Imran Khan's 'tsunami' sweeps Lahore

Published: October 30, 2011

Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan gestures upon his arrival during a rally in Lahore on October 30, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani politician and former cricketer Imran Khan gestures upon his arrival during a rally in Lahore on October 30, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Imran Khan addresses over 100,000 supporters. Imran Khan prepares to address PTI Jalsa. Reports suggest 100,000 people are attending the PTI rally. PHOTO: HARISN Thousands gather for the PTI's Lahore rally. PHOTO: FARHAN MASOOD PTI supporters gather around 2pm. PHOTO: RABIA MEHMOOD

LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took out a large rally at the Minar-e-Pakistan ground in Lahore on Sunday.

More than 100,000 supporters gathered as a show of strength in what is traditionally the PML-N stronghold.

PTI chief Imran Khan warned politicians to declare their assets or his party would launch a civil disobedience movement against them.

Speaking on issues plaguing the country, Khan said that his party would stand with minorities and work for the rights of women.

He said PTI would also give the Baloch their rights and “not colonise them.”

End of live updates

7:20pm

The national anthem was played at the end of the ceremony.

7:10pm

“All politicians should declare their assets. PTI is forming a special cell to probe foreign assets owned by politicians.”

“We will go to the Supreme Court, we will for a independent Election Commission, if politicians do not declare their assets.”

“We will run a civil disobedience movement if they do not declare their assets.”

7:10pm

“We will stand with you not because I am shouting political slogans, but because it is my duty to stand with the weaker class.”

“PTI will stand with the minorities.”

“For the women of Pakistan, PTI is that party which will get you your rights. We will work on education for women,” says Khan

“When they get education they will stand for their rights.”

“My message to India on the presence of their army in Kashmir is that that a military solution has never helped solve anything,” says the PTI chief.

“I am going on a tour to China tonight on the invitation of the government of China. We will strengthen our ties with China.”

7:00pm

“We will give rights to the people of Balochistan. We will make them our brothers and not colonise them.”

“Tribal elders have pledged to ensure peace if the army withdraws from the tribal areas. They have said leave it to us, will end terrorism ourselves,” says Khan.

“PTI will ensure that Pakistan Army never launches an operation against its own citizens and that we never beg any country ever again.”

6:55pm

“We need to get rid of the patwari system,” says Khan.

“Pakistan’s assemblies are full of the kabza group. They support the patwari system because they get money from them.”

“PTI will make the police a non-political force.”

6:50pm

“Mian sahib jaan diyoo, sadee baree aan diyo.”

6:40pm

“Zardari wrote to the Americans, asked them to protect him from the Army, said that he will bring his own generals.”

“The biggest problem that Pakistan faces today is corruption. We are America’s slaves because of corruption,” says Khan.

“PTI will wipe out corruption. We will make a law that those who do not declare their assets will not be allowed to take part in politics.”

6:35pm

“Those in Raiwind and Islamabad should know that it is not a flood that is coming, but a tsunami.”

6:30pm

“Hum aaj eik nayee Pakistan ka aghaz ker rahay hain,” says Imran Khan.

“Today I greet all the rickshaw drivers , taxi drivers… civil servants who have secretly come here, policemen who are happy on the inside.”

6:25pm

Crowds cheer as Imran Khan approaches the podium.

PTI chief Imran Khan is now addressing the rally.

“We have worked hard and tried to bring change for 15 years,” says Imran Khan.

“Today Allah has listened to us.”

6:20pm

The national anthem is now being played at the rally.

6:15pm

Express 24/7 reports that conservative estimates put the crowd at 150,000.

Strings are now performing on stage.

ainaBaloch  it looks more like a concert #PtiJalsa

UsamaKhilji Arif Alvi: PTI believes in equal rights for women, minorities, like the Prophet Muhammad PBUH did, under a welfare Islamic State. #PTIjalsa

6:10pm

Singer Shahzaman is now performing on stage.

Express 24/7 correspondent Rabia Mehmood reporting the rally is very organised despite the large number of people who have arrived.

5:55pm

PTI’s online supporters have started using the hash tag #OMP on Twitter to signify ‘Occupy Minar-e-Pakistan’.

Shehzad Roy is trending worldwide on Twitter.

5:45pm

Singer and social worker Shehzad Roy is performing on stage.

madeehai Yes we khan #PTIjalsa #PTI #Lahore #pakistan

PTI Secretary General Arif Alvi had earlier told AFP that Khan “will make important announcements regarding the country’s politics and future course of action.”

“The wind of change of has started in the country and anyone coming in its way would be eliminated,” Alvi said and added “Tehreek-e-Insaf wants the rule of people constitution and law in the country.”

“It is going to be historic. We have our supporters and voters coming from Lahore and its suburban areas and the expected gathering would be over 100,000 people,” Malik Zaheer Abbas Khokhar, a member of the party’s organising committee had said.

“We have been reassured by the provincial police chief about the security of the gathering and smooth flow of traffic for our convoys,” Khokhar had told AFP.

