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Pakistan cricket star turned politician Imran Khan (C) addresses supporters as he stands on a vehicle during a rally in Mianwali, northern Pakistan, on October 6, 2012. Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan led Western activists and thousands of supporters on a defiant march to the tribal belt to protest against US drone strikes. Crowds lined the road to greet Khan, and scrums of media and well-wishers thronged his 4X4 as the convoy of more than 100 vehicles embarked on the 440-kilometre (270-mile) drive from Islamabad to South Waziristan. AFP PHOTO
PTI Chief Imran Khan (C) addresses supporters as he stands on a vehicle during a rally in Mianwali, northern Pakistan, on October 6, 2012.  –AFP PHOTO

TANK: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's Chief Imran Khan addressed crowds gathered in Tank on Sunday after being disallowed by authorities from entering South Waziristan.

The PTI leadership decided to hold a public meeting in "Jahaz Ground" in Tank instead of KotKai, Dawn.com reporter, Sajjad Haider, who is travelling with the convoy quoted the PTI official sources as stating.

Critcising the US policy to carry drone attacks in different areas of Pakistan, Khan said that the US administration “tells American people one thing and Pakistanis the other.”

Adding that, he asked “Are these people (civilian drone victims) not humans?”

“Who are these ‘nameless’ people who are killed in the name of collateral damage,” he further inquired.

He said that the present government and President Asif Ali Zardari had shown no resistance to the US pertaining to the drone attacks. He said “America is not God, Allah is God.”

Imran Khan said that he could see the commitment of the youngsters of this country. They came all the way to Tank and were ready to go to Waziristan, he added.

The PTI chief said that people, including Sindhis, Punjabis, Muslims, Hindus and also foreigners, had gathered here together. He said that his party was a national party.

“When these youngsters can go to Waziristan, wait until they march to Islamabad,” Khan stated.

Speaking over the development of the tribal areas, Khan said “if PTI comes to power it would abolish the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) system from the tribal areas and would allocate budgets for education, health care and transform this place.”

He said that he wanted to end the speech here but a ‘Maulana’ (Maulana Fazlur Rehman) was stuck in his head. Some people in the crowd shouted ‘diesel… diesel”. Referring to Fazlur Rehman’s constituency in D.I. Khan, the PTI Chairman said “when we were young there were some people who neither played nor let anyone else played… If you don’t want to serve the people at least let us serve them.”

The PTI's convoy left D.I.Khan Sunday morning and was expected to reach Kotkai area of South Waziristan after travelling through Tank.

Thousands of supporters had turned out along the route to cheer on the convoy, which stretches about 15 kilometers including accompanying media.

Some of those packed into the vehicles waved flags for Khan's political group and chanted: "We want peace."

A large number of local and international media persons were accompanying the convoy. Musician and PTI member Salman Ahmed was also present in the convoy.

President of the PTI youth wing, philanthropist and pop singer Abrar-ul-Haq was also present at the occasion and while talking to the media, said that the people of Waziristan had suffered a lot at the hands of the drone attacks and that his party was showing solidarity with the victims.

The convoy entered Tank and was en route but was stopped near Manjhikhel checkpost on Tank Road. The participants of the march removed the containers on their own as the convoy proceeded ahead towards its destination.

Earlier, the administration had stopped the convoy near the Mehram Sultan area as well but then later allowed the convoy to march ahead.

The administration had taken stringent security measures and imposed curfew deploying a large number of policemen and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel in the area.

Earlier on Saturday, Tank district’s PTI chief Ayoub Bittini told Dawn that the administration was pressing his party to terminate the march at Manjhikhel.

The government had decided to provide security to the march until its stay in Tank. The administration has already placed containers there to block the marchers from proceeding ahead on the pretext of inability to provide security any further.

But PTI Chief Imran Khan was adamant that the march would reach its destination at for Kotkai, South Waziristan.

The political administration of South Waziristan banned all political activity in the agency whereas the PTI chief had also said that confrontation would be avoided.

Earlier on Saturday, when the convoy reached D.I. Khan, for an overnight stay, which lies on the border of the province with the tribal region of South Waziristan, several hundred locals gathered to cheer on the cricketer-turned-politician.

The PTI chairman earlier on Sunday urged activists to remain peaceful and to eschew confrontation with the authorities.

“We are already successful in our mission,” he told the crowd. “Your voice has reached the world over.”

