For the literate and mature Pakistanis who are well-versed in the international politics and well-aware of facts of the power politics of Pakistan, people such as Saleem Safi has no value because of his illusionary mythical inference against the incontrovertible fact.
Safi has been disseminating malicious and misleading propaganda against Shia Muslims of Pakistan in a bid to equate them with takfiri Deobandi fanatics of banned militant outfits to which he also hailed from.
As a matter of fact, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has no politician that has any sort of links with Iran but Imran and his PTI’s other leaders have an undeniable links with Saudi-allied United Kingdom and United State.
For instance, Imran’s former in-laws are influential British people and his two sons are being brought up by their maternal UK national relatives. His close aide Sarwar Chaudhry had remained Member of British Parliament.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi, an Oxford graduate and another close-aide of Imran, has a son who was team member of Senator John Kerry who later became US Secretary of State. And if a literate journalist sees things objectively, PTI leader Shireen Mazari has a scholarly background and she headed an Islamabad-based think tank that helped Pakistan government shape its policies and she too cannot be linked with any foreign government.
Ali Zaidi, a Karachi-based PTI leader, has no record of sect-based politics since he never remained a member of any religious or sectarian Shia party. Instead, he is known as a well-connected Karachiite due to his social activities and even sportsman such as Javed Miandad is his friend, because Pakistanis always turned down such division within them and this was the spirit due to which Pakistan came into being.
Saleem Safi, it seems, has not read history of Pakistan and has no knowledge of sectarian identity of founding fathers of Pakistan. Father of Pakistani nation Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Raja Sahib of Indian princely state Mehmoodabad, Habib family, Isphahani family, Iskandar Mirza, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and countless others who sacrificed their everything for the sake of Pakistan or served Pakistan with dedication, were all Shia Muslims and they never founded any Shia party or joined such groups.
Pakistan was financed by Habib group, its aviation industry was brought up by Isphahani family, its army and bureaucracy had many Shia Muslims and Pakistan’s first constitutionally-elected President Iskandar Mirza was a Shia Muslim.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the world-class statement was founder of Pakistan and Muslims of the subcontinent had faith in his dynamic leadership. Stanley Volpert has written that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a Shia Muslim. The credit for overseas Pakistanis remittances from GCC countries goes to Bhutto and he was architect of Pakistan’s nuclear programme. His widow Nusrat Bhutto is known as mother of democracy since she led struggle for restoration of democracy during the black rule of Martial Law dictator Zia ul Haq and then Saleem Safi was a tool of the US-Saudi proxy war against USSR in Afghanistan. Hence, he should study history of impartial historians to understand facts instead of continuing as a proxy for same foreign masters.