Political participation: Tehreek-i-Insaf looks to youth to bring energy to rally

Published: October 30, 2011

Student wing of PTI begins campaign going door-to-door and distributing pamphlets. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ QAZI USMAN

LAHORE: 

The Insaf Student Federation (ISF), the student wing of Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), says it expects some 7,000 students from schools in the city to join its public meeting at Minar-i-Pakistan today.

ISF activists began a campaign on Saturday going door-to-door and distributing pamphlets. “The ISF has long been asking students to wake up and raise a voice for their rights. The public meeting will be our culmination,” said ISF Information Secretary Adeel Shafi.

Another ISF activist said that students would play an important role in setting the tone of the public meeting. “There will be a separate container for the ISF activists where they will play songs and raise slogans. The ISF’s enthusiasm will play an important role in creating a good atmosphere,” he added.

The Express Tribune has learnt that ISF activists also contacted hundreds of intermediate students hurt by the recent results fiasco to join their protest. The Students Action Committee (SAC), which organised protests against the boards responsible for the results, largely consisted of ISF members, said a source on the committee.

“The ISF did a lot of networking through the SAC. They have phone numbers and addresses of hundreds of students whom they are now contacting and convincing to attend the public meeting,” said the SAC member. He said that ISF activists were sending out an SMS asking students not to let the government ruin their future and to rise against corruption in the education sector.

Shafi, the ISF information secretary, said that the federation had been asking members for several months to make sure that they register as voters so they can support Imran Khan at the next general elections. “A lot of awareness has been created,” he said. “After extending our support at the rally we will also vote for change when the time comes.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2011. 

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Sachal Sarmast
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:46PM

    Hope is wonderful thing. We always need it. If something keeps on defeating the despondency, it clears the way forward also .
    Although, Imran Khan does not have clear vision of the future, he does not have workable details for revival of agriculture, education, health, industry, jobs etc; he uses same demagoguery of old politics; he is trying to cash in on the mediocrity of middle classes and he till to date is quite confused ideologically but if Imran Khan helps to infuse a hope for change and if he is successful in shattering the obsolete framework to any extent, it will also be positive for Pakistan.
    Hence, unless true visionary and effective political culture does not enter the arena, let us enjoy all such actors who can give some hope for change.

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  • Kaleem Ayoub Minhas
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:22PM

    Imran khan is the one the the most wounerful political leader of Pakistan. He is the future of poor people of Pakistan. In these bad circumstances like pooriety, unemploymet, drown attacks, street craim target killing which we are faceing in this time in Pakistan.He is the only leader in this contry who can draw us in this bad situation. Simply Imran is the bright future of Pakistan. otherwise Pakistan and its people are unsafe.

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  • Oct 31, 2011 - 10:43AM

    Thanks to imran Khan and tehreek insaf that they are leading towards the right direction.
    Imran khan touches the heart feelings of every Pakistani. my pray to ALLAH almighty for
    acheivments of all good causes ,MY SUPPORT TO TEHREEK INSAF.

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  • Mujeeb ch
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:53PM

    Flight has been landed very much successfuly,Need more and more hard work,People of Pakistan going to come with Imran,He is going to make history.Come On IMRAN KHAN DO IT>Nation is waiting for you.

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