanis should really learn is to respect others opinions. Remember this is an opinion page and fasi has given his opinion in a very polite way so respect it. also please do not blindly trust on a person whom you haven’t tested yet. Being a good philanthropist or social worker is different that being a good politician and this is the fact that most people are concerned about when it comes to imran khan. He might be a good social worker, but a good politician? i am not so sure.Recommend

  • M> S. Shafique
    Jun 15, 2011 - 4:56AM

    Fasi, deeds not words are the real indicators to judge Imran’s social welfare plans for Pakistan. You have also narrated his special traits, track record and achievements that are unique to him and you don’t find them in his all other competitors? Why it is so difficult to understand that if Imran gets into power, he will definitely do similar things that he himself enjoys most doing. So please, don’t confuse people by opting indirect ways to support our so-called current political leadership. Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 15, 2011 - 5:14AM

    Nice Article! But the ostriches like our mullahs go deeper into the sand when they see the slightest criticsm. Most of these ostriches wouldn’t have even completely read your article!Recommend

  • Shujaat
    Jun 15, 2011 - 5:29AM

    It seems like a pattern now. Start with Imran Khan social stature and then windup by trying to project him a failed politicians. All these are very old conspiracy theories, jamti, hameed gul, pro-talaban c’mon bring something new. Read history, nothing can change over night. With short struggle someone can come in power but can’t bring change.Most recent Obama is classical example. There is lot much you can write about him, like look at Imran consistent political struggle and his proven abilities to bring results. But no, you don’t want to look at those, you can want to prove him a failed politician. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 15, 2011 - 5:29AM

    Two major points of contention: First, to label imran khan’s calls to curtail drone strikes as anti-americanism is nothing but a petty, cheap shot. Secondly, the reason why outfits like the Jamaat e Islami are a considerable part of imrans support base is that people like the author encourage us to ‘write articles’ about everything that’s wrong with this country without doing jack squat about it, while jamaat e islami happily fills up the the vaccum we conveniently leave them. Recommend

  • Imran Ghazali
    Jun 15, 2011 - 5:36AM

    I cannot understand why people like Fasi are still confused about Imran Khan’s clear stance on these issues, in fact he is the only politician in Pakistan who talks about solving the problem rather than just doing nothing.

    The following articles of Imran Khan must be read to understand his positions:

    We need a political solution: Guardian: Aug 2006
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    Answer to terrorism: The News: Aug 2006:
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    3.An Open Letter to President Obama: Forbes: Jan 2009
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    4 . How to clear the mess: The News: April 2009
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    Where I stand: The News: May 2009
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  • Jun 15, 2011 - 6:21AM

    Excellent article by Fasi, sums up my feelings alsoRecommend

  • Ali
    Jun 15, 2011 - 6:30AM

    When was the last time you heard Jamaat e Islami steal from the national exchequer. Maybe JUI F but not Jamaat e Islami. Unfortunately the problem lies here. The over educated class of Pakistan would rather vote for Asif Zardari. Is Asif Zardari really a liberal? His lifestyle may be but his liberal views got Salman Taseer killed. Very liberal? When the Taliban formed in Afghanistan in the mid 90s who was in power? The secular liberal PPP was in power. The secular liberal PPP’s coalition partners previously in the center and currently in Balochistan are JUI F. I guess the JUI F now represent the liberals of Pakistan. Under the secular liberal PPP we had a moment of silence for Osama bin Laden in the National Assembly. Pakistan is worse today than ever before and surprisingly we have a secular army leadership and a secular civilian leadership. Is it possible that corrupt secular leaders and their equally corrupt policies are the breeding grounds for instability and terrorism.Recommend

  • wsd
    Jun 15, 2011 - 6:49AM

    Dear Fasi: I must say that your article is a classic combination of misplaced notions, false perceptions and lack of information. I would briefly answer the the issues you have raised and in the end ask you a simple question.

    1) Is Imran a Taliban Sympathizer: NO,NO and NO. But his point is that the military solution alone is not going to solve the insurgency in Pakistan and this is a fact that in past ten years despite the continuous use of military ops Pakistan has suffered more and more. Therefore he advocates a solution based on US exit from Afghanistan and then dialogue with different taiban groups.If then , some groups continue to hold arms again Pakistani state then Imran advocates use of force.

    2) Is JI an ally of PTI: Again a big NO. PTI has, so far , made only two alliances. One was GDA in late 90s in which all parties including PPP, Nawabzada Nasrullah were included and it was against PML N. The second alliance was APDM which included all nationalist forces, JI, PML N,PKMAP etc. If you have any proof that PTI and I were together in a separate alliance please present it. Even in his Dharnas against drones all nationalist parties participated and even members of PML Q, and PML N joined it.

    3) Is ISI supporting Imran: Imran has denied it and accusers have not given any proof. The main accuser is PML N and they are doing it, in my opinion, because they are afraid of Imran’s popularity in urban Punjab. His track record shows he is an independent person who cannot be bought at any price and you have admitted yourself that he is a man of integrity.

    Now my question to you.

    Which party you will vote for in coming elections?Recommend

  • ds
    Jun 15, 2011 - 7:16AM

    Dear author, if you have really heard Imran speaking in the interviews all available in youtube, he have never said that America’s leaving will solve all issues. That is the start of solving issues. In general, Imran might not have solutions to everything..who has?!! What one should be asking is, does the leader thinks for the country and its people over power grab and act likewise. There is an ample proof for you in this regard for now. Future will show his course of action of what he speaks now and I hope people who loves Pakistan help him bring prosperity for people in all way possible. Democracy is in essence practice of trying new when old one fails to run the show!!Recommend

  • Zarmeena Ikram Babar
    Jun 15, 2011 - 8:35AM

    Very disappointing !!!! A sane person like you Mr.Fasi Zaka is supporting Imran khan-

    You’d become a better political leader than him- He is a hypocrite- His views in favour of Talibaans and anti-American agendas indicate he want the eventuality of a civil war in Pakistan.
    In one of his interviews- he totally negated the fact that Talibaans are against the suicide bombs taking place in Pakistan, knowing the fact Talibaans have been openly claiming this themselves. According to him America is behind this whole plot of suicide bomb blasts, how insane is that? When I watch him giving any interview on TV -he appears least shrewd politician and dumb, whereas in politics you need to be very discreet and assertive.
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  • Rafi
    Jun 15, 2011 - 8:45AM

    Disappointed in your shallow analysis – not because of your opinion but because I expected something better researched from you.Recommend

  • Tippu
    Jun 15, 2011 - 8:46AM

    you have lost it Fasi. Get a grip on reality.
    Imran is the only hope pakistan has. Clean, educated, chiristamic and with a track record of accmplishments that would put most if not all politicians to chame across the world (not just in pakistan).

    Get with the program or go support the corrupt nawaja or zardari or pir saab. The choice is yours. I recommend you choose the right side of history cause it is indeed in the making. Khan sahib’s revolution will come. And it WILL be televised.Recommend

  • Basit Khan
    Jun 15, 2011 - 8:54AM

    You hit it on the head Fasi. Imran Khan has not once talked about the infamous double game of Pakistan Army, as an institution. Every single sane being in the world knows that the militancy is not coming to an end because Pakistan Army and ISI are looking both ways. Bombing the hell out of civilians while leaving the terrorists scot free, is part of the double game. Some guys up there are talking about military operations in FATA. Now just tell me the name of a single high profile militant leader killed in those operations ? If not, why ? When the military wanted to do it in Swat, we saw how they did it. Whenever the military decides about FATA, you will see an end to militancy in six months. You start military operations in Bajuar, and ask the militants to move over to Momand or Waziristan. Then you start operations in South Waziristan and ask the militants to move over to North Waziristan. You bomb the hell out of civilians to create an outcry, knowing fully that the militants already escaped to the safer ‘designated’ places. Stop the bloody double game, ditch strategic depth and you will see how the operations don’t work. Just once, Imran Khan talk about double game just once, if you are brave enough !Recommend

  • Sanjeev Jha
    Jun 15, 2011 - 9:15AM

    Weel some good intentions…does Imran Khan feel he can do a Erdogan in Pakistan!!!!!

