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Why PTI lost


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SCARCELY has a party been more disappointed with success.

For the past 17 years, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf lingered in the political wilderness, only ever winning a single seat.

Now, the party has secured the second highest number of votes in the country. It will run a province, winning the highest number of seats there since the MMA’s vow to “revive fear of God”. It has seats in three provincial capitals and the federal capital. And it is the second most popular party in the two largest cities and the most populous province.

But instead of celebrating a modest triumph, Khan’s supporters have responded with paroxysms of sorrow and rage. Some can hardly believe they lost, and are quietly trying to swallow the indignity of defeat. Others don’t believe they lost, and are angrily denouncing the results as somehow less credible than Gen Zia’s 98.5pc referendum win.

In the tradition of Pakistani cricket captains, Khan promised them victory. And much like after a match that saw a few promising moments but ended in a crushing loss, many fans won’t accept an explanation that doesn’t maintain the outcome was fixed.

For over two years, Khan insisted he would be Pakistan’s next prime minister. The analogy of a flood, drowning opponents as it swept in, was quickly deemed inadequate. This was going to be a “tsunami”, he famously declared, with its violent waves destroying a despised political system.

The extravagant claims made some tactical sense. During an election campaign, no party says it will lose. To lure voters, Khan had to persuade them he was capable of winning. They wouldn’t have been tempted by expectations of third place, and five more years in purana Pakistan.

The mistake the PTI leadership made was that of a foolish army: it believed its own propaganda. On television, Khan advanced the complacent view that PTI would be swept to power by a wave of new young voters. No supportive data was furnished. Neither the media, nor Khan’s team, scrutinised the claim of a monolithic youth vote. In reality, young voters were divided.

In Lala Musa, for example, Qamar Zaman Kaira’s corner meetings featured a curious throwback to the 1970s, with teenagers chanting pro-PPP slogans in Punjabi. As polls now show, the bulk of Punjab’s youth voted for PML-N.

The PTI only gave polls convenient attention. When surveys of public opinion revealed them to be the most popular party, as they were for some months between end 2011 and early 2012, they breathlessly publicised the results. When the same polls showed them haemorrhaging support, it denounced them. The pollsters, they said, were in the pay of their N rivals and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

By contrast, N paid close attention to polling data. In Lahore, they surveyed key seats, and knew beforehand they would lose NA-126. In other constituencies, local MNAs commissioned their own polls, and then tried to overturn any negative perceptions.

There was also overdependence on the media. In PTI’s obscure years, Khan’s many television appearances yielded publicity disproportionate to his political clout. The exposure was crucial to the party’s recent growth. But when it came to a national campaign, airtime was a deceptive means of measuring popular support.

The media, keen for a competitive race, wasn’t going to spend six weeks talking about Nawaz Sharif cruising to power for a third time. With barely any campaigning in the three smaller provinces, television screens lent the illusion of a close race, with split screens showing Khan tirelessly gathering momentum with up to seven events a day in Punjab, while Sharif could only manage one or two there.

Jalsas and television ads, as the campaign showed, have a limited effect. Throughout South Asia, colourful rallies are key events. But they are only good at motivating an existing voter base. The sight of a leader rousing the party faithful might sway reluctant supporters. But rallies are a poor means of measuring support, or persuading new voters of a party’s worth.

A large rally in a city, where perhaps 50,000 people turn up, only represents a fraction of the total vote where each constituency has up to 400,000 registered voters. Khan’s aides, who tend to view their leader with unquestioning awe, would delight in assuring him that each successful jalsa represented a seat in the bag.

Television ads were good for news channels, some of which were able to pay off months of debts, but ultimately failed to shake the electorate. All of the negative ad campaigns failed, from the PPP’s swipes at Shahbaz Sharif to PML-N’s dig at Khan’s alliance with Sheikh Rasheed. Local efforts mattered more, where parties combined the clout of a viable candidate with a strong party ticket.

In Punjab, even strong PPP candidates collapsed under the oppressive weight of their ticket. The PTI ticket helped, as many respectable second place votes show, but victory proved elusive for obscure candidates. The PTI’s Punjab winners have all served in parliament before, or are related to former parliamentarians.

But PTI’s biggest mistake was targeting the wrong kind of voter. In KP, it tapped feelings of anti-incumbency and war-weariness. But in Punjab, it focused too narrowly on the thrusting but numerically small urban middle classes. It missed out on the poor majority. While PTI talked about visas and patwaris, PML-N offered those who can’t afford to travel abroad or sell land a seductively simple idea.

Khan conjured a fanciful dream of a new country the Swiss would envy. Sharif proved more effective in offering voters a more plausible return to an old country, where the lights work, fans whir, and shops do a reliable trade.

The writer covers Pakistan for TIME.

Comments (203) Closed

T Man May 28, 2013 08:38pm

Spot On!

