PTI Lahore rally: Imran Khan says change has arrived

Published: March 23, 2013

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan gestures as he addressing a public meeting in Lahore on March 23, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan gestures as he addressing a public meeting in Lahore on March 23, 2013. PHOTO: AFP Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI) wave national and party flags during a rally in Lahore March 23, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS Supporters wave the PTI flag at the rally at Minar-i-Pakistan in Lahore on March 23, 2013. PHOTO: PTI FACEBOOK PAGE

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) organised a massive rally at the Minar-i-Pakistan on Saturday, reported Express News.

PTI chief Imran Khan, addressing the rally, made six promises to the people that he will not lie, will not indulge in double speak, take benefit of his position if elected into power and will not take his money out of Pakistan.

Imran said that his party did not need to make alliances. He added that change was not coming, but has arrived.

He promised to tear down the walls of the governor house and build sports grounds there and convert the governor house into a library if the PTI wins the elections. 

While Imran announced that PTI’s manifesto would be read out, heavy rain and technical difficulties prevented that.

In preparation for the expected strength of attendance, security arrangements have been beefed up in Lahore, including deployment of 2000 police officials and bomb squad security checks.

The organising committee rented 50,000 chairs for the rally and up to 3000 youths volunteered to help usher people to designated areas in the rally.

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8:15pm

The speeches are currently paused due to heavy rain and a stampede at the rally.

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Imran Khan prior to speaking at the Lahore rally

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7:47pm

Express News reports that there has been a stampede at the PTI rally. Initial reports say many people have been injured due to the stampede.

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7:45pm

Imran says that he is not like those leaders who are practicing politics here but their money is outside Pakistan. “I will live here and I will die here, I will never leave Pakistan.”

Imran says that public tax money will not be spent in Governor or Chief Minister Houses. “When PTI’s government comes into power, it will tear down the walls of governor house and will make a big sports ground there and a library in the governor house.”

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7:40pm

Imran promises that he will not tell the people that which he cannot do. “I will not do the drama of new provinces, or increase wages of labourers.”

“If I say we oppose drone attacks, then i will be telling the US that as well.”

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7:37pm

“I want to thank you all that you have proved that change is not coming, but has already arrived,” says Imran Khan.

He added, “Pakistan’s future is in your (youth) hands. I am fortunate to have had everything.”

“I want to make a “naya Pakistan” (new Pakistan) with you all.”

“People said not to conduct Intra-party elections, the party will break up. People said not to go to Waziristan, they will kill you there. But I took those decisions.”

My father stood in this very ground in 1040 when the resolution for Pakistan was approved. They told me that he was here when the decision for Pakistan being made he was there. All of you, you can tell your children that when the decision for the new Pakistan was being made, you were all here.

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7:35pm

It is raining at the rally grounds in Lahore.

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7:30pm

PTI chief Imran Khan’s six pledges:

1. I will always speak the truth to the people of Pakistan.

2. The PTI government that will come into power, I promise that we will try to end tyranny.

3. I will never take my money out of Pakistan.

4. I will never take personal benefit from being in government, nor will my relatives be allowed to benefit from my being in power.

5. I will protect your tax money.

6.  We will stand together with every Pakistani in or outside Pakistan.

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7:25pm

PTI chief Imran Khan says that his party’s manifesto will be unveiled soon.

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7:20pm

PTI chief Imran Khan says that he will be making six promises to the people.

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7:15pm

PTI Chief Imran Khan addressing the rally at Minar-e-Pakistan ground.

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6:43pm

“After PTI was created, the party lost the first elections. People started taunting Imran Khan that ‘politics is not a game, you cannot do it’. He said ‘I will fight’. In next elections, Imran Khan won only one seat from Mianwali, people said ‘Forget it, it’s not possible’. Imran Khan said: ‘To make impossible possible is Imran Khan’,” says Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

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6:38pm

Recalling Imran Khan’s successes, Shah Mehmood Qureshi says, “He became the captain of Pakistani cricket team, people said ‘Imran Khan you cannot win the World Cup’; Still he won the cup. He decided to make a cancer hospital in Lahore, which will give free treatment to the poor; people said ‘Where will you get the money from’; |Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital was born. He decided to step into the politics of the country, people said ‘there are already two big parties and there’s no third alternative’; but he didn’t step back and PTI was born.”

