Stepping up: Imran mulls civil disobedience

Published: January 4, 2012

Party to discuss options to mobilise the public at its next meeting. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The rising political force has decided to take it up a notch.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said he would escalate pressure on the government to step out, or face a ‘civil disobedience movement’.

The party’s central executive committee will discuss various options to mobilise the public against the incumbent government, including a civil disobedience movement, at its next meeting on January 14, Imran said at a press conference on Tuesday.

The government has failed to resolve public issues, and “is backtracking on all accounts — economy, defence, good governance and its policies,” Imran said.

“We are considering large-scale strikes and acts of civil disobedience, including surrounding the President and Prime Minister houses,” Khan said.

The CEC would also discuss party’s internal issues, including nomination of office bearers, fielding of candidates in important constituencies and future strategy for kicking off a new campaign for registration of workers, Imran added.

“Over two dozen new members will be the part of the CEC from January 14,” a senior party leader told The Express Tribune. “Majority of them are former lawmakers who have recently joined the party,” he added.

Imran ruled out an alliance with Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League in the next general elections. On his own support to the former president’s referendum, Imran said it was a mistake: “I feel sorry for this wrong act.”

He also confirmed his contacts with former Sindh home minister Sindh Zulfiqar Mirza but rejected reports about contacting Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain and Fatima Bhutto.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 4th, 2012.

Reader Comments (46)

  • Mastuj
    Jan 4, 2012 - 11:02AM

    We are with you Immy K.

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  • kashif hameed
    Jan 4, 2012 - 11:21AM

    We are with you, go ahead PTI!Recommend

  • 3footninja
    Jan 4, 2012 - 11:32AM

    Go for it Imran!… the nation is with you. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 4, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Youth is with you, we will obey your all orders, we are waiting for your commandments.

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  • Salman Nisar
    Jan 4, 2012 - 12:12PM

    Vote for PTI

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  • zeeshan
    Jan 4, 2012 - 12:42PM

    we all r with you IKRecommend

  • awais
    Jan 4, 2012 - 12:46PM

    terrible idea. let this current party’s term run its course as it would in a real democratic country. if PTI wants legitimacy and a honourable ascent to power, this is the minimum pre-requisite. otherwise history will see PTI’s birth as just more politicking, just more of the same. should PTI come to power, and there is no guarantee of that, what is to stop PPP and PML-N from engaging in ‘civil disobedience’ and holding the government at gunpoint? you can’t build an institution by destroying its foundations.

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  • Junaid
    Jan 4, 2012 - 1:35PM

    I am in UK and we will support you from here. Even if we have to do a ‘sit in’ in front of Pakistan high commission in London, we will do it for the good of our country, I R of Pakistan.

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  • Amjad
    Jan 4, 2012 - 1:36PM

    at your service commander …..

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  • Realist
    Jan 4, 2012 - 1:39PM

    Civil disobedience! no electricity to light houses, no gas to cook food, exorbitant food prices, shortage of drinking water, no jobs, then there is dengu and myriad of deceases to get us,people are already on an uphill struggle to exist Sir.Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2012 - 1:50PM

    Go AHEAD with it Sir Imran .

    what are you waiting for ???

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  • Ahmad
    Jan 4, 2012 - 2:02PM

    Gor for it…..

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  • Jan 4, 2012 - 2:15PM

    Roger that

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  • Mr. Honest
    Jan 4, 2012 - 2:19PM

    Please take action now, before it is too late and nothing is left…

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  • Shayan
    Jan 4, 2012 - 4:44PM

    I have attended karachi jalsa. And will take part in many more but for the sake of democracry we cannot play into the establishments hands. Let them complete their term. That will also give enough time to prepare for elections

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  • Hamid
    Jan 4, 2012 - 4:52PM

    I will follow you Imran

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  • sars
    Jan 4, 2012 - 5:26PM

    how about instead of our usual disobedience against everything (work, timekeeping, red lights, taxes etc) we do a novel thing and actually follow the law for a year and have elections?????

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  • Majid Khan
    Jan 4, 2012 - 6:00PM

    Grabbing the opportunity arising from the current political situation, Mr Khan is heading towards the corridors of power at the speed of light. But he has only vague slogans, not solutions, for Pakistan. All other issues aside, would Khan dare to reply to my single question why he is so indifferent to Pakistan’s war on terror, the war in which Pakistan has sacrificed more than the US, NATO and the international community. Thousands of lives have been lost and in return we are beginning to establish state writ in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Our military has had successes and is still fighting on. At this stage, any backtracking would lead to a national disaster. Mr Khan should not turn a blind eye to the real issues of Pakistan. The ‘exit’ gate of the corridors of power is the same as the ‘enter’ gate. The rise or decline of an individual does not matter, but the nation’s interest must not be compromised at any cost.Recommend

  • Imran
    Jan 4, 2012 - 6:58PM

    Im in uk and we will support u IK, even if it means putting pressure on british govt to expose all assets of these leaders zardari n shareef! Alhamdulilah we have many muslim MP’s in the british govt so we will gain there support to lobby against these old fashioned immoral politicians. In a true democratic setup when economic/social situation is as bad as it is pak then the govt recalls elections because for them the country comes first, but unfortunately in pakistan the zardari/shareef only care about there seats n will not let go of them at any cost. Just like we saw in Libya, and are witnessing in yemen n syria. They r dictators! Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jan 4, 2012 - 7:05PM

    Nothing wrong with peaceful protest — the big question is whether Pakistan can do anything on a large scale and keep it peaceful? If IK is half the leader you think it’s something he is pondering right now.

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  • dv sikka
    Jan 4, 2012 - 7:06PM

    It will amount to adding insult to injury. The people of Pakistan are already suffering because of an acute shortage of basic necessities.