Senior police official Ghulam Mahmood Dogar told reporters that all steps had been taken to provide “fool-proof” security at the public meeting.

5:40pm

Express 24/7 correspondent Rabia Mehmood reports that the number of people at the venue has now crossed 100,000.

Roads from Minto Park upto the secretariat, railway station and Ravi bridge are blocked.

Supporters are still arriving at the venue.

Asad Kharal reports that PTI organisers are claiming that the PML-N government has shut down cable services in Lahore using police and other departments.

5:35pm

Asad Kharal reports that more than 50,000 people are inside the venue, and there are people present out in the streets.

Police and rescue service personnel are also present behind the stage.

5:25pm

PTI chief Imran Khan said his Maghrib prayers on stage.

5:20pm

Mian Azhar is addressing the rally.

“Change will come,” says the PTI leader.

5:15pm

PTI leaders have started addressing the rally.

Asad Kharal reports the barrier/grill around the venue has been broken.

5:10pm

Asad Kharal reports that the venue has been filled up to capacity and there are supporters standing outside. Families are still arriving at the venue with flags and posters.

All roads leading up to the venue are full of people on foot and in vehicles.

PTI supporters were seen ripping Hamza Shahbaz and Nawaz Sharif posters placed in high places near the venue.

4:50pm

Asad Kharal reports there is a massive traffic jam within a 2-3 kilometre radius of Minar-e-Pakistan.

Ambulances are also stuck in the jam and are finding it difficult to find a way out.

omarchughtai 150,000 there already. For every 1 there, there’s a thousand people getting ready to go.

Amnaa_tariq Imran Khan is using no Bullet Proof Glass

hammy86 Strings also present @ #PTIjalsa ”mein bhe dekho ga.. Tun bhe dekho gai”

4:30pm

OmarWaraich Lahore Special Branch say the venue at Minar-e-Pakistan is full #PTIjalsa

4:15pm

PTI chief Imran Khan has arrived and is on stage.

A massive crowd is seen waving party flags and cheering the arrival of Khan.

harisn Imran Khan is here! Just arrived backstage. #PTI #Pakistan #PTIJalsa #OMP

4:00pm

The Express Tribune correspondent Asad Kharal reports PTI officials have claimed that a major portion of the 45,000 seating arrangement at the rally has been covered.

Around 1,100 to 1,200 supporters have arrived from four constituencies of Nankana district.

PTI convener Sajjad Haider Randhawa led 700 to 800 people from the PP-170 Sangla constituency of the district. The supporters arrived in 25 vehicles – two big buses, eight cars and 15 coasters.

Muhammad Ishaq led a convoy of 13 vehicles carrying 250-300 people from PP-170 Shahkot.

No vehicles or people have arrived at the rally from PP-172 Nankana City, the constituency of sitting MPA of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Rai Shahnawaz Bhatti.

3:12pm

According to Express 24/7 correspondent Rabia Mehmood, thousands of students have shown up to support the PTI. A majority of the crowd is made up of young people.

Over 6,000 people have gathered so far, and many people are arriving by bus and by foot.

Dancing, cheering and slogan raising is the focus of the rally at this stage.

2:50pm

People from all over the country, from all age groups and backgrounds are arriving at the venue to attend Imran Khan’s rally.

The party chief is expected to make an ‘important announcement’ in today’s address.

Correspondent Rabia Mehmood describes a festive air at the ground:

Rabail26 Students from #KPK with #PTI flags in hands, dancing on a song in Pashto. Their headbands say ‘ISF Al-Jihad’. #PTIJalsa #Lahore

Aside from ground activity, the PTI is effectively using social media tools such as Twitter to build support for today’s rally, using the Twitter hashtag#PTIjalsa.

The PTI are also broadcasting the rally live here.

2:15pm

Express 24/7 correspondent Rabia Mehmood says approximately 5-6,000 people have gathered around Minar-i-Pakistan for the PTI rally so far.

The organisers set 2pm as the official time for the rally to kick off.

Around 1,500 policemen including 50 Elite Force personnel are to be deployed at Minar-i-Pakistan. Thirty-two walkthrough gates monitored by CCTV cameras have been installed at the venue.

The protest area has been divided into four zones, with a superintendent of police given charge of a zone each.

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.

Imran, whose party has been making significant inroads as a ‘street power’ but has yet to do well in elections, is being seen by observers as at least a ‘game changer’ in coming parliamentary polls, especially in Punjab’s urban areas.

Help us build our report

Email updates to web@tribune.com.pk or use #PTIjalsa in Twitter updates.

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Reader Comments (261)

  • Oct 30, 2011 - 2:23PM

    Thanks to ET for giving this coverage…

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  • Tahir
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:37PM

    Change begins from here.

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  • Lol
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:39PM

    I never knew Pakistani people could be fooled so easily :DRecommend

  • muzaffar
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:42PM

    In terms of reporting there seems to be a political bias ( favouring PTI). e.g. the photograph in the article is one from the PTI own sorces. In comparison in terms of PMLN a potrait/ file photo or a bunch of motorcycle riders was shown.

