Qureshi and his backers torn between PML-N and PTI

Published: October 16, 2011
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Former foreign minister fell out of favour with his party’s leadership in aftermath of Raymond Davis controversy. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Former foreign minister fell out of favour with his party’s leadership in aftermath of Raymond Davis controversy. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: 

A Pakistan Peoples Party stalwart Shah Mehmood Qureshi is in a fix over whether to join the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, sources told The Express Tribune.

The former foreign minister, who is a long-standing member of the PPP, fell out of favour with his party’s leadership in the aftermath of the Raymond Davis controversy, and has since courted other parties. Qureshi reportedly declared two days ago that he would quit the PPP.

Sources close to Qureshi say that around 20 PPP MNAs and 25 MPAs from South Punjab and interior Sindh have assured Qureshi they will follow him if he defects. Most favour the PML-N, though some are arguing in favour of PTI.

Qureshi accepts that the PML-N is a stronger party, but he is also believed to think that his group would be more dominant in the smaller PTI. However, if Qureshi joins the PTI rather than the PML-N, he is unlikely to receive significant support.

Sources in the PML-N said that a few weeks ago Qureshi met with PML-N President Nawaz Sharif, who informed him that his supporters would be warmly welcomed.

The two leaders recently held another backdoor meeting in Islamabad where it was decided that Qureshi would contact PPP dissident Dr Zulfiqar Mirza during his visit to interior Sindh in November.

The agenda of this possible meeting was not disclosed.

It is also believed that Qureshi’s negotiations with the PTI are ongoing, though Qureshi has informed PTI chief Imran Khan that his supporters have reservations over joining the party.

PTI’s Central Information Secretary Omar Sarfraz Cheema said that Qureshi was indeed in negotiations with the PTI, but that it was premature to elaborate. Asked about Khan’s recent statement that a large number of PPP members would soon join the PTI, he said that other political figures in addition to Qureshi were in touch with the party.

Qureshi himself told The Express Tribune that in his October 4 speech in the National Assembly he expressed his disappointment with the current regime. Qureshi’s frustration, it seems, is echoed by several PPP MPAs and MNAs.

Asking for their names not to be used, the members told The Express Tribune that the government had disappointed its voters, and that President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had ignored the party’s MPAs.

Qureshi admitted he was in touch with both Sharif and Khan, but said that he had not yet made up his mind about joining another party. He said that he has worked with Sharif as his finance minister, and he had no differences with PML-N MNA Javed Hashmi. He added that he had always had a good relationship with Khan.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 16th, 2011.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:09AM

    PTI would not give him any power right away, which he is addicted to. He would join PML-N who are going to reward him right away and he would not need to wait till next elections. Opprtunism at its height.

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  • kamran
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:14AM

    SMQ please join PTI.

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  • zia ur rehman
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:17AM

    hmm maybe Qureshi’s followers do not believe in change and want to be the part of same corrupt status quo………………. well, hope for the best..

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  • IIUI
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:18AM

    Mr. Qureshi is doing actual JIHAD against the current rulers and their policies.
    I think, he should join a major party which has already root in the masses.That is Muslim League, N.N needs good,sensible and rational people.Its a people’s legacy, has been formed in for the people,when good peole would come surely fools will be replaced,Recommend

  • Oct 16, 2011 - 10:29AM

    for the time being instead of joining PMLN, its better to make PPP(Qureshi). For the longer run parties like PMLN possess no future especially under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif

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  • Nauman Ghauri
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:29AM

    PTI I would say!

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  • Kamal
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:34AM

    He will most likely join PML-N as he does not seem to have the guts to take a big political risk by joining a still developing political force

    I would love to be proved wrong though :P

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  • Hina khokhar
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:38AM

    dont infest PTI puleeeez!

