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According to his fans, Imran Khan is Pakistan’s cleanest politician and the only hope of many (particularly for the newly discovered PTI lota group). However, many of his critics see him as the military establishment’s pawn who will save their fallen fortunes and dead hopes. So all political fortune hunters, opportunist, turn coats and patent lotas are rapidly joining the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf.
Further more, many youth cadres of militant groups as well as die hard right wingers (JuD, LeT, LeJ, SSP, AMTKN etc) have sworn allegiance to Kaptaan’s PTI.
There are several reason why political fortune hunters right now prefer to jump on Kaptaan’s ship. Here are two of the most important reasons: First the PTI is fully toeing the line of the establishment, and second the undemocratic nature of the PTI.
Did Imran Khan ever hold elections in PTI? The answer is: no intra-party elections has been held in the past 10 years, which has opened the door for appointment of sycophants. Many of those who were severely criticized by the PTI’s spokespersons and leaders are now being generously accepted and accommodated on high positions.
Shahid Qazi, the central vice president of PTI from Balochistan, who was also a member of PTI’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) and its core group, in his resignation letter said:
“PTI is accepting all those people who are openly working for the establishment and recent policy changes strongly point towards the policies of the military establishment,”
The following item (copy-pasted from PTI official website) is a reminder to Imran Khnan and the newly found VP of PTI Shah Mehmood Qureshi about how PTI used to view Shah Mehmood’s actions and policies in the recent past when Shah Mehmood Qureshi was serving as a Foreign Minister of Pakistan Peoples party.
Statement by Foreign Minister is unwarranted and inappropriate: Saifullah Niazi
ISLAMABAD ( ) The Additional Secretary General of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Saifullah Khan Niazi has taken exception to the recent statement of the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi that Iran had no justification to pursue nuclear weapons. The statement is unwarranted and inappropriate, he added.
In a Press statement issued by Party’ s Central Media Cell on Wednesday he said such undiplomatic statements amounted to interference in the internal affairs of other countries. Who is he to sit in judgment over the policies of other countries? He asked. In presence of international aggressor and American puppet, Israel, the integrity of entire Muslim Ummah is at stake in such circumstances how can Shah Mehmood Qureshi says that Iran has no enemy.
The PTI leader said Israel poses a serious threat to Iran and Tehran has the same right to have an atomic bomb as Israel had. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, he remarked. He said it appears that shah Mahmood Qureshi has been proving himself more loyal than the king by harping on the tune of Washington. His statement has not gone down well with the people of Pakistan. Shah Mehmood Qureshi must realise that he is the foreign minister of Pakistan and not of the US, he added.
Asadullah Ghalib’s article
Express, 7 Jan 2011