Karachi goes gaga over Imran Khan telephone call, in new PTI marketing ploy

Published: December 20, 2011

Half of the city’s landlines have been receiving the message. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: On a lazy Sunday, a woman was woken up by the telephone ringing at the ungodly hour of 7am.

Who could it be at this hour, she pondered as she drowsily reached for the handset. To her surprise, a husky but alluring voice – one which has been clogging the airwaves these days – was on the other end, speaking in Urdu.

“Assalam-o-Alaikum. This is Imran Khan speaking. How are you? I am coming to your city to bring everyone together on December 25 at Mazar-e-Quaid for a peace rally. I hope that you can break all the shackles and take part because at this rally we need to make the beginnings of a new Pakistan. I will be waiting. Thank you.”

This recorded voice message by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan has been waking up people across the city – much to their delight it appears.

“I was shocked to hear him,” said Saba Abid, who received the message on Sunday morning. “In the beginning, I couldn’t understand why he was calling me. I think it’s a creative way to advertise, except for the part of waking up people early in the morning.”

It seems to have worked, however, as Ariba, a teenage resident of DHA, was sufficiently convinced. “Listening to his voice message was amazing,” she gushed. “I am definitely going to his jalsa with all my friends.”

This marketing strategy was first used to invite people in Lahore before the jalsa on October 30 and the party felt it produced successful results in mobilising thousands of people. “In Karachi we decided to do the same thing because miscreants are tearing down our posters and banners,” said the party’s head in Sindh, Naeem-ul Haq. “Through Imran Khan’s personalised message, we hope to mobilise our supporters.”

The phone campaign has been going on for a week. “Around 300,000 people will be receiving the recorded messages on their PTCL landlines,” explained SM Ilyas at the PTI Karachi office. This is about half of the total number of subscribers in the city.

A Lahore company is involved in the social marketing, and anyone can call the number, 042-38375454, to hear the message as well.

Haseeb Anwar, a resident of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, was so excited to hear his favourite politician’s voice, he started talking back until he realised it was a recorded message. He’ll just have to wait till Christmas to hear him live.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 20th, 2011.

Correction: Due to a typographical error, the word ‘beginnings’ was misspelled in an earlier version of the article. The error has been rectified.

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Reader Comments (211)

  • bilal
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:23AM

    I am PTI and Imran Khan supporter. I have a question. Is this legal? Would this not be considered SPAM ? waking or interrupting peoples lifes without consent.

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  • Falcon
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:36AM

    I have heard that the message is very well recorded; almost looks real. Now that is creativity. Where there is a will, there is a way!

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  • Ayesha Ahmad
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:44AM

    I called on the number mentioned above but couldn’t hear the respective message :(

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  • SJS
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:50AM

    yeah got the call ;)

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  • Ahmandr
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:54AM

    This reminds me of the book ’1984′, where the secret government reaches every household through a communication device. Anyways, this clever marketing strategy shows how PTI is the party of the 21st century, as it is using new, technological, never before tactics to promote itself. Way to go PTI

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  • babar
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:54AM

    I wish if i could have attend but i appeal to all and everyone who wants change to attend and help bring the change please thanks pakistan zindabad !!

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  • Saim Baig
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:00AM

    Unique idea for the first time in Pakistani politics!! Now wait for PML-N to copy it Recommend

  • CK
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:01AM

    This reminds us of the Obama campaign. Yes we can. Go PTI!!

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  • Seizure
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:02AM

    Imran never seizes to amaze us. Now I am going for sure!

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  • Fahad Shaikh
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:03AM

    This is soooo revolutionary and innovative… That’s really a work of fresh young professional minds… Love PTI loads for this.

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  • siddh
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:06AM

    Good I like that :))Recommend

  • The Reader
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:14AM

    Those who have to attend his jalsa will attend it – with or without his personal call message. That’s what we Lahoris did on 30th October. Let’s see how Karachi welcomes our hero.

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  • The Reader
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:16AM

    No Bilal. This is advertisement. Who minds hearing IK on phone? I for one will go absolutely nuts. Such a message is enough to make my day.

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  • Sk
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:23AM

    hes wasting money on recorded phone calls ? just for a jalsa!

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  • Seizure
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:24AM

    @bilal not really, a spam is from an unidentified source, this is Imran Khan speaking!

