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Peshawarites’ romance with PTI is over


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PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf popularity bubble burst in Peshawar on Thursday as the local residents either stayed home or went to the polling stations to vote against the nominee of Imran Khan’s party for the by-election in the local NA-1 constituency.

The newly-emerged PTI not only lost NA-1 seat in the by-polls but also shed around 60,000 votes in a short span of three months as its candidate, Gul Badshah, received 29,600 votes compared with the general elections when the party chief had polled over 90,000 votes in the constituency.

PTI which had won all four NA seats and 10 out of total 11 seats of the provincial assembly from Peshawar in the general elections could not retain its position in the by-polls. There was no enthusiasm among the party workers to bring voters to the polling stations compared to general elections.

Unlike the general elections, overcharged workers and ‘Tabdeeli Razaqar’ tying red and green bands of PTI around their heads and playing loud music were almost invisible. There were no long queues of voters and even some polling stations, especially women polling stations were deserted. On the other hand, workers of ANP were in an aggressive mode.

Imran had defeated Ghulam Ahmad Bilour in the general elections with a huge margin. He had gained 90,500 votes against Ghulam Bilour who bagged 24,468 votes.

But this time around, voters in NA-1 showed the mirror to Imran. His candidate Gul Badshah obtained only 29,600 votes while Ghulam Bilour received 34,386 votes. Ghulam Bilour was also supported by its arch rival Pakistan Peoples Party and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F.

Political observes say the low turnout was major factor in the victory of Ghulam Bilour against Gul Badshah. The number of the voters in NA-1 is around 300,000, but the turnout in by-poll remained 12 per cent. There are several reasons for the disappointment of voters.

Voters in NA-1 say PTI dug its own grave by allocating a ticket to a controversial figure whose nomination sparked controversy within the party ranks and files. Muhammad Aqil, a voter in NA-1, is not registered worker of PTI, but he and his entire family had voted for Imran Khan in the general election, because of Imran and his lieutenants “rhetoric” to bring change.

“This time my entire family voted for Ghulam Bilour, because of the rude attitude of the PTI chief and his MNAs and MPAs,” he said.

Voters complained that Imran Khan took Peshawarites for granted by surrendering NA-1 and an outsider who they believed was an Afghan national was given the party ticket.

“Nomination of Gul Badshah created an impression that nobody in Peshawar was capable to contest the by-election,” he said, adding that the PTI chief’s attitude forced the people to give vote to the ANP candidate.

The award of ticket to Gul Badshah created an impression in urban people that there was dearth of competent candidate and voters expressed their anguish by not going to polling stations, he said.

PTI lawmaker from Peshawar Javed Nasim said the party leadership and workers were ‘overconfident’ that they would easily sweep elections again.

“There was no planning and arrangements for bringing voters to polling stations,” he said.

Another reason for the defeat, he alleged was the that administration was not fair and Ghulam Bilour had bought voters.

Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, who teaches in the Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar, said rifts within the party and the three months performance of the provincial government had exposed PTI.

“Before the general elections, PTI had mesmerised educated and urbanised a lot of the society with the slogan of change. People expected revolutionary changes and end of status quo, but PTI disappointed the silent majority through its poor performance,” he said.

Like other political parties, the PTI ministers and leaders also continued the same status quo and therefore, people decided to stay at home on polling day, he said.

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NK Ali Aug 24, 2013 12:51pm

This disillusionment among the party workers is now an epidemic and let us all pray it becomes a pandemic. All political parties are manned by 'sadistic gluttons' who revel at the pain suffered by the citizens when they resort to unbridled corruption. The PPP and PMLN support such 'sadistic gluttons and the NAB is just a symbolic representation of equity. Salams

Zubair Khan Aug 24, 2013 01:07pm

An eye opener for Kaptan. Problem is taste of power ceases operation of many senses temporarily. Wise are those who realise it urgently otherwise IK of PTI is heading for doom day.

Anees Aug 24, 2013 02:31pm

This is a totally rubbish analysis. If you can see PTI votes reduced by a big margin, why can't you see that Bilour's votes were actually votes of three major Parties - PPP, JUI-F and ANP itself. Another major factor may have been Imran's preference for his Pindi seat over NA-1. And if you ( and the people in general ) judge a government's performance after just TWO MONTHS, then why do you elect them for FIVE YEARS. You better hold elections after every 6 MONTHS.

waseem Aug 24, 2013 02:31pm

The Day Mr. Imran Khan announced it will not keep NA-1, I personally knew he was making a big mistake! Why?? Because KPK people gave him love and trusted him, it was okay to leave seats in Punjab but not KPK. The result is evidence of this, a minus of whopping 60,000 votes for PTI, a pity!

