Picture of the Day: Musharraf Salutes Imran Khan!

Posted on November 24, 2008
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I am sure many of ATP readers will be surprised to see this photograph in which former President Musharraf is saluting his most vocal critic Imran Khan.

Before you jump onto conclusions, let me tell you that this photograph is said to be taken during a fund raising event doe the Shaukat Khannum Memorial Hospital sometime in 2000-01. It was the time when Imran Khan’s PTI supported Musharraf and he was a reportedly hot favorite candidate for Prime Ministership.

Do you think the photograph is real? Imran Khan actually mentioned this one in many of his speeches in US recently. Watch the part of his speech after 4 minutes and 50 seconds in a video here. And if it is, what does it tell us about Gen. Musharraf. Or about Imran Khan.

41 Comments on “Picture of the Day: Musharraf Salutes Imran Khan!”

  1. Zecchetti says:
    November 24th, 2008 10:02 am

    Must have been taken before Musharraf turned to the dark side.

    Either that or it’s photoshopped.

  2. Qausain Ali says:
    November 24th, 2008 10:12 am


    but wait its Mushi … He can do anything to achieve his OBJECTIVES … we all remember his slogan”Musharaf First”… waqt paray to gahday ko bhi baap bana lo

  3. Faiq Shaikh says:
    November 24th, 2008 10:29 am

    This picture shows IK could become another Shortcut aziz ,robbed pakistan like everyone did,but he chooses the path to come in power with the support of helpless Pakistanis.

    God Bless you Ik, i knw u can never come to power the path you choose but your efforts should be appreciated.

  4. lidaliqa says:
    November 24th, 2008 11:15 am

    So what he saluted Imran Khan ???. They are both great Pakistani leaders, who disagree with one another.
    There is nothing wrong with disagreeing in a civil way.

    There are somethings I dont like about Imran Khan and there are things I dont like about Musharaf.

    I respect them both never the less.

    There is nothing wrong in giving respect to people. It elevates you and not vice versa as thought of in Pakistani culture.

    Kindness is not weakness it is a strength we should all seek.

  5. Aamer says:
    November 24th, 2008 11:18 am

    Why he saluted Imran should never be the question, it’s a matter of respect.
    Both of them are/were good leaders in different senses, so they should be respected by others. Of course not everyone will think they are/were good leaders, but that does not mean you cannot respect them.

  6. November 24th, 2008 11:20 am

    Not surprising as it coule be the photo before Mush became Prez. Naturally Imran was a hero for the nation and a salaam to him is understandable.

    Unfortunately, politics is such a dirty thing that anybody who plunges in, loses the respect.

  7. wasiq says:
    November 24th, 2008 11:47 am

    A touching photograph with 2 of Pakistan’s finest men. If only our elected leaders had 5% of the character of each of these, we’d be in a very different world. Hail to the General and the Great Khan!

  8. Umar says:
    November 24th, 2008 11:55 am

    It shows that Imran Khan the politician is far less than the sum of his parts… he may be a suave, erudite, articulate cricket star and philanthropist, but he is not a savvy politician… I recall the time right before the 2002 elections when he would appear on talk shows loudly praising Musharraf, and then, when it became clear that he wasn’t going to be the PM, he threw his lot in with the mullahs and cast his vote for Fazl-ur-Rehman in the PM elections in the National Assembly.

    These days, he is essentially the human face of the Jamaat-e-Islami, helping to soften the JI’s image and leading impressionable young urbanites—- who know nothing of the political dynamics of Pakistan and repeat the trite all-politicians-are-thieves-we-need-new-leadership mantra ad nauseum— astray, and into the arms of the JI, with the kids not even realizing the ride they are being taken for…

    It is good that he has found a home though… no matter how many beatings the Islami Jamiat-e-Tulba dish out to him, he will remain a Jamaatia at heart, his playboy past notwithstanding…

  9. Ahmed says:
    November 24th, 2008 12:06 pm

    Where’s Musharraf’s right thigh? :s

  10. Aamir Ali says:
    November 24th, 2008 1:03 pm

    Musharraf has a habit of saluting, he even does it these days, like in his last press conference. Its a lifelong habit.

