Another Asghar Khan?

Winning a single seat in an election far far away is the best performance from Tehrik-e-Insaf for more than a decade, with more or less no fundamental political structure and penetration in place I wonder if the excitement surrounding Imran Khan has concrete foundation. Contrary to popular wisdom Imran khan essentially is the hero of the age group I belong to (mostly on wrong side of thirties in case you were wondering). We saw Imran (then the Captain of Pakistan Cricket team) demolish India and England before finally Lifting the world cup. Most of us copied his hair style and tried to bowl quickly. Our generation donated pocket money for Shaukat Khanam Cancer hospital, and still search for his old videos of incredible reverse swing bowling and towering sixes, but did we vote for him? No! Even Today Imran Khan doesn’t look like more than media hype.

The demographics of Pakistan have changed, so has the political matrix but some facts remain unaffected, Peoples Party’s Vote bank in one. It is obvious why PPP would never Oppose Imran Khan as PTI is extending them a huge favor by separating the anti PP votes in the election.  For a moment I would accept that the educated youth of Pakistan is looking at Imran; PTI’ biggest hope hence is urban voter. As a result Imran would only divide PML(n)  votes strengthening  PPP thus. Pakistan economic conditions have worsened in the last three years, and Government plainly has failed to deliver at all fronts yet it is beyond Imran khan or another party to tap into PPP’s secure vote.

According to political analysts PTI can’t win a single seat from Sindh, as it is impossible to penetrate into the urban sindh and challenge the might of MQM even a potentially weak one, and as rural Sindh is dominated by PPP there is hardly any hope.  Almost similar picture exists in KPK and Baluchistan. Which means we are looking into Punjab Only?  Urban Punjab is PML(n) domain which they seek to hurt a bit, rural Punjab depicts already complicated picture, PML(q), PPP and PML(N) all are strong forces.  Tehriek-e-Insaf’ infiltration would be difficult and subsequently limited.

Some sources however indicate that Imran can reach the double figure mark in the next election, which would still be a great achievement but it also means  that his party will (somehow and with some external help) acquire the services of a few candidates who can actually win in their constituencies.

Till now Imran has failed to demonstrate substantial street power and his weekly ‘Dharnas” are also losing interest. Elections are not contested on Television screens; even on TV we are yet to see the third face representing Tehrek-e-Insaf after Umer Cheema and Imran Khan himself. On the other hand despite poor show by the government, President Zardari has surprised many by remaining in power for over 3 years now, perhaps there is a bigger surprise waiting for us in the next elections unless there is an unforeseen event which would change everything. As it stands people party can win the next election by better numbers and Imran Khan’ PTI would only complement it.



  1. Muhammad

    September 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Imran has always achieved other perceive as unimaginable. Youth have done it before and they will do it again, freedom from the Western powers demolishing their “white collar” colonies.
    I don’t know how you can say that PTI will get no seats in KPK , however PTI is the most favorite political party there. How will people vote for PPPP or ANP now in KPK.

    As far as sindh is concerned Imran will inshallah penetrate in Sindh in the next 6- 8 months. Instead to discouraging Imran Khan , you should come forward suggesting youth ways to get through sindh.

    Lead them instead of misleading them

    Asgher Khan + Transforming Leader = Imran Khan

  2. hashsham

    September 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Mr Sheikh this our national dilemma that when we decide our national fate we support corrupt peaple and politicions doing only power politic . There is nothing wrong with Asghar Khan and Imran Khan they both represent the wise and clean portion of our society but the wider portion of our society urban and rural are involve in corruption from top to bottom . This leader ship depicts the face of our mass society . Also Media has played a dirty role in minimizing the effect of these peaple on our social mind set by concealing facts and truth or revealing truth of its there own type to gain TRPS or personal popularity other wise every new channel will become PTV and new paper as Pakistan times . Look at the sarcasm in your lines about Imran Khan . With help of Allah I am sure we as a nation will rise positively for clean image and we will disown regional politics based on cast / tribe / family / sect /languge /area and support only Pakistani Wisdom .

