Yes, Imran Khan’s marriage IS my priority

Published: January 8, 2015
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Religious extremism is my priority and therefore so is your marriage

Religious extremism is my priority and therefore so is your marriage Religious extremism is my priority and therefore so is your marriage. PHOTO: AFP

Let me begin this with a disclaimer: I have nothing against Reham Khan. She should not be harassed or have her private space infiltrated. She is free to choose whatever and whoever she wants to. I hope it’s clear; this is not about Reham Khan.

This is about the discrepancy in Imran Khan’s choices.

Imran, like any other right wing politician, exploits the religious sentiments of his voters. We are a nation who as children fall into the trap of our grandma’s religious manipulation,

“Hazoor (SAWW) ne toh kabhi kisi khanay se inkaar nahi kiya, chalo achay bachoon ki tarha kaddu kha lo.”

(The Prophet (PBUH) never refused any type of food; come on, eat your pumpkin like a good child).

And then as adults, when it comes to our marriage, our career decisions, our life style choices, we are controlled by our parent’s Islamic interpretations (which can even be an istekhara). Therefore, finally as voters, who in their right mind will oppose the idea of an Islamic republic; this is the sort of thing which gets you killed here. 

So I get it, this is their self-serving, cleverly coated and slyly garnished ‘chooran and chunna’. However, this might have been a benign tactic (not really) in a society which was not as religiously charged as Pakistan, but given Pakistan’s obsession with religious intimidation and oppression, it’s a criminal stance to take.

I use the word ‘criminal’ because of what this mind set has done to us. It has led to Ahmadi persecutioncharring of Joseph colony, throwing of a Christian couple in a brick kiln, accusing a child with Down syndrome of blasphemy and finally, punishing a mother of five because of some subjective accusation.

Some might argue that these incidents do not represent what the majority thinks or is capable of doing. Yes, they don’t, but the debate that whether the Peshawar massacre was indeed Islamic, if vigils and black display pictures are the religiously right way to mourn or show grief, and the knee jerk reaction we have to anything remotely progressive, such as stem cell research, is indicative of our collective mind set. Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi said and I quote,

“Humaray haan sciensi taleem ka daff umuman deeniyaat se mara jatta hai”

(In our society, the field of science is often over-shadowed by religion)

We have been led, guided and supported in our choice to regress.

Imran, with his demands for a Shariah state, in his opposition of the women protection bill, through his suggestions of dialogue with the Taliban, by turning a deaf ear to the banning of Malala’s book and the recent school curriculum changes, has made his position quiet clear as a supporter of this regressive, criminal mind set. He consciously, voluntarily and actively made that decision.

I know Imran is no poster boy for religious extremism. His flamboyant past, clean shaven appearance, and that iconic red scarf are anything but ‘Taliban-like’ and this is exactly where the discrepancy kicks in.

What he wants for us and what he chooses for himself are not the same things. He chose a liberal, independent, articulate woman for himself but for the rest of Pakistan, well blue is the colour of the season. Of course don’t get any wrong ideas; I am not talking about Sana Safinaz and Nomi Ansari’s collection. I am talking about those imported blue burqas which the Taliban are bent upon smuggling to Pakistan. Their route: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

So anyone who says his marriage is personal, or this is just like any other celebrity marriage, is failing to acknowledge the hypocrisy that is at display. Tahir Ashrafi’s drinking is a national concern and masses should be repeatedly reminded of how much and which brand to curtail his religious vitriol. Aamir Liaquat’s ‘behind-the-camera’ videos should be played nonstop till he shuts up and the masses realise that this man fits the bill of a hypocrite as described by Islam (obscene language being one of their traits) and finally, Imran should be questioned about the discrepancy in his “personal” choices and public stance.

You can’t choose to be modern and keep us backward. No sir, your stance and politics has significantly contributed to the mind set which kills and frightens me, so I am not going to let you off the hook easily. My priorities are not misplaced. Religious extremism is my priority and therefore so is your marriage. I am a tweet away from being accused of blasphemy and consequently, of being mercilessly killed or unjustly imprisoned.

My blood is on you.

In the end, as a potential voter, what should we expect in ‘Naya Pakistan’, which has Reham as its first lady? I am hoping the answer is moderation, reforms and progress.

Shaadi mubarak!

Manal Farrukh Khan

Manal Farrukh Khan

A doctor who likes to jot down her thoughts, rhythmically. Author of, 'Of rainbows, gutters and prisms'. She tweets as @ManalFKhan (twitter.com/ManalFKhan)

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

  • Prashant

    “What he wants for us and what he chooses for himself are not the same things. He chose a liberal, independent, articulate woman for himself but for the rest of Pakistan, well blue is the colour of the season.”

