Budget for armed forces should be audited: Imran Khan

Published: June 3, 2012

People in power should pursue austerity; should restrict their expenses, says Khan. PHOTO: INP/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan joined the chorus in criticising the government over the budget presented for the year 2012-13, by condemning the amount allocated to the armed forces. “The budget for the armed forces should be audited.”

Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, Khan said that in order to stop corruption, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) should be allowed to operate “freely”.

He questioned the expenditure for maintaining chief minister houses in all four provinces. “We have four CM houses while the people are starving.”

“The people in power should pursue austerity,” said the PTI chairman. “They should restrict their expenses.”

Khan said that corruption in Pakistan has reached its saturation point. “Either corrupt people will survive or Pakistan will. Corruption in Pakistan has reached a point where they cannot co-exist.”

He alleged that corruption in different government-run corporations amounted to billions of rupees. “The deficit in Pakistan Steel Mills has reached more than Rs40 billion in the last four years, while corruption done in Pakistan International Airlines and Pakistan Railways is not hidden, too.”

“The outstanding arrears which are a result of 400,000 illegal connections as noted by the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) have to be borne by the consumers in the form of tariff hikes,” said Khan.

He said that according to a survey conducted by Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda), in the last four years, about 2.8 million air conditioners were bought, while bills for only 185,000 were being paid.

Reader Comments (97)

  • anwar
    Jun 3, 2012 - 1:54PM

    now those who used to say establishment supports imran khan should once and for all shut up…

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  • Zaffar
    Jun 3, 2012 - 1:57PM

    Only IK has the GUTS to speak the truth-he walks the talk!

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  • zafar
    Jun 3, 2012 - 1:59PM

    Pakistan is the country where there are unaccountable institutions exists. how long this should continue?

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  • Butt
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:00PM

    IK should immediately be made the head of National Accountability Bureau.

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  • Muhammad
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:00PM

    Well you cant fool me Mr IK.Recommend

  • Jun 3, 2012 - 2:00PM

    Climax before the drop scene.Recommend

  • Jal
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:01PM

    As if the budget of all other departments is carried out

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  • Rifat
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:02PM

    The most sense he has spoke these past few years.

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  • wahwah khan
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:06PM

    We cant afford to loose this man. At least he deserves a chance.

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  • Noor
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:06PM

    Now Pti should be given chance

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  • Zaikam
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:07PM

    This carries no significance other than trying to please those who call him establishment backed character. It should be audited but this not where most of the corruption happens. The bureaucracy, the government sector directly responsible for facilitating people are the culprits. Inland revenues, customs, excise and taxation are those who annually swallow much more than the total budget allocated from armed forces.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:07PM

    Kamaal hai, Altaf Hussain has been saying all these things since the last 20-30 yrs its been falling on deaf ears I think.

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  • pakistani
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:12PM

    quite frankly, i have never been the fan of IK. but definitely these kind of clear policy stance will gain him credibility in the masses. More importantly………….he should stnad to his words if and when he comes to power.

    my request for all PTI fans is that they should now stop saying that A, B or C is copying IK. what IK is saying now is being demanded by NS and other political leaders.

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  • Omer
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:15PM

    It should be audited, so that India can get access to our defence spending either through spies in auditing firms or through the audit publication.

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  • Blithe
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:20PM

    very late off the mark…

    Copying NS as usal…

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  • Butt
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:23PM

    @Omer:
    Would appreciate if you can name our traitors in the auditing firms.

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  • Salman
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:23PM

    @Omer: How naive of you! Where did IK suggest that the expenditure details needs to be publicly catalogued? An audit is a confidential exercise, dear.

    Kudos to IK for such brilliance!

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  • lastlines
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:25PM

    The bad thing is corruption is so ingrained, so deep set, it has become part of every day life. You need a document or anything done..without paying them an amount close to what is being asked..you will not get it..It will be very hard to get rid of this, Its not only the government which is corrupt. It’s like everything is run by a mafia..
    If the Pakistanis want a better Pakistan, Imran Khan can’t do it on his own. It will take every Pakistani to end corruption.

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  • Fahd
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:27PM

    @Blithe: Really!!!!!! hahahahaha!! lol Imran copying nawaz, what have u being smoking my friend??

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  • Butt
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:28PM

    @Zaikam: ‘ It should be audited but this not where most of the corruption happens’
    Guess who overtook control of Pakistan during 2000 and milked away US$14 billion?

