The future for Imran - ASHRAF JEHANGIR QAZI

Uncle Q

Minister (2k+ posts)

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The writer is a former ambassador to the US, India and China and head of UN missions in Iraq and Sudan.




IF the political credibility of Imran Khan has been permanently damaged by the judicial inquiry commissions report, it is not good news for Pakistan. He remains a financially honest person, which simply cannot be said of the other major political leaders. One only has to surf the net to know that. But if Imran is unable to introspect and acknowledge his own contribution to his political embarrassment he will remain impervious to improvement. He will deservedly be a political has-been.

Any solution to a problem must meet two conditions: one of necessity and the other of sufficiency. A political leader must be honest for his claims to be someone who can bring about an improvement in the state of the nation to be credible. If he is not honest, no matter what his other qualities, his claims to be a political game-changer will carry no weight. However, if he is honest but lacks other necessary qualities such as wisdom and sagacity, honesty alone will not suffice to make him successful. His rivals will outsmart him, although being dishonest they will ultimately discredit themselves.

In other words, Imran Khans integrity and honesty are a necessary but not sufficient condition for him to succeed in his political endeavours. This has been not only his tragedy but also for all those who saw in him a saviour from criminal and evil governance. He has not sufficiently respected the faith that millions reposed in him. However, his mocking rivals remain as corrupt and crooked as ever. That is why millions continue to desperately place their faith in Imran. He cannot let them down again. He must now perforce ask himself whether he is still worthy of their faith and trust. He should know what he must do. Will he do it? There will be no short-cuts or cost-free and pain-free options. Is he a serious enough leader to walk his talk?


As things stand now, there are no short-cuts or pain-free options before the PTI chief.


Imran Khan is said to have many heroes. One of them reportedly is Lee Kuan Yew. How much does he know about him? Would Lee have ever got himself into such a mess? In fact, Lee was in a far worse mess when Singapore was kicked out of Malaysia and was not expected to survive. Many held Lee responsible. What guided him to steer Singapore to prosperity, security and international respect? What painful political and personal decisions did he have to make from which he did not shy away in order to serve Singapore sincerely and successfully? There is a wealth of specific information in Lees own writings. All of his strategies and policies are adaptable to the circumstances of other countries. Chinas leaders were not too big to learn from Lee.

Apart from great leaders there are great ideas that are translatable into a whole range of choices and activities that can lead to the strengthening of civil society and good governance. Information, general and technical, is readily available on every aspect of nation-building and national transformation. A leader does not have to be a scholar or an expert. But he has to be aware, driven and responsible. Above all, he has to have an educated and informed vision. Is Imran Khan even aware of the need to equip himself for the task he has set himself? The jury is out.

He has to reflect on what he has to do to become real for the people who depend on him to deliver on their hopes. This is a very heavy responsibility. Can he carry it? He has the integrity. But has he the character? He has two years in which to make people in other provinces cite the progress being made in KP as something they insist upon for themselves. Those who tell him this cannot be done in the time available because of this or that reason need to be got rid of. Those who say it will be immensely challenging but not impossible and can act accordingly must be retained or recruited. Making these choices, however difficult, has to become the focus of his leadership.

Imran must also get rid of the political confusion that surrounds him. He seems to have no idea of what the politics of the left, liberalism and secularism mean. Yet he is unrestrained in his criticism of them. Shorn of doctrine and dogma, the left entails a politics of inclusion, equal opportunities and fundamental rights and entitlements; liberalism is a politics of space and tolerance for a whole range of views one may heartily disagree with; and secularism is concerned with the human condition on earth (al-dunya) as distinct from human preparations for the hereafter (al-akhira). All the sciences including the social sciences and many of the arts are secular. They are not godless although they do not generally make assumptions about religious truths.

So what does it mean to be against the left, liberalism and secularism? It means nonsense. It certainly does not imply dedication to Islam. A hadith attributed to the Prophet (PBUH) enjoins: seek knowledge, even if it be from China! Was this a reference to religious knowledge? Similarly, what does it mean to have a tsunami from the right in a country where the vast majority live below or on and around the poverty line? It means nothing. A tsunami from the right is fascism religious or secular. Fascism, however extreme and disruptive, is ultimately a servant of the status quo.

The choice before Pakistan today is between reforms and restructuring. Reforms by and large take place within parameters that are assumed to be given. This may be alright for stable and progressing societies. But Pakistan requires a restructuring of its entire architecture of power, influence and authority to launch itself on a national transformation path. Without such a transformation, plans for becoming a strategic partner of China are just pie in the sky. Can Imran begin to champion national transformation and all it entails? If so, his current discomfiture will be fleeting.

The writer is a former ambassador to the US, India and China and head of UN missions in Iraq and Sudan.