    When you do not have a solution to issues, you tend to pretend they do not exist and in the process never find a resolution, this is akin to being at war with an idea and when you are overwhelmed, just make friends with the same idea and justify it.

    This is also an acknowledgement of the battle being lost if not the war.Recommend

  • Firoz Mian

    Very very well written, couldn’t agree with u more…the discrepancies that u mentioned in his personal life are just a few in a long list that we’ve seen in his political mantra over the last few months. It is also worth mentioning that tho his choosing a liberated, short skirt wearing musalmaan woman as a potential (or a wannabe) First Lady for a 80% conservative Pakistani Awaam where even a sleeveless is frowned upon, might still be forgivable as a personal choice but in what part of this entire planet an aspirant to be Prime Minister (let alone MNA) of a Nation’s first choice be someone who despises that very Nation (as revealed in her past interview) and would only move there if ever condemned? Are we really that stupid as a Nation?Recommend

  • SAIF

    this is the worst form of disoriented, ill-informed, hateful, ignorant and misleading content i have read in the last couple of years.Recommend

  • Sam

    Well said!Recommend

  • Sam

    How pathetic for anyone to think this is good thing by all means. Only sheeps with no brains will cheer IK and Reham I hope this is good enough to wake up masses and see who he really is. There is no Naya Pakistan.Recommend

  • Huria Arshad

    U did a groovy job… Question arises… Why Ik’s priorities are different when decision taking power comes about his private life…. He is answerable to all those youngsters who were praising him… It turned me sceptic.. either he is secular???Former was a Goldsmith heiress and now a BBC weather girl,mother of three. I can appreciate that this time she is a born muslim and khan he don’t need to turn her… Both are going to tie the knot…… Disturbing. #NIAZIRecommend

  • Adil

    half of the information in this blog is false. I will never get back the 10 minutes of my life that i have spent reading this.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad

    Imran has proven hundreds of times that he is a hypocrite. Except his own birth in a modern family, which off course was not his choice, every choice he made for himself is western, modern, secular and liberal. His favourite choices such as Cricket, English are known to all, others we will know with passage of time but for us his vision is limited to stone age, Taliban, Mullahs and Shalwar Kamiz.Recommend

  • Moaz Bin Younus Chohan

    Miss Khan, with all due respect to your point of view, it makes no sense as to why Imran Khan marriage is your prerogative, let me say it, it is not. It is his life, and his alone, Islam is about tolerance, Talibanisation is basically a reflection of intolerance. By making things your prerogative, you are not much different then the people you criticize. Peace, from a fellow doctor.Recommend

  • fze

    Wow Manal! You have hit the nail on the head now get ready for the choicest abuses from PTI supporters. These are the questions I’ve been asking ever since, to no answers. I asked it during the dharna also but the die hard, blind supporters of IK would only hurl accusations & abuses at me. In the end I decided if this nation can’t see it then they deserve him. Recommend

  • Sami

    Yes marriage is a personal matter but i have one problem with Imran Khan’s led PTI and that is they are one who bring personal slander on the social media against their opponents. Imran use religion and liberalism whenever required as a thirsty opportunist. Everyone in Pakistan is a hypocrite and so does PTI. We all know that how the dirty campaign was launched against Maryam Nawaz and Asma Jehangir and everyone following social media know very well whose followers did that and were at the forefront of it.

    It seems Imran is a sacred cow and whatever Imran does cannot be criticized but Imran Khan supporters have every right to disparage everybody else.

    Also Imran is chanting all the time that every politician should do every activity locally but interestingly Imran Khan planned his event during his stay in UK? Why Imran Khan cannot walk the talk?

    Whatever the people will say but i dont want to live in a country where the hypocrites like Imran Khan will have any future. If Imran is the future leader of Pakistan and Reham will become our first lady then God have mercy on our souls.Recommend

  • Amna

    Too bad in Pakistan there isn’t rule of the law, and there is only mob justice. Hence your dream of moderation, reforms and progress are most likely to come true in an Islamic Welfare state where justice for all and actual implementation of the law is the priority, So in te end, Reham Khan won’t have much to do with Pakistan’s success necessarily- what IK has been focusing on all along will.Recommend

  • Azam Khan

    Manal Farrukh Khan seems to be a mixed up person. She has failed to prove that Imran Khan himself chooses to lead a modern life whereas he wants a backward way of live for the general public. IK is most probably the only modern leader of Pakistan who proudly adorns a Shalwar Khamiz like any other man on the street. He has his own style of wearing it. He sits with tribals and eats with them, on the mat.
    There are dozens of examples I can give to prove Manal wrong.Recommend

