Imran Khan addresses supporters during an anti-government protest rally in Islamabad on May 11, 2014. – AFP Photo
Imran Khan raises hand for his supporters during a rally in Islamabad on Sunday, May 11, 2014. – AP Photo
Photo shows crowd of thousands of workers and supporters gathered at D-Chowk in Islamabad for PTI's protest rally against rigging in the May 2013 general elections.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Supporters pour in at D-Chowk in Islamabad for protest rally by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Models Urwa and Mawra prepare to join the rally - Twitter
A 50-year-old woman, who has come to participate in the rally despite a broken leg, says she is hopeful that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) will take its mandate back through the protest today.—Photo by Irfan Haider
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Containers placed at D Chowk in preparation for the rally - INP
The stage has been set at D-Chowk in Islamabad for a protest rally by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.—Photo by Irfan Haider
The stage has been set at D-Chowk in Islamabad for the protest rally by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.—Photo by Irfan Haider
The stage has been set at D-Chowk in Islamabad for the protest rally by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Supporters pour in at D-Chowk in Islamabad for a protest rally by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.—Photo by Irfan Haider
A young girl at D-Chowk in Islamabad participating in a protest rally by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Photo shows Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) workers at the protest rally in Islamabad.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Photo shows Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) workers at the protest rally in Islamabad.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Supporters pour in at D-Chowk in Islamabad for protest rally by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.—Photo by Irfan Haider
PTI leader Arif Alvi tells our correspondent that the rally took time to start because the workers are still pouring in to D-Chowk for the protest.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Young PTI workers and supporters dance to the songs of Abrar ul-Haq and Ataullah Khan at D-Chowk in Islamabad.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Screenshot from DawnNews TV shows Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rasheed addressing the crowd on stage at the protest rally in D-Chowk in Islamabad.—DawnNews
Photo shows the stage for protest rally at D-Chowk in Islamabad.—Photo by Irfan Haider

Major anti-government protests by three political parties – the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), Awami Muslim League (AML) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) conclude amid much saber-rattling between government and opposition.

In Islamabad, PTI and AML march down Jinnah Avenue onto D-Chowk, while PAT’s protest takes place in Rawalpindi.

PTI chief Imran Khan, during his speech at D-Chowk, demanded formation of a new fully independent Election Commission and vote verification in four constituencies his party has pointed out before.

An estimated crowd of around 25,000 came from around the country, particularly the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which Khan's party governs as well as from the populous Punjab province to demonstrate in front of the Parliament.

Critics have accused the protest leaders of undermining the civilian government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at a time when relations with the all-powerful army, which has ruled the country for half of its history, are at a low.

Addressing the protestors, Khan lashed out at the government for its alleged role in rigging the 2013 parliamentary elections, disputing the outcome in four constituencies. He also called for the election commission to resign, and railed against power shortages and inflation.

“We demand the election commission to immediately resign because the nation has no confidence in them,” Khan said.

“The government has accused me of attempting to derail democracy, but how can it claim of democracy with a fake mandate?” he added, to roars of approval and applause.

Supporters meanwhile waved flags and chanted “Who will save Pakistan? Imran Khan, Imran Khan!” amid a charged atmosphere.

Both Khan and Qadri, meanwhile, have backed the military in its push to shut down Geo News TV channel, after it aired allegations accusing Pakistan's main spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of attempting to assassinate Hamid Mir – a leading journalist and anchorperson.


Read: Another weekend, another PTI party | PTI’s perplexing protest | Looking for chinks in Imran's May 11 show

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2014-05-11 22:25:56

PTI's list of demands presented at D-Chowk rally

2014-05-11 21:35:55

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2014-05-11 21:33:32

PTI chief Imran Khan speaks to his supporters at D-Chowk in Islamabad on Sunday. – Photo by Irfan Haider
PTI chief Imran Khan speaks to his supporters at D-Chowk in Islamabad on Sunday. – Photo by Irfan Haider

2014-05-11 21:27:04

PTI chief Imran Khan, during his speech at D-Chowk, demanded formation of a new fully independent Election Commission and vote verification in four constituencies his party has pointed out before.

2014-05-11 21:11:16

PTI Chairman Imran Khan appreciated Hamid Mir's efforts for freedom of speech in Pakistan. However, he criticised Geo TV and Jang group and its owner Mir Shakilur Rehman for allegedly playing a role in rigging the 2013 General Elections.

2014-05-11 21:02:37

Imran Khan said authorities tried their best to stop today’s rally. He vowed to make a ‘new Pakistan.’

2014-05-11 20:34:42

Photo shows thousands of workers and supporters gathered at D-Chowk in Islamabad for PTI's protest rally against rigging in the May 2013 general elections.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Photo shows thousands of workers and supporters gathered at D-Chowk in Islamabad for PTI's protest rally against rigging in the May 2013 general elections.—Photo by Irfan Haider

2014-05-11 20:32:00

Photo shows the stage for protest rally at D-Chowk in Islamabad.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Photo shows the stage for protest rally at D-Chowk in Islamabad.—Photo by Irfan Haider

2014-05-11 20:25:17

Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rasheed on stage addressing the crowd at the PTI protest rally at D-Chowk in Islamabad.—Photo from DawnNews TV grab
Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rasheed on stage addressing the crowd at the PTI protest rally at D-Chowk in Islamabad.—Photo from DawnNews TV grab

2014-05-11 19:43:37

2014-05-11 19:39:35

Our correspondent confirms that PTI chairman Imran Khan's convoy has reached D-Chowk where thousands of supporters are present for the protest rally.

2014-05-11 19:37:15

2014-05-11 19:34:51

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2014-05-11 19:32:05

DawnNews reports that PTI chairman Imran Khan has left his residence at Bani Gala and is en route to D-Chowk for the protest rally.

2014-05-11 19:29:43

Young PTI workers and supporters dance to the songs of Abrar ul-Haq and Ataullah Khan at D-Chowk in Islamabad.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Young PTI workers and supporters dance to the songs of Abrar ul-Haq and Ataullah Khan at D-Chowk in Islamabad.—Photo by Irfan Haider

2014-05-11 19:27:30

PTI leader Arif Alvi tells our correspondent that the rally took time to start because the workers are still pouring in to D-Chowk for the protest.—Photo by Irfan Haider
PTI leader Arif Alvi tells our correspondent that the rally took time to start because the workers are still pouring in to D-Chowk for the protest.—Photo by Irfan Haider

2014-05-11 19:11:52

24-year-old Shahbaz Khan from Lower Dir says he can trust Imran Khan in 
Pakistan's present political scenario. —Photo by Irfan Khan
24-year-old Shahbaz Khan from Lower Dir says he can trust Imran Khan in Pakistan's present political scenario. —Photo by Irfan Khan

2014-05-11 19:08:39

A 50-year-old woman, who has come to participate in the rally despite a broken leg, says she is hopeful that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) will take its mandate back through the protest today.—Photo by Irfan Haider
A 50-year-old woman, who has come to participate in the rally despite a broken leg, says she is hopeful that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) will take its mandate back through the protest today.—Photo by Irfan Haider

2014-05-11 17:44:36

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2014-05-11 17:25:50

Photo shows Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) workers at the protest rally in Islamabad.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Photo shows Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) workers at the protest rally in Islamabad.—Photo by Irfan Haider

2014-05-11 17:20:02

The "Tsunami" is yet to show up at D-Chowk.

A DawnNews correspondent says only about 3-4,000 people have reached the protest site so far.

2014-05-11 16:37:25

Our correspondent in Islamabad says that most of the youth participating in the protest have traveled from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

"11 May is a black day in the history of Pakistan due to the rigging of the PML-N during the general elections of 2013," says 35-year-old Aqib Khan from Peshawar.

Men have so far outnumbered women, and the number of female participants is still low. Almost all major roads of the federal capital have been covered with PTI banners.

"PTI is the real opposition in and out of the parliament while the government compelled the government to give the PTI mandate back," says Bilal Bangash, a 27-year-old PTI supporter from Kohat.

Supporters pour in at D-Chowk for the protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.—Photo by Irfan Haider
Supporters pour in at D-Chowk for the protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.—Photo by Irfan Haider

2014-05-11 16:29:16

The stage has been set for the rally.

Security personnel guarding the stage at D-Chowk — Photos by Irfan Haider
Security personnel guarding the stage at D-Chowk — Photos by Irfan Haider

2014-05-11 15:54:12

The top Pakistan trend on Twitter is currently #WeWantOurMandateBack - messages, viral shares and photos pour in condemning alleged rigging in the May 2013 elections.

