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Saturday, July 20, 2024

The problem with Imran Khan

Pakistan’s parliament voted out Prime Minister Imran Khan in a no-confidence motion capping a month-long political turmoil that gripped the nation of 220 million. As many as 174 lawmakers voted in favor of the no-trust motion, two more than the required 172 for a simple majority in the 324-member National Assembly, the lower house of parliament.

Imran Khan, a cricketing superstar who outshined all players and even movie stars of Pakistan and India during his early period of fame bore so many charismatic attributes. However, his later period saw his emergence as a Whistle Blower.

He vehemently and brazenly blames all who are involved in corruption and the people of Pakistan buy his narrative. The name of his party Tehreek Insaaf (The Justice Movement) symbolizes justice for all. I wonder why the PTI leadership uses the word “Amr Bil Maroof” (an Arabic phrase taken from Quran) which means enjoining good deeds while they should use the phrase “Nahi Anel Munkar” which means forbidding the wrong things. And it is what a whistle-blower does and is supposed to be. Keeping mum on wrongs invites the vices to take over society as Edwards Deming said “A bad system will beat a good person every time”

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Contemplating The Masses

When the people don’t raise concerns about wrongdoings whether it be fake witnesses, lies, bullying, adulteration, or any other vice, the institutes made for prevention and punishment also keep silent and, as such, open violations involving public lives are dared to be committed. And if such crimes go unpunished this amounts to contempt for the masses. The glaring example is the news as published in Daily Dawn on 15th Sept 2022, that hoarded ‘Panadol’ tablets were confiscated from the manufacturers’ warehouse in Karachi. The tablets were worth PKR 250 Million.

It was a grave crime in view of dengue currently that has turned endemic in Pakistan now. Even I suffered dengue a while ago. If the culprits are not punished immediately it will be a real Contempt of the Public. The authorities should not take a lenient view for the sake of society and the poor masses, against the culprits and slap them with a fine of at least double the value of confiscated medicines.

Another incident that the public anxiously observes is the affidavit of Rana Muhammad Shamim, a former chief judge of the appellate court of the Supreme Appellate Court in Gilgit-Baltistan, also a former judge of the Sindh High Court. Such fearlessness was caused by leniency in our society towards crimes. A lawyer absenting without a genuine plea, only to benefit his client and an oath commissioner verifying a document without authenticating its truthfulness, all contribute to hurting the society at large and must be taken to task for the sake of laymen in the street.

Read more: PTI instructed to get ready for Imran Khan’s final call

Avoiding the imminent

The common trait among all developed nations is no compromise on punishing wrongdoers. Boris Becker, a former German World No. 1 Tennis player, having won three Wimbledon Championships, two Australian Opens, one US Open title, Olympic gold medal and player of the year award was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on charges of lying related to his 2017 bankruptcy. He is currently serving his prison time.

On the other hand, as of September 2022, in Karachi, people have started lynching criminals and this may lead to a lynching of an innocent also as court decisions take decades. A good omen is a news that the honorable Chief Justice Supreme Court has already cleared/disposed of a couple of thousands of pending cases. The total number of pending cases at the Supreme Court is approximately 50,000 while two million cases are pending in high courts and other lower courts.

Read more: Imran Khan to give the call for a decisive long march in September

We request the honorable Chief Justice to please make it a mega project with a timeline of completion before the end of your tenure through the help from all governments and give it media coverage also so that the public can appreciate and support your good self and no one can hinder or slow the project.

I bet the Judges can turn the tables for this country.



The writer is an Ex-Airliner and Management Consultant. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.