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Thursday's Connector: Imran Khan

February 17th, 2010
02:54 PM ET

Pakistan's Imran Khan is arguably one of the most legendary cricket players of all time - not to mention a very powerful politician.

Imran Khan was one of Pakistan's best cricketers.

Imran Khan was one of Pakistan's best cricketers.

Khan played cricket at the national level for nearly two decades, winning Pakistan's only world cup trophy in 1992 and becoming a national hero.

He has a record of more than 3,000 runs and almost 400 wickets in Test cricket, making him one of eight world cricketers to achieve an 'All-rounder's Triple' in Test matches.

After Khan's successful career as one of the world's best cricketers, he turned his attention to politics.

In 1996, Khan founded his own political organization known as Pakistan's Movement for Justice - he was later elected to Pakistan's parliament from 2002 to 2007.

Imran Khan will be our Connector of the Day on Thursday night's Connect the World.

Do you want to know what he thinks of cricket today? Maybe you want to know what he thinks of the current political situation in Pakistan?

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  1. Nawaz.B.T

    HI, MR. KHAN I WANT TO KNOW THE ANSWERS OF TWO QUESTIONS ,THAT WHEN YOU WILL HOLD THE POWER SEAT IN PAKISTAN CRICKETING WORLD?AND IN PAKISTAN POLITICAL WORLD BOTH REALLY NEEDS YOU AS THEIR LEADER-MAN(AS YOU ARE AND WILL)AND I AM SURE THESE WORLDS WILL BE INFLUENCE WITH GREAT OPTAMISTIC CHANGE.WHEN:?READY TO JOIN MYSELF AND MANY.......................................

    February 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  2. Mudassir

    I have couple of questions for you Mr. Imran Khan.

    1. Why did you go into politics?? Meaning you know the political level and the way polling is done in that part of the world .. then why go into it because i honestly dont see you winning anything ever. Because you are not a politicans material .. you are too hard headed to be a politicans!! sorry but i have to say wht i have to say.

    2. Why leave cricket the way you did?? You were Pakistani Hero and for some you still are. But why leave? look whats happening to Pakistan Cricket. Its a joke, no fun intended! I can honestly say, i cannot see you becoming a Pakistani Politican but leading a Pakistani Cricket team to there rightful place is another story.

    I can give you one advise if i may. Please do not go after Power & Money, stick to what you are successful at and always remember where you got your success from. (I see Pakistani great legend leaving and going after money where ever they can find it. for ex: Wasim Akram is no where to be found for Pakistan but he is willing to do whatever it takes for Kolkata.) Shame.

    February 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  3. Dinesh

    As a cricketer and a politician ... you must have insight into the Pakistani mind set ... why is there hatred among Indians and Pakistanis today ? How do we overcome this unnecessary hatred ? Are politicians to blame for the continuing hatred or is cricket to blame ? Forget the Hindu and Muslim argument for there are more muslims in India who do no like Pakistan. What is wrong and how do we fix it ?

    February 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  4. Adil

    Assalaam O alaikum

    Mr. Imran Khan. I believe you are doing a great job in your present state. I am sure, As Allah helped you achieve your goals like the cricket cup,or the Hospital, I am sure HE is going to help you as your intention of resurrecting an ever falling Pakistan to it original Glory. Bring a great name to Islam or Muslims generally around the world.

    May Allah be with you. It will take time, but hold on. There is still a long way to go. you are still in the 2nd round of this game. Delhi is still far.

    But we all are with you. Do the best to the muslim world, and I am sure Pakistan and India will be best remembered as great nations.

    February 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  5. Qurat

    Hi !
    I attended your speech in Paris in Nov 2008 and realized something about you. You described a story about your charity campaign and how some simple people made you visit some backward area and finally in mosque. My purpose to remind you this is that i figured out from the way you were telling about that area which was of very low standard and it was very disturbing for you to be there. Your expressions were like, you wanted to leave that place ASAP. But you know very well 80% of Pakistan is currently like that and if you want to do politics then you have to adapt yourself with such. You must have seen Pakistani politicians walking through even flooded and smelly area so patiently and common Pakistani people think you as you are just like them and not some alien.

    Second thing that you have to trust some other people in your party and make them your representatives at various forums. Its common point of view about you that you seem all alone and whenever we hear about PTI we just hear only 1 name.

    Third point that I want to mention is in Pakistan if you want to do real politics then you have to get attachment with religious non politicians leaders because they have real hold in people hearts. I can say you for sure that there are millions of people in Pakistan who like you as a genius and sincere person but when they'll hear your name from their Shaikhs (commonly famous as Pir's) or they see your picture with them, they'll just get crazy about you. You can say they are all corrupt but that's not true. Some are but mostly are on right path and they also need Political support for their missions.

    February 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  6. Mani

    Being thoroughly corrupt is a basic qualification for holding political office in Pakistan. You say that you are an honest man, then what chance do you have? Should we admire your persistence or lament your naiveté?

    February 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  7. Mani

    Question about cricket:
    Shahid Afridi was banned for two games for ball tampering. Pakistan has in the past vehemently denied allegations and even forfeited a test match in protest over allegations. What credibility does the team have left after such a blatant and mindless act by a captain?

    February 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  8. Mani

    Pakistan has been hijacked by fundamentalists. How can the voices of the moderates in the country be heard?

