Imran and Musharraf should join forces

Published: September 17, 2010

Musharraf and Imran Khan’s hypothetical joint party may be dubbed ‘Pasdar-e-Insaaf.

I saw an article in The Express Tribune where Sheikh Rashid of the floundering AML (or was it ALM? Who remembers anyway?) says that PML Nawaz-log, APML Mush-log and PML-Q should all join hands, make love not war and unite under the banner of Pir Pagara (with Bilawal Bhutto as their secretary – and before I get lynched for saying that – I didn’t!).

I think that’s a really cute idea – almost as cute as the time I saw President Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and the rest of the ‘democracy clan’ join hands and solemnly swear to work together just days after the last elections. That turned out real swell didn’t it?

Coming back to the present, I recently saw a comment by this really sincere sounding guy called Ahsan, addressing Musharraf:

we like to see u and imran khan together running the government, resolve ur conflicts with each other n v youth of Pakistan r waiting for revolution to support.

Ahsan, I couldn’t agree with you more – and I am going to list down five solid reasons why.

Reason 1: Musharraf and Imran Khan’s joint party (which I unofficially dub ‘Pasdar-e-Insaaf) may not be able to get the votes (or the seats) in the upcoming Pakistan elections, but imagine what the combined force of this dynamic duo could do in Farmville, Mafia Wars and Texas Hold ‘em Poker on Facebook? One word: epic.

Reason 2: Both Musharraf and Imran Khan have the same vote bank i.e. prissy, rich, mostly delusional kids and their yuppy parents living nice, safe lives in urban settings with most of the country’s wealth. The only thing determining whether you are a Mush supporter or an Imran Khan supporter in this crowd is whether you are a closet-fundo or a liberal-extremist (based on whether you got to go abroad for higher education or not). Really, aside from this, the differences are not so great.

Reason 3: I think Musharraf and Imran Khan are both really charismatic in their own way. I mean, one is a pretty hot ex-cricket captain who looks great in Shalwar Kameez – and the other is… well his speeches are always fun.

Reason 4: Their political agenda is more or less the same nowadays isn’t it? Bash the ruling government, raise some flood relief funds, try to stay politically relevant by shooting off press-worthy statements now and then. If you think they have nuisance value right now, imagine both of them high-fiving each other as members of the opposition in the National Assembly!

Reason 5: Even if their party fails to make it big in Pakistan, they can both retire and throw some truly great parties in London.

Next article: why the MQM should merge with Pasdar-e-Insaaf, and the ramifications this will have – on Facebook.


Nadya V

Social critic and part-time gossip monger

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

  • Shuaib

    Again, what’s the point of the author?Recommend

  • Tanzeel

    I thought you would have learned some lesson after the kind of feedback you ‘enjoyed’ on “Musharraf has my vote”.Recommend

  • Ammar Zafarullah

    One word : Awesome !

    But lets make this a trio and invite Zaid Hamid to jump on the bandwagon! imagine the impact on fb then :P Recommend

  • Tayyab Raza

    pretty dumb!!Recommend

  • Adi

    The lamest thing i have read in a while (and i have read a lotttt).Recommend

  • Isfand


  • something zeeshan

    they should !Recommend

  • Isfand

    @something zeeshan they should !

    Maybe Mussharaf can accept the idea but Imran Khan will never do it.he is an idealistic and joing forces with an ex dictator..hmmmm……. Recommend

  • The Only Normal Person Here.

    Trying hard being funny? Aren’t we?

    N F Paracha should either start charging people now or should get copy rights over his style of humor.Recommend

  • Silent Spectator

    An elementary school student could write a better piece!Recommend

  • Iftikhar

    Well Written! But- as the majority fail to see the Political Dilemma in this country, so do they miss out the sarcasm between the lines! Recommend

  • Ali Farooqui

    pretty lame effort .. not even remotely funnyRecommend

  • khhf

    i will suggest the author to try something else instead of writing blog. Sorry to say but a Journalist or a writer should be indifferent. The writer of this blog seems to be a huge promoter of PML-N. Recommend

  • Shan

    not funny, and poor analysis as well.

    you dont deserve a blog, sorry ma’am.Recommend

  • SS

    so again a piece on ‘Musharraf’…and if u really think that his followers are ‘mostly delusional kids’…. u re also not less than any….puking out ur views in a childish language is not going to make difference ..God help u!!!
    and plz mind his fun speeches are far better than ur lame write-ups for sure….
    torture hasn’t ended here… u r the rarest kind who is announcing the rack before it’s even written….Recommend

  • IZ

    lol! the facebook thing was funny!Recommend

  • Taha Kehar

    An insightful piece! I salute your sure-footedness on a debatable matter. Although, the occasional spell of sarcasm has unduly sensationalized your point of view. Recommend

  • Isfand

    @To all the ppl who critized the article o

    Guys ok you didnt like the piece but there really need to critise it?Just move on,read somthing else,it was just a satirical article.

