Pakistan Teheek-i-Insaf (PTI) supporters in festive mood in Islamabad. -Photo by Irfan Haider
Rain at Zero Point in Islamabad today - @ShahzebJillani/Twitter
Supporters of PTI hurl stones in reaction to residents throwing stones at the participants of Azadi March, Gujranwala, August 15. — Photo by Reuters
Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Salman Ahmed with an injured PTI worker. — PTI's official page

The activists of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistani Awami Tehrik (PAT) reached Islamabad late Friday to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections and to present their demands of electoral and administrative reform.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan spoke to a large gathering of supporters at 4AM, and said that he will not leave till PM Nawaz Sharif resigns. At the end of his speech, he invited supporters to reconvene at the same place at 3pm Saturday.

Dr Qadri delayed his address to supporters due to ill health.

The government which was initially reluctant to allow the marchers finally gave its nod on Thursday evening, formally permitting the supporters and activists of both parties to march on the capital but warning over crossing any red lines and telling the marchers to stay away from the capital's Red Zone area.

To see how the last 24 hours unfolded for the marchers and the government, follow our updates below

Read what happened on Day One here.


2014-08-16 04:58:19

Qadri delays address to workers

DawnNews reported that PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has delayed his address to supporters as a result of poor health.

2014-08-16 04:29:27

Nawaz has only one option: Imran

“Under no circumstance will we accept this election. I am sitting here, Nawaz has one option. Resign and order a re-election,” said Imran Khan.

“We will sit here till 3pm.”

He also said he has not slept in 40 hours.

Imran Khan said PTI is the new Pakistan. “I will not move from here till this country is truly free,” he added.

2014-08-16 04:24:33
 Imran Khan speaks to the crowd gathered in Islamabad
Imran Khan speaks to the crowd gathered in Islamabad
2014-08-16 04:14:25

Imran Khan at the podium

2014-08-16 04:11:34

You have made new history, Qureshi tells the march

Addressing the corwd, PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that he has never before witnessed such a large crowd or such passion.

The government thought that they would create panic in the march through a deadly attack against Imran Khan, but they failed, he said.

2014-08-16 03:34:40

KP CM Khattak speaks

2014-08-16 03:28:04

Ataullah Essa Khelvi sings to the crowd's delight

PTI supporters danced and sang along with singer Atullah Essa Khelvi who sang 'Banega Naya Pakistan'

2014-08-16 03:18:57

Go Nawaz, go: Sheikh Rasheed

AML’s Sheikh Rasheed is at the podium, and chanting slogans of “Go Nawaz, Go!”

The crowd of PTI supporters is receptive, and echoing his slogans and chants.

The rain has not stopped in Islamabad.

2014-08-16 03:10:45

PTI leadership set to address crowd

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and senior leaders, including Javed Hashmi, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Pervez Khattak are at the stage, where Imran Khan is expected to deliver a speech soon.

2014-08-16 02:30:47

Spotted in his SUV: Imran Khan

 —Screengrabs show Imran Khan in his car as he makes his way towards the mobile stage where he is expected to deliver his speech
—Screengrabs show Imran Khan in his car as he makes his way towards the mobile stage where he is expected to deliver his speech
2014-08-16 02:13:04

Imran enters Red Zone

After reports of clandestine meetings and little sighting of Imran Khan's caravan, the PTI social media team reports that he is at Zero Point.

2014-08-16 01:33:07

Imran expresses grief over death of workers in road accident

2014-08-16 01:06:11

Nabil Gabol inspired by 'Azadi' march

2014-08-16 01:00:14

PTI denies Imran meeting with Nisar

PTI media advisor Faisal Vawda denied that Imran Khan had met with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar at his F-8 residence, as reported by some news channels.

"Sheikh Rasheed is feeling disgruntled because he was not part of Imran’s convoy [from Lahore to Islamabad]," he said, referring to a report that Rasheed had confirmed a clandestine meeting.

2014-08-16 00:52:12

Asad Umar, Shireen Mazari and Shafqat Mahmood reach Islamabad

PTI leaders Asad Umar, Shireen Mazari and Shafqat Mahmood have reached Islamabad where a large crowd of party workers and supporters have already gathered.

2014-08-16 00:38:13

A midnight meeting?

AML leader Sheikh Rashid re-tweeted this above tweet, but there is no direct confirmation on the meeting yet.

2014-08-16 00:31:16

PTI constructs mobile stage

 — Photo shows stage being set up opposite Sports Complex, Islamabad
— Photo shows stage being set up opposite Sports Complex, Islamabad

Zero Point is flooded with PTI and PAT workers, DawnNews reports. Caravans from Lahore have also arrived.

A mobile ‘stage’ has been erected opposite the Sports Complex in Islamabad, but Imran Khan is expected to speak at Serena Chowk.

2014-08-15 23:56:28

Imran reaches Islamabad, PTI preps in full swing

The bathrooms Dawn earlier reporter about have been installed and are functioning.

2014-08-15 23:36:21

Qadri reaches Islamabad

2014-08-15 23:25:19

Excited PTI workers await Imran's arrival

2014-08-15 22:47:47

Hundreds of thousands will be in Islamabad, says Tareen

PTI leader Jahangir Tareen said that people from all over Pakistan will be arriving in Islamabad, stating that hundreds of thousands of people will be at the federal capital.

'Islamabad will have so many people, the likes of which have never been seen before," he said.

The PTI leader further said people from Balochistan, KP and South Punjab are participating in the march.

Tareen said that because of the obstacles that have been put in place, along with the sheer number of people who have come out in support of the march, is the reason why the convoy has taken time to reach Islamabad.

2014-08-15 22:45:16

Imran reaches Islamabad

2014-08-15 22:41:15

Qadri inches towards Islamabad

2014-08-15 22:31:22

Imran Khan may back down on resignation demand: sources

sSources within the party told Dawn Imran Khan may soften his demand for PM Nawaz's resignation and instead present a set of conditions that it expects the government to deliver as a course of action once he reaches the capital.

“We will present a set of conditions to them and if the government is sensible, they will deliver. If they meet nine out of 10 of these demands, we will accept it [instead of the resignation]. If they expect us to back off by meeting say one out of 10, we will not leave,” a party insider requesting anonymity told Dawn.

Another senior PTI official hinted at a "possible negotiation" with the government when Imran arrives in Islamabad.

2014-08-15 21:50:19

PTI says Imran Khan to reach Islamabad shortly

2014-08-15 21:46:01

Gullu Butt's new look?

Car-smashing PML-N activist Gullu Butt emerged with new look in court today - handcuffed and wearing a crisp white shalwar kameez suit with rosary beads in his hands.

2014-08-15 21:31:46

Country's political scenario inspires more games

A screen shot of Flappy Nawaz and Flappy Imran
A screen shot of Flappy Nawaz and Flappy Imran

More games inspired by the country's political scenario were released. The latest titles 'Flappy Nawaz' and 'Flappy Imran' are based on the popular game' Flappy bird.' The games involve the lead characters (as mentioned in the titles) avoid their respective counterparts.

2014-08-15 21:24:09

Those who attacked us knew they wouldn't be held accountable: Imran

PTI chief Imran Khan said that the people who attacked his convoy and supporters knew that they would not be held accountable for their actions.

He said that women and children were attacked in Gujranwala.

"When I reach Islamabad, I will tell you why people like Gullu Butt are nurtured," the PTI chief said.

"We will continue to fight against this Gullu Butt system," he said.

2014-08-15 21:22:22

Peshawar residents irked at provincial government's absence

After a very heavy downpour a fallen tree is seen blocking a street at Stadium Road in Peshawar on Friday, August 15, 2014.— Photo by PPI
After a very heavy downpour a fallen tree is seen blocking a street at Stadium Road in Peshawar on Friday, August 15, 2014.— Photo by PPI
People facing hardships due to the rain complained that they felt stranded as entire KP cabinet, including Chief Minister Khattak, was busy with their 'Azadi March' and so far no Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader could reach the spot or hospital to inquire after the injured and dead.

At least 16 people have been killed and more than 80 others injured in rain-related incidents and hailstorms in various parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's capital city Peshawar as roofs and walls of building collapsed due to heavy rain.

2014-08-15 20:58:42

Conspiracy to spread anarchy in country, says Shahbaz

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that there was a conspiracy to spread anarchy in the country.