    February 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  9. MQ

    Hi Mr. Imran Khan, first off I for one am glad that you are in politics. It gives people like myself and the younger generation of Pakistan hope that some one we think is honest is trying to get into power.
    Also I would like to thank you for standing for the impartial Judiciary and Justice in Pakistan and not bowing to the will of the government.
    I hope that some day our nation would wake up and elect people like yourself to office.
    My question to you is to what is your take on the current situation of Pakistan ? The stand off between the judiciary and the government (Mr. Zardari) ?
    Also do you think that the direction the Judiciary is moving in (that of impartiality and for the first time in favor of the public not politicians/armed forces) is that going to be sustainable ? Or is it like most things in Pakistan "NO good deed goes unpunished" the justices who dared to stand against the govt. tyranny are going to be made an example off.?

    February 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  10. curiousGeorge

    i just have one question – how to be ladies man like you 🙂

    February 17, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  11. Ahmad Anwar

    AOA
    PLEASE SAVE CRICKET!!!
    There's probably not much that you can do now to save cricket but I would suggest giving it some attention if not anything more (since its more politics than sports now). By that i mean advices and solutions rather than the criticism and useless commenting you do in politics. Maybe you might find success here since you always run away from elections there!

    I KNOW you would be the best leader for us BUT unfortunately there is a large cloud over your personal and moral doings (which you just laugh at and simply negate by saying thats its personal ; thats just not the way to handle it). You have to admit you are NOT a good man but BETTER than the others. leading 11 players to winning the world cup is one thing, leading a nation to success is another. I pray for your bright future.

    Regards.

    February 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  12. varun

    Hello Imran,
    I have always regarded you in high esteem regarding your cricketing skills and tactics and finding natural talent.
    Only person who failed who was backed by you is Sami.
    My another question is who among Inzamam,Sachin,lara and pointing is the greatest batsmen.

    February 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  13. shan

    hi,
    In my opinion currently the only person who can handle Pakistan's situation is Mr. Imran Khan so why doesn't he step up and lead PAKISTAN instead of Zardari ( the guy who use to be a "gunda" (criminal) back in the days")

    Zeshan

    February 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  14. S8020

    Pakistan's history is to have roller coaster rides, How do you see the country in five years down the road politically and economically?

    February 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  15. Omair

    Do you think you will ever be able to govern the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? I'm not asking if you are "able-bodied" or "able-minded" but rather, would the strong corrupt forces ever make you successfully reach the highest seat and change the spiraling collapse of this great nation?

    I honestly dont think so. But I do hope so. But then again, would you still be as honest once you get to that powerful seat? Reviewing the history of those that have governed, almost all have been corrupt. So its only naive to believe you wouldn't go the same route. Please dispute what I've said.

    I do not know pakistani politics as much, but from what little I do know, somehow I have deciphered you as being the only honest person who can actually lead Pakistan to prosperity. With a fair-balanced mind and forward-thinking approach, you'll be able to do wonders. I have also noticed you have attracted attention to your party in the recent years but have not had any success in the elections. Whats your plan of action? What are you trying to achieve utlimately? Has you & your party gotten anywhere towards reaching their goals?

    How much more longer for the people of the nation to suffer under democratically elected corrupt rulers like Zardari. Its not only the corrupt but the "awaam" or public who are to blame as it almost seems they fail to recognize the right person from the wrong person. Would you agree?

    February 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  16. vizi

    Why did you choose to be a politician ?

    February 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  17. Shehzad

    AOA

    I know you are the right man for Pakistan, like you were the right man for the Pakistani cricket but I dont understand why are you sitting so quite? It is the time of action you need to react now, I dont know how may be by organising some sort of ralies, some long march etc. because these corrupt politicians will never let you take their place and I strongly believe Pakistan and its people we need you.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  18. James

    Imran,

    How can the increasing radicalization of Pakistan be reversed? When you become President, how will you reverese this disturbing trend?

    February 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  19. Imran KALHORO

    hi Mr KHAN
    Well i really apreciate your ideas but lets face the reality as well, what i can observe here is that most times you are only focused on the Urban areas and might be unintentionally neglecting the Rural areas ( and these rural people do VOTE most times and not urbans).

    so if you want to come to power and make change, it is not not going to happen while you are giving lectures at OXFORD UNION or else.

    you have to go in villages/ Goths, where even today there is nothing to EAT, forget the "basic necesities".

    so we as the people of Goths/ Villages are not satisfied with ur policies so far, by only shouting slogans on the marevolous roads of Islamabad, we even didnot have that privilage, and our people see these kind of roads and devlopment in their dreams. THUMBS DOWN!

    February 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Reply
  20. Huda

    Hello Mr. Khan

    It is great to have you here in "Connect the World". As one of the most successful leaders in the Cricket field, do you have any comment on the influence of Pakistani politics on the shaky performance of Pakistani cricket.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:42 am | Reply
  21. Asim Kaleem

    My only suggestion to Mr Khan is that since you are in politics, than please empower your party with educated and devoted people who are sincere and want to work relentlessly.

    The main problem in Pakistan is now the leadership may be sincere with the country but the party members are mostly not and this is indeed one of the so many problems which needs attention towards better governance.

    thanks

    February 18, 2010 at 2:06 am | Reply
  22. maryanne schultz

    Mr Khan i would want to know from you as u are more informed than me or us what can your country do more other than playing politics do to help or arrest the alqaeda hiding in your country. pls give some light in this matter before the situation gets out of hard.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:18 am | Reply
  23. MG

    Hi Imran,
    First let me tell you that I am an Indian and had always held you in very high esteem. More than your cricketing abilities, I have appreciated your effort in building Pakistan's first cancer hospital and recently the Namal University, which I feel needs to be emulated throughout the subcontinent.

