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Sunday, August 1, 2021

the once hyped Pak PM - Imran Khan struggling in governance

The opposition strongly slammed the government's economic policies  saying that  the head has 'no knowledge of the basics of economics' and makes decisions in line with advice from his 'courtiers'.  [nothing local so don’t jump to hasty conclusion – it is Current affairs of International politics!]

I remember that Pongal Test in 1980 at Chepauk when Pak toured India.  The star Batsman Zaheer Abbas failed miserably, getting out to Roger Binny;  some Pakis claimed that to be result of black magic ! .. .. Sandip Patil debuted and we so eagerly looked forward to his making runs – glaring at him in the net practice before the commencement of the Test.  Sunil Gavaskar was to make 166 and Kapil bowled so well – a 7 wicket haul in the 2nd  essay ensured a comfortable 10 wicket victory for India.  Imran Khan ran in long and hard and bowled fast – took 5 wickets too – those days there were rest days the 4th  day -  18th  Jan was a rest day.  Years later, in Feb 1987, Imran captained Pakis and scored a ton, which was overshadowed by a brilliant 123 laced with 18 fours and 2 sixers by local lad Krishnamachari Srikkanth.


Imran Khan  was a great Cricketer before entering politics.   One recalls that on that tour of 1983 – Imran Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz, Sikhandar Bakht, Jallaluddin – repeatedly overstepped as Indian batsmen found the pace and swing too uncomfortable and lost the series badly. After 2 decades of international cricket, Khan   became a fulltime politician.  In its  long political history, Pakistan  peppered with military coups and martial law, elections 2018 were to be  the second successive transition of power through a constitutional process from one elected government to another. However, political opponents, the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and international observers such as the European Union alleged that irregularities and election rigging occurred in many parts of the country, particularly in rural and urban Sindh and Punjab provinces.   Imran Khan defeated their own system and became the PM of Pakistan .. and immediately spit venom .. .. on twitter taking  a potshot at our Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji,  over the cancellation of meeting between India and Pakistan. “Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue,” he tweeted”.

Not so surprisingly some media in India started saying that India needs to learn from Imran .. .. the reality as always is far different !  .. .. Pakistan’s Supreme Court expressed its displeasure with the Imran Khan government, saying it was incapable of running the country or taking decisions. Hearing the local bodies case, a two-judge bench, headed by Justice Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Justice Sardar Tariq, expressing annoyance over the issuance of an ordinance on delimitation of constituencies by the Punjab government, referred the matter to the Chief Justice, the Express Tribune, Pakistan, reported. During the hearing, the apex court was informed that the decision regarding the census had not been taken by the Council of Common Interests (CCI). “Why hasn’t the Council of Common Interests met in two months,” Justice Isa asked, expressing his anger, the report said. According to the judge, the government and its allies rule in three provinces, and yet not a single decision had been taken by the CCI. “The government is incapable either of running the country or taking decisions,” he added.

Economic governance is never easy – and one need not have a panel of foreign experts ! to run .. .. the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) recently slammed the federal government's economic policies for the last three years, saying that Prime Minister Imran Khan has 'no knowledge of the basics of economics' and makes decisions in line with advice from his 'courtiers'. Addressing the opposition's pre-budget seminar, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi claimed that under the Pakistan Tehreeke-e-Insaf (PTI) government, over five million people have become unemployed, reported Geo News. He also claimed that the PTI-led government has pushed 20 million people into poverty and has heavily burdened people by increasing the price of electricity by more than 62 per cent. Meanwhile, financial losses due to line cuts and electricity theft have increased to 4.5 per cent, while Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited were "bankrupt" today, he said. "Pakistan's economy has shrunk by USD 19 billion in the last three years... People have received the gift of inflation through a stolen election," he said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out hosting American bases in Pakistan for military action inside war-torn Afghanistan, fearing it might lead to his country being "targeted in revenge attacks" by terrorists. In an opinion piece in The Washington Post ahead of US President Joe Biden's meeting with top Afghan leaders at the White House later this week, Mr Khan also questioned the efficacy of such US bases in Pakistan. "We simply cannot afford this. We have already paid too heavy a price," Mr Khan said, amid reports that the US continues to focus on Pakistan for a military base in the region. Elaborating the reasons for not giving nod the US to have bases in Pakistan, which were earlier allowed after 9/11 to coordinate operations in Afghanistan, the Pakistan Prime Minister said, "If Pakistan were to agree to host US bases, from which to bomb Afghanistan, and an Afghan civil war ensued, Pakistan would be targeted for revenge by terrorists again." According to media reports, the US had used the Shamsi air base in Balochistan to carry out hundreds of drone strikes since 2008. The drone strikes focused primarily on suspected Al Qaeda operatives in mountainous tribal areas, but also crossed the border into Afghanistan.

In a different news, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan sparked fury by blaming 'temptation' for sexual violence against women. It comes just two months after comments he made on sexual violence drew severe backlash. In April, Khan caused fury when he suggested during a Q&A session that 'vulgarity' was to blame for rising sexual violence, singling out Bollywood, Hollywood, divorce, and the 'sex, drugs and rock and roll' culture of England in the 70s as examples of moral decline. Defending his earlier remarks, Mr Khan siad in an interview with Axios HBO that aired on Monday: '...I said the concept of ''purdah''. The concept of "purdah" is avoid temptation in society. We don't have discos here, we don't have nightclubs. 'It is a completely different society way of life here. So if you raise temptation in society to the point - all these young guys have nowhere to go - it has a consequences in the society.'

When asked by Australian journalist Jonathan Swan if women's clothing can provoke sexual violence, Mr Khan said: 'If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on the men, unless they are robots. And it's common sense.'Swan replied: 'Yes but is it really going to provoke acts of sexual violence?' Mr Khan replied: 'It depends what society you live in. If in a society people haven't seen that sort of thing, it will have an impact on them. Referring to Western culture, he said: 'This is cultural imperialism. His comments were criticized by Pakistan Muslim League (PML) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, who wrote on Twitter: 'The world got an insight into a mindset of a sick, misogynistic, degenerate & derelict IK. 'It is not women''s choices that lead to sexual assault rather the choices of men who choose to engage in this dispicable and vile crime.'

Twice-divorced Khan, was no stranger to scantily-clad women as he partied in VIP nightclubs during his bachelor life in London in the 1980s and 90s. The Oxford-educated public schoolboy famously dated fashion guru Susannah Constantine before marrying glamorous socialite Jemima Goldsmith in 1995. In January 2015 it was confirmed that he had married Reham Khan, a former BBC weathergirl and presenter, in a small private ceremony in Pakistan. That time  Pakistani media criticised Reham for her westernised style of dress, her outspoken political views, and status as a divorcee. Eventually the pressure became too much and the pair split in October the same year, with Imran later describing the marriage as 'the worst decision of my life'. Speaking to MailOnline in April, Reham branded her former husband a 'rape apologist', said he is 'clueless' about women's issues, and is 'failing miserably' in his duty to set an example

Now where are those media persons, who advised that India should learn from Imran – have they changed their views since ?!?

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
22nd June 2021. 

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