Mr.T Aug 24, 2013 04:05pm

One against all corrupt politician, media etc etc. if minus imran khan what PAKISTAN have ?

Shabut Aug 24, 2013 04:11pm

I have been a PTI supporter and still support them. But my support is not unconditional or my following is not blind as majority of the people do in support of their related parties. Imran Khan and PTI must learn soon and start to deliver on their promises otherwise their fate will not be any different in the next general elections as in the current by polls.

Sanjeev Aug 24, 2013 04:19pm

Imran as a cricketer was successful but he imagined same success in politics, he should know that politics in subcontinent is not as simple as cricket.

Qudratullah Khan Aug 24, 2013 05:04pm

Its paid can't dig the 60 years dump in only 60 days...PTI is changing the system steadily... the difference will be shown soon. Any why , at the end i would like to say that the columnist is a biased minded... and he reveals his personal grudge..

Ghani K Aug 24, 2013 05:16pm

I guess nation is hooked on recycled politicians, from federal to provincial level.Mr.Bilour's return is latest example. IK offered a change, let us give him some space to work out his agenda.

observer Aug 24, 2013 05:23pm

Why no comments pti lovers? :D

Faraz Aug 24, 2013 05:44pm

Interesting no comments from PTI's supporters???

BNS Aug 24, 2013 06:05pm

PTI leadership should realize that now people expect them to deliver on their promises rather than seeing them continuousl;y protesting on one thing or the other. They have a great opportunity given to them in the form of KP government. Their focus should now be action and delivery oriented to tell their voters they they(people) did the right thing by voting for PTI. Instead the KP government has not ben able to demonstrate any serious initiative towards the betterment of that area which is very disappointing for the people. It appears that KP government lackes the confidence and courage to take decisions and move ahead. If the PTI leadership and the KPK government continues their current course of action they should be prepared for bigger surprizes which may not be very pleasant.

faisal Aug 24, 2013 07:02pm

"Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, who teaches in the Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar, said rifts within the party and the three months performance of the provincial government had exposed PTI". How can someone judge a party performance in just three months? The problems that have taken years could never be resolved in a of couple months.

Ahmer Aug 24, 2013 10:54pm

Imran was a one time star like Qadri.

marghoobahmedsiddiqui Aug 25, 2013 12:02am

If you will do nothing but making irrelevent demands, the result will be the same.

fida sayani Aug 25, 2013 02:01am

Before the election of 2008, I spoke to the PTI President of New Town Karachi and asked him about the education and health policies of PTI. His response, First let us get elected and than we will decide the policies. This is quality of the leadership of PTI. Therefore I am not surprised at the response of Peshawar voters. You can fool people once, you cannot do it twice.

Ismaeel Khan Aug 25, 2013 02:07am

Well its the case as mentioned in the article, I was in Islamabad , was not able to come for vote due to work, My brother was in Peshawar, he is still hard core PTI supporter but did not go as he said he had work and besides it wont put much difference, extrapolate it and you will see that lots of people didnt go not because they lost love for PTI in a matter of 3 months but they didnt as it was not going to put much difference plus election commission should done by election on sunday, my office didnt permit me to go for vote and even i wasnt interested in insisting them.all i know i didnt vote in by election but my vote from now on will be for PTI for years to come.if lets say just 5 votes are polled 3 are yours 2 are mine , and you win while no of total voters is 100 then it doesnt mean you won.

Mrs saima Aug 25, 2013 02:47am

I really look forward 2 c this page since election day,i live in khi n prefer peshawar news over metro news,having said that by reading this in ur paper this morning i was really can d writer proclaim the romance is over,its not rom its undying love bond thats never gonna break,2ndly its extremly foolish to compare GE wid ByElction,u simply cant recreate the same phenominal atmosphere owing 2 rigging,abuse of power,voters lose thier interst not in pti but in voting system,d confidence in power of vote has been shaken that need 2 b fixed first.Shehbaz sharef also lost his seat can u say rom of pmln has been over too? Agreed 2 the fact that better choice of candidate might have given diff result,but keeping in mind the binding factor(jealousy from pti) of ANP+JUIF+PMLN u never know! another thing a family is being quoted who changed thier affiliation within a short span of time,such ppl who cant wait,cant give chance to change,thier loss is nobodys gain they will keep on changing thier affliations,Pti want serious,realistic n committed was also immature on the part of writer to quote any voter n claim pti leaders r rude! N let me enlighten the writer more on the loss n win of a particular seat,if a candidate loses that doesnt mean the winner is the choice of the masss! I along wid hundreds of women tried to vote 4 pti,v were denied the very basic right,v saw rigging,we saw the result was upheld,declared the other day n v saw the loss of our candidate,so the one who wins is def not our choice but was imposed on us.if ppl r so impatient acc to u that they will decide in 3 months whether their choice is right or not then how come PMLN has taken 3rd turn in govt,ppl r giving them votes!or votes r being given if u know wht i mean.karachi is losing its residents,forced strikes,extortion,killings,threatening wht not still mqm claim they get votes,they have mandate,so either ppl of punjab n sindh r patient!! Or ppl of peshawar impatient? 3 months r way to early to predict someones failures or success.let time decide the ultimate loser or winner n refrain ourselves from passing judgemental verdicts,thanks

kdspirited Aug 25, 2013 04:20am

Our nation is so fickle they are ready to vote for the same person three times to make them the prime minister of Pakistan despite their past history of loot khasoot and poor performance but they will not stand by and support the person they voted for for the very first time. There are parties who are not judged on three terms in govt. yet our nation is quick to judge a party after 3months in the office for the very first time

was Aug 25, 2013 04:31am

Performance in 2 months? Which government in the world performs in two months. Strange article?

sajjad khan Aug 25, 2013 04:51am

Really only in 70 days? you mean that love for ANP which has transformed Peshawar into Switzerland in last 60 years and for that person, who made Pak Railway into most profitable institution during previous most successful democracy is back again?

Asfandyar khan Aug 25, 2013 07:07am

pti shd not probe the failure in retaining NA1 seat....what the people said in the dawn is right and fact except Dr suharwardi.....Even on other seats like NA5 OR Swabi seat,i havn't see any enthusaism in the workers of pti...i really hope that NA5 IMRAN will record breaking vote but he didn't....

Khan Aug 25, 2013 08:01am

are you serious? I mean after all parties united against PTI and PTI itself was split in 2 candidates , still bilour could only win by 5 thousand votes. PTI is still very strong in peshawar. All these parties will not stay together like this , and pti after its rift on the candidate is over, NA1 will be a child's play to win for PTI.

sja Aug 25, 2013 09:55am

"""""PTI which had won all four NA seats and 10 out of total 11 seats of the provincial assembly from Peshawar in the general elections could not retain its position in the by-polls. There was no enthusiasm among the party workers to bring voters to the polling stations compared to general elections.""""""---------------sometimes they say if you left kidney is in pain the pain is not felt in your left side of the body but in the right side and becomes a strange reality for the diagnosing kidney specialist.

What I want to say here is that the bubble of PTI is burst in KPK and their center of strikes and dharnas is PUNJAB. DR Imran Khan lost 60000 votes in KPK did he challenge and say they were riggedly given to his opponents to make them victorious. From this story, it seems that DR. IMRAN KHAN ( soon he will be recieving an honorary Doctorate from Peshawar University for his championing new democracy in the KPK) and his prognosis that the rigging is in Punjab ----- Imran Khan grow up your childish shouting proves one thing a CHILD ALWAYS NEED ATTENTION BY SHOUTING IT OUT OR CRYING IT OUT VERY LOUD.

We have seen enough of your POLITICAL NOVICE and the lust for the seat of PM of Pakistan you are down on the POLITICAL BATTING LIST SO you have to practice more and more and then see you ascend to the PM position in your level of order and with enough training. Wish you best in your runnings and staging dharnas and strikes as you cannot provide jobs to the unemployed pay them for this extra curricular activitiy ----- correct your diagnosis what went wrong in KPK first??? PLEASE

Ali Siddiqi Aug 25, 2013 10:24am

Love the title! :D

sabeeh omer Aug 25, 2013 10:28am

Imran Khan may have been an outstanding cricketer but he is certainly not a politician. His temperament does not allow him to ever succeed in politics. The outcome of the by-polls bears testimony to this fact. Like I always said, "Elections 2013 is the beginning of the end of PTI."

