'Agreed game': Imran Khan rejects Asma Jahangir’s name for caretaker PM

Published: January 28, 2013

Imran claimed that Jahangir had political affiliations with the Pakistan Peoples Party. PHOTO: SANA/ FILE

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan categorically rejected Asma Jahangir’s name for the post of caretaker prime minister, claiming that she carried conflicted views about the Supreme Court and enjoyed political attachment with the ruling government.

Imran, addressing a press conference in Lahore on Monday, maintained that the caretaker prime minister should be an impartial and honest person who respects the apex court.

“The candidate must be impartial, honest and should pay due respect to the SC and should avoid inking any agreement on which the successive government would face embarrassment,” he said, adding that only free and fair elections can save the country from any future debacle.

Imran claimed that Jahangir had political affiliations with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and has issued statements against the PTI as well. He declared her nomination for the post of caretaker PM as an “agreed game” between the PPP and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N).

“Jahangir’s nomination is tantamount to the fact that the government is not sincere in holding free and fair elections and if government elevates her, PTI would hold the biggest protest in the country’s history over nomination of an impartial person,” Imran stated.

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Reader Comments (54)

  • Rehan
    Jan 28, 2013 - 8:36PM

    Asma Jahangir is anti-Supreme Court? She endured beatings as a woman and house arrests during the lawyer’s movement to reinstate CJ! IK always talks nonsense to please his Establishment masters.

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  • Arifq
    Jan 28, 2013 - 8:36PM

    Khan Sahib, this is embarrassing! Of all the people, this was not expected from a leader like yourself!

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  • Kamran khan
    Jan 28, 2013 - 8:38PM

    I’m sorry PTI family but this guy completely lost the plot he dont know what to say or wt to do “but agree on asma jahangir point” but hate when he Threaten to use poor people for his benefit oh sorry country’s benefit

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  • sabi
    Jan 28, 2013 - 8:42PM

    Imran khan Qadri’s long march failure has given government a great confidace boost.They are not afraid of tsunami anymore.Ultimately you have to work with ‘old salary’.Asma jhangir is anti Taliban and that’s what realy hurts you.She is pro democracy not pro establishment.If you are pro democrcy then accept her.

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  • ADEEL
    Jan 28, 2013 - 8:48PM

    Asma jahangir was the lawyer of hussain haqqani in the infamous memogate scandal calling for US to meddle in Pak affairs..
    her nomination as PM is not acceptable, she has defended these two parties and has labelled anyone establishment stooge who has dared to speak out against ‘MUK MUKKA’ of crooked politicians

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  • Naeem
    Jan 28, 2013 - 8:49PM

    Well done IK. Speak your heart out and don’t worry about the opposition. We are on the right path!

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Jan 28, 2013 - 8:50PM

    “Jahangir’s nomination is tantamount to the fact that the government is not sincere in holding free and fair elections and if government elevates her, PTI would hold the biggest protest in the country’s history over nomination of an impartial person,” Imran stated.
    “over nomination of an impartial person” or “for the nomination of an impartial person”?

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  • Bilal
    Jan 28, 2013 - 8:52PM

    As usual, Imran Khan is talking utter nonsense.

    Asma Jahangir has a wonderful track record and has infinitely more integrity than Imran Khan.

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  • waqar
    Jan 28, 2013 - 8:54PM

    Good decision………!

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  • Fahad Khan
    Jan 28, 2013 - 8:54PM

    A complete muk muka of PPP and PMLN to have a Care Taker PM who is agaist PTI, religious parties and will not implement SC orders.

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  • Salem
    Jan 28, 2013 - 8:54PM

    When criticizing Supreme Court means you are not a solid character or not capable !!! SC is not beyond criticism. In fact Asma has enough credibility to do that

    I think Asma Jehangir is a credible suggestion.. I think Imran Khan than need to come up with solution.

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  • Ali Hasan
    Jan 28, 2013 - 8:55PM

    Tit for tat

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  • Zamir Malik
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:11PM

    I was a PTI member until the morning and now I am no longer a member of PTI. Imran Khan thanks with no thanks but I am now ashamed to even be affiliated with PTI anymore. The dirty campaign against Asma Jehangir by PTI and calling her Non Muslim and foreign agent on facebook and other social forums is unbearable for me and sorry but your party cannot bring change at all rather i think PTI is a Fascist Organization.Recommend

  • Samia
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:14PM

    Imran Khan what is wrong with you.?. I appreciate PMLN to nominate Asma among 6 members and i was not expecting such a decision by PTI at all. She is the only lady who stood for the Balochs and even she always stood for tribal people and she is the most courageous lady of Pakistan. Regarding to the religious background of Asma i dont care as some PTI members are telling me as for the people like it is not the religion but the Performance that matters only.

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  • Javed
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:17PM

    What does he want? Mullah Omar as Caretaker Prime Minister!

