Mr.Khan- A Charming Personality but Beleaguered Politician


Mr.Khan- A Charming Personality but Beleaguered Politician

Standing in the center of Manto Park, looking at all the excitement around me among the kids, the youth, elders, the females and males alike and the sea of red-green flags in full mast, observing the desperately-waiting crowd of more than one hundred thousand and the flying cameramen who were confusing the political gathering with some film-making set, the media persons standing upright straight for last four hours or so and continuously taking photographs of enchanting and enthusiastic “tigers”, probably that’s what they call themselves, and when he came on the dice, atmosphere became even more electrifying, his each and every word was cheered at by the gathering with a never-ending series of slogans, claps and flag-waiving, I started to wonder what an all-round personality Khan truly is.

 
I mean, pause for a moment here and take a look at his past. In cricket, he was a world-class player in all the three areas of game along with captaincy. He established himself as one of the best all-rounders ever in cricket history with a never-broken-so-far record to his name- lowest average for a bowler in Test History in a calendar year with 50 or more wickets. Khan after Ian Botham has the record of reaching 3000 runs and 300 wickets in least Tests and has the second-highest batting average in Tests playing at Number 6. No doubt, Khan was a tremendous cricketer with all those skipper’s skills that led an under-dog team to a world title.

 

 

In London Clubs, Khan had an image of himself established as a playboy, which he although has repeatedly denied and maintains that he remained distant from alcohol and activities not suitable to a Muslim. Well, no one can escape or avoid the charisma of Khan’s persona which is one of the reasons that paved way to establish Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital through fund-raising he did across the globe. On this field, he came up with a strategy so far unmatched in Pakistan. Although PML N alleged that hospital funds were misused for years but within a week or so, the hospital administration came up with clean hands.

 

 

Khan started his political career in 1996 and formed a new party by the name of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan’s Justice Movement). In politics however, Khan couldn’t establish himself as a serious contender for quite a long period that stretches over almost 14 years. PTI couldn’t win even a single seat in 1997 elections and in 2002 elections, it could grasp the sole seat of its chairman Imran Khan from Mianwali. The party boycotted the elections in 2008 and was often termed as “Tonga” party by its adversaries. However, over the recent past, the scenario changed dramatically and PTI has emerged as game-changer and Khan as the most popular leader among masses as suggested by independent surveys and polls. Khan has been able to attract massive crowds to his political show-offs, which is once again unmatched to any other political leader at the moment.

 

 

Khuda ny Insan k Hath m do chezain di hain, aik niyat aur dusri Koshish… Kamyabi WO deta hai….

 

 

Imran Khan

 
On the same footing, Imran has a sounding effect on the ratings of a TV talk-show he is invited to. His presence in the show gives a NOS to the show’s rating due to his charisma, apparently arguments-based conversation, his unique speaking style and the recent upheaval in his political popularity. On this point, he is far ahead of all the major politicians of the country but of course after Faisal Raza Abadi, Firdous Ashiq Awan, etc.

 

 

Yet another unique and unprecedented step Khan has taken is the initiative for the intra-party elections. In this part of the world, which is dominated by dynastic politics, the promise of holding elections within the party and then fulfilling it is nothing less than a revolutionary step. That urges me to write a proverb I learnt during my childhood days- Charity begins at home.

 
But now let’s see the other side of the story. Khan is heavily criticized by his opponents on various grounds especially on his inaction over his own sayings, that is to say, the disparity between his words and actions. It seems exaggerated but Khan’s opponents have termed him as the Master of U-Turn. Khan’s political views and his directions remained vague for good part of his political career, however it seems that he has now decided to start unveiling them with the passage of time.

