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Will Injured Imran Get Sympathy Votes Now?

By Maria • May 8th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look • 31 Comments

Why nothing happens in a straight forward and normal way in Pakistan? All over the world elections are held, but not with such incidents, accidents, and strange happenings. Nothing is boring and slow in Pakistan. Stuff has to happen in this land of excitement, and there is no dearth of it. Despite of all the violence from the TTP, things were moving quite well for the election campaign, when the Khan fell and the whole scenario has changed.

PTI recovered quickly from the initial shock after the fall of Imran Khan from that makeshift life (whose brilliant idea was that?), and they quickly stated cashing in on their leader’s injuries and we are watching an hurt Imran Khan lying on hospital bed in bandages urging his supporters to not give up and vote for PTI. Doctors has given him three weeks rest at least. Imran Khan has one head injury and two spinal cord fractures though he is conscious and is fully alert from the mind.

But everybody is asking what happens next. It was good of PML-N leadership to react gracefully. Shahbaz Sharif visited Imran Khan in the hospital and Nawaz Sharif showed sympathy in the rally and cancelled his today’s rallies. It’s a very good gesture and one has to give them credit for showing this big heart at this critical juncture of campaign, where they could have spread more disappointment and panic in ranks of PTI.

I know from the Karachi sources of the PTI that on Thursday, they would bring Imran Khan on stretcher to the rallies in couple of places, though doctors are not sure about it, but with the help of air ambulance that is possible. But what effect that would put on the election campaign and voting pattern on 11th May? Imran has completed almost all the campaign and only Pindi, Islamabad, and Lahore were left, so there is not much problem there. But the question is that whether his injuries would discourage voters from going out on polling day, or would this have magical effect on the swing voters?

I guess in rural Punjab, things would remain same, but in urban centers of Punjab, Imran may get little more than he expected due to this untoward accident. I don’t see much movement happening on this front just due to this except in KPK, where emotional silent voters will swing in favor of Imran. But I guess things are decided somewhere else?

Spinal and head injuries don’t go away easily unfortunately. Their after effects are far reaching and as Imran is over 60, and no matter how much strong he is, he is a human and at this age, spinal and head injuries are bound to have negative effects. Would local and foreign establishment can afford to have him in this condition at this point in time?


 

 

 
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  1. If IK appears in rallies now, then no sympathy vote, but if he doesnt then it will work.

  2. Yes true_blue_pakistani , I also wish him luck and believe that he will be back very soon and I am also sensing that now he will get more seats than he expected. NS has no chance IMHO, even if he gets the most seats.

  3. People who cannot manage to lift their leader to stage, how would they manage to lift the country buried in deep hole?

  4. The only hope for PTI was IK and now he out of the play, PTI is in hand of vultures.

  5. Imran kay Naam !……………

    Jahan muhabat chahat ki soorat dil ki kayfiat bun jai wahan ansoon piar ki daastan lee-aey muqadder bunjaya kertay hain

    jahan shiddat bhurraktee hai

    wahan chahat panupti hai ….

    jahan aansoo tapuktey hain

    wahan ulfat jhalaktee hai

    Aansoon bhe ajab saamaan hain

    dil ko ayan kertay hain aur dherkan ko zubaan detay hain

    khamoshi ko torr ker sub such bayan kerdeytay hain

    Zuban khamosh bhee ger ho to kia hota hai

    mera rona bhee muhabbat ka pata deta hai

    Mein na rota haan magar dil nay subhee kehdala

    meray ankho nay iradon ka pata deydala

    Na na keh ker bhee haqeqat ko nahee chorr saka

    Goe kay mein door raha …bundhan ko nahee torr saka

    Such yahee hai kay tera naam hee jis dum aa-ya

    mein tapuktey huaey aansoo ko nahee rok saka

    Aaj iqrar hai inkar say kooson aa-gey

    Haan mujhay piar tum say hee ……..na koesoe aa-kay (Dr Raza)

  6. IK Injury…..
    It’s a Miss Benazir like scenario here that after her injury and death…PPP reaped exceptionally high volume of sympathy vote… Ik injury which is sadly very critical but will certainly help enhance PTI vote bank ……for which he needs to address mass public gathering once more— may be from hospital or from stretcher wheel chair etc. PTI must bag this…

    I consider him not less than a Viva Zapata of Mexico who fought against Dictatorship and the oppression. IK is fighting for our oppressed nation and Insha Allah he will b successful….Some 3 years back I wrote an article for such like person…link is here:: http://www.pkhope.com/pakistan-where-a-maestro-a-messiah-is-earnestly-awaited/

  7. IK Injury…..

    It’s a Miss Benazir like scenario here that after her injury and death…PPP reaped exceptionally high volume of sympathy vote… Ik injury which is sadly very critical but will certainly help enhance PTI vote bank ……for which he needs to address mass public gathering once more— may be from hospital or from stretcher wheel chair etc. PTI must bag this…

  8. I consider him not less than a Viva Zapata of Mexico who fought against Dictatorship and the oppression. IK is fighting for our oppressed nation and Insha Allah he will b successful….Some 3 years back i wrote an article for such like person…

    link is here:: http://www.pkhope.com/pakistan-where-a-maestro-a-messiah-is-earnestly-awaited/

  9. Imran fell off from the over loaded Lifter Cradle …

    which was also loaded with about 8 wooden pallets and standing place was already filled thus leaving nothing to lay hand on the Guard railing of cradle ….(stop the video when after fall pallets are also visible)…..So any jolt…and fall was but eminent..!
    Video…
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22440518 — .

