There is no doubt that Imran Khan is the darling of Pakistani news media. Imran Khan likes to give interviews to his favourite anchors who only asked him soft questions. Imran Khan is so used to the arranged soft interviews given to certain anchors that never confront his claims and only promote his image as the only savior of Pakistan. Imran Khan does not like to be confronted in the interviews.
But that is what precisely happened in his recent interview. In his recent interview to famous Hard Talk program of BBC, the anchor Zeinab Badawi’ s hard hitting questions brought the PTI chief back to the real world. Imran Khan failed to impress the viewers in this interview.
The seasoned Leaders and mature politicians are considered the masters of the art of spin. They use this ‘spin doctrine’ in debates and interviews to satisfy the viewers, all the while deflecting from the real questions being asked. They deflect the questions that they don’t want to answer with laughter or try to change the subject which they feel uncomfortable to deal or answer.
The BBC interview revealed that Imran Khan hasn’t yet learned the art to satisfy the viewers. He failed to understand that hard talk’s format is different from other programs. When Tim Sebastian started this program many years back, many world leaders refused to face Tim for his hard hitting questions and his confrontational style.
When one knows that he or she will be confronted then you prepare much better with all the relevant facts and figures. You avoid making contradictory statements in such interviews. Imran did not prepared well for this interview and Zeinab took full advantage of it. Imran khan made contradictory statements during this interview.
Imran Khan made a mistake to give interview to Zeinab Badawi in a casual way. Imran Khan failed to impress the world wide viewers of BBC world service because he was ill prepared. Zeinab Badawi successfully exposed the hollowness of PTI chief’s political narrative. Imran Khan clearly lacks the details and clarity how to implement his agenda. He just uses the mere political slogans and rhetoric. Imran khan seems helpless and clueless during the show.
To start off, Imran was asked why he is sure of his electoral win in the July 25th general elections as recent surveys still show the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ahead of the PTI and expected to win. He simply responded that surveys are never an accurate indicator for anyone winning the polls.
However, while answering a question later regarding his party’s government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), Imran referred to surveys which showed his party’s popularity in K-P – the same surveys which he earlier suggested offer no indication of reality on the ground.
When Badawi suggested PTI’s manifesto is not different from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) or the PML-N, Imran had no logical argument to counter that. On being questioned regarding missing persons and human rights violations, Imran sounded ill-informed. Likewise, on a question asking why he lives in a 300-acre luxurious house and talks about the slums of Pakistan, Imran had no answer other than saying he acquired the Bani Gala through white money.
After prompting him to talk about his party’s performance in K-P, Badawi asked Imran how many hospitals and schools were constructed, or clean drinking facilities provided during PTI’s tenure in K-P, if any at all. Imran’s response was that his party is “very popular” in K-P and will win the elections once again. He did his best to avoid answering the question, but as this was a BBC show, there was no hope of any pressure on the channel to not ask such “tough” questions.
In the entire interview, Imran could be seen getting defensive, and yet he remained unable to prove any single point in favour of PTI’s performance in K-P. On the contrary, his diversions from the questions and his U-turns from positions stated by him earlier on in the conversation (such as his contradictory response on the surveys), all showed that Imran still has a long way to go to learn the art of speaking rationally.
The problem is that most of our leaders focus on language then on the content. The other problem is that they never go into the details of their programme, agenda and implementation details. And the biggest problem of our political leadership is that they think they know everything and never prepare themselves on specific issues. This interview revealed that our political leadership lacks clarity, vision, details and even basic information.
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17 July, 2019