He said that Pakistan cannot afford to endure anarchy and chaos right now. The PML-N leader also said that the 'Revolution March' has failed.

2014-08-15 20:03:42

’Pomy Butt is from a good family’

Rana Mashood during a press conference said that Pomy Butt is from a “good family” in Gujranwala and was not responsible for the clash that took place between PTI and PML-N workers.

He also said that the provincial government has shown restraint and tolerance despite the use of provocative language by Dr Tahirul Qadri as well as the PTI leadership.

“The PTI leadership should use better language. Their workers even tore our banners and hoardings… but we will give them the freedom to march and the liberty to protest with no obstructions from on our. We have instructed police officials not to react even if they say something.”

2014-08-15 20:03:33

Chaudhry Shujaat calls for national govt to be formed

PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has called for a national government to be formed. He said that the national government should include all political parties.

The PML-Q leader also stressed that the proposed government must include the PML-N as well.

2014-08-15 19:50:54

Sirajul Haq speaking to media in Lahore

2014-08-15 19:45:22

Imran Khan leaves for Islamabad

2014-08-15 19:26:51

Another march-inspired game released for smartphones

A screenshot of the ‘Long March’ game
A screenshot of the ‘Long March’ game

The ‘march’ announced by the Pakistan Teheek-i-Insaf has inspired a number of mobile phone apps.

The latest app is called ‘Long March’, a 2-D platform game which has the PTI chairman Imran Khan as the lead character who dodges obstacles – including containers, chairs and policemen –while collecting ballot boxes on his journey, with the background showing key landmarks of Punjab.

2014-08-15 19:24:20
2014-08-15 19:15:21

Dr Tahirul Qadri speaking to media in Jhelum

2014-08-15 18:25:15

Marching on...

2014-08-15 17:50:36

Imran expected to reach capital by 9: PTI

 — Photo of Imran Khan during
— Photo of Imran Khan during 'Azadi rally in Lahore

PTI leaders speaking to Dawn said that Chairman Imran Khan is going to reach Islamabad between 8pm and 9pm.

After the Gujranwala skirmish that left some PTI workers injured, Imran left the ‘Azadi rally container and is now en route to the capital in another vehicle. “He will reach Islamabad and deliver his speech in about two or three hours,” they said.

2014-08-15 17:22:15

JI chief makes recommendations for peace

Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq has made four recommendations to improve the political situation in the country.

The recommendations involve dialogue between parties marching against the government and the government itself.

Siraj has also suggested that there should be a negotiating committee comprising politicians to tackle the issue and that no incident such as the Gujranwala clash takes place again

The JI chief said his party hoped that the Azadi March will remain peaceful till the very end.

Speaking to media representatives, he said the people of Pakistan were concerned about the situation and how democracy would fare in the country in these circumstances.

He said he could guarantee that the march would not turn into an 'incident' but will the start of a much stronger political system.

2014-08-15 17:17:40

US, UK and other countries issue travel advisory to citizens

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) supporters throw stones toward the supporters of ruling Pakistani Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) during protest march to Islamabad, in eastern city of Gujranwala in Punjab province on August 15, 2014.— Photo by AFP
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) supporters throw stones toward the supporters of ruling Pakistani Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) during protest march to Islamabad, in eastern city of Gujranwala in Punjab province on August 15, 2014.— Photo by AFP

The United States, the United Kingdom, some European countries and some countries from Asia-Pacific region have issued travel advisories to their citizens alerting them not to travel to Pakistan because of the prevailing security and political situation.

In addition, the government of these countries have also directed their diplomats to remain confined to their residences in Islamabad and not to move to any political event in Islamabad due to serious security threats to such gatherings.

"The diplomats have also been directed to move to Karachi to their respective consulate generals in case security situation in Islamabad became volatile," a diplomatic source told Dawn.

2014-08-15 16:51:14

Saad Rafique denies PTI allegations over clash

2014-08-15 16:50:16

The word in Islamabad

2014-08-15 16:41:51

Govt’s permission to hold ‘Azadi march’ averted confrontation, says Shah

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said that the granting of permission to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Azadi march was a good step by the government which had averted danger.

The senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said that in his view Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would not tender his resignation and added that his party could not support the demand for the premier’s resignation.

Shah also condemned the stone pelting on Imran Khan’s container and said that there should be no precedence of stone-pelting during political gatherings and rallies. He also demanded action against those found guilty of hurling stones.

2014-08-15 16:27:53

Pomy Butt instigated clash between PTI, PML-N activists: Jahangir Tareen

Jahangir Khan Tareen of PTI accused Pomy Butt, a brother of PML-N MPA from Gujranwala Imran Khalid Butt, of inciting Imran Khan’s supporters to violence which led to the clash between PTI and PML-N activists in Gujranwala.

Addressing the press in Islamabad, he said that if Imran gets even as much as a scratch, we will blame Nawaz and Shahbaz and we will make the government pay heavily.

Tareen said we will stay peaceful even though our workers are currently pressuring us.

“We are trying to control our workers…our families are also marching with us.”

2014-08-15 16:06:53

PML-N offices on march route instructed to close down: Rana Sanaullah

PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah. — File photo
PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah. — File photo

All PML-N offices lying in the route of the march have been instructed to close down, PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah said.

The party offices are being closed following a clash between PTI and PML-N activists in Gujranwala today.

Sanaullah said activists from both sides had chanted slogans against each other and enraged supporters had subsequently resorted to stone pelting but no weapons were used.

2014-08-15 15:54:48

Latest visuals of the Gujranwala clash

2014-08-15 15:52:46

Imran, on the Gujranwala clash

2014-08-15 15:51:29

Imran leaves container, off to Islamabad in another vehicle



Imran Khan has left the container and is en route to Islamabad in another vehicle, PTI sources said.

Before departing for Islamabad, Imran directed all his party workers and supporters to reach Islamabad.

"Get to Islamabad...let's talk there, after 6'o'clock," the PTI chief said in the message.

— Reported by Shahrukh Bukhari

2014-08-15 15:28:03

Qadri condemns 'firing' on Imran's convoy

Moreover, a spokesman for Qadri told AFP that the PAT’s convoy was further along the road to Islamabad than PTI's, in the town of Jhelum, some 120 kilometres south of Islamabad.

“Our convoy is moving at a very slow pace and we expect our arrival in Islamabad very late tonight,” he said.

2014-08-15 15:19:50

Gujranwala clash: from atop Imran's container

2014-08-15 15:14:02

AFP photographer heard no gunfire on PTI convoy

Police told AFP that there were no shots and an AFP photographer at the scene also heard no gunfire.

“Workers of PTI and PML-N clashed in Gujranwala and threw stones at each other,” a police spokeswoman told AFP.

“There was no firing incident.”

The AFP photographer said a group of up to 40 youths who were following the convoy and shouting slogans clashed with workers from Imran Khan’s party before being dispersed by the police.

2014-08-15 14:57:38

Azadi march a failure: Rana Mashood

Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashood has said that PTI’s march had turned out to be a flop and a failure, causing its workers to act in a confused manner.

In a statement issued from Lahore, Mashood said it was PTI workers who attacked the office of PML-N in Gujranwala, adding that the situation deteriorated with the attack and then retaliation from PML-N activists.

He advised PML-N workers to stay out of the way of PTI activists, adding that Imran should also throw some sense into his supporters.

2014-08-15 14:50:44

Imran rally reaches Waziriabad: Shireen Mazari

Speaking to a private TV channel, PTI leader Shireen Mazari says the main convoy has now reached Wazirabad, just outside of Gujranwala. She also claimed that police had not stopped the PML-N workers during clashes with PTI supporters.

2014-08-15 14:26:10

Saad Rafique says PTI workers must take blame for Gujranwala clash

Saad Rafique said the clash in Gujranwala occurred after PTI activists threw stones at and tore posters of Nawaz Sharif.

Our activists merely reacted in a similar manner but thankfully police came and controlled the situation.

Speaking to DawnNews via telephone, Rafique said the chief minister has ordered the IG to double Imran’s security.

Responding to a question, he said PML-N workers haven’t lost their minds that they would pelt stones at PTI activists without being provoked.

“We gave them passage and security…why would we want to attack them,” the minister said.

The PML-N leader said that PTI leaders should convince their workers not to tear flags of other parties.

We have now told our workers to stay away from the areas so that they don’t have to experience provocation on behalf of PTI workers.

The clash was a local problem but PTI blew it out of proportion.

