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Imran Khan Is A Dangerous Moron. Yeah I Said It.

August 6, 2014

I have not been following the unfolding 14th August “Azadi March” drama closely at all. I’ve largely confined myself to reading headlines at the Dawn website and the occasional op-ed from the Express Tribune that would not result in a nose-bleed or worse an aneurysm (or even both at the same time which would be a most undignified way to go). The entire thing is painfully boring; Imran Khan wants to be PM. The current government is overreacting to his jejune behavior. And Imran Khan still wants to be PM because a person of his station cannot be saddled with running a piddly province that isn’t named Punjab.

 

Nonetheless, there are some things that have still jumped out at me regarding this entire episode. Let’s just build a timeline for this shall we?

 

We hold elections on the 11th of May 2013, which result in a victory for the PMLN. Most polls conducted to gauge the outcome of these elections had been pointing exactly in that direction. The PMLN ended up winning the election with a majority so large that they themselves were taken by surprise at the scale of their victory.

 

I don’t know about you, but when I’ve ordered an enormous amount of food I’m usually unsurprised when the amount of food I receive is, in fact, enormous. Now if I’ve ordered a side salad and end up getting a seven-course meal, I’m probably going to find myself in a slight state of shock. A rather delighted shock, but a shock nonetheless. I can’t speak for anyone else; but the fact that the winning party was not expecting the decisive victory they attained makes it appear as though the elections were not won on the back of “massive” “unprecedented” rigging. (I would also like to take this moment to file an LOL complaint at all the PTI claims of “unprecedented” rigging when we have the Zia referendum, the Musharraf referendum, and the 2002 elections behind us.)

 

It would be unfair to dismiss the PTI’s initial qualms with the elections out of hand. The PTI’s initial demands were for recounts / electional tribunal investigations into four seats that they believed they ought to have won. Electoral day activities on one seat in particular (Saad Rafique’s NA-125) did appear to be rather suspicious what with Mr. Rafique busting into the polling station himself and raising hell. Certainly the PTI is well within its right to take these complaints to the Election Tribunals and to get to the bottom of these situations.

 

Through these early days the PTI’s purported stance was that of a desire to improve the electoral process in Pakistan. It would be obscene of me to see this position as unfair. Indeed, electoral reform is important anywhere in the world and is of particular importance to our nascent democratic experiment (THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM!!)

 

However, the demands of the PTI have continued to snowball since then and we currently find ourselves in a situation where the Tehreek finds that any and all evidence that goes against them is evidence of a system so deeply corrupt that it would never allow Mr. Khan to ascend to power. I use Mr. Khan specifically here as the sole objective of the PTI at this stage is to install Imran Khan as Prime Minister on the back of a mid-term election that they expect to sweep. (Mind you, the PTI also expected to ‘sweep’ the May 2013 elections and when that didn’t happen, well, a lot of IK Kurtas were wept into.)

 

The PTI has concocted a grand conspiracy that resulted in their loss which even by our standards (Malala Yousufzai is a ballistics expert who shot herself at the exact right angle to avoid death so that she could live a cushy life in Britain while denigrating everything that is wonderful about Pakistan such as the blowing up of girls’ schools). You see, barring the benevolent military that has never interfered in any elections, almost every other essential democratic organ worked in concert to push the PTI into a third place finish.

 

The judiciary and in particular the highly damaging Iftikhar Chaudhary, who Imran Khan had himself declared as a “saviour” of Pakistan and enjoyed close ties with, decided to about face from Imran Khan and throw his lot behind the ascendant PMLN. How the Supreme Court of the nation was involved in rigging has been left entirely unclear. After all images of sexagenarians in powdered wigs stuffing ballots while waving gavels about would be to difficult to swallow even for us (the same people that think the United States has been engineering earthquakes and floods in Pakistan from Alaska).

 

The other major actor in this “massive” “unprecedented” rigging was the Election Commission (EC). The Commission was headed by Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, a man Imran Khan himself praised for his integrity and what not. As it turns out the EC and Fakhru Bhai did Imran Khan well wrong and decided to rig the elections for the PMLN just because. Little evidence has been presented in explaining why the Election Commission would want to favour one particularly party over another. They just did. Out of the blue. No explanation required. Having praised the former Chief Justice and Fakhru Bhai to high heavens one would be forgiven for thinking that Mr. Khan might just be a poor judge of character if these two individuals decided to massively rig the elections against him.

