“Namal University, Another Landmark by ‘Taleban’ Khan”

This article has been written and kindly sent to us by Ahmer Muzammil. We do not necessarily share the views expressed – PTH

“It has become fashionable amongst the enlightened moderate crowd in Pakistan to criticize Imran Khan. He is supposedly the Pro-Taleban, right wing nut that if came in power would lock the women in boxes, ban our daughters and our sisters from going to school, organize Friday beheadings in public square and ban all arts & music from the society. His life and the manner in which he has carried himself to this day testify to the contrary but that’s irrelevant. If you think that extremist, unreasonable, rigid mindsets exists just on the right then in the context of Pakistan you would be sadly mistaken.

For a rabid cricket fanatic who grew up in Karachi in late 80’s early 90’s, it’s doubly hard for someone like me to admire Imran and it’s almost a reflex action to despise him because of the rivalry he had with my childhood hero Miandad. We should all strive however to grow out of our teen prejudices and judge matters on merit.

After all the rhetoric here are the facts. Imran succeeded to establish a state of the Art Cancer Research facility in a 3rd world country. 70% of the patients of Shaukat Khanam Hospital don’t pay a penny for a 1st world Cancer treatment that would cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars elsewhere. Till recently he was the biggest donor to Shaukat Khanam, his yearly contributions usually exceeding 10 million rupees a year. There is no other hospital in the world that provides this level of service free of cost to the patients that can’t afford it.

He recently established a private University in a down-trodden, backward and impoverished region of Mianwali. Namal University is accredited by Bradford University in England, which Imran is a Chencellor of. The graduates of Namal University would have access to the same quality education and therefore will be awarded the same diplomas as the graduates of Bradford University in England. It can be safely assumed that 95% of these impoverished Namal graduates could never even dream of a prestigious diploma like the ones they’ll receive from Bradford, if it weren’t for the almost incessant drive of this great man.

Let me clearly state here that I don’t always agree with Imran on politics, although mostly we are on the same page. But I have no doubt that his stances and his point of views are sincere and they are not colored with self-interest. I think he was wrong on swat because ANP masterfully highlighted the dictatorial tendencies of TTP in swat and turned the public opinion on its head. I also don’t think there is anything noble about a culture that prevent women from access to education and their free will is crushed under the garb of ‘tribal customs’. If Quaid-e-azam made a pact with the people of FATA according to the realities on ground back in 1947 then it’s not blasphemy to reevaluate that social contract. Quaid-e-azam was not a messanger of Allah and he made the best possible decisions according to the circumstances around him and there is no harm in revisiting if it’s for the over-all good of Pakistan.

I agree with Imran that bombing alone isn’t the answer when you are dealing with a territory inside your own border but I don’t quite understand who is that we can really talk with in Waziristan?

It’s a rather complex problem we face in pakistan, a mess of gigantic proportions thanks to the policies of armament of civilians by our military establishments of past, and for what? Nothing but the financial gains of some generals and institutional relevance of Army in the society. Better people would have brought these ex generals in courts and held them responsible for this current mess rather than hearing their sermons on democracy and transparency on TV on Mayray mutabiq. But that’s a different discussion for a different time.

We should keep our differences and criticism in perspective and acknowledge positive efforts of our adversaries. Jamatis should not shy away from appreciating the enormous amount of work Mustafa kamal has done in Karachi and with the same token we should realize that these Zardaris, bhuttos, Chaudhry’s, Geelani’s et al have far more money and influence than Imran but they have done far less good (some would argue they have rather done harm) for the common man of Pakistan. The people of Pakistan should remember this little detail while they are in the voting booth.

Please find the videos of Namal College ceremony below [available on www.youtube.com]. This ceremony was covered by Mujahid Barelvi for his proram Doosra Pehlo for Pakistan CNBC.”

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28 responses to ““Namal University, Another Landmark by ‘Taleban’ Khan”

  1. Mustafa Shaban

    Totally agreed with the author, Mustafa Kamal has done some gr8w work. And IK has done amazing work with the university and cancer hospital, I dont think any other politician has done this much for Pakistan.

    I also want to make clear that IK is completely against the Taliban and says that they are against Islam and humanity. He only says that we can deal with it through intellegence and police and if the army is to get involved it should use light firepower and kill more terrorists and less civilians. He also said that there are soome reconcilable elements and some totally extremists elements, we should separate both of them and target only those who are total extremists and do not want to talk, while bringing the tribal leaders and local militias who are not against Pakistan on our side to fite the Pakistani Taliban. He also states that the government should be prepared to provide for those millions who leave thier homes and can do a better job. I also partially agree with IK , he has some things rite and other things wrong but he is a reasonable person and not an extremist as many others try portray him. His model of governance is that of Singapore, Malaysia and somewhat Britian, this is his general outlook on how Pakistan should be governed which i think is a good idea. All I want to say is that he has done some amazing work, and he has been misrepresented by the media at times and certain people, otherwise in reality he is a sincere man, with knowledgable insight on how to deal with the problems Pakistan faces today.