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  • Sheharyar
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:27AM

    Great strategy!! Love you Imran Bhai :~)

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  • Asif
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:29AM

    Yes, it is SPAM if all others start doing it for their Jalsaas!

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  • Hu Jintao
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:31AM

    @bilal:
    its kind of Telemarketing

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  • amin
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:31AM

    @bilal was it not a crime to tear down PTI posters? Let me tell you this, everything is fair in love and war, and this is war for survival we are dealing with bud.

    I dont like the idea of calling at 7 am though.

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  • Ali
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:33AM

    @Bilal: So you should consider every caller on you phone to be a spammer.

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  • Fahad Karam
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:35AM

    @ bilal

    It would be illegal if the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance, 2007 was in force, but it lapsed over a year ago. So I don’t think it is currently illegal.

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  • Faisal
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:38AM

    PTI best in using all the creative tool and techniques to reach their supporters..Bravo

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  • Hussain
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:42AM

    @bilal:
    I don’t think so it is fake thing. It is excellent way and the people should be motivated using different communication sources.

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  • Yousaf
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:44AM

    @Bilal…this is not considered spam because It is not like typically repeated annoying telemarketing messages. Just a one time message. Secondly, it doesn’t have a commercial aspect to it and therefore, it is used by many non-profit organizations in developed countries as well. Lastly, out of curiosity, how would you receive consent from people on a unprecedented one-time event?? By calling them to ask beforehand? If so, that would be waste of time and resources for a one-time event, which itself will be considered SPAM going by your definition???

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 10:47AM

    I received his call too … :D

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  • Haseeb Uddin
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:47AM

    @bilal: According to Pakistani law, no. It is not illegal nor spamming!

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 10:49AM

    “Marketing ploy” … sounds so filled up with bias.

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  • PostEcon
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:53AM

    @bilal:
    Political calls are different from the solicitations and telemarketers. They’re permitted under the law.

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  • PostEcon
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:55AM

    These robo-calls are very common in the American electoral campaigns. I used to receive automated calls from Barack Obama during the presidential election of ’08.

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 10:57AM

    Rise and take your fate in your hands!

    Buy Imran Khan GAMEOVER Tshirt!

    https://www.facebook.com/gameovertees

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 10:57AM

    @Ayesha Ahmad:
    dear u must again and again to hear this we all love imran khan and God help him and protect him….

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  • Hasan Mushtaq
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:58AM

    @bilal:
    this is revolution current state of Pakistan is not in a condition to wait for people to wake up.

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  • Shia Pakistani
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:58AM

    Call me IK on my Canadian number. PLEASE PLEASE

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  • Maryum
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:59AM

    Dear Mr Khan

    I just want to wish you all the very very best for Karachi. my all prayers are with you for your safety and success. you are our last hope

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 11:00AM

    Fatal Impacts of using tele marketing in Politics is more dangerous than using religion in politics. now international private entrepreneur will promote future Facebook revolutions…be readyRecommend

  • mateen azam
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:03AM

    i wish i could hear his voice……………
    given number is not responding……..

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 11:04AM

    I too called on the number mentioned above but couldn’t hear the respective message ?

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  • Asif
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:05AM

    yes Guys & girls go over there …………..It would be great fun……Moreoever……we need to save pakistan and have to make it ideal pakistan of Quaid…….

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  • Naveed
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:05AM

    @bilal:

    I am PTI and Imran Khan supporter. I have a question. Is this legal? Would this not be considered SPAM ? waking or interrupting peoples lifes without consent.

    How can you bring change if you cant receive a call. You receive dozens of advertisement SMS daily. I hope each number will be called only once by PTI team. You receive many calls from call centers advertising different products. Don’t misguide people by calling yourself PTI member.

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  • ahmed
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:06AM

    IK u will be successful in ur mission Insha ALlah

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  • Ellia
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:07AM

    @bilal, Telephone is not restricted to a privacy level, its open to public. Even if you raise it as a legal issue, a political party would have it covered.

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  • Aslam
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:09AM

    Please REMOVE the Phone Number.. the Imran Khan’s message has been changed by the company for their own advertisments..

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  • Ahsan Mlk
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:09AM

    Only those people registered on the 80022 SMS service would be receiving the call. This is to ensure that all PTI subscribers are contacted, thus, anyone who isn’t registered will not (in all probability) receive any call.

