Can you imagine a Pakistan without Jinnah, Iqbal or Khan?

Published: June 9, 2013
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Now, for just one second, sit back and imagine either one of them not being there, just imagine!

Ever wondered what the butterfly effect would be if one person who helped shape history was not there in the chronological time line?

Without Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, America and Britain wouldn’t be the same today. Had Martin Luther King died before making the “I dream of a day” speech, who knows how African Americans would be treated today.

Pakistan has also seen its fair share of inspirational people. They provide not only hope to Pakistan with their actions but also provided dignity with their thoughts and stance.

I have a list of five names whose presence is so fundamental to Pakistan’s chronological existence that the mere thought of them not existing gives me the chills!

Muhammad Ali Jinnah:

The founder of Pakistan at the start of his professional life wasn’t even interested in politics; he was just a big time lawyer making a lot of money. Even after he started developing an interest in politics, he started with a party that didn’t even represent the Muslim interest!

The funny part is that even when he joined a party representing the Muslims interest, there came a time when he was so hopeless that he went into voluntary exile. It was Allama Iqbal’s encouragement and motivation that persuaded him to come back and become the face of the movement that was to make a dent in history and reshape the map of South Asia.

At this point, it would be safe to say that if either one of his decisions had gone wrong or turned out differently, I would not be writing this and you would not have been reading this — at least not in a free country!

Abdul Sattar Edhi:

They say he’s a self-less philanthropist and I think the world at large would agree. His actions have bought relief to millions. Starting with just a minor dispensary he has come a long way with the Edhi Trust and Foundation. Edhi currently runs the biggest ambulance service in the world along with rehabilitation centres, old age homes and maternity homes that house and care for thousands and thousands of infants, orphans, elderly and distressed women in need.

His goodwill and honesty stand out so remarkably amongst the public that even in his own words:

“Main tou jholi pehlata hun paisa khud hi ajatey hain”

(I spread my sheet of cloth and money comes itself)

Given the reputation we have gained over the years, crediting a Pakistani with so much trust is not an ordinary deal. Abdul Sattar Edhi’s work has been so outstanding in the cause of humanity that the prime minister, in an attempt to salute him for all his extraordinary work, even recommended him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Whatever his motivation may be for all the humility and humanity that he has bestowed upon the people of Pakistan, had he not been doing what he did there would be at least a million, additional, helpless people in this world, maybe more.

Allama Iqbal:

Our elders have always maintained that we should read Iqbal’s poetry and I do agree. Yet, like many other youngsters, I have probably only heard three or four of his quotes or stanzas but his words still manage to motivate me. Allama Iqbal is very inspirational, thought provoking and relevant today. Now imagine how such poetry affected the adrenaline-pumped youth, belonging to a time of suppression and frustration?

Iqbal’s words must have inspired them and mobilised them beyond anything else.

Had Allama Iqbal doubted his vision or if he had any less conviction in Jinnah, I am pretty sure we would still be taking inspiration from the likes of Shakespeare.

Abdul Qadeer Khan:

I am sure each one of us has experienced the humiliation of being bullied at least once in our lifetime. The common conclusion would be that it does not feel good. Now imagine just how brutally Pakistan would have been bullied if it weren’t a nuclear power.

One man helped us stand tall and brave in front of many intimidating nations. He helped us ward off bullies who thought we wouldn’t fight fire with fire. Abdul Qadeer Khan and many like him left high designations and reputable jobs around the world when they heard the then prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s call for Pakistan’s own nuclear program in response to the Indian nuclear weapon testing 1974.

If people like Abdul Qadeer Khan had not been there when we needed them to be, Pakistan would not have had that many constituencies to contest elections in, if you know what I mean!

Imran Khan:

Khan’s undying conviction is all that we need to know about him – and no I am not talking about his political persona. That remains to be seen still. I am talking about the three big things he has done up until now starting from winning the World Cup, founding an entirely non-profit specialised cancer hospital in Pakistan and establishing a university, affiliated with an international university, in a rural area.

Now come to think of it; Khan managed to accomplish all these feats in a time when all the odds were against him. He came back from retirement to win the World Cup for Pakistan, when he started the hospital project all the doctors were convinced there couldn’t be a specialised non-profit cancer hospital in Pakistan and making a university, with an internationally renowned university affiliation, (again non-profit) in a rural area is unheard of in Pakistan.

What inspired me and convinced me further of his zeal was what he said in one of his interviews;

“You can either be a realist or an idealist. If you are a realist the first thing that would come to your mind would be to not do a thing that does not have good odds.”