    Back in those days, Musharraf and Imran Khan were on good terms with each other. Thats all this photo shows.

    The picture of BB and Nawaz sitting with each other, after the history of the 1990′s, and the picture of Imran Khan sitting with Qazi Hussain Ahmad, after getting a thrashing from IJT, tells us a lot more about those characters.

  11. Amjad Bhatti says:
    November 24th, 2008 1:32 pm

    This picture is absolutely real and taken in 2001 at Shaukat Khanum. Musharraf was the Chief Executive. Everyone thought that he is the ONE leader we were all waiting for so long. Honest, straight forward, hard working and corruption free. He and Khan would have made a dream team but unfortunately, the dream never cam true.

    I am actually sad to see this picture after so many years.

  12. Qadir says:
    November 24th, 2008 1:56 pm

    I really do not think that this picture is real… seems touched up (look at the legs) …. which reflects very badly on Imran if his people have done this.

  13. Zak says:
    November 24th, 2008 3:44 pm

    Yup its real..a similar story to what happened to Asghar Khan post 1977 but IK has shown more maturity by comparison.

  14. Asif says:
    November 24th, 2008 3:47 pm

    The following is what Musharraf said to Jamaima Khan on Feb 17 of this year (2008)
    “He seems to be someone who feels painfully let down and misunderstood. This is particularly the case when he talks about my ex-husband, Imran. “You know,
    I liked him. But he is the most unrealistic person. I wanted to support him.” He mentions him a few times in the interview. And the strange thing is, I
    detect hurt. President Musharraf, dictator, despot, guardian of the West against al-Qa’ida

  15. Mastana says:
    November 24th, 2008 4:10 pm

    this is not the salute dear Darwaish, it is the usual way of mingling and saying Salaam greeting or welcoming his guest.

  16. Ayesha says:
    November 24th, 2008 5:28 pm

    Well said, Umar, though I question the erudite bit. Looks like Darwaish is the resident PTI propagator at ATP.

  17. Umar says:
    November 24th, 2008 6:00 pm

    Thanks Ayesha… by the way, I look forward to reading your book whenever time permits…

    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is doing what the PML-N has been doing in the past: serving as JI lite… I’ve always felt that if someone has been spared the misfortune of falling into the JI trap on campus or through family ties yet they still have JIesque tendencies, then the PML-N is a natural home for them… the same delusions about Khilafat, the same bourgeois morality, the same passion for pseudo-jihad, and at the root of it all, the hatred for the PPP which they cannot articulate if asked to… the entire JI shebang, without the beards or the history of electoral disasters or the forced intra-Jamaat marriages or the dharnas or that infamous, embarrassing “Zalmo Qazi Aa Raha Hai” slogan which graces the walls of every public lavatory…

    PTI may well turn out to be more dangerous in this role than the PML-N, because of Imran Khan’s persona… he cannot be ridiculed as the Sharif brothers can… he isn’t yet tainted with corruption, and he attracts a particular type of young, urban, educated, English-speaking naive idealist to his fold… I remember in the one week I spent at UET Lahore back in 1999, the Jamaati thugs who forced us to attend the iftaar party they had so generously thrown for us were cleanshaven and clad in tight jeans… the new PTI recruits will be the same, albeit without the menace that the Jamaati thugs used to ooze out of their very pores… that will make them difficult to detest, and the perfect tools for the JI to use, using Imran Khan as the conduit…

  18. Mohammad says:
    November 24th, 2008 10:29 pm

    I am not sure if the picture is real

    But even if it is, it does not say much. To his credit, Musharraf has always spoken of Imran with respect and many peopel will salute Imran for his philanthropy without really agreeing with his politics.

  19. S. Aftab says:
    November 24th, 2008 10:36 pm

    I think we should stop worrying about Imran and also about Musharraf. Lets move on please.

