Integrity of PTI leaders attracting the youth: Hashmi

Published: January 23, 2012

The rebel politician equates his own questioning of authority to the mood of PTI’s youth. PHOTO: ONLINE/ FILE

MULTAN: The integrity of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s leaders is compelling the people to come forward and support this party, says Javed Hashmi.

In an exclusive chat with The Express Tribune, Hashmi, who quit his years-long association with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to join PTI, said that the people have taken the decision for the sake of their country’s welfare.

When asked about the huge turnouts at PTI’s rallies, the veteran politician said that no coercion is used in doing so and no incentives are ever promised to entice them to attend the rallies. “They come because they feel attracted to our party’s comprehensive manifesto,” he explained.

Hashmi equated his own questioning of authority to the mood of the party’s youth. “I want the country’s youth to become a part of the glorious rebellion – the fight against corruption and status quo,” he added.

“I mutinied not only against the corrupt political system but also against the dictators in different periods of our history. My principles remain unvarying,” he said. “Politicians desire status quo in the system. Unfortunately for them, I stand in their way,” said Hashmi.

When asked to comment on the ongoing NRO case and the developments surrounding it, Hashmi made it clear that the money Pakistani politicians stashed in Swiss banks is the property of Pakistani people and they have the right to reclaim it.

When pressed to reflect on the future of party politics in the country, Hashmi said that no political party is keen to address the frustration and grievances of the youth. “They are disillusioned with major parties, and have become our (PTI’s) asset. That is why, one sees the extraordinary number of Imran Khan’s supporters among the youth,” added Hashmi.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 23rd,  2012.

Reader Comments (9)

  • MAD
    Jan 23, 2012 - 10:34AM

    This is a great man. Which is why i still stand by PTI despite every Tom, Dick and Hary joiningRecommend

  • SK
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:07PM

    i strongly disagree! its personality charisma and current economic situation that forced people to try other options

    PTI has mostly Musharraf’s stalwarts, who endorsed his sin many times. Some are involved in supporting and promulgating NRO and handing over shamsi airbase as well as allowing drone attacks. example is Mr. Kasuri and many others

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  • Faisal
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:28PM

    We trust in the leadership of Imran Khan and we also trust Javed Hashmi to take this country ahead

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  • Ali
    Jan 23, 2012 - 1:03PM

    Mr. Hashmi is a living legend, salute you sir.

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  • dr j tipu
    Jan 23, 2012 - 7:11PM

    no doubt with javed hashmi and IK, we have a platform where we can put our TRUST, there is no other political party with even one person who appears trustworthy!

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  • Maryam
    Jan 23, 2012 - 7:29PM

    You got it wrong Makhdoom Sahib; No integrity of PTI leaders got the youngsters away from them.

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  • sam
    Jan 23, 2012 - 7:59PM

    This isnt my change!! No thank you!

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  • asifwaince
    Jan 23, 2012 - 9:00PM

    hashmi sb ap great ho

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  • Ahsan Mansoor
    Jan 23, 2012 - 9:32PM

    Apart from Imran Khan and Javed Hashmi, which other leader has any sort of integrity? Leghari brothers? Pervez Khattak? Ch. Ameer Hussain? Khurshid Kasuri? Zafar Iqbal Warraich?

    These are IK’s words in 2000 about the same people:
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