The future remains unlimned

Published: November 1, 2011
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The writer was a Ford Scholar at the Programme in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security at UIUC (1997) and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Studies Programme.

The writer was a Ford Scholar at the Programme in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security at UIUC (1997) and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Studies Programme.

Friend Feisal Naqvi has written a vintage Feisal on Imran Khan’s Lahore rally, clear and well argued. I agree with his argument — for the most part. People need hope; they have had too much of the ‘ick’ factor. I also agree, going by Feisal’s argument, that one should have the right to hope even when one knows that reality is always lurking in the shadows, ready to strike.

Jack Gilbert captured this brilliantly in his poem “Failing and Flying”: “I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell,/but just coming to the end of his triumph”.

Politics is a banal affair, its initial romance, if there be any, notwithstanding. It’s the end of the triumph that I am interested in. Does it bring in the ‘ick’ factor or the sedateness of habit that is underwritten by long years of companionship and the security of the known? There’s a difference between the two. The ‘ick’ factor one is forced to live with because the cycle cannot be broken; habit one sinks into because one’s existence is marked by regularity, a system that must take care of the mediocre side of our lives. And even Ulysses is not always fighting Cyclops, and must get his cup of tea and a clean loo.

Democracy is nothing if not about systems that make average lives worth living. That is the domain of public policy, ranging from trite things as having sidewalks, decent public transport and security of life and property to more complex areas like foreign and economic policies.

If the existing political entities like the Pakistan Peoples Party and the two Muslim Leagues — Q and N — had managed to address the averageness that makes and marks democracy, Khan could not have gathered a whopper crowd at Minto Park. Democracy is not about cordon bleu, it is about chapati and a standard menu provided reliably.

Khan has kicked off well. It is too early to say whether this rally connotes a groundswell in his favour, just as it is too early to say if this rally does manifest a groundswell that he would be able to translate it into enough votes or that enough votes, given the first-past-the-post system, would actually result in enough seats. There remain too many ‘ifs’.

That is the domain of mathematical models and statistics, to try and get a sense of how the Khan phenomenon might unfold. That study would need data sets on different variables. While some experts in Pakistan have done qualitative analyses of past electoral exercises and election rigging, I am not aware of any quantitative studies or models that could be applied to determine with some degree of accuracy the chances for Khan and his PTI.

What he may or may not be able to do is, thus far, a matter of conjecture. The PPP, N, Q and the MQM have reasons to attack Khan. Their representatives have already told us that rallies do not necessarily translate into votes and seats, that constituency politics is a whole lot different from the romance witnessed at Minto Park. Perhaps; perhaps not.

It may be useful to see Khan’s popularity among the youth, the largest cohort in the population at about 61 per cent, both men and women. To determine what percentage of this cohort is 18 years and above, how many of them live in urban centres, how those numbers are spread over different urban constituencies and what percentage of those votes the PTI could likely pick up. Additionally, it would be useful to determine, on the basis of new voters lists, to see the numbers added that do not form part of the traditional vote-bank of existing parties. This chunk of voters in the urban centres, if it is sizeable, could well make a difference in various constituencies.

In fact, it would be an interesting exercise to carry out in some constituencies and to extrapolate from those results. But this is an exercise for psephologists. Out in the street it is about the current romance that Feisal Naqvi spoke about, hope being the operative word.

But let’s look at it from another perspective, one that would be terribly unpopular with the dreamers and the hopers and those choosing to comment here. Assume he wins not just many seats but enough seats to form government. How will he fare where others have failed? Will he understand that he has just moved from the high tide of passion to a 9 to 5 job with a wife, kids and perhaps many nagging in-laws? That the political history of mankind is replete with men of vision getting it all wrong not because they didn’t want to do anything but that they wanted to do too much, too soon? That policymaking forms the backbone of actual governance, brick-by-brick building which is unsexy and has nothing to do with the orgasmic throes of a ‘revolution’, what the French call la petite mort?

