A star politician’s unreal world.
At the very beginning of The Truman Show, Truman Burbank steps out of his picture-perfect house and is startled when a large spotlight falls out of the picture-perfect blue sky and slams into the ground next to his feet. Those who have seen the movie know the explanation for the mysterious occurrence: Truman lives in a fake world, a giant television set in which everyone he knows is actually an actor. Only Truman himself doesn’t know that his life is an elaborate drama.
I mention The Truman Show because I am not sure how else to convey the increasingly absurd world in which Imran Khan lives. Like the protagonist played by Jim Carrey, Khan is in a position where his picture-perfect reality no longer makes any sense, where large metallic objects fall out of a clear blue sky for no apparent reason. The only difference being that in the Imran Khan Show mysterious objects not only appear out of nowhere, they also blow up.
In the case of Truman, his failure to see the real world was because he had never known another. In Khan’s case, his failure to see reality seems to be driven by a romantic vision of the Pakhtun warrior. Whether Khan acquired his dewy-eyed vision through a love of Kipling or while living in the lesser-known tribal agency of Zaman Park is immaterial. What is material is that Khan appears permanently wedded to a deeply heroic view of the tribal areas as the Pakistani equivalent of the Sparta portrayed in 300—a hard land populated by hard men, flinty of eye and scanty of word.
Khan’s romantic delusions would not matter if he wasn’t also the leader of Pakistan’s third largest political party, entrusted with the governance of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. But he is. And because Khan’s rose-colored views of Pakhtun culture and history are about as useful for governing that province as Beatrix Potter’s cutesy-poo Peter Rabbit stories are to understanding the biology of bunnies, the net result is a gigantic mess.
It is not as if the mess was not anticipated. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s anti-terror policy has been the target of criticism from day one. For many people, the policy was reminiscent of the cartoon showing two professors in front of a blackboard filled with impressive looking numbers and equations, in the middle of which is written, “then a miracle occurs.”
To elaborate, the PTI’s strategy was built almost entirely on two points: an end to drone strikes and an offer of talks to the militants. However, the PTI was never going to have any control over the former and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan have never been interested in talks. The only other element of the PTI strategy was the pious hope that the Insafians’ mere presence in the corridors of power would lead to the Taliban giving up violence and embracing their Muslim brethren.
Unfortunately for the PTI, their taking over the reins of governance in the northwest has not prodded the Taliban into giving up arms. If anything, it has done the opposite; a development which has produced epic amounts of confusion within the party. The net result is that the relationship between the PTI provincial government and the Taliban resembles nothing more right now than that between a battered spouse and an abusive husband. I walked into a door. The media is responsible for the blasts. It was my fault.
Like most abusive relationships, this one too is destined to end badly. The only question is how many innocent Pakistanis will suffer because of Khan’s delusions. In the real world, stupidity has consequences. In the real world, stupidity is lethal.
Lest you think I am being too gloomy, that somehow everything will work out for the best, the fact is that everything doesn’t always work out for the best. History is full of monsters just like it is full of people who died because they didn’t believe in monsters.
Hitler forced World War II. That resulted in the deaths of 50 million people. Chairman Mao killed 45 million Chinese with his folly known as the Great Leap Forward. Stalin deliberately starved 10 million Russians to death. There are plenty of lesser known monsters, too. Remember Idi Amin? He supposedly kept his enemies’ heads in the fridge. Jean-Bédel Boukassa, the self-proclaimed emperor of the Central African Republic reportedly liked snacking on his enemies. Pol Pot exterminated more than a quarter of his own country’s population in a quixotic attempt to remake Cambodia from scratch.
These are not isolated events. Believing something does not make it so. If your policy is stupid, believing in it will not change the consequences of that policy. Alice Lakwena, the original leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army used to tell her followers that rubbing holy cocoa butter on their bodies would make them impervious to bullets. Lots of her followers believed in her and consequently lots of her followers died. Unstinting belief may not be a cure for stupidity. But death is.
As it turns out, death is a pretty good cure for extremism as well. Of course, the only thing our political leaders agree on is that there can be no military action against the extremists until that action is agreed upon by all and sundry. But that is a lie. Article 245(1) of the Constitution states in clear terms that the federal government is responsible for directing the armed forces in defending Pakistan against external aggression or the threat of war. That responsibility is not dependent upon a Parliamentary consensus or the consent of all parties.