    Further, the content seems to also have a favourablee tilt e.g.PTI has taken out a LARGE rally. How does one prove a large rally except gives A reader a very positive impression of success.

    Lastly in the end it is stated to – help build our report…Maybe I am wrong but I have not read that in any of the other coverages in Tribune.

    Hope we all try to do r related works without involving personal likes or dislikes. Will definately help us make a more balanced and non opinionated (in terms of r work responsibilities) society

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  • aloowaladena
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:43PM

    ppp will win again thanks to captaan imran for dividing pml-n votes. Shame on imran and pts.

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  • Usman Ayub
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:46PM

    imran khan we are with u

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  • Hasan Ayaz
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:53PM

    May this be a catalyst of change in Pakistan. Long live Pakistan.Recommend

  • Omer
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:55PM

    Let the revolution begin !!!

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  • Hamid
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:56PM

    We are with you Imran. We are with you.

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  • Rana
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:58PM

    Change is coming through the Honest Son of Lahore n Pakistan.. Imran Khan

    all the status quo parties (MQM, PPP, PML-A,b,c,q,d, ANP) trying to keep the things the way they presently are….but we CHANGE….

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  • Gul Bahadur
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:58PM

    Our sincere wishes from a foreign country.I wish imran I could have been there in your Jalsa.

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  • Punjabi Pakistani (PP)
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:59PM

    PML-N can “justify” that Punjab Govt. fund their rally .
    But how can HONEST PTI justify its spending today ? ..who is paying for it ?
    By the way, in gujranwala PTI display only posters of 28, 00 000 …. Who is paying all these money ?

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  • Mj
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:01PM

    Well, the crowd looks quite underwhelming…

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  • saeed
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:03PM

    Great Khan, 0.450 million Niazi’s (Niazi tribe) are with you, around 10 thousand Niazi’s (which are living in Lahore) will join you today,,,,,,

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  • Spaniard
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:05PM

    UNITED WE STAND…with Imran Khan and against country looters, which are having their property outside country…

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  • Supressed, Opressed, Depressed
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:05PM

    @Lol:

    Join PTI in support and kick out real the fools in the power corridors who are demolishing this country!Recommend

  • SanaUllah Baloch
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:08PM

    IMRAN KHAN … we are with you…The Only HOPE

    I cant come but my support is for my dearest Imran Khan.

    Lahoriites do go and join, dont miss the oppurtunity.

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  • Sultan Mehmood
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:10PM

    It is definitely a biased reporting as compared to the one on PML N rally. PML N had three times more people in reality than PTI is dreaming (expecting). How isit a big rally when there are 6000 people right now? The angle of picture shows crowd as big, as so it look likes PML N never had this many people if reports are to be compared.

    I will be surprised if this comment get through.

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  • Eeman
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:11PM

    Imran Khan is a voice of sanity, which is rare in Pakistan.

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  • Saeed
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:13PM

    PMLN supporters if you are so afraid of PPPP winning again (though it does not stand any chance of victory in coming elections, I can bet) do not divide the vote and vote for PTI. If anything PMLN is cutting our votes it is not the other way around.

    All the supporters of PMLN; can you please come out with few logical reasons why would you wanna vote for a party which has ruled Pakistan twice and Punjab four times and still could not bring a valuable improvement in people’s lives????? Can you please explain why your beloved government is reluctant to reform police and patwar system? Only efficient department of Punjab government is perhaps its information department which keeps creating illusion of Shahbaz Shareef working day and night. If you guys have any idea of organization you would know this kind of one man show can never bring good in society in longterm. However it gives you many photo opportunities which are good for your politics but where is meaningful change???? My friends democracy is about building institutions and in Punjab we are witnessing the opposite. Now only reason anyone can support PMLN is that they are mental slaves of Shareefs. With all due respect, we the youth decline to be amongst you.Recommend

  • muslim
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:14PM

    lol – what is there that u say that pakistanis r being fooled..??fools r the ones who r nt supporting him.Recommend

  • aazam
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:17PM

    PTI should join hands to counter fudals of PPP,MQM and ANP.

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  • Xomi
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:18PM

    @Lol:
    Didnt you realize they’ve been getting fooled for last few decades? Perhaps its different this time.

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  • Xomi
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:19PM

    @aloowaladena:
    Dont worry, this is just a start, PPP is next.

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  • Malik
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:19PM

    50000 atleast

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  • Shayan
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:21PM

    Imran Khan’s time has come. Raymond Davis supporters eat your hearts out.

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  • Attis Abbass
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:22PM

    All Corrupt Politicians who have stakes in western world, who have businesses in west and who have every thing for west should left Pakistan now otherwise Pakistani nation will not spare blood of hardworking poor farmers and laborers. We want all those rotten eggs out.