My fear is that his supporters are expecting too much and expectations have a horrible way of ignoring reality and going sour. If Khan can work the balance and make his supporters understand the difference between ‘wish’ and ‘is’ assumptions, he can be a winner.

Meanwhile, here’s to him and his party, a stanza from Seamus Heaney’s “Blackberry Picking”:

“… Once off the bush

The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour.

I always felt like crying. It wasn’t fair

That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot.

Each year I hoped they’d keep, knew they would not”.

The right balance, then, is about hoping that the blackberries won’t rot but knowing that they would. Between this hope and this knowledge lies the space for action. Therein also lies Khan’s challenge.

Finally, even if it were too early for Khan to get into the driver’s seat, if he could mobilise enough people, that could put the desired pressure on the existing principals to make themselves useful and reduce the ‘ick’ factor. Both ways, Khan is being useful and we should welcome him!

Published in The Express Tribune, November 2nd, 2011. 

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Nov 1, 2011 - 9:33PM

    Sir with due respect we dont understand your and wyne sahab queens english please can
    u guys write some thing in plaine Manhattan street lang so very body can get….

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  • Realist.
    Nov 1, 2011 - 9:55PM

    A revolutionary leader is made out of two things: oratory skills and ideas-beauty and brains. Imran Khan lacks them both. Naivety, gullibility and lack of sophistication have all came out into the open.
    Politically, Imran Khan’s remains a solo flight. Yes, the gathering at Iqbal Park will make many fence sitters leap out and join PTI but to win-and win big-means a formal organizational methodology, teamwork, coordination and management. The PTI has none of that and the blame for that rests with the PTI’s solitary captain.

    An economic policy built around ‘bringing back looted wealth’ and ‘declaration of assets’ amounts to zilch, a goose egg. A foreign policy of ‘getting closer to China’ is as hollow as a bone, absolutely devoid of real politic.

    And an anti-terrorism policy with ‘negotiations with the terrorists’ as its centerpiece will be nothing short of a complete disaster. A new police order with ‘elected SHOs’ and ‘de-politicizing the police’ are internally contradictory. To be sure, pointing fingers is the easiest of all human motions; presenting internally congruous, practical solutions to real life Pakistani problems is the art and science of politics.

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  • White Russian
    Nov 1, 2011 - 10:07PM

    “It is very difficult to make a forecast, specially about future” — Yogi Berra

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  • Shakir Lakhani
    Nov 1, 2011 - 10:20PM

    Asghar Khan was also expected to win many seats, he didn’t win any, although he appeared to be as popular as Imran is today.I don’t think Imran Khan can win more than 20 seats. He is virtually unknown in Sindh and Baluchistan. It will take many years for him to win enough seats to form a government. In the meantime, he is needed today to keep the government uneasy.

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  • Nadir
    Nov 1, 2011 - 10:24PM

    So when is Imran Khan going to lead a dharna before the GHQ against the Pak Militarys support for drone strikes, that started way before Zardari or Nawaz Sharif were even back in the country, or are we going to continue with this charade where supposedly political leaders give orders regarding security and foreign policy, and the military follows them. After all it was the COAS who was “informing” parliamentarians about his dealings with the US. So much for “change”, more of the same in different colours.

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  • fus
    Nov 1, 2011 - 10:33PM

    @Realist: hmmm so you think Nawaz sharif posses oratory skills and ideas-beauty and brains. Since you have been posting in favor of PML(N), I am assuming you have been attracted by brains and oratory skills of NS.Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli
    Nov 1, 2011 - 11:06PM

    @Shakir Lakhani,
    Z.A.Bhutto was sindhi but he won in punjab and what pakistan is 80% of punjab and i think peoples in sindh and baluchistan know him from his past as a great sports man.

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  • Keep trying
    Nov 1, 2011 - 11:33PM

    lol @ Realist : Those are exactly the things he has. People have fallen in love with him as a leader. U can attack with cynicism about the party’s immaturity, but questioning his ability to be a revolutionary leader?- its already happened. In a huge way. I think u guys are still in the anger and denial stages…. Bargaining is coming soon followed by depression ;-)

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  • sara
    Nov 1, 2011 - 11:36PM

    I never got to the rest of the article, what in gods name is the title supposed to be?