Saracen May 28, 2013 10:46am
Oh yes, this is the same Omar Waraich who wrote for the Independent. There is no mention of rigging in the article whatsoever. How utterly astounding. A corrupt establishment will produce corrupt journalism.
Maw May 28, 2013 04:16am
Some truth in this article ------ some.
M Rafique May 28, 2013 04:27am
A biased analysis
Ameer Iqbal May 28, 2013 04:56am
Wats about the rigging ....all of your analysis is O K but Pml N could not get so many seats without rigging & PTI could not lose that badly.
s.p.bansal May 28, 2013 05:05am
It was bad language used by leader alone which was responsible, not by other leaders of the party.
excalibur May 28, 2013 05:09am
no comments on the massively fraudulent polls or that the existing system itself is corrupt and can never deliver change. a thoroughly engineered result
Prakash Rao May 28, 2013 05:15am
Pakistani voters should have given a chance to Imran Khan. He was new and different from run of the mill politicians. Instead they chose a known devil.
AJN May 28, 2013 05:20am
Article title should be "Why PML-N won?"
Arsalan May 28, 2013 05:24am
I am a PTI worker for the last 3 years and I have to say i Agree fully with this article. Well written Mr. Omar. PTI worker and supporters should learn from this time and work harder next time.
Khan May 28, 2013 05:42am
what about Pmln "bullet train, motorway to karachi and railway track upto Tashkent " please write after removing tinted glasses
Erum Burki May 28, 2013 05:49am
simplistic and shallow analysis in my opinion!
MK May 28, 2013 06:02am
Well written. PTians should be thankful for a good and objective criticism, Although i still believe the election campaign of PTI was one of the most impressive one ever, It might promised a bit too much but "Think High", "Dream High" "Work Hard" is all whats taught and advocated for similar tough situations.
Alsahdiq May 28, 2013 06:17am
Dreaming is bad for everyones health. The PTI has been dreaming dreams. But has got the chance to prove itself, small though, still a chance to become popular through good deeds. So they should look for the future with hard and honest work. Sincere labour never goes unrewarded.
SK May 28, 2013 06:27am
Well, one reason PTI lost was massive rigging in 2013 elections. Second, PTI doesn't have loads of money to buy the impoverished voters of Pakistan residing in rural areas. Third, the secret meetings of Nawaz Sharif a few months before elections with the Saudis as well as the British lead us to believe that the new PM of our so called democracy was decided 2 months before elections. The educated class of Pakistanis living inside and out are not so naive anymore. Of course, Imran Khan has accepted the general results and would face gigantic challenges in KPK as the mainstream thugs in politics won't let him work the way that he would like to, I strongly feel our nation is not yet ready to follow a sincere, brave and honest leased like Imran. Until that time, we will put our lives and fate in the hands PML N and PPP.
hammdddn May 28, 2013 06:28am
Answer is simple, scrap out democracy, we need qeemay walay naan.
Nazim May 28, 2013 06:30am
Certainly, PTI leadership committed some grave mistakes prominent among them holding of intra party elections just before elections which resulted in infighting within the party, late distribution of tickets, inappropriate distribution of tickets, etc which led to the debacle but learning from mistakes is the hallmark of true leadership and I am quite sure that PTI leadership will do and Inshallah next time we will be in a much better position.
Rashad May 28, 2013 06:32am
Wow! not even officially in power yet and you can see all the opportunists lining up and parading their PRO "NOON" league stuff. How very surprising!
sfomann May 28, 2013 06:44am
PTI did not loose. Pakistan lost a great leader and the historical opportunity to turn the country around to a progressive path.
sfomann May 28, 2013 06:51am
PTI lost due to massive rigging. My cousin worked for the Sharif foundation and had been great supporter of PMLN for the last two terms. He had orders to make sure that PMLN win by large margin. He refused and resigned and eventually he and his family voted for the PTI. It all makes sense now and the reason why there were more votes casted then the registered votes. PMLN panicked when they realized so many people voting for Khan that they forgot to count the number of registered voters when rigging
Majaz May 28, 2013 07:03am
Not surprising. This happens in Pakistani politics.
Rafiq May 28, 2013 07:11am
Omar- Even PTI arch foe will acknowledge that they did exceedingly well in the election. Rightly so they set themselves high target and it really does not matter they are not able to win elections. For the first time in karachi in 3 decades, people were able to challenge leadership of MQM which previously was unthinkable. All the past governments of PPP etc used to visit none zero as if they are paying visit to a Sufi Shrine and no one was able to utter a word against MQM. Although being a PTI supporter, i respect the opinion of people who has voted for PML (N) and bought them back in power corridors but the only reason that Khan's supporter have feeling of rage and remorse is that it is not clear to us what would PML (N) do differently this time to bring back the prosperity. I do hope that we are proven wrong in the wider interest of our Pakistan.
Zulfiqar Ahmad May 28, 2013 07:42am
I am satisfied as Imran has emerged as a leader with real force who has established a quite handsome vote bank. Omer's article is all about losing PM's seat which is heartbreaking in the short term but not discouraging in the long as Khan has been successful in gathering a group of people with one particular approach under one roof. Every party takes time to learn and PTI has started journey with an agenda of first kind of this nature in Pakistan.
Ali May 28, 2013 07:43am
Very well-written article; a brief, yet comprehensive, piece on the results. If PTI'ers were smart, they would read such pieces, and then consider/analysis the points made, for their own benefit and, perhaps, to yield a better result in the next elections. A majority of seats can't be won by concentrating on a loud, visible and media-dominating urban minority, it's the poorer, rural, illiterate majority and their concerns that should have been the target of campaigns, over a longer term. If this lesson can be learned by the PTI, maybe they could do better in the next elections, yet if not, its likely to remain a two-horse race in Pakistan for the foreseeable, with PTI remaining a thorn in the side, at best, of any majority government.
Shahzeb Khan (@ShahzebKhan) May 28, 2013 07:44am
Agree, on PTI's poker face PMLN called a bluff. But then again, I say, it was worth the shot. Had Imran Khan not instilled the possibility of winning (amongst the supporters) then PTI wouldn't even have come this far. Its rather sad but most of the people don't follow a vision instead the back of another man in a heard.
Mawra Kamran May 28, 2013 07:50am
It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes. ~Joseph Stalin
haris May 28, 2013 07:50am
"Dreaming is bad for everyones health." Where did you get this quote Bro? Or you made it yourself?
Usman Anwer May 28, 2013 08:18am
I do agree some of the points, but do not with rest of it... Here we are just talking about what results PTI got, what they had promised they will, what they have achieved and what they have not. We are absolutely ignoring the actual point here i.e. ragging. Everyone from inside to believe IF (for instance) we say IF we had a crystal clear, free and fair elections the results would be too opposite what we had now. I am again not saying that PTI would have won it. I am saying the results wouldn't be what they are right now... We are just talking about here (AS ALWAYS) c'mon get the hell out of protest thing and accept the results and move on... WHY?? This is happening for decades now. No one have courage to take the step yet? We criticize, protest and shut our mouths and go home.. Now If the PPL are out there to Speak for their RIGHTS and if PTI or any other party is supporting them what is the reason of criticizing it? Infact media should come out more and support them. NOW OR NEVER....!
Sara May 28, 2013 08:23am
An apt analysis!
virtualflower May 28, 2013 08:26am
I am not sure what Omar Waraich is trying to convey. For a leader, it is a must that he keeps dreams alive because it is (lahoo garam rakhne ka hai ek bahana). Would you want him to tell people that they will somehow be the third biggest party by seats and second by popular votes. Who will follow him???? Historically, every leader has invoked passion based on a vision (not on ground realities)...Even QA won only 23 percent Muslim seats in 1937 elections. He never advocated a conservative group who would gradually build up steam to dominate future elections. Instead, QA message was loud and clear that he wanted a Muslim state at all cost in earnest.
virtualflower May 28, 2013 08:27am
I am not sure what Omar Waraich is trying to convey. For a leader, it is a must that he keeps dreams alive because it is (lahoo garam rakhne ka hai ek bahana). Would you want him to tell people that they will somehow be the third biggest party by seats and second by popular votes. Who will follow him???? Historically, every leader has invoked passion based on a vision (not on ground realities)