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  • saira
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:23PM

    all those PML n supporters who are trying to sabotage PTI just see how many people recommend pro imran posts suck it up imrans gonna rockRecommend

  • Oct 30, 2011 - 3:26PM

    @harisn @ImranKhanPTI Just following the hash tags and realized the truth in the opinion of many that pro #PTI especially contributing on social media overwhelmingly humiliate those of who comment practice of difference on @PTI things

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  • raqib nazar
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:32PM

    imran khan i am with you

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  • Abdul Majid Malik
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:34PM

    The agents of political mafia are shivering. This is a landmark political gathering in the history of Pakistan. PTI is the ideas whose time has come. Today is the tipping point.

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  • Malik
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:36PM

    people are saying its 22000 to 25000 ppl there, plz put the correct figure and 10000 ISF students coming are at lahore mall road and there blokades done at different location stopping people, plz tell the whole story

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  • Sultan Mehmood
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:39PM

    At 2:15 pm it,s 6000, and 3:12pm it says over 6000.. lol..
    PTI is useless.

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  • adeel
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:41PM

    inshAllah it is going to be one of the largest rally in pakistan. inshAllah Imran khan will bring new hope to pakistan. salaam

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  • Masroor Ahmad
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:42PM

    ro na yaar! :D @muzaffar:

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:42PM

    PPP voters in Punjab and KPK have now decided to vote PTI. Now its upto PML voters to vote for change and avoid vote distribution.

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  • moeed
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:44PM

    imran khan zindabad

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  • Sharjeel
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:44PM

    @muzaffar:
    Umm who the hell cares? Its about time the media becomes biased towards Imran Khan, as him and his party are the only hope for Pakistan. People who don’t understand that really need to become educated and watch some of the talk shows him and his party members have been in.

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  • Sharjeel
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:46PM

    @aloowaladena:
    Shame on you for sitting and complaining… At least he’s trying to do something..Recommend

  • ahmed
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:46PM

    people who say imran divides PML-N votes to benifit PPP.. my question is what is the difference between Nawaz and Zardari..?? they are both one and the same

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  • Saqib Hussain
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:49PM

    Imran khan is only hope for pak nation.. Try to do best for pakistan.. support IK

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  • MarkH
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:51PM

    There’s something funny in the slogan for change. That was the exact same slogan Obama used and you’re all such huge fans of his.

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  • Hassan
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:01PM

    PML N is splitting the PTI votes?? hahahhahahahahahahahahh…. im not a PML N supporter for sure… but that statement is extremely hilarious.

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  • MAD
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:01PM

    Why have the updates stopped???

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  • Mian
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:02PM

    Imran is the only leader who is capable enough to lead Pakistan out of her troubles.

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  • Mian
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:04PM

    Indians must hate Imran as he was the ideal of all Indian girls and now is the only true leader of Pakistan.

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  • waheed
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:04PM

    muzaffar
    Just stop weeping dear, its our strength and we will punch the cowards inshALLAH.
    PTI zindabad
    Charo sobo ka pehchan
    Imran khan imran khan

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  • Abu Saad
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:05PM

    Thanks Imran Khan the great leader of Pakistan and the only hope for the people of Pakistan to bring changes in the corrupt politics. If I have a magic power i would have killed all those corrupt politicians who destroyed our Havens on Earth. Our country is a paradise, full of natural resources. God will help you Mr Imran Khan if you love your country and people. I hope the Lahorities will attend your rally and show the world that the not only the youth but elder, women also are your supporters. I pray for a successful PTI rally. So I request all Pakistani don’t show bias with Imran and support his cause.

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 4:11PM

    imran khan is great ledar

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  • hussain
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:11PM

    when all other corrupt politicians can have a chance than why not one chance should be given to imran khan ?

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 4:12PM

    imran khan is great ledarRecommend

  • Mamalove
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:23PM

    PTI Zindabad! Imran Khan Zindabad! Now where is my biryani! LOL.

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  • sher e punjab
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:29PM

    carry on “khan” … “punjab jatts” who are backbone of punjab will support you…

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  • Babar
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:30PM

    Watch it live on

    http://www.livestream.com/ptiofficial

    be part of the CHANGE!!!!

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  • ali
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:40PM

    PTI must also do a rally on Mazar-e-Quaid. To show PPP and MQM to show its strength all over the country.Recommend

  • muzaffar
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:45PM

    The bias coverage goes on…check the entries and most are from PTI sources….even one of Tribune correspondent is quoting PTI source….definately not a fair and balanced coverage

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  • zulqarnain
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:46PM

    imran khan is just helping zardari imran is the best friend of zardari

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  • Shuaib
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:50PM

    Best of luck to all 2# parties…..

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  • fawad zaidi
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:50PM

    well done imran khan

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  • zia ur rehman
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:54PM

    gigantic is just a word!!!

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  • Queen
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:57PM

    Imran Khan can definitely bring a positive change in the country.

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  • sdas
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Thank you PTI and Express Tribune :)

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  • ammad
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:09PM

    nothings gonna change, IK is just enjoyin his fame

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  • Paras Vikmani
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:09PM

    There is still no Anna Hazare in Pakistan.

