Imran Khan promises to rid Umerkot of landlords

Published: February 25, 2012

PTI chairman, at Umerkot rally, says the days of the tyrants are nearing their end. PHOTO: ONLINE/ FILE

UMERKOT: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has promised the people of Umerkot that he will bring them out of the clutches of the landlords and feudal lords.

Addressing a party rally on Saturday, Khan said: “I have good news for you, the days of the landlords – who impose their tyranny on you, who make humans their slaves – are nearing the end.”

This cruel system, where the poor man is sent to jail, while the one who loots the country becomes the president, will be put to an end by the PTI, the party chairman claimed. “We will hand over the power to you, no powerful person will oppress you.”

Khan also repeatedly slammed Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) for being “brothers” in corruption. “They are not parties, they are a mafia… Their job is to come into power and loot money,” he said.

He further added said that both the parties apparently remain enemies of each other, while in reality they are together as they are afraid of PTI’s tsunami.

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Reader Comments (76)

  • Martx
    Feb 25, 2012 - 4:33PM

    a bit rich when you consider that he’s standing next to a Makhdoom.

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  • KMR Overseas
    Feb 25, 2012 - 4:36PM

    how many people attended rally?

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  • adeel ahmed
    Feb 25, 2012 - 4:40PM

    InshaAllah

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  • mohammad
    Feb 25, 2012 - 4:41PM

    Imran , please promise something that you can deliver !!!!

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  • Paindoo
    Feb 25, 2012 - 4:41PM

    Incredible turn out at UmerKot for PTI.

    Tsuami is heading towards right direction with good speed. Next Elections will be nightmare for both PPP and PMLn.

    Change is not coming it has already COME

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  • Much Amused
    Feb 25, 2012 - 4:43PM

    Promises, promises, promises !!!! Dream on man.

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  • Feb 25, 2012 - 4:45PM

    Same old story.

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  • Maula Bukhsh Soomro
    Feb 25, 2012 - 4:46PM

    Jalsa was successful!

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  • Sonia Wahab
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:06PM

    It is not a world cup trophy to win and showcase the success.

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  • Blithe
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:09PM

    And what about the Piri landlords in PTI?
    What a hypocrite of the first order!

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  • ayesha azeem
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:10PM

    @Mohammad IK will Deliever INSHALLAH if people like you Support him instead of Criticizing…IK ROCKS

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  • Khan
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Mr tsunami
    Can u also promise the countrymen that u will help them get rid of the generals who are th real looters/landlords/masters.

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  • Sehr.Siddiqui
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:32PM

    somebody with his family abroad is selling dreams to poor of this country. Imran Khan was dead against Altaf Bhai whom he called fascist and held responsible him for terrorism. These will be allies as we don’t a single word from Imran about Altaf. It is all politics.

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  • Sheikh Alu Bukhara
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:33PM

    He’s fighting this battle 40 years late. Landlords are not what they used to be. This is another one of his imagined enemies, like corruption. Get to the real issues, Mr. Captain.

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:50PM

    Why are people so obssessed of IK..?? no political inclination, but let us give PTI an oppurtunity to prove their worth….we hv given 2/3 chances to PPP / PML N, why not PTI ?..what`s wrong in that ?…the situation will not get worse than what it is now…that is for sure.Recommend

  • Salman Zafar
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Vote for PTI….

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  • Feb 25, 2012 - 5:54PM

    @Much amused @El @mohammed

    I don’t understand the people, why are they judging Imran Khan before he has come to power?

    You just sound like people who were talking about Quaid e Azam that he is a mad man and he can’t make Pakistan

    or like the people who mocked Muhammad (pbuh) when he had a handful of followers and he claimed victory

    and like the people of Noah who mocked him when he was making the ‘big boat” (ark) as he thought a flood was coming… and they were told “Mock…even we Mock at you”

    So drink your coffee, do nothing for Pakistan and keep Mocking anyone who wants to.

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  • Feb 25, 2012 - 6:00PM

    He is a good leader.

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  • Saleem
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:06PM

    @Sheikh … Great insight for me when you are telling that Landlords are not what they used to be . Btw … Which Pakistan are you talking about ? In case you are wondering , he is not talking about landlords of a villa or apartment !!!