  2. Junaid

    Actions speak louder then words.

    Judge Imran by his actions. and do the same for Zardari and Nawaz as well.

  3. hifsa

    gud article…n gud analysis of imran khan as well…sacha banda hai!

  4. Israr

    So what IK is advocating is to deal softly with people who kill innocents (women, children, service men) the most brutal way? Use light force against Uzbeks, Mehsoods, Afghans and Jihadis who brought Pakistan to its lowest. To me IK is simply pushing JI’s agenda – the so called religious-cum-political party which always played key role in sabotaging country’s peace. IK thinks he can win vote bank of Taliban sympathizers. Pak’s youth has been fooled many times by mullahs, yet another mullah is out……….

  5. Mustafa Shaban

    @Israr: You have it totally wrong. What IK is saying that why not kill all the terrorists, and end up with less causalties like 5 or 10 people and little displacement, rather than bomb all the terrorists and displace millions of civilians, and many more casualties, there are some flaws in his argument but he has a genuine concern for civilians. And as everybody knows he is not a politician who plays power or vote politics. He plays principled politics like Quaid E Azam, he never took a shortcut and never tried coming to power bypassing any laws. IK is not working on anyones agenda. IK is against Talibaan ideology of Islam and he himself calls it ”mideval Islam”. His ideology is that of Allama Iqbal.

    there are many other such rumors about IK and unfortunately majority of people belive in them but the rumors dunt have much evidence. They ar very weak rumors so it amazes me how people just fall for it.

  6. Ahmed Chowdhry

    I love the guy to death but tragically he has no political acumen. He comes across as being thick skinned, rash and judgemental. He has repeatedly sided with the real evil in this country – the JI and its cadres who have provided the garb for the current Taliban turmoil.

  7. Mustafa Shaban

    Ahmed Chowrdry: Kindly quote IK when he supports the Taliban. Also PTI stance and JI stance is totally different. Just for your info even JI condemned Talibans brutal acts. PTI condemns terrorism from the Taliban and from the American drones. Kindly quote IK to prove my points wrong. I do not believe he has ever said anyhting t support the Taliban.

  8. Ahmed Chowdhry

    @Mustafa –

    You only have to listen to Imran’s arguments on some of the TV programmes or his speeches to know that he has a soft corner for them. When the gangs of Sufi Mohammad were slaughtering people in Swat and setting up their own Jihadi kingdom there, Imran’s argument was that we should negotiate with these people. No country in the world negotiates with people/groups/ organizations or cults which basically threaten its sovereignty!!

    I know that we are all so very sensitive about the ‘S’ word, but our hypocrisy lies in not recognizing the forces which are eroding it – that is the Taliban and their ilks but rather parroting the same old anti-American line.

    I believe that Imran has got the fundamentals wrong. How can he ever think of equating the freedoms, values and justice system of the west with those of the Taliban and their sympathizers in JI? He is being reactive. The JI with all their hate mongering and fannign the flames of religion have never been able to capture any sort of political space in Pakistan. If you ever known the goons of JI and its student party in univerisites, you would realize how regressive, violent and nihilistic these people are. Imran, for all the wrong reasons and tragically for Pakistan has ended up with these losers when Pakistan desperately needed him to deliver a modern, progressive and secular agenda.

  9. AZW

    No one ever doubts Imran Khan’s sincerity in establishing Shaukat Khanum Hospital, or his work in creating the university in Mianwali. He should be lauded for his efforts without reservations here.

    But, please don’t make his noble efforts in human welfare as excuse for his failed political (mis)steps he has taken time and over again. A good philanthropist does not translate to a good leader on many occasions, and he is showing himself to be no exception here. I am tremendously disappointed in him for his obstinate behaviour (maybe because we all had such a high hopes for him as he came up with the slogan of justice as foremost requirement for the society). He has been on the wrong side of the war on terror equation for past eight years. Even as proverbial chickens come home to roost, he has not shown any humility in admitting his mistakes; rather he has shown a dangerous tendency to seemingly detach himself from the painful reality. A lot of well meaning leaders in our modern history have been hostage to their stubbornness, eventually taking the whole nation down or setting it back a few decades due to their reckless and obstinate behaviour.