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  • Midhat
    Nov 1, 2011 - 11:45PM

    Sir,
    Right now we are at the bottom of this abyss. Hope, no matter how far it seems to be from reality, it gives us atleast some reason to look foward to a better future! What have we to lose here? .Just a year back no one would have thought leaders like Mubarak and Gaddafi would fall, so lets keep the HOPES high. or be stuck with likes of Zardari and Shareef

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  • Babloo
    Nov 1, 2011 - 11:51PM

    @Mr Ejaz,
    Is Mr Imran Khan an ‘establsihment candidate’ to provide ‘strategic depth’ to the establshment ?

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  • John B
    Nov 1, 2011 - 11:52PM

    His rally in Lahore tickled my interest. Then next day it all waned away once I read that IK will negotiate with PML-N. Same old spoked broth.

    In order for PTI to be successful, it has to break away from old politics, should have its own future policy for Paksitan, a systematic planning even an average Pakistani should understand, and patience in getting to the high office.

    So far PTI political manifestations are reactionry to local politics with no set policies and principles that distinguishes the party from the others.

    Electricity, corruption, taxes, foreign enemies -universal themes for all parties world over. So, PTI is no different from others.

    What is PTI plan for PAK ? Women’s rights and minorities rights are good distinguishing principles with good start.

    What is next?

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  • Faiz
    Nov 2, 2011 - 12:02AM

    The writer has a very balance opinion. But for the supporters of PML(N) and PP, i think, one man is infinite times better than bunch of corrupt, thieves, liars, etc., politicians.

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  • Mian Iftikhar ull Hassan
    Nov 2, 2011 - 12:07AM

    Imran Khan moveing so fastly but there are many questions about his success in future. How will he solve the internal and External problems which enveloped Pakistan? Will Burucracy and Corroupt Maffia will allow him to move forward? Have he Think Tanks in his Party like Westren Countries of the world? When he wil try to do hand with corrupt Maffia will People of Pakistan stand with him under any circumstances? Bhutto was the most famous leader of Pakistan but not a single person move to roads in his favour when Zia ul Haq hanged him? What were the fate of Imran Khan? Will USA allow him to talk with Taliban and other groups who are fighting agaisnt US now?

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  • Observer
    Nov 2, 2011 - 12:26AM

    Had some of you cynics been around at that time, I don’t wonder where you would stand when Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) started delivering his message . . .
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    If you want an honest and hard working society with integrity as the main feature of your national character . . . you have to become like that yourself.
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    Character is destiny . . . heard that one?
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    Oh is it asking for too much? . . . let other fools do it instead . . . well, you lie in the bed you make and have only yourself to blame (yes, that includes you Realist).
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    A nation of short sighted pygmies and under achievers . . . get used to it.

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Nov 2, 2011 - 12:37AM

    Trust me Sir even the best and most compelex mathematical models have failed to capture “turning points” — and I am speaking of the relatively scientific field of economics.

    Political Science?

    Forget it. Your “guess-estimate” is better than or worse than the next person trying to put a scientific gloss on an unpredictable event.

    I am sure IK will get more seats that one or two. He may well be in the next Cabinet. But anything more than that he will have to wait.

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  • Falcon
    Nov 2, 2011 - 12:46AM

    Thanks for a brilliant piece. Well said. However, it must be added that some times change should be looked against the backdrop of the need of the time vs. the ideal possibilities vs. what will happen. Nations don’t rise by waiting for a great leader with mysterious qualities that will rise one day to save them but making trade-offs that might be painful yet necessary. No body is saying PTI is perfect or can weed out all the problems that plague the system, but they will surely move the system at least in a direction better than where it stands today, whether it be in partnership or wholly governed. And truly, even if that means one inch more, I am all for it!

