Imran Khan is often termed as the dark horse of Pakistani politics or ‘one-man party of Pakistan’. He was referred to in a US State Department Cable, as cricketer turned politician Imran Khan was the latest guest in Julian’s Assange talk show ‘The World Tomorrow’. In the ninth episode of his show the host under detention interviews the man who according to many will emerge as the main challenger of status quo or political mafia that prevails in Pakistan.
An underdog for many years Khan and his political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or PTI shot to unprecedented fame after two big rallies held at Lahore and Karachi. When questioned about the recent surge in popularity, Khan said that he credits the electronic media of Pakistan for this for giving him the coverage during Pervez Musharraf’s tenure. He also mentioned that he boycotted the elections held under Musharraf; because he believed that they were rigged by the American’s to back powerful politicians.
Khan’s discontent towards US is not just restricted to its covert political intervention, but he has also been quite proactive about repeatedly registering his reservations about US drone strikes in the tribal belt of Pakistan. He says no country has ever been bombed by its own ally, like Pakistan has been bombed by the US. He is of the opinion that the relations between Pakistan and US must be on the grounds of equity and the prevalent client-master relation must definitely come to an end.
Unlike some religious clerics who constantly drum the mantra of anti-Americanism to manipulate public opinion and then ask US envoys to provide them with special favors, Khan is a man clean from such examples of hypocrisy. Also, he has all his assets and money in the country and all of it has been declared legal.
Whether he remains firm on his principals and agenda is something the people of Pakistan will come to know once he tastes the cocktail of power.