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God gifted container politicians

Tariq Khalique

Pakistan is not only blessed with innumerable natural resources, but also God gifted container politicians, who now and then prove their metal on the political horizon.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team are no less and they don’t have to make any effort to prove that they are God gifted container politicians.

The recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Iran was one such show, where during the joint press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, he acknowledged that in the past, Pakistani soil was used for terrorist activities against Iran.

 

 

 

 

Prime Minister Imran Khan said: “I know Iran has suffered from terrorism by groups operating from Pakistan. …we have trust in each other that both countries will not allow any terrorist activity from their soil. We hope this will build confidence between us.”

A graduate of Economics and Politics from Oxford, Imran Khan during the same Iranian press conference said Germany and Japan have common borders and, in the past, they had setup joint industries.

How the chief executive of a country and an Oxford graduate give such statements? I think most of the time he forgets that he is the prime minister of Pakistan, and give statements, as if he is still running his election campaign, opposing the government, which gives strength to the impression that he is a God gifted container politician.

“Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.” (Charles de Gaulle, French army officer and statesman)

Speaking against the bad decisions of the former rulers is the right of the government, and they are doing it as a ritual for the last eight months, but in doing so they have completely ignored the real issues, which has created chaos-like situation in the country.

The government is bound to provide relief to the people come what may, but the present rulers are only playing the part of an opposition party. Everyone knows what are the causes of the poor conditions, especially economic situation at home, and that is why they have chosen Imran Khan, but he proved no different from other politicians, rather in most cases, he proved worse than others, as in the case of his statements, where he issued verdict without taking into consideration the pros and cons.

Another such statement was his recent interview with a foreign television network, where he admitted that the Taliban were created by Pakistan during Gen Zia-ul-Haq’s dictatorial rule to fight the Afghan war against the then Soviet Union, now Russia.

 

 

 

 

I am amazed, how he is surviving with all these “insane and hilarious” statements because whenever any other politician or an individual was found involved in such an activity he was adjudged part of anti-state elements and was charged with a treason case. On the contrary, the way his team defends such statements, leaves a question mark on their sanity.

“You can’t have people making decisions about the future of the world who are scientifically illiterate. That’s a recipe for disaster. And I don’t mean just whether a politician is scientifically literate, but people who vote politicians into office.” (Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator)

There are dual standards in Pakistan, one for the decision makers, or the favourites, and the second for others. The country has suffered immensely due to this attitude, and now it is time to put things in the right direction.

Publicly giving such a statement is a serious threat to Pakistan’s security and sovereignty, and the prime minister should understand that he, in his anti-opposition campaign, has started leaving negative impact on the country.

Imran Khan should also keep in mind that this is not as simple as a game of cricket, but it is a pitch, where he and his team have to face a series of new challenges, and in confronting them, he might lose the match.

“One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one.” (Henry Miller, American writer)

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