    And sorry for the early morning calls! It was not meant to be. Apologies!

    This was automated, but you can hear him live on 25th December at the open ground at Mazar-i-quaid. Be there and be an expression for Karachi alongwith thousands of other families.

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  • game changer
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:09AM

    imran khan will destroy corruption ………….. a charismatic leader in the making……………………………….

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  • Khurram Nafis
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:11AM

    Listening vioce of THE IMRAN KHAN on my cell, was a awesome experience to me, a great feeling, something i never experienced in my whole life… everybody is with Imran Khan, but we the people have to prove it by participating in 2th December Jalsa, and always be a support to Imran Khan, not for his own, but for the better future of hte country… GO ON IMRAN KHAN…. we all are with you

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  • zehra
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:11AM

    Awesome aesome, i got the call at eleven in the moring and had even gotten it at six wouldnt have stopped me form going!! yeah finally we have a sensible choice

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  • Seher from the US
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:21AM

    @bilal:
    I do not think their is a “Do not call” list in Pakistan. Even here in the US it is absolutely legal to call for marketing purposes unless your telephone # is on the do not call list. We receive messages from political candidates for the senate and even preseidential elections all the time here in the U.S.

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  • JoJo
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:22AM

    It is definitely privacy infringement, if IK would have done this in UK, he would have been fined millions. Leader talking about rules smashed the rules

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  • Tauseef
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:24AM

    I tried to call the number mentioned in the article, but instead of Imran’s message marketing company is publicizing itself.Recommend

  • Sobia Shah
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:26AM

    @bilal:

    i wonder do u have the same opinion when different organizations call u to market their product. Iam sure no one says its illegal because they called you without your consent. Hence if a politician is using the same strategy, why should it be illegal.

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 11:28AM

    It would be spam if you consider this “unwanted” & “irrelevant”. Do you?
    Even supporters of other parties were glad to hear this message, and they do want to hear it one more time. It’s more then just an invitation. It’s certainly not a spam. This will be written in history as a very innovative technique to push people and make them feel that they can bring change, they can be a part of bright beginning of PAKISTAN.

    Spam messages, calls, do not make you feel the same.

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  • Fahee,
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:47AM

    Good Luck PTI….. Change has already been startedRecommend

  • yaz
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Great idea…It will swell up the ranks on the 25th for sure.

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  • laila
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:50AM

    well i don’t answer unknown numbers which is just as well!!

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  • Saladin101
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:52AM

    @bilal: No, here in the US telemarketing is legal then why not this, which is in Pakistan. not to say that no laws exist in Pakistan.

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  • Realist.
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:53AM

    I am the realist and I love Imran Khan NOW!

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  • PTI Zindabad
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:56AM

    i like this marketing strategy of PTI.

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  • Najam
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Good on You Imran Khan and PTI. You have done excellent job. This shows that how visionary, creative, knowledgeable and versatile Imran Khan and PTI Members are. PTI has changed the face of old politics where people used to be transported by truck and trolley for publicity.

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  • Usman Malik
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:00PM

    It’s funny how people are fascinated about this in Pakistan. I ran a small municipal campaign last year in Canada and had broadcasted my message to some 5000 households. Here politician do it all the time. It starts to get annoying after a while but I guess its such a new thing in Pakistan that it works… as long as PML-N does copy it, i would get so annoyed if they did

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  • Saad Shah
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:00PM

    This is pure marketing. Good use of technology. Excellent…

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  • Raheel Hasan
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:07PM

    but seriously, people should notice that Imran khan is including a lot of 12th players from every party…….Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:07PM

    No change will come from PTI. 100% true

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  • Junaid
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:17PM

    I can hear him on and on. He is my Kaptaan.

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  • Faraz
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:24PM

    Who would’ve known that Imran Khan would find HUGE fame and success 15 years down the road….perseverance pays off!

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  • Khanzada Sahab
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:37PM

    An outstanding way to convince people of Pakistan …
    my family is going to join you on 25th decemeber as i am not in Pakistan.
    I wish you best of luck for your future.