2014-05-11 15:26:52

Party workers from Faisalabad claim the local police have been creating hurdles for PTI supporters.

“The government has failed to fulfill its promises while we are here to bring change in the country,” says 25 years old Rizwan Cheema from Faisalabad.

“The government is privatising national assets while the PTI will never accept such moves of the government,” says Saba Jafar, a 20-year-old PTI supporter from Rawalpindi.

2014-05-11 15:09:04

Our correspondent in Islamabad reports:

“The stage is ready near D-Chowk, where PTI workers are listening national songs. Security is on high alert in sector F-7 and G-7 in the federal capital. PTI KP president Azam Swati is expected to reach Islamabad around 3pm from Hazara division along with with hundreds of workers."

2014-05-11 15:00:48

PTI chairman Imran Khan terms likelihood of rain as a blessing in disguise.

2014-05-11 14:45:42

Convoys of PTI workers and supporters on their way to Islamabad.

2014-05-11 14:41:17

More photos of road blocks and obstructions allegedly set up by the PML-N begin circling on social media.

2014-05-11 14:24:13

A convoy of over 100 vehicles has departed from Peshawar for the rally in Islamabad. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak has also departed for the rally via helicopter.

2014-05-11 14:06:36

A convoy from Chitral has reached Islamabad after a 12 hour journey. The Lahore convoy has reached Gujranwala with a steady stream of participants joining it."We have broken through all road blocks and obstructions to get here...we are ready to die for Imran Khan" says one Lahore supporter.

2014-05-11 13:46:19

The PTI's Peshawar convoy has just begun its exit from the city, en route to Islamabad. PTI workers have begun to arrive in Islamabad from other parts of the country as well.People are looking to the sky in search of possible storm clouds.

2014-05-11 13:43:03

The Rawalpindi stage is being prepared for the PAT rally, which should kick off around 4pm. At the moment there are few workers in the area. Police officials say the rally will not be obstructed.

2014-05-11 13:26:58

Know where to park:

2014-05-11 13:24:02

Lots of empty seats as rally participants are yet to arrive in large numbers.

2014-05-11 13:21:42

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif appears on TV - slams the protests taking place and recalls how poorly Tahirul Qadri's protesters were treated, "left out in the cold".

2014-05-11 13:14:00

Some rally goers complain on social media of road blocks on the way to the protest.

2014-05-11 12:59:53

Our correspondent in Peshawar says the convoys are yet to exit the city for Islamabad. Our correspondent in Lahore confirms participants for the Islamabad rally have left en masse. Participants from Faisalabad and Rawalpindi are also just beginning the journey over to 'tsunami central'.

2014-05-11 12:50:43

A worker offloads chairs from a delivery truck at D Chowk - preparations for the rally reach completion.

