Imran Khan’s speech was emotional and reactionary: analysts

August 17, 2018

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s inaugural speech was weak, emotional and self-centric, said analysts on a SAMAA TV panel discussion after the National Assembly session on Friday. They felt that he delivered his address in a reactionary and harsh tone.

“Imran Khan has always won the hearts of his supporters, but today he could not face even a small protest in the house. He did not demonstrate any sense of occasion,” said Abdul Moiz Jaferii.

“Shah Mehmood Qureshi had to justify Imran Khan’s point of view. Why did Qureshi do that? Imran Khan should have explained things by himself,” he added.

He said former PM Nawaz Sharif handled criticism better that his successor. “Nawaz Sharif showed grace when Imran Khan used to criticise him in the past, but today Imran Khan didn’t do that.”

Jaferii added that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s speech was qualitatively better than those by Shehbaz Sharif or Imran.

Haider Waheed said Imran played into the opposition’s hands. “Rigging was the point that the opposition wanted to highlight,” he said. “Imran Khan should not have mentioned it in his speech.”

Islamabad bureau chief Khalid Azeem said that Shehbaz made Imran play on his pitch. Peshawar bureau chief Tariq Afaq said, “It was not an address by a prime minister, but of a politician who is addressing a protest on top of a container.”

Imran’s style of address reflected his past when he led anti-government rallies in Islamabad, Afaq said.

“In his first speech, the prime minister should have unveiled his plan, sketching out the next five-year strategy, but he even did not elaborate on the key economic steps he is going to take in the first three months of his premiership.”

Afaq added that he felt that Imran has still not come out of a cricketer’s mindset. He said that an early bowling attack will make the batsman defensive.