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  • masood
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:11PM

    imran is good .i am from lahore a city of over 1 crore people.. but gathering 70-80 thousand to show power is nothing..out of which 40000 thousands are from outside lahore and a lot of them are ppp and pml-q workers..i am from lahore i know politics of lahore..he choose a wrong place..thats why he has to have seating arrangements of around 45000 people..so as to have look 5 lac capacity miner pakistan ground filled..why is he targeting lahore only..i have seen 3 elections of lahore..he will not get a seat from na 118 to na123..extreme stonghold of pml-n..best chances are in na 124,125 and 126..and these are seats of javed hashmi and saad rafique..and last 4 are ppp and pml-n divided..so either imran khan has to elect election from new or old lahore..old is so strong for pml’n and new has pml-n giants..IMRAN KHAN PLEASE FOCUS YOURSELF IN SMALLER CITIES..LAHORE DON’T NEED YOU..

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  • masood
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:15PM

    @Saeed: ARE YOU INSANE..a crickter captain is considered a last hope of pakistan..what
    if he dies..who will you vote for…pml’n is a force having its branches in society..not like pti who is banking on mummy daddy youth who are supporting him because of enjoyment..who even don’t know who are pti provincal presidents.

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  • muhammad naseem
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:15PM

    i think this rally will usher in revolution in pakistan.no doubt ,imran is pakistan’hero.

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  • Muhammad Adnan Haider
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:18PM

    Thanks ET for the live updates …. thank you everyone for joing the hero of Pak … Mr. Khan both in Lahore and here on internet…

    Change has already begun now !!!

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  • Nauman
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:18PM

    Let the detractors cower now. The change has come – and now everyone can see it! Down with the status quo. PTI Zindabad!

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 5:28PM

    We believe that this is a good opportunity for Imran Khan (official) (being a agent of change(positive) ) that a good political demonstration/protest can be conducted without using nonsense and immoral talks… This #PTIJalsa should be really positively distinguished if he wants to be accepted among the serious circles of the society in Pakistan..

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  • Rashid
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:31PM

    Awam ko aik baar phir pagal bnao aur end main phir wohi topi drama- And now comes Burger inqilaab

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  • Tufail malik
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:37PM

    Imran khan is last hope for Pakistan . I wish this movement turn into Anna Hazare movement. The main problem for Pakistan is poor security,poor economy,poor planing and this all due to detached leadership to the people of Pakistan.

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  • Doc2good
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:40PM

    PTI has proven beyond doubt that we all want change. There are so many people around Minar-e-Pakistan that all doubters are having difficulty trying to explain the Massive turnout!! Inshallah this is the beggening of the end of corruption and corruptors!!

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  • Kashif
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:42PM

    I can see how Nawaz and his supporters are boiling over PTI’s success. Just read the comments from Nawaz’s supporters. They are now trying to invoke anti-PPP sentiments to drive Pakistani’s away from PTI. But Pakistani’s are no fools. They now know Nawaz very well.

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  • PTI supporter
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:45PM

    @masood:
    WHY NOT Great IMRAN KHAN, When Hollywood actor could become the president of USA,Recommend

  • Oct 30, 2011 - 5:50PM

    what is this rally for and about? If it is Imran’s I wish him good luck and may he rule Pakistan!

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  • Shameel Akhtar
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:59PM

    Imran Khan is a single hope to turn a crowd into a nation.

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  • Not me
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:00PM

    There are over 3,50,000 people in the public meeting.
    This is a game changer akin to Ms Benazir Bhutto return to Pakistan in 1986.

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  • Sheeraz Aslam
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:01PM

    Best of Luck Imran Khan

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  • Shamim Adil
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:07PM

    Energetic, honest and straight forward leader. He must win otherwise Pakistan will loose.

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  • Jahangir Siddiqui
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:16PM

    What a splendid Pakistan protect rally by PTI Imran Khan.

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  • Imran
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:24PM

    Impressive show! Many PML-Q heavy weights who were thinking of joining PML-N will now reconsider their priorities. Even PML-N back benchers like Javed Hashmi, Khawaja Asif, Ayyaz Amir, might also be tilted. They don’t fit in the damned politics that Shahbaz Sharif and Ch. Nisar has been pursuing.

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 6:37PM

    Its time for change our politics rule that couruption is only the leader of our country.when all the courupt politicins are tested by the nation.then y not we give a chance to great khan.wish all you all the best imran khan.

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  • Dr. Imran
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:39PM

    It is really fantastic to see all this. It shows that people are getting agrip of the idea of PTI as the future leader of Pakistan’s destiny.

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  • Ateeq ur Rehman
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:41PM

    PTI has become the hope of the masses Pakistan. Imran Khan strong committment to the people of Pakistan and consistent struggle to change this absolete colonial system is looking to be fruitful. People of Pakistan has started realizing that Imran Khan is the only leader of the country who can change the destiny of this great nation. PTI Zindabad IMRAN KHAN Zindabad PAKISTAN PAINDABAD

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  • Taimoor
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:51PM

    @aloowaladena:
    You want a napkin to wipe those tears

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  • jagjit sidhoo
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:52PM

    @Mian: Why should we hate him my impression of him is that he is a honest and patriotic person who will be good for Pakistan . A stable and prosperous neighbor is what every country wants the same is with India we would only be benefited by having a stable and prosperous Pakistan. All the best my friend.

