Advertisement
Monday, Dec 06, 2021
Outlook.com
interview

"Gujarat Has Shattered The Myth Of Indian Secularism"

Imran Khan talks about his dreams, ties with India and his love for Musharraf.

AP
"Gujarat Has Shattered The Myth Of Indian Secularism"
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

What made you support Musharraf in the referendum?
As a democratic political party, we discussed the referendum issue at length and finally came to a political decision. Our dilemma was that if we had opposed the referendum, it would have strengthened political forces that have brought Pakistan to its knees because of their corruption and incompetence. Since the genesis of our party was to introduce a new democratic culture of tolerance and accountability of the ruling elite, we could not identify ourselves with regressive political forces. The decision was essentially based on the hope that the present government would, after holding the referendum, move rapidly towards real democracy.

What do you think about allegations of large-scale irregularities in the referendum?
There is wide disparity between the claims of the government and the opposition parties regarding the turnout and the transparency of the referendum. Newspaper reports portray a less than credible process. Since we are fast approaching the October general elections, it is essential that the credibility of the Election Commission should be beyond any doubt. Therefore, I think the Election Commission should investigate charges of malpractice to remove doubts regarding the fairness of the referendum.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Liberation Of Bangladesh: India Observes 'Maitri Diwas' To Mark 50 Years Of Friendship

Liberation Of Bangladesh: India Observes 'Maitri Diwas' To Mark 50 Years Of Friendship

India and Bangladesh are jointly observing 'Maitri Diwas' to commemorate 50 years of the Bangladesh Liberation War 1971 and India's role in the neighbouring nation's freedom struggle.

PM Modi’s Meeting With Vladimir Putin Likely To Reaffirm Indo-Russia Links

PM Modi’s Meeting With Vladimir Putin Likely To Reaffirm Indo-Russia Links

Though Narendra Modi’s foreign policy is seen as tilting towards the US, he is aware of the importance of Russia and the need to maintain the privileged partnership with Moscow.

Jayant, Ashwin Spin India To Series Win Vs NZ in Mumbai Test

Jayant, Ashwin Spin India To Series Win Vs NZ in Mumbai Test

India beat New Zealand by 372 runs to win the second Test match at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday. India also pocket the series 1-0. The first Test match in Kanpur ended in a draw.

Hip-Hop’s Strongest Asset Is Its History Of Rebellion And Truth-Telling

Hip-Hop’s Strongest Asset Is Its History Of Rebellion And Truth-Telling

Not since Indipop has a musical movement in India built such a strong independent presence

Advertisement