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  • Dare to speak!
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:30PM

    India has focused its economic uplift and not the armed forces. India has no more issues of power…. defense etc….with Pakistan. The world has changed now and India is emerging as 3rd largest economy. We need educated,honest, sincere people in our top brass,like Imran Khan,I fully support him.

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  • Butt
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:32PM

    @Salman: ‘An audit is a confidential exercise’. There is a word called ‘leak’.Dear?

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  • bhai
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:33PM

    @Ali: nice joke man!

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  • dr j tipu
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:36PM

    ty imran for standing up and speaking up that openly, we all strongly agree that all budget should be audited, especially to presidency and pm mansions and their subsequent so called royal familes (read new money). Totally behind you in this war against the corrupt and rubbish political elite of Pakistan

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  • A.S.Ahamed Farooq
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:43PM

    Corruption in Pakistan has become an epidemic that is eating deeper and deeper into the vitality of the country.As Imran Khan has quite rightly said it has reached the saturation point.Money allocated to various sectors of the economy for development is misappropriated to the extent that the economic progress of the country is stifled and scuppered The government corporations are mismanaged and running at a loss becoming white elephants.The cost of living is skyrocketing and the masses are forced to undergo immense hardship while the Ministers and government cronies amassing wealth and leading lavish life styles.This situation has to end and people have to be redeemed.To achieve this objective the corruption has to be stamped out and the funds allocated to the various sectors of the economy need to be spent prudently.

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  • Gilgiti-No voting right but Proud Pakistani
    Jun 3, 2012 - 2:58PM

    nobody imagine what had happen during earth queck mission, My GOD? IK you have the right knowledge.

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  • Gilgiti-No voting right but Proud Pakistani
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:00PM

    An Independent audit should be carry out by the Big-4 external audit firms rather then by army internal audit or some other Gov department.

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  • Maverick
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:02PM

    Proper Independent Accountibility Department and Fair Judiciary System(court case Life- max 5 years) wil create a reamrkable change.the one we Expect every next day for our self ,for our generations.good luck IMRAN KHAN. i hope u collapse the fuedal lord system
    by implementing land reforms.

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  • Dude
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:06PM

    Nawaz Sharif , Imran Khan and Aitezaz Ahsan has been saying this for years but they dont have Charisma so people give a damn about it.
    So who is Copying whom should be evident to everybody.

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  • sana u llah khan
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:07PM

    agree with u mr khan…………

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  • Dude
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:13PM

    A CORRECTION>> In my Comment it is not Imran Khan but Altaf Hussain. Altaf Hussain is also vocal like Nawaz Sharif and Aitezaz in the past but these three leaders are not heard at all.

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  • farhan
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:14PM

    had Nawaz said about budget cut of armed forces all the PTI trolls would ve take it as political point scoring.

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  • wisdom
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:16PM

    Will IK go for on the road for “The budget for the armed forces should be audited.” I think NOT.

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  • Dare to speak!
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:18PM

    70 % budget consumed by defense, rest of 20 % eaten away the corrupt rulers and only 10% left for poor masses ,what a budget!

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  • tariq
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:27PM

    people like nawaz sharif altaf hussain asif ali zardari have all been in power. They failed to audit the budget for armed forces.
    pml n was in coalition with ppp for 4 years and yet they still could not do it.
    Imran khan’s talk gains more significance as allegations were thrown at him for being an isi stooge. Kudos to Imran khan i hope he succeeds and implements it

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  • Tabish
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:29PM

    Imran Khan please continue on as the nation is sick & tired of the ruling elite who blatantly lie and live in an utopian society which is cutoff from everyday life of common Pakistanis. Unfortunately corruption from the top has oozed down, so we need strict cleansing and a change from the present system. Imran Khan, you lead and we are with you.

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  • Danish
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:34PM

    it is the first time i have heard something sensible from IK that the budget for army should be audited

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  • Sam
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:36PM

    Pointed rightly by IK, Army’s expenditure should not only be audited but also slashed and utilize these funds in health care and education of our nation. I guess people who have been pointing fingers now think twice before ranting him as fauj backed politician.

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  • Dude
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:40PM

    @Dare to speak!: Keep your record Straight. 20 Percent of the Budget or less than 3 percent of GDP is given to Army not 70. I am ashamed that Imran Khan is Bashing our Army but he is considering Talks with Taliban and call them Legitimate power.

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  • Zaikam
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:40PM

    Butt: I don’t which 14 billion are you talking about? Pakistan was a much better country progressing with the highest GDP rate in her history in those years of Mush’s rule. Corruption was much less, NAB was much more functional, development was fastest we’ve ever seen, policing was much better. Talk some sense.