2014-08-15 14:09:49

View of the clash

2014-08-15 14:07:09

Clashes under scrutiny

PTI: Imran Khan asked his supporters to remain peaceful otherwise he said if a martial law was imposed in the country the PTI would be blamed for it.

PML-N: Federal Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir has said that action would be taken against those involved in the Gujranwala clash. He sought CCTV footage of the incident.

MQM: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Huusain expressed concern over the clash between PML-N and PTI supporters in Gujranwala and asked all parties to remain peaceful for the protection of human lives. He also asked every one to respect each other's political, constitutional and legal rights.

2014-08-15 14:00:36

Suspicious vehicles may enter Islamabad: Peshawar’s Special Branch

Peshawar’s Special Branch has informed Islamabad police of the possibility of two suspicious vehicles entering the federal capital under the guise of PTI rally participants.

Islamabad police has further tightened security arrangements as a result. — Reported by Shakeel Qarar

2014-08-15 13:48:14

A stone hits Arif Alvi during PTI-PML-N workers’ Gujranwala clash

2014-08-15 13:47:31

CM Shahbaz takes notice of clash

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the clashes in Gujranwala, appealing to PML-N supporters to remain peaceful.

Meanwhile, DawnNews reports that the windows of Imran Khan's container have been smashed.

AML's Sheikh Rasheed came on TV and claimed that the petrol in Imran's container has been siphoned off.

2014-08-15 13:38:18

PML-N activists on top of a police vehicle in Gujranwala

2014-08-15 13:32:43

Shots fired at PTI chief’s container, Imran not injured: Aneela Khan

Imran Khan's spokeswoman Aneela Khan said the PTI chief was not injured but his vehicle was hit by gun shots.

The convoy was also attacked in Gujranwala by a stone-throwing mob and police did not intervene, she said.

Television pictures showed local people tearing up posters featuring Imran’s party and clashing with his supporters. — Reuters

2014-08-15 13:25:34

Imran says PML-N workers were standing above police van and pelting stones at PTI activists

Speaking to DawnNews via telephone, the PTI chief said PML-N activists who were standing above a police van were pelting stones at his supporters.

He urged PTI workers to remain peaceful and said he was reaching Islamabad and Nawaz should ready his resignation.

He lamented that PML-N called itself a democratic party while its activists behaved in a violent manner.

Imran said PML-N workers pelted stoned at PTI activists on at least two separate occasions during the march.

He added that Sheikh Rasheed himself saw people shooting at the container in which he was travelling.

2014-08-15 13:08:13

Violence breaks out

From PTI's official Facebook page
From PTI's official Facebook page

2014-08-15 12:42:13

Imran Khan's container being fired at: Sheikh Rasheed

Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said that Imran Khan's container is being fired at in Gujranwala.

Speaking to DawnNews via telephone, Rasheed said the container was being fired at for the past 30 minutes.

Rasheed said he was in the container along with the PTI chief and Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

2014-08-15 12:14:55

PTI, PML-N workers clash in Gujranwala

Activists from the PTI and PML-N were slightly injured during a clash between the two in Gujranwala.

The clash began when PTI activists were passing through an area where an office of the PML-N was located.

PML-N activists started pelting stones at PTI activists who retaliated in a similar manner.

However, the clash was controlled after police personnel deputed to provide security to the PTI’s caravan intervened and managed the situation. — Reported by Kashif Hussain

2014-08-15 12:07:19

PTI's march biggest in Pakistan's history: Shireen Mazari

PTI leader Shireen Mazari has called the PTI's march the biggest in Pakistan's history, adding that it had rejected the current rulers of the country.

She said hundreds of thousands had joined the march from Nawaz Sharif's constituency, saying it was a testament that the people did not approve of the PML-N's rule.

Mazari said the job of Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashood was now in danger and said the rulers had no excuse left to remain in power. — Reported by Shahrukh Bukhari

2014-08-15 11:49:59

Imran Khan says no turning back now

2014-08-15 11:39:35

No chance of minus one formula: Siddiul Farooq

PML-N leader Siddiqul Farooq has said that there was no chance of a minus one formula in the ongoing political crisis.

Speaking during a program in DawnNews TV, Farooq said the PTI's demand for Nawaz Sharif's resignation was unconstitutional.

Farooq added that it was unfair of opposition groups to expect the PML-N to revamp the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) at the current stage and suspend the existing members.

2014-08-15 11:24:43

Imran and the PTI caravan en route to Pindi bypass

2014-08-15 10:56:06

Ahsan Iqbal’s advice to Imran Khan

2014-08-15 10:51:35

No question of PM’s resignation, says Shahbaz

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said that there was no question of a resignation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

He further said that Imran Khan's demand for the formation of a government of technocrats was unconstitutional.

He added that the government would counter and defeat the conspiracy that is under way to destabilise the country.

Shahbaz moreover said that the collusion between PTI and PAT had exposed the so-called movement for a free and fair election and reformation of the system.

The chief minister said it was quite apparent that the people of Pakistan had rejected this march and were standing by their elected representatives.

2014-08-15 10:39:34

Nawaz and his supporters should come out of Gullu Butt mindset: Imran

One million people will reach Islamabad, Imran Khan said, adding that Nawaz Sharif and his supporters should come out of what he called the Gullu Butt mindset.

Speaking to reporters in Gujranwala, the PTI chief said the end of monarchy was around the corner.

He said Nawaz should now understand that the people of Pakistan do not accept the results of this election.

“I have all the proof and I have also provided enough evidence…I will provide more in Islamabad this evening,” the PTI chief said.

“The Constitution says that a government that has come to power through rigging was not constitutional,” he said.

Imran demanded that those who were involved in the alleged rigging should be punished as without that there could be no free and fair election in the country.

2014-08-15 09:47:16

PTI supporters at Zero Point hurl stones at containers, do a little dance

PTI supporters at Islamabad’s Zero Point have settled on the roads with their belongings.

They were seen to be hurling stones at containers and cranes placed by the Islamabad administration.

A number of PTI workers and supporters were also dancing to the music playing at the site.

Imran Khan’s convoy which is currently in Gujranwala is expected to reach Islamabad in three to four hours approximately. — Reported by Raza Bangash

2014-08-15 09:36:19

We have received reports of a threat to our convoy: Qadri

Addressing his supporters in Kharian, PAT chief Tahirul Qadri said his party had received reports of a possible attack on their convoy after which they changed their strategy.

He said the attack on his convoy would be from what he called “Gullu Butts and terrorists” hired by the government.

I have told my supporters to stop at any location in case of a threat, Qadri said, adding that PAT activists and supporters were advancing towards Islamabad in a peaceful manner.

Qadri was addressing his supporters as his party’s caravan reached the city of Kharian in Punjab’s Gujrat district. — Reported by Nadeem Haider

2014-08-15 09:20:38

We will get rid of the corrupt system: Imran Khan

Addressing his supporters as the PTI's caravan reached Gujranwala, party chief Imran Khan said he was assuring the people of Pakistan that they will get rid of the present corrupt system.

“There will be a need to speak the truth in ‘Naya Pakistan’ where justice will be served to all,” he told the crowd.

“I am going to Islamabad and I will ensure that all of us are free,” he said, adding that freedom was never “served in a platter” to anyone and that it required people to render sacrifices.

Imran’s statements came as the PTI’s convoy that began travelling from Lahore on Thursday reached the city of Gujranwala on Friday. The caravan received a warm welcome from thousands of the party’s supporters.