    How about his views about of neighbouring countries as a politicain? (India & Afghanistan), for his cricketing and samartian streaks he will be always be respected across the world.Recommend

  • Yousaf Gul
    Jun 15, 2011 - 10:09AM

    “Naik wo hai jis ko moqa nahee mila” …. Fasi I love the article and i hope it opens minds of the youth who think that Imran Khan is going to bring in a new change … I totally admire his efforts in making Shaukat Khanam to life and helping the poor and needy…. but now he has a small Talib in him too … Think about it guys… hes the same guy who has had all the fun in his life with Top celebs who were mostly Jew… and was even married to one…. What if he is a part of the plan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………..

    in short : “Nau soo chohay kha k billi Hajj ko Chaleee ”

    Hes good at what hes doing…. NOT POLITICS !!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 15, 2011 - 10:18AM

    Imran is the future of Pakistan we dont have any other dependable option the rest is a rotten lot… evern if imran makes a pact with the radical trouble makers and if all stands by it? whats the problem? your prime minister is him self seeking a political solution to the terrorist problem right now…..so why do you view imrans offer to negotiate as a threat to the country.. what if thats the only option left for us and military action is proving to be a counter productive.Recommend

  • 3footninja
    Jun 15, 2011 - 10:23AM

    It doesn’t really matter what these pessimistic people say against IK. They are entitled to have their own views. The way I see it, its only a matter of time until PTI comes into power and proves them all wrong. 80% of our problems stem from corruption and lack of accountability. PTI’s main stand is to free this country of corruption, and to establish rule-of-law. And terrorism is largely just a by-product of these two factors combined. IK is the only person who can unite all the religious/ethic/sectarian groups, and once he manages to bring them into confidence, we should be able to rid this country of violence, at the very least to the levels they existed pre-9/11 (which is a good 95% or so better than our current predicament).

    And FYI, the US has already started negotiating with Mullah Omer. Does that make the US pro-taliban too I ask? Point is, they’ve realized this is a never-end mess, and talks are the only way out. If the gravest of Taliban’s enemies are willing to hold talks with them, why aren’t we doing the same? Given the fact that everything IK has predicted since the start of this “war on terror” has been proven to be correct, I don’t see why we continue to belittle his efforts. The fact that the US (too!) has finally realized this is proof enough that IK and his policies stand vindicated. God bless him.Recommend

  • Rakesh
    Jun 15, 2011 - 10:37AM

    I think there is nothing odd if he clubs himself with forces (JI et. al.) whom he has some common set of policy positions.

    Imran wants to be in power now. He wants a piece of it now more than he has in the past. Next elections (no idea when they are going to happen…) are a test on his party’s viability as a political force. So he would compromise and he should, as a politician.

    Not a PTI supporter by the way…Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2011 - 10:49AM

    @Fahad Raza:
    Used you? You guys haven’t done a thing. You got billions of dollars in return for nothing but allowing the use of some supply routes and telling good sounding lies.Recommend

  • FM
    Jun 15, 2011 - 11:23AM

    Same old allegations which has no base….

    “…… A man who fears no one but his own conscience would, in Pakistan, take a stand against the oppressive treatment of minorities, increasing radicalisation of society, demonstrate strength against the Taliban, an issue parliament so easily caved in on, take on the top brass of the military who have compromised this nation and the institution itself…..”

    I guess writer really don’t know about Imran or never listened to him. There are a number interviews (i can count 8-9 in last few months) in which he clearly raised this issue… but yes he don’t agree with the solution…kill all the “Mullahs” and every body in the village where a Taliban is present. I guess no one else dared to speak so clearly on increasing radicalisation in his interviews after Salman Taseer’s death as Imran did..but i guess writer missed it too..

    Even if I suppose all this is very true even then I’ll prefer to vote for him because still he is much much better than any AVAILABLE politician, just compare him with Nawaz, Zardari, Shujaat, Fazal-ur-Rehman, Altaf.. and will never choose to NOT VOTE and help these corrupt politician…Recommend

  • Reasoner
    Jun 15, 2011 - 11:30AM

    Very well-written and equally well-argued article !Recommend

  • zafar bhatti
    Jun 15, 2011 - 11:40AM

    Rubbish article about a great man who has done nothing wrong as far as Pakistan is concerned. His personal life should not be a problem for any one else but can any one tell me what wrongs has he done to our country. Did he ever let Pakistan down or has he eaten up the billions which all these politicians have. Why don’t the writer highlight the reasons which did not allow Pakistan to excel, Does these reasons not include Bad Democracy and Bad military rule, Our politicians come up with cheap and disastrous schemes to earn cheap fame, like sasti roti and benazir income support, Khan has never ever mentioned shoukat khanam and namal in his talks. For God’s sake let Pakistani people live in peace. The beauty of democracy is that the corrupt and fake leaders are eventually filtered out; let these corrupt politicians vanish for once. We need a change, we need to move on, and these corrupt politicians would never show us the way to match up with the world, the world is moving ahead and they are keeping us back. I am sorry to say the guys who are in favor of these fake leaders are not loyal to PakistanRecommend

  • Qasim Ahmad Ilyas
    Jun 15, 2011 - 11:45AM

    A lengthy article with no new clue about Imran Khan. We know better our selves . We Support Imran Khan…. We Support Our Nation….. We serve humanity.Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2011 - 12:18PM

    Being a part of the Facebook generation myself, I find my peers’ unquestioning zealous support for Imran Khan more than a little unsettling.Recommend

  • Turab Hasan
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:26PM

    Fasi, this opinion is as accurate as it can be. The leader of Jamaat e Islami and Shia murderes Sipah e Sahaba were at Imran’s so called dharna……… enough said for me!Recommend

  • M> S. Shafique
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:27PM

    From this article and most of the comments, it appears that Zardari is the best choice for Pakistan. If so many educated people look for convoluted and half-baked arguments to create doubts about a clean and welfare oriented leadership, our hope for the light at then end of tunnel dies for good. Perhaps we are so tuned to old style that we deserve to have the leaders who brought to this despicable stage.

    On one hand IK is equated to a saint but then to lead we do not find him suitable. Strange. In other words, what we are trying to say is that the leadership has to be devious, corrupt and hardly educated entities. What can I say, God help us! Recommend

  • savera akhter
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:32PM

    i totally disagree with u…get alive man and stop replicating things that are shown on tv…i really doubt imaran khan will act as a saviour…i think he is only good for opening up hospitals and he better stick to that:)Recommend

  • Furqann
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:33PM

    I recall people saying Taliban will give up arms as soon as CJ is restored who will implement justice a la Qroon-e-Oola. Now the same argument is being given by the same people, only they replace CJ with Imran. Well, it may work. No harm in trying quick fixes. Recommend

  • kdm
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:34PM

    i like imran khan but people like Haroon Rashid ( columnist) destroyed him. Recommend

  • sardar ali yousafzai
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:54PM

    i am totally agree with mr. Asif Luqman Qazi as he expressed very briefly what we need and what we should do as a nation in the emerging scenario. i think as Mr. Qazi mention, negotiations is the only way to eliminate terrorism and tilibanization in Pakistan. in Afghanistan America is struggling to make contacts with Taliban for future settlement while in Pakistan they are demanding us to launch an offensive in North Waziristan. Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2011 - 1:45PM

    Fasi Zaka talks about the if’s & but’s of Imran Khan – but I question him [and others] How long will YOU sit awaiting for the perfect savior to save this country while this country goes to hell at the hands of these “perfect” nincompoops

    With the abundant assumptions we all make on the success or failure of Imran Khan in politics he is still a far far better choice then the present crop of crooks. He might not be the “perfect” solutions and many may have political disagreements on a few of his positions but unless you show me a better leader for Pakistan think of him a step in the right direction.Recommend

  • Yaseen ch
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:07PM

    Imran Khan is the only credible leader in Pakistan and it is shame that people like Fasi Zaka are criticizing him who cant think beyond filling their own belly.Recommend

  • Badu jah
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:18PM

    The idea that if USA leaves afghanistan the bombing in pakistan will stop is ridiculous. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s there was a continuous attempt by zia and later by the right wing establishment to Islamize pakistan which was evident from the increase in number of extremist madrasah as well sectarian outfits intolerant to other minor sects and minorities. The raise of taliban in afghanistan is another evidence of existence of that mindset which was prevalent in pakistan as well. How can people expect that hundreds of thousands of taliban will emerge from pakistani madrasashs to brutalize afghanistan and non to enforce the same sort of sharia in pakistan. For every taliban in afghanistan there are 100 more in pakistan. The TTP would have formed and tried to enforce their ideology in Pakistan as Taliban did in Afghanistan. We have seen how brute the Taliban in afghaistan were and the brutalities conducted by TTP in Pakistan through suicide bombing, beheading, stoning etc. Recommend

  • Basit Dilawaiz
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:33PM

    Imran has a point of view regarding Taliban….What is the current’s government stance on them….Dont you think they are failing miserably? In every society you find people with oppposing point of views…If you think we are failing to curb talibanization because of people like Imran Khan..Then that is not correct at all….Recommend

  • amoghavarsha.ii
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:34PM

    After reading many comments for this article, I am getting into an inference more and more that pakistanis have very very little IDEA of DEMOCRACY.
    IK may be a good person by all his philanthropic activities
    Need of the hour is definitely not people like IK, who wants to make compromise with various militants for sake of living in peace.
    Pakistan ( the whole of it ) is for Pakistanis, to be goverened by elected representatives of Pakistan.
    This is not being informed by IK also. Or does he understand it.Recommend

  • Javad
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:42PM

    My question to Fasi Zaka is who should we vote for? Who can solve our country’s many problems? And How can he do it?

