Propping up a messiah: Imran Khan

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What can one say about Imran Khan? A great former cricketer, a compassionate philanthropist… and a sorry excuse for a politician? But his continuing forays into bad politics and tactical blunders can be excused, for he is yet to understand that politics is not a game of cricket and that the democratic election process does not follow the selection policy he enforced as the captain of the Pakistan cricket squad.

The truth is Khan’s penchant for picking up talented players seemed to have gone haywire when he decided to pick his early political mentors. By the time Khan officially entered politics some time in late 1995 it wasn’t his pristine education at Oxford University or a more insightful understanding of Pakistan’s political history that was informing his political make-up.

On the contrary, his ideology was weaved from the usual reactionary claptrap one expects from former ISI men and political Islamic parties, especially those who got emotionally involved in Pakistan’s counter productive Afghan jihad project in the 1980s. Thus, the next logical step for him, was, of course, going further down the reactionary rabbit hole. This hole is the same one into which a number of urban, middle-class Pakistanis have decided to fall, becoming an isolated (albeit growing) cult of sorts with its own set of prophets that include certain music and fashion celebrities, TV personalities, cricketers, journalists, televangelists et al.

This cult also has its own understanding of Pakistani politics, society and the faith. Its worldview espouses a narrative that puts Pakistan at the centre of the universe around which malicious anti-Pakistan and anti-Islam forces (mostly western) are constantly trying to undermine the country’s political and cultural wellbeing and sovereignty. But the funny thing is that a majority of those following this cult are rather westernised in their habits and many are also well settled in various European countries and the US.

There is a clear lack of self-awareness on their part due to which they seem to completely miss noticing the ideological and existential dichotomy that their outlook exhibits. It’s like knowing the spelling of the word hypocrisy but not knowing what it means. This cult’s messiahs too demonstrate similar dichotomies.

For example, it is ironic hearing men such as Imran Khan, Hamid Gul, Munawar Hassan and Zaid Hamid spout lectures and speeches on corruption, sovereignty and patriotism, when the truth is that much of what these gentlemen are spouting is nothing more than a populist version of a slippery narrative propagated by a political and economic elite. Their roots are not in the so-called masses but in the smoky corridors of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies and in the comfortable TV lounges of the
country’s urban middle and upper classes.

Since lack of self-awareness is the highlight of this cult’s gung-ho behaviour, I wonder if Khan is conscious of the fact that much of what he chants in the name of the poor people, free judiciary and national sovereignty is largely a by-product of the nonsense generated for years by the country’s economic, military and social elite groups. That’s why even though the media and politicians have only just begun to suggest that Khan might be being propped up by certain sections of the intelligence agencies, the truth is, as far as his political beliefs are concerned, he was always the establishment’s man.

This cult of ‘leaders’ that Khan belongs to is somewhat oxymoronic. They are being used to preach a revolution from above so that a genuine revolution from below (i.e. from the masses) can be kept in check to safeguard the economic and political interests of those sitting at the helm of Pakistan’s establishment. But is Khan really such a novice? Since he has not been above hypocrisy and contradiction himself, blundering over and again by questioning the moral make-up of various politicians, from Zardari to Nawaz Sharif to Altaf Hussain, in response, he has constantly faced some ugly reminders of his own not-so-moralistic past.

This can let one assume that he is conscious of the said dichotomy, but more so, also conscious of the fact that in a country like Pakistan such dichotomies get lost in the usual hullabaloo about honour. An honour that has more to do with imaginary wars and mythical warriors rather than something a tad more realistic.

What’s more, the more tenacity mainstream political parties in parliament exhibit in the face of a rabid onslaught against its character, the more frustrated this cult’s leaders and supporters get, consequently becoming more audacious and absurd in their attacks. They foam at the mouth, blasting incoherent rants about patriotism and Islam, sometimes sounding as if they are suffering from a rapid case of reverse evolution.

