PTI rules out electoral alliance with MQM, APML

Published: March 3, 2013

PTI chief says his party may not even need to form political alliance with any party. PHOTO: PPI / FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday made it clear that his party would not enter into an electoral alliance with either the Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) or former President General Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).

A statement from the PTI chief said that his party was not ready to make any type of alliance with any of the two parties. “After enjoying a government for five long years, MQM parted ways from ruling party and joined the opposition.”

Imran expressed confidence that the PTI would get the clear majority in upcoming elections as 90 per cent of the people want change in the country which was also a major motivation of his party.

The PTI chief claimed that his party would sweep the next elections and there may be no need of making an alliance with any party, before adding that the PTI aims to bring a positive change in the country while other parties only want to come into power. “We will prefer to sit in opposition instead of making alliances with the parties sitting in the governments.”

Imran pointed out that just for the sake of power, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) went into seat adjustment formula with banned outfits. “We never tried to bring electables in PTI and the people who have joined the party are considered most fair in the political class as no one can raise fingers at them.”

“The PTI has a majority of revolutionary faces within its fold and no one can think about those names who have been elected in our intra party elections,” he said. Imran said that the PTI would teach other parties how to hold the party elections. He said that new history was being written as for the first time people from grass root levels were being elected as the party leaders.

Imran said that their manifesto of a new and vibrant Pakistan would be presented at Minar-e-Pakistan in presence of 80,000 elected office bearers of PTI.

On the subject of reserve seats, the PTI chief said that his party was not against the reserved seats for women but that occupants for such seats should be elected on merit. “Reserved seats should be given to the competent females not to the relatives,” said PTI chairman.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • Blithe
    Mar 3, 2013 - 2:21AM

    . “We never tried to bring electables in PTI and the people who have joined the party are considered most fair in the political class as no one can raise fingers at them.”

    That’s a blatant lie right there.

    IK is so hungry up be with the rich and powerful that he has welcomed the most corrupt in his party , like Aleem Khan who is involved in huge real estate scams in Lahore .
    IK has been do keen to curry favours with this lot that the idealogues have deserted PTI

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  • imran bhatt
    Mar 3, 2013 - 2:23AM

    My commiserations to IK for the death of Mokhtar Belmokhtar aka Mr Malboro in Mali.

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  • gk
    Mar 3, 2013 - 2:35AM

    It will be a big mistake IK will commit if he doesnt side with those creating a third option. No matter General Musharraf might have committed some mistakes but at least his term was way way better then any other. At least his economic and other performances speak for itself. While Musharraf didnt turn out also to be corrupt like others.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 3, 2013 - 3:28AM

    By going alone, PTI will not win more than five seats.

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  • John the Baptist
    Mar 3, 2013 - 3:47AM

    Keep asking the same tired question and you will get the same truthful answer. Can we now move on to something else? Imran must have answered a hundred times but the eager beavers keep asking again and again–there will be no alliance with any party that was part of this shameful government. Period.

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  • Noman
    Mar 3, 2013 - 4:05AM

    No Alliance with establishment backed parties… PTI zindabad.

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  • Usman Khan
    Mar 3, 2013 - 4:14AM

    Yes, PTI will not make any alliance with any other political party other than “Sheikh Raseed” because he is the most closest to GHQ..

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  • Falcon
    Mar 3, 2013 - 5:23AM

    Good to know that PTI is not going into alliance with any of the status quo parties.

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  • Adil Uddin
    Mar 3, 2013 - 5:33AM

    After making statements about PML-N,JUI-F and Tahirul Qadri,now Imran Khan has spoken about MQM and APML too.

    Now some people will label Imran Khan as racist/prejudiced,giving the statement and decision an ethnic colour.

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  • aysha
    Mar 3, 2013 - 5:44AM

    Dont ahve an electoral alliance but do request MQM for something that PTI seriously needs and that is an intensive training programme on how to develop discipline among party workers.

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  • JJ
    Mar 3, 2013 - 6:23AM

    We luv to see u solo PM of PAKISTAN…..without any alliance with any party.

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  • Usman
    Mar 3, 2013 - 7:54AM

    Good decision Khan sahb,

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  • Hopeful
    Mar 3, 2013 - 8:05AM

    Good job – do it alone and set the precedent. Politics without ideology is business.