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  • ahmed
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:46PM

    FYI.. please fix the typo in your article… “beginings”

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  • Jang
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:47PM

    For Heavens Sake…..IK is talking about Pakistan and for your kind information, Pakistan is in deep trouble. If you are not supporting him, you are not being loyal to your country. Please, either save Pakistan or leave it.

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  • wasif
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:19PM

    got the call n my bothh numberssssss =P i would say i dont believe any politician in this country not even imran khan but y not give him a try…so i would definitely support imran khan

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  • hasssaanster
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:26PM

    Now this is called ‘waking up’ people. Karachiites have been sleeping for too long now. Its time they realised that this is the perfect opportunity to save our country which is plagued with all sorts of problems. The future appears to be very bleak and time has come that we do something to change that.

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  • Farid
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:28PM

    All the very best to Imran Khan for his Jalsa..
    May Allah make it a success InshAllah..Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2011 - 1:29PM

    We need a leader for our country which is in worst shape and these guys here are worrying about spam calls. How ironic!

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  • hasssaanster
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:29PM

    @sk no he’s using the money to unite people. The pakistan cricket team is a true reflection of what we’re really like. talented but selfish! Its time that we got together and saved this country.

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  • Hassaan Ijaz
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:31PM

    Technology Time :)

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:48PM

    @Pakistani:
    Maybe you will bring the change… 100% false

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  • bhai
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:52PM

    great tactics by PTI!

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  • correct option
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:56PM

    @Ahsan Mlk:
    Is there a way to listen to the message? I live in London but would love to just hear what he says!

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  • akmal
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:59PM

    its amazing what one can do when u have the backing of the agency!

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  • Parvez
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:00PM

    The telephone call, the talk shows, the rallies with great atmosphere is all good and there should be more. What also should be ensured is that when I go to vote the process must be safe, credible and the result fair. Good luck to PTI.

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  • Oldfunda
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:05PM

    Its so funny reading most of the comments here…ppl saying revolutionary step, 21st century modern step..Here in india it was used in 1998 as well as during 2004 general election with Vajpayee calling phones!!!..
    and everyone knows the results…

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  • Noran
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:10PM

    How its possible to get in touch with imran khan if any one desires to some useful tips

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  • smssr84
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:27PM

    To everyone who is saying its illegal and saying that if it was happening elsewhere… he would be sued!… just to make it clear!… here in canada… we get calls from MPs & MNAs even premiers to vote for them!…. (all recorded msgs)… its just a way of getting to ppl personally!…. so dont make an issue out of a non-issue!… just enjoy the moment, and a new thing introduced to Pakistanis!…… its better than getting lame joke sms!!

    btw.. that phone number isnt working! :(…. I soo want to hear the msg!…

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  • smssr84
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:32PM

    @Sk: Its not JUST a JALSA!!!… its history in making!!!

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 2:36PM

    Jeay IMRAN KHAN Jeay PTI !!! <3

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  • S.A.H
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:36PM

    According to Rules of PTA, Telemarketing, without express written approval of the customer, on which marketing call is made, is crime.

    So how can People of Pakistan expect a change when PTI it self is involved in criminal activities and is in breach of Pakistani Laws?

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 2:45PM

    Yes.. I am going.

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  • Fahad Khan
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:49PM

    This is ethically im-moral.

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  • Hameedullah
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:53PM

    @Moise:
    What’s so biased?? Marketing Ploy means a marketing tactic/ strategy. Exactly what PTI has done. You need to be a bit open minded and stop being paranoid seeing every word anti PTI!Recommend

  • Imran
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:58PM

    Great thinking from a great man! We live in the 21st century n its great to utilise technology in such a way. Its not illegal to use such methods. I live in england n recorded messages are a popular form of telemarketing. But u never know in pakistan anything can legal one day n illegal the next! Imran khan is a legend in the west british muslins feel proud to be associated with him.

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  • Rafi
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:08PM

    I received the call and it fooled me . . . I said “WalaikumAsalam” and was stunned that Imran was personally calling me. Then it dawned that it is a recording . . . but let me tell you, it felt like he had made the effort in inviting me personally.
    So here is change calling me on a Sunday in the peacefulness of my residence . . . if I ignore it and don’t support this man and his ideas, will I be able to live with myself if change doesn’t come or comes but doesn’t sustain?
    I am going to the jalsa to thank this man for believing in himself and for believing in us.