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  • Nisar
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:18PM

    well done sir and very well played captain sahaaab

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  • Ouch
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:18PM

    PMLN seems to be thousand times better than PTI right now. I am just wondering why i was even following PTI in the first place. PMLN is constantly evolving and despite right wing views PMLN is doing the best politics for the greater good of Pakistan and on the other hand we have imran khan who is acting like a little kid always boycotting and saying “main nahin maanta”.Recommend

  • mian khaliq
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:18PM

    Imran khan is right. No to Asma on solid reasons.

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  • Omar
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:25PM

    PTI Zindabad,Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Adnan
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:27PM

    Some say that one problem with Imran Khan is that he is getting bit isolated? I think he is taking a big gamble. He is trying to create a field where rest of the parties will be playing against Imran Khan’s PTI. Will he be able to arrange such a fixture, time will tell. Because if he is able to picture that into the voters mind, than it will be crunch of a match and we all know that our Skipper performs well under pressure and leads from the front.

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  • Falcon
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:28PM

    Agreed. Asma Jehangir is a well respected human rights activist, no doubt about that; but she finds it real difficult to stay neutral and hide her political orientation.

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  • Shaami
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:30PM

    And then people say why the popularity of PTI is on a downfall. PTI dont need any enemies as they are enough for their own self destruction.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:32PM

    If Asma Jehangir is not the right candidate to be the caretaker Prime Minister than who else can be?

    If Imran Khan has objection on Asma Jehangir, than some other political leader may be having objection on some other prospective caretaker Prime Minister.

    How every one will agree on one name of a candidate? Let’s ask Dr. Tahir-ul-Qardi what he has to say?

    Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman may be having some other name of the caretaker Prime Minister in the mind.

    Let me remind that caretaker Prime Minister will be for an interim period and not for another five years, unless the political situation in the country comes to a point where the country due to difference of opinion among the political leaders, it should become necessary to install a technocrat government without holding elections in the country.

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  • Raja
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:41PM

    Interesting. First it was Mr Hafiz Saeed rejecting her name in his recently held TV interview and now its Mr Imran Khan. Mr Saeed rejected her because of being woman and secular and Mr Khan is rejecting her because of independent views and party affiliation. It seems Pakistani army is against Ms Jahangir. Ultimately the caretaker PM will be the one stamped by Pak army and Supreme court. Will other political parties agree to that? Indications of a political storm it seems.

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  • John Pee
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:43PM

    My question is just ask Asma that is she believes in two nations theory which is substance ? besides talking her Indian visit and everything she does not suit as PM post.

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  • raph
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:45PM

    Jago PTI Jago !!we are Imran !!!!

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  • sabi
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:45PM

    IK is like a child who refuses to eat tinda,bhindi bhangan and parents not willing to bow to give him candy.

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  • 3footninja
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:50PM

    noora trolls and their brother jiyalas… this marks your signal to (brainlessly) attack!

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  • raph
    Jan 28, 2013 - 9:53PM

    Jago PTI Jago!! We are khan!!!!!

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  • Umer
    Jan 28, 2013 - 10:12PM

    Sir jee, I salute you! What a leader!

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  • sarah
    Jan 28, 2013 - 10:12PM

    This guy is such a newbie when it comes to politcs. Asma Jahangir is a staunch supporter of democracy. Her whole life is front of us, all the sacrifices she has given and all her stances. There is no way she can be biased. She is extremely brave and would be an excellent care taker prm.

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  • Wajahat
    Jan 28, 2013 - 10:19PM

    Lost respect for this guy, Asma Jehangir as PM would be the best thing to have happened to Pakistan, ever

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  • Syed
    Jan 28, 2013 - 10:50PM

    Person should be with integrity, and Asma integrity is much better than IK

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  • QB
    Jan 28, 2013 - 10:54PM

    I agree with IK. Asma Jehangir is way too partial. She has very clear political inclinations, which is not that is needed in a care taker set up. We need someone completely un biased.

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  • Born Political
    Jan 28, 2013 - 10:55PM

    Why IK? Because Asma is anti establishment and wont let any pro establishment party to play their game?

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  • Mirza
    Jan 28, 2013 - 11:02PM

    When was the last time IK liked any woman in Pakistan? IK said “The candidate must be impartial, honest and should pay due respect to the SC”
    The PM would be for a few weeks or couple of months. What role does the SC have with that? Why would IK even bring in the SC? Everybody knows CJ is in for himself and wants to be the next president and his alliances with the rightwing parties are no secret.

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  • ahmed
    Jan 28, 2013 - 11:03PM

    That’s ridiculous! How can you reject anyone on difference of opinion. The man who wants to talk to Taliban is rejecting the most vocal and brave supporter of Human and rights in Pakistan. I think Asma is a great choice as she strong and will be a powerful Prime Minister and not a puppet. Khan may be afraid she may be too strong to take on.

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  • Jan 28, 2013 - 11:09PM

    Had PPP and PML(N) held consultations with all political parties for the nomination of caretaker PM after passing the 20th amendment to the constitution by the parliament, the consensus would have been easily arrived. But the ruling coalition and the main opposition party made it an issue arranged bout (Noora Khushti). Hence, it is quite difficult to choose a candidate for the slot of caretaker PM acceptable to all political parties.