2014-08-15 08:12:36

PTI's caravan reaches Gujranwala

2014-08-15 08:08:31

Sleepy marchers


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Lucky Star
Aug 15, 2014 08:18am
Shame on these sleeping Azadi Marchers!
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Junaid Ahsan
Aug 15, 2014 08:30am
You guys are fighting this country's decisive war, against monarchy. March on, the nation stands with you!!
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Aug 15, 2014 08:35am
Go IK! Though I am not sure whether to support the action of the long march but I believe in IKs honesty and his intentions for Pakistan. May he succeed along with my people and my country.
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Sameer H.
Aug 15, 2014 08:42am
Imran Khan missed a trick. He should have started mobilizing at least a day in advance and should have made it to the Capital by mid day 14th August to really make a point. Now they will be lucky to make it by the 17th.
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Mazhar, Layyah
Aug 15, 2014 08:51am
Independence we got, progress we need. In china/Iran no facebook, limited google search, no marches/protests, even big corruption, is there USA controlling? TUK and IK are backdoor of controlling states of poor state like Pak? Have we forgot Quaid quote"Unity Faith Discipline" ? Whole team of IK belong to old corrupt parties other than IK. Under IK flag, nation will suffer more crisis, change will never come. This is ground-fact in fact.
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Mustafa J.
Aug 15, 2014 08:57am
Pakistan became Azad (Free) on August 14, 1947 that is 67 years ago. If the Azadi March is to celebrate that great day, then it is most wonderful. On the other hand if the Azadi March is to achieve Azadi (Freedom) it means Pakistan never became Azad (Free) on August 14. 1947 and there is no Azadi Celebration. This is an insult to the founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah and all 180 million Pakistanis. The actions of Mr. Imran Khan and Maulana Tahirul Qadri, the organizers of Azadi March are grave concern to all Pakistanis.
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Taimur Khan
Aug 15, 2014 09:01am
We owe a debt of gratitude to IK and TUQ for presenting the true face of Pakistan's sleazy politicians by ruining the Indepedence Day celebrations, and making us realize that we are still slaves - to the insatiablegreed of the political opportunists, the kind that is aplenty in the Land of the Pure ! I guess we deserve no better!!
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Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Aug 15, 2014 09:09am
They are sleeping simply because Imran Khan is very much awake. Incidentally I was Business and Manpower Advisor, Pakistan Embassy when under the guidance of our Ambassador H. E. Karamatullah Khan GhoriI had been very much instrumental in raising funds for Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital when Imran came here in 1992. I, as his local PRO have accompanied him to the residence of incumbent H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Amir of Kuwait (Foreign Minister then) who hosted lunch in his honor. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait /
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Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Aug 15, 2014 09:09am
They are sleeping simply because Imran Khan is very much awake. Incidentally I was Business and Manpower Advisor, Pakistan Embassy when under the guidance of our Ambassador H. E. Karamatullah Khan GhoriI had been very much instrumental in raising funds for Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital when Imran came here in 1992. I, as his local PRO have accompanied him to the residence of incumbent H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Amir of Kuwait (Foreign Minister then) who hosted lunch in his honor. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait /
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Ahmed USA
Aug 15, 2014 09:14am
Pakistan day won yesterday's march...Pakistan Zindabad!!!
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Ahmed USA
Aug 15, 2014 09:19am
While poor ordinary ignorant marchers are sleeping out in the open...braving heat and hunger...wonder where the PTI and PAT leadership and their family members are resting and how are they satisfying their hunger...
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Aug 15, 2014 09:19am
I have few questions from Khan and I request my PTI friends to answer these: 1) PTI MNAs and MPAs must return salaries for past 14 months before they ask to disolve assemblies. Do you agree? 2) IK, Please tell us the outcome of NA-110, it is one of 4 constituencies you have been complaining all year along. (It was Khawaja asif vs Dar, Tribunal has declared Khawaja asif winner and fined Dar for using delay tactics). 3) If the elections were rigged, Why PTI filed just 58 petitions out of 268. They also must tell us that 38 of 58 petitions have been resolved & not a single PTI NA seat has increased. 4) Lastly, if the govt was illegitimate, Why PTI wasted our 14 months and remained part of it? Source: Report - July 2014.pdf
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Asif Raza
Aug 15, 2014 09:22am
The longer it takes to reach Islamabad, the longer our systems will be collapsed. Imran Khan claimed that our economy is bad and government is lying about its progress. And from last week to now and not sure upto when, most trades are off in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Our business are closed, our economy is getting bad and bad.
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Hasan Hasni
Aug 15, 2014 09:35am
True implementation of law inside and outside the parliaments could stop these processions. But this will not suit to people who control the governance of the country
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Aug 15, 2014 09:37am
With the huge amount of support for PTI that is evident on the roads, I think the pressure is growing stronger and stronger on the PM to resign. Though, in the short run the businesses may be impacted but it is in the greater good of the country that an educated bunch of people get to form a new government legally.
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Aug 15, 2014 09:38am
System is ready collapsed by corrupt leaders. Any one with working brain knows it, It is going to be fixed now insha ALLAH. Sooner the corrupt goes out of power sooner poor Pakistani will see the change in their life, Public money that has been spent on PLMN corrupt MNAs and shareef khaandan will be spend on deserving people of Pakistan. It is a relief march for people of Pakistan from corrupt leaders, Keep on marching Imran until these corrupt are booked and thrown behind bars
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Aug 15, 2014 09:52am
@Asif Raza Guess who has shut down the capital city a week before the march.....also the whole Punjab as a pre-emptive measure. Instead they should have welcomed the protesters to demonstrate. I don't see any violence in the Paki crowds other then just the puppets planted by the Indians and the sher league.
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Aug 15, 2014 09:59am
@Asif Raza to change any thing, it takes system and time even if you through the ball to ground it goes down all the way till it bonces back, be patient my friend and keep fingers crossed , inshallah thing will change , think the other way around at least we have someone in PAK who is thinking behalf of all PAKISTAN
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Aug 15, 2014 10:07am
IK+TUQ= Pakistan of 2015 as dreamt and planned by western think tanks decades ago.
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Proud Pakistani
Aug 15, 2014 10:09am
What so ever it is this is a FACT AND THAT IS IMRAN AND PTI ARE NOW HISTORY, as no one like dictator imran, imran is in the middle of no where. Now PTIians who are actually PPP supporters who left PPP after BB death will go back to PPP after the end of flop drama of imran.
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Aug 15, 2014 10:10am
I really like Imran for his honesty but am really struggling to understand what is the point of this march? How will this achieve the much claimed Freedom ? - If anyone on this forum do get his point can you please explain ?
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Aug 15, 2014 10:13am
Who is answerable to a normal citizen for choking his daily life. What about my rights and my Azadi to run my daily life unhindered. All politicians have vast vested interest and they are hoodwinking their followers by creating hype about issues, charming slogans and above all using religion as a tool of brainwashing. In fact robotic following is worst form of slavery. By stampeding my rights they call it Azadi and Inqalab.
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Aug 15, 2014 10:18am
Imran khan should learn from mistakes of AAP leader arvind kejriwals downfall.Anarchy tactics only leads to vote bank politics at the cost of country. Heard speech of Narendra modi from red fort.He spoke of integration, development,promoted MADE IN INDIA theme making india hub of manufacturing and stayed away from rheotrics. Pakistan needs education,job,business- is their anyone who is talking about it.
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Mango Man
Aug 15, 2014 10:19am
The resignation of mian sahib is inevitable but in how many days it's upto mian sahib. Please resign quickly to allow the citizen of Pakistan with freedom to perform their duties.
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Aug 15, 2014 10:19am
@Asif Raza That's what Imran Khan's goal to fail whole system as well as the economy. Unfortunately he is successfully blackmailing every body so far and Govt seems to be a spectator.
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Aug 15, 2014 10:19am
Rightful protests apart, seems either the march participants are reasonably well off or they do not have jobs to worry about. Good to know that 'marchers' are above the economic worries that majority Pakistanis have - economy must have bloomed for them. We use to moan about 'votes for plates of biryani' now change of governments by 'dharnas' aided by party food packets will ve the new trend. Days of interruption to daily routine of ordinary citizens whether they support the marches or not - where are their rights?
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nadeem hasan
Aug 15, 2014 10:51am
@Asif Raza you are portraying the mindset that the morachs have created - ME MYSELF AND I. Let us think about athe greater interest of the nation and it's people. Know that our quest for greatness must be on a united note which will most certainly translate into greater achievements on an individual basis.
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Lucky Star
Aug 15, 2014 10:52am
We will get rid of this corrupt system , IK. Then IK and his supporter will install another corrupt system to stay on forever.