His contributions to Pakistan have been vital.

In his case, it would not be farfetched to assume that had he not been around or had he succumbed to the odds against him, we would not have a World Cup trophy to our name today; we wouldn’t have a state-of-the-art cancer hospital or an internationally affiliated university in the rural areas of Pakistan (all these being a first of their own kind in Pakistan).

It is people like the ones I have listed above who make it worthwhile to look back at what all we have accomplished.

There is a little bit of each of them in every Pakistani. The one thing that all these magnanimous figures have in common is that their life and death is for Pakistan and its people. Now, for just one second, sit back and imagine just one of them not being there – just imagine!

Adil Siddiqui

Adil Siddiqui

Currently doing his bachelors in business administration from Bahria University, Adil loves travelling and aspires to become a business man. He tweets as @adilsid11 www.twitter.com/adilsid11

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

  • naive

    Oh God. Save us from these kids.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com Anoop

    Jinnah, Iqbal, Imran Khan, AQ Khan all in the same bracket. Sounds about right. :)Recommend

  • abhi

    What about Zardari, he has done so much for democracy in Pakistan? You are also missing some important personalities like Zia ul haq, Ayub Khan, Shahid Afridi, Zaid Hamid etc.Recommend

  • https://twitter.com/Yousaf_Manzoor Falcon

    What about the fifth person? Furthermore, purely based on being a prominent figure who affected Pakistan’s history (regardless of whether they were good or bad), two additional names come to mind and those are ZAB and Zia-ul-Haq. Pakistan would have been a much better place, had ZAB not been hanged and Zia-ul-Haq not ruled Pakistan.Recommend

  • Huma

    You said 5 names. I see edhi’s pic, but only see a write up on 4 ppl. Recommend

  • kanwal

    After reading this blog, i really wish to start writing too. If this can get published, i have a great chance. Recommend

  • Haroon

    Without just one person mentioned above, here are some of the things that would not have happened: 1 million killed during Partition, 47000 killed in Kashmir, 1 million killed in Bangladesh, thousands killed and ‘disappeared’ in Balochistan, the wars of ’48, ’65, ‘ 71, ’84 Siachin Conflict, ’98 Kargil Conflict and the constant threat of a nuclear war in South Asia, ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri pundits, 300,000 stateless Biharis in Bangladesh and the huge loss of economic potential of subcontinent.Recommend

  • anonymous

    people need to stop romanticizing imran khan. Recommend

  • BlackJack

    Yep, good selection – Pakistan deserves all four of them.Recommend

  • Faizan Ahmed

    ET deliberately excluded Dr Abdus Salam ?Recommend

  • Aamna Hasan

    Did I miss it or you actually forgot to mention Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi in this entire blog?Recommend

  • Hasan

    One of them, yes i can imagine.We don’t need nuclear technology for bombs, we need it to provide energy and electricity to Pakistan and you seem have to forgotten some revolutionaries e.g Dr. Abdus Salam, Ch Zafrulla Khan, Mirza Muzaffar Ahmad Sahib, Air Marshal Zafar Chaudhary, General Akhtar Hussain Malik. Recommend

  • Shery

    Author doesn’t know anything abt HISTORY and ET should at-least read the blog posts before publishing them.Recommend

  • Munis

    Is this your 7th grade English essay ? Recommend

  • Ahsan Solangi

    Who is Imran Khan? Just another MNA, if hospital and university is standard of great leadership than we must try Malik Riaz Recommend

  • Ash

    Comparing Khan to personalities like Iqbal and Jinnah is not justified!Recommend

  • Insaan

    Author: It is people like the ones I have listed above who make it worthwhile to look back at what all we have accomplished.

    Pakistan is also a hub of Muslim terrorism. People you have listed above should get credit for bad things that are happening in Pakistan also. IK wants to make Pakistan Islamic, just like Pakistan trained talibans to make Afghanistan an Islamic Emirates. If these people had not created Paistan, 3 million people would not have been slaughtered in East Pakistan (Bangladesh). There will be no “talibans” and Afghans would be living in peace. If there were no Pakistan, Russians would not have entered Afghanistan. Recommend

  • http://www.outlookpakistan.com Muhammad Awais

    Sorry but i totally disagree with you because on behalf of cancer what they are doing everyone’s know, have you ever visited shaukat khanam. You did not know anything about their process. Comparing Jinnah and Iqbal, with a politician who has no sense at what time to say the right thing but have a great quality of BLAMING the others for their hard work for nation, is senseless.Recommend