 

 

A healthy and well-founded criticism on Khan is that he promises to eradicate corruption and bring a new set of “clean” politicians while with the rise of his popularity, time witnessed a torrent of corrupt politicians (not proven although, at least they were corrupt in the words of Khan himself) and supporters of Musharraf’s regime into his party. Khan in reply says that you cannot stop anybody from joining a political party and Allah can show guidance to anybody at any time. And I agree with him. But I have serious concerns over the fact that with the inclusion of new big names, the old loyalists of the party were sidelined. Moreover, yes, you cannot stop anybody from joining you, but then I have a question. How come a person changed so much whom you couldn’t consider of appointing a peon, that you have yourself formed alliance with his single-seat party.

 

 

There are also serious questions over the PTI as a party. Political observers believe it’s the flamboyant and attractive personality of Imran that draws millions of Youth into rallies like Pied Pieper drew the child of Hamelin. Place Khan for a moment out of PTI for any reasons, will the youth be coming with same zeal and eagerness and in same numbers for Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Javed Hashmi…? PTI is more like Pakistan Tehreek-e-Imran rather than Insaf.

 

 

I have heard Khan on scores of occasions live and hundreds of time on-screen. In most of his speeches, he goes on with the same things- Shaukat Khanum, Namal University, Cricket World Cup and his cricketing terms. The point is not to criticize these achievements which are of course much greater to be even questioned about, but running the country is a different and a much more complex matter. You can’t oversimplify the stuff by saying that I would eradicate corruption in 19 days and terrorism in 90 days. Any average person can say such things but what we expect from you is more like a real designed plan and strategy to assert your claims.

 

 

Another criticism on the surge of popularity he and his party received following Lahore and Karachi Jalsa is the alleged support given to PTI by the hidden hands of Intelligence Agencies. However, he bounces back with a convincing reply at Aiwan-e-Iqbal, Lahore, “If it is proved that I have taken a single rupee from any agency, I would quit politics forever”. Just for comment’s sake, he was very careful in choosing his words; if it is proved that… Just as a matter of comment, nothing serious on this point. Khan in many interviews and speeches has repeatedly given the example of Turkish Lira (currency) and Turkey’s progress. He reiterates that a decade before 15 Lac
Turkish Lira had been equal to 1 dollar. But then an honest leader came and now, 1.5 Turkish Lira is equal to 1 dollar. I don’t have much objection over the inexact values of exchange rates. But my serious objection is over the active concealment Khan makes on this point. He does not reveal that Turkish Parliament passed a law in 2003 which removed 6 zeroes from its original currency. Thus what was once 15 lac lira automatically became 1.5 lira. It was implemented on January 1, 2005 and today, one dollar makes 1.81 Turkish Liras.

 

 

Well, one thing is certain, when you are talking about Khan, you need to have a large deposit of words and time because I feel, a lot of the subject is yet to be covered. Political observers believe that Khan has a vote bank much lesser than his apparent popularity but whatever they believe and whatever Khan’s opponents say about him, he has emerged on the popular political scenario of country with a much better policy than all the other big players, and due to Khan, many big names cannot sleep 24/7. Once the chairman of “Tonga” party in his opponent’s words, IK is the most popular leader of the country today. Finally, let alone the mistakes or errors committed by him, since to err is human, it looks, while he talks about a new Pakistan, that the voice is coming right from the inside of his heart with real passion, sincerity and goodwill it carries with.

 




Roy Dilawer Khan

LLB Honors Final Year Student and freelance writer


  • abusaeedmohmand

    what ever IK says whether right or wrong, whether possible or impossible, we still want him in the driving seat because we cannot bring the old faces in to power from whom we dont expect anything good. our country is drowning day by day and giving PM seat to people like Nawaz or zardari will surely put the end to Pakistan. we cant take that risk

  • http://www.facebook.com/anss.ashraf Anss Ashraf

    I have seen many bloggers criticizing IK over his speeches specially over Shaukat Khanum, Namal University, Cricket World Cup and his cricketing terms. Remember people recognize others with its previous achievements.

    btw who are Faisal Raza Abadi & Firdous Ashiq Awan?

