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PTI chairman Imran Khan. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan announced on Monday its team for the May 11 elections, which he likened to his 1992 World Cup winning team, a mix of young and experienced players.

“The PTI has decided to award 80 per cent tickets to those candidates who have never been in the national and provincial assemblies to set an new trend in the country, where parties still go for the so-called electables,” Mr Khan announced at a press conference at a hotel where the party unveiled names of its candidates who were less than 40 years of age.

Thirty-five per cent of the PTI’s candidates belong to this age group, out of whom 25pc ticket-holders fall in the age bracket of 25 to 35.

Introducing some of them sitting on his left and right, the PTI chief yet again predicted election victory for his party on May 11, saying “next general elections are going to be an interesting match between those who believe in the politics of self-interest and his young brigade roaring to take on them”.

Mr Khan said all these candidates had been chosen through an elaborate selection process in which local elected bodies of the party recommended them for tickets.

Mr Khan announced that no relative of the party’s leadership would get tickets for seats reserved for women.

In reply to a question, Mr Khan claimed that his was the only ideological party in the country working for bringing about change and asked people to vote for the PTI candidates if they wanted a real change in the country.

He also appealed to the masses to donate funds for the PTI’s candidates as some of them belonged to lower middle class and cannot bear the campaign expenses.

On the occasion, a group of PTI workers, apparently not happy with the award of tickets, raised slogans, questioning the scrutiny process of the party.

However, on the intervention of party leaders present on the occasion, the protest didn’t last long.