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Shoaib Wahab
Aug 15, 2014 10:56am
The government crumbling under the weight of Azadi March...
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Aug 15, 2014 11:03am
@Asif Raza Sir, Sooner you accept him the NEW PM the sooner will things start getting better and the day he take oth the $ will be 40 and we will have 26 hours of electricity. ABRA CADABRA CABOOM.
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Aug 15, 2014 11:05am
@Asif Raza Economy is bad. And all this just because of this march ?really. Incompetency and corruption of current and previous governments has nothing to do about it?
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Aug 15, 2014 11:07am
Long live imran khan and pakistan
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Aug 15, 2014 11:21am
hwere is Imran khans two sons , why they left for London on 10th aug, is his sons life cheaper than our sons and daughters, if you are so pure and your cause is so right than you should have brought your sons with you , why why our sons and daughters are put in danger and not yours .. IK answer us please
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Aug 15, 2014 11:33am
Allah Bless our Country & Protect our True Leaders of the Nation.
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Jawaid Ekram
Aug 15, 2014 12:03pm
This is not the way how civilized democracy works? PTI needs to learn to work within the system.
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Aug 15, 2014 12:17pm
Today is Friday are the azadi marchers stopping for Juma'a namaz or mafi Namaz only Nawaz?
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Aug 15, 2014 12:17pm
Who is saying our economy is going down, Please have a look on the occupancy of local guest houses and hotels in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. How KPK's people money is thrown away by IK.
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Aug 15, 2014 12:18pm
@Lucky Star why? dont you sleep. or are you like a typical Pakistani who will stay awake at all the odd hours and go to sleep just before prayer times.
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Imran Khan
Aug 15, 2014 12:18pm
@ahed My son qasim is travelling with me.
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khan tariq abbas khan niazi
Aug 15, 2014 12:23pm
i support the reforms that Imran Khan is seeking. Most important is biometric varification and voting.But I wonder if this is how it is going to be.... change of Govt.? If for now this is the method then how can one think that future change of govt will be through polls and parliament.The jargon....system ko derail nahin honey dein gay, is rubbish.this so called system is the methodology of snatching peoples mandate.It has been perfected .Thus we need to get rid of this .The elecion commission and courts that did nothing to all those droves of cheaters who were in the provincial assemblies,national assemblies and the senate till their last day of tenure with fake degrees need to be put on trial and punished for not doing the need ful.
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Farooq Ali
Aug 15, 2014 12:25pm
The world is busy in working hard, and development of their own countries, while we are making fun on roads as if we have no work to do, sending negative signals about image of our great Pakistan.
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Aug 15, 2014 12:32pm
@Ahmed USA its not a big deal Ahmed Imran has to carry 100 times more burden on his shoulder. Can you imagine his mental anguish right now. It doesnt matter if he doesnt take as much physical hardships as his workers. In history, even the most just of rulers always used to have vip protocol.
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Aug 15, 2014 12:36pm
@Ally relax mate. You are probably one of the blessed one whinning about his selfish azadi. How about thousands and millions of disadvantaged people who will have a better life after the success of azadi march.
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Asif Raza
Aug 15, 2014 12:38pm
A question for everyone, it just hit my mind... For the arguments sake, lets say 1. This March is successful because there can be one million people on road 2. PM resigns 3. Re-election after three months and PTI wins and make government Now here is question... PML(N) decided to have LONG MARCH against PTI's government and they can in fact bring more people on road. What will happen then... will be stuck in just voting for many years till military takes over.
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Aug 15, 2014 12:42pm
@Jawaid Ekram which system u r talking abt? To get things done u have to bribe, police, govt officials, courts, This the sytem. hahahahahaha
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Aug 15, 2014 12:45pm
@Asif Raza Sacrificing a week is nothing compared to the turmoil we have been experiencing for years. Not that I think everything will become perfect overnight, but at least it will be a step in the right direction: Leadership should be accountable, elections should be reliable and most of all the elected PM should be visible to the parliament and masses.
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Napier Mole
Aug 15, 2014 12:45pm
Better editing required. Some of the posts above sound and read like press releases by PTI!
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Muhammad Adil
Aug 15, 2014 12:46pm
@Lucky Start I guess in your mind these are not human beings.Shame on Your Own Comment...
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M Vohra
Aug 15, 2014 12:47pm
The youth have nothing to do, so lets join the party? Imran is showing them a path of progress, a green garden, but effectively destroying their valuable time and career. The time they could otherwise spend to do studies and learn new skills.
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s malik
Aug 15, 2014 12:50pm
slowly but surly the people of the sleepy nation are awakening
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Aug 15, 2014 12:59pm
i wonder why Imran Khan doesnt tender his resignation first if he thinks that elections were rigged. what about other provinces? does he think all was fair there and specially what about his governmnt in KPK. they all should resign first and then talk about others to resign. do in a right way. Tahirul Qadri is here just to make ppl kill each other. what he did last time. how ppl blindly all those mentally sick so called leaders. no one is looking at Pakistan. our forces are busy. our enemies are watching us closely and they are greedy for PM seat. our country personal benefits take over national interest. May god bless Pakistan.
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M J Syed
Aug 15, 2014 01:13pm
BBC quoted Reuters that about 17,000 people turned up jointly for the start of the march. What do they think should be done in a country of 180 million. Change the government? Qadri was a nobody. Unfortunately IK has turned himself to a nobody too.
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Syed Ali Junaid
Aug 15, 2014 01:18pm
Dirty politics by PMLN.
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Kamran Khan
Aug 15, 2014 01:47pm
@Kaleem They will return if PMLN also returned all money earned from this country in all his career!!
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Rafiq Talib
Aug 15, 2014 02:00pm
Sticks and stones won't break us, Nawaz Sharif when will you learn?
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Sajjad Haider
Aug 15, 2014 02:00pm
We have supported Imran Khan when he came here at Orlando for fund raising and contributed heavily. Did not know his true face what we have seen now. His vision appeared to be ZERO and is POWER HUNGRY. He is trying to be Bhuto: Battayene Gay what happened in Tashkant, which he never did and gained power and lost half of Pakistan. Imran is telling " I have all the proves and will tell you at next stop.
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Aug 15, 2014 02:01pm
Its official now, PMLN new name is gullu league. All PMLN ministers and supporters are hereby ordered to grow gullu style muchh
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Nasir-ud-din Soomro
Aug 15, 2014 02:07pm
We have created this country for using and abusing it.Heart aches when naive Politicians just fight for Power but not Pakistan.They make and break with each other for political expediency.
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Aug 15, 2014 02:09pm
Hundered million dollar question but nobody has answr to it. Goldsmith money is working
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ali ahmed
Aug 15, 2014 02:15pm
PAT was more clever ,moved fast about to reach Islamabad without incident..
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Aug 15, 2014 02:20pm
I wonder if these marchers know how many daily wagers have lost their paltry income. Economy is on a standstill & many hardships have been added to already miserable lives of us Pakistanis.
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Aug 15, 2014 02:30pm
@Kamran Khan Wow, what an answer, Genius. You said PMLN is corrupt, looted billions and not returned. Now when you are asked to return MNA salaries withdrawn from illegitimate govt, You refer to NS to return his money first. Two wrong actions justify each other? If PTI has to behave in same manner as PMLN, whats the difference?
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Waseem Hassan
Aug 15, 2014 02:32pm
It seemed ironical and ridiculous KPK CM, Pervez Khatak demanding Resignation from PM, though both were elected as a result of what PTI terms RIGGED elections. It could happen only in Pakistan!!!! In other words, Elections were fair in KPK, but since IK was not elected PM therefore Elections were not fair in Punjab!!! Rehtorics apart IK doesnt make much sense now..
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Aug 15, 2014 02:35pm
@Lucky Star You know, humans tend to sleep. They can't stay awake24 hours.
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Aug 15, 2014 02:39pm
@Lucky Star My understanding is humans do sleep in 24 hours, PTI march is on almost more than 24 hours, dont know about u, are u human or robot.
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Amarajothy Dyanaranjan
Aug 15, 2014 02:42pm
This is a democratically elected government. The mere fact the march was allowed to proceed indicates that democracy is still alive in Pakistan. While agitating is a part of the democratic process is this necessary at the moment. Freedom of the wild horse is not democracy. I am quite certain IK understands it. It is easy to say things when you are in the opposition. PPP knows it as they had ruled the country. IK will know it if he gets an opportunity to rule. Any how God bless Pakistan.
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Simple Question
Aug 15, 2014 02:43pm
"Our activists merely reacted in a similar manner but thankfully police came and controlled the situation." [Saad Rafiq] NS workers were not suppossed to go to see the rally? what were they doing there? Shayed mela wekhan gaye saan!!!
