An Imran Khan Apologist


By: Mansoor Hamid (LUMS)

LUMS Professor and an Imran Khan apologist

No matter what happens from here on in, I would always believe that Imran Khan is arguably one of the greatest living Pakistanis for what he has done in sports, social work and then politics.

Imran Khan apologist

His talent charisma, perseverance, integrity and accomplishments outshine all of his peers and he can rightfully claim to have left a lasting impression on a couple of generations.

Supporting Imran Khan  is not easy. He is definitely obstinate, perhaps not politically shrewd, does not articulate his vision well enough and is most likely not a democrat at heart. Is he the best politician around, most definitely not? Is he the best leader that we have had in a long time, hell yea? And he has proved time again in his career(s) that he will not be the leader you want him to be. Like it or not, he will be the leader than he thinks he should be.

We (Imran Khan Supporters) realize fully well his shortcomings and we are not crazy or delusional to support him. We support Imran Khan not because of him; we support him because of us. There is not a thought as ghastly as the thought that my son will be ruled by the sons of Shareefs, Zardaris and Maulanas. It absolutely rips my heart out.

And that is why many people like me who had never voted before in our lives, made the effort to support Imran Khan by actively going out and voting for him. All of my friends who have their allegiances with other parties, how many of you have gone out to vote? That’s right – Not many. But that is not a problem because these parties are so popular that they are going to win anyways (see something wrong here?). I know thousands of people traveled from Manchester, New York and Dubai to vote for Imran Khan because they knew he will need each and every one of those votes. This vote is different because it matters…to us and to Imran Khan.

So next time you unleash the keyboard warrior, please also have the moral courage to go out and vote for your party and attend their processions. Sitting on the sidelines will not help anybody and in any case we need good people in every party if we need to change our fortunes. For all others, get your immigration papers sorted because the future is anything but bright.

The elections do not belong to Imran Khan, Nawaz Shareef, PTI or PML. I do not care if Imran Khan loses more seats in a re-count. Elections belong to the people of Pakistan and specially the tax-payers who funded these elections. And they are demanding justice and reform. So what if they are in a minority, so are the tax-payers.

Can the government, as a beneficiary, provide electoral justice and accountability? With the plethora of political (60+ family members) appointments in ministries, judiciary, police and civil services the chances are bleak.

There is still no FIR for the 14 shot dead by the law enforcement agencies.
We need electoral reform and we need expat votes. We also need desperately for 100% of urban population to vote and attend processions of the parties they support. We all know what you oppose?
I would like to know what you stand for.
And perhaps this would make us realize that the leadership choices are very limited to match our lofty aspirations.

As someone said already: “we keep private guards, drink bottled water, avail private Medicare, send our kids to private schools, buy generators and UPSs to have electricity at homes and offices, the list goes on “. We do not need Imran Khan to tell us that we are not getting good value for our tax money.

Wrong tactics by Imran Khan. What guarantee do we have that this march would work out for the better? Well, our future is not pay-per-view and there is no money back guarantee. We can be sure that his agenda will not endear him to the beneficiaries of the status-quo. So yes, he will lack support from the power brokers.

Here is hoping that next time a candidate will think twice before barging into a ladies polling station to dictate how votes should be cast. Here is also hoping that next time when we face an injustice, we will come out on the streets in numbers and demand our right.

They (NS, Z, and MFR) will always stand with each other. Will we ever stand for each other? It is clearly more important for us to defend our leaders than defend ourselves.

‘Youngsters dancing to national tunes’ is not Zina. And memes showing our leadership as dogs, transsexuals, beggars, etc are not classy.
Mob: a large crowd of people, especially one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence.
Anarchy: absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.
Red Zone: what red zone? There is no red zone around White House, 10 Downing Street or Lok Sabha.

What use is democracy if common people cannot have access to the Parliament of ‘People’ of Pakistan and the Supreme Court of ‘People’ of Pakistan?
Protests: We might disagree in principle, but must RESPECT the people who have decided to leave their comforts to stand up for their rights.
If anything, we do not protest hard enough to demand our rights. Scrap the military parades on Independence Day; we should bring the system to a halt once every year to demonstrate that the people of this country are the source of all power. That would put some fear of God and fear of People in the hearts of our leadership.

I have not seen anyone win an argument or a war on face book. Yes we are stubborn and yes face book is not real life.


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I may sound whatever to the PTI/PAT and other political parties workers
and supporters,I frankly do not care.But the honest truth is ,I do not
support these marches ,which have led the country into chaos and

We don’t need another Tahirir Square here in Pakistan on the pretext of a
regime change.Those who believe they do ,should look back and see what
good did the one in Egypt brought to that country ?

Imran’s ally,TuQ has no right morally and legally for such activities in Pakistan.I
wonder whether he would have the guts to do the same in his adopted
country Canada ?

As a matter of fact,in my opinion the state has shown more then sufficient
patience and tolerance with these violent mobs and is about time the
writ of the state is established by allowing the law take it’s due

I don’t give a cent for the government,my concern is the state !
Whatever is taking place is not the least bit conducive for the welfare of the
state.It is not only resulting in destroying the economy of the country
by turning away foreign investors,but has tarnished the image of the
country internationally.

So much so that 3 heads of state cancelled their scheduled visits and
foreign countries have raised advisories not to travel to Pakistan.

What in my opinion needs to be focused are the following :

1) Operation Zarb e Azb and the operations being undertaken to rid the rest of the country from terrorist elements .

2) Relief and rehabilitation of near to a million IDP’s.

3) The increased attacks on the borders by a neighboring country.

4) Rescue and relief operation in wake of the recent devastating floods within the country

5) Possible blow back from across border ,after the US/NATO troops expected and planned withdrawal from Afghanistan.

6) Other crisis on the economic and social fronts which continue to confront the country.

I think,Imran before leveling charges,should also see those whom he
stands with on his right and left hand side.Kasuri’s,Tareens,Khattak ,Mazari’s and Makhdooms etc are also part of the same system with whose support he is moving forward.In all honesty and sincerity for the PTI ,in my personal opinion the wise option would be now to consolidate their gains and end further agitations .They should drop the demand of the PM resignation as at this stage it is unjustified.”