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Without electable and money, you can’t win, Imran Khan

The secret to the Prime Minister’s House, according to Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), is to comprehend the intricate political realities of the nation.

In an interview with Dawn on Wednesday, while campaigning in Karachi, Mr. Khan claimed that despite his inability to endorse each of the nearly 700 national and provincial candidates his party has put forth to run in the upcoming elections, he is using the Pakistani political class as a pawn in his game.

“You run for office to win.” To be a decent boy, you don’t run for office. I desire success. Not in Europe, but in Pakistan, where I am running for election. Mr. Khan stated that he is unable to bring in European politicians.

He discussed how crucial human capital and financial resources are to a successful electoral campaign.

According to the PTI chief, Nawaz Sharif made an effort to mend relations with India. I’ll give him credit for it. Nawaz Sharif made every effort, even personally inviting Modi to his home.

“After 1997, I came to the conclusion that we would not be able to succeed until we brought people into the party who understood the art of winning elections.”

This is unlike Europe, where all you have to do to get people to vote for you is to tell them what you believe in. In Pakistan, you need money and tens of thousands of skilled poll workers who can turn out voters on Election Day. You cannot run for office if you don’t have such workers.

Even when his detractors questioned why he gave tickets to political traitors rather than party loyalists, Mr. Khan responded, “The political class here doesn’t change that much.” You may change the performers, but you can’t completely alter the political class. I use Mahathir Mohamad as an example since he altered Malaysia’s political elite by providing them with clean leadership.

By giving tickets to electable, he disputes that doing so has compromised his principles. “If I didn’t uphold my goals after taking office and if I didn’t run a clean government, it would be a compromise,” he said.

According to Mr. Khan, the PTI’s laws and rules must be followed, and anyone who doesn’t will be expelled.

When questioned if his campaign anthem of “Naya Pakistan” could only be achieved with a “new PTI,” Mr. Khan responded that his approach had not changed. It’s a running joke that I’ve gathered all the electable. Before this, the electable I constantly sought out was unwilling to join us.


In the past, we have even invited electable from union councils in neighboring cities to join us, so forget MPAs and MNAs. People started to join us after the Minar-i-Pakistan rally in Lahore in 2011, which was a success and caused a change in attitude.

India-related relations

 Even though Nawaz Sharif would receive very little praise from the PTI leader, Mr. Khan acknowledged that Nawaz made his best effort to enhance ties with India.

Mr. Khan stated that Nawaz Sharif “did his utmost” to improve ties with India. “I’ll give him credit for it.”

 “Nawaz Sharif tried everything, including summoning Modi over to his residence with personal gestures. Nobody obstructed him. However, I believe that the Narendra Modi administration is trying to isolate Pakistan as part of its policy. Because Modi wants to hold Pakistan responsible for all the brutality being committed in Kashmir, they have a very strident anti-Pakistan stance. What is one to do in the face of such behavior?

Military-civilian relations Imran Khan

When asked how he would handle the complex relationship between the military and civilian government if his party won the election, Mr. Khan responded that his strength would be excellent administration.

“The strength of democratic governments is their ability to perform and deliver.” Because we have had the worst political governments, the military has a significant influence over Pakistani politics. I’m not suggesting it’s justified, but something will always fill a void.

“Under dishonest and dishonest governments, people welcome the military with open arms,” he continued. People in Lahore, Nawaz’s political hub, were applauding the imposition of martial law in 1999 because the government had failed.

He remembered Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as the most powerful prime minister to be elected and who was fully in charge of the affairs of the nation.

“Military did not meddle in Bhutto’s government”

The strongest prime minister ever was Bhutto. He let go of a lot of army officers. Nobody could challenge his authority. When people discuss military meddling, they should be aware that because Bhutto was a strong prime minister, there was no military meddling in his government.

Mr. Imran Khan said when asked about the military’s role in determining Pakistan’s foreign policy: “The army would get engaged when there are security situations.” The Pentagon had a significant impact on US policies in Afghanistan, as you can see. Even though Barack Obama didn’t want to escalate the conflict in Afghanistan, he did so after being persuaded by the Pentagon.

Coalition formation potential Imran Khan

Even while Mr. Imran Khan is confident in his ability to win a simple majority in the Senate, when questioned about a backup strategy, he responded, “A coalition relies on the partner in question.” It’s okay if the coalition partner permits us to carry out our manifesto.

He continued that in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, his party had issues with its former coalition partner, the Qaumi Watan Party, and it had to expel members who refused to abide by its anti-corruption code. It would be challenging to form a coalition with a political party whose leader is crooked.

On getting rid of militancy

Mr. Imran Khan is keen on talking to extremists despite receiving criticism for his views.

A dual strategy is necessary, with military action and conversation complementing one another. Simply because I disagreed with this one-sided strategy Pakistan adopted in response to American pressure, I have been dubbed “Taliban Khan.”

He asserted that the conflict in Afghanistan was a prime illustration of the ineffectiveness of military measures alone. “The US has attempted to use military force there for 15 years, but it has failed. The military option has failed if there is general agreement among the American and Afghan governments and allies that they seek unconditional peace talks with the Taliban.

Optimism before the polls

Mr. Imran Khan declared that he was as confident as ever and better equipped than before.

The PTI was gaining ground in surveys done by the Jang Media Group before the July 25 elections.

According to a survey by Pulse Consultant, 30% of respondents nationwide support the PTI, compared to 27% for the PML-N. The Pakistan People’s Party had a 17 percent vote share.

Gallup conducted a separate national survey. The PML-N led the PTI and PPP in Pakistan, with 25 and 16 percent of the votes, respectively.

The fresh polls, according to Reuters, show a shift in favor of Mr. Khan’s party compared to comparable national surveys from 2017, which had the PML-N leading the PTI by 8 to 9 percentage points.

In his 22 years in politics, Mr. Imran Khan remarked, “I don’t know what will happen, but I am more optimistic than I have ever been.”









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