In a press release issued here today Col (r) M Younus member of the Central Executive Committee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has repudiated some contents of the article “Political Survival” by Mr Azam Khalil published in The News on December 25. According to Col Younus, in this article the writer contends that by following the Jamat-e-Islami and the MMA, Imran Khan too is a “maulvi-at-heart”.
Col Younus said by referring to Imran Khan as a maulvi-at-heart that the writer has conveniently forgotten the past history of the politics of Pakistan. That is, Col Younus explained, in her first tenure as prime minister in 1988 Benazir Bhutto entered into a political alliance with Maulana Fazlur Rehman of JUP (F).
So, the question arises was Benazir Bhutto a maulvi-at-heart too? Similarly, Nawaz Sharif formed a grand political alliance with the Islami Jamhori Ittehad (IJI) and by virtue of this alliance became the prime minister of Pakistan. Here it is pertinent to ask if Nawaz Sharif was a maulvi-at-heart too. Likewise when Pervez Musharraf aligned with the MMA and got his 17th amendment passed by the parliament was he a maulvi-at –heart as well?
Col Younus said Imran Khan has always followed the principles and the high ideals of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam. So, were these two great leaders of the Muslims of the subcontinent also maulvis-at-heart?
Col Younus said Imran Khan is a man of broad vision and can see things in their true perspective. He always has a pragmatic approach to any issue and is ever ready to accept new ideas for change for the better. Some columnists do need to adopt a professional approach and they must not be oblivious to the political realities.
Media Cell, PTI, Islamabad