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6:21pm

Shah Mehmood Qureshi addresses the rally.

The address will resume after Maghrib prayers.

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6:08pm

Minar-e-Pakistan ground full of people.

80,000 leaders of PTI, who won the intra-party elections, will take oath later today and Imran Khan is expected to administer the oath.

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5:28pm

The Express Tribune reporter Rameez Khan reports that a large number of females have arrived at the venue to attend the procession.

However, families express concerns over the arrangements as no segregated sitting area was created for the female participants.

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5:13pm

Imran Khan reaches the Minar-e-Pakistan ground.

Imran Khan tweets: “We are putting PML-N and PPP on notice! Change has come! NO one can stop PTI Tsunami! #PTI4NayaPakistan #PTIWeAreTheChange!”

People get excited to see Imran Khan.

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5:03pm

Rain has stopped at the venue.

More people are coming in despite delays due to containers, making the crowd stronger in numbers.

PTI claims 1 million people will be in attendance, however the venue is not yet full.

Families, women and children are visible in the crowd.

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4:41pm

Recently elected president of the PTI Minorities Wing, Sajid Ishaq is addressing the crowd.

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4:34pm

Recently elected president of the PTI Women Wing, Munazza Hasan is addressing the crowd.

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4:02pm

Apart from the containers blocking passages, there are hurdles to face.  It has started to rain, though the weather was clear earlier.

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3:30pm

PTI complains that containers put by the police to block routes is causing difficulty and delay for incoming supporters.

Police say it is a part of their security procedures.

Supporters are singing and dancing to national songs while they wait for Imran Khan to address the crowd.

Imran Khan is said to begin his address around 6- 6:30pm, Express News reports.

 

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Reader Comments (124)

  • Zeta
    Mar 23, 2013 - 3:50PM

    PTI is the hope of youth. The hope of Pakistan

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  • samar
    Mar 23, 2013 - 3:56PM

    Inshallah, Pti will be our new government.

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  • bilal
    Mar 23, 2013 - 3:57PM

    IK you are a true asset for Pakistan. my votes for you, inshallah you will succeed with flying colors. may Allah protect you against all the evils

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  • TRiz
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:04PM

    As per the PTI’s promise they will release the “Manifesto for the change” on March 23. Desperately waiting to see it as this manifesto will judge PTI’s as well as Pakistan’s future.

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:08PM

    IK is the future of pakistan, a true visionary who can bring change in 90 days. Good to hear that, there will be at least 50,000 chairs available to awam before and after the rally.

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  • Shah
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:36PM

    Pakistani politics is not “manifesto oriented” but “name oriented” which is a reason for the party promoting Imran Khan’s name; so no “change” but “traditional politics”.

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  • mystreeman
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:37PM

    Punjabi Taliban Ittehad (PTI) is backed by establishment and will never serve Pakistan.

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  • Concerned
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:39PM

    Wish I could be there….!

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  • Ajamal
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:57PM

    Best wishes and good luck to IK and Pakistan.

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  • Saim Baig PTI
    Mar 23, 2013 - 5:02PM

    Allah has given us Imran Khan as a symbol of hope!!
    Go Khan Go!! We are with you!!
    Waiting for the Manifesto for the change!! Hope this Jalsa will be the last nail in coffin for corrupt politics in Pakistan!!

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  • Mar 23, 2013 - 5:13PM

    PTI chairman is not a national leader ,butt also a good player , as i am witness that he
    has give assurance in Frankfurt that he will never take part in pak politics. He get many from
    labours in forgien for free hospital ,now poor are on road and he is enjoying in many
    things , do not give him single vote, i appeal to the nation to help P P P for strong Pak
    and strong Eco as well as higher Incom of labour , P P P zindabad will come again
    for pakistan

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  • Sindhi
    Mar 23, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Just a hype but nothing else. PTI is not a mature party yet.Only PMLN can guide Pakistan towards prosperityRecommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 23, 2013 - 5:16PM

    Imran khan re surging some emotions on this historic day ……I Feel PUMPED !!!!