  • kaalchakra

    wow! amazing! All the greatest brilliance and ‘best of Pakistan’ in one place. From its birth to its present and beyond – Pakistan will always be unique. Love ya, Pakistan.Recommend

  • Khurram Awan

    Does the writer have any idea that Pakistan established its first nuclear reactor without any Input from AQ Khan and Pakistan already acquired Civilian nuclear Technology long before AQ Khan. Kanupp was operating long before the arrival of Mr Khan but Since Dr Abdus Salam was involved in that case so how come a Non Muslim can ever be equivalent to a Muslim in this country.!!!!. Also bringing the name of Imran Khan along with the Greats like Iqbal , Winston Churchill, Abraham Loncoln and JInnah is another utter Profanity in my view and nothing else. Recommend

  • Not a proud pakistani

    “Kisi ko aankh bund karkay follow karna bhi ek tarah ki Ghulami hai” Bhagat SinghRecommend

  • roadkashehzada

    i think u took too long to write this piece.
    keep it for 2018 ETRecommend

  • Ali tanoli

    they not gonna understand because they are too much knows already,…Recommend

  • @Insaan

    The world will be a nicer place when the uninformed read on the true numbers killed in E Pak. They lie between 100,000-500,000 according to any neutral estimate. A horrific tragedy cannot be disrespected by exaggerating it like this. Research, my friend.Recommend

  • http://17462/can-you-imagine-a-pakistan-without-jinnah-iqbal-or-khan Mahboob Khan

    Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King were great leaders and respected world wide, whereas Jinnah and AQ Khan are hated throughout the world including majority Pakistanis. Recommend

  • Bilal Ahmad

    @Faizan Ahmed
    In a thousand years I wager that all of them will be forgotten. But the world will remember Prof. Abdus Salam because his achievements are eternal. His theories will be taught in the physics textbooks the world over. It is sad that only a small educated elite of Pakistanis understand why this is true. Recommend

  • sherrry

    @author

    a tip :

    most of the ppl here dont want to read anything positive about pakistan,Recommend

  • http://www.insaf.pk Antebellum

    @ the commenters

    So many pseudo-liberals, so many Imran Khan haters!Recommend

  • Parvez

    Bad……bad……bad……and bad.
    Recommend

  • http://lahore K. Salim Jahangir

    Iqbal saw the dream & the Quaid fulfilled the dream & all others are trying to save Pakistan , that’s the difference amongst them.Recommend

  • ali

    @anonymous:
    what problem do you have with tht?Recommend

  • Umer

    It’s Pakistan who always starts all wars so I don’t know what you mean by this. How about Kargal and Bombay Attacks? It seems Pakistan has become a greater bully after it has acquired nuclear weapons.Recommend

  • Pakistani

    Btw ..What Imran khan is doing these legends?Recommend

  • Maula Jatt

    Sultan Rahi should have made the list.Recommend

  • Bilal

    What a mockery of Iqbal and Jinnah by bringing Ik in the same slot! i wonder what sort of scrutiny/evaluation process does ET has before publishing something…Recommend

  • Aysha

    IK is a patriotic Pakistani who is an excellent philanthropist, and that is about all.

    He was a member of NA in 2002. There was not a single impressive speech by him in the parliament during his first stint as a parliamentarian. If you get record of the proceedings of NA between 2002- 2008, you will see that he was unable to have his presence felt, because he doesnt have it in him

    He must recognize that he is not a politician, 17 years went by, on their best day PTI could only pull off 31 NA seats. It just took Bhutto or Altaf Hussain less that 5 years to establish massive electoral victories, because they had ideologies and political vision guiding them and not mere emotionalism.

    Imran Khan is a great sportsman and that is what he should have remained, hope recovers soon,Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    @Muhammad Awais:

    this is how the polical life of a nonpolitcal person starts from the opposition bench, blaming others without having the slightest idea how one skins the cat. he is still tweeting knowing well that he needs rest and not prolong the effects of the trauma.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • farrukh

    heard of Iqbal and jinnah but who is khan?Recommend

  • http://Lahore Iram

    @farrukh: Khan is a person who changed the fare of this nation. When he was not a political power no one was caring you but now politicians are willing to give their best. He introduced new set of rules (Honesty, dedication, care of people) in politics. Recommend

