Twenty-two years of bitter but persistent struggle, 22nd prime minister. What a coincidence, numerically, or philosophically yes, But behind his marvellous victory, by far the best, by all means laudable, praiseworthy and impressive, is the perseverance, determination and commitment to a cause for just society, is actually what has pushed Tehreek-i-insaaf chief Imran Khan, to pristine of glory,. What a reward, what a magnificent performance, words will fail to describe his success, dictionary pages will perhaps have to be scanned through for correct phrase to highlight the landmark achievement.
Imran’s landslide victory (176-96) in the polling for the coveted office is in itself a perfect tribute for his sagacity, audacity, mission that looked impossible, and goals harder by miles to reach, and yet he found the ways, trekking difficult terrain for years together, to achieve these landmarks that speak for themselves. No historian can be perfect in his or her description of whatever Imran, the cricker-turned-politician, now head of Pakistani government, had done by unwavering confidence in himself, in the daunting task before him, but he had faith in destiny, believed in benign help, that finally ha begun to shine in his forehead
Imran who during the last two days of assembly proceedings, kept silent and watched proceedings with grace and humiliation, unperturbed, unmoved by results announced for speaker Asad Qaiser, from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, elevated to national level now. But he naturally was overwhelmed when his own fate of rise to unprecedented fame, was declared open before the packed house, called the National Assembly, or the directly elected lower of Parliament that is the real policy making body on sensitive issues.
He could not help wipe off tears begun to trickle down a face, which had stood solidly against aal kinds of attacks and abuses, through last many years , but today could not control internal emotions. These finally came out, and had to so natural.
But when all this is said, it must be kept in mind that Imran Khan Niazi, popularly called ‘immi’ by teammates in his cricket career, is up against not just heavy but enormous odds. An uphill task now stares in his face. Revival of sinking economy, rapidly depreciating rupee value, rising debt liabilities of higher than Himalayas, mis-governance sinking to abysmal levels, unmatched corruption, stooping as low as to 147 marks in a list of 184 countries of the world.
Odds were heavy, insurmountable, but I have had personal experiences of being with him in cricket team tours to England, India, Australia, Sri Lanka. He was faulty and directionless in the beginning, bowling no balls all over, but in came his first grand success at Sydney in 1976 when he outclassed a powerful Australian side, to had his names written in the annals. NO looking back since then, winning series against West Indies, against England in England, against India in India, Bangalore is still fresh in our memories when he beat India, Iqbal Qasim and Tauseef, piercing through the defiant defence of Sunil Gavaskar to win the match in India after 1952 victory at Lucknow under Hafeez Kardar.
But politics was not just not bed of roses. Composure, compassion, and constant soul searching was the secret to success here. Imran knew that he had entered an altogether different field, lost badly after Benazir dismissal in 1996, and then won a single set I 2002, but then after 2013, starting with 126 days of record sit-in at Islamabad in front of Parliament, did the trick, he gained experiences, and learnt a lot, but the real breakthrough came at his Minare Pakistan rally, which opened the floodgates of success, and popularity for him. Since then he kept marching ahead, cities to cities, town to town, even smaller places, highlighting corruption and money laundering his main plank of campaigning against Sharifs and Zardaris, promising people to break their unholy alliance with just one magical delivery. Panama leaks came as a benign guidance for him, and he fully cashed on it.
His hard hitting speeches, injected new spirit, new thoughts in the hearts of millions of people coming to listen to him at his rallies, chanting slogan and he kept growing in confidence, riding a crescendo of unprecedented poulairty. After sometime, he was at the goal mouth, a final kick would fetch the fame for him, and 25th july brought the poof.
Pakistan had seen a many towering figures, beginning with Quaide azam, Quaide Millat, Liaquat Ali Khan, ZulfikarAlii Bhutto, Husseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, all unimitable in their style or working, thinking, strategy for governance, shining like stars on international horizon, but after them the level of leadership plummeted to depths unimaginable abyss and morass, keener on filling their own coffers, rather than working for welfare of country and its people. 50 percent of which were incredibly below poverty line, and yet none was there to take care of them. They were a pitiable lot. In such a country, progress, highways or motorways, loses meaning, which it did in our case.
Among the many secrets of Imran’s successes were the fierce campaign he led, filled the hearts of the people with feelings that change was necessary, corruption, money laundering, nepotism, adios to farewell, were all words hollow. Imran believed in God Almighty, his infinite mercy, began his speeches with surah fateha ayaat, and kept hammering the point that a government for the people, by the people and of the people was the only answer to their subjugation and slavery.
He succeeded, became the prime minister, will take oath tomorrow, and hopefully will remain true to his words of bringing a happy change in the life style of people with his ideas of nobility, will do away with lavish expenses, like lee kuwan yu of Singapore or Mahateer Mohammad of Malaysia ,leaders in the real sense, who revolutionalised their countries, and brought about a happy change in the society. Society has high hopes from Imran and his colleagues. They will have to perform now, else their fate will be worse than their predecessors.