  20. Raju says:
    November 24th, 2008 11:45 pm

    nice post dear good

    read abour parveen shakir beautiful and talented


  21. Ahmad says:
    November 25th, 2008 4:15 am


    Why cant you just accept Imran Khan as true leader and his party as a genuine party rather than projecting your heavily biased and strange view of politics in Pakistan.

  22. AHsn says:
    November 25th, 2008 4:39 am

    Imran Khan presented in the picture and the man to whom the present comments are posted is the man of the past. His present and real identity is made clear by himself in an interview:


    Based on this interview my comment is:

    In a this interview Mr. Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi traces his family origin, to explain to what slave generation he belongs and what is his family status in Pakistani population. He puts himself in an Elite group. It is true that we have in Pakistan a group of Elites which has been (1) governing and (2) running the State and the affaires of the State since 1947. The rest of the population is composed of ordinary people and this majority group is kept out of the control of the state and state affairs.

    In the first group of Elites are basically the politicians of established feudal or very rich business families. As an aberration to this classification, the Army generals of Pakistan have also imposed themselves in this ruling group. The family of Mr. Imran Khan (IK) does not belong to this group but it belongs to the second group which is basically composed of civil servants. The characteristic of this group is very well detailed by Mr. Khan. This group has a real slave mentality. It does every thing to please the superior governing group.

    Mr. Khan went to Elite schools and even to the University of Oxford where he did his B.A. in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics). He was a good student as well as an excellent cricketer during his days at Oxford. However, he only managed a

  23. Naz says:
    November 25th, 2008 9:17 am

    Ahsn, you have explained the roots of the word Morality but you have not understood Imran’s point. In the early civilisations, civility or morality only began to take root in it’s modern state when religion was introduced to civil societies.

    This is not to say all moral behaviour has been defined by religion, yet there is a heavy influence of it. The ten commandents are synomous with majority faith’s and also form the frame of reference for most people when explaining right and wrong.

    You have quite correctly pointed out the composition of the Elite and also the problem for Pakistan. Until, we have a large socialist movement to remove this tyrannical/corrupt elite….and re-distribute the land from the feudals – only then will change come to Pakistan. I’m not sure Imran is the man to lead such a radical movement…..however, i’d back anyone willing to do it!

  24. Mehreen Asad Khan says:
    November 25th, 2008 9:55 am

    I, too, will back ANYONE willing to bring the radical change in Pakistan. He has his faults but the problem is that Imran Khan seems the only one who can possibly bring change in Pakistan. I personally admire him for change and justice he talks about and I find him 100 times better than most crooks we have around us. He is honest and delivers what he promises. However, I do not think his party is organized and well structured yet and he needs to work on that. His relationship with right wing parties is also not clear as one hand he is close to JI and yet their student wing IJT bitterly oppose him. I must also admit that I would like to see Khan distancing himself from Jamat Islami elements if he wants to achieve anything real. He is running a membership campaign which is a step in right direction. Good Luck to him.

    On a side note, I have been reading various discussions on this forum since last week. Generally speaking, the problem with people engaged in a discussion on most Pakistani forums is that when they are out of valid arguments, they start getting personal (labeling and calling names). Even the highly educated and supposedly sensible people demonstrate this quality which is unfortunate really.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  25. Ayesha says:
    November 25th, 2008 3:21 pm

    Again, very prescient analysis Umar.

    @ Naz and Mehreen,

    How do you feel about him walking out on the Women Protection Bill and refusing to support perhaps the only positive legislation during the time he was in Parliament?

  26. Eidee Man says:
    November 25th, 2008 7:46 pm

    I’m disappointed at this post. This is an example of how ATP sometimes (VERY rarely) does a quality dip from NPR/PBS to FOX.

    Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity would know that I am no fan of Musharraf, and am somewhat of a fan of Imran Khan. However, this picture is simply irrelevant to any serious discussion. I don’t think it is doctored; this is simply Musharraf’s style of saying hello (or ‘adaab’) to everyone.