  • ava avataan

    @Aysha:
    as for as zulfiqar ali bhutto is concerned what you have said is correct of i should say that i will accept it but what you said about altaf BHAII, ooohh i am extremely sorry he has no ideology and he can only do one thing and that is BADMASHI… sorry to say but it is the truth. what do you think has his party got the votes without using any force? well if you think like this then aap ka tou ALLAH hi nigahbaan hy… !!! Recommend

  • asim daud

    Imran changed the political dynamic of this country forever,that’s why he is rightly included .he is not just an MNA but saviour of this hapless nation.Recommend

  • True Karachiwala

    @Ash: Insafians have even compared IK even with Khulafaa e RashidinRecommend

  • True Karachiwala

    Having matched IK with Jinnah & Iqbal, I believe we are getting inellectually poorer than in any oter field.Recommend

  • Ed

    Dear Adil Siddiqui,
    I do not intend to challenge your patriotism but I certainly would like to awaken you to a bit of history – something, given your age and the current facebook age, it is quite probable that you might not have had the slightest brush with.

    1) When you mention Jinnah, Iqbal and Khan in the same phrase, one can be forgiven to expect Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan to be the “Khan” in question. However, when one does not find the perceived “Khan” in the list, the author’s sin is almost unforgiveable. It will do well for the author if a good book on Liaquat Ali Khan, especially one quoting his speeches is read. Personally such a book, “Pakistan – the heart of Asia” published by Paramount Books, was an eye-opener for me.

    2) I respect all the people on your list and Mr. Imran Khan happens to be a childhood hero and my current political choice BUT the ommission of Shaheed-e-Millat and some other stalwarts on the list in favor of Imran leaves a bad taste.

    Regards,Recommend

  • Pakistani

    Please stop comparing Imran Khan with Jinnah & Iqbal. Khulafaa e Rashidin, plsssssssssssss don’t say this. This is a very big statement..Recommend

  • shahida kazi

    Oh my God.I am speechless.Recommend

  • Pakistani

    And we can’t imagine Pakistan without Jinnah, Iqbal, Dr. Abdul qadeer khan, Edhi, Dr. Abdu salam but we CAN imagine a very happy and better Pakistan without Imran Khan..Recommend

  • Historian 1

    Guys dont be so narrow minded. Imran Khan is a fresh breeze in this stinky politics for decades. He has personality, charisma and he is educated. He has achieved things without being in power that our politicians have not achieved after ruling for us for decades.
    Now that he is on the START line of politics and power ( to some extent) we have to wait and see how he inspires in the future.
    Do not forget that Jinnah, Iqbal and others achieved greatness in the final parts of their lives. You may not compare Imran Khan’s achievements to them at this stage but i am positive and i hope that he will stand very close to these people during his life.Recommend

  • Shariq

    Whenever people come up with “Imran Khan won us a world cup”, i feel like slashing my wrists. We won the World Cup with 15 players, not with just Imran Khan. And why on earth do we eulogize Imran Khan so much for his World Cup victory? Why do you not credit Younis Khan then? Why do you not speak in the same breath about those captains who won us 4 hockey world cups? Stop the love affair with Imran Khan. He’s a good guy who has done good social work. Nothing more. There are many people who have done social work. Imran Khan is not something special that people make him out to be. And putting him in the same bracket with Jinnah and Iqbal is just plain wrong. Wholly agree with the first comment here. Recommend

  • True Karachiwala

    @ava avataan: Stop this madness and blindness ! whole media focused on Karachi elections. yes there were anomalies, mismanagement, hooliganism. But you are not living in Switzerland either. Are media less diligent than you so as to miss the wholesale rigging in Karachi. Where on Earth one can get votes for 30 years on gun point.

    Secondly, if you could imagine a young boy who is studying in his first year in Karachi University some 33 odd years ago, having no financial backing, not belonging to political dynasty, he starts a struggle, and in the process is beaten up and expelled from KU by non other than your ally in KPK, Jamat e Islami, he and his colleagues continue with thier endeavor is really worth mentioning in the history of Paksitan.

    AH’s boldest BADMAASHI is to challenge Feudal Lords. Today, it is becuase AH that a poor man is elected and sits beside a Feudal KIng in Parliament.

