PM contempt: PTI to launch Mashaal Tsunami

Published: May 5, 2012

Party workers will walk to Chief Justice's house to pay tribute today, Imran Khan to lead rally tomorrow. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is all set to launch its ‘Mashaal Tsunami’ in an attempt to force the government to implement the Supreme Court’s orders regarding Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s conviction in a contempt case. The campaign will kick off with a walk in favour of the judiciary in Islamabad on Saturday.

Party workers started will walk from Mr Books Super Market to the official residency of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, PTI leaders told The Express Tribune, adding that the campaign will officially start at 6:30pm today.

PTI Women Wing President Fauzia Kasuri and party leader Sardar Azhar Tariq will lead the rally.

They will ‘pay tribute to the Chief Justice of Pakistan on taking bold steps for the supremacy of justice in Pakistan’.

The party will stage a big march on Sunday, which will move from China Chowk to D Chowk. PTI Chairman Imran Khan will lead the rally.

“It will be a big show to show solidarity with the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” said PTI Information Secretary Shafqat Mehmood.

PTI leaders will address the participants around evening on Sunday, he added.

The party is expecting tens of thousands of people to attend the march.

Gilani had earlier been convicted in a contempt case by the Supreme Court after he refused to write letters to Swiss authorities asking them to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. Opposition and other political parties have since then demanded that Gilani step down as prime minister.

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Reader Comments (53)

  • adeel ahmed
    May 5, 2012 - 5:40PM

    If PML-N resigns from NA and dissolve Punjab Assembly, by elections on more than 250 seats not possible and it will be such a bad constitutional crises that early election will be called but PML-N want to remain in assembly and enjoy govt. and yes budget is coming!!! finds to MNA/MPA.

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  • siddique
    May 5, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Pti is true opposition

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  • Shariq
    May 5, 2012 - 6:12PM

    didn’t IK said three-four days ago that we will wait for due process of the case because Gilani still has the right to appeal? When IK backtracks on his own statements, people still find him correct. When other parties backtract on their statements, they are lambasted to the hilt. Hypocrisy much! IK wants PML-N to resign from the assemblies but does not make Awais Leghari give up his seat in the assembly because he thinks one person doesn’t make a difference. Talk about double standards.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    May 5, 2012 - 6:18PM

    @ adeel ahmed, perhaps you don’t follow other democratic countries. Budget is such an important event that in many democracies, oppositions help governments to pass budget. Without budget approval, there will be no salaries for officials and expenses for departments. Whole government would shut down and chaos would prevail everywhere. This is what you want? Unlike Tsunami, PML(N) is playing its cards very carefully. After budget, this government was on its way out, but thanks to SC, it has again stood on its feet. Today Imran is going to Chief’s home to thank him for helping PPP. If SC had waited few more months, the people of Pakistan had changed this corrupt government with power of VOTE.Recommend

  • daud
    May 5, 2012 - 6:20PM

    @adeel ahmed:
    Why PMLN should resign. They r elected members of people and democratic norms bar such bad activities.

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  • Khurram Mansoor
    May 5, 2012 - 6:25PM

    @Adeel

    if PML N resigns all the set up for elections will go in complete control of PPP, and thats what PTI really wants, as there is no other logical reason behind asking for PMLN resignation.Recommend

  • Gilgiti-No voting right but Proud Pakistani
    May 5, 2012 - 6:25PM

    A Adeel, My dear MPN will not resign form any post they are in partnership based on their behind camera dialogue they have already cancelled Lahore rally. PML already now that with in 5 year there were no single mega project had been set up and internationally we becoming a fail nation and still they are in Gov? Only PTI will give at least a new hope and path to our future generation to participate in politics against this feudalism system

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  • Umer
    May 5, 2012 - 6:30PM

    @daud:

    Why PMLN should resign. They r elected
    members of people and democratic norms
    bar such bad activities.

    Because they don’t believe in present system by their own admission.

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  • Shiraz
    May 5, 2012 - 6:35PM

    @daud:
    PMLN should resign because they are just doing drame (that they are against this government and pm) right now to get peoples sympathies before upcoming elections. If they are actually serious then they should resign immediately, doing so will lead to early elections and isn’t that what PMLN is saying it wants?
    imran khan is right, pmln is just doing drame.