    As for those who claim he never spoke against Taliban, let me say here: “Shame on you”. There have been so many TV programs I have seen him where he has called Taliban problem simply a hoax created by the government, called Taliban anti-imperialist forces who have been falsely accused of everything attributed to them. He said they have never burned any schools, and they are our own who have been wrongly labelled. Do go to http://www.pkaffairs.com, and search by Imran Khan. You will not need to go through the whole programs; his parrot-like angry rhetoric starts pretty quickly. Ali Abbas had submitted a pretty stinging comment some time back ( https://pakteahouse.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/civilian-government-needs-international-support ). Reading about how Imran Khan almost physically assaulting Dr. Hoodbhoy after the debate is a sad epilogue to a career that was so full of promise, yet is disintegrating rapidly amongst its own obstinacy.

  10. Majumdar

    IK was a great cricketer and is a great philanthrope too. It wud be better if he stick to that and away from politics.

    Regards

  11. Muhammad Hassan Miraj

    No doubt about the cricket skills but there is a difference in Dressing room and Parliament, the guy lacks the basic understanding of politics

  12. Bloody Civilian

    If you ever known the goons of JI and its student party in univerisites, you would realize how regressive, violent and nihilistic these people are

    IK got to know them rather well … for an hour or so almost exactly two years ago. but he learnt nothing. he is a joke. a sad joke for the millions of fans of his wonderful cricket and philanthropy.

    @Mustafa

    He plays principled politics like Quaid E Azam

    jinnah’s dog knew more about rule of law and constitutional principles than IK. IK was lucky to be forgiven supporting a military dictator for two years.

    but then he pretended he had the right to decide the fate of the people of swat by syaing that all they needed was shariat. and that the govt must implement shariat there. in what election or referendum had the people of swat asked for sharia… other than through the guns and throat-slitting knives of the taliban – the fazlullah-sufi muhammad gang? in the feb 2008 elections only anp and ppp got elected from swat. was the implementation of sharia part of their manifestos? so much for IK’s understanding of democratic principle!

    even after the accord with TNSM – a group proscribed by the GoP – was no more, when Sufi had rejected the state, law, courts and system of Pakistan, when he had declared that even the ulema who participated in democracy were kafirs, IK wanted an enquiry into which side broke the accord and wanted it to be resurrected!!

    quaid-e-azam??? you couldn’t possibly have been thinking of jinnah.

  13. yasserlatifhamdani

    As a former Imran Khan supporter I have a lot to say about him… and I shall share my views in the due course.

    Imran Khan as the captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team may have been quite Jinnah-like…. but as a politician he seems to make the same mistakes as another famous Khan … who was from NWFP made… though that Pathan still was far more enlightened.

  14. Ali Abbas

    Everyone,

    No one denies Imran’s achievement on the cricket field and should laud his efforts for SKMT. Also, one should bear in mind that there are scores of philanthrophists in Pakistan who have set up hospitals and schools (on varying scales) but have not milked it in the manner of IK; something that has diminished him in the eyes of many since 1994. His writings and his stances display a very confused, sanctimonious and hypocritical mindset as has his warm association with JI and Hamid Gul; whose views he parrots in endless talk shows where he blathers on largely unchallenged.

    One instance of IK’s hypocracy can be ascertained when he instigated fellow Islamists in his press conference regarding the alleged desecration of the Koran at Guantanamo. Where were his protests when the Laskhar-e-Jhangvi attacked the Bari Imam shrine in 2003 and burnt ancient Koranic manuscripts or when scores of Imambargahs and mosques frequented by Shias were attacked by SSP/LJ (whose affiliation with the Taliban was evident even before 9/11. How many Korans must have been damaged and destroyed and how many muslims killed and yet not a peep out of IK. His sympathy is solely reserved for the Uzbeks, Uighirs, Arabs, Chechans and other mercenaries who were literally slaughering Pakistanis, and using our country as a launching pad for terrorist attacks everywhere. Where was our soveriegnity when these foreign sickos were destroying our Northern areas and destroying centuries old Pushtoon culture and its humanist and diverse ethos!

    In the end, IK is a representation of many Pakistanis who have been deluding themselves wrt the Taliban. There were no Americans here in between 1989-2001 and yet, during this time, scores of Pakistanis were being killed by Islamist mercenaries who were conducting the security establishment’s failed “strategic depth” doctrine. Today, as Pakistan is being consumed by the very frankensteins that were created by the CIA-Saudi-Pak army in 1979 and which were nurtured by the security establishment from 1989 onwards with generous Gulf funding, one has to release who what our priorities are. Like BB who, whatever her faults and mistakes, gave her life in denouncing this doctrine, the PPP has to make more sacrifices and go down fighting in the face of an establishment, whose intolerance of the PPP, has wreaked the country. They (PPP) cannot afford to continue subsisting in the bunker where they have been pushed since the ISPR release opposing the KLB. At this critical juncture, all political parties have to unite and not bask in the glow of the security establishment’s support and take down an elected govt.