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Ali Imran Shah
Aug 15, 2014 02:52pm
@Mustafa J. Do you really think that we got independence. Unfortunately we had only a year of independence until the great Qaid was alive. After him all the people who were against Pakistan became ruler. Do you really think that poor people of Pakistan are living their lives as independent citizens?
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Adil Jadoonadil
Aug 15, 2014 03:17pm
@Mazhar, Layyah there is no life but with liberty and freedom.
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M. Siddique
Aug 15, 2014 03:27pm
The following is the opening paragraph of this new item. It is incomplete sentence there is no news in it related to the headline. Dawn editors need to pay attention to what is published. "The activists of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistani Awami Tehrik (PAT) en route to Islamabad to protest against alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections and to present their demands of electoral and administrative reform."
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Aug 15, 2014 03:28pm
Believe me we have much potential of natural resources and human resources that can fulfill not just our basic need but also wants like other growing countries but the corrupt political system destroying everything I don't know what will be their next step but now whoever will come to change the system they must take the strict & bitter action against corrupt peoples like China who gave order the death penalties to its own political figures as they found them guilty.
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Aug 15, 2014 03:42pm
Pti supporters please stop commenting here and go join the failing March ...
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Aug 15, 2014 03:49pm
Do we need a change in the country? Yes Do you think PTI can bring this change? I really doubt, but I am willing to give them a chance. They cannot be worse than PPP or PML-N. I am not even willing to consider or talk about PAT. I'd recommend PTI to stay clear of them as they can easily spoil your party and plans!
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Aug 15, 2014 04:03pm
Imran and Qadri making people fight and divide, they can win next election by raising same issues but their actions are not making any sense now. People should understand these leaders(all) only perusing their personal and political goals, their children future is bright in England, Canada and USA. Why they are ruining poor Pakistanis future. Did Imran and his followers pray Friday Prayer?
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Reality Check
Aug 15, 2014 04:05pm
IK worried Qadri might steal the limelight if he gets to isb first hence the change of vehicle and hurrying up to isb :)
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Aug 15, 2014 04:33pm
@Imran Khan if you travel with your son you would be blamed for dynastic politics. If not you would be maligned for risking the life of ordinary Pakistanis while saving yours. I'm not your supporter but this excercise of yours will expose plenty of ills our system is filled with.
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Aug 15, 2014 04:36pm
@Naveed - Totally agree - Both PPP and PML-N have been given chances in the past and all of us have seen how they ran the government and things have been going downhill. Give PTI a chance as we don't really have anything to loose now. The whole system needs a shake up which neither PPP nor PML-N have courage to do.
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Aug 15, 2014 04:39pm
This is a clear sign of desperation by PMLn and they cannot do such a move without the green signal of top leadership,but this is not going to help them at all.the Best for Pti should be remain non-violent.
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Aug 15, 2014 04:40pm
Minar e Pakistan would have been the perfect location for Imran khans rally. A bankrupt nations limited resources are being further wasted by a cricketer who only won the World Cup once in his entire career.
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Aug 15, 2014 04:40pm
Gujranwala incident be taken as eye opner for the marchers of Azadi and PAT march. PMLN should restrain from confronting the protectors while controlling their violent activists.
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Aug 15, 2014 04:41pm
@Lucky Star shame on you to say bad words for who are doing sth instead of writing and lecturing through keyboard and from the comfort of your home
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Aug 15, 2014 04:45pm
Imran Khan is as corrupt as any other Pakistani politician. When will all of you remember that he was in the US every month to collect money for his hospital. He knows where the money tree is. If he ever does become the PM where do you think he will go first?
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Aug 15, 2014 04:51pm
These are the freedom fighters? Deep inside they are all Gullus.
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Syed zafar Kazmi
Aug 15, 2014 04:52pm
@BK what maked you believe in his honesty and intentions for Pakistan
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Aug 15, 2014 04:56pm
@imran Thanks Imran. But please stay clear of PAT. JI is a much much better ally; trustworthy and capable than anyone else.
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Aug 15, 2014 04:57pm
Shame on power hungry IK. Has he thought about where the daily wage earners will get food from
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Awais Tanvir
Aug 15, 2014 05:11pm
Gullus out there :(
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A True Fact
Aug 15, 2014 05:22pm
wow! dont we all love democracy!
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Aug 15, 2014 05:36pm
@Naveed let see them in pkp , it can be a good training ground for IK if used properly. at same time it can be dangerous if they don't do good , i don't know much but i am getting both very negative and very positive messages from kpk. , my friend from Hazara once a die hard supporter of PTI does not want to listen IK name , while friend from peshawar is very happy with improvement in city administration and police. IK should learn , PMLN bashing can amuse people but they wont vote for IK until he tells the Pakistani how will be make the changes.
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Aug 15, 2014 05:48pm
From where I am sitting PTI and PAT have loose public support ten-fold, What about about a common men, women, and children including PML N workers who support PML N and its Government? What we do to defend our Government and our Prime Minister? If PTI and PAT wants their demands to be met by street protests and not in National Assembly then what about PML N's supporters? Can we also come out in ten-fold numbers to defend our government? Can we also express our democratic right?
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Aug 15, 2014 05:50pm
This is the problem in pakistan .people are so used to dictatorship that they cannot have a democracy run by elected govt . I am not very good at pakistan politics but what these marchers are doing on the streets rather than fighting in the parliament .
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A shah
Aug 15, 2014 05:52pm
We are doomed
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Lucky Sttar
Aug 15, 2014 06:03pm
@Muhammad Adil Shame on you by being a supporter of mindless leader IK. who have no respect for anybody, individuals and institutions.
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Aug 15, 2014 06:58pm
Looks like all the PTI supporters have gone to Azadi March. Most of the recent comments are from IK haters.
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Aug 15, 2014 07:01pm
@Awais Tanvir PTI is full of the likes of Gulloos. If only Imran realises that if by some fluke, he becomes the PM, he could be subjected to a similar fate. He is setting a dangerous precedent for some parties in Karachi and Baluchistan.God help me against foolish friends, I can take care of my enemies !!
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Aug 15, 2014 07:05pm
@Kaleem wonderful questions raised. But i know no one from PTI will answer because they have emotions only, no Logic
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poor man
Aug 15, 2014 07:32pm
@Lucky Sttar : I wish and pray for peace and stability. Hope Imran, Chaudhary, Qadri and Company's drama will be over soon and public will be able to restart their daily life.
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Aug 15, 2014 07:52pm
"PML-N activists on top of a police vehicle in Gujranwala" -- one of the pictures showing PML(N) supporter on the top of police van. If police could not stop them , how would they control all these Gullu Butts throwing stones at PTI workers ?
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Aug 15, 2014 07:57pm
PTI we are with you
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Aug 15, 2014 08:43pm
@Ahmed USA Keep wondering Allama Iqbal.
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Aug 15, 2014 08:45pm
@Syed zafar Kazmi Well, I have yet to hear of any corruption charges against IK, I have yet to hear IK is using taxpayers money for his personal expenses, I have yet to hear that he has established new factories after coming into politics. In short, IK has yet to give me a reason to doubt his honesty and intentions. Don't know the guy personally, for that matter don't know any of the politicians personally but all one needs to do is look at an individual's past record/life for public service, it usually says a lot.
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Aug 15, 2014 08:52pm
@Lucky Sttar becasue of people like you pakistan is suffering and is in such a position electing the same robber who have robbed the nation twice in the history ... Yet you support them shame on you .. you are resposible for this march ...
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Aug 15, 2014 09:04pm
I watched the video of TQ's speech at Jelhem. He seems to have a clear thinking, and speaks very well - perhaps better than most other leaders. Also, I did not see any thing wrong with what he said. He dwarfed Nawaz and all his cohorts.
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zack Khan
Aug 15, 2014 09:27pm
Lots of people complaining here about the march, how negatively effected the country. If you are true sons and daughters of this country go with the march, it is a revolution, and every citizen sacrifice when a country goes through the revolution, the price we have to pay for better future...!
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Naeem Qureshi
Aug 15, 2014 09:41pm
IK is a sore loser. He is power hungry politician who cannot take defeat honorably.
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Aug 15, 2014 10:15pm