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  • rehmat
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:44AM

    If 20 PPP MNAs indeed follow him to PML-N, Mian saab could potentially succeed in a No Confidence Vote

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  • Rafi
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:49AM

    If Mr Qureshi doesn’t want change in Pakistan he should go with PML-N.
    If he doesn’t want to outlaw corruption, go with PML-N.
    If he wants to rule rather than serve, go with PML-N.
    If he wants to rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic, go with PML-N.
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    If he cares about ordinary Pakistanis – choose PTI.
    Justice, peace, integrity, rule of law, hard work and tolerance – sounds like an honourable venture for honourable people.

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  • ReHaN
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:54AM

    PTI need sincere and comitted person like SMQ so join PTI

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  • syed Imran
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:54AM

    PTI is the first choise as the leader is untainted. Otherwise political fortunes are uncertian

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  • Haroon ali
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:06AM

    PTI doesn’t need these types I’d they are trying to bar Ian their way. Lets hope they join PML N.

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  • faraz
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:15AM

    For 3 years PTI fan club heaped scorn on him for his ghairat less foreign policy and made fun of the picture where his head is in contact with Hillary’s. Now they want them in the party. Politically correct move, but it proves the hollowness of PTI’s revolutionary slogans.

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  • Umar
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:16AM

    Whoever leave PPP and join PMLN or PTI, will get a certificate of Mr. / Ms. Clean, pious, patriotic, insaan, samajdhar, naik etc. LOLz

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  • Mastuj
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:18AM

    Has to be PTI Qureshi Sahib. Youth is counting on you. Don’t indulge in politics for power alone. Indulge for change. PTI is the symbol of change and a new Pakistan…..

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  • Blithe
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Join Pml n.
    They are the only party at present able to
    take on the establishment. They have been principled and made some extraordinary
    strong statements and actions.

    PTI is not going to win significant seats; it’s only capable of divining the right vote bank
    and make ppp win.

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  • Sultan Mehmood
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:39AM

    There is no use of joining a Tonga party. How corrupt PPP and PML N may be, but the change will and can only come through these parties.

    If PTI brings a change it will be a miracle, and I doubt if any Pakistani gives such a spiritual status to “characterless”, Imran Khan that no body needs any proof of.

    If you say don’t bring past and personal life of Imran Khan to light, then in fact you are a hypocrite, because you dont allow the same thing for other parties.

    Either a REAL clean new leader, or else only hopes can be that may PML N and PPP will transform.

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  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:39AM

    PTI Sir… or join the new group in the offing, of which I am sure you know…

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  • Mujtba
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:47AM

    @IlUl
    What is difference between PPP and PML-N: “Nathu Singh and Hira Singh; one and the same thing“.

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  • Gul Khan
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:47AM

    @Faraq

    Now they want them in the party.
    Who want him (SMQ) in the party?? PTI always criticized SMQ role during his tenure as foreign minister and never officially invited him to join their party. If the PTI fans suggesting him on different blogs to join PTI, it doesn’t mean the party leadership is inviting him.

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  • Adil
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:47AM

    Will PTI remain the same party if they’re joined by around 25 turncoats from PPP and perhaps some fom PML ( noon, mirch, masala)? Surely, these runaways will demand concessions and most probably a big say in PTI’s affairs. Careful, Imran Bhai! If they can leave their party after a whole political career, what won’t they be prepared to do tomorrow? Its obvious they’ll go anywhere to be a minister, even if it means abandoning a lifetime’s loyality to their original comrads and partners in crime.

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 11:50AM

    Differences doesn’t mean that a person of your stature will leave a party like PPP, which is the only hope of this country caught in the quagmire of religious extremism. You ought to change things which you think are not good in PPP and that might need time, but it’s you and not IK. Stand where you are and serve the party that is the hope of so many Pakistanis.

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  • zaka
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:53AM

    I doubt Mr. Quereshi has 25 MNA/MPA with him. The party that has a bright future is Musharraf’s AMPL.

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 11:53AM

    Differences doesn’t mean that a person of your stature will leave a party like PPP, which is the only hope of this country caught in the quagmire of religious extremism. You ought to change things which you think are not good in PPP and that might need time, but it’s you and not IK. Stand where you are and serve the party that is the hope of so many Pakistanis

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  • H.A. Khan
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:57AM

    PML-N seems to be more logical choice. The party is well established, has national standing. Mr Qureshi can influence the policy and add value with his experience in world affairs and local economic needs.