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  • Raja Islam
    Nov 2, 2011 - 12:47AM

    The Sharif brothers attract the rural and lower middle classes in the Punjab. Imran Khans appeal is more to the young and higher educated upper middle classes. Imran lacks the charisma and the image to motivate the nation as a whole. In addition, he has no political heavy weights in his party and no representation in Sindh and Balauchistan. Hard for him to win enough seats to form a government given a more or less fair election.

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  • Asif
    Nov 2, 2011 - 2:01AM

    This article put me to sleep halfway. Is english ka na sir hey na paoun.

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  • You Said It
    Nov 2, 2011 - 2:44AM

    How can anyone doubt the inevitable rise and rise of Imran Khan and PTI. The PTI will win the election and form the government. As every IK supporter will tell you, the other parties will just look at this certainty and kill themselves from fear and shame before the election. Once in govt, IK will turn around Pakistan by stopping done strikes. Once the drones stop flying, everything will immediately turn around – power plants will produce more electricity and the economy will start to grow again and the corrupt politicians will all go to jail and the baloch will give up their resistance and the afghans will stop fighting each other and there will be peace in Karachi because mohairs and sindhis and pashtuns will fall in love with each other and rediscover their Pakistaniyat and the taliban will never attack another Pakistani soldier and Afghans will elect the taliban and the US will forget about Afghanistan and Chinese will give billions in free aid and tax revenues will go through the roof and there will be so much money to spend on military, infrastructure, dams, schools and everyone will be happy and ghairatmand again. I’m not expecting much at all, in fact I’m expecting nothing.
    Vote for PTI.

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  • Majid Urrehman
    Nov 2, 2011 - 2:54AM

    Ejaz sab, IK fans know what is Manhattan ;) because they are EDUCATED!

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  • habib
    Nov 2, 2011 - 3:03AM

    @Nadir:
    very honest comments

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  • Saladin
    Nov 2, 2011 - 3:11AM

    @Realist.:
    Funniest thing is, I’ve been noticing you for months jumping the gun anytime there is a comment on Imran Khan. Merey bhai, why don’t you go take a chill pill. Do you think that by countering every damn comment out there you will be able to change anything? Bhai kuch kaam shaam kar ja kay har wakt boring sisat mein paray rehtay ho. Jub dekho Realist Reailst ka comment, bhai thak gaye hain tumhari comments parh parh ke. Wohi same rhetoric. Get a life, bivi bachon ko bhi time do. Unless you are on someones payroll LOL. I would love to know you personally and write a book on you.

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  • Cynical
    Nov 2, 2011 - 3:11AM

    @Ali Tanoli
    @Asif

    Instead of asking the author to change his writing style, why don’t you take some lessons in english.
    Alternatively stay put with vernacular media.

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  • ST
    Nov 2, 2011 - 4:25AM

    @Realist, it would have been honourable to admit that you were quoting from Farrukh Saleem’s article in The News. Clearly you are not original, and hence definitely, out of league with the mood of PTI and IK!

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  • You Said It
    Nov 2, 2011 - 5:11AM

    Imran Khan talk. Imran Khan’t do.

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  • F Khan
    Nov 2, 2011 - 7:15AM

    I agree with Ejaz. We need a change through reforms (brick by brick) of policy making and should not expect a revolution. To come out of this present impasse we need two decades of good economical policies.Gone are the revolution days when in just 50 years you had Roosevelt, Churchill, Tito, Nasser, Bhutto, Sukarno, Nehru….now are the days of jokers…….like Zardari, Sharif, Altaf & Gilani…….and we have to compromise we like it or not.
    Two things will go against IK and that is his stance on terrorism and his lack of team. I do not see Dr.Mazari, Dr Alvi or Mr.Cheema taking Pakistan out of this economical whirlpool. If I am given a choice I will vote for PML(N) because I see PML(N) has the best economic/finance team than any other political party to lead us through of this problem.
    Personally I agree IK is an honest and sincere person but that is not all is required to become a PM. There are lot of people who could be more sincere and competent than IK but than should we elect them as or PM. If IK can tie up with PML(N) that is the best for this country at the present or just fasten your seat belt for a next 5 year roller coaster of PPP+PMLQ+ANP+MQM collation.

