Is Imran Khan the New Deal for Punjab?

By: Yasmeen Ali

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf(PTI) upstaged Pakistan Muslim League  Nawaz Group(PML – N), in Lahore. A remarkable feat in the hometown of the once stronghold of PML N. Who would have thought that PML N will hear the death knell by none other than Imran Khan’s fledgling party? A  Death Knell it is. By a rough estimate, near a 100K or more are seen on Live TV. The numbers swell as I write.

However, parties clamoring for removal of the current political dispensation are playing in the hands of vested interests, bent to destabilize Pakistan. Are not the political parties doing exactly what they have accused the Army of doing? Removing governments in power? One forgets the number of times, one hears these very politicians stating that governments MUST be allowed to complete their tenures & only then, with time, the “system will cleanse itself”.

PML-N, today demanding an end to the government, has been as much a part of government as the PPP. They have unfortunately, nothing to show for their years in power in this tenure. Even when they have chosen to be not a part of government, as Opposition, they have failed to play a positive role. The years of incompetence will be tough to erase from the public’s memory by crying “wolf”, at the twilight of the 5 year span of mandate awarded by them.

Accepted, Imran Khan’s party, has so far not been able to come forth with any strategy to deal with the multidimensional issues facing Pakistan. A failing that hounds most main stream parties in Pakistan.

What is, however, happening in front of our eyes, is the birth of a new phenomenon. The coming of age of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf. Unfortunately, the cause it chose, is all wrong. Pointing a finger is easy. Suggesting well thought out actions to resolve issues is not.

Those at the rally on the 30th of October, are not just members of the party, they are people hailing from all walks of life, young and old, people of both genders. Shahzad Roy’s performance on the rally had people clapping, waving flags, on their feet. As night falls, my TV screen is lit with multitudes refusing to move, listening to leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf in spite of having been on their feet for many, many hours. A show marred by personal attacks by Imran Khan on politicians.

What does this show of strength prove?

It proves one and one thing only.

It proves that a new contender is born for PML N in it’s once impregnable fort. It shows that PML N has failed it’s people, leaving them to turn to the first option that comes their way. The advantage is on PTI’s side. Most of her supporters argue that Imran must be given a chance to replace the jaded and corrupt politicians. This, is exactly the disadvantage of PML N. Too much corruption, too much bad governance. The fight in the next elections will not be, in Punjab, between PML N & PPP, where traditionally PML N has won, but between PML N & PTI. In the ensuing fight, it will not be surprising to see PML N being beaten at their home turf.

It leaves PPP stronger, if anything with PML N vote bank eroding in her very hometown, leaving the latter fighting for their survival. Division of vote bank between Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz Group) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf. There are 11 urban seats for Lahore,3 from Faisalabad,1 from Gujranwala and 1 from Islamabad. Will Imran be able to convert this support into votes?

That PTI just conducted a coup against the PML N, of that there is no doubt. The question which is to be answered is; Is Imran Khan the New Deal for Punjab?

The writer is a lawyer & university professor based in Lahore. She can be reached at yasmeen.a.9@gmail.com

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  • shaista quamber  On October 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Whether the turn out translates into votes and seats….that is the question! And what will happen in the rural areas…will Imran Khan be able to get the same kind of response???

  • Yasmeen Ali  On October 30, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Not in rural areas . PTI has not laid down party roots in qasbas,zilas etc.

  • Azhar Masood  On October 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Imran has the capacity to change course of Pakistan’s corrupt politics

  • Rauf  On October 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    If Imran stand of his own, meaning not to link up with any other political parties or
    towing the lines (he used to do that in the past) then he stand a very good chance
    of filling up current political vacuum and most of all the leadership.
    Rauf

  • kbajwa .  On October 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Imran Khan certainly has made his mark & is emerging as a political power. I wish he starts introducing his party leaders to the public and fix the administrative issues with in the party. Wish him all the Best.