    Always easy to point out flaws without providing a solution!Recommend

  • AKA
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:49PM

    Well done Fasi.Recommend

  • redhaired
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:56PM

    @Junaid Alam:
    Jammat islami’s love for someone might not be the only reason for suspecting Imran Khan but it surely is a key point. Jammat has had a very hypocritical role in pakistani politics, they have used the name of islam to bring all sort of miseries to people. For reference you can look up their stance during very popular 1968-69 uprising against Ayub. You can also read the constitutional amendments supported by them both in Zia and Mushrraf’s era. A well known supporter of Imran (and you guessed it…previous JI lover) openly claims that Zia should be not be criticized posthumously since in private life he was a pious man, like offering prayer five times one can get rid of the sin of hanging an elected politician. Recommend

  • Aftab
    Jun 15, 2011 - 2:59PM

    We know that we can not find a perfect man in Pakistan to lead. Therefore we will need to choose the a best possible party. I think Imran Khan is better than anyone else, though not the perfect. We should not expect the change in a single overnight, the change will come as we proceed from better to best.

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  • Zaid Hamid v2.0
    Jun 15, 2011 - 3:35PM

    @Amadeus: that comment by fasi was as much a layman comment as any could get. WAY below Fasi’s calibre.Recommend

  • raheel
    Jun 15, 2011 - 3:40PM

    the failed negotiation with Taliban proved a point that those guys can’t be trusted….what i see Imran is trying to beat Taliban at their own game and discredit them ..i see a long term vision in his approach ..yet tactically not forgetting the ground realities….Recommend

  • M.S.M
    Jun 15, 2011 - 4:22PM

    I just have to say this………..

    “This article is nothing but an outcry of a liberal fascist”Recommend

  • Momin
    Jun 15, 2011 - 4:24PM

    @Tinko:
    Immy gave the world cup and a cancer hospital to Pak. What did any other politician do? The statistics he has are unmatched.Recommend

  • Fuad Al Mannan
    Jun 15, 2011 - 4:41PM

    The real problem for Pakistan is 20% english medium culture and 80% Urdu medium. These intellectuals will understand the real scenario when their family member will be killed by US Drone strike.

    I am a Bangladeshi, studying in Adellaide about aid politics. I have degrees in Jounalism and Int’l Relations. I am following Imran for last 20 years. I have seen all the talk shows and Docus About Imran Khan. I understand the issues about Taleban and War on Terror. according to Imran the solution would be 80% political and 20% millitery.

    Mr. Zaka why don’t you give a solution? According to you who is better leader than Imran Khan??? keep in mind that no prophet will come any more.Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2011 - 4:48PM

    @ Author

    If you want to fight Taliban, ask America to go and fight them on your own. Your people will support you, if a war is required. Recommend

  • Anis Kazi
    Jun 15, 2011 - 4:51PM

    Fasi,

    True, that if the American’s leave Afghanistan which has been, i would say, angered (rather than radicalized) it would give space for the angered Muslims of the region to carry out their agenda.

    BUT, it would also give people a chance to change and get educate (This is the crux of my disagreement to your article. These are factors unknown in such times when ‘death falls from the sky’ quite literally. Under the current scenario, Imran is the only person who can do that. He appeals to all and his track-record shows that he can come out with the goods.

    Hope you have hope.

    Regards.Recommend

  • Rathore
    Jun 15, 2011 - 5:16PM

    Vote For Fasi ZAka..he will bring the CHANGE.Recommend

  • M> S. Shafique
    Jun 15, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Thank you for not printing my comments.Recommend

  • ahmed ibrahim!
    Jun 15, 2011 - 6:11PM

    Pakistan is stuck between Taliban’S … on one side and …Fasi Zaka’S & Nadeem Paracha’S on the other! All Imran Khan is trying, is to Fix this disposition! Recommend

  • patriot
    Jun 15, 2011 - 6:15PM

    How do you expect IK to spell out progressive.. secular.. agenda in current scenarios and expect him to hit a home run in parliamentary elections?

    He wont get 10 seats!!!

    Remember, IK is a politician and he wants to WIN elections NOW after being just a fringe player for so long. His agenda is largely dictated by what people want… nothing wrong with that.

    Abraham Lincoln didn’t condemn slavery while he was contesting elections but when he became POTUS, it was him who banned slavery.

    To win elections, you need to indulge in soft talk to win support. You may call Lincoln a hypocrite or may be not a good enough leader but it’s okay, it doesn’t matter as long as he is doing it for the better of Pakistan, and we all know how sincere a person he is.Recommend

  • Muntazir Mehdi
    Jun 15, 2011 - 6:16PM

    good article….sincere effort based on facts.Recommend

  • Muntazir Mehdi
    Jun 15, 2011 - 6:17PM

    aboslutely agree…. sincere effort based on facts.Recommend

  • Ahmad Shaheen
    Jun 15, 2011 - 6:25PM

    I personally think that author is trying to create distance between Imran and Jamaat e Islami. Both are working against american interests in Pakistan. So this may be a trick to separate both from each other.Recommend

  • Rafi
    Jun 15, 2011 - 6:35PM

    @Turab Hasan:
    Turab – did you bother to find out who else was at the Karachi dharna and stood up and gave a beautiful speech? It was a leader of the Shias . . . yes, and he effectively joined hands on stage with a leader of the Sunnis – and that is exactly what Imran Khan (PTI)’s message is – unify as Pakistanis . . . elevate the law and live under it as one . . . for your country . . . regardless of colour, creed, ethnicity, religion, gender etc . . . that is what PTI is saying over and over again . . . but those who want to hear, listen, and others are stuck in a rut of their own making. PTI is saying that we have to rise above our petty differences – can we do that? Please?Recommend

  • yaz
    Jun 15, 2011 - 6:58PM

    Some unfortunate souls have made a career out of bashing IK. They sadly don’t know what he stands for. He never stood for Taliban. He’s against drone strikes. Isn’t every honorable, dignified & upright Pakistani? You Fasi may be not one of them for which I feel sorry. Do you have any idea how many innocent Pakistanis get killed in those strikes.
    IK does issue based politics. If on any given issue, some political party or individual takes the same stance as PTI then they can support PTI. So if JI or Hamid Gul want to support IK on drone attacks so they can join hands. It doesn’t mean they have an electoral alliance. Even you can understand this Fasi!
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  • Imran Khan
    Jun 15, 2011 - 7:28PM

    I don’t see any reality in all this……its all conjectures and guesses as is Imran’s politics…..since we haven’t seen him in power…we could only guess…secondly, what else could we do….we have already tried military and corrupt civil rule….well! as far as Malakand goes….who could belief ANP’s stance and also 100’s of dead corpses we have seen who were less than muslim forget about taliban….one thing is for sure if we don’t really know Imran and his politics we surely don’t even know our own Army and parliamentarians either (besides them all being corrupt till their second generation).And i am sure that even with all the doubts people have about imran we know one thing for sure……he wouldn’t cost us much! It’s best to bet on him than to throw money again on our already proven corrupt politicians. Recommend

