Shahbaz, not Nawaz, to roar on Oct 28

Published: October 23, 2011

PML-N says Shahbaz can counter Imran Khan's propaganda against the Sharif brothers. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

LAHORE: 

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided against the party president, Nawaz Sharif, leading the rally on October 28. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has been chosen for the task.

PML-N, in a meeting held on October 20, decided that “Shahbaz Sharif was capable of countering Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) chairman, Imran Khan’s propaganda against the Sharif brothers”.

The October 28 rally is part of PML-N’s ‘Go Zardari Go’ movement against corruption, loadshedding and rising prices. The first rally was held on October 19 in DG Khan.

Shahbaz will lead the rally from Nasser Bagh to Bhati Chowk, where he is expected to address the public and party workers. He will be the only speaker at the rally.

Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in Turkey, however is expected to address the Faisalabad rally on November 4. The senior Sharif is also expected to visit and address rallies in Hazara, Balochistan and other parts of the county.

According to senior party leaders, MPAs and MNAs of Lahore division have been asked to ensure that there are at least 100,000 people at the rally.

Mian Ghulam Hussain Shahid, PML-N’s Youth Wing chief organiser and Punjab chapter president, has been assigned to bring in young people; Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman and Rana Sanaullah Khan have been assigned to ensure traders’ presence; Prisons Minister Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor and Pir Imran Shah have been tasked with bringing in the Ulema and Malik Nadeem Kamran and Mushtaq Shah, the Labour Wing president have been assigned to bring in labourers.

Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Khan and MPA Rana Arshad will try and ensure the presence of students while Zakia Shahnawaz and Shazia Khattak have been assigned to target women workers.

MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Shahbaz’s son, has been tasked with visiting all provincial assembly constituencies in Lahore. He is visiting and addressing four constituencies on average per day to garner support. Party members told The Tribune that the rally is seen as a test for Hamza’s candidature for the post of PML-N’s general secretary. Party members told The Tribune that the rallies are the party’s way of testing the waters. If Nawaz finds public sentiment in his favour, the party may announce a long march in December and stage a sit-in in Islamabad. They said that the sit-in would go on until the central government quits.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 23rd, 2011.

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  • zia ur rehman
    Oct 23, 2011 - 11:48AM

    so the call by khadime harmain shareefain to nawaz has worked… hmmm…… what will be the future of this “GO ZARDARI GO” drama??

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Oct 23, 2011 - 12:01PM

    Sharif’s are in Panic. They are using Government machinery to rally “Crowd for Hire”. Come election day people will vote with hearts and minds, knowing Sharif’s to be responsible for Dengue deaths and misery of their loved ones. From every hamlet people will rise to cast their vote for PTI, unless the vote is rigged, which they will try but fail miserably.

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  • Exposed
    Oct 23, 2011 - 12:09PM

    The War for Lahore is between Imran Khan nd his Supoorters Vs PMLn’s Govt+ Its MPA, MNAs. PMLn will be using Govt. funds agains like rally in FG Khan

    This is going to be a great match in Lahore.

    I am hoping for a real turn out for PTI which can bring the CHANGE needed in the country.

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  • AMI
    Oct 23, 2011 - 12:11PM

    LOL…I dont understand these D-brothers…They are ruling the biggest province…no performance….dengue virus exposed their governance. Yesterday Students were protesting against Shahbaz shareef…instead of focusing on to improve their governance, they are using people of punjab for their power politics…Everyone knows, they are trying to get away from the image of ‘friendly opposition’ to counter Rising Khan….anyways, they have already started using state machinery in favor of their rally…now who will going to work if these all MNAs and MPAs will focus their efforts on so-called PML N rally against corruption??

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  • Hope
    Oct 23, 2011 - 12:17PM

    Now this is the time to see and observe the people of Pakistan weather they want a change or they will still follow the same old mafia

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  • faraz
    Oct 23, 2011 - 12:27PM

    PTI has overwhelming support in the universities and colleges of Lahore. But the party structure is very weak. In areas like Bhati, Mozang etc. the party is nonexistent.