    • S U Turkman  On October 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      How can he introduce his Party Leaders, when he has none and he does not want anybody in his party to become bigger than him?
      PTI is just another ‘TaNgaa’ Party of Pakistan backed by ISI. 50,000 people are nothing compared to what is population of Lahore.
      Imran has proven, he has no Party Management and Campaigning skills. His ideology is also pretty confusing. He was a Socialistic Personality, when he entered Politics, then became Pro Pak Military and campaign for Gen. Musharraf during Referendum. Now his is Pro Taliban. His being Pro Taliban means zero votes from his own Ethnic PushToons despite being born to Afghan PushToon Immigrant Parents.
      He is all Hot Air and no substance. Instead of his PTI, a lot more managed and trained to campaign Political Party MQM gets its ways, 2 to 4 of Lahore’s seats could go to MQM because 22% of Lahore’s population is Mohajir in next Election.

      • kbajwa .  On October 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm

        Respected S U Turkman: I opine once and do not indulge in rebuttals.

  • Atif Subhani  On October 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Just read ur article, Loved it .. Excellent

  • Ayesha Zee Khan  On October 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Imran Khan is definitely going to sweep from Punjab this time, he cant be called a deal, it will be a Tsunami!!

  • GRK  On October 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    imran khan address at minare pakistan,indicates a turning point in the political land scape of our country Pakistan. he may not be able to form a govt in the election,but certainly he and his party will be a major factor for a change in the coming days and months. gone are the days of getting votes through,thuggery and drawing room intrigues. women and youth will be his major support. just like obama and keneedy.he offers a bright and fresh face to the audeiance.i strongly believe that media,specially electronic will play a crucial role in the next election. the awareness in the public will destroy the myth dynasty politics from pakistan.the don specially should tonight take lot of whisky on the rocks,as imran considered him irrelevant even to be mentioned in his address.grk

    • S U Turkman  On October 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      I understand GRK, you have to be on Imran’s side because you represent Pak Army here and he is being propped up by Pak Army.

    • Rauf  On October 31, 2011 at 4:39 am

      GRK.
      Do not under estimate the power of the younger generation. Today in this country, most of
      of the young ones are quite cheesed off with the current ruling lot. And once the domino
      effect take place, then the whipping out the old goats commences, then no stopping.

      Imran Khan got to be smarter than what he is now and he has to watch his back.

      In my opinion the ripple effects already started.

      • Shahbaz  On October 31, 2011 at 5:53 am

        RAUF SB
        AOA
        fully agree;kiani and pasha are too clever why should they get in to these things;
        when ALL RPT ALL are ready to play ball so it does not matter who comes,when
        irrespective of rigging or no rigging there will always be split mandate like split/divided
        ETHENICALLY SPLIT nation.All provinces are on their own;
        Pray to ALLAH the country stays as it is otherwise the plan of USA / INDIA may succeed.
        Even China now wants Bases in NAs,(AGHA KHAN DOMINATED AREA).
        WHAT ZAB,ZIA And Gen PM have done to this nation;SHE CAN ONLY EXIST THROUGH
        SPLIT MANDATE. POOR ALLAM IQBAL AND FAIZ kept writing POEMS for a change but
        the CHANGE IS IN FRONT OF YOU???? YOU dismissed popular leaders and treated them TRAITERS;HS suharawardy;mamdoot;khan ghafaar khan ;khan of kalat;g m syed; Ayub khuroo, was dismissed as CM SIND by the GG through a letter ,because he refused to shift the HQ of SINDH Govt to Hyderabad from KARACHI.
        So pray PAKISTAN stays in one piece.??????

        Muhammad Shahbaz Thuthaal

      • Majyd Aziz  On October 31, 2011 at 7:30 am

        IK and his youth brigade should ensure there is no rigging by established political parties if PTI is to win

        MAJYD AZIZ

  • Naghman  On October 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Since the birth of PPP its always been a PPP vote and an anti-PPP vote. What I foresee now PPP will be ruling Punjab as well. Imran is targeting only educated urban population of Pakistan, which on the voting day either sleeps till late at home or go to Jallo Park for a picnic.

    Imran is only talking against PML-N but is silent about PPP. The future scenario would be Federal PPP-MQM-ANP and PTI coalition Govt. Punjab PPP-PTI Coalition, Sind, KPK, and Baluchistan same situation.

    If Imran hasn’t any work in the rural areas of Pak then he should concentrate there as the vote casting population belongs to that area.

