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PTI's 'make or break' rally

March 22, 2013

For a while now, political observers have said that Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf chairperson Imran Khan’s ‘tsunami’ has lost steam.

After its dramatic entry on the political stage in a highly succesful October 2011 rally in Lahore, Imran’s stunned opponents were left reeling – as the months went by and general elections drew closer, however, the PTI’s intra-party polls left the party looking inwards, with little time to worry about public campaigning.

Now, with general elections just a few weeks away, the PTI tried to make a comeback in Lahore: on 23rd March, Pakistan Day. The hype surrounding the event was tremendous, and the publicity, stellar. Imran’s jalsa took place on a holiday when people’s patriotism was already pumped up, and that too at the Minar-e-Pakistan itself.

The buzz surrounding the gathering was that it was a ‘make or break’ situation for the PTI.

Was the rally as monumental as it presented itself to be pre-event?

Do you think the late start as well as the sudden weather change in Lahore affected the outcome of the rally?