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  • Ahmed
    Mar 3, 2013 - 8:30AM

    Dear IK, some time for a greater good there’s no harm to swallow pride along with ego. PTI goals might be better than any other party but present situation n circumstances demand that PTI join hands with PML (N) and walk together to win majority. Personal dis-agreements must not to be allowed for Nation building goals – PMLN is a seasoned political group n PTI needs such a partner. Pakistan is not a cricket pitch n no one should think that way, by joining hands n working together PTI will not be the looser but a gainer. Believe it or Not.

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  • Faisal
    Mar 3, 2013 - 8:40AM

    Good decision, alliance with MQM isn’t something one should even think about and with AMPL, well am not against Mr. Mush but coming back a week after interim government takes over, what Mr. Mush thinks his party is gonna do? Excellent decision by PTI, I must say! They need no alliances.

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  • Mehran
    Mar 3, 2013 - 8:42AM

    Well done IK and PTI. Very true that MQM enjoyed powers in govt for last decade.They are also responsible for today’s status of Pakistan. Alliance with APML and MQM will only bring bad name to party. PTI will wipe both MQM and PPP in next election, only if IK spends more time in Sindh and give due focus to Sindh’s politics too. Youth of Sindh is waiting for you.

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  • Usman
    Mar 3, 2013 - 8:43AM

    Well Said Khan Sahib – I just hope we all get the Naya Pakistan as we all are praying for. Life has been really tough lately and it has come to a point where everyone is question everyone’s faith. So not only its our country that is going down, unfortunately its the religion too.

    PML-N has been a disgrace – it really has been, whats the point of investing billions on the infrastructure and all.. when they can’t bring peace amongst people – joining hands with banned outfits – proves how sincere they are with their own country. Can’t seem to understand at all.. after all they should all realize that they are answerable to God aswell! Crazyy!

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  • KH
    Mar 3, 2013 - 8:47AM

    PTI has started something which even india couldnot acheive after so many years of political setup.

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  • Queen
    Mar 3, 2013 - 9:13AM

    I appreciate PTI’s stance. IK is keen on his resolve of bringing a positive change in the country and I think he will succeed in his mission Insha Allah!

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  • Ali q
    Mar 3, 2013 - 9:15AM

    PTI’s politics headed in the right direction. Great days await.

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  • kashif
    Mar 3, 2013 - 9:22AM

    Through Intra Party elections, PTI has already brought a revolution in this country. No party in the sub continent has been able to do what PTI has already done.

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  • Nisar Hussain
    Mar 3, 2013 - 9:27AM

    thank God PTI made a good decision,

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 3, 2013 - 9:50AM

    PTI will not make electoral alliance with any political party before the elections, but it has to make alliance with other political parties, in case if PTI will take majority of the seats in the National Assembly.

    PTI officials and workers should also understand that PTI is not the only political party which will be contesting the elections but there are many political parties that are optimistic that they will win in the election and make the government.

    If the readers want to know the result before the elections are held and even the date of election is yet to be announced, let me tell to the readers of this columns that in the 2013 elections, we are going to have a hung parliament.

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  • MQM Supporter
    Mar 3, 2013 - 4:08PM

    PTI ? what is that ? Imran Khan ? Aint he the same who expressed hatred against Muhajirs always .? PTI trolls get lives .We donot need IK , you need us .Just wait for the electoral results .Recommend

  • Zeus
    Mar 3, 2013 - 9:02PM

    All intelligent politicians have an exit strategy where they blame somebody for their woes; I think IK should start creating that or be able to yell ‘dhandlee’ the loudest….Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Mar 4, 2013 - 12:30AM

    @MQM Supporter: do point out any such instance. Why do i always hear this from MQM trolls. when did he, where did he kindly enlighten.Oh and do bring some sort of proof, Dont give us sob stories of dropped cricketers,

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  • No visa
    Mar 4, 2013 - 8:53AM

    The PTI will have to live for 100 years to get to the parliament if they are being run by the ideologists. Soon with Musharraf’s return many electables will join APML. No one wants to sit on opposition benches. The not so happy PTI electables will now find an option. If there is any political acumen PTI should join hands with Tahir ul Qadri, MQM, APML and may be other smaller factions to make a step towards a change that all these parties have been claiming for. Alone PTI will suffer as the vote will be divided. Instead of targeting PML N and PPP these parties will be engage in defending each other.

