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PTI chief Imran Khan. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Friday launched what he called the ‘Naya Pakistan Fund’ campaign to finance party candidates who couldn’t afford to run election campaigns on their own.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Khan said the PTI was the only party which had begun the fund raising programme so that people belonging to lower classes could take part in politics.

He once again declared that his party would not form any election alliance with other parties.

Without naming any group, he said his party would not go for seat adjustment with terrorists. In the past, Mr Khan had criticised the PML-N for maintaining links with militant organisations for political purposes.

He criticised what he called corrupt political mafia that had looted public money and used it to buy loyalties of politicians. The PTI was helping people from lower and middle classes to join politics and get the country rid of this political mafia, he added.

Mr Khan said the PTI’s tickets for the coming elections would be awarded on merit, adding that 25 per cent candidates of the party would come from the youth.

He endorsed the appointment of Najam Sethi as caretaker chief minister of Punjab, hoping that Mr Sethi would be able to hold free and fair polls in the province.

Mr Khan was flanked by PTI’s vice-chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Jahangir Khan Tareen, Asad Umar, Naeemul Haq, Dr Shireen Mazari, Farrukh Habib and Faisal Javed Khan.

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pakiboy Mar 30, 2013 02:21am
chalo ..aik aur drama !!
Nadir Aziz Mar 30, 2013 02:25am
Creating a fund so that people belonging to lower classes could take part in politics is a step in the right direction. My best wishes for a successful campaign.
Naya Pakistan Mar 30, 2013 03:25am
So Dr. Mazari is back in the folds ?
Khalid Mar 30, 2013 03:28am
May Allah give success to PTI and guide them to implement for what they stand for. Justice is the key to success and equal for all poor and riches. What are details of Fund i.e. A/C numbers, banks etc.
Shair Khan Mar 30, 2013 03:29am
All jobs and opportunities should be based on merit. Why elimination of failed quota system and replacing it with merit based system not on his manifesto. How long we would the injustice of quota system. Pakistan cannot make progress until we eliminate quota system.
talha Mar 30, 2013 04:23am
giving tickets to youth in all the seat where the party position is weak and sharing the top slot with people jump in from outside and take higher positions ignoring the old workers. keep it up kaptan, you have always been like this. Be a man
Mansoor Sajid Mar 30, 2013 04:26am
That's the right step in the right direction. May God Almighty make his transition to lead the country from the front an easy process for him, Aa'meen.
Syed Mar 30, 2013 04:30am
Geo Mr, Khan. Hats off to you.
Jehangir Mar 30, 2013 04:31am
I would like to donate about 20 million to this fund but wait my net worth is only 20 million that too gifted to me by a friend
Afzal Khan Mar 30, 2013 05:20am
PTI is the only true party who wants to work for for an ordinary Pakistani people.
Nazir K Ali Mar 30, 2013 06:55am
Good idea for assisting candidates that are unable to honestly bear expenses. Salams
Ali Shah Mar 30, 2013 07:12am
Good job Imran. I am donating for this cause for sure :)
sfomann Mar 30, 2013 07:45am
I believe PTI, under the strong leadership of Imran Khan, is the only way to get Pakistan out of the mess and on to a path forward for a bright future. Please contribute to the best of your ability to make Pakistan a better place for all of us
Muhammad Farooq Mar 30, 2013 08:26am
So far for a typical candidate contesting election means coughing up lots of money for funding the campaign and subsequently, once in power, recovering the money so spent in multiples. Now with PTI it is a different ball game. I hope that the candidates whose campaigns would be financed with the public fund raising would not disappoint the public and once in power, return the public many times more with their honesty dedication and spirit of community service. Yes they can make a difference and they should make a difference. If they fail to deliver the goods they go to the dustbin of history once and for all times.
Jawad Mar 30, 2013 08:50am
I think it will be of great help if we can somehow get the Bank Accounts details of his Fund (Naya Pakistan), so that online money transfer becomes possible.
OnePakistan Mar 30, 2013 09:27am
At-least somebody is doing something and the Almighty helps those who help themselves. May the Almighty make Imran the conduit for bringing about the change dreamt by us and our forefathers for the sake of our future Pakistanis
Fayzee Mar 30, 2013 09:30am
Dr. Shireen Mazari!! is she the same who had such harsh words for IK and these personalities sitting next to her? Yes, she is the one and have now returned back where she belonged. Good luck to you Dr. Mazari and keep up your research projects they are really wonders..
Falcon Mar 30, 2013 09:43am
Great effort. I would definitely like to contribute to the worthy cause.
Ahsan Mar 30, 2013 10:06am
imran khan is best leader for pakistan he can change pakistan public kismat .if imran khan comes to power .he knows hows to run the country . Khan is best person to run the pakistan . pakistani public already knows PML(N) and PPP and othet parties . we all pakistani people should give chance to khan sahib i requested to all pakistan people vote for PTI give them to chance this time to change pakistan people kismat .
shipra Mar 30, 2013 10:18am
Imran seems to be last hope for pakistan. Let Allah give some brains to pakis to elect him as PM
mohd Taj Mar 30, 2013 10:46am
still in dream land.
raika45 Mar 30, 2013 12:53pm
In an election needing large sums of money, the honest and willing to serve the nation do not have the cash.Hence in come the rich and with vested interests getting re elected.Imran Khan is giving the common man a chance to get the proper elected.All he needs is financial help.He should be wary of the fact that those with money that contribute will if his party wins look for favors.He will need the separate the grain from the "corrupt chaff"
pathanoo Mar 30, 2013 01:46pm
Pakistan can do NO worse by giving Imran a chance. He at least seems to be personally honest and there are no accusations of impropriety against him so far. Though I am not holding my breath over his leadership qualities or political intelligence or understanding of the world affairs but what other choice does Pakistan has?.........NONE. GIVE IMRAN A CHANCE AND MAY BE A MIRACLE MIGHT HAPPEN. GOOD LUCK, PAKISTAN.
m k Mar 30, 2013 03:28pm
may allah give guidance to karachi people to support imran khan and his collegues. these corrupt politician mafia winning again and again and doing nothing for karachi and pakistan. go out and make your voice heard. inshallah our country will be better in coming years.
skeptic Mar 31, 2013 02:00pm
God bless you Kaptaan sb ,don't disappoint us we have far too many hopes entangled with you. if you do not perform then there would be a lot of despondency.