    Obvously you have the rite to express your opinion and i respect tht but lets try to encourage the ppl instead of critsizing them. : ),
    just an advice

    (btw i dont want to hurt the feeling of anyone,if i do it, i apologize)

    @Ammar Zafarullah LOL!

    Best RegardsRecommend

  • MI

    Dear writer kindly do not make jokes on Sir Pervez Musharraf. He has supporters and lovers in hundreds of thousands. If your are an agent of the fast loosing PMLN then go and use other vanues – you will find many. Recommend

  • Ghausia

    I love the fact that this “writer” if she can be called that is mocking rich elitists, when she herself only gets published here due to some kind of pawwa. I doubt a middle class citizen could have that kind of influence in a major English daily. Oooohh, self loathing tendencies much Ms. Wannabe Writer?Recommend

  • Sacrosanct

    this is officially the nail in the coffin ..for Express Tribune for me… no appetite left for High school JournalismRecommend

  • Ayesha

    I think this is a beautifully written article which should be appreciated more than it is criticised- especially for it’s sense of humour (among other things). Well Done! Recommend

  • Taha Kehar

    @ Ghausia: That sounds absurd! Need I remind you that your duty as a commenter is to either assert your position or offer a suggestion on a particular point of view and not to make personal – if not snide – remarks about the writer. Try not to abuse the liberty to express an opinion by resorting to so basest a form of pettiness.

    Moreover, the purpose of this blog section is to allow a plethora of different voices, perspectives and ideologies to find utterance. There is clearly no need to get personal. If you don’t accept a point of view, be tactful in highlighting a counter-argument. As for political persuasions that don’t consort with your own, just learn to accept them.Recommend

  • Ghausia

    @Taha are you kidding me? Come on, I’ve read your blogs, adore them, you’re such a smart kid, not to mention a really good writer, how can you honestly defend this “writer”? Give me a break. I’m sticking up for my profession by pointing out that she really needs to stop writing like, right now. And as for political persuasions, hah, more like personal bias and a desire to get her fifteen minutes of fame. Maybe I should start blogging all the time just to have people pay attention to me too.Recommend

  • Taha Kehar

    @Ghausia: HAHA! The political persuasions bit was for the other commenters, btw.
    I just feel that Nadya V’s articles are a good example of yellow journalism which should be promoted in Pakistan. Secondly, blogging is essentially an informal task. I guess her articles fill the bill. Thank you for your kind words; your blogposts are impressive. Especially the one on 9/11. Recommend

  • parvez

    I thought that was a stupid funny piece.Recommend

  • Ghausia

    @Taha they can hardly count as journalism at all. I don’t know about you but I’ve studied yellow journalism in great detail, and this is hardly it, hell its not even journalism. Oh I’m glad you like mine, although they’re hardly as wordy as yours lol.Recommend

  • Ambreen

    Please publish something that establishes credibility for the Tribune as a good newspaper rather than a high school paper. Ms. Nadya could have utilized this opportunity better!Recommend

  • Troll, A

    Wow you aren’t even trying anymore, are you bloggers? You’ve essentially decided, screw it, no one takes blogs seriously particularly when they’re followed

    Well done for keeping the bar minimal.

    Remind me to write five reasons why you and OBA should give training lessons to aspiring writers. Those who attempt to gouge out their own eyes rather than read another word of this self-indulgent mockery that I’m sure sounded funny when you told your intoxicated friends about it (I say, I say, I say Musharraf and Khan can’t MAKE a party but they could THROW one in London!!!) will be the ones with true writing sensibilities. Recommend

  • smssr84

    HA HA HA ……….. (sorry thats all i can laugh on this right now! )

    I pray for ur sanity!Recommend

  • mussarat

    Imran Khan and General (Retired) Mush can only return to power on the shoulders of Armed Forces and never with the massive support. Honestly speaking, whether you agree with me
    or not (I dont’ care).