  3. Tahir

    September 5, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Imran Khan is a game changer,I wonder how writer came up with the assertion PTI won’t win any seat from KPK.PTI is the most popular party there and better origanized.PTI can easily challenge MQM in Karachi if elections are not won through gun and rigging.

    I wonder why these intellectually challenged writers don’t ask for suggestions regarding independence of elections.If elections are held free and fair,we can see revoultion in Pakistan.

    As Imran is a game changer,so he is challenging the mighties unlike these intellectually and financially challenged people.

  4. anis.shiekh

    September 6, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I wish success for clean leadership but what I am trying to highlight here is that election politics are different. In present setup or even in case of Fair/Free election PTI needs candidates having the ability to win.
    It seems both PTI and its supporter are under some serious delusion, at this point I am not sure If Imran can win in his own constituency. Corrupt leadership has damaged this country and the alternative leadership looks far from ready.. I really wish Imran can make a difference and to be honest there is still time.. unfortunately as It stands he is only doing a favor to PPP

  5. Abdullah Hussain

    September 6, 2011 at 1:53 am

    I think Imran Khan will definitely win the next general election and form his government. I don’t find any reason to give more chances to the already tried & corrupt leaders. They have only given bad name to Pakistan. I can bet you ask any sane person Pakistanis & non Pakistanis included and they will out rightly say that the biggest enemy of Pakistan is the corrupt rulers. I always thought that Imran is a one man rule that has no support in the masses but with the passing of each day by believe in Imran Khan’s competency is increasing. Either he will do very well for Pakistan or it will take years for him to play with the destiny of Pakistan as others are playing now. So in both the cases Pakistan & its peoples will gain. Good Luck to Imran Khan, please do what others have failed to do deliberately.

  6. anis.shiekh

    September 6, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Tahir Sb,
    I am extremely sorry to burst the bubble of your wishful imagination but unfortunately that’s how it is at the moment. Also I suggest that you get a grip on yourself and learn a few manners specially when you are writing in a public forums.
    Thank you

  7. Talib

    September 6, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Mr. Anis Sheikh!
    Your vision and thinking is not like youth. You actually represent typical voters of Pakistan who either don’t want change in this country or don’t believe in yourself to bring a change. This thinking is ruining and hurting our beloved Pakistan blessed by our ALLAH almighty on Holy day 27th Ramazan mubarak. Our country has suffered due to this negative thinking for sixty years can further ruin our country for many decades if you people will not change.
    May ALLAH guide all of us to the right path and make us sincere to this country.

    • zarnab

      September 8, 2011 at 8:16 am


  8. Ali

    September 6, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Hashsham u r right these peoples want Nawaz(looking for 3rd term only) Zrdadri(Collector of ZAR only) Altaf(refer to Mirza nama) Jashed Dasti(Pakistani scholar) who has winning ability. Majority of Pakistani Population is just the voter of Jamshed Dasti and educated MQM (exposed by Mirza).

    Ohhh Why we do,nt feel shame showing such face of Pakistan to the world.
    Why can we not embrace the clean and honest leader because we became 200% dirty.
    Me U others will not support clean leaders, how there vote bank will
    grow???? Oh my God. What a writers and thinkers!!!

  9. snk

    September 6, 2011 at 9:14 am

    if people don’t elect imran khan then they should prepare to have this great environment provided to people of pakistan by ppp, pml and mqm and keep crying… if you think people will do imran khan a favor by voting for him .. they are wrong.. they are doing themselves are favor by voting for a person who is honest… everyone is already seeing the gift being given to them in last few years.. so keep enjoying if you dont like imran khan.. cuz its going to just get worst.