Medea Benjamin, leader of a delegation from the US peace group CodePink, apologised for the drone attacks, saying: “We are so grateful that you understand there are Americans in solidarity with you and against our government policy.”

However, the US peace campaigners left the convoy before it reached Tank with their spokeswoman saying they felt they had achieved their goals.

There were some 15,000 people in the streets of Tank to greet Khan.

Clive Stafford Smith, the British head of the legal lobby group Reprieve, said that whether or not the group reached its intended destination was irrelevant.

“It's already a wonderful success,” he told reporters. “It doesn't matter what happens from here on. We've generated a huge amount of publicity not just in Pakistan but across the world.”

Militants have killed thousands of people in Pakistan since 2007, and US officials say the drone strikes are a key weapon in the war on terror.

Dawn.com’s Sajjad Haider, who is travelling with the march, contributed to reporting.

Comments (117) Closed

Oct 07, 2012 09:35am
Oct 07, 2012 09:35am
I absolutely agree with you. I feel the Dawn newspaper is biased towards PTI. I have not read one article in favour of Imran. But people are not daft.
Oct 07, 2012 07:13pm
In my opinion, if it was a political stunt, i would still support it because international media is covering it and at least it is showing a little bit something to the world that we are peace loving people, we are attacked but still we help in the fight against terrorism.
Oct 07, 2012 07:01pm
This time we don't have to vote on the basis of religion vote on the basis of Economic growth otherwise we are brave nation will be in History also need to control population. Care for our child and kids
Oct 08, 2012 10:47am
Aren't u an observer? so observe, by passing judgement on my comment which seems to be a favorite pastime of the nation...I am not surprised!...don't like my comment or opinion, fine but don't start blabbering... That's y I mentioned when our Lord through Gabriel asked our prophet to "READ, READ... he meant get some intellectual power which our nation and muslims suffer greatly from, reason with others, respect other people's opinion, move on and so forth!!
Rana Usman
Oct 07, 2012 07:43pm
Dawn! always a sign of quality! Well reported.
Oct 07, 2012 09:29am
I cant think of a brave, honest and competent leader than Imran Khan in the Muslim world at the moment. We are in UK but our thoughts are with you Imran, your team and our brothers and sisters in Pakistan. Your determination and perseverance will pay off inshah allah. We are praying that the peace march ends peacefully. May Allah be with you Imran
A Khan
Oct 07, 2012 09:28am
Peace Peace Peace peace, every and any way! war at the cost of ordinary people, women and children must not be accepted. Pakistani people have suffered enough at the hands of thugs. NO MORE. Allah bless you all marching for Peace towards Waziristan.
Ashraf Bugti
Oct 07, 2012 09:28am
Go Zardari and Sharif and here comes the PTI and Imran Khan in next election inshallah. He can solve the corruption, load shedding, balouch, karachi and drones..
Ashraf Bugti
Oct 07, 2012 09:25am
Imran Khan the next PM of Pak zindabad and May allah remove the corrupt Zardair and its partners. Ameen
Ahmed (Doha)
Oct 08, 2012 04:41am
At least someone has caliber, credibility and vision... Good show Imran Khan you are creating momentum
Oct 08, 2012 01:53am
Moreover he never condemns suicides attacks in Peshawar, Mardan, Dir that has killed thousands of Pakhtuns in the past 5 years....
Oct 08, 2012 12:55am
The key to attaining peace in FATA is to win the hearts and minds of the majority of the local population without showing support or animosity for TTP and Al Qieda. I think Imran Khan has already done that to a large extent. After he becomes the Prime Minister, I am sure he would have a lot more tools at his disposal for bringing peace to not only this area but to Baluchistan as well. Imran Khan is a shining light at the end of a very dark tunnel. May Allah grant him health and a long life. Ameen.
Amjad Rana Lahore
Oct 07, 2012 11:27am
If imran reaches his destination successfully, there is no doubt that he will win the masses heart and in this coming election may get positive response. But rulers don't want him getting publicity because they know the masses are fed up due to financial crisis and want to change the old political order.
Hasnain Haque
Oct 07, 2012 05:55pm
George wearing different clothes does not make IK a traitor and drone attacks do kill hundreds of civilians. It is not the fault of IK that puppet governments are set up, this is exactly what he is trying to change.
Oct 07, 2012 12:59pm
