ECP takes notice of Imran Khan’s 'personal attack' against Nawaz Sharif

Published: April 27, 2013

File photo of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) took notice of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan’s “personal attack” against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)  on Saturday, Express News reported.

Earlier the same day, Khan had addressed a rally in Bahawalpur, where he used words for Nawaz Sharif that the ECP found objectionable.

The entire speech will be put before the ECP Chief Fakhruddin Ebrahim in a meeting on Tuesday, where it will be evaluated whether the speech contained offensive remarks or not.

On Friday, ECP had issued a notification prohibiting political parties and their candidates from launching personal attacks against their opponents.

With election campaign in full swing and parties holding rallies, candidates were seen criticising each other and often resorting to name-calling and rhetoric that could be construed as slander.

Reader Comments (102)

  • Pakistani
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:43PM

    Biased ECP. what about nawaz sharif and shabaz sharifs personal attack on imran khan during there rallies and there propaganda about his personnel life….

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  • Riz
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:45PM

    What about Nawaz Sharif calling IK ballay baaz, madaari, khilaadi?

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  • ashar
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:47PM

    Lets defeat IK together since he is the only one new in this arena. And without him every one is acceptable to every one at his respective position. So lets defeat IK together and lets ruin this country together.

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  • Habeel
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:47PM

    Great Job ECP

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  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:49PM

    ECP should not act like a school teacher, both are seasoned politicians and must be left alone to settle the score. Nawaz Sharif is chickening out from the debate.

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  • Salman
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:50PM

    Why ECP not taking notice of sharif brothers lies about PTI. Is ECP impartial? Why they have not provided clear directions for overseas Pakistanis voting process even today? ECP is not above the law.

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  • Salman Zafar
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:53PM

    All Imran said is to have a live debate with him…

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  • Apr 27, 2013 - 2:55PM

    and what is about N-League they called Jewish to imran khan. they called Master of U-turn to Imran Khan.. It was very old habit of N-League that they simply Purchase a MEN with bulk of money..

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  • Aamir Aziz
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:57PM

    I wud suggest Fakhru Bahi to just ignore Imran Khan’s language becaz he is used to dis sort of language. Nd I wud also suggest ECP to suspend their accounts on twitter nd Facebook to avoid lingual attack by PTI social Media team.

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  • Someone
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:01PM

    And Express Tribune must be jumping in joy..

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  • fari
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:07PM

    n here we go now..from now on #IK will declare #ECP #PLMn centric ….. n thats why we lost to #PMLn cuz #ECP stopped us from calling names lol …. :)

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  • Buttler
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:10PM

    What is PERSONAL ATTACK… come on ECP…. you should have arranged the LIVE DEBATE…

    rather clearing all corrupt PML N candidates… ECP please be neutral

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  • Yousaf
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:10PM

    If Election Comission tried to do any muk maka with these politician and any action again Khan will not be accepted by the millions of young people in this country and they will be in street….yes its writing on the walls that Status quo is on the run…

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  • Truth From Toronto
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:11PM

    ECP shame on you. When PMLN says vote for us otherwise the vote goes to Zardari, which is a direct lie, you dont take any action. When a man speaks the truth. You take action? Recommend

  • Raveem
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:12PM

    Its very much clear now that every institute including interims are working hard to pave way for pml-n ECP

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  • Shaami
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:14PM

    Imran Khan is a good addition in the Politics of Punjab but i have listened to his Speech recently where he was referring to Nawaz Sharif as ” Tu ” and ” Iska” and words like ” Oay Nawaz Sharif ” etc.. I think Politicians should respect each other and Imran Khan next time should use respectful words like Aap for his candidates rather than Tu and Tum and Taira.

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  • ar.rehman
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:15PM

    hahahah geo pml n

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  • ImPak
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:15PM

    Why is Nawaz Sharif not accepting Imran Khan’s debate challenge? Scared of getting owned?

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  • Muhammad Ali
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:16PM

    I am supporter of PTI……… but still i think ECP has done a good thing. We should build New Pakistan without giving Personal attacks on others.

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  • muhammad Asif PTI
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:17PM

    ECP, what about Nawaz & Shahbaz when they attack on IK ???

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  • Ali Abbasi
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:18PM

    ANP & MQM leaders are dying on a weekly basis and this is what the ECP takes notice of?

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  • Ahsan
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:19PM

    Care to look at how many times Imran has been offended, when they attacked his personal life? and he used the word “Gidar” (jackal), which is a common term, often used in urdu idioms.