Let us be clear. The call for consensus is only an excuse for doing nothing. There are those who ask for consensus because they profit from the status quo. And there are those who call for consensus because they are too scared to act otherwise. Either way, they are contemptible.
Naqvi is a senior lawyer based in Lahore. The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely his in his individual capacity.
And it’s all easy on a bullshit level when you don’t have a solution. Personal grudge, bias, no vision, it was no way a solid opinion. A fake writer’s unreal foolish opinion with no solution. Only provocation!
Very true indeed.
Naqvi displayed his sectarian bias.
You are projecting, sir. Point out where the bias is. And by the way, why it is the sole preserve of the sectarian killers in the ranks of the TTP to display “sectarian bias”? – and that by bombing the bejesus out of people? They are murdering everyone left and right and you are here sitting like a clueless individual and hurling red herrings.
Having worked with mr naqvi i being a sunni can testify to his bonafide credentials whereas you,sir, are a bigot and a taliban apologist and an anti nationlist to boot.
Only provocation with no solid understanding of the situation. It’s easy on a bullshit level when you don’t have a solution. A fake writer’s unreal, foolish views!
There is no “provocation” here. It helps if you keep your biases aside when reading something. But your reply is typical of Imran Khan’s worshippers, who just like to throw tantrums when someone dares criticize their Dear Leader.
Whoever u r, for god sake stop mis guiding people. I am living in KPK and me and the people I know are keenly waiting for the talks to start,so that we can get the hell out of this.
Bull Shit Article with no sense at all …. indeed the writer needs to come out of his Hollywood dream world.
It becomes increasingly obvious as one reads this article that the only person that fits the description in “The Truman Show” is the writer himself. His views are far from reality and real world. I only see him criticizing without putting forward any solution.
LOL. Bang on sagheer. Couldn’t have put it better
how come man with retarded mind became lawyer … :P i feel pity about his clients … wat does he knows about KPK or FATA … Has he every been there ? do he knows wat people want … and the article which you have mentioned is about external aggression … why dont u do Pakistan and pakistani people a favor … write one article against US and India …
I am from Fata and i know wat we want … if war was solution then this matter wud have been solved in 10 years … do u have any reason why our army is not able to clear FATA in such a long period …
Solution is to sort out groups who are ready to talk and then go for military action for the rest … u cant treat all as same bro …
go get some life … come out of ur mouse hole .. visit fata … talk to people who live there n then tell us wat does they want …
Well then the people of FATA need to decide whose side they want to be on – and the ones who are in favor of Pakistan need to clearly distance themselves from their more ‘explosive’ brethren, whether they share bloodlines or not. To the average onlooker it seems like most people from FATA believe that eternal warfare is in their blood and they have no interest whatsoever in being governed by the constitution of Pakistan. If they want to keep their region a dozen centuries behind, I say we give them a semi-autonomous status (since the writ of government is pretty much useless there), cordon off the area from the rest of KPK (or as much as practically possible) and let them do as they please.
lol!…the ones on the side of Pakistan….are u seriously questioning the pakistaniat of the tribal people???
the people who have defended the borders in wars….without military help…
u keep on reading jerks like nadeem farooq Paracha, fahad hussain and a cartoon like this writer n ignore what Imran Khan says….no wonder we’r in this mess!
Mr. Ali S
Why do you think the constitution of Pakistan applies to FATA only when you feel a need to shed more blood there? Why do the citizens of FATA not enjoy their other constitutional rights i.e having the same level of educational, health, economic and social facilities? Is it too much to ask? Were you high when you made this comment or are you just that stupid?
This is a horrendous piece of writing. Can only be expected from Naqvi.
Your stupid comment can only be expected from a PTI troll! Typical. Resort to name-calling when you have no logical point to counter the analyst with.
this really is a horrendous piece of writing from some one who doesn’t know a speck about the tribal areas….n is ofcourse paid handsomely by a dollar hungry media!
Go home Fasial Naqvi, you do not have a sense of humor!
Learn to fact the facts. When Imran Khan’s brother in arms have killed thousands of people in the country, there is no need for “humor.” Not every thing is funny.
