Supporters of former cricketer and chairman of PTI, Imran Khan, gather during a public meeting in Lahore on March 23, 2013. – AFP Photo

LAHORE: Pakistani cricket legend-turned politician Imran Khan Saturday, speaking to tens and thousands of party supporters, vowed to be truthful and loyal with them even after assuming powers in run up to the historic national election later this spring before heavy rain interrupted his speech.

The 60-year-old Khan is shaping up to be the biggest wildcard in the May 11 parliamentary election – the first transition between democratically elected governments in a country that has experienced three military coups.

“I only care for you Pakistanis and that’s why I am in politics. Come join my hands to build a new Pakistan,” he said speaking at the much anticipated March 23 rally near the country's towering national monument, the Minar-i-Pakistan.

On electoral alliance, he ruled out any potential agreement with any ‘status quo’ parties giving references to Nawaz Sharif and Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Khan made six promises to the party supporters that he will always speak truth “if God willing we assume power in the country.”

He promised to fight to end oppression from the country. “I will remain in the country and will keep all my wealth in country also,” stated Khan while making third promise.

“I will establish supremacy of law, I will not have property or bank accounts abroad,” he said, alluding to accusations of corruption against politicians in Pakistan. An investigation showed last year that two thirds of lawmakers do not file tax returns.

“It is my promise to you that I will not misuse power or indulge in nepotism and I will protect Pakistani taxpayers' money,” he said.

As his fifth promise, the PTI chief said that he will protect taxpayers' money and will make sure that it is not spent on governor and CM houses. “We will break walls of these palaces after assuming power and will build libraries and schools instead,” he added.

“We will stand with overseas Pakistanis and will protect their rights,” Khan made his sixth promise.

But heavy rain accompanied by strong winds forced Khan to cut short his speech, with the public address system failing before he could unveil his party's manifesto.

“People left and the meeting is over,” senior police officer Rai Tahir told AFP.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi, a former foreign minister who defected to PTI, said the manifesto would be formally announced at a press conference "over the next few days."

“Imran Khan put up a good show,” analyst Najam Sethi told a private television channel, adding it was a sizeable crowd but not as large as Khan had promised.

“He has entered the quarter finals. But he will have to struggle hard to bowl out (main opposition leader) Nawaz Sharif who is heading towards his century,” Sethi said.

After over a decade of trying to gain a foothold in Pakistani politics, he has finally elbowed his way into the big league. Casting himself as a populist anti-corruption crusader challenging the traditional political elites, he is seen as a threat to the two parties that have long dominated elections.

Khan has almost mythical status in cricket-crazy Pakistan as the captain of the national team that won the 1992 World Cup – the only time the country has claimed the sport's highest prize – and polls as the nation's most popular politician by a wide margin. But it's uncertain how effective he will be in converting his personal appeal into votes for his party.

Much of Khan's support has come from young, middle class Pakistanis in the country's major cities, a potentially influential group. Almost half of Pakistan's more than 80 million registered voters are under the age of 35, but the key question is whether Khan can get his young supporters to show up at the polling booth on election day.

''This is going to swing the election,'' Khan told The Associated Press in an interview before the rally. ''The youth is standing with us and change.''

Khan, one of the few Pakistani politicians with a squeaky-clean image, broke into the political mainstream in the last 18 months with a message that capitalizes on widespread discontent with the country's traditional politicians. They are seen as more interested in lining their pockets than dealing with pressing problems facing Pakistan, such as stuttering economic growth, pervasive energy shortages and deadly attacks by Islamist militants.

On foreign policy, he has also struck a chord by criticizing Pakistan's unpopular alliance with the United States and controversial American drone attacks targeting al-Qaida and Taliban militants in the country's tribal region that borders Afghanistan.

His message has helped him rally huge crowds in Pakistan's major cities, including more than 100,000 people who showed up Saturday in the heart of Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's most populous province, Punjab. The province will be the main battleground in determining which party wins enough seats in the National Assembly to form the country's next government.

