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Why Imran is Not on the Right Side of The History – by Rizwan Haider

IK right side of HistoryThis article is in response to: Imran Khan Niazi is on the Right Side of History – by A Z

Asif, your unbending love and support for Imran Khan is comparable to the love of a father for his son. All his mistakes are immediately forgiven and forgotten because the father is convinced that his son has a great heart. This is just so adorably cute and I do admire this bond of love.

However, some of the mistakes of Imran Khan are not so easy to forgive and forget. He has still not completely given up on his support the Taliban. He is still in alliance with Jamat-e-Islami, the original fascist grouping of Pakistan that is responsible for large scale slaughter of civilians in East Pakistan. It is the same JI that provides support and cover for religious and ethnic cleansing and target killing. JI has been the original political structure that made alliance with General Zia and dismantled the Pakistan of our childhood. Imran’s greatest achievement so far, seems to be the “Dharna” of Islamabad in partnership with Tahir ul Qadri, another dubious figure with a shady background and dangerous ideas!

Other than those two monumental blunders of Imran, he is also a very poor judge of the outcomes of his acts. He gives false hope to his followers without any clearly set objectives. Whenever the mistakes of Imran are highlighted by independent observers, his supports rush to his defence with a single excuse: “He is not a politician! He is still learning his political skills!” Come on! he is 61 years old! he has been in politics for 16 years. When will he learn? How many more disastrous mistakes will he make? According to you, the conspiracy theories with regard to the march on Islamabad have been proven to be completely false.

You are also extremely excited about the possible positive results of the uprising. But you may want to consider some facts too:

1) The Army has further strengthened its hand on the political arena. As a result of the uprising, the politicians are even more vulnerable to the diktats of the generals who made a tactical decision not to intervene at this point of time but if similar events recur, they may decide otherwise.

2) No country or government can allow political demonstrators to storm its most sensitive symbols of power. In the United States, anyone trying to do so would meet the harshest response from the security forces.

During the Islamabad events, the Army took a clear decision to avoid violence against the demonstrators, whereas Imran with his partner in crime, Allama Tahirul Qadri, had unwittingly created the scenario of a massive bloodbath.

The history of Pakistan will remember this event as a “faux pas” by a set of “inexperienced politicians”, that had no lasting consequences on the ways Pakistan continues to stumble along. Why Imran Khan is not on the right side of history?

1. Imran Khan sides with the gangs and movements that are destroying the very core of the Pakistani society. He sides with the murders of innocent women and children. He sides with the killers of minority communities of Shias, Ahmadis, Hindus and Christians. Can this be classified as the right side of history?

2. Corruption and election rigging are serious issues that Pakistan suffers from. However, Pakistan is not the only country in the world that suffers from those. India and China are rife with rampant corruption (China operating with no democracy at all) yet continue to thrive as economic forces leading the world in technology and industrial productivity.

The cancer that is devastating Pakistan as a nation is religious fundamentalism. This is the single largest threat to the future of Pakistan. I would support Imran if he would come out clearly against the rising influence of religious fundamentalism. On the contrary, he sides with the fundamentalists and forms alliances with them. Is this being on the right side of history? It is surprising to note that for an observer of such high intellect and deep insight as yourself, you have never touched on the subject of Imran’s romance with Jamat-e-Islami.

 

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  • ہر چہ کہ خطاےُ بزرگاں خطا است
    لیکن چند معروضات پر میرا حق ہے

    عمر رفتہ کے کسی طاق پہ بسرا ہوا درد
    پھر سے چاہے کہ فروزاں ہو تو ہو جانے دو

    جہاں تک عمران کے کرئیر کا تعلّق ہے

    گر بازی عشق کی بازی ہے جو چاہو لگا دو ڈر کیسا
    گر جیت گئے تو کیا کہنا ہارے بھی تو بازی مات نہیں

    Rizwan bhai,

    Whereas you see me as behaving like Imran’s father, I see you as treating him like a mother-in-law.

    You are lucky that you did not see the joint parliament in action. It was sickening to see the level of these people. What parliament? They are all criminals. Potential Shashlik for the beast of justice, if I had my way.

    Politics is the lowest profession in Pakistan.