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  • No Nonsense
    Nov 2, 2011 - 7:24AM

    An enchanting piece. But such scintillating prose with the required literary sauce dressing would go better with a essay on some other topic. Naturally it would be beyond the Manhattan crowd.
    Yet, I loved it. I read it twice.

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  • Mirza
    Nov 2, 2011 - 7:36AM

    I am glad that instead of living in fool’s paradise you are trying to wake the public. How can one man resolve our issues from poverty, illiteracy, backwardness, culture of corruption, health problems, terrorism, vertical and horizontal polarization, etc.? When the leaders like Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan used to say that only if SC CJ comes back, all the problems would be solved, what happened. We used to laugh that one man would change us not to add water in milk, fake drugs and baby formula, bribes, terrorism and all other social evils that we have nurturing for generations. Changing the faces are not going to change anything except creating more and more disappointment.
    During the Obama’s election, youngsters thought he is the best thing after the slice of bread. He was the messiah for a “Change”. What happened, people are disappointed and not very enthusiastic about his re-election? With the same old system in place how can one bring any changes let alone revolutionary changes? In Pakistan most of the budget is spent on debt servicing and defense, very little is left for the people. What would any politician cut to bring more money and relief to the public? That is the question one needs to ask before being too hopeful. As far as the social evils like selling out the cricket match, bribes and treatment of minorities and women, etc., only we the people can make a change should we desire so? It is not going to come from the politicians but from our homes.

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  • HH
    Nov 2, 2011 - 9:35AM

    Our nation is perhaps one of the most idiot nations of the world. It will keep voting for the one it loves even if the elected person doesn’t do any beneficial deed for them…Recommend

  • banjara
    Nov 2, 2011 - 10:48AM

    i think it is great to have a dream and to give people hope. but, as the author also indicates, it is
    important to be realistic and understand not only the positive aspects of one’s role but also it limitations. imran’s value may be much more crucial in terms of waking up a slumbering nation than in being a successful political leader and head of state himself. my gut feeling is that cleanup of of the decadent set up in pakistan is a very long term task. in the end, it can only be achieved by the joint efforts of a very vigilant populace and a persistent and determined supreme court. pinning this expectation on a political leader – especially a newcomer at the scene – is unrealistic; and its failure could lead to a tragic loss of morale.

    i wonder if imran khan can recognize and come to terms with the reality and the limitations of his role? can he – and his admirers – accept that the most that he can achieve is to galvanize the public, especially the youth of pakistan, to face their own and their nations destiny?

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  • Shahzada
    Nov 2, 2011 - 12:04PM

    Can all of you hear the sound of inevitability….he is coming…Imran Khan is coming….he’s the one….!

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Nov 2, 2011 - 12:16PM

    Sir, If IK meets even half of our expectations it is thousand times better than being looted and lied to, give us miscarriages of justice, steal our tax money, pay no taxes, transfer the nation’s wealth overseas and deprive us of health and civic services, education and a chance to build our lives.Recommend

  • Salahuddin
    Nov 2, 2011 - 12:17PM

    @Realist.:
    If you have brain & ideas then why don,t you come forward.We as Pakistani has strnage mentality can not be comprehended. Neither we do nor we let any one do that……………………. Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Nov 2, 2011 - 1:33PM

    @Realist.: Sir, Spot On!!!!! 110% agreement with your.

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  • Mubashir Amin
    Nov 2, 2011 - 1:41PM

    Please don’t undermine Imran Khan as a Political Force. Success is both contagious and addictive. When the time comes I am sure, he shall be able to Transform these crowds into votes. Give him the Respect that he So Richly Deserves!

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  • observer
    Nov 2, 2011 - 2:07PM

    Democracy is nothing if not about systems that make average lives worth living.