  • bik74

    Clearly you are one of many Pakistani who has no idea what they are talking about.Recommend

  • Omer

    this is the big problem , this not a criminal mindset you take your religious teaching as a criminal mind set WOW , moderation ? and most of the incident you are talking about were given the shape of blasphemy ,Recommend

  • Sharjeel sohail

    wow – you re terrible at this. stick to poetryRecommend

  • Salman Lahori

    There has always been a double standard in Imran Khan – liberal in his personal life and conservative in his public life.Recommend

  • Firoz Mian

    Very very well written, couldn’t agree with u more..the discrepancies that u mentioned in his personal life are just a few compared to the long list that we’ve seen in his political mantra over the last few months…It’s also worth mentioning that tho his choosing a liberated, short skirt wearing musalmaan woman as a potential (or wannabe) First Lady for the 80% conservative Pakistani Awaam, may be forgivable as a personal choice but in what part of this planet an aspirant to be Prime Minister (let alone MNA) of a Nation’s first choice be someone who despises that very Nation (as revealed in her interview) and would only live there if condemned (her words)…? Are we really that stupid or have no shame as a Nation?Recommend

  • Saira Z

    OMG, seriously? Seriously? SERIOUSLY? I can’t believe I read this. The author is just taking her anger out on Imran Khan, her argument is childish and far from sense.Recommend

  • Sara Q

    This is so thought provoking!Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    I don’t understand. Why can’t you talk about my collection? :(Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    I don’t understand. Why can’t you talk about my collection? :(Recommend

  • marik

    This double standard is true for the majority of Pakistanis, not just Imran KhanRecommend

  • Guest

    Many, and I mean MANY people in their “right mind” oppose the idea of an Islamic republic!!Recommend

  • Hasan

    Unless Reham Khan dons a Burka, whatever is written here is true.Recommend

  • Kapt Slim

    Waste of timeRecommend

  • naeem khan

    this is Pakistan u cant ask IK anything bcz if u do u will be trilled with tons of abuse and filthRecommend

  • Smak

    I hear you sister! Thank you for writing this.Recommend

  • almir

    You will be called all kinds of stuff from PTI trolls now. These ‘super-smart’ idjits believe in worshipping Khan like an idol. If he ever comes in to power and hands out burqas to all women while lady Reham trots around in skirts, not even then.Recommend

  • Shujaat

    For me Imran Khan has always been a hypocritical, anglophile, poster boy for Taliban! It’s only that the burgers never understood his duplicity because IK catered to their own duplicity and hypocrisy.Recommend

  • Waqar Hasan

    i think this blogger has very little understanding of Imran Khan’s views on religion and extremism. She should have done more homework before coming up with these somewhat weird deductions. He’s independent to make decisions about his personal life and I’ve never heard him say otherwise about the others. Infact, even if one disagrees with his politics, no one can deny the fact that he never discussed the private lives of his most vehement rivals cuz these things have nothing to do with politics.Recommend

  • ali

    Someone please tell me its a joke
    Recommend

  • Waqar Hasan

    as far as Taliban are concerned, he had his views about tackling terrorism. on the hindsight, that may not entirely be the righ approach but you cant brand him as a taliban sympathizer simply because his idea of putting an end to terrorism differs from yours. again, i have seen him condemn every terror incident and the groups involved in them. I should also mention how openly he condemne the groups responsible for the killings of the hazara community in balochistan and the killers of salman taseer. many of our so called moderate representatives distanced themselves from these issues.Recommend

  • Sabas

    What a whole lot of cr*p.

    There is so much to disagree with. But will only state: He demands a welfare state, not shariah.Recommend

  • Sensible

    really! I think you are just choosing to be ignorant! she has presented her case well baked by facts!Recommend

  • Hira

    Rubbish ! please Tribune have some standard! what sort of writing it is ? whats the point?Recommend

  • Waqar Hasan

    let me just say that no one is a sacred cow. none of the social media rant about anyone was ever countenanced by Imran Khan or the PTI leadership. you should know better that the social media is a highly unregulated forum where anyone can say anything about anyone. i can give you videos of IK telling his supporters to desist from using abusive language against any writer, journalist or columnist. And for the record, Asma Jahangir started the fight by publicly inveighing Imran as a religious extremist and she even called him ‘bonga khan’ simply because PTI did not agree with asma jahangir as a candidate for the caretaker PM last year. now i ask you, is it befitting of any educated person, let alone a woman to use such language about a political leader on national television. and we’re all perfectly aware of her personla life. but i as a pti supporter have never discussed personal lives of IK’s rivals. one can only discourage the people who do whether they’re PTI supporters or not. so feel free to question Imran’s political decisions. we welcome any kind of criticism anyone may have for him. the one thing that must not happen is mudslinging on people based on their personal life. i can also tell you that none of PTI’s official facebook or twitter accounts were used for spreading such hate against anyone. one can tell people to desist from doing something.but you cant coerce them.Recommend