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  • Mughal
    Oct 23, 2011 - 12:27PM

    According to senior party leaders, MPAs and MNAs of Lahore division have been asked to ensure that there are at least 100,000 people at the rally.

    PML-N, this speaks of ur inner insecurity that people won’t listen to ur message. U might show to TV channels that u have support, but ur inner will always be afraid of the increasing support of PTI.

    If there would be only 10000 people in Khan’s Jalsa in comparison to your fake set-up, I would still regard the PTI one to be much more successful than urs…

    PML-N can fulfill its dream of becoming the most popular party for one day by this cheating..

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  • zia ur rehman
    Oct 23, 2011 - 12:31PM

    “PML-N, in a meeting held on October 20, decided that “Shahbaz Sharif was capable of countering Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) chairman, Imran Khan’s propaganda against the Sharif brothers”.”…….. wait a minute wait a minute……. wasn’t this rally against zardari???……

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 23, 2011 - 12:41PM

    It is now confirm that this rally is not against Zardari but of the fear of Imran Khan.

    Secondly, Shahbaz will have its rally on Street where 1 lac seems too much, on the other end PTI holding Jalsa at Minar Pakistan where you need atleast 5 lac to fill.

    Tough ask PTI. God helps you.

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  • Oct 23, 2011 - 12:45PM

    Imran Khan will be bowling in full strength on 30th October in Lahore, Sharif brothers needs Steel guards to protect themselves.

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  • Kazmis
    Oct 23, 2011 - 1:14PM

    People are carried away by Media propaganda, even Imran Khan is claiming to get rid of USA if selected. How come? US may treat Pakistan like Lybia, if any one does not follow its instructions. No power in the world exist to stop it. All Pakistani rulers present or next may see fate like Qaddafi if stand against USA , except ISI.

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  • Oct 23, 2011 - 1:19PM

    imran khan lose when media reported his expected alliance with musharaf

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  • Hasan Sheikh
    Oct 23, 2011 - 1:19PM

    PML-N is acting as if the storm is about to come, and they need to close all the windows of their house :)

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  • Taz
    Oct 23, 2011 - 1:21PM

    Ranasanaullah is only capable of bringing bring Malik Ishaq and other jihadis to the rally, but Khad-e-ala as always would feel obliged

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  • 3footninja
    Oct 23, 2011 - 1:23PM

    The Sharif brothers MEOW, The Cornered Tiger ROARS!

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  • Exposed
    Oct 23, 2011 - 1:28PM

    I have some questions

    Are they going to declare public holiday to arrange presence in the ” jalsa”?

    Is this not the misuse of the power?

    How can they arrange public gatherings on tax payers money and they don’t even pay the taxes?

    PMLn is really in panic.

    Media need to play fair game this time and coverage should be given to both parties. I know PMLN has very good media managers who don’t let press to publish anything against them but now is the time to expose them.

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  • Rizwan
    Oct 23, 2011 - 1:49PM

    We have an government in Punjab who are not able to give students their correct result what a shame .Give IMRAN an chance .Imran khan will prevail on 30 OCT

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  • Usman Ghani
    Oct 23, 2011 - 2:00PM

    It means all jalsa funds will go from Punjab government, means our money. G o Nawaz Recommend

  • Muhammd Aslam
    Oct 23, 2011 - 2:06PM

    I completely Support Mian Nawaz Sharif ,s vision because he only leader who can take out country fraom crisis.

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  • Realist.
    Oct 23, 2011 - 2:41PM

    No need to counter Imran Khan.
    PTI will die its natural death in next elections!!

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  • Aqil
    Oct 23, 2011 - 2:56PM

    “According to senior party leaders, MPAs and MNAs of Lahore division have been asked to ensure that there are at least 100,000 people at the rally.”