    Profound statement. So where does theKhan stand on making the lives of ordinay citizens of Pakistan of Ahmadias, Christians, Hindus and Baloch background. Any plans for making these ‘lives worth living’?

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  • Akbar
    Nov 2, 2011 - 2:38PM

    @Nadir:
    agreed.

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  • Khalid
    Nov 2, 2011 - 2:56PM

    If we can analyze next election which is just round the corner the main contest will be between pmln and PTI in punjab and KP.PPP will wiped out in punjab and KP.We can expect a huge turn out in election.The margin of winning candidates will be very less on either side(PTI,PMLN).Sindh will go on the same lines(pro ppp and pro mqm) apart from ghotki,tharparkar,sanghar,khairpur and naushero feroz where anti ppp vote is always there.Balouchistan will go in the hands of nationalists and pmln.

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  • Ashraf P
    Nov 2, 2011 - 3:36PM

    The only way to get more money from the US is to allow them to use their drones. IK will try to stop that and that will be the end of the money tap.

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  • Zaraf
    Nov 2, 2011 - 4:09PM

    was this from a GRE test??

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  • Ali
    Nov 2, 2011 - 4:35PM

    To all the critics of the English used in this article, there is nothing wrong with it. The piece is written well. If you don’t understand the language use a dictionary (www.dictionary.com). I don’t see why Ejaz Sahib should have to dumb down his language because you are too lazy to use a dictionary!

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  • kung
    Nov 2, 2011 - 5:12PM

    I have seen u commenting against Imran Khan and PTI all over the internet. My dear fellow change only comes when people dream. Just as steve Jobs said,’be foolish,be hungry’.Our elders tell us that we cannot bring PTI to power and that we should be realistic. But we the youth of Pakistan dare to dream and we will bring PTI to power.

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  • Realist.
    Nov 2, 2011 - 5:19PM

    @Saladin:
    THIS is what you’ve got to say ?
    Getting personal?
    Why don’t you answer the points i pasted from another article.
    & rest if i don’t have anything else to do other than commenting on Politics WHAT have you been doing for all this time ‘Observing my posts’ right ? :P
    & this forum is in english :)Recommend

  • Nov 2, 2011 - 5:54PM

    Stockholm syndrome, anyone?

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  • Engr. Mohsin Raza
    Nov 2, 2011 - 6:12PM

    I wonder do these critics have any viable solution or they were born to debate only for the sake of debate? All those who criticize Imran Khan have never dared to suggest an alternate to him. Why? Because deep in their heart, they know they are spitting on the moon which would fall back on them, respect!

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  • MarkH
    Nov 2, 2011 - 6:26PM

    @Shahzada:
    I’ve heard doomsday preachers say the exact same thing about impending disasters. That line serves no purpose other than makeshift earplugs.

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  • MarkH
    Nov 2, 2011 - 6:46PM

    @kung:
    Bringing him to power isn’t the problem. It’s what he can actually manage to do when he gets there. That’s the one annoying thing about supporters of his. They deflect every bit of criticism by responding to it in a way that isn’t even relevant to the topic and then act like they just dominated the argument when they haven’t addressed a single thing. They try to talk down to them as if they don’t understand the grand design like PTI supporters do. Quoting that “educated” people support him to imply the opposite just doesn’t get it. Sorry to inform you but, the more “educated” a person becomes, the more angles they see it from and the wider implications of it all in the bigger picture of the world rather than take everything at face value and remain oblivious to the world outside and how people as a whole act and react. It’s precisely lack of education that makes his words so pretty. It’s a shame though that a factor of lower intelligence happens to be not accepting anything but what the majority says. People act like they’re the minority rising for change. That’s not true at all. You guys say it while at the exact same time claiming the majority as your own. That’s not unique vision, it’s pointing out the obvious.
    He gives you hope and that’s good. It’s just too bad you’re determined to waste it as well. Once your “last chance” gets brought down to the Earth, hopes will be dashed with few recovering. You’re sabotaging your own ideals by not creating any foundation for their success.

