PTI rally: Students exceed ISF expectations

Published: October 31, 2011

PTI supporters gather around 2pm. PHOTO: RABIA MEHMOOD

LAHORE: “The youngsters have today proved false the predictions that Tehreek-i-Insaf supporters will not come out for public rallies. Next, we will cast our votes in the upcoming elections, too, for Imran Khan,” said Rafay at the PTI rally on Minar-i-Pakistan grounds on Sunday.

Rafay was one of the large number of students who attended the rally on the call of Insaf Students’ Federation, the student wing of PTI.

Rafay said he and his four classmates at the Lahore University of Management Sciences had come to express confidence in Imran Khan’s leadership. He said he and his friends had already registered as voters and were looking forward to casting ballots for PTI in the coming elections.

Munib Ahmad, a student at Beaconhouse National University, said he had come to the rally with his family. “All other politicians have been tried and tested so many times, it’s only fair that we give Khan a chance,” he said. “He says he will change the corrupt system and ensure justice is delivered to the people,” he said.

Mehwish Khan said she had been motivated to support Tehreek-i-Insaaf because of Khan’s support for women’s and teenagers’ rights. “I haven’t seen so many women at rallies organised by other political parties in the country,” she said.

An ISF office-bearer said the youth turnout had exceeded their expectations. They said the number of students from various education institutes in the city was also more than the 7,000 target the ISF had earlier set itself.

He said inviting Shehzad Roy, Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia of Strings and Shah Zaman was ISF’s proposal. “They helped keep the audience attentive,” he said.

PTI workers follow in PML-N footsteps

Like the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz workers, most Tehreek-i-Insaf workers from other cities entered the city without paying the toll at Ravi Bridge on Sunday, a National Highway Authority official told The Express Tribune.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st,  2011.

Reader Comments (17)

  • khizra
    Oct 31, 2011 - 8:09AM

    imran khan zinda bad

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  • khalid bin walid
    Oct 31, 2011 - 8:11AM

    imran khan is great

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  • Sheeraz khattak
    Oct 31, 2011 - 8:34AM

    I am Mphil student in University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore,belong to Karak.I am much impress from the leadership of Imran Khan.I hope that in future he will come forward and will help the needy people.All of our sympatheis are with Imran Khan.

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  • Engr.Mohsin Raza
    Oct 31, 2011 - 10:41AM

    Congratulation to all youth. We proved that we are promoting PTI not just online, but on ground as well. It would be unfair to say the students came on the ISF call. They came for Imran Khan, a large number of students did not belong to or did not hear ISF call. Most of the people were professionals, university students, mid thirtees and some many older people as well. So the response was for Khan and thanks to Khan’s supporters who defended him all the time whenever someone criticized IK on media (especially electronic media).

    Presence of Strings and Shehzad Roy for PTI was what I wished all the time. It was not just to entertain the audience, it actually gave the message to the 180,000,000 million Pakistanis that these singers see Imran Khan as the savior of the nation and the hero of their national songs. It will greatly move people sitting at home too. So I appreciate IK and PTI for this. (contd)

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  • Engr.Mohsin Raza
    Oct 31, 2011 - 10:53AM

    But we must keep in mind the success of Jalsa should not lead us to topple the democracy in a bloody manner. Imran Khan announced a conditional Civil Disobedience and not the bloody revolution. We need to understand that the civil disobedience in sub continent is rejection of certain rules of government and not the bloodshed. And that is a very wise move (we should be peaceful) . All we need is to strengthen PTI by gathering more and more support for it from all over the Pakistan by educating and hence convincing people to support PTI. A permanent change can not be brought about unless we have support at grass root level. Remember, if we topple them today, they can topple us tomorrow because it is not difficult for any political party to gather people and stage anti government processions. We need to strengthen the institutions and democracy in real sense at grass root level for a permanent change of system. Please educate others too. Recommend

  • billuu
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:00PM

    love u IK, love u PTI

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  • Khurram
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:08PM

    Chane has started !!!!

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  • Junaid
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:49PM

    Imran Khan is the only hope for Pakistan. Vote for Imran Khan to save Pakistan.Recommend

  • abuwajeeh hashmi
    Oct 31, 2011 - 3:34PM

    vote for a change . Change is always GOOD

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  • Najam
    Oct 31, 2011 - 3:47PM

    Not a perfect man but a million times better than all those looters.He lives in an expensive house but also contributes to Shaukat Khannum and never asked us to give our houses to him.People trust him the world over , name another leader who is trusted by Pakistanis and overseas Pakistanis.

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  • We expect from you a change in pakistan
    Oct 31, 2011 - 5:08PM

    we expect change from you in pakistan

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  • Owais Shah
    Oct 31, 2011 - 5:09PM

    Such a big crowd was never expected, Good show.
    Hope IK wins the elections as well, but for that PTI will have to arrange more gathering like this all over the country, especially Karachi which is dominated by MQM, PSF, ANP, Aman Committee.Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Oct 31, 2011 - 9:27PM

    Salam to all Pakistanis.We love Imran Khan.Inshallah Imran Khan will win the ELECTIONS.He is the only leader who is fearless.Thanks

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  • Ali Hyder
    Nov 1, 2011 - 2:19PM

    I Attended PTI Relly in Minaray Pakistan as on 30 Oct 2011, There werw More than 5 Lacs people There, Every one of Them is very Exciting 7 praying for Imran Khan Long Life .

    I think so Imran khan is the one ray of hope for this Disappointed Nation, i want to Give a message Netrally to my Whole if they Did not select or Elect to Imran Khan as Prime Minister They will repent in the Whole life such as our Elders are weaping from 60 years Imran Khan is a True Well wisher of This Nation .
    Hafay Duaa
    (1) Aea Allah maray Pakistan ko kushhali Atta ferma.
    (2) Meray Mulk ko Chor, Lettro , Courrpt Logo se Pak kr day aur esay Logo ko Dard Nak azzaab mai mubta kr day Jinho ne maray Pakistan ko Kharab kia or isay Nuqsan Ponchaya. or Imran Khan jesay suchay Imaan Dar Leader Atta Ferma
    Ameen.

    Ali Hyder
    Lahore
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  • truthisalien
    Nov 1, 2011 - 5:02PM

    The report at the tail of story refering that students didn’t pay at toll plaza shouldn’t be ignored by the PTI leadership. They must remember that to make difference they will have to maintain a difference in their behaviour. Otherwise they will lose their very stand-point, and wont be able to bring about the change–they party heralds.

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  • zia ur rehman
    Nov 2, 2011 - 9:16AM

    ISF is the best!!!!! even jamiat cannot match it’s strength!!

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  • Nov 5, 2011 - 3:59PM

    Pakistan Zindabad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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