    If that’s offensive, PMLN call themselves Lions or Tigers or whatever, ECP should take notice on that too.

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  • PTI Supporter
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:21PM

    Fakhro Bhai, people are dying in election process (ANP+MQM) and you are wasting your time who is calling his opponent by which name. Instead of doing their job they are chilling in air conditioned rooms on tax payers’ money contemplating who said what.

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  • Baba Ji
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:21PM

    What did he say ? now thats such an anti climax !!!!!

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  • TightPatloon
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:25PM

    Very good decision by honourable ECP. What makes IK think he can use foul language against candidates and get away with it. This is his state of mind even before elections and when he is nowhere in the actual political calculus, wonder what will it be after this. IK is an extremely immature and patronising person not fit for political life. I hope this opens up the eyes of the people of Pakistan. I personally don’t think there is hope for fanbois who blindly follow the beloved leader on facebook and twitter

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  • asif
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:25PM

    ECP is just like our great Chief Justice! The less said, the better.

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  • Najeebullah
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:30PM

    Then disqualify him right away.

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  • Salman Ahmed
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:31PM

    ECP you didn’t bother to do anything about:

    1) pre poll rigging
    2) election violence / killings
    3) arms being carried around
    4) govt removing pti banners
    5) loan defaulters participating
    6) tax defaulters participating
    7) disenfranchising 5 million overseas Pakistanis

    And you can spend time on these minor things – get a grip in reality.

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  • Okara Bull
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:36PM

    ECO is working for status co parties! So sad what they are doing. Why Nawaz Sharif nor accept the Imran Challenge to debate at first hand

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  • Max
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:37PM

    IK should take care not to shame noora leaguers so much, as they are already suffering from “sher ka shikari aya” syndrome.

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  • John the Baptist
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:39PM

    Is there anything, anything the scaredy cats will not do to stop this juggernaut? Let’s see what Fakhru Bhai comes up with.

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  • Mengo
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:40PM

    I guess ECP didnt want IK comes forward. Sharif brothers had used abusing words many times against IK.

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  • Apr 27, 2013 - 3:40PM

    After failing in action against loan defaulters and tax evaders despite the cooperation of State Bank and FBR, ECP is now sorting out matters of trivial nature

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  • Dean
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:42PM

    So the Muk Muka is speaking out loudly. ECPMLN is paying off the dividends.

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  • Ali q
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:46PM

    Attacking public persona is not personal. IK wasn’t commenting on sharif’s leadership skills in running his many family owned businesses. He was commenting on NS’s leadership in the context of Pakistan. A man who routinely dons the image of a leader/sher, and he can’t debate his most significant opposition in the country… puts the credibility of NS’s leadership skills into question.

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  • Lolita
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:49PM

    Just saying “oye nawaz sharif” doesnt mean anything

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  • Seconding Someone
    Apr 27, 2013 - 3:56PM

    @Someone:
    Can’t agree with you more. ET never publishes my comments which are in favor of PTI, Musharaf, PPP and against PLN and Judiciary. This speaks for itself as EC never takes any notice of whatever rubish Nawaz Sharif and his brother say about the president. Clear signs of biasness and supporting that biasness!!

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  • Hadia Shery
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:02PM

    Imran should hold his tongue.
    Good move by ECP.
    Imran deserves this. He should learn some ethics. He behaves like ignorants.

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  • Salman Zafar
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:08PM

    ECP-N

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  • Maher
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:15PM

    Hahahahha Nawaz crying like a baby/.. This reminds of kids playing and passing comments on each other and the weaker one cries …..

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  • Paindoo
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:21PM

    What about the notice that ECP took about the banner size of Rana Sana-Ullah? Doesn’t simply comprehend what happens to judiciary (both ex and serving) when it comes to deal with N-League. I would say this to ECP, this is not the right time to make itself controversial.

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  • ikhlaas
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:37PM

    wah!! so ecp can’t take notice on ttp attacks imran khan criticizing nawaz sharif is a bigger issue for them

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  • ikhlaas
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:38PM

    ecp cant see removal of pti banners from lahore by govt official

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  • USA
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:39PM

    Okay, lets start from here ECP. Promise to go further though, Fakhru bhai.

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  • mystreeman
    Apr 27, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Learn to bear criticism PTI supporters or the nation will be under an autocrat as the Pakistan team was when IK was captain.

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  • Paratha Khan
    Apr 27, 2013 - 5:01PM

    Sharif brothers invest in the right places with high ROI and IRR.