''We want to clean up corruption. We want justice. We want electricity, and only Imran Khan can do it,'' said Mohammed Wasim, a 21-year-old student from Lahore and one of many first-time voters attending the rally.

Many of the people at the rally were middle class youths like Wasim who danced to blaring music over loudspeakers and waved the red, white and green flag of Khan's party, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), or the Movement for Justice. But plenty of older Pakistanis, some of whom had switched from other parties out of frustration, also turned up.

Khan hopes the momentum from the rally will push forward what he calls his political ''tsunami'' and help his party win a majority of the 272 National Assembly seats that are up for election. That would allow Khan to form the next government and position him to become prime minister.

He is up against the two groups that have for decades dominated the country's politics, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which led the most recent government, and the main opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Both have broad alliances with local leaders who use political patronage, such as government jobs and contracts, to shore up support.

''The reason why we are in politics is to break the stranglehold of these two parties who have plundered this country,'' Khan told the AP.

Many analysts are less bullish and believe the PTI will win 20-40 seats, many of them in urban areas of Punjab. Many predict the PML-N, which is led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, will benefit from broad discontent and lead the polls, while the PTI will come in third behind the recently ruling PPP. The conventional wisdom is that no party will win a majority of the seats, and the PML-N will end up having to put together a weak coalition government.

''I think third place is the safest bet for Khan's party, but if he could gain second, which is not impossible, it would be a big political revolution for the country,'' said Rasul Baksh Rais, a political science professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences – AP/AFP/DawnNews