  • The river
    Jun 15, 2011 - 7:33PM

    Hey Fasi! Sorry to say this but its not Imran’s fault that you along with others have failed where Imran Khan has succeeded….you might have doubts (I still can’t figure out why!) but we have none! he is our only hope.Recommend

  • Zohaib
    Jun 15, 2011 - 9:11PM

    well i support his views because there are couple of reasons, have you seen this condition before or its jst after America invaded Afghanistan? drone attack on North & South Waziristan? Military action in Swat? was it success? Answer is no but all ended in vein. Its almost a decade now, whole Pak. economy is distroyed, school, colleges, offices, parks, mosque nothing is save now. American has to step out of Afghanistan and stop drone’s as well, becoz after that there will be no motivational factor for suicide bombers in Pakistan, neither ppl will be left disabled after drone attack, neither army have to kill there own people its very simple God forbids someone from our family member is killed in Army action or Drones attack we might react the same like those people are doing. Aren’t we?? People in North and South Waziristan are born fighter because they have to protect borders and they are on borders since generations so you can only end-up this war by wiping-up entire population which is completely impossible, hence basic strategic should be targeted attack and extensive use of Pak ISI in these areas, education, healthy economy, free n fair election and jurisdiction..Recommend

  • Canuck
    Jun 15, 2011 - 9:27PM

    Fasi raises good points. Nothing wrong with his arguments. Still voting for PTI and Imran Khan. Thank You.Recommend

  • meena gabeena
    Jun 15, 2011 - 9:57PM

    Brilliantly written,…we’ve been trying to explain this for years now to the facebookers who dot want to read or hear ANYTHING… all i know is that the drones started in 2004 in pakistan and in 2002 there were 30+ bomb blasts killing hundreds and in 2003 there were 42 something bomb blasts that happened all over Pakistan killing many innocents…and we respect Imran Khan for the great social work he has done but he is really ruining his impression by not having a single dharna against the terrorists but having dharna against drones in Karachi where drones are never even seen live. so thank you fasi for sharing this…we’ll post it on facebook..although the imran lovers would start reading it and thn stop in the middle…but i am glad i got to read such a nice piece. Recommend

  • amlendu
    Jun 15, 2011 - 10:29PM

    For all the die-hard Imran supporters, I have only one question. Let us assume that Imran comes to power and being as honest as he is, He throws America out of Pakistan on day one and stops NATO supply routes and starts shooting down drones. What will be America’s response it will put economic sanctions on Pakistan that means three things, 1. No loans or aids from USA, WB or IMF, 2. No exports to USA and 3. Remittance from USA will become extremely difficult. Now you would say that we do not need aid or loan and we should stand on our own two feet. Very well but to do that you do need trade. Biggest export of Pakistan is textile and USA is the biggest market for it. USA is one of the few countries with which Pakistan has a good trade balance. If USA stops importing those textile who will import them, China? China is never going to do that. For past few years the increasing remittance has prevented total implosion of Pakistan’s economy and major part of it comes from USA.
    What happens when the foreign exchange from textiles export and remittance dries up. Does Imran have a viable economic plan to prevent the disaster which will be consequence of his foreign policy.Recommend

  • Abdus Samad
    Jun 16, 2011 - 12:24AM

    I completely agree with Fasi. Imran khan is riding on the backing of the establishment and ISI. Had he been independent, he would not have stayed quiet on saleem shehzad’s murder. He his doing his politics on safe issues, issues which do not offend his bosses.Recommend

  • Sarah Khan
    Jun 16, 2011 - 12:29AM

    I got a little story for Fasi… here it goes..

    Once upon a time there was an artist. He put a painting for display and confidently wrote beneath: ‘Please circle any flaws you see.’ The next day the painting was covered in red circles. He made the same painting again and wrote beneath: ‘Please fix any flaws you see.’ The next day the painting was untouched…Recommend

  • zubair ahsan farooqi
    Jun 16, 2011 - 12:53AM

    @Truth Seeker

    Buddy you seems totally ignorant and misinformed about the dynamics of change and about the world history. Be it Iranian revolution or rise of Turkey; it was the political struggle that brought the paradigm shift in society. Political reforms are the harbinger of social, cultural and economic development as was the case in the above-referred examples of Turkey and Iran and if you wish you could also add Malaysia in the list. It’s the politics that defines relationship between citizenry and the state and in case of Pakistan we desperately need to redefine this relationship which today stands fractured and discredited. Hence we need likes of Imran to come forward and become the vanguard of a political movement aimed at establishing a new political culture.Recommend

  • amlendu
    Jun 16, 2011 - 12:55AM

    For all the die-hard Imran supporters, I have only one question. Let us assume that Imran comes to power and being as honest as he is, He throws America out of Pakistan on day one and stops NATO supply routes and starts shooting down drones. What will be America’s response it will put economic sanctions on Pakistan that means three things, 1. No loans or aids from USA, WB or IMF, 2. No exports to USA and 3. Remittance from USA will become extremely difficult. Now you would say that we do not need aid or loan and we should stand on our own two feet. Very well but to do that you do need trade. Biggest export of Pakistan is textile and USA is the biggest market for it. USA is one of the few countries with which Pakistan has a good trade balance. If USA stops importing those textile who will import them, China? China is never going to do that. For past few years the increasing remittance has prevented total implosion of Pakistan’s economy and major part of it comes from USA.
    What happens when the foreign exchange from textiles export and remittance dries up. Does Imran have a viable economic plan to prevent the disaster which will be consequence of his foreign policy.

    Amlendu,
    BangaloreRecommend

  • Afran Hamid
    Jun 16, 2011 - 2:10AM

    Well seems to be a Pro American, according to his statement “He (Imran Khan) thinks if the US withdraws from Afghanistan, all will be fixed”.. so tell me if Americans don’t leave Afghanistan do u think it will be still fixed?? They are in Afghanistan more than a decade ago.. and the conditions are getting worst day by day.. n everyone knows that and will still continue till the Americans will stay there.. More than 24,000 Paksitani’s are killed in drown attacks! dont anyone see that? and they will still get killed.. and his statement literally means that American should stay in Afghanistan..
    The whole article was Pro – American and “Anti – Imran Khan” the person who didn’t have even a single corruption case on him.. even in wiki leaks it has been said that Imran Khan is the only Pakistani who is not afraid of Americans.. and do u think thats wrong? You should be proud of that.. that he is not an American slave or Agent..
    And People like Fasi Zaka has nothing done good for Pakistan and are only the thorn in front of people who are willing to do Good for Pakistan..

    Imran Khan is surely the last hope for PakistanRecommend

  • Murtaza
    Jun 16, 2011 - 4:49AM

    You re insane Fasi who paid you to write this ? Or were you too drunk to realize the one being killed are civilians not really taliban.Recommend

  • Ahad Shafqat
    Jun 16, 2011 - 5:33AM

    Jitnee marzee Imran bashing karlo at the end of the day you have no other option but Imran Khan.Recommend

  • N.K
    Jun 16, 2011 - 7:23AM

    Great article I agree with you 100%.

    I don’t really know where to stand with Imran Khan, one moment I think wow a progressive democratic voice! Someone I can agree with, because God knows we need someone to stand up for the minorities, stand up for women’s rights and fight the on going extremism in our society plus the hijacking of our beautiful religion, But then he comes out with Jamaat-e-Islami and the biggest terrorist of them all Hamid Gul gives him his support! I still think he’s best of all the leaders. I think that he believes in Jinnah’s Pakistan (which was a secular democratic Pakistan – Secular is not a bad word guys, it’s pretty much the ideal Islamic nation) in his heart. He does tend to flip flop on issues, which is sad because we need a progressive democratic voice to represent the rest of us.

    Problem is the majority of our population is uneducated and believe in whatever certain TV news channels tell them or what the government tell them and believe the ISI and Army has our best interests, when certain elements obviously don’t. Thus the Hamid Guls and Zaid Hamids of this world will fill their uneducated minds with their conspiracy theories (Guess what guys, rice is so expensive because Mossad together with India want to ruin us one grain at a time..or something.). That’s why we need voices like Imran Khan. We need to invest in our youth, they are our future and the majority of the old fuddy duddies don’t like that (ha!). We must educate them not only academically, but educate them about the world…or better yet you could be our next leader Fasi!Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Jun 16, 2011 - 10:09AM

    I am glad that we all, so well educated, well versed, with great foresight etc and the list goes on and on, didn’t exist at the time of partition or else we (with all above attributes) would never let Jinnah to lead the Muslim nation for an independent state (definitely not comparing Mr Jinnah with Imran Khan). We have reached the sky of pessimism that we doubt everyone’s intention and expect change with a tap of a magic wand.