Well to start with, he is not a Pakhtun as many idiots see him just because he bears “Khan” as his surname.
Obviously you are out of work. Only an empty mind with devilish thought could jot down immense quantity of bullshit. Well, you seemed quite impressed by hollywood crap that you cannot stop referring to. Wake up! Go fetch a movie named liar liar, starring Jim Carry.
Hmmmmmm, i wonder whether Mr Naqvi was there with our PM who took some of the journalists with him on govt expense to NY. In think Mr Absaar and Mr hamid mir were there.
Pti came to power a few months ago. While I do not agree with imran khan’s simplistic views on this situation you seem to think that the real problem is his lack of understanding…the war has been going on for over a decade. What clever solutions did our military leadership or the PPP govt. have that we should be so worked up about IK’s policy
PTI trolls don’t want to face the truth. After all, why would they, it’s far more comfortable keeping their heads buried in the sand. I voted for PTI in May and I regret that decision. Fact remains IK is completely clueless and spineless as a politician. Where is his chest-thumping Pakhtun pride when thousands of Pakistanis are massacred by the TTP, and instead he meekly bends over for peace talks? If Pakhtuns are strong believers in “blood for blood”, this guy is a disgrace to Pakhtuns. Well written Feisal.
It is not only the vision Imran has of the Pakhtun warrior, it is because of his deep rooted conviction that as a ‘new born Muslim’ he always has being guided directly by God. He has been given a mission. With such a mindset, there is no place for doubt; there can’t be any doubt for someone like Imran. He cares a damn about the real world you are talking about,his real world is beyond yours. So, what the hell? Imran is a very dangerous person and he will remain so till the end. The bloodshed will continue and Imran has found a way to be remembered in history.
so biased opinion…
the writer is definitely out of order or out of job, talking about the harshness of real world while himself bewitched by crapy hollywood fake world
idiocity is usually at peak while lifafa in hand
The article was going well before the Hitler, Stalin references…..
Excellent article, Mr Naqvi. Your assessment of the situation is dead on – pun intended. IK has his head up the proverbial you know what and interestingly one is beginning to see some differences in his opinion and the official party position. Mr Khan unfortunately is on the path to self destruction, politically speaking. However in all honesty he is neither the whole problem nor as you said has the solution. I am afraid the entire political leadership is guilty of serious delusion and the people will continue to pay a very heavy price for the foreseeable future.
imran khan is our only hope for us he,s angel who came to save pakistan inshallah he will make naya pakistan
I am with the columnist until paragraph 9 …. after that the article fizzles out and the solution leaves me as scared as any proposed by the misguided PTI
Total absurd views, biased writeup,the whole world knows IK, u don’t need to tell them…wasted my time reading this article…
It amazes me how naive and blind all these new age bloggers are. First things first – this was not caused by IK. The entire problem started when everyone’s favorite (including me) General Musharraf took the country to War by scaring the public off the threats of ‘Going back to stone age’. Well who is living in stone-age now? Iran received 5 Million threats in the last 3-4 decades resulting in a “cordial phone conversation” – a historic event. General Mushi was either sold or spineless. Now, coming to present day. All parties have agreed to negotiate not just PTI what worse can happen if they fail? Military action. IK is aware of that. The effort of offering to negotiate will make them ‘T’ less of a hero in local public’s eye. UK negotiated with BLA after 80 Years while Tamils were bludgeoned by Sri Lankan government after 3 decades of Civil War. All solutions work……The Coalition forces failed to control these occurrences in Afg/Iraq or elsewhere so to expect wonders from PTI with just 5 months at the helm is plain stupidity. It is absurd that now all the blame is directed towards IK now and what,how and who of the past are irrelevant just like that. Lastly, everyone is acting ‘T’ these days and this is “Lashoon Kee Siyasat”.
Imran Khan’s toxic ideology will destroy his country if he continues to be the mouth piece of Islamists and continues to persist with his policy of appeasement of Islamo-fascists. His party’s supporters need to realize that instead of trolling on websites and throwing insults at people they don’t agree with, they need to question their leader and try to nudge him and his party to face the reality that the more you “negotiate” with Islamists, the more powerful and destructive they become. If IK does not accept this basic fact, then it’s time to impeach him and ban his party for good because the country is more important than one megalomaniac leader.