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Comments (94) Closed




Qamar
Mar 23, 2013 03:22pm
May Allah give you the victory to change Pakistan for the better.
Falcon
Mar 23, 2013 03:22pm
Thanks for the detailed coverage. PTI is the voice of youth of this country.
Agha Ata (USA)
Mar 23, 2013 03:30pm
Some people do have very big crystal balls, but sometimes things turn up very different, like the size of the crowd that showed up in the last meeting of PTI at Minar- e- Pakistan despite the crystal ball holders predicted it very small. Did any crystal ball watcher see Imran Khan here where he is, 3-4 years ago?
Akbar
Mar 23, 2013 03:30pm
Once in a life time oppertunity for Pakistanis to Elect this Man.
Ayaz Samadani MD
Mar 23, 2013 03:33pm
Pakistan has failed in many fields over the past several decades. Other than law and justice Health has been ignored. PTI or the winning coalition must form a policy to provide safe environments for its population. Clean water, food and air is a must.
Nein
Mar 23, 2013 03:41pm
People were motivated. Good luck for elections.
rohan
Mar 23, 2013 03:44pm
What is the hight of tsunami waves ? that matters.......
Asif
Mar 23, 2013 03:48pm
PTI is the only party which can bring right & desired change, I request Pakistanis herewith to extend full support in its favor to remake Pakistan!
Michael Malcolm
Mar 23, 2013 03:57pm
Well done Imran, well done. The Rally was not just a huge gathering, it showed the solidarity, and determination of not only Imran but the crowd that was there, wind, rain and storm to deter them.It was a positive sign and this crowd will vote him to power.His message was loud and clear to the masses pledging truthful promises and taking one from them too. I wish him all the blessings and Inshallah GOD will direct him to lead the country.
Asim
Mar 23, 2013 04:15pm
I am amazed that you are still refering Imran to cricketer? Imran spent 16 years from groundup working very hard to become what he has become today. No other politician in pakistan has done that. He is well educated, sincere and proven leader with projects like Shoukat khanam and Namal universtiy. mind you he build these instition even when he was not elected government official . Name me one other person in pakistan who has build such an institution. All other politicians are corrupt. All these MNA's have stolen public fund money to build their bank Balance. As for those you still not seeing the reality by giving false impression that PTI will come third. You need to wake up and smell the Minar e Pakistan jalsa. No stopping now, Pakistanis have woken up to finish the corrupt leader and corruption in pakistan. No more family selected and elected leader. Decision will be made on merit regardless of your back ground. Insha ALLAH PTI will sweep the election and Imran khan will be the Next Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Hum sirf ALLAH ke samne jhukte hain . PTI is the only party to vote for in this election
Aziz Rakla
Mar 23, 2013 04:22pm
All six promises can lift Pakistan as a nation and Imran Khan's past is the proof, he will keep his promises and all promises are realistic and achieveable.
Ali
Mar 23, 2013 04:27pm
How come no count of the rally is provided? Also I see lack of coverage for Khan in major news papers. Musharaf and Qadri shows up more than Khan. Why Musharaf and Altaf repeated statements of coming to Pakistan and not coming to Pakistan has more value than Khan coverage? Media, please play a positive and unbiased role in teh development of the country. Please note we are not interested in Musharaf flight or Altaf imaginary flight to Pakistan for last 40 years. You can tell us when they board the plane and get to work and report real news.
SAEED KHAN
Mar 23, 2013 04:28pm
GOD SPEED TO IMRAN AND WE SHALL PRAY DAY AND NIGHT FOR HIS SUCCESS
fiaz
Mar 23, 2013 04:37pm
May Allah succeed the one who honest with pakistani people...
Hasnain Haque
Mar 23, 2013 04:48pm
The question is are people of Pakistan ready to break their shackles from these corrupt feudal lords and make personal sacrifices for the sake of the country. Realy democracy means no personal gains but prosperity for the country unfortunately Pakistanis have got used to making personal gains at a cost to others. However, I still believe that there is hope that Imran Khan can achieve something for this down trodden nation. The man has made so many personal sacrifices that he deserves a chance to do something for the whole nation.
M.Asghar
Mar 23, 2013 04:50pm
Now, is the time for the PTI to mobolise in the country side with the majority of the electorate in the face of ferocious feudal forces and explain pedgogically its programme in a few points and be vigilent about the manoeuvring of the other parties with voluminous but convoluted election programmes meant to confuse the electorate.