Malik Arif Aug 25, 2013 10:42am

I am happy they woke up! PTI was nothing only a hype created by media especially Jang group. Imran Khan proved he is immature and do not know politics. His language, attitude and proud took him to an end. I hope Peshawarities will not repeat mistake again.

Malikpur Janderbari Abbottabad

Khan Aug 25, 2013 10:52am

People have to understand Change doesn't happen overnight and it they have to be patient. If at the end of their current term they are still incompetent then by all means throw them out. Also, Peshawar is the toughest state to manage at present due to its difficult situation and plathora of problems. Karachi is worsened but no one is talking about that.

Muz Aug 25, 2013 11:11am

A very biased article based on one election result which is a by elections with a very low voter turnout and where three very different parties with different ideologues like JUI F and ANP had to joins together to beat a fractured local political scene of PTI.Anyways the people have spoken.Conragulations for electing Bilour for the third term.In the past he has really changed Peshawar and the Pakistan railways.The future is indeed very bright!

Irfan Akram Aug 25, 2013 12:04pm

I think 3 months are not enough to judge the performance specially when the party is in treasury on very first time. Further, there was rift in the party on awarding ticket that went against the party. I disagree that PTI shed 30000 votes in a short span of time when the turn out was merely 22.96% & only 73,614 votes were polled. However, Bilour got 34,386 votes with support of PPP & JUI. while there were rift in PTI ranks over awarding ticket. The annoyed party member Samad Mursalen got 1770 & Gul Badshah 28,911 votes. so PTI lost only with 3,705 votes. Imran Khan should learn from his decision of not awarding tickets to party's ideological members that creates rift in the party ranks & damaged the party's reputation.Because none other than ideological worker can implement party's ideology when in charge.

sarah Aug 25, 2013 12:36pm

The ANP-JUI-PPP alliance won by only 5000 votes. That's not an overwhelming victory, more of a slap on PTI's wrist that it did not deliver on it's tall promises.

In this day of internet and increasingly fast moving things, peoples memories and patience are getting shorter. A 5-year tenure for a government (federal, provincial, or other) is too long. Let's have elections every 2.5 years or 30 months so that the undesirables are quickly booted and the incumbents stay on their toes throughout their tenure.

asgher Aug 25, 2013 01:27pm

This is not only in KPK its all over Pakistan and with all the parties. nawaz sharif took over and did nothing until now to show some dedication to Pakistan. Imran khan was screaming change change change and we dont see or hear any change...

just a small example: charging cards in mobiles phones are being taxed for 42% and still the same amount? earlier it was supposed to be zardari what name we should give it?

ZULFIQAR HAIDER Aug 25, 2013 03:09pm

... Although Dawn News' Bias with the PTI continues!!

anita turab Aug 25, 2013 03:20pm

If PTI continues in the same vein in 5 years it'll be wiped out. Lesson for IK and PTI bigwigs to stop harping on election rigging and focus on governance and administration. The voters don't care about drones and no one is bothered with rigging on a few seats on May 11. But IK is like a broken record that no one really wants to hear anymore...if the same song continues there will be no PTI in a few years.

changed Aug 25, 2013 03:44pm

PTI has brought the change like they said :-D people CHANGED their minds and voted for others or didn't vote at all :-D. LOL

The Truth Teller Aug 25, 2013 03:46pm

Lol. This article is totally biased. Sir, kindly also show the videos of Bilour (with his armed-guards) beating PTI persons outside polling station? I don't care whether PTI wins or ANP or whoever. Just trying to hint out why that happened.

Taniya khan Aug 25, 2013 04:30pm

Pti supporters in Kpk are still loyal.Its true that the election compain was not well organied due to lack of funding. All opposition parties especially extremists party JUI (F) and nationalists ANP both were traditional rivals joined hands along PPP and PMLN to defeat PTI candidate.ANP bought voters of Peshawar in Ten thousand rupees as long as they spread the pamphlet in which it was mentioned that Pti fail to delivered in two months and candidate of pti is Afghan national just to pollute the young minds.its still shameful moment for ANP that gul basha was just defeated by almost five thousand votes although he was just ordinary worker of pti.If Bilour are still popular among peolpe then why he lost his seat in general election against imran khan.

Taniya khan Aug 25, 2013 04:35pm

Electronic and print media is running joint compain againt pti just to turnish its popularity and make the empower government handlers happy.