    The sooner we ditch this romance with IK’s political persona and the arithmatically and factually challenged media of messers Talat, Nasim, Hamid, Masood, Abbasi, Chaudhary, Kamran and the gang and awaken ourselves to those who don’t want a Pakistan, the better!

  15. Mustafa Shaban

    this is a long debate, i understand how you guyz view IK, but in my opinion you guyz have the wrong impression. I geuss we all have our pov’s on IK. I disagree with him on many things 2 but I think he is a sincere person, and he is can be a good leader. I geuss each of us has our own opinions.

  16. Bloody Civilian

    mustafa

    this is a long debate

    how come?

    I geuss each of us has our own opinions

    you ‘guess’!? is this news to you that everybody has her own opinion? or are you giving us the news?

    in my opinion you guyz have the wrong impression

    and that’s your rebuttal?

  17. Mustafa Shaban

    @Bloody Civilian: Well I have had debates regarding IK before, it just keeps going in circle, I dunt mind taking this debate ahead. Ihave no issues with that.

    Iam making a statement, I know everybody has thier own opinions, even though its obvious, I cant state that?

    This is not my rebuttal but just another statement, I have not rebutted your arguments yet but will do so tommorow.

  18. yasserlatifhamdani

    Well I don’t doubt Imran Khan’s sincerity as some of my friends do here… but at the very least the rabble rousing over the desecration in Guantanamo Bay shows that even Khan knows how to debase himself.

    I still remember that the second day I landed in the US in 1998 as an international student… it was 24th or 25th of August 1998… I went to meet a few Pakistanis … one of them a burn victim Pakistani woman entrepreneur who ran her own tour bus service for New York City… right opposite the Empire State Building.

    There we had a notable from Jamaat e Islami visiting. Somehow discussion turned to Imran Khan and his new party… the Mullah launched into a vicious attack on Imran Khan the Kafir… Imran Khan the playboy… etc etc. I almost got into a fist fight with him.

  19. Bloody Civilian

    mustafa

    I cant state that?

    sure you can… and a lot of other redundant stuff too.

    see you tomorrow

    regards

  20. Bloody Civilian

    YLH

    i suspect most of the dissenters with the article here, like you, are former supporters (for some, the term might even be a euphemism). i don’t think any one here has doubted his sincerity. just his sanity.

    i doubt the totally self-serving and dishonest IK-bashing of the mqm variety is on display here. or, if it is, it is reasonably well disguised.

  21. Archaeo

    This is not my rebuttal but just another statement, I have not rebutted your arguments yet but will do so tommorow.

    OH NO! NOT AGAIN!!

    Why is it that Mustafa Shaban can never give us answers today, now, it always is desperately necessary that we wait till tomorrow, a tomorrow that never comes?

  22. Bloody Civilian

    re. IK’s sincerity

    sincerity is not all that integrity is about. his behaviour with hoodbhoy was dishonourable. even dishonest.

  23. Mustafa Shaban

    Archaeo: I am not trying to avoid a discussion and whenever I said that I have kept to my word. Are you suggesting that I evade disucussions and debates? No, I am a little busy with work, I cant spend an entire day on the net just debating on forums I have othr things to do which is why sometimes I leave things for the next day. I alwayz respond the next day if i say i will do so.

  24. Archaeo

    @Mustafa Shaban

    I am suggesting that you have never responded subsequently. Certainly you didn’t in your first exchanges with Gorki.

  25. yasserlatifhamdani

    BC,

    Precisely…!

  26. Hayyer

    Imran Khan seems a decent sort of person, but his politics is dubious. Honesty and philanthropy never excuse bad political practice. Politics is serious business, more serious than philanthropy and honesty. The latter concern personal salvation, the former all of society. Individual goodness does not multiply to a national advantage.

  27. Bilal

    I find it hard to understand how people compare IK with anyother political figure. A person who uses public funds cannot be compared to IK. He has done all this despite hostile politcal opponents. First he was labeled as an agent of the jews and now the agent of taliban. He has the guts to put the way it is rather than hide behind the bush.
    About negotiations tell me if there is a terrorist in a building in Wana what will americans do ?
    And if this building is in Chicago then what will they do

    I seriously doubt that the action would be the same

  28. A great fast bowler and also a great captain for Pakistan. His cancer hospital was also a great project and i am happy he is doing this for educating the ordinary pakistanies.
    His failure as a politician is due to his FEUDAL mindset while he may NOT BE corrupt he could not empathise with ordinary poor pakistanies. He did not take part in 2008 elections also because of his conviction that the election will not be free under Musharaff. Benazir also from a feudal setup knew how to win the hearts of ordinary pakistanies.