Fauzia Kasuri was never a founding member: Imran Khan

Published: June 6, 2013

PTI was founded in 1996 by seven members which does not include Fauzia Kasuri. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: In an official statement, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan clarified on Thursday that Fauzia Kasuri was never a founding member of the party.

According to a party statement, all allegations that were leveled by Kasuri against PTI leadership were baseless and false.

The statement listed Imran Khan, Naeemul Haque, Ahsan Rasheed, Hafeez Khan, Mowahid Hussain Syed, Mahmood Awan and Nausherwan Burki as the party founding members.

The seven members founded PTI in April 1996, others were members who joined afterwards.

“The party has a number of committed members who have been working since a very long time but no one else apart from the ones mentioned are founding members,” the statement said.

Kasuri quit PTI earlier this week after accusing party leadership of ignoring merit and involving itself in nepotism.

PTI Chairman had refused to award ticket to Kasuri for NA-48, the seat vacated by PTI leader Javed Hashmi, confirmed the statement.

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Reader Comments (64)

  • Sami
    Jun 6, 2013 - 7:44PM

    You tell em Skipper !!Recommend

  • Jamshed M
    Jun 6, 2013 - 7:45PM

    well it was official press release by PTI media cell … I dont think imran khan have said that .. but Media cell have just clarified about founding members of PTI .. dont link every news with Imran Khan to sell your story .. there are many people in PTI other than Imran Khan ..

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  • Baffled
    Jun 6, 2013 - 7:48PM

    As usual for Tsunami Khan .So arrogant .So pathetic .

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  • Lobster
    Jun 6, 2013 - 7:48PM

    Its a press release from media cell of PTI but not an statement from Imran Khan.

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  • Basit Siddiqui
    Jun 6, 2013 - 7:49PM

    Still no answer to the issue of other dual nationals; how it actually started. If she wasnt allowed but others were then Hamid Khan should be held accountable otherwise She is wrong.

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  • AASIA SOHAIL
    Jun 6, 2013 - 7:52PM

    It is very nice of Imran Khan who has clarified that who are founding members. Other wise, including me all old members were considering themselves as founding members. This was a misconception on my part.

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  • Reason
    Jun 6, 2013 - 7:56PM

    Oh another tweet by Social Tsuanami Khan. Woohoo

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  • Hasnain
    Jun 6, 2013 - 7:58PM

    I would have never expected that from Imran Khan…….

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  • Ali
    Jun 6, 2013 - 7:59PM

    ET once again pathetic reporting.
    That was press release from PTI not IK.

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  • Ali (Texas)
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:04PM

    the way its moving…this party wont last 5 years from now.

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  • leader
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:06PM
  • Rehan
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:07PM

    Being a die-hard supporter of PTI I am really disappointed by PTI leadership behavior.

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  • Asad
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:07PM

    So Aasia Sohail You want a Seat too ?? :)

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  • Ali Tipu
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:08PM

    “I am associated with PTI for over a decade now. Where is my seat Imran? Give me my seat I will be happy or else I will cry and say you are surrounded by mafia. Hurry up Imran. Act Now.” Exactly the kind of thinking and blackmailing that has led Pakistan to its destruction. Imran, you have held your head high amidst worst opposition and circumstances none other than by your own ‘Old Nazriati Karkuns’ who took you and this party for granted. Today, I am proud to have a leader like you who never succumbed under pressure. The real injustice would have been to change the list NOW to accommodate her. Despite of not being your fault, you are trying to change the medieval thinking of this nation and I for one will stand by your side come what may, My Captain!

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  • Kung
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:08PM

    As usual twisted by Express Tribune. This was a press release by Shireen Mazari not Imran khan. And the PTI media cell press release praised Fauzia Kasuri while clarifying this.

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  • Romz
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:13PM

    This is a press release!! Not a statement BY IMRAN KHAN. Correct ur wordings???