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  • Shiraz
    May 5, 2012 - 6:52PM

    @shariq
    imran khan didn’t backtrack on his statement. what he said was that this sunday there would be solidarity march for the supreme court. the purpose of which is to show SUPPORT to the supreme court because it is currently facing attacks by the government, and not to kick the government out.
    yes imran khan did say that his party will wait for the appeal and THEN if the pm doesnt listen to the supreme court will pti come out on the streets to topple this government. Please get your facts straight and start reading the news more often sir.

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  • Freeman
    May 5, 2012 - 6:58PM

    @Shariq: You misunderstood. Please do not mix this rally with Tsunami March. PTI said we will not do tsunami March. We will wait for due process of the case because Gilani still has the right to appeal.

    This is not Tsunami March this rally is to stand with the Judiciary and show solidarity. Imran Khan did not backtrack anything. You misunderstood here. They will give Gilani and wait for outcome of Appeal.

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  • umar
    May 5, 2012 - 7:00PM

    @Ch Allah Daad: you believe that people are getting salaries with the so-called budget approvals in the last 4 years…. name a single govt department where average employee has not come out on streets for his/her rights ….. wake up and smell the coffee boy ……Recommend

  • Shiraz
    May 5, 2012 - 7:05PM

    @ CH Allah Daad

    Sir for your kind information, PPP does not need PML-N on board to approve the budget. PPP also has the support of PML-Q, MQM and JUI-F, which gives them a 2/3 majority in the national assembly and also the senate. So pml-n cannot prevent PPP from doing anything in the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY by staying in the government. BUT by resigning there would be early elections and then this government will automatically have to go.

    for the reality of PML-N and their true intentions you just need to look at this video
    http://www.zemtv.com/2012/05/01/khari-baat-laptop-scandal-luqman-ke-saath-1st-may-2012/

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  • Kanwal
    May 5, 2012 - 7:11PM

    with so much else going on that needs urgent attention in this country, all they can demonstrate against is the contempt case? Nothing against poverty, corruption, terrorism and target killing of minorities, destruction of HEC, etc etc?
    I may have supported Imran khan at some point, but this looks truly disappointing.

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  • popsaeed
    May 5, 2012 - 7:20PM

    I will join PTI if sunday long march of PTI forced gilani to resighn if not then its not long march.

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  • Ahsan Chawla
    May 5, 2012 - 7:24PM

    @Shariq.
    Imran Khan said we will demand a resignation and start a protest movement and a long march if Gilani refuses to step down after the appeal. This is not a demand for his resignation. This is only a solidarity march with the Judiciary. There is no backtracking. Get your facts right.

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  • Mir
    May 5, 2012 - 7:28PM

    are they trying to pressurize,bias or politicise SC???

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  • Rasikh
    May 5, 2012 - 7:30PM

    @shariq
    PTI has not backtracked. This is not a movement to unseat Gilani. For that, PTI will wait for the final appeal. This is only an attempt to show solidarity with the SC to give them confidence (in case, they need any, though they should not) that there are Pakistanis who want rule of law regardless of position or power of any person.

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  • siddiq khan
    May 5, 2012 - 7:30PM

    may be i am not right to say that imran khan clearly said that they will announce a solidarity with the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Mr:gillani have right to put appeal and ik is just waiting for it, after appeal ik and its team will never wait to pull out mr gillani from pm seat.

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  • Ahad
    May 5, 2012 - 7:44PM

    @ shariq it would be really helpful 4 u if u read the news fully, this march is jst 2 show solidarity with supreme court that ppl stand behind u if u r doing justice its nt against gillani.
    @ daud are u serious, can u define democracy brother, it is a govt of the ppl, for the ppl and by the ppl.
    This nro sponsored elections with half of fake votes, u say its democracy, our politicians jst misuses this word to propel their interests. Voting alone does nt bring democracy. If pml n will resign at least their will b new elections or other wise this vampire govt will continue sucking our blood.

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  • Mirza
    May 5, 2012 - 7:48PM

    The battle lines are clear. On the one hand there is a hyper active judiciary led by the PCO SC judges and openly supported by rightwing parties and on the other the elected secular coalition.When the SC works with the foreign double agent and make him their star witness and prosecutor at the same time against the govt, the rightwing alliance becomes crystal clear. As usual the generals/mullah/judiciary alliance is at work like the past. The CJ has been openly affiliated and worked with the rightwing parties before his restoration and even today nothing has changed. Where is the fairness and neutrality?

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  • aliza awais
    May 5, 2012 - 8:00PM

    PTI is the only Hope,No doubt in that,rest of all are here to Depredate

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  • toor
    May 5, 2012 - 8:30PM

    we trust ik we know he will not let us down!