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MA
May 11, 2014 01:11pm
Thumbs Up! Imran Khan
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Ahmed
May 11, 2014 01:17pm
....and the circus goes on....
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Khan
May 11, 2014 01:24pm
Another drama by flip flop khan, waste of time and an act to direct public attention from incompetency of KPK govt.
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Muhammad
May 11, 2014 01:30pm
Aashiq ka jinaza hai Zara dhoom say niklay!
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AJ
May 11, 2014 01:31pm
Dama dam mast qalander ho ga aj.
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Waqas
May 11, 2014 01:31pm
I was a die-hard supporter of PTI but with these things Imran has broken my heart. This country is surrounded by a lot of mess and Imran could have sat with Nawaz Sharif to sort-out the issues. Not a great move by PTI and in my opinion, to be honest, Nawaz Sharif is trying hard to bring stability. Nawaz is a clear winner here.
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S Shah
May 11, 2014 01:39pm
@Waqas lol NS stole PTIs mandate & you are still disappointed in IK. Typical Pakistani mentality!
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saif
May 11, 2014 01:45pm
@Waqas I second you on that. Federal government has taken a lot of encouraging steps,boosting the economy and tackling energy crisis(inaugurating power plants)..As compared to that KPK government's performance has been limited to lip service only. A year gone and no improvements on educational,health,security(a refined and well equipped police force) fronts. If they point out that the federal government has failed to achieve much in a short span of year,,provincial government has equally failed in the task!
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Adnan
May 11, 2014 01:46pm
A good tactic to keep pressure on government, that they need to be on their toes and have to deliver. A clear message will got out tonight that there will no more musical chair between Zardari and Nawaz as the so called third force will become force to beat in next election!
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Salman
May 11, 2014 01:47pm
@Waqas Very True..
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Imran Khan
May 11, 2014 01:47pm
I was a die-hard supporter of PTI but with these things Imran has broken my heart. This country is surrounded by a lot of mess and Imran could have sat with Nawaz Sharif to sort-out the issues. Not a great move by PTI and in my opinion, to be honest, Nawaz Sharif is trying hard to bring stability. Nawaz is a clear winner here.
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Harmony
May 11, 2014 01:49pm
@Waqas - You want musical chairs to continue and let the corrupt leaders to keep plundering the country who have no vision?
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Ashraf Mirza (USA)
May 11, 2014 01:50pm
People of Pakistan is very fortunate that they have PM like Mr. Nawaz Shariff. He is doing a great job to help the country. He already brought so many projects, and he will continue. Imran khah must support PM Mr. Nawaz Shariff, and join hand to hand, he shouldn't go against PM Nawaz Shariff. I settle in USA for long time, but I am ready to come to Pakistan and support PM Mr. Nawaz Shariff. May God bless PM Mr. Nawaz Shariff .Pakistan Zindabad. SIncerely, Ashraf Mirza (USA) ashwmirza@yahoo.com
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Fakahr Zaman
May 11, 2014 01:54pm
keeping in view the previous track record of provincial govt in punjab and the steps and momentum of current federal govt, PMLN is going in right direction. Our country need harmony, instead of weeping for own interests, since all the world observer also graded it the country's most transparent elections. I hope and pray, Insha Allah at the end of this govt tenure Pakistan will be at a better place as compared to may 13.
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Ayesha jalal
May 11, 2014 01:57pm
We love you Imran Khan. you are the only decent person amongst the politicians of Pakistan
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Ali Abbas
May 11, 2014 01:57pm
Imran has proved yet again that he is the only real opposition. BRAVO. Just kick these looters today. They win elections on tables, not at polling stations.
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A Pakistani
May 11, 2014 02:02pm
@Waqas I fully agree with you. In power greed PTI is trying to create instability in Pakistan. Imran Khan preaches dialogue with Taliban but he does not go for dialogue with the government. What a contradiction in Khan's personality!
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Mian Kashif Mumtaz
May 11, 2014 02:07pm
There will be magnificent show of PAT rally.
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Ahmed
May 11, 2014 02:08pm
Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri asking ordinary, poor and innocent folks to come out for them, while risking their lives and livelihood, so that they can become presidents and/or prime minsters of this beautiful country ....Suggestion: lead by example Mr. IK and TuQ...it is easy to ask others to offer sacrifice while yourself and your families staying safe with lot of security in the comfort of their mansions in Pakistan or abroad...Mr. IK and TuQ..lead from the front....
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Ali
May 11, 2014 02:11pm
For a party supporting talks with TTP, having a coalition with JI in KPK and a strong right wing approach, the very first picture exposes just how clueless PTI is about its strategy and its positioning in the political mix. Just a bunch of immature opportunists.
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kk
May 11, 2014 02:12pm
@Ahmed if you think to stand up and ask for your rightful share in seats which was literally snatched is a circus, then it really is a shame and an indictment of our societies thought.
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Vince V James
May 11, 2014 02:14pm
@Khan. I guess your types are happy with rigged elections.
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Vince V James
May 11, 2014 02:15pm
@Waqas. Why Nawaz has not sat down with Imran to sort it out and admit rigging.
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KamiK
May 11, 2014 02:16pm
Pak Zindabad. PTI Zindabad.
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Othman Salim
May 11, 2014 02:16pm
In my opinion, ik needs to stop protesting and start governing. Get on with it!
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Ahmed
May 11, 2014 02:18pm
This "kushti" is not a match between Imran Khan/Tahir ul Qadri against Nawaz Sharif instead it is a popularity contest between PTI and PAT....just see who wins.......... :-)
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Vince V James
May 11, 2014 02:20pm
@Fakahr Zaman Which 'World Observers'? You and your mates??
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fayaz Ahmed
May 11, 2014 02:20pm
this move has augmented the pace of PML-N towards the welfare of the people, this protest has proved a substantial catalyst in making government out of slumber
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yahya
May 11, 2014 02:21pm
@Fakahr Zaman all the projects initiated by pml n has partnership of nawaz family So they are beneficiaries financially
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Vince V James
May 11, 2014 02:21pm
@Waqas A "die-hard supporter". Hahahahahahaha
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Saif
May 11, 2014 02:22pm
Tragedy of the hour is that majority of the people fail to look beneath the surface. How many supporters of Imran took some time out and bothered delving deep in the issue? I assure you many people including the models depicted on top of this article donot even know what they are protesting against. Most of them are there for fun, for publicity or mere time pass. Stop a supporter and randomly ask him what has been the provincial government's policy regarding key issues in KPK? What lines the ruling party is treading? Is he able to conceive and compare? If no, then what is he protesting about? Its been a year since the elections. ECP declared the elections as fair and transparent. Whats done is done! Stop moaning about the past and answer us what have you achieved? Instead of washing their dirty linen in public, organizing rallies which i am sure will end up in smoke, jeopardizing security of thousands of people and wasting precious time and money will lead us no where. I am not a supporter of any political party. I am a simple citizen who views incompetence of our ruling elite, followed by ignorance of my fellow country men. Nations aren't built by words,but actions.
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Vince V James
May 11, 2014 02:23pm
@Ashraf Mirza (USA) Stay in the USA, if you support rigging of elections.
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Zaman
May 11, 2014 02:25pm
This is not appropriate time for such unrealistic move. IK what took you so long to come out in streets, where were you last year. I think NS is doing great job especially copping up with energy crisis and reckoning the defaulters of electricity bills, it is remarkable. You should support him since you're in assembly corridors rather than throwing mess in its way.
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M. Asghar
May 11, 2014 02:29pm
Good, keep the pressure on for accountabilty in everything including the election rigging.
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Nadir
May 11, 2014 02:43pm
@S Shah stole the mandate? a typical PTI ignorant... Wherever PTI won, the elections were not rigged.. wherever other parties won, the election were rigged.. Whenever someone loose the elections he/she always say the elections were rigged. I too feel IK should be working along with Nawaz Sharif, or else give back the KP government to the federal government. You can't have both.
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tasmia
May 11, 2014 02:43pm
that's a very peaceful rally that will be dispersed after. This is very decent step taken by PTI to realize Govt .
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RH
May 11, 2014 02:49pm
Models wearing Dresses with IK pictures on it!! I wonder if they are idealizing IK or do they really understand what this is all about it??????? It is actually amusing the sad part is so much money and energy waisted only to be in the front news, when there are many urgent issues to be attended. Shame on this self centered person and his cronies.
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umair
May 11, 2014 02:52pm
It will be interesting to hear what those models shown in picture would have to say regarding pro-taliban stance of Imran and ideas of JI that are his allies
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salman
May 11, 2014 02:53pm
...unfortunately ...Pakistanis are not yet ready for party like ....PTI .... It has a progressive mindset ...which most of the Pakistanis so far are unable to fathom ..
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Mozzo
May 11, 2014 02:57pm
@sali : Love u PTI, Love u Imran Khan, This is the beauty of PTI, Here u can see Cricketers, celebrities, actors, Politician , doctors, Nurses, teachers, students army and Police men, Engineers, bankers, economist journalist , Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Christian, Children, boys, girls old men old women and so many others people who are from every other Profession and age group. All have one Motto ( New Pakistan and Imran Khan)
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SonuIM
May 11, 2014 03:03pm
Everybody will do rain dance..
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ZIA MALIK
May 11, 2014 03:04pm
IMRAN ZINDA BAD
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Awan
May 11, 2014 03:05pm
I strongly believe that we should respect the difference of opinion, A peaceful rally with what ever cause is perfectly normal thing
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M Shoaib
May 11, 2014 03:07pm
Thumbs down, Imran is acting like a greedy man. He should have worked on polio eradication and other things in KPK. He is turning out to be just another politician.