    So a party who has to either force people or pay them to attend their rally has exactly how much credibility?!?

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  • An EHM
    Oct 23, 2011 - 3:03PM

    @ zia ur rehman

    excellent point

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  • Jahan
    Oct 23, 2011 - 3:13PM

    Good news for all the laborers of Lahore they are going to get their whole day wage just by attending this rally of PML (N).

    To the youth please mark your attendance at Minar-e-Pakistan on 30th October to break the Status Quo.

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  • Khalid Javed
    Oct 23, 2011 - 3:43PM

    @ You are incredible status quo lover. If what you perceive (PTI to die a natural death) will turn out to be true, so will die the hope from millions hearts of youth’s throbbing with Mr. Khan & PTI.

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  • affan dawood
    Oct 23, 2011 - 3:53PM

    For me Imran khan has already won this battle . . .by looking at PML-N attitude towards this jalsa or rally , it seems like after a long tome they have found their match in PTI . . . the way punjab govt is working to make this rally a success really shows the true strength of imran khan . may Allah help imran on 30th october because it will be a tough ask to do a jalsa at minar-e-pakistan . .

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  • Saleem Khan
    Oct 23, 2011 - 4:01PM

    Either its Imran or Sharif….at the end of the day, a common man will keep suffering. If Sharif Brothers and Zardari Group is not able to run Pakistan…then I also believe that Imran Khan speeches starts from Anti-US slogans and finishes on abusing Sharif borthers… He is simply playing with people’s emotions and thats it.

    Pakistan is not a small Village that will be ok in days….Pakistan needs VISIONARY LEADERSHIP and loyal force to support him…Unfortunately, majority of Pakistanis are just opportunist and focuses on short term benefits.

    Pakistan can not solve its problems with Anti-US or Anti Sharif slogans…Where is planning and solution to tackle core issues of Pakistan.

    Imran Khan Sahab, I assure you that problems are not because of US. This mess is just because of military dictators and you are not able to speak a single word against them because agencies are supporting you right now. You must play fairly if wants to succeed.

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  • Talha
    Oct 23, 2011 - 4:56PM

    Sharif brothers please make up your mind on the agenda of the rally first, against Zardari or against Imran Khan?

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  • Freeman
    Oct 23, 2011 - 5:58PM

    @Kazmis: Pakistan is a democratic country. OK Democrazy is still nto that much strong but Pakistan is totally different. Pakistan is very strong country its not like one man show country for the last 40 years. Pakistan is Neuclear power with modern missile technology. In Pakistan people are free more than any other Islamic country.

    Now Amrica have its own Domestic problems. They are trying to reduce their budget deficit is not easy job. 50 Million of Americans are living under the poverty level. They do nto even have Health Insurance. They can’t afford another war. This year 83 more American banks closed. Their Economy is shrinking. America will never dare to attack on Pakistan. An Australian who have been appointed in Pakistan as Military Attache said. If America tried to war with Pakistan they will regret why they attacked.

    We have found Imran is the best Leader of Pakistan. Imran Khan will take Pakistan to best path where Pakistan will thrive. If Pakistan get just 10 years with a Leader like Imran with better environment then Pakistan will progress faster than than any other country in the Region. Imran Khan never said he will get rid of America. He said we will stay like slave or puppet of America. It will be a friendship with respect and equality.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Oct 23, 2011 - 5:59PM

    Mian Shahbaz Sharif is a real gem. The way he fought dengue virus and saved thousands of deaths has won my heart. PML(N) and PPP are two finalists. Third position will go to MQM. PTI and JI are still playing qualifying round. No body is sure whether they will play final round or boycott at the last moment.

