Abu Dhabi, Dubai: With cricket legend Imran Khan all set to take over the country’s reins following landmark elections last month, Pakistani expatriates celebrating their country’s 71st Independence Day are optimistic about their country’s future and are hoping the new government will lead the nation to a positive change.
Speaking to Gulf News during the daylong celebrations, several Pakistani expats said they believe this is a new dawn for their country.
The former World Cup winning captain of Pakistan cricket team and founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, has great goodwill among all sections of Pakistan, but it is the country’s youth who have attached their aspirations with him.
He added that with good governance comes good development like economic prosperity and growth which will benefit the entire society.
Anwar also said he was hoping the soon-to-be prime minister would show the world a different side of Pakistan.
“Imran Khan can show a soft image of Pakistan, it will take time, but I believe he can do that because he is a recognised and popular figure around the world. This is what we want as citizens, we don’t want a bad image associated with our country, we want people to think good things when they hear about Pakistan,” he said.
Abu Bakr Yasin, a 28-year-old businessman, said though he is excited about the country’s new leadership, he urged people to be cautious at the same time.
“This is a new thing for us, we have been used to the same political parties and the same leaders for a long time even though we are a democratic country. The expectations are definitely high, but we need to be patient to see how it’s all going to work out. I am a big supporter of the vision Imran Khan has for our country, whether he will be able to implement it or not is another matter, if he can do 10 per cent of what he has preached then I think it will be very good for Pakistan,” said Yasin.
Such is the popularity of Imran Khan that even those who opposed him expect him to bring about a change in the country.
And it is not just the youngsters that root for the all-rounder, even the old have their eyes set on him.