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  • Singh
    Apr 27, 2013 - 5:03PM

    @TightPatloon:
    Buddy miss you. Where you been? Nice to see you back on ET.
    Some name stand out in crowd.

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  • expaki
    Apr 27, 2013 - 5:11PM

    @ashar: Ashar Sahib, who would ruin something which has already been ruined? unless if you see progress in demolishing school, killing teachers and health workers !

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  • Alamgir Khan
    Apr 27, 2013 - 5:26PM

    Those who claim to be lions, deserve to be called to jackals by thier oponenets especially when they have fleed the country and when the chicken out of debates

    The ECP should mind its business which it is not. What happened to the scrutiny; who they have appointed caretakers, what they have done for voting for overseas Pakistanis etc. Elections are about projecting yourself and detracting others.

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  • Faraz
    Apr 27, 2013 - 5:42PM

    @Pakistani & Riz: I appreciate ECP and such initiatives taken by them. And what Nawaz and Shahbaz is doing is not the justification. It is PTI normal practice to give references of Nawaz and Shahbaz to justify their self. Please stop criticizing and talk about yourself and wait for 11th May. PML will reply back with majority.

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  • asim
    Apr 27, 2013 - 5:45PM

    ECP has appointed NAJAM SETHI as care taker PM Punjab who himself admits that he fails to meet article 62/63. This is indeed ironical that ECP wants the election as per article 62/63 compliance.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 27, 2013 - 5:46PM

    Imran is playing with the fire. He should stop lying and focus on his election campaign. If Taliban have given him free hand, it does not mean he can say whatever he wants.

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  • Faraz
    Apr 27, 2013 - 5:46PM

    PMLN did a lot of projects in last year of their government. Imran Khan accused Shehbaz Sharif that he is doing this for elections. I thought that if he is doing this for elections, even then it is far better than what PPP did or other parties did. I was expecting Imran Khan to criticize what Sindh govt. and other governments did. But I am surprised to hear the same tone from Imran Khan. My ears could still hear Imran Khan criticizing PMLN, and not spitting a word against these real culprits.
    Now why was Imran Khan getting so personal? Why was he not doing justice to the hopes of the youth? Why is he neglecting PPP, MQM and ANP for their bad governance? Why was there only one evil to him?

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  • PTI
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:00PM

    Show some maturity ECP. They are contesting national elections , there would be personal attacks from both sides. It’s normal all over the world.

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  • Ahsan
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:11PM

    ECP regularly takes notice of different incidents. It wasn’t something to be made a headline, whats wrong with you ET?

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  • gujranwala789
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:16PM

    @Shaami:

    The words “Tu” or “iska” are not offensive in punjab for an opponent, however the expression like “Oye Nawaz Sharif” is highly offensive in our culture in punjab. it is considered pretty cheap to call someone “Oye” unless the addressee is your close friend. Imran khan should control his language as his speeches are telecast on national media and is watched by people of all ages. We do not have “Aap” or “apka” like luchnow culture in punjab.

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  • Cheap Roti
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:29PM

    @Paratha Khan: I’m sure you are being sarcastic. lolllll

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  • saadia
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:36PM

    IK is abusing the trust people have in him. He is using langauge which does not suit leaders. His speeches clearly show hidden agreement with Zardari. He is clearly having secret funding and secret deal with PPP & Zardari.

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  • PakistanUnited
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:38PM

    ECP should ban PTI and all other parties and declare Shareefs Khaleefa tul Shareefain

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  • Anon
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:48PM

    Is this really all the ECP is good for? Is this their biggest issue at the moment? Didnt see any notices during the blatant pre-poll rigging before the campaigns started… didnt see any vetting of candidates based on FBR or State Bank feedback….

    But did IK say something bad about Nawaz Sharif in some rally in Bahawalpur…. thats intolerable!

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  • shafique ahmed
    Apr 27, 2013 - 7:13PM

    It is all preparations to select Sharif brothers to destroy the remaining pakistan infact.

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  • Hussain
    Apr 27, 2013 - 7:33PM

    ECP, where were you when mualana Fazl-ur-rehman was calling IK and PTI supporters yahoodi? that made me a yahoodi too… where were u then?

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  • Umar Khokhar
    Apr 27, 2013 - 7:38PM

    Congratulation to IK for many alliance with PPP. He did it just to disturb the vote bank of PML-N. Shame for PTI.