Taniya khan Aug 25, 2013 04:39pm

@Qudratullah Khan: Well done....u r right

Faraz Aug 25, 2013 05:50pm

@faisal: Excuse me....your leader Imran said he would at least get rid of corruption in 90 days (3 months)????

hanif Aug 25, 2013 06:44pm

When no one was supporting IK 13 years before this man Samad Mursalin contested from NA1, but this time PTI awarded ticket to someone we never know, that's the main reason for Imran Khan lost in NA1.

Saadi Shirazi Aug 25, 2013 07:01pm

The author of this article is biased. There is no neutrality in his writing. I agree with Qudratullah Khan's response below. Author Zulfiqar Ali is stuck in the bhatta kind of politics. Same coruupt faces, same biradery type politics and nothing to offer for the frustrated people of Peshawar. Give PTI or IK a change to run the govt. there. There is no harm in it - it might play a trick to root our ghundas and terrorists in the region.

Taha Lateef Aug 25, 2013 07:09pm

I am a PTI supporter and totally agree with "Shabut".

IK must give party tickets to the common people and not to the "electables" alone. If he doesn't PTI supporters will desert IK. For their ills, PTI must at least learn one thing from their rivals MQM, which is that they give party tickets to the middle class worker and not just to someone rich and famous.

Salim Akbani Aug 25, 2013 07:36pm

It's a lot different to govern, then to hold rallies and talk of Tsunamis. PTI and IK have stumbled. They have 4+ years to regain.

I wish them the best.

Pakwarrior1 Aug 25, 2013 08:38pm


Who said there will be "next elections"? If you still think that Pakistan is miles away from change, you are mistaken, PTI made a poor decision to even contest the elections, the smart thing to have done was to challenge the entire election system and parliamentary democracy and bring in patriotic caretaker government which would have functioned for at least 2 years in order to stabilize Pakistan, and once that was done, then the people of Pakistan could have chosen any sensible person to be their leader...Alas! People still choose the incompetent leaders of PTI and not the intelligent patriotic group which has been working for the betterment of Pakistan from the shadows and from out in the open...

Pakwarrior1 Aug 25, 2013 08:38pm

@faisal: Why did your leader had such big claims of changing the system of Pakistan within 90 days then? Why did he consistently argued that he would "mop up" corruption in 90 days of time? Either hold your tongue or tell your leader that he has unrealistic goals!

Rashid Aug 25, 2013 08:54pm

@Mr.T: I agree, Imran is up against the whole corrupt and immoral system, not just ANP, PPP, or PMLN. When it came to saving their interests, ANP, PPP, PMLN, and JUIF all became one. For me the by-elections were another a proof that how scared all these are of PTI. ANP in alliance with JUIF? Who would have thought that ANP who have been reciting the anti-Mullah's poems for 66 years would embrace them just like that. Wali Khan quit politics when he was defeated by a mullah. What happened to Ghani Khan's "Aqal tai na geerai wokhor, Khaitai tai Imaan wookhorh..." (Mullah's beard ate his wisdom, and his belly ate his Imaan...)? And to the writer of this article; when you write something, make sure you don't contradict yourself. You gave several reasons in your article for Gul Badshah's defeat which has nothing to do with PTI, yet your heading says "Peshawarites' romance with PTI is over". What a shame.

Awais Sohrab Aug 25, 2013 10:18pm

This is a misleading article and a wrong article.

PTI has still support and, no romance has been finished.

Gul Bacha despite controversies, allegations got 29 k votes to Ghulam's 34, who had sympathy, who had PPP, JUIF, and not to forget this area has been called little larkana, and just a 5k of lead ? Seriously.

Whereas Samad got 16 k, who rebelled against PTI, means they all were PTI Supporters. So clearly PTI had around 45 K votes, and we are saying PTI romance is over.

Asim Aug 25, 2013 10:30pm

Someone should tell that Peshawar does not consist on NA1 only.

Asim Aug 25, 2013 10:40pm

@Sanjeev: Thank you Sanjeev for your input. Imran Khan was not a successful cricketer in start of career. No one reaches the top in one day, you've got to workaround to start from the grass root and then make your way upward. A party which has 1 or 2 seat in 2002 elections has become the 2nd largest party of Pakistan, and according to some analyst it may become 1st anytime in the future.

Asim Aug 25, 2013 10:43pm

@Anees: Just like PTI retained their seat by allotting tickets to one of their relatives, it's a good way of retaining your seat. NA1 and 71 were just lost because there were no right candidates.

