Imran 'Rhetoric' Khan lashes out at Zardari, US...again

Published: September 25, 2011
Khan said the US was blaming Pakistan for its failure in Afghanistan. Govt should reject all US aid. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Khan said the US was blaming Pakistan for its failure in Afghanistan. Govt should reject all US aid. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

GUJRANWALA: PTI chairman Imran Khan reiterated on Sunday that the country needed a brave leader, and the War on Terror was benefiting the government instead of the people.

Addressing a rally in Gujranwala, Khan said that the War on Terror had cost Pakistan $70 billion and resulted in the loss of over 35,000 lives. He said the US was blaming Pakistan for their own failure in Afghanistan.

Referring to President Asif Ali Zardari, Khan said that the nation needed strong leadership unlike the present one that is not standing up to the US, despite all their allegations in recent times.

Khan said the government should reject US aid.

He said that if his party came into power, they would first reject US aid and fight this war on their terms. He added that it was this aid that was giving the miiltants the perception that we were fighting the US War on Terror and hence attacked us.

Speaking on the floods, he said that the president went to flood hit areas for a ‘photo opportunity’ and then disappeared.

Khan said that while the president was busy travelling the world and “amassing wealth”, it was the army that was fighting the insurgency in the tribal areas, controlling the situation in Balochistan, and the rangers who were conducting operations in Karachi.

On Waziristan, he urged the nation to unite against any possible US operation in the area. The US has been pressuring Pakistan to conduct an operation in North Waziristan to clear it of militant hideouts.

Khan said that come election year the people should not vote for a “coward leader”, as Pakistan was a dignified nation.

Khan said he would make an important announcement in the coming days and give the nation good news soon.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • Sep 25, 2011 - 7:51PM

    You do realise that it is the Army that deals with the US. Are you saying that Kayani and Co are not strong leaders?


  • Sep 25, 2011 - 7:53PM

    why truth, the whole truth against President Zardari is termed rhetoric by Express tribune?


  • Naz Ebr
    Sep 25, 2011 - 7:53PM

    Yes, Khan is right. The country needs a brave leader like Mullah Omar who got the entire country trashed over a useless rhetoric: “We will not hand over Osama to the US, it’s against our culture and religion”.


  • Imran Mohammad
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:05PM

    “Imran ‘Rhetoric’ Khan lashes out at Zardari, US…again”

    Is this news item or opinion piece? ET, please describe your journalistic ethics if there are any?


  • Tahir
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:12PM

    What a biased article from the headline, ofcourse pakistani liberals cannot tolerate criticism against USA or Zardari.


  • Colorado NRI
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:15PM

    Don’t be so harsh with your economic savior, Mr. Khan. You may have to eat those words if you are ever in power….unless you are qualified to perform miracles.

    The Pakistani economy is on a downward spiral and its economic needs are on an upward spiral. It is no longer an economically self-sustaining country and any reversal in its fortune will take a very significant amount of sustained foreign assistance.


  • faraz
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:30PM

    Zardari doesn’t control our foreign and defence policy!


  • M Ali Khan
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:30PM

    and once again, NO BLAME on the GHQ and ISI.


  • Democrat_Seoul
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:31PM

    Khan said he will broaden the tax net and balance expenditure and earnings of the country. This is very significant. Every one around Pakistan has managed to do so and we are looking towards others for the last 60 years. It is also a fact that taking aid means following orders also. I think every Pakistani want a change and IK is going to lead it successfully insha Allah.
    East are West KHAN is the best.


  • Basit Khan
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:35PM

    ‘Khan said that while the president was busy travelling the world and “amassing wealth”, it was the army that was fighting the insurgency in the tribal areas, controlling the situation in Balochistan, and the rangers who were conducting operations in Karachi.’

    Ok, i didn’t know Zardari was a soldier of Army, FC and Rangers at the same time.


  • AMI
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:38PM

    Imran Khan zindabaad!


  • Abdul
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:42PM

    I didn’t read the article after I read the biased headline.


  • Ijaz
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:43PM

    Express Tribune has reached new heights of USA slavery


  • Fahad Raza
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:47PM

    Express “Biased” Tribune lashes out at Imran PTI… again


  • Waqar Sulehri
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:50PM

    Geo Khan….We love you.


