Ayesha Tammy Haq is a good liberal supporter of Imran Khan. She was a former (failed) candidate for National Assembly by Imran Khan's PTI
Editor’s note: Here is an interesting excerpt from Imran Khan’s recent interview with India’s NDTV. Three noteworthy things in this excerpts are: (1) Imran Khan’s utter contempt for those who disagree with his world-view and politics, (2) his distinction between good liberals (ie, those who conform to his, i.e., ISI’s version of liberalism) and scum liberals (i.e., those who disagree with his politics and conduct), and (3) his respect for Tariq Ali. While harsh words used in this interview also explain the abusive attitude of Imran Khan’s followers who deserve to be forgiven for their trolling and abusing now that we know where it comes from, we are not too surprised about Imran Khan’s penchant for the “Taliban is equal to Pashtoon” fame Tariq Ali. Last but not least we note with interest that Imran Khan’s views on non-conforming liberals are not much different from another ISI-friendly journalist Mosharraf Zaidi (who has been recently installed in Pakistan’s foreign office by the Deep State) who too only believes in ISI-brand of liberals. (End note)
These are not liberals – by Imran Khan
Who are these liberals? I want to know because if you look at our rallies, for me it was very satisfying because I have struggled for 15 years, but it was all cross-sections of society. It was girls coming in jeans. It was women coming from deeni madrassas, it was Urdu medium, English medium, the religious. All of them came. It’s the only party in Karachi that does a rally and all sections of society come; the Pashtuns come and the Urdu speaking come and the Balochis, Sindhis. So it is a party that hopes to get all the country on one platform.
I don’t know whom you talk about. These liberals. I don’t know these liberals, because these liberals back bombing of villages. They back drone attacks.
I mean, I don’t call them liberals. I call them fascists. In my book these people are fascists. They have criticised me because I opposed this War on Terror. I opposed this criminal bombing, aerial bombing of villages, women and children getting killed. And these people were applauding it. These are not liberals. This is the scum of Pakistan who call themselves liberals, who have brought this country to this stage. Because of them we have extremism in this country. When they look at these people who stand behind every American policy which allows this country to, all human rights being violated, people being picked up and disappeared, and they’ve applauded all that.
These liberals, so called liberals, applauded the incineration, where they bombed this mosque when there were children and women in it, students in it. And these liberals were in the forefront. I don’t call them liberals. I agree. I really think these are the scum of this country.
In university, Mick Jagger and Karl Marx were my idols. Even now I think I find someone like Tariq Ali who is not religious but who is a Leftist. I find my views are far closer to Tariq Ali than probably anyone else. So I don’t fit in those stereotypes. I’m deeply spiritual. I lead my life with my faith but I’m totally leftist in my thinking. (Source)
Shirin Mazari is a good liberal supporter of Imran Khan
Nasim Zehra, former information secretary of PTI, too is a good liberal.
Majority of lifestyle liberals openly or secretly adore Imran Khan. They are good liberals, not scum.