Imran Khan has been portraying himself as Sadiq, Amin and a true speaking leader in front of people but the reality has shown entirely opposite. His gesture, stance and politics have been revolving around number of lies and u-turns.
Imran Khan criticized the establishment for being neutral at a time when his government was being toppled. However, now he claims that General retired Bajwa was behind the removal of his government. After Imran Khan was ousted as prime minister, he questioned the logic of the Army Chief’s meeting with the opposition leaders. Whereas, at the same time the media revealed that Khan also held a meeting with the then Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Imran warned his party leaders and members of the National Assembly not to meet any foreign diplomats at the time of no-confidence move. However, later not only PTI leaders but Imran Khan also met with diplomats. In the process of no-confidence motion, Khan claimed the opposition parties are trying to buy his party members’ votes. Later an audio leak revealed that Khan himself was trying to manage the votes to save his government. During his government, Imran Khan termed COAS Gen Bajwa as a pro-democracy military chief. But after he was ousted from power, Imran termed him Mir Jaffer and Mir Sadiq. Offered an extension to General Bajwa in return for saving his government. However, after he was ousted as the PM, Imran criticized Bajwa. As a Prime Minister Imran boasted that he had all the powers but when ousted, he changed his stance and said he was a toothless head of the government.
Imran Khan while addressing a public rally in Islamabad in March, 2022 claimed that the United State is behind the opposition’s no-confidence move and conspiring against his government. Later he changed as many as four stances on this statement of US conspiracy. At a time when he made a claim about a US regime change conspiracy, his party was signing a deal with an American lobbying firm to mend the relations with the US Administration and building a positive image of the party. Imran Khan changed his stance on the US conspiracy and alleged that a powerful establishment was behind the no-confidence move. If not, they could have stop the conspiracy against his government. Imran again changed his stance on US-conspiracy theory and this time he blamed Nawaz, Zardari, Maulana Fazl and others as the real character of the operation regime. As if this was not enough, Khan once again altered his stance on the regime change conspiracy and claimed the caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi was behind the operation regime change. Now, finally Imran Khan has made a complete U-turn and said the regime change conspiracy wasn’t import, it rather was an exported conspiracy.
Khan claimed several times that the intelligence agencies had briefed him about Nawaz Zardari’s corruption. However, he changed his stance after he was thrown out of power and said establishment wanted to save Nawaz and Zardari. Imran Khan and his government defended PECA ordinance and cases registered against journalist under this act but now criticizing the government on cases against journalists under the same act that was passed during his government. Imran Khan visited Russia at the time when the host country was about to wage a war. Later he defended by saying that he didn’t know Russia would start the war during his visit. Imran Khan and his party leaders claimed Khan had finalized an agreement with Russia for oil supply at cheaper rates. The Russian government clarified no agreement was signed in this regard. Imran always took credit for introducing neutral umpires in cricket but when his government was toppled, Imran criticized the military leadership and said only animals can be neutral. Imran Khan said he would never sit with thieves’ governments for a dialogue. He would hold dialogue only with the military leadership. However, now the PTI has offered to hold a dialogue for the elections.
Imran Khan Government allowed India in November 2021 to use Pakistan’s airspace for the planes flying from Indian Occupied Kashmir. Later it came to know that the foreign office was not taken into confidence and on the reservations of the foreign office Khan’s government took back the decision. At one instant, Ogra sent a summary of the increase in petroleum prices. Imran Khan rejected the summary and said he would not put additional burden on the public. However, within five days he took a U-turn and increased the petroleum price. Once Khan said while addressing a public rally that he did not come into government to check the prices of tomato and potato. After he was removed from the government Khan constantly reminded the government of basic commodities prices and inflation. Imran Khan termed PPP leader Syed Khurshid Shah as a Personal Assistant of Zardari. However, during the Senate Chairman elections, Imran Khan stood behind Khurshid Shah in the press briefing. In 1997, Khan started his politics by criticizing the role of military establishment in politics but later he voted for Pervez Musharraf to get him elected as a uniformed president of the country. Imran Khan became a member of the National Assembly in Musharraf’s regime but later turned against him. Musharraf later claimed Imran wanted 100 seats from him.