  • No BS
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:53PM

    Wow, massive crowds and kudos to media for not blacking out today. PTI team is flexing muscles in Gujranwala, Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Lahore, Mardan, Nowshera. Please watch and believe


  • Ma Awan
    Sep 25, 2011 - 9:27PM

    In 80’s Zia used US in war against USSR, which next battlefield was Pakistan, retreated USSR, established a friendly govt, in Afghanistan, no international blemish, used the Islamic warriors against India in Kashmir, friendly relationship with west and US.

    After 2002 US threatened Musharraf, another general, to join WOT, otherwise she will throw us into a stone age, out of fear or his personal interests he said, ‘Yes’, today after nine years the result is the loss of 70 billion dollars and 35000 lives, bad reputation in the world, a hostile govt in Afghanistan, western border is not safe, economic crises, energy crisis, a hovering constant threat from US. still things are worsening.

    Still many people say Zia was failure and Musharaf’s policy, if not his personality is a success. Is there any more glaring example of blindness?


  • Was a Pakistani
    Sep 25, 2011 - 10:18PM

    No he can’t.. They are his sponsors


  • Doctor
    Sep 25, 2011 - 10:47PM

    Brilliant headline – thank you for finally calling a spade a spade. Imran Khan is nothing but talk. He’s has no courage to take on the Armed Forces establishment. He will be even worse than the current government, which is awful to begin with.

    Where are all of you PTI yuppies when you read about the news of the 8th grade Christian girl from Abbottabad being beaten for blasphemy? Where are you when Shias are massacred? You don’t care about the average Pakistani Recommend

  • Lobster
    Sep 25, 2011 - 11:01PM

    Never saw such headline in any decent newspaper. Editors?


  • Ali
    Sep 25, 2011 - 11:32PM

    @ Doctor

    The PTI “yuppies” were out on the streets in protest against the release of Raymond Davis, out again for missing people and numerous other issues. Where were you? All talk indeed.
    Imran Khan has condemned all heinous crimes, such as those you mentioned, in the harshest of words.
    Kudos for blaming him for not being everywhere at all times.
    And about the armed forces, if the media hadn’t blacked out the procession on 13th August and you had not been as ignorant as you are, you might have heard him taking on the ISI and Army for fighting America’s war against our tribal leaders.
    Ignorant people though hear only what they want to hear.

    Also, shame on the express tribune for such a biased headline.


  • Sayem
    Sep 26, 2011 - 12:07AM

    What kind of title is it? Is it journalism or mass propaganda?
    For those who claim IK has not criticised army, I would request them to search Imran Khan’s videos on line. Search for Kiyani and Imran Khan to get your desired result.


  • Farhan
    Sep 26, 2011 - 12:12AM

    Imran Khan does not have guts to say that it was past generals who made these deals.. totally ironic??


  • Realist
    Sep 26, 2011 - 12:46AM

    @Naz Ebr:

    At least he has honor and is not like a nation for which Henry Kissinger once said, “You would sell your mothers for dollars if you get the chance.” I think deep down you are just jealous of Mullag Omar.


  • suhail
    Sep 26, 2011 - 12:47AM


    you look to me a fake degree holder anyway i would say you that this is not the duty of opposition to provide security and manage the rules and regulation in Pakistan while this is the duty of the state to protect the peoples but infact the state is busy to protect their families first and if they got a chance which i am not sure they will get…anyway we will bring the change and will remove these thugs from the soil of Pakistan…


  • Meekal Ahmed
    Sep 26, 2011 - 1:28AM

    Every time I read about it the cost of the war on terror the number jumps up by another $500 million. Does any one, any disinterested party have a good estimate?


  • M
    Sep 26, 2011 - 2:45AM

    Gutter journalism from et, be objective,


  • Asim
    Sep 26, 2011 - 3:37AM

    Imran Khan – The new rhetoric machine of Pakistan.


  • Amjad
    Sep 26, 2011 - 3:46AM

    Shame on the express tribune for such a biased headline. Is this real journalism? If you cant differentiate between “News” and “Opinion” you have no right to misguide people.