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  • Asad
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:15PM

    being founder member is not superiority, IK should also see that how Party workers has given company for long terms and what does IK is Dedicating now…
    Their is no any scale of merit and nor any scale of listing her on 4th is defined by Officials yet. I think IK is also adapting Conventional Politics strategies…
    BYE BYE PTI…

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  • Asad
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:25PM

    Imran did not say a word in this press release. Will ET guys do anything to attract comments and have more page views?

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  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:31PM

    It was PTI media cell clarification regarding FK allegations. Don’t drag IK in this affair.

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  • Jun 6, 2013 - 8:33PM

    As usual a highly misleading and incorrect report by ET. Imran Khan never made/release any such statement! This was done by the PTI Media Cell. ET you are low!!!

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:38PM

    It is not a matter whether Fauzia Kasuri was a founding member or not, but the fact remains that she was the President of PTI Women Wing.

    Fauzia Kasuri left PTI and joined PML(N), it means that the damage to the party has already been done.

    Now if some people will try to save their skin will come back and say that she was not important to the PTI, I will not accept their arguments.

    There were number of flaws in PTI and due to this PTI could not win the general election. Don’t tell me that PML(N) rigged the elections in Punjab, and therefore, PML(N) made the government.

    You can make some people fool, but not the Election Commission, Judiciary, and rest of the other reputable institutions of Pakistan.

    If PML(N) rigged the election, then why PTI has not gone to the court to refrain Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif from taking the oath of the Office of Prime Minister of Pakistan?

    PTI should find where the fault was lying.

    By sending tweets and liking page of PTI on the Facebook, or attending big Jalsas at various places in Pakistan, does not mean that PTI was the first choice of people of Pakistan.

    PML(N) workers worked very hard and they went door to door to convince the voters,, whereas, PTI workers were glued to the Internet.

    According to ECP, the overall turn out of voters were 55%, but this does not mean that those those 55% voters were connected to the Internet.

    If PTI wants to win the next general election, it should advise workers to go and work on foot in the villages and remote areas of Pakistan, leaving Laptops/I-Pads and their Computers behind.

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  • Archie
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:39PM

    Tiger showing his true spots!!!!

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  • GM
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:41PM

    PTI should be people’s party. No one could hack or blackmail it. Even if party feels IK as burden, it should has powers to throw him out. We need systems not persons. We do not want crooks. If you are here for country, welcome; otherwise, bye bye.

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  • Bushra A
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:53PM

    Shame on those who didn’t let her contest intra party elections- PTI media cell should respond to FK claims where Hamid Khan allowed other dual nationals to contest instead listing the names of founding members. FK’s 16 years of dedication, loyalty and hard work for PTI “IS” her merit – All of PTI leadership kept quiet ever since this issue came up and now this is the best official statement they can come up with? As a PTI supporter, I am really dissapointed to see how this issue was handled by the leadership.

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  • haris
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:54PM

    @Ali (Texas):
    The party lasted for 17 long years. there were more difficult times than this one so don’t worry about its future.

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  • Ali raza qaim khani
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:55PM

    fouzia kasoori should not behave like such manner,,this is absolutelly unacceptable ,,,we have to follow our imran khan,and his decisions,,,,,not fouzia kasoori

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  • PTI Insider
    Jun 6, 2013 - 9:26PM

    Fouzia Kasoori was an opportunist who jumped on PTI bandwagon when she saw the youth of the nation ling up behind Imran Khan. She was never given any assurance of any official seat or capacity becuse she was known as untrustworthy and self promoter.

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  • YellowJ
    Jun 6, 2013 - 9:27PM

    No point complaining about ET’s reporting standards since it is bound to fall on deaf ears. I am switching over to http://www.dawn.com for good. ET, please grow up. Adios.

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  • Owais Ehsan
    Jun 6, 2013 - 9:46PM

    I dont see any quotes from Imran Khan in the supposed news item. Misleading stuff again by ET.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 6, 2013 - 9:46PM

    Buhahahahahahahahahahahah…….now we will get to hear that it was a matter of fact Aleema Khan who is the founding member! Didn’t IK declare on 23rd March at Minar-e-Pakistan that he would never LIE?

