Elections: PTI to work out seat adjustment with JI

Published: March 24, 2013

JI and PTI come together for seat adjustment across Pakistan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Syed Munawar Hassan held a meeting to discuss seat adjustment between both the parties across Pakistan for the upcoming elections, Express News reported on Sunday.

The JI chief and Khan, while addressing the media, announced they have formed committees that will reach consensus regarding seat adjustments.

“PTI will not carry out seat adjustment with the people who were in power for the last five years,” Khan said.

Earlier on March 17, both the parties agreed to seat adjustment in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

PTI provincial president Asad Qaiser had explained that both the parties had been part of the All-Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) in the past and would continue to cooperate in the future.

Commenting on the appointment of Justice retired Mir Hazar Khan Khoso as interim prime minister by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Munawar Hassan said, “The interim prime minister [Hazar Khan Khoso] doesn’t have a an impressive past record but we don’t want to judge him by that. We will first see his performance and then comment further.”

“We respect Fakhruddin G Ibrahim but we do have reservations regarding the caretaker prime minister. He does not have an impartial track record,” Khan said.

He also had strong reservations against president Asif Ali Zardari.

“His [Zardari's] life depends on having the PPP in power. How will he act as an unbiased component of the interim set up?” Khan questioned.

Reader Comments (88)

  • faraz
    Mar 24, 2013 - 4:39PM

    I am a PTI supporter; will IJT goons allow dating at university campus

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  • Basit Khan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 4:41PM

    JI and JI (imran khan group) together, that’s now a news.

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  • SANAA
    Mar 24, 2013 - 4:42PM

    That.s What We were expecting. This will improve the trust of masses on both paerties…..

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  • LOK
    Mar 24, 2013 - 4:45PM

    Imran, you have just lost my vote.

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  • A-No.1
    Mar 24, 2013 - 4:48PM

    True colours coming out. Joining hands with right wing. Now lots of people will say we told you so he is a closet taliban.

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  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Mar 24, 2013 - 4:51PM

    So he has finally allied himself with Mullahs. I have lost faith in you Imran after your alliance with Jamaat. Recommend

  • ikhlaas
    Mar 24, 2013 - 4:58PM

    it is only a discussion as of today..

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  • ADEEL
    Mar 24, 2013 - 5:13PM

    This is really good news, Munawar sahab is financially clean person, also, IK should try to forge alliance with other relatively respectable personalities, like Ayaz Latif Palejo etc

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  • Faheem
    Mar 24, 2013 - 5:28PM

    This is IK and PTI frustration: IK always said PTI will NEVER go into alliance with ANY other political party. He always said we will get 2/3rd majority… then why this move? Yesterday in Lhr he criticized PMLN to make such moves. What happened today IK?

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  • Ibster
    Mar 24, 2013 - 5:30PM

    A very good decision by PTI. JI is the only other party which boycotted the elections in 2002, despite having 34+ seats in the National Assembly and govt in NWFP. JI leadership is also from lower middle class and has no allegations let alone cases of corruption or dishonesty.

    PMLN and PPP were greedy and went in when they saw a little public support and broke the agreement.

    This alliance should get the KPK government sealed for PTI and JI enabling them to create a model province. I think in total they are capable of getting 60+ seats in the NA. Opposition leader should be from PTI/JI because if PMLN forms govt and then PPP gets the opposition leader then they will overshadow PTI and it will be very devastating as PPP will prove to be a good opposition as Zardari is the King of Politics.

    Hope all goes well and they get KPK govt and opposition leader!

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  • logic europe
    Mar 24, 2013 - 5:33PM

    pohnchi waheen pe khak jahan ka zameer tha
    both are supporters of terrorism and right wing failing parties
    if imran khan has to make deal with jamat then he is sure to fail

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  • mughees
    Mar 24, 2013 - 5:44PM

    I think its a smart strategy and good for pakistan as well.

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  • Shah
    Mar 24, 2013 - 5:44PM

    PTI = JI v2.0Recommend

  • Asad
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:01PM

    “Pohanchi wahen pe khaak jahan ka khameer tha”. So-called liberals can now see the real face of PTI. This speaks volumes about the ‘ideological alliance’.

