Is Imran Khan Pakistan’s Donald Trump? – OpEd


Since the ouster of Imran Khan from power through a legitimate way of vote of no confidence, he is leading aggressive campaign against state institutions. He is blaming every department for his ouster particularly military establishment for brining Shehbaz Sharif in the power corridor. However, he has failed to substantiate his claim with solid arguments. The political situation in Pakistan remains fluid, with ongoing political and economic challenges facing the country. Mr. Khan is preferring street politics instead of talking to political leadership and facing judicial system. Most worrisome is post-truth politics Khan absorbs, which has polarized Pakistani society to a dangerous level.

In recent months, Pakistan has faced a number of political challenges, including terrorism. The political situation has been marked by a polarized political environment, with ongoing tensions between ruling collation and Imran Khan’s PTI. The PTI chairman is accusing establishment of interfering in politics over flimsy grounds, which have contributed to public distrust in political process.

In addition, Pakistan has faced a number of challenges, including large trade deficit, high levels of debt, and low rate of foreign investment. These economic challenges have contributed to widespread poverty and social unrest in country. The 3.5 years of previous PTI government were major cause for this political and economic chaos. When Imran Khan proclaimed ‘Naya Pakistan’ would be Riyasat-i-Madina, most people thought it was a metaphor for a cleaner, more equitable Pakistan. Unfortunately, that was not seen on the ground. 

It is important for political leaders to provide evidence to support their claims, especially when they involve accusations of wrongdoing against the state or other individuals or entities. It is pivotal to ensure that allegations are investigated and evaluated through an impartial and transparent process to determine their validity. In general, transparency, accountability, and rule of law are essential components of any democratic society, and political leaders have responsibility to uphold these principles and promote public trust in their government institutions. 

Imran Khan is a leader, having populist ideology. Imran Khan’s tirades against military and his volcanic use of social media have drawn comparisons with former US President Trump. Is he simply a Pakistani Trump? It is worth noting that both Imran Khan and Donald Trump have been described as populist leaders. Populism is a political approach that seeks to appeal to the interests and concerns of ordinary people, often by presenting themselves as being against the established political elite or institutions. Both leaders have been known to use social media and mass rallies to connect with their supporters directly, and have promised to address issues such as corruption, inequality, and economic growth. However, there may be differences in their policies, rhetoric, and governing styles that set them apart. Both have failed to follow the laws of the land and considered themselves above the law and accountability process. 

The term populist can be applied to leaders with diverse political ideologies and strategies, and that the impact of populism on democratic institutions and values can vary depending on the context and circumstances. It is important for political leaders and citizens alike to engage in critical thinking, informed dialogue, and active participation in the democratic process to ensure that their voices are heard and their interests are represented. Political leaders should avoid using language that is divisive or inflammatory as it can contribute to social tensions and undermine democratic values such as tolerance, respect for diversity, and peaceful coexistence. They should promote a culture of civility, respect, and inclusiveness in their public discourse, and to work towards building bridges between different groups and communities rather than exacerbating divisions. Leaders should strive to promote social harmony and unity, and to promote an environment in which citizens can express their views freely and without fear of retribution.

The aggressive politics of Imran Khan and his anti-establishment rhetoric is proving to dangerous for country as it has polarized entire political spectrum of country. This seems to capture popular support for Imran Khan perfectly, while his performance for 3.5 years in government has been conveniently forgotten and forgiven. Imran Khan must practice what he has been preaching in holding his political opponents accountable by accepting legitimate critiques of his policies and adopting a less inflammatory, more participatory approach to politics. 

Political leaders should work together across party lines to address common challenges and promote interests of their country and citizens. In a democratic society, it is essential for political leaders to engage in constructive dialogue and negotiation to find common ground and develop effective policies that benefit the people they serve. Pakistan has been facing a number of economic challenges, including high levels of debt, a large trade deficit, and low levels of foreign investment. Addressing these challenges will require coordinated efforts across different sectors of society, including government, civil society, and the private sector. It is important for political leaders to work together to develop policies that promote economic growth, job creation, and social development and to ensure that these policies are implemented effectively and efficiently. In addition, it is important for political leaders to ensure that their policies and actions are transparent, accountable, and inclusive, and that they are based on evidence and expert advice. This can help to build public trust and confidence in the political process and promote stability and progress for Pakistani people. 

The writer is Islamabad based expert of strategic affairs 

One thought on “Is Imran Khan Pakistan’s Donald Trump? – OpEd

  • March 23, 2023 at 7:22 am

    Your thoughts and opinion are tilted toward authoritarian regimen.
    Devoid of ground realities, forgetting corruption of Shareef and Zardari families.
    you are biased and trying to appease those in Govt.


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