  • Shakeel N

    “Political observers believe it’s the flamboyant and attractive personality of Imran that draws millions of Youth into rallies…” Right now it might look to some that PTI revolves around one personality i.e. Imran Khan. But people will see PTI will become an institution over time. And Intra Party elections are first step towards a democratic party.

  • Ayaz khan

    I think the main focal point comes in the last para when it was said that Khan comes right from inside of his heart.I have the good fortune to listen to him in person and don’t have an iota of doubt in my mind that this guy is totally sincere , I will trust him with my life

    Desperate times call for desperate measures . Pakistan is on the brink of disintegration, make no mistake about it unpalatable it might be but its the truth. A group of corrupt ruling elite including politicians , army , DMG Group , Feudal & opportunist has pushed us to the point of disintegration. They had chances to correct the situation. Who would have stopped Musharraf cleaning the stables in 99 ? NS has two third majority. Benazir was backed by popular sentiments. But they did not do anything as they had personal agenda and their cronies looted the country to the point of no return.

    IK is honest, he is sincere , he is Pakistani , and he will deliver. Its now on people of Pakistan to come out of their indifference & lethargy and give him a chance. Not a hung parliament , not a coalition Govt but two third majority. I am sure that within few years Pakistan will get back the respect of the world and will be on the road to progress Inshallah. My loyalties are not with any individual or political party my loyalty is with PAKISTAN and IK will serve Pakistan. I believe it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Annie-Waraich/100001119942405 Annie Waraich

    Mr. Khan is a far better option than any other political party. He is doing his best and he is honest. I fervently wish and pray that may he and his party form the next government in Pakistan, not for his own sake but for the sake of Pakistan and it’s people.

  • Muhammad Atif Agha

    We support Imran Khan, his politics is different and a virus for all country looters and traitors. We wish he become our Prime minister and inshaAllah he will.

  • khan

    God Bless Khan

  • http://www.facebook.com/shehzad.ghani Shehzad K. Ghani

    Haha, lame, amateur blogger. Were you forced to write about politics?

  • Mohammad Arif

    This all is a bullshit analysis. Seems writer is only trying to negate every letter, every word or every sentence what IK says. I don’t understand how this khan (or fake khan) support those corrupt and Munafiq politicians who are looting the country. This is all munafiqat. A man trying to save and prospour the country and these politicians are sinking the country and you are supporting them. How???? IK is best and Insha Allah he will transform the nation unlike these chors who transformed their own fortune.