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  • Waqas Rafiq
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:10PM

    smart way to wake up everyone …:P

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 3:13PM

    i called at the no bt there ws an advertisement, no msg of such kind

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  • Noor
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:19PM

    @ Ahsan Mlk: that’s not true my own home and several of my relatives have received calls, and we’ve never registered with any number. and No Don’t appreciate calls after 9pm to attend a political rally.

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  • nwaq
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:20PM

    Well done IK ,it just proves that PTI is quiet innovative and modern unlike other old political parties.Yet another feather in yr cap.Recommend

  • Jawad
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:23PM

    This is how it works, you have new ideas, you have a chance to come up with the talent and the leader will listen to you.
    This is the best ever political party we have seen in the country. I am hoping one day we will be appreciated and IK govt will sponsoring youth to implement their ideas. God bless you IK you are the true leader.

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  • Jawad
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:26PM

    @Haseeb Uddin:
    Do we have any laws like this?

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 3:30PM

    The number is not valid.

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  • Yasir Ashfaque
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:32PM

    @Bilal,

    Its not illegal as the call is being made to only people who have subscribed to official sms campaign, its not random but only to subscribers.

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  • Sarin Ishaque
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:33PM

    The number mentioned above is not working. :/

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:42PM

    @Oldfunda. You cannot see the difference between Vajpayee and Imran. We are not happy about call but Imran’s call. BTW Were Indians happy to receive Vajapyee call?

    As it is first time in Pakistan from politician so let us happy. We are already in lot of stress.

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  • JaySabir
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:46PM

    while reading this article i heard a beep from my cellphone and following is the message i received right now:

    “I invite you to the national uniy jalsa in Karachi on 25th December at Mazar-e-Quaid – I hope to see you there with all your friends and family”
    – Imran Khan

    He is leading from front without a doubt!

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  • Karim
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:48PM

    God bless PTI and IK

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  • Ammad Manzurr
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:53PM

    If it were anyone else, people would have been outraged. It would have been (rightly) considered an infringement of their privacy rights. I guess being pretty does give one the licence to do whatever one wants. I wonder how much this advertisement firm’s charging him. Oh, I forgot. He’s also extremely rich.

    Note to self: Must be pretty and rich to rule country.

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  • Zavia
    Dec 20, 2011 - 4:00PM

    @Bilal, unsolicited contents delivery is spamming… unfortunately we do not have a law in place to control it, like in US, they have implemented a CAN-SPAM Act, which protects unsolicited contents delivery.

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  • Umair
    Dec 20, 2011 - 4:17PM

    the number was working till yesterday with the recorded message of imran

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  • adnan
    Dec 20, 2011 - 4:18PM

    @bilal:
    it is legal.. its part of marketing… i think US used it first….

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  • saira virk
    Dec 20, 2011 - 4:26PM

    different and motivating idea and…… different he is

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  • Shani
    Dec 20, 2011 - 4:47PM

    Can’t wait to see him live in Karachi, i hope Karachi Jalsa will start off with some soul awakening music like Lahore…

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  • Ali Tipu
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:09PM

    When will Nawaz Shareef copy this?

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  • Hassan
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:28PM

    All the best Imran. I hope this becomes the biggest ever gathering in Pakistan History. May Allah succeed Imran and save him from any harm.

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  • Ismail
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:40PM

    @JoJo:
    I live in UK and it is not illegal in UK, alot of marketing companies call on landlines in UK as well. And Also, the people who are receiving calls are registered PTI members and they have provided their numbers to PTI. I do not think any harm in that. Even it is an honor to receive a call from Imran Khan

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  • Lavender dusk
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:41PM

    @Tauseef:
    the correct number IF YOU WANT TO CALL is 009242-38375454.you can call on this number to hear the message if you are from Pakistan.As, 92 is the code of Pakistan and 42 in the code of UK.if you RECEIVE a call then the number would be displayed as 0042-38375454.So don’t worry, they didn’t change the number, it’s just a country codes thing.

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  • Muhammad
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:47PM

    @bilal:

    No, It isn’t illegal and it’s not a spam either, Spam is when you get messages from unknown sources, here on this call source is crystal clear and i wonder who wouldn’t want to hear the voice of A Great, Clean, Honest, Caring and Loving leader IK.