    May God once again save left-over Pakistan from the clutches of “Power-crazy” old-lion riding
    on the shoulder of “aged” cricketer whose integrity in cricket is unquestionable but experience in politics is negligible.

    Pakistani politicians are now no more safe in a country like London how they can be safe in a country like Pakistan which stanic elements are following their doctorines.

    Mush Sahab. You are no more a commando who Act First and Think Later, you are a now an ordinary and new-born politician of Pakistan luckily to be in London. Please think before you ink.

    Mussarat Hussain
    Washington DC.Recommend

  • http://NA Nazir Habib

    Dear writer,

    Your article is jestful and jocular. Good try. Its inconcievable to see Musharraf and Imran cohorting with each other. One is a racist and the other is egocentric. You decide who is which. Its like seeing the two of them doing cartwheels on stage to the joyous laughter of the audience.

    Musharraf will back down on his committments and monkey around with Imran who will walk away in a mad temper and start blaming the sun.

    Undoubtedly both are good for the flood relief and are doing more than their bit. But you must remember that days of ‘glory hunters’ is over and we need to get down to hard work with sincerety of purpose.

    With Salams and best wishes.Recommend

  • Taha Kehar

    I admit that there is room for stylistic improvement and greater foresight, but that’s what such journalistic negligence is all about – falsifying facts through rigorous jingoism. Accept it and, more importantly, be wary of it. Nadya V’s talent is best suited to social critiques. Politics is anathema! There is no point writing about it. The writer should contemplate fleshing out the ‘gossip monger’ within her and write tabloid pieces. Recommend

  • Yasser

    well. i love this one :-) not sure why others are critical, mates it’s a satire, read and have fun…Recommend

  • Aslam Panday

    Stupid Stupid author!
    Long Live Preseident!
    Long Live the cricketer!Recommend

  • Hamza Malik

    This was a satirical piece of work and as such it is absolutely great. By reading just the comments beneath an article on only this website, you can see how “open-minded” (close-minded actually, because some people will not understand the satire i just used) we all really are.

    Grow up and learn to laugh at yourself. It’ll help you move on with life.Recommend

  • Ibn Tahir

    Zaid Hamid is a Mard-e-Muhajid, and the midst of all the difficulties and hopelessness is the sole voice of the Pakistani Nation .. A Voice of HOPE and an unfulfilled promise..

    A sole voice that delivers the message that is in every Muslims bleeding heart ..Recommend

  • Shumaila

    I agree with Taha. Not politics please. You obviously don’t understand it. And these pseudo-satiric opinions don’t do anyone much good.

    Stick to the gossip-mongering, seriously. Or better yet, stop trying to chip those lacquered nails typing up stuff.Recommend

  • sonia

    I’ hate peole using filthy language like “stupid” stupid” author.

    They’r born in stupid family m’st watch words.

    I appreciate critics and criticsm of mussarat who despite being an agressive journalist has clarity

    uses decent words without provoking others.

    People using indecent and filthy language like “stupid” definitely desciple of Zaid Hamid


  • cache

    Yes Nadya (posh name by the way), we’ve already read how all mush supporters are facebook users. If you’re going to mock people, at least find the courtesy of being original.
    Did someone force you to write this article? Because you clearly suck at it. Recommend

  • mussarat

    A very good article Nadya “Got written” from a man who can write good english but not a journalist by profession.

    Mussarat Hussain,
    Washington DCRecommend


    I don’t personally think I possess the talent to write on something, but reading your articles are actually motivating me to pen something down too. To begin with, I think my write-up should be on ‘the significance of time’.