Omar May 28, 2013 08:30am
"PTI has been dreaming dreams" sounds legit.
Mohammad Arif May 28, 2013 09:00am
Actually ECP and corrupt system defeated Imran Khan. People had overwhelmingly voted him. He had to be the PM.
Azmat Shah May 28, 2013 09:20am
Could some one please enlighten me on what he means by "While PTI talked about visas and patwaris, PML-N offered those who can
Azmat Shah May 28, 2013 09:26am
How PML(NO won
Ahmed May 28, 2013 09:29am
PTI was definitely not going to win but the point you missed Mr.Waraich is that PTI lost by a margin that was not suppose to be this big. Call it a conspiracy but PML-N was handed over the Govt. Want proof wait till we get $ 15 billion from you know who.
kashif May 28, 2013 09:39am
we want election comission should take action against the massive riging if they dont this will happen again with the same results PTI should stand for the strong protest against these one sided umpires ,IMRAN should not step behind until the neutral umpires ....
Shahzad Khan May 28, 2013 09:46am
I disagree with the writer on most of his statements. I would have agreed with him if there would have been "free n fair" elections. I would like to re-iterate one point here again that PTI is only saying that "check all of those election results where substantial rigging proof exists". Thats all. Yes, Mr Khan said that his party will sweep the elections which didnt happen and PTI followers should admit that and look at the future.
Hassan May 28, 2013 09:47am
Bad article.. Pre-planned rigged elections so all the birds of the smale flock can fly together..
Raja Zia May 28, 2013 09:48am
Ground realities are different, if you go back 5 years , you don't have existence of PTI in political game. the PTI get popularity due to PLMN friendly opposition, and peoples realized both the PPP and PLMN are working on same agenda. PTI lost election due the so called electoral system, if you go with electronic voting system you have different results. as a political student now elections are over. the test of PLMN is already started. the key tasks are , electricity problem. ( As nawaz Sharif turned from his stances already.) Drone attached should be stop with in 6 month time. Metro Bus. Minimum 18000 wages. more peoples are in TAX basket. Police , education , health, System. Patwari system should be changed. economic issues should be resolved with in five years. more work on youth. Electronic voting system in election 2018 we cant say PTI wrong till the above issues resolved by PLMN>
newsmoviesdownloads May 28, 2013 09:53am
Ground realities are different, if you go back 5 years , you don
setara May 28, 2013 10:03am
another dream of conspiracy theory... as always, this disease of blaming others and not introspect what was happened is what makes us fall on the same trap
A. Khan May 28, 2013 10:03am
Polling of more votes than registered voters should be the real clue. But perhaps you are not clever enough to see it or don't want to admit it. Which is it ?
M. Alvi May 28, 2013 10:20am
Mr. Waraich's artivle is either naive or prejudiced.
Awais May 28, 2013 10:37am
Your thinkings are rubbish. Imran always talked about Green passports and he will elevate the diginity of Pakistani passports. Would the poor get these passports?
Saad May 28, 2013 10:37am
Absolutely biased! No mention of rigging! What a bad article !
Malveros May 28, 2013 11:04am
Excellent spot on analysis. The PTI trolls should ponder on this.
Zeeshan Shamsi May 28, 2013 11:31am
Very objective article. Bravo.
Sidra Nadeem May 28, 2013 11:36am
This is politics, and we've got better things to worry about. How immature is this party! They can't even stand the slightest bit of criticism.
Ahmed May 28, 2013 11:38am
democracy is tyranny of majority. majority of the poor and people have no wisdom whatsoever. just give them "roti" and they will do anything. how come vote of everyone be equal. that's biggest rubbish.
PML(n) Supporter May 28, 2013 11:49am
I want all PTI supporters to maintain this attitudue as you just showed. This kind of attitude will hopefully ensure PMLn or PPP will come for another term. Khan and his supporters fails to respect any thing which they believe is not in line with their point of view. This is not how you win support. You win people by winning hearts and minds along with learning from the criticism not by disrespecting them and assuming anyone writnig against you is on the payroll of others. Kindly continue this attitude as if you gave it up it would be a great worry for us,who are supporting old Pakistan.
PML(n) Supporter May 28, 2013 11:51am
Keep dreaming and debating.
PML(n) Supporter May 28, 2013 11:52am
well if that 15 Billion comes, you can tell the governement not to shedd off the loadshedding as you are PTI loylist. LOSERS
Imtiaz Ahmed May 28, 2013 11:57am
Were PTI able to provide any proof for a single polling station where polled votes were more than registered votes?
FACT May 28, 2013 11:58am
PTI loss cannot be narrated more perfectly. Khan himself started believing the bluff, which he was playing to lure youth. The writer did not mention the nonsense coming out of mouth throughout his campaign, which really upset lots of people especially the elderly once. We just failed to reach the Oxford qualified Khan.
FACT May 28, 2013 11:59am
Why PTI was so impotant to take care of their battle on ground, why to cry on split milk????
FACT May 28, 2013 12:15pm
Well still the pain would be same for day dreamers.
Faheem May 28, 2013 12:44pm
Simple Analysis to prove legtimate elections. Writer did not spot the light on minimum 35 seats of Punjab and Karachi which PTI can win if level playing field was available for PTI with MQM & PML-N
xyz May 28, 2013 12:45pm
Today the election process has its own shortfalls, however, that's the ground reality. I think there are two factors that lead to unexpected result from PTI prospective. One of the major factors I agreed that the message did not effectively communicated to poor( which is a major portion of the population). Khan should take time and look at the data and overcome some of the issues. Khan should engage in local body election all over the country with full force.The 2nd factor which is very important is what to say and even more important what not to say. every leader should need an excellent advisor( and its team) so that whenever the leader makes a comment should first consult the advisor and get facts before speak but what most important part is what not to say. don't forget that the part of the nation problem is nation is good at taking dictations from external sources and we all know the reasons........... Beggars can't be a decision makers!!!!
ahmad butt May 28, 2013 12:51pm
@ Mawra you couldnt have said any better and summed up the entire argument :). If the army and CCTV cameras were installed in each constituency and video footage recorded when votes were being conducted and counted, then most of would be willing to accept the result. Else there is a major problem with ballot boxes arriving late, media people showing video footage of ballot papers and broken boxes, and also 3 days to delay the result in Baluchistan, seems dodgy by all standards. I guess IK and PTI can call it a 1987 world cup loss after putting in a real good effort and next five years they would be better prepared with all the shenanigans that happened.
A Vetta May 28, 2013 12:52pm
PTI did not lose. Its exaggerated fancy of a tsunami was a dream. An objective observer like me could and did say that
A. Jafri May 28, 2013 12:53pm
Analyze this Mr. Waraich - if PML-N's message of old country was so powerful, why did the same message not work in any other province outside of Punjab? The simplest explanation for PML-N win is the tribal instincts of a illiterate electorate that went for their own. In fact, that is true largely across the country. PTI would have won if the masses were enlightened enough to look beyond their primal instinct of belonging to a tribe. That said, election is over and it is only about Pakistan first. So best wishes to PML-N, I hope you govern well and succeed in helping Pakistanis across the state.
FACT May 28, 2013 12:59pm
Let you cousine work for PTI and hopefully PTI will next election
Atir Zaheer Khan May 28, 2013 01:07pm
Agreed with the writer!! PML N won the mandate on the basis of their positive approach and better performance than other parties in last tenures in federal and provincial govt. despite of all anti nawaz sharif election campaign by all parties. PTI turned out as a Big Party and gained great support from public on the basis of the innovative slogan of Naya Pakistan. This is a very big achievement of PTI. Now everyone has to work prove themselves. This positive competition will be Good for the Development of Pakistan.
Salman Ahmed May 28, 2013 01:39pm
"The mistake the PTI leadership made was that of a foolish army: it believed its own propaganda.",very True. We want this country to become envy of Swiss. We want to believe that we do it. Some times, ideals are more important than results.
Abdullah K May 28, 2013 01:40pm
Mr. WaRaich - This nation of ours is lethargic, never learns from the mistakes of the past., happy with Status Quo. voted for another dynastic politician of Raiwind only replacing another dynastic politician of Larkana . Imran K offered them a way out but people preferred Status Quo.
