Joseph Colony attack could have been prevented: Imran Khan

Published: March 10, 2013

A file photo showing PTI chief Irman Khan addressing a rally. PHOTO: INP

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan condemned the Joseph Colony attack and said if the Punjab government had caught the terrorists in Gojra, then this attack could have been avoided altogether.

Imran was addressing a rally in Peshawar on Sunday. He blamed the Punjab government for the attack on Joseph Colony, in which a  mob set ablaze more than 150 houses of Christians in the Joseph Colony over alleged blasphemous remarks by a Christian sanitation worker.

He also condemned the recent terrorist attacks on Shias and stated he had a solution for sectarian violence. He also claimed to have the answer to increasing terrorism and said it will be revealed during an upcoming rally.

“If this Punjab government does not make seat adjustment with terrorists then terrorism can be curbed. They [PML-N] only care about ‘the chair’, whatever comes along they do not care,” the PTI Chairman said.

Imran said he will unveil the PTI manifesto on March 23 during their Lahore rally to be held on the grounds of Minar-e-Pakistan. He said, “The manifesto will explain how we [PTI] will build Naya Pakistan [New Pakistan].”

He reiterated that corruption and tax evasion is the cause for Pakistan’s failure as a nation.

“We are the first party who asked each and every member to declare their assets and we have put up the results on our website,” Imran said.

Attacking political dynasties, the PTI Chairman said, “We [PTI] do not want to become a Family Limited Company.”

“The day my party members elect Suleman Khan [Imran Khan’s son] as the party leader, I will resign,” he declared.

Further attacking the political dynasties of Pakistan he said, “In all these years, they [politicians] haven’t made leaders but made children.”

He concluded by saying, “PTI is not a Tsunami but a ‘Tsunama’.”

After the rally, a staircase broke injuring seven people. The incident occurred when workers present on stage tried to follow Imran Khan on the stage.

Reader Comments (59)

  • xyz
    Mar 10, 2013 - 6:49PM

    well done IK for great jalsa in Peshawar

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  • ikhlaas
    Mar 10, 2013 - 6:50PM

    the best line said by imran khan was Yad rakhain wo Rabbul Alameen hai sirf Rabbul Muslimeen nahi he
    kudos ik you finally have my vote…

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  • Shaami
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:01PM

    Interestingly Imran Khan remained silent on Karachi incident and never blamed MQM and PPP for security lapse but when it comes to PMLN and Punjab then Imran Khan is always ready to point fingers at. Imran Khan should be neutral in his opinions and targeting one party and one region will not do the trick for him. We need Unbiased leaders rather than so called leaders who try to avenge their personal enmities and biasness and cash in on unfortunate incidents for Political point scoring.
    We should keep in mind that filthy campaign on religious believes of Asma Jahangir was started by PTI and everyone knows about it.

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  • jiyala
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:05PM

    If even the “Tsunama’ does not crush the family limited parties, there’s no hope for this god-forsaken country. Best of luck IK, you’re literally the last hope for Pakistan.

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  • Fahad Khan
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:15PM

    Great speech to an extremely charged crowd. Tsunami revived, rising and will peak on 23rd March.

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  • MSH
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:16PM

    Interestingly you don’t mention him referring to Bilawal’s name change from Zardari to Bhutto. I also find a hesitancy by the print media to give comprehensive coverage to his rallies. When even an insignificant speech by either Zardari or Sharif receives massive coverage. Probably because status quo is perceived to be better than any change.

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  • Usman
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:20PM

    Time for action, time to let these status quo political parties know who’s boss. IK’s for the win!

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  • Blithe
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:27PM

    Suleman Khan will inherit billions , as the Goldsmith is one top richest families in
    the world.

    So I guess he is rather comfortable staying where he is .

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  • Westerner
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:29PM

    How could capturing and sentencing the rioters and killers of 4 years ago have prevented this tragedy and outburst? Unless the perpetrators then are the same one as today.

    Sounds like fuzzy logic and just rhetoric to me.