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  • Hamza
    Oct 23, 2011 - 6:29PM

    Sure imran khan can make a change with the likes of mian azherRecommend

  • A.B Bugti
    Oct 23, 2011 - 7:10PM

    it is not different when seting sun challeges that is some one who can give light and brighten the nighet and save you from theave and robbers and a little candle say I will try

    common captin common I am with you all the best to khan

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  • ASQ
    Oct 23, 2011 - 7:27PM

    Imran Khan is simply being used by some elements to break votes of PML (N).the end result would be both PML (N) and PTI loosing while PPP and PML (Q) back in power for another 5 years!!!!!Recommend

  • kayani
    Oct 23, 2011 - 8:05PM

    I think these both are comparatively better than others. Both shd unite against current leaders otherwise they wd b benefited from this situation.Recommend

  • zainmasood
    Oct 23, 2011 - 8:33PM

    pmln zida bad

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  • kashif
    Oct 23, 2011 - 9:36PM

    Imran Khan speeches only throwing garbage on Sharif brothers.. He is simply playing with people’s emotions and thats it.

    He knows he cant get seats from Other 03 provinces except punjab. the only reason is punjab is the only province where any party can freely do their campaigns. Kia Imran Khan kabhi balouchistan gai. Is he went to Sindh flood areas NO…………………. can he manage crowd in karachi. No……………the only reason he is opposing Sharifs is to stay live in news and thats it.

    Latest poll shows 86% people admired CM punjab for his efforts. whereas imran party main leader named cheema is involved in huge corruption. and he is still with him. shame to him and to you people as well of supporting him.

    My point is if Sharif brothers are bad then imran khan is on same line . Imran Khan is not the leader. he is the follower ..Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 23, 2011 - 9:36PM

    One thing most of the analysts are missing to address that if you look into the history one time PPP wins but the other tenure goes to PML. What happen that due to poor performance in government and discouragement, the voters of PPP sit at home and do not vote and also they do not vote to PML as rivalry. But this time PPP voter will come out and vote PTI but not PML. So those who are of opinion that PTI will distribute right wing vote but in actual PTI will get PPP disappointed votes plus the right wing vote. SO it is reuqested to PML, please do not distribute right wing vote.

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  • starboy
    Oct 23, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Last week Nawaz shareef used public funds for financing his jalsa in D I Khan. Next week is his brother shahbaz,s turn to spend as much public money as he can for his jalsa in lahore. But its for sure now after a long time ” Takht e lahore ” is shaking. And insha allah imran khan will be able to break the status quo on 30th Oct. I request every pakistan to come to Mina e pakistan for a real change.

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  • Bhatti
    Oct 23, 2011 - 9:54PM

    Imran will be saying “BRING ‘EM ON”. I bet he’ll be roaring like a cornered Tiger
    Fasten your seat belts folks, we’re in for some really interesting winter after a long time…

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  • Rana Saqib Saeed
    Oct 23, 2011 - 9:59PM

    I think this rally will tell all the parties who are against PML N that PMLN is biggest force in Punjab and Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif is the only hope left for Pakistan. This rally will be a massage for all party workers and all Pakistanis to wakeup and ready for the cause.

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  • Kazmis
    Oct 23, 2011 - 10:02PM

    @Freeman:
    American are not so foolish to attack this way and face them-self problems. The planning is to create chaos. In the name of corruption USA is trying to support the masses against corrupt people, regime and government. People will see it a fresh air, but the same will be highly damaging for Pakistan, like Egypt and Lybia & Syria etc. Imran Khan etc are trying this opportunity to cash unknowingly that the benefit will go to USA, India and others who are against Pakistan. There are many political group in Pakistan who are ready to support UK and USA with their network. A highly disturbed, unbalanced, economically down and sectarian country how can hold its grip while mob will be looting even electric poles from the street?

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    Oct 23, 2011 - 11:03PM

    Imran khan should learn from them how to organise a jalsa they have MNAs, student leaders, leaders from trade unions and all sections of society working for them to garner suppourt. In short, which means, they are on ground whereas Imran Khan limits himself to selected TV channels and facebook.

