Imran skips conclave for leisure trip

Published: October 4, 2016
PTI Chariman Imran Khan takes a selfie with Zakir Khan, Salmaan Ahmed, Waseem Akram and his wife in Nathiagali. PHOTO: INP

PTI Chariman Imran Khan takes a selfie with Zakir Khan, Salmaan Ahmed, Waseem Akram and his wife in Nathiagali. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan, the chief of the second largest opposition party, was conspicuous by his absence from Monday’s multi-party confab. But where was the PTI chairman? It turned out he preferred to spend leisure time in the popular holiday resort of Nathia Gali while the rest of political leadership showed national unity on the Kashmir issue.

Ironically, Khan in the past spared no opportunity to censure the government on national issues and foreign policy lapses, but his absence from the meeting without any justification called his own credibility into question.

Political pressure: Imran Khan ups the ante

Khan in his last tweet posted around 10:15am on Monday — just as the parliamentary leaders convened in Islamabad — stated he was enjoying “a wonderful piece of music” by his friend Johnson Somerset.

Surprisingly however, the PTI spokesperson said Khan was ‘tired’. “He was tired because of his very hectic schedule in the past few days,” Naeemul Haque told The Express Tribune. “He [Khan] had been tirelessly visiting different cities in connection with the [upcoming] Raiwind rally”.

At the same time, Haque said the invitation received from the government stated that the meeting would be attended by parliamentary leaders. “Khan Sahib had designated Shah Mehmood Qureshi, PTI’s deputy parliamentary leader in the National Assembly, and Dr Shireen Mazari to attend the meeting,” Haque said. “Irrespective of political differences, the PTI stands by the government on the Kashmir cause.”

In Khan’s absence, Jahangir Tareen, who is also the secretary general of the party, also skipped the meeting.

Independent observers believe Monday’s conference was meant to demonstrate national unity and political consensus, but because of the absence of the PTI chief, the failed to achieve desired results.

Indian hostilities unite politicians at capital huddle

A close confidant cited a strange explanation for Khan’s absence. “The practice of holding APCs and adopting resolutions is in vogue … The past APCs ‘unanimously’ adopted hundreds of resolutions, where are the results?” he questioned, insisting that this practice was of ‘no use’ and ‘just a formality’.

Khan was still in Nathia Gali when this report was filed.

Some pictures making rounds on social media showed that Khan spending his day with former cricketer Wasim Akram, his wife Shaniera Akram, singer Salmaan Ahmad and a former pacer Zakir Khan.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2016.

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (26)

  • cheebz
    Oct 4, 2016 - 9:18AM

    is this a news item or a opinionated view.. if i was in his place i would do the same.. no point of attending pointless “all party conference” which only burns the national kitty with nothing out of it.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Oct 4, 2016 - 9:29AM

    LoL. First casualty after PTI emergence is Nationbuilding! BUT, they have rightly so put a serious pressure on corrupt PM also. Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Oct 4, 2016 - 9:35AM

    Please correct your report; PTI does not “stand by the government” but it stands with the nation and people of occupied Kashmir.Recommend

  • iPakistani
    Oct 4, 2016 - 9:39AM

    The past APCs ‘unanimously’ adopted
    hundreds of resolutions, where are the
    results? ..exactly!!


  • Haji Atiya
    Oct 4, 2016 - 9:49AM

    That’s right folks…tired of being a windbag..can happen to the best of us..Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Oct 4, 2016 - 10:10AM

    Poor countries like Pakistan, need leaders who work 24/7, Pakistan is not America or England, where head of states take normal vacations. If Imran wants to be a PM, he needs to come to the level of masses and not elites. Unfortunately his upbringing is too posh for a country like Pakistan.Recommend

  • salman
    Oct 4, 2016 - 10:35AM

    @سے Shaam (Hanafi):
    I guess you weren’t too happy that when India was attacking over the loc, nawaz was seen shopping In London? Recommend

  • Unknown
    Oct 4, 2016 - 10:52AM

    @سے Shaam (Hanafi):

