PTI chief will have a two-term limit, says Imran Khan

Published: March 20, 2013

“I will not be a lifetime head of this party because it is against democratic norms and values,” says Khan. PHOTO: WASEEM NIAZ/EXPRESS


Imran Khan has said that there will be a two-term limit on anyone being head of his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), after the upcoming internal party polls to elect a chairperson.

“I will not be a lifetime head of this party because it is against democratic norms and values,” Khan said, addressing a gathering of newly-elected party office bearers at the PTI office here on Tuesday.

He said that unlike the PML-N and PPP, the PTI would not become a “family limited and branded political” party.

The PTI’s intra-party elections were unprecedented in Pakistan, where other parties did not want a democratic culture, he said. In “selected parties”, he said, the leaders controlled the party; in “elected parties”, the party controlled the leaders.

Without internal elections, the party chief was a king with absolute power to oust and enlist anyone, while in democratic parties, this was the remit of the party ranks.

“In family limited parties, political workers and others seek to gain favour by lavishing the leadership with gifts and money, like residences in Bahria Town,” Khan said. The workers were the leaders’ slaves and courtiers, he added.

Khan said that the PTI would groom political leaders to lead Pakistan in the future. “The leaders of the family limited parties groom their kids to use political workers as slaves and rule the country,” he said.

Democracy is a prerequisite for prosperity, and the more democratic the set-up, the higher the rate of prosperity, he added. “True democracy has remained a dream in Pakistan as one party has been hijacked by the Sharifs and one by the Bhuttos,” Khan said.

The PTI, should it be elected into power, would continue to hold its leaders accountable and party workers would have the right to oust anyone found guilty of corruption, he said.

The PTI chief said his party would issue its manifesto at its “Tsunami Plus” gathering at Minar-i-Pakistan on March 23. He urged all the new party office bearers to ensure full participation in the event, on the anniversary of the Pakistan Resolution of 1940. The PTI wants to revive Quaid-i-Azam’s Pakistan, he said.

Khan claimed that the Punjab government had not been dissolved yet because the PML-N wanted to use patwaris and police to sabotage the March 23 gathering. He said that the party would buy tickets for its workers to travel to Minar-i-Pakistan on the “Jangla Bus”, a reference to the Metro Bus Service.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Fighter
    Mar 20, 2013 - 5:18AM

    Imran Khan – a true Legend …. Vote for PTI


  • xyz
    Mar 20, 2013 - 7:42AM

    very good jobRecommend

  • ASIF
    Mar 20, 2013 - 9:06AM

    leader like imran should be the leader of the world,i am damn sure he will be the qaid e azam for our next generations,and next PM of pakistan,,guys please vote for him


  • Xnain
    Mar 20, 2013 - 11:11AM

    Something which should be followed by others too. Leader should be elected based on the abilities not genetics. A move worth appreciating indeed.


  • Usman
    Mar 20, 2013 - 11:23AM

    And there, my friends, is a leader.


  • Tariq
    Mar 20, 2013 - 11:35AM

    Imran bhai no doubt you are a king. As a king kindly check the results of intra party elections in balochistan and other areas. Some people have elected as president of the area with out any fight which is wrong. In news we have seen many footages which show some rigging in intra party elections. kindly do some thing for this problem


  • Ibrahim
    Mar 20, 2013 - 1:53PM

    A trend setter who has set the trend for coming generations and evolutionarily putting culture of accountability into other political parties.Now,their workers will do ask for intra party elections!


  • Jehangir
    Mar 20, 2013 - 8:15PM

    Vote for PTI because our great nation deserves better. Give them chance to perform in next five years. Re – elect them if they steer country in right direction, otherwise get rid of them as well. Please, please, please don’t vote for same old parties again my friends.


  • Mar 20, 2013 - 10:40PM

    “He said that unlike the PML-N and PPP, the PTI would not become a “family limited and branded political” party.”
    ^win. Family politics is the worse form of politics prevalent in Pakistan. So-called self-proclaimed leaders, who actually are reflection of tyrannical kings who possess absolute power, have always controlled the politics of Pakistan. These feudal lords have oppressed an average citizen to the point, where it had become nearly impossible for the masses to rise up against these leaders with monarchical tendencies. The question of emancipation of an average citizen of Pakistan will remain in a state of despair if family politics continue to control the so-called democratic Pakistan.


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