Published in Dawn, July 28th, 2015

 

mardankhan

Politcal Worker (100+ posts)
Re: The future for Imran

Well a good piece however, the hadith which the author has quoted has no reference in the books of Ahadiths...! If anyone knows about the exact reference, plz enlighten me too.
 

Muqadas

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Re: The future for Imran

Well a good piece however, the hadith which the author has quoted has no reference in the books of Ahadiths...! If anyone knows about the exact reference, plz enlighten me too.


Seek knowledge even be it in China
(Kanz al-Ummal, Hadith 8697)


The Prophet (S.A.W.), says: “Acquire knowledge even if it be in China”.
(Biharul Anwar, vol. 1, p.57)


The Prophet said, "Seek knowledge even in China, for seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim"
(Wasael al-Shia, 27:27)
 

ThirdUmpireFinger

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Re: The future for Imran

Though I am an opponent of PTI but still wants PTI to stay as a strong party in Pakistan which is good for whole country.

The only problem is that IK is surrounded with people who are not political but establishments agents and they used PTI for their own interests. Strong political parties are needed in Pakistan for better governance and to control military establishment who are running like a parallel to government rather than under the government. Inshallah Pakistan will prosper slowly but surely and there is no short cut especially a short cut which pass through GHQ.
 

remykhan

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Re: The future for Imran

PTI got into bad patch unexpectedly for time being but this will fade away, people of Pakistan do realise that n will stay with him.
 

GreenMaple

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Re: The future for Imran

Everyone is trying to be a genious after the fact. These so called analysts/ writers appear to be good in everything except in their own field of expertise.
 

JuanM67

Banned
Re: The future for Imran

The premise by this mental slave is wrong to begin with, Imran being damaged by a fraudulent paid pimps of Nawaza kunjurrs decision will NOT impact a least bit Ambassador. The fake PM will be arrested or even better killed for treason against Pakistan.

The two kunjurr family rule must end in Pakistan.
 
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Talwar Gujjar

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Re: The future for Imran

"He remains a financially honest person"--- is that a joke or what. Where did this jhoot khan get the dough to make a Bani Gala Palace, nothing other than skimming the SKMH donations. And how about all those lucrative contracts to Jehangir Tirin in KP in return for plane rides and colorful parties. Musharraf and Zia also had similar slogans of honesty and look at the mess they got us in.
 

shahbaz tariq

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Re: The future for Imran

"He remains a financially honest person"--- is that a joke or what. Where did this jhoot khan get the dough to make a Bani Gala Palace, nothing other than skimming the SKMH donations. And how about all those lucrative contracts to Jehangir Tirin in KP in return for plane rides and colorful parties. Musharraf and Zia also had similar slogans of honesty and look at the mess they got us in.

tum chawal ho yah in process ho... pakka ky tum ho... haan... kabi javeed miandad, shahid afridi, inzi, waseem ka ghar dekha.. chor umar gul ka ghar dekho. us ki lamborghini dekhi...

nhi na.. sirf IK or JKT ka jet.... chawal pan ki inteha hai wesy.....
 

shahbaz tariq

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Re: The future for Imran

haan bhi cancer ky liye jisy India yah UK jana hai woh mian shahb sy rabta kar sakta hai... Fi-sabeel-lillah ilaaj.. riasat ka raja pyara shahzada mian nawaz shareef ilaaj karaye ga... ho sakky to india ka visa lien or aam ki tokri bi ly jayien.. shukriya..
 

shahbaz tariq

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Re: The future for Imran

The premise by this mental slave is wrong to begin with, Imran being damaged by a fraudulent paid pimps of Nawaza kunjurrs decision will NOT impact a least bit Ambassador. The fake PM will be arrested or even better killed for treason against Pakistan.

The two kunjurr family rule must end in Pakistan.

kash mien batman yah arrow hota to kehta "you failed this country" duzzz wohin lamba paa detta noory ko...
 

jaanmark

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Re: The future for Imran

Imran Khan believe on one Allah SWOT and Allah SWOT justice

Imran Khan future is totally clean , bright and unbreakable ,


not base on American/UK/Indian/Saudis aid funds


 

ThirdUmpireFinger

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Re: The future for Imran

The premise by this mental slave is wrong to begin with, Imran being damaged by a fraudulent paid pimps of Nawaza kunjurrs decision will NOT impact a least bit Ambassador. The fake PM will be arrested or even better killed for treason against Pakistan.

The two kunjurr family rule must end in Pakistan.


Your leader learned his lesson but lunatics like you are still behaving like besharam.
 

JuanM67

Banned
Re: The future for Imran

Another kunjuurr bald clan supporter of basterd Nawaza haram khor jahil fake PM, Pathetic. Imbecile F off.
 
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