Can Imran Khan deliver, on relations with India?
Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning cricket captain and formidable fast bowler is poised to become the new captain of the nation. Imran Khan, the Oxford-educated leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, had laboured hard over the last two decades to win the top job. And the elections of July 25 saw Tehreek-e-Insaf emerge as the single largest party in the National Assembly, putting Khan in pole position to become the prime minister of Pakistan (“Former cricket star Imran Khan declares victory in Pakistani election”, July 26).
With him rest the hopes of millions of people, in his country and also in neighbouring India. He has many urgent tasks waiting for him, like managing the domestic economy, rooting out terrorism, creating jobs and infrastructure, and so on.
Let us also hope that he will work for the prosperity of the common people of his country and enable good relations with India. If Pakistan and India can learn to live peacefully, as their countrymen abroad do, whether in Dubai, London or New York, both countries will save a lot on defence expenditure and benefit from increased trade, tourism and cultural ties.
Rajendra Aneja, Mumbai