Imran Khan: All-Rounder, Kaptaan, and Donald Trump of Pakistan

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Imran Khan: All-Rounder, Kaptaan, and Donald Trump of Pakistan

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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t’s safe to label November 9, 2016, one of my least favourite days in recent memory. Not only was it Day One of the post-demonetisation era, we also had to stomach the news that a pussy-grabbing, hate-spewing, emotionally stunted failed businessman had become the leader of the free world. Yep, I’m talking about Complainer-in-Chief Donald Trump.

While the worst long-term effect of demonetisation was the advent of our hideous new currency, Trump’s impact has been more far-reaching and insidious. Notably, it’s opened the door for a breed of similar politicians to emerge – the kind that panders to populist sentiments in public, while leading a different lifestyle in private. And now, those chickens have come home to roost – or across the border, to be precise.

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