 

Then there’s of course Geo News. The same dastardly channel that gave the PTI more coverage than another party in the run-up to the elections. These guys really didn’t want the PTI to be in power, because airing a populist PTI government’s position that would be lapped up by millions of viewers just wouldn’t rake in enough advertising revenue for them. The PTI claims that Geo declared the PMLN the winner of the election before the entirety of every ballot polled was counted. To this complain I would simply like to direct the PTI to just about EVERY OTHER DEMOCRATIC NATION where the media forecasts winners based on trends. I’m still waiting with bated breath for the moment when the Tehreek informs us that Geo vans filled with bogus votes were making the rounds in the Punjab.

Not to forget, apparently the Caretaker Government in Punjab was ready to do anything it could to make sure the PMLN won decisively in the province. The fact that Mr. Najam Sethi, the caretaker Chief Minister of the Punjab during the elections, was proposed by the PPP and not the PMLN clearly doesn’t matter. Per the PTI Mr. Sethi made “35 Punctures” (we, the populace at large are still unclear as to what these 35 punctures mean exactly) so that the party that did not propose him to be Caretaker CM; and with whom he had had an historical enmity ever since Nawaz Sharif had him ARRESTED, wins with great ease.

 

You see, these four malicious elements in concert with the PMLN worked to steal the PTI’s mandate. Of course the PMLN’s near 100 seat advantage over the PTI would have been eradicated instantly if every single imaginable force including The First Evil from Buffy hadn’t conspired to cost him this loss.

 

Now we find ourselves on the edge of the “Azadi March” (Azadi from what exactly? God, I hope its Azadi from further PTI marches.) The PTI has demanded that the Prime Minister step down and hold fresh elections. But why? Well because “massive” “unprecedented” rigging. No sitting government anywhere in the world should take such demands for resignation with any seriousness.

 

This is not to absolve the current Government’s performance, which has been largely listless. Additionally, the Government deciding to invoke Article 245 in Islamabad alone reeks of desperation and is a fundamentally idiotic move which makes them seem far more insecure than they really are. With a near two-thirds majority in parliament, the Government should utilize their political clout to position themselves more firmly rather than reacting and allowing the PTI to set the tenor of public discourse.

 

All that said, we already have a mechanism to address poorly performing governments. We generally refer to them as regularly scheduled elections. That the PTI is demanding mid-term elections on the back of evidence that Election Tribunals have found insufficient speaks solely to the damaging lust for power Imran Khan has found himself in. Part of it is messianic and part of it deeply cynical. Imran Khan believes he, and only he, can navigate the nation through the problems currently plaguing it. Imran Khan also finds himself in a politically amenable situation with a military that institutionally loathes the sitting Prime Minister and wishes to strike while he still can.

 

Let’s just think for a moment what happens if the Government gives in to the PTI’s sweeping, and frankly, damaging demands. The assemblies are dissolved, the Prime Minister steps down, and calls for fresh elections. A new caretaker set-up is established according to the regulations stipulated in the 18th Amendment. We hold fresh (and entirely unnecessary) elections on the 14th of November 2014.

 

Leading into these elections Imran Khan will convince his supporters that the PTI is on its way to a historic, “massive” “unprecedented” victory. The results of the elections come in, and with the PMLN somewhat damaged they manage to hold on to the Government. A support base that will only accept a sweeping victory will be left unsatisfied. Imran Khan with nowhere left to turn will again start street agitation condemning the elections as rigged as he has not attained his God-given right to the Prime Ministerial post.

 

As it stands, Imran Khan’s project is dangerous and will be harmful to the nation in both the short and long term. He should by all means be allowed to march onto the capital and hold his million (billion? TRILLION???) man march; but for him to have explicitly stated that his aim is the dissolution of the Government places him alongside all those Pakistanis in the past who have stunted popular political expression for their personal desire for power.

 

Tailpiece:

The PTI’s Deputy Information Secretary believes that the bodies involved in the  May 2013 election rigging also include The United States, UAE, Saudi Arabia, MI-6, India, and Former COAS Ashfaq Kayani. It’s almost as though they WANT us to laugh at them.

33 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2014 5:01 pm

    Brilliant.

    Hope you’ve got a bullet proof jacket ready for the onslaught of Youthiya rage.

  2. August 6, 2014 5:40 pm

    And PTI Youth Rage to begin in 3.. 2.. 1..

  3. sadia haque permalink
    August 6, 2014 6:05 pm

    Yeah. Exactly (y) his stupid project is harmful.:/

  4. Lahore permalink
    August 6, 2014 7:46 pm

    thank you for this article . sick of PTI yaar

    • Chandini permalink
      August 11, 2014 4:18 am

      shutup Yaar, you moron

  5. Sofia permalink
    August 6, 2014 8:13 pm

    Imran Khan is a fraud who knows that these elections were more or less fair. Even if his party won all the petitions they filed in the tribunals pml-n would only lose 15 or so seats in the national assembly (as almost half of pti’s 30 petitions for national assembly seats are against non-pmln candidates). Hardly enough to change the outcome. The fact that PTI losers did not even bother to file petitions with the election tribunals is enough to debunk all of their claims.

