Imran Khan is far worse than Nawaz Sharif
I hate Nawaz Sharif but I genuinely feel that Imran Khan would have been worse for Pakistan and that PTI would only have led Pakistan into further misery. If this seems strange to you then read on…
Every generation or so people get fed up of the dictatorial status quo in the Muslim world and a ‘reformer’ comes along. He seems fresh, free of the taint of the previous regime, arguing against corruption. He promises change and even uses some Islamic slogans. However the ‘reformer’ does not promise to implement Islam in its entirety and few push him too hard to do so. As the hopes of his people fall upon his shoulders he rides a wave of optimism to victory. However, his inevitable failure (because anything other than 100% Islam will always fail in the Muslim world as history proves beyond doubt) does far more damage to the work for lasting change than the old guard (of tyrants that the ‘reformer’ replaced) could ever manage. This is because his failure makes ordinary people feel they’ve entered a cheap struggle and lose hope in the possibility of change. They become cynical.
Often the ‘reformer’ turns out to be worse in some important way than the previous tyrant because his Western backers have a close link to him and it later transpires that he was installed by powerful nations to ensure he ‘managed’ the anger of the people and channelled the sincere effort so that it would never produce change or challenge Western interests. He is new to the role and requires more external support than the previous regime and finds it harder to push back against his masters.
While the examples vary in the details these principles apply throughout the Muslim world for the last few centuries. A ‘reformer’ comes along on a wave of hype to replace the old regime promising change, ends up even more oppressive/inept/corrupt than the guy he replaced and people lose hope. All of this has happened repeatedly from Gamal Abdul Nasser, Bassar al-Assad, Ayatollah Khomeini, Yasser Arafat etc. This also helps to partially explain how Obama won on a platform of change as people grew unhappy with the Bush Doctrine but is responsible for more deaths and drone attacks than Bush himself.
This should also explain why Imran Khan is such a waste of space and he would have been worse for Pakistan than Nawaz Sharif. Sharif is a donkey of course and no one should be happy that he is in charge but Imran Khan would have been far worse if history is any sort of guide.
And Allah SWT is the Source of all Strength