Reverse Swing & Seam Judgement
Leaders should always be ready to take U-turns in Politics. Hitler and Napoleon had to face defeat because they seemingly did not prepare themselves for this.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan recently triggered a controversy by issuing such statements, as he compared himself with the Führer and Napoleon in response to the criticism against his constant U-turns on various issues. Khan stressed that he was a smarter leader than the two.
The Pakistani Prime Minister has been severely criticised for compromising with issues related to the government policies in recent times. He had promised a lot before becoming the 22nd PM of Pakistan on August 18, 2018. So far, he has failed to keep those promises. In the last three months, he not only accepted the demands of religious fundamentalists, but also backed terror outfits and begged loans from Saudi Arabia and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Ahead of the election, the cricketer-turned-politician had presented himself as the man to break the country’s addiction to hand-outs from the West, saying that his government, unlike the previous governments, would not beg to the IMF for funds. However, the Pakistani officials met IMF representatives in the second week of October in Bali to formally request Islamabad’s 13th bailout since the late 1980s. The Pakistani officials requested the global lender to give their economy a breathing room.
Asked about his U-turns on different issues at a press conference in Islamabad, Khan said: “One – who doesn’t take decisions according to the demand of the situation – is not a true leader. Adolf Hitler and Napoleon Bonaparte would not have suffered losses in wars in Russia, had they taken U-turns.” In his defence, the premier further said: “Leaders should always be ready to take U-turns according to the requirement of their duties and best interests of the nation.”
As expected, Khan’s comments triggered a controversy in his country. Noted columnist Nadeem Farooq Paracha tweeted on PM’s statements: “Fair enough. I have a feeling the PM will take a U-turn this statement as well. A U-turn on a statement about U-turns. That would be classic IK (Imran Khan).” For his part, former Foreign Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif said: “Are you planning on invading Russia that you are recalling Hitler and Napoleon? Do not look for justifications in the pages of history for your hypocrisy and opportunistic behaviour.”
It seems that Khan has lost the plot! After inviting sharp criticism over drawing comparisons between Hitler and himself, the chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf landed in another controversy for claiming that Jesus Christ was not mentioned in human history. Speaking at a conference in Islamabad on the Birth Anniversary of Prophet Muhammad on November 20, he said: “Moses got some mention, but Jesus Christ has no mention in human history.”
Immediately after the PM made the controversial comment, Lahore-based human rights activist Gul Bukhari shared his clip on Twitter, captioning it with “What?” In Reply, another critic Khurram Qureshi stressed: “As absolutely stupid as this is, it is also dangerous. By claiming that Jesus has no mention in history, or whatever that means, he’s introducing an element of illegitimacy towards the Christian faith.” Meanwhile, journalist Naila Inayat tweeted: “According to Maulana Imran Khan Niazi, there is no mention of Jesus Christ in history. This happens, when you never shut your trap.”
It has become increasingly difficult for Khan to tackle the pressure. Perhaps, the stylish cricketer of yesteryear needs time to realise that politics is a different ball game! If Khan continues to issue such controversial statements, then his political enemies will get an opportunity to return to power. The Sharif and Zardari (read Bhutto) families are closely monitoring his each and every move! In this situation, do people recall his skills with different varieties of swing bowling even with old balls, which many a times ensured the victory of Pakistan?
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