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  • Jawad
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:02PM

    Is it impossible for IK to come in power without these mullahs?

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  • m@ni
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:04PM

    Great, both parties are non corrupt.. It’s best news for election!Recommend

  • farooq
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:17PM

    A very good news.

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  • Usman
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:19PM

    Very nice, its not left or right that matters the most right now, its right or wrong. both parties boycotted the elections 2008 on a matter of principle i.e. for independence of judiciary. it is good to see them cooperating again parties who have been enjoying power for the last five years, in center and provinces as well.

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  • huh
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:19PM

    Seems like PTI seat adjustment with JI has hit a nerve with atheists. Both parties are great so I’m happy.

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  • rehman
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:21PM

    Very encouraging. This is how both these parties which are out of govt can compete with those in govt.

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  • Freeman
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:26PM

    @Faheem: He never said we will not make any alliance. He always said if we did alliance that will be the only parties who were not in Government in last five years.

    Imran Khan playing very good on election pitch.

    JI was not in government and have good track record and they beleive in Democracy.

    I beleive this will give more fast mometum to PTI Campaign which PTI required after lahore Jalsa.

    Weldone Imran Khan. You are the only Pakistani leader who makes brave decissions.

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  • Tee
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:27PM

    This is seat adjustment. There is a big difference between seat adjustment and alliance.

    Secondly, IK said he will never make alliance with any party who is in the current (now ex) Govt.

    Thirdly, ET missed IKs tweet in which he mentions that it has been made clear to JI that this seat adjustment is applicable if only they don’t make any alliance/seat adjustment with PML(N).

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  • Azeem Aslam
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:29PM

    Good News for Pakistanis. Keep it up Khan. We are with u coz we trust. Our last Day’s Jalsa put our opponents in trouble. Keep it up Khan.

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  • Imran
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:34PM

    IK is man of principals and he is doing what he has said hundreds of time . . . .Now I belive all status quo parties (jointly) can never defeat PTI/JI InshaAllaha.

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  • Bhatti
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:39PM

    @LOK:
    we don’t need your cheap vote… which could be turned somewhere else just like that.. go Vote for Zardari!! u deserve him!!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:45PM

    JI has tricked PTI to get its support and avoid last position.

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  • asad
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:49PM

    Great decision by both parties.

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  • aqureshi
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:49PM

    Thats the end of IK. IK aligning with extremist party. How would he end injustice in pakistan when he is working with party which believes in intolerance. IK has lost my vote.Recommend

  • farhat
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:51PM

    My sincere prayers for both the parties. May Allah give them sucess in forthcoming elections. AMEEN.

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  • HMC
    Mar 24, 2013 - 6:53PM

    Extremely good decision and alarm signals to the status quo.

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  • Bader
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:05PM

    Great decision from PTI.

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  • Kashif Zia
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:13PM

    @Faheem: Exactly. And in the process he agreed to JI conditions! This was the only issue stopping their union. If he gives 10 seats in KPK, 10 in Punjab, 5 in Balochistan and 5 in Karachi to JI (just assumptions, but it would be closer), he would loose 30 seats already, denying right of PTI’s 80000 selected members. Would JI win more than 5? No. PTI may have won 10. Then why? And do not forget the sacrifice of “neutrality” — joining hands with right wing “mullahas”, which may result in loosing PTI’s genuine support.

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  • Sohaib
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:15PM

    Good to see the right side parties joint together…both r very clean parties its good for both parties to have seat adjustment

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  • Ducky
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:22PM

    Great IK, you just lost my vote. Time to move out of Pakistan.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:29PM

    Musarraf entry has resulted this move . Ik has failed at all front .

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  • Aamir
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:35PM

    Very disappointed with you Imran. Can’t believe you joining the mullahs. I had so many high hopes of you. Don’t care who comes to power.

