A cricketer who stepped into the dominion of politics in 1996 and founded a party named as Tehreek-i-Insaf, has the agenda of providing justice and abolition of corruption. His verbosity with hues of uprightness has won the hearts of the young generation.
A literate and skeptic youth truly wanted to see a change in the realm of politics but charismatic populism is not enough to cater the needs of this chaotic country.
In 2013, I was enthusiastic when I casted my first ever vote profoundly affected by the notion of change in Pakistan. But with the passage of time, the realization has emerged that Imran Khan has meticulous flaws.
Imran Khan is a man of great perseverance, he truly fought against the status quo of this country for more than 22 years but lacks political acumen; he is volatile, mercurial and unpredictable.
The language Imran Khan uses in public gatherings is far from the didacticism of a statesman. A successful leader’s communication style is not simply what makes him attractive towards voters in a general way; it conveys certain values. He is socializing the youth to use sacrilegious language which is questionable.
Similarly, Imran Khan openly used blasphemous semantic for the parliament, the parliament whose executive he wanted to be. He even doesn’t pay a heed to attend parliament sessions and didn’t take part in the Senate elections which proves his seriousness.
Imran Khan argued that the entire parliament is full of thugs, thieves, and criminals. But when asked about the consistent recruitment of the veteran politicians of status quo in the party then he said that all people in the party could not be saints and sages. There is the dichotomy of thoughts.
Moreover, Imran Khan openly criticizes bureaucracy and has an agenda to curb the despotic powers of this state apparatus. But we failed to comprehend that if he would ridicule the civil apparatus then how this institution would work under him in future.
Imran Khan promised in pre-election campaigns that PTI’s government would not spend tax payer’s money on Prime Minister House and Chief Minister House. These houses would be turned into libraries and playgrounds. However, PTI failed to make central government but has successfully won in Khyber-Pukhtoonwkha then why did Imran Khan not break the walls of Chief Minister House?
Likewise, PTI has done nothing meaningful on electoral reforms; it remained more focused on street politics rather than making laws in the parliament. Imran Khan is so confident that the party would sweep the next elections but how the party would be able to stop the rigging?
The disqualification of Nawaz Sharif is a massive win of Imran Khan. But that win has increasingly become the asset of Pakistan Muslim League (N). The pitiful grandiloquence “Mujhay Kyun Nikala” is entrenching in the minds of people which could be succeeded to secure enormous sympathy votes.
Also, the criticism of Imran Khan on Supreme Court over the Iqama has strengthened the narrative of Nawaz Sharif. Furthermore, Imran Khan has gathered around the galaxy of veteran politicians. What sort of difference they would make in “Naya Pakistan”. He has promised to bring youth into the politics but failed to do so. On this objection, he argued that the right people don’t come into politics so has to carry on with these elements, such a mournful answer.
However, the abolition of dynastical politics is the political agenda of Imran Khan even though he nominated Ali Tareen in the re-election of Lodharan. On this issue he argued that Ali Tareen is not from his family, it was such a naive answer but enough to damage the narrative of PTI.
Imran Khan feels more content in using social media than moving door to door to win the hearts of people. He has yet to realize that more than 60% of people reside in rural areas that have no awareness. They cast their vote on the basis of caste, biradari, tribes and clans. There is a need of cohesive policy to target rural areas of Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan. Door to door campaign seems a difficult task for Imran Khan as he lacks a quality of a politician which is to develop a bond with masses.
In a country like Pakistan where the societal ethos rests upon courtesy and humility, where people are melted by little words of kindness, in such societies it is imperative to remain approachable and unpretentious when one desired to gain political populism. But Imran Khan lacks this ability and is still surrounded by the aura of cricket grandeur. Imran Khan is still in the euphoria of the fame which he earned as a cricketer.
He feels more energetic, passionate and fervent in public gatherings. He is not a kind of man who could sternly sit in the parliament and make laws. He is a man standing somewhere on the level of self-actualization.
In life, he has achieved everything fame, money, status, and intimacy. What remains is the ambitiousness to reach the domains of power – a lust and a melancholy desire to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Lastly, who would be the legacy of Imran Khan; PTI is nothing without him, it only resides on his charismatic persona. In future the sons of Imran Khan would rise to his place or his wife would become the Sonia Gandhi of Pakistan or some genuine leader from the nursery of PTI would hold the lamp of change.
Certainly Imran Khan is the voice of today; a man of great indefatigability but lacks the qualities of a statesman. Nevertheless, people still want to see him in the power corridors because they have no other option right now.