    Join PML-N………………………………

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  • Ahmed
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:00PM

    He’d be wasting his time joining the IK fanclub. Makes sense to join PML-N, he would be in a position to make a difference.

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  • Ali.Faruq
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:12PM

    Joining PTI would be the biggest political blunder of his career. No wonder most of his supporters want to join N league.

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  • Ahsan Shamim
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:12PM

    Instead of thinking of joining PML-N, he is better off making his own party.

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 12:14PM

    Imran Khan the Only Hope & the Real Leader of all Muslim World …

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  • anonymous
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:23PM

    PTI should just be called Imran Khan Party. The people who say that it’s different is not. No senior leader would be inclined to join if the lifetime chairman remains Imran Khan. What happened to democracy within the party and choosing different people from within to lead the party.

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  • riz
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:25PM

    future????????//@zaka:

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  • yaseen
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:30PM

    By joining PMLN he comes fit to the saying “out of frying fan into the fire”….coz there is no difference between Zardari and Nawaz the only difference is that ZARDARI is running the ruling party and Nawaz is awaiting…both are genetically corrupt vision less politicians…by joining pmln he is proving to be a part of status quo. in future all the opportunist will be competing one and only one democratic party PTI….who are spearheading the change campaign indeed we need a change under the dynamic leadership of Imran khan from these mafias.

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  • White Russian
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:32PM

    If PTI bets on SMQ and others from main-stream parties for its success, then what difference PTI would make? First you insist on having a different party, then strangely do anything to make your party look like others. In this case we are better off with seasoned parties like PML, PPP, ANP, MQM, etc.

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  • zia ur rehman
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:32PM

    @zaka:
    Musharraf is the part of this status quo…….. Time to say “NO” to this rotten status quo!!!

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  • johar
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:34PM

    Please join PTI….

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  • Pundit
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:38PM

    Where Mr Q goes is his choice…but hopefully he initiates a mass exodus of like minded PPP members.

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  • Rana
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:55PM

    My vote is for Musharraf. Let him land on 23 march, people will see the difference. He is fighting alone for pakistan, while the other politicians are fighting for themselves.

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  • Hasan Siftain Cheema
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:57PM

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  • maleeha
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:59PM

    agree with @saad A.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 16, 2011 - 12:59PM

    SMQ should have quit PPP soon after he was disgracefully removed as Foreign Minister under US pressure. Strange, the government shamelessly claim they have independent foreign policy,they even do not have an independent Internal policy; their actions show volumes.America wants a weak Pakistan , a client state & that we have become.On the other hand whenever the govt: needs money they conveniently increase fuel, gas & electricity tariff ,hence general price hike of all commodities of daily use,making the life of public miserable by the day. The only country in the world having no fiscal policy & no budget.The so called rulers make budget every now & then……they are not even ashamed of it.If people of Pakistan have some semblance of respect left in them, they should vote PPP out.Now, Mr.SMQ ,being an intelligent politician,will definitely,under the circumstances, make a correct & sensible decision in selecting a party of choice.Good luck & Godspeed Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 1:06PM

    He should join PTI, they talk sense, have tangible policies, don’t take dictation from US/UK and not mired by rampant corruption plaguing others. I admire Qureshi for telling truth and having a backbone in Raymond Davis case, good thing he chose on right side of Pakistan.

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  • Jahandad khoso
    Oct 16, 2011 - 1:10PM

    Imran khan sahab , , . .

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  • CK
    Oct 16, 2011 - 1:11PM

    If he has what it takes he will join PTI.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 16, 2011 - 1:23PM

    @Saad A:………..

    @Saad A……..PPP is not the last hope for Pakistan any more,particularly after ZAB.In the annals of world & Pakistan history, PPP,under the present regime, is by far the most corrupt & deficient government.May God save this beautiful country of ours & all of us !!!

    ppp

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  • Stonge Age
    Oct 16, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Mr Qureshi , wait and see let marvi memon decide and do there where she goes.