    If we want change, we would have to change our paradigm, our mind-set & shed pessimism.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 16, 2011 - 10:18AM

    Fasi, as an admirer of your op-eds, I am disappointed. Not because you criticized Imran Khan but because you did so without research, superficially and above all with a very obvious agenda. No need to wax lyrical about his accomplishments – there are many and very substantial. You should have spent some time in understanding the issues and why he says what he says. If your level of analysis is the same as that of a mob sitting at a tea stall (no offense to tea stall analysts) then I must says that we are truly doomed. Imran is very clear on how to address the prevalent and major issues in Pakistan, which is much better than giving rhetorical speeches and writing op-eds about what should happen.

    Imran talks of Justice and universal human rights – two keys elements which will contribute towards resolving the persecution of minorities and women. The lack of justice in the society has contributed greatly to the radicalization we are experiencing in the country. Imran talks about addressing the root causes of these problems. Now is not the time to be gung ho and just dive head first into this mess without thinking of the long term results of our current decisions. What happened in Pakistan during the 70’s and 80’s has now come back to bite us. We fought the ‘Godless’ soviets because it was the ‘good’ war; earned a lot of ‘aid’ and we were the bulwark for the free world. Fast-forward 30 years; we are hearing the same arguments albeit with slight change in characters. Now it’s the ‘Warriors of God’ and we are still fighting the ‘Good’ war earning a lot of ‘aid’ and still the bulwark for the free world.

    Imran has condemned the Taliban repeatedly and yet this is not something you want to hear (or at least choose to report). You are more interested when he condemns ‘American Policy’. Imran has talked about how this society is being radicalized due to this war on terror. We were a state with a sectarian violence issue but now have a full blown civil war on our hands with all kinds of militant groups now operating with impunity. When the state abdicates its responsibility to govern, it creates a vacuum and that is being filled with these religious groups sympathetic to this militancy. We have tried a military solution to this situation and failed miserably, but somehow such lunacy is still preferred to a civilized solution. We need not become animals whilst dealing with them.

    Our liberal elite are just as “extreme” as those they criticize. Being Anti-war must mean that one is a ‘Taliban sympathizer’. These sets of “liberals” are so enlightened that they offer solutions such as “nuking FATA and killing off these mullahs”. Surely, this type of liberal venom is akin to the Taliban. The difference being that the Taliban carries out attacks themselves whereas the elite would have our armed forces do it.

    To set the record straight, Imran doesn’t believe that US forces’ withdrawal will resolve everything overnight. However, it will create space for a dialogue in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Had you done some background reading into the issue, you would have come across a research conducted by Dr Robert Pape of the University of Chicago studying suicide attacks worldwide since 1980, from 1980 to 2003 there were 343 suicide attacks worldwide with around 10% connected to anti – American movements, since 2003 these attacks have gone up to almost 2000 with over 90% against American interests in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. If this isn’t proof of the violence that has been unleashed in Pakistan then I am sure nothing can convince you.

    Let’s ease up on the fear mongering – the Taliban and all such militant groups are not in the business of capturing countries and running states, they are in the business of creating anarchy and chaos they thrive in such uncertain environments.

    Imran didn’t say that Salman Taseer (RIP) died because of the War on Terror, he said that the war on terror had increased polarization and extremism in Pakistan, the law around Blasphemy is something the majority of this country wants (we can disagree with their point of view, but this is what democracy translates into). What we have to ensure is that it is not misused against anyone – Muslim or minorities. Peace Deals in Swat and Malakand were scuppered within 2 weeks of the agreement being signed, the army was called in and what ensued was not the writ of state being established but a humanitarian catastrophe with 2 million plus people rendered homeless and yet surprisingly militancy still alive in Pakistan. If the peace deals didn’t work as you claim, neither did the military solution which has failed repeatedly for the last 8 years – a fact that you conveniently overlook.

    Lastly, when all else fails we accuse him of being a man of the establishment. Conspiracy theories are a Pakistani pastime and are popular amongst both the right wing and liberals. He supported a military dictator and during Musharraf tenure understood his mistake apologized and spent 5 years opposing Musharraf in the assembly. Imran has made mistakes and will make mistakes the thing to look at is has he learnt from his mistakes or not. Let’s not be so self righteous and bring down a man who has done more for Pakistan than this political leadership combined yet we continue to write such agenda driven op – eds, we are harming ourselves in the long run and no one else.Recommend

  • 3footninja
    Jun 16, 2011 - 10:18AM

    @amlendu:

    What a silly point… you’d rather be a slave, than struggle and find a way to stand on your feet? Shocking to see such defeatist mentality by yourself and others who think that we cannot survive without US aid!

    If you can, please answer what good has the US aid done for us now? Look where it has brought us. What good has it done to anyone in this country barring the top few who are feeding off it? Have any schools/colleges/hospitals/infrastructure been developed using it? Name just one if you can. IK, on the contrary has achieved much more on his own (SKM Cancer Hospital, Namal College), and that too without the need for holding up a begging bowl to the US.

    To all the anti-IK people out there, IK will make the impossible possible in this case too. You can be as cynical as you want, or doubt the man as you like, but a few years down the line you will see the change for yourself. I’m damn sure he’ll prove you all wrong (like he’s done in the past on many occasions).Recommend

  • Jun 16, 2011 - 10:27AM

    @amlendu:
    1 No loans or aids from USA, WB or IMF
    A. We will stop being a banana republic and grow backbones

    2 No exports to USA
    A. Loss to both parties.

    3 Remittance from USA will become extremely difficult
    A. Bankers fees on 1 billion USD per month can make any politicians loose their campaign funding

    We are brain washed that US is the economic driver of the World and lot of your fear stems for that. Recommend

  • siddiqui
    Jun 16, 2011 - 11:33AM

    @Ali Wazir:
    exactly, that was the most stupid reason… that seems like a 4 year old who dont want the same thing as his brother or may be like someone from high caste who detest everything that low castes are fond of doing even if its a good thing to do…
    i think its more of the second… shame…Recommend

  • Amlendu
    Jun 16, 2011 - 12:20PM

    @ Moise

    Textile export stopped -> loss to both parties. Wrong. Most of the Pakistani textile is medium quality and exported under quota regim so ones it is stopped, US can import same quality textile from China, Bangladesh, India or Vietnam at same or lower cost, so no loss to US.

    Remittence stoped -> loss of 1 billion $ to US bankers in fees. Bright side for US is that all that money remains in US, get invested ther and is spent there. It will generate demand and spur growth in US. So stopping remittence is actually good for US economy. So your argument is flawed. Whatever backbone Pakistan grows by rejecting loan and aid will be broken by economic hardship and bankrupcy.Recommend

  • Amlendu
    Jun 16, 2011 - 12:27PM

    @ 3footninja

    I am not being pessimist and do not want to be a slave of USA. But there is something called realism. You can not grow out of aid dependence overnight. You’ll need some wriggle space to strenthen your economy. Pakistan needs to diversify its export both in terms of items and destination, reduce dependency on remittence and improve the fiscal position. Till that happen you have to have diplomatic policies which do not brankupt the economy. It may take few years and then you can dictate terms to whomever you want like China is doing now. But till then you have to avoid confrontation and singlemindedly work on economy. I do not say that you do not confront USA but make sure that when you do that, the poor do not have to take the brunt of the consequence.Recommend

  • 3footninja
    Jun 16, 2011 - 12:34PM

    @Hassan:
    What a brilliant response! Fasi and others, please take note of Imran Khan’s stand on the issues before you indulge in such pointless and inane arguments. I’m sure you can do much better if you try to understand the root causes that IK is trying to address. Secondly, if you don’t have solutions and alternatives, please refrain from writing such hollow columns against a man who’s spent 15 years in the opposition just because he refuses to compromise on his principles (namely justice and rule-of-law). It is sad to see such anti-IK’ism inspite of him being by far the cleanest and most incorruptible politician around…Recommend

  • Arif Irshad
    Jun 16, 2011 - 2:48PM

    So what do you suggest Fasi, whats the solution to this mess if you disagree with Imran? Would you support the ongoing policy of “”Bomb them all” and “educate the ones left behind? Well Fasi this has been tried and tested for the last 10 years.