Asim Aug 25, 2013 10:43pm

@Zubair Khan: It's a wakeup call for IK and I'm sure they've had their lessons out of it.

Asim Aug 25, 2013 10:46pm

@waseem: It is a blessing in disguise but one must have the eye to see it through. It will make PTI more serious in delivering their promises.

Ali Shah Aug 25, 2013 11:49pm

The PTI govt has been slowly and steadily working on its agenda. They already have the Right to information law, bringing in a LG law, Accountability law and so far the KPK govt hasn't seen any corruption of the likes of "Easy Load". I would say that is not bad at all. Secondly as one of Dawn's articles pointed out that ANP, PPP and JUI-F joined forces against PTI and then too they were only able to beat PTI by 7 thousand votes. Add to that the in-fighting in the PTI camp itself in the NA-1 seat and that is why PTI lost this seat. So I would say all in all this is a pretty shabby analysis

Naseer Aug 26, 2013 12:03am

IK & his party was doomed the very day when they started recycling same old corrupt lot to get them some seats. He took Pakistani's for granted. Does he understand what this word "change" means? Immi, now blame this all on rigging! What a shame!

Ali Vaqar Awan Aug 26, 2013 12:21am

In bye elections performance of PTI was below par. There was no proper planning and strategy involved. Other factor is selection of a wrong candidate. Rifts within the party is another factor to be accounted for. Turnover is normally low in bye-elections so nothing is surprising. The hurting point is losing your own won seat and it shatters the confidence to a great extent. PTI underestimated Bilour and also ANP was well prepared. There was unity within thier own party along being supported by many major parties. If PTI has to give improved performance they must learn from thier mistakes. Best approach would be to forget about past and future, just concentrate thier mind on present. This itself will improve past and future both regarding next elections. PTI better luck next time.

Adil Aug 26, 2013 01:03am

Who else if not PTI.. Pashtoons are the most backward nation on earth.. they love to be manipulated over and over again.. Infact they dont understand the true meaning of development..for instance How would u explain 'Access to Information Act' and 'Property Valuation Reform' (to quote just a couple of PTI's ongoing projects) to an average pusthoon who can not visualize things beyond paved streets, transformers and a 14 scale job in a Government department where he can make money? PTI's agenda and ideology can not be reconciled with their limited thinking. PTI is fully committed to help reform their province.. projects have been proposed, feasibiltiy studies r being carried out.. But Peshawarites dont have patience to watch clearing of the mess left over by ANP, JUI and PPP which could take years in cleaning up..Or may be they dont want a system where malpractices could be exposed and wrongdoers could be puished...

khan Aug 26, 2013 01:15am

Not a PTI supporter but from i am peshawar The author is completely unaware of ground realities The reason PTI loss closely from bilor and won all other seats including one from fazlrehman brother was obvious Bilor is a very strong public figure only imran khan could have beaten him noone else , secondly yes a few thousand votes weee lost as people thiught this election woildnt make any difference Even benazir lost to him

Adil Aug 26, 2013 01:16am

@BNS: As if the people of KP where much better off under the rule of ANP. And if the surprise means bringing into power the same old cats of ANP , JUI and PPP then i think the people of KP deserve to be in the sorry state that they are in now. I think instead of whining and criticizing the present Govt, the people of KP should sit tight and wait till the completion of the devised and proposed projects. Even if the worst case scenario occurs and PTI fails to deliver, they will still end up doing much more than the previous Govt which was by all accouts the most corrupt Govt in KP's history.

Adil Aug 26, 2013 01:28am

@Zubair Khan: Just like power ceased not only the senses but also the belief in God of ur ANP leaders.. and that wasnt temporary.. it went on for 5 back to back years.. no one took that as an eye opener

optimist Aug 26, 2013 02:10am

@Zubair Khan: The biggest reason for a person's downfall is his ego. Imran is egoistic and uffers from a superiority complex. He lost his footing in Karachi when he blamed MQM/Bri\otish government for the killing of a party worker. But he will not utter a word aginst Taliban who are accepting responsibilities for killings all over Pakistan. I had lots of admiration for this man but now I am extremely disappointed with him.

Arshad Khan Aug 26, 2013 02:20am

@Sanjeev: Actually, Mr. Tabdeeli/Tsunami/Inqilabi/Wazeer-e-Azam and what not Khan is the twelfth player of under nineteen political team, so, what will you expect from such an individual other than a complete failure?