Syed Ahmed May 28, 2013 01:40pm
By design the PTI was made to loose. PML(N) attained majority because of hundreds of 'Lotas' that switched over to PML(N) at an opportune moment and mass scale rigging that started even before the commencement of election process, including denying the overseas Pakistanis the right to vote.
shamshed akhtar May 28, 2013 01:43pm
17 years a go Imran Khan came to the political stage as a one man band screaming justice and education for the common man in Pakistan, denouncing the prevailing status quo of same faces or even bloodlines gaining power again and again to the extent same families were jumping the PML or PPP ships depending on which had favourable winds to carry them to power. Why did Imran khan loose? Simple answer no electricity. Imran khans message was never delivered to the rural majority. Why is Nawaz Shareef already coming up with excuses not to provide electricity because he knows if he does this he will not be in power in 2 years time but then again if he does nothing?. If General Musharaf did something it was to allow the media freedom. Will Nawaz Shareef allow media freedom to continue and ask awkward questions? If media freedom stays in place and Imran Khan does a reasonable job in kpk he will be the next prime minister but the odds are stacked against him in kpk. Naya Pakistan has already arrived it is for the media and people of Pakistan to ask questions and expect answer from the new government. A leopard does not change its spots and this new government is full of the corrupt of Pakistan.
Akram May 28, 2013 01:46pm
there is definetly some truth to this, revolutions that Imran Kahn dreams of do not happen overnight. They take time and hard work, effort and belief. PTI now have base, and if the situation is right next time around they could win.
salman May 28, 2013 01:46pm
i being a pti supporter agree with this analysis... in my view intra party elections took a long time to complete..blunders were made in ticket allocation..Imran khan had few days to campaign...
salman May 28, 2013 01:50pm
i don't agree pti lost ..they won in kpk...we can say the magnitude of win in pakistan was small..
waqas May 28, 2013 01:53pm
pti should have concentrated on the rural youth who were still part of traditional voting system..urban youth was supporting pti but their ratio was small as compared to the rural areas.
fazal_malik (@fazalistan) May 28, 2013 01:54pm
Omar Sahab you are right but i think PTI could win more seats if elections were really free and fair........I think it is and was the main reason
Adnan May 28, 2013 01:55pm
I think PML N wont be able to able to withstand the public pressure for long... Although the article ie absurd and didnt mention anything about rigging...But within a couple of year I can see IK as the next PM of Pakistan... As from now, Nawaz Sharif is saying that treasury is empty... Its high time to give statistics of whats available and what not!! highlighting the timeline to recover from this debt and to have a better inflow of money....Only IK and his team can manage that.. because this need corruption free environment....
Akram May 28, 2013 02:01pm
how do you know that all people voted PTI? I find this absurd, you are making an assertion without a shred of proof. We all know what happens in Pakistan but to say the majority did not vote for PML-N is akin to burying your head in the sand and not acknowledging your own mistakes. I am also a PTI supporter, but I realised it was unlikely PTI would win having no established party setup and a lack of experienced people in the elections. PTI needs to learn from its mistakes if it wants to win next time, not admitting its mistakes is a recipe for it to lose again.
ZZQ May 28, 2013 02:40pm
what a waste of time this article is... the writer is too biased as he has completely ignored the rigging issue. If he missed the following of PTI in pre and election days... he should now try and read the comments given on this useless biased article...
Asad Khan May 28, 2013 02:41pm
See PTI's tv ads and election manifesto
Tariq May 28, 2013 02:54pm
This article lacks the truth credibility! The whole electrol process was against PTI right from the beginning. When Nawaz and Zardari met in Dubai before the elections they had sealed the deal between themselves, the PPP had had five unhindered years from lame PML-N opposition, now it was PML-N's turn to scoop the public purse. The ECP and all the legal band wagon are all on the same gravy train! How you may ask, look at all those voters who were denied to cast their votes in many, many constituencies which would have gone to PTI. Also the overseas eligible-voters were denied the vote too, because the bulk of the vote bank was for PTI! PTI has not lost, Pakistan has lost!
Waseem Akhtar (@was_eem) May 28, 2013 02:59pm
Why people become so one-sided in their opinion? PTI did not do even a single thing right in its whole campaigning? Give me a break please!
Blue Bells May 28, 2013 03:02pm
What surprises me is that after PML(N) had won, all journalist have now taken a sharp U-turn in their analysis (which is obviously inclined towards N-league).
SK May 28, 2013 03:06pm
I would say its better to bury the hatchet. PTI should now began looking at being a fierce and formidable but constructive opposition and keep an hawkish eyes on the government excesses . The next thing would be to manage KPK and manage it well . The economy , education and security will be the main challenges for PTI. If it can deliver these , the next election is winnable for PTI . But with the hostile government at the centre it won't be easy.
Waris May 28, 2013 03:12pm
Merely a nonsense analysis. Just one sided. Without mentioning rampant rigging, the analysis is absolutely aligned to Nleage. Many strong facts simply ignored.
Israr Khan IsmailZai. May 28, 2013 03:14pm
Oh really???? How exactly do you do your " research" for your articles??
Tariq May 28, 2013 03:17pm
By "massive rigging"
Tanvir May 28, 2013 03:18pm
Let's not be too harsh on PTI. Overall, it gained a lot in this election. It lost to ML-N, so what. PTI will be in a better position the next time around.
khan May 28, 2013 03:29pm
Imran doesn't know the ground realities his win in KP will pay way for his defeat and ouster from politics.
Tansar May 28, 2013 03:31pm
For the write! I would suggest you write articles about kindergarten story books or bed time stories. Since you don't have courage to accept the truth.
Abdulrahman Khan May 28, 2013 03:36pm
Most of the PTI supporters are crying for massive, planned rigging in the 2013 elections in the reas where PTI lost. Do they accept that there was massive/planned rigging in KP too, where PTI won? Please use common sense.
Noor May 28, 2013 03:43pm
There is no sadness or sorrow feeling amongst workers, the only point of discussion in regards to RIGGING is a few seats, otherwise the results are fair and square, but OMAR has been bias in this...
Talha Waleed Malik May 28, 2013 03:44pm
A very bad article, even though PTI lost but it was by a small margin on every seat. PTI did not had any existence some four years back and now they are have emerged as second largest party in Pakistan from nowhere. PML-N has sympathy votes because of Musharaf overthrowing their government in 1999. In Pakistan you talk to any individual, then he will tell you that he voted for PTI then how did PML-N won. Rigging was there on massive scale, many of the votes were not able to cast their votes because of poor management and long lines at polling stations. This turnaround was expected and was for PTI but many were not able to cast their votes. I would say that PTI did not lose but this defeat its self is a victory and wakeup call for PML-N that if they don
Mystic May 28, 2013 03:46pm
Second highest number of votes from all over the country.... NOT LOST. Sorry.
Waris May 28, 2013 03:46pm
This man, Omar Warraich, wrote this article only to attract more comments. He knows the PTI voters are most responsive on the internet and also educated and aware of their rights. so his piece of writing will lure more comments, what if condemning and reprimanding.
ahmed May 28, 2013 04:00pm
I can understand that the pain felt by pti supporters after the results. They are finding it very difficult to swallow it. Media in Pakistan had created such a hype in favour of pti that these guys had set their expectation at a most unrealistic level. The truth is there for everyone to see. All this talk of "rigging" is just self-denial. THe article is spot on. Even the party heads have now accepted the results as mostly fair and that's why are in a hurry to form provincial govt in kp before they lose that as well. Otherwise they would have refused to do so.
Sultan Alvi, Toronto, Canada May 28, 2013 04:02pm
Spot on! It was ECP, inherently corrupt system, and massive rigging that snatched the victory from PTI. The country was cleverly handed over to over-aged people (e.g. Khoso and Fakhru Bhai) to ensure that status quo endures. How could these elders allow the change to come about in this wretched country? The latest news, Qaim Ali Shah nominated to be the CM of Sindh by our beloved PPP leader, Asif Ali Zardari. Good luck Pakistan!
Imran Abbasi May 28, 2013 04:34pm