  27. Umar says:
    November 26th, 2008 8:26 am

    I agree Ayesha… these two ladies are an example of the “civil society” types who rally to the banner of Imran Khan, and to the lawyers’ movement which has been hijacked by the JI and the PML-N… notice their use of “radical” in both their posts… with Imran at the helm, we will have a radical change for sure… a radical shift to the far right…

    The sheer magnitude of corruption in Pakistani politics has rendered us vulnerable to anyone including Charlie’s Aunt who professes to be “honest”, their ideology notwithstanding… next door in Afghanistan, it is this same obsession with “honesty” that led a lot of the population to initially welcome the Taliban…

    Better a thief with liberal tendencies, than an honest mullah lover of Imran Khan’s ilk, I would say… ruined economies can recover, but the young minds that Imran is ruining with his JI-lite views will never recover…

  28. Nomi says:
    November 26th, 2008 12:03 pm

    This photo makes me sad. It would have been a dream team for Pakistan. Pre 2002 Musharraf as President and Imran Khan Foreign Minister could have been so beneficial for Pakistanis.

    Btw, interesting conversation going on here. Some of the comments reminds me khwaja ka gawaa daddu. lol

    Keep it up guys.

  29. Ayesha says:
    November 26th, 2008 4:19 pm

    I wouldn’t go that far Umar. Don’t want to pass judgment on Naz and Mehreen, my question notwithstanding. Besides, I too am a huge supporter of the lawyers’ movement and feel that the beauty of it was that it was able to rally behind it Pakistanis of all different persuasions–precisely what Imran cannot or has not been able to do.

    I would have loved to see the PPP reinstate the CJ and undo the illicit actions of Nov 2 but by not doing that, they not only let down a lot of their own supporters, but also the left in general, allowing the forces of the right to claim the moral high ground, and perhaps subsequently, as you put it, “highjack the movement”.

    For this, I am sorely disappointed with the PPP but not enough to support those forces who see women as second class citizens or support jirgas as the best way to mete out justice (as Imran has done in the past)–but then again, isn’t this also what the PPP is doing now by appointing the likes of Zehri and Bajarani?

    I agree with you that “radical change” is not the best thing to strive for because “radical” in what direction? But change we do need–in my view, the best way to bring it about is by trying to reform the existing parties, and more people joining them and making their voices heard instead of trying to reinvent the wheel.

  30. Ahmad says:
    November 27th, 2008 7:31 am

    Nice picture.

    A salute from a Patriotic paki, to a person who has done great service for his country; Pakistan.

    Picture of Good days.

  31. Umar says:
    November 27th, 2008 3:50 pm

    I stand corrected Ayesha… thanks for the very thoughtful post…

    The PPP disappointing yet again? Whats new? I think the time when being the least of all evils is just not going to be good enough is nigh… the way things are, the next time the Jiyala (and the left in general) punishes the PPP by staying away on election day, the results may be far worse than a PML-N government… I shudder at the thought, and hope and pray that the PPP will finally get its act together, but somewhere deep down, I have the sinking feeling that we’re in for yet another ride…

  32. D.H.F. says:
    November 28th, 2008 12:06 am

    Those may be the two best Pakistani leaders in the country today. Pity they could not get along.

  33. Mehreen Asad Khan says:
    November 28th, 2008 10:49 am

    @Ayesha: I think you missed my point. I have clearly stated that he and his party have their faults which is natural. I am simply saying that his positives are far greater in number than the bunch of clowns currently ruling Pakistan. We have to pick someone new. Read my comment again.