LOL… Great Khan is being compared to a character played by Jim Carry. Same Khan that had everything in life and gave at all for serving a better cause in life i.e. serving undeserved and unappreciated Pakistanis. He is being compared to truman for proposing a solution(may or might not work) to a very complex issue faced by the country. All he is saving proposing is to open up a dialogue with talibans and if it does not work, look for other alternatives but its too difficult for Pakistanis media and so called journalists to comprehend seeing talibans opening up an office. If Americans do it its fine but we cant do it… logic? what would one expect from anyone love watching and enjoying Indian movies..
To Author, you might want to take a diiferent photo because no one is going to take you seriously with the smirk on your face in your current photo.. You are the one trying to look like some character played by Jim carry. Dumb and Dumber part 2?
100% agreed Zahid! I hope the person who wrote the article should read your comment. I want him to reply your comment but I don’t think he will do it as this story is totally 1 sided without any logic. I am from KP and I see the positive changes in my province except the terrorism. Now I am starting to believe that our media is corrupt and they all are working on a hidden agenda.
Oh man I can’t trust anyone here!! We have no future if the people like Naqvi continue to write ‘BULLSHIT’ like this!!
Such a biased article. Would have been nice to show the whole picture.
Forty thousand of our countrymen died, GHQ attacked, Naval and Air bases ransacked, churches, mosques and grave yards desecrated and we are begging for negotiation. How many more thousands do we need to be killed to convince us that it is our war not our negotiation. TTP agenda is crystal clear where the likes of IK would be whipped for not supporting a beard let alone governing a province. Are my friends supporting this myopic politics and obsolete worldview are prepared to see girls education and music banned, tv stations and universities closed, Supreme court of Pakistan and Pakistan army declared redundant. This top-down model is too heavy to be sustained by us. Agree with the contents.
To those who criticize imran khan on talibon office..
sub partian ager muzakraat per razi hain tu sawal yeh hy keh muzakraat kahan hun gay .. kabul? Qater ? or even in space?? No ager muzkraat hun gy tu pakistan main hi koi jagah(office) mukhtas kern peray gi jahan donon fereeq baith kr muzzakraat kr sakain.. and Thats what imran khan sying..
A lot makes sense here…. Especially the writer’s conclusion that the constitution empowers the pm. Our representatives are sitting in the parliament. Still we must go for APC? Ik, bilawal, ab are not directly on any appointment yet sitting in and directing government.so throw out the MNA’s and MPA’s. Will this nation ever learn to follow one leader whom the majority voted for or try to drown others voice by their braying?
Wonderful article and Picture above says every thing. I always say that WATCH out THIS MONKEY NOW HAS A MATCH BOX .
Obviously you are getting all the abuse from PTI loyalists who fail to see that their leader is pushing us into an abyss.
Breaking News : Breaking News: The columnist has committed a failed suicide attempt after realizing the bullshit he came up with in this piece. But alas, his suicide attempt, just like his writing, turned out to be a fake one.
The stupidity of the PTI is amazing and boundless! Their faces might get blown up in the middle of talks about talks ! ………. reply logic with logic – please!
I have a simple solution to this debate.
We should set up a force prepared to fight the taliban and anyone who like this author believes that war is the answer should enlist in that force.
Let’s see how many do.
It is easy to ask others to fight for you and all you would do is give advice and watch them die.
Wasted time reading this article…Mr Naqvi…for God sake wake up…we the people of KPK know it better than you…that’ why we have given this chance ti IK…
Another enemy of a dedicated leader who has given his life to Pakistan . Ik suggests talks until they fail . Use of force only once all diplomacy fails. What’s wrong with that ? It makes sense and it can screen the hard core Taliban from people who can be converted back. After all they are Pakistanis !
ah!…what our Dollar hungry media and couch writers would do just to please their masters in the US …n those in the Big houses!….??
have ever been to the tribal areas mr writer….do that for once in ur life….u’r free to take Jim Carry movies in case u get bored with the REAL world!
:) thank you Feisal for calling Zaman Park tribal. This Eid will be entertaining. The flip is insisting on a single path option by you is hard to swallow. You forget the ambivalence of Musharraf and zardari years. Please read EJaz Haider, as he is suggests a comprehensive response.