  • tashfeen

    dear writer, you have raised few questions abt PTI and IKs policies and i would like to explain couple of things
    you mentioned and doubt the claim that IK can stop the terrorism in 90 days . well inorder to believe this and to understand the logic behind it few things need to be explained.
    ist of all PTI and IK have been against this war since it started way back in early 2000 and has stood by his statements till today. this defies the peoples claim that he is you turn khan.
    how can we end this terrorism in pakistan? well ist of all we have to disengage from the americans war on terror and take things in our own hands and include both peace talks and operations as and when needed. once we disengage from the americas war only then we can be in a position to solve this problem. because as long as we act as americans stuges and take money to fight this war as reibursment , we can not negate the concept of jihad. this is very fundamenal to understand. this jihad concpe in teh bonding agent between TTp and all other militant groups. once the concept of jihad is negated then the nexus will be broken.
    things which PTI have planned to do.
    1. MAKE THE AMerican administration udnerstand that drone strikes are counter productive and against all human rights and against pakistan soverenity
    2take drone issue into the un.
    3.if that doesnt help then take it up in the iCC
    4 even if that doesnt help then we can try other options.
    B. stop taking money from the americans as reimbursment , which basically goes to the generals and ministers. I am sure you are aware of MR. musharafs assests after he joined the so called war on terror. atleast20 million dollars in cash in his accounts as per media, living in edgeware road , london, one of the most expensive areas fo london. it doesnt make any sense that one hand our dear general kiyani says that this is our own war and we will continue fighting it no matter what, dated14.8.12. then why we accept money frm the us??? IF PAKISTAN WAS fighting india , will be getting re-imbursment from the US then or any other country? no , because if its our own war then we have to fight it on our own.
    C. stop nato supply. because we have offered our services as a support player for 10 years, if you go to peshawar and see the condition of the roads there esp ring road then you will understand how much damage has been done. we are often portrayed with a domes day scenerio by the so called analyst that God knows what will happen if we stop the nato -supply. remember the nato supply was stoped for 6 mothns after the salala attack and nothing happened , infact the number of suicide attacks were reduced.
    D. start negotiation with all the groups involved in that tribal area, namely TTP etc, if the americans can start peace talks with the taliban , then why cant we? NATO and americans have held the following sessions for peace talks with the taliban
    in qatar 2 years ago.
    in germany last year( german chancellor angela merkel played a vital role)
    next meeting expected in france next year.
    and then if peace talks fail then we can do selective military operations but as per opur own planninga nd by peoples wish , not following americans orders. the operation in swat was a success because it was supported by the people in swat and also there were no drone strikes and had nothing to d with the americans.
    I DONT THINK ANY OTHER POLITIAL PARTY or leader in paksitan has come with such a detailed plan . you can check the statements issued by PMLN or nawaz shareef or shehbaz shareef and will make you laugh , becaus ethey dont understand the problem at all. shahbaz shareef was once heard on national tv saying that taliban should not attack in punjab because our policies are not against them. and their law minister mr. sana ullah has been seen and supported rallies of the banned religious parties in jhang region .
    IK has stood by his idea/ claim /policy on this issue ever since we jumped into this war followinga phone call from Mr richard armetage . so people who call IK mr U turn should be ashamed and should know that facts before creating confusing
    many thanks
    your comments are welcome

    • http://twitter.com/roy__dk Roy Dilawer Khan

      @drtashfeen:disqus I appreciate the way you put forward your arguments, which is different from many other IK fans. Most of them, I have experienced, read till article describes Khan’s achievements and when the other side of the picture comes in, they stop reading and most times, become angry and level blames like “paid by PML (N) etc”,

      Well time to respond your points.

      As par your last paragraph which starts like “I DONT THINK ANY OTHER POLITIAL PARTY or leader in paksitan has come with such a detailed plan .” U used the word think, but my expression goes with even more confidence, like this “he has emerged on the popular political scenario of country with a much better policy than all the other big players”. So on this point, we do not differ much.

      Now as to End Terrorism in 90 days. yes 90 days.

      I do not doubt much on Khan’s claim to end terrorism and the procedure you have explained for avoiding this malice is pretty much the same in my view as well.

      but there are reservation as to duration of procedure..

      your point 1. “MAKE THE AMerican administration understand that drone strikes are
      counter productive and against all human rights and against pakistan
      soverenity”,.. your first method won’t take shorter than years. .. USA never understood Guantanamoba is against human rights despite all protests across the globe. so point 2

      point 2 “drone issue in UN”.. we have already Kashmir issue there for last…. I cant count the exact years… so 90 days are definitely short.

      point 3. issue in ICJ not ICC,, litigation procedure takes years, and then it is not binding as well, coz the juridiction of ICJ comes with the consent of states, so 90 days gone, matter still pending…!

      Your procedure is great, I don’t criticize it. but do not make a claim which does not seem possible. See 90 days cannot be covered according to your plan.

      Let alone all discussion, I personally believe that whether it be 90 or 190 days, Khan can do it.

  • S Nasrullah

    As Captain of the Cricket Team, he brought laurels for Pakistan annexing the coveted World Cup; as a promising young man with mission, he accomplished a daunting task of gifting Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital to the Nation. Having basked the arc lights of the world media as the cynosure of a celebrity, his utterances were immeasurably modest and meaningful. An enlightened Pakistani, pragmatic to the core, determined and devoted, Imran Khan is one visionary that every Pakistani has waited all these desperate years of instability and iniquity. Let’s elect IK and his PTI convincingly, so that he does not have to carry the extra baggage of coalition and fritter away his dream for a strong, stable, progressive and prosperous Pakistan.