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  • rashid khan
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:11PM

    I will vote for PTI solely because of its honest leader (IK) that’s the best option under the given circumstances. Yet at the same time I fear the Khan has run out of rhetoric because he’s begun shooting himself in the foot increasingly giving in to the temptation of promising more than he can deliver.
    Why is he specifically keen on the removing landlords of Umerkot when the country is infested with greedy landlords? Is it something to do with the religious composition of the region?
    How will he account for the stalwarts teaming up with him? They aren’t exactly landless peasants-are they- if one recalls the scions of the numerous landholding families joining his bandwagon.
    IK’s bombastic outbursts are a rerun of history. Recall Bhutto’s promises to the unsuspecting masses they were more long winded but where did they land us. Pakistan was on the verge of the ‘take off’ stage (Rostow) and viewed as a role model developing country yet it mutely witnessed the gradual ruin of its industrial and educational sector and saw the confidence of its entrepreneurs take a shattering blow against a backdrop of watered land reforms that lacked substance.
    IK should realise that loose words are ideal fodder for cut throat political opponents and they have the irresistible tendency to haunt their reciter at the most inopportune occasions.

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  • Uza Syed
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:13PM

    How would he do it? Explain it for us, the ordinary mortals; let us see a roadmap to the promisedland. PTI has been converted a safe haven for all the historical exploiters here—all the Feudal lords are here. Explain the exact policy Khanjee—stop this nonsense of tsunami and let’s talk about what you intend doing anmd how would you do it—plain and simple.

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  • sajid
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:19PM

    stop lying Mr. champion….go and do coaching of American and Israel cricket teamsRecommend

  • Zaffar
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:20PM

    Late or not-we HAVE to support this man. At least his promises are restricted to one subject ONLY of Upholding Justice & fairness. This is contrast to hunderds of promises made by the other parties over the last 60 years and NEVER delivered. We will support him to the end and hopefully others will follow. To understand him and his ambition you will need to have a soul!

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  • Mandeep
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:23PM

    A Big-mouth comedian misleading the masses with his empty promises

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  • Blithe
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:26PM

    @Uza Syed:
    Bravo! Well said!

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  • Blithe
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:34PM

    @Abdur Rahman:
    Kindly do not compare IK with the Quaid, leave alone
    Noha (PBUH)Recommend

  • Feb 25, 2012 - 6:35PM

    Khan sb first get the PTI rid of Landlords tyrants

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:37PM

    His farm house is more expensive than total holdings of many landlords of remote areas of Sindh and Punjab. He should start revolution at home and urban areas before heading to remote areas.

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  • American
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:46PM

    I must say, if u want to see the definition of a troll, watch the behavior and comments of the people against PTI.

    I can’t believe someone here actually said “imagined enemy…. like corruption”….. wow. Dishonesty has no limits

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  • Super pak
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:47PM

    @Sheikh Alu Bukhara:
    Lol mr. Aloo what world are you living in. Corruption is a made up evil in the most corrupt country in the world. Where do you live first of all?

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  • Ahsan Warsi
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:12PM

    Indians again are commenting on Pakistan related issues like as if it is their country. I request a few things from these Indians. Either accept that we are as important to you as we claim to be and comment on us. Otherwise, do not say that India is so greater than Pakistan that it is least bothered by what is happening to them. Imran Khan is our internal issue at the moment therefore, I do not understand why a person called Mandeep or anyone from India would make such comments against our internal issues. I would not tolerate anyone commenting from outside even on Zardari because it is our internal matter.

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  • Feb 25, 2012 - 7:15PM

    Khan sb what about landlords and sardars in ur party???

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  • Arif Ali
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:18PM

    I hope the PTI walas know where Umerkot is. Or maybe the Sipah Sahaba can tell them that as this is named after Umer (RA), therefore, right thing for IK to do!!! Just for the record, Umerkot is named after the Sindhi ruler, Umer Soomro!

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  • wah wah
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:21PM

    @Rashid Khan… very well put, my sentiments exactly

    now the question is, will he achieve this in 90 days as well?