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  • KM
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:35PM

    @LOK: So, now you will vote for PPP, MQM or PML – N

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  • erudite
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:41PM

    you lost my vote IK, stay blessed with JI……Recommend

  • Logic europe
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:43PM

    He was the first choice of Zardar,he manipulated chudhry Nisar and got the result he wanted

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  • Logic europe
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:44PM

    Please delete my comment

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  • Ovais
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:48PM

    A very good move… Well done PTI… you have joined hands with the right party.. IK always insisted he will not make an alliance with the parties in power. and mind you this is not an alliance but arrangement for seat adjustment…
    It is sad to know that people label JI as an extremist party, it is not..Being a muslim pls don’t label Islam as extremism. Such a shame to hear such comments…Recommend

  • Tanvir
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:49PM

    Great news. Both parties have true democracy within their ranks. Both of them provide opportunity to the true workers even if they belong to lowers rungs of society. Moreover, pity on these who think that IK is an extremist proved by this seat adjustment (not alliance, remember), JUI-F people in KPK call him a Jew. I am impressed by IK, how did he convince different people of different perceptions about himself.

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  • arshad mengal
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:54PM

    We the people of Balochistan are happy on this move. We welcome both parties to have a joint jalsa in Balochistan. In my view both parties are clear of any corruption.

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  • reader
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Remember thst JI is a very old institution n PTI is new. In elections JI voter and PTI supporter can be lethat combination. Good one.

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  • fida khan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Thanks God, no more distribution of pakhtun’s votes in KPK as well as in Balochistan.Recommend

  • S
    Mar 24, 2013 - 7:59PM

    @faraz, INSHALLAH it won’t

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  • ayaz
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:01PM

    Imran Khan and Munawar hasan Zindabad.

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  • Tahir Zain
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:01PM

    And he finally comes out of the closet.. About the only silver lining in the cloud.. Mullahs dont get votes in Pakistan.

    The JI may well end up being the iceberg to PTI’s Titanic..

    Thats about the only hope we have for this country’s future.

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  • Khan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:27PM

    @Ibster:

    JI is the only other party which boycotted the elections in 2002, despite having 34+ seats in the National Assembly and govt in NWFP

    You need to check your facts from Election Commission Pakistan’s website if your memory is failing you … JI was part of MMA .. The only time they formed a govt in KPK was in 2002 .. and the only thing that govt achieved was taking down all billboards and throwing the society further in to stone age .. Their CM was known to be most corrupt person. They were allotted Book as Election symbol which they used to present as holy book to get votes from illiterate masses.
    Due to their poor governance they were rejected in election of 2008, when they won only 7 NA general seats and KPK they had only 10 seats mainly from far flung areas and hopefully will never see more seats in future.

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  • Syed
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:30PM

    Watch munawwar hussain s last interview with shahzeb kha zada.. Imran khan you have disappointed me. Pml nawaz alliance with sipah Sahaba and you make alliance with pro Taliban JI. Pakistan k Shiyo ka to Allah hi Hafiz

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  • A. Khan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:37PM

    @faraz: Is that your main concern in life or would you want to know if and how JI supports better education in Pakistan ?

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  • bilal
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:42PM

    Well done Imran Khan. If PMLN can meet JUI why you can not meet JI. All the above critics are Noora members. I do not take them seriously.

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  • Osama Ishtiaq Minhas
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:49PM

    Well i think imran khan has quite emotional support aswell that people are saying you have lost my vote khan sahab give imran khan a try atleast or you will see just new transportation schemes and investment in consumer products in the future…:)

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  • Faisal
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:59PM

    This is a very good news. Some people badly need burnol here, specially express tribune.

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  • san
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:24PM

    Do I really care about corruption more than safety of my own and family. JI & taliban ideology are almost same. I see no difference in between JI & taliban. PTI lost it completely. Corruption is not the root cause of current pakistan but its the extremist ideology of parties like JI & PMLN. PTI you lost all my respect.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:31PM

    Excellent decision ,wish you all the success .

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  • cautious
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:57PM

    Corruption is bad – but religious extremism maybe the biggest issue in Pakistan and alliances with knuckledragger’s only makes matters worse.