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  • Yaida M
    Jun 3, 2012 - 3:57PM

    That is the end of Kaptaan’s political career ! He dared to speak against the establishment !!

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  • Waqar
    Jun 3, 2012 - 4:13PM

    @ Mr. Muhammad… u r right…how can u fool a fool..

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  • afshan zaka khan
    Jun 3, 2012 - 4:23PM

    a large number pf share of our annual budget goes to our armed forces and personally i feel they utilize the funds efficiently . As compared to other institutions they are more organized and by looking at the military development and construction one is can easily conclude that a large sum of money is being put to use adequately but an accountability of the institution is necessary

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  • Request
    Jun 3, 2012 - 4:23PM

    @anwar:
    People like you who supports corrupt leaders are responsible for the destruction of Pakistan. Imran Khan please save us from the illiterate leaders.

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  • Qasim
    Jun 3, 2012 - 4:24PM

    @Dude:

    Dude, where have you seen IK bashing the army? IK made in clear in Pindi jalsa speech that he will not let people malign the army. And now people like you are spreading lies here. Shame on you! Now that IK has criticised army budget, you are saying he is bashing army. Earlier you must have been saying that IK is armys stooge? shame on you.

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  • Muhammad
    Jun 3, 2012 - 4:38PM

    PTI troll in full action

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  • Gilgiti-No voting right but Proud Pakistani
    Jun 3, 2012 - 4:58PM

    Looking for an answer.

    Does anybody have any idea that how much fund we received since this so called war against terror, earth quick in Northern areas and last year water flood in interior sindh and Panjab? this is a top secret?

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  • anwar
    Jun 3, 2012 - 5:00PM

    @Request i would request you to read my previous comment carefully again

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  • ayesha azeem
    Jun 3, 2012 - 5:05PM

    Long Live IMRAN KHANRecommend

  • Omer
    Jun 3, 2012 - 5:17PM

    @Zaikam. I agree. A lot these people just through figures with out checking them.

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  • Blithe
    Jun 3, 2012 - 5:19PM

    @Maverick:
    IK to “collapse the feudal system” ?!?!?!??!?

    You must be delusional.
    Look all the Piri landlords gravitating towards his party ..,,
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  • Butt
    Jun 3, 2012 - 5:34PM

    @Omer: Still waiting for the names of the auditing firms.

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  • Frank Observer
    Jun 3, 2012 - 5:53PM

    @Muhammad:
    He can’t fool you because you are already a fool. Anyone who suports any tried and tested corrupt politician is in my opinion a fool. The only politician who hasn’t been tried is Mr.Khan. So if you are supporting someone other than him who has already been tried whether its PMLN, PPP etc and has looted the country then quite frankly you have already been fooled.

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  • Omer
    Jun 3, 2012 - 5:58PM

    *throw

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  • Ali Rizvi
    Jun 3, 2012 - 6:12PM

    Someone tell this man that all army institutions are audited by private firms. For example AWT is audited by KPMG, NLC is audited by KPMG, Askari Bank was formerly audited by PWC and is now being audited by KPMG. These audits even though are not statutory, provide reasonable assurance that the Financial Statements give a true and fair view of the institutions. These audits also highlight weaknesses in the systems and any material discrepancies. Budgets cannot be audited. One can only do a reasonableness test on them i.e. whether the amount allocated is reasonable for the justified expense.

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  • Ali S
    Jun 3, 2012 - 6:14PM

    @Ali:

    The difference is Altaf Hussain has been saying these things from his safety perch in London

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  • Saleem
    Jun 3, 2012 - 6:23PM

    Who will bell the cat!!

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  • Babbarsher khan
    Jun 3, 2012 - 6:34PM

    Good idea for the first time from our own angry middle aged hero, little flawed though due to wording. Budget should be scrutinized and analyzed for every line item for every institution including the Army and independent audit should be there for actual spending, audit of budget does not make any sense. Pakistani Army operates very much like an independent country, this idea of accountability will be the first step towards making it an organization under the Ministry of Defense.

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  • Awais Yousafzai
    Jun 3, 2012 - 7:07PM

    I would like to support Ayesha Azeem s coments. Long live IMRAN KHANRecommend

  • bangash
    Jun 3, 2012 - 7:25PM

    First good idea by Mr Imran Khan

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Jun 3, 2012 - 7:34PM

    @Zaikam

    You are classic case of main na manoon..( I don’t believe) .

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  • raj
    Jun 3, 2012 - 7:53PM

    @Muhammad:
    you already a big fool so IK will not waste time on you…Recommend

  • observer
    Jun 3, 2012 - 7:55PM

    How about a Dharna at GHQ to enforce this.

