•It’s good to go back on one’s decisions, say PTI stalwarts
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan’s statement that it was fine for a politician to go back on his or her decisions as many times as necessary was met with mirth and incredulity at the same time in his country and in many parts of the democratic world.
The prime minister’s statement reminded many of erstwhile chief minister of Balochistan Aslam Raisani’s statement that a (college) degree was a degree, no matter authentic or fake!
The cricketer who took to politics and became Pakistan’s prime minister, also endeavored to rewrite history and probably would have taught Adolph Hitler and Napoleon Bonaparte a thing or two if they chose to return to mortality, blaming them for “failing” because they didn’t go back on their decisions or take the u-turns that Imran Khan is so adept at.
Rather than belittle or berate the PM for endorsing his own reasons for backtracking on almost all his decisions, Pakistani politicians from the Opposition tore his mystifying musings to shreds in their reactions to the press.
Khursheed Shah, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and one time Opposition Leader in Pakistan’s National Assembly said in his hometown Sukkur that Imran Khan had admitted he was inspired by Hitler and so was taking U-turns to prevent losses.
He said Pakistanis who upheld democracy would have been shocked at the prime minister’s statement.
Khwaja Asif of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz tweeted his response to the prime minister’s statements as “Imran Khan will take a U-turn on his U-turn statement as well. Please wait, it won’t be too long.”
But individuals from Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party such as President of Pakistan Arif Alvi, Sindh Province Governor Imran Ismail and and the very young Senator Faisal Javed stood staunchly behind him and suggested it was indeed a sign of good leadership to go back on one’s decisions as many times as necessary.