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danial
May 11, 2014 03:09pm
Not really a die hard supporter of PTI as I used to be an year ago but certainly stand with them on election rigging!
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Ahmed
May 11, 2014 03:12pm
Haha...chief minister KPK is coming via helicopter..to attend his private political rally...and using government owned helicopter...spending Pakistani's hard earned tax money on luxury...are buses so uncomfortable that he can't take ride on them...so which "corrupt" system PTI is fighting against...PTI leaders should learn to lead by example....
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Hammad
May 11, 2014 03:14pm
Today there was a bomb blast in Peshawar in a football stadium killing 5 people, while the KPK CM flew for D-Chowk in his heli. Change!
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lingas
May 11, 2014 03:17pm
Geo, jang and nawaz...a deadly combination for Pakistan... Need to eliminate this combination asap otherwise Pakistan will be finished... Imran khan is only last hope....please join the protest.
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A Pakistani
May 11, 2014 03:27pm
@salman PTI has opportunity to demonstrate its progressive potential in KPK. So far it has been unable to make a dent in the lives of KPK people.
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The Traitor
May 11, 2014 03:29pm
Who will get the traitor tag this time Nawaz sheriff or Imran Khan? Who is the patriot and who is the traitor between the two any guesses?
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Hasan
May 11, 2014 03:31pm
To All those who said kpk govt fails to deliver just visit kpk and find the difference. compare PMLN activities with kpk you will find a lot of change. Law an order is much more stable then the previous govt. kpk is more clean then Punjab although i belong to lahore. Health sector you just visit hospitals in kpk and find the difference. Just talk shows daikh k bat karna bohut asan hai mai nai apni ankho sa faraq daikha hai. last 30 years mai sa agar app musharaf k 10 years bhee nikal dou still punjab govt fail to deliver electricity in whole punjab even 35 % aisey areas hain punjab mai jahan pa abhii electricity ki service he nahi hats of to you guys who are saying pmln is delivering. does any one knows k pindi metro buss project ka steel kaha sa aa raha hai aur kis rate pa aa raha hai find it guys. kia hamien electricity ki zarorat hai gas ki zarorat hai ya phir metro buss ki.. grow up buddy grow up. aur app ko kia laghta hai saudia nai 1.5 arab dollar kinw diay hain socha karo i am the student of current affairs and i knw ths but i want you people to spend your time in learning realities
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Fiz
May 11, 2014 03:44pm
Bravo! its obvious he can protest but can he govern successfully? Now don't give me the example of SKMH or Namal Uni. Governing 20 million people is a different thing as compared to protesting or criticizing all the time.
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Mumtaz
May 11, 2014 03:45pm
Chief Minister KPK arriving in the political rally in his official helicopter? Ha ha ha ha ha haaaa! Insaaf aye ga nahi!!!!! Insaaf aa chula hai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Malikpur Janderbari Abbottabad
May 11, 2014 03:47pm
Initial reports suggest Imran Khan show failed badly. I can give detail of my own city Abbottabad which was considered main support for PTI but people who left for Lahore jalsa even less than 25% participating this time. This was a weak and ill movement by PTI and I guarantee Imran Khan future is like Asghar khan.
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Malikpur Janderbari Abbottabad
May 11, 2014 03:50pm
@Waqas : I was also having the same feelings some time back and even fighting with big guns (provincial level leaderships) of other parties for Imran Khan but after election what he did, what he did in KPK and what he is doing on national level, I can only predict his future is not different than Asghar khan. Don't forget in 70s Asghar Khan was an hero and proven in one election but later on what happened, entire nation witnessed. In KPK we were witnessing worse govt even worse than MMA, if not believe come and see.
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Umar
May 11, 2014 03:51pm
Pakistan has been ruled since 1988 by 2 dynasties -- The sharifs and the bhuttos/zardaris! The only exception was a military rule... Democracy in pakistan is dysfunctional and dynastic.... Imran khan is the only hope for eliminating this culture. If he fails then sharifs and zardaris/bhuttos will switch seats every 5 years.... It is sad that we are now being ruled by families and not leaders... Hamza shahbaz will be the new king of sharif dynasty while bilawal will be the king of the bhutto/zardari dynasty!!!!!! It is also disappointing to observe that there is no impartial and independent media at this very crucial time.
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Malikpur Janderbari Abbottabad
May 11, 2014 03:53pm
@Hasan I am already living in KPK and having interaction with around 13 districts. I have not seen government anywhere, who can give money can get everything resolved but those masses they are enjoying even worse govt in the history of KPK. ANP was famous of "easy load" whereas our friends PTI is known as "prepaid and postpaid packages". I am in Abbottabad if doubt can come and see...... I can meet you in Press Club!
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catherine
May 11, 2014 03:55pm
@Ahmed Well tell me has anything improved for your people since your government got elected in.....Or do I only have 5 minutes to write this before your electricity goes off???????? From Canada!
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tufail
May 11, 2014 03:56pm
v fully support u imran
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Sami
May 11, 2014 04:00pm
Because of uncontrolled,indisciplined, incompetent and failed policies of IK in KPK have compelled him to bring the left over supporters on the streets so that he could bring unity in their ranks which seem difficult as the worker are completely disappointed from the leadership, on the other hand ik have no other option to get rid of Kpk and his current move is to instigate Fazular Rahman to come and take over the kpk which Nawaz government is well aware of it and they will not let him runaway... He will have to deliver which is not possible because of his short sureness and LOTA team
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Fiz
May 11, 2014 04:04pm
Does he know what has happened in Peshawar today or is he too busy in protesting only? I wish he would protest against taliban with the same zeal to give THEM a message instead of intimidating us.
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Aaloo
May 11, 2014 04:04pm
Those models are pretty. I like IK now as well
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Mukhtar Choudhry
May 11, 2014 04:05pm
Imran Khan is fully justified taken those who hijacked people mandate. Keep it up Imran.
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Akram
May 11, 2014 04:06pm
I am usually sympathetic to the change Imran wants to bring, but I fail to understand the point of this rally. PTI lost the election, some seats probably involved some rigging, but on the whole it was not as many seats to give PTI a majority in the NA. So I ask again, what do they hope to achieve from this? PTI was for progressive thought, but sometimes I feel they seem to make friends with some really backward looking people like the JI and the army. We need to look forward not back.
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ANWAR SYED
May 11, 2014 04:06pm
Imran Khan, I wish you well and hope some day you will lead the country.
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Syed
May 11, 2014 04:08pm
As a nation and as voter, we deserve to know if the elections were rigged, and fix it for the generations to come. If this very fundamental thing is fixed. Doesn't matter if you vote for Nawaz or Imran or Bilawal, what matters is that our vote should be counted as we voted. It's all of our right and this is what Imran is fighting for, I am with him on this.
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zulfiqar
May 11, 2014 04:09pm
This Dharna will only Help the Hidden Forces which want to Rule Pakistan Again this time with the Help of #PTI..
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Doruk Adnnan
May 11, 2014 04:10pm
The Great Khan!
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Sami
May 11, 2014 04:10pm
Because of uncontrolled,indisciplined, incompetent and failed policies of IK in KPK have compelled him to bring the left over supporters on the streets so that he could bring unity in their ranks which seem difficult as the worker are completely disappointed from the leadership, on the other hand ik have no other option to get rid of Kpk and his current move is to instigate Fazular Rahman to come and take over the kpk which Nawaz government is well aware of it and they will not let him runaway... He will have to deliver which is not possible because of his short sureness and LOTA team
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Syed Mujtaba
May 11, 2014 04:12pm
Guys he may be doing many circuses but he's still better then most of the politicians so lets support him
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Ahmad
May 11, 2014 04:13pm
Instead of dancing and singing if Imran could lead Salat-e-Tauba would be nice. Plus all the money wasted in this could have gone to help the poor people starving, unemployed etc. This is why Pakistan doesn't need another politician................. Imran it needs a statesman like Jinnah. Can you be that statesman Imran or just another run of the mill a part of a dime and dozen politicians. Pakistan needs citizens, not politicians.
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Ahmad
May 11, 2014 04:18pm
@A Pakistani Imran AoA brother. Imran asks to dialogue with Taliban who are not against Pakistan. There are 40 factions. He says to filter out the ones that are Anti-Pakistan. Then we can proceed with action against those specific Taliban. We cant judge all Taliban to be bad. Like not all Pakistanis are patriots who have assets abroad.
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Muhammad Ameen Swati
May 11, 2014 04:21pm
All the best and wish that all Pakistani nation join you for the better future
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Ahmad
May 11, 2014 04:22pm
@Saif AoA Saif. I totally agree with you. This time and money could have gone to help the less privileged by providing food for the starving people of SIndh and other places in Pakistan. To help in paying fee for children who cant afford it. Thats why Imran should realize he doesnt need to be a politician but a statesman like Iqbal and Jinnah.
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Aamir
May 11, 2014 04:24pm
@Ahmed Helicopters are used by world leaders weather its USA, Pakistan, India, Srilanka or Nigeria or UK. that's an absurd comment.
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Ahmed
May 11, 2014 04:24pm
@catherine have you studied IK and TuQ ideology, mission statement, agenda etc....if not find them on their website...if you are satisfied with the answer than you would know what majority here are talking about...its day time in Canada you can probably read it without electricity..."ignorance is a bliss"......:-)
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Muzlee
May 11, 2014 04:27pm
Here comes the last hope of Pakistan.... IK Geo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Asfandyar
May 11, 2014 04:28pm
Let the Asian spring begin. No more family government.
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Muhammad Nasir Khattak
May 11, 2014 04:29pm