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  • Shaami
    Mar 23, 2013 - 5:20PM

    Well I am not impressed at all that One Political Party used One National Holiday for their Own Political Mileage. The government must ban all Political gatherings on all National holidays. On 23rd March many families in Lahore visit Minaar e Pakistan and all are now in their homes and also due to this rally our holiday is being ruined as many families opted to live in their homes rather than going out owing to the flow of people and chocking of all roads.

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  • Zahir Cheema
    Mar 23, 2013 - 5:24PM

    @mystreeman Shame on bringing Ethnicity into the discussion. Blaming Punjabis is the easiest thing for all ethnicities right now and that is what you all are doing. Punjabis are here to stay and do whatever you wanna do to portray us as evils but it will never work. Stop blaming others for your own shortcomings..Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 23, 2013 - 5:29PM

    @shaami: Or hold this rally on a working day and close down everything?

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 23, 2013 - 5:41PM

    Out of ten participants, only one is a genuine voter.

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  • engineer
    Mar 23, 2013 - 5:45PM

    @malak muhammad @ sindhi
    only PTI else marshla.

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  • Shazain
    Mar 23, 2013 - 5:53PM

    They will get about 5 seats in NA and around 10 in Punjab PA.

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  • SNaqvi
    Mar 23, 2013 - 5:53PM

    @Shaami: so according to you, families who wanted to visit minar-e-pakistan and had to stay home because of the jalse had more of a right to visit the place than the thousands of people who are already there? Arent we supposed to have equal rights?
    dont see much logic in your argument.

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  • Hitman
    Mar 23, 2013 - 6:06PM

    @shami, it’s not about holding this gathering on national holiday. At least they are not blocking roads or causing chaos in city. It’s freedom of act and speech, anyone should be allowed to hold gathering as long as its peaceful. As far as families who wanted to have picnic there, won’t hurt if they don’t go there one day. There are plenty of parks available after all Lahore is city of gardens!

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  • Sarosh
    Mar 23, 2013 - 6:13PM

    80,000 leaders :o

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  • Blithe
    Mar 23, 2013 - 6:14PM

    Good concert at best.

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  • san
    Mar 23, 2013 - 6:19PM

    Where is Rameez Raja, the mysterious commentators. I cannot hear his voice.Recommend

  • Shaami
    Mar 23, 2013 - 6:29PM

    @SNaqvi Well first of all I am stating my opinion and you can disagree with me. All I am saying that there are ordinary weekends for rallies but on National Holidays atleast Political parties should avoid any Rallies. My point is that on National Holidays we should think above of Our Political and Ethnic Biases and then we could progress only. Right now thousands who are at that place are representing one Party only but my contention is that on National Holidays we should contemplate what went wrong in the past and how to progress as a Cohesive unit without any Bias of Politics, race, religion or creed plaguing our Society right now.

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  • Shahbaz
    Mar 23, 2013 - 6:43PM

    The only hope for Pakistan. The biggest Jalsa in the history of Pakistan..Amazing

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  • Green Tiger
    Mar 23, 2013 - 6:59PM

    Every Sunni will vote for Imran Khan and the PTI. He`s a true Islamist and Muslim.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:00PM

    IK is last hope in the darkness of pakistani politics.

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  • A J Mohmand
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:01PM

    Thanks ET for the Live Updates

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  • Zaida P
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:07PM

    Where does PPP get its funding from? This kind of show will cost billions of rupees.

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  • mystreeman
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:08PM

    @Zahir Cheema: Punjab has been sidelined from the central rule since Musharraf took over in 1999 and last 5 years have been very heavy on Punjabis when they found Non-Punjabi Pakistan ruling in Pakistan. Imran Khan has been placed to reclaim what Punjabis think as their birth right to rule Pakistan. We Non_Punjabis patriotic Pakistanis know Imran’s reality hence not impressed by desperate efforts of Punjabis to fool other Pakistanis to follow their leader. We have already seen true color of Imran’s leadershio when he was PAkistan’s captain and how did he scuttle the careers of many Non-Punjabis players.