    • Yasmeen Ali  On October 31, 2011 at 12:57 am

      Astute observations Naghman. My compliments. PTI has done no work in the rural areas of Punjab. This is the reason, it will not carry the day there & we loook to his presence in Punjab Urban only.I doubt though PTI will start off(if it converts its support into votes), joining hands with PPP. PTI policies are not in line with those with PPP. For example, to date I have not heard Imran being critical of Taliban. He is out to far right on this one.And this is one example only.

  • Sajid Manzoor  On October 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Wonderful show by Imran Khan, people from all walks of life participated, from teachers to lawyers, working women to house wives, school going kids to Ph.D, scholars, raising one big question, is Imran Khan a solution? Though happy I am, foreseeing success of “Mafahamati Tola” again, for next five years meaning the current corrupt political and “millitary” set up would prevail. Youth seems supporting Imran Khan in Urban areas but rural would again vote for bradari system and feudalism. Nawaz league missed the train and picked by Imran at the very last hours. Only we, the poor people of Pakistan would keep suffering till destiny of Pakistan. ALARMING.

    • Yasmeen Ali  On October 31, 2011 at 12:52 am

      The question Sajid, we must answer once the jalsa euphoria dies down is, can Imran deliver?

  • Huma Hasan Sohail  On October 31, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Lets just pray hard for the very best to happen for Pakistan! Good leadership is badly needed!

  • Arif Khan  On October 31, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Excellent Write up YAA but if T.I wins i wish he would kick out Shrin Mazari and replace her with you as Foriegn Minister Arif

  • Mkatas mazhar  On October 31, 2011 at 1:01 am

    ‘Deal’, or ‘No Deal’! Have to wait for the elections.

  • Inam Khan  On October 31, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Imran Khan after today’s rally has shown that he will be, in future be a force in politics and in the next assembly.To say that he and his party will form next government, is far fetched goal.But his utterings will definitely affect future style of governing and the present political dispensation will have to improve their performance viza viz the general public.People of Pakistan now are going to be in a win win situation.Pakistan is entering twenty first century with a big change. Old practices of wadera politics is also likely to undergo a massive change.From now to the next general elections,voters’ thinking is going to be overhauled.Even people in the rural areas are waking up.We hope that old corrupt and selfish lot is replaced by a younger conscientious lot.At present I have experienced that younger lot in the assemlies is also corrupt.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………Inam Khan

  • MAB  On October 31, 2011 at 1:04 am

    How can you change Wadera politics in a country where economy and society is feudal ?

    Central Punjab is dominated by business community. Do they trust Imran Khan ?

    Both Coal and Kalabagh, vital for energy development, would’t be within power of Punjab.

    Giving judiciary and police to Local government is a good idea.

    But what price Taliban are going to extract from him.

    A.Bajwa

  • Mohammad Chaudhry  On October 31, 2011 at 1:06 am

    No doubt Imran Khan is new deal but not for Punjab only but entire Pakistan.Be sure his sway in Sind and Pukhtunkhawa Khyber will be all the more poweful.His key slogan against corruption,is real challenge to so-called Anna Hazaare , Zardari,Mr.10% ridiculed on Geo’s “Hum sub Umeed say hain”.As I wrote in my reply to S.W.H’s note,the influx of media and tools of I.T have changed the ground realities as is evident from Arab spring,Anna Hazaare next door and OWS across the world even in indoctrinated Israel.
    MSC

  • Syed Wajahat  On October 31, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Once again we need to remember, it is the old foggies that are entrenched in the government and private sector who are his greatest barrier.
    Imran Khan, will only be able to push his agenda if he is successful in gaining the support of the top 1 % who have their assets and asses to
    protect.

    Just like Mr. O’Bama.

    Syed Wajahat Hussain

    • Mohammad Chaudhry  On October 31, 2011 at 1:08 am

      In the current times,influx of media has changed or can change ground realities pretty fast as the case history of Anna Hazaare next door has established,so let’s see how it goes here
      MSC

  • Alina Durrani  On October 31, 2011 at 1:21 am

    dont know about immi k, but ppl showing up..expecially the aam parha likha awam is a sign of hope…if anything an entire generation of the educated masses has learnt mass mobilization for a cause..there were ppl on the streets..volunteers all of em gathering ppl , and sooo many of my frends went

  • Majyd Aziz  On October 31, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Yes. This is a big change. However power lies in Rural Pakistan and that’s where IK will falter.