    Problem is that large segments of Pakistani society think like the rioters and attackers. If something can change this mindset, it’s promoting tolerance and educating rationalization at school, bringing children up with love, and have Islamic preacher that advocate peace and social harmony.

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  • notJoking
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:30PM

    ET why not the actual picture ? It was a mammoth rally, perhaps the biggest in the history of Pakistan …

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  • Babloo
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:35PM

    Mr Imran Khan, seems to have ‘hidden solutions’ for all ills that plague Pakistan, which are deep rooted in its political history. When is he going to reveal his solutions ? However I grant, he is not as corrupt as PP or PML. But his ability to change Pakistan is very suspect because civilian governments have a limited, subservient role to Army and intelligence agencies that rule Pakistan.

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  • abid
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:45PM

    I don’t understand nay correlation with picture and news. Why ET is so much biased?

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  • imran bhatt
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:51PM

    Is it not Mr Imran Khan you tells us ad nauseam that Taliban violence is not but a reaction to drone attacks. Should he say the same if Christians, Ahmedis, Shias and all other persecuted minorities in Pakistan take up arms against their killers.

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  • Salman Zafar
    Mar 10, 2013 - 7:53PM

    @ikhlaas:
    Exactly… He won million hearts by reminding us this…
    WO RABBUL AALAMIN HAI… SIRF RABUL MUSLIMEN NAHI…

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  • Mar 10, 2013 - 8:03PM

    @ Shaami
    Imran Khan has always condemned the incidents of violence and terrorism wherever, it happens. He critical of both statuesque protecting parties, the PPP and PML(N).

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  • Mudassar
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:04PM

    Thank you Khan for being ray of hope in this misery

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:10PM

    Cheap political stunts by Taliban Khan.

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  • JungleRukes
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:14PM

    Imran would have prevented the Joseph colony attacks “10 days after” it happened. Give him some time!

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  • ladowala
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:16PM

    @Blithe:
    Not as rich as Bilawal..he is a trillionaire!!!!
    ;)

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  • BILAL
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:18PM

    @SHAAMI, really this is your defense of Nawaz Sharif! that there is also violence in Karachi? This is all you PMLN people can say and your entire defense. Hence you have admitted you people can not solve these problems. IK has spoken about Karachi problems many times.

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  • HMCheema
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:24PM

    The TSUNAMI is back…!!

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  • salman
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:24PM

    @Blithe:
    True…but at least he will inherit. …not steal or earn through money laundering or tax evasion.

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  • saif
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:28PM

    @ shami… IK was the 1st one who by name mention all the three parties which have terrorists gangs in karachi and condemed th killings there…

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  • Usama
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:41PM

    Why ET did put the Peshawer Jalsa photo.. Totally biased..

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:43PM

    Just like proverbial ‘..in the bed..’ addition to many a sentence, please don’t forget to add ‘..in just ninety days..’ after every promise that IK makes!

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  • iD
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:52PM

    @Blithe: Same would have been the case for Imran Khan had he not got obsessed with changing our future. In fact, he would have been better off living a lavish life in some part of London with his (wife and) kids.
    Alas, we’re pathetic.

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  • Khan
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:57PM

    @Westerner:

    How could capturing and sentencing the rioters and killers of 4 years ago have prevented this tragedy and outburst?… Sounds like fuzzy logic and just rhetoric to me.

    Logic is very simple .. arrest the leaders and people will not be mislead and will never take law in to their own hands .. People who’re involved in these activities are backed and lead by “banned” organizations .. arrest and throw their leaders along with sympathizers in to the arabian sea (the US way) and the whole country will be 80% peaceful.
    Had we arrested some rioters and their leaders 4 years ago people will know their is rule of law and a punishment for taking law in own hands .. and thus will stop this anarchy. But it seems the whole security apparatus is asleep and is only their to take wages without performing any duties.

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  • fahad
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:57PM

    Today’s jalsa proved one thing……most of the media has been bought by the Nawaz Sharif and Zardari muk muka party

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  • Basit
    Mar 10, 2013 - 8:59PM

    This is not the photo of Peshawar Jalsa

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  • Lahori
    Mar 10, 2013 - 9:08PM

    Go ik go…. and smash these family limited….

