Parties being run by dynasties: Imran Khan

The passing on of the leadership of these parties from one family member to another was not democracy, Imran Khan said.

Updated: Dec 18, 2011, 16:12 PM IST

Islamabad: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran
Khan has said that Pakistan`s main political parties were
being run like dynasties, with their leadership being confined
to a handful of families.

"The political parties are being run like dynasties where
the baton is handed over from father to son," Khan told a
rally at Haripur yesterday in the Hazara belt of Khyber-
Pakhtunkhwa province.

"No matter how many capable leaders the PML-N has, its
leadership will go to the offspring of the Sharif clan," said
the chief of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party.

Khan criticised the ruling Pakistan People`s Party too,
saying: "The PPP describes itself as a democratic party but
(President Asif Ali Zardari`s son) Bilawal Bhutto will be made
the leader even though he cannot even speak Urdu."

The passing on of the leadership of these parties from
one family member to another was not democracy, he said.
"This is not democracy, it is an empire, it is a joke
with all of us," he said.

PTI