    This audacity of AH made Mumtaz Bhutto (a true feudal lord) so angered that he once said that PAAN BIRI bachney waly elect ho gae (more or less)Recommend

  • Cancerian

    @Falcon:
    I hope you have read about nationalism of private sectors of Pakistan than you haven’t taken the name of ZAB.Recommend

  • Fahad Siddiqui

    @Aysha … Girl u nailed it………..Recommend

  • auashraf

    is the kid serious? :-ORecommend

  • http://www.tanzeel.wordpress.com Tanzeel

    No wonder why Khan lost election. Recommend

  • doom

    An Undergrad student at Bahria wrote this!

    Dude, please, educate yourself better for you are the future of this country! Start by reading some of Quaid’s and Allama’s writings and speeches. Then compare with anything Imran Khan and AQ Khan have to say. It is like comparing Mozart and Beethoven to Justin Beiber. Stop insulting them, please! It makes me lose all hope when people compare Jinnah to Imran Khan. Recommend

  • Muhammad Akram

    @Hasan:
    All Ahmadies? You are no different than others. Publicizing your own community.Recommend

  • Zaida P

    I am not even sure this blog should have Tribune’s name on it. It is obvious the kid knows nothing about Pakistan or its leaders. He is confusing statesmen for sportsmen besides everything else. Where does Imran Khan come in? Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    @Tanzeel:

    The guy got used to Hospitals, and home sick and now is nearer to his family!

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • maryahya

    @Faizan Ahmed:
    I would have been really embarrassed if Dr. Salaam’s name had been included among the mediocre like Imran Khan and Dr. Qadeer Khan. However, the choice of the heroes perfectly fits the current state of affairs of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Insaan

    @Mahboob Khan:
    Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King were great leaders and respected world wide.

    Whole family of Dr King visited India on the 50th Anniversary of Dr Kings trip to India. Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli

    @Ayesha
    When Bhutto won in 70s he was already in politics for many years he was called son of ayub khan late dictator and vetran of 1965 war – I know toomuch about him because I am from Karachi but E,T not gonna allowe me.Recommend

  • Areeb

    i swear to god if i see or hear imran khan being compared to the likes to iqbal or jinnah again im going to throw up! as i have seen is pakistan as a whole , people here are trend followers , somthing new comes along , everyone and i mean everyone is to follow in its foot steps .. tak for example apple iphone craze , which now switch to androids and the aashiqui 2 fever .. mr.imran khan is the same , u got to follow or your not going to be accepted by others around you. let us wait and see kpk … then we’ll decide!Recommend

  • Queen

    Kudos to the writer for this blog :) He has very rightly said that “there is a little bit of each of them in every Pakistan.” Recommend

  • uzma

    dear
    answer is in affirmativeRecommend

  • uzma

    we are living in a country without gas,electricity and water…. which are the basic necessities of life… who cares for a Jinnah or an Allama Iqbal with empty stomach and thirsty lips !!!!!
    LET ME ENLIGHTEN YOU
    ask any street kid who is trying to get money by wiping your car…
    he might not have heard of them
    IQBAL AND quaid are luxuries we can’t afford ……
    get realRecommend

  • Syme

    Must be a PTI fan ??Recommend

  • mind control

    Poor Mr Abdul Sattar Edhi.

    He must be feeling sad about being clubbed with a known, self confessed nuclear black marketeer.Recommend

  • talha

    yes i can imagine Pakistan without Khan, and khan cannot be a compared with Jinnah and Iqbal.
    Khan has no value to his words, no realistic stance, no commitment. He is pessimistic in his mind and face.Recommend

  • http://Germany goggi (lahore)

    (Your comment is awaiting moderation)!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Democracy means freedom of opinions!Recommend

  • http://gmail Nayab

    I’m happy that you have mentioned Imran Khan as he is a great hope for all of us who want to see pakistan flourish.
    I just wanted to add that pakistan has many other people who deserve to be mentioned here……………………credits should also be given to the mrtyrs of the pakistan army and other soldiers and officers likewise who are playing with their lives trying to eliminate terrorists for the country’s safety.
    Good effort on your behalf but you need o cover all grounds.
    Regards.Recommend

  • Raja Islam

    @Pakistani:
    Hey, I can imagine Pakistan without any of them. Of course out of the lot Imran has the least significance or should I say no significance.Recommend

  • Raja Islam

    @True Karachiwala:
    So you would like doodh walas and kasais represent you rather than the upper crust.Recommend

  • sherrry

    @Insaan:
    wow , i mean seriously wow
    pathetic analysis Recommend

  • True Karachiwala

    @Raja Islam: You are one of those creatures who still longing for British Raj so that you may play sycohancy to some Gora Sahab. You cant accept a person belonging to lowest tier of society.