    I live in UK and even here it’s not illegal, it’s one of the marketing strategies companies use to promote their businesses. I’m amazed Khan has come up with such a new idea in Pakistan to promote his politics and awake the people of Pakistan from a long sleep.

    Bilal I’d request you and all others who could reach to Khi , Please do go to Jalsa. It’s in your interest and in the interest of Pakistan.

    Save Your Future, Save Your Pakistan … Go to Jalsa to Listen Imran :-)

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 6:04PM

    Great Way of mobilizing people.Khan will beat all the politicians with his wisdom.Recommend

  • naeem ul haq
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:06PM

    this technique has been used in American elections for number of years it is a form of electronic canvassing but it will be new to most of people in Pakistan

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  • Bill
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:28PM

    Thanks every one for your replies.

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  • Oldfunda
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:31PM

    @ Adeel Ahmed..point taken man and i can understand when u say u r happy cause its Imran’s call.. believe me here it was used by many politician and ppl got so annoyed with these calls that it in a way had a negative impact on the campaign. Overkill of anything is not good i guess.What i can gather from the information here is since its new concept in Pakistan it has a novelty factor and it attracts ppl.So far so good…good wishes to IK

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  • antanu
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:38PM

    @bilal:
    this is absolutely legal. this strategy was fisst employed by BJP in india by sending voice messages of Bajpayee ji. Though BJP lost the election.

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  • Bilal
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:47PM

    i just hope that nawaz sharif doesnt call me

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  • Zafar
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:40PM

    If making such a call would have been illegal Imran would have never done that.

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  • blank
    Dec 20, 2011 - 8:30PM

    good job PTI…..

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  • Sana Farooqui
    Dec 20, 2011 - 8:31PM

    @Ahsan Mlk:

    I registered my number on 80022 for receiving SMS updates from PTI, not receiving voice calls.

    What would be next? Some PTI prankster would using my number and calling me at odd hours just because I gave my number? This is unethical!

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  • Gullible Nomore
    Dec 20, 2011 - 8:59PM

    Yes this marketing strategy is very much legal. Whether its ethical or not, is up for debate.

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  • Muhammad
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:03PM

    Though it might be considered spam but its ok. Its time for people to wake up and support someone else. These people sleep when elections are near, never go to fulfill their rights (voting) and then complain about the country’s leadership and government. Its time for people to wake up and change Pakistan or else forget about any change for the next 5 years. I am not a big fan of Imran’s politics, just saying. But he is the best among the lot and he has proved it time and again with his world cup win, cancer hospital and health related work and educational work. So why not try him. establishment may be behind his uprising but i dont see any harm in it. All the politicians in the past used establishment in one way or the other.Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2011 - 9:09PM

    Imran should be fined for spamming unsuspecting people. I was driving in my car when I got the phone and was thinking what is going on? Obviously it landed me in a dangerous situtaion,

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  • WB
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:32PM

    Zindabad IK

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  • Asim
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:46PM

    @bilal:
    It is totally legal and does not consider a spam under any Pak Tel/Comm legislation.

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  • Asim
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:47PM

    @CK:
    Also John Kerry’s campaign, both of which I was a part of…

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  • Atif
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:58PM

    i think some friends not dialing the city code 042 before the number. i called and it is responding. the company doing is Global IT Vision and they also did it in Lahore i remember receiving a call than too.

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 10:02PM

    Waiting for Imran Khan’s visit to FATA and hence the CALL

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 10:35PM

    Hats off to the brainiacs behind the strategy! Bravo!

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  • Zain Kamran
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:52PM

    Assalam O Allaiku, mai Imran khan baat kar rha hun ” PAUSES so that you can say Walaikum assalam to him… hahaha
    that recording just made a fool out of me! cuz in the beginning i thought it was real

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  • DANISH ALI AHMAD
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:46PM

    now this shows, pti and in glove with agencies. GO ask for this kind of marketing from PTCL and pretend as legit company, hear what they will tell you.
    “Pakistan Penal Code does not allow sharing of personal information of pupil outside government agency”
    My company ‘pfizer’ was rebuked by PTCL in 2010 about a campaign.
    wonder how they got list and approval to do this.