  • Waqar Hasan

    taliban call him a liberal. his party is a liberal party with active participation from women and students. he has never asked the people to refrain from embracing modernization. he isnt the hypocrite. he doesnt stop you from marrying a foreigner or listening to music or wearing modern clothes.Recommend

  • Waqar Hasan

    taliban call him a liberal. his party is a liberal party with active participation from women and students. he has never asked the people to refrain from embracing modernization. he isnt the hypocrite. he doesnt stop you from marrying a foreigner or listening to music or wearing modern clothes.Recommend

  • Waqar Hasan

    the guy has always advocated women emancipation and has always accepted women and students as the biggest strength of PTI. some criticized him for playing music in the protests when people responded to the tunes. JUI criticized PTI for including a woman as Advisor to CM. Imran isnt a hypocrite. its people who use his personal issues to fulfill their desire of spilling as much hatred as they can. go right ahead. no one’s stopping you. and for the record, he is active in reopening girls schools in KP and I happen to be a witness of it. does he have to be more modern and liberal for the public to convince the so called liberals? sorry Ms Manal. but this article depicts hypocrisy.Recommend

  • KC

    Wow, great job. Thumbs up. It’s good to know that we still have people out there who use their heads and are analyzing the situation from different aspects. I think, every Pakistani in his right state of mind is asking the same questions.
    Good job and don’t let the haters, in this case ” blind haters ” get to you.
    Cheers.Recommend

  • KC

    Wow, great job. Thumbs up. It’s good to know that we still have people out there who use their heads and are analyzing the situation from different aspects. I think, every Pakistani in his right state of mind is asking the same questions.
    Good job and don’t let the haters, in this case ” blind haters ” get to you.
    Cheers.Recommend

  • abc

    I didn’t read your article and nor do i want to but as soon as i read the topic of your article i really wanted to comment and let you know that we should stop interfering in other people’s person life whether or not we like it! Before writing down few words , consider yourself in his or her position and whether or not you will like your personal life to be in the lime light and being criticised for a decision which is very personal and nothing to do with ANYnONE in the world!Recommend

  • abc

    I didn’t read your article and nor do i want to but as soon as i read the topic of your article i really wanted to comment and let you know that we should stop interfering in other people’s person life whether or not we like it! Before writing down few words , consider yourself in his or her position and whether or not you will like your personal life to be in the lime light and being criticised for a decision which is very personal and nothing to do with ANYnONE in the world!Recommend

  • Ayaz Ahmad Khan

    The author is presenting such hate speech, balant lies and over exaggerations in this article. She should read and see what Khan thinks about the Peshawar Incident rather than linking it to his politics. I blame the Government of Pakistan for it has failed to protect us.
    She is comparing Khans marriage which is itself, a very righteous deed to Tahir Ashrafi’s drinking and Amir Liaquat abusing, what world does the writer lives in. And while talking of Imran Khans marriage, she suddenly begins talking about his policies and his tendencies towards society.
    Let me say it very clear and loud. khan is the only leader who has condemned each and every attack in Pakistan by the terrorists and calling them by their names. If you think blue burqas were imported by the Taliban and such is their culture, get it that its their culture long before the Taliban sprang.Recommend

  • Ayaz Ahmad Khan

    The author is presenting such hate speech, balant lies and over exaggerations in this article. She should read and see what Khan thinks about the Peshawar Incident rather than linking it to his politics. I blame the Government of Pakistan for it has failed to protect us.
    She is comparing Khans marriage which is itself, a very righteous deed to Tahir Ashrafi’s drinking and Amir Liaquat abusing, what world does the writer lives in. And while talking of Imran Khans marriage, she suddenly begins talking about his policies and his tendencies towards society.
    Let me say it very clear and loud. khan is the only leader who has condemned each and every attack in Pakistan by the terrorists and calling them by their names. If you think blue burqas were imported by the Taliban and such is their culture, get it that its their culture long before the Taliban sprang.Recommend