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:13PM

    My vote for Imran Khan

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  • Zahir Cheema
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:21PM

    @mystreeman I am ashamed at your thinking that how low you can go and i dont even want to answer the people like you.Recommend

  • Nitish
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:29PM

    Just one question,from where does imran khan get money to arrange these rallies ….Recommend

  • mystreeman
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:39PM

    @Zahir Cheema: Who cares!

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  • wowemkay
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:43PM

    Oh please say in no uncertain terms that you will always protect and honor the hapless minorities of Pakistan. Otherwise, all these promises seem very hollow.

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  • Zaheer Abbas
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:48PM

    There almost One Lakh People at Minar i Pakistan Ground at evening. Is it Tsunamaaaaa?

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  • mystreeman
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:48PM

    “I will not do the drama of new provinces, or increase wages of labourers.” First assurance to Punjabis that he will safeguard Punjabis vested interest by keeping Seraiki land under the rule of Lahore.

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  • Asad
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:49PM

    @Nitish: Do you have any concept of political fund raising?

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  • hassan syed
    Mar 23, 2013 - 7:55PM

    A true leader and beacon of hope best of luck KHAN

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  • Falcon
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:01PM

    @Nitish:
    PTI has a very extensive network of members inside and outside Pakistan who support it financially (me being one of them for example). I know of students abroad who hardly have any income but cut their expenditure to support PTI. Why so much commitment? You have to understand that most of us believe that Pakistan is going through the most critical phase of its life and coming elections will make it or break it.

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  • Rizwan
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:01PM

    Imran rocked – PTI Going to sweap the next election

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  • Junaid Hassan
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:06PM

    All wishes and prayers with IK
    Best of Luck PTI…..

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  • A2Z
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:07PM

    Shame on the PML-N for putting containers. Its not rain but ‘Allah ki rehmat hai’

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  • Falcon
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:13PM

    @Shaami:
    No offense. This is precisely the super de-politicization logic that has been handed by our elders that has gotten us in this mess. If there is any speculation that needs to happen on this day, then that would be how do we start owning the political buck and knowing the issues of our country. IK’s appearance on the political horizon has done this very thing, it has charged up the very youth who are the future of this nation and were thinking about leaving the country at the first possible opportunity. At least we see some level of patriotic resurgence and growing familiarity with country’s true challenges in the nation because of IK’s efforts. The very fact that a chunk of our nation has gathered regardless of the fears of security on a platform is is itself respectable. Pakistan = Not places & holidays, Pakistan = 180 million people like us!

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  • Yousuf
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:17PM

    “My father stood in this very ground in 1040 ” !!!!!! :O …

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  • Tamoor R
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:20PM

    we are with u always Junoon Vs Paisa….IK Zindabad

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  • youth lahore
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:23PM

    The only hope for Pakistan. The biggest Jalsa in the history of Pakistan..Amazing

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  • Junaid Hassan
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:29PM

    Can anyone guess the count, currently ??

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  • Waleed
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:43PM

    TSSSSSSUNAMI is here. Where is Pti, running!

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  • Nitish
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:44PM

    @Falcon:Why so much commitment? You have to understand that most of us believe that Pakistan is going through the most critical phase of its life and coming elections will make it or break it
    If people r donating individually for him,then of course there is some honest case . Though neither pakistan is going to make things better as easily nor it is going to collapse by coming election or so on…
    @Asad: @Nitish: Do you have any concept of political fund raising?
    Yes i have.There was a time when Laloo prasad yadav used to conduct rallies quite frequently in bihar.Daily bandh and protests were the usual scenario…result?state was almost on the verge of collapse.
    Why i raised this question?PTI is not in power anywhere in pakistan by now.Hence he would not be able to use public funds by any means(corruption or whatever).Then question becomes obvious in his case….In india ,arvind kejriwal is always questioned by authorities for running political party.later,it was found that he has backing from private organisations and NRIs…..