Asad: you think GHQ is the place to conduct a rally??? I feel pitty on the way you think. You give vote to your Bhuttos and so called Sharif's.........
iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Oct 07, 2012 12:59pm
Imran shows the mirror to all. Without favoring Imran or opposing others it is obvious that Imran is leading the rally to highlight that drone attacks be stopped because none but innocent Pakistanis are being killed in Pakistan. I ask all those who oppose Imran to tell me what else be done to stop drone attacks? What Zardari could do about drone attacks and that too while occupying the throne? What Mian Nawaz Sharif has done to stop drone attacks? Be honest and must have courage to say things in black and white. Long live Imran Khan, you have done what none had even thought of. I am not alone but each and every Pakistani joins me in praying for your long life.
Oct 07, 2012 06:44pm
Yeah.. really?? In your alias I can see you are writing from the states. What have you lately done to quell the issues in Pakistan besides pontificating on the wrong side of the issue here? I suspect, NOTHING!!!! What an utter shame people like you are.
Oct 07, 2012 12:55pm
It makes more sense to demonstrate against foreign invaders. The internal issues have to be dealt politically by the ruling government if they are competent enough. Are they?
shahzad khan
Oct 07, 2012 05:58pm
history is being written in all ways, good and bad, Near future will decide if this march was a a success. when people like maulana fazl ur rahman are saying stuff to demoralise people we feel ashamed by joining the march which still doesnt stop me from joining as i know that beard will not make you a rightious person(let alone leader), as i say history cannot be destroyed anymore, so what we say shows the side we are on. and we will have to pay for what side we were with very very soon people. god bless his sword the great pakistan. Amen
Oct 07, 2012 06:06pm
if someone bomb your mum n dad... and your sister.. even if your new born daughter and called it a mistake or a collateral damage. And you'll get sorry in the end. Let me know how would you think about it. Your first reply would be... what I have done? and the second thought would be.. how can i do something to stop it.. if you don't get any of these two answers.. you'll go for kill for kill... and hence you'll be 'no-human' as you said. Your life and their life is equally important and you do not have a right to call someone a 'no human'. If you do have some respect of your mum or dad or any of your guardian better pay respect or tribute who lost their lives.
Oct 07, 2012 07:19am
To the Goernment-listen to the cries of the innocent victims of drone attacks-LET THE MARCH PROCEED. It is for Pakistan's good-do not play party politics with human lives. We are praying for the success and well being of the march.
Oct 07, 2012 06:52pm
lets say even if they are terrorists, and they were made terrorists, the only way to wipe them out is to bombard them with drone strikes?? cant there be a peaceful dialogue to bring end to this blood shed that has lasted for 12 years??i am sure they are willing for some peaceful end to this as well. Imran khan, i salute you for taking your life at risk and looking for peaceful measures, we have hopes in you and may Allah help you and protect you in this cause. and an honor goes to the 30 americans as well, knowing that how risky it has become to live in a country like Pakistan, who take lives/loot around when a blasphemous film is leaked out.
Oct 07, 2012 06:09pm
I m surprised over the wisdom of Ms Shahida.What does that make difference?The results have been effectively achieved by means of disseminating the core issue among concerned quarters.I don't think the opposers r left with logical grounds to stand with.We respect your view anyway.
Sami Khan
Oct 07, 2012 06:08pm
Disagree with Imran's assessment of the situation, his failure to criticise the Taliban who have killed more innocents than the drones and his appeasement of the unappeasable. Yet hats off to him for taking Pakistani politics (and media) off the beaten track of the GT Road or Karachi (mostly Islamabad and its intrigues). Tank, DI Khan and Waziristan came into focuses as places inhabited by real people, all Pakistanis. More politicians need to understand that Pakistan extends beyond the main cities on the GT Road.
Oct 07, 2012 12:48pm
Observed well, u right about the nos..its only 100,000. Observe the comment better, be a better human first as stated Observe and read between the lines, statement about our Lord and Gabriel
Umar Khan
Oct 07, 2012 08:02am
We are with you, in Pakistan or outside! GO AHEAD! May Allah be with you!
Oct 07, 2012 02:40pm