  6. Usman permalink
    August 6, 2014 11:46 pm

    Lame and biased. No mention of massive rigging proved in all of the constituencies opened for counting so far. no mention of rewarding care taker cm najam sethi. no metnion of rewarding cj iftikhar through his son arslan. Are u Blind or just Stupid?

  7. August 7, 2014 10:08 am

    hahahaha.. who needs a KitKat break when you can break the day’s monotony with this brilliance:) Thank you.. I have a BIG smile on my face

  8. August 7, 2014 12:21 pm

    Lamest way of becoming popular and pseudo intellectual in Pakistan

    “Write in (strongly) in favour of IK or against him”

  9. Anon permalink
    August 7, 2014 12:45 pm

    (Hey – can you please delete my previous comment – I realized the email address is public by mistake, and I don’t want random people emailing me)

    Dude/Dudette..are you Mohammed Hanif writing undercover?🙂 Anyway – great article!

  10. Adnan permalink
    August 7, 2014 3:57 pm

    This is complete bullshit. The army is involved in rigging against the PTI as you rightly put the video below. Please correct it immediately.

  11. Adnan permalink
    August 7, 2014 3:57 pm

    This article is very Biased. It should not be Biased you should always be singing praises of Imran Khan.

  12. Adnan permalink
    August 7, 2014 3:59 pm

    A total of 15 thousand people stood for the 2013 elections. Of these 410 complains were registered with the Election Commission Tribunals. This means that 3% of the candidates disputed the results.

    Of these PTI’s complaints were 58 or 14% of the total complaints registered. Of these complaints 73% have already been laid to rest. This means that 19 seats remain open for a decision. The elections were not perfect but it shows political naivety to assume that anything in Pakistan is going to be perfect. There is not argument for electoral reform. But the numbers dont stand in favor of destablising this government for all its faults.

    • empeey permalink
      August 9, 2014 11:12 am

      Population of Pak is more than 19,00,00,000 based on results of some of the constituencies opened so far even if we assume on average of 40k stuffed votes surely it would not have been done on more than 50 seats= 20 lacs additional votes thats like less than 1 % of total or we take global population of 7 bln that even less than 0.025% how on earth can this be thought as any significant rigging to actually impact the actual results…

      Moreover Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz sharif, Hamza Sharif, Maryam sharif & other family members have been tirelessly serving people of Pakistan for more than 25 years- will you not allow them the luxury of even 1 lac vote per year of handwork, sweat & tears- come on itna to banta hai..

      Also why Imran khan & his band of followers do not asks for opening for election record of 1977, 1988, 1999, 2002 when there was far more rigging, first open those elections then talk of any rigging..
      Thks

    • empeey permalink
      August 10, 2014 6:21 am

      Pakistan’s population is more than 19,00,00,000, however based on some of constituencies opened so far we observe ~ 40-50 kt of ballot stuffing even if we assume that it was done for 50 seat so the total additional votes is 40 kx50= 20 lacs thats not even 1% of population.. Moreover if we take into account the global population of 7 bln that comes out be less than .025%.. How on earth can anyone think of this as any significant rigging impacting actual outcome..
      Also Nawaz sharif, Shahbaz sharif, Hamza sharif, Maryam sharif & other family members have been serving Pakistan for more than 25 yrs so you think even 1 lacs votes per year of hard work, sweat & tears is not justified- Itna tu banta hai..
      Far more rigging happened in 1977,1988, 1999, 2002 why the hell imran khan & his band of followers woke up now- go & first open these elections before talking of opening any punjab constituencies..
      So far EC has disposed of 73% by dismissing the petitions on technical grounds it should do so also for the remaining petition to reach 100%, what could be a good basis for rejecting petition may be ask the complainants to recite dua e qunoot..

      thnks

  13. August 7, 2014 9:51 pm

    Incredibly biased article. Your outright dismissal of PTI’s potentially valid accusations of rigging is based on…the fact that PMLN were surprised at their victory? Pathetic argument. That huge victory might have been precisely BECAUSE of the huge unprecedented rigging of which there is plenty of evidence.

    I’m by no means a PTI fangirl and I am not convinced by IK. PMLN would probably have won the election anyway. But the evidence of rigging is right there. And if there was no rigging, why did PMLN not give into IK’s demands and show the results in the named constituencies? If they could simply go ‘Look, here is proof the votes are valid’ It would irreparably damage PTI and leave them as ‘troublemaking, power-hungry morons’. As it is, they are trying EVERYTHING in their power to stop the march because they know IK has a lot of support. I think the slander case against him and Article 245 are a testament to that. They are worried.

