Imran Khan contended for 16 years and finally made a grand political entry after 30 October public gathering in Lahore. He certainly became a galvanized crowd puller. From an obscure player, he is now renowned as a game changer and a potential threat to existing political monsters. His charismatic personality burgeoned the support base for PTI. He has accomplishments such as World Cup, Shaukat Khanum Hospital and NAML University by his side. Even his critics can’t deny his popularity. After being regarded as a major player, Khan has been flexing his political muscles and seems to be desperate to come into power. Karachi and Quetta Jalsa were brave attempts though a compromise was reached with MQM before Karachi Jalsa.
Imran’s strength lies in defying established norms and ending status-quo. Khan’s influence draws from the jaded and jaundiced voters from other political parties. He is entailed in inculcating and juggling the non-political people through his mere gimmicks. Immense disappointment from PPP and PML-N enabled people to see Imran as their last resort.
Imran khan’s gimmicks are contradictory to rationale. PTI is referred as a test tube party for getting funded by agencies through businessmen. Imran khan himself is a part of status-quo and this perverted system. He is thriving to bring change with old faces and new ambitions. A horde of electable candidates who joined earlier are now pulling out due to Khan’s declining political prospects. Infighting and grouping in the party is proving to be a thorn in the flesh for Imran Khan. Heavy weights such as Khursheed Qasoori and Asif Ahmed Ali belonging to single constituencies are an impediment to efficient seat allocation. Keeping Javed Hashmi and Shah Mehmood Qureshi under one roof is perverse.
Foreign policy is indispensable and guides the national policy. Any adventurism in the foreign policy will aggravate Pakistan’s already isolated position in the world arena. When he talks about drones being counter-productive and bringing the Taliban on reconciliation table; he is stamped as ‘Taliban Khan’ whereas on the other side he faces death threats from the Taliban. At one hand he wants cordial working relationship with India while he tows GHQ devised policies. There is no clarity as to which school of thought he belongs – an Islamic fundamentalist zealot or a conservative liberal.
Imran khan has inexplicable and flawed policies over certain issues. He has nothing to offer out of the box rather relies upon conventional remedies. There is no comprehensive economic plan intact to counter the economic meltdown of the country. Dilating the tax net is not a workable solution because of presence of mafias in the country. Subsidizing goods is the only answer he comes with when talking about inflation. PTI has no doable plan to combat the energy crisis. The idea of computerizing land record to end ‘Patwari culture’ was not proposed by Imran Khan; it is already underway in Punjab. The system of elections in the police department was coined by Imran Khan which is utterly out of question.
In the elementary stage, revamping of the state institution is of paramount importance. Ending rampant corruption and terrorism in 90 days is a mere publicity stunt. Imran Khan has no coherent plan on the issue of sectarian killings in Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan. Yes, Mr. Khan must toil for across the board accountability with no sacred cows in the society. Can he succeed in the endeavor to establish civilian supremacy? Can he be the boss of the Army Chief and the DG ISI? Such questions still remain unanswered!
Imran Khan – a hard liner – should develop flexibility and put an end to contemptuous behavior towards other political leaders in order to work towards workable rules of engagement with other political forces. Suggesting workable solutions in wider national interest would be better rather than picking holes in current policies. Imran Khan warned of a movement of defiance if elections are rigged; this would be adding fuel to the fire. Whatever the electoral results are, he should swallow the bitter pill for wider national interest. Imran Khan should have contested the by-polls to check the water levels. Imran Khan was a blue-eyed boy of the military in Pasha’s ‘regime.’
Initially he was a media darling but faced a severe backlash on media policy for derogating the media persons who beg to differ with PTI. Massive crowds and ebullient speeches will not make any difference. Imran Khan must focus on the dynamics of electoral and constituent politics. The wind for change might not change into a storm and prove to be self-devastating. He has the ability to upset in the urban areas of Punjab until ‘Tsunami’ factor is in play but by far, Punjab seems to be the stronghold of PML-N which was also evident from recent by-polls result. PTI can dent ANP and JUI’s position in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A fierce battle between PML-N and PTI can bring PPP back to the power table. Gaining 2/3 majority is a fallacy and daydreaming as split mandate and formation of coalition government is written on the wall.
Imran Khan cannot win unless he has ace in the hole to leave his opponents stupefied. All bets are off for Imran Khan and he seems to be nowhere near in the run for prime ministerial candidates. Gallop Pakistan survey revealed a decline in PTI’s popularity and conversely a gain in PML-N’s. Imran Khan must get rid of his sycophants flanked at his side in order to address the grievances of his support base i.e youth. Imran Khan’s politics is heading towards permafrost of gloom. He calls himself an idealist; isn’t he an escapist?