    However, what saddens me is that despite receiving so much adulation and love in India, you've taken up a very anti-Indian tone. You seem to be surrounded by Pakistani nationalist hawks like Shireen Mazari, Ahmed Qureshi, etc and thus you tend to verbalise the very far right ultra nationalistic views. I think there should be a fine line between being patriotic and being narrow minded nationalistic.

    Good human beings are needed for the social and economic upliftment of this subcontinent and I consider you, along with Edhi in Pakistan, as one of them.

    Please, we don't need war mongers like Zaid Hamid (who wants to foist the Pakistani flag in Red Fort, Delhi) and anti -India centric Shireen Mazari. To be a good Pakistani, you need not be anti Indian. Both Pakistan and India have their share of problems and faults.

    That's all. I wish you all the best in your endeavour to bring justice to Pakistan.

    Regards,
    MG

    February 18, 2010 at 2:46 am | Reply
  24. sam

    Hi Imran,

    How come you dont meet with major US politicians and explain from your point of view to end talibanization in AF/PAK ?

    By the way If you were the Pakistani PM, whom would you like to see as President of Pakistan ?

    Regards,

    February 18, 2010 at 3:19 am | Reply
  25. Shakeel Ahmad, Islamabad

    Dear Imran Khan Sb,

    I take this opportunity to congratulate and felicitate on you on having a principled stand and policy in Pakistan actually that's the will of the people. A lot numer of people want you to be the leader of Pakistan having courage, boldness and audacity to take the nation out of current state of sorrow and disappointment. People are getting aware and you are becoming a popular leader in Pakistan. I hope like the cricket you would set another precedent in the field of politics. I would suggest you should have a colition with the other parties having the same principled stand and ambition to have a true justice in Pakistan. I would also like to suggest that during the by-election in NA55 and 123 you should opt for the policy of joining other party having the same policy. Also you should try to nominate the candidates having the same policy like you have otherwise land mafia people would also destroy your reputation. You should pay attention to the organization of tehrik and good people should be put on the top to reflect your policy downward.

    I wish you all the best for you and your family members.

    Best regards .

    February 18, 2010 at 3:36 am | Reply
  26. Charles

    HI IMRAN
    GOOD FOR YOU SIR, YOU ARE TRYING HARD, MAKING A CONTRIBUTION TO YOUR COUNTRY AND THE PEOPLE.

    I LIVED IN PAKISTAN 3 YEARS 1978 TIL 1981, WORKING FOR UNION TEXAS PETROLEUM WHICH FOUND OIL IN THE SIND PROVINCE WHEN THE INDUSTRY SAID THERE WAS NONE. FOUND LARGE QUANTITIES OF GAS LATER. PRESIDENT ZIA AWARDED MY BOSS THE STAR OF PAKISTAN FOR OUR EFFORT. IT WAS VERY SPECIAL TO BE PART OF THAT.

    PAKISTAN WAS REASONABLY SAFE AT THE TIME, MY WIFE, 3 KIDS AND I TRAVELED 70% OF PAKISTAN. THE CULTURE WELCOMED US. IT WAS A GREAT 3 YEARS. MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER, AGE 7, SPOKE MORE URDU THAN THE REST OF THE FAMILY, TAKING 2 YEARS OF THE LANGUAGE IN THE KARACHI AMERICAN SCHOOL.

    SORRY TO SAY THAT WE ALWAYS SAID THAT PAKISTAN WILL NEVER BE POLITICALLY MATURE ENOUGH TO STAY A DEMOCRACY. I SINCERELY HOPE THAT WE WERE WRONG. KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT!!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 3:40 am | Reply
  27. Shahid Shabbir

    Hi Khan! I've never voted for anyone because being honest I don't see sincere leadership but have decided to go for you in the coming elections whenever they happen. Could you please identify most prioritized thing in your agenda.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:43 am | Reply
  28. hideaki nagano

    I think party.I think design.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:15 am | Reply
  29. Kamyab Raho

    Imran Khan. The Pakistani people need an honest politician like you. They are ready for someone is not corrupt and will not cheat them. You are their man, their leader! Unfortunately, very few Pakistanis actually participate in voting and that's why they are where they are. Please uplift your party and encourage people to get out and vote. In reality thre is one great hope and that is, this time around the majority of the voters are the youth and they will rally behind you as you are their icon and you give them great hope for the future. Also in reality there is a silent majority in Pakistan that is very moderate and Imran Khan will have a great opportunity to also receive their support. So, Mr Imran Khan let no one hold you back. You have more support and opportunities from different demograhic and ethnic corners and from different backgrounds than you may actually realize. So, please keep on marching, keep strengthning your party. Pakistani people will support you. Your time has come to lead Pakistan!

    February 18, 2010 at 4:25 am | Reply
  30. Sukhwinder Singh

    Hi Imran,

    I have listened to you talk a few times and honestly I am a big fan. I strongly believe that you got the guts to buck the existing corrupt political system of Pakistan. I know the solutions is way harder than what is perceived by main stream , trust me i get it.

    But here are some suggestions to you from an Indian's prospective if I may:

    Strong focus on the huge poverty stricken population, for example, basic eduction about rights, healthy living, waste mangement, being openminded religiously. Totally agree with another commentator, Imran Kalhoro.