Imran Khan Government in a national security meeting decided to take action against the TLP but within two days of this decision, Khan Government signed a deal with TLP and released all the arrested workers. For Imran Khan, Toshakhana gifts when given to other rulers belong to the state but when he received these gifts he straightaway sold these gifts. Imran Khan always criticized the electables and announced he would never take these electables into his party. But later he formed his government in Punjab with the help of those electables. Imran Khan hated turncoats, but after a 2010 public rally he accepted all the turncoats who chose to join his party. Chaudhry Pervez Elahi at that time blamed General Ahmed Shuja Pasha for this move. Imran promised before the public that he would never use anyone’s shoulders to come into power but later confessed that agencies used to help him by bringing parliamentarians before any important legislation. In February 2022, the Imran Khan Government in a written agreement with the IMF agreed to implement the new petroleum and electricity prices but within three weeks, they violated the agreement by taking a U-turn. Imran Khan always criticized the Amnesty scheme and termed it a whitening of black money scheme. However, his government introduced several such schemes and his close associates like Farah Khan availed this scheme. Imran Khan promised he would never bring a larger delegation to any foreign trips but the media has reported several times that Khan visited with a huge entourage. He criticized the Metro bus and his own government started the Metro Bus project in Peshawar. Imran Khan promised he would never defend any corrupt element but despite serious allegations on Khan’s close associate Farah Khan, he defended her publically.
Imran promised that his Azadi march will be peaceful but when the march reached Jinnah Avenue Islamabad, it turned violent and burnt trees and other properties there. Imran Khan appointed the current Chief Election Commissioner in his own government and gave good remarks about him. However, later changed his stance and leveled allegations against him. He also had good opinions about former Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ibrahim but after the 2013 elections, he turned against him as well. Imran Khan who claimed Toshakhana details are state secrets during his own government. But started demanding revealing the details of other governments as well. Imran Khan’s government told the Islamabad High Court that revealing the details of Toshakhana is a national security matter. However, later it was revealed that Khan sold all those gifts that he received from different countries. Before the elections, Imran Khan promised that he would not stay in the PM House. After taking oath as PM, first it was announced that he will stay at Speaker House, then again the decision was changed and the media was told that he will stay at Punjab House. However, ultimately he settled in the PM House where he resided in the Military Secretary House. As a prime minister, he will never get protocol, Imran promised to the nation before the elections. However, he not only used six luxury vehicles specified for the PM but all other protocols were also being accorded to him as the prime minister of the country. Imran Khan used to give examples that if Holland’s prime minister can travel on a bicycle then why can’t our premiers follow it. However, after being elected as prime minister, Imran Khan used to travel from PM House to Banigala through helicopter. Imran Khan used to call former chief minister Punjab as the biggest robber of Punjab. However, after winning the general elections, Pervaiz Elahi was not only a key ally of Imran Khan, but the PTI also elected him as Speaker of Punjab Assembly and later as Chief Minister. Imran Khan also gave a few seats in the provincial as well as federal cabinet to Pervaiz Elahi’s party.
After the no-confidence move was succeeded, Imran Khan asked his MNAs to resign from the National Assembly. However, later he ordered his MNAs to go back to the parliament and take back their resignations. Imran Khan and his party leaders announced they would not become part of this imported parliament and contest by-elections but later Khan himself contested elections on eight out of nine vacant seats. Imran Khan and his party leaders announced Khan will contest elections on all the vacant seats of National Assembly but later they decided PTI’s candidates will contest the elections on the vacant seats.
These are just few examples of his U-turn and lies whereas in reality his every word and action was comprised of lies and U-turns. Fakhar Durrani elaborated lot of other examples as well in one of his published article.
Then come to another point that along with lies and u-turn how Imran khan and PTI have been brainwashing the minds of the people and making a certain mindset. I will give just one example (which I received from a very reliable source and also searched from internet) to prove my words. Saeed Afridi (A nobody) tweets a lie, “So far, unfortunate but understandable. However, ALL that changed this weekend when Pakistan’s Military Intelligence (MI) presented the COAS a report with its preliminary findings on the acts of vandalism and damage to Army property.” And he further tweets, “The findings informed the COAS that the events in question were ‘instigated’ and ‘orchestrated’ by the Intelligence Bureau (I.B) under instructions from the Ministry of Interior with assistance from members from the Ministry of Defence and some citizens.” Few PTI Influencers like Moeed Pirzada, Azhar Mashwani, Adil Raja etc Retweet it. Then PTI’s second tier leadership (Shahbaz Gill, Murad Saeed etc) retweets this lie further. And then Imran Khan comes into action by saying, “New findings have come out” and the lie is spread to the masses as truth.
Readers, it’s now the turn of the people to differentiate between truth and lie. Also its need of the time to take strict action on spreading this lies and hatred based narrative.