  • Hannan Khan

    its sad to see that we are such a polarized society that we cant take criticism against our leader. if we hate them, we abuse them if not then we are ready to fight over them in a moments notice. Being a PTI supporter means that you should be the first one to question your leaders but alas we collectively are a nation of hypocrites and we would never learn our mistakes.
    further i may agree with a few points of the writer that how IK handled education BUT we need to understand that our urges to interfere in other people’s business is the reason we are where we are today.Recommend

  • Hannan Khan

    its sad to see that we are such a polarized society that we cant take criticism against our leader. if we hate them, we abuse them if not then we are ready to fight over them in a moments notice. Being a PTI supporter means that you should be the first one to question your leaders but alas we collectively are a nation of hypocrites and we would never learn our mistakes.
    further i may agree with a few points of the writer that how IK handled education BUT we need to understand that our urges to interfere in other people’s business is the reason we are where we are today.Recommend

  • Ali Zubair

    Manal Farrukh Khan (Y) (Y), your views are clearly the depiction of masses. Very well written. And don’t ever shy away from writing the truth, may Allah almighty be with you always.Recommend

  • Ali Zubair

    Manal Farrukh Khan (Y) (Y), your views are clearly the depiction of masses. Very well written. And don’t ever shy away from writing the truth, may Allah almighty be with you always.Recommend

  • salman

    “I am a tweet away from being accused of blasphemy and consequently, of being mercilessly killed or unjustly imprisoned.
    My blood is on you.”

    Wow, how melodramatic! From a tweet to being killed in two sentences.Recommend

  • salman

    “by turning a deaf ear to the banning of Malala’s book”
    clicking on that link leads to the article and at the top of that is a tweet by IK condemning the stopping of the launch (NOT BANNING), of the book. So what is your definition of “turning a deaf ear”?
    By the way, the book is not banned in KP, and never was.
    Seriously, I know its just a blog, but you need better research…Recommend

  • Fahd Gauhar

    Although I agree with most of the things you’ve written; however, when you talk about religion overshadowing science, you could be right to an extent but if you think science means negating God, you’re wrong. Extremes are always bad, which is why our religion teaches us to take a moderate path ‘Miyana-rawi”. Secondly, when you talk about falling prey to “grandmas religious manipulation”, you’re again pushing it here. This is a fact that the way you think and behave is reflective of your background and upbringing but you too are a product of this society; however you have a very different take on things, so i’ll say the society is evolving. Plus, if someone is practicing his/her religion while remaining moderate (As per the teachings of Islam which is a religion that promotes peace and brotherhood), what is wrong with it, be it ‘istikhara’ or anything else. I also believe that you are misinterpreting ‘Shariah’. We have been made to believe that it is something destructive. It is often associated with burqa laden women who are not allowed to work, etc. Please go through our religious scriptures and you’ll get to know how much liberty it offers in the systems that it lays down. Mind you, most of the Western countries are already following what our religion teaches us. They have a very good judicial system, they have properly implemented laws, they are cordial and tolerant, they maintain cleanliness (which we have successfully managed to limit only to our classrooms i.e. ‘safaaee nisf eemaan hai’) and the list goes on. We as a society have tried to adopt all the negatives of the West, ignored their positive attributes and forgotten what Islam has taught us. Therefore, we are at our lowest ebb as a society. We need to shun extremism at all levels and get our act together. As far as Mr. Khan is concerned, he has done a very fine job exposing himself. Peace.Recommend

  • s

    Yeah, where exactly is author getting all these statistics?Recommend

  • Natasha

    Are you kidding me? He would NEVER go against the Taliban. Even in the Peshawar attack, he never blamed the Taliban or demanded them being hanged or killed, he refused to name them, even when TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. So before being a die-hard PTI/IK fan, learn to face facts and learn to accept that IK has made mistakes too.Recommend

  • Mirza

    I wasn’t in favor of IK.. but now I do… Personal life vs. Public’s life are absolutely two different things. His choices for personal life has nothing to do with life of public. Secondly, you can’t make judgments at this stage since publicly or privately we (both genders) are at same scale .
    Recommend

  • TahirAli

    baked? Thank God you wrote baked instead of backed as that’s you actually meant!!!Recommend

  • Shoaib

    after finishing it once, i tried to read through the article again if in case i missed her point. miss manal khan, your argument stems from the notion that religion, at its core, is regressive and something that bars from progress. you see religion from the way it is practiced instead of looking at what it actually states. this makes you ignorant and naive, not religion regressive.
    secondly, you state that imran’s choice for keeping his votaries backward meanwhile helping himself with a liberal, westernized woman is farcical. no politician can tell you the kind of life (or life partner) you want to be with. that’s just insane. why would you think something like that?
    i dont know if you hail from a conservative family or a liberal family, but no shade of islam circumscribes a woman’s liberty.
    lastly, if you have been “led, guided and supported in our choice to regress.”, then i’d say choose a better guide next time. you are making fun of yourself but churning out sophisticated vocabulary doesn’t make your argument potent; facts do, which you hardly come up with.Recommend

