Imran Khan Speech Plays It Straight For The Crowds

By Andrew Ivey | Public Speaking

Nov 29

Erstwhile Pakistan cricket captain and now chairperson of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) political party Imran Khan has spoken of his dream for a new Pakistan. His dream wasn’t in the same league as Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I have a Dream” speech, but his sense of injustice is just as powerful.

Imran Khan Speech

An Imran Khan Speech Sees The Party Leader Play It Straight

His speech at a rally in Shujabad, Pakistan played it straight and direct. There was no mincing his words.

I assure you that if my government comes to power we will not take orders from the US like the zombies sitting in the power annals of Islamabad and Lahore.

Metaphors In This Imran Khan Speech

His speech included several rhetorical flourishes. A metaphor was used to signal change:

…tsunami of change

This wasn’t an obvious metaphorical link given Pakistan’s recent flood water problems and it certainly carries some devastating consequences.

We also heard some good contrasts and not this, but that statements. Every politician’s favourite device:

I envision a Pakistan that provides employment not only for all of its own people but also for the people who right now are working abroad.

and,

I will not only finish corruption, I will eradicate it from the root.

His previous captaincy of the Pakistan cricket team is an advantage. But, he has a long way to go before his political party makes serious headway in Pakistan. His tactical skills from his playing days are no doubt still relied on. He won’t be stumped or caught out that easily. But speeches and rallies can only improve his league position.

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  • Andrew Ivey says:

    So, nearly seven years later and he’s done it. Quite a test, if you know what I mean. But now he’s Pakistan’s new Prime Minister. “Good luck” sounds appropriate, but he’ll need more than just luck I suspect.

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  • tais khan says:

    hi imran. i want to join your party.

  • raja Ashiq Hussain says:

    I’m a supporter of imran saab and i would like to open an office for him in Birmingham to support his leadership in UK my telephone no 07523595652

  • naveedseed says:

    IMRAN KHAN SACH BOLTA HAI, HE IS THE TRUE LEADER, THAT’S WHY IT MAKES SENSE AND SO MANY PEOPLE ARE WITH HIM, WE ALL SUPPORT YOU AND WE’LL VOTE? FOR IMRAN KHAN, PAKISTAN IS ABOUT TO CHANGE, WORSE IS OVER, GOD BLESS PAKISTAN.

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