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  • najeeb
    Mar 10, 2013 - 9:10PM

    @Blithe: very biased remarks

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  • ahmad
    Mar 10, 2013 - 9:33PM

    Punjab government could do this punjab government could do that. Punjab government hai ya superman. Kehnay ko koi bhi kuch bhi kar sakta hai. I could have flown. If you want to critisize at least do it properly. Why did he not say how punjab government could have prevebted? If I get angry today, and get passionate, how will punjab government atop me? My hypnotizing? Imran khan hai ya jin?

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  • Doctor
    Mar 10, 2013 - 9:36PM

    @Shaami:
    Boss Yo Are not Wrong but i Think He is doing this with Hikmat and Intelligence….waiting for right time….but i blame Karachi Ppl for MQMs Selection there.Karachi Ppl elect them as yo can se why MQM is not here in our regions of Punjab and we will never accept them.they should seriously think about this in these elections…NOW OR NEVER….

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  • @ishiPTI
    Mar 10, 2013 - 10:52PM

    One of the biggest Jalsa in last 5 years. Tsunami is just getting bigger. Dont forget to be part of Tsunama at 23rd March in Minar e Pakistan.

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  • cosmo
    Mar 10, 2013 - 11:10PM

    http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/india-asia-s-unlikely-powerbroker-in-papal-vote-340688?pfrom=home-otherstories

    In your face Pakistanis !! While Pakistani Christians are being mob-butchered, Indian Christians are deciding the future pope !!
    Proud of being a hardcore secularists !! Humanity and my country take priority over my religion!!

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  • New Era
    Mar 10, 2013 - 11:18PM

    @Shaami: IK actually took MQM (Altaf) to a court; Asma Jahangir or any left wing lackeys and wannabeez didn’t. You guys are just biased.

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  • cautious
    Mar 10, 2013 - 11:50PM

    Classic Khan – sentiment is spot on but solution has little substance.

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  • Faisal
    Mar 11, 2013 - 12:52AM

    It will be a crime if we don’t vote for this man even now. IK may have thousand discrepancies but he is way better than anyone available with us right now. Pls watch this video if you can.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7qTLobqzPg

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  • Salman Wazir
    Mar 11, 2013 - 1:03AM

    This is how this guy start playing upon religious sentiments of naives….:-)

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  • usman baloch ( Lahore )
    Mar 11, 2013 - 1:26AM

    once i happened to be his staunch supporter , by the time i realized that mr. khan has very little sense of politics and has lack in decision power abruptly.

    he only wants to blame PML N for his personal gains rather than accusing the rulers.

    he has no such maveric policies to be placed on board for final implementation in a bid of change. he does only knows to collect taxes . but forgot to implement taxes on agricultural land , simply because he owes landlords Jahangir tarin, Qurashi e.t.c.

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  • Sal
    Mar 11, 2013 - 1:34AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Your comments on IK is enough for me to actually say this:
    “The return of the TROLL of PML-N”………

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  • Blithe
    Mar 11, 2013 - 2:15AM

    @najeeb:
    What about Tyrian, daughter of IK.
    Why can’t she come into politics?

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  • afzaalkhan
    Mar 11, 2013 - 2:18AM

    @cosmo

    Check out Karnatka before lecturing us typical indianRecommend

  • Kaleem
    Mar 11, 2013 - 2:36AM

    Two friends fight > Muslim-Christian riots erupt, and a pious crowd of 3000 Muslims burn homes. To do political scoring, politicians instead of asking people to learn humanity, start mocking each other. They just want to score political advantage here. Is qoum ka Allah hi hafiz he. God will make these politicians and us accountable for this criminal attitude.

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  • rai hammad
    Mar 11, 2013 - 3:14AM

    @cosmo:
    its true that cristians are being treated very badly in pakistan but wait a minute,proud to be a hardcore secular,….what happened in gujrat under modi and also what about cristians of norteastern india where dozens of churches along with children and women are being burn in recent past.

