PTI Chief Imran Khan. — File Photo

KARACHI: Secretary General of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) Arif Alvi has said his party will welcome the long march of Dr Tahirul Qadri if it brings about electoral reforms within the constitutional parameters but without delaying the elections. However, Dr Qadri’s suggestions for electoral reforms are vague.

Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Friday, Mr Alvi said his party opposed the present system but not the Constitution. The Constitution would help in replacing the obsolete system through elections.

He made it abundantly clear that the PTI would not participate in the planned long march.

People were frustrated and wanted to replace the present rulers with those who could deliver. That was why they were turning up at public meetings of various political parties in large numbers, he said.

He said the PTI too was striving for electoral reforms since the last two years and a petition in this regard was pending in the Supreme Court.

Earlier, the party’s social media team said the PTI was committed to bringing about positive and constructive changes in the country. They called upon the supporters to strictly adhere to party’s core values of justice, humanity and self-esteem.

The social media team included Imran Ghazali, Arsalan Ghumman and Asad Omar.

Announcing a code of conduct, they said it was in the interest of people to have an open and independent media which could transparently question decisions and functioning of the government and political parties.

They asked the supporters to show respect to media personnel and counter their arguments with dignity and respect instead of attacking or abusing them.

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Shahid Masud 12
January 6, 2013 9:56 am
Dear Khuram, what change people of Pakistan can expect from Tahirulquadary when he has aligned himself with MQM AND PML Q.
Nasah (USA)
January 5, 2013 2:34 am
The maturing process for Imran Khan has started -- great statement to refuse riding the band wagon of opportunism.
Faiza G R Bhatt
January 5, 2013 2:57 am
good analysis by Dr. Arif Alvi. the request to his supporters makes sense and reflects on party's honesty in whatever it does.
Abdullah Hussain
January 5, 2013 3:52 am
Words & action are two different things. Dr, Tahirul Qadri is talking action & not words alone, others should follow. Dr. Qadri has never demanded delay in elections or action against the constitution all he is asking for is concrete steps to hold truly free & truly fair elections that are not possible without strict measures under the constitution of Pakistan. A referendum to this effect should be held to ascertain the will of the peoples.
Shahid Masud 12
January 5, 2013 4:17 am
Are foreigners allowed to hold public meetings in Pakistan, if not then what are the reasons Mr, Quadery is allowed to do so.
An Observer
January 5, 2013 4:32 am
I believe its a good decsion. With PML (Q) & MQM supporting Dr. Qadri, I fully doubt his intentions now.
January 5, 2013 5:34 am
I am the Boss....cannot work under!!!
Keen Observer
January 5, 2013 6:21 am
wise decision in my view by PTI.
January 5, 2013 6:32 am
I don't know why, but here I would like to support the decision of PTI for keeping their vision clear for fair electoral process in the country.
Muhammad Farooq
January 5, 2013 6:54 am
As usual Imran Khan is indecisive and cannot appreciate the value of unity. One cannot sail in two boats at a time. And Mr Khan has not given any cogent reason (to the public) for not joining hands with those who oppose the current rotten system that only changes form but the substance remains the same - same substance that churns out so called people's representatives who keep exploiting the poor and the downtrodden and making their social and economic conditions from bad to worse year after year. It is a national tragedy that those who claim to lead the nation are mired by their myopic vision.
January 5, 2013 7:02 am
First good thing to come from PTI. Keep it up PTI.
M. Asghar
January 5, 2013 8:59 am
If the PTI want to gain the coming elections, they have to win the votes of the majority in countryside.
israr -saudi arabia
January 5, 2013 9:33 am
dear khan you are right....when MQM and PML Q want to join Qadri...then they already the part of government...we dont want to share with these courupt mafia.. VERY GOOD DECISION...KHAN BHAI
January 5, 2013 10:05 am
Extremely dissapointed with this decison. I really thought we could have change and PTI would support this. I think PTI has buckled under pressure and it can talk the talk but not walk the walk. I think PTI would have really benefitted from this as it would have done away with a lot of the winning horses and the common person had a chance to come into the assembly. I think if somebody has said something good let us support it and not have an attitude of because we did not suggest it we will not support it. We have aligned ourself with the status quo and in the status quo apart from a few winning horses PTI has guaranteed it will not win more than 15-20 seat.
Nasah (USA)
January 5, 2013 11:38 am
Good point!
January 6, 2013 9:12 am
Good decision by Imran Khan. One should never associate themselves with MQM.
January 6, 2013 6:25 pm
lets see what happens on the 14th of Jan. Mixing religion with politics and that is the main reason why we are in this mess in the first place.
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