A man like Imran Khan with such a fantastic cricketing career and an impressive record of philanthropy, a man who once seemed to possess all the right ingredients to become a truly progressive politician, has, unfortunately, landed on his face. It is all too obvious now who is trying to pick him back up, and that too for all the wrong reasons. His supporters, mostly through social media, are just fodder to feed his delusion of being the messiah that Pakistanis await.


Source:: http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/26/smokers-corner-propping-up-a-messiah.html
 
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top article from NFP, usually I despise his writing but this is right on the money.
 
top article from NFP, usually I despise his writing but this is right on the money.

I have read a few of his articles, initially looked good but i think he rants the same things....

  • Anti Zaid Hamid
  • Anti Imran
  • Anti Pseudo patriots on TV shows

But i liked this one, so put it up here
 
His supporters, mostly through social media, are just fodder to feed his delusion of being the messiah that Pakistanis await.

IK's supporters are all over the social media. This is what I have observed all the time.

But is this true? Are IK's supporters only limited to the internet forums, facebook pages etc.? If not, then why doesn't he perform better in the elections?
 
Another jouralist who only know how to criticise but offers no alternative.

Come on Mr. N F Pracha, name one political party which is better than TPI and then we can move forward from there.

Or are you too ashamed of who you support, like many PPers here, to openly say it?
 
IK's supporters are all over the social media. This is what I have observed all the time.

But is this true? Are IK's supporters only limited to the internet forums, facebook pages etc.? If not, then why doesn't he perform better in the elections?

Because he's only participated in 2 elections (first, one er after the party was created and next in 2002. 9 years hVe passed...a lot of time.

The fact more and more attacks on PTI are taking place by various parties, IMO shows the emergance of PTI and the worry of other parties (ESPECIALLY PML-N)
 
because he has no party.

I didn't get it. PTI (Pakistan Tehrike-I-Insaf) is a political party, right?

@Mohsin - so you mean to say that he does have the support of all classes of people? And not just the ones we see on the internet forums. I guess, it's the lower middle and the lower class of the society which ultimately decide who will win the elections (as in the main deciding factor). Or is it different in Pakistan?
 
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His supporters, mostly through social media, are just fodder to feed his delusion of being the messiah that Pakistanis await.

Totally agree with this ... good article.
 
Haters are gonna hate :afridi

Fortunately, this hate is not going to change the fact: IK is the most popular leader in: Pakistan.

The media playing dirty again in order to impress it's masters.
 
Just like Fox News claiming that since they're the most popular news channel they're the side of truth.
The truth is people just like what least offends them, Imran Khan is just a talker , even that, he changes positions faster than you can say 'okay '.
Face it the man is a basket case, hes got no history , he shares a bed with the Taliban and the generals to boot which makes him very dangerous, especially since his diplomacy skills are zero.zero
 
So who does N. Paratha think is the messiah Munafiq e azam Nawaz Sharif who's bought so many properties in mayfair london with the money of poor pakistanis or Quaid e ghaddar Altaf hussain who visits india more than pak, and has got 10 000 militia for target killing?
 
the lines are drawn you are either with us or against us :imran

status quo of PMLN & PPP is going to end soon.
 
Sounds like a bitter, jealous guy. It's not about politics or who understands what. Pakistan is in a desperate situation and needs people with integrity and honesty not crooks. That's all that is required.
 
the concept of messiah itself makes me laugh
 
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the lines are drawn you are either with us or against us :imran

status quo of PMLN & PPP is going to end soon.

+1


AND THATS THE BOTTOM LINE!

If you criticise Imran Khan then you are either PPP, PML-N, PML-Q or MQM supporter or you support a military take-over.

Either way, you are against the interest of Pakistan and only care about filling up your own pockets.
 
Its better that people who like Paracha's crap to stay away from PTI anyway. The guy is a lost cause
 
Sounds like a bitter, jealous guy. It's not about politics or who understands what. Pakistan is in a desperate situation and needs people with integrity and honesty not crooks. That's all that is required.

No, we need people with experience
 
No, we need people with experience

experience in what robbing the nation? lol

This whole excuse of need experienced politians is a joke. How experienced is Barrack Obama or David Cameron? Once a leadership with integrity takes control they can bring in specialists in all fields from across the globe if they need their advice, that's what most governments do.
 