    As for the criticism of JI, Fasi let me inform you that is the most democratic party in Pakistan,like their policies or not. Thats the only party which holds elections regularly and is not controlled by any One figurehead or Family.

    Anyway which party do you support? MQM or ANP?Recommend

  • Jim Morrison
    Jun 16, 2011 - 3:49PM

    very weak argumentRecommend

  • Jun 16, 2011 - 6:27PM

    We can aspire for perfection but that is idealistic. Imran is the best choice we have. He is not corrupt and has a track record of doing solid things for the people. In this environment, this is good enough for me.Recommend

  • Jun 16, 2011 - 7:49PM

    @Amlendu:
    I dont think you understand how world economy works compared to what is crammed in schools. US only job is to export its paper currency dollar it does not benefit from receiving the dollars it would only lead to inflation in it’s country.

    In case you havent shown on CNN, all the investment and jobs are going outside US. Recession is being exported by flooding international markets with dollars. Dont take my word check out 5 year comparison between Swiss Francs, Australian Dollars, etc. Right now 32 states of USSA are bankrupt and borrowing from Central Bank to meets its liabilities http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2010/05/32-states-have-borrowed-from-treasury.html.

    Read Washington consensus championed by IMF and compare it with Beijing consensus. Then tell me which one is draconian.

    Beside glittering generalities against utopian USSA the real condition of that country is nearing third world. It is an over stretched empire nearing its end and getting desperate with all countries who are ditching it for Russia and China. We are much better off without the bully Amerikka.Recommend

  • Umar
    Jun 16, 2011 - 7:56PM

    Yes Yes, Zaki! And who is your next option then? Ali Azmat, Salman Ahmed or Musharraf?Recommend

  • rindh
    Jun 16, 2011 - 8:40PM

    we youth always support Imran Khan . He is one and only honest leader after zulfiqar ali bhutto.Recommend

  • Qasim Sharif
    Jun 16, 2011 - 9:20PM

    There is an increased activity in “MEEDYA” (media) both negative & positive, generally about PTI and specifically about Imran. I would see it as very good news (no pun intended) for PTI as it shows that as a leader and Party, Imran and PTI are being taken lot more seriously than any other political entity. Otherwise how many reviews/views you would see, lets say, about PPP or PML(N) or for even MQM (unless it is specifically about Karachi situation).Recommend

  • Arslan
    Jun 16, 2011 - 11:00PM

    Imran is our only -not best – choice, actually.
    And why don’t we see such articles about other parties ? Why that Imran Khan-bashing is so common ?Recommend

  • Amlendu
    Jun 17, 2011 - 12:11AM

    @Moise:

    Just answer one question: If USA stops importing textile from Pakistan, what will be the trade balance of Pakistan. And don’t kid yourself, USA can replace Pakistani textile import from other third world country without any extra cost.Recommend

  • najaf butt
    Jun 17, 2011 - 2:02AM

    after reading the article several times , my conclusion is this article is written by someone else not Fasi , whole design and english of the article is very much american.Recommend

  • DS
    Jun 17, 2011 - 3:56AM

    In my opinion Imran is the only one who understands the Taliban problem. The current solution of killing every suspected terrorist is not working. All it is doing is making people develop a more extremist view. The last thing we need is locals supporting the Taliban and considering them as freedom fighters.

    Lets also make it clear what the Taliban really want. To them they are fighting against ‘foreign invaders and their allys(including Pakistan). Taliban had no interest in Pakistan until we sided with the US in this war. As long as we stay allies to the Americans, the Taliban will continue to consider us as enemies and target us.

    Diplomacy is the only way to win this war. We cant kill the idea of Taliban with an army. The more we kill, the stronger this idea will get. This ‘magic’ might be the only way to end this war for us so we can concentrate on more important issues for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 17, 2011 - 4:47AM

    Fasi! for GOD’s sake stop criticizing IK for nothing. At least I find him better than you, y because when he criticizes anyone he gives a solution/ an alternative!! u have one?? Recommend

  • M. Faisal
    Jun 17, 2011 - 5:56AM

    The fact that he was not as vocal as Salman Taseer (R.I.P) is proof that he’s ready for Pakistani politics and doesn’t believe in over night transformation as you might claim. He knows the consequences of calling out a Huge chunk of the population. It will not only be futile in the short run, but could also ruin all his long term plans to promote peace among people of all religions in Pakistan.
    I might not be as well informed as you dear Fasi, but I’m sure there has has been no instant where he has ever shown support of taliban attacks or stayed quite in events such as Salman Taseer’s death.Recommend

  • Humanity
    Jun 17, 2011 - 6:45AM

    Fasi, write more often, please. I look forward to your and NFP’s articles. why is Fulton so quiet?Recommend

  • Irshad Khan
    Jun 17, 2011 - 11:48AM

    Whether Imran Khan has a team to run a country or he is only a PAGRI UCHAL JATTA?Recommend

  • Naveed Javed
    Jun 17, 2011 - 11:49AM

    You excellently summed up my thoughts about Imran Khan(the philanthropist!)Recommend

  • Khalid Khan
    Jun 17, 2011 - 12:52PM

    @Chubaka:
    I think you are one.Recommend

  • Jun 17, 2011 - 1:19PM

    @Amlendu:

    4 billion loss to Pakistan, US left with 3% cotton to be sourced from other places.
    Sell it for less than 4 billion in other markets or consume ourselves.
    Tax the supply routes of NATO occupation force to meet the deficit.
    1 billion saved yearly from interest payments to bank on all external debts.
    10 billion received yearly from Pakistanis abroad.

    Independence in economic/development/political decision making. Priceless.
    Independence from being a banana republic. Priceless.
    Freedom from being Brezenski policy pawn in Arc of Crisis. End to terrorism in Pakistan. Extremely Priceless.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Jun 17, 2011 - 3:22PM

    you cant even catch his dust mate, I see him up there, clouding high like a mountain of magnanimity and your lying under his feet like a swollen half eaten half rotten Big Mac from Mcdonald’s ! I cant even feel sorry for you mate. Get a life mate, deliver a lecture somewhere, do a funny show on FM and go to sleep! Dont try to do stuff that you arent built to handle. Recommend

  • Jangloos
    Jun 17, 2011 - 5:03PM

    An interview of Mian Mansha (the industrialist billionaire) came to my mind, he also put departure of US from region as one of the necessary for economic recovery of Pakistan.Recommend

  • johnny_bravo
    Jun 17, 2011 - 5:06PM

    From the post by the author and those who support him, it seems we’ve become so de-sensitized by corruption and lies that we fail to see or appreciate those who are free from those vices. What a pity that there is no appreciation for honesty and sincerety in our society. And we complain about why we get “leaders” like Zardari and Nawaz Sharif…Recommend

  • Alisa
    Jun 17, 2011 - 5:54PM

    Mr. Khan is a true representative of the current state of mind of the youth of Pakistan – emotional, dazed (almost reeling), confused, frustrated and living with the affirmation that anti-americanism is the answer to it all, which obviously and sadly is a HUGE farce because our troubles just don’t end there…they will in fact begin from that point….Recommend

  • sunny
    Jun 17, 2011 - 6:27PM

    go imran goRecommend

  • Sara
    Jun 17, 2011 - 6:57PM

    @Umar:
    haha lol :)))Recommend

  • johnny_bravo
    Jun 17, 2011 - 7:19PM

    @Alisa:
    Really Alisa? Who is YOUR representative then? Who do you look up to? Zardari? Sharif? Altaf? Musharraf? You are the one who is dazed and confused, lost in a world where corruption is accepted as the norm. Try bringing about a revolution in a country like Pakistan, and then you’ll realize how hard you are doomed to fall flat on your face, never to have the courage to get up again. I choose to waste no more words on you, until you suggest a way for us to get out of this mess. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 17, 2011 - 8:05PM

    I love how anyone can be a journalist, and anyone can come in here and voice their opinions on a person who might just be the most sane leader we’ve had in the past two or three decades. Keep picking out flaws boys, it’ll get us somewhere… not.Recommend

  • Sacha Sain
    Jun 17, 2011 - 9:06PM

    Yes Mr Zaka. Everything happening in Pakistan is Imran Khan’s fault ….Recommend

  • Jun 17, 2011 - 9:11PM

    @Amlendu

    After reading your second post, I agree completely with both your posts. If Pakistan breaks ties with US, it will lead to big economic problems. This is not be a reason for hanging on with US. However IK and his supporters need to be prepared to tackle this particular issue as soon as they come to power and make plans accordingly. The first step in solving any problem is to acknowledge that a problem exists.

