Imran Khan has been a political mystery I have been following for some time now. When he entered into politics at the end of his cricketing/social work career many people from all walks of life looked upon him as a symbol of hope. The reason for doing so lies in the fact that as a cricketer and a philonthrophist imrans record was par excellence. He was a man who had seen the world and was still honest enough for his word to be trusted, or so it seemed.
However his Tehreek E Insaf, has from its inception taking contradictory stand after stand to no avail. Initially their decision not to contest in the last elections was baffling in itself but their recent stands, first with the Taliban of Pakistan and then against whomever they could find in their heads that particular day are mind boggling to say the least.
To date Imran Khan and his party have, sided with Musharraf when he came into power then asked for his ouster and now rant against the NRO. Pleaded and fought on the street for the restoration of the judiciary but backed off in the end and claimed the movement was sold out. Sought evidence and vilified the MQM for its one man rule and every crime under the book but now call the 92 operation against it a cruelty.
I say Imran Khan and Tehreek E Insaf because the two cannot be seperated, even though there have been reports of clamor within the party ranks for a long promised internal election in may of 2009 according to reports. There is no election within PTI forthcoming as Imran says the party does not have enough political acumen himself. He also cites the same cause for them not contesting in the elections. In his words they are not ready.
So what exactly is Mr Khans agenda? Is he victim of the same “brown sahabiness” he has often quoted in his addresses on media by refusing to relinquish command. Or is he caught in the muck of politics without a port in sight, because his statements are getting more and more confusing by the day.
Some of you, dear readers might be by now thinking I have gone on some kind of crusade against Mr Khan. This I assure you is not the case at all, I am just thinking aloud as to what he means when he says the things he does. For by entering the life ofÂ public service he is open to fair criticism right? Ok,Â forget all the past examples of madness for a minute. PTI has a couple of days ago also threatened to act as the real opposition if the friendly opposition tactics of PML (N) with PPP continue. Someone please tell me how does the PTI plan to do this as they do not have a single seat in any house or august assembly in this land?
To me there is no use of sitting on media talk shows and ranting about this and that when you do not have the political nerve to enter the fray. What point is there of a party who has no office bearer in power in this land? I today ask the intellectuals who joined this party on the grand aim of bringing reform to Pakistan, what kind of reform can you bring in a system you are not even part off?
I think this is the beginning of the end of the PTI in Pakistani politics, not that they had much of a beginning anyway, unless the people within the party bring change in how it does its politics.