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Mar 23, 2013 - 9:05PM

    Good going by Ik.
    7:35pm
    “It is raining at the rally grounds in Lahore…”

    Repot is wrong, the water is not from rain, it is from the soonami

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  • LUMS Student
    Mar 23, 2013 - 9:13PM

    IMRAN KHAN IS ROARING.. LET HIM RULE THE SAVANNAHS

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  • rizwan
    Mar 23, 2013 - 9:34PM

    love ik

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  • Imran Qureshi
    Mar 23, 2013 - 9:38PM

    Imran Khan’s Tsunami Defeated, Allah’s Rain Wins. Imran Khan PTI did not complete his speech and nor present manifesto. He and his supporter ran…………..

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  • Bilal Khan
    Mar 23, 2013 - 9:53PM

    Thanks ET for coverage – we want to see our leader and hero. We will show solidarity on Mary 11 and go out to vote with all family members and friends

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  • Ali Abul Hassan
    Mar 23, 2013 - 10:06PM

    ‘A leader is someone who knows his limitations…’ Well done Mr. Khan…! I could sense the sincerity, compassion and enthusiasm out of your words… True Pakistanis are with you..!

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  • naeem khan
    Mar 23, 2013 - 10:08PM

    tahir ul qadris gathering was bigger than IK s so imran is not a leader of even qadris stature and the poor guy is day dreaming about becoming PM in 2002 thanks to massive rigging he got elected from mianwali this time i think he might not even get elected

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  • Dildar Pakistan
    Mar 23, 2013 - 10:19PM

    The TV channel reporter wants a comment from analyst and then chops him half way,
    what’s the point even asking for a comment?

    People want leaders to be honest but everyone needs to be truthful and honest themselves too if they really want to live a peaceful life.
    Most of us think that following the religious rituals makes us better than everyone else.
    What’s the point of performing rituals if we don’t speak the truth and be honest with ourselves.

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  • @ishiPTI
    Mar 23, 2013 - 10:46PM

    despite of thunder storm we didnt move till IK finished his speech, its just beginning of Naya Pakistan, Thank you Lahore for your support.

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  • zain
    Mar 23, 2013 - 10:46PM

    it was dam good keep it up khan jee we aew with :D u <3

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  • PTI zindabad
    Mar 23, 2013 - 10:51PM

    @Imran Qureshi:
    What an ignorant logic ? – pml n and ppp leaders do boxed or bullet proof windows jalsey. You need some education… Comparing a political jalsa with nature

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  • Green Tiger
    Mar 23, 2013 - 11:02PM

    I request every one making posts here to comeout with all your families and friends and vote. If your voting is only on internet, then IK and PTI has no chance of winning election. The future of every Paki is in your hands. Its now or never. Inshallah, IK will WIN. The lion will destroy PPP and PML…

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  • Fortune76
    Mar 23, 2013 - 11:06PM

    Get a life
    @Imran Qureshi:

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  • mystreeman
    Mar 23, 2013 - 11:12PM

    @PTI zindabad:
    Well Imran Khan supports those who attack secular parties of Pakistan hence they need to protect themselves.

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  • shahid
    Mar 23, 2013 - 11:14PM

    which kind of change?

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 23, 2013 - 11:34PM

    Show failed..those who were threatening with Tsunami, started running after few drops of rain. Complete waste of time and money. Election boycott is the only option for Imran Khan.

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  • mystreeman
    Mar 23, 2013 - 11:35PM

    Imran Khan is not taking Pakistan into future; he wants to take back Pakistan to the of Zia ul Haq rule. He gets JI supprt, as Zia got. He supports militants. As Zia did.He gets supports from anti-PPP nationalists in SIndh as Zia got.

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  • Pakooo
    Mar 23, 2013 - 11:46PM

    @mystreeman:
    This is the kind of mentality we need to wipe out. Don’t bring ethnicity into this pls.

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  • Asad
    Mar 23, 2013 - 11:48PM

    @Nitish: no one is interested to hear what you or your laloo is upto go and troll somewhere else.

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  • mindless
    Mar 23, 2013 - 11:51PM

    @malik mohammad akram:
    I know you personally, If you haven’t noticed some body keeping an eye on you from Finland. Get lost with travel agency. How about your muk muka with PML-N, people like you can be jealous only..
    At least for educated mind he is doing enough to gather us all for one good faithful cause.

    Cheers Imran, Cheers PTI.

