Imran Khans Interview in Brands Magazine - May 2014
Imran Khans Interview in Brands Magazine - May 2014
The old man and the sea is a story of Santiago, an aging fisherman
who struggles with a giant marlin far out in a Gulf Stream but he never
lets go of hope. At one place he quotes, “But a man is not made for
defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated” - Imran Khan the famous
Pakistani ex-cricketer, celebrity and now politician is a true example
of this quote.
Imran Khan, born on 25, November
1952, is aretired Pakistani cricketer who played international cricket
for two decades inthe late twentieth century and has been a politician
since the mid-1990s.Currently, besides his political activism, Khan is
also a charity worker. Khanplayed for the Pakistani cricket team from
1971 to 1992 and served as itscaptain intermittently throughout
1982-1992. After retiring from cricket at theend of the 1987 World Cup,
he was called back to join the team in 1988. At 39,Khan let his
teammates to Pakistan’s first and only World Cup victory in 1992.He has a
record of 3807 runs and 362 rickets in Test Cricket, making him one
ofthe six world cricketers to have achieved an ‘All-rounder’s Triple’ in
test matches. In April 1996, Khan founded and became the Chairman
of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice), a small and
marginal political party and now became the 2nd largest party of Pakistan.
starting his political career, Imran Khan was famous for two reasons,
Cricket and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. The place where he
stands today has been achieved by intense struggle and hard work, and
one can only applaud the great man. The best example of valor and
courage was the 1992 cricket world cup when after many losses, Pakistan
came back strongly to lift the trophy and nowhere, under the captaincy
His second achievement was the Shaukat
Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. It is the first cancer hospital of
South Asia.How did this miracle took place and what the story behind is
explained comprehensively in his book. When Imran Khan organized the
first board of Governors meeting, all of them were of the view that a
cancer hospital has no scope in Pakistan.
BM: What is the concept of change for you and how do you see youth revamping the whole system?
Change is the only inevitable constant in life. Crises heralds change.
The system has already collapsed in face of a calamity. The survival
instinct and hence the whole thread of our society is threatened; the
urgency to revamp the system should be the pulsating order of the day.
Steps taken in the right direction by the Youth, channelizing and
utilizing their energies to the fullest for a constructive change is the
need of the hour.
BM: Who do you hold responsible for Pakistan’s corruption?
The collective political mafia. They’re in politics for one reason –
it’s the biggest business. Its analogous to a look and plunder of its
own kind minus the deterrent; accountability. Just take a look at Nawaz
Shareef and Asif Zardari and their mammoth sized properties,businesses
and bank balances.
BM: How can people reconcile best with PTI and how do they trust it to be different from other parties?
Well just like people know it for a fact that Shaukat Khanum is not
only different, but also way better than any other hospital in the
country, similarly they have learned to trust PTI as a viable and
credible political party, a prototype for social justice. Here too at
PTI is an organizational infrastructure, rule of law, a functional,
synchronized system with a strong manifesto. The only gauge to go by is
my history, my past experience and my well-earned credentials on basis
of my work over the years and the unrelenting spirit which I carry to
BM: Frankly speaking, are you still famous among the youth as before or has it decreased?
No, not at all, at present youth is with us in a large quantity,
because they had seen the rigging in the election.Now the youth is the
PTI’s front line for the justice and rights of the people of Pakistan,
and still the joining of youth continue in our party largely.
BM: Can philanthropy help youth climbing the steps of political know-how?
IK: Philanthropic streak can and does wonders for collective good when synchronized with a clear political vision.
BM: How do you see students’ politicization materializing?
Students have to simply join political parties. Political party is the
only viable and effective instrument of change.It is only a utopia that
coming out on streets as a hysterical mob or forming an NGO for social
welfare heralds change. Change is always political in nature and it is
political governance along that bring change.
BM: How does the “emergency in education”notion plan to address the problem that faces our nation, i.e. losing our young assets?
One system of education is the need of the hour to bring solidarity to
the nation so that there is no internal conflict and no one gets left
out in this race for the best. Equality of opportunity in education is
the cornerstone of PTI’s manifesto. With pay structure revised,
selection criteria standardized and appointments based on merit, the
educated youth will prefer to settle down here, up to their potential
and raise their standard of living too.
fruits will student politicization bear in such time of dire mass
awakening to avert the suffering of disaster struck brethren?
Politicized students will be a momentous force in itself and will have a
say regarding the shortcomings of the indifferent leaders; thus be the
instruments of change. Allah ordains us to protest against the brutality
exercised in a society and curb it with strong faith lest He unleashes
destruction on the society. Youth rising up to meet the challenges and
uniting to nip the evil in the bud will save us all from such impending
BM: We speak half Urdu, half English
–neither fluently we embrace the norms of the West and feel ashamed
embracing our own. How do you view these identity crises that face our
youth? Also suggest how this bridge can be reconciled and homogeneity
in our culture and language be restored?IK: Sadly this
heterogeneity is attributable to the unchecked permeation of three
different levels of education being imparted in our country. The three
being: the elite private schooling, the substandard public institutions
and the madrassa education. We have to create a unified education