@Saif Dear the PTI has waited very patiently for one year to see the Court and Government seriousness upon Dhandly in election results but in vain. Mr. Tariq was forced to resign upon working scientifically in NADRA on finger prints witnesses. How long we can wait? At least you people should support that at least the facts and fair election results to come in. We the people of KPK are satisfied that there is no corruption seen in our province. Others things are gradually becoming good as the PTI is working on to eliminate the root causes. Let us help to bring the true Pakistan dream.
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abubakar
May 11, 2014 04:34pm
Question is why the govt and the court not verifying the petition.(if govt have no fear /ill doing then verify the vote and make the imran & pti silent ) If people like Imran khan (huge name in politics). Can't get justice then how can I,a common person can justice from court The court is incompetent Tell me one case which the court has succeeded in implement its order..
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Asif Naeem Bhatti
May 11, 2014 04:38pm
Prime Minister - IMRAN KHAN !
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James Zatonski
May 11, 2014 04:50pm
For a country to have a prime minister and his brother the chief minister who can not complete one document once a year honestly and completely called the tax return is a tragedy. Corruption is rife, elections were rigged, parliament proudly issues lists of members who do not pay any tax and we have a judiciary that does not work for anyone who is not in government. And they tell Imran not to protest - typical morally bankrupt corrupt logic. One hopes the protests will continue till the government falls or take serious action to resolve the matter of rigging. Corruption must not and should not be tolerated.
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SaneHuman
May 11, 2014 04:55pm
@S Shah Exactly people like you believe in conspiracy theories and thats why we got polio restrictions for example. PTI is a crowd of absolute coward people who do not have guts to win an elections through ballot and instead look for shortcuts and they do not have courage to accept a an obvious defeat. Could not be more expected from Burgers. Losers...
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asgher
May 11, 2014 05:02pm
ye govt sirf aur sirf electricity shortfall khatam kerday to mulk per iska ehsaan hoga. Everything will improve if your nation rids of this issue which has been haunting us since birth. Baaki saray maslay will not harm us that much but power has been holding us back with heavy chains since 1947...industry and business will come back to Pakistan if electricity and power problem is resolved.
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Nomi
May 11, 2014 05:03pm
Do we really care that today Innocent People have died in a suicide blast in Peshawar and pity is CM and all the Provincial Government is all busy in Solving Rigging issue on seats in Punjab ..... Security Forces are targeted in Khuzdar and NWA and this CIRCUS is going on in Islamabad ....... I
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abdullah
May 11, 2014 05:13pm
PTI is only gud fr dharnas and gatherings..Do sumthng for the KPK people or u wll b having the same fate like ANP. Ur gathering in D chowk is not gona provide employment to the youth of KPK.After 18th amendment province can do nythn they want bt u r too busy runing behind sharefs and they r busy opening power projects..U will fr sure never win n punjab ever cz u r just turning out to be a dharna politician.The leader in u z goneeee.
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Dytopia
May 11, 2014 05:16pm
@saif Now how about you go tell that to a person in rural Punjab who has neither the food nor electricity. Tell them all about PMLN's eurobond success or metro buses in islamabad, they won't understand a word because they have no concept of these things. To me, there's progress when these people are satisfied. And please tell me you're joking about PTI's performance in KP! Government hospitals are free there, police salaries were increased by Rs. 2,100 last month and education budget was tripled. It's funny how you want PTI to acknowledge PMLN's well doing but completely ignore PTI's well doings yourself. Security isn't only from bombs and bullets? Where was the government when all those children in Thar needed food security?
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SMQ Zaman
May 11, 2014 05:17pm
On my Facebook timeline - today, is the 1st anniversary of the National Elections in Pakistan. It's very unfortunate that PTI's claim for mass-rigging and verification of a sample of 4 constituencies by the Election Commission or their Appeal to the Tribunal and then to the Supreme Court was not accepted. But, after one year, I am convinced that the 'real agenda behind this rally is derailment of democracy by PTI and PAT' (the latter is a no-show political party led by Maulana Tahir-ul-Qadri of Canada, who is also a fmr. Pakistani national and his party was not even a party to the May 2013 Elections or represents the Electorate). After listening to several media analysts and experrt comments on various Pakistan TV Channels, statistically it appears obvious that the difference in polling of votes is so huge (over 7m less votes cast by PTI supporters as compared to PML(N), out of a total electorate of 85m votes) with 272 constituencies in the NA - National Assembly and over 300 polling stations (on average) in each constituency, it seems impractical to believe that PTI would have won the Elections and defeated the PML(N) in 2013! If they had to protest, they should have persisted last year rather than destabilisation of the country after one year and seek re-elections (that's the hidden agenda) and 'play street politics' rather than 'play their due role in political governance in KPK Province and lead by example with their first-ever opportunity to political governance' and 'play politics in the Parliament and the Senate' and wait for their opportunity at the next Elections in 4 years! From: A deeply-disgruntled and now a fmr. PTI supporter and a free-agent (until next time) and citizen of Pakistan and a UK-resident.
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Dytopia
May 11, 2014 05:18pm
@Ashraf Mirza (USA) Yes. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was so corrupt in his first two terms in office but now suddenly he has transformed into a saint. You are the embodiment of everything that is wrong with the Pakistani voting mindset.
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faisal
May 11, 2014 05:18pm
@ To those who criticize IK for the rally and advise him to focus on KPK government perhaps don't know how change has taken place at grass root level in KPK. Police is depoliticized and funds for health and education are almost doubled with focus on development of one curriculum and training of primary school kids in English beginning this year. Its PTI's first time government in KPK and yet people are happy with their performance since corruption, nepotism and favoritism is curbed.200 police officers are either suspended or fired on corruption charges. don't expect miracle as capacity to deliver enhance over time if and only if tenacity prevails with sincerity. Talk about IK rally and all you advise him to work on national issues with Nawaz Sharif. Putting a stop to election rigging doesn't seem to be a national issue to you ? it's mother of all ills and required a solution which of course other politicians don't want to. I give a damn to all so called national projects being undertaken by NS if elections were rigged to steal mandate. A corrupt system never delivers as history tells us but yes gimmicks go on to fool those who are not wise enough to consider correcting root cause.
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Dytopia
May 11, 2014 05:20pm
@Fakahr Zaman It was transparent. It wasn't fair. It was transparent and thus all the videos of rigging.
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Guest
May 11, 2014 05:25pm
Honestly but Imran Khan is no different from PPP. Same actors. Cricket is a good place to start a political buisseness where the majority will die for the sake of someone who led the Pakistani Cricket team in 1992. He knows nothing about ruling. We can already see that Nawaz is the Winner
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Gazoo Martian
May 11, 2014 05:27pm
@Waqas you are a Noora disguised as insafi. lol Sit down with Nawaz and sort things out? You are completely unaware of politics in Pakistan. There is nothing to sort with election thieves.
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khanm
May 11, 2014 05:33pm
I have never liked any political party in Pakistan. The reason
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SMQ Zaman
May 11, 2014 05:38pm
Whilst, over the years, I have had (and still have) great respect and admiration for Maulana Tahir-ul-Qadri's intellectual abilities (as a fmr. practising lawyer and esp. expertise in constitution law), his honesty and integrity, and a highly-respected Scholar of Islam (who often visits the UK and has a large following abroad in his capacity as a Scholar of Islam ); he is 'ineligible' to participate in the Elections, due to the change of his nationality and allegiance to Canada under the Constitution of Pakistan (for personal or political reasons), rather than playing his 'due and valid role' by participation in the National, Provincial or Local Body Elections by him and/or the political wing of his 'PAT' Party!
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A. J. KHAN
May 11, 2014 05:43pm
Imran Khan, Please take care of KPK. You have totally failed over there and now you are trying to divert the attention of the people. UNDER WHOSE AGENDA ARE YOU WORKING ?
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Abid
May 11, 2014 06:01pm
@saif Musharraf stole/usurped Nawaz's mandate. Musharraf had improved that economy too. Nothing can justify Musharraf's take overs. Let the elections be free and fair. Let the people choose their candidates. Lets not steal the ballot. This is simply what IK wants and this point is the basis of this rally.
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Sheikh Mohammed Iqbal
May 11, 2014 06:23pm
@Fakahr Zaman -Short Question After one year of Nawaz government ,Is pour people are able buy utilities aur they are dying hungry think and tell us honestly of Nawaz achievement is till now is ZERO still same load shading utilities prices are higher than last year what is Dollar to do for pour?
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Mohammad
May 11, 2014 06:24pm
Imran - People had lots of hope from you. You are disappointing all of us. Just stop doing all this and help government to take country out of the crises. You can try your luck in next election.
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rehan
May 11, 2014 06:25pm
@Waqas i am surprised ...you think that people of pakistan should accept the pool rigging and theft of mandate...
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kaleemullah
May 11, 2014 06:39pm
excellent imran khan! God bless you!
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Shahpur
May 11, 2014 06:46pm
Imran Khan is the only hope to bring in youth and stop Zardari-Nawaz grip on Pakistani politics.
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asim
May 11, 2014 07:11pm
@Imran Khan haha Noora league people copy pasting each other comments. Cheaters much?
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iqbal malik
May 11, 2014 07:24pm
@Fakahr Zaman most transparent elections?. Which news Chanel do you watch? Another liar, while we already have millions.
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iqbal malik
May 11, 2014 07:25pm
@Adnan God bless you my brother.
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munawar
May 11, 2014 07:27pm
This is very sad to see that till now there is no great leader in sight in pakistan, very bad, this means people will have to suffer for still for long time....this is just discouraging...
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munawar
May 11, 2014 07:27pm
@MA Thumbs up for creating big mess and non-sense...
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luqman miraj
May 11, 2014 07:34pm