  • Shoaib

    i think you should read the article more carefully. what she said is unfair.Recommend

  • Parvez

    I was expecting something different……..turned out to be a thought provoking read.
    Double standards…hypocrisy……all part of human nature but we somehow have landed up with an extra dose of it.Recommend

  • Mak

    …thats why she said why discrepencies. Eating with tribals on mat and marrying a salsa expert, short skirted British national?.Recommend

  • Mak

    Well then pakistan has to decide. he shows the sign. He sign that in his goverment(God forbid if any) short skirt will be completely acceptable and salsa will be tought in all schools.(if not then he is a hypocrates which he claims he is not) He shows that he have supporters who really know how to abuse somone who write agaist him. Time to take a decision of which way pakistan has to go!Recommend

  • Manal Farrukh Khan

    Sorry, didn’t personalize this for the posts here, this is my response from ET’s facebook page, hope it clarifies some of the issues, raised!

    I am glad that this blog post made noise and got a lot of people talking. Discussion is healthy. However let me clarify, when a woman disagrees with someone, it’s not a matter of heart. Its sad that these assumptions were made only because of my gender. Anyway moving on, here are many examples of where Imran has pushed a right wing narrative. If anyone here actually believes, Imran is left, on the political scale. Or he is liberal or secular, they are kidding themselves. Imran coined the term liberal fascist for Pakistanis if I am not mistaken to drown the criticism he was receiving for his association with the taliban. He kept derailing the notion of going all out against the taliban, by creating doubt in the minds of his supporters. When you fuel an unnecessary debate to derail necessary actions, you should be put to task. Finally, Imran is not someone I personally know, so why would I push an agenda against him, and I am no journalist. This is a blog (not an article, from the section: the way I see it)., so its my opinion and all of you have yours, some agree, some don’t. Lets keep it healthy

    http://tune.pk/…/imran-khan-support-taliban-shariah-law

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1095926

    http://www.pakistanaffairs.pk/…/74221-Imran-Khan-backs…

    http://www.dawn.com/…/imran-khan-rejects-hasba-women…

    http://pics.urduwire.com/…/kpk-to-include-quranic…/

    http://tribune.com.pk/…/revised-curriculum-ji-pushes…/

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/…/Imran-Khan-calls-for…Recommend

  • Harristarr McLennon

    Did that come out of google translate?Recommend

  • Kaddu Khan

    Wait. Kaddu is pumpkin? I didn’t see that coming. Recommend

  • sheraz gul khan

    Lady first decide what u want to prove. After going through your article, i am unable to find out where IK has portrayed munafiqat.Recommend

  • NS

    This rant is an unnecessary as claiming it is COLD in winter. So this is the new stance of our ‘liberal’ women now? What you chose for yourself, you didn’t choose for us IK? Enough of this undue self-pity and whining please. He is not the boss of you, you can choose whatever you want ! Let him live and in the meanwhile you can concentrate on his political stance, not marital affairs. Seriously! sheesh!!Recommend

  • Malik

    @Mirza
    You don’t seem to be troubled by the inconsistency in the behavior of IK. If a politician is strong on corruption in his public life but corrupt in private life you would think the politician is an immoral and cynical opportunist.
    IK was a playboy in his younger days and is now marrying a women who does not conform to our ideas of modesty and yet he does not want us to be playboys and our women to be dressed in anything but burka.Recommend

  • Zainab

    Best opinion on this issue so far!Recommend

  • Iftikhar Ali
  • thinkaboutit

    It took maybe half the article for the argument to start,which itself is faulty. An example- there seems to be an accusation on KP government, almost as if they are being blamed for letting the the Taliban bring in their blue burqas, and are complicit in their actions by granting them territory. The truth is far from this, as anyone knows. The rest has an underlying assumptions that Imran khans stances are religiously extreme, and the proof for this is minimal. People who throw around Taliban talks obviously haven’t followed the thing properly-PTI always maintained that you need to approach the diplomacy first, not only talks forever, but initially. The reason, primary among many, is that the Taliban is a word few understand. There are multiple branches of the organisation, many linked and joined, many with malevolent intentions, but a few that are not more than people of the region that have had their families bombed and killed by drones and known no other means of retaliation, and who have no interest in hurting the people of the country. These are a small number, granted, but they are. An attempt had to be made to reach out to them, to reach a settlement, how else can we be better than terrorists if we resort to violence for solving our own problems too? Most people think the only Taliban in that area is the TTP, they are wrong. Once talks failed the PTI backed an operation. As to things like the women’s bill, you probably haven’t really researched why the PTI did that. There a number of them, not least among them that the government propposing them was an illegitimate dictatorship and that they did nothing much to counter the hudood ordinances. Recommend

  • Moiz Amjad

    …and the recent school curriculum changes, has made his position quiet clear as a supporter of this regressive, criminal mind set. He consciously, voluntarily and actively made that decision.