  10. zafar

    September 6, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Imran khan is building his party very rapidly in all over the pakistan and specialy in punjab and KPK,,,and if some one open his eyes and try to see the reality PTI is now a reality,,offcourse may be in this time he is not in the position to clean sweep but as PTI is working hard so its also not imposible coz the people realy want change and Imran khan is the only hope for change,,,If some one tells that yet PTI has got just 1 seat so what they can do now i think he is totaly wrong coz in 2002 and 2012 there is a very very very beg diffrence and PTI is now in the bigger parties of pak,,So in my opinion Imran khan is not going another Asghar khan i think Imran khan is reviving another Mr Jinah,,Thanks

  11. Suhana

    September 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Anis Shiekh ….. What is the difference between PPP and PML-N .. Choor ka bhai Girah-cut. Imran gives many people the Hope ,including me… of a better Pakistan and a better future . Let your conscious wins this time instead of N$ and $$. Be that drop of water that will be part of the ocean of hope.

    You might not be intellectually Challenged but really what were you thinking writing this article.

    ps: Asghar Khan is one of the honest leader of pakistan. So please respect him . Failure of Asghar khan was actually failure of Pakistani voter.

    • Uzma Kazim

      September 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      Suhana bibi…
      My oo mine,, look at the naivety , innocence or jahalat? what should we call it? let Imran Khan prove if he can be called even a politician, leave this winning the seats dream rest for a while. ha ha ha. I cannot believe such Jyalaas exist ? This is simply idiocy and retard attitude. You cannot take criticism no r you can answer the reservation soooo muchhhh like Imran khan . …people who want a blind favor, who do not want to scrtuanize their so called. , loser sort of a leader to be called a hero all the time are as pathetic just like their own choice. Sorry for the language but it suits you i must say . . it is not about liking pml and ppp and rest of the sh— but look at your own leader. he think Pakistan is some sort of a multinational company where he can be offered an apprenticeship with all the perks and privileges too. ya allah kia qoum hai ..either you are just too young or mummy daddy sort of a person otherwise no one can ignore what Khan has been doing in the past. why did he support Musharaf in the referendum ?the principles ? where did they go? why was he there at General’s door to strike a deal.. ? the truth is Mushi gave him a chance to win few seats and prove himself so he could offer your great leader prime minster-ship on a plate. But he soon found out ‘ guftar ka ghazi’ who couldnt win a single seat/ at the end of this show Khan should have thanked Mushi for the favour of letting him win a single seat which Mushi gave him just like the pup he gifted Imran later. huh..

      • Suhana

        September 7, 2011 at 3:57 am

        Uzma dear ,,,

        Hoping something different that Current Status Quo , is it Jihalat? .

        Nawaz Sharif , along with Zardari, is just part of Status-quo. Supporting them with that zeal , using some foul language to support your point was really uncalled for and making you look like an agent of status-quo.

        even we forget their past, Look at their current vision. What N$ and $$ gave to punjab are “Danish schooling system” (few schools in punjab , ignoring whole educational system). Ashiayana scheme ( 1.1 Million Rs. Houses for poor), Sasta Tandoor (Instead of creating Job opportunities , putting a bandaid on deepest wounds of poverty and wasting billions of Rs.) , Yellow Cab Scheme ( A phusphusa blast from the Past). Partnership of PPP in Government , a bunch of politicians with fake degrees. Tell me about their performance in Punjab. Tell me something compact about them why should i join them . Your whole argument is based on showing Imran in bad light to make them Good. Tell them what did they deliver in past and what are your hopes from them. For me, N$ is just a ‘Chala hua Kartoos’ and he does not have vision and energy anymore to deliver.

        Imran supported musharraf at some point and he apologized for that. But really what will you say about Nawaz Sharif whose political career was shaped up in Zia ‘s regime.

        It does not matter whether he is going to win one seat or many. Support him is win of my conscious. Your fear mongering and senseless rhetoric do not make much sense and can’t keep me away from doing it. For me , Asghar Khan was definately a better person comparing to Bhuttos. I wish i would have voted for him.