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  • Realist.
    Oct 23, 2011 - 11:07PM

    @Khalid Javed:
    YOU & ONLY YOU guys are in favor of this status quo.
    Imran Khan is supported by Military establishment of this country which is to ensure that the status-quo remains intact!
    Why do you think imran khan does not hold rallies in Balochistan & Interior sindh ?
    Reason: Gen.Pasha wants to keep PPP in Government by dividing the right-wing vote. :)Recommend

  • ZAM
    Oct 23, 2011 - 11:08PM

    Income tax paid 5,000 (remember only 2million pay taxes, mostly salaried)….ittefaq steel industry growth beating what Bill Gates of the world could only dream of….still remember Saif UR Rehman importing more than 100 BMWs all duty free by issuing SRO for a day….protesting against no electricity but did nothing governing largest province when up to 200 MW plants were allowed under 18th amendment….low lifers and revengeful to an extent that tried to discourage people from donating for Shaukat Khanum; comparing to Ittefaq Hospital when in real they charge fee there, have no idea of cancer treatmen costs…selling sugar from there sugar mills at Rs 100 per Kg when Lahore High Court order was in plac to see at less than Rs 50.

    Dengue Brothers are no less than MQM as they also dont want to allow anyone to have political activity in Lahore, using force.

    Above are just a few glimpses- still someone have faith on them, God bless Pakistan.

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  • Realist.
    Oct 23, 2011 - 11:08PM

    Rest Imran khan can be countered by a small party worker of PPP & PMLN.

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  • Realist.
    Oct 23, 2011 - 11:58PM

    @Bhatti:
    Interesting times is a CURSE for Countries like Pakistan!
    Political Chaos does no good to economy.

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  • starboy
    Oct 24, 2011 - 12:01AM

    Go ahead Imran the youth of pakistan is with u against the staus quo. Its not a left or right wing politics, Its a fight between wrong & right. I request every pakistani to participate in the 30th oct Minar e pakistan jalsa & say no to status quo.

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  • Realist.
    Oct 24, 2011 - 12:03AM

    @Adeel Ahmed:
    That sounds quite Naive.
    let me tell you one thing a JIYALA NEVER votes for anyone other than PPP.
    Either hes voting for PPP or hes not voting at all.
    no 3rd way adopted!

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  • yaqoob
    Oct 24, 2011 - 1:39AM

    all the pml(n) supporters, i have only one word for you to say…….MEOW.

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  • Irfan Mannan
    Oct 24, 2011 - 1:59AM

    All The Nation seen the Roar of the Lion on 28th May 1998, When Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Said No to America & Did 7 Nuclear Blasts against 6 Nuclear Blasts of India.
    Qadam Barhao Nawaz Sharif Qoum Tumhare saath hai.
    Zardari & Company Get Ready to see the Roar of the Lion on 28th in Lahore & JALSA in Faisalabad on 3rd of November.

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  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Oct 24, 2011 - 2:35AM

    Zardari must be laughing behind curtains. One vote to Imran means one less vote to Muslim League(N).

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  • Rana Hussnain
    Oct 24, 2011 - 3:16AM

    Brothers, This time is not to be excited or passionate think with positive mind.
    Bhaiyo Imran khan is being used against PMLN try to understand this fact what will happen if he defeat PMLN in Lahore the same pplz will come again.
    Be realistic thing with positive mind and ask Imran khan to make an alliance with PMLN for the removal of Zardari and his tola forever and for revolution in this country.
    But if he is not agree then we should must support Nawaz Shareef because he is the only leader who can secure Pakistan who can make Pakistan progressive and stronger.
    May Allah give us ability to think with positive Mind and May Allah bless our country Aameen.Recommend

  • Afridi
    Oct 24, 2011 - 8:41AM

    @Muhammd Aslam: wake up man, wake up

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  • Oct 24, 2011 - 11:17AM

    The drawback of our people is that they never learned from history how much time they will back the parties they never ever do anything for pakistan i dont want to go this issue but its better if u go for PTI. Just watch how they are working where their assets are what they done in past. One thing more which is most important if we believe in islam we are all also be questioned for what cause we voted to corrupt people.

