PTI to challenge speaker’s ruling: Imran

Published: May 28, 2012

" If the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s government continues violating the SC order, we will march on Islamabad," PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

Imran Khan said that PTI will file petition in SC against Mirza's ruling on PM contempt case. PHOTO: EXPRESS/MOHAMMAD JAVAID A PTI supporter recording the rally proceedings on her iPad. PHOTO: INP 'Chacha Cricket' at PTI's Liaquat Bagh rally. PHOTO: EXPRESS/MOHAMMAD JAVAID A PTI supporter at the rally in Rawalpindi. PHOTO:
MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS
" If the Pakistan
Peoples Party (PPP)’s
government continues
violating the SC order,
we will march on
Islamabad," PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

RAWALPINDI: In an apparent confrontation between the judiciary and the executive over the issue of the prime minister’s conviction, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has put its weight behind the apex court.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan announced on Sunday that his party would challenge a ruling of the National Assembly speaker on the conviction of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in a contempt case.

Addressing a huge crowd at Rawalpindi’s historic Liaquat Bagh, Imran announced that he would file a petition in the apex court on Monday (today).

“If the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s government continues dishonouring the SC order, we will march on Islamabad to establish the rule of law in the country,” he said amidst thunderous applause from thousands of his supporters.

Witnesses say around 100,000 attended Sunday’s rally. However, official sources put the number of participants at 90,000.

The cricketer-turned-politician alleged that the PPP was violating the apex court judgments to conceal the corruption of President Asif Ali Zardari. The president, Imran continued, was “the mother of all ills in the country” including power outages, corruption, inflation and unemployment.

Imran referred specifically to the failure of public sector entities, saying that the reason behind rising inflation was losses accrued in the power sector, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Railways and Pakistan Steel Mills, et al.

Against the backdrop of a huge crowd cheering him on, Imran said the federal government had spent Rs1,000 billion in the power sector but had failed to overcome the electricity crisis.

Speaking about what he would change if voted to power, Imran said that to make the country a welfare state, his party would tax the wealthy class. Referring once again to the corruption of the incumbent government, Imran said, “This government has continuously been taxing the poor and middle classes to make up for the losses caused by corruption and mismanagement of the ruling elite.”

The PTI chief also declared that he would pave the way for investment in Pakistan, focusing on his clout with overseas Pakistanis: “I have collected Rs60 million from British Pakistanis in one day for my university in Mianwali,” he added.

Cautioning archrival Nawaz Sharif, the PTI chief said the popularity of his party had risen to 33 per cent in Punjab this year from three per cent in 2008. The PML-N, on the other hand, saw its popularity go down to 41 per cent this year from 80 per cent in 2008, Imran said.

At the end of his speech, the PTI chairman said that his party would hold its next public rally in Hyderabad on June 22. Earlier in the evening, PTI’s Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi castigated President Asif Zardari for attending the Chicago summit when he was unable to bring back any ‘good news’ for Pakistan.

To save the country, it is necessary for the people to besiege the President House and oust the incumbent president, Qureshi said.

To add fuel to the fire, the fiery politician said that the PPP gathering in Liaqat Bagh on December 27, 2007 where former premier Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, was not bigger than Sunday’s rally of PTI.

Meanwhile, PTI President Javed Hashmi said he would contest elections from Rawalpindi, from where he won elections in 2008 on PML-N’s ticket, if his party provided him the opportunity to do so.

He said that he did not want to leave the Rawalpindi seat but PML-N’s Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan “did not want him to retain his seat in Rawalpindi”. Hashmi predicted that the PML-N would not win any seats in the next elections.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Muddassir
    May 28, 2012 - 4:53AM

    IK/PTI…the only hope for Pak even with my all reservations/disagreements

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  • Asif
    May 28, 2012 - 4:58AM

    Street Power is with PTI, No one can stop this TSUNAMI insha’Allah.

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  • Asif Ali
    May 28, 2012 - 5:05AM

    he mean it.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    May 28, 2012 - 5:09AM

    So, if Mr. Hashmi runs from RWP, where would Sheikh Rashid go?

