I have nothing in common with Imran’s politics. He is a right wing politician with religious leanings, who does not believe in the separation of religion and statecraft, and was a Taliban apologist not very long ago. Also he is arrogant and hard-headed and is surrounded by some highly venomous ideologues. But the fact of the matter, sore as it may be, is that for me he constitutes the only choice, above an absolute indifference, in the forthcoming elections. Of course, no liberal minded person can have anything to do with the Mullahs of any sect and Maulvi Nawaz Sharif.Even if only for not having been tried, Imran comes out as a better choice than the MQM, Musharraf (the usurper) and the PPP, which has colluded to preside over an unprecedented annihilation of Shias in Pakistan. (I will soon write with evidence on the PPP’s shenanigans in this respect.) So while Imran does not get very high marks, he is still better than all the rest of the theatre artists who fill the political arena.One can accuse of him of stupidity but not of dishonesty without undermining one’s own credibility. People who have grown used to scams, pork barrelling, and lies will no doubt wonder if honesty too can be wise.
As someone who was used to winning, he has yet only seen rejection and failure in the field of politics but he’s still around, he hasn’t changed, and he’s still respected. He never boarded the gravy train. He has exhibited both, some principles and the nerves to stand by those. Pakistan needs to grow beyond the bipartisan duopoly of mediocrity, embodied by the PMLN and the PPP, which only represents in our face myths, legends, dynasties, and corruption that have tormented us for over two decades now. They are selfish and myopic in their dealings and in reality have no feelings. They go well together as a group in not living by any rules, there is no limit to how low they can stoop in duping us bloody fools. Their incompetence is only surpassed by their arrogance. Imran neither knows all the right answers to Pakistan’s ills, nor can he solve all our problems by the stroke of his quill. But, he has at least made a careful study of what needs to be changed in Pakistan.
And also, Pakistan deserves to see a democratically elected person who does not steal.
Finally, I recall that great man Charles de Gaulle: “In politics it is necessary to betray one’s country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.” Among the people on show for this election, only Imran has the courage and integrity to follow de Gaule’s example, if needed. Hence I will vote for him.