The answer is NO! This is not because of any grudges for Khan or PTI. It is because of the unrealistic approach of Mr Khan towards the situation in Pakistan. Below is the analysis of Mr Khan’s oft-chanted mantras regarding conflict resolution.
(a) Drone Attacks: Mr Khan creates much noise and stage fashionable sit-ins in posh neighbourhoods of Peshawar and other Pakistani cities regarding Drone Attacks. He has been calling upon Pakistan Air Force to destroy American Drones and calling upon Army to declare USA as arch-enemy. He thinks that Drone Attacks will stop terrorism and terrorism is manifesting as an outcome of Drone Attacks.
I have many objections on this. First of all, well, what kind of sovereignty you talk about? As far as I know, no Pakistani of normal upbringing can go to North Waziristan or South Waziristan or any Tribal Area and come back. Either he will be abducted for ransom or he will be killed as a spy of infidels. Mr Khan talks about the sovereignty of the areas where Pakistan actually doesn’t exist practically. As a matter of fact, our policy makers made a terrible, terrible mistake after the birth of Pakistan that they declared Tribal Areas as semi-autonomous (read: lawless regions!). Another sin of Mr Khan is twisting the history and distorting the real facts. Mr Khan alleges that Tribal Areas were not even under British Raj. This is very wrong as sharp students of History do know that Tribal Areas were serving as main camps of British Army. That’s why there are so many forts of British era in nearly all tribal areas!!! Mr Khan doesn’t realize that British needed a proxy between ever hostile Afghanistan and British Hindustan.
We see many British Era Buildings in Tribal Areas. That include very hostile Areas as well. Locals tell about tremendous influence of British Officers and their hunting trips with local Maliks and Khans. However, Mr Khan twists the history and misinform us that these tribal people had always been fighting with the outsiders. The history speaks otherwise because the main enforcements of British Army during the 1857 Rebellion (that we dub as 1857 War of Independence) came from Tribal People and from all districts of present day Khyber Pakhtoonkhuwa. 80% of the foot soldiers of British Army during the siege of Delhi were from Tribal Areas and Nowshehra Cantonment. 10% came from Multan and 10% were Sikhs of Kashmir and Punjab. Rest of India either sided morally by Bahadur Shah Zafar or stayed away from the conflict. It is very unfortunate that Mr Khan twists history and distorts facts and figures for his own vested motives and declare that Tribal People always fought British and outsiders. Whereas the reality is that Tribal People always were mercenaries (armies that are bought by the intruders to capture countries). Literature such as The Last Mughal by William D is available for further reading and investigation of the fact that if Tribesmen were always against British or they were siding with them!
It is very true that British Army had Forts in nearly all Tribal Areas where soldiers were trained. During World War I, British Army sent enforcements to defeat the Turkish Army in Holy Land. Well, it should be no surprise that the majority of Muslim Soldiers comprising the British Army were from Present Day Khyber Pakjtoon Khuwa (KPK) and Tribal Areas where, according to Mr Khan claim, were always a hostility towards British and Foreign Powers and national patriotism. It is enough to conclude that picture is not as rosy as Mr Khan paints. Now let’s talk about the status of these areas in Pakistan.
Very unfortunately – and to my utter dismay – Mr Khan lies when he says that these areas are actually defining the sovereignty of Pakistan. This is very big and FAT lie because these areas were exempted from taxes, declared almost autonomous and were declared scot-free (that is Pakistani Mainland Laws are not applicable there). Well, Mr Khan thinks that our elders did it for the betterment of the country and few stooges of West and India on purpose worked against those innocent tribal people to keep them away from Civilization. Well, Mr Khan doesn’t know that Quaid-e-Azam was not that happy to grant defecto-autonomy to tribal areas. Some books suggest that it was a political manoeuvre to deter the double fold threat growing from both Eastern and Western fronts of Baby Pakistan.
It should come as surprise not only to Mr Khan but also to other Tribesmen supporters that the elders of the tribes asked Government of Pakistan (GOP) not to take back their British Era perks and privileges otherwise they would help Afghan King and all of their brothers and friends starting from Peshawar Cantonment to Attock Cantonment will join the jihad launched by Afghanistan to claim the territory from Peshawar to Rawalpindi that Afghans consider a part of Afghanistan. Well, India didn’t say that. Our Tribesmen said that! So poor Baby Pakistan’s Government saved it’s ass and gave to Tribesmen what they wanted.
Well, then we all know that Tribesman pay no tax! Because Law of Land of Pure is not applicable in Tribal Areas so, therefore, all stolen cars, abducted people and all links of every crime in Pakistan go to tribal areas. Mr Khan who thinks that the current status of Tribal Area was always an effective defence is wrong and he is guilty of criminal negligence. If it is so then what kind of authority GOP enjoy in Tribal Areas? No Pakistani can go there (excluding Jihadi Terrorists)! Well, to my utter shame and disgust Mr Khan HIMSELF is incapable of going into any tribal area and stage sit-in there. Why didn’t Mr Khan went to Miramshah or Mir Ali and staged his dharna there? If he is so pissed over Drone Attacks on half-sovereign Tribal Areas then why didn’t he gather some moral courage and sat in Mir Ali Town or Miranshah town of North Waziristan? Infact, Mr Khan selected a clam and posh neighbourhood of Peshawar where rich and elite live as place for his dharna! Ironic! Isn’t it? What a shame! Well, what is happening in Tribal Areas especially North Waziristan and all other tribal areas is no secret. So when all terrorists enjoy their Bomb Bash Parties in North Waziristan and chant Allah ho Akbar! Our Immi Khan doesn’t condemn those terrorists. Well, he condemns USA for Drone Attacks. I think all those who are taking no action or propounding government not to take any action should be dealt as Taliban and Al-Qaeeda by Civilized World. When you will not take any action and classify Taliban into Good and Bad Taliban then someone WILL take action! USA is doing great job by killing terrorists in Tribal Areas. If you have enough Moral Courage, Immi K, then go to North Waziristan and stage your sit in there rather to bombard T2F or Kuchh Khas!
