Imran Khan


One is actually the democracy here, you know, people are, people assume that this election means that there is democracy in Pakistan. There is no democracy.

I did not lose this election, or had a bad result compared with what we might have got because of Islam.

I feel an independent accountability commission should audit all government services.

If your house is burning, wouldn't you try and put out the fire?

Cross-cultural marriage is difficult, especially when one person has to live in another country. But I thought there was a very good chance of it working because people grow together if they have a common passion.

I am called an Islamic fundamentalist by Rushdie. My critics in Pakistan say I am a Zionist agent. I must be doing something right.

In fact the experience at Oxford has really helped me later in life.

When I came into politics I always thought there was a possibility I would be killed.

Spirituality does two things for you. One, you are forced to become more selfless, two, you trust to providence. The opposite of a spiritual man is a materialist. If I was a materialist I would be making lots of money doing endorsements, doing cricket commentary. I have no interest in that.

In most of Pakistan it is a feudal country. People are very scared and oppressed by authority. But when you move to these wilder areas, they are not so easily suppressed.

If one area I felt it was a tough election was I couldn't see my young son and I couldn't see my wife a lot, but apart from that for her also it was an experience.

People didn't wasn't the People's party to come in to power again, so they saw NS a viable alternative not us, because everyone knew we were not ready.

Terrorism is you winning hearts and minds of people.

It's more important to try to do something for the crores of poor people of my country.

But I don't need to use politics as a way of making money.

Personally I don't think solving corruption is such a big problem.

At the moment we have a ruling class that has one law and the people the other.

The Westoxified Pakistanis have been selling their souls and killing their own people for a few million dollars.

Pakistan needs to have decentralisation and a good local government system.

In Pakistan politics is hereditary.

What I perceive, is above all justice, where everyone has the same law.

So for us any gain we had in election, one vote that we got, was a win.

I want to have a president in the U.S. who tries to win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world.

I am basically a private person.

A country that relies on aid? Death is better than that. It stops you from achieving your potential, just as colonialism did.

These so-called extremists in Pakistan should be brought into the mainstream; if you marginalize them, you radicalize them.

Colonialism deprives you of your self-esteem and to get it back you have to fight to redress the balance.

You don't kill your way to peace.

There can only be democracy when money is not allowed to be spent in Politics.

I have fruit trees. Cows for fresh milk, yoghurt. My own wheat. I'm basically self-sufficient.

Because I'm anti-war, I've been called pro-Taliban.

They do not understand Islam, and I think that is one area where perhaps I hope one day I will play a role in actually making people understand what we perceive Islam to be.

What most people didn't realize in the Western countries is that here its not a question of having supporters, its a question of getting these votes to the polling stations.

The war on terror is the most insane and immoral war of all time. The Americans are doing what they did in Vietnam, bombing villages. But how can a civilised nation do this? How can you can eliminate suspects, their wives, their children, their families, their neighbours? How can you justify this?