    For your information I am quoting two persons here who are fathers of modern America, yes same country where when we enter, dogs sniff us, our queue is separate at immigration counter, and we proudly talk about “my cousin in America”, here you go:

    Abraham Licoln – Profession splitting logs and other manual work
    Benjamin franklin – Family profession, candle making

    I hope, though you may be under severe inferiority complex, but you would start appreciating Pakistanis who are despite being oppressed make struggle not for themselves but for society.Recommend

  • http://Shenzhen,China Muhammad Rizwan Ali

    I dont know, why making IK to an Angel
    still he did not proved to give people any thing to make people happy,
    only talking and talking
    let him do some thing for people, then make it justifyRecommend

  • http://. Abid P. Khan

    @Pakistani:
    “Btw ..What Imran khan is doing these legends?”

    .
    Just playing.Recommend

  • Beep

    Child, please grow up. The course of Pakistan’s history has been altered considerably in good and bad ways by many men and women.Khan on the other hand has created ripples but cannot even be compared to people like Bhutto or Zia or even Nehru- all of whom helped determine the character of our nation and culture. Iqbal too is revered in our history textbooks, but as for shaping the character of Pakistan? That is extremely ignorant. Recommend

  • Naeem

    The author is naieve and must have an intellect of a grade 5. Hmmm Imran Khan ????? Atthe same level of Jinnah????????? nd where is the person who won laurels and Nobel Peace Prize for Pakistan????? This article should be used as a toilet paper for its childish writings!!!Recommend

  • wak

    @Parvez:
    this person not seems to be pakistaniRecommend

  • KHALID

    Yes, I can think about without Imran khan, he is just an over rated politician.. he is not even considered a leader if you’ll look at vote bank of past election which turns out to be 15%. This 15% of those who casted the vote. yes offcourse Edhi is the one after My Qaid Jinnah and Iqbal R.A.
    The problem is the writers suppose to be unbiased but Adil Siddqui is pro PTI as most of the burgers are.
    One name I should mention is Maulana Tariq Jameel who is recognized not only in Pakistan but Imam E Kaaba also. As Abdul Rahman Al Sudais said once to to him , You are doing we we are suppose to do for Islam.Recommend

  • Karachi gal

    I totally agree with the above article, and very very disappointed by most of the above comments. After reading the above comments, I am not surprised why Pakistan is in disastrous position right now. What Pakistanis really need at this point is patriotism.
    I want to comment @Haroon, “1 million killed during Partition, 47000 killed in Kashmir, 1 million killed in Bangladesh, thousands killed and ‘disappeared’ in Balochistan, the wars of ’48, ’65, ‘ 71, ’84 Siachin Conflict, ’98 Kargil Conflict”
    Jinnah and Iqbal are legends and they will not be forgotten and Pakistan would not exist without them. AQ khan and AS Eddhi are two great personalities and pride of Pak.
    For all the haters of Imran khan, I would like to remind you that he is a national hero. Pakistan was still losing the world cup but with his strong support the team was able to make the impossible, possible. If you have forgotten please go back and watch the WC and see that winning was a miracle. I agree it was a team effort but you need a leader to lead the team, just like many people were involved in the making of Pakistan but without Jinnah it would not have been possible.
    Although Imran Khan’s political achievements are limited at this time, but he has to be given credit that in this hard time, He is the ONLY one able to unite Pakistanis. No other politicians at this time is able to do that. PTI got votes everywhere in Pakistan. Although all the other politicians/parties were able to get most votes from their ethnic groups. PPP got vote in Sindh due to sindhi power but is wiped out from other 3 provinces. N league was unable to show huge performance or become a challenge in Sindh or KPK, why? MQM is only limited to Karachi, hyd and sukkar and some other areas in Sindh…why?

    Martin Luther, Lincoln, Jinnah and Iqbal were nobody at some point but they all had similar characteristics Patriotism, Honesty, Good intention and leadership and with these qualities they were able to became what they are now. Imran K has the same qualities and In years to come, no one can challenge his name with the other legends above.
    If Pakistanis learn to be patriot then Pakistan will come out from this turmoil but it is sad that everyone is divided in “zaat, firqa, mazhab” and no one really think of himself/herself as only Pakistani.
    Such a pity!!!Recommend

  • Karachi gal

    ET why did you edit my comments I didn’t write any “curse words”. I think ET is run by neighbor country that’s why all my comments regarding neighbor (our rivals) are deleted.Recommend