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  • I. Ahmed
    Mar 23, 2013 - 11:57PM

    Good to know so many people turned up for IK rally. Hope the change he is talking about will come sooner rather than later.
    On the lighter side, considering the history of Pakistan and elections of 1970, it would have been better for IK to not use 6-Points. We knew what happened to the country and the people after the infamous 6-Points agenda!!!!!

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  • Blithe
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:00AM

    @Green Tiger:
    Perversely , he’ll only pop , if anything .

    He’ll just win 5 seats in NA but will try to divide league votes to help Zardari .

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  • observer
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:08AM

    PTI Lahore rally: Imran Khan says change has arrived

    Has Malala Yousafzai landed in Pakistan?

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  • epic
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:28AM

    vote for change. IK is doing his best. now its our turn.

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  • Sikandar
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:41AM

    Seeing the bold political reformation efforts by Imran and the political movement that is growing especially among the youth is heartening and even inspiring, wants me to move back there. I hope people will unite (even with “agree to disagree” on political direction of the nation) and support political reform and continuous democratic process in Pakistan to allow cleansing of system. We need more self-made, honest political leaders and none of professional polticians who inherit seats by virtue of birth or being lackeys of foreign masters. Imran is unpolished as a politician but an honest patriot and a good leader. God bless Pakistan and all its people.

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  • Ahsan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:45AM

    Well done Imran Khan on a gathering of about 1,00,000 people, now it’s time to continue this mementum to the elections, and for those so called “PTI Bashers”, have this: did PML-N ever produce a rally of this size and stature in past 5 Years, simple answer, no, PML-N nd PPPP jalsas are all rent a crowd ( anyone remember the crowd PPP rented for Benazir Bhutto’s martyrdom anniversary, it was just pathetic, its like they gave 300rs to some people sitting in the streets and told them to just wave flags!!!), IK has truely commited party members and the country as well, inshallah he will get a fair number of seats( very optimistic for sweep).

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  • Atifa Asif
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:47AM

    for all those retarded people asking where he gets the money … first of all unlike other parties he does not advertise by using the money of a tax payer and people all across pakistan actually donate to him because they believe in him and he has also come to canada where i attended and donated money myself to pti… OVERSEAS PAKISTAN LOVE PTI AND GIVE MONEY WITH OUR OWL WILL

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  • Gohar Naeem
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:05AM

    It was a failed show by PTI. Elections cannot be won by just collecting few thousands people from all over Pakistan. My vote for Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Syed Zainul Islam
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:12AM

    My father stood in this very ground in 1040 when the resolution for Pakistan was approved. ?????

    I think there may be an error in typing

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  • Gul Hassan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:21AM

    Well one has to yet to see how much this popular support gets translated in elections. But no doubt PTI has done a dent to existing exhausted parties.

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  • Syed Ali Raza
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:26AM

    “There’s a storm coming, Mr. Shareef and Zardari. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.” – Goosebumps when people all around started chanting in the wind and rain during the Jalsa.

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  • SNaqvi
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:28AM

    @Shaami: well that is an interesting perspective indeed. but political rallies are also an essential part of planning for the future since this is an election year

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  • antanu g
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:37AM

    @Shaami:
    how the change in your country come if its people are not ready to sacrifice a day’s outing on a holiday… with people like you no country can afford to have a hope for better future…

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  • Akbar
    Mar 24, 2013 - 1:45AM

    Tsunami khan gets thrashed and whipped by little ol’ lahori rain. Im sure looking to blame shareefs for the weather too now.

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  • Arshad
    Mar 24, 2013 - 2:04AM

    My vote is still for Pakistan’s only truly liberal and non-taliban supporting party..the PPP INSHALLAH

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  • Farhana Ikram
    Mar 24, 2013 - 2:27AM

    ALLAH bless Pakistan. ALLAH bless PML-N. ALLAH bless Nawaz Sharif. Only hope is PML-N. Voting for PTI means voting for PPP. I do not want to help Zardari by voting for PTI.

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  • Noumana Zahid
    Mar 24, 2013 - 2:49AM

    Why ET is not uploading comments against PTI. It is biased journalism by ET.

