Imran Khan the name that has once again become the topic of almost all drawing room discussions. There is not a single gathering where Mr. Khan is not talked about. The discussions have varying views regarding him, many feel that he is the next Prime Minister and the only hope we as a nation are left with, while others feel that the roar will soon be over and the so-called tsunami will settle down and Khan will disappear.
I am no reporter to comment on either of the views but I would like to bring to attention some of the things which will help many to form a more concrete view about the future of PTI and particularly Imran Khan. Mr. Khan is no doubt a good leader it was more due to his effort that we won the cricket world cup, which happens to be the most prestigious award for the sport that is a religion for many in our part of the world. Also his efforts of materialising a dream he always had of making a charity hospital for the treatment of the illness that took his mother’s life are also commendable. The success of Shaukat Khanum is no secret and is one of the best hospitals for cancer treatment in our country. He is truly an inspiration for many aspiring cricketers and the youth of the country. Aged at 60 he can give any bachelor a run for his money.
As a man Imran Khan may score 10 out of 10, but as a politician the scores are not too impressive. I have followed all his rallies very closely and the constant reference to the success of Shaukat Khanum and comparing it with that of the country is something that my 7 year old nephew may not even do. Organizations are different from countries; an owner or the head of the management team of a company can see and keep a constant check on each part of the organization, whereas for the country it is not so easy. Drawing comparisons between a NGO and the country is mind boggling, if that were the case I believe the Ambanis and Tatas should have become the Prime Ministers of India and Mr. Zaffar A Khan and Tariq Kirmani should also run for the esteem post as they single handedly revolutionized companies after companies.
Another tall claim that Imran Khan often makes in his speeches and interviews is regarding the selection of individuals which would be on similar footings to the selection of cricketers that won the world cup. The team that won the world cup had been selected by him; however his selection criteria often had questions marks. The exclusion of Qasim Omer, a promising opening batsman that had been playing well, has never been justified by Imran. Also the accusations put forward by the batsman himself do place a question mark on Imran Khan’s ability of selecting the most suitable people.
I remember the first time that I saw Imran Khan give a speech, which was around 2 years back when he had come to my university to talk about the success of Shaukat Khanum. In his speech I clearly remember him being against the gun culture dominating the political parties where by the politicians roam around with gunmen using more sophisticated guns than the police. 2 years later when he came to my university again to advertise for his rally, he too had armed people carrying the most sophisticated guns possible.
The use of the SMS service that was initially aimed to promote PTI and its activities was misused to defame Ms. Marvi Memon. The party sent a message to its ‘registered members’ to watch a show on a television channel in which apparently Ms. Memon was being grilled by the anchor over her allegations against PTI.
Also the somersaulting behaviour of Imran Khan has been on an increase ever since he got the limelight. He started with the blame game by blaming the MQM chief for the killings and abductions in Karachi and registered a case against him in London, soon after which he back tracked on his actions and now does not talk about it. He talks about free media and being answerable to the public just the way Hazrat Umer was but then he avoids questions asked about the case he had registered against the MQM chief.
I wonder if the man even before getting a seat or power has started to avoid questions of his past political acts, not much could be expected in the future from him. He may back track on his claims he is making at the moment when he gets the power! The inference lies with you as the reader. I have only written down what I have observed.
Cross post from The News: http://blogs.thenews.com.pk/blogs/2012/10/mr-khan-a-better-player-than-politician/