Tribune Take: Is Imran Khan, PTI really agency backed?

Published: November 22, 2011

In today’s episode of the Tribune Take we take a look at the impact of a report published in a British newspaper that alleged Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan had been introduced to US Ambassador Cameron Munter by the Director General of Pakistan’s powerful intelligence agency, Lt General Shuja Ahmed Pasha. 

Gibran Peshimam, news editor, the Express Tribune, explains, despite the vociferous and strongly worded denials, what this report could mean for the party that aims to be bring an unstoppable tsunami of the masses.

Peshimam says that much of the young supporters of Khan, who make up the bulk of PTI’s tsunami, are actually not against the establishment, and follow their leader’s claim that once in power, the army would be made subservient to the government.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Usman
    Nov 22, 2011 - 8:15AM

    I think PTI’s biggest problem is that the Pakistani print media is not used to seeing a political party come to power withouth either the US’s or the ‘Establishment’s backing. Even if PTI succeeds in coming to power, people will not stop accusing it of having some unknown backer.


  • faraz
    Nov 22, 2011 - 9:29AM

    Imran fans are naive. They dont understand the dynamics of Pakistani politics and the military.


  • Udaya Bose
    Nov 22, 2011 - 9:29AM

    ‘follow their leader’s claim that once in power, the army would be made subservient to the government.’

    I am the boss in this house and I have my wife’s permission to say so.


  • Ali Qureshi
    Nov 22, 2011 - 9:56AM

    I’m sorry but….

    The conflict in your analysis is too obvious to ignore. You know that the story is questionable and it has now attained a rumor-like status (it has been unofficially redacted/denied/was sourced from an unnamed senior official) – however, you expect it to have some sort of impact.

    Contrary to your opinion that Pakistanis who “typically support” Imran Khan’s politics are the equivalent of mindless drones who would welcome him into power any way possible – I, like many of his other supporters, don’t support the establishment’s role in Pakistani politics. However, I am clear headed enough to realise that the establishment is also Pakistani, (although granted it has questionable interests) but those interests can only be served if Pakistan continues to remain viable. Therefore, while their silent support is welcomed – their interference isn’t. Until then, you do what you do best – speculate.


  • Sana
    Nov 22, 2011 - 2:03PM

    Yeah it looks like that IK is backed by establishment. Check it out!


  • Suhail Abdul Rehman Chougule
    Nov 22, 2011 - 2:04PM

    If IK is supported by ISI what the hell. ISI and IK both work for the same goal betterment of Pakistan. And I am with both IK and ISI. and also with who ever I feel is better for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Arsalan Ghummman
    Nov 24, 2011 - 3:01AM

    For those who thinks it is a Yes, then I would like to ask them how many times they have visited the office of PTI esp in Karachi. And what evidence they have to prove this thing.


  • S Abdullah
    Nov 24, 2011 - 7:50PM

    If this time Pakistani people , confused intellectuals and armed chair philosophers did not vote for Imran and his party ,next time they may even be deprived of the drinking water that is coming in to their homes.electricity and gas is already short ,economy is dead and there seems to be no hope.

    Who esle has better credentials then Khan to bring in any kind of substantial and positve change to pakistan ,lets not befool our selves ,lets not go astray once again and vote for zardari and Nawaz.Lets be sane ,lets give ourselves a chance.

    Change cannot not be learnt in books ,it is no jugglary of words ,it is “action galore”, so lets choose “A man of action ” as our leader.


  • fahad
    Nov 25, 2011 - 7:10PM

    Ive been seeing every IK fan gunning mian nawaz shariff.can u tell me y u hate him so much apart from some curruption allegations


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