        I am not really a blind follower of Imran . He is far from perfect but for me he is energetic persn with fresh vision. He has delivered in the past whatever capacity he was in. My vote is hope based , not fear based.

        Ps: By the way I am a 40 years old swing voter who has voted Nawaz Sharif and PPP in past .

  12. Ameen ul haq

    September 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    @ Mr. Tahir. First thing first, I have always wanted to find a leader in Imran Khan but my wish has only met with disappointment as he still does not have the temperament to go any further. He talks of democracy but in essence he is a dictator ( I hope you know the way he conducted himself during his cricketing years). I do know people who do not find anything wrong with the dictatorship but there are double that many in this country who want democracy. anyways. it is about the Imran’s eligibility and his fan following. you must be his avid fan and top it all a bit toooo naive to comment on such subjects ( just like the leader himself I guess ) you think he can sweep MQM ? where do you live man? he can only win if everything goes according to his wish . which is– involve army and judiciary so he can walk on a red carpet to the prime minister ship. So i am justified to conclude that you really are mentally challenged if u can not figure out what your beloved leader is up to. it is highly recommended that you start taking some exercises which sharpen the IQ level.. I am sure there are institutions to help you out.

  13. sharique

    September 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Anis sheikh sahib you article is based on your personal mind analysis but I’m sorry to say you have not researched on Pakistan’s structure, i THINK THAT, Many things happen for the first time but this time it’s going to be third time when people vote the right political party who thinks about people not personal matter. I said third time which points towards history of Muslim league and Zulfiqar Bhutto’s election. If Pakistani people are not blind, not animals then you will definitely see a change. :) I have very much to say about it and yes still Imran Khan has one year in which he will show his strength on ground level.

    • anis.shiekh

      September 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      By Muslim league if you are referring to Quaid-e-Azam Muslim league than the comparison is plainly unfair.. Actually comparison with Z A bhutto is extremly unfair too..

      I think if PTI can manage to secure 5 – 10 seats in the coming election it will be a huge success and certainly a big step forward lets see

      • Ameen Ul Haq

        October 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm

        how do u view the recent activity of PTI?

        • anis.shiekh

          October 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm

          Gathering momentum for sure and at a crucial time

  14. anis.shiekh

    September 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    @suhana No disrespect To Asghar Khan Sb. (and you wont find it in the article either) the comparison actually meant that both Imran and Asghar Khan actually were pre-election hypes. Both Failed to convert their popularity into something substantial.

    Imran the cricketer is my hero.. I really admire his contributions as philanthropist and he is an honest man.. I am only trying to analyze if he would be able to make a difference where it matters i.e general elections

    *bad spellers of the wordl untie

  15. dnabeelg

    September 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I wont read it at all just change the picture first … Mr.Anees u seem at a differential with Imran khan it’s like so negative concepts of yours are clear to every one.

  16. shahneela farhan

    September 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    One thing I’m sure about is ruling a cricket team and building/running a cancer hospital is far simpler than ruling and running a country like Pakistan. Youth of Pakistan might be mesmerised by the Khan’s charisma but to secure votes in general elections need skills too. Ponder, why doesn’t the people of Pakistan trust him with their votes if they can trust him with their meager reserves…….

  17. shahneela farhan

    September 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    As for Imran’s comparison with Air Marshal (R) Asghar Khan, there is none. Asghar Khan might had been a loner (which is arguable) but he certainly had a political following. And Asghar Khan’s best gift to the country was his son. Sadly, we lost him.

    • anis.shiekh

      September 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      Shahneela thank you for your comments.. My comparison here was based on performance in the elections and as it seems PTI is heading for another disaster

  18. tariq

    September 7, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Great write up! I pray for Imran’s success but I know I am hoping against the hope.