    As far as WPB is concerned, nobody I know is against the idea and some of the repealing the draconian laws and that’s not the issue either. However, this bill had some serious problems (both procedural and conceptual) which should have been removed. Even people like Javed Ahmed Ghamdi didn’t approve it because of some issues. Mushy on the other hand wanted it to be approved before his US trip to gain politically and portray himself as enlightened and champion of women rights. Forget about MMA’s drama, as far as I know Imran Khan didn’t support the bill because of two reasons which you can read here. Though I don’t agree with his reasoning and I think he should have voted in favor of bill despite its faults since improvements could have been made later. You seem like obsessed with WPB and completely rule out that the bill might have had some technical faults too and people can have a different view. One must also remember that the same Imran Khan also bitterly opposed religious parties Hasba bill. It would be much useful to have a constructive discussion on issues (with some homework and reading I suggest) rather than getting personal just because we have a personal grudge against someone.

    I remember watching a speech by Mehmood Khan Achkzai (watch here) and I think he highlighted the real issues concerning women in Pakistan and what actually needs to be done. I think dealing with problems of implementation and sick mentality is more important. Laws can be made but what’s the benefit if ground reality doesn’t change? Of course, laws are the first step in right direction so anything like WPB should be welcomed.

    Btw, can I ask you if you have actually read the WPB and you are aware exactly why people (other than MMA) opposed it? Do you exactly know the reasons they have given? Just curious.

  34. DUA says:
    November 28th, 2008 11:04 am

    Interesting picture, if real. But I agree it has no real value for analysis. Just interesting. Both these men had potential but both proved disappointing in practice. Too bad for Pakistan.

  35. Ayesha says:
    November 28th, 2008 10:28 pm


    I think you need to read my post again. All I did was ask you a question. I did not pass any judgment on your views–in fact, that is what I said in my post to Umar, that I do not want to pass judgment–so pls. do re-read as to who said what.

    For your information, I was very involved in the WPB–if you check out my website you will see that I was even speaking on tv about it to explain it to lay people, and have worked as a lawyer in Pakistan so know exactly how it changes the law and what effect that would have on women in Pakistan who have for years been the victim of the Hudood Ordinance.

    The WPB had to be watered down because people like Qazi, etc. made a big production. That is why Javed Ghamdi protested–he did not want it watered down. And you are right that it is still better than nothing. That is why not just I but all those who support women’s rights in Pakistan supported it strongly, including WAF (women’s action forum).

    Imran Khan did not support it because his position on women’s rights is very dubious. I have met him and in one conversation he actually defended Mike Tyson when he was found guilty of rape. I wonder if you have had the chance to speak to him on these issues directly or if you are just going off of what you want to believe.

    And yes, women’s rights is very important to me and I cannot support anyone who is dubious on it. It is a big problem in our society and someone who is not clear on that, cannot get my vote.

  36. Ayesha says:
    November 28th, 2008 10:31 pm


    Yes, I think that fear haunts many of us.

  37. Ayesha says:
    November 28th, 2008 10:38 pm

    @ Mehreen,

    Sorry to be hogging the posts, but can you also pls point out where in my posts “I got personal”, as you put it?

  38. zee says:
    December 4th, 2008 10:20 am

    We miss Musharraf. The current retards have no direction and have absolutely no vision of the future. Regardless how much you dislike Musharraf, he was waaaaaayyyyyyyy better than any of our current political leaders.

  39. Faisal says:
    March 28th, 2010 1:26 pm

    the reference of the video is not correct as he did not say in his speech the Musharaf came and saluted me. The picture of musharaf is taken from some where else and pasted at this one. Yes musharafs thigh and and the painted wall of background can easily tell you how badly this picture is being made. Funny. These type of acts would lower the image of Imran Khan.

  40. Haris says:
    February 16th, 2011 6:36 pm

    Idealistic likewise your leader Imran Khan ……

  41. Waqar says:
    May 8th, 2011 10:43 am

    Regarding the question that what do we make of this picture….We all know when Mushraff came he was doing stuff that was good regarding education and his strong stance on different issues….So like everybody amongst us he was like by Imran Khan too….but what happened after that we all know …the craziness of power took him and he was strayed form the path he was treading before….Imran Khan confess that he has made mistake…If we can forget about mistakes of the bald duo’s who know best how to make money from Politics and the betraying PPP….then this is nthin compared to that…Moreover he became the strongest protester afterwards..!

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