Review published on February 17, 2018.
Let There Be Justice by B.J. Sadiq seems almost a battle cry after reading this 150 paged book. The sub-title is ‘The Political Journey of Imran Khan’, and indeed it tells the story very well from the author’s perspective. Imran Khan, for those unaware of him, was the captain of the Pakistan Cricket elite. He found global fame, by his playboy image and philandering, alongside his cricketing expertise. A later marriage to Jemima Goldsmith, which ended in divorce, and another marriage to super-model Nadia Hussain that also ended quite quickly, play a very small part in the narrative. His life completely altered when his mother passed away from cancer, he then set about getting finance for the building of a Cancer Hospital, which bears her name, Shaukat Khanum. From this point on, his life of involvement with politics became all encompassing. Totally at a loss as to how to go about it, he failed several times in elections, but grit and determination eventually won him through, and this is what the book is all about.
Imran Khan has never meant much to me, neither has Pakistan for that matter. So here was an opportunity to put that right. B.J. Sadiq, the author, attended university in England, as did Imran Khan some years before. Sadiq, early in the book, states his own feelings about his lack of stamina relative to book writing, and if his wife did not move him to write it, the book would never have seen the light of day. I am glad he wrote it, but it has so many flaws that inevitably slow the reading down a lot, that it becomes somewhat more of a feat of endurance, although at the same time equally fascinating. With all due respect to the author, his grasp of the British language, and its finer phrases and colloquialisms, together with the meanings within certain phrases, leave a fair bit to be desired.
Perhaps it could be argued that I, the reader, could be in error because the book is chiefly written for Pakistani consumption. However, whatever the side taken, I found it a mite difficult to follow sometimes. The political story continues of course to this day, how it will end is open to anything, anything at all. Nothing would surprise me in Pakistan, after having read this book.
The subject matter is superbly interesting though, the author writes about how successive leaders of Pakistan have bled the nation almost to bankruptcy. Lots of corruption is noted with details galore. No wonder that so many opponents get assassinated if they are this liberal with commentary.
Reg Seward 3/1
Let There Be Justice: The Political Journey of Imran Khan by B.J. Sadiq
Fonthill Media 9781781556375 pbk Sep 2017
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