i think it,s not of idealogical or political mantra that imran khan has opted .ik,s this action is more vindictive rather than real fighting with evils . on another facet strong opposition with such kind of pressure would be productive on progressive ways but not constructive for nation that is already divided with extreme instability.
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abrar
May 11, 2014 07:34pm
@Ahmed "and the circus goes on if someone does not expose it". why cant we see that the govt. is taking away our fundamental rights like freedom of expression. If no other evidence is admissible in this case, then the hurdles that the govt. is trying to create is enough evidence of this.
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Anup
May 11, 2014 07:41pm
City looks good, good luck to Imran and PTI.
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Farrukh Mahmood
May 11, 2014 07:46pm
and yet they ask donations for single brick in Shoukat Khanam Hospital in Peshawer.
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Agha Ata
May 11, 2014 07:47pm
This is a great show, not only impressive but powerful. I only wish, if Imran Khan hadn't shown soft corner for Taliban, and I wish he had staged this show earlier, much earlier. Besides, I hope this time he describes new Pakistan more clearly.
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Suhail
May 11, 2014 07:49pm
The core of our democratic system is based on electoral fraud. How can this system be fair to the people of this nation. I am surprised to see the comments of the people in this section who are calling IK confused Khan or may be still wondering why this protest is happening or etc... I think we are completely confused and we don't even know our rights. If somebody is trying to bring this VERY IMPORTANT issue to trying fix it, this is a GREAT WORK. This system was not perfect that's why we had so many Martial laws in our country. Time has come to fix this electoral system for our future generations. Please WAKE UP, YOU HAVE SLEPT ENOUGH.
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syed wasim haider
May 11, 2014 07:50pm
PML-N is loosing their wickets even on bad balls of IK. There is no cohesion in statements from their leaders. From Ch. Nisar to Hamza Shareef everyone is showing panic. Even the PM gave it undue importance. The Railway Minister is really a very versatile person. His train is out of order in Dharki and he is spending his time on PTI rally. PM should gather some wise men around him before the inning may finish without completing the allocated overs. As said by CM Shahbaz Shareef about ball tampering IK really does not need it at all because u are getting out even on slow deliveries.
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Ali raza
May 11, 2014 07:53pm
Nawaz Sharif Zinda bad
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a s ahmed
May 11, 2014 07:55pm
Tsunami in a teacup!
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Imran
May 11, 2014 07:57pm
@faisal It is commendable that PTI is trying to improve the primary education in KP. However, contrary to their pre-election manifesto which recognized that children are best taught in their mother tongue, they have done a U-turn on this crucial issue as well. Consequently, in KP teachers who themselves do not comprehend English, are trying to teach children who do not know English (and neither do their parents). Imagine trying to learn Math when it is being taught to you by a person speaking Swahili and your textbook is also in Swahili, and the person teaching you also does not speak Swahili. The consequences of this policy will become evident in an year or so. Punjab has already done this experiment and have pretty much reversed their direction back to teaching in the mother tongue at primary levels. Imran is probably well-meaning. However, he clearly needs better advisers.
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Sh
May 11, 2014 08:06pm
@Abid Yeah right. Isn't this the same IK who supported Musharraf's army take over :P
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Ahsan
May 11, 2014 08:09pm
I am not supporter of IK but this time I stand by him as he deserved since it is the quest for making vote powerful - If elections are not fair what rest should we expect!! Thumbs up for Qadri too - since being in Canada he yet stresses about the problems faced by Pakistani people.
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Sammy-Texas
May 11, 2014 08:20pm
PM Nawaz is doing great job boasting the economy bringing stability, He should not pay attention to these miscreepers of PTI and IK who want destabilization , using imported Qadri from Canada and last not least Tanga Party Sheikh saab. IK is immuture he does'nt want to remove government but he didnt want to sit and solve the issue also. And in the end he accept the government legitimacy also. Does PTI followers smoke crack atlest be consistent what you want. I was IK supporter but he constantly shows he needs to grow and sit on table solve issues. In modern world example is Quaid-e-Azam who never did Dharna syasat, He always sit and solve the issues on tables. therefore I support Nawaz for his steps for economy and Security. PTI workers needs to grow they act like 5 year old baby.
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Maqsood Ahmed
May 11, 2014 08:22pm
@Saif you right. My leader IK is definitely an uneducated and clueless person. This is his last rally in his life. People will get sick of this game with zero consequences.IK want to stay in news one way or the other.I am sorry to say that IK is not a politician and is not able to learn politics because of his limited mental capabilities. He hardly knows about Quid e Azam and other great leaders of this nation and their way of handling and dealing with problems. He thinks he knows too much.
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Khan
May 11, 2014 08:24pm
@danial Don't be a die hard supporter of khan, but stand for a common ideology of "Justice, anti-corruption and Equality". Stand for the ideology of change! People and personalities doesn't matter!!
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Khan
May 11, 2014 08:25pm
@Vince V James no i am not a fan of Nawaz sharif or PPP what is the difference between Imran and others please take out his promises list before election and see how much he delivered. When people claim to be taller than others on moral grounds than they need to prove it, what Imran khan has proven? He is another politician like NS and Zardari no different.. His promises were simply lies
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naeem khan
May 11, 2014 08:29pm
tsunami became badnami today PTI managed only 15000 people from all over the country even qadris circus last year was far better
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haroon
May 11, 2014 08:35pm
pti is the best party i love pti and khan pti zindabad and pakistan paindabad imran tere jan nisar beshamar beshamar
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Ahmed
May 11, 2014 08:39pm
If Imran Khan had confidence that he would build a "new KPK" with the 5 years in power that has there, he would not need to do demonstrations. He knows that given 5 years, even his most blind followers will start to see the reality of his incompetence.
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Asad Butt
May 11, 2014 09:01pm
Incredibly impressive display of followers believing in your 'vision' Khan Sahib. Keep going and know we trust your abilities, and believe in your passion for Pakistan. Nation considers itself honoured to have a true leader like you. Probably the only light at the of the tunnel is your party that believes in transparent and honest politics which is extinct in Pakistan. God bless you, and we look forward to seeing you as elected leader in near future.
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A concerned Pakistani
May 11, 2014 09:03pm
I saw load shedding, berozgari and mehangai, but no mention of terrorism. So, Pakistan does not face any terrorism, sectarianism. These are no issues, right?
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Iftikhar Khan
May 11, 2014 09:04pm
The Pakistani System A-Z are Wrong... We Can Change it by Changing our theory not by The theory which are Implemented or our leaders want to implement.
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Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
May 11, 2014 09:11pm
Without prejudice 2 Nawaz Sharif I will pen that it is a matter of great shame for all Pakistanis to openly admit that we have no leader except NS hence he has been elected by us. Shame on all who voted for him. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidiformerdiplomat@hotmail.com
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ali
May 11, 2014 09:15pm
What if PTI have spared money they spent in this rally, let it be for patients in Shaukat khanum hospital but not just barking and criticizing on every government in the reign. This doesn't mean i support PMLN, but i believe in optimism.
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ali
May 11, 2014 09:23pm
Imran should make first Naya KPK and let the democracy move on.
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kaleem Afzal
May 11, 2014 09:23pm
I think, its more important for PTI top focus on Khyber Pukhtunkhwa rather NA120 for recount. He should take a lead from CM Punjab, what he is doing in his province. Imran khan is also a mixture of Extremism and progressive right wing personality like others and its the matter of time who displays his role on the stage of Pakistan's "(Demon)cracy"
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munawar
May 11, 2014 09:23pm
The greatest concern i have is that khan will destroy and dissipate the energy of the new generation which is poised for real change in pakistan. He has proved that he is not acting alone rather playing in the hands of very bad people who are responsible for the destruction and destabilization of pakistan. This is sooooo sad....
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aker
May 11, 2014 09:24pm
Rally, protest and dharna since last 1947
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Shahid
May 11, 2014 09:27pm
And now FAFEN has issued a press release on 9 May 2014 saying that there needs to be major electoral reform in the country! Well done PTI and Imran Khan for forcing everyone out of eternal hibernation. Only Imran Khan can get big things done in this country. How did we become so fortunate, he could've been born elsewhere on the planet!!
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jawad
May 11, 2014 09:35pm
Every other week we Pakistani have been fool by some new storyline. Because no one wants to solve the core issue. Divide and rule the fools for ever.
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Muhammad Ahmed
May 11, 2014 09:44pm
PTI rally is booming at D-Chowk even after all the mischievous attempts by Punjab Police. We are alive and kicking. We admit quite frankly that our party has made mistakes but this is a part of learning process. The strength of the party seems to be quite a major surprise. We as a party need to show actual tangible results in KPK and surely need to rectify mistakes but change is not an immediate process. It takes time effort and sincerity which are embodied in our leadership. I am proud of success shown by PTI today.
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ali
May 11, 2014 09:45pm
Imran should rather first make Naya KPK !
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Muhammad Ahmed
May 11, 2014 09:46pm
@Ahmed Mr Ahmed, our party leaders have actual scars to show their efforts. This is sad effort to place a pessimistic outlook on people who actually represent possibility of real change for Pakistan.
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Muhammad Ahmed
May 11, 2014 09:51pm
@Nomi .Terrorism is a huge problem fostered by sympathetic extremists in Pakistan. It cannot vanish in a single day. All those brothers and sisters who lost life in today's attack and their families deserve respect. It is a sad reality but it will take time and effort to fix this issue. PTI certainly deserves responsibility for its poor performance to sustain good security in KPK but it requires much needed support from federal government and army to achieve this objective.
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Agha Ata