    Dear Indian troll, please pay attention to your country’s politics Recommend

  • H.A.Khan
    Oct 4, 2016 - 10:57AM

    Just shows his seriousness.An important issue like the country being under external threat was not important enough for him,instead a private vacation was preferred. If this was UK,he would have been asked to resign from the party and his assembly seat.Recommend

  • OSD
    Oct 4, 2016 - 11:09AM

    So are we going to hear the same excuse when he becomes the PM? Extremely non-serious and unprofessional attitude!Recommend

  • Usman Ajmal
    Oct 4, 2016 - 11:11AM

    I’ve never seen ET give so much importance to an APC before. Recommend

  • kashan
    Oct 4, 2016 - 11:24AM

    Nation is stand with government on all national issues but these APCs are just a gup shup corner. PM should start inquiry on Panama papers.Recommend

  • Anjum
    Oct 4, 2016 - 11:29AM

    PTI send their most senior leadership there, Sheren mazari (which was head of strategic studies at QU Islamabad) and Shah Mehmood who was Ex- Foreign Manister, which was the best combination, rather than to N league, PPP and other parties representatives. Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Oct 4, 2016 - 11:32AM

    It’s matter of priority !!! Irman’s presence does give different message if he claims to lead a national and second largest opposition party

    The objective was to give clear massage to India that whole nation is united regardless of all kind of difference.

    Well done Mr Khan ! You always make us realize that we waste our votes in 2013.

    Let’s wait and see what new comes after your Nathia Gali trip Recommend

  • Bunty
    Oct 4, 2016 - 12:01PM

    ET its truly bad level of reporting…. Its not Switzerland or Paris…. Its Pakistan and few 100 miles from islamabad… If you call it LEISURE then I wish you to use same words for someone (PM) shopping in LondonRecommend

  • Muhammad
    Oct 4, 2016 - 12:22PM

    Surprised to see that even
    an indefensible act of IK is also being defended by his followers!Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Oct 4, 2016 - 12:27PM

    Surprised, even an indefensible act of IK is being defended by his followers!Recommend

  • Zuhair
    Oct 4, 2016 - 12:43PM

    Lol at unprofessional! Politics is not a profession and those who have made it one are the reason why Pakistan is where it isRecommend

  • Umar Buttar
    Oct 4, 2016 - 12:49PM

    Seriously! Pathetic. His next news would be, ” Imran Khan was having dinner while Nation was busy watching 9:00 PM news.”Recommend

  • Tahir Amjad
    Oct 4, 2016 - 12:59PM

    Getting afresh to shut down Islamabad is more important for this negative character filmi hero..than anything important for national intrest.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 4, 2016 - 2:35PM

    IF the meeting soooo important…..why was it held more than ten days after hostilities began ?
    ….and the correct forum in a democracy for this was the floor of the Parliament.Recommend

  • Malik Ibrar
    Oct 4, 2016 - 3:50PM

    Is this a news item? PTI sent its senior leadership to the 100th APC meeting. So should IK stand on his roof top or on his head to show his support? Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 4, 2016 - 4:23PM

    His failed policies has given edge to Bilawal who has pushed him aside. All the money and resources spent on him has been wasted. I think his investor are also tired of him, that is why his old buddy Zakir Khan has once again arranged a trip for him. Hope it’s not PCB’s money. Recommend

  • Dr Ali
    Oct 4, 2016 - 5:01PM

    Not a supporter of any political party, but have to say Imran Khan simply cannot see any person other than himself in the seat of PM. Despite all the differences this was a time to show national solidarity but this guy is so stubborn.Recommend

  • Musharaf
    Oct 4, 2016 - 10:01PM

    Danish welcome. Keep it up. Did a good job. Your story is now talk of the town. Recommend

  • Kamran Khan
    Oct 4, 2016 - 11:14PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    You are giving edge to Bilawal since 2014, but IK charisma is matchless :)))Recommend

More in Pakistan