Hey Mr. Naqvi, thanks for wasting my life with this drivel posing as journalism – how on earth did this even get published?
Talking about IK is makes no sense. He is immature person. He knows nothing about pakistani politics. Neither he is able to do anything.
Neither any of our politicians or as a nation or citizen. Im ok with IK. Screw the civilians. If they knew better they would ve done something longtime back. Loosers r complaining
smugface clearly has superiority complex probably because everything’s worked out for him to attend bunch of top ivy league schools.
Writting columns is a bit easy, giving opinion giving big talk or tweeting thumb exercise is no where close to doing something. Rest of the country is in shambless, nawaz zardari army balochistan india imf bijli all Imran did it it right? Let me see all journalist go on 3 talwar or sit like hazara if they r so upset of imran. Or shut up please. Enuf. 60 years these old dead beat journalist did nothing but intelectual talks discussions meetings and in a year they want Imran to do magic.
Im no Imran worshipper but i can see he is trying unline tweeting
The article has nothing substantial other than trying to prove that there is evil. He is right that Government dont need consensus, but then Government should not be naive of the results.
Talks should be given a chance. I support IK on that.
Secterian bias??? so there is a taliban sect … i didn’t found that in the article, but i guess you belong to that sect.
One can easily smile in the air conditioned room with a lot of security guards, good salary, house in safe location, a good car, enjoying his life with the family like Mr. Naqvi (masha ALLAH). I wonder how many times he visited Peshawar and FATA for practical research before writing this article? This article will be liked only by the corrupt government officials, politicians who are earning from politics or anyone who is making money with wrong way! They definitely don’t want Imran Khan in power.
Obama can win Nobel prize by killing hundred of thousands of people in Iraq and Afghanistan but if Imran say something about real peace he is criticized like this by those sold journalists. But this kind of article will not work at all because we know IK before we decided to support him.
No hard facts. Utter bullshit. Can see bias from every sentence.
Hilarious! Somewhat exaggerated but still quite funny. And scary as IK heads a large group of people who echo the same kind of illogical notion of living happily ever after!
Newsweek is clearly ruining its brand and credibility by inviting comment from anyone who can write a few lines of english. Utter BS.
The so called elected representatives got elected to stick their necks out and make the tough decisions, not hide behind consensus resolutions.
you stupid head author, why the hell you dare to write bullshit about my father Sir. Imran Khan ? I have upgraded my dad from Noora to Kapoora
While I have no PTI affiliations bar a considered attempt at/stance on stemming the bellicosity keeping KP/FATA in a state of proxy-reeking flux, Naqvi drawing moral equivalence from history is a lazy, ridiculous, and frankly, inadmissible attempt at drumming home casus belli. While this is in no way an ad hominem appraisal, that the KPK would rather see consensus on talk and subsequent clarity to expose/marginalise/weed out groups unwilling to toe the line belies the unwitting “bomb anyway” mantra trotted out by people at convenient removes from the daily atrocities incurred by longsuffering denizens of the tribal belt. Naqvi’s good for Article 245(1); To employ it requires a far better handle on reality.
What else i can say about mr writer apart from englishman With blackskin
Unfortunatly we ve produced many slaves (zehni ghulam)since Pakistan born
Mr writer must have a degree of law or might have others from best universities but am very much sure he hasnt got the real degree yet which is quran.
I can only pray for this slavery elite in My country may Allah gives them toufeeq to understand his msg in quran n gives them hidyat and ghairat.
Imran misreads and misinterprets Pashtuns and their history. Talibans have violated each and everyone of the ancient Pushtunwali code as well as the Islamic teachings. They are Nadir shah,Ghaznavi and Helaku Khan all in ONE. Imran wants them to be our interlocutors. To discuss what?
Naqwi sb 100% agreed ….
bhari bazam maei razz ki baat keh de….hazoor nawaz fazulu rehman munawar hassan nay b zalim ko zalim na keh kar pichlay 12 saal maie society ko ttp kay khilaf united nahi honay dia aur inka ye kardar society opinion ko divide rakhta haie aur soft corners society maie aub b majood haie isi liye hamari law and inforcement agencies ko ttp ko gorilla war fare maie mahdood nahi kar paai…aur meray watan kay jisko lakhoo qurbania day kar janam dia tha is dharti par aik bar phir say hazaroo aur lakhooo gharoo ko khoon daina par raha haie …mera in naam nihad siasi tajrooo say request haei khuda ka wasta haie baaz aa jaie apnay zameer ki awaz sunaie aur leader haei to khouf na rakhie aur zalim ko zalim khaie chahiy wo koi b militiant ho aur pakistan ki riasat ka waqat aur writ ko bahall karie apnay zati power lust say parehz karie …warna one thig is for sure pakistan rahay ga ..magar tareekh tum logo ko chorahay maie kalay choor ki tarah nanga bitha day ge…ainda anay walay zamanoo kay liye…..naqvi sb again thanks …bohat maza aiya apkay mudaa alee say itfaq haie aur us say bhar kar apki tahreer ki bunt aur lafazi par b jee bhar kar dad dainay ko dil chahta haie …likhtay rahiye bus aur bila khouf khatar likhtay rahyie Allah jaza dainay wala haie such likhnay walay ko.
Naqvi is a racist, he should visit the romantic life of tribals as Khan did. Naqvi would even not know his real roots while tribals have defeated the fathers naqvi is praising. Naqvi lives in a nutshell, full of bullshit. The end.
There appears to be a difference of opinion based upon the fact that by and large the KPK people support IK and the rest of the nihari and papaya eating THICK and KAM AQAL backing NS!!!! But we all have to accept that terrorism aside there are great efforts being made to streamline KPK. I would say well done to Pathans for choosing NAYA PAKISTAN.
PTI’s strategy was built almost entirely on two points: an end to drone strikes and an offer of talks to the militants.
Feisal, ghaday ka aik lund chooslo
This article isn’t worth my time.
“Hopefully, someday we will both realize that despite our sharp differences, you and I have more in common than we think.”
― Ray Bourhis, Revolt: The Secession of Mill Valley
Naqviis the one in unreal fantasy, completely ignoring the horrors of being at war aren’t 100000 dead enough to give peace a chance u advocate dialogue with India the bonafide enemy why not dialogue with the misguided Taliban if slightest hope of peace is there.
Naqvi marrying juggan does not mean all the world is a model stop fantasising and think of those spending nights under drones u glorify Malala fair enough but what about Nabeela whose grandmother was droned to death and only 5 congressmen out of 435 turn up to listen to her. U guys are the inhumane lot who just for getting blog space in Newsweek advocate war for next 50 years.
Shameful indeed at least imran wants peace wants an end to this war.
So what was the point of this article?? The writer needs to come out of the closet… I smell the stench of a fascist war mongerer who’s finding it very hard to spell it out to the readers …” The federal govt should nuke the tribals and then slowly exterminate these pesty Pashtuns causing all this trouble for us normal folks”..
Mr. Naqvi, Bravo! agree with every word of yours. sooner or later all those supporters of Mr. Khan will realize, the deal was unfavourable for the nation’s progress as a whole. Mr. Khan’s ties and allies with the who’s and who of the right wing are becoming more evident. The sad part is, that PTI going to replace Jamat Islami and become new minion of our establishment?
most probably, yes. And then nation’s memory shouldn’t blur and history is known to everyone. Gen. Zia’s vision is being nurtured in the most modern ways! IK is just another icon to deliver the old package.
Very disappointing to see a piece of writing resulting from abusive thoughts & negative depiction of the real scenario, & than they say that “IK supporters abuse them”……but here situation is otherwise…….
Naqvi’s chootia ideas get published way too much. Is he bribing the editorial staff?
Nothing but disarranged and poorly researched article. It depects the intellectual level of the author (Mr. Naqvi) who has no idea and no hollestic perpective on the status quo and what country’s “vision” should be. This is doing nothing but giving air to more chaos and senselessness; a hapless attempt to link unrelated events with the background of PTI’s “anit-drone” philosophy. Go do your research and maybe then you be able to see the reality.
bloggers like you like to get attention just by writing against IK and PTI. Write something genuine to be a recognized and appreciated by the world. and NO I M NOT A PTI or IK FAN.