Taimur Shaique Hussain Some political writers and speakers seem victims of the stereotypical political myopia that repetitively comes through in writings and speeches of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) detractors, who probably seek to curry favour with the status quo politicians, both treasury and opposition, regardless of their true merit. Whilst PTI Chairman, members, workers, and volunteers have successfully managed to counter most of such myths and perceptions, rather misperceptions, the dragon appears to rear its unsightly head again and again, and requires to be slain for the collective benefit of the political system in, and the populace of, Pakistan. The PTI is often seen as lacking administrative experience attributable to other politicians, but commentators seem to have forgotten the leadership qualities, teamwork, clean intent, credibility, and supreme administrative capabilities required to build and run charitably a hospital of the stature of SKMT (with annual budget about Rs 8 billion; and now being expanded to the cities of Karachi and Peshawar); establish Namal College with the collaboration of Bradford University, UK; and raise funds to the tune of Rs 2 billion within two weeks to aid the flood-victims. PTIs efforts in social, developmental, and emergency relief sectors may be deemed larger than life, for all these achievements came without the party ever having any access at all to national taxes; public exchequer; state machinery; the establishment; the bureaucratic set-up, all of which have been enjoyed by political rivals at several points in history, with very little to show in return. The party stands a good chance to usher in an era of major reforms whenever in full-fledged power, and when they have recourse to all the above mentioned resources. As regards the present government, the entire nation awaits to hear even one, singular, documented, positive achievement, what with Pakistan being ranked amongst the leading nations with regard to corruption, economic mismanagement, foreign policy failure, and rigging the electoral processes at the very core. Imran Khan has often chosen deliberately to sit at the sidelines of political power for he happens to be a non status quo politician, incorruptible (as his detractors admit themselves), and generally not open to ideological compromises. It appears strange then that some writers term him an impatient politician. If anything, Imrans principled stance and his visionary political ideas such as accountability, independent judiciary, and criticism of the US for sponsoring a civil war like situation in Pakistan (all hijacked later by his adversaries for their vested gains), project him even to international media and observers as an independent-thinking and patient leader. Imran may not be a politician per se. However, each one of us Pakistanis has witnessed, and now realised, the dismal performances of career politicos, each dabbling in politics to make a fast buck. Imran, on the other hand, consistently displays leadership. If the electorate can dole out multimillions of their hard-earned savings to support Imrans social imperatives, it certainly does not appear unlikely that, given an undisputed track record of public service, he stands to win a whole lot of seats come next election. After all, what are the other alternatives? Repetitively tested and repetitively failed parties at the helm of affairs? Political rivals seem to state that Imran has no team with him, which logistically and operationally appears in frontal contradiction to the ease with which he cruises along from completing one remarkable project to another Detractors are, perhaps, ignorant of the reality of how well organised the PTI is becoming with each passing day, and this, right down to the grassroots level, and right across the country. Additionally, the electorate seem up in arms to question our rulers to please shed some light on the amorphous performances in government of parties such as the present one, some granted three shots at power with no progress to show, despite having teams comprising a 100+ Cabinet members? By PTI estimates, and supported by facts, no less than 90 percent of the overseas Pakistanis vote lies with Imran. He has gone so far as to state that whilst 170 million people at home have a collective GDP of about $175 billion per annum, the roughly estimated 10 million Pakistanis abroad alone have a GDP in excess of $250 billion per annum. With Imrans credibility and no-corruption record, there already exist commitments to the tune of 10 percent of expatriate GDP in the form of remittances and/or Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Pakistan. This approximately $25 billion per annum for Pakistan emanating from our own people, our own sons-of-the-soil, so to say, certainly augurs favourably for Pakistan in comparison to the piddly sum of $1.5 billion through the Kerry-Luger Bill that has unfortunately made the whole nation, and our rulers (as opposed to leaders) completely hostage to the US. The last issue that is often voiced is that of the ballot. So disenchanted and disenfranchised are the people that hardly anyone turns out at the ballot. Pakistan seems to be signalling: We want none of the above. Could we have a change of face? PTI has been running a widespread voter registration campaign, and have reached the highest courts of law for electoral reform. Also, the Pakistani electorate has been becoming increasingly savvy. All of us witnessed in the 2008 election that several PML-Q Federal Ministers were unable to secure their very own seats from their very own constituencies. This included political heavyweights including the likes of Khurshid Kasuri, Sheikh Rashid, Humayun Akhtar, and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, because the electorate deemed they had not performed. Today, the ground reality, which the majority of the country is united upon, is that the status quo parties have once again failed to perform, the fifth time around between the two of them. Its a no-brainer where the vote is likely to go. The writer was a banker and is now a financial sector consultant.