Please all the concern Try to control the situation as soon as possible, specially government to resolve all the issues impeccably with all the stakeholders.
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Aug 15, 2014 10:15pm
@ahed his son Qasim is with him
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Aug 15, 2014 10:29pm
IK please tell us who is paying for all this.
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Aug 15, 2014 10:35pm
@Vic I guess same people who paid Nawaz Shairf 's PML-N for long march against Gen. Pervez Musharraf on lawyer's movement
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Aug 15, 2014 11:03pm
@Ahsen I am not imran hater I just don't support him Is this a crime? Every political party and leaders have their followers And all of us including our leaders are not angel and this all is not perfect There are different types of voters 1. Who just love their party and leaders just like mother children relation, whatever child do, mother will not leave the child but always perfect and correct 2. Realistic people, who if govt does not silver will vote another suitable polical party, 3. The diehard passionate ones who easly loose their patience and do not want to hear or watch any wrong words or action towards their leader and party even if sometime their leader or party is doing neagative work Above all is part and parcel of politics In the end The people who are nationalist and the leaders who acts like a statesman or stateswoman will flourish Sadly, till this moment non of the leaders and their supporters respect each other's views and ideology or show empathy towards each other Even our media is not even impartial Don't destroy or hate each other but unite as one nation in a lawfull and democratic way, If Sir Imran Khan pushed this govt towards resignation through street protest then I am not going to vote him in election However if Sir Imran Khan and TUQ negotiate their demands with present goverment like a gentlemen in a democratic way in National Assembly and all political parties together bring a lot of progressive resolutions and laws with reform in this tenure 5 years of present government without asking for resignation through long march then I will vote for Sir Imran Khan in the next elections I had always voted for PML because I like the party presence on the politics of sub continent I still respect Nawaz Sharif as well as a person but not totally agree with Sir Shahbaz Sharif measures and also don't personally like him as person I am well educated person with double masters and spent 6 years in United Kingdom and now in living in lahore because I want to do a product work for my country We have to be petient with each other and we should respect each other's point of view We should not use disrespectful word toward each other and should not terms each other as pethetic just because we don't agree on different views I hope all this meet it's end in a peaceful and productive way without forcing each other to accept each other's terms and conditions It's always better then jaw jaw than war war
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Aug 15, 2014 11:10pm
Both marches appear to be a fiasco as far less people are in both marches than IK & Q expected to follow them .It seems many of their supporters are getting fed up with their leaders's negative attitude and may be that they now know who is behind this game.
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Lucky Star
Aug 15, 2014 11:35pm
Jahangir Tareen, who is going to take care of the needs of millions of people gathered in Islamabad? PTI has set a wrong example for the future generations. If IK is successful in toppling NS government by besieging Islamabad then he should be ready for being toppled through the same way.
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Aug 15, 2014 11:44pm
I could not participate in the Azadi march but sent Rs 10,000 to some of my friends who has reached to Islamabad from Charsadda.
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Lucky Star
Aug 15, 2014 11:52pm
@Wow Call him Prince Qassim, your prince!
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Sher Khan
Aug 16, 2014 12:01am
If IK took a deal anything less than PM resignation he will loose all credibility and support he has garnished in the last 20 years...
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Ahmed USA
Aug 16, 2014 12:02am
Some PTI followers cannot take constructive criticism...instead of positively engaging in an intelligent discussion they resort to blame advice to PTI jiyalas is to show some restraint...IK may be an honest person but sadly his actions from day one... would not lead to the desired result...and instead may lead to chaos and anarchy...IK is banking on spreading insaf on the shoulders of his corrupt to the core is that possible...IK give everybody cricket comparisons...why not use cricket analogy for himself...can you play good, honest and respectable cricket with ball temperers and match fixers...usually in the cricketing world they are banned for life...but sadly in the case of IK cricket world it is all together a different ball game...I rest my case...
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Aug 16, 2014 12:31am
@Ally Ur rights are infringed daily by cavalcades of Sharifs and CJs
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Aug 16, 2014 12:35am
@Jawaid Ekram Within corrupt system?????
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Aug 16, 2014 01:18am
@Lucky Star PTI and PAT leaders are marching to get in power for there own benefits and foolish people wasting there time and money following them. I don't understand even at the time when all other nations are doing innovative and creative work our country is still in same condition. All political parties talk about there goals every day and no one talks for people still this nation do not understand......Allah bless our nation and make us use our brain......Ameen
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kamran syed
Aug 16, 2014 01:56am
I am not an active political worker neither have I voted to Imran Khan. But I have really seen an honest person who is strict on his rules to the point of Stubbornness. I really have created likeness for him inside me and I think whatever step he takes, may seem wrong but is always out of sheer Honesty or as it may seem to me. For the first time, I have seen people around me; who likes him. We have seen him as a normal citizen, the One who created Shoukat Khanum Hospital in a country where even First Aid is not available free of Cost. People might see him opposing a Democratic government, But really, I see in him a man who have the ability to confront anyone, and He has the Ability to Bring Change. For the change which could not occur in the history of Pakistan.
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Lucky Star
Aug 16, 2014 02:15am
Choudharis of Gjrat just want to be in the governmnet! It is not going to happen this time. NS is no Musharraf!
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Lucky Star
Aug 16, 2014 02:17am
@ozair Not most sunny!
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Sami Qureshi
Aug 16, 2014 02:47am
16 of Aug, is the decisive day. Nawaz Government is expected to go.
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Aug 16, 2014 03:53am
Get up! Stand up for your right ...stand up get up don't give up your right
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Aug 16, 2014 04:36am
Sheikh Raheed. Whatever people say. I may not vote for him. Still love his talks and attitude.
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Aug 16, 2014 04:42am
Ik has a script and he is hoping army will kick in
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Aug 16, 2014 04:57am
@Ahmed USA IK may be an honest person but And that my friend along with being sincere to Pakistan is the key ingredient for for being a good leader. Sadly however those May be the reasons he may never become PM. Because the corrupt system will not let him.
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Aug 16, 2014 05:10am
These uneducated people keep putting country back into stone-age. Imran and Qadri have lots of money to survive but what about these azadi marchers, how will they survive? Shame on our uneducated Pakistani politicians.
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Mustafa J.
Aug 16, 2014 05:33am
@Ali Imran Shah : You got it wrong. To become Independent (or Azaad) from foreign rule is what Mohammad Ali Jinnah achieved for Pakistanis. When British left, Pakistanis has two choices. (1) Be ruled by Indian rulers or (2) Be ruled by Pakistanis (self rule). Pakistanis achieved self rule and without any question it is an Azad (independent) country. Yes, Pakistanis are not angels. There are looters, thugs, killers, thieves, slogan shouters and demonstrators to enforce their will and it will take time when people will learn through education and learning. But to claim that Pakistan is not a free country and it needs independence is far from truth. Jinnah made this country independent from foreign rule but the task of making this country a happy country for all is the responsibility of all its citizens including its leaders. The country is still a free country and does not need any Freedom March or Azadee March. The current problems in Pakistan will not disappear by removing Nawaz Sharif and replacing him with Imran Khan or any other leader. To begin with, changing government using protests, slogans and Danda (sticks) is outdated method and not being used in any civilized country and not even in Amazon Jungle.
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Lucky Star
Aug 16, 2014 06:02am
Put the entire KPK cabinet including CM on trial for criminal negligence of state affairs.
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Aug 16, 2014 06:06am
@Humdard Only a wishful thinking & an eye-wash. Dear Why Imran is not contributing in the Parliament? Did he brought any constructive bill, did he give any positive plan to prosper country, did he injected ethics or morality in existing political system, did he showed any respect ever for those who have difference of opinion with him? Why not he is prepared to respect those voters who have voted for Mian Nawaz Sharif? I have seen many people have automatically become, Ex-MNA, Ex-Minister, Ex-Senator, Ex-MPA etc. through the election process, why he doesn't permit democracy/ accountability to continue as per our Constitution. Let's wait for 5 years or at least 2 & half years to hold this government accountable..... Plz IK is mulk par raham karo.
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Aug 16, 2014 06:21am
Pakistani soil is fertile for evil and corrupt politicians, I pray for Imran Khan's safety. In Pakistan's history, any leader who stand tall and had a vision for Pakistan, either got killed or we put him behind bar to give a free hand for incompetent and corrupt people. Imran Khan you are the lost hope for this nation, please stand on your ground until, bring changes from top to bottom. It will take generation to clean up, but we have believe and trust on you, you can do it.