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Khalid Apr 16, 2013 02:51am
There has been a visible switch in the Dawn's editorial and news reporting policy. Unlike some other sensationalist newspapers, the Dawn has started promoting IK and giving high coverage to his statements. I wonder what's behind this unpaid political advertisement? Otherwise, why would you publish this kind of a statement and not similar ones by other leaders. What's newsworthy in this statement? Would you publish similarly banal statements of Fazlur Rehman, Gilani, Nawaz Sharif?
JAVAID KHAN Apr 16, 2013 03:04am
We appreciate the PTI team for awarding tickets to so many new faces.This is a breath of fresh air in Pakistani politics.Imran Khan has given new hope for the majority of Pakistanis who were sick of traditional politics.Let all Pakistanis come out on May 11th and support PTI in large number and help make a new Pakistan.
M. Salman Nazar Apr 16, 2013 03:08am
So who is the "Javed Miandad" of this team??
Faisal Apr 16, 2013 03:18am
Javed Hashmi?
Gofar Apr 16, 2013 03:25am
Good luck and Godspeed Team Imran. We trust you and wish you the best.
sfomann Apr 16, 2013 03:44am
Great. Lets finish the race. Come out and vote on May 11th and get rid of the corrupt for good.
NJ Apr 16, 2013 03:46am
How can you be so ignorant? When has any other party done anything so radical and pro Pakistan? It is far from banal my friend, what IK has done. Banal is what your favourites are, Sharif, Gilani, Rehman. Wow, now they are all great leaders ( sarcasm)!!
arsl Apr 16, 2013 04:07am
saving country from the crooks you mentioned in your 'saaas bahu' story.... easy!!!!!
UMER BIN BASHIR ARAIN Apr 16, 2013 04:19am
Falcon Apr 16, 2013 04:19am
Asad Umar
Falcon Apr 16, 2013 04:23am
News are audience driven...I had stopped coming to Dawn because ET provided much better coverage of PTI...IK is the only hope that people are looking forward to in Pakistan, people want to see him, listen to him, and work with him...Dawn being a prestigious newspaper can not afford to ignore this trend
Canuck Apr 16, 2013 04:29am
Khalid you do have a point. But consider this.....Dawn after all is a Business. And businesses do what is in their best interest, that is to make money. Maybe IK sells newspapers. People want to know him better. He sells newspaper. So Dawn prints him. Nothing wrong with that. Notice I am not involving politics here. You can draw your own conclusion if he's good or not, or if you'll vote for him or not.
Mohammad Farooq Apr 16, 2013 04:49am
Your name is Khan and you are the ultimate replacement.
Patriot Apr 16, 2013 05:04am
He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, pampered being the only brother of four sisters, studied in elite schools and universities in Pakistan and abroad. He was popular, rich, and handsome and was a heartthrob of millions over the world. He was living a life of comforts, luxury and pomp and show. But do you remember? He left his life of luxury for the week, poor, deprived and vulnerable of this country. He transformed himself into an ordinary Pakistani, reached ordinary people, talked to them, ate with them and wore their attire. Do you remember, the man who once lived like a prince, crushed his ego and literally begged on streets schools, colleges and abroad to help you and me? He built hospitals and university and homes for sick and poor and deprived without being in power. Whenever, there was some tragedy, he was there to help the victims. Be it earthquake, or floods or terrorism, he was standing with his brothers and sisters and striving day in and day out to rehabilitate them. He even destroyed his personal life but did not leave his people. And do you remember, in return what was given to him, he was mocked, laughed at, disrespected, beaten, jailed and maligned. But I don
Abu-Salmaan Apr 16, 2013 05:21am
Wish Imran Khan and his team every success in 2013 elections and hope they perform honestly when elected and teach the corrupt crooks a lesson and bring progress and prosperity to the people of Pakistan and peace and love to the whole world.
Salman Apr 16, 2013 05:33am
that was a very dull statement khalid
Asrar Nazir Apr 16, 2013 05:56am
My take on Imran... I aplaud his character... and genuineness... i had a chance to read the book from Christian Baker.. 'from MTV to ISlam ' i was seriously astonished by knowing the role of Imran Khan in inviting him to true religion. People say he is cow boy... but he had affection and touch of Islam even then.. If he speaks of True Islamic Model... it is right for all of us to support him.So far jamat Islami or Taliban Model of Sharia have just molested the image of Islam by just priortizing the rule of cutting the head, chopping hands, banning education.... I am innocent Kashmiri of Indian in South East Asian Countreis
Bilal Shaheen Apr 16, 2013 06:04am
IK is the only one fulfilling his promises. So why not trust him and give him a chance to deliver?
JAVAID KHAN Apr 16, 2013 06:07am
Thank you PATRIOT for the wonderful thoughts about Imran Khan.You have summed up very nicely the feelings of billions of Pakistanis who love this country.In the last few days I have concinced hundred of people to go out and out for Imran Khan.If every one of us who admire the leadership of Imran Khan can spread the message of PTI,Inshallah no one can stop Imran Khan becomming the Prime Minister of Pakistan.This will be the happiest day of my life to see an honest person heading this country.May Allah bless you for speaking the TRUTH.
Bilal Shaheen Apr 16, 2013 06:10am
Well Said Man. I hope what you wrote open the eyes of readers.
Hopeful Apr 16, 2013 06:41am