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experience in what robbing the nation. lol

This whole excuse of need experienced politians is a joke. How experienced is Barrack Obama or David Cameron? Once a leadership with integrity takes control they can bring in specialists in all fields from across the globe if they need their advice, that's what most governments do.
Khan je....chill kero........Read between the lines
 
Apparently "None of the above" is not a popular answer amongst PTI supporters.
 
Apparently "None of the above" is not a popular answer amongst PTI supporters.

It is an answer. But who will you vote for, if your answer is none of the above? If you dont vote, then dont complain.
 
Khan je....chill kero........Read between the lines

What lines pah je? Explain how a government can not run the country with leaders who are 'not experienced' etc.

Barrack Obama was only a senator for 3 years and then became President.

Cameron was only an MP for 4 years before becoming the party leader, in effect the next Prime Minister.
 
What lines pah je? Explain how a government can not run the country with leaders who are 'not experienced' etc.

Barrack Obama was only a senator for 3 years and then became President.

Cameron was only an MP for 4 years before becoming the party leader, in effect the next Prime Minister.

:))) :)))

waqar bahi is on good guys side.
 
What lines pah je? Explain how a government can not run the country with leaders who are 'not experienced' etc.

Barrack Obama was only a senator for 3 years and then became President.

Cameron was only an MP for 4 years before becoming the party leader, in effect the next Prime Minister.

he was being sarcastic :p
 
nadeem parachar is an idiot and talks rubbish however here he is right on the money, IK fans have turned into worshipers and are worshiping him like some kind of a god, the way they attacked abdul sattar edhi really showed there real faces and what a joke they are. even ppp or pmln fans wouldnt have gone that far and we call them jahils.
 
he was being sarcastic :p

Maybe.

This is one of the main arguments against PTI and sadly some people fall for it. The reality is the leader of the government doesn't need to be experienced in politics. There are empires in history where children have been made the rulers. The leader's most important factor is integrity. Nawaz Sharif and Zardari have zero.
 
Garbage .................Absolute Garbage from Paracha

more funny thing is its posted here by an indian :))
 
Maybe.

This is one of the main arguments against PTI and sadly some people fall for it. The reality is the leader of the government doesn't need to be experienced in politics. There are empires in history where children have been made the rulers. The leader's most important factor is integrity. Nawaz Sharif and Zardari have zero.

If experience is everything then no one would ever break into the job market.
 
waiting for nadeem f parachas biggest fan saadibaba to arrive and defend his idol..

this quote is the best though"For example, it is ironic hearing men such as Imran Khan, Hamid Gul, Munawar Hassan and Zaid Hamid spout lectures and speeches on corruption, sovereignty and patriotism, when the truth is that much of what these gentlemen are spouting is nothing more than a populist version of a slippery narrative propagated by a political and economic elite. Their roots are not in the so-called masses but in the smoky corridors of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies and in the comfortable TV lounges of the
country’s urban middle and upper classes."


so demanding the end of drones, justice for the common man, freedom to make ones own decisions when it comes to foreign policy, an end to the WOT, the desire for a viable economic future for pakistan, a united pakistan, a strong pakistan that can give justice to all, is a conspiracy theory spread by the intelligence agencies?? wah jee wah!! waht a patriot we have in nadeem sahib..Mashallah with many more pakistanis like nadeem sahib who needs the pakistani taliban or the BJP? we have our own mir jaffers ready to punce..

this man is one of the biggext fools I have ever come across..never ever have I seen him write something positive about the nation or even a solution..

what would you do Nadeem? probably smoke a spliff, get drunk and then wait for his cheque to come in the next day before writing more claptrap..personally id put his ilk on a boat and send the boat for a long voyage to the bottom!!
 
