Imran Khan with his energetic but non-committed followers has started pulling large crowds. His fast bowling may be effective in Cricket but not in politics, which needs more tact and diplomacy. People are curious to know about his political ideology.
IMRAN KHAN is now emerging as a crowd puller and the messiah of democracy in Pakistan. The 59 year old Khan, founder and chairman of Pakistan Tehreek –e-Insaf Party (PTI) explodes vehemently to comment on the ongoing confrontation among civilian government, courts and military.
The Oxford graduate has been undoubtedly the most popular national cricket icon of Pakistan, but recently he has started pulling a large crowd also at political meetings. Since last year his popularity has been on the ascent. But recently Imran sounded confident as he flung the gauntlet to the present government by offering a vision about a New Pakistan to emerge. It will be a country where anti-India terror stand of Pakistan will end. Imran wanted to redefine Indo- Pak relation in terms of politics. Imran returned to Pakistan as a national hero in 1992 from Melbourne with Cricket World Cup trophy in his hands. He now wants to come close to the people of Pakistan as a visionary more than as a politician. He regards President Zardari as the biggest dacoit of Pakistan, because in his eyes, he is the most corrupt President and dumped a large sum of black money in the Swiss Bank. Zardari wanted to abolish Article 248, which now gives immunity to the corrupt President.Regarding America, Imran is very clear in his stand as he asks America not to use Pakistan as its stooge. Imran, the lover of democracy is concerned about its fate because the present President and Prime Minister are destroying democratic values. He dreams of new Pakistan where democracy will prevail in its true sense. But Imran has not told anything about the prevalence of terrorism in Pakistan. He is concerned about the investigation of 26/11 incident.In spite of all this, there are counter arguments from Gilani side. Prime Minister Gilani regards Imran’s party as the ‘king’s party’ comprising a bunch of opportunists. Imran’s political ideology is still not very transparent. Many still think that Imran will prove to be big cipher in the political arena of Pakistan. But Pakistan needs an energetic and an honest man at the helm. One honest man cannot change Pakistan and solve the complicated problems. Imran is talking of ushering in a revolution in the political system of Pakistan. But in a country like Pakistan where democratic leaders are almost a puppet of the ISI and Army, such tall claims for democracy and revolution are almost utopian. Will a new Pakistan emerge? But the million-dollar question is whether Imran Khan will be able to come out as the saviour at this moment of crisis with the youth support and a large number of fluctuating followers. In politics emotions work, but tact and diplomacy are more needed. With fast bowling, Imran has stunned the cricket lovers, but in politics spin bowling is more effective.