  • Farooq Hashmi

    Mr.Talha. is the earth turned over or am I experiencing a vertigo that you are grilling your idol ,Imran Khan? He is not lost who comes at last. Your U-turn from the adoration of Imran Khan testifies that you possess an analytical mind which can sift the truth from the falsehood, the genuine from the fake and the real from the mirage.Some aficionados of Imran Khan (especially,those ones,who have not gone beyond taking’ the St.Martin’s Guide to Writing’ prescribed for English 101,as their model)who snarl at those who view his program critically.Unfortunately,IK has the same hamartia which both his and my leader,Zulfiqar Ali had. Unaware Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had allowed his secret enemies,the sycophant feudals to surround him.Those snakes-in-the-grass had fatally bitten him at an opportune time. I do not question IK’s noble intentions,and perhaps,it’s in the fitness of the things to mention that I know a few of his close relatives and his cousin,Sajjad Khan is a friend of mine,but still,I do not subscribe to IK’s politics.National issues cannot be solved with jingoism and the nebulous slogans of “change”No real change can take place in a society until its oppressive socio-economic structure reaches its climax,and consequently,leads its oppressed masses to rise up en masse,against it.Their uprising brings about a cataclysmic revolution in the said society,resulting in a tear-down of the citadels of the oppressive forces.Pakistan is no exception to this universal scientific principle,and is striding along the path of that goal.The effort to vitiate that revolution with the mere ” change” is destined to fail.The symptoms of the imminent revolution can already be seen in the shape of frustrated jobless educated young men’s turning into decoits and waylayers,and the ubiquitous cases of extortion.Calling spade a spade. IK has no concrete,viable plans to pull the nation out of the morass of its woes. Besides,my fear is that should IK take the drastic step of abrogating feudalism,consequent upon winning the power, history will,God forbid,repeat the fate of ZAB on him,let alone his dream of “change” getting materialized..

    • Anonymous

      Hashmi Sb
      Of course IK policies need analysis. May I humbly suggest that eulogy verging on godly praise – be it of IK or ZAB, does not lend to rational analysis. Perhaps you will agree as an alumni of the illustrious school of Professors Eric Cyprian an Amin Mughal (who can unravel a lot of myths about ZAB). Time to move to present from the past!

    • Muhammad Talha

      Hold on — Pause the music of contumely please — He is Talha, and I am Muhammad Talha, :)

  • khurram shehzad

    master of U-turns

  • S Nasrullah

    @Ms Madeeha, Blog Moderator: There was some system and sophistication in posting the views in order of their receipt, in the past – according to the time line. Now there is a mayhem or madness or both. A view expressed by someone can be conveniently concealed or closeted between the oldest and the lower order, regardless of any modicum of discipline, to enter it among the bygone and the bypassed. Just like the present Administration of PPP is on fanciful tracks, the Blog is tainted with prank or pretenses.

  • NASAH (USA)

    Farhan miaN — have you read my posts against Zardari and Nawaz Sharif — they both suffer from lots of negatives including corruption — but they do have few positive attributes — both are democrats — both head two mainstream parties — both have experience in governing with deep party roots extending into urban and rural areas alike — and both are friends of MY country the United States of America — and both are trying hard to maintain the friendship under very trying times — they are no puppets of the United States — but they understand the value of being friends with the West in general and with the United States in particular — neither am I — I am an American citizen for the past 50 years — I love America but not the George Bush’s version of it — I love Obama’s America that is truly MY America — and of course I still have lots of nostalgic affection for the two countries of my old watan – the subcontinent of — (baykuss watan, gharib watan bay nawa watan) — Pakistan and India — and I want both of them to be modern, prosperous, progressive, secular, science/technology minded, awam-caring countries like the United States and Canada are — and live together peacefully — not bankrupting each other in a meaningless arms race with religious bigotry, ethnic and sectarian hatred to boot against each other — instead of the friendly way the USA and Canada live together.