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  • ahmed
    Jan 28, 2013 - 11:27PM

    That’s ridiculous! How can you reject anyone on difference of opinion. The man who wants to talk to Taliban is rejecting the most vocal and brave supporter of Human rights in Pakistan. I think Asma is a great choice as she strong and will be a powerful Prime Minister and not a puppet. Khan may be afraid she may be too strong to take on.

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  • raph
    Jan 28, 2013 - 11:42PM

    We are khan!!!

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  • kaifi
    Jan 28, 2013 - 11:43PM

    I dont really much care about PTI but seriously Asma Jehangir for caretaker PM?
    To all those who think PTI is wrong i think this woman is a problem just google her and you will find that she is affliated with PPP…..
    Two names that I would suggest for caretaker PM are:
    Justice (R) Nasir Aslam Zahid
    Justice (R) Ramday
    Both respected and neutral personalities.

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  • Jan 28, 2013 - 11:44PM

    @Javed: Yes …We want Shariat…if u have any problem then u may leave the country or keep quiet

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  • naeem khan
    Jan 28, 2013 - 11:50PM

    CRY BABY CRIES AGAIN

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  • Mehreen
    Jan 28, 2013 - 11:59PM

    Imran Khan is such a joke..He cannot have the integrity and talent of Asma Jehangir in ten re-births..

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  • Faisal
    Jan 28, 2013 - 11:59PM

    ET, have a courage and let the comments supporting IK’s stand also pass through your moderator but I believe that doesn’t go inline with ‘impartial policy’. Your facebook page tells a completely story :).

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  • noway
    Jan 29, 2013 - 12:06AM

    The hidden deal on caretaker PM between PPP and PML-N had been done back in october 2012:

    http://www.siasat.pk/forum/showthread.php?136096-PPP-amp-PMLN-s-hidden-Deal-Asma-Jahangir-might-be-your-caretaker-PM-Dunya-News

    No wonder Qadri called it Mukmuka in his december speech.

    Asma is pro-PPP and not impartial.
    She was Haqqani’s lawyer in the treasonous memogate case which is still pending.

    Her daughter’s wedding was attended by Gilani.

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  • Jamil
    Jan 29, 2013 - 12:57AM

    @Zamir Malik:
    Good riddance asma jahangir is a biased non entity when has she stood up for the common people its always corrupt people she stands up for

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 29, 2013 - 2:57AM

    This is insane! All you haters being paid by PML N, please for the love of God get a proper job. Your current employment will not only hurt your future chances of finding meaningful work but also hurt the country.

    Who is Asma Jahangir and how has she got more integrity than Imran Khan? Has she built and run a large cancer hospital, has she started a free university in a village? Has she done anything worthwhile on the world stage like winning the world cup?

    And what about the progressive and evolving policies of PML N? Where did the money from Karz utaro mulk sawaro go? Atleast when you donate money to Imran, you know it will be spent wisely on the people!

    What about the “loans” that Mian sahab received from banks and General Aslam Baig? What about the monies that they transferred out of Pakistan a day before they stopped ordinary Pakistanis from doing so? Un lutaroon ka fair trial hona chahiyay and then if it is proved beyond doubt that they took money from the people they should be publicly hanged!

    Imran Khan is the only real chance we have for a change in Pakistan! Long live Imran Khan and long live Pakistan!!

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  • tribal
    Jan 29, 2013 - 3:08AM

    IK has the guts to speak the truth some of you morons can’t accept the truth too bad. Those against IK your just like you corrupt puppet leaders shame on you for being, deaf, dumb, blind and stupid all at the same time! Recommend

  • ibrahim
    Jan 29, 2013 - 5:41AM

    I think so called liberals have started crying to save their so called liberal Asma!!

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  • Mr Mulla Pakistan
    Feb 23, 2013 - 1:30PM

    the good looking mullah speaks …….pathetic words from his mouth

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  • Ali S
    Feb 23, 2013 - 5:14PM

    @sabi:

    “Demaaacracy this, demaaacracy that”. Keep your head buried in the sand about the failures democracy has brought us, you deluded self-righteous liberals – if this democratically elected government had any spine the Talibanization that you bleat on about would have already been dealt with.

    Imran Khan speaks out what the majority of the public thinks, and that upsets PPP’s sympathizers – who are either to sheepish and backward to even question it or live in their cocooned-off bubbles (like many of ET’s readership) where whichever party carries the ‘liberal’ label is right regardless of the ground situation.

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  • Mustafa Nazir Ahmad
    Feb 24, 2013 - 12:14AM

    @kaifi: Sir Ji aqal ghas charnay gaye hai. She is affiliated with the PPP but the PMl-N is proposing her name. What better to show her integrity and neutrality? And Ramday is a neutral person. he is closely linked with the PML-N and the PML-N financial support to the tune of Rs3.5 billion for the lawyers’ movement was channelized through him and Khawaja Sharif. Better be quiet than show one’s lack of knowledge and ignorance

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  • Mustafa Nazir Ahmad
    Feb 24, 2013 - 7:36AM

    Your moderation is pathetic and sucks

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