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Imran to contest from four NA seats


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PTI chief Imran Khan. — File photo

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chairman will be contesting from NA-1 (Peshawar - II), NA- 56 (Rawalpindi – VII), NA-71 (Mianwali - I), NA-126 (Lahore - IX), party spokesman Shafqat Mehmood said on Wednesday.

In NA-56, Khan is likely to be standing in contest with Sheikh Rasheed, whereas, Saad Rafique of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) is another contender for NA-126.

Khan launched PTI’s election campaign on March 23 at a public meeting in Lahore during which he promised his supporters to remain truthful, fight against oppression and eliminate misuse of authority and taxpayers’ money if he came to power.

The 60-year-old Khan is shaping up to be the biggest wildcard in the May 11 election – the first transition between democratically elected governments in a country that has a history of military coups.

Much of Khan’s support has come from young, middle class Pakistanis in the country’s major cities, a potentially influential group. Almost half of Pakistan’s more than 80 million registered voters are under the age of 35, but the key question is whether Khan can get his young supporters to show up at the polling booth on election day.

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Omar Mar 27, 2013 02:05pm
You bet i will show up.I can't wait to vote for PTI.
Shoaib Wahab Mar 27, 2013 02:43pm
I wish he could stand for a national assembly seat from Khi also... Nys, All the best captain
Waqas Mar 27, 2013 02:45pm
Yes ! NA 1 definitely Imran is the winner !
Khan Mar 27, 2013 02:56pm
He will win all 4 seats. He will change the destiny of the people of Pakistan. He is a doer, a go-getter and a honest person. He loves Pakistan. People should elect those who have unflinching, unambiguous, unadulterated love for the country.
BK Mar 27, 2013 03:13pm
Go IK. May Allah be with you!!
Khan Mar 27, 2013 03:30pm
I guess Imran Khan instead of contesting from NA-1 Peshawar should field Makhdoom Javed Hashmi against Ghulam Bilour of ANP since PTI is very strong in that constituency this time and people are unlikely to vote PPP or ANP. The main reason being Mr Javed Hashmi and Shah Mehmood Qureshi are both from same constituency where SMQ has much better chance of winning from that area.
Sarfraz Nawaz Mar 27, 2013 04:12pm
what a joke why not contest from all seats then
Mushtaq Ahmad Mar 27, 2013 04:15pm
Give Khan A chance
Muhammad Waqas Mar 27, 2013 04:24pm
yes absolutely young guns are with IK and world will see the result on May 11 best of luck Khan....
Aamir Cheema Mar 27, 2013 04:49pm
there are still three hundred more seats, at least make it a dosen, sir
Azam Mar 27, 2013 04:51pm
everyone must l be contesting from one place not more than one. because it cost people of pakistan money for re-election
Jehan Zeb Mar 27, 2013 04:53pm
looks not sure of winining that is why four seats
sraz45 Mar 27, 2013 05:05pm
InshaAllah, the youth of Pakistan will show up at polling booths in droves on May 11 2013 and change Pakistan for the better by electing Imran Khan and lots of new and younger people with fresh ideas and a new mindset.
sami Mar 27, 2013 05:16pm
Best of luck IK, we're with you.
M.Asghar Mar 27, 2013 05:19pm
For the PTI to win the election, the youth not only has to mobilise in the urban areas but they have to mobilise particularly, in the country side, where the majority of the electorate live amidst a ferociously suppressive feudal system. Hence, the to take the country side is fundamental.
Saad Mar 27, 2013 05:32pm
Khan will win from all the four seats
Salman Ahmad Mar 27, 2013 05:43pm
"but the key question is whether Khan can get his young supporters to show up at the polling booth on election day." if the youth cannot show on the election day then suffer for another 5 years... you reap what you sow.
Alam Khan Mar 27, 2013 05:47pm
I am glad to see Imran running from NA-1 Peshawar against Ghulam Ahmad Bilore. With no rigging Ghulam Ahmad Bilore is going to lose, InshaAllah. Khan Abdul Quyyum Khan defeated PPP, JUI and ANP in 1971 election.
Ali Shah Mar 27, 2013 06:46pm
I hope Imran wins all 4 seats that he is contesting from
sfomann Mar 27, 2013 06:55pm
I ask everyone in Pakistan to vote. You have to decide what kind of Pakistan do you want for your yourself and for your children. Whoever you vote, please look at their past performances and ask yourself is this the person you want to be the leader of your country.
A. Vetta Mar 27, 2013 07:03pm
I am rather surprised that Mr Khan intends to stand for election from four constituencies. This does not suggest that he is confident of being elected from any constituency. If this is, indeed, the situation then by putting less well known and less respected candidates in many Punjab constituencies, he would help to perpetuate a government for which, reportedly, even Bilawal Zardari would not vote.
dialogueforpeace Mar 27, 2013 08:34pm
This is not from someone who is confident about his prospects, on the other hand it is kinda move from someone who is not sure, bordering desperation.
m k Mar 27, 2013 08:40pm
inshallah , imran will be major force in next govt.
Hasnain Haque Mar 27, 2013 09:13pm
Pakistanis need to think hard about who to vote for, they should think of prosperity for the country and not personal gains. They have tried the feudal lords and it is only right that they should give someone else a chance who has looted the country and been involved in corruption.
lubna Mar 27, 2013 10:00pm
why no love for karachi?
Hasina Marwat Mar 27, 2013 10:16pm
It seems that PTI is short of young and trustworthy candidates thats why Imran is contesting from so many constituencies ! Where are the so-called young leaders of PTI ?
M. Sajid Mar 28, 2013 12:30am
We are with you
ss Mar 28, 2013 05:53am
'but the key question is whether Khan can get his young supporters to show up at the polling booth on election day.' they must otherwise they have no right to complain.
Raheel Mar 28, 2013 10:36am
almost every party leader competes from almost 4 constituencies,, one of which is usually a confirm seat (such as mian wali's) and the other three are the toughest ones to give tough times to tough builders like sheikh rasheed, saad rafiq and the bilours in NA-1.. this is a strategy not absence of leadership..
Imran Mar 28, 2013 10:51am
This is a good strategy, all are important constituencies specially NA-126 against Saad Rafique. All the youth will show up on 11th of May, insAllah people will witness this change
Noor Mar 28, 2013 03:31pm
This will be a CHOKA (4)
arif Mar 28, 2013 05:51pm
Benazir would routinely run from larkana, peshawar and chitral