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  • Ali
    Jun 6, 2013 - 9:47PM

    I thought the elections would have made Imran less arrogant and more humane. Seems some people don’t learn by their mistakes. The poor guy got stuck by his own balla and can’t even reach the assembly

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  • Bushra A
    Jun 6, 2013 - 9:52PM

    @PTI Insider:

    When we talk about oportunists or should i say “worshippers of the rising sun” Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Khurshid Kasuri and Co tops the list- wont you agree?

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 6, 2013 - 9:57PM

    LOL Imran Khan has become Mr.India. At-least we hear Altaf Hussain’s voice, but this thing is much funnier!

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  • Someone
    Jun 6, 2013 - 10:01PM

    And Express Tribune proves itself to be a worthless tabloid with low journalistic standards yet again! The title needs no explanation.

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  • Nauman
    Jun 6, 2013 - 10:22PM

    Hope for the best. Merit is the first priority in PTI.

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  • SM ZAKI
    Jun 6, 2013 - 10:29PM

    It seems that PTI is not Imran Khan’s party and belongs to someone else. May be to Haroon Rashid. It is ridiculous to say that the official statement of IK’s party does not belong to IK—- Wonder full.——
    PTI zealots have gone out of mind and finding no way to escape. Oh my God! Nepotism and corruption—-PTI has turned into a mafia. A very sad story. Yar: what is happening on this land of pure…….SM ZAKI

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  • Ali Asad
    Jun 6, 2013 - 10:32PM

    In reply to all the allegations put against PTI, they could only tell that FK was not a PTI member

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  • Parvez
    Jun 6, 2013 - 10:49PM

    Another foot-in-mouth statement from the PTI………..when you have nothing worth saying, it is better to keep silent.

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  • skhan
    Jun 6, 2013 - 11:18PM

    So if she doesn’t get the seat vacated by Javed hashmi, who gets it? Javed Hashmi’s daughter? on what merit???

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  • LA
    Jun 6, 2013 - 11:28PM

    PTI tsunami has damaged no one but PTI itself and hopes of many youngsters. I think its time to find another True Leadership, much of Cosmetic Fashion Glamour.
    If seat was not a matter, why IK himself contested on four seats ?
    Why Sheikh Rasheed was accommodated whereas PTI could win both seats of Pindi itself?
    Why those Non Elected people were given preference over Elected ones in other cases?
    Why other dual nationals were allowed to contest and not Fauzia Kasuri?
    If she was for Seat in the party, why she wasted 17-18 years for that? Was anybody sure of seats before 30 October?
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    All those praising and saying we only know IK are not democratic and their attitude is only that of Personality Worshipers, same as what happens here in sub continent. All these die hard fans only try to find faults in those who leave party and not the structure and attitude of the leadership. With this, i think there are many in line to say good bye.
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    It is easy to gain popularity but difficult to maintain it. The same happened with PTI.
    Adding a note, PTI high command requested media not to give much time to Fauzia Qasuri, thats why she could only manage to give interview to two of them. Its a fact and also discussed in her interview with Asma Sherazi. We came to know only two things from the leadership, (1)”Fauzia, Dont go to PMLN” and (2) “Fauzia was not the pioneer member of PTI”

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  • Jun 6, 2013 - 11:42PM

    @Jamshed M: My dear there would be a lot of people in the party but Imran Khan is the Chairman, is the founder and is the final word in the party. So saying dont attach everything with IK is logically wrong.

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  • Bushra A
    Jun 7, 2013 - 12:29AM

    Can someone help me understand why on earth Asad Umer didnt contest in general elections? Considering his expertise and what he brings to the table, I wouldnt have been surprised if he was contesting from more than one seat to ensure a guranteed route to the parliament- Instead he was left out for by-elections? you dont take chances on people that you need the most. Refusal to not give a ticket to FK(Islamabad resident) for NA-48 by elections and then picking someone from Khi to contest on that seat? Dont get my wrong guys, I am an ardent supporter of PTI and flew 10K miles just to cast my vote, but we should learn to admit to our mistakes(at least do an inquiry and prove if FK’s allegations are baseless)- don’t turn a deaf ear

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  • mir ali
    Jun 7, 2013 - 12:50AM

    For all the people in Karachi who voted for PTI this is an eye opener. Good luck Altaf Bhai. You didn’t need to do much.