Just like Fox News claiming that since they're the most popular news channel they're the side of truth.
The truth is people just like what least offends them, Imran Khan is just a talker , even that, he changes positions faster than you can say 'okay '.
Face it the man is a basket case, hes got no history , he shares a bed with the Taliban and the generals to boot which makes him very dangerous, especially since his diplomacy skills are zero.zero

his line has been the most consistent..prove the above or hold your tongue..
 
Garbage .................Absolute Garbage from Paracha

more funny thing is its posted here by an indian :))

The funnier thing is, that people who like to oppose Imran Khan all the time, are defending this article, by saying "Even though NFP usually writes crap, this article is right on the money."

:)) :))
 
The funnier thing is, that people who like to oppose Imran Khan all the time, are defending this article, by saying "Even though NFP usually writes crap, this article is right on the money."

:)) :))

people have the right to oppose imran..criticise his speeches and policy by all means..but what paracha wrote as usual was just garbage..he never writes anything that is worth reading..its like reading something from an Indian forum on the net!!
 
people have the right to oppose imran..criticise his speeches and policy by all means..but what paracha wrote as usual was just garbage..he never writes anything that is worth reading..its like reading something from an Indian forum on the net!!

I know they have the right to oppose him, but calling an NFK article "right on the money" just coz it is against Imran is just silly
 
I know they have the right to oppose him, but calling an NFK article "right on the money" just coz it is against Imran is just silly

lol...ive never read this fool being on the money about anything..his topics are normally:" we are ****, pakistanis are idiots, islam is a waste of time, patriotism is a joke, we are poor because we just are, we should hate ourselves because we are uneducated, i have no solutions and i dont give a ****"
 
Nadeem F. Paracha...............

What can one say about Imran Khan? A great former cricketer, a compassionate philanthropist… and a sorry excuse for a politician? But his continuing forays into bad politics and tactical blunders can be excused, for he is yet to understand that politics is not a game of cricket and that the democratic election process does not follow the selection policy he enforced as the captain of the Pakistan cricket squad.

The truth is Khan’s penchant for picking up talented players seemed to have gone haywire when he decided to pick his early political mentors. By the time Khan officially entered politics some time in late 1995 it wasn’t his pristine education at Oxford University or a more insightful understanding of Pakistan’s political history that was informing his political make-up.

On the contrary, his ideology was weaved from the usual reactionary claptrap one expects from former ISI men and political Islamic parties, especially those who got emotionally involved in Pakistan’s counter productive Afghan jihad project in the 1980s. Thus, the next logical step for him, was, of course, going further down the reactionary rabbit hole. This hole is the same one into which a number of urban, middle-class Pakistanis have decided to fall, becoming an isolated (albeit growing) cult of sorts with its own set of prophets that include certain music and fashion celebrities, TV personalities, cricketers, journalists, televangelists et al.

This cult also has its own understanding of Pakistani politics, society and the faith. Its worldview espouses a narrative that puts Pakistan at the centre of the universe around which malicious anti-Pakistan and anti-Islam forces (mostly western) are constantly trying to undermine the country’s political and cultural wellbeing and sovereignty. But the funny thing is that a majority of those following this cult are rather westernised in their habits and many are also well settled in various European countries and the US.

There is a clear lack of self-awareness on their part due to which they seem to completely miss noticing the ideological and existential dichotomy that their outlook exhibits. It’s like knowing the spelling of the word hypocrisy but not knowing what it means. This cult’s messiahs too demonstrate similar dichotomies.

For example, it is ironic hearing men such as Imran Khan, Hamid Gul, Munawar Hassan and Zaid Hamid spout lectures and speeches on corruption, sovereignty and patriotism, when the truth is that much of what these gentlemen are spouting is nothing more than a populist version of a slippery narrative propagated by a political and economic elite. Their roots are not in the so-called masses but in the smoky corridors of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies and in the comfortable TV lounges of the
country’s urban middle and upper classes.

Since lack of self-awareness is the highlight of this cult’s gung-ho behaviour, I wonder if Khan is conscious of the fact that much of what he chants in the name of the poor people, free judiciary and national sovereignty is largely a by-product of the nonsense generated for years by the country’s economic, military and social elite groups. That’s why even though the media and politicians have only just begun to suggest that Khan might be being propped up by certain sections of the intelligence agencies, the truth is, as far as his political beliefs are concerned, he was always the establishment’s man.