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  • zia
    May 28, 2012 - 5:11AM

    And Noora league have copied IK’s step and is also going to SC tomorrow. I mean why the hec noora league announced after 9 Pm. I mean they had the whole day to make this announcement….

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  • Nadir
    May 28, 2012 - 5:16AM

    So will Imran Khan lead his Tsunami to GHQ for defying the Supreme Courts directives over the missing persons cases in the recent hearings in Quetta?

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  • Independent
    May 28, 2012 - 5:51AM

    What a brilliant show was put up last night, we are not far from dawn after long dusk. PTI Zindabad !

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  • Blithe
    May 28, 2012 - 5:53AM

    Can’t get something off my mind…

    Javed Hashmi kept playing the ethnic card throughout his speech .
    In fact , he said that potohar subha must be made ( I would suggest everyone to go though his insane ethnic speech)
    What’s the difference between them and PPP if all they do
    is play the ethnic card…,

    PML N is the only national and balanced party…

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  • Blithe
    May 28, 2012 - 5:58AM

    PTI should explain why they were blatantly playing the ethnic card
    with Hashmi openly calling for potohar subah…

    Shame on Hashmi, IK and PTi…
    We blame ppp for playing ethnic politics … but this is a new low for PTI.

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  • Blithe
    May 28, 2012 - 6:04AM

    Just listen to Hashmi’s speech …,

    IK should clarify why Potohar Subha was brought up ????

    IK is no worse than Gilani . He proved it today with PTI bringing up Poptohat Subah
    and blatantly playing the ethnic card,,,

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  • Muddassir
    May 28, 2012 - 6:40AM

    @Blithe..” Can’t get something off my mind…” :):) Believe me you are not the only one..there are many who are refilling their prescriptions for sleeping pills..

    And I had good laugh at your declaration of PMLN as ” the only national and balanced party…” pretty thoughtful was it..:):) LMAO

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  • Omer
    May 28, 2012 - 7:03AM

    Who is stopping you from the long march? You have been promising one for months.

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  • Confused
    May 28, 2012 - 7:10AM

    Why not march on Islamabad for the power crisis first? The election is next year – its not like they have to wait five years. Be an effective force and make this govt pay back the country while it is in power by fixing the gross atrocities they’ve committed. Imran khan is spinning his wheels for an inevitable outcome and ignoring the interests of people. Why wait till he is in power to protest and cause change? It will win him more votes!!

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  • zafar bhatti
    May 28, 2012 - 7:16AM

    @Blithe:
    thats why they supported Khyber pakhtoon khawa, bahawalpur and saraiki soba wow what a visionary party, lols

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  • Pro Bono Publico
    May 28, 2012 - 7:22AM

    @Muddassir:
    The ET remains true to its hate IK mantra: the crowd at the jalsa was discounted 100,000; and them some unnamed source was quoted giving the number at 90,000. Yellow journalism at its best!

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  • Jaipal dahiya
    May 28, 2012 - 7:55AM

    All politicians are alike.when not in power their speach is diferent and when in power the speach is different.same wine in different bottles…imran wants to go to sc he should know .,who will rule pak is decided by usa and not by court.if he wants to become pm he should try to please usa.does he think pak is independent countary.

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  • Babbarsher khan
    May 28, 2012 - 7:57AM

    Is ko aql kab ayegi?
    Con he spell out his policies clearly for next general election if he wishes to be taken seriously. All he sounds like a instant reaction machine! Everyone accepts Pakistan is going through difficult times and any fresh ideas, alternatives would be good for the people who want democracy to work and find it as better alternative to the unelected judges’ fiat bordering into politics or unaccountable generals’ whims of what is good for Pakistanis. Imran, spell out your ideas clearly and fight(and win) an election and implement it when you are in power. If you are not in power, behave like people still do not have faith in your ability, accordingly work on to improve it. Reaction machines do not get votes, maan!

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  • Iram
    May 28, 2012 - 8:15AM

    We are on the verge of a new Pakistan courtesy to the great Imran Khan.

