Dear Imran Khan, you’re no better than Nawaz Sharif or Asif Ali Zardari

Published: December 24, 2016

The latest scandal involving the PTI seems to prove that Imran Khan is not different at all from other corrupt Pakistani politicians.

Those who consider Imran Khan to be a paragon of virtue say that he has never been known to misuse public funds. If you mention the discrepancy in his statements that the Bani Gala house was gifted by his first wife, then his about-turn on the issue, they say,

“Oh, that was his own money, not filched from his hospital or from the government, like other well-known politicians are supposed to have done”.

Even when you tell them that he ignored the findings of his own commission on the 2013 internal party elections, they say, no, no, nothing’s wrong, such things happen in other parties as well.

But the latest scandal involving the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) seems to prove that Imran Khan is not different at all from other corrupt Pakistani politicians. The PTI-led government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) has given an advertising contract worth billions to a company in which its own additional secretary information (Javed Faisal Khan) was once an employee.

“So what’s wrong with that, where’s the corruption?”

Imran’s drooling admirers will ask.

First, the K-P government chose four advertising companies out of ten that had been initially selected. The reason these four were chosen was that they were capable of executing the contract (which, by the way, was about telling the gullible public in K-P what a wonderful job the provincial government has done in the past three years, like altering text books to prevent children from seeing pictures of women and animals).

Later, it was decided by the steering committee comprising of, among two members, (one of them being none other than the same Javed Faisal Khan), that the four companies earlier deemed to be qualified for the job, were in fact not capable and lacked the capacity to run the advertisement campaign. So, the rules were relaxed, and the multi-billion rupee contract was given to the company in which the PTI additional secretary information was an employee until recently.

What do we make of this whole affair? Is there is no difference between Imran Khan, Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif? All his brouhaha about accountability was just a sham? Imran Khan, we are waiting, if you really are incorruptible, you will investigate this affair in detail and issue instructions to the K-P government to award the contract on the basis of merit. If you fail to do so, you will only prove that you are another corrupt Pakistani politician.

Shakir Lakhani

Shakir Lakhani

Engineer, former visiting lecturer at NED Engineering College, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (twitter.com/shakirlakhani)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Khalid Saeed

    I wonder if the writer has not already received a call from Maryam Nawaz to join her camp at the PM secretariat.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    I have written against corruption by NS/AAZ as well, so there’s no question of receiving a call from anyone.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Right, He is an old bat-boy/waterboy. Riding on the coattails…ooops! sari hems of
    Jemima Goldstein.Recommend

  • Ali

    IK introducing own family members in party like NS and AAZ? No family
    politics by IK. Can you tell me single case of IK’s own corruption? IK
    making cancer hospitals (3rd hosp foundation in KHI) .. did NS and AAZ
    with govt ever think abt it? if IK is like NS and AAZ, then he doesnot
    need to make hospitals, he can easily make money without it. If you give
    result on just one advertisement contract, then hats off to you.. Your
    PM’s children case is in SC, how can you accept a PM with corruption
    allegation on him and his children? See South Korea, brazil. They stood
    up agnst corruption. IK is the only one who stood agnst Panama.. and you
    comparing him with NS and AAZ.Recommend

  • Azeem Anjum

    Imran Khan is a fair personality in Politics, you cant compare IK with NS & ZardariRecommend

  • jamirali

    If we keep waiting for a saint, we will wait forever. Neither Jinnah nor Gandhi were perfect human beings. Imran Khan, with all his faults, is head and shoulders above the others.
    Pakistanis can chose to join the rest of the world and make Pakistan great, or they can limp along with the “alternating current” dance of switching between PML-N/PPP crooks back and forth until the country joins the ranks of Somalia and Ethiopia in terms of global relevance.Recommend

  • Hore Choopo

    Imran Khan cannot think of corruption.Recommend