    Direct talks with the UN, leaders of top ten countries for trade and finacial aid.

    Ties with nonprofit orgnisations to raise funds to help the people of Pakistan.

    Direct dialogues with leader of big mutinational corporations for investments.

    Direct conversations with the religious leders of Pakistan to engage acceptence of other religions and cultures throughtout society.

    Create your own media stream for you political party.

    Open up a Anti corruption hotline and website where people can go and seek justice.

    Keep pressing hard for change, God Bless.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:28 am | Reply
  31. Awais Munawar

    AoA!
    1. What would be your approach to deal with the calamities and propaganda machine working against Pakistan on international forums from both east and west?.
    2. What will be your approach to deal with this current "so called" wave of terrorism? and how would you get rid of this phenomenon of *relying on foregin aid and hampering projects of national interst like kala bagh dam and wind mill power genertion* bred and nutured by curropt politicians?.
    3. How do you think the current situation of malicious propaganda against Pakistan cricket and the attempt to isolate us as a nation by fueling so called "insurgency" by powers in east and west should be dealt with?

    February 18, 2010 at 4:57 am | Reply
  32. Rana Asim Wajid

    Hello Khan Sb,
    Why does the Pakistani public keep electing the same corrupt / inept "leaders" again and again ? This is simply baffling for me...can you please shed some light on this phenomena.Thanks

    February 18, 2010 at 4:57 am | Reply
  33. ASAD ALI BHUTTO

    MR. TALIBAN KHAN; IN PAKISTAN YOU SPREAD HATE AGAINST USA, IN USA YOU COLLECT FUNDS FOR YOUR CHARITY IN PAKISTAN. IN PAKISTAN YOU TALK ABOUT HONEST JUDICIARY AND IN USA YOU'RE CONVICTED IN A FAMILY MATTER BY A CALIFORNIA COURT, BUT YOU REFUSED TO APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGE. IN PAKISTAN YOU TALK ABOUT HIGH MORAL GROUNDS AND IN USA YOU HAVE AN ILLEGITIMATE CHILD LIVING WITH HER AUNT. IN PAKISTAN YOU TALK ABOUT JEWS' CONSPIRACIES AND THEN YOU MARRIED A BILLIONAIRE JEW GIRL FROM ENGLAND, YOU DIVORCED HER WHEN THE PUBLIC MOMENTUM BUILT UP AGAINST YOU. WHAT AN HYPOCRITE, WHAT FAILED POLITICIAN AND WHAT A LOW LIFE CHARACTER AND A TALIBAN SUPPORTER ARE YOU.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:22 am | Reply
  34. Falak M.

    I remember meeting you as a teenager for a "Proud Pakistani" function during President Zia-ul-Haq's time. I still have your pictures and your autograph. You are still my ideal.

    My questions:

    1. For years, you tried to convince everyone in Pakistan to start local cricket leagues all over Pakistan. Now India has started ICL, etc. How can Pakistan start and promote local cricket ?

    2. How come you dont write as often as you used to ? I have read some very well-written articles. Please write a book which spells out what Pakistan needs to do ... in order to be a better place. Like for example you keep emphasizing on fixing the Judiciary, educational system, etc.

    Kindest Regards,
    Falak M.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:33 am | Reply
  35. Faisal

    I want to ask Mr. Khan that during President Musharraf's time he was offered a chance to be the prime minister of the country. But he refused. Especially in politics nothing is black and white, there is a lot of grey area and perfection is not something that exists in this field. So wouldn't Mr. Khan had been better off making a difference in the well being of the country but acting as the prime minister compared to being in the opposition or out of the parliament. The point is that he could have done more better for the country and may have fixed many problems for the country by being the prime minister and showing by his actions. Its easier to be in the opposition or boycott the elections and just criticize the government. I am aware that Mr. Khan does very good social work in the country. But there is a limit to how much social work he can do. As a prime minister he could have done wonders by serving the country in a better capacity and showing others how to run the country.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:41 am | Reply
  36. Soodi

    well, u r the choice of young generation and the only hope for corrupted politics in Pakistan. May Allah bless U.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:42 am | Reply
  37. SALEEM MALIK-KUWAIT

    HOW DOES HE SEE THE NEAR FUTURE OF PAKISTAN (economy and political situation) AND WHEN SHALL WE GET RID OF THE MOST CORRUPT CURERENT GOVERNMENT.

    Thank you,

    Saleem Malik

    Kuwait

    February 18, 2010 at 5:59 am | Reply
  38. Gaurav

    Hello Mr. Imran Khan,

    I have a great respect for you a cricketer and a captain of a team

    I have one question for you.

    If you become the Prime Minister of Pakistan what is that one thing you would do to eradicate terrorism in Pakistan and improve the relationship between the west and the muslim countries.

    Thanks

    February 18, 2010 at 6:05 am | Reply
  39. Fahim Akhter

    Where do you see yourself in next three years?

    February 18, 2010 at 6:08 am | Reply
  40. Zaheer

    Hi,
    Most of the young generation of Pakistan is tired and disappointed of the politicians they are seeing again and again taking their turns.
    You are the only hope today for us. We are with you and support your political ideology.
    Living in a society where the most corrupt and notorious people easily get into the national assembly and governments, making huge stock piles of money in foreign banks. You are the one you is sincere, selfless and with hope.
    YOU ARE OUR HOPE. WE WANT CHANGE.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:20 am | Reply
  41. Joy Varghese

    Imran, I have heard some of your statements on Youtube and they do not really encourage India-Pakistan unity. Also your support base in Pakistan is nothing to talk about. Further, your personal life is not something to be epitomized, with all the scandals you have been embroiled in. Pray let us know how you are qualified to peddle advice on anything but cricket. Does what you say count in Pakistan?