I remember the time when i was not even in my teens and PAK was playing world cup '92 . I used to say prayers and would urge my Dadi, Dada, Abba and Amma to pray for Cornered Paki Tigers' victory. Than came a time when I and many others like myself went door to door to collect money for Shaukat Khanam Hospital. Thousands of people still give donations to Shaukat Khanam. Case in point, we all have to do our part too, to make PTI win. We the common people of Pakistan are in this together. So please play your part, convince people to vote for PTI, educate masses, get the word out, volunteer as tabdeeli razakar, donate and collect funds for PTI election campaign, take people to polling stations and last but not the least PRAY a lot. Only than we can beat the odds and get PTI to win these election. Khuda nay aaj tai us qaum ki halat nahi badli, Na ho jis ko khayal aap apni halat kay badalney ka
JAVAID KHAN Apr 16, 2013 08:39am
I just prayed for PTI and Imran Khan at Zohar prayers and also concined a family of 5 to go out on May 11 and vote for Imran Khan.All of us need to ensure that voters turn out goes beyond 60% mark first time in the history of Pakistan.If this happens that PTI will surely get a comfortable majority in the center and two provinces atleast.
MUSSWAR Apr 16, 2013 08:57am
To all PTI/Naaya Pakistani supporters Please do whatever you can to help win the elections. There are alot of areas in Pakistan who still are not fully aware of PTI, or they win vote for a party that their family votes for. Please go out there educate the youngester, convince the aunties/uncles and also the parday wali sisters, blast out the PTI theme song out so that every 1 can hear and feel the love of Pakistan. The future is in our hands, we can make this change, every vote counts, especially as other parties will try their best with unethical tactics. We can do this In shaa Allah, we have under a month to convince the nation of PTI power. Spread the word and try as much as possible to do our bit. God Bless you all Ameen X
Zohaab Apr 16, 2013 09:10am
I have only one thing to say, PLease just dont sit idle on may 11th go and vote.
jatala88 Apr 16, 2013 09:23am
I would just say one thing, Please dont sit idle on May 11th Go and VOTE
PTIan (@anaaj) Apr 16, 2013 09:55am
He is fulfilling his promises even before coming to power , now we can safely predict the future. Oh God give him success!!!!
sraz45 Apr 16, 2013 10:05am
That is the way to go. Infusion of new people with new ideas and no baggage will be the game changer for a prosperous Pakistan. Please vote wisely and do not forfeit your right to do that. Please do not vote in the trash you have just got rid off a few weeks ago in a long over due process.
haris Apr 16, 2013 10:42am
I was surprised to read through all the comments without finding any conspirator in that. Alas! I found Khalid, phew! commentary without conspirator is surprising in our country. By the way, what is so significant to mention about all Shareefs, Gilanis, Bhuttos, Chowdarys and political Moulvis? Apart from criminal and constitutional acts is there any piece so much important to discuss about them?
Joseph Judy Apr 16, 2013 11:50am
This is possibly the greatest comment ever I found in an news story. Imran Khan is the only person who can change Indo-Pak relationship. India is awaiting his victory. With love from India, Joseph - an Imran fan.
NJ Apr 16, 2013 01:13pm
that was one of the best blogs I have ever read! Thank you
Raheela Apr 16, 2013 01:50pm
Best of Luck to Imran Khan and his team. We are all with you and we know you can bring a change in this country. My slogan from now on is " YES WE CAN" All my prayers are with you and for your success. I am an overseas Pakistani and want to vote but I am not sure if I will be allowed so I am urging all my family members and friends to donate to your fund for the candidates. I wish I could do more.
imtiaz advocate Apr 16, 2013 03:58pm
captain is introducing a perfect democratics norms in country.even if he is not successfull the way he is guiding his party is something unique in pakistani politics and good for change.
madiha Apr 16, 2013 08:20pm
my leader my kahn ...ths tym ix only 4 pti ...
JAVAID KHAN Apr 17, 2013 04:08am
Thank You Raheela The overseas Pakistanis are an assett for this country.They can play an important role in bringing a CHANGE by requesting their friends and families to go out and vote on May 11th.Inshallah no one can stop this change to a better Pakistan.
Milind Apr 17, 2013 04:58am
Hope this time he doesn't claim all the credit - "I have one the World Cup", much to the chagrin of his teammates..., but distributes it across the entire party members...
Waqas Apr 17, 2013 07:02am
ur passion is commendable but ground realities are a bit opposite....
Waqas Apr 17, 2013 07:05am
must be given a chance but ... seems impossible too many black sheep included in the camp to continue with clean politics... Unfortunately that seems beyond IK's control...
Waqas Apr 17, 2013 07:11am
SM Qureshi... remember JM had the worst conflicts with IK during his last day in cricket... news are SMQ is mysteriously playing on both sides of the wicket (PMLN & PTI)....
imran Apr 17, 2013 09:59am
brother your comment and others prove we are not fully dead yet, there is a glimpse of hope left and we have to spread it around. Your comment definitely inspires every reader, i just wish everyone could see what you see. We don't know for how long we are going to live, but would be the best feeling to see Pakistan prospering while i live, so i could leave my kids with safer future. But this needs a lot of sacrifices and actions in right directions from us all, we collectively need to stand up as a nation and pay back to Pakistan what we owe it.We have got to a point where we can turn around the ship or just let it sink, we have to go and vote on the day to ensure right person come into power. Because Allah will give us success if we work hard for this. May Allah bless Pakistan and PTI ameen.
ozman Apr 17, 2013 01:14pm
Imran, I hope and pray that you win, but even if you don't, you have done a great job by opening the eyes of pakistanies and all polititions. You have taught people to demand their polititians to deliver on their promises. even if you don't win this time, don't give up you can play a very important role in oposition to make sure govt work for its people not the other way around. I wish you all the best in this election.