    MAJYD AZIZ

  • Brig Farooq H. Khan  On October 31, 2011 at 1:24 am

    i was there in Minar-e -Pakistan. i would estimate upto two lakhs attendance including old, young, rich and poor. they all came voluntarily, there were no forced crowds. it was a smashing success. Pakistan has been finally blessed with a genuine leader after Muhammad Ali Jinnah and perhaps Zuklfiqar Ali Bhutto.
    Brig Retd Farooq Hameed Khan

    • Majyd Aziz  On October 31, 2011 at 1:25 am

      I agree with you except for your last statement. IK is genuine but still is no match for MAJ or ZAB. No way.

      MAJYD AZIZ

    • Majyd Aziz  On October 31, 2011 at 4:37 am

      Brig Farooq said it. He compared IK to MAJ and ZAB

      MAJYD AZIZ

  • Majyd Aziz  On October 31, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Reason IK did not criticize Altaf is simple: they gonna have an alliance come election time.

    MAJYD AZIZ

  • Majyd Aziz  On October 31, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Change will really come after installation of technocrat government for a period of 3 years. Few people in corridors of power must be kicked out.

    PML N and PML Q must be disbanded and Sharif/Chaudhary Brothers must be kicked out once and for all.

    • S U Turkman  On October 31, 2011 at 1:43 am

      Government of Technocrats picked by Pak Army would be the same Army Staged Democracy. I am for Technocrats appointed by Elected Political party, not Military. I have no idea, why almost every Assembly Member of Winning Political Party/Parties has to be a Minister?
      Why can’t we have a System like USA, where 14 or 15 Technocrats are picked by President to run USA and us too instead Army of Dozens of Assembly Members like in Pakistan?
      Why the same happens in Provincial Governments?
      Why do we need so many Ministries, when in USA, elected Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General is enough besides a couple or more Secretaries appointed by Governor for Department of Commerce, Health & Human Services etc?.
      Why one of the poorest nation in the world wastes so much money in Executive Branch Salaries and lavish Entitlements that even the richest countries do not provide?

  • RAF  On October 31, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Living room talk is that Gen (R). PM will be in alliance IK’s PTI. He
    is the choice of new generation. Enough of ‘chor’ parties.

    RAF

  • Pervez  On October 31, 2011 at 1:27 am

    The show put up by Imran Khan in Lahore today was really very impressive.I have watched the political movements and activities of Lahore quite closly since mid sixties as a student,a working journalist and as a public servant.It was after a long time that such a huge public meeting,without any official support and resources was witnessed.

    The response of the people was clearly spontanious and the enthusiasm was worth seeing.It appears that the people,particularly the youth is attracted to Imrans slogans and declared agenda of a change.His objective of a war against corruption,nepotism and bad governance has elicited instant favour with the people.

    His frontal attack on the Shareef brothers and zardari shows his confidence as a political leader.He is certainly ringing alarm bells for both the major parties and has been successful in presenting himself as a third option.

    PRR.

    • S U Turkman  On October 31, 2011 at 1:48 am

      Oh yeah, IK’s attacks on Sharif Brothers and Zardari show his confidence?
      You would show more than that confidence if ISI was backing and funding you.

  • Nadeem  On October 31, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Hold your horses, please. Let us stop counting the chicks before they are hatched. Attacking NS and AAZ in the public does not mean anything, does not prove anything.

    It is also being alleged that extremist right wing parties, and even covert ISI help was instrumental in this turnout?

    And please do not raise IK to the level of Jinnah. I consider it an insult to that great man’s memory. What has IK ever done in his life to be even considered in that light???

    Nadeem Kausar

    • Majyd Aziz  On October 31, 2011 at 4:36 am

      Right Bajwa Sahib. We tend to get carried away. You are absolutely right when you state that:
      “And please do not raise IK to the level of Jinnah. I consider it an insult to that great man’s memory. What has IK ever done in his life to be even considered in that light???”

      MAJYD AZIZ

  • IqbalMaladwala  On October 31, 2011 at 4:26 am

    That is exactly what I have been saying to his party supporters. Where is his manifesto? Where are the experts, the technocrats who know the issues and have solutions? Have these problems been listed and priortised??
    He has no experience of running a govt and will be like a headless chicken when given the reins to thecountry with huge problems.

