Imran Kahn has been in the Pakistan National scene for quite some time now.
His views on Terrorism, Religious Extremism,US,ISI,Army and India are often contradictory.
However, he seems to have a view at least for Pakistan more than for himself unlike others in the Government or the Military.
They seem to be more occupied with their problem of either retaining/consolidating their position or trying to destabilize the other.
May be Imran Khan might turn out to be so when and if he comes to power.
It is one thing to talk fervently against Corruption,but it a different ball game when you come to power and have to manage and administer.
It is equally a tough task to decide on partners to capture power, especially so in Pakistan where the power centres are too many- Extremist parties,Pseudo Secularists,Army,ISI and the present Civilian Government.
Add to this the confusion of General Pervez Musharaff threatening to enter Pakistan, paving the way for a fresh confrontation between the Judiciary and the Executive and you have Nawaz Sherif and Zardari to think of.
Much to the discomfort of these power centre, out there is the People of Pakistan about whom no body thinks of.
Of vital importance, is his approach to India-none ignore the India factor in Pakistan.
He has to balance it with the sentiments in Pakistan and international pressure in normalizing relations with India.
The advantage Imran has is that he is known internationally and the people of Pakistan seem to think of him as an alternative.
He is known to have been dictatorial and imperial when he was the Captain of the Pakistani Cricket team, had more enemies ,on /off the field.
Though he is yet to prove his policy on various issues and Political management, Imran seems to be the only available option in Pakistan,Insha Allah.
“I’ll start by highlighting points made recently by two Pakistani writers. In a long and excellent profile in the magazine The Caravan, Madiha Tahir writes: “The political worldview of the middle and upper classes — whether it’s the politics of personal expression and individual rights, moral outrage against corruption, or the outspoken embrace of tradition and piety — has almost no point of overlap with the needs and desires of millions of of Pakistanis who are too poor to exercise meaningful choice in such matters.”
This cuts close to something Westerners and some Pakistani liberals willfully fail to understand about Pakistan: that it’s not really feasible to promote both Western-style or Western-leaning secular liberalism and the interests and aspirations of the much larger numbers of the Pakistani rural and urban poor. Which gets in turn to a very interesting contradiction in Imran’s own character and position: he is an elitist populist. He is “at his strongest,” writes Madiha Tahir, “delivering a trenchant critique of the often self-satisfied assumptions that underpin secular liberalism.”
On AlJazeera.com, Akbar Ahmed, professor at American University in Washington, DC and former Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK, begins with an obvious but crucial point: “There is a direct correlation between the depths of the gloom in Pakistan and the high expectations of salvation from Imran Khan. It is clear that the greater the despair in the country, the more fervent the hopes in one man as saviour.”
And he cautions: “There are already danger-signs as some old faces who have done the rounds with different parties have now jumped onto Imran’s bandwagon. The balance between making deals in order to chip away at the power base of the ruling Zardari-Bhutto dynasty and the Sharif one, and maintaining his integrity will be crucial.”
- Pakistan Imran Khan rally draws tens of thousands – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
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