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  • Saad
    Jun 7, 2013 - 1:01AM

    Is PTI not associated with IMRAN KHAN??? all above comments are stupid…ITS Official statement from “IK’s party PTI”..I repeat “IK’s party PTI”….Imran should come and say that I appologise for my party’s statement. Thank God I gave my vote to MQM.

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  • Saad
    Jun 7, 2013 - 1:02AM

    Is PTI not associated with IMRAN KHAN??? all above comments are stupid…ITS Official statement from “IK’s party PTI”…..Imran should come and say that I appologise for my party’s statement. Thank God I gave my vote to MQM.

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  • AAA
    Jun 7, 2013 - 1:52AM

    I have never seen people stupider than on this forum…they are mad why was Fauzia Kasuri not a founding member or why did Imram/PTI say she was not a founding member…??? seriously…Its a matter of fact and the names of the founding member would be written in the Articals, does not matter how long or how true she is with the party SHE IS NOT A FOUNDING MEMBER…its like saying bill gates pays the heighest tax and heighest charity and is very true to the US so he should be a founding father…or an example of a public company…it does not matter who is the longest or the biggest shareholder, the founder would be the one how starts the company…so nawaz sharif is the third time PM…he should call him self founder of pakistan and if someone disagree than we should get mad at them…

    I support khan on this decision…even if she was a founding member the fact is that she was given a chance and she could not prove herself..the funny thing is that all the PML use to say that how can she change education policy…?? well to their defence education was never their priority….

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  • zartasa
    Jun 7, 2013 - 2:47AM

    Ohhh, all her struggle was for a seat..!!!!

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  • Aas
    Jun 7, 2013 - 8:46AM

    @Saad:
    Yay! We’ve got a real patriot here! Mqm voter? Kidding me, right?

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  • Hafiz
    Jun 7, 2013 - 10:41AM

    I have my serious doubt about this woman. Sincerity doesn’t come with any kind of cost. If she was seeking reward of her efforts, she was wrong. I know PTI is one of the best party in the country and person like Fauzia Kasuri can’t destroy the image of the only democratic party in Asia…..

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  • M. Naveed
    Jun 7, 2013 - 11:50AM

    Due to his arrogant behavior PTI will become 1 seat party as they were before.

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jun 7, 2013 - 12:29PM

    Are IK and PTI two different things ? Being Chairman he has to take responsibilty of every thing of PTI, including a press release !

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jun 7, 2013 - 12:37PM

    @Nauman: Hope for the best. Merit is the first priority in PTI.

    OK get 100,000 cloned IK, only then I think merit will be met.

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jun 7, 2013 - 12:39PM

    @Saad:
    Thank God I gave my vote to MQM.

    you did right thing.

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Jun 7, 2013 - 2:11PM

    I have read nearly 40 posts and found it depressing. PTI is supposed to be a party of educated people and yet they don’t understand that their party media cell is no different from their leader. If it is not so then the cell is out of control and should be reorganised. Also as far as I know Fauzia Kasoori gave up her dual nationality some time ago, then why the issue of duel nationality is being used here by many posters. My belief is that there is more to the complaint than meets the eye.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 7, 2013 - 2:50PM

    Simple question being put forth to the sheep herd supporters of the Cult of Imran Khan –

    If the edict issued by the Holy Father IK is to be taken on its face value, can someone please click on the link below and care to explain to us earthly creatures as to why in every promotional material of North America, Fauzia Kasuri is being adulated as PTI’s “Founding Member.”