Corruption at the ballot box cannot be conveniently ignored when analysing the elections. I second Omar that PTI did miss out on a large village vote bank. No party will ever win just by focusing primarily on a single demographic. Understanding the entire demographic and coining a punchline for each segment of the society is the old fashioned 'politics' that works.
Waris May 28, 2013 04:49pm
"Khan has been successful in gathering a group of people with one particular approach under one roof" I ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH YOU ON THIS LOGIC.
Waris May 28, 2013 04:52pm
Ha ha ha!! Good scoff!!!!! qeemay walay naan.
Waris May 28, 2013 04:56pm
A known devil!!!!!!! Very apt label.
Fareed Khan May 28, 2013 05:14pm
I think writer is pro N. He fails to mention rigging at all and seems to be a member of inner workings of N league. Just because he covers TIME does not make him all wise and neutral
Shahid May 28, 2013 05:14pm
Well much talk about PTI loss in the elections. Mr Warraich plz enough of rhetoric, one can understand the factor of juvenile PTI supporters / workers who didnt believe or had the experience of electoral day manipulations. Let us not forget.....CIA also wanted PML-N to win. Was PML-N so polpular why it couldnt attract voters from KPK, Sind and Balochistan. Being a naive and gullible Pakistani as i am let me say....Pakistan will regain its independence from US slaves one day. PTI or anybody else...we will live to fight another day.
Overseas Pakistani May 28, 2013 05:19pm
You also forgot: - Bullet Train - Airport in Abbotabad
UlHaq May 28, 2013 05:35pm
Spot on analysis. And the same crying of foul play (even here in comments) by PTI's arm-chair, urban-ittes without sensibly pondering and reflecting on what, not only the writer of this article, but the entire world is saying . With this attitude, I don't think PTI can even survive till the next elections!!
Alam Zeb Khan May 28, 2013 05:54pm
I am not questioning intelligence of the people of Punjab and Sindh in particular but people cast their vote based on green pastures which are no close to realities. metro bus service a disastrous scheme for the country (1 billion subsidy every month) nawaz sharif promising bullet train which even US cannot afford. People thinks sharif brothers have some magic to bring prosperity to the country. i am certain people will reap what they bow by electing sharif brothers. i am quite certain if PTI have won they would have put the country on right track. MY Allah give wisdom to the people of Punjab and Sindh. They have no right to come out and protest in next 5 years
Aku May 28, 2013 06:00pm
Here is another drawing room article, unaware of ground realities and why so many of PTI voters were disappointed. Youth is with PTI and will remain with PTI.
Zohaib May 28, 2013 06:12pm
I voted for PTI candidate because I believed that he was a better man than PMLN candidate...
Adil Jadoon May 28, 2013 06:44pm
We are happy and never hoped to form the govenment. We will do even better next time.
noman1234 May 28, 2013 06:45pm
You didnt have to right a whole article about this. The answer is very very very simple. The elections were rigged.
skeptic May 28, 2013 06:47pm
what Imran Khan has been able to pull off is absolutely remarkable and only he could have done it in the prevailing national identity crisis.this numerically limited urban class of Punjab which the writer talks about but what about the urban middle class of Karachi who came out on streets for a true change (when did that happen the last time in Karachi?),so my hats off to the numerically limited urban middle class of Karachi,Lahore,Peshawar,Islamabad and the rest of Pakistan who supported the Skipper. The writer should also remember that this numerically limited urban middle class is also educated and the word of goodness and understanding will InshAllah spread and we all will be the beacons of that change.
Kdspirited May 28, 2013 07:02pm
What the PML-N did well was to pay off the electables. What we are good at doing as a nation is to stand behind the wrong because it is easy. Its easy to side with status quo and much harder to fight it. The truth is that PML-N is a punjabi party and that is all they won. if they had done so much work and analysis they should have won from all over Pakistan. Also if the ECP was impartial and there was accountability of anyone in this nation the whole world would have seen a much different picture. What the PTI is doing is what it has always promised to do. Fight corruption and injustice. This whole election drama was nothing but that as we all saw. And only time will tell if the ones who won the battel will also win the war. Just because PTI won doesnt mean it should stop supporting the truth. Which is the the elections were rigged and there has been no accountability of that
khalid saeed May 28, 2013 07:05pm
wonder why the author has completely ignored the intra party election PTI conducted shortly before the 11 May election. I think PTI have dared to do something which other parties would do only in dreams. Let us wait and see whether PML -N and PPPP for that matter arrange intra party elections to lay down the real basis of democracy
Kdspirited May 28, 2013 07:09pm
He promised people a dignified way to live and be recognized all over the world. He didnt offer people visas on their green passports. Again what nonsense.Right now a green passport means Terrorist, Jehadi, illegal immigrant you name it.
akhter husain May 28, 2013 07:15pm
Point well taken..
Ali May 28, 2013 07:28pm
"Sharif proved more effective in offering voters a more plausible return to an old country, where the lights work, fans whir, and shops do a reliable trade." hahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa..........congratulations on your election!
Murad Moosa Khan May 28, 2013 07:42pm
Dear Mr. Warraich- in your opinion, what was the extent of rigging in the elections?
Moiz Shaikh May 28, 2013 07:47pm
I guess shld hv discussed abt riiging too in the article.. Hope IK will or PTI will form a model province in KPK.. all eyes on shareefs too for resolvng huge pakistani problems at presnt..
Moiz Shaikh May 28, 2013 07:48pm
i guess waraich sahab hasn't given gr8 importnce to riiging..
ah May 28, 2013 08:02pm
you call a 61 year old a youth?. I m not intrested in such youth???
Farkhanda May 28, 2013 08:16pm
This is an objective analysis. But, as usual, pseudo-intellectual trolls of PTI will Fail to digest it.
Salma Khan May 28, 2013 08:23pm
Imran has always said that if PTI doesn't win, they'll sit in the opposition. Therefore, it's not the loss that bothers IK, but the 'broad-daylight theft" of peoples' votes is what outrages him (and me). Only truth can seed a true democracy! May 28, 2013 08:26pm
Tusnami was not meant to swamp the opponents. Please make this correction. Tsunami was going to swamp the corrupt, those who have offshore family ownerships, those who got huge loans during the rule, those who used court stay order mechanism to delay & avoid paying back loans, those who got huge public funds from ISI, those who laundered money, those see institutions falling on their watch, those who take advantage of lack of institutions, those who take advantage of patwari siyast, those who use thana & kacharey to their benefit, those who call the shots to launch gimmick projects, & don't let institutions or governance take care of the priorities. May 28, 2013 08:36pm
The cause of PTI failure to Tsunami is simple, & two fol PTI decision to carry out internal elections 10 or 12 months before the elections was a bad decision. PERIOD, the primary root cause The party implode & lost its momentum under its own weight, due to the intra party elections. The intra party elections should have happened after the elections. Imran Khan should have been stumping day & night over the last 12 months, instead of dealing with internal walk outs, grievances, dismay, revolt. The second factor that reduced the chances of winning higher number of seats than its present performance was his fall from the HOIST, PERIOD He could have inspired a large number of voters during the last 3 or 4 days of campaigning.
Baber May 28, 2013 08:50pm
Written by someone who neither knows teh ground reality nor has a clue. Journalistic integrity is dead
Abdullah Hussain May 28, 2013 08:58pm
Its very simple, TI lost because the results were written even before the polls were held. This was a fabricated election produced according to the approved shop drawing. No blame on IK or TI.
Dr. Abid Shah Mashwani May 28, 2013 08:59pm
In other words, the authors tried to conclude that in Pakistan dishonesty and lack of vision of leader work more than honesty and vision. Where instead of providing education, health and clean water, you can make false promises of metro bus in every city, bullet train between Peshawar and Karachi, motor way to Mansehra and end of load shedding in 6 months, and people vote for you. Then two weeks later you can tell them Khazana Khalee hey and all these promises were "jazbatee election speeches". Then squeez every drop of blood from poor voters for next 3 years before you once again do few showpiece projects in last two years, and fool people once again.
shahid May 28, 2013 09:02pm
Mr Waraich you know the reasons why Imran lost? besides your analysis, You would be writing same reasons for Mr Sharif if PMLN lost, May 28, 2013 09:10pm