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  • May 28, 2012 - 8:31AM

    The only party which can bring the change is PTI, I would suggest all the Pakistani People to please open ur eyes and do not elect the robbers and the looters. We should at-least try to bring the change.

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  • usman
    May 28, 2012 - 8:46AM

    What’s wrong if Punjab will be divided on administrative basis into 3-4 more provinces. While the best thing is to make divisions provinces and many of ethnic issue will be settle as nobody is going to play any sort of card.

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  • Noor
    May 28, 2012 - 8:57AM

    long live PTI

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  • Liberal
    May 28, 2012 - 9:23AM

    PTI has no presence in Sindhi and Baloch masses. And alo they couldn’t win seats from Karachi. So, they will be limited to Central Punjab and their Pothar Provience.

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  • Salman Zafar
    May 28, 2012 - 9:30AM

    Wow… 90,000 to 100,000…. huge crowd it was…

    Hoping to see PTI sweeping next general elections and the making of a new better Pakistan will start… INSHALLAH…

    GOOD LUCK IMRAN KHAN AND PTI…
    :-)

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  • Hassan
    May 28, 2012 - 9:36AM

    Most pleasing thing i find in PTI rallies is that you see people from all walks of life. you see people coming bear footed and people wearing bally. Hats off IK you Rock and Thanks to people of RWP for putting up such an amazing show…

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  • popsaeed
    May 28, 2012 - 9:54AM

    Same old blame game 5000 tax by sharif brother for your information this false blame got no worth at all because tax statment show by different chanel and sharif brother him self show million of tax.

    PTI as a whole is a false statement party.Recommend

  • Asifa Khan
    May 28, 2012 - 10:35AM

    Poor show. Just blaming Nawaz Sharif as ever. Imran has no policy. He is Pro-PPP and Pro-MQM. Shame.

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  • Junaid Ali
    May 28, 2012 - 10:41AM

    Nawaz Sharif paid 5000 tax hahaha what a shame… Kashif Abbasi showed the Tax returns on TV

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  • M Khan
    May 28, 2012 - 10:41AM

    Imran Khan is the only HOPE for Pakistan, We must all support him and vote for him… There is no other choice.

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  • Shehzad
    May 28, 2012 - 11:49AM

    It was a big really, I am witness to this. IK will be next PM of Pakistan InshAllaha!

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  • Sardar Shah
    May 28, 2012 - 1:25PM

    Imran once again proved that he is an immature politician. He has no policy. He will ruin Pakistan. There was nothng in his speech except criticizing PML (N). I strongly believe that Nawaz Sharif is the best politician in Pakistan. Imran Khan’s remarks about Nawaz Sharif show that Imran should groom himself. His tone in his speech is very bad.

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  • Abdul Azeem
    May 28, 2012 - 2:28PM

    We hope that IK will be the next PM Recommend

  • Syed Ali
    May 28, 2012 - 3:30PM

    To Nadir: Enforcing the court’s decisions is the job of the federal government. So, even if missing persons judgements are not being enforced, the blame lies not with GHQ but the federal government as it’s a democracy and GHQ is not in power.

    To Sardar Shah: have you heard anything intelligible in any interview or speech of Nawaz? The guy who tried to become Ameer-ul-Momineen and attacked the Supreme Court keeps trying to argue that the near-bankrupt country he left in 1999 was on road to becoming an Asian tiger! Nawaz Sharif can be a good comedian.

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  • Haseeb Jamal
    May 28, 2012 - 3:30PM

    No to Imran Khan. Yes to Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Salman Tariq
    May 30, 2012 - 1:19AM

    Muddasir – I think you have summed it up brilliantly with the below comment:

    IK/PTI…the only hope for Pak even with my all reservations/disagreements..

    Spot on! Imran isn’t perfect, but if your cricket team is Canada and you are offered Misbah ul Haq, YOU TAKE HIM!

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  • Dr..A.Tewari
    Jun 8, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Why he remained tight liped on drone issue . He should openly support the action against terrorists and support the opening of route. Should openly critisize the maderssa and mosque teaching and preachings against other communities .

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