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  • Zalim Singh
    Jun 3, 2012 - 7:56PM

    cool

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  • Malik Hamza
    Jun 3, 2012 - 7:57PM

    imran khan should mind his own business.
    whi is he to say army budget should be audited !

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  • Salman Zafar
    Jun 3, 2012 - 8:03PM

    Very good Imran…
    Not just army… every govt corporation must be audited by external auditors…

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Jun 3, 2012 - 9:11PM

    I have never liked IK however with these comments he is gaining my support. Kudos sir!

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  • wali baba
    Jun 3, 2012 - 9:17PM

    @ dare to speak u need to go to school and learn how to calculate percentages .
    2nd who says budget of army or there expenditure is not auditted????

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Jun 3, 2012 - 9:45PM

    IK makes a number of valuable points and for once he is begining to sound less hysterical and more mature. Let us hope this continues.

    Now, the REAL question is how do we find SOULTIONS for these long-standing problems. We even KNOW how to solve them but lack the political will even if it is in the self-interest of the politicians to do so.

    Will IK be that catalyst and take on the criminals, the tax cheats and those who do not pay their bills. Will he order the lights to be switched off in the palatial homes of the powerful civil and military bureaucracy? Will they give up so easily and go running to the nearest bank to deposit their long unpaid bills which, taken together, run into billions and are strangulating the economy?

    I don’t think so.

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  • Nikarish
    Jun 3, 2012 - 9:47PM

    Pak army still lost three wars.

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  • Jehangir Asif
    Jun 3, 2012 - 9:54PM

    Imran Khan is our leader and next Prime Minister of Pakistan Inshallah.

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  • Cautious
    Jun 3, 2012 - 10:05PM

    In case you didn’t know it your already have an auditor of your budget – it’s called your Parliament which has the right to ask questions and approve or disapprove the budget. Whether they have guts enough to bring up the tough issues maybe the real issue.

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  • Faisal
    Jun 3, 2012 - 10:12PM

    I wacthed Imran khan’s recent documentary ”People and Power” by Al Jazeera on http://topdocumentarystream.com/people-power-imran-khan/. Interesting!

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  • Aamir Ali
    Jun 3, 2012 - 10:24PM

    khan is the last ray of hope i think, as well as wise & brave leader. Inshallah he will be our next PM but he should behave the same way as he is today. my vote is unquestionably yours Imran.Recommend

  • Jun 3, 2012 - 10:36PM

    Rs 545 Billion Allocated for the Pakistan’s Defense Budget, which is 18.41 percent of the Budget or less than 3 percent of GDP is given to Army not 70. Govt exp is Rs. 240 Billion is allocated for their protocol and Rs. 1185 Billion is budget deficit and Imran Khan is Bashing our Army not other because he politician and he did not blame them. He only criticize our Army, they are defending the country. He never goes to Gayari and never says any world for for shuhada and their bereaved families. He think that if he criticize army and he will get a place in media. His this act is to lives in media.Recommend

  • Taha
    Jun 3, 2012 - 10:38PM

    No, the budget for the armed forces should only be cut when they aren’t doing the jobs that the civilan governement should be doing ! The armed forces put its own money in the rehabilitation of the floods and is performing many duties which are the responsiblity of the civilian government so it is unfair to say that the military budget is soo big !

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jun 3, 2012 - 11:02PM

    At last Imran Khan and Mian Sahib are on the same page. if one says something, the other repeats it. Therefore its best for the country if both of them join hands and save us from complete destruction. The question remains that who should lead this alliance? In my opinion, Mian Sahib has advantage because of his experience and very close relationship with our friendly countries. Twenty five percent seats at national and provincial levels, four main ministries at federal level and Chief Ministership of K.P. would be a huge jump for PTI. With this winning formula, PTI will gain experience and opportunity to prove as national party. Calling shots alone and expecting miracle is a failed strategy. Even if hidden forces bring PTI to power, the huge burden of millions of problems will crush PTI within days.

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  • Naveed Javed
    Jun 3, 2012 - 11:04PM

    WoW Sanity for the very first time!

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  • yusuf
    Jun 3, 2012 - 11:20PM

    See now he is following footsteps of PML(N)…..lol

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  • Freeman
    Jun 4, 2012 - 12:28AM

    @Muhammad: Imran Khan can’t fool you as you are already midset fool.

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  • Freeman
    Jun 4, 2012 - 12:31AM

    @Fahd: Nawaz has no courage to do it. Only Imran khan can do it.