    February 18, 2010 at 6:22 am | Reply
  42. Saeed Alam

    What is your perception of truth? Is it something which varies from perception to perception?
    Do you believe little evil can be done for greater good?
    In context of present scenario of Pakistan, how could adequate justice be served?

    February 18, 2010 at 6:34 am | Reply
  43. Richard Robinson

    GOOD MORNING SIR, I GOT TWO QUESTIONS,WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF PAKISTAN UNDER ANY ADMINISTRATION? AND WHEN PAKISTAN WILL BE A FREE/DEPENDANT COUNTRY?
    HOPE I CLEARED WELL

    February 18, 2010 at 6:55 am | Reply
  44. Usman

    I suppose a lot of poeple posting questions have no idea of Imran's life or the fact that he's answered most of these questions before. But here goes, my question, same as curiousGeorge

    How to become an absolute ladies man like you 🙂

    February 18, 2010 at 7:35 am | Reply
  45. Raheel Khan

    Mr. Khan, Being a pushtun i am proud of you and expect that you will continue your struggle until your definite goal( Inshallah). Please don't give up since you are one of the most patriot person in Pakistani politics, and the only hope for the nation in crisis.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:53 am | Reply
  46. Waqas Malik

    Mr Khan you were a great cricketer and a leader but sorry to say you aint a politician....your constant flip flops in your political career has your supporters thinking what does this guy really stand for...your association with JUI has given you nothing politically and personally...I think you should stick to cricket and help our fellow idiots who have no source of inspiration..and finally have known you all your life i know that u aint a quitter and will keep on rocking the politics in days to come...!! Best of luck MR Khan..!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:54 am | Reply
  47. Leng Pang

    Hello Mr Khan

    If you are one day in a position to do so, how do you propose to address the culture of corruption in your country, something which seems endemic there? How do you rate Pakistan on the world ranking of corrupt regimes, top, middling or low on the scale?

    regards
    L P

    February 18, 2010 at 9:11 am | Reply
  48. Khalid Sahi

    Dear friend, Imran Khan,

    A cancerous Pakistan can not become healthy mere with change of face on political scenes. It needs fundamental changes in its entire system. Your honesty and sincerity as political leader alone is not enough for you to succeed in Pakistan. When will you ever come-up with real workable alternative detailed plan (political & economical) in writing as your party platform, which assures the Pakistani public to believe you and vote you in the power?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:15 am | Reply
  49. Brian Clark

    How can the , or can the Muslim Faith stop the Radicalisation of it's youth ? ........Can the Muslim Faith rid itself of mad Mullahs ?

    Best Regards

    February 18, 2010 at 9:30 am | Reply
  50. Rizwan A Qureshy

    Greetings Mr. Khan

    Its seems that the current political state of affairs of Pakistan is in complete disconnection with the life of a common man in the country. Face offs and confrontations among politicians themselves and with the judiciary presents a clear proof of that.

    Don't you think that the Parliamentary form of democracy has done more damage to the country than good. And in your opinion do you think the Presidential form of government would be any better? If so How?

    Thank you

    Rizwan

    February 18, 2010 at 9:31 am | Reply
  51. Shehryar

    I strongly beleive that you are the only individual who can rescue our national critket. If the whole nation is ready to stand behind you (Which I'm sure it is) , would you be willing to head PCB????

    February 18, 2010 at 9:44 am | Reply
  52. aftab khan

    most of the people think that you are backing taliban moderatly ,how you will explain this ? my second question is with this fairness and blatant altitude do u think you will be successful in Pakistani Politics?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:56 am | Reply
  53. Shaheryar Khan Yousafzai

    AOA!!
    Do you have any plan (long term) for the treatment of cancer to our Cricket?
    Like your hospital why you didn't do efforts for it from grass root level (as we dont have a sufficient infrastructure & mechanism), & you said few days ago players come forward just because of their own talent.
    You should do something in this regard as your image of cricketer comes first then rest, i.e.
    "Cricket, Cancer, Clean politics"
    Keep up the Good Work!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:26 am | Reply
  54. Panga

    AOA Imran,

    Do you think your current party candidates are popular enough to fetch votes for PTI? Example is Pindi where You have given the candidate seat to a known gangster.

    Do you think if you can get all your cricket team mates, i mean ex Pakistani cricketers and national stars and give them the candidate tickets for PTI, will not win you elections?

    Are you pursuing the case against MQM and what is the timeline for outcome.

    Regards,

    February 18, 2010 at 10:30 am | Reply
  55. Suhail A Aman

    Hi Mr Imran
    As you already know the current precarious situation our country is going through, both internally and externally. We need to come out of this mess some how or the other, and sooner too. Living in a foreign country for almost 3 decades now, I have not seen or heard a single foreigner with any positive views about Pakistanis, let alone views of people living in the country! What should be done??
    People, in general have high hopes about you. Do you think , you will get a chance in forming a stable government and become a PM through the present party you are leading. If not then you must think seriously about having another alternative plan now on how to win in the next general elections...