    Anwar
    Delhi, IndiaRecommend

  • Amlendu
    Jun 17, 2011 - 10:52PM

    @ Anwar

    Thanks. That is what I wanted to say. If Pakistan breaks all connections with US overnight, there will be huge problems. That does not mean that it should not assert itself and remain in a vastly assymetrical and degrading relationship with US. Breaking of ties with USA will mean huge problems and who ever advocates doing this should come up with a practicle time-based plan to tackle those eventuality. May be it would be good idea to brek these ties in a phased manner.Recommend

  • Rashid Hasan
    Jun 18, 2011 - 1:39AM

    @ Ahsan Mansoor,

    Your comment has been most well received by the readers and for good reason.
    My only question is what makes you privy to what Imran says privately and whether he gives examples of ZA Bhutto and Nizam-e-Mustafa campaign or whether he agrees with Taseer or not? Recommend

  • Qasim Ali
    Jun 18, 2011 - 3:53AM

    Mister Fasi zaka,

    I read out your article that was at one side very funny for me and on the other side i am feeling some lack of knowledge about Imran khan. Your words are very traditional for me when you talked about the compromises at political level, legitimization of Musharraf, swat negotiations and the top most sauve Jamaat-e-islami version 2.0. I am feeling that you are pretending to write against imran khan just to get some fame or you really don’t know the reality. But you are journalist so i think there must not be a question of knowledge. The problem is on the other side.

    First of all you talked about compromises at political level. Listen, when you make your mind to achieve some target then it means you cannot compromise on your target. But you can compromise in between. Finish war inside Pakistan, Corruption free state, increase in Tax payments and assets declaration are the top objectives for PTI. You can also say them as TARGETS. These all are very clear to every Pakistani that PTI stance is on these issues but if some party demands compromise on these issues to form a coalition then it means there is no reason for PTI to come in power. Because these type of coalitions are happening in other parties. PTI is not hungry for power. PTI objective is not to get power. PTI is on the board to do better for this country but not to make such coalitions so that PTI starts compromsing for his TARGETS. We are here on earth to struggle for the truth and to share truth with others. There must not be any sacrifice for truth. If you make your mind then i am sure you will be the most successful person during life and after life.

    Secondly, the legitimization of Musharraf. The legitimization of Musharraf was done just because Musharraf hypocritically called all parties for support and announced a new election in coming months. That’s why Imran khan shaken hand with Musharraf. But when Musharraf didn’t followed his words, that was shown by the referendum in 2002, Imran khan was the first leader who left Musharraf due to his hypocritical statement.

    Then you talk about the Imran khan stance that is negotiation and compromise in the war against terrorism. And you are giving example of Swat valley. You are making a false assumption. If you think that the suicide attacks must be in control after the negotiation with terrorist in swat and Malakand then I have no words for your mind status. I don’t know why are you not thinking about the operation in north Waziristan. Why are you not thinking about the enemies of Pakistan who are playing with Pakistani people in Balochistan and different other regions of Pakistan. You have seen one of such troop as Raymond Davis in Lahore issue. Cancer is a disease which demands a 100% exclusion of cancerous poison from the body. This is just like a cancer in Pakistan. If you will do negotiation at one place and at other place you will still fight for the same cause then it means you are making them strong at one place. If they are doing negotiations then do at every place not at some place to leave them for other places. And if America can think about the unconditional negotiation with these people then why not Pakistan???

    Now i come towards your last point, suave Jamaat-e-islami version 2.0. It is said that the most managed political party is Jamaat-e-islami. In this respect, i hope PTI will be the number 1 managed political party very soon. If you are saying due to stance of PTI against the war against Terrorism. Then i think America should be now called as the Jamaat-e-islami version 3.0 because they are also now doing negotiations with Taliban. They are one step next to PTI. The problem is that after fighting 10 years against Terrorism, we didn’t get anything from this war not even western countries except the killings of thousands of people in which most of them are innocent. Iran didn’t allow any forces to fight against such Terrorist even Iran is a shia country and Taliban were pro-sunni fully against shia. Turkey didn’t allow even if they got offers from America. And Pakistan accepted everything just to get money and do whatever you want. so shameful for us as a Pakistanis. PTI is not against America but PTI is against the policies/strategies set by Pakistani government against the war against terrorism. America will must and Ameica should see his own country interests in making Foreign policy and similarly Pakistan should also make the same foreign policy in order to secure his borders.

    Infact we are corrupt and we are taking AID from America thats why others are interfering in our country’s affairs otherwise if you stop taking AID and try to rebuilt your structure i don’t think so Pakistanis will not give help to government. But if our top leaders do not give tax and just demands from nation to pay more and more tax then i think yo the people should not remain silent. And if you like people start criticizing those political leaders who are neither corrupt nor tax robbers and just for your some personal interests you write such articles then it means you are either supporting PML (N), PML (Q) or PPPP. I don’t think so there is any other big party. May be MQM also because you are from Karachi.Recommend

  • Atif
    Jun 18, 2011 - 4:17AM

    Boys and girls
    Look beyond what you hear in the media

    Who is sponsoring the pak taliban?

    Imran Khan is a visionary, which no other leader has been since Ayub

    You are looking at it wrong
    Imran K is not anti American
    He is not pro Taliban or jamat e Islami

    His internal and foreign policies are PRO PAKISTAN

    I have never heard any other Pakistani talking with so much passion and vision
    Maybe N Sheriff had a little vision, but too much corruption

    Iman had worked hard and achieved success in all walks of life i.e
    Cricket player
    Running of a cancer hospital
    Degree holder
    Model
    chancellor of a Uni
    Made a Uni

    Now these are signs of a visionary and a hard worker

    Imran is not perfect, because he is not god. He is everything else Pakistan needs

    I would have an honest, hard working, visionary Imran Khan as my leader Recommend

  • Nas
    Jun 18, 2011 - 11:29AM

    This is funny, because this guy Fasi is riding on the other bandwagon that is ‘I am an intellectual, a critic, a secular freethinker, etc etc but I don’t know how to prove it so I’ll just bash Pakistan or anything that promises change because it simply can’t be true…right?’.

    You have every right to say what you want, but your arguments in this article are seriously mind boggling and incoherent. Imran Khan is the only person in Pakistan who has openly criticized the Govt. and the intelligence too for its shortcomings. He’s been against Mushi since the coalition started…there are tons of other things that are simply positive about Imran Khan….above all he’s not a corrupt and not a mafia man! …so its better if you only limit your ‘critique’ to music …which btw sucks big timeRecommend

  • zardarizindabad
    Jun 18, 2011 - 8:24PM

    The winds of change are picking up up pace. Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Co. are on their way out. Mr. Fasi and all those who like to write off IK, better eat your words because you will be proven wrong…Recommend

  • Jan Queeshi
    Jun 19, 2011 - 1:41AM

    He is the only hope left. Its time to try something different. I agree what other option does Pakistan has – should Pakistani people select same corrupted politicians who have bankrupted Pakistan at all the levels.

    I hope he becomes the prime minister of Pakistan.Recommend

  • ehsan ch
    Jun 19, 2011 - 2:42AM

    FASI ZAKA is making too much FUSS of nothing :P

    il go one by one and ans in detail so bear with the long and tedious answers :P

    this article claims that he supports the establishment while half of all his talks are on how the army is killing its own ppl (army and ISI ARE the establsihment)…. so this allegation is totally baseless and should make us question k whether he has ever even listend to IK???. although he did say a few times that “critiscm directed at the army should be constructive criticism and we should not fall prey to orchestrated propaganda against the army by certain sections of local and foreign media,” but this does not make him of those who support the establishment to gain their support as shown by his open critique…
    he never said that NRO came to undermine the army… he said NRO came as a result of american brokering (for which he quotes countless american writers and politicians including previous american ambassador who acknowledged american role in it). he said war on terror is ruining pakistan army and not the nro (and no one can deny it)

    y he sided with musharraf against nawaz was because nawaz was planning on passing the 15th ammendment at that time. according to which he was going to effectively become a democratic dictator who could “force people to pray” and even punish ANY one unilaterally if he found their actions unislamic. and using that pretext he was going to become an all powerful figure and a virtual end to democracy…check 15th ammendment and its loophopes carefully. so there was going to be no democracy any way even if mush didnt come. plus when mush came he presented 7 point agenda which is all in line with pti party and hence pti supported it as its a principle based party….. but later when he backtracked it was the FIRST party to leave him ….