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  • Abid Khan Jadoon
    Jun 4, 2012 - 1:08AM

    It is good to put this news clip in context of detail presentation that was made in the press conference. Please watch complete video as it shows PTI thoroughness on financial situation of the country – http://www.insaf.pk/Media/Videos/tabid/62/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/11616/PTI-post-budget-press-conference-Asad-Umar-Jahangir-Tareen-Imran-Khan-3rd-June-2012.aspx

    I like Imran Khan because he knows where to put the people regardless of their time and affiliation. He believes in merit and I think others should learn from him too. You can’t grow from where you are with your family members and personal affiliations.

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  • H Chaudhry
    Jun 4, 2012 - 1:25AM

    I am a PML N supporter and I have to admit, a very gutsy call ! Good work IK, I wish you and PMLN can come to terms !

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  • Hafeez
    Jun 4, 2012 - 1:29AM

    If you are really serious about it, my vote is for you and I will convince people around me to vote for you.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 4, 2012 - 2:33AM

    A daring and bold statement by IK. Let us hope the army listens to him. The govt cannot bell the cat and it is only the forces in Punjab (including NS and IK) who can help the govt bell this big fat cat.

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  • jawad hassan
    Jun 4, 2012 - 3:02AM

    LOOK who is talking IK is talking about army like nawaz is in opposition.

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  • Abdul Jabbar
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:02AM

    @Meekal Ahmed:
    dunya ummeed par qaim hai. So far he has delivered what he has promised and I hope he will fulfil this one as well.Needs to be given a chance.

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  • Abdul Jabbar
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:04AM

    Looks good in that photo, innit!!!

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  • Truthbetold
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:25AM

    @Gilgiti-No voting right but Proud Pakistani:

    “Does anybody have any idea that how much fund we received since this so called war against terror, earth quick in Northern areas and last year water flood in interior sindh and Panjab? this is a top secret?”

    The total amount is about $35B

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  • Truthbetold
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:34AM

    @sajjadahmed:

    “Rs 545 Billion Allocated for the Pakistan’s Defense Budget, which is 18.41 percent of the Budget or less than 3 percent of GDP is given to Army not 70.”

    The true figure including all salaries, pensions, interest payment on past defense purchases, new purchases, nuke and missile program and the ISI is over 65% of the budget. As a percentage of TRUE GDP this is around 8 to 12%.

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  • Aftab
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:54AM

    Vote for Imran Khan. I am confident he will work towards solving the countries dire problems and make it a prosperous country. If he does not win next elections, I think the country will completely destroy itself

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  • Hasan
    Jun 4, 2012 - 5:17AM

    @Muhammad:
    I think you’re quite easy to fool.

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  • Hassan
    Jun 4, 2012 - 1:22PM

    @Ch Allah Dad

    From 5 seats max to CM in KPK and ministries in punjab and national level, This only proves you know it from the core of your heart that PTI is gaining alot everyday…just wait and watch brother.

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  • Request
    Jun 4, 2012 - 4:55PM

    @anwar:
    I am really sorry i completely misunderstood. LONG LOVE IMRAN KHAN

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  • Zaheer
    Jun 5, 2012 - 3:04AM

    @Omer:
    It’s a harmless statement. Doesn’t mean a damn thing. How much info do you get from civilian audits? Defense budget details should be public knowledge like other state expenses. Secondly there should be equal accountability for everyone. Politicians have faced death and hardships at various times. Bhutto hanged. Benazir murdered. Nawaz jailed and exiled. Zardari too has had a long innings in jail; so too have Gilani, Javaid Hashmi etc. Yahya Khan lived with full military honours after breaking up the country. Zia made judges kneel down and pass death sentences for imaginary murders. 4000 people died in the Ojheri camp disaster and Junejo lost his goverment for trying to set up an enquiry. Musharaf left with a guard of honour. Generals who rigged elections with secret funds walk free on the streets. That is where Imran keeps his mouth shut!

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  • Malik Hamza
    Jun 5, 2012 - 3:05AM

    focus on army – why isnt the health and other budgets being audited – why pick on the army ..
    this clearly shows tht army and isi supports him ….

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  • Ubaid
    Jun 5, 2012 - 10:01AM

    @truthbetold….. dude u are obviously too high….. taking the defence budget from 18.5% to 65 % means u are actually saying the entire budget is a lie and that the nearly 46% of the budget is marely a cover for the defence budget!!!
    get real ….. this 18.5% includes everything….. its ppl like u who leave no chance maligning the defence institutions!!!

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