    Most likely, the government will dissolve and a caretaker will be set up after which the ISI and Americans will intervene and throw Bilawal Bhutto in there. IK cannot be controlled and everyone knows it. He won’t ever make it to PM

  14. August 8, 2014 1:29 am

    Haha. Love the expression on the anchor’s face.😛

    “I would also like to take this moment to file an LOL complaint at all the PTI claims of “unprecedented” rigging when we have the Zia referendum, the Musharraf referendum, and the 2002 elections behind us.”

    The fact is, most of the people feeding into Imran Khan’s messiah complex were either not yet born or still learning fractions at the time of these events.

  15. jman316 permalink
    August 8, 2014 10:02 am

    I dont live in Pakistan ( but parents were from there) so you lot probably dont think im entitled to an opinion…but here goes anyway!
    How is Mr Sharif sitting on the throne? I mean arent only two tenures allowed under the constitution?
    Secondly, I shoot and Gullu Butt you! Please Sir, may I have another?

    • August 8, 2014 10:06 am

      Not being from Pakistan does not render your opinion invalid as far as I’m concerned. However, there are no constitutional term limits for the PM slot in Pakistan.

      • jman316 permalink
        August 8, 2014 10:12 am

        Thank you although I don’t think your country folk share the same opinion ( I’ve been told this on many occasion)

        Right! I did not know that. Boy am I surprised about that! So these individuals can come and rule over you as many times as they please?
        Also your right about IK. His demands have gone from small to large..He should still wait his turn though!

  16. Anonymous permalink
    August 8, 2014 4:07 pm

    Surely we deserve idiots like Nawaz and the dead legacy of Bhutto who have time and again somehow managed to get into power and are blind enough not to realize the state Pakistan has gone into. To them sub acha hai. (All is well) I think it’s rather all is in the well.

  17. Arshad Khalil permalink
    August 10, 2014 8:12 am

    Absolutely right you are all the talks of IK are just cock and bull stories. If he realizes the total number of votes of PTI in last elections are almost the same as he was claiming before elections. But any body could guess that these would not translate in seats because your target population was universities and other institutions where people would go to their hometown for polling and would be in minor percentages. If the Azadi March is not mishandled by the government it is going to be a huge failure because he doesnt have a convincing case at hand. He needs to be clear about rigged polls definitions. The way he is blaming the unconfirmed votes because of ink as rigged it would be equally true in the seats he has won. Just to give you an insight about last elections whenever I asked somebody from Taxila that are you voting for Imran Khan the answer was that I like Imran Khan OK but am I mad that I should vote for Ghulam Sarwar Awan. Probably this was the situation everywhere and at the last moments the PTI workers started saying everywhere that forget about the individual of your constituency and vote for Imran Khan. In all honesty if we go for a re election Khan Saab is likely to do poorer than before. Also if no blood is shed during the March in all probability PTI as a party is doomed for ever after the Azadi March. I dont know whether there Pundits have calculated the results in case of failur or not.

  18. Chandini permalink
    August 11, 2014 4:19 am

    Now everybody wants fame by talking senseless about PTI, so the writer himself proved a moron

  19. Usman permalink
    August 11, 2014 6:30 am

    Riddle me this? Do people like you who ARE the elite and part of the status quo really matter? IK is addressing and fighting for the rights of a totally different audience/demographic. Oh yes there are poor people in Pakistan and they constitute the vast majority of the population/electorate. Even a little bit of rigging is equivalent to stealing the mandate. Please do not try and justify it. The system needs to change. Period. Good day!

    • Hameed permalink
      December 27, 2014 8:29 am

      Sadly IK is not addressing the poor of Pakistan as you seem to believe. He is addressing the elite and upper middle class. A fact which is clear from the people coming to his rallys.

  20. August 13, 2014 1:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Kashif Shahzad and commented:
    A wonderful piece written at the hour of need.

  21. August 30, 2014 10:44 pm

    Reblogged this on lailamandvi and commented:
    THAT is an opinion, substantiated, well read, unbiased.

  22. Jahangir Shams permalink
    October 2, 2014 9:36 am

    I think everyone posting a comment here has a good life and steady income. People don’t care who, they just want someone to remove this government and bring a person/s who can provide for a relief. And I personally wish that what happens to Faraz in the Scriptwriter novel happens to Nawaz Sharif. Go Nawaz Go.

  23. Ahmad permalink
    December 22, 2014 1:00 am

    Imran Khan is not a dangerous Moron but you are an idiot who doesnt understand what his mission is. Keep on supporting the PPP and PML-N that is what you kala kaways of this nations deserve. Asswipe.

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