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  • Umar
    May 5, 2012 - 8:31PM

    PTI shud b ashamed of supporting CJP to make him a party. CJP shud REQUEST them not to support him otherwise CJ shud resign and join PTI.

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  • Abdul Qayyum Bhatti
    May 5, 2012 - 8:33PM

    PTI and PML (N) both have democratic rights as opposition parties to raise voice against unlawful acts of government and this is what we are witnessing. Their objective is to amplify the voice of masses to implement the court orders. They could this have done together but due to trust deficit among opposition parties in and out of Parliament, fragmented protest is going on. It should have been, because this is the election year.Recommend

  • Saqibtahir
    May 5, 2012 - 8:39PM

    Fight between right wing parties will split their vote. Good for PPP.

    The ralllies war between nawaz and imaran is not against PPP, it’s agants each other.

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  • May 5, 2012 - 8:48PM

    @Shariq:
    same old same old same old

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  • Saad Iqbal
    May 5, 2012 - 9:05PM

    This news is misrepresenting the objective of the walk. PTI is standing with Judiciary to tell that they should not be pressurised by Govt comments and give a fair and just decision (one can see the detailed verdict has taken long time and SC might want to avoid a political chaos). IK has always stood for Justice (proof of not taking part in 2008 elections when your CJ is under house arrest) and again being an honest and fair man, is following the legal process of appeal. PML-N has always tried to do politics of opportunity and use it a situation in their advantage where as PTI has always stood on priciple and rule of law.

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  • raheel saif
    May 5, 2012 - 9:12PM

    i am big big big supporter of pti but because of pti our studies were disturb because we just only want to concentrate on pti and not mis even pti press conference. so donot give full time to studies and pti also

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  • bilal
    May 5, 2012 - 9:33PM

    In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

    PTI HELP US

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    May 5, 2012 - 9:35PM

    Still waiting for IK’s civil disobedience movement.

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  • jamshaid
    May 5, 2012 - 9:38PM

    PTI is doing the same thing what PPP wants. imran is either an idiot or is with Zardari. PPP leaders are even praising PTI’s decision not to help protest PMLN.

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  • Hasan Awan
    May 5, 2012 - 9:40PM

    When Opposition was uniting against Mr Gailani Imran Khan suddenly deviated and now Having a save Judiciary movement and he is mum on Gailani issue right now and the logic is detailed decision or otherwise giving them leverage and nothing else. Save Judiciary movement for what???. Why PTI is just targetting PMLN???. Why PTI is silent on MQM, ANP, PMLQ and all other parties except PMLN. ???: Why Only PMLN bashing. Why this is so. ???
    PTI is a new Mercenary for PPP, MQM, ANP and PMLQ against PMLN.

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  • Shariq
    May 5, 2012 - 9:46PM

    “..in an attempt to force the government to implement the Supreme Court’s orders regarding Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s conviction in a contempt case.”

    “PTI leaders told The Express Tribune, adding that the campaign will officially start at 6:30pm today.”

    campaign??? campaign for what?? campaign for solidarity with the SC. i dont see the point of a rally just to show solidarity for the Supreme Court? you dont need to hold a rally to show solidarity with the SC. Everyone stands by the judiciary.

    why dont we have a solidarity rally for Abdul Sattar Edhi. He has done more for this country in 20 years than what the SC has done in 65 years. Who’s up for a solidarity rally for ASE??? I’m in.

    anyways, on another note, I hope IK waits till the appeal’s decision, however I have a pretty good feeling he will address tomorrow and say “gilani is convicted and should step down” which would defy his mantra of “innocent until proven guilty.” and no, one is not guilty until the appeal has been rejected too.

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  • Kaka
    May 5, 2012 - 9:48PM

    “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower otherS”
    IMRAN KHAN THANK YOU FOR EMPOWERING US

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  • Asad ALI khan
    May 5, 2012 - 10:08PM

    Inshulla hum IMRAN khan ke saath ha only hope pti

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  • Umer
    May 5, 2012 - 11:18PM

    Imran Khan trying to put pressure Judiciary is very unethical.

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  • Internet addict
    May 5, 2012 - 11:47PM

    @Ch Allah Daad:
    Budget is very important indeed. After all this is the occasion where these “good for nothing” political goons get the expenditure to spend on election campaign and by the way PML-N is also launching a campaign to save judiciary and I bet they will be using people’s money for the success of these failed attempts.