May 11, 2014 09:51pm
Imran Khan, please before you talk of be-rozgari and mehangai and load shedding, please remember that if you become the prime minister, you, too, would be expected to solve these problems in 11 months. Also remember the promise you made about interdicting corruption in 90 days.
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zafar
May 11, 2014 09:56pm
Very interesting. The 20% who support the corrupt system used to contend that there was no rigging. Now they are suddenly worried about KPK's wellbeing and stability of the system. This fight is for Pakistan's essence, its spirit and its wellbeing. It will go on!
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saleem
May 11, 2014 09:59pm
@Waqas let us not decieve people.Don't you see what are their simple demands.why don't they verify the polling results for the 4 seats only to satisfy them?.is it very difficult or there is some thing wrong at the bottom.You was never a pti supporter i believe.
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Ijaz anwar
May 11, 2014 10:04pm
Revolution, at the behest of establishment. Imran Khan, put off your mask and stop making the masses fool.
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Parvez
May 11, 2014 10:12pm
Heard what he had to say.........seemed to be rational and he made sense.
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Arsal
May 11, 2014 10:16pm
@saif You sure about that?? KPK government collected the largest revenues this year amongst all the provinces of Pakistan.They kick-started the Health Drive all across KPK to vaccinate the masses.IK collected 2million dirham for the construction of SKM which is under way now with other hospitals.They have opened up schools in places where people had lost all hope.Recently they started the Tameer e School initiative.PTI blocked the NATO pipeline in order to stop the drone.Under the current government has KPK witnessed it's most peaceful months in years. They sacked their two ministers after they were proven guilty for corruption.They reformed the police system by giving them the powers and opening the online FIR cell so that a record could be kept of people complains.Several new power projects have been put in operation.All this and much more in less than a year. So, what more do you want??If you are not satisfied come to KPK and see for yourself. I agree several problems are there.But it takes time to throw out years of trash.It doesn't happen overnight. PS:Next time do a little research before posting facts.Otherwise you will lose all your credibility. PS:
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Dr Jaseem siddiqui
May 11, 2014 10:20pm
@Guest Imran Khan is an Immature self centered incompetent
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Kashif
May 11, 2014 10:20pm
@Waqas you just copy-pasted this statement from below. Oh wait, don't tell me you are both using "those laptops"?
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shahzad hussain khan
May 11, 2014 10:25pm
long live imran khan...........pti zinda abad
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Amir Bangash
May 11, 2014 10:26pm
Congratulations to IK for organization of this grand show. By now the opponents may also be thinking of a befitting and more pompous response, as after all what the use of those billions of dollars is if they can
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Dude
May 11, 2014 10:27pm
Rally ended...when IK is going to give a sit in dharna, until the demands are fulfilled.. Or probably he didnt bring his container..
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Ahsan
May 11, 2014 10:31pm
Hence proved " A show for nothingness"
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khan
May 11, 2014 10:39pm
It looks like that people Pakistan will be able to get rid of corruption and favoritism .I don't agree with Imran Khan on many issues.But one thing ,I am sure about him is that he is sincere and not corrupt.And now he has come to this stage after a great hard work and struggle.Now he enjoys the backing of people .He is going to change this nation,and I am sure he that will bring peace to this region.
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NHM
May 11, 2014 10:53pm
Imran, either you believe in the system or you don't. If you do believe , hire a good spin doctor and become adept at rigging for next elections, because the whole system in Pakistan is about cheating at every single level. At least Tahir ul Qadri got it right, he doesn't believe in the system. So you decide and let us know and stop wasting our time.
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Irfan Baloch
May 11, 2014 10:54pm
congrats to all patriot Pakistanis for this successful rally
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asad khan
May 11, 2014 10:56pm
Imran khan is the best
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Usman Ahmad
May 11, 2014 10:58pm
@Waqas Yes but first he should sell his businesses and bring back his money from overseas.
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aliyan
May 11, 2014 11:07pm
whatever u say ppl...it was a huge crowd....hope still in imran khan
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Sara
May 11, 2014 11:25pm
His demands are absolutely legit! He should also demand for a digital election system!
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Nick
May 11, 2014 11:25pm
@Waqas Dear Waqas, how do you expect Nawaz to have real reforms when he cannot even appoint a regular Defense Minister even after almost a year in govt. Look at his choice Khawaja Asif, who is enjoying his time with KT.
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Sayyar Khan
May 11, 2014 11:29pm
I was PTI supporter BUT NOT ANYMORE.
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Iqbal Khan
May 12, 2014 12:18am
@Akram this is a notch-making step to consciousness as a whole in and out of parliament to bring changes in election commission and electoral process.
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Syed Ahmed
May 12, 2014 12:22am
If Nawaz Sharif has a bit of civility he should resign immediately.
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Fiz
May 12, 2014 12:22am
I don't get this man. When elections were about to be held, with his consent, Fakhurrin. G. Ibrahim was nominated as CEC. Ok, done. Then he was the one who wanted Iftikhar Ch., CJ of SC to supervise the elections. Ok,done. Now he is showing his discontent about them because he couldn't be the PM of this hapless country. Now he is demanding electronic voting system. That will also be done but I'm afraid he will still find fault with it if he is not going to be the next PM. First he was hunky dory with Geo, very happy to praise them because they were promoting him. Aman ki aasha had his nodding consent. Now they are the worst thing on earth. Why? Are you so naive that first you are trapped and then you realise it was a ruse. Then you don't deserve to be a leader. We don't need "doodh peeta leader" or has he developed a personality disorder in this late age? His behaviour is reminiscent of a spoilt child whom nothing can satisfy except what he wants.
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Syed Ahmed
May 12, 2014 12:24am
@Waqas Who created the mess, definitely the Khawaja's of PML(N) and the Geo group.
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Iqbal Khan
May 12, 2014 12:25am
These 9 demands are genuine in their nature for the country. If these are implemented in their true spirit Pakistan may shoot its political consciousness. Competent and somewhat honest people will come up to run the country. Institutions, economy and social structure will be changed in short span of time
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Nadeem
May 12, 2014 12:29am
@Saif Dear All, first of all PAT/ Allama Sb he has been declared irrelevant to Pakistan whatsoever, by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of Pakistan. So, the people of Pakistan must reject Allama Sb. Now Imran Khan, Dear Sir, I travelled on GT Road recently and read name plates/ boards with prefixes of Ex-MNA, Ex-MPA, EX-Minister etc. How they had become Ex. Simply through this system, through public's revenge/ accountability. Sir, please let the system run and you would see how public revenge from those who failed to deliver.... please be patient and respect People's mandate to PML(N).
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IN YOUR FACE
May 12, 2014 12:40am
Stimulus has been re-injected & Junoon has started to pick up again which started triggering Tsunami........Beware Fraudster Status quo Parties !
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optimist
May 12, 2014 12:44am
If this is the only way of getting things done in Pakistan then what is the hope for the poor people of Pakistan. Though Imran Khan has a point, why can't the election commission, SC and government agree on checking the four election results that IK is demanding.
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IN YOUR FACE
May 12, 2014 12:45am
@M Shoaib Typical Bonga argument
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Iqbal
May 12, 2014 01:00am
I supported Imran Khan. I don't do that anymore and the reasons are rather obvious. What has he delivered? With regards to the prison break in DI Khan, many officials mentioned Imran Khan getting in the way of total crackdown on the Taliban. He can't even understand the simple concept of them wanting their version of Islamist government. He maintains they simply want USA to leave Afghanistan. This line of argument fails to get through to nearly everyone including many of his evenly mildly objective supporters. But I'd like to add a psychological struggle many of his proponents are facing. When we support someone or something, we tend to think of our opinion as a rational choice. When proven wrong, the minority accepts its mistake with an open mind but the majority finds it hard to do that. Accepting that you vehemently did all you could for PTI/PPP/MQM was not only in vain but actually part of a bigger problem, is never easy to accept. It's embarrassing and in a culture that's not very forgiving of mistakes, it's actually understandable most people keep defending their indefensible stance just for the heck of it. So all those who do understand what I'm trying to say here, I'd like to request them to relinquish their forced attachment to any such party, person or ideology. It's not so bad as to come to senses as it is to keep pretending it's not the senses but the world that has turned upside down.
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khan ali afridi
May 12, 2014 01:05am
people working at election commision of pakistan should be loyal, not like the one who has given his house servant quarters on rent to students. :) precisely the joint secretary of ecp. :) , what can you expect from people like these
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malik
May 12, 2014 01:10am
hopefully some enjoyed the performances at the circus.......could you guys please now move on to something more constructive and positive.
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OK
May 12, 2014 01:13am
25000 crowd!!!!!!..U made me laugh I should quite CNN and other Pakistani channel , they say 1,50,000, Somethng wrong with your maths..
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Sarwat
May 12, 2014 01:14am
Go Imran Go! We are with you!
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pop
May 12, 2014 01:30am
pti ka jalsa khtam ho gya?
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pop
May 12, 2014 01:30am
koi bta day k rastay clear ho gay k nahi ????????????????????????
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Ahmad
May 12, 2014 01:38am
@Waqas you are right he could travel all around the world with him to promote his business because that's what Nawaz is doing.
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Ahmad
May 12, 2014 01:39am
@saif Can you name 10 steps taken by fed. I will point out 30 after that.
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Ahmad
May 12, 2014 01:41am
@A Pakistani Really Khan is power hungry that's why we are hearing about 35 puncher right.
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Ali Asghar
