Rise of the counter-narrative favoring Imran Khan in the media
Islamabad: While the political situation in Pakistan remains grim ahead of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, pockets of media in Pakistan and abroad (particularly the United States) are of the opinion that there is a strong conspiracy against the civilian government by the military establishment.
Pakistan watchers and analysts have warned that loyal supporters of Imran Khan are capable of removing the top brass of the military establishment from power. This is evident from Imran Khan’s repeated defiance to accept advice from all fronts of the leadership and his stubbornness to publicly attack the army as well as other opposition leaders.
Social media supported Imran Khan very regularly. The hashtag “I stand with Imran Khan” as well as other similar sentiments like “PM Imran till 2033” are growing stronger on Twitter. Relevantly, it is not just PTI supporters who pledge their loyalty, the leaders also express their trust.
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri tweeted an image of a cornered lion surrounded by hyenas to say he believed Khan would survive. At private rallies and on social media, prominent MPs blame the military for harassing and meddling in civilian governance.
Senator Shahzad Waseem shared a photo of himself with the Prime Minister to express his support for Imran Khan. Minister Zartaj Gul Wazir also tweeted her support saying “he will weather the storm as he always does”. A few days ago Shozab Kanwal’s music video went viral where she accuses ‘army officers of looting money and sucking the nation’s blood through straw’.
She also added that Imran Khan is being targeted for not accepting bribes or allowing others to do so. Meanwhile, intellectuals in Pak complain that Imran Khan and his staff see themselves as the chosen ones in the elections and think they have “the right to humiliate anyone and not follow their line”.