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  • Akbar
    Mar 24, 2013 - 9:58PM

    Imran Khan and Munawar Hassan:
    May Allah give you victory and a chance to eliminate corruption from Pakistan.
    AMEEN.

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  • faraz
    Mar 24, 2013 - 10:00PM

    @A. Khan

    “IJT goons contribute to better educations” Hahahahaha

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  • qamar kazmi
    Mar 24, 2013 - 10:14PM

    Bad move khan saab I was going to vote for you but not anymore I watched a programme on tv recently the host asked mr Hassan do you condem the bombing in quetta (in feb) mr Hassan said I condem drone attacks the host asked 6 times and Hassan said 6 times I condem drone attacks. We all are against drone attacks but only a few are against terrorists. I will not vote for anyone now.

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  • Faheem
    Mar 24, 2013 - 10:23PM

    @Freeman:
    Quite lame!

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  • free
    Mar 24, 2013 - 10:29PM

    oh no IK, plz don’t do it. better sans JI. my vote for IK , anyhow

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  • akhan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 10:29PM

    Good political move !!!

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  • Faraz
    Mar 25, 2013 - 12:09AM

    Good job IK!

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  • Moosa Khan
    Mar 25, 2013 - 12:17AM

    Oh please IK. Not them!!

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  • Khan
    Mar 25, 2013 - 12:38AM

    Both the parties are destined for crushing defeat.

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  • q
    Mar 25, 2013 - 12:45AM

    Imran Khan said that no alliance with militant entities so the party that started militancy in this country even in east pakistan much before in 1971, seat adjustment! Empty hollow promises. I wont give u my vote with this move.

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  • Saqib Shah
    Mar 25, 2013 - 12:59AM

    Hypocrite had already lost my support when he did not back the women’s rights bill. He has raised poor Musharraf’s hopes now, lol.

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  • bilal
    Mar 25, 2013 - 1:11AM

    @LOK:
    what option do you have in Pakistan if you will not support IK. we don’t want to repeat our mistakes which forced us to destroy Pakistan. I believe that this is only a cooperation between two parties not collusion government which was formed 5 years back.Recommend

  • Effendi
    Mar 25, 2013 - 1:58AM

    Unfortunately for IK, it looks like eventually only the ‘new Jamaatis’ will be standing with him. Our emotional youth jumping the Khan bandwagon has zero knowledge of Right/Left wing politics. At the end, IK will only make a dent in the PML N vote bank. TI may not affect PPP and companys’ vote bank at all as they have Center Left and Left politics etc … Which is unfortunate, but lets be prepared for the reality.

    If you are so sure of your wins Khan, then forget seat adjustment before the polls, and prove that its a clean sweep! These moves only discourage a significant number of your admirers.

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  • Fahad
    Mar 25, 2013 - 2:41AM

    Liberals are seeing their ultimate failure to capture the Imran Khan success as they did with Musharaf.. Oh people get rid of these liberals who never utter a single words against drone attacks and spent a single penny in favor of flood victims..

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  • Bilal
    Mar 25, 2013 - 4:26AM

    go home..vote for zardari and pmln u deserve them.ill informed voter@aqureshi:

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  • sab se pehle pakistan!
    Mar 25, 2013 - 5:21AM

    @san:
    i completely agree with you.. the rhetoric of anti-corruption has always appealed to masses but the same leaders who talk about corruption never tell people how much corruption there is in china.. only 3% of india’s population pay income taxes but it is doing so much better than us economically.. corruption is never a problem if these corrupt people could invest the looted money back in the country .. and the same is happening in India and China.. I just pray that the same liberal government comes in power and could continue with IP gas pipeline and gawadar port projects.. these right-wingers are too close to saudi arabia and would never pursue IP gas-pipeline or even gawadar port.. i am not pro-ppp but reflecting on history i think ppp and the liberal parties are the only way forward for pakistan.. what we can do now is to join these liberal parties and try to bring reforms in them as they are established institutes of pakistan as well..