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  • Zak
    May 6, 2012 - 12:31AM

    If it is so sensitive mister chaudry then why is pmln doing rallies before the budget. It seems your concern is pti rising popularity rather than people’s jobs etc like you actually claim.

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  • blithe
    May 6, 2012 - 12:43AM

    @siddique:
    What is true about the flaky PTI.

    Gilani was convicted. Instead of asking Gilani to resign “the genious IK” is insiting that Nawaz Sharif should resign.

    Amaizing logic!!!????!@@~!!

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  • Mirza Zulfiqar Baig
    May 6, 2012 - 1:32AM

    Paitience of Pakistani people is over now. Its right time now for new elections. PTI does not trust PML(N).

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  • elementary
    May 6, 2012 - 1:53AM

    @Mirza: Does PPP, PM and President even know that words like fairness and neutrality exist?

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  • True Muslim Paki
    May 6, 2012 - 3:05AM

    Jazzakallah.. The Tsunami will sweep away Pakistan. All youth with PTI & DPC… We`ll win all elections..

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  • Khurram Khalid
    May 6, 2012 - 3:13AM

    Let me quote I A Rehman from one of his articles:

    “We may have moved beyond the tradition of good old days when those who praised judges and their judgments were held as much guilty of contempt as those who criticised them — and a good judge (retired) of the Lahore High court was convicted of that — but there is a limit to which the
    judiciary can be allowed to be politicised, even made controversial, by partisans of one cause or another who pen irelevant panegyrics”

    The partisan judges, PTI, PMLN, Jang group and some lawyers are doing more harm to the cause of independent judiciary than good by politicizing and making it controversial.

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  • Rashid
    May 6, 2012 - 3:16AM

    and what will they get from this Tsunami March? probably nothing

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  • Azim
    May 6, 2012 - 4:43AM

    All in Islamabad/ Pindi its our turn to show support to IK / PTI – lets get out on streets and tell the world we just dont talk but also act to what we belief in.

    See you all tommorow! IA

    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Naeem Khan, Manhattan,KS.
    May 6, 2012 - 5:45AM

    Please Please leave the Supreme Court and it’s justices alone, they can stand up for themselves as we have seen it already. By marching to CJ residence is a very bad idea, CJ has no time or inclination for entertaining any political party or leader.It is already bad enough that the President is involved in party politics and his office should always be a neutral office but you people put him there so bear his excesses. The Supreme Court of Pakistan must not be dragged into any conflict and they should remain above politics or siding with any one. They stood up to a dictator and they will survive this corrupt lot in Islamabad. My appeal to IK and party members, please leave CJ alone.

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  • May 6, 2012 - 7:24AM

    where ARE imran khan’s STATEMENTS ABOUT TERRORISM?Its amazing that he wants to be another PM of Pakistan,but he never denounced Taliban,suicide bombers,his mentors are Hamid Gul and Qazi Hussain.I don’t think he will be able to bring ”CHANGE” in Pakistan.Politics is not a beauty contest,Nations choose a leader for his ability to wield power, not his conviviality.I know my post gonna upset some on this forum but lets hope if he can bring expected ”CHANGE”.

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  • Nazar
    May 6, 2012 - 12:01PM

    All sensible Pakistanies need to support Judiciary to get rid of this corrupt regime and to restore rule of law…

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  • Born Political
    May 6, 2012 - 12:02PM

    So the bottomline is, PTI supporters think Gillani’s plea will be rejected again in SC and he will eventually resign. You are living in fools paradise boys. Gillani and Zardari will never adhere to any SC orders.

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  • Amer Rizwan
    May 6, 2012 - 12:29PM

    Imran going very wisely and moving ahead step by step. He is not panicking

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  • J Miandad
    May 6, 2012 - 12:43PM

    If they can get 100,000 people on the streets of islamabad, they can topple the government.

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  • May 7, 2012 - 9:13AM

    If PTI is serious in striking a different note in Pakistan’s current political arena, there is a need to introduce some sanity in the way our leaders
    stage demonstrations and protest rallies. First, political gatherings must not be held at busy market places, thoroughfares, highways and rushy city streets. Such gatherings should be held at such open places where there is no
    traffic, no rush of commuters and, of course, no ambulances hurrying to hospitals. Decondly, the demonstrators should be educated so as to show discipline and decorum in their demonstrations. Our public behaviour should bear some resemblance with that of the poligically mature nations of the world.

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