George, you need to correct your facts. Most of the drone strike victims are innocent civilians and drone strikes are creating more terrorism and extremism. Please refer to the latest report published by Stanford Law School with the title "Living under drones"
Oct 07, 2012 11:25am
I remember it was in London, where more than 100,000,000 people gathered to protest against the war in Iraq. They were not only Muslims but non Muslims too in sheer abundance. So enough of those Pakistanis who keep criticizing the Khan, be a human first and then follow the religion you desire. That is what the Khan is saying and I support him, people who have other claims against him please look at what you have had in the past (Leadership) and present (Leadership). That is why the first words ordered by Gabriel to our prophet was 'Read, read....
Oct 07, 2012 11:09am
Agree 100 %. This is what leadership looks like, no hair transplants or Surrey mansions are needed. The last hope of Pakistan is Imran Khan. Everybody should support him and also join him to do something for our country. PTI is not a dynastic party. If someone thinks that he capable of doing anything for his country than he should join PTI. We must send back Sharifs and Zardari to their blacksmith shop and Bambino cinema.
Asad Shah
Oct 07, 2012 11:43am
Its all drama. Why doesn't he protest against the army as they are the ones making decisions on the American front and even our foreign policy. This is just a political stunt to gain votes nothing else. If he was sincere he would've protested in front of the GHQ or even take the generals name in his speeches but I guess he can't. What a hypocrite he is I swear.
AKA Joly
Oct 07, 2012 06:55pm
Sarkar get you facts right, There are 8 times more Pakistani are dying per quarter in Karachi than in entire Pakistan in whole year. Are Taliban doing that. Stop blaming others for things which are built in you. Remove those first before putting finger on anyone else.
Oct 07, 2012 12:05pm
You remember London correctly but you have increased the number of people gathered by many times. As far as I know there was no count of how many Muslims the gathering had and how many non-Muslims. Why everything becomes about religion in Pakistan? Your bringing Gabriel into your argument is not relevant and also Gabriel was just conveying message of Allah, not giving any orders. Your quoting London protest is also irrelevant to the point you are trying to make. Sad.
Iftikhar Husain
Oct 07, 2012 11:07am
It is a good message to the hostile forces against Pakistan we are with you Mr. Khan.
Oct 07, 2012 12:30pm
Imran Khan's peace march would have been more credible, and admirable, if he had also protested the violence and extremism of the Taliban, who have butchered far, far more Pakistanis.
Shahid Masud
Oct 07, 2012 01:08pm
It was bound to happen, anybody with a litlle commonsense was sure that this Rally would never reach its final destination. This is why I say that it was a CHEAP POLITICAL STUNT performed by one of the POLITICAL JOKERS of Pakistan . I don't know when we the people of Pakistan are going to learn , because we are making the same mistake that we have been making since the birth of country.
Marcus Khaleeq
Oct 07, 2012 02:31pm
Now Imran should know that Talibans have sinister agenda. They have to be stopped. You should stop advocating for them. They are killers of innocent Pakistanis.
Hasnain Haque
Oct 07, 2012 05:50pm
Whatever your political affiliations, you have to admire Imran Khan. He has given up so much and endured so much pain for the betterment of Pakistan and it's people. I just hope that people have enough sense to see this and will give him a chance to prove things. I am astonished that the people of Pakistan keep voting for the same crooks who loot and plunder the country again and again and cannot see how the country has been destroyed by these people. The reason being is that these feudal lords want to keep the nation under their control and therefore do not allow them to educate themselves or progress further.
Munzir Naqvi
Oct 08, 2012 01:01am
The majority of the overseas Pakistani community, especially the young Pakistanis, have hope again in the future of Pakistan because of people like Imran Khan not giving up. We stand with Imran Khan for the future of Pakistan. The Youth has made the right choice in Imran Khan. He did what should be done. He is not the perfect leader, but he is the hope for the better future. We are proud of Imran Khan and all those who stand with him, especially the youth. It is okay to disagree with the Chairman. But give him credit where it is due, we are very proud of those that went and we stand with them too. Thank you Chairman for giving us hope again for the future of Pakistan. May Imran Khan become the Prime Minister of Pakistan and lead the country to new heights.
Oct 07, 2012 06:49pm
Well done PTI and Imran!!!