    I read till this point, Miss , I am not a PTI Jiala nor a Blind supporter of Imran Khan but for the sake of presenting myself in public forums and people with some information I keep myself up to date with what’s happening in KPK and what is IK doing overall to present and defend him and his ideas.

    You, in contrast are highly uninformed, misinformed or deliberately and ignorantly biased.
    This is my way of reading Articles, I find 2 things striking the facts, I do not read it further and I do not even reply but this is sheer third class. I don’t know what you’ve written further but while scrolling down to comments I read ‘My blood is on you’.. and oh well, better luck next time.

    In the end, the heading itself is your failure. I would be glad if your responsible if you like to argue on country level.
    for eg : https://www.facebook.com/etribune/photos/a.280780001939033.89617.111457038871331/1062876800396012/?type=1

    Goodluck!Recommend

  • http://www.sufined.com/ Naved Ahmed

    hahah nice one. lolRecommend

  • Khayyam

    Great article. Indeed eye opening for our ignorant masses, if they wish to see. As more personalities will make fool out of us in the upcoming years if we don’t try to see things with a rationale approach. ” anyone who says his marriage is personal, or this is just like any other celebrity marriage, is failing to acknowledge the hypocrisy that is at display” great answer to the one who suddenly cared about privacy of some couple.Recommend

  • I think you need to look up prerogative doctor sahib!Recommend

  • TAN

    Marriage delayed.
    Is marriage denied.Recommend

  • Moiz Amjad

    …and the recent school curriculum changes, has made his position quiet clear as a supporter of this regressive, criminal mind set. He consciously, voluntarily and actively made that decision.

    I read till this point, Miss I am not a PTI Jiala nor a Blind supporter of Imran Khan but for the sake of presenting myself in public forums and people with some information I keep myself up to date with what’s happening in KPK and what is IK doing overall to present and defend him and his ideas.

    You, in contrast are highly uninformed, misinformed or deliberately and ignorantly biased.

    This is my way of reading Articles, I find 2 things striking the facts, I do not read it further and I do not even reply but this is sheer third class. I don’t know what you’ve written further but while scrolling down to comments I read ‘My blood is on you’.. and oh well, better luck next time.

    In the end, the heading itself is your failure. I would be glad if your responsible if you like to argue on country level.

    for eg : https://www.facebook.com/etribune/photos/a.280780001939033.89617.111457038871331/1062876800396012/?type=1

    Goodluck!Recommend

  • Umer Fayyaz

    Superbly expressed. Recommend

  • Umer Fayyaz

    Superbly expressed. Recommend

  • PK

    When one writes it should be impartial and must not compromise on the quality of the arguments.Recommend

  • Ansar M

    And clearly you are also one of those many Pakistanis.Recommend

  • http://twitter.com/Mtayyabhasan Tayyab Hasan

    Spend’s maximum budget on education and this lady think he choses backwardness for us.. Taliyeah taliyeh taliyeh.. #educationBringModesty&freedomNotBackwardness.
    Sorry BUT Imran Khan’s marriage is his private life .Recommend

  • http://twitter.com/Mtayyabhasan Tayyab Hasan

    God bless you with a positive mind and you learn that criticism to men wont work for feminism because malala’s book wasnt going to bring any modesty but delay in malala’s book launch caused you so much anger because she was from your gender or would not have cared if malala was boy.Recommend

  • Maria Sheraz

    Such a narrow perspective!! Manal Farrukh you seem to be like one of those people who see religion in black and white (where there are evident grey areas to be observed). Before accusing IK of double standards, please have a clear distinction of between yours and his viewpoints about religion. Religion is more of a metaphor (directed towards black, white and grey areas); what you consider pious is definitely not going to be an ultimate definition of piety madam. And “Amaal ka daromadar niyaton per hai”! Not that I have anything against housewives, but this woman Reham Khan is clearly doing more in her life than most of ‘handi-choolha’ Pakistani women. Also whatever I have read about IK’s life he seems like more of a spiritual person; religion fanaticism or liberalism are not his interests.Recommend

  • Ahmed

    “What he wants for us and what he chooses for himself are not the same things. He chose a liberal, independent, articulate woman for himself but for the rest of Pakistan, well blue is the colour of the season.”