Kamboz Aug 26, 2013 03:27am

I cannot believe the article did not mention that another candidate of PTI bagged over 15000 votes thus orchestrating the defeat for Gul Bacha. So altogether PTI should have still won if the vote was not divided. If this is not biased journalism than what it?

NASAH (USA) Aug 26, 2013 03:30am

@Mrs saima: From the very seat Ghulam A Bilour was defeated -- three months later he won by 60 thousand votes. If the writer says the romance is over he is not exaggerating.

It is not the fault of rigging that PTI lost 60 thousand voters -- it is the fault of the PTI's lack luster leadership such a sea change occurred in only THREE months.

Shah Aug 26, 2013 06:24am

Only low participation and lack of enthusiasm in democracy can lead to a PTI defeat. Sad commentary on ANP/JUIF/PPPP, which still doesn't have Peshawar by a count of 1 to 3 NA districts for PTI.

Sarwat Aug 26, 2013 06:44am

I am a staunch supporter of PTI, BUT anyone who is non Pakistani specially Afghans should not be given any ticket across the country. We all know how Afghans got Pakistani citizenship. Besides, Afghans have a softer corner for the India compared to Pakistan. Afghans are our Muslims brothers, but their loyalties are questionable at best.

H L Aug 26, 2013 07:50am

@Muz: I m sure you are kidding. God forbit people start taking you seriously. By explaining the performance Mr Bilour had on Pak Railways which is close to be shut down. About Peshawar, Pesharwarties know it very well.

Life Aug 26, 2013 08:37am

This is a good sum up and I would like to appreciate Dawn's headline on the result of by-election which was "tsunami receded". I think it explained all. PTI begged 30000 votes as compared to 90000 votes earlier which means that PTI voters were highly emotional and they voted under the influence of heavy advertisement and social networking sites. Look at the performance of Bilour who got 25000 votes earlier but now accumulated 35000 votes which means he gained 10000 votes as compared to general election. Lets say these extra votes were because of JUI F and PPP alliance, even then his vote bank is dedicated to him/ANP and voted again for him/ANP. These are serious voters who are not influenced by media campaign and social networking. and this is what Pakistan need - seriousness.

Shanzay Aug 26, 2013 10:03am

Bit too early to say anything but time will decide, glory or graveyard for PTI in KPK. I wish them success from the deepest core of my heart.

Akbar Jahanzeb Durrani Aug 26, 2013 10:46am

Bilour won by 8, 000 Votes ONLY ! Yes Imran Khan shot himself in the foot. I can vouch if a proper candidate like Mr. Jahangir Tareen had stood in NA-1 he may have possibly won and by a large margin. I can tell you this was a lottery for Mr. Bilour , otherwise their popularity is MUD.

Alam Habib Aug 26, 2013 03:12pm

This is for sure that Country can be destroyed in days and building it needs years... We all are under the influence of people who have money, have power ..To grab nation from these slave minds will take some time.... IK & His worker doesn't have magic stick that will change the country in one night.. I am very happy that IK & His Workers bring one big thought which will hopefully change slave minds...

Ahmad KNi Aug 26, 2013 05:15pm

Why this much hoopla ? What difference Bilour is going to make for the people of KPK? He will be just another occupier of opposition bunches. IK needs to concentrate on the development of KPK, rest is just trivial.

khanm Aug 26, 2013 05:32pm

The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real.Was this Romance supposed to last a lifetime ......

kdspirited Aug 26, 2013 07:12pm

@Ahmer: Imran has been and will be a star. Just because you no longer have the eye to see does not mean that the brightness of the start has been diminished. Remove the pollution from your eyes and you shall see the brightness again

Hasan Viqar Aug 26, 2013 11:12pm

The mafia of PMLN have been rigging the election process in Pakistan . They will try their best to make PTI fail in KP and so the status of Pakistan will remain the same as a failed state. It might fall apart in 2015 because of our money hungry and corrupt politicians of PMLN and PPP.

Sarfraz Aug 27, 2013 01:08am

@fida sayani: Are you still living in 2008? Before the recent elections P.T.I did seminars on energy, health, economics e.t.c and they were also their policies. So, inform yourself before writing your comments.

naeem Aug 27, 2013 02:16am

Sure PTI will come back again, They will learn by mistakes and look forward.