Imran Khan dropped many simple catches

Imran Khan dropped many simple catches

Imran Khan dropped  many simple catches

ISLAMABAD – Most Pakistanis, including some Nawaz Sharif supporters, agree – publicly and privately – that the cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan was winning majority seats in central Punjab, the political hub of  Pakistan. They also agree that Khan supporters were there on D-day voting enthusiastically for change in Pakistan.
Imran supporters were also on the streets when they realized that their party – PTI was denied of legitimate victory, especially in Centre Punjab. They all looked towards injured Imran Khan who was issuing instructions and guidelines from the hospital. In fact Imran was more severely hurt with the news of rigged elections. His partymen and women were also agitating in Karachi where staging an anti- MQM demonstration was quite a challenging task.
At this point, everybody was expecting that the skipper of  Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf team would cash in on the God-sent opportunity but  the victor of  May 2013 election did nothing.
In politics across the world, intelligent leaders look for opportunities. For example Z A Bhutto damaged Field Marshall Ayub Khan’s citadel by opposing his agreement with Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkent after 1965 war. Though Bhutto was not able to topple iron man’s government immediately, he emerged as a national leader afterwards. Similary BJP was elected to power after exploiting Mandir-Mosque issue.
“Similarly, Imran Khan could have emerged a great leader had he taken up the rigging issue more seriously and vigorously. He had the chance to raise his voice when the Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim resigned in a huff. He could have boycotted the presidential election,” according to political analysts who are not satisfied with the way he handled the post-election issues.
When Canadian Asian News asked Prof. Rauf-ul-Hassan, a political analyst, to comment on Imran’s leadership role he said: “Let me apologize to begin with. I feel sorry for Imran who failed to exploit the situation. He was just like  someone who dropped an easy catch.” Continuing he said the skipper did not follow the cricket philosophy of – ‘hold catches, win matches’.
Hassan opined that Imran could have become leader of the opposition in the Parliament had a played his cards well. He also criticized Imran’s decision to bat first on the tricky Khyber Pakhtunkhwa wicket where he lost his many key wickets.
On the other hand, Imran holds firm view that he played all his shots according to books means he took correct decisions to save fragile democracy in Pakistan. Prof Hassan disagrees with him.
“Democracy is not derailed if someone fights for his right. On the contrary, it strengthens democracy,” he said.