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  • mind control
    Mar 25, 2013 - 9:14AM

    Elections: PTI to work out seat adjustment with JI

    Ah! Looks like the Mullah Military Alliance is back in business.

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  • JAVAID KHAN
    Mar 25, 2013 - 9:28AM

    Some people who are ALLERGIC to the word ISLAM are crticizing the seat adjustment of PTI with JI.Both parties have honest leadeship and their seat adjustment would help beat PML N and PPP candidates.My entire family will vote for PTI for their this sensible move.We must admit that JI has a vote bank particularly in KPK and Karachi.Its a win win situation for both parties.

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  • Nawaz
    Mar 25, 2013 - 9:52AM

    Really disappointed :(

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  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Mar 25, 2013 - 9:55AM

    Not surprising at all! IK & JI mindset is one & the same (right wing)!!! Best of Luck to PTI suppoter!!!

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  • FN
    Mar 25, 2013 - 11:45AM

    Sometimes you’ve got to lose some battles to win the war.

    With Imran Khan :)
    I trust him.

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  • JAVAID KHAN
    Mar 25, 2013 - 12:24PM

    @aqureshi:
    You are calling JI as an extremist party.That is not fare comment.

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  • m ayub khan
    Mar 25, 2013 - 4:19PM

    seat adjustment is a wrong decision with JI . What it did with Imran khan at lahore university.JI is estableshment party.

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  • Loy Ibraheem
    Mar 25, 2013 - 4:48PM

    Why, Mr. Moderator, did you not post my comment? A comment, asked by a visitor [visiting Jordan] to appear. He is the most informed of any official from Pakistan!

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  • A
    Mar 25, 2013 - 5:00PM

    The following article should tell all PTI supporters what they are getting themselves into. Truly saddened to see IK getting so close to JI.

    I am putting my vote on hold for the time being.

    http://dawn.com/2011/07/08/your-rape-culture-is-not-my-religion/

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  • Faruque Malik
    Mar 25, 2013 - 5:11PM

    I am an Imran supporter but am in total disagreement with his alliance with the most selfish exploiter of religion i.e. JI. If my dear Khan has to commit political suicide, then he may go ahead with JI embraces.

    If my dear Khan has to represent the people of Pakistan and solve their prolbems, then he should come out of the deadly embrace of the JI.

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  • Say no to JI/ Taliban
    Mar 25, 2013 - 7:11PM

    I am so disappointed in PTI and Imran Khan. The very same party which stuck together with the Zia ul Haq who destroyed the country and supports Taliban. The party whose MNA was harbouring Taliban terrorists in his house. The party who called Jinnah Kaffir e Azam and opposed Pakistan but when Partition took place, the Liars and hypocrites came here. And the same party which called Imran the Jewish Agent. Please do not let the majority of your voters and Pakistanis by going with JI. I would respect you even if you lose but even if you win 1 seat compromising on your belief sad day for Pakistan.

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  • Different_Opinion
    Mar 25, 2013 - 8:32PM

    I’d rather take a full day nap than voting for Extremists like JI, JUI and PTI.

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  • Uzair
    Mar 25, 2013 - 9:53PM

    @ADEEL:
    Yes but Munawar Hassan does not have clarity in his views. He himself can’t explain reasons for his ideas. This means he is either an incapable person, or he purposefully does not in which he probably believes his reasons are not right which could mean ignorance or hypocrisy. And the fact that he was elected by JI, then he reflects JI as whole…. which isn’t really a good impression.

    And I’m making this assessment based on various interviews of his that I’ve watched.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Mar 25, 2013 - 10:36PM

    IK and Munnawar Hasan both has expressed their doubt on the integrity of the care taker PM . It clearly indicate that they know the election result . PPP once again comming in power with the open support of MQM and Musarraf .

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  • aqureshi
    Mar 26, 2013 - 12:01AM

    Why are you angry man. I just asked a simple question to PTI and IK that how can you talk about justice when Jamaat Islami believes in injustice to other fellow pakistanis and minorities and is a source of intolerance,hatred and extremism. Jamaat history is a testimony at this @Bilal:

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