  • Majyd Aziz  On October 31, 2011 at 4:37 am

    ISI did not have to go thru this trouble of bringing people to the rally.

    The participants came on their own. For what its worth, IK won the day over Sharif Brothers and Altaf.

    Let’s give him credit.

    MAJYD AZIZ

    • Globe Trotter  On October 31, 2011 at 4:38 am

      MAjee I cant help agreeing with you, you are 100% Rite, Imran might not be the Rite Man but The Present Jokers are a Bad News,
      The Whole Crowd came on Their own and they really Whole Heartedly Participated all day long.
      Anjum

  • Mushir  On October 31, 2011 at 5:38 am

    YAA
    Are you for or against PTI
    In any case I would write about the short commings of Imran Khan, and would suggest improvement that could be made.
    As regards to finger pointing. Why should he not expose the crooks and the thugs. People have a right and they do need to know the misdeeds of politicians and govt officials.
    People need to be educated about the rights and wrongs of the state craft so that they may make correct choices when electing their representatives.
    Even in established democracies of the west leaders play the dirtiest of the tricks on each other.

    • Nasim Hassan  On October 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      The political leaders always have flaws. Only the prophets of Almighty reach perfection. I will be very pleased if Imran Khan with ten flaws can bring about competent governance in Pakistan.

      Nasim

      • Rauf  On November 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

        N.Hassan,
        That is the correct attitude. As long as Pakistan get out of current predicaments.
        Rauf

  • Imamat  On October 31, 2011 at 5:52 am

    You are right,Rauf.
    NS team is visibly shaken.
    Comments by some of their leaders on talk show last night
    were laughable.You should have seen their body language
    while making those comments.IK has bowled them an in-swininging
    yorker.

    Imamat

  • S U Turkman  On October 31, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Shahbaz,
    Pakistan is ethnically divided because Punjabi Pak Establishment believes in ‘Divide & Rule’ Doctrine. It never tried to make Pakistanis become Pakistanis because it considered only its own Punjabis as Pakistanis. Otherwise, why would be almost whole Army, 90% of Police, Govt. Employees, Employees of Govt. Owned Industry would be 70% Punjabi, when Punjabis are only 44% of population of Pakistan?
    Do you see this happen in India, USA, Canada etc?
    This is why they are not Ethnically or regionally divided countries like Pakistan.

  • S U Turkman  On October 31, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Since Pakistan is ethnically divided country and Imran Khan is actually a PushToon, he has no chance in Punjab. In his own PakhToon Khwah Province he doesn’t have any chance either because he loves their Enemies, the Taliban. In Sindh he has no chance because Sindhis do not play Cricket much. Its only played in Urban Sindh and Imran has already cut his all roots there by going to U.K. and pushing for Extradition of Altaf. Balochis wouldn’t touch a Talibani PushToon with a 10 feet long stick. So, Imran is just an old blown up bubble with some new air in it to get fizzled out again in next elections.

  • Majyd Aziz  On October 31, 2011 at 7:29 am

    On a lighter side both IK and Dengue have taken control of Lahore

    MAJYD AZIZ

  • Majyd Aziz  On October 31, 2011 at 7:30 am

    ‘N’ is just giving ammunition to anti-Army, anti-ISI lobby

    MAJYD AZIZ

  • Saleem Nasir  On October 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Your analysis is very impressive

  • Syed Ehtisham  On October 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Yasmeen,
    Imran Khan is old wine in new bottle, except that wine gets mature with age.
    E

    Dr. S. Akhtar Ehtisham

  • Munir  On October 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    The show of strength by bringing people to the “Jalsas” by PTI in Lahore and MQM in Karachi adds to the confusion for the common man. The main question which remains is: will the people vote for these parties. If identity cards are the basis to count votes, then the what about the “bogus” vote bank which the main parties have. PPP has about 10 million, and the same goes for PML(N), and MQM. How will Imran counter that factor?

