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PM Imran Khan: One man, many challenges


Farah Adeed |

Lovers, haters, young, old, men and women firmly believe Prime Minister Imran Khan is not financially corrupt. This is almost an established fact now; IK’s character with regard to financial matters is beyond any question. However, a few disgraced men and women sheepishly blame IK for getting money in the name of aid to run his house which is untrue and could never unhorse his popularity as a man of integrity across the country.

But politics is never simple. It is always complex and mostly dirty. Politicians attack or are attacked by others. There is only one rule in political battles; defeat your opponent before he eliminates you. This is what caused the departure of traditional morality from our political discourse. Paradoxically, politics is amoral but morality is a powerful political tool to defeat your opponents. Therefore, politics and morality have an unclear, sometimes disgusting, powerful relationship.

Hopes are on the peak. And the nation has awakened. But an incompetent team chosen by Khan is not only disappointing Khan’s fans but also misleading him.

Frankly, politicians are artists who make or break norms and values to get their intended outcomes. The test of an artist in the realm of politics is how does he keep his opponents away and enjoys his tenure in the office. Traditionally, a good politician is one who keeps his supporters happy and his opponents hopeful. If he fails, the political death is inevitable.

Let’s come to Imran Khan:  a person who is known for his rudeness, non-compromising nature and rigid about his moral values. He can be never treated as a smart politician in any way. He can be anything but not a good politician (I am using the term in above-mentioned context).

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Why? The answer is simple: he stood up against everyone looting the country, did not sit with those having a tainted past, refused to appease the masses and completely declined to give any hope to his opponents. An unhappy nation (due to increase in prices of electricity and other basic items) and a hopeless opposition pose a great danger to a person who is not surrounded by like-minded people. This is worrisome.

Imran’s real challenge is neither an unhappy nation nor a hopeless opposition but his incompetent, in-experienced and selfish team. People from CM Usman Buzdar to Senator Azam Swati are there for their personal political interests. Just recall the transfer of DPO Pakpattan, removal of IGP Punjab, the resignation of Nasir Durrani and now the ruckus in Swati’s farmhouse.

Pakistanis got a leader whose financial affairs are beyond any question after decades. This is an opportunity to transform this country. For this, people have played their part and voted for Khan’s PTI.

Who did what? Imran is certainly to be blamed for every wrongdoing but this needs a little more explanation. He is focusing on macroeconomic challenges Pakistan is facing these days, meeting foreign delegates to bring investment in the county, visiting countries and presiding meetings to look into what his task forces have concluded so far.

Practically speaking, it is not possible for him to watch TV or monitor social media to look into routine affairs. He directs authorities to furnish reports on any incident and he is briefed the way his teams wants him to be briefed.

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Challenges are many, ranging from the politicization of police to poor health facilities, inflation, street crimes, poverty, and child abuse. The source of hope is only one: Imran Khan. Expectations are undoubtedly very high. Hopes are on the peak. And the nation has awakened. But an incompetent team chosen by Khan is not only disappointing Khan’s fans but also misleading him. He is never properly informed and asked to take actions; look at some of the current mishaps.

Pakistanis got a leader whose financial affairs are beyond any question after decades. This is an opportunity to transform this country. For this, people have played their part and voted for Khan’s PTI.

Now it’s Khan’s turn. Nobody questions his intentions but everyone is concerned about the decisions he is making; in his own language, he is giving big offices to small men. He needs to be reminded that his team is not that much trustworthy so always cross-check whatever you receive in form of reports from your subordinates.

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Mr. PM, you are the only hope for the masses of this country who are facing many challenges. Good Luck!

Farah Adeed is a Senior Research Analyst in GVS. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Global Village Space’s Editorial Policy. 

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