They believe that he was elected by the majority but it was due to the backing of the ethablishment. They really invested in him and pushed him. The reason the ethablishment is into him is quite easy to understand due to meritocracy because he is the most capable at this point in time unlike the extremely incomptent element like Zardari etc etc. The reason the Ethablishment views him capable is because they are on the exact same wavelength and share the same politics which is forwarding pakistan exlusively whereas elements like Zardari or Nawaz had alot of corruptions and they just were not natural born leaders and our enemies didn't even respect us as much as they do now with Imran Khan at the helm. He brings prestige, respect and causes the enemies to fear Pakistan this is what the ethablishment seeks and this is what Imran Khan provides.. The Ethablishment will do everything in there power to not allow elements like Zardari or Nawaz figures to return to power it can be risky for Pakistan's long term interests. They would rather bring other similar characters to Imran Khan ones he finishes his 2 terms from other provinces like Punjab, KPK or Sindh in rotation but the key point is meritocracy here.While you are in the mood to indulge me, let me ask something else. The broad perception in India is that IK was not duly elected on people support. He was supposedly 'selected' by the establishment that you speak of.
Do average Pakistanis believe so?
Example you could see something like a double team headed by Faiz Hameed the former ISI chief as the COAS and with Qureshi as the PM taking office in 2028 once Imran Khan finishes his 2 terms and Faiz Hameed obviously replacing Bajwa