    P.S. Good to see the deduction in the writer’s bio.Recommend

  • Yousaf

    Are you confused? Even if you are writing assumptions, those should be a bit logical and thought provoking.. what is this all about?Recommend

  • Zayed Zaheer

    Imran Khan and Musharraf will never join forces simply because one if an honest politician, which some Pakistanis are not used to appreciating i.e. Imran Khan. The other a war criminal. Thanks for the humour though. It wasn’t funny considering you are the one who seems to fall in the liberal-extremist-nonsensical category. Correct me if I am wrong please.Recommend

  • Zayed Zaheer

    Imran Khan and Musharraf will never join forces simply because one is an honest politician, which some Pakistanis are not used to appreciating i.e. Imran Khan. The other a war criminal. Thanks for the humour though. It wasn’t funny considering you are the one who seems to fall in the liberal-extremist-nonsensical category. Correct me if I am wrong please.Recommend

  • Patriot

    Why does Musarrat Hussain always write Washington D.C. after her name…is that her sir name or is she trying to impress anyone?Recommend

  • Hina Baig.

    I, like most of the others, find your blogs a bit biased for some reason. You tend to focus more on one aspect of the story and ignore the rest. You’re writing on a blog which has very intellectual and open minded readers, hence, I think you need to focus on both sides of the coin. You have potential, just need a bit of more polishing.

    It wasn’t a bad piece overall, but it wasn’t that good either.

    PS. No hard feelings. Recommend

  • Taha Kehar

    I look forward to reading your next article. :) Recommend

  • aerialmeds

    Haha, nice post as always.Recommend

  • Syed

    oh … not again :(Recommend

  • Mohsin Junaid

    Its just rubbish!!Recommend

  • Ali

    I like your approach. Write something that generally annoys people. All publicity is good publicity.

    Although I disagree with your blog, I do enjoy how you manage to hit the nerve.

    Looking forward to read more such ideas by you.Recommend

  • Bunty

    lol? :pRecommend

  • Umar

    Nadya. Again. Don’t let them get to you.
    It’s pretty funny. It’s good that you tick them off.Recommend

  • Abbas

    Lol! You sound like someone with yuppy parents living in a safe urban setting yourself Nadya… howcome you’re not a supporter of either of the two?? Let me guess, your mamoo must be Zardari’s chamcha and driving a Prado with a PPP flag on it right now…Recommend

  • Rizwan

    I don’t quite understand what point the author is trying to drive home. Imran Khan is a liberal extremist? Musharraf and Imran Khan have the same political agendas? Is the author a complete nitwit oblivious to the current affairs of our country? And the lame attempt at humour, epic fail.Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan

    Both are Strong Personalities … The Choice of Youth of Pakistan Today.Recommend

  • Mubeen Malik


    Dont take this too seriously. I assume writer wanted to generate some “Shughal Stuff” to laugh for.

    I dont know why do all of us get too much serious on someones thought and even some light hearted writting gets evaluated as SERIOUS breach of someone elses thoughts and sides of coins and things like these.

    Stay smilling everyone, it was a funny write up

    Thumbs Up for the writter.Recommend

  • Mohammed Arif

    I have given this idea in facebook but also added MQM. Writer has mentioned some facts thay may create some hurdles but in fact in politics there is always flexibility if no differents in the party constitution or basic points. In my point of view the three parties are without any Landloard, Industrialists, fake degree holders or NRO beneficiaries. Although MQM has beneficiaries but NRO was not designed for them and all the cases comes under NRO were politically registered and they, on many occasions declared ready to appear in the courts. Public need a real change and if they will not find a healthyfront, they will have no option except to choose again the present worst politicians. Therefore, for Sake of Pakistan and its solidarity, they should sit together and lead the nation. Eachone should accept that Musharraf was a dictator but he delivered more than the present so-called democratic rulers. It is fact that he bring the power to grass root level and formed local governments and idependence to Media.Recommend

  • zuno

    u r smart blogger lol
    titles are always good but rest is crap thank you for wasting my time :)Recommend

  • Manzoor Chandio

    very well written article. Only urban educated fool people support those 2. Awam does not support them. They support Zardari and Bilawal bhutto who is currently oxfording and will soon return to Pakistan to lead the Awam.Recommend

  • Natasha

    couldn’t get more wannabe NFP-ish..

    please spend your time formulating a more original opinion rather than beating the same drum and jumping on the recently over-crowded neo-concerned, pseudo-political, “i don’t need to be well read nor informed as long as i can pass off as a witty cynicist” bandwagonRecommend

  • Jawad Falak

    Ah yes another writer trying to show his great political wisdom by bashing Imran Khan I would say something but then Ill just be wasting calories typing! this article is just like its author.Pathetic!Recommend

  • Ozzy

    Did anyone else get the Mush supporter joke?Recommend