Adnan A
Mar 23, 2013 05:01pm
Awesome! All the best
Shahid
Mar 23, 2013 05:05pm
The six points are familiar rhetoric that most politicians make before election. If he really wants to change Pakistan, then make promise of structural changes: Federal income tax on agri income, education up to high school to all, clean water and sanitation, judicial reforms to expedite justice, more empowerment to local bodies, etc..
madcounselling
Mar 23, 2013 05:38pm
I want to say One and only thing to all Pakistanis. If you want to change pakistan's future (in a positive way off course) and put it on right path. VOTE IMRAN KHAN. if you want the world to remember Pakistan in good words and don't be seen as a failed state then please come forward and vote for IMRAN KHAN. By the way im not a PTI member. I just want my nation to come out of this curruption which has crippled our country's economic This diseased mentality which has governed our country and led it to that sitation where it is on the verge of collapse (even though that can be debatable whether it has already collapsed and needs to be revived??) This country which was made on the name of Allah needs a new face and that is IMRAN KHAN and his people. (wow i havn't said one thing!! Sorry)
patriot
Mar 23, 2013 05:42pm
sirf PTI hi aik naya pakistan bana sakti hai. status quo sirf pakistan ko tabah hi kar sakti hai jo paanch saal sey ho raha hai.
Khan
Mar 23, 2013 05:51pm
Imran is doer. He showed it many times. He is sincere. I believe Youth of Pakistan are with him. What else you want a Sincere Doer who has the energy of the youth. Pakistan will become great country if he is elected into leadership.
Nasir
Mar 23, 2013 05:52pm
First one! So, I think he need more time. For sure, he has momentum but will need another 4 yrs of failed administration of PPP/PML/MQM The current youth and the youth that will turn into voting age in next 4 years need to vote for him This is gonna be last election won by the dynasties and I think they will fade away until someone sincere come from their ranks
Israr Khan IsmailZai.
Mar 23, 2013 05:55pm
Amazing jalsa, VOTE FOR PTI.
Aisha
Mar 23, 2013 06:01pm
marvelous !
Fahim
Mar 23, 2013 06:09pm
If IK goes all out in Sindh's urban area's, where people are fed up with law and order situation and total failure of political parties who have been ruling them for many many years without delivering anything in substance except death and bloodshed, IK stand a real chance winning good number of seats in urban Sindh. In their hearts people are fed up in urban Sindh . He needs to play his cards well. He personally needs to go out and explain in clear terms to the urban masses what they have gained from voting these same people time and again. I believe, the young and educated people could play a vital role to make it achieve. They should explain to common man and woman that its the need of time that we stop thinking in religious, communal and ethnic terms and become one Pakistani nation and support righteous people in this upcoming election. We should also educate all young voters that their votes are so important in this upcoming election to bring about positive change they dream of for a country which is going through one of its worst time in its history. Good luck IK. The nation is with you.
Dr.Hashim
Mar 23, 2013 06:14pm
Good One PTI.....Impressive
Cyrus Howell
Mar 23, 2013 06:15pm
"I'm making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty and nice, Imran Khan is coming to town."
Cyrus Howell
Mar 23, 2013 06:24pm
"Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade Don't tell me not to fly I simply got to If someone takes a spill it's me and not you Who told you you're allowed to rain on my parade? I'll march my band out, I'll beat my drum And if I'm fanned out, your turn at bat, sir At least I didn't fake that, sir." FUNNY GIRL
Mohammad Farooq
Mar 23, 2013 06:32pm
Lets wait and see. If the elections are not rigged by these, InshAllah, It will be a new dawn in the country............ we call Pakistan.
Arif Khan
Mar 23, 2013 06:39pm
According to Aristotle a revolution is when change occurs in peoples minds, let the World know revolution has started and status quo Parties will fall like pack of cards on the day of Election, well done IK.
Khan
Mar 23, 2013 06:41pm
PTI, MQM and PAT are the ones who do not have dynasty and belong to middle class, it's wise if they join hands and get rid Pakistan from corrupt political parties like PPP, PML-N, JUI-F and ANP. Good luck to all of them
Edwardian
Mar 23, 2013 06:46pm
So what if the weather interrupts. We have Duckworth
farid
Mar 23, 2013 06:52pm
This is the last chance this country has. Please vote TIP and save our land. I don't live in Pakistan but there is not a single day when I don't think about my motherland. Please give a chance to Imran Khan and may be we will have a new tomorrow. We have lived under the current slavery system for too long.
