A LEAF OUT OF IM­RAN KHAN’S BOOK

Woman's Era - - Editorial -

Only time will tell, if Im­ran Khan will be suc­cess­ful in his new role as the Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan but his first de­ci­sion af­ter tak­ing the oath should be an ex­am­ple for the Prime Min­is­ter and Pres­i­dent of our own coun­try. We should take in­spi­ra­tion from this de­ci­sion. Not just In­dian politi­cians but oth­ers of our neigh­bours should also fol­low his ex­am­ple. I have met and talked with the dic­ta­tors, pres­i­dents and prime min­is­ter of our neigh­bors over the last 50 years and have wit­nessed lead­ers and politi­cians of small and poor coun­tries liv­ing in lux­ury, like an em­peror.

Im­ran Khan will be the first politi­cian who will be liv­ing in a sim­ple 3- bed­room flat rather than the Prime Min­is­ter’s lav­ish bun­ga­low. It was pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by the Mil­i­tary Sec­re­tary of Pak­istan. Im­ran would have pre­ferred to stay at his home in Bani Gala, but the se­cu­rity agen­cies have not deemed the place safe. The Prime Min­is­ter’s bun­ga­low, which Im­ran greeted be­fore bid­ding it good­bye, has 524 helpers and 80 cars but he seems to be sat­is­fied with hir­ing just 2 helpers. Im­ran is in­ter­ested in con­vert­ing the bun­ga­low into a Re­search In­sti­tute.

I have asked many Pres­i­dents and Prime Min­is­tery of our coun­try for this kind of sim­plic­ity but they all have adopted the west­ern cul­ture and have con­verted the houses for civil ser­vants into lav­ish palaces.

7, Race course bun­ga­low which was built 50 years ago now cov­ers more area than that of Teen Murti Bha­van. The tra­di­tion started by Lal Ba­hadur Shashtri at 10, Jan­path is long for­got­ten.

All the op­po­si­tion lead­ers and politi­cians of­ten at­tack the gov­ern­ment on small mat­ters and try to make a big deal of ev­ery lit­tle thing that hap­pens but no one ever ques­tion them about their life­style be­cause even the op­po­si­tion is wait­ing for the time to reap its ben­e­fits when they fi­nally come into power.

I hope that this brave and hu­mane step isn’t just an­other pub­lic­ity stunt just like other politi­cians these days and that his hu­mil­ity spreads around the nation like a wild­fire. If high com­mand­ing of­fi­cers of Pak­istan and the wealthy start tak­ing Im­ran’s ex­am­ple, then tack­ling cor­rup­tion would be­come much eas­ier.

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