Six questions to Imran Khan

Justice Markandey Katju-
Justice Markandey Katju

Markandey Katju is a former Judge, Supreme Court of India, and former Chairman, Press Council of India. The views expressed are his own.

Dear Prime Minister Imran Khan,
Everyone, including me, heard your speech yesterday in the Pakistan National Assembly after getting the vote of confidence ( in a session that had been boycotted by the opposition parties ).
The thrust of your speech was about the corruption done by the leaders of the opposition parties.
Now I am posing these 6 questions to you :
1. Why did you not mention in your speech about the massive corruption by the Pakistan armed forces, details of which are in this article I wrote in :
Is corruption by the armed forces of Pakistan not corruption? Or is corruption only that done by civilians? Since you profess to be a crusader against corruption, and since this was the main plank on which you won the parliamentary elections of 2018 and came to power, surely you should also speak out against corruption by the Pakistan armed forces. Or are you scared to speak of this because then you may meet the fate of the late lamented Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto ?
2. In your speech you called the opposition leaders as ‘chor’ and ‘daaku’. But what about those chors and daakus earlier belonging to other parties but to whom you gave tickets of your own party, the PTI, in the parliamentary elections of 2018, as they were regarded ‘electable’ ? Have these crooked sugar barons and other shady businessmen to whom you gave PTI tickets, and who later became MPs, suddenly become ‘doodh ka dhula‘ overnight?
I am reminded of these verses in the poem ‘Maatam-e-Azaadi’ by the Urdu poet Josh Malihabadi :

Bartaania ke khaas ghulaamaan-e-khanazaad

dete thay lathiyon se jo hubba-e-watan ki daad


aik-aik zarb jinki hai ab tak saron ko yaad
woh I.C.S. ab bhi hain khushbakhto-bamurad


shaitaan aik raat mein insaan ban gaye
jitney namak-haram thay, kaptaan ban gaye

3. Prices of essential commodities like foodstuffs and fuel have skyrocketed in Pakistan, but you ignored all this in your speech. What have you done to end this nightmare for the common man? Or will you keep blaming the previous governments?
4. You spoke of the glory of Islam, Allah, the Prophet and Madina ki Riyasat in the beginning of your speech, but how will this solve the massive problems of unemployment, malnourishment, and lack of proper healthcare and good education for the masses in Pakistan ? By shouting ‘ La ilaha il Allah ’ from the rooftops?
5. There was only fulmination by you about the corruption of the opposition parties, but why did you not also announce in your speech that you will abolish the inhuman laws against the Ahmadis, and the blasphemy law which is used to persecute minorities? ( see my article ‘Barbaric persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan’ published in ). Why did you give a PTI ticket to that rascal Amir Liaquat, whose TV program resulted in the killings of several Ahmadis.
6. Why is the media largely gagged in Pakistan, and what do you propose to do to make it free?
Mr Prime Minister, what was important in your speech was not so much what you said, but what you cunningly left unsaid, thinking yourself to be oversmart. You remind me of the character The Artful Dodger in Dicken’s novel Oliver Twist, or the con artist Soapy Smith.
Now I am asking these 6 questions on behalf of the people of this subcontinent. I hope you will do me the honor of answering.