A heroic journey towards the pinnacle of Pakistani politics ended in the fire of controversy and public revenge.
Imran Khan, the self-proclaimed opposition politician, is once again in the political wilderness.
Abandoned by coalition allies and alienated from the military leadership, he faced the exit of parliamentarians from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party he founded, but Khan remained unopposed and unyielding.
But the path to coming back to power will not be easy.
Khan is the 19th Pakistani Prime Minister to fail to complete his term, following an unbroken trend since the country gained independence in 1947. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat President Conte’s government.
Fawad Chaudhry, the current former information minister and one of Khan’s closest political advisers, said of his boss: “Imran Khan’s decision will be urgent. His idealism often overwhelms his rationality. In one way, it’s good, but in other ways, it’s not so good.
Chaudhry described the turbulent curve of 43 months as Khan’s prime minister, especially the final chaotic stretch.
“His plus point and negative point is that he is not a politician. He has the motivation to do extraordinary things, ”Chaudhry said.
Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the 2018 general election, with opposition parties accusing the military of rigging the election.
Another close aide to Khan, Faisal Sultan, special aide to the prime minister and chairman of the country’s Govt.
“This government did not like the current situation and had an ambitious agenda. But because it was a coalition government, the opposition joined forces.
The Rise of Khan
The iconic cricketer, who has captained the national team for the World Cup since 1992, deepened his affection for Khan when he raised funds across the country for the Shaqat Khan Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center Cancer Hospital in his memory. His mother.
With Khan founding PTI in 1996, the allure of politics soon won his cricketing retirement. As a movement for justice and good governance, the PTI fought to gain electoral traction. Between 1997 and 2008, PTI won only one seat, Khan’s own.
Then in 2011 it was called the Political Tsunami. Khan convened a large crowd for a rally in Lahore, denouncing the country’s political leadership and seeking to distance Pakistan from the US-led war in Afghanistan.
Political power finally seemed possible to Khan.
Fahad Hussain, a columnist for the Dawn newspaper, commented on Khan’s political progress: “Imran Khan’s political upheaval was largely driven by the growing frustration of the urban middle class with the traditional politics of the PML-N. [Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz] And PPP [Pakistan People’s Party]. The more their hatred of corruption and mismanagement stories, the more they were drawn to Khan’s impeccable personality.
But the PTI stumbled badly in the 2013 general election, finishing third behind the PML-N. In the first-post parliamentary system in Pakistan, Khan failed to attract enough successful candidates and did not have the required party structure.
The severe loss led Khan to the Fostian bargain. In an attempt to win the next election, Khan opened the doors of the PTI to the so-called “elect” – traditional constituency politicians who have mastered pro-politics, many of whom have long been critical of Khan. Khan associated himself very closely with the powerful army of the country.
It proved to be a winning formula. In 2018, the PTI won more seats in the National Assembly and Khan became prime minister, led by a coalition government.
Commenting on Khan’s victory in 2018, columnist Hussein said: “The natural support of a frustrated electorate was weakened by the institution’s mineral support. The combination of organic and mineral support brought Khan to power in the 2018 elections.
But a few months after Khan’s fifth year as prime minister, the formula fell apart. Abandoned by the electorate and alienated from the military leadership, Khan’s thin coalition became the parliamentary majority for the opposition. His term as Prime Minister is over.
The ousted prime ministers returned to Pakistan earlier.
PPP’s Benazir Bhutto was re – elected in 1993 and PML – N leader Nawaz Sharif was re – elected for a third term in 2013.
In the dark world of Pakistani politics, where the military’s political preferences have largely fluctuated in the past, when Khan looks back, his defeat may only be temporary.
The political platform, which has been accused more than ever since Khan left, is already encouraging him.
“He is an honest man,” said Fareshte Kathi, a longtime Khan supporter in Karachi.
“Even if the entire opposition, bureaucracy and powers are grouped against one person, when every other person you know is with him, he must be doing something right. Will fight to come back. I will continue to support, ” he said.
Voters like Kathi may have helped Khan break the two-party dominance of the PPP and PML-N and re-establish the PTI as one of the three largest parties in the country in the next general election.
The next election is scheduled for late 2023, and among Pakistan’s fragmented electorate, the winds of public opinion and the military leadership’s preferences could quickly change in favor of Khan.
Dawn’s columnist Hussein assessed the possibility of Khan’s return, saying: If it learns a lesson from its mistakes and corrects the trend, it can still save its electoral chances.
But Khan loyalists like former Information Minister Chaudhry have already predicted a return. “Politically, he’s very sharp. Yes, sometimes he does not care about the consequences.
But people love him.