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It is Khan’s time to bask in the limelight. It is his time to receive warm wishes and the love of a country that he has given so much to.

It’s playing out like an episode from a gritty political drama. The leader of the major opposition party has been injured after he fell nearly 14 feet from a scaffolding at a public meeting. The nation’s prayers and the world’s cameras are glued to his hospital bed. Outside, crowds are gathered to pay tribute to the harbinger of Naya Pakistan. In cyberspace, as well as in real life, the outpouring of emotion has been phenomenal. Anyone with an iota of decency will put aside political feuds and pray for the speedy recovery of Imran Khan.

It could not have been done better had it been scripted, and it is ironic that many naysayers have taken to calling it a “staged fall”. As someone who has taken just such a plunge only recently, I can tell you that Khan is definitely not faking this. For someone who fell on his neck and back, the Kaptaan is extremely lucky to be sentient. The trauma of the fall is evident on the leader’s face if you look at his latest TV interview from the hospital bed.

Finding someone to blame is what we Pakistanis do best. Putting up photos of the incident, theorizing on what may have happened, and swapping conspiracy theories: it is all in a day’s work for the average armchair intellectual. But this time, nearly everyone displayed moral fortitude and a big heart. And for that, I am proud of my countrymen and countrywomen.

His political opponents have realized that this is a watershed moment. Which is why you don’t see the Zardaris and the Sharifs queuing up to give television interviews. It is Khan’s time to bask in the limelight. It is his time to receive warm wishes and the love of a country that he has given so much to.

The truth is, Imran might just end up winning this one. I can smell a victory for the Cricket Bat a mile away. It may not be a massive win, it may not be a rout, but for a first time party, it will definitely be a victory. I just hope that this (excuse the pun) knock on the head will be the wake-up call many in our country need. I do not support the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, nor will I be voting for them. But I do wish their party and their leader the best of luck.

You may have just witnessed history’s first ever fall to grace.