Polls are important according to Omar which PTI dismissed. Media time is not important, according to Omar which PTI considered its best indicator to win, Omar is also Omar is dismissing importance of rallies, 50 thousand in rally do not represent as sample for a constituency with 400,000 voters. As an example: Obama, unlike IK, took direction according to the polls at the county level. He knew ahead of time, even the counties he was going to win. His election team included a Pakistani CS from Carnegie Mellon, & Axle Rod headed the election team. Huffington post & others who got their polls from the same source gave consistent win to Obama, even after he did bad in his first national pre-election debate. NS's approach seems to be similar to Obama, because he took the polls seriously to reach inference a head of time, & put the electable, & made alignments accordingly , based on the polls. May 28, 2013 09:12pm
Obama's team made investments at county level according to the polling date.
Imad Khan May 28, 2013 09:20pm
Who says PTI lost, PTI is going to form a government in one of the four provinces and it scored the second most votes after PML-N in the whole country. This by a party that only had 1 seat back in 2002. These are not the traits of a losing party, but a party on the rise and its only going to get better from here on. So watch out Pakistan, PTI has come and its here to stay.
Imad Khan May 28, 2013 09:23pm
You must be PML-N supporter coz they were not interested in the youth until IK showed his strength, and now that they have got the votes, they will forget about the youth as usual. May 28, 2013 09:25pm
Also, NS was successful in putting the entire blame of their failure to provide electricity on the Federal government. Public did not care to know the entire truth. Also, public has no issue with offshore family ownerships, loans acquired during the rule & not returned, using the court stay order mechanisms to avoid paying back loans, and getting public funds in the past from ISI. IK's effort to make the pubic realize the level of corruption, but he failed. I believed, he needed to touch based every nook & corner through out the year, which he wasted carrying out intra party election.
Ashiq May 28, 2013 10:01pm
Strange that there is no mention here of the effects of terrorism on the campaigning by ANP and PPP. Do you not think that because they were unable to hold jalsas as freely as PTI and PML(N) that this might also have had some effect on the numbers? I daresay that if those parties had been able to operate as freely then PTI would not have won as many seats in KP but may have won more in Punjab as PPP would have given more of a challenge to PML(N) there. What is really strange is that I have not heard any comment from Khan Sahib condemning the terrorists that threaten Pakistanis.
Nadeem May 28, 2013 10:15pm
Sore losers ! Get over it. Venture out of the luxury of your comfortable homes.....and feel the real's not your " mummy- daddy's living room"
ahsan May 28, 2013 10:20pm
imran khan talked about giving priority to providing clean water, free health care , reforming da police n judiciary, taxing da rich n giving relief to the poor.. wasnt he focusing on the welfare of da poor by promising to do al these things? how else cud he have atracted the vote of the poor? imran khan cud have gotten all da electable in da world after 30 oct, but we he told dem dat he wud have party elections n tikets would b recomended by the party, al of the electables ran away to nawaz sharif. and frankly dats da real reason for his defeat.. in punjab electables matter more than in kpk.. and yes nawaz sharif sahab did a better analysis of the constituencies n selected candidates whose chances of winning were good.. imran khan , on the other hand,, believed dat da ppl wud simply vote for pti ticket n dats where he proved wrong
Mustafa Razavi May 28, 2013 11:15pm
PML-(N) is adept at Lota-cracy, now they seem to have started Lota journalism.
Pakistani May 28, 2013 11:16pm
I agree with Mohammad Arif but yes people also voted PMLN. PTI may not have swept but winning only 28 seats is not digestable. Punjabis in punjab also voted for PTI and in large amount, so PMLN sweep in Punjab was not possible if free and fair election were to occur. Just for record sack, I am not a voter of either party.
Mustafa Razavi May 28, 2013 11:16pm
Certainly Imran Khan is a better man, may be the only man.
Mustafa Razavi May 28, 2013 11:17pm
At least in Punjab, anyone with real hair is a youth.
UlHaq May 28, 2013 11:23pm
Yes Waraich sb should have written about rigging. Especially the pre-poll rigging (via terrorism and murder, the worst of its kind) by the Taliban in favour of PTI due due to which they got some seats in NWFP (KP). No such support in Punjab though.
rohail May 28, 2013 11:36pm
As a Karachiite I know PTI lost 10-13 Karachi seats because MQM rigged the election. MQM threatened ppl and showed up at the polling station after Jammat walked away and start stamping, in the future if you write an article, please include those factors as well. Don't be afraid from MQM.
faryan786 May 28, 2013 11:37pm
Mr. O. Warriach, I don't know who let you publish this article, where you have completely missed the boat. PML-N and PPP were both involved in buying votes (Pre-poll rigging). The leaders of the two parties are corrupt to the bone. As you can see now they have shook hands and have decided for the betterment of Pakistan. People like yourself haven't learned in 60 plus years from your mistakes. How will you (Pakistanis) move forward if you keep bringing same old thugs into power. It is quite frustrating for me even when I live abroad I don't know how you guys are putting up with all that mess in the country. Nawaz had only developed Lahore to some extent more so his area where he visits but what about rest of Pakistan. He used to be in a mediocre house now he is in a palace. Same with Zardari. Don't you get it, can't you see. Your ego must be bigger than ever that Nawaz won, but in reality you have lost he bags fortune in his bank account while you and other Pakistanis try to fight it out with power issues, security issues, inflation etc. You still have to struggle to put food on your table. You have again been robbed of you next 5 years. WAKE UP MY BROTHER WAKE UP !!!!!!
faryan786 May 28, 2013 11:40pm
One has to be young at heart, that's all that matter.
Iqra May 28, 2013 11:43pm
I am not a voter or PTI or PMLN, so pity for all the people who are still supporting the old parties. It is so hard for me to believe that how can you guys test the same people over and over again and expect the different results as Einstein said. Even the Hadith said that momin ek surakh say bar bar nahi dasa jata. It is not about PMLN, PTI, Imran or Nawaz, It is about Pakistan. Every Pakistani's goal should be to make Pakistan better and support those who can lead the people toward the greater success for the country. For the country's sake, people should realize that old parties i.e PPP and PMLN have failed and they have no intention of making this country better but increase their bank accounts. So their years of experience have no value. For the sake of Pakistan, PTI should have been trusted by the people since it was never tested before and they have an intent to work for the country regardless of their experience. Quaid-e-Azam, had no experience but he had the intent and will and he was able to make the impossible, possible. PTI would have not lost this bad if free and fair election were happened. The above article is definitely bias.
jd May 29, 2013 12:19am
Bottom line is we (PTI) lost it big this time. We can debate the reasons all night long. The thing to do at this time is to pick up and move forward with lesson learned...upward and forward. Analyst are going to give their opinion because they have to, they get paid for that. We have to regroup and figure out who gave bad advice and kick them out of the party and make it a real youth party. This was the first real election for the party and we did really well in being a second biggest party of the country. Congratulations!!!!
jd May 29, 2013 12:25am
Khan Sb There are videos and pictures and proves of rigging in Punjab are there any in KP. Even if there are it should be investigated and dealt with. Can you say the same? How about investigate via thumbprints?
Shehla May 29, 2013 12:54am
The mistake PTI made was in a " foolish army" ? ! Is he implying PML-N voters voted with their brains? Or that PTI voters don't want lights and fans that work? Is this journalism ? What data does he have to support ANY of this.? I can do better than that! My unscientific speculation as to why PTI lost is that Pakistanis either suffered from stupefying amnesia and have forgotten how decades of corruption and mismanagement has resulted in the lack of electricity etc OR they voted simply by ethnicity.Yes and rigging did make a difference. Instead of spewing out patronizing meaningless articles do some real investigative journalism .
Salma May 29, 2013 01:00am