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  • yousaf
    Nov 2, 2011 - 7:25PM

    I will inshaallah soon take lessons in GMAT-GRE-IELTS-TOFEL etc.Then,if passed,I will read the article to understand what the author is saying.There are words that even dictionaries prefer to stand with their hands-up rather than tell the meanings.Recommend

  • Nov 2, 2011 - 7:40PM

    @Cynical:
    I like Ali Tanoli,You take anything,dear Ali T. says with a pinch of salt,sugar and little “chat Masala”,he is harmless,people who blogg,know Ali T. by now.Recommend

  • Muddassir
    Nov 2, 2011 - 7:57PM

    @ Realist:

    To all “pundits” and so called “political analysts”, I just have one question. Why none of you including your gurus including Mr Sethi/ Harris bin Munawar/ George Foulton/ ever suggested a dame solution to any of the issues. All you have been “trained” is analyse problems and criticise any solution being put forward. But where is your solution to the problems. Only then we can compare and debate the solutions.

    So stop your propoganda and wasting your energry on these forums.Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli
    Nov 2, 2011 - 8:21PM

    @yousaf
    We need some Master in english or I,Brain for this article to understand and by the i just
    start it my ESL to improve my english to compete these Aligarh Shurfah…

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  • arslan
    Nov 2, 2011 - 8:24PM

    i wonder when people will understand khan . who would have thought he can do this . idealism brought him here and will take further

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  • Anwar
    Nov 2, 2011 - 8:30PM

    With all due respect, I am having serious difficulty in understanding this article and what the author is trying to say. Apaarently, the 20 years which I spent in collecting degrees was a complete waste of time….

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  • bilal ahmed
    Nov 2, 2011 - 9:03PM

    I dont really bother whether if IK is a political sage or best of policy makers or best of statesman or best of handling west……. but he is not corrupt for sure, he does not need power for the sake of power, he does not want money and he will fight…. the only thing we want from a leader….. we need him to guide the ship in this political mud…. some criticize IK just bc he is naive and not sophisticated enough…. atleast he is the best possible choice… and if better choice is available people will vote for him… regarding that crowd i am sure those people will wait.. they have taken the pain of coming to a political gathering despite of current law and order situation… they will vote… and if our voting % increased form 37 to 45 or 50 % there is a big possibility of IK winning beyond 100 seats… And like bhutto said ” me agar kisi kambay ko bhe ticket dn to wo bhe jeet jaey ga” .. for IK to win his attraction and appeal should rise to that occasion.. remember no clean, intelligent and innovative man want to come into politics in pakistan … politics is the game of corrupt and morally ruined people in our country and i think IK is a good option and the lack of good team is bc not enough good people go into politics !!

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  • observer
    Nov 2, 2011 - 9:25PM

    @Ali Tanoli

    We need some Master in english or I,Brain for this article to understand and by the i just
    start it my ESL to improve my english to compete these Aligarh Shurfah…

    Brother, understanding your ‘english’ is no less of a struggle. At least EH is intelligible.

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  • Ozymandias
    Nov 2, 2011 - 11:15PM

    Most.Obtuse.Piece.Ever

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  • antanu g
    Nov 3, 2011 - 12:03AM

    @Babloo:
    if ur brain is so foggy that u cant think and write beyond STRATEGIC DEPTH then why are u wasting ur time. I am giving u a solace otherwise no body does care what u write.

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  • Firaaq
    Nov 3, 2011 - 1:56AM

    @Ali Tanoli:
    It was rather well written… typical of you.. get the whole world to dumb down.

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  • Afgahni
    Nov 3, 2011 - 10:41AM

    @yousaf:

    @Billoo Bhaya : you stole my words :P u said right , if half of the promises IK is making become real , we will be 100 times more healthier and content.period.

    @kung: you are right bro nothing is impossible …. we want to fly so we should come out of the pound first. IKhan is a hope of juistice and we will guard and follow him.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:31AM

    Lost interest after the first few lines…. ! *yawn

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