Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan: â€œWe'll sweep the electionâ€ By Samuel Burke, CNN Imran Khan says heâ€™s creating a political tsunami in his country. Khan - a former cricket legend and therefore Pakistani icon - has transformed himself into a populist leader. He is aiming to be the next prime minister of Pakistan - one of the most dysfunctional countries in the world, and a nuclear power at that. Over the summer Khan surprised Pakistan and the world by drawing crowds of more than 200,000 followers to his political rallies. Khanâ€™s political party Pakistani observers say it's the first time in forty years that a relatively new national party has come on the scene and shaken things up so dramatically. Khan says membership in his Tehreek-e-Insaf party has crossed 10 million. "But the party isnâ€™t even in the government - though Khan believes this fact will help endear him to the Pakistani electorate." â€œThey have seen all the parties and they are riddled with corruption and have failed to provide governance,â€ Khan told CNNâ€™s Christiane Amanpour Tuesday. â€œPeople will vote for change and change is my party.â€ Khan seemed genuine when he assuredly said, â€œWe'll sweep the election.â€ But Khan says his party will not join in a coalition. â€œCoalition means that you will have to compromise with the status quo. We are the anti-status quo party. We cannot bring change by compromising with one of the parties which is part of the status quo in power. So we will fight alone.â€ Taliban attack wounds teen activist blogger – Amanpour - CNN.com Blogs The U.S. and drones Drones - President Obama's key weapon in the U.S. war against terrorists - are what draw crowds to Khan's cause. Recent U.S. studies say constantly hovering drones are terrorizing the Pakistani population, and have resulted in an alarming number of civilians being killed. â€œThe drones are counterproductive,â€ Khan told Amanpour. You don't kill your way to peace. The years of war in Afghanistan, Asia and Pakistan, what has it achieved? It's time to give peace a chance.â€ Khan said that inside Pakistan, drones add to the perception that the Pakistani army is a "hired gun" of the U.S., causing militants target the Pakistan army. So his first point of business would be to ask the U.S. to cease drone attacks. â€œThere's an unending chain of violence going on,â€ Khan said. If he could change this perception, Khan said, it would strength the Pakistani military and allows them to fight terrorism on their own terms. As a result, Khan believes the tribal people would take back control over their land from the Taliban. He optimistically said it would take just a matter of months. Khan and the Taliban Critics accuse Khan of being naÃ¯ve. They say heâ€™s too soft on the Pakistani Taliban and too cozy with the Pakistani military and its notorious security service. â€œBecause I'm anti-war, I've been called pro-Taliban,â€ Khan told Amanpour. He believes his strength is in understanding the tribal areas, where he believes it is least effective to send in the military and drones. â€œThe only way to win this war is win the hearts and minds of the people in tribal areas," Khan said. â€œThe British were stuck there for 80 years. They didn't win. For 80 years they had military operations. Right up until 1947 â€“ when we got our independence â€“ there were British soldiers dying there.â€ U.S. elections Khan said that he wants whoever can stop the war on terror to win the U.S. presidential elections in November. â€œI want an anti-war president. I've prayed for Obama because I wanted Obama to stop this insanity called the war on terror." â€œYou don't fight it with bombs and planes. Terrorism is you winning hearts and minds of people. I want to have a president in the U.S. who tries to wins in hearts and minds of the Muslim world.â€ Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan: â€œWe'll sweep the electionâ€ – Amanpour - CNN.com Blogs ***************************** Don't forget to see the video! I watched the CNN programme live last night.