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Raza Babar
Aug 16, 2014 06:48am
IK's Tsunami of destruction has hit KPK 's masses :( Many have died Many are hurt :( Many have lost homes :( But who cares? IK does not! He's too busy to be anointed the next Prime Minister. After all, he is the one to call in this Tsunami himself. May Allah save Pakistan from the curse of IK's Tsunami, Ameen!
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Aug 16, 2014 08:18am
Nawaz government should step down.
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Ahmed Ijaz
Aug 16, 2014 08:27am
LOL! Already IK has given up Nawaz Shariff's resignation,then they will ask govt some face saving demand to be fulfilled. Stop this drama. Let people decide by ballot who they want. Trying to force your way by unconstitutional means is not acceptable to the majority of Pakistanis.
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Tanvir Afgan
Aug 16, 2014 08:46am
The battle for Lahore is now being fought in Islamabad. Either way things will have to change for the royal dynasty from Lahore.
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Aug 16, 2014 08:56am
IK you have been elected to serve people of KP. How are you serving them?
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Aug 16, 2014 09:17am
Qadri was unpopular when he left for Canada several years ago. But CTBT made him popular again by placing containers to block him. Mian sahib and rest of Pakistan should know he is a foreigner a Canadian national so he can't contest elections unless he surrenders Canadian citizenship. anything he says doesn't make a difference. Qadri or Padri. Or I call him Wabal Thakuray for Pakistan. As far Imran is concerned, he wants to bring changes over night and has built up people expectations for quick change. But it won't happen. I suggest sit and wait for next elections and people will reject the bad governance in next elections. From an ordinary citizen point of view; To container placers and Marching parties You have wasted several days of labor work. Daily workers couldn't get work for last several days. Shop owners couldn't open their shops for business. Revenue loss. Other business were also interrupted as people were blocked by containers or marchers. Revenue loss. Merchandise being shipped via containers were sitting on GT road to block the march and shipper may have lost the L/C due to delays in shipping. both sides responsible.
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Aug 16, 2014 09:23am
Only one reason behind these marches. Let free Musharaf. I think it is in best favor for Mian sahibaan to let free Musharaf out of country and they will easily complete their 5 year term. All these marchers will return home in no time. Main sahib change your advisers and take professional people on board. Get rid of these butts and kashmirirs and Kahwajas as this sect of our country can't think beyond roti n boti. All they do is wake and eat, gup shup and then eat, then sleep and then eat again.
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Aug 16, 2014 09:41am
These corrupt rulers must go. Does anyone remember the freezing of foreign currency accounts by this lot. Our memory is very short. Thousands of people lost their savings and still want them in government.
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Aug 16, 2014 09:59am
Only rain can save Sharif brothers saltanat now.
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Tariq K Sami
Aug 16, 2014 10:07am
@Kaleem : Why did the Interior Minister Chaudary Nisar, on the floor of the house said that 60-80 thousand votes cannot be verified. Why did the ECP print extra ballots in 90 constituency after the deadline in violation of ECP rules. Why was the ballot printed on ordinary paper and the ink was not the right kind. All tribunal decisions are malafide since no case was decided after a recount of votes. All cases in which ballot was recounted showed glaring fraud. Finally RO's stole the Elections and there is just nothing you can do about it. If you are foolish enough to go to the tribunals they will get Stay order from the High Courts to further stall the process . If this dispute is not settled amicably there will be chaos, remember PML-N drew the first blood with the Model Town Massacre. Shahbaz is gone its just a matter of time. Do not bluff yourself. Remember Masud Mehmood!
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Aug 16, 2014 10:19am
We should all have re-election costing our country million of rupees because IK cant absorb that he lost. Well this time i will definitely vote for anyone other than IK.
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Aug 16, 2014 10:51am
While Imran sleeps at Bani Gala I stay awake waiting for Azadi to come. Kaptaan sleep tight. Qadri get well soon or I send to you revolutionary Pucky
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Aug 16, 2014 10:51am
How can an elected government be toppled like this? This is against the tenets of electoral politics. It's weird. What about the people who voted for Nawaz? This will set a wrong precedence for disgruntled loosers.
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Aug 16, 2014 11:52am
Qadam barhao Imran Khan hum tumhare saath hain.
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Aug 16, 2014 12:04pm
I together with millions of hardworking Pakistanis strongly support Imran Khan demand that Nawaz Sharif to resign immediately.
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Aug 16, 2014 01:21pm
@Kaleem I AM NO PAT OR PTI OR PML. Look at the old speeches of IK . You will discover his double talk. Look at old photos - he was with Mushy - supported him than ditch him - He supported CJ and defended Arsalan , than he ditch them. You are absolute right - why 58 objections only -- and those 50 also not against PML? Fact of the matter is -- IK things - now If mid term elections held- he can win -- perceptions . PML policies will bear fruit by Senate elections -- more megawatts- more gas - motorway - terminals - airport etc . visible to naked eye, People will vote PML - due to progress not for love of NS. I write these lines not because PML i support or NS is my uncle. infact I cant even vote. I need my aircon to work- my electric , my gas - my car to drive on motorway- since 1989 - I dont use PIA- that tell you - how I feel about your qaumi ariline service. IK ONLY POWER HUNGRY -- every looser cries - BB did cry foul too when she lost - atleast ANP don't cry foul and Bilour accepted his defeat and gave speech early -- wish ANP can over come their corruption - people will vote for them more.. well principal party - JI conservative otherwise best party - no Hashmi or Qureshi can become President or VP in JI.. most organised and principal party in the country -but too conservative to the core. I congratulate NS for all the projects he did during short period for 14 months - what IK has to show in KP? DURNAS- WALK OUT - MARCHES . VERBAL BOUTS WITH EX CJ- ELECTION COMMISION - JULSA ? people need hospitals, schools, roads, clean city -- not most dirty city Peshawer -tittled --
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M J Syed
Aug 16, 2014 01:31pm
Imran Khan We need democracy in Pakistan. We do not need you or any one else to change government. We want to do ourselves by our votes.
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Aug 16, 2014 01:34pm
Is there somebody to take care for our brothers and sisters in KPK....Plz do somethingggggg..
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M J Syed
Aug 16, 2014 01:34pm
In the past our generals have changed the governments for us. Now you have come to do just that. Please understand WE want to change government ourselves by ballot. No general, not you, not Qadri has the right to do this for us.
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M J Syed
Aug 16, 2014 01:36pm
We were able to change previous government by ballot. It felt like Azadi for the first time. IK and Qadri, have come to take that Azadi away from us?
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M J Syed
Aug 16, 2014 01:39pm
Mature politicians emerge from the political process. Election after election is the process which will ensure better politicians in future. You interrupt that process and you are back to square one. Have we not seen enough of that in the past? For God's sake have mercy on this nation. Stop this negativity.
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Aug 16, 2014 01:48pm
Chaudry sab wants to form new national govt . and every Party should be in the govt . please don't forget to give chaudry sab due share - like DY Prime Minister slot -- Make Pervaiz Murshaaf - Defense Minister - PTI President, PPP Zardari Prime Minister - Sheikh Rasheed railway minister - JI finance minister - JUF foreigner portfolio; Khursheed shah - speaker of the house - Shah Mehmood - UN ambassodor and NS assistant to deputy prime minister - cuz his PML has less number than Q league or Shaikh Rasheed heavy mandate? Chaudry shab need to do Mental MRI of his brain first -- ops i forgot Qadri - he should be made CJ of the country - cuz he was insaaf - Revenue board is busy preparing list of holdings and back taxes
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gerry d'cunha
Aug 16, 2014 04:12pm
my prediction: imran khan is following the footstep of za bhutto when he had gone against ayub khan and when he gained power he wanted to be a ruler of the whole islamic world and control their wealth of the oil producing countries and so called the islamic conference in 1975 - imran khan if elected will join forces with the religious parties to call an islamic conference and cause tension with the west and india - he too wants to be popular among the islamic countries - at the end of the day pakistan will suffer
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Aug 16, 2014 04:36pm
@umesh but this will set the example that if for greed of getting more seats they are actually under mining and hurting those supporters and voter who actually voted for them.
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Aug 17, 2014 12:05am
What happened in Tahrir Square? A long sit in, demand for resignation of Mubarak, demand for re election. Do you see any similarities ? What the west wanted for many years can be realised now. Remember what happened in Eygpt, no it wasn't spring revolution, it was another Islamic country destabilised with intention for a long time to come. I fear for my country and I will never ever forgive IK & TUD if ...
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Dr. Jamal
Aug 18, 2014 12:51pm
I was impressed by Imran Khan but now I have decided to NEVER vote for him because when Pakistan is in critical situation and country has started progressing (compare progress with Punjab and KPK from start of this Govt), Imran started protesting against an election which he had previously accepted. No way, This is too bad for my country.
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