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Imran may soon hold talks on poll alliance


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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf chief Imran Khan said on Sunday that his party had yet to take a decision on election alliance with other political parties.

However, he hinted that he would soon hold talks on the issue with some parties having no representation in parliament.

Talking to journalists at a polling booth set up for intra-party elections of the PTI here on Sunday, he said the country was passing through a difficult phase and construction of the controversial Kalabagh dam without consensus would invite more trouble.

The PTI chairman praised the Supreme Court for ordering verification of voter lists of Karachi in a transparent manner and recalled that the court had earlier observed that three million fake votes had been registered in the city.

He said that armed wings of all political parties in Karachi should immediately be disbanded and the police department should be depoliticised.

Mr Khan said that most political parties were sticking to traditional and hereditary politics, thus promoting dictatorship within their ranks.

As a result, real leadership could not come to the fore. He urged workers and supporters of the parties to prevail upon their leaders to hold intra-party elections.

Otherwise, exploitation of democratic institutions and political activists would continue.

The PTI was holding intra-party polls at a time when general elections were round the corner which proved that the party had taken first step towards real democracy, he said. “We are going to make history by taking such a revolutionary step,” he said and urged other political parties to follow suit.

Mr Khan said that “family politics” was the bane of Pakistan as a few families enjoyed monopoly over political parties while making false claims of being champions of democracy.

By holding intra-party elections, the PTI had proved itself to be a real democratic party, he said and congratulated the party’s election commission for arranging fair and transparent polls.

Comments (6) Closed

Muhammad Dec 03, 2012 07:13am
The intra-party elections is an exemplary step taken by PTI. The other parties must follow this example.
M. Asghar Dec 03, 2012 10:54am
Any step that reinforces transparency and the sense of accountability is a good thing for the society.
Syed-S Dec 03, 2012 09:54am
Intra party elections or inter party elections? Do you know the difference, or your preferred mode of communication is something else?
Remartop Dec 03, 2012 09:00am
Intra party elections have more meaning if there is an idealogy or there is a chance to replace the leader. If the elections are choosing who is more loyal to serve the king, then what is the point? These elections make the leader more powerful at the expense of other leaders in the party.
Circumbulator Dec 03, 2012 08:32am
Great leadership, Imran has set an example. PPP and PML are dynastic parties and will never dare to hold intra party elections. Their heir apparents have already been crowned.
Shakeel N Dec 05, 2012 06:53pm
PTI and JI are the only democratic parties in Pakistan. Other parties like PMLN, PPP and PMLQ are just family parties. How can a party bring true democracy in Pakistan when it is not democratic itself???