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 11:50PM

    Immi, let people say what they want to say, i support you till i believe you are doing the right things. If you wake me at 3 am, i dont have any complaints as i have been suffering from load shedding for many years. i pray that you deliver what you have been promising. May Allah guide you. Just be honest.

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 11:53PM

    My brother got call and he thought, just for an instant, that Imran himself was calling.

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  • Yasireds
    Dec 21, 2011 - 12:13AM

    A good way to wale up the deep sleeping MQM ridden Karachi people.

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  • Ali Tahir
    Dec 21, 2011 - 12:25AM

    @Saim Baig:
    Sheikh Rasheed did it in NA bye-elections way back

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  • Ali Tahir
    Dec 21, 2011 - 12:27AM

    @Ahsan Mlk:
    Never knew people with landlines could subscribe to a mobile service :P

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  • saroosh
    Dec 21, 2011 - 2:27AM

    @bilal:
    no yar if they do not do that so how could u wake up and a call of 30 sec does not make any sense that they try to disturb u they want u to wake up as we all are sleeping ok bro. . . . .

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  • Salman
    Dec 21, 2011 - 2:30AM

    @TightChuddi – how much will PML (N) and PPP supporters lie – you say you were driving car – all the calls were made on PTCL Line not on mobile phonesRecommend

  • ImranTheGreat
    Dec 21, 2011 - 4:06AM

    @bilal:
    I am PTI and Imran Khan supporter. I have a question. Is this legal? Would this not be considered SPAM ? waking or interrupting peoples lifes without consent.
    Reply:
    How can you bring change if you cant receive a call. You receive dozens of advertisement SMS daily. I hope each number will be called only once by PTI team. You receive many calls from call centers advertising different products. Don’t misguide people by calling yourself PTI member.
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  • Sohail
    Dec 21, 2011 - 4:26AM

    @JoJo, I live in Canada and it is not illegal at all, we receive atleast 4 calls like this every day and sometime its a recorded message, even politicions use the same way to convey their message at the time of elections.

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  • ImranTheGreat
    Dec 21, 2011 - 4:32AM

    What a great idea and innovation. It would be my luck to hear such a great leader. Really, we have never seen in the history of Pakistan such a marvelous thing. It it is honor of IMRAN KHAN and PTI that he has used technology in a genius way. Such Leaders Lead from the front and take the country to the heights of Glory.
    Imran Khan Zindabad………
    PTI Zindabad…………………
    Pakistan Paindabad………..

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  • VotekaptAan
    Dec 21, 2011 - 5:40AM

    Yes I got the call too and was excited confused for 5 secs till I realized it was recording. I wanted to complain to him about my daily commute to chundrigar road area. Millions suffer everyday in polluted traffic due to Sindh cm decision to block the road next to pc hotel for convenience of this one man. It is joke in the name of democracy. I hope imran khan doesn’t fall into same habits when elected.

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  • Z Khan
    Dec 21, 2011 - 5:52AM

    who was tearing down his posters?? I am afraid some ”political” party won’t let him do a peaceful jalsa in Karachi keeping in view IK popularity across the country.only people of Karachi can stop these miscreants by attending his jalsa in huge numbers.I am more worried about his safety and well being there.

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  • Dec 21, 2011 - 6:25AM

    @Hameedullah:
    Let me open dictionary for you and tell you the meaning.

    ploy/ploi/
    Noun:
    A cunning plan or action designed to turn a situation to one’s own advantage.

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  • Super Pak
    Dec 21, 2011 - 6:43AM

    @bilal:
    GET A LIFE!!

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  • Raj
    Dec 21, 2011 - 7:06AM

    This is very common in the West. I regularly gets emails from President Obama. This strategy was invented by Bill Clinton in 1996 when he won the second term. No big deal, just a mass marketing call.Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2011 - 7:58AM

    Assalam O Allaiku, mai Mohammed Abbasi baat kar rha hun ” PAUSES so that you can say Walaikum assalam to me… – acha ji remember to vote for the best person you think can help Pakistan not people who have been tried and tested tried and tested tried and tested…

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  • Muhammad Shahzad
    Dec 21, 2011 - 8:08AM

    I live in New Jersey and we receive same kind of voice message recordings from political candidates running for election. This tectic is legal and currently being used in the USA

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  • Faisal
    Dec 21, 2011 - 8:55AM

    @bilal:
    it is called creative marketing technique :)

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