    1-general aurakzai who LED the pakistan army into fata in the first place claims that ALL the initial 3 peacedeals were broken by the pakistani govt and not the tribal ppl. he said “I was FORCED to break those treaties under govt pressure”- though ul never hear the govt admit it…. 2-except swati taliban almost NO other taliban group has demanded implementing shariat in pakistan, they just claim to be fighting “america and its agents.” u cease to become an american agent and 90% of them wont see u as a target anymore… and fazi zaka doesnt seem to realize that these ppl were here before 2004 so y werent they fighting before hand? y werent they trying to create a “a state of perpetual war” before if its all they ever want to do???? he cant answer these question if he sticks to the twisted logic he holds on to. its our own blunders that started this war. u keep fighting it and each year youl hear the army say “we have broken the back of militants” and each year militancy will increase…..
    no.2 hamid gul is not a “banned group.” the action was vetoed by china in UN. and we all know it was part of an attempt to punish and pressurize ISI and nothing else….

    and p.s dont forget he always says : military operations can be a PART of an over all political settlement… but the main thing is that the peace deal should be signed without foreign pressure. sign it and end airstrikes by PAF and drones. then if some remaining militants still keep on fighting they can then be fought against by army in limited ground action. but BRING THE MAJORITY OF POPULATION ON UR SIDE. its easy for us to say that operations are necessary. but remember 3 MILLION ppl were made homeless. trust me, if u and me were made to live in tents in a desert wel curse and abuse the army too. the whole region has been devastated by the crazy policy we have been following…. we r making those ppl go against us…..Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 19, 2011 - 8:57AM

    Fasi you have to realize that you and me are in a minority and like all smart politicians PTI is targeting the majority. They cant be blamed for that? Check those Gallup surveys again you would know where i am coming from. Recommend

  • Taimur Khan
    Jun 19, 2011 - 3:11PM

    it is not a sign of humility to stand on a public forum and publicize one’s deeds/achievements. Imran Khan has always been someone I’ve greatly admired and still do. But I feel he should not seek power /position through an election. He will debase himself in the process of doing so. God will inshAllah create another way for him if he resists the temptation.Recommend

  • Umair Anwar
    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:21AM

    No amount of rhetoric spewing from the minds of FZ and NFP are going to detract from the fact that IK is the best choice among all in politics. I WILL vote for him. Pieces like this only make stronger my desire to overcome the people who are ashamed to espouse their religion and culture. IK has had a consistent stand for the last decade, and whatever he predicted regarding military operations in Pakistan’s tribal areas has now come true. America withdrawing from Afghanistan may not solve ALL problems, but it will be a HUGE step in the right direction. The US has lost the war in Afghanistan, they have initiated steps to legalize direct negotiations with the Taliban, the UN is to change the status on Taliban. Why is that happening? Maybe you should write about that. I look forward to your future endeavor, waxing lyrical about this latest US move.Recommend

  • Hax
    Jun 21, 2011 - 8:40PM

    I was reading the comments below the article, What is this nonsense of elites? I am not an elite rich guy, I find it hard to understand what Mr Khan is trying to achieve? He couldn’t keep his family together visits them in UK wearing three piece suit! inst that elitist. Recommend

  • Fuad Al Mannan
    Jun 22, 2011 - 3:25PM

    @Hax: so what should Imran khan do? play a gimic game and pretend like poor. If he wished he can live happy trouble free life in London elite class, where most of the asians and pakis are not alloued. but he sacrificed his pleasure for his countryRecommend

  • Omair
    Jun 23, 2011 - 9:01PM

    Do you know what vision is Fasi? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd-h9PU_cIw interestingly Obama declared the end of war today. sorry fasi, sadly not everyone has vision or maybe its your liberal mindset that has blocked yours. see where Pakistan is now! you can criticise sitting comfortably in your drawing room and write a column. and he isnt pro-pakistani taliban. he says you can defeat them, read DEFEAT them, if you side with the locals. hes saying about ending them!! and we instead have created more sympathisers. sadly because of people like you and pro Mush policies has brought our country at this stage!

    And Imran Khan isnt siding with the establishment or military top brass. Hes been against drone attacks (army policy) hes been vocal about missing people (ISI policy) hes been very vocal about operation and drones in Waziristan and tribal belt (military policy). And all he says is that the Govt/Parliament is responsible to put end to this as they are supreme and should draw the lines for Army or agencies!!Recommend

  • henna
    Jun 25, 2011 - 12:35AM

    silly hamburger fussy zaka doesn’t value honesty and having a leader who so far has a clean plate as far as corruption is concerned……our main problem is corruption NOT terrorism……but the only rationality acceptable to him is that of dear america ….tsk tskRecommend

  • Imran Mumtaz
    Jun 25, 2011 - 10:55AM

    [email protected] Ahmed Qureshi: Recommend

  • Aqil
    Jun 28, 2011 - 7:50PM

    @Omair:

    Obama announcing talks with Taliban and a plan to draw down American troops is hardly proof of any vision on part of Imran Khan. Obama’s main interest here is to get the US out and he does not really care what happens to the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The tyranny of the Taliban will ultimately be faced by Pakistanis and Afghans, not by Americans. Therefore Obama can afford to strike any deal with Taliban or for that matter, if domestic compulsions require him to do so, even leave abruptly without any deal. But for Pakistanis and Afghans, there is no choice but to confront the Taliban unless we want our citizens to live under their brutality.

    Talks should of course be kept as an option, but only if they renounce violance, accept the constitution, and moderate themselves on human rights issues, otherwise there is no choice but to use force, whether we like it or not. The problem with Imran Khan is that he has cooked khiali palao that as soon as the Americans leave, the Taliban and other militant groups will accept such conditions within 90 days, or may be he is willing to compromise on human rights by letting Taliban impose restrictions on people’s basic freedoms. A clear example was his position on Swat where even after a clear failure of the peace deal, Khan Sahib was still insisting on talks. The reality is that today, Swat is free of Taliban rule, whereas had the govt listened to Imran and not conducted that operation, the people of Swat would still have been living under the tyranny of Taliban. Imran needs to read up on Munich.Recommend

  • Aqil
    Jun 28, 2011 - 8:26PM

    Also, after 1989, both the Americans and Russians had left, but instead of peace, Afghanistan went into a bloody civil war. Contrary to the view that many younger people have and the amnesia many older people have developed, extremism and militancy did not stop rising during the 1989-2001 period; in fact it was in this period that Taliban came into existance and started providing sanctueries to other terrorist groups including Alqaeda and even some Pakistan based sectarian outfits. So there is no reason to assume that if the Americans leave, things will automatically get better. For this reason, instead of focusing on what the Americans do and when they leave, we should focus on uniting against extremism and militancy because we will have to do so even after the Americans are out of here.Recommend

  • Jul 8, 2011 - 3:49PM

    totally Agreed with Fasi ! Recommend

  • Susan Martenson
    Jul 28, 2011 - 3:34PM

    No matter what a tiny minority says, Imran Khan remains Pakistan BEST OPTION.

    I would urge all Imran Khan supporters to not only register their own vote but to start a campaign in their locality and on internet through which they should:

    1. urge relatives, friends, acqauntances, colleagues, neighbours, fellow passengers/travellers, fellow namazies in the mosques, fellow people in markets/bazaars/malls etc to register their vote and to vote for PTI/Imran Khan
    2. to print short urdu/pashto/balochi/hindko/sindhi/brahvi/punjabi/siraiki brochures introducting Imran Khan and PTI to the common man and also showing why the common man should vote for Imran Khan/PTI
    3. educate and practically help people to register their own vote and also those of their family, friends etc and to also encourage those people to start a similar campaign as the above one

    Good luck PTI members!

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