Tausif
Mar 23, 2013 06:56pm
I am sure Imran Khan knows it better that this country now needs REAL REFORMS even if you have to lie to everyone about everything. The police needs reforms, the judiciary needs reforms, the military needs to be cut down to its size (it does not mean downsizing or not giving them the defence budget but bringing military under the control of the elected government so that no Army Chief can hold his own press conferences on political issues as Mr. Kayani has sadly been doing...If I am Khan the PM and the COAS holds a briefing I will make it sure that I strip him off of his office before he gets up from the same chair from which he is holding the press conference). And, yes, lets get rid of the ISPR...the PID is sufficient for stuffing the people with state propaganda...the military should send its statements to the people via PID....let the military take a real back seat... When these things are put in order, then there should be security and law and order policy to find solutions to sectarian crisis. You need to make south Punjab at par with the urban Punjab to discourage militancy, making FATA get rid of criminals, bringing Karachi up on the lines of Dubai and UAE....When Khan achieves these things, then he should focus on the education and health sectors... You don't have to tell truth to the ordinary people who don't know anything about politics. Politicians don't speak the truth...they remain honest to their cause even if it means to tell lies on daily basis and make even the public unhappy by making them do things which they may not want to do...for example like the payment of electricity bills, obeying traffic rules and remained prepared to get punished when they commit crime. The problem of Pakistan is not mere the elites....its every second poor is corrupt to the core as well. This nation needs an iron man to put the so-called poor on a proper line too. And, this would mean hard punishments for the poor and lower middle class as well....For instance, the child of lower middle class man cheating in the exam, a poor man selling rotten fruits and vegetables or blocking the roads...Khan must also have a policy to put the poor Pakistani on a straight line that leads to gradual development of their mental levels and making them believe in what they do...it will take time, several painful years, even if you are honest and don't speak any lies....It always needs time... If I am a politician dealing with Pakistan....I need to be a crook of the top order to know how to deal with the crooks (who are in the majority) and at the same time, I will have small soft corners to take care of the downtrodden....but, my balance will be mostly tilted towards being enough cruel to make people obey the laws no matter if they are rich or the poor...
I. Ahmed
Mar 23, 2013 07:01pm
Suprisingly, no one is talking about the turnout? Pakistani media is good with the numbers so we should get an estimate. His 6 promises sounds like 6-point agenda, we know what happened when last time someone came up with the 6 Point agenda during and after the elections of 1970
Ponka
Mar 23, 2013 07:14pm
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then fight you and then you win"
Faiza G R Bhatt
Mar 23, 2013 07:19pm
so my husband and i confirmed from ECP that we are registered voters and we will vote for PTI. we were staunch supporters of PML N till 1990s, but their conventional politics, e.g.developments near election times (pre-poll rigging), intimidating judiciary, influencing media, etc. - has been big negatives. personally, i have nothing against PML n and PPP, but PTI is simply better. you always opt for the better.
Faisal_A
Mar 23, 2013 07:34pm
Imran, Imran, don't be slow. We want sixer, go man go!!
Iqbal
Mar 23, 2013 07:42pm
If only each of us can convince a few people to vote for this guy, we could actually swing the elections
Gerry D'Cunha
Mar 23, 2013 07:54pm
good luck to you imran!!! please don't break the hearts of the poor people with false promises - if you are sincere, God is with you and by all means you will succeed
Imran
Mar 23, 2013 08:01pm
If we all vote rationally and be wise then PTI will make the upset. In 1971 elections no one was predicting that Bhutto's newly formed PPP will win the election set as side sweeping in the electorate but he did. So history can repeat itself by the will of Almighty
MIr
Mar 23, 2013 08:19pm
I would plead everyone to vote for PTI, because we have already suffered enough in the hands of (not so sharif) Sharifs, Bhuttos, Zardaris, Chaudharies, Khosas, etc, etc. At least give PTI a chance. If PTI fails us too, like others, than at least they can't blame us for not electing them and we will be vindicated in the eyes of our future generations. We owe it to Pakistan to not re elect the people who have already been tested and try fresh faces, just this once, please.