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  • ather
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:29PM

    INSHALLAH change will come to feudal age of pakistan. kp, punjab, sindh, balochistan all will support this tsunami of change for the betterment of pakistan.

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  • sj
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:29PM

    what ever he has he got it with his own money,

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  • ahmed
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:31PM

    Haha.. He will not win more than 25 seats.. You should wait for rallies of PPP and PML N.. Then you will be surprised. This is politics. Just wait and watch.Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:36PM

    If you vote for me, I will rid of the whole world of landlords in 90 minutes.

    Bolne mein kya ja raha hai? lol.

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  • Man with No Name
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:46PM

    @Sehr.Siddiqui,@Blithe:
    No offence but dont you guys ever dream for a better Pakistan? Haven’t you had enough of the nightmare of these past four years that this govt has given to us? It is very easy to criticise somebody but this guy here dreamt for doing something for his country and if he still wants to change then give him a chance….Because of his vision and his belief he won us the World Cup in 1992 not because of the establishment, he built a cancer hospital and he also built a university to help students though education over there is expensive.
    At least he is trying to do something rather than sitting in the Raiwand palace or the presidency. At least he is not scared and he doesn’t put a glass on while he is addressing to the public.

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  • Ali
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:49PM

    Tabdeeli ani nahi, tabdeeli achuki he… Imran Khan Zindabad..

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  • Pakistani
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Remember tsunami NEVER builds anything, it only destroys.

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  • le
    Feb 25, 2012 - 8:19PM

    all the people who are anti pti
    give me reasons why should i support pml n or ppp
    havent they plundered this country enough.
    these parties directly or indirectly have been in power for so many years and have failed.
    It is time for a new beginning my vote and majority of the youth will support Imran khan in the next elections.

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  • SaudiRules
    Feb 25, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Correction to be issued by PTI later:
    The people of Umerkot should not expect the Leader of Leaders, Imrann Khant to get rid of
    land-lords one the first day once PTI/IK is elected.

    Please allow 90 days for this promise to be fullfilled.

    As IK as many more promises to be filled in his first 90 days of power,such as rid of cooruption, Making of a islamic social-welfare state where nobody goes hungry or unschooled, No loadshedding even in caves where talibans hang out, make us economy power house like S. Korea and singapore,No begging to USA, IMF or WB (we will print our own dollars)kick out USA from afghnistan and CIA agents from pakistan, shooting of drones on sight to name just a few!

    P.S. I am going to vote for a local ghaddha who loiters around kicking and screaming (I have to say ghaddha is popular because it gathers a big crowd) on street because, hey, we have tried PPP, PML-N already and what have they accomplish. The local ghadda at least deserves a chance, how worse can it be?

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  • Blithe
    Feb 25, 2012 - 8:40PM

    @Ch Allah Daad:
    Good point!

    I am not surprised by IK’s rehetoric.
    He is following his role model Bhutto in giving empty and meaningless promises on land reforms.

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  • Akthar
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:17PM

    Khan Sahab, most of your Party Members are all Landlords. First Remove them from your party.

    What is SM Qureshi, Khan sahab? Isn`t he a landlord? You can make some people fools sometimes, but only in Pakistan, you can make many people most times, especially the Ghairat Brigade (GB).

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  • Karachiwalal
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:27PM

    @Abdur Rahman:
    Brother, remember your country is made on a crooked foundation. he is saying i will straighten the foundation…. hmmm…. how do you do that. Reality is… he is saying all what people want to hear.. He aint winning because if there was a bit of chance right now he would have tested the waters in by-election. He has his hope pinned on Memogate… and was expecting army to get rid of Zardari through a judicial coup.. that didnt materialise so you have a man left ranting. The people joining him or joined him didnt join him out of love for either him or us but because they expected hidden hand to side with him. He is a man of establishment and army is the one force that wants status quo never to change.
    If you talk to change then change was Zardari standing against army and coming out to be the victor at the end. I never voted and will never vote for Zardari but if there is anyone who shifted paradigms it is him,

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  • s shah
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:28PM

    the real issue in Pakistan at this time is not corruption or the landlords. it is the army, the agencies, and their Saudi handlers. The policies of the army have led to Pakistan being in a constant state of enmity with its neighbours with the resulting impact on its economy. Please Mr. Khan say something about this.