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  • Ali
    Apr 27, 2013 - 7:43PM

    Very good step by ECP

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  • Khan Azam
    Apr 27, 2013 - 7:44PM

    Imran’s behaviour is like un-educated and un-civilized person. He does not possess any charismatic abilities.

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  • Tajdar Virk
    Apr 27, 2013 - 7:46PM

    Imran is trying to get cheap popularity through personal attacks on other politicians. Shame for him.

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  • Zainab Khatoon
    Apr 27, 2013 - 7:59PM

    I endorse gujranwala789.
    Imran should hold his tongue. He should behave like a normal person.

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  • Shahid Naeem
    Apr 27, 2013 - 8:12PM

    Imran often uses abusive and rude language in public rallies. Its bad. He should hold his tongue and avoid using dirty words.

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  • Farman Ghumman
    Apr 27, 2013 - 8:15PM

    Yes saadia is right.
    PTI has made a deal with PPP, MQM and Q League.
    All are united against PML-N under the slogan of change.
    Shame.

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  • Tabinda Khanum
    Apr 27, 2013 - 8:19PM

    Faraz, you are saying correct.
    Punjab government was far far far better as compared to other provinces. But Imran does not address other provinces.
    Imran is doing personal attacks on Sharif Brothers just to gain cheapest popularity. Shame for him.

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  • s malik
    Apr 27, 2013 - 9:11PM

    A geedar will always be a geedar, no matter how many lions he surrounds himself with.

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  • qzj00
    Apr 27, 2013 - 9:31PM

    @Imran Ahsan Mirza:

    Also, unlike the rest of the world, we do not find these shenanigans by the party leaders to be in bad taste at all. In fact, we enjoy these. Bring ‘em on boys!

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  • X-Ray
    Apr 27, 2013 - 9:32PM

    PML-N, All the way. Nightmare for IK

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  • Hamza Cheema
    Apr 27, 2013 - 9:32PM

    Imran Khan is trying to become Sultan Rahi. He is behaving like illiterate. Shame for him.

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  • Gohar Saleem
    Apr 27, 2013 - 9:36PM

    Is Imran Khan an educated person?
    I dont think so.

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  • Lubna Hameed
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:05PM

    I think Imran should again get admission in school. He needs education of ethics.

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  • Yasser Noman
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:14PM

    Pakistan Fil Industry has got a new Sultan Rahi in the shape of Imran Khan. All film directors are watching his performance with keen interest. He will be casted in a lead role after elections.

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  • Sobia Maryam
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:35PM

    Imran is 60 years old and he thinks himself as representative of youth. Strange.
    His public rallies are nothing but musical concerts. There is only music, dance and abusive language against other politicians in his jalsas.
    We dont need such type of change.
    Allah bless Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Bashir Waraich
    Apr 27, 2013 - 11:06PM

    Wow. new Sultan Rahi for the country. Mubarik Ho. It will be a good job for Imran Khan.

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  • John the Baptist
    Apr 27, 2013 - 11:25PM

    Wow, it’s raining PMLN trolls and darbaris, disturbed by the thinning crowds at the “awami” leader’s jalsas! I truly feel your pain.

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  • Atif Kiani
    Apr 27, 2013 - 11:50PM

    Extrmely disappointed with the ECP decision.

    Nawaz Sharif / Rana Sanaullah & Rehman Malik have all made several personal criticisms against Imran Khan but ECP.

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  • Atif Kiani
    Apr 27, 2013 - 11:52PM

    Oh yeah also .

    ECP also fails to take note of PML-N’s connection with terrorist groups like Lashker-e-Jhangvi who openly kill shia civilians.

    I am wondering do I live in Pakistan (Land of the Pure) or corruptistan (land of the corrupt)

    Extremely disappointed.

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  • Shaameezay
    Apr 28, 2013 - 12:21AM

    Wow, the nooras are really sensitive. Wish they were equally intelligent too. Alas.

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  • MAC
    Apr 28, 2013 - 4:27AM

    A man is known from his language. Third class people use third class language. Sorry, PTI but Pakistanis are a decent nation who know how to give and get respect. They won’t vote for this party if IK continues these shenanigans.

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  • PAK
    Apr 28, 2013 - 6:29AM

    gud job

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  • Aqeel
    Apr 28, 2013 - 9:25AM

    Imran has used abusive and un-ethical words many times. For example, he uses the word OYE quite often.
    Oye Nawaz Sharif
    Oye Show Bazz Sharif
    Oye circus ke shero
    Imran behaves like un-educated and ignorant people. A big shame for Imran.

