End Of The Hybrid Regime: Here's Why Imran Khan's Ouster Is Good News For Pakistan

End Of The Hybrid Regime: Here's Why Imran Khan's Ouster Is Good News For Pakistan

Representatives of 69% of the people have succeeded and Imran Khan has been voted out by 174 members of the parliament out of the total 342. This majority was achieved without the help of 25-30 dissenting members of the PTI.

It was shameful for someone who got just 31% of the popular vote to claim that he alone and nobody else represented Pakistan; he alone was a patriot and the rest traitors; and he alone knew better than anyone.

Imran poisoned politics with complete lies, fabricated stories, abusive rhetoric, hateful and vicious propaganda tactics against his opponents. He was a dangerous, narcissist, reckless, megalomaniac, and a know-it-all hypocrite who was surrounded by corrupt and incompetent people.

Imran Khan wrecked the economy, leaving Pakistan with the highest level of debt burden of its history, the lowest level of currency ever, and the third highest level of inflation in the world. He continued to lie till the last minute about a fabricated foreign conspiracy whereas there was absolutely none. According to reports, Chief of Army Staff Gen Bajwa met him late Saturday evening and asked him to respect the unanimous verdict of the Supreme Court. Only then did he surrender, ending his term in disgrace instead of resigning graciously.

He didn’t even come to the parliament which elected him. Thank God, Pakistan’s Donald Trump is gone. Like Donald Trump, he has cult-like followers who believe anything he says, but they will eventually find out the complete story of what a disaster his almost 4 year rule was -- when the curbs on media are lifted.

Newspaper distribution was interrupted, media outlets were threatened with the withdrawal of advertising and TV channel signals were jammed. Journalists who crossed the 'red lines' were threatened, abducted and tortured. In the shadows, behind Khan in the limelight, Pakistan relived some of the worst moments of its past military dictatorships.

The writer is former head of Citigroup’s emerging markets investments, and was responsible for managing investments and macro-economic strategy across 40 countries in the emerging markets, covering Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.