TRUE. The media had glamourised IK and he himself showed some dreams to the youth which were too much unrealistic. The relatively well-off youth, being emotional, were fancied by his promises. They developed so much blind faith in the victory which media had created hype about and PTI had promised for, that now it is hard for them to digest the unexpected results. I wondered how could a short-tempered man and an unexperienced politician like IK drive Pakistan out of the grave challenges it is facing today? His political immaturity is very much reflected from his unrealistic promises like eliminating corruption, forcing America to stop launching drones etc, ALL in 90 DAYS. Most of the youth, i guess, were blindly after the PTI glamour just to show themselves to be modern and revolutionary beings.
Yawar May 29, 2013 01:41am
I totally disagree with the author that jalsas have little effect. In fact jalsas are extremely important because what is said and how it is said resonates in most households, at least the ones that have access to TVs. Nawaz Sharif clearly had the advantage over Imran Khan in oratory. For example he said all the right things that mattered to common folk; motorway from Karachi to Peshawar, better public transportation including fixing of PIA and Railways, reduction in load shedding, end to corruption, reduced tension with India, and most importantly, jobs for the unemployed and for recent or soon to be graduates. He also used Shahbaz Sharif's schemes to his advantage. While Imran Khan kept on talking about higher ideals and goals such as justice for all, end to corruption and nepotism, taxation, dialogue with the Taliban, and of course he hurled a lot of negative statements at Nawaz Sharif which Sharif wisely did not respond to in person or through his brother but rather through his subordinates. What Imran Khan needs is a team of good speech writers and advisors who understand how to ignite the emotions of the majority of Pakistanis.
Yawar May 29, 2013 02:19am
The difference between Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan prior to the elections was that Sharif was much better in playing with the peoples emotions by putting the burden of serving Pakistan on himself, his brother, and his party, while Imran Khan tended to put the burden on the people of Pakistan. For example, Nawaz Sharif told Pakistan that he is going to give it a motorway and bullet trains from Karachi to Peshawar and ask nothing in return. Even though we know the chance of that happening in the next 5 years is very slim, we still liked it. However, Imran Khan's response was that when Pakistan changes for the better, obviously through the hard work of the common man, these things would automatically become a reality.
Bassam May 29, 2013 03:31am
@Farkhanda what about the anti PTI pseudo intellectuals - act like a kabutar and say there was no rigging.. ??? why cant the pro pmln pseudos accept that they won through their ROs . - take the seat of saad rafiq analyse it objectively and then come back resume the intellect.
Faisal May 29, 2013 03:54am
Very simplistic view of election. Author completely ignored the fact that rigging did happened on a massive scale. Everyone I spoke to in my cirlce of friends and family voted fr PTI in Karachi yet PTI did not come close to winning. So Mr. Omar Waraich, your jouranlistic views are flawed are at best and propaganda at worst. By the way, im an outsider and did not particulary support any party.
KAM May 29, 2013 04:54am
Firstly, PPP voters gave in to PTI that not only wiped PPP from Punjab but PTI as well. Secondly, Elections rigging cannot take place in urban areas of the cities due to too much exposure. PML-N has won fair and square, accept it. Good Luck to PML-N with their mandate And PTI show good governs in KPK and practice which shall make you perfect and may be in 5 you come back provided Allah forbids if PML-N does not perform.
James May 29, 2013 05:19am
@Omar Waraich: Your article sounds delusional. Do you remember, rigging?
NK May 29, 2013 05:24am
Rigging or no rigging, if anything, this election revalidated that education was the difference. It's a fact that majority of the country is uneducated and I dare say that the majority of this majority sided with PML-N. It takes an educated person to know better and the people who sided with PTI did know better. Darn right that this statement helps me sleep better and I could go on and on, so I will. The article confirms that the key difference between PML-N and PTI is that the strategy of the latter was to fix the country while the former's strategy was to simply win (read fix) the elections. PTI is quite content with the mandate it got. And yes, it has every right to register its protest for the 25 seats where the results were tampered with.
Haris Ali May 29, 2013 05:25am
PTI is still in a developing stage and what they achieved is by far a success in my opinion. Yes everyone was being optimistic seeing how mercurial are nation can be at times, people thought that maybe Imran Khan's charisma and determination might make the difference in him securing a major hold in the assembly. What people didn't understand was that PML-N has been a political force that was established before the birth of PAKISTAN and it has its roots set deep in the rural areas of the country. Also the urban class wasn't totally on board with Imran Khan's ideology of a 'NAYA PAKISTAN'. Yes there was majority supporting him in the major cities of PAKISTAN but it was still premature for the party to win at this stage. An achievement for them is that they have finally established their political hold in the country and shown that they are not to be dealt lightly with. PML-N may have won the elections but the responsibility they've taken up is by far one of the most difficult ones to handle. If they are not able to stabilise the country establish basic necessities (such as electricity) and reduce the inflation that spread all the over the nation they will be in the same state as PPP was in this election. One can only pray and hope for the best.
Atir Zaheer Khan May 29, 2013 06:25am
So PTI shud keep free and fair elections in their agenda on top priority as Tahir ul Qadri said b4 elections... (harnay walay elections ki shaam se dhaandli ka rona roen ge). IK / PTI not even spell out a single word regarding Khi situation during whole election campaign except in his last address after injury. Karachi election (gun point) situation has a history of 2 decades so how can PTI expect that it will go in ideal situation in year 2013. Why they did not demanded army inside polling stations?? as demanded by JI before elections.. Now Karachi agitation shud not be spread all over Pakistan. Karachi situation is exceptional due to criminal element which does not exist in other areas. For other areas PTI shud bring evidences to ECP instead of portraying whole election as rigged and putting allegations on all other parties without any proof.
Paki First May 29, 2013 06:26am
Thanks to PTI among several other credits, Largest vote cast in several Decades & Awareness in 'Educated Youth'. Dawn some how cant swallow the successes of PTI. I think there is a lot to admire on their achievement rather than criticize in such a pathetic way. Keep on publishing these articles and you will keep on loosing your credibility in my eyes.
Mukhi bano May 29, 2013 06:32am
IK won the Nation and Nawaz won the election by rigging
Mukhi bano May 29, 2013 06:35am
They r pathans .......... how they can rigging in KPK
Maryam May 29, 2013 06:56am
Agree totally! good article and now both the parites should support eachother and work for a better Pakistani . and also keep an eye on eachother !
sss May 29, 2013 07:04am
The flood reference in the fifth paragraph is too juvenile. In fact I could use the same word for the rest of the article, though it does have some redeeming features.
Waleed May 29, 2013 07:06am
After overcoming initial sock, PTI should have sensibly analyzed reasons behind its failure and particularly the popularity dip after 2011. Continued rigging blames shows its supporters are still not ready to come out of denial phase ........... certainly on road to extinction
NK May 29, 2013 07:38am
SCARCELY has a party been more disappointed with success....this only exhibits the level of PTI's standards. Failure is not an option. All or nothing at all.
rtepakistan May 29, 2013 07:57am
Hey, fans of PTI, What about the rigging in K-P? The engineered mandate of PTI there?
Ammara Bloch May 29, 2013 08:26am
This article has skipped so many realities and has not covered the actual political senario of these elections and also ignored the factors like rigging in punjab specially.It has also missed the political enthusiasm of people which was only because of the hard work of PTI.very weak and bogus article zero out of 10
Ammara Bloch May 29, 2013 08:28am
What a joke...:P
Ammara Bloch May 29, 2013 08:30am
ha ha Why are you getting jealous by the support of PTI..Enjoy the rigged elections..:P
Ammara Bloch May 29, 2013 08:34am
A person who says that the elections were not rigged is either too much biased that he don't want to face the reality or he is politically blind that he can't see the support of PTI everywhere.
Ammara Bloch May 29, 2013 08:36am
Use your common sense too because there the people mendate was not disturbed it is punjab whose mendate is important and every person with a little common sense knows it very well
Nadeem Yasin May 29, 2013 08:36am
"Sharif proved more effective in offering voters a more plausible return to an old country, where the lights work, fans whir, and shops do a reliable trade." Can't stop laughing on this. We must keep in mind the contradictions/realities in mind that pre-poll Shabaz and after-poll Nawaz promised with Nation.