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  • Hamid
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:56PM

    Long Live Imran Khan.

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  • Babloo
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:58PM

    How will Imran solve Pakistan’s economic mess in a country running on foreign aid ?
    He cannot be friend of the Lashker-E-Toiba , Haqannis and other state sponsored groups and also a member of civilized states, simultaneously.

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 6:58PM

    Really?? These people who are mostly youngster going to cast their vote to Imran Khan??? NO, they will be busy to enjoy election holiday…. so claim down

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 7:00PM

    And change is coming! We need Imran Khan as our leader. I really appreciate efforts of tribune.com.pk to provide us with live updates (Y).

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  • Sheeraz Aslam
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:01PM

    Looking at this crowd, I am so happy that there are some people who want CHANGE. I believe that it is the nation of Islamic Republic of Pakistan who doesn’t make effort to bring the change. Are these people afraid of new faces really??? I object those people (which are in majority) who have decided permanently not to change their political party. If anyone is casting vote to PPP, he is doing the same thing from 1970. If anyone is voter of PMLN, he is always casting vote to it since decades. This cannot help in bringing change in this country. In developed countries, if people don’t like the govt policies, they cast vote against them. So people, please please identify your duty and take a step in bringing change, IF YOU REALLY WANT…

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  • Dr. Kamran
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:07PM

    Imran Khan has always been true to his words…all educated lass in Pakistan supports him…whomsoever i talk to in Karachi’s middle class educated circle they support Imran Khan..MQM after supporting zardari is losing its popularity very fast….I wish and hope Imran kHan will win the next election and will become Prime Minister..INSHALLAH a change is imminent

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  • Waqar
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:08PM

    biggest rally in lahore ever…..

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  • Adeel759
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Well done PTI and equally well done ET.

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Well done Mr. Khan.

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  • maz3tt
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:15PM

    best of luck Imran Khan

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  • Syed
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:16PM

    People everywhere. Minar-e-Pakistan full. All roads around filled

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  • fatima
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:30PM

    yayyyyy imran khan is taking charge at last!!!!! i can;t wait for the civil disobedience!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • MOEED
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:32PM

    IMRAN KHAN ,,,, Will rock this election

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  • Mubashir Amin
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:32PM

    Imran turns at the top of his bowling mark, races in and Bowls ….. and he has Bowled Him,,,, Zardari and Nawaz are OUT! Imran is on a Hat Trick…..!

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  • Zaidi
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:34PM

    Its great to see strings and shahzad supporting PTI/IK!

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  • Muhammad Naeem khan
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:44PM

    wao wao ammeazing rally in strong textLahore . our new independent day 30-10-2011 keep it up great leader g……………………

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  • Dak
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:44PM

    Imran Khan Zindabad – May Allah guide to successs …

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 7:46PM

    This week has been full of good news:
    1. Pakistan won the cricket test against Sri Lanka
    2. Pakistan won the Hong Kong Super Sixes Cricket tournament for the 5th time
    3. PTI social media team has launched iReport citizen journalism tool
    4. PTI’s Lahore Rally (Occupy Minar-e-Pakistan) has been a huge success
    5. On invitation of Chinese Government, PTI’s chairman Imran Khan leaves for China tonight

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  • Faryal Khan (@Faryalanwarkhan)
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:48PM

    Good Job DJ BUTT :P

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  • Muhammad Adnan Haider
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:49PM

    Very sensible address by Khan, Thanks God he hasn’t used Bazari language like Shahbaz Shareef did.

    This the difference between an educated & well civilized person and a complete idiot !!!

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  • Mohammd Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:50PM

    Having heard the speech of Imran Khan for the first time at Meenar-e-Pakistan, Imran Khan said “change is not coming, it has already come”.

    The gathering itself told that Imran Khan is going to become the heartbeat of every Pakistani in the coming day.

    I remember when Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto formed PPP, a lot of people use to go to listen to his speeches and then PPP won the general elections.

    Similarly Imran Khan is coming up like any thing and Tehrik-e-Insaf is going to play a decisive role in the next general elections.

    The question arises: whether Imran Khan will be able to gather so many people in other cities similar to Lahore?

    If the answer is “yes”, than definitely Imran Khan will be the next Prime Minster of Pakistan and Tehrik-e-Insaf will be ruling the country.