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  • John the Baptist
    Mar 11, 2013 - 3:56AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    You must be roasting with envy today. Fire up the hukka to drown your sorrows and start looking for good fares to Jeddah.

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  • Balal Naeem
    Mar 11, 2013 - 4:24AM

    ET, your bias is now so visible that anyone with half a brain can see it.

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  • A2Z
    Mar 11, 2013 - 5:00AM

    Express tribune shame on you for not giving proper coverage to one of the biggest rally in the history of Peshawar

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  • Jehangir
    Mar 11, 2013 - 5:49AM

    PTI is the only hope for Pakistan. Brothers and Sisters, lets steer our nation towards the course it really deserves. Lets vote for PTI and build our foundation. Please utilize the only chance, we some how got by chance.

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  • Imtiaz Hussain
    Mar 11, 2013 - 7:28AM

    TI Chief IK can utter Hollow words about taking care of Law and Order to protect minorities in his manifesto of “Naya Pakistan” but in reality those are words of Leaders that do not have courage to go beyond words.
    Abraham Lincoln was bold and knew that Slavery will never allow his country to Unite and move forward, so he introduced Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. US Congress finally approved and in December 1865 Slavery was abolished in United States.
    The leaders of Pakistan need to have the same courage and start the movement to Abolish Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan with the same Zeal and Eagerness as Lincoln did more than 100 years ago.

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  • Khaksar
    Mar 11, 2013 - 7:48AM

    Mr IK, if you were in power, how would you have prevented this???

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  • Alex
    Mar 11, 2013 - 9:30AM

    “The day my party members elect Suleman Khan [Imran Khan’s son] as the party leader, I will resign,” – Ermm… which means he does plan for his son to succeed him? I don’t know whether he is stupid, or he thinks Pakistanis are stupid or (most likely) both….

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  • bilal
    Mar 11, 2013 - 9:36AM

    IK my vote for you. save us

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  • Rex Minor
    Mar 12, 2013 - 3:36AM

    Another great brain of Pakistan with hind sight, but no foresight. Who was asking the ex cricketer to keep his mouth shut: How do you propose to stop this circus and the carnage against minorities. As a cricketer, you have learnt to defend and attack the wicket. THis is not good enough. You must absorb your apprenticeship in politics with a seasoned politician or a charismatic personality. The excommunication of muslims and the law of Blasphemy is unislamic. I dare you to challenge it either in the parliament or publicly and with supporting rationale. .

    Rex Minor

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  • Saad
    Mar 12, 2013 - 11:32AM

    Waiting for the 23rd of March

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  • MAD
    Mar 12, 2013 - 11:40AM

    @Shaami: IK has already spoken on that incident earlier. Must he repeat himself.

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  • MAD
    Mar 12, 2013 - 11:42AM

    @Khaksar: simple, when the police would have asked what to do, they wouldve been ordered to protect the colony.

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  • Umer
    Mar 12, 2013 - 12:07PM

    @Blithe:
    What ever he inherits as long it is not out of Pakistani Tax Payers money we shouldnt have any problem !

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  • Majid
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:39PM

    Dear CM, how many miscreants, as you like to call them, were charged and put behind bars for looting and murdering Christians in Gojra? Where was the CM when another mob of fanatics, in November last year, attacked and burned down a girls’ school in Lahore? The school’s 77-year-old principal was booked in a blasphemy row over a piece of homework issued by a teacher. Has the CM taken any action against the mob who lynched and burnt alive a deranged person for alleged blasphemy? What about action against the killers of 80-year-old Iqbal Butt who was acquitted by the courts after being proved innocent in a blasphemy case? The killers of Shahbaz Bhatti vanished without a trace. The convicted murderer of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer could not be punished, thanks to the superior courts while Aasia Bibi’s appeal against her conviction has been pending for the last two years. Who will trust CM Sharif while his people are working overtime to purify the country — to make it literally a land of the pure? How come we Pakistanis criticise Narinder Modi of Gujrat?

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