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  • Fahd
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:49PM

    hahaaha!!! lol at the pmln supporters who are commenting with different names!!! for all pti supporters, guys dont be worried by the number of anti pti messages, they are manufactured by ahsan iqbal and pervez rasheed. The ganjas are doing their best to keep hold of power but INshAllah they will be quashed on election day. Keep going PTI and Imran Khan

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  • ZZ
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Imran Khan is the most honest credible leader. He will uplift Pakistan and no doubt he is the best choice!

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  • Habib Sanai
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:09PM

    Khan sahib get yourself free from the pirs, waderas and industrialists, who have encircled you.

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  • Feb 25, 2012 - 10:10PM

    @Mandeep:
    well said :) u actually gave words to my thoughts :p

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  • basil
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:02PM

    ahan..

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  • Nasir
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:12PM

    Khan saab will you give all the land to your mullah friends?

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  • noor
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:28PM

    brilliant

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  • Muneeb
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:32PM

    Those who are speaking up against Imran, are they still hopiong something out of PMLN or PPP, lets give him a chnace too, even if he fails what difference will that make, atleast we can say that we tried all options to find a good ruler, lets give him a try although I believe he will not be able to make much difference of the misery of people of pakistan

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  • Freeman
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:35PM

    @mohammad: When someone is honest and have a will to do something then anything can be achieved which is in human power. You need to understand this. This is what Imran Khan is promising. He is brave, honest, and have complete will to do something for Pakistan.

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  • Freeman
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:45PM

    @Mandeep: We do not need any indians opinion for Imran Khan. We will decide who will win in next elections. it seems indians are so much in fear that if we elected Imran then Pakistan will be go up ecnomically so fast. This is the only reason they leave negative comments like this.

    He is not doing any empty promises. We beleive that he can deliver whatever he is promissing. He is the only Pakistan’s Leader who has more credibility than any other leader. He is brave, honest, outstanding Leader who only can bring Pakistan back to its corect path. If Imran only deliver 40% of whatever he is promising we will think he has acheived 100%.

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  • Freeman
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:46PM

    @Much Amused: He is promising because he can deliver.

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  • Freeman
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:53PM

    @Habib Sanai: Pirs and lords are also part of the Pakistan. We need to trust on Imran Khan’s leadership instead of criticising with negative comments. If 30 people came in his party who have been in power before then what. That is not a big deal as his party will also give 100s of tickets to young people as they need minimum 1000 cadidates and only Maximum 50 of them will be old politicians only. So no need to worry. Imran Khans knows how to make good team of people who will lead this country and make it best economically.

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  • Feb 26, 2012 - 12:34AM

    the promises which he has made till now… will be fulfilled…
    bcoz of his past recordss

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  • Copper
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:38AM

    @PTI Haters:
    You want an angel to lead? Please come up with a name better than him. Otherwise support the best available option. No doubt currently Imran Khan!

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  • saad saeed
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:49AM

    @Ch Allah Daad:
    Ch Saab. he has made that big farm house from his hard earned money on which he has paid all the taxes. He has not plundered the tax money of this miserable nation like the other so called leaders. Its not a crime to live in a big house made out of your own money. The father of the nation, Quaid e azam, lived in fabulous houses all through his life. Just go and read about these bungalows where he lived:
    1) Bungalow at Little Gibbs Road
    2) Bungalow at Hamstead Heath
    3) at Mount Pleasant Road in Malabar Hills, Bombay
    4) and the 4th one at 10 Aurangzeb road in New Delhi.
    and his stockbroker, Shantilal, puts his personal wealth at 6-7 million in 1947.
    All this did not make him unacceptable to the poor Muslim masses who bore the brunt of migration at his call.
    So please make some valid arguments. Do not blindly tow PMLN’s line

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  • Dr Waqas
    Feb 26, 2012 - 3:03AM

    All the people who are criticizing IK please give your vote to ppp and pmln so that you can raise hue and cry for the next 5 years over energy crisis,inflation,unemployment,law and order situation and much more because people like you deserve it.