Oct 07, 2012 12:06pm
Oct 08, 2012 02:22am
really marvellous step by imran khan...............youth come on.............. wake up....... and vote for change..............ek chance tu bnta hy boss..............plz vote to imran khan...............he will definatelly do something for pakistan............... INSHA-ALLAH................good luck imran khan sir!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 07, 2012 09:25pm
Its al drama and Imran is Pro Taliban as these are the Talibam who killed thousands of Shias all over the country and specially poor Hazara Shias. He never said a single word aganst Taliban the kllers of innocent of innocent Pakistanis
S Hassan
Oct 07, 2012 03:15pm
Sometimes nothing happens for the decades. However very rarely decades happen in a few weeks. Good luck to the Pakistan.
Kay Kay
Oct 07, 2012 07:48am
Media is reporting 25-30 Kms long caravan & Dawn is reporting just "Over a thousand" people? Get Real...
Oct 07, 2012 10:14pm
You know what? I am sick of this North, South Waziristan. You guys are not getting the point. The point was to lodge your protest in such a way that people realise it and talk about it. The world media is talking about it. Just for once in your life BE POSITIVE and THINK POSITIVE. I dare other politicians to just go to Tank.
Nasser Ali Khan
Oct 07, 2012 10:32pm
A very positive display by Imran Khan; good luck to him and Pakistan Inshallah!
Oct 07, 2012 12:10pm
Thank you PTI. Drone attacks stopped in one day. Similarly, corruption will also be rooted out in 25 days. Economic problems will become history in 45 days. Good days are so close.
Tariq K Sami
Oct 07, 2012 03:02pm
If not Imran than who else?
Oct 07, 2012 07:10am
Imran Khan: All Pak-Americans the new generation born in US are with you.......proceed with your march for peace
Oct 07, 2012 09:56pm
what are u doi'n about it ! suppose u are not sweltering in the heat.
Oct 08, 2012 04:03am
Imran Khan and PTI needs to be congratulated for highlighting the issue of drone attacks at International level.Never before there was so much coverage in International electronic and print media.Some people who are in denial phase will continue to raise questions about IK honest leadership.But IK and PTI should know that public is with you especially the youth.
Oct 07, 2012 08:54am
YA Allah we are about to make a U-Turn on the dark days of our history . Please help us to make this leadership successful and save Pakistan dignity and sovereignty . Imran Khan all the way . Am really inspired and hopeful that Pakistan will see inshallah better days.
Oct 07, 2012 01:26pm
What a buffoon. I like how IK wears western clothes in Islamabad and Talib headdress when he is near Wazirisatn. I am not sure that will keep them from chopping his head off. And, to answer his question; the targets of drone strikes are no human, they are terrorists or collaborators at best. If they were civilians, they would not allow the Taliban and al Qaeda to reign there. It makes no sense that Pakistanis denounce drone strikes as foreign incursions when you have foreigners setting up puppet states on you "sovereign" territory. If you establish the rule of law in FATA, there would be no drone strikes.
Oct 07, 2012 01:27pm
So right imran, as for mr observer, i'd just say much confusion is caused by people who try to steal the show by just saying something different, regardless of what sense it makes. Imran was referring to the stress laid by Gabriel on understanding things minutely (reading).
Oct 08, 2012 03:37am
My leader imran khan has done it again .well done keep it up .
A Karim
Oct 08, 2012 03:32am
IK is unmatched and courageous leader! ...It takes sheer courage when you travel to such a dangerous place like SWA and Tank where everyone openly carry arms. Anyone could have come up to take a pot shot at him with the mentality of so called talibans. That is the difference between true leader 'of the people' and others like Zardaris. Sharifs and Maulanas of the country. Those who hide behind multiple bullet proof screens in their castles to talk to masses and the one who stand with them. God bless you IK...May you live long to build your and your nation's dream!
Oct 07, 2012 11:17pm
I find IK as patriot. The only problem I have with him is that he has no plan to get Pakistan out of the political, social, and economic mess of current and past rulers. He has not once said that QURAN would be constitution of Pakistan and supreme law not 1973 constitution. Even if he declares QURAN as constitution then how he plans to implement.Pakistan was made on pre-text that we will establish a true islamic state based on Quran and Prophet Muhammad (SWA) Sunnah. There is no other solution to our problems.
Rahman Hasan
Oct 07, 2012 11:01pm
What evidence has pakistan provided that they can take care of militants in Waziristan?