    Inaccurate and false claims. The author.. correction, the novice infantile blogger has presented to us a pseudo-intellectual, bogus, illogical, senseless piece. I am shocked by the horrid comparisons she makes here. Freedom of speech is a great thing for this world. The drawback, however is this blog.Recommend

  • Manal Farrukh Khan

    I think the previous comment didn’t make through because of the links. (Yes, good news there are links to videos and news clips) which will take you to the claims I have made in the article. I did not know till today, that a guy who openly leans to the right, can be perceived as liberal by many. Imran had never named the taliban, used the convenient “jiss ne bhi kia hai” to condemn the acts which they proudly owned. There is a video on tune.pk (try ETs fb page, I have given links to a post, which was never refutted) which shows IK asking, “after all whats wrong with Shariah”. This was at a time when Taliban were creating a havoc in Swat. He derailed the process of military action by contributing to a mindset which created doubts, as it whose war was it anyway (two inches of thick blood made us realize, well its ours). He insisted on talks with our “wronged” brothers, went as far as offering them offices in KPK which would have helped build their narrative.

    Under KPKs government jihad verses were reintroduced in curriculum, his govt did not allow Malalas book launch (which he ironically condemned, imagine NS condeming Government for electricity crisis). There are links to each and every claim and you will find more on his right wing politics, if you are willing to simply google. Its just a click away. He retracted his offer to an economist after discovering his sect. Is it okay to discriminate based in religion?

    Seriously either this is convenient amnesia or blatant lying. Or maybe, delusion. Recommend

  • riaz

    I just want Imran Khan to allow KPK children to study textbooks so that they grow up to marry educated and progressive girls like Reham KhanRecommend

  • riaz

    Yes he only supports Jihad in Afghanistan and sharia for pushtuns not for punjabRecommend

  • Lakhkar Khan, Pekhawar

    Manal,

    You nailed it. I may also add that his ilk is directly responsible for the violence by supporting Taliban terrorists. Imran “Khan” was the only politician who Taliban allowed to openly campaign in
    this past election.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan

    You apparently are one of them.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan

    So, wearing shalwar kamiz makes you more Pakistani than some
    wears dhoti or pants? On your standard, maybe those women wearing burka are better Pakistanis than the one who don’t?Recommend

  • from toronto

    Lol worst article… EVER! Lol imran khan ha never asked people to be religious. Just asking for proper legal procedures to be followed when handling TTP doesn’t make him a supporter of taliban or a religious fundo, in fact it makes him a supporter of democracy. Which is exactly what Pakistan needs.. proper legal procedures and not state controlled terrorism where the military or government is given free reign to kill whom they please without a fair trial.

    Imran khan’s dharnas are huge dance parties… they don’t even have prayers during his dharnas..how does anyone consider him a religious fundo!? lolRecommend

  • huria arshad

    No that’s my own personal opinion… U plagiarized it somewhere???? N focus on my word “secular” not on remaining info !Recommend

  • Ashar Pervez

    Yeah because IK has said that he wants all Pakistani women to wear burqas right?Recommend

  • Ashar Pervez

    If Maryam Nawaz can be called “daughter of the nation” then anything can happen. get it?Recommend

  • Farrukh Najmi

    I loved the clear and concise articulation of a most annoying hypocrisy we see in our leaders who send our kids to Jihad and Madrissahs while their study in Europe and US and who keep our daughters and wives uneducated in Burqas while theirs live the modern burqa-free life. Thank you Manal.Recommend

  • Akhthar

    Nice.Article. very truthful and showcasing the reality. But be prepared for an all out assault by PTI fan boys who blindly support IK no matter what. These are the educated Taliban .Recommend

  • Komal Asim

    I
    don’t support PTI or any other political organization but I ll say that
    this is the most illogical piece of writing. It feels like you are
    venting out your frustration. I believe Imran is the most liberal
    politician we have so far and I fail to recall a single instance where
    he asked any of us to stay backward or conservative. If you pay
    attention (unbiased attention) you ll realize he talk about freedom
    equality and modernism.Recommend

  • Manal Farrukh Khan
  • Bilal Tariq

    I would just like to say this wasn’t an appropriate time to get married seriously ! The memories of peshawar attack are still afresh while hes getting married . He shud have waited for sometime . This truely shows anyone can go lunatic at any time in their life !! truely disappointing imran khan !!Recommend