Time magazine establishes Imran Khan as most popular, democratic leader

The Pakistani media and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) social media are abuzz with Time magazine’s interview of PTI chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan.

Though the Pakistani media selectively reported that the magazine criticized Imran Khan’s playboy past, poor economic policies, bad governance, and his soft corner for the hardliner segments, the magazine, however, minced no words in describing the most popular and democratic leader of Pakistan.

It wrote that in light of survey results that indicate he will likely win the elections he wants, Mr Khan can legitimately assert that as public support is to his side, democracy is also on his side. According to a member of the public cited by the magazine, Imran Khan’s reputation has soared because people are furious and receptive to his message regardless of what he says, even if it is illogical.

The magazine took note of the recent government action against Imran Khan, saying that Pakistan’s most beloved leader in decades is barricaded at home is a sign of the country’s ill health. Moreover, it has been ruled for half of its existence by men wearing olive-green uniforms, who still serve as the final arbiters of power, it is the biggest Islamic state in the world.