May 12, 2014 01:43am
Imran khan, forgot sake get a life, we bored with your attention seeking antics every day, you have destroyed KP and shattered the heart of many grieving families by siding with Taliban, i dont know if its your that keeps you attached to the taliban or its just the ideology you support, either way you are nothing but a man who supports batil and afraid to face the the haq.
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Youth
May 12, 2014 01:54am
These demands could have been made public through a press conference. Except for one all the demands related to holding of election after 4 years. IK please talk about today, talk about improving the quality of lives of the poors, talk about providing employments to educated youths, talk about destroying the corruption cells, talk about Swiss bank accounts, talk about controlling crimes, talk about other national issues. I ask if all demands were met today how will it change poor man's life today.
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kaiser afridi
May 12, 2014 03:21am
Imran Khan Niazi is a hypocrite unlimited. He lives in a 300 kanal house and talks about poverty! He left the Pakistan team to play for Kerry Packer for a few pennies. He cannot even govern KPK and talks about governing Pakistan. Would it have made a difference even if he had won in all those 4 constituencies. He is just a stooge propped up by the Army! And all that he could muster was 25,000 people from all over Pakistan! Even Tahir ul Qadri had a bigger crowd!
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waqar
May 12, 2014 03:42am
500 crores spent for nothing.
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NINO
May 12, 2014 03:55am
Well done Imran Khan, the nation comprising 25,000 persons attended the rally according to this newspaper under cool atmospheric conditions. The rest of the nation about 200 million stayed indoors and watched a man who does not stop fooling himself. Stop living in a delusional state. You got what you may or may not have deserved in the polls. Javaid Hashmi should return to where he belongs and Shah Mahmood should go back to Nawaz with an apology. The captain should blow his own trumpet or seek a job with Sethi.
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basharat
May 12, 2014 04:19am
Imran Khan has demanded to form a fully independent election commission, the incumbent commissioner and the members cannot be removed before expiry of their present tenure. Article 215 of the Constitution provides that the Commissioner and the members cannot be removed from office except in the manner prescribed in Article 209 for the removal from the office of a judge. The formation of a new election commission, it appears, is an impossible task before expiry of present tenure.
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Syed
May 12, 2014 04:24am
@Waqas I don't think you are being honest here, you were never a PTI supporter, You have always been PMLN supporter. Please do not insult people intelligence. Anyway, There is no way things can be sorted with cheaters. You can never conclude any discussion in a positive manner because you do not have the moral authority act as a leader simply because you came in power through illegitimate means and manners. IK is a man of Principles and therefore it would a disgrace to have tea talk with NS or SS. Let me ask you one question... will you accept and support a corrupt government or a honest opposition?
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subicca
May 12, 2014 05:25am
We all are with you .This country need revolution you are the only HOPE person with clean background and good family back ground.You are not from newly rich family.Even international Leaders believe in you.You are Quaid of This Era.... May Allah be with you.
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kirther
May 12, 2014 05:54am
Imran is correct in raising economic sovereignty issue in his speech today. In the absence of internal and economic sovereignty, how can the present PML-N government talk of democracy--it is evident that PML-N don't understand these issues and is leading the country deeper into problems.
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RH
May 12, 2014 06:04am
And all that could have not been said in Parlement? There was not much new in his demand. To get people to come out in the street is not a big deal any one can get a crowd this has proven in the past.
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Ms. Jenny
May 12, 2014 07:28am
@Waqas Imran Khan needs to grow up and shows some maturity. Qadri baba gets his medical treatment in Toronto, stays in climate controlled container, retains his Canadian citizenship, have his assets in Canada safe and sound-talks loud about Pakistan while on summer vacations. Drama dhurna of a soap opera - needs an fake Oscar award. On the other hand, why government don't let have a partial , fully independent election body to handle all issues related to elections. Thus govt. wont be responsible for the final decisions of the independent election body. After all, we all wants free, fair, elections.
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rhazes
May 12, 2014 07:41am
something he should have presented in Parliament...next time he feels like entertaining his fans, throw them a pool party in bani gala
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Azam
May 12, 2014 07:49am
We are fighting for Imran-ism. O People of Pakistan, come forward and fight for your rights under the leadership of the Great Khan. Mian Sahib, come out and fight back. We challenge you and your N-League...
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event horizon
May 12, 2014 08:27am
The only thing I liked in the whole PTI flop show was that Imran Khan directly spoke against the mighty, powerful, creepy, and influential Jang Geo group.
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Saiyed zaidi
May 12, 2014 08:28am
What imran khan is trying to do is the western style of democracy where people know their rights they choose what is right ,when 3/4 of the population don't know what is their right it won't work . So sir Imran Khan it is a long process first educate the population on their rights don't make them follow you you around ,ask them to continue to Make a living ,go to Faislabad with your expert team and get done what needs to be done ,tell the general population don't worry we are watching your back we will get you justice.the arena is the national assembly,the parliament some Legal playground not the streets.
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Munir
May 12, 2014 08:53am
Imran waited patiently for one year to pursue his demand of verification of vote in four constituencies, but all institutions of Pakistan failed to provide justice including government, judiciary. How long do we want him to wait. One year is a sufficient duration that he waited to allow government to take some action on election rigging. He is perfectly justified in launching the protest. and this is the time to do it. So that before next election, some system is set up to prevent stealing of elections. Critics can't just say that the conditions of Pakistan don't allow protest on the pretext that country is going through critical phase. If we accept this argument, then one can not protest for next 5 or 10 years, because unfortunately the conditions are not likely to improve in that time frame. Whether IK is doing good governance or bad in KPK is also not relevant to election rigging. That is a separate issue which has nothing to do with election rigging in the 2013 elections. As for protesting election rigging, he is perfectly justified.
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Ms asghar
May 12, 2014 09:30am
@Ashraf Mirza (USA) Yes and he says other to invest in our country and leave UK and US for him right? If some one still support him we deserve to be fooled by him then again and again and again.
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Sohaib
May 12, 2014 10:26am
I dont support Imran or Nawaz but i feel this protest was quite meaningless.but then again Nawaz kept at ppp so probably Imran is doing the same.
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Ravi Dallas TX
May 12, 2014 10:28am
Why no one is talking about terrorism ? Isn't it the main issue taking Pakistan to stone ages? Is it solved?
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Muhammed Ali
May 12, 2014 10:29am
@Waqas Why should he sit with a party that rigged elections?? NS has no democracy in his own party Mr Waqas so how can he bleat about giving Pakistan democracy, its people like you who think all is well, well let me break it to you gently Mr NS is having a third go at ruling Pakistan and like his previous to times it seems he will not complete this term either!
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shafi ur rehman
May 12, 2014 11:59am
I am prod of u
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RIZ
May 12, 2014 01:52pm
@Akram what a dumb response! rigged 1% or 100% is still rigged, just like stealing
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hammad
May 12, 2014 04:18pm
All those people who say that i was a supporter or fan of PTI and now got disappointed bala bala and bala, they are all PLM-N people, because this is a new Technic of propaganda
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Sheeda Pistol
May 12, 2014 09:02pm
With this protest PTI is playing the role of an opposition party. An opposition which is lacking in the parliament in the form of PPP. The current govt needs some checks and balances and thats what PTI is doing here.
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ma
May 12, 2014 11:01pm
@Ravi Dallas TX Terrorism is the symptom of the ailment. The root causes need to be addressed. There will be no takers of the terror/extreme philosophy once the underlying issues such as education, basic human needs, justice and true representation of people is restored in the land of not so pure
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Ram
May 13, 2014 05:49am
I think Imran using his power and fame to overthrow democratic government
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Malik
May 13, 2014 05:19pm
@SMQ Zaman : Dear Mr Zaman, I was also assuming that this gentleman can give some serious type of governance but sorry to say that during last one year what he (Imran Khan) did in KPK it is a worse. A person who beloved by millions of youth now surrounded by few opportunists. If any PTI friend think that with this team he can being any change in the country of 200 million I do not agree. it was ill advise to gather in Islamabad at wrong time... country is progressing and he should wait, focus on KPK and prove that he is able to change the fate of nation, but what he is doing really bad....
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Imran Khushaal Raja
May 13, 2014 05:36pm
So the whole drama was to back military and ISI to rush on Geo?
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wasim
May 13, 2014 05:43pm
@Khan hahaha
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NASAH (USA)
May 13, 2014 09:15pm
Why no PTI woman is wearing Hijab -- is this a communist rally?
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NASAH (USA)
May 13, 2014 09:21pm
All this hullabaloo for just reconstituting the ECP? ECP must feel honored.
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independentthinker
May 14, 2014 01:55am
And now what happens? - Absolutely nothing! They go through the trouble of organizing this "protest rally", local businesses close down, hurting their livelihood, police officers are re-routed to provide security, when they could be attending to more important matters elsewhere - all just so that Imran Khan can continue to promote himself - when in fact, since he was elected, he has not made one sensible decision. He reminds me of Obama - before election, he gets everyone hyped up - only to bring them crushing down, once he is given a chance to bring the change!
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NASAH (USA)
May 14, 2014 08:23pm
One can see that the youth is bright and enlightened but the leadership is archaic and verbose.
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