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  • faraz
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:50PM

    It was definitely a huge jalsa, at least double in size to that of PML-Ns

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  • ashar
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:54PM

    change what we want and Imran khan has brought this change in Pakistan.Recommend

  • j sardar
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:56PM

    I am from Karachi and Muhajir but still I will prefer Imran Khan over Altaf Hussain.If we want to get rid off corruption and boot lickers from our society then we must vote ant support Imran Khan as he is the only hope.We have tried Generals and corrupt politicians for 64 years and we are bankcrupt and law & order situation has worsened.East Pakistan has declared independance because of army rule and Bhutto’s iterference and they failed to give honest and due share to Bengalis. And the same is being repeated in Baluchistan.
    Pakistanis should wake up and get rid off corrupt politicians and get rid off the role of ISI in the political system of Pakistan.Allah bless Pakistan.

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  • 3footninja
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Muhahahah to all the Imran Khan doubters! Cleaned bowled ‘em all.. stumps shattered and flying…

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  • Hamid
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:59PM

    Imran Khan has more people in the jalsa than the ruling party of MQM, this tells how popular is Imran Khan. Recommend

  • Oct 30, 2011 - 8:01PM

    Reality checks

    “Tribal elders have pledged to ensure peace if the army withdraws from the tribal areas. They have said leave it to us, will end terrorism ourselves,” says Khan.

    The anti-Taliban Tribal elders in Kurram, such as the Turi tribe, who’ve been systematically targeted, have been begging for military action and assistance forever against the Taliban but instead got their routes strangled by the Pak army to force them to negotiate with the Taliban and Haqqani to allow them access into Afghanistan. There maybe a peace accord now, but to the local tribe’s detriment.

    Other tribes have suffered having their elders murdered or bombed at peace meetings, children kidnapped or shot up because of their anti-Taliban stances and attempt to end terrorism.

    “We will give rights to the people of Balochistan. We will make them our brothers and not colonise them.”

    Nice to hear. Let’s hope the Taliban don’t colonize them either.

    “PTI will stand with the minorities.”

    Find his policy of appeasement towards extremist terrorist militants, who also have an anti-minority cleansing agenda, contradicting this.

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  • tahir
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:10PM

    I really think that the message of Imran Khan was spot on! As a country we have the resources but no one is interested in developing them; and also we are in an unfortunate situation where the green passport is a source of embarrassment for us in the world.

    How much longer will our masses support the corrupt mainstream leadership that has absolutely zero vision. Its high time that all of us “drawing room” commentators should register ourselves and cast our votes to an intelligent and non-corrupt leadership for a brighter Pakistan.

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  • Babloo
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:10PM

    India should watch carefully and stay aloof.

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  • Optimist
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:11PM

    Atlast … Cheers Tribune Team for good headline on PTI Jalsa.

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  • ali
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:15PM

    Just saw the rally..this is the arrival of IK at the national stage.Recommend

  • Copper
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:19PM

    Imran surely proved several “expert” estimates wrong. Well done PTI !

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  • Kiani
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:21PM

    I am seeing a revolution. Long live Imran Khan & PTI workers. Insha Allah you will change the fate of Pakistan

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  • Nadir
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:22PM

    Since we are all about politicians declaring their assets can anyone point me to a website or a document where I can go through Imran Khan’s?

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  • Kiani
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:24PM

    @muzaffar: It called Frustration

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  • Rashid
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:25PM

    If people can turn out today to participate in the rally, then why not go out, and vote on the day of election. In my opinion, they surely will. And we know that this crowd is original, who have come by their own will.

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  • zahid
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:28PM

    Student Politics: IJT to hold convention in Oct
    By APP
    Published: August 23, 2011
    this is last story about islami jamiat talba published by ET
    and here live updates ?

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  • Rao
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:33PM

    I am Indian and want Imran Khan as next prime minister of Pakistan. Hope he can change Minority’s situation there.

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:35PM

    youth of Pakistan is with you…

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  • Yasir
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:43PM

    Bullet proof glass plus govt machinery vs a fearless man who was with the crowd without bullet proof glass, no govt money, no govt machinery and everything going against him.
    Then there was foreign sponsored rally in Karachi.

    Who won the hearts , minds and soul of PAKISTANIS is anybody’s guess

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  • tauseef
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:44PM

    I was a part of the jalsa from the time when there were a few hundred people present around 1.00 p.m By the time, Imran Khan came to the podium, I believe between 60,000 to 80,000 people were present. A figure of 150,000 is too overblown. Not taking anything from a successful show of strength, I believe a dominant majority of the participants were from outside Lahore.

    Having said this, conversion of the mass strength to an electoral victory is a difficult process. My wishes for Imran Khan, but also a word of caution, don’t be too over-confident.

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  • omar
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:45PM

    @Paras Vikmani: We dont need Hazare when we have Imran Khan

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  • MarkH
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:45PM

    Has it ever really been such a grey area that people want some form of change that you’re surprised they agree with that concept?
    Peoples desire for change has never been what people who are not fans of Imran Khan have questioned even once. Nor that good intentions exist or that he is lying when he claims sincerity.

    It has always been in the details of how the goal was to be realistically reached that disagreements formed. People only defend his general character which has never been under attack in the first place.

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:46PM

    Good Luck Imran, the entire Pakistan is looking for a change. But watch out, select right candidates or you will lose before the elections.