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  • Azam
    Mar 24, 2013 - 2:52AM

    Article 63&64 should be provoked and IK will be in Jail

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  • MNC
    Mar 24, 2013 - 3:00AM

    What a shame was this PTI jalsa. Millions lost – could have been spent on some productive thing.

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  • Lion
    Mar 24, 2013 - 3:22AM

    All my prayers and best wishes for PML(N). Nawaz Sharif is the only hope for Pakistan. Allah bless him with health, success and long life. Aameen.

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  • Factory Worker
    Mar 24, 2013 - 3:33AM

    I shall vote for PML-N alongwith all workers working in the factory with me. Allah will give success to Nawaz Sharif. I shall never help PPP by voting for PTI. I request PTI fans to open their eyes.

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  • Dr.X
    Mar 24, 2013 - 3:40AM

    The statements made by a lot of people against PTI just shows that they r willing to spend or waste their time listening to Imran Khan. Subconsciously,they r addicted to Imran Khan. He has slowly creeped in their brains and no matter how hard they try, they cant Ignore him.I do not support Nawaz Shareef or Zardari or Altaf Hussain. I do not spend a second watching their jalsas because I know that there words hold no importance to me!
    Take the example of the TV channels, whenever Imran Khans is being interviewed on a tv channel, the number of Ads increase. Do you know why!? Because people want to watch him! Plain and simple! Can’t ignore him Boss!!!

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  • The Khan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 4:45AM

    I will coming all the way from Canada to vote for him

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  • Hyder Husain
    Mar 24, 2013 - 5:28AM

    Politicians of all colours have so far failed to deliver. Loot and plunder have been their sole mission. Imran Khan is the only politician who has not been tested. He is educated and has a clean record. He is the only hope for the survival of Pakistan.

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  • Qazi
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:12AM

    What a fabulous display of passion it was.. Imran khan stood firm in heavy rain without even carrying an umbrella. I salute the brave crowd for standing firm with Imran khan in such terrible weather conditions.. Inshallah, PTI under the leadership of Imran will lead us in near future.

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  • Nitish
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:43AM

    @Asad:
    I didnt ask you to respond me back..got it.

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  • Luqman
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:49AM

    IK is the only hope for Pakistan!! People supporting anyone else (including Mushi) should open their eyes nd look round what these parties (so called old parties) have done to your country. I am ashamed of giving this kind of country to my children ….. The only remedy is Imran Khan who I can identify with!! I think he deserves this chance to prove himself …… My entire family’s votes are for him ……

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  • mind control
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:18AM

    PTI Lahore rally: Imran Khan says change has arrived

    This can mean one of two things,

    A. That this time around PTI will actually do the democratic thing and contest elections.

    B. Malala Yousafzai has landed in Pakistan.

    Which one is it?

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  • RAW is WAR
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:51AM

    he is getting married again?

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  • Waqar
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:04AM

    @Shaami:
    so you can sleep ?

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  • bilal
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:20AM

    @Nitish:
    he is not alone in this war. the whole pakistan supports him. IK our new Prime Minister

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  • bilal
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:23AM

    @Imran Qureshi:
    stop supporting the families who ruined us. how much are you getting from the destroyers of Pakistan.

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  • Mar 24, 2013 - 10:06AM

    Viva Imran!
    He is veritable and is true to his words. Imran speaks his mind and there is no double-dealing about him. He does not make false promises and backs up his words with deeds. His rally, gathering, assemblage must have been attended by at least a million strong supporters, maybe more.
    Pray the establishment supports and bolsters him against these decrepit, corrupt, and savage politicos. Salams to PTI and Pakistan

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  • bilal
    Mar 24, 2013 - 11:11AM

    @Sindhi:
    how many times you will support the culprits who have done nothing for except for building their own properties. please grow up and start thinking like a Pakistani not like a looter.

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  • bilal
    Mar 24, 2013 - 11:25AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    you are equally responsible to drag Pakistan into destruction. I wish to throw you all cheater looters out of Pakistan. Support IK for a change not for MNA MPA seat

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  • bilal
    Mar 24, 2013 - 11:30AM

    @Noumana Zahid:
    because there is nothing against PTI. stop supporting the looters we are almost standing on the edge of everything. wake up for Allah sake

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  • Saima Haseen
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:04PM

    Establishment has spent a lot on Imran Khan. He is just a puppet of Establishment.
    Pakistani public will succeed. Establishment will fail.
    PML-N will succeed. All puppets of Establishment like PTI, MQM, Tahir ul Qardi and Musharraf will fail.