Saeed
Mar 23, 2013 08:36pm
What his political agenda what is he back up . What kind of new law he want , Pakistan already have law and justice system . Upto now he is doing pretty much same stuff that other politician used to do. gathering lot of public and they are same public who gather for any political or religious part with holding party flag and dancing on speech. Blaming other people but no agenda . For me true leader Pakistan need is the one who come to people tell them go work hard ,controll your popluation. Respect human more than you respect your religion and race. Upto now he is just another brick in the wall . Same speech same promises .
Shah Nawaz
Mar 23, 2013 08:42pm
Pakistan has seen five big tragedies, Ayub Khan's Martial Law, defeat of Fatima Jinnah, killings and massacre in East Pakistan, Murder of Z A Bhutto and Martial Law by Musharraf. Imran Khan's loss will be the sixth, if it happens.
Ubaid Niax
Mar 23, 2013 09:20pm
Well, you have pretty depressing view regarding Armed Forces and Everyone Else, I m IK supporter,however. Besides, whatever you said is an emotional speech and I simply dont understand whats your problem with the Forces, every country has its official wing for communication and if they communicate so why does this bother you even? You should keep your facts straight before finger pointing any Officer. Besides You run any system with brain not with emotions, You sure have some emotional problems so you are uttering non sense about them re: Strip him off... Shame on You, seriously. Can you protect our borders for a second? can you sacrifice your life for Pakistani people? Can you leave Your family ? and if the answer is none then shut up and adjust your tone towards people whom you really don;t know about.
Mujahid Ali
Mar 23, 2013 09:23pm
Bhutto's PPP actually lost the 1970 elections.. He wasn't even close. The Awami League won a massive majority, and Mujib was declared Prime Minister designate. Bhutto couldn't stand losing and he along with Yahya Khan kept trying to delay the Assembly from convening. The NA was supposed to meet early March, 1971 when Yahya, at Bhutto's insistence, called it off. This enraged the Bengali populace which lead to riots all over the country. Later on the same month, the armed forces cracked down on the people it was under oath to protect. Bhutto and Yahya not only destroyed Jinnah's Pakistan and the largest Muslim state in the world, but betrayed democratic principles with their dictatorial power grab. Bhutto was, in fact, Pakistan's first Civilian Martial Law Administrator, not a democratically elected leader.
Bbbb
Mar 23, 2013 09:32pm
General winter defeated Napoleon in Moscow, Tahir ul Qadri in Islamabad, and now wins against Imran Khan. Hail to General Winter - or is it hailstorm?
AHA
Mar 23, 2013 09:35pm
6 promises. Our experience with the number 6 was not good the last time - hopefully, this time will be different.
ahmed_1
Mar 23, 2013 09:35pm
I thought mere rain could not stop a tsunami.
Bbbb
Mar 23, 2013 09:37pm
Check history, not his-story. PPP did not win the election in Pakistan in 1971, they only won in the west wing. Awami League won the election overall. PPP succeeded in making the government, by helping to break up Pakistan. In cahoots with.....
El Cid
Mar 23, 2013 09:40pm
Pakistan's Final Chance. Get your vote out.The Great Khan is here. A New Sheriff is in Town. It is High Noon...!!!
Bbbb
Mar 23, 2013 09:42pm
Sure, by this strategy, we can win in USA as well. By the way, are you associated with the Tableeghi Jamaat in any way. I have heard one of their ambassadors say, that all of the world can turn Muslim in a few years if every Muslim converts just a few people to Islam in his/her life time.
Bbbb
Mar 23, 2013 09:46pm
Good thinking E-2.
Bbbb
Mar 23, 2013 09:53pm
What is your age sunshine? I don't think you are eligible to vote.
Bbbb
Mar 23, 2013 09:58pm
Don't be so optimistic. All the youth is with IK. But they can't vote. When they get to the voting age, half of them join PPP and the other half joins PML-N. The rest 'chaan boora' join the other parties. Still under 19 team is with him.
Bbbb
Mar 23, 2013 10:05pm
Imran a doer? What did he do? World cup? What the other ten players were doing, carrying bags for him? Shaukat Khanam Memorial Hospital, I know it is a good one, but announcing it at the world stage (at the world cup wining ceremony, after receiving the world cup) for his own and his mother, as if the members of the team who worked their bums off were just the paid bunnies.
John the Baptist
Mar 23, 2013 10:29pm
what Imran says, he does. Godspeed Imran!