Oct 07, 2012 08:47am
Well done PTI for showing the courage and determination to highlight the plight of innocent Pakistanis being killed by drone attacks.
Oct 07, 2012 08:27am
What a great spirit and heroic leadership! May Allah be your protector and guardian and save you and your fellow marchers from any harm..all the best
Oct 07, 2012 10:41pm
Excellent article I see here picture of Imran Khan with Pagree (Turban) for the first time. Does it mean Imran Khan with Pagree is a better person than the Imran Khan without Pagree? I doubt because the heart and brain within Imran Khan with or without Pagree is the same.
Oct 07, 2012 02:57pm
Is this a correct forum to express your political opinion about TI, Mr. George? Imran Khan does not need your endorsement from a buffoon like you either to stand against a wrong thing and that is killing innocent civilian. Vent your paid political views in some other forum.
Oct 07, 2012 08:18am
Salute to our guests from US and Canada who are here to join the historical march against the Drone attacks.
Oct 08, 2012 08:39am
Funny...Why would they be relieved by getting stopped? If they wanted the rally would not have taken place at all! The objective was to draw world attention towards the inhuman killing...And the objective has been achieved...
Oct 08, 2012 05:16am
I wish IK good luck! At least he tries, and does it sincerely. He is not a hypocrit and many of the other so-called political leaders and moulanas
Shahid Masud
Oct 07, 2012 01:54pm
Dear Nash You are right the nations change and this change can only happen when everyone in the nation changes himself . But in this case the only CHANGE that's going to take place is that IMRAN KHAN is going to change,( the changes in his personality are already evident from the changes in his policies). May God help us to wakeup from the dreamworld that we are living in.
Javed Anver
Oct 07, 2012 04:27pm
Imran khan did not enter Waziristan BUT this issue of drone attack on innocent civilian is on international media both print and television. Imran Khan you succeeded even you were not allowed to enter Waziristan.
Oct 07, 2012 01:06pm
An election soap opera of melodramatic expectations. Looks like the rally was relieved it was stopped at Tank -- especially after Imran's 'friends' refused to provide security detail.
M Khan
Oct 07, 2012 01:46pm
ALL hypocrites who are commenting from the safety and comfort of their homes and foreign countries, that this was a drama and ALL 'politicians' saying the same, I would dare them, and Khawaja Asif, and Chaudhry Nisar, or anyone of their likes, even Fazal ur Rehman, to hold a rally even in TANK. And the rally did enter Waziristan but was not allowed to proceed to Kotkai by Pak army. Do note that... Imran Khan is a brave man indeed, and we will vote for him inShAllah.
Oct 07, 2012 03:37pm
Imran is a good man, he will bring peace to the region. He knows what he is doing. Good luck Imran.
Oct 07, 2012 08:50am
This is the voice of pakistani peoples
Arshad Ali
Oct 07, 2012 01:35pm
you re referrign to the "effect" ignoring the "causes" which is what imran khan raising his voice against...
Oct 07, 2012 04:44pm
I concur, Mr. Adams!
Oct 07, 2012 01:35pm
The only response to your sad comment is: ungoor khatay hain. First our "friends" poo pooed him for trying, then they hoped that it will fizzle out, then they spread "Taleban leaflets" to spread fear, then they sent a caravan of cars heading the other way to block the caravan, then they put containers in the road to block the road, then they actually dug up the road, then they sent in th FC, and finally the Army. Imran went through all these hurdles like a knife goes through the butter but being a true peace lover and a patriot Pakistani, did not pick a fight with the army. And now, they have leashed their armies of hate mongers with visceral hatred of everything Imran to start flooding the social, print and electronic media with vitriol only thinly disguised as comments--Cyril Almeida's article in Dawn is a true reflection of this pathetic, hate that's printed in supposedly one of the "best" English newspaper in our country.
Oct 07, 2012 01:19pm
If the rally can bring Hakeemullah in chains to Islmaabad -- the rally will be called a success -- otherwise it is mere theatrics.
Ali Shallwani
Oct 07, 2012 04:44pm
Finally, someone has genuine interest in the country and it's people. Imran Khan is not there for personal gain. He is the man, sent from Heavens to uplift Pakistan. I hope and pray the people of Pakistan will not let this go to waste and give this man a chance. I wish we have a "Pakistan Autumn" - like the "Arab Spring" and topple the present government and let Imran Khan take over the leadership. He definitely cannot do any worse, but there is definitely lots of potential for him to do good. God bless Pakistan!