    http://www.insaf.pk/Chapters/FauziaKasuriUStour/tabid/329/Default.aspx

    Y’all better hurry because the mods at insaf.pk has this naughty habit of deleting information which is self incriminating. Or, IK can always came back and disown even insaf.pk just as he has disavowed Fauzia Kasuri :D :D

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  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Jun 7, 2013 - 6:58PM

    Siddiqi Sahib this link does not work as expected. The message is “This site is off line” Typical PTI defence: Hide the evidence.

    http://www.insaf.pk/Chapters/FauziaKasuriUStour/tabid/329/Default.aspx

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  • ibrahim
    Jun 7, 2013 - 6:59PM

    To be honest I am kinda relieved to see this lady leave PTI. If getting a NA seat was her sole objective then why did she join PTI. Relatively shallow temperament displayed by Madam Qasuri here.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 7, 2013 - 7:16PM

    @Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh:

    Don’t say that I didn’t warn all of y’all!! I have been in this line of work for quiet sometime now and know how the admins at insaf.pk operate. They are busy deleting all the information as we speak and before you know it, Fauzia Kasuri would vanish just like the WMDs were never found in Iraq.

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  • sabeen
    Jun 7, 2013 - 8:48PM

    @Hafiz:
    PTI in its clarification has failed to address the most critical allegations made by fauzia kasuri.
    Rana Maqbool of Rahimyar Khan and Atif Chaudhry, Ajmal Sabir Raja and Haroon Hashmi of Rawalpindi, who held dual nationality were allowed by the party to contest in the elections. Why? Don’t the same rules apply to them as they apply to fauzia kasuri? PTI did not respond to this allegation.
    Secondly, women of KPK’s chief minister’s family were given the reserved seats in kpk assembly. Why? Don’t the party workers from kpk who have worked their heads off for PTI deserve to be given those seats? How does PTI justify giving 3 reserved seats to chief minister’s family?
    Thirdly, fauzia after being rejected had filed a review petition for looking into her matter of disqualification. It has been two and a half months since she filed that petition with the PTI tribunal, but she did not get a response. Why did PTI not properly respond to her petition and notify her of the reasons that they are now public ally stating?. If PTI is not capable of efficiently handling its internal party affairs, and responding to the issues within the party on time, how can anyone expect them to govern the matters of state efficiently?

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  • Zaida P
    Jun 7, 2013 - 9:22PM

    The autocratic Imran Khan is showing his true colors. Even in cricket, he was arrogant and so full of himself that he believed HE won the world cup for Pakistan. Just listen to his speech after taking possession of the cup. This man is unfit for politics. He should stick to jalsa-jaloos.

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  • Ammad Ali
    Jun 8, 2013 - 1:05PM

    Nothing will happen if some body leave PTI. Thousands will join the party in the near future. PTI has 8 million voters right now and they will be their voters in elections 2018 with additional 10 million from 12 million youngesters to be voters by 2018. All these teenagers above 13 years are majnoons of IK.

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  • Jun 8, 2013 - 3:35PM

    With he passage of time people will see a lot of honky tonky decision by PTI.In next election it will be reduced to single seat party.There is no concept of merit in PTI.PTI is full of oppurtunist.FK is the most senior women worker of PTI.She spent her 16 years serving the party but didn’t receive any acknowledgment except the statement that she is not the founding member and left party for the sake of NA seat.My dear Pakistani specially my Karachities this is the behavior of a party with its most senior worker.So next time plz protect your vote.MQM is far better than PTI.

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  • M S S
    Jun 8, 2013 - 7:33PM

    @TARIQ: No please vote for PTI and ANP or any other party. The present leaders of MQM are not fit for the purpose. Once they are confined to the dustbins of time and new normal leadership takes over you may vote for MQM also, but not for some years. Recommend

  • Nazir Ahmed Minto
    Jun 18, 2013 - 10:38AM

    Fauzia Kasuri , has indeed !..been very Vocal about Her views…and has always defended the PTI..on several occasions !…however..She should be patient ! Imran Khan..will do everything that is good for the PTI. Her Day shall come…in the due course of Time !
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