    February 18, 2010 at 10:45 am | Reply
  56. umair

    Hello Mr. Khan,

    As you know, and we know too, current political leaders of Pakistan are second name of "selfishness". No matter how badly people of Pakistan are effected by terrorism, power crisis, always increasing prices of basic necessities of life, lack of justice, poor economic conditions, lack of access to good health and educational opportunities (the list is really wrong). Their (politicians) day and night, their actions, their policies revolve around how to remain in power , and how to make false promises to people of Pakistan. But even then, these leaders always manage to take huge amount of votes in elections (mostly by uneducated, illiterate voters ), and pity, they call this people power. My question is, how are you planing to target these illiterate voters? How can you change their perceptions and thoughts to make them realize they select evils.?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:45 am | Reply
  57. Abu Abdullah

    Do u still believe that your party survival is possible in Pakistan?
    1) where political roots are so far attached to feudalism, army & some families?
    2) Also where poeple give their votes for the sake of a dinner or lunch or even 500 rupees per family?

    I think the only way you can govern in Pakitan through a back door which a serious of cooperation of US & Pak Army.
    Please comments

    February 18, 2010 at 10:47 am | Reply
  58. Assghar

    I have seen many great Pakistanis. As an individual level, Pakistanis are very successful. But, why Pakistan in such a miserable state? How can you fix it?

    Do you think your religion have a problem to cope with modernity? How can you make a halal movie? Or a halal video game?

    Does your religion inhibit creativity? If not, why there are no great minds, despite there 1.2 billion followers of Mohammed?

    Why are you not able to raise in the national politics, even though 'Imran khan' has a world-class name recognition? Why this failure?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:55 am | Reply
  59. arvind pathak

    hi,mr imran khan .with the background of oxford,international ladies man,cricketer,do'nt you think you can do better to be a forceful sane voice of people of pakistan in 21century.being asn indian i feel with a leader like you we both can live and grow economically too for a mutual benefit to tse our energies for the betterment of polity of not just india and pakistan but whole of southeast asia,presently lagging behind asean countries like singspore,malaysia,southkorea,china.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:04 am | Reply
  60. Babar N

    Mr. Khan,

    As a young Pakistani i think you are the most honest politician out there but in my opinion, with the current electoral system you can never win enough seats to have a say in the Parliament. Only feudal lords and people with money can win seats in Pakistan and i doubt you will ever stoop to that level, you are too proud for that.

    As for cricket, again if you ever made yourself available for Pakistani cricket you can never make a difference. For obvious reasons, our country's cricketing structure will not allow u to operate without the will of our country's president. And i am sure that you can never work in an undemocratic environment like that.

    So my two questions to you are:

    1.Do u believe you can change the system in Pakistan? If yes please explain how and make it sound realistic because honestly i don't see anything radical happening in the current political scene. The people in power and the people in opposition are just the same.

    2.How would you motivate people in rural and urban areas to come out and vote for you? Because in rural areas they are shackled by land lords and in urban areas they are imprisoned by syndicates and mafias.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:11 am | Reply
  61. ikram khan

    Salam dear Imran khan
    you are my ideal personality ,and i only want to join your party although my family gives preference to ANP and i have no interest with these political parties but i want to see my nation one of the most develop and civilize nation and for this purpose i want to reach my voice to the whole world from your platform,and i see the future of Pakistan in you, love you my great leader.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:39 am | Reply
  62. pervez Siddiqui

    Dear Imran sahib
    I have met you few times regarding your hospital. I found you a man of principles however it is a bit disappointing to see you not grown mcuh. TI is still a one-man show. Do not hear much about your organization or well qualified/known personalities joining your party after so many years in existence.

    Please note that in politics nothing is absolute and rigid. One has to be bit flexible. I am overseas now but would return one of these days and would like to join a party with priniciples.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:41 am | Reply
  63. irfan

    Mr. Khan 1. what will be your forein policy for US? if you become the PM. 2. how will you treat Pakistani Talibans? 3. what steps will u take to save Cricket in Pakistan?

    February 18, 2010 at 11:47 am | Reply
  64. Hassan Ghumman

    If you ask me who can truely be an ambassador to portray Pakistan to the best of its' potential I would say Imran Khan.

    Truely as an ambitious patriot I cannot trust a single politician but somehow my mind sets to believe in what Imran says to save Pakistan, but we have not constructively seen him doing anything for the country except for debates against the current politicians.
    A genuine question I would like to ask him is, will Imran Khan change Pakistan to be the safe country from its' current status in 100 days, if he was to become the next Prime Minister of the country? if no, will he step back?

    February 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  65. DkPk

    Hey 🙂 What do you think Pakistani Cricket lacks right now? What do you suggest the government should do tackle with the Talibans and what should their policy towards America and the war on terror be? What other measures should be taken to bring Aafia Sadique back home?

    February 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  66. Andy Roo

    Mr Khan, Pakistan is one of worst, if not worst country on the planet. If I speak to a few friends, I am sure we can get a quite a few D9 bulldozers, and flatten the place, so you can start again. On your travels, surely you have looked around and thought, "God, I live in a rat-infested, corrupt, dirty country". How did Pakistan get to be in such a state?

    February 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  67. ahmed

    My question to Imran khan is that , democracy is incompatible with Islam . Your views often emanate your religious side . So my question is how do you plan to change the Pakistani system according to Islamic values while participating in a system that is not allowed in Islam . Secondly when and if in power , what fundamental changes can we expect on the social level .

    February 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  68. Ali K.Chishti

    Imran is my hero for what he did for Pakistan in sports and social work but unfortunately all of his good works has slowly been undo by his constant support for the talibans and his refusal to call soldiers who die in operations martyrs. Interestingly, his party was started, funded initially by Gen.Hameed Gul ex ISI Chief known for his links with Talibans and his party is widely conceived to be Jamaat-e-Islami 2.0 . We would all wish if he would seriously misguiding youth and do what he does best; sports and social work.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  69. Sohaib Khan Niazi

    Dear sir,
    i belong to Mianwali, and i want to say that we need your presence there, i understand that your decision to boycott the elections was based on just principles but then we the Mianwalians are now suffering from the same old corrupt politicians of the area,,, exactly like on the national level where earlier we at least had one voice in the parliament who we could really trust but now you are not there and there is absolutely no one with honesty, justice and a vision for peaceful and great Pakistan.
    i also want to say that you should focus on grooming your other party leaders as well,, they should be participating more and more in these tv talk shows and other media stuff,,, it should not be just you to argue every evening with some low level PPP, M.league, MQM people in talk shows.
    We the youth and the educated Pakistanis really appreciate your presence and struggles, and inshAllah soon we will bring the much needed change. may Allah bless you and keep you safe.
    regards,
    Sohaib.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  70. T. M. Menon

    Dear Mr. Khan,

    As a politician do you think there is a possibility of India and Pakistan living in peace any time in the near future?

    February 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  71. Iqbal

    Dear Mr. Khan,

    As I read the comments, regardless if they are your supporters/admirers or simple Pakistanis, the consensus are that you do NOT belong in politics. As you also know from its deeds, Pakistan has proven itself to be a FAILURE STATE, and heading toward being divided into several parts. I like many others beg you to save Cricket that seems to be the only pride for the Nation.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  72. akhil sharma

    mr.khan.

    what you will take paskitan to come out it civil war and how many years? what pakistan needs to do to again become young porgess nation again?

    February 18, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  73. Prasanna

    You have done remarkable service to the nation by building cancer hospital, I just want to thank you on behalf of the people who have actually benefited from this.

    I need you todo more such things.. You can envisage a society in which all people are literates for that you can also build education institution..

    Reform existing madrasas to include... Mandatory English, Maths, Science... Training... and stop poisoning the young minds with hatred...

    February 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  74. Sultan Ameer

    Will test cricket become obsolete in the future or it will be shortened/altered in the future or will it always remain the same?

    February 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  75. Sultan Ameer

    How well or are you satisfied with the current Pakistan Cricket Team?

    February 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  76. Sultan Ameer

    Pakistan need good relationship with India or Pakistan want good relationship with India?

    February 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  77. Shahid Mehmood

    Dear Imran khan i agree with you on lot of things and your idealogy but i have only one single question " when you will be in power how will you remove the corruption and put the country in the right and leading path " even i can give you a solution, pure and sincere leadership as an example for the people and proper education.
    Allah bless you and our beloved country,Long live pakistan.
    Thanks

    February 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  78. Insaf Pasand

    I have a Question for Imran khan. If a person who is NOT loyal to his own daughter and does not accept her as a daughter because of political correctness how that person can be trusted to be loyal to his fellow countrymen? Is this not a time to be truthfuln for once and accept her being your child so you can build your own credibilty?

    February 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  79. Sultan Ameer

    Are you satisfied with the political system of Pakistan?

    February 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  80. Mohamed K

    Mr. Khan, what is your opinion on the state of affairs in Pakistan cricket?
    It seems to me that its being run like a little "mom & pop" corner store!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  81. Shahzad

    Why all the politicians including yourself try to destabilize the democratic system (if you deny this statement, i can challenge you with the videos). Democracy is new in Pakistan. Let it make mistakes. Give it time (say 20 years/ 4 governments). If all the politicians take this advice, Pakistan will rise and shine in say 20 years but the problem is that all politicians can not and will not wait for their turns. Why all politicians look for short cuts.
    Why there is no democracy in your party.
    You speak the same language as Gen. Hameed Gul (who believes in all sorts of conspiracy theories about the west). Why do you share same ideas as that of a pathetic person.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  82. Mujtaba

    i agree with imran on basic principles of politics in Pakistan.
    but plz do something about recent cricket failures of Pakistan team.
    its too painful and hurting for me and friends. i cannot work or like food with this anger and grief.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  83. Paul micheal

    Why must you join politics leaven cricket mean while i like cricket cus i do play it.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  84. Lachman

    Mr. Imran Khan I had a very good impression about you, but when recently you opposed American strikes in Pakistan where Taliban and Al-queda terrorists are hiding, that changed completely my impression about you. It seems you are afraid of these elements or you support these elements clandestinely.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  85. AM

    In your opinion what is the one thing that pakistani expatriates can do to help their nation.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  86. Imran Hussain

    If (Imran Khan) could not instill his positive traits such as hardwork, discipline, and honesty in his own cricket team during his playing days. What makes him think that he would be to lead a rowdy nation divided on the basis of color, religion, ethicity, class, and what not; and would be able to transfor Pakistan into a nation such as China, Korea or Japan. Does he have a plan? I doubt it.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  87. mak009x

    What many people don't realize is that if Imran Khan comes to power, many of the administrative powers would be solved automatically.
    This country needs a lot more than just cricket. People are dying of hunger. Bombs everywhere. This country needs a sincere leader, with a vision and Imran Khan has it all.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  88. Hanif

    Salaam to mr. Imran khan please let us know what is your opinion that no pakistani players got chance to play IPL. I Hope one day you be PM of pakistan.Insha Allah

    February 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  89. Greg

    Mr Khan, I would be interested in your thoughts as to where Pakistan will be in 20 years and how the country will progress. There are many fundamental issues that have to be addressed – border control, human rights, drug trafficking, relations with India, perception around the world, corruption, and the control of radicals who want to change the face of Islam into one that is at war with the world. Many of these issues look like they will come to a head well within that timeframe.