    And these are the things that one finds missing from Imran the ‘Good Samaritan’ Khan’s discourse — that one finds present in the ‘Corrupt’ Zardari Khan and ‘Corrupt’ Nawaz Sharif Khan’s discussions.

    You guys are definitely not the groupies of Zardari or Nawaz Sharif for good reasons — but being a blind cult member of a politically untested Imran Khan is also utterly devoid of any rational virtues.

  • NASAH (USA)

    “Educated people like us have always been happy to stay home safe in our Utopian bubbles,”

    Annie – but the educated people in Pakistan constitute a dismal minority — to win Imran must go for the majority — that is rural Pakistan — and small towns besides Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar — wrest the areas from the clutches of PPP’s and PML(N)’s feudals – if he can.

    Has he done that?

  • Muhammad Talha

    Negative, :P . He is someone else — (I hate being forced into commenting)

  • Shakeel N

    Well, who do you think can solve problems of Pashtoons, if not IK?

  • ady

    Well, I really liked your article for few basic reasons and would love to see how you respond to me as I am also a small writer! So far I saw very few articles and blogs appreciating Imran Khan in a true sense for his efforts he deserves, you really made an honest effort, though with same ifs and buts(few though)! You tried to educate people to have a fair appraisal to choose a right leader by throwing light on his qualities!
    Now I would love to answer few Qs or doubts you raised which is commonly forwarded by his opponents. 1, why he always quote his SKMH, University or world Cup…bcz he just wants to remind all that he is honest, credible and achieved what others always said is “Impossible” in past, so don’t be deceived by others bcz they always say so. So by saying to end big corrupt in matter of days is possible, bcz as you see 75 per cent corruption is done on upper level (Tax evasion, nepotism, commissions in big projects etc etc.) and he knows being incorruptible he got honest team too for almost all big section necessary for a state.
    2, As you mentioned country is bigger task to handle, I would say if Pakistan survived under incompetent and corrupt leadership like Zardari and Shareefs, definitely any average person can run it in better way than them, not to mention Imran is a very capable, honest, and competent leader. So this becomes irrelevant. For experience as his opponents claim, I would say now he got 16 years of real experience which all others lacked once they came in power( Shareef or Zardari etc.). Another upper hand of Khan over others!
    3, No matter who is coming or leaving a party it’s ultimately up to the leader himself ,not the followers, how dedicated and strong he is, to steer the ship/country carrying all. People would really have to put their doubts aside (mainly created by opponents and some by media) and get along with him as there is nothing in any other political leader as they have awfully failed many times and devastated this country.
    I think change is natural and is imminent now and that’s what others can see which is agonizing killing for them and hopefully new life for Pakistani nation and country! Pakistan is lucky still having such people and leaders like Imran Khan but unlucky as needed to wait 16 years to get a chance!
    Great work anyway!