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  • A J Khan
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:46PM

    After a very very long time I could smell and feel the spirit of Pakistan. May God rid Pakistan of corrupt people may they be in any walk of life.

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 8:58PM

    I am joining Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.No doubt in mind that Imran Khan is the future Prime Minister of Pakistan.I will request all my patients and their families to vote for this honest leader of Pakistan

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  • Imran Khan
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:06PM

    @Sarah Khan:
    Hello’ My name’s Imran khan As well.
    Just Got a few words to say.
    I am really proud of All the people that supported imran khan.
    Hope he gets/ deserve what he wants.
    May allah Make his hope come true. Inshallah He’ll Be As anything he wshes for. One day Inshallah. <3 I love Imran Khan

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  • Salman
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:09PM

    YES WE CAN …. GO King Khan!

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  • Omair
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:10PM

    OMG!! I havent seen anything like this before in lahore. The crowd was massive…definitely above 100,000!!!

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  • romm
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:28PM

    I have never voted in my whole life but this time I will, for Imran and ultimately for Pakistan.

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  • Waqas ur Rahman
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:32PM

    IMRAN KHAN WE ARE WITH YOU.

    WHAT A JALSA.

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  • kaneez amna
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:33PM

    If anti PTI donot believe the number of supporters of todays rally they shoud atleast count comments in favour of Imran Khan and recommendations above.

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  • Iftikhar Safi
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:34PM

    Imran Khan i am with you.
    You are the only hope left in Pakistan :)

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  • moeed
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:34PM

    the jalsa was a huge success guys imran khan zindabad

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  • Ali
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:36PM

    We have literally tried all other leaders, what we got? dysfunctional leadership? why not try him as a last resort. :)

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 9:38PM

    Masha Allah, Praise be to God.

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  • Shah
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:45PM

    What a man Imran khan! Just awesome. Cant believe an honest man can succeed in Pakistani politics but witnessing it with my own eyes. I was a sceptic but now a firm believer. Go Khan GO!

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  • zalim singh
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:46PM

    dude, run away before it is too late,

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  • JD
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:47PM

    @Lol: Thats true buddy, look at you. Its been happening with you from ages now.

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  • A True Pakistani
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:51PM

    I am disappointed with the Police Reforms formula of Imran Khan. Electing SHOs from masses directly with any training and selection criteria will further politicize the police department. Police department is already immensely politicized and corrupt. It is better to give them autonomy like judiciary together with establishing an accountability plan for police.
    On the other hand, eliminating Patwaris will not do any good as Patwaris perform many other duties along with record keeping. Secondly, reforming Patwaris can’t eliminate corruption from the Revenue department as computer record can be changed on political whims. Thirdly, Imran gave no formula of reforming the corruption in lower judiciary and ousting those selected on political considerations by PPP.Recommend

  • Muneeb Naqash
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:55PM

    Salam peoples .am from rawalpindi Imran khan is the only hope of the Pakistan .question is not that when he come in power he will do the same like others question is that why we vote all corrupt parties again and again .and PML-N voters you peoples are not fool don’t you see that PML-N is already in Government .then vote for PML-N ? WHY ? Vote to imran khan if you want justice,respect,all legal demands you want .Pakistan Zindabad Imran Khan Paindabad ..!!

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  • Sajid
    Oct 30, 2011 - 9:59PM

    I love it how everyone thinks that Imran Khan will wave a magic wand and Pakistan will be on it’s way towards development. Sorry to break your bubble guys, but it doesn’t work out that way. While I do think a good leader like Imran Khan could make the process smoother but WE, the citizens are the ones who have to do something. Once we all change our attitude and become Law abiding, HONEST, tolerant, and courteous towards our countrymen, there is no way anyone, yeah not even politicians can hold us back from progressing…

    I mean tell me, is it Zardari who asks you to litter roads, or to disregard traffic laws?? ahahaah??? Or lose your temper at the slightest dustup with someone?? Of course it’s not.. We are the ones who are dishonest, right from the lower class workers to the top…I mean just look anywhere and I promise you will see dishonest people.. Look at the maid who works at your house, I bet she will cut corners if you are not watching her like a hawk or worst, even steal sh*t from your house..Same goes for everyone else, whether they be a director or a peon.. There are exceptions but unfortunately they are not large enough in numbers to make a difference.. We are a selfish nation, many of us wouldn’t think twice about stepping on other peoples’ rights if we stand to gain something out of it…

    I have been to Germany and have visited rural areas there.. and trust me..a pedestrian won’t cross the road unless the signal is green, even if there is no car in sight FOR MILES… Yeah no cameras, no cops, and you still have people respecting such little laws..That’s why they are where they are and we are where we are…

    Sorry,.sires, and madams, if you’re expecting Imran Khan’s election to serve as a guarantee that Pakistan’s condition will improve you’re deluding yourself..

    Peace.,,

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 10:01PM

    Well done PTI and all Lahories…Turning point moment.

    Imran’s prediction of coming Tsunami comes true.

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