    • anis.shiekh

      September 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Tariq Thank you.. you are very kind

  19. Mudassarn Nazir

    September 7, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Dear Anis Brother,
    now youth will prove that they can change Pakistan and i am so surprised that you have no Idea of PTI. I am living Abroad and i am getting feedback daily from my family and friends also. if Imran Khan will will from Urban Areas(according to you) then i think Pakistan have Enough Cities to get More than Half seats of National Assembly.
    Try to face Reality “If Chicken will close his eyes and think that Cat will go;then this will never happen”
    You are talking about old figures now Pakistan is going to change and look How Mushraff was thinking he will rule forever to Pakistan;how Pakistan changed and now he even couldnt come Pakistan he served Pakistan Army and Ex-President.
    These Two Leaders(Nawaz & Zardari) are only pressure in Balloon and you never know this Balloon will Pop:) :) :)
    INSHALLAH youth will change Pakistan

    • anis.shiekh

      September 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      I wish I could share your enthusiasm Nazir sb :) It certainly seems that it is not me but you who has no idea of Election politics in Pakistan. Say for Example In punjab you are up agaainst the biradari system so you must have a candidate from the dominant biradari.. PTI wont win without it and if they do they will be a part of status quo :)

      All the best though we need people with high hopes nonetheless 😀

  20. mangoman

    September 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

    On a lighter note …. Imran Khan took Sarfraz Nawaz ‘s Reverse swing and made it one of the most lethal weapon in the armor with his speed and intensity.

    He definitely is taking Asghar Khan’s honesty and political acumen and with his zeal , energy and vision ,hopefully will transform it into a popular phenomena.

    • anis.shiekh

      September 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      All the best!!!

  21. Uzma Kazim

    September 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    . Hmm. right.So if you say you like Imran khan , you are voicing for change and if I say dont think he cant do it, then it is being an AGENT? what a pathetic state of mind. Double standards just like your leader of course. What a MULLAHISM. \’Only we are right\’ . great!!
    I am not advocating Bhuttos or PML N- They have been disappointing too. My point is- why do we always think that Devil is going to be better than the deep blue see? Why are we so fascinated with the unseen Imran\’s performance and btw you are not the only one there are number of Utopians who are head over heels in love with this idea. Imran khan can be a savior despite his political mistakes which unfortunately are more in number than his victories in political career. Imran khan is not new in politics anymore nor is his party.
    Has he organized his party as yet? if not what is he waiting for? Name 2 more faces which you think can represent PTI other than Khan .. Think and think hard please!!
    May be ..Imran khan is not for democracy , he wants a setup which will help him get to the throne. Easy way out , isnt it?
    And much easier is to call on the Military to hatch a plot against the present government in collaboration with the judiciary. What do you think this denotes?
    It is easy to say other parties are not doing much but is this the yard stick to hail Imran as a leader? I think this is the reason which is hampering his way. His prudent punditry is all about \’others\’ what has he come up with so far? DHRNAS? wow. .

    He has been running a hospital successfully but it is NOT synonymous with running a full fledged government.A university in his area? is this all what makes some of us to scream at top of their lungs in his favor?
    Once again even if i say that each n every individual in every party is corrupt it DOES NOT make Imran khan a bigger or maturer politics. So if you can highlight his political achievements , it can be more enlightening for me rather than the usual rant, narrating the doings of PP and N- it does not convince anyone that Imran is better than the rest of the crap.

    • zarnab

      September 8, 2011 at 8:50 am

      looking for:Mr Anis and Uzma Kazim

      U along with many others are trying to portray that Imran Khan is a looser and he is not eligible to be voted.right?
      So to u and all the people with same thoughts out there, i would like to say that u r spending so much energy in arguing that Imran khan is not worth representing us. As if u have alternative representatives, i would love if alternative people to be voted would have been mentioned.
      I wont prolong this.I have dozens of things to write but for now a single line for all of you,”opposers” of Imran Khan and those who under-estimate him.

      “If not imran Khan than WHO?”

      Plz answer it as u r knowledgeable enough to forecast the election results.And may be u have a better option for us .Plz share that better option.I am sure u will be left with no answer,or a political one.And if u have no answer than vote for Imran Khan and do your part, instead of worrying about election results.