Ammara Bloch May 29, 2013 08:40am
A little common sense is needed to understand that punjab 's mendate was more important when they can easily win by doing rigging in punjab then who will go for simple 34 seats in kpk and now they can say that if it was the matter of rigging than it should have been in kpk too..:P
Ammara Bloch May 29, 2013 08:43am
I can bet no "research" the writer has done otherwise he would not have written this bogus article ..:P
Saqib May 29, 2013 09:27am
go ahead and file a case in the tribunal or talk to the Election commission, whining online won't help
Shakil May 29, 2013 09:39am
I utterly agree with you.
Adeel May 29, 2013 09:45am
Dear pakistan, Dont mess with each other on party grounds. Rigging is a serious concern. It is not a blame game but a fact that being a pakistani nation we belive in riging regardless the affiliation with any political party. we are accepting Mandate of PML N in punjab .... LOL.... MQM in karachi.....LOL...LOL... any debating about the mendate of PTI in KPK haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah ! .... an emotinal decision (as per our upcoming PM). Wake up ! Wake up.
paki May 29, 2013 09:47am
rigging is the factor that is missed in the article as result of polls doesn't show true picture. secondly the forced voting specially in villages is also ignored. if every one gets a fair chance to vote i believe the scenario would be different.
Yousuf May 29, 2013 09:47am
An excellent write up. I totally agree to above. PTI did mistake in invoking voters. They only targeted one particular class and that class as of 2007 census is 58%.
Shakil May 29, 2013 10:11am
That is highly pessimistic. You can always take it as hope for next elections. 2nd highest no. of votes despite all the rigging is not bad at all.
KHI man May 29, 2013 10:54am
Have you done either of those things???
NK May 29, 2013 10:56am
The integrity of a Pathan is impeccable. They wouldn't ever stoop down to PML-N level. Jokes aside, considering the challenges in KPK, no one wanted anything to do with KPK. Hope this answers your question.
Ejaz ali May 29, 2013 12:37pm
Nk you are 100 percent right. To add further, I would humbly submit that our nation must focus on education of masses. Only than a conscious efforts would bring a lot at the top which will be able to make sound judgements and better decisions. Once we will be able to differentiate "mandate for the nation from personal vendetta". And that what makes PTI stand tall and unique, even after defeat the winner is appreciating PTIs' mandate. We have to go through a process of silent revolution or evolution, come what may it be called. One thing is for sure that with Nawaz shreiff again at the helm of affairs unfortunately there is a remote hope of breaking away from the chains of feudalism, hypocrisy and nepotism. Yes educated masses are with PTI, wait and see, I am sure his voters will increase exponentially because no body will remain unaware of his rights and above all, education will make the difference. Not today,may not be tomorrow, but day after it will. InsAllah
Asad Ali May 29, 2013 01:05pm
Hi Folks I think IK's injury also had an overall impact on last 3 days of elction campaign. though rigging is also abig factor but PTI must count its success with no political base as other old parties have. However, a good chance to prove its wortyh in north. Wait n See. Good luck next time PTI......
Faryal May 29, 2013 01:17pm
this is just half the story .... does this article aim to support the idea that elections were FAIR??? what a joke
Umar May 29, 2013 01:20pm
Less aware people still found struck up with their status quo approach without much rationale. PMLN cashed illetracy and backward / greedy approach of majority. Change is far from us.... Rest assure
Irfan Mahmood May 29, 2013 02:02pm
No.......ground reality is different what has been said in the article. You cannot imaging popularity of PTI, if all is done in transparent manner no one can stop PIT from sweeping the election.
hK47 May 29, 2013 02:09pm
sayedhusaini May 29, 2013 02:59pm
Bias is clear from the beginning few sentences ... since the MMA
junaid May 29, 2013 03:18pm
You misunderstood the journalist. He is being sarcastic about the short term / false promises which were needed to get votes. Everyone likes to hear what one wants to hear. If your fan is not runing and lights are not turning on, you will, automticaly, pay attention to the person who is promising to do that soon. Instead Imran did not want to make false promises and infact wanted to correct the system so that next time we did not have such a problem and nation could look ahead of these daily problems.
Shabut May 29, 2013 03:18pm
I'm not sure why people think that PTI lost. In my opinion PTI came out as a winner considering the seats and votes they have acquired in this election. I'm sure they will be even stronger and more educated the next time around. They just have to prove what they are made of now and if they are successful at it there is no stopping.
PAKISTANI May 29, 2013 04:20pm
i think you guys do not want to see betterment of this are supporting same old people who did nothing for Pakistan except doing corruption and playing with the emotions of people.IMRAN KHAN is much better than all of them and he is really didcated to Pakistan as he has done so many things like making of CANCER hospital without coming in goverment
Waleed May 29, 2013 05:04pm
Where is that support?? Little chunk from upper middle class and rest posing to be burgers
BEA May 29, 2013 05:11pm
They are a new party they can learn from their mistakes in the future probably will not make the same miistakes they did this time round. its not an easy job coming second place in a county like Pakistan so well doen for that.
Atta ur Rehman May 29, 2013 05:28pm
PTI will be next time winner inshallah if they emphasizes on the KP and make it in a model Province. People of other provinces will see. Also Imran should focus less on personal attacks on PML N and try to work as best opposition in federal govt and focus on rural Punjabi youth with education and other developments programmes. PTI will win next with 80-90 seats and will form govt with JI and some independants inshallah. Lastly it is tough next 5 yrs for PMLN, so better for PTI..
Ubaid Niaz May 29, 2013 05:34pm
Totally Agreed!!
Bilal May 29, 2013 06:41pm
Could not agree more. Very well written. An insightful article that provides excellent analysis of what happened. The comments on the article just prove the author's point right. Khan's supporter's either can't believe they've lost or can't swallow defeat. One thing is for sure. Judging by the volume of comments on the article, PTI supporters live in the delusional world of cyberspace, where facebook and twitter comments / feeds can create amazing fiction. My advice. Please do learn from your mistake. Do not become a foolish army again by being fooled by your own propaganda. Twice would be foolish much, no?
Bilal May 29, 2013 07:01pm
Lets also not forget PTIs promises of a NAYA Pakistan to be implemented in KPK. Amongst others: End of all corruption in 90 days or was it 9 days ? No crime Shooting down of drones New Insaaf system Free education
kambohguy May 29, 2013 07:11pm
worth reading..but dont agree..
Arshad May 29, 2013 07:35pm
U might be a outsider but this article is a eye opener for PTI
leo-lion May 29, 2013 07:41pm
No one asked from the candidates that if you loose the election, how would you take the defeat ? PTI did well, they should take the results in stride, next elections may be the technology will defeat the rigging
Khan May 29, 2013 08:20pm
Dude, get real. You know as well as we do how PTI lost. Never before 60% people have voted, the figure was between 40 - 45%. So the other 15% that make 25% of total votes, went for PTI. IK was absolutely correct, that they would sweep this election. However, he didnt realize that there will be the rigging factor that would change the reality.
Talha May 29, 2013 10:06pm
The author is not very good about keeping his subjectivity out of this article. According to him, everything PTI did was fundamentally wrong and that's why they lost these elections. At the same time, he's scolding PTI supporters for having the audacity at thinking they lost. Either the author needs to stick to a single angle or be brave enough to admit that this article is nothing more than a condescending elocution against everything/everyone opposed to his voting patterns. I maintain, PML-N, with Nawaz Sharif at its helms, must be presumed to be a continuation of the same diseased political system that allowed things to get this far down the drain in Pakistan.
Adeeba May 29, 2013 10:48pm
Totally Agreed!
Singh May 29, 2013 10:53pm
It is not about what whether Imran won or lost, it is about what he will do now to make better life for millions of hardworking common people struggling to provide good education and two time meal for their kid and where he stand as now his party is second largest party.
ANDUL KADER May 29, 2013 11:39pm
There is till yet no foolproof remedy against rigging. The recent election was a total fraud. Only time will expose the reality of the situation as matters settle down. Let us wait and watch.