This cult of ‘leaders’ that Khan belongs to is somewhat oxymoronic. They are being used to preach a revolution from above so that a genuine revolution from below (i.e. from the masses) can be kept in check to safeguard the economic and political interests of those sitting at the helm of Pakistan’s establishment. But is Khan really such a novice? Since he has not been above hypocrisy and contradiction himself, blundering over and again by questioning the moral make-up of various politicians, from Zardari to Nawaz Sharif to Altaf Hussain, in response, he has constantly faced some ugly reminders of his own not-so-moralistic past.

This can let one assume that he is conscious of the said dichotomy, but more so, also conscious of the fact that in a country like Pakistan such dichotomies get lost in the usual hullabaloo about honour. An honour that has more to do with imaginary wars and mythical warriors rather than something a tad more realistic.

What’s more, the more tenacity mainstream political parties in parliament exhibit in the face of a rabid onslaught against its character, the more frustrated this cult’s leaders and supporters get, consequently becoming more audacious and absurd in their attacks. They foam at the mouth, blasting incoherent rants about patriotism and Islam, sometimes sounding as if they are suffering from a rapid case of reverse evolution.

A man like Imran Khan with such a fantastic cricketing career and an impressive record of philanthropy, a man who once seemed to possess all the right ingredients to become a truly progressive politician, has, unfortunately, landed on his face. It is all too obvious now who is trying to pick him back up, and that too for all the wrong reasons. His supporters, mostly through social media, are just fodder to feed his delusion of being the messiah that Pakistanis await.


Source:: http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/26/smokers-corner-propping-up-a-messiah.html


But the Messiah has changed massively in last 5 years :)

Eventually he will taste the same fate. He has beautiful tied the laces of the supreme holy boots of his Lords for five years and now Khaakis spokesperson is out again. Let him come into power he will forget Memogate & Dawn Leaks etc ;-) I am saying that because lately he has begged Establishment indirectly by saying that He wants to be a " Ba-Ikhtayaar PM " which means He wants civilian supremacy. But ¿ when you do daily press talks (bundle of lies) on the orders of your Lords (khaakis) to amuse them and weaken democratic system and democratically elected government than you will have to do 100 % submission & taabaydaari of establishment.



[MENTION=5995]Mohsin[/MENTION] [MENTION=58294]GOAT[/MENTION] [MENTION=24582]USaqaf[/MENTION] [MENTION=131701]Mamoon[/MENTION] [MENTION=142317]Loralai[/MENTION] [MENTION=101697]LegendInzi[/MENTION]


From the words of this establishment's tool one can understand what IK will get provided He wins.


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But the Messiah has changed massively in last 5 years :)

Eventually he will taste the same fate. He has beautiful tied the laces of the supreme holy boots of his Lords for five years and now Khaakis spokesperson is out again. Let him come into power he will forget Memogate & Dawn Leaks etc ;-) I am saying that because lately he has begged Establishment indirectly by saying that He wants to be a " Ba-Ikhtayaar PM " which means He wants civilian supremacy. But ¿ when you do daily press talks (bundle of lies) on the orders of your Lords (khaakis) to amuse them and weaken democratic system and democratically elected government than you will have to do 100 % submission & taabaydaari of establishment.



[MENTION=5995]Mohsin[/MENTION] [MENTION=58294]GOAT[/MENTION] [MENTION=24582]USaqaf[/MENTION] [MENTION=131701]Mamoon[/MENTION] [MENTION=142317]Loralai[/MENTION] [MENTION=101697]LegendInzi[/MENTION]


From the words of this establishment's tool one can understand what IK will get provided He wins.


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This is what his supporters refuse to understand. By seeking the support of the men in boots in his quest to become the PM, he has already sown the seeds of his demise.

If he comes into power, he will either have to be a puppet PM and dance to military tunes or be prepared for the consequences.
 
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