(b) Negotiations with Taliban: This is very unfortunate that Mr Khan is envisaging Dialogue with those who are openly declaring War against the State of Pakistan. Negotiations are carried out with those with whom you have some common ground. Whereas we see that Taliban has one clear agenda thhat is occupation of Pakistan and implementation of Taliban Shariah Law in Pakistan. Well, I want to know that what common ground do Imran Khan hold with Taliban? Does Imran Khan want imposition of Shariah Law in Pakistan? Well, if so then he should be stoned to death by the virtue of Shariah Law on the account of having an illicit affair with Sita White along with many other unnamed women. Obviously, we are no one to comment on personal life of Mr Khan but just as Bill Clinton, NJ governor and so many people Mr Khan is a public figure so his character should be judged accordingly.
What common ground does Shirin Mazari hold??? Well, her character and famous swimming pool scandal is known! Oh God! She too sees a common ground with Taliban?
There is no common ground with Taliban and Mr Khan doesn’t tell the agenda of negotiations and perks that he is envisaging for Taliban provided that their Global Terror Agenda is very much known!
(c) Common Man Issues: Imran Khan’s rhetoric regarding the issues of common man is null! During Lawyer’s movement, we saw that Imran Khan was saying to the violent crowds that after the removal of Musharraf and restoration of CJ, all issues will be resolved. It’s been many years. CJ is doing nothing at all except for taking cases of political nature and those which create media frenzy and issuing public judgements just like some afternoon soap on Star Plus. Imran Khan has no say on Kala Bagh Dam (he too owns large properties around the proposed site of KBD). Imran Khan has no say over the water issues with India. Imran Khan has no say that how he will create job opportunities for the growing jobless population of Pakistan? Imran Khan has no say on clean water issues and health issues of General Public. Imran Khan has no say on poverty elimination. Imran Khan has no say on growing circular debt. No Say Doesn’t mean that he doesn’t talk about it. No Say means that he has not presented any practical plan to resolve these outstanding issues except for singing the mantra of Removing Zardari’s government! I don’t know when Imran Khan will make us known about is amazing Book of Wisdom from where he’s going to read Solomon’s secrets of successful Kingdom and Happy People.
(d) Foreign Policy:Imran Khan has no vision for Foreign Policy that is goal oriented. Imran Khan talks about abandoning USA and West. I want to know where we would go after that? In the hands of Taliban? China will never engage into any war with USA because Chinese economy depends upon US Economy. Well, during the crunch, Chinese help in bailout is not a secret! India is growing power and world is largely Indophile. Where you will take Pakistan? To Iran? Saudi Arabia and other Arab brethren are slaves to money and luxury. They can never embrace poverty because of Pakistan. Where you will go? Imran Khan’s foreign policy has no vision and no guidelines. The guidelines that I heard in few lectures are nothing but empty rhetoric written in Pakistan Studies books by Zia ul Haq. In reality, Zia was sleeping with Americans and CIA.
(e) Balochistan Uprising: Imran Khan though shouts a lot over Balochistan but he hasn’t given any clear vision on Balochistan. Imran Khan has not told us yet that how he will resolve the conflict between Baloch and Centre? How he will see the demands of Baloch on their natural resources? He doesn’t comment on the modus-oprendi of the sharing of natural resources. Including this, Immi K has no word over rotting Thar Coal Reserves in Sindh. Well, Pakistan where we are facing two day gas outage and 8 hour electricity outage is home of 1000 MCF Natural Gas unused reserves and almost 9000 trillion Kg of Coal. This means that if the demand of world’s electricity keeps on growing with the same pace, Pakistani coal is sufficient for 9000 years!!! And look at us! Imran Khan doesn’t know or he never actually told about his plan for the utilization of natural resources.
By All the above, we see that Imran Khan is no revolutionary. He is just a cricketer lacking vision of revolution. He can, of course, grow into a leader. But if he wants to see Pakistan surviving not annihilating then he must define his clear vision regarding the issues that I mentioned above. A brief review is below:
(1) PTI must abandon Taliban and stop being their apologists
(2) PTI must support elimination of militant Taliban and support negotiation with those who lay their weapons
(3) PTI must present a clear vision about Common-Man Problems such as Kala Bagh Dam and Thar Coal Reservoirs
(4) PTI must present clear guidelines for Foreign Policy
(5) PTI must present clear guidelines for the negotiations with Baloch over resources issues and inform if PTI thinks that resources belong to Balochistan or center
(6) PTI should act according to what Mr Khan descrived as “insaaf” and stop taking help of ISI in securing power!
Let’s see if Imran Khan would answer these questions! Frankly, I don’t think so!