Letter to Imran Khan

Namasker Khansahib,

I just read this news item, “Former cricketer Imran Khan said he grew up “hating India” due to the bloodshed and violence associated with the Partition but his views changed after he toured India to play cricket. “I grew up hating India because I grew up in Lahore and there was so much the massacres of 1947, so much bloodshed and anger.But as I started touring India, I got such love and friendship there that all this disappeared,” Khan said in an interview to Karan Thapar for CNN-IBN’s ‘Devil’s Advocate’ programme to be aired on Sunday night 13/10/11.”

As you probably know, you have many well wishers in India who would like to see you as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. If your politics are like the cricket you have played then we in the sub-continent can look forward to peaceful times and lots of competitive sport.

Your party, Tehrik-e-Insaf, has attracted thousands of Pakistanis who are flocking to your rallies in the hope that you may lead them onto the path away from Armageddon.

You said – “I can never, ever be controlled by anyone. If my people give me the mandate to be PM then I will strictly impose civilian authority over the army and ISI.”

This is a noble thought Khansahib. And Pakistan needs someone like you so Indians can talk to a strong democracy…a civilian government.

I am happy that your Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, has ensured that India be granted MFN status, even though India had granted this (MFN) to Pakistan many years ago.

You are aware that it’s only through people to people contact – trade, cultural interaction and sport – that the two nations can make peace and bring about a sense of sanity, to discard the rancidness of history. It would also help to unite families divided since the horrible partition.

Indians are listening to what you have to say not because you are a politician but a revered cricketer:

And therefore trust you.

You have the ball, will you bowl a bouncer?

Khuda Hafeez bhai jaan

Mark Ulyseas
Editor, Liveencounters