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 24, 2011 - 11:20AM

    @Realist I will tell you one thing that Jiala will nevcer vote Muslim League at any form due to old/family rivalry but it may vote PTI. Jiyala in KPK and Punjab is getting sensible now.

    @ Irfan Mannan: Please dont say Qadam Barhao Nawaz Sharif………, is sai Nawaz Sharif ko apnai puranai zakham yad atai hain when he was in custody and no PML worker on streets also when he arrived at Lahore Airport and then send to Jeddah with next flight by Musharraf no PML worker reached airport.

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  • Oct 24, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Why most of people thinks PTI is cutting down the vote bank of PML (N). PTI is not agaisnt any ruler PTI is against the system. so what ever who ever is derailing the system PTI will resist. Join PTI for a future paksitan and show your power.

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  • Omair Shahid
    Oct 24, 2011 - 4:46PM

    @kashif:
    Kashif sb dont u remember the darna at karachi where thousand people came to support imran khan & please check again imran khan was at sindh flood effect areas not to give speeches like namaz sharif but to give them donate.
    I know Imran Khan is not perfect but than again no body but no u dont want to give him a chance but u are will to give a another chance to PML-N, PML-Q, PPP, MQM who have destroyed pakistan alot of times.

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  • vaqas
    Oct 24, 2011 - 6:39PM

    chalo chalo minar e pakistan chalo 30 oct Imran Khan we r with u

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  • tahir
    Oct 24, 2011 - 8:50PM

    i was ppp jiala and now i am pti active member. i know how many ppp voters r now joining pti, so please stop this propaganda that only pmln voter will vote for imran khan. both ppp and pmln need to go. i assure u pakistan could be in a better state without these politicians running the country. the only man who can take pakistan to next level is imran khan.so i urge all the young people to be part of his struggle.

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  • khurram kaleem
    Oct 24, 2011 - 11:21PM

    In Lahore Imran khan has advertised to the tune of rs20million in panaflex adverts.

    May i ask imran who is funding his campaign?.His only source of funds is via charity to skmh and his jews goldsmith connection.Recommend

  • tahir
    Oct 25, 2011 - 3:38AM

    @khurram kaleem:
    only from uk paid party members raise 20 lacs for pti. ignorant

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  • Muhammad Daud Alam
    Oct 26, 2011 - 10:16AM

    It’s not the test of Imran or Sharif Brothers, it’s the acid test of the will of the people of Pakistan whether they are ready to be hoodwinked once again by the hollow rhetorics of these great rhetorician or say no to their sophistries. If the our masses want to keep the status quo remain unchanged, they will vote for PPP,PMLN,JUI,ANP and MQM . And if they want otherwise, they will cast their sacred trust in favour of Imran.Recommend

  • Sattar
    Oct 26, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Then only way to save this country from going to hell in a hand basket is to make sure our Beloved Leader Zardari stays in the office for next 5 yrs…
    We the youth of Pakiland need to rally behind Zardari to save the people of pakistan…
    United we stand as one nation under the leadership of Zardari…

    Go zardai go is the slogan which will make sure that PPP stays in the office for next 5yrs…

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  • LIAQAT ALI
    Oct 26, 2011 - 5:14PM

    @Nadeem Ahmed: agreed. TI is like third force of 1993 (jammat Islamai at that time) just propped up by establishment to stop Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Noman
    Oct 26, 2011 - 9:33PM

    @khurram kaleem:
    Don’t you know Imran Khan’s source of income? He is ex-cricketer, member of board of directors of Namal University, VC Bradford university uk and he recently wrote a book.. And I guess he is being paid for all the lectures at the universities as well.. Recommend

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