Academic Mohammad Waseem said on Saturday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan had ramped up pressure on the establishment over the past six months and this he had tasted success in.
Waseem made the comments in flagship Naya Daur TV show Khabar Say Aagay. Both, the governing coalition and the PTI were looking towards the establishment for leads, he said. This showed that the establishment continued to carry weight.
Khan, Waseem said, had not been able to exert as much pressure as he would have desired. This, he said, explained why Khan’s narrative was becoming unsparing with each passing day. He had been unable to adequately flex his muscles on the streets, the academic said. What set Khan apart from other politicians, Waseem said, was his populism.
King’s College senior fellow Ayesha Siddiqa said Khan’s poor performance as prime minister was routinely cited. The performance she said had been undertaken elsewhere. It was a hybrid regime where below-par performance had been attributed to him, Siddiqa said.
Flagship Naya Daur TV show Khabar Say Aagay streams every Monday to Saturday at 9pm.