Shah Farman
Oct 07, 2012 01:44pm
The drones are in news all over the world and PTI has raised this important issue globally. It shows how much anger and frustration is there with these ruthless machines. Kudos to PTI to show solidarity with people of Waziristan who have suffered directly and all country in general.
Oct 08, 2012 05:23am
great vision.... IK is the only political figure of pakistan, who can discuss drone attacks on table with the globe.
Oct 07, 2012 01:22pm
Looking at the ratings against each of the below comments confirms my belief that we are "generally" (by no means all) hero worshippers. Almighty help our nation in such a scenario!!!!
Shahida Khan
Oct 07, 2012 01:19pm
Drone attacks in North Waziristan and Mr. Khan goes to South Waziristan to protest? What an intelligent person! Old wine in not-so-new bottle by Mr. Khan.
Hasnain Haque
Oct 07, 2012 09:10pm
Mr MJ Khan, I wholeheartedly agree with you but unfortunately the majority in Pakistan are illiterate and dependent on feudal lords who control their lives. It is very unfortunate that people in Pakistan cannot see good from bad, if only they could then they may have a credible leader who could put Pakistan on a road to recovery otherwise the country is heading for a disaster.
Oct 07, 2012 07:41am
Long-live IK! The entire nation is behind you! Long live PTI!
M. Asghar
Oct 07, 2012 09:19am
Facing the dangers is the only way to reach reach destiny of good for the country. Now, is the moment!
Oct 07, 2012 11:00am
MJ Khan
Oct 07, 2012 11:01am
Look at our leadership of Zardari, Gilani and Raja Rental. In the past 4 years, none of them including the provincial leadership took a Helicopter ride over Waziristan. They are so scared to even fly over Swat and look at the determination of this one man, a true leader, wants to do some thing for this country. He has proved it again and again from the World Cup to Shoukat Khanam to Peace March. We salute you Imran Khan and we are with you. People want an end to this war which unfortunately is fought by our Army for the Americans. You will take over as PM in next elections. People are tired of these crocked politicians whose sole objective is wealth and London as their final destination.
Oct 07, 2012 06:23pm
Long live IK! The entire nation is behind you!
Oct 07, 2012 06:23pm
Man of honour
Oct 07, 2012 12:39pm
I guess this is the best Imran could offer. I hope those who are critical of his motives or achievements can come up with some thing better.
Oct 07, 2012 12:02pm
Nations are changed when everyone in the nation changes itself but there always is one person who is behind that change who is called a LEADER. Imran Khan is that leader who will change Pakistan.
AR Rahman
Oct 07, 2012 01:15pm
Freedom of speech, you see how valuable it is! May it be Imran or Rushdie, you must let all speak. And in this respect a part of Pakistanis is so uncivilized. Pakistan's fundamental problems are lack of education and laziness. Everyone wants money and power overnight. Politicians believe that Pakistan will be most powerful overnight and people believe that they will have money and luxury overnight.
Nadeem Shah
Oct 09, 2012 06:38am
Maulana, PPP and PML N and ANP, all upset at IK for stealing the show, for doing what they should have done, but they are politically immature or they would have joined their ships with his ships. They could have at least supported his noble cause, no matter what the niyat, we are not able to see in anyone's heart and see niyat, as Muslims we have to believe in fellow Muslims. Instead of criticising Imran, you people should criticize those who did nothing, you are saying he did little and did not go to NW, is he worse than those who did not even try to go at all? Use your brains people, learn to know the difference between politicians who just talk and those who act.
Tajamul Adil
Oct 07, 2012 09:10am
Ameen :)
Oct 07, 2012 07:16pm
and yes, what is the concept of wentern clothes and talib headdress ? my dear, are you not aware of the fact that over time in the world different cultures evolved and people wear different dresses in different areas. I don't support IK but my dear open up your mind. you should consider the brain and the person rather then his dress.
Oct 07, 2012 07:15pm
Oh, you again!!! Arm chair bravado knows no bounds. Maybe if IK only had you to lead him, he would made it all the way to Wanna and S. Warizistan. Wondering if you have ever been there? Maybe a little help might be in order. Stop looking for it next to Delaware or Houston or New Jersey. Flip the globe over, its on the other side.
Oct 08, 2012 12:32am
The true Son of the nation Imran khan........
Oct 07, 2012 07:21pm