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  • Lobster
    Jan 4, 2012 - 7:12PM

    Calm down just one year left. Don’t give PPP another chance to become shaheed !! Its their last term ever

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  • truepak
    Jan 4, 2012 - 8:33PM

    This govt is trying to shoot itself in the head anyway,so no need for civil disobedience.Lets not try to give them any chance of becoming “shaheed”

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  • Shah G
    Jan 4, 2012 - 8:34PM

    wats required is not civil obedience as its already there…… wats required is military disobedience…….

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  • Safy Saeed
    Jan 4, 2012 - 9:10PM

    Your Wish Is My Command, Just Say The Word & Witness The Greatest Force This Gov. Will Ever See….

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  • Saad Khan
    Jan 4, 2012 - 10:17PM

    @awais:
    and wait for what? let this govt devastate whats left of this country?

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  • Iqbal Mahmood
    Jan 4, 2012 - 10:18PM

    Instead of this movement try to establish the relationship with The People of Reural areas of Pakistan .this govt is on the Way of its bad end . PLZ PTI Needs more Support from reural areas . moblize the Teams of young And middel aged People in reural areas then it will Be real Revolution . Just educate These People about difference if Right And Wrong . U will have to bring out These people from there old ‘Bradri System,These People r Looking for somebody to help them . Thanks Good Lücke

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 4, 2012 - 11:48PM

    All the way in Canada..I m spreading PTI’s name..we r with u IK..

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  • iqbal khan
    Jan 4, 2012 - 11:57PM

    good luck imran khan i am with u go head thanks

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  • hamza khan
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:03AM

    how is it that imran khan says he contacted such corrupt politicians as zulfiqar mirza, but president musharraf, an honest and patriotic man who tried to serve his country, is a big no-no? imran is still an immature politician.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:22AM

    Only enemies of Pakistan can think of civil disobedience. After civil disobedience, next step would be military disobedience, which is the real goal of our enemies. Opposition should resign from parliament and if government holds bye elections, then defeat all government members with big margin. Winning seats is the only way to remove any democratic government. Those who have not a single seat in parliament should focus on winning few seats.

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  • fatima
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:23AM

    Imran Khan you are the biggest SCAM Pakistan has ever seen !!!!

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  • Abdul Maalik
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:42AM

    @Majid Khan
    I think you live on another planet.Pakistan army hasn’t got any success in trible areas.Atmost, it has done the holding job.Instead, it has turned the 6 million tribesmen against itself which has made the rest of Pakistan a hell.Imran khan has always advocated for peaceful solution of the problem and US is also havig peace talks with Taliban. Pakistan has nothing to do with this war on terror.This war has radicalized Pakistani society and created more divisions in our society.How many suicide attacks were there in Pakistan before 2004? Virtually no one! Me and my family live in Pakistan and we donot want this war on terror to continue.If you like this war so much, then go to trible areas of Pakistan and fight alongside Pak army or else go to Afghanistan and fight alongside US and NATO.

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  • linga0123
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:05AM

    A ‘Civil Disobedience’ movement, right after a ‘Military Disobedience’ movement (la Memogate) is just what Pakistan needs.

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  • Raja Islam
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:22AM

    It looks like Imran Khan wants to thwart the democratic process before even coming into power. Demanding that the government should quit before completing its term is tantamount to subverting the democratic process.

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  • aamir
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:22AM

    .@Majid Khan: …………. PTI is the only party who has been and still is keeping the War at the fore front of every forum. Imran has a solid position on the war and he represents a vast majority of Pakistanis in this matter. As far as solutions are concerned, unfortunatley once again PTI is the only party with any insight of the issues we as a society have to deal with. I dare you to give me one name of a party or an individual who have the brains or time or whatever it takes to discuss health, education, poverty, foriegn policy, economy, social justice and many more like PTI does.

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  • John B
    Jan 5, 2012 - 4:21AM

    Is it good for the country? This should be the prime question.

    The current electricity shortage, sectarian violence, trouble at the Afghan border, inflation, and issues with the US are not going away even if the present government resigns.

    A good politician should work within the system.

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  • Ali
    Jan 5, 2012 - 8:23AM

    Fatima Bhutto with Imran Khan…deadly !

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  • insha
    Jan 5, 2012 - 9:34AM

    @Shayan:
    Have you watched the press conference of 3rd January, in which he said all this ? Listen to him carefully, He has answered you question !

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  • Jan 5, 2012 - 9:35AM

    Direct Action Day! 1946, 2012.

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  • Syed Adeel Zaidi
    Jan 5, 2012 - 10:30AM

    we love you IK.. you are the best and hope of pakistan youth. we are with you..

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  • Ahad
    Jan 5, 2012 - 10:32AM

    We already have civil disobedience for 64 years ! 98% dont pay taxes, 36% dont pay their bills and steal utilities, most of us dont follows traffic rules, we all use pirated softwares, most of the public and private institutes dont follow legal bindings. What else does Imran want?

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  • itp
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:04PM

    yes! civil disobedience will lead to prosperity, more gas and food for the masses. Can you please hold it on a weekday? Thanks !

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  • Syed
    Jan 5, 2012 - 8:56PM

    @John B: Apologies but it seems you don’t have any regard for the country itself and the people of Pakistan. You have no idea what Pakistan is going through and yet – you come up with your disrespectful statement – I am very disappointed.

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  • Fn723
    Jan 6, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Comrades, prepare for battle

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  • Mubashir
    Jan 6, 2012 - 12:15PM

    That infact is the need of the hour…. Go Immi… God willing we shall make an equitable and a just Pakistan.

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