    I would appreciate your long-term view into your homeland, and how it will take responsibility to ensure a safe and more prosperous future for its citizens, those in neighbouring countries and others around the world.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  90. Tayyab

    I wish u well in ur endeavour to help the people of Pakistan.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  91. mustafa umar

    what is the reason behind your hostile behaviour against people of karachi -

    February 18, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  92. zahur albany

    Three HONEST and STRAIGHT advices , May ALLAH GUIDE YOU

    1. If you were inshallah to become the leader of pakistan, are you willing to stop taking aid from WEST(not even a penny). This is the only but the only way for pakistan to be independent of foriegn intervention. If you cannot do this, dont ever try to be a leader other wise you will be basically working as an employee of the western powers instead of a leader of islamic republic of Pakistan.

    2. Next if you were to be the leader of pakistan inshallah, Are you willing to promote and implement the law of Allah(shariah) as the supreme law of pakistan. if not, dont try to become a leader of any muslim nation and tell the people of pakistan that you are the leader of islamic nation. The only but the only reason pakistan was created is to establish a islamic nation based on laailaaha illallaah. Which means that you are going to make Allah's and his messengers laws as supreme law and you will do your best to defend and promote laailaaha illallaah. IF you cannot do this, dont try for the leadership, otherwise you will be facing a very very tough situation after death which you cannot justify. Because Allah is Al Adl(The just) and Allah will make you responsible for all the sins of all the people of your country.

    3. next if you were to be leader of pakistan, can you defend the Nuclear power you have without western powers dictating you what to do with it. Can you also defend the people who are behind this success instead of putting them behind bars. if you cannot do this then the leadership pakistan is not you your piece of cake on the coffee table.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  93. williams

    hi,if given an opportunity to choose between cricket and politics which comes first.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  94. Imtiaz Bashir

    Mr. Khan, i have two questions:
    1. You have been struggling hard for the setting new trends in Pakistani politics. But, unfortunately, your party is highly centered around you, i am feared that its inline with persons/families coherent concept of Pakistani politics. Don't you think that representation of party views/strategies on economics, interior and external affairs, education, rule of law, military fronts etc,,, need specialists in respective fields. Why don't you introduce your team of experts to the public, media and the whole nation?

    2. Its more than a decade that you have established a party, yet you have been unable to nominate candidates from around the country. Dont you think that a personality coherent party would be able to survive after you? I feel, its a big dilema of your achievements so far, you won world cup in 1992 but left your team staggering here and there afterwards with a continuous downward slope.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  95. Okupa

    You are a great man and i aspire to be like you

    February 19, 2010 at 9:18 am | Reply
  96. Stayfocussed

    Pakistan will be much better off with Imran Khan's leadership. All corrupt democracies will then look up at Imran Khan and learn from him for it is hard to find a sincere and honest politician and leader like Imran Khan. How magnificent if a small country of Pakistan having endured so much tragedy and trauma could finally have a choice to pull itself out of the black hole and elect a a courageously honest politicial leader "Mr. Imran Khan" and set a great example for the world and it's shortsighted critics. Pakistan can once again become an educated, prosperous and harmonius country that it once used to be. The Pakistani youth is all for education and they are looking up at Imran Khan for that opportunity and as their leader.
    Lots and lots of Good luck to Pakistan and Imran Khan.

    February 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  97. Max Dager

    All the best

    February 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  98. Suggestion

    A humble suggestion: Teaming up with Musharraf's party will be a sure win win situation as both of you bring honesty, loyalty and positively constructive ideals and goals for the future of Pakistan. Now, there may be many differrences of opinions, but if strategized intelligently, it could be positively constructive. Also teaming up together will almost gaurantee a sweeping Victory with enthusiastic voters – just a humble suggestion.

    February 21, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  99. flutter

    People of Pakistan most dont know background of Marvi Memon, where she did born, what name of her father or mom, where seh lives. people only knows she is a part of dirty, criminal and prostitutes politics and those people appreciate and incourage her who belong to families of same characteristics, and on TV shows call her beautiful, intellectual and have talking power and so on. people thinks she has been using her beauty and intellectuality just for blackmailing the people of pakistan and earning money. She playing role as a coordinator to miscreants criminal murderer politicians. Have anyone ability and capability from Pakistani Muslim society to guise that what holy and great services she has discharged to Pakistan and its citizens. I visited political meetings, political throngs where seen unlined , obnoxious character holders girls and women. During my taxi driving experience i found night girls and prostitutes who sale her bodies in nights and in day timings they go to best academic institutions for having best skillful education and so on. After completion her education they easily get joining political parties and other good organizations where they called very very talented, creative, intellectual and so on. People compelled to think such Tv channels hos and anchors deserves of suicidal attacks, they people are request to sucidal attackers pls demilish them who incourages, presents, produces they criminal girls and their brokers as hero and heroins.

    February 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Reply

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