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Remember who Imran Khan really is

When you’re having second-thoughts about Imran Khan’s decision making ability, please go through his illustrious career. This man has always done what is right and for that reason, he has been awarded several accolades:

  • Featured in the University of Oxford’s Hall of Fame after completing Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from Keble College, University of OxfordImran Khan
  • Awarded The Cricket Society Wetherall Award in 1976 and 1980
  • Named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1983
  • Received the President’s Pride of Performance Award in 1983
  • Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 1992
  • Served as UNICEF’s Special Representative for Sports during the 1990s
  • Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Asian Jewel Awards
  • Appointed Chancellor of the University of Bradford in 2005
  • Received the Humanitarian Award at the Asian Sports Awards in 2007
  • Inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Jinnah Award in 2011
  • Awarded honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2012
  • Asia Society’s Person of the Year 2012
  • Ranked third in a list of top nine world leaders who influenced the world the most in 2012 behind Christine Lagarde (Managing Director IMF) and Barack Obama (President of USA)
  • The founder of Shaukat Khanum Research Center and Hospital, NUML, Imran Khan Foundation & PTI
  • Author of books like “Imran: The autobiography of Imran Khan”, “Imran Khan’s cricket skills”, “Indus Journey: A Personal View of Pakistan”, “All Round View”, “Warrior Race: A Jounrey Through the Land of the Tribal Pathans”, “Pakistan: A Personal History”
  • And finally, this! And here is Imran Khan’s interview with Julian Assange himself.

Now, I have a little game for all those who say nay to Imran Khan: Keeping in mind who Imran Khan really is, tell me something interesting about the art and business degree your leader holds.

Time to leash the dogs

To start off, let me fill you in with a little background for this article. All the facts have been taken from Wikileaks when they published the reasons behind the termination of contract between the Jang Group/Geo TV and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). BBG is an independent federal agency of the United States government responsible for supervising all US government-supported, civilian international media – it was previously a department within the United States Information Agency until 1999.

According to the report on Wikileaks, the Jang Group increased its criticism of the US government policies and it engaged in anti-Semitic behavior. The sentence in the original document (found here) is posed as if, the Jang Group had agreed not to criticize the US government. Furthermore, the reports claims that the Jang Group purposefully used the reach of its TV network to amplify hate speech and promote violence.


Why PML-N is worse than PTI?

I was going to vote for PTI even before yesterday’s accident but even if it’s a conspiracy to generate more votes – as it is being touted by the anti-PTI sectors – it is still a much better option than what we have had in over 20 years of PML/PML-N governments.


Tehreek-i-Taliban’s Fazlullah and United States’ command to “do more”

Lets get straight to the point. There is something interesting I came across while revisiting the events of criminal investigation of the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai:

Mullah Fazlullah, the cleric who heads the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and who ordered the attack on Malala, is hiding in eastern Afghanistan – as confirmed by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Even with hundreds of thousands of personnel on board in Afghanistan along with the most advanced war equipment worth millions of dollars, ISAF has chosen not to even track Fazlullah at the moment.


Tolerate This

Our enemies have a scheme for a new order in our region, which is maintained by a secret police, and we on our side talk about rebuilding our Pakistan. The architects can sharpen their pencils, contractors can get their estimates ready and statesmen can mark out their spheres of influence; which is all very well. But is there really a point in constructing or rebuilding something that will not endure?


If we all celebrate Basant…

What will happen if a large part of Lahore starts celebrating Basant simultaneously? How many of us will the police be able to arrest? With the already over-flowing jails and lock-ups, I reckon, not many. It is a small price to pay for an event that we miss so much.

There is also a more civil and politically correct (relatively) way around it. (Continued)