  • HammerHead
    Sep 26, 2011 - 3:57AM

    Khan Sahab…..There are more pressing issues to talk about and help resolve, Like Homoside bombing, ruthless killing of minorities, taliban etc then to try to score a point by critizing the Govt. and Zardari


  • physicist
    Sep 26, 2011 - 4:37AM

    This is the lowest form of journalism to use such kind of title, I have never seen such low level title in any national of international english newspaper


  • Zoaib
    Sep 26, 2011 - 4:51AM

    Hahahaha…So when he criticizes Nawaz Sharif, he’s said to be working on Zardari and ISI agenda. Now when he’s criticizing Zardari his statements are being called “rhetoric”. It seems some people can never be happy with Imran.

    ET, please sort out this obviously biased title, or you will lose whatever credibility you have left.


  • Ali
    Sep 26, 2011 - 5:21AM

    @Naz Ebr:
    No leader is the world accepts foreign dictat
    Both Russia and Libya refused to hand over suspects with out evidence , only to 3rd party country
    Mullah Omar is not a hero, but his policy was right


  • Pakistani
    Sep 26, 2011 - 6:33AM

    well no wonder express lashes out at imran khan. Someone should read abt the channels that recieved USAID. There was dunya news and there was another one… Guess which one was it.


  • Pragmatist
    Sep 26, 2011 - 7:04AM

    Anyone can throw cooked up numbers. $70 billion?? Why not $70 trillion!!


  • islooboy
    Sep 26, 2011 - 8:41AM

    @M Ali Khan:
    yes the army which helped during the floods


  • Fareedi
    Sep 26, 2011 - 9:28AM

    ET. Why is it that anti Pakistan comments derogatory to the army and those posted by Indians are allowed through and relatively innocuous observations are not allowed ? Your job is remaining nonjudgmental. Let the people decide what is right and wrong.. isn’t that the idea behind “comments”….. or are u a censor board?


  • Yousuf
    Sep 26, 2011 - 11:38AM

    Not an IK or a PTI supporter, but this headline, really does appall me. I started reading this article considering it to be an opinion blog (courtesy of the title); half way through, I realized this is actually a news report/story and found the rest of the story to be quite objective, which left me confused as hell. Either someone in ET is not doing their job or ET is considering of compromising quality and ethics over attraction and popularity. Whatever his political standpoint maybe, bashing the leader of a renowned political party, a national hero, a philanthropist in such a cheesy way, in a NEWS REPORT is nothing more than a “low-blow” and a display of cheap journalism.


  • Doctor
    Sep 27, 2011 - 6:35PM

    @ Ali – really? You’re just making things up now. Imran Khan refuses to put the blame where it stands. He continually deludes Pakistanis like you into thinking the war on terror “Isn’t our war”. Really? What about the thousands of Pakistanis killed by terrorists? What about the sectarian violence? He has barely said a peep so don’t make things up. That’s not going to disappear if the Americans leave Afghanistan tomorrow. Pakistan has real problems that are internal and relate to religious violence. Imran Khan is a lot of talk but the fact he can’t even find any wrong in the Armed Forces show that he lacks intellectual honesty and the courage to do the right thing.

    @ Suhail – so now because I disagree with the “oh so perfect” PTI I am now considered not to be a doctor? Please stop kidding yourself. I truly admire IK’s work with his hospitals but that doesn’t mean I have to buy that he has any real ideas to help save Pakistan as a politician. Stop stooping to such low criticism.

    Imran Khan ignores the truth and Pakistan doesn’t need another delusional person leading it. We need someone who can tell us the truth and wake us up from this slumber before it’s too late.Recommend

    Sep 27, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Doctor :are you in your senses ? is this our war.we are fighting against muslims for US they think since we are the supporters of US thats why we are the their really target.Once US is out of Afghanistan everything will be ok.
    I am surprised when some body criticizes IK.who else is the better politician than IK??
    .who criticizes IK i am doubtfull about his patriotism .I have been in PPP for the last 20 yeras i was in love with BB .BUT when i started listening IK I came to know that he is the my leadder.sincere and honest.So Mr Doctor think againRecommend

  • Sara Shah
    Oct 2, 2011 - 6:13AM

    Wow! Not even pretending to be objective, are we? I am still on the fence about IK, but not about ET anymore.


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