He was told that politics was not his cup of tea. He turned it down. He expressed his stolid trust in the Pakistani nation. With a vision of liberating the Pakistani nation from a corrupt coterie he entered politics and contested his first elections in 1997 against Mian Nawaz Sharif. Unable to bag a single seat, his newborn Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf was bulldozed in the elections. To many that was the end of PTI’s story. He banked on his idealism and decided to fight yet again!
Then came 2002 Elections! He managed to grab one seat of National Assembly from Mianwali. He was mocked and sardonic comments were passed at him. His party was dubbed as ‘Tanga Party’. He was lampooned in the talk shows. He was termed as a ‘failed demagogue’, but he didn’t give in. His idealism didn’t abate.
Then came 14th of November, 2007! He was detained by IJT in Punjab University. The invidious act gave rise to the most lethal and an unprecedented protest at Punjab University against his apprehension. According to him the youth had to stand up against the ones destroying the country. He further added that the youth has been awoken from its long oblivion. The winds of change had started hissing!
Then we saw elections 2008 and the 11th hour ‘change of tactics’ by some political parties. He was rendered helpless and failed to contest the elections. He was still underrated and all other parties still satirized his party. He was taken for a child in politics and that he could never pose a threat to any of the political giants luxuriating in their respective fandom. So everyone sidelined him and he, all alone, kept on promulgating his ideas. However, the sly and sarcastic smiles from the adversaries were enough to kill the spirits. And so the story continued……..till!
We reached 30th October 2011. The subtle nuances of Lahore’s atmosphere were hard to catch on that very day. Somewhat unnerved, but instilled with a new confidence, he along with every member of his party was eager to witness a change, a tangible change! They all were trying to smother the fidgets for the reputation was at stake. The kings of the time had been challenged. Vultures were ready to pounce upon the cadaver in case of a failure. They had no choice but to succeed!
‘ALLAH nay insaan kay haath main sirf niyat aur koshish dee hai; kamiyabi wo daita hai’ (ALLAH has only vested the humans with the power of intending and endeavoring. Success hinges on his will). He had reiterated this line in all his preceding processions, and it certainly came true on October, the 30th. On this very day, the politics of Imran Khan turned into the politics of Tehreek e Insaaf. Imran’s idealism had paid off for him.
This struggle stretching over a period of 15 years is the eminence that Imran holds. Now he’s feasting a well earned cult-following. Walk through any city and people are seen asking that ‘Whom are you going to vote for this time around?’ with a very palpable
anticipation and expectation of hearing ‘Imran Khan’. This is what his idealism has done to the masses!
Gossips have it that his assertion of attaining a two-third majority is nothing but a tom foolery. Even many of his supporters were taken
aback by his statement. The way I put it is ‘realism vs idealism’, which definitely has been his benchmark. Yes, idealism can surely
vanquish realism. With nearly 30 million new voters being added to the electoral lists and nearly the same number being expunged, his chances have become even brighter. People may not be with him because he is good. People are with him because they are highly disappointed in the other two parties.
The trust and the hopes of people rest on his shoulders now. Imran’s failure will definitely lead us to a point of no return. People are seen enduring the brutalities of the current government just with the hope that Imran will usher in a new future; the harbinger of real change! May we see the very Pakistan that Quaid e Azam had envisaged, Ameen!