    One example. The most shameless parliamentary speech I have heard (and I have heard many) was delivered by Aitzaz Ahsan two days ago. This ‘beneficiary’ of Malik Riaz says he has been in politics for fifty years and still does not know what to discuss on the floor of the parliament. Extolling ones lineage, self-aggrandizement, hurling insults – all those are fit for public speeches or press conferences but not on the floor of the parliament.
    Chaudhry Aitzaz, this is not a political star chamber, it is not the Big Brother house. Your utterances were glaringly inconsistent with the decorum of the house.
    No one in the house has dared to talk about Rana Mashood’s video. Because they all have skeletons in the closets.
    Aitzaz and Nisar –both among the top ten politicians in the country- accused each other publicly saying they have the proofs of each other’s wrongdoings and corruption.
    Did anyone bother?
    Supreme Court – Nahin
    FIA – Nien
    IB – Niet
    Police – Non
    Anyone – No
    It is worse than a Banana Republic – anarchy for the rich and powerful, rule of law and vengeance without justice for the weak and poor.
    Now allow me to address some of what you say:

    “He is still in alliance with Jamat-e-Islami, the original fascist grouping of Pakistan that is responsible for large scale slaughter of civilians in East Pakistan.”

    Political alliances are normal in a democracy. It is the terms on which those are created that matter. Imran does not follow Jamat, otherwise he would have listened to them on this Dharna. That Imran does not subscribe to their ideology is clear in his 15 months rule in the KPK, where he refused to introduce some changes in the curriculum that the JI wanted.

    Imran is the only one who fired two of his allies’ ministers for corruption in KPK at the peril of his government. Who else has done it in Pakistan? Name?

    “Imran’s greatest achievement so far, seems to be the “Dharna” of Islamabad in partnership with Tahir ul Qadri, another dubious figure with a shady background and dangerous ideas!”

    This is not the first time in human history that the oppressed have collaborated to ensure justice.

    “1) The Army has further strengthened its hand on the political arena. As a result of the uprising, the politicians are even more vulnerable to the diktats of the generals who made a tactical decision not to intervene at this point of time but if similar events recur, they may decide otherwise.”

    No the army’s hand is strong because the politicians are incompetent. Name one tangible achievement of the politicians in the past 6/7 years. Any institution strengthened? Any problem diminished? Any risks mitigated?

    “2) No country or government can allow political demonstrators to storm its most sensitive symbols of power. In the United States, anyone trying to do so would meet the harshest response from the security forces. During the Islamabad events, the Army took a clear decision to avoid violence against the demonstrators, whereas Imran with his partner in crime, Allama Tahirul Qadri, had unwittingly created the scenario of a massive bloodbath.”

    This argument has no merit. US or other countries do not allow this because they do not rig elections, because they do not butcher innocent women in cold-blood and then refuse to dispense justice. In which decent country Shahbaz Sharif would have survived as CM the massacre of Model Town?

    “1. Imran Khan sides with the gangs and movements that are destroying the very core of the Pakistani society. He sides with the murders of innocent women and children. He sides with the killers of minority communities of Shias, Ahmadis, Hindus and Christians. Can this be classified as the right side of history?”

    Totally wrong. Imran is the only one who has by name condemned SSP and LeJ and many times so. He is the only one who went to Hazaras. Instead, the SSP has marched in favour of Nawaz Sharif. Benazir was the one who resurrected SSP and included them in her government with a ministry. Imran has openly condemned the harassment of Shias and minorities. You have total disconnect here. Imran now has overwhelming support among Shias and minorities.

    “India and China are rife with rampant corruption (China operating with no democracy at all) yet continue to thrive as economic forces leading the world in technology and industrial productivity.”

    This is your weakest argument.
    Caesar and his family must be above suspicion.
    The corruption of businessmen is not the same as the corruption of the rulers. The corruption of Manshas or Elahis is not as injurious as the corruption of Sharifs and Zardaris.
    Nawaz Sharif is the Modi and Mukesh Ambani of Pakistan rolled into one and he wants to run the country as a blend of King Abdullah and Omar Bongo.