  10. Actually Maria Sultan, IK was already doing a great job with his energetic, back-to-back campaigning across the lenght and breadth of the country, unlike crook Zardari hiding in his villa on the Arabian Sea and tub-of-lard Nawaz Sharif who only excelled in his ‘munching’ campaign and in between shoving mutton and paratha down his throat, he’d take make a 5 minute appearance here and there behind a bullet proof screen, so sympathy or no sympathy, IK has a fresh agenda, has worked tirelessly and has built support having ‘worked’ the grass roots.

    As for sympathy, even if that had been the case, considering he nearly died, he certainly deserves a it, a man who has done MORE for Pakistan than Zardari, Benazir, Sharif and any number of them. Aside from the few like AQ Khan, Edhi and Hakeem Saeed, he is by far Pakistan’s favourite son. No one deserves more of a chance than him, for no red blooded Pakistani doubts IK’s love for his country.

    (Btw, his ‘accident’ is rather timely. Cui bono?

    Who benefits from his demise?

    Remember what he pledges: An end to drone attacks, Pakistan’s withdrawal from the phoney ‘WOT’ and US meddling, and end to corruption, taxation for the rich, an end to privilege and baradari politics etc. It is those within and without Pakistan who oppose this agenda, who wish him harm

    People should investigate who were those two guys behind him who pushed him, one with the big bottom and the other with the curly hair. Neither of them fell or were hurt, one seemed to be grinning just before the event…it’s all reminicent of Benazir’s last moments where some of her entourage were swapping strange looks and signals).

  11. “People who cannot manage to lift their leader to stage, how would they manage to lift the country buried in deep hole?” - Dr. Basit

    I’m sure they’d do a much better job than the tried, tested and failed politicians who have already had a go (Sharif, Zardari, PPP, Chaudrys, Qaf Leage, Musharraf, ad nauseam)!

  12. Inshallah…

  13. No rise without fall

    Sun could not rise without setting, similarly in human life there no rise without fall!
    After falling alone you will have the chance to rise!!! The tallest is the fall the highest will be the rise!!!
    I therefore think that fall of Imran Khan, the great khan will be proved his rise, inshallah!!!

    /\/\/\

  14. Maria, you proved today that when people write with certain preconceived notions they make as* of themselves. Sympathy vote and risking self-destruction, actually physical elimination. Imran Khan survived this sad and tragic accident and I admire his courage to speak to his people from ICU while still struggling. Maria you must be ashamed of yourself for entertaining such idiotic idea and stupidity of mentioning it.

    I’m going to show my bitter disappointment by the lack of proper safety measure to protect the man, Iman and PTI must look around seriously and kick out the foolish and incompetent psycophants from his team. Such dodos can manage Pakistan who can’t protect even the only leader that PTI has. Shame on them all.

  15. It was all a drama to gain sympathy votes. Doctors say that there was an ordinary fracture and no harm to skull. And look at all those funny tragic ads in which Ik is lying bed like dead meat and saying I have fought for 17 years.

    17 years?

    he was playing with chicks and gambling with goldsmith during those years. Only last year Shuja Pasha thought of blessing him.

    there is no limit to drama here.

  16. I donot think it is stage managed. From the footage seen in BBC, it was sudden and his head went suddenly down. If his vverterbrae is broken in three places,( as per Indian media) then he cannot campaign in stretcher. If he does that, may be one can suspect.

  17. @9 you have very small memory.Ik had history of joining hands with a dictator and encouraged him forced coupe against so called bad political leader.If he had any history of standing against dictatorship he led the movement against war on terror continuing in our soil for last 12 years just because of dictatorship of military of Pakistan.So weak in your arguments about favoring IK.you people have only one point to back him and he is his not yet tried as all others showed their talent to this nation,

  18. @14 it was not fall from rise or down but was pushed by his own team of guards and this event somehow depicts that bad team become downfall of hard workers too.So this quetion should be raised that the team who couldn’t plan this simple event regarding simple handling of their leader and put him in front of death or handicapped for his whole life, can perform any thing special on national or international scale.

  19. “oh god khan sahib fell from the lifter” the news spread people beocme shocked wht will happen necxt,but be honest apart from rthis accident IMRRAN KHAN IS THE MOS APROPRIATE perason or this job people please don forget that shareef bradran has spent 26 years in government but no inqilaab
    imran khan will bring change plz hive him a chance

  20. “It was all a drama to gain sympathy votes. Doctors say that there was an ordinary fracture and no harm to skull. And look at all those funny tragic ads in which Ik is lying bed like dead meat and saying I have fought for 17 years…there is no limit to drama here”. T. Butt

    Yeah ‘drama’…the man fell 20 feet with three bodyguards also landing him on top of him…survived only because it wasn’t the Almighty SWT’s Will that he die yet or be crippled…was taken in a semi-conscious state reciting the Shahadah in an ambulance and despite his injuries, trauma and shock, hurriedly patched up, he had the courage to collect his thoughts, compose himself and make the most powerful, sincere and dignified speech ever heard from him or any Pakistani politician in our life-time. ..but you call that drama.

    I defy eunuch Zardari, bloat Sharif and the other non-entities to have done the same if they’d fallen like that. No chance! Like some post-partum ladies in our country, they’d be slurping yakhni and lounging in bed for 40 days.

    If IK wasn’t powerful and moving, you wouldn’t have the lecherous Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari trying to copy IK’s speech televised today. IK was genuine and evoke genuine affection. If you want drama, look at Musa Gilani blubbing today, feigning tears about his allegedly ‘abducted’ brother when all he kept talking about was ‘the election, the election, we’re not gonna let the election whilst my brother’s missing’. How convenient. Even his father Yousaf Raza Gilani barely looked bothered about his son’s alleged ‘kidnapping’. He was shielding his eyes from the camera.

    “17 years? he was playing with chicks and gambling with goldsmith during those years.” - T. Butt

    You sound jealous methinks.

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