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  • MarkH
    Feb 26, 2012 - 6:52AM

    @Abdur Rahman:
    Yes, ignore logic and vote for Imran Khan. That’s all overzealous PTI supporters/wannabe recruiters have to offer. “Don’t think. Vote for PTI.” He could easily make more realistic promises and claims. He chooses not to, turning himself into a misleading clown.

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  • Shah G
    Feb 26, 2012 - 6:54AM

    yea n he was using a hook connection for electricity supply to his jalsa …. how noble

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  • Karachiwala
    Feb 26, 2012 - 7:58AM

    Plain and simple truth . . .there is no one better than Imran Khan. He brings good tidings for the people of Pakistan. People you have nothing to lose but to gain. . .atleast there is hope!

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  • Feb 26, 2012 - 8:43AM

    @Sehr.Siddiqui:
    Being a Karachiwala, I know which side my bread is buttered. The Muttaheda brought a veritable change for the better in Karachi’s physique. Another four years of development and you would have witnessed a ‘monarch’ butterfly coming out of a cocoon.

    Imran Khan is hob nobbing with the rich for funds and maybe he will bring a real change in the country. He will only be able to deliver if he rids the country of the feudals, tax dodgers, loan defaulters, honor killers, wani and karo kari elements and the encroachers. Nevertheless, give him time to apply his policies. Because the rich will not give, up so easily and will continue to apply the law on the poor.

    Salams to Pakistan

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  • Hamid Bilal
    Feb 26, 2012 - 10:06AM

    A true leader and sincere to the core. IK and PTI deserve our vote this time.

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  • Karachiite-Ravian
    Feb 26, 2012 - 6:46PM

    IK may have a dream but so far he has not been able to build enough confidence in the people across the board. To project him as anyone is better than sharifs clans and Zardari’s tola’s: is in my opinion not a very respectable positioning! He should hire better strategists and image consultants. (he should get rid of shah Mahmoud and javed Hashmi ……lol…. They themselves need big time image makeovers.)

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  • GandhiJinnah
    Feb 26, 2012 - 7:33PM

    I’m an Indian, went for a project in Saudi for couple of months. I had met with a lot of Pakistani cab drivers and I had requested all of them ask their family members to vote for Imran Khan! :)

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  • Very truly yours
    Feb 26, 2012 - 8:14PM

    @GandhiJinnah: Now I’m not worried. Landslide (tsunami) Victory for PTI. Recommend

  • waqas aslam
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:17AM

    Why don’t you people understand? Just because those “landlords” have joined his party doesn’t mean they will have any power when his assembly is made- and IK has made it clear MANY TIMES. STOP BEING CHILDREN, VOTE FOR CHANGE!

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  • Jap
    Feb 27, 2012 - 2:18AM

    We hate change, we will continue to welcome the same old rulers who have time and again made promises and failed to deliver. We will continue to bring the same people to power who have looted the country bare and carry on doing so, while turning a blind eye to the suffering of their fellow country men. But all is not lost, for the first time I am witnessing an awakening of the people thanks to the media and the internet. I hope and pray that we will come to our senses eventually and do the right thing.

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  • Mohammed Hassanali
    Feb 27, 2012 - 2:37AM

    @Ahsan Warsi:
    Dear Ahsan, how do you know whether Mandeep is Indian? Or I am a Pakistani? And if he was than so what? This forum or the paper doesn’t belong to you.

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:52PM

    Reply to Mark H….if we cud think in a logical manner…we wud not hv voted this govt into power…?? we only think from our heart not from our head..& then cry for the spilt milk..do you hv any options better than IK ? the case of recent 20th ammendment ( passed in 1 day) not exposed the quality of these 2 major political parties ? why in the same manner, other more important issues not resolved in the interest of the masses…because they are only interested in getting power to loot.The only other option is to hire a ” lunatic ” to shoot these guys ( including all those who are supporting these politicians ) & then bring fresh faces for a CHANGE…Recommend

  • Feb 27, 2012 - 7:42PM

    I was see a Dream that i will do PHD and to day i am doing PHD ,i was not in this condition to achive this aim but i had courage to do that, My nation must see the true dream God must bright our country in the leadership of imran….
    Thank you so much

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