Politics in PakistanOn November 15, 2018 by Carley Grace
On Tuesday, November 6th, Dr. Aquil Shah discussed the political state of Pakistan. Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan’s government is very similar to our own government’s leader, Donald Trump, in several ways. Imran Khan started out as a famous cricket player and Donald Trump started out as reality TV star. Both are independently wealthy. Both have said absurd and almost laughable things that would normally get a person thrown out of office. Both have even been married three times. The reason many people believed these types of people are gaining power worldwide, is because they are creating a sense of nationalism based on fearmongering. They have rallied themselves behind the idea that there is a country of horrible people bent on destroying their way of life. For Trump, it’s the Mexicans. For Khan, it’s the Americans. Another trait these leaders like to emphasize is their lack of political careers. They like to paint career politicians as corrupt individuals who need to be taken down. They make extreme and rash promises that they don’t have the means to fulfill, whether that be building a wall, creating five million homes, creating ten million jobs, and other plans that are a little too good to be true.
The country itself is a little worse for wear these days. Being one of only nine countries with an arsenal of nuclear weapons would make you think Pakistan is doing alright. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. the country and its government are struggling to find funds. Many of the other governments that have bailed Pakistan in the past refuse t0 offer any more assistance until they decided to combat the issue of terrorist groups seeking sanctuary and being openly supported in the country. Imran Khan is a borderline religious zealot, saying that he agrees with the Taliban’s justice system, so obviously, there is some tension with countries who have been openly attacked by terrorist groups that reside in the country. All of that aside, Khan has recently and surprisingly expressed the wish to become amicable with several nations, including the US, India, and Afganistan.