    “The cancer that is devastating Pakistan as a nation is religious fundamentalism. This is the single largest threat to the future of Pakistan. I would support Imran if he would come out clearly against the rising influence of religious fundamentalism. On the contrary, he sides with the fundamentalists and forms alliances with them. Is this being on the right side of history?”

    Imran has clearly denounced religious fundamentalism. His biggest enemies today are the religious fundamentalists. His public gatherings are as open and jovial -with dance, comingling, and songs- as anywhere in the Muslim world. This has been the biggest flak against him recently.

    Which other national leader in the history of Pakistan has openly and assertively asked Saudi Arabia to stop interfering in Pakistan?

    ہم عشق میں یوں بے باک ہوئے، سو بار گریباں چاک ہوئے
    اب راہِ طلب میں خاک ہوئے، اس خاک کو تو برباد نہ کر

  • Dear Asif,
    Thank you for this continuing debate. I must say that love concurs all. And in love there is neither logic nor argument. Otherwise how can a person of your stature admit to Imran’s alliance with Jamat-e-Islami, the most resourceful fascist grouping in Pakistan and at the same time maintain that his biggest enemies are religious fundamentalists. Really?
    Imran Khan has been silent when brutal acts of terrorism against innocent people were committed in Pakistan. But he has been very vocal against the drone attacks. He considers that the killings of the terrorist gangs by American drones is a tragedy that makes his heart bleed but the murder of innocent women and children by ruthless Taliban in Pakistan draws no reaction from him. He has openly defended Taliban time and again. No wonder he was nicknamed “Taliban Khan”.
    You can denigrate the national assembly to your heart’s delight but how does the incompetence of the members of the national assembly become an irrefutable proof of the competence of Imran Khan? What is the logical link here? I must be missing something.

    • Rizwan bhai

      “Otherwise how can a person of your stature admit to Imran’s alliance with Jamat-e-Islami, the most resourceful fascist grouping in Pakistan and at the same time maintain that his biggest enemies are religious fundamentalists. Really?”

      That is because Imran engages his allies on his terms. JI is his ally in the KPK with a specific scope, but not in Dharna.

      “Imran Khan has been silent when brutal acts of terrorism against innocent people were committed in Pakistan. But he has been very vocal against the drone attacks. He considers that the killings of the terrorist gangs by American drones is a tragedy that makes his heart bleed but the murder of innocent women and children by ruthless Taliban in Pakistan draws no reaction from him. He has openly defended Taliban time and again. No wonder he was nicknamed “Taliban Khan”.”

      Imran has moved on from there. Let’s talk about today. Drone attacks are a murky area. I support them but some people may not because drone attacks have an irrefutable baggage in collateral damage.

      “You can denigrate the national assembly to your heart’s delight but how does the incompetence of the members of the national assembly become an irrefutable proof of the competence of Imran Khan? What is the logical link here? I must be missing something.”

      I only said Imran is on the right side of history. I may be wrong in that. But I am convinced that this parliament is on the wrong side of history.

  • Rizwan Bhai, your rebuttal and Asif Zaidi’s counter-rebuttal points to one major paradigm shift in our nation : Thinkers,intellectuals,writers and academics with diversified views are actually investing their valuable time pondering the fate of Pakistan.This can only lead to some good in the end.

  • Rizwan Bhai, Few observations :

    1) “He has still not completely given up on his support the Taliban”

    Facts: 27 days of non-stop dharna against rigged mandate and resignation of PM Nawaz Shareef.
    facts: Not a single dharna or condemnation to stop the Zarb-e-Azab against the takfiri taleban terrorists.

    2) “He is still in alliance with Jamat-e-Islami, the original fascist grouping of Pakistan that is responsible for large scale slaughter of civilians in East Pakistan.”
    Facts: Jamat -e -Islami Bengal is a separate organization from Jamat e islami Pakistan, just as Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Jamat-e-Islami Sirilanka and JI Kashmir. Jamat-e-Islami Pakistan should not be rebuked for Genocide carried out by Jamat-e-Islami Bengal.

  • Dear Shamim,
    Thanks for your comments. One clarification: the time when atrocities were committed in East Pakistan, it was Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan that lead the action. Bangladesh was not created at that time. There was only one JI. It was under the command of Achhra, Lahore.