And he has. Expend as much energy in searching the good on IK as you expend on lambasting him and maybe you will get an answer to your question.
Ammad Khan Tarakai
Oct 07, 2012 10:54am
The youth of Pakistan are with you, great khan. we all will come out in the coming elections to vote for PTI with out looking to what ever the person is selected by PTI for election. As we don't vote for personalities rather the youth will vote for the NAZRIA of PTI. Allah bless Imran Khan and awake our elders (The RAWAYATEE voters).
Oct 07, 2012 10:38am
Why, oh why,the Administration is putting hurdles in the way of a peaceful march? Is that area a part of Pakistan or not? Are the people of Pakistan have the freedom of the territories of Pakistan or not? There are no protective jackets worn by the leaders of the march, the administration can not provide any assurance of safety for the people living in the major cities of Pakistan, why don't they employ these officers to ensure protection of the citizens there instead of using them to protect those who want to go to Waziristan?
Brian Adams
Oct 07, 2012 10:33am
Your courage inspires us across the world to challenge our own government's policies. Wishing you safe journey. Pakistan needs leaders like you. Let me correct myself. The world needs leaders like you. Best Wishes.
Oct 07, 2012 10:05am
The last hope of Pakistan is Imran Khan. Everybody should support him and also join him to do something for our country. PTI is not family party if someone thinks that he capable of doing anything for his country than he should join PTI. Pakistan is our country and we should treat it as our own house. Would anybody will accept and drone attack on his house or land?
Oct 07, 2012 10:33am
Great Courage by the leader. We all love you and wish you best of luck. Please don't let our expectation down once you come in rule.
Neer Nayan
Oct 07, 2012 08:07pm
This good man is in dire need of a good Murshid, who can guide him to a clear spiritual vision, of himself and of the demands of the turbulent times he belongs to! Blessings be upon all!
Oct 07, 2012 03:55pm
Mr. Rahman I don't know what you do, and who you are, but you don't know Pakistanis. When is the last time you did something to make a difference in someone's life? You don't know what it takes to get out in morning & toil from dawn to dusk just to put food on the table for the family. This is the problem people want to see what they want to see, and past judgement
Oct 07, 2012 02:27pm
A fabulous moment for as a Pakistan in overseasse when PTI took a peace march with thousand of supporter along with national international media you done it and proof it once again PTI is the only Party in Pakistan which can bring change in Pakistan...
Oct 07, 2012 10:30am
There are just a few hundred people, not the entire nation.
Oct 07, 2012 03:34pm
@George : That is EXACTLY the same argument that Al-Qaeda have for their attacks!!! Please open your mind and look at the bigger picture, don't fall for the propaganda of Fox (AKA Rupert Murdoch) and the propaganda of Al-Qaeda. Live and Let Live and peace for everyone not just those living in the west.
Oct 07, 2012 08:20pm
people like you are the real enemies of this nation. Now u still want ppp and pml in power dont u?
Oct 07, 2012 10:49am
Long live IK!! The entire nation is behind IK and PTI!
Oct 07, 2012 10:15am
I am not a member of the PTI but I am moved by the courage and sincerity of Imran Khan. Look at this guy he is putting his neck on the chopping block. What else do we need from our leadership. We do not need rocket scientists to be our leaders; hat we need is sincerity and determination which this man has in abundance. God bless you Imran.
Oct 07, 2012 10:14am
Nawaz Sharif and President Zardari take note. This is what leadership looks like, no hair transplants or Surrey mansions are needed,
Oct 07, 2012 03:52pm
Likhay Musa parrhay Khuda. Imran made a senseless comment and Awais understood it. I salute Pakistani youth.
Oct 07, 2012 06:53pm
Attempted Pagri Drama
Gerry D'Cunha
Oct 07, 2012 12:11pm
Asad: all these politicians are playing with the innocent people's jasbat to get into power - what has the bhuttos and shareefs given these poor people? pain;sufferings;hunger;homeless etc - shame on them
Oct 07, 2012 01:17pm
All the below comments exude nothing but a disgusting feeling of hero worship. In this country where cricket is considered as a second religion, let us stop this disgusting hypocrisy for political motives and let us display more sanity and farsightedness in our approach.
Asif Bhatti
Oct 07, 2012 01:09pm
and he is not a hypocrite your beloved politicians are.
Mohammad Arif
Oct 07, 2012 12:28pm
Imran Khan is great and Insha Allah he will be counted as one of the greatest Islamic leaders of all times. Insha Allah he will change Pakistan.