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  • Aalia
    Apr 28, 2013 - 9:33AM

    Imran holds bat in his hand like Sultan Rahi used to hold Gandasa in his hands.
    Imran says that he will do phainta with that bat.
    Poor Imran. He should learn ethics and morality.

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  • Imran Saleeemi
    Apr 28, 2013 - 10:52AM

    Imran Khan talks like ignorant and illiterate. He should go back to school.

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  • Uzma Mubashir
    Apr 28, 2013 - 10:54AM

    Imran want to get cheap popularity by doing personal attacks on Nawaz Sharif.
    Shame for him.

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  • Omair Mustafa
    Apr 28, 2013 - 11:14AM

    Why PTI is running election compaign of PPP. All PPP workesr are attending jalsas of PTI. Shame for such role of PTI.

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  • Nabeela Hashmi
    Apr 28, 2013 - 11:20AM

    Imran should be punished for using dirty words against Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif.

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  • Zulfiqar
    Apr 28, 2013 - 12:04PM

    I can see different comments posted by same person, you can see the pattern :P
    ET is already with PML-N, atleast dont do post rigging here :D

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  • Gul Muhammad
    Apr 28, 2013 - 12:33PM

    Imran knows nothing except dirty words. Shame for PTI.

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  • Imran Ahmed Khan
    Apr 28, 2013 - 2:50PM

    I am a PTI supporter but I think that the ECP has acted correctly. Too much political rhetoric is negative criticism of individuals not of policies.

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  • Engr Ibrahim
    Apr 28, 2013 - 5:11PM

    If EC calls IK to show cause then it must treat the sharif brothers in same manner otherwise in my opinion i think EC is one sided……………..

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  • Muneeb Manzar
    Apr 28, 2013 - 9:19PM

    Where was Imran Khan when there was dengue virus in Punjab? I salute Shehbaz Sharif for making all possible efforts to combat dengue. Allah bless him. I believe that criticism is the right of all politicians but good acts should be appreciated as well. I respect PTI fans but they should also respect opponents. Good acts should be appreciated as well. Allah bless my country.

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  • Haji Khan
    Apr 28, 2013 - 9:39PM

    I endorse Muneeb Manzar. We all are Pakistanis. Whether we support PML-N, PPP, PTI, MQM or ANP, all of us are Pakistanis. We should respect each other. Allah has given us opportunity to elect our representatives after 5 yeras. We should do so without being personal. Fans of all parties are brothers. All are Pakistanis.
    There should be balance in criticism and appreciation. PTI and PML-N have right to criticize each other but good projects should be appreciated as well. Allah bless fans of all parties.

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  • Jahanzeb Ghumman
    Apr 28, 2013 - 9:41PM

    I endorse Muneeb Manzar. We all are Pakistanis. Whether we support PML-N, PPP, PTI, MQM or ANP, all of us are Pakistanis. We should respect each other. Allah has given us opportunity to elect our representatives after 5 yeras. We should do so without being personal. Fans of all parties are brothers. All are Pakistanis.
    There should be balance in criticism and appreciation. PTI and PML-N have right to criticize each other but good projects should be appreciated as well. Allah bless fans of all parties.

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  • moeed
    Apr 29, 2013 - 1:43AM

    first give security to anp and mqm and ppp and then waste ur time on these non issues

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  • thaaga
    Apr 29, 2013 - 3:53AM

    why pml-q , ppp , mqm , rehman malik , tahir ul qadri and imran khan hates and critisize pml-n ? I think imran khan works for zardari to break sharif brothers votes that will be another faed attemp to remove pml-n

    No matter what happens who ever comes our nation needs good leaders

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  • Haroon Ahmed
    Apr 29, 2013 - 10:12AM

    Imran made a secret coalition with PPP just to split vote bank of PML-N. This coalition will fail and public will give clear majority to PML-N Insha Allah.
    It is a fact that PML-N will win 11th May elections but it is good for Pakistan to give clear majority to PML-N.
    If vote bank is split by PTI, that may result in a hung parliament. It will not be good for the country.
    I respect all my dear PTI fans and I request them to please please be realistic and vote for PML-N to avoid hung parliament. PPP will be benefited due to split of vote. That is why PPP is not running its compaign in Punjab and KPK. Thanks.

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  • Abdullah
    May 6, 2013 - 1:01PM

    @Riz:
    Is he not any of these???

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