      • anis.shiekh

        September 9, 2011 at 1:30 am

        I understand your point that we need an alternative leadership. However Imran hardly looks like a solution. As somebody rightly pointed out that Imran is not a man of crisis in real sense. Whenever there is crisis situation he goes into hiding. Haroon Rasheed who favours him every where was forced to say that Imran didnt visit Karachi despite his advise.

        *bad spellers of the wordl untie

  22. Ameen Ul Haq

    September 8, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Mr. Imran Khan goes into Hiding whenever his role as a leader is required. He runs away from crisis. PTI didn’t play any role while the Karachi was on Fire and innocent people were getting killed. Imran has lost so many political opportunities that I have started to doubt if he will win his own seat back

    • anis.shiekh

      September 9, 2011 at 1:31 am

      As if he is afraid.. he never visited Punjab University Again after a little bit of retaliation from students

  23. Suhana

    September 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    @ Uzma Kazim…..Sorry if you got offended due to my previous post but dont take me wrong about word Agent .Nothing wrong about the word itslef. I am also an agent. but an agent of change.

    Imran Khan is not a saint anyways. He is far from Perfect. But as a Voter i feel that giving chance to other parties will go waste as we have seen their performance multiple times . Bring new faces , new people and try them. For me , Imran Khan has zeal , charisma ,energy,vision and will to change the system .

    His party is very much organized . He has a team better than other parties.

    You can take a look at the team of spokesperson


    You can also check insaf.pk and see different regional chapters and their organization. The website is very well organized .

    Well I take those Hospital and University as indicators of his performance . I can see if they are developed and have been working good so far ,so I hope that he will be able to govern also.

    He has been excellent in whatever field he has been in. whether it was cricket, philanthropy, or administration. He has delivered.

    He is educated , dedicated , people trust him for their money , he is not corrupt. He is well spoken , well read.

    I admit he has a little dictator inside him . He is an alpha male who has tendency to rule. But when i see other parties , Zardari (Got party in Will of his wife ) , Nawaz Sharif (His party is \"N\" league .. defines democratic values ) , Altaf Bhai (runs his Party like a \"D Company\" ) , i feel no body else has edge on him. Everyone else is a little dictator.

    Which party do you support by the way ? and why do you support them, can you convince me if any one is better than him please. If you don\’t support any , can you tell how would it change the system. Democracy is about selecting the better person among all (or lesser evil of all).

    For me , i am not a blind follower and I hope that Imran Khan is better than rest of the lot. and he can change the system. If he wins but don\’t change anything , atleast my conscious is clear that i tried .

    I strongly believe on the words Jack Layton\’ wrote in his last letter

    Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

    You can call me Stupid , Jahil , Naive or call me with any name .. but really i am more optimistic and hopeful than you are .

    Aaye hawa tu bujha , hum jalaingay Chiragh aur
    Tujh ku khabar nahi hai kay , apna dimagh aur