    MAV

  • Aijaz  On November 1, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Rauf
    athan why can’t other politicians can be given such space?

    aijaz

  • Tariq Haider  On November 1, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Indeed it is a great show of strength by PTI, resulting N league in a serious trouble. Instead giving a viable manifesto for the betterment
    of the people and showing them that they have a solution for the people’s multidimensional misery. The minions of N league have
    started an onslaught on Imran on nonsensical issues.
    Mushahidullah saying it was a musical show, Pervaiz Rashid challenging the numbers chairs, Ch. Nisar asking who is funding his
    campaign. With these people and this attitude N league will be a dead horse soon.

    TMH

  • Rauf  On November 1, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Well for the last 60 years of Pakistan history, have done awful lot
    of “experiments” what worse could happen to this country.

    Worth giving a try to I.K. too. But having said that, it is also
    extremely important who he chooses as his associates.

    By the way I am not belong to any political party nor I fancy any.
    Rauf

  • TMH  On November 1, 2011 at 11:58 am

    In 1940, march 23rd, i was five years old and attended that historic convention along with my father, uncles and
    their friends. I do not have any recollection of that event, only thing was that it mentioned to me that Quaid is
    addressing this very important meeting. Next day with the aforesaid gentlemen we went to Nawab Mamdoot’s
    residence on Ferozepur road. I have the honor to sit in the laps of Quaid and his great sister, then photographed.
    That i will never forget that face and voice.
    I am sorry due to my ill health i was not able to go to Iqbal Park, but my heart and soul was there. The crowd
    seen on TV, was made of young enthusiastic honest people who were yearning for change to better tomorrow.
    I hope and pray that i should have the opportunity to see that, Ameen.

    TMH

  • Adeel  On November 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Imran’s time has come
    From here on he starts snowballing. The present lot is already history
    The Khakis need to th

    Adeel

  • Admiral Sirohey  On November 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I saw it. It was well organised. Nice Choriography. Kept the people in place for a long time. When he said’ ghor se suno’ they fell quiet. At the end he gave what he plans to do with some modus operandi.

    The end result will be that PPP will against Mulim league in various facrtions MQM and TIP. PPP will gain by this division. Hence it will return with greater strength. It will do what it had been doing with greater freedom.

    IAS

  • BBC  On November 2, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Rather poor analysis. The show was big but is he any match to Nawaz Shareef? One thinks not. It could have been a big issue if he had offered some far reaching reforms. He did not. Addressing some tactical issues does not solve problems. But the thinking is so small of the so called intelligentsia, forget about the masses. People are like a herd of sheep, they follow some one even if he is of low caliber which is abundantly clear by the following of Nawaz Shareef. Who knows people catch a fancy of the Khan and go behind him. Hopefully he wont be corrupt even if he shows no vision. Surely he is better than the present crop of politicians.

    • pakpotpourri2  On November 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      S B Cadri
      Have the character to write by your known “pseudonym”.
      HA!
      OR SHUT UP.
      And jump off my track!

  • Javed  On November 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Imran may not win sufficient seats to form the government,but PTI will win seats and have a voice in the governance of Pakistan.

    Regards,

    JMS

    • Rauf  On November 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Javed Bhai,
      I for one looking forward to having new faces and new blood in the
      Parliament, rather seeing the same stagnant rot.
      Rauf

  • Globe Trotter  On November 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Rauf Saab IK just might surprise us all, He has a very strong support amongst the Youngsters and I know of many of them who are making it a point to have themselves registered as Voters, moreover the older Voters too like me seem to Hate The Present SOBs both In Government as well as The Oppostion will Opt for Imran Khan as a reaction.
    Anjum

    • S U Turkman  On November 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      And what counts the most is Pak Military’s backing because it does not like Zardari or Nawaz Sharif. It has to have a man of its own.
      Gen. Musharraf would have been the natural choice but he is hated Mohajir, HinDosTorda and on the top of that a ’tilyer’. His other Disqualifications are that he is pro good relations with India and too independent to obey Pak Military’s orders so, he has been blocked by Arrest Warrants if he enters Pakistan.
      Allaho Akbar …!
      Pakistan ZinDaabaaD ..!
      Our Military gods ZinDaabaaD …!
      Fort of Islam ZinDaabaaD …!

  • Gerda  On November 3, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Is he? Interesting read for me, as I’ve heard of Imran Khan, even over here. But not familiar with the ‘political’ abbreviations.

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