Imran Khan predicts ‘a revolution’ in Pakistani politics
(Remember…These Folks Gotta Lotta Nukes!!!…Paul)
Former national cricket captain vows to fight corruption and negotiate with the Taliban in address to 100,000 at Lahore rally
Sunday 6 November 2011
At the height of his cricket glory days, Imran Khan would visualise winning – standing on the podium, cup held aloft – and propelling Pakistan to victory. Last weekend, standing before a sea of supporters in Lahore, he had a similar epiphany about his political career.
“As I stood there, watching them, I knew the moment had come,” Khan, who is the leader of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insafr party, said. “Now nothing can stop us. This is a revolution, a tsunami. We will not just win the next elections – we will sweep them.”
Whether the former cricket captain can translate rhetoric into reality is hotly debated. Yet few doubt that last weekend’s rally sent shockwaves across Pakistan’s moribund political system.
Over 100,000 people crammed into a historic Lahore park. Many were middle-class Pakistanis – young, urban, educated – drawn by Khan’s rhetoric and their anger at conventional politics.
“This is the emergence of a new force. The cry for change is resonating across Pakistan,” said Ayaz Amir, a parliamentarian from rival Nawaz Sharif’s party, who was there. “Young, old, professionals, women – I’ve never seen such people at a public meeting in Pakistan before.”
The sight, Amir added, had “scared the living daylights” out of his own party.