    • Uzma Kazim

      September 9, 2011 at 4:58 am

      one thing I do not support any existing party because none of them are out there to solve anything. But my question is still there. . Being dynamic , talented, devoted are not synonymous with good policy making and execution. Khan can have the will but he cannot deliver. To deliver you want a team and i have visited their site time and again. First thing is. can he win? wasnt this the real question? And I think he knows the answer to it that is why he keeps on inviting Military. Have you ever imagined what kind of a throne he is ordering from the Menu? Once he is installed , he ll be worse than a rubber-stamp PM. Can you imagine a person as PM who cannot win his own seat ( trust me, we ll witness this). Who’s purpose will he serve then? These corrupt parties which we are talking about have SOME mandate. Please dont say they dont have any vote bank because we all know that’s untrue. Khan knows he cannot win. I think i asked a simple question. Can you point out few more familiar faces in PTI other than Khan who belongs to the same stature? I think you must have thought about it but since their is no one other than him how could you name him/her?
      Once again Suhana. we all know PP is not good nor is N, better spare Q. it stands nowhere. But does this mean PTI can deliver? it is not an answer to it.
      I have seen Haroon Rashid ( the journalist) glorify him all the time but yesterday he couldnt restrain himself from saying that he has recommended Khan time and again to visit Karachi when violence was at its peek but the party answer ( Khan’s consent was there) was NO. ‘it was too dangerous for him’ wow; it was too dangerous?? Mianwali jail was too uncomfortable and ‘Phantee’ by jamatyeaz at PU was just too harsh for Khan who himself is used to the luxury.
      I am no preacher,, teacher or Moulvi. You can go on with living in the nebula of fantasy it does not cost much but the future of the nation.
      It is good you have interest in poetry,, and add to this list
      ‎’na kar kisii pe bharosaa ke kashtiyaa.N Duubii.n
      Khudaa ke hote huye naaKhudaa ke hote huye———–
      I think I have concluded my argument, Good bye from my side. and Gl to you too .

      • anis.shiekh

        September 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm

        Recent political development however are significant and should be taken into account.. It would be hard to maintainthe status quo in Karachi at least. Which means a window of opportunity exists there.. But can PTI benefit from it I am not sure.. they look far from prepared

  24. Ameen Ul Haq

    September 10, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Perhaps you should see where Pakistan is heading… What if Army comes back in power this Time around Imran wont miss the bus and that is the only way he can be in power.. keep your fingers crossed

    • anis.shiekh

      September 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Why do u think Imran would benefit form Army coup?

      • Ameen Ul Haq

        October 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm

        thats what you have mentioned in your latest article didnt u? well sort of

        • anis.shiekh

          October 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm

          Yeah.. Sort of :)

  25. anis.shiekh

    September 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    By the way where is Imran Khan when Nation needs him? Hiding as usual.. If you dont have what it takes to be a leader atleast act like one 😀

  26. rizwan

    October 12, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    very well written by the author.

    i agree,imran knows also he has no seat and no condidate in sindh,baluchistan ,kashmir and a little support in khaber pakhtoon khuwa.so the only thing he knows in punjab where he might effect the vote bank of pml n and which would result in strenghtening pppp.
    thats why ppp is very happy of him.
    if imran has a little sense he would first co operate with nawaz sharif to get rid of zardari and once pppp is out of the politics only then he could be a potential threat and could emerge as the new party.

    • anis.shiekh

      October 14, 2011 at 2:56 am

      Thank you Rizwan sb. well Perhaps there is something that we are not completely aware of.. there are many instruments of change in our country

  27. Shoaib

    October 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Anis Shiekh, good analysis and I agree with you. In addition, there is another troubling aspect to his candidacy. Up until this point Imran Khan has scored points by mainly attacking PML N. However, he lacks his own concrete plan of taking country out of its problems. His only and extremely vague proposition is to make Pakistan an ‘islami falahi riyasat’. And that is the only mention of the word ‘Islam’ in his entire manifesto and constitution.

    Watch closely how vaguely and deceivingly Imran khan defines shariah at different forums. His definition of shariah comprises the following:

    1.Justice and rule of law. 2)Welfare state. 3)Sovereignty.

    Which is applicable in any system of liberal /socialist government. He never mentions interest- free economic financial system or islamic hudood laws as something that he would strive for.

    He is only using the slogan of islam at different forums to lure the right wing voters. Where in fact all signs point that he would take the country toward european style liberal /socialist economic system, which has failed over and over again.

    PML N voters would be ill advised to vote for him. He does not have religious ideology but deceiving the right wing voters.

  28. Ahtisham

    October 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Good facts upto now but i expect them to change. He does not have a team? Not known faces? Only maybe say 100 to 250 people might have exposure to tv. So rest 180 million are dumb and can never lead? If you say IK should only choose known people, then anchors, actors arent bad choice either, eh? How about inviting atif or ali zafar to join? Please dont criticise before giving him a chance.

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