  • ady

    Well, I really liked your article for few basic reasons and would love to see how you respond to me as I am also a small writer! So far I saw very few articles and blogs appreciating Imran Khan in a true sense for his efforts he deserves, you really made an honest effort, though with same ifs and buts(few though)! You tried to educate people to have a fair appraisal to choose a right leader by throwing light on his qualities!
    Now I would love to answer few Qs or doubts you raised which is commonly forwarded by his opponents. 1, why he always quote his SKMH, University or world Cup…bcz he just wants to remind all that he is honest, credible and achieved what others always said is “Impossible” in past, so don’t be deceived by others bcz they always say so. So by saying to end big corrupt in matter of days is possible, bcz as you see 75 per cent corruption is done on upper level (Tax evasion, nepotism, commissions in big projects etc etc.) and he knows being incorruptible he got honest team too for almost all big section necessary for a state.
    2, As you mentioned country is bigger task to handle, I would say if Pakistan survived under incompetent and corrupt leadership like Zardari and Shareefs, definitely any average person can run it in better way than them, not to mention Imran is a very capable, honest, and competent leader. So this becomes irrelevant. For experience as his opponents claim, I would say now he got 16 years of real experience which all others lacked once they came in power( Shareef or Zardari etc.). Another upper hand of Khan over others!
    3, No matter who is coming or leaving a party it’s ultimately up to the leader himself ,not the followers, how dedicated and strong he is, to steer the ship/country carrying all. People would really have to put their doubts aside (mainly created by opponents and some by media) and get along with him as there is nothing in any other political leader as they have awfully failed many times and devastated this country.
    I think change is natural and is imminent now and that’s what others can see which is agonizing killing for them and hopefully new life for Pakistani nation and country! Pakistan is lucky still having such people and leaders like Imran Khan but unlucky as needed to wait 16 years to get a chance!
    Great work anyway!

    Romania

    • http://twitter.com/roy__dk Roy Dilawer Khan

      If you leave your address or contact me on my twitter @roydk, or royinsight.blogspot.com,, We can have a more useful discussion. I would say, that was the best comment so far to my blog. I would evaluate your comment later.

  • NASAH (USA)

    “I think that PPP can take on the mantle of a truly progressive party in coming times.”

    I thought so too — till I heard they are in alliance with Sunni Ittehad.

    Is that true?

    • Anonymous

      NASAH Sb
      Let them have a bit of latitude..on account that Sunni Ittehad ideology is more indiginous than many other groupings in that genre (of course garlanding Mr. Taseer’s killer remains abhorent).

  • Farooq Hashmi

    ” Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.”___Carl Jung. Mr.Qalim, the tragedy with the most of us,the human-beings is that we are addicted to idealism. Idealism and realism are two different worlds, and they are eternally at war with each other.Whereas our bodies live in the world of realism, our minds in that of idealism. When our romantic ideas and dreams, which essentially belong to the world of idealism, fail to materialize, we fall a prey to a fierce frustration which gives birth to the monstrous dejection. From dejection emanates our moroseness which we vent on one another on one pretext or the other. Our aspiration for keeping East Pakistan permanently bound with West Pakistan with the flimsy cord of religion, belonged to the world of idealism. not to that of realism. hence it had failed, leaving behind a ghastly carnage Those of us who wring their hands at the secession of East Pakistan are either ignorant of the scientific reality that religion plays absolutely no role in keeping the confederating units yoked together permanently or are feigning ignorance of it as a political expediency. While possessing all the characteristics essential for nationhood_____a distinct territory, a distinct language, a distinct cultural heritage and a distinct national aspiration_____,Bengalis are a separate nation out and out.The bizarre and novel experiment of keeping both the West and the East wings of the country together with the thin filament of religion____while they were inter-spaced by hostile India_____ had no backing of the principles of Political Science. It’s a matter of the world of realism that anti-Pakistan forces in East Pakistan had taken birth with the birth of Pakistan,and despite of the military actions by the dictators Ayyuob and Yahya,they kept on snowballing till they had burst into an all-out liberation movement. When ZAB had won in the West wing, the uprising in East Pakistan had taken the shape of a liberation movement. and any attempt to divert it would have been analogous with salvaging a ship which had already sunk and only its mast had been visible. It was the ill -luck of the statesman,ZAB that those centrifugal strife attained its fruition at the time when he was being invested with power. It will be an instance of naked injustice if the nationalist ZAB’s insurmountable achievement of nuclearizing the country and awakening the Pakistani masses to their rights, are tossed into the trash-can of oblivion. He had committed the fatal mistake of turning a blind eye to the vulpine generals. However, he is ” more sinned against than sinning.”