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  • Hamid Suleman
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:09PM

    I believe that Imran Khan is the biggest enemy of Pakistan. He is providing maximum help to Zardari Tola. PPP will get much more seats due to present role being played by PTI on the signals of establishment. PTI supporters should use their mind if they have.

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  • Saqib Nabeel
    Mar 24, 2013 - 2:18PM

    Imran said that he would always speak truth. He can never speak truth. Thanks to ALMIGHTY ALLAH who showered rain and did not allow this liar to complete his speech. ALLAH bless Pakistan. Imran’s politics will harm Pakistan and will be beneficial for PPP. PTI supporters do not have mind.

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  • Junaid
    Mar 24, 2013 - 4:54PM

    As Nawaz Shreef says, government complete 5 years due to PML N as has been supporting his corrupt government.

    Those who thinks Imran khan is supporting PPP should know that Nawaz has been doing this for five years and now taking all his corrupt politician, lotas, fake degrees every one in PML N.
    PML N is the real support of PPP as they are just showing that they are against.

    I think no one should give vote to PML N because they already have 2 chances in national assembly and 5 chances in Punjab assembly. He does not have anything new, except some fake promises.

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  • Fauzan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 5:08PM

    All those who’re against IK. Just wait and see the next phase if IK does not come to power.

    Anyone who chooses the same old tried and tested politicians deserves to suffer then in my opinion.

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  • Azeem Aslam
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:34PM

    Thee is no competitor of Khan in Politics now. PTI will sweep in elections Insha ALLAH.

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  • be reasonable
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:20PM

    just like it did in Punjab? and just like it did in its two tenures? think again my friend @Sindhi:

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  • Riaz
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:54PM

    @Shah: holding elections in party declaring
    Chairman will be for two terms asking all pti leaders to declare
    There assets i can go on and on. do you
    Blinders on your eyes. There is one man
    This country has produced that i can be proud
    Off. i am always looking for some thing i can be
    Proud off but cannot find it. If you know any
    Let me know i will thank you.

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  • Saqib Shah
    Mar 25, 2013 - 1:03AM

    Battle of Hastings, lol…..1066 AD

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  • Faisal
    Mar 25, 2013 - 1:13AM

    All the best to Imran. IA I will fly back to the country to vote for him.

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  • kashif
    Mar 25, 2013 - 9:50AM

    Count my vote for PTI as well……

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  • Sajjad
    Mar 25, 2013 - 10:12AM

    I think a new party should be given chance to come to power and ofcorse let us pray they make a Nayarit Pakistan which every one wants.

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  • bilal
    Mar 25, 2013 - 10:13AM

    @Factory Worker:
    are you getting anything from PMLN. MNA MPA seat, factory worker union chairman what post are you actually getting for destroying Pakistan. wake up

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  • Wajid
    Mar 28, 2013 - 9:40PM

    The call for a New Pakistan was first made by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto while he was speaking to the astounded nation on 20 December, 1971, after the fall of Dhaka due to a massive military defeat. It was an attempt to woo the people for whom the news of defeat came as a shocker amidst the amplified claims of military advancements and chants of foreseeing a victory through the mass media. Bhutto’s speech came as a reality check, his personal charisma, spellbinding oratory skills and the overwhelming mass support helped in convalescing a traumatised people.
    Bhutto’s attainment and shortcomings are a subject of debate for the past four decades but his populist politics, his tactics and antics have enthralled many, even among his detractors, and the catchwords are still taken over by even those on the opposite of political divide.

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  • Jonaid
    Apr 8, 2013 - 3:43PM

    @Sindhi:
    What a poor argument given by PML-N supporters.Recommend

  • tehreem
    Apr 21, 2013 - 1:52PM

    pti is the best inshaAllah they will win insha Allah

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  • tehreem
    Apr 21, 2013 - 1:53PM

    Insha ALLAH PTI WILL Win

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