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  • Nabeel Shah
    Mar 4, 2013 - 10:17AM

    PTI has to lose in election whether they make alliance with other parties or not. I advise PTI fans to not waste their vote by casting in favour of PTI. Every vote casted in favour of PTI will help PPP. All this shows that PTI is working hard to provide maximum benefit to PPP.

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  • Nawazish Saghir
    Mar 4, 2013 - 11:09AM

    Voting for PTI means voting for PPP. I shall never vote for PTI. My vote for PML(N). ALLAH bless Nawaz Sharif.

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  • ABKhan
    Mar 4, 2013 - 11:11AM

    @aysha:
    MQM could also teach how to stay in power with every government till the last month and then sit in opposition for a month with anti “Jageerdar” slogans

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  • ABKhan
    Mar 4, 2013 - 11:13AM

    @Nawazish Saghir:
    And voting for PML(N) means unconditional support to Zardari for another 5 years, no sane Pakistani will do that

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  • Naheed Khanum
    Mar 4, 2013 - 11:51AM

    PTI and PPP are two sides of same coin. PTI is focusing only in those areas where PML(N) is strong. They are giving least attention to those areas where PPP is strong. Very bad role being played by PTI. They are a real danger as they are providing clear support to present rulers i.e., PPP. Shame for PTI. All this is done by PTI as per the directions given to them by Establishment.

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  • Omar Ch.
    Mar 4, 2013 - 11:58AM

    PPP has done nothing in last 5 years. they are contesting upcoming elections on the hope of following two issues:

    Help obtained from PTI as PTI will split votes of PML(N) in Punjab and KPK.
    Issue of new province in Punjab.

    PPP’s performance was very poor in last 5 years. However PPP can perform better if both above things materialize.

    PTI fans should awake from sleep having sweet dreams. They should use their mind. Zardari has a lot of hopes from PTI and issue of new province.

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  • PakiKaka
    Mar 4, 2013 - 2:07PM

    What change. Goons and corrupt people like Abudl Aleem Khan and Rasheed Bhatti are becoming office bearers. And you have been told of their corrupt background in unequivocal terms. Stop this rubbish Imran Khan. You don’t fool us no more.

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  • MQM Supporter
    Mar 4, 2013 - 2:18PM

    @Anonymous : you must be kidding …. just for one instance …IK has teamed with the so called tonga party against SPLG !!!!!

    and @ all Nawaz supporters ……. Nawaz Sharif is purely a politician of Punjab , you think he will get votes from Karachi ! Stop day dreaming .He is just another ethnic leader of Punjab nothing more .

    On the contrary if IK mends his ways with the Muhajirs , He can truly be called a politican accepted by all in Paksitan . Nawaz Sharif a QAUMI leader ? Somebody stop me from dying dead with laughter .Visit karachi someday and get soem first hand knowledge about the Sharifs .Imran Khan ?maybe yes .Nawaz Sharif ? lolzzzzzzzzzzzz NEVER .period .Recommend

  • patwaribuster
    Mar 4, 2013 - 2:24PM

    Hi,

    I feel sorry for all the noon league supporters feeding on their own lies that PPP will win if you vote for PTI… PTI is the largest and the biggest party in Pakistan my advise to noon league is guys don’t vote for n league so the strongest party PTI can clean sweep these elections. Sorry all surveys show that we are the #1 party.

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  • Pirzada Hussain
    Mar 4, 2013 - 3:32PM

    PTI is a balloon in which air is filled by Establishment. Most of the air has been leaked. Remaining will be leaked in the elections. Then Imran Khan will be yelling again on PML(N) and blaming for Dhandli in the elections. Thus there is no future of PTI.
    PTI is seriously thinking for boycotting the elections because they are looking their defeat. They are also already prepared to blame the transparency of elections in case of defeat. I believe that defeat is the fate of PTI. Then definitely they will not accept the election results. NO FUTURE OF PTI.

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  • ok
    Mar 4, 2013 - 5:01PM

    no future for pti means no future for this country. good luck! @Pirzada Hussain:

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  • fadi badshah
    Mar 19, 2013 - 12:27AM

    in other words he pointed out that musharaf is going to have an alliance with mqm

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