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  • Shafiq
    Oct 16, 2011 - 1:51PM

    100% agree @Mujtaba and @ Zaka
    Please join Musharraf. If possible make an alliance with Musharraf, PTI and others who are not corrupt and sincere with Pakistan. PMLn does not have any future. Aligning with India to malign Pak army, stretegically is against Pakistan.

    Pakistan first.

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  • Ali
    Oct 16, 2011 - 2:00PM

    I would sya his stature would increase if he joins PTI, PTI certainly emerging as the demand of the people. EVery one wants go PTI a chance. Shah Qureshi should take his decision taking into consideration that people are looking for change. And PTI is the only hope for them!!

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  • Saad
    Oct 16, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Im bemused that the guy who just quit the government because he wanted a certain ministry is now purged of all his sins and corruption in the eyes of PML-N and PTI supporters.

    Be it Zulfikar Mirza or SMQ they were part and parcel of this government and those who are declaring them heroes prove only that they are only interested in power politics after all not public service.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 16, 2011 - 2:11PM

    No need to join in any debate of SMQ. He will stand where he is today and that is “No mans land” as happened with so many run-away PPP members. He won’t be able to win either PA or NA seat. Recommend

  • Abdul Rauf Hashmi
    Oct 16, 2011 - 2:23PM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi Sahib has the standing in masses and a man of principles, he should announce an independent party “JEAY PAKISTAN “and invite the like minded people from other parties to his own to work for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan and its people only. I am sure if not Imran Khan and Sharif brothers but many of their members would join Shah Sahib. “JEAY PAKISTAN “

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  • syed izhar
    Oct 16, 2011 - 2:25PM

    Mr.Qureshi with humble i give you a good and mature advice after joining any party look at the heads of parties that all working in pakistan.you are also a stalwart of PPP but now you find nothing in PPP you now why because their leadership have no relationship with pakistan and poor nation in every matter. According to me and ongoing trend please JOIN your with (P.T.I).because this is only party who have support of elders youngers and specially womens of Pakistan.
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  • Fasih
    Oct 16, 2011 - 2:58PM

    If Mr. Qureshi really wants to make a change and serve the people, he should join PTI. Joining PML-N would simply mean he is in for the power…. I hope he makes a wise choice this time.

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 3:02PM

    That’s tough. I personally believe joining PTI would make him more powerful as the party seriously lacks known faces. But then it all depends on the MPAs and MNAs who’re supporting him.

    Saad,

    You’re so right.

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  • buttjee
    Oct 16, 2011 - 3:14PM

    There is no need to be torn. JUST JOIN PTI. This what the people of Pakistan expect from you..

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  • fahad
    Oct 16, 2011 - 3:16PM

    PML N are the future of pakistan. they may have made mistakes in the past. but you dont need a intellectual to figure out that they are the only party thats addressing the real issues of pakistan. No U-turns no compromises strictly straight talk.
    PTI are good but they have ruining there position by only criticising NS and not talking on the issues which matter.

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 4:09PM

    PML N ….. a gaint needs a gaint partyRecommend

  • Qasim
    Oct 16, 2011 - 4:17PM

    i would suggest him to join PTI

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  • khan lala
    Oct 16, 2011 - 4:17PM

    i will warmly support you, if u join PTI.Recommend

  • SUPERB
    Oct 16, 2011 - 4:20PM

    Well, suggestion for Qureshi, anyone who will go against the winds of change will be washed away. Qureshi better join PTI, it has every chance to succeed and help bring change plz. If NS had any vision he should not have brought yellow cab.
    And if they can do something, then do in Punjab.

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Oct 16, 2011 - 4:23PM

    Leave it to SQM pls….Recommend

  • Umair Hussain
    Oct 16, 2011 - 4:26PM

    I think Qureshi ahab should join with Marvi Memon and make a new political party with fresh faces.

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 4:26PM

    COME ON!
    JOIN IMRAN KHAN !

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Oct 16, 2011 - 4:26PM

    @Saