IT has often been said that in order to rule Pakistan, one needs Allah, America and the army on your side. While it is impossible for mere mortals like myself to gauge whose side Allah is on, Imran Khan seems to have rubbed both the army and America the wrong way.
In a historic first, both the US State Department and the White House publicly refuted claims made by an ex-prime minister of Pakistan, calling allegations of US involvement in deposing Imran Khan absolutely false.
Mr Khan, in his characteristic style, continued to excite his base, with name-calling of not just civilian political opponents but also men in uniform. When interviewed by Pakistani journalists, he reminisced fondly about his relationship with Donald Trump, who, he claimed, honoured him and hence they got along very well.
Mr Khan and his supporters were banking on a ‘red wave’ to counter Biden and eagerly looking forward to a return of Donald Trump in 2024. But that’s not the result the US midterm elections yielded. Despite inflation, the Democrats managed to take control of the Senate and with key backers, like Rupert Murdoch, pulling the plug on Trump, it seems entirely possible that Trump won’t even be the Republican presidential nominee for 2024.
Hence, a strategy reset was needed. Enter the Financial Times interview, in which Mr Khan conveniently U-turned on the cipher narrative, as he is wont to do, and said that he wanted good relations with the United States and that the alleged conspiracy was “over and behind [him]”.
The question, however, is: does the US feel the same way? Relationships are built on trust, and it is unlikely that the United States would trust Imran Khan. In his zeal to build a popular narrative, he not only disregarded the truth but also burnt bridges with those who matter, both domestically and internationally.
In the same FT interview, he describes Pakistan’s relationship with the US as that of a “master-slave”. Back in the 1960s, Ayub Khan had titled his autobiography Friends, Not Masters, hinting at Pakistan’s unequal relationship with the US.
If we want to change that we must, first treat our own people with respect before we ask for respect abroad. Imran Khan is no longer untested. He had four years in power. His government did not manage to reduce indebtedness, but instead, increased it. Nor did overseas Pakistanis flush the coffers with foreign exchange. So what’s his new plan to make the Pakistan-US relationship “dignified”?
The current PDM government is yet to deliver on the economic front, but internationally their approach is far more clear-headed. In a fairly short span of time, Pakistan has reaped the benefits of a sensible foreign policy and had a robust engagement with the world. This isn’t limited to Western capitals, but also includes Beiing and the Gulf Arab states.
Collaboration and active engagement have led to Pakistan’s removal from the UK’s list of ‘high risk third countries’. COP27 endorsed Pakistan’s proposal to place ‘loss and damage’ on the agenda for climate change. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has returned looted antiquities worth $3.4 million to Pakistan. And, most consequentially, Pakistan has been removed from the FATF grey list.
Perfectly summed. Khan is incapable of managing one province,forget country. His 4 years of miserable rule set the country back by atleast 2 decades. Pakistan will soon start to look like Afghanistan if he comes back.
One thing for sure. USA will never take IK seriously and will not consider him trustworthy. IK has burnt the bridge beyond repair.
IK will fail to impress her
After all the chest thum and absolutely nots every thing always for Imran Khan and Pakistan ends with hands folded tail tucked
Who really cares what you think
Imran Khan is hot air balloon. During his tenure, corruption level increased. He destroyed value of rupee and hence economy. He was caught on tapes horse trading and engaged in all those activities he accused others of doing, but never proved that tapes were fake. . Is PDM better, no but at least they can deliver and that is what is needed right now.
Very good read. The charlatan has overplayed his hand.
Mansur Ul Haque
After passing so many negative remarks about America, if Imran expecting good/positive attitude from super power than one must say only Imran can expect such things.
It is good to be positive but if you say something bad about your friend/family member it is very difficult that your relationship remains the same level before passing negative remarks.
Imran might come out from dream world and realize he is not dealing with his fans but Super power.
All negative commentators seem to be from IKs opposing groups. How Shrief family managed to buy properties in such an expensive area of England? Please someone explain. Thanks
Does it really matter. Who is ryt and who is wrong. At the end of the day if i can't feed my children thats my problem. Pakistan is and always will be full of jokers be it politicians, Gs, Js, or lumber 1.
... Imran is very inconsistant.
@ Mansur Ul Haque, your opinion about this matter is no more important than a worker in Seven Eleven store. Yes, USA has a stake in pakistan and about IK.
@ Mansur Ul Haque，你对这件事的看法跟7 - 11商店的员工一样，都无关紧要。是的，美国在巴基斯坦和汗存在利害关系。
USA is perplexed about Pakistan. PDM corrupts not acceptable to our public and IK not to USA.
Financial instability and corruption is rampant.
It's a multiple whirlwind situation, as usual. Waiting for A loud thud.
" Imran Khan seems to have rubbed both the army and America the wrong way." This is fundamental when you fight against entrenched corruption and hegemonic powers. Had he accepted the status quo he would be a shoe in to the seats of power.
Probably not because they can't buy him like they do Sharifs.
Please be brave and point to the real issue and where all the problems stem from!! Any journalist unwilling to call out the nuetrals for this current mess is doing their own reputation no good.
@iftikhar ahmed, deliver what!? Please tell what they can and have delivered?
IK and now even the PDM Government also wants trade with India who gave Pakistan a Most Favoured Nation status for a long time and Pakistan never reciprocated the same for appeasing the local sentiment of India bashing until recently when India withdrew that MFN status. Now the question is that , does India even still want to trade with Pakistan ??
@Justice, "One thing for sure. USA will never take IK seriously and will not consider him trustworthy. IK has burnt the bridge beyond repair." On the contrary the US takes him very seriously that is why it has used all of its leverage to oust him, perhaps even kill him.
And yes indeed, Imran Khan has burnt the bridges that led to total subjugation and defacto slavery. And like Imran Khan some of us are born free and will fight to our last breath to remain so. You will not understand this logic
The US does not 'feel anything about Pakistani elite. Individual politician, general or a bureaucrats don't matter in US foreign policy calculus.
His story us nearing its end.
pdm did better at eternal front what a joke
One hundred percent correct and factual analysis.
As a matter of fact, Imran Khan's stature was even not of an ordinary politician. But it was the master (Neutral) who brought up him like MQM and TLP and now the neutral is trying to uproot the soar trees.
Hold fair, transparent today, IK will come out winner.US will be ready to embrace IK
Khan isn’t looking to mend ties with US, he’s just mellowing his narrative for return to power. US will have tougher Pakistan to deal with ahead if they continue to treat Pakistan the way they did in past
Like we became a developed country with help of US before IK gov and all got bashed after he came into power. Stop looking for excuses and abstain from lying bcoz of personal grudge with IK. We as a nation must stand on our own and the world will come to us. No one cares about beggars anyway.
The lady who wrote this article is biased. When Imran Khan talks, the world listens!
Is he actually a well wisher of Pakistan. All his actions negate that!