saleem
Mar 23, 2013 10:48pm
while i wish PTI good luck, its always dangerous to mix religion in politics
Suhail
Mar 23, 2013 11:27pm
Khuda Nain Aaj Tak Ous Koom ki Halet Nahin Badli Na ho jisko khyaal aap apni haalat ke badalne ka. It's time for a change. If we all sit and continue to watch and complain and do nothing about it. We will never be able to fix the mess in our country. Perhaps our name would also be erased from the history of nations. Everyone make sure, this is our chance and bring all our family and friends and friends of their friends to the polling stations and not be afraid of anything. This is our collective responsibility and we must fulfill it. And Inshallah, it will the beginning of a new dawn in Pakistan. Let's pray from ALMIGHTY to give victory to Imran Auqabi Rooh Jab Baidar Hoti Hai Jawanon Mein Nazar Ati Hai Iss Ko Apni Manzil Asmanon Mein
Waqas
Mar 23, 2013 11:40pm
Good luck Imran, Pakistan is with you. Prove all the nay sayers wrong ! Lots of people have vested interest in dynastic parties they see Imran changing the status quo. Great time to be a Pakistani !
Riaz
Mar 23, 2013 11:43pm
My dear Pakistan, I left you on may 26,of 1973 for the sake of higher studies. I also very well remember, when this 22 years old man cried like a baby at the Karachi airport, that particular day.I may have embarrassed my family but I do assure you that to this date I have no shame or regret. A lot has changed, since then.I became an american citizen, got married and have 5 kids.My love for you hasn't changed and i'll carry that, till the last breath of my life. I do know, that last 40 years have been very tough for you. Lot of people came in the form of leaders to serve but they all raped you.Some of them, even had a slogan" Roti, Kapra and Makhan for your citizens but would not drink your water their water use to come from France.How sad! Yes, last 40 years have been very cruel for you but guess what, you are in for a very pleasant surprise in the days ahead.Inshahallah, there will be a new leader who will bring pride and smile to your citizens. His name is Imran Khan. long Live Pakistan, Riaz
Amir
Mar 24, 2013 12:06am
You comment just made me cry. Imran khan, Zindabad, Pakistan Paindabad
M. Siddique USA
Mar 24, 2013 12:07am
It is strange to read this news item. An Associated Press report on this news has been identical to Dawn's word by word except the estimated number of attendees. All across globe newspapers reported 150,000 attendees but Dawn reports 100,000. Does Dawn have axe to grind here? Look at the report by Washington Post to varify.
Amir
Mar 24, 2013 12:16am
Please my fellow Pakistanis don't lose this momentum. The other corrupt parties are spending millions on propaganda to dishearten us but remember you can make a real change on 11th may for a new and better Pakistan by voting for PTI and IK. Please go out and use your vote wisely don't get intimidated by these PMLN goons, believe in yourself and pray to almighty Allah to help us in making a better Pakistan. Ameen. Pakistan Zindabad
Shair Khan
Mar 24, 2013 12:38am
Very disappointed with:On foreign policy, he has also struck a chord by criticizing Pakistan
Shair Khan
Mar 24, 2013 12:39am
Very disappointed with Imran statement:On foreign policy, he has also struck a chord by criticizing Pakistan
tohellppp
Mar 24, 2013 12:42am
I totally forgot this wonderful quote. Thanks for the reminder :)
irtaza
Mar 24, 2013 12:42am
The first innings had already been played...Noora League were all bowled out by the rain remember ? :) Qadri decided to watch from a VIP box and PPP,well PPP haven't got the 11 players to play there teams being sold out.
muhammad umer
Mar 24, 2013 01:15am
Neya Pakistan
nukhan
Mar 24, 2013 01:18am
InshaAllah PTI will win and we support him. If we all Pakistanis are for the better future then please vote for Imran's leadership.
Hasan
Mar 24, 2013 01:28am
I think he meant to represent 6 as a SIXER...?
tariq mian
Mar 24, 2013 01:57am
Imran was a fast bowler-Remember!
syed waqar
Mar 24, 2013 01:59am
Yes, we need to reform our system which includes all government departments, legislative authorities and enforcement bodies.... its not that easy but its essentially required because at this point our country is moving towards chaos ..... each and every day innocent people are being killed openly on streets and people are getting used to this sort of society, corruption has become important ingredient of our society, unemployment is so high in the country and this is causing social issues because now we have educated criminal in our society furthermore we are having brain-drain because of high unemployment, our human capital is been capitalized by other countries instead of us. Honestly, we are nurturing a very wrong culture in which only people with power and money can survive. I think only Imran khan has created a realization in his party about what are critical and strategically important issues and he has taken one step further by establishing well planned executive strategies. To me I would certainly request to all my Pakistani brothers and sisters to support PTI, vote for PTI if you want change, if you want a new Pakistan, this is the defining period, we have to set our directions right if we are to reform our country.
Desi
Mar 24, 2013 03:47am
It look like dawn is a bias newspaper by not having the news as top stories. All other non important news have given importance as top stories but not this one. Any guess.
Afaq
Mar 24, 2013 04:13am
Thank you Imran for your sixth promise.
Farhat Said-Pervaiz
Mar 24, 2013 05:15am
Imran Khan is the ONLY leader in Pakistan today who is in a position to tell the youth of this country to learn from his life. His life has truly been exemplary.
AA
Mar 24, 2013 08:53am
You made us proud IK! PTI all the way
AA
Mar 24, 2013 08:54am
We are trying our best!
dark1122
Mar 24, 2013 10:41am
frankly speaking i personally dont admire any politician but Imran Khan is the only person for whome i have great respect in my heart. Why hes sacrificing so much for Pakistan when he had so mkuch fame, wealth, educated background, family background, WHY WHY? all because hes a patriotic person and his love for Pakistan is eternal. There seems some light in the end of the tunnel and we all know he can do something.
shahid.sopore
Mar 24, 2013 12:22pm
good one but imran khan needs home crowd support as well..so vote PTI
shahid.sopore
Mar 24, 2013 12:27pm
it carries d height wich will make traditional political families submerge
Muhammad Farooq
Mar 24, 2013 04:34pm
Whether he wins or loses, i m sure this entry of Mr Khan will bring positive changes in Pakistan politics. If he wins he should keep the promises he made, if he loses, he should play the role of formidable opposition role so the country is governed and managed according to the will and wishes of the people and not the elite class in the country.
Ummer Khan
Mar 24, 2013 05:07pm
Dawn will soon have to revisit it's priorities. The next poll results will disillusion everyone who's in any doubt. PTI will form the next government. No disrespect to Professor Rasul.
Ummer Khan
Mar 24, 2013 05:13pm
Yes Riaz Sahab, we will change all what's been happening in the past. We'll change it for ourselves and our posterity!
Ayesha
Mar 24, 2013 06:38pm
But what so ever you ar saying is not the truth person, he is a true leader and that is something you need to accept.
Mehran
Mar 24, 2013 10:21pm
GO Imran GO ! Whole country loves you.
Shanzayaib
Mar 24, 2013 11:24pm
History will be made on the day of election. We, youth will make this happen. We will show the world that Pakistan belongs to us not to few corrupt families.
Israr Khan IsmailZai.
Mar 25, 2013 03:38am
Try to find a hobby, instead of sitting on your computer fighting with people.
haris
Mar 25, 2013 10:57am
BTW: Imran Khan on numerous occasions said it clearly that, since this War on Terror has become our so we will fight and empower our own military and people in tribal regions instead of allowing US to make drone strikes. Either you have not seen/read these statements or you are so dumb to understand simple language Urdu or English.
Saim
Mar 25, 2013 11:21am
GO Imran GO.... We are with you
khan
Mar 25, 2013 12:31pm
What sooo ever!!...the Jalsaa was a massivee hit!!... people who never visited should not give negative comment bcoz u werent there!...it is just the middle of the new era ... IK we are with you with fulll support and enthusiasm... we want a brave and fearless leader i/o of nan rooti aur booti wala leader who know s only when to earn money and when to run to Saudia!...
Agha Ata (USA)
Mar 25, 2013 12:50pm
Who knows, if this barish (rain) wasn't baran-e-Rehmat! :)
Zee Paki in USA
Mar 25, 2013 02:39pm
Imran Khan and Musharraf need to unite to beat the status quo. Neither can do it my himself. Forget about the past rivalry or whatever. In many ways they are like minded - both are progressive, clean, educated, and against the status quo. And now both are the target of taliban. This is the only way out for Pakistan. They must unite with the forces of light.
Zee Paki in USA
Mar 25, 2013 03:09pm
To all my PTI friends, before you reject the idea of alliance with Musharraf please consider the fact that despite what you see in the media, Musharraf is also very popular with the educated class and the youth. I just looked at the Dawn stories of Musharraf return and it has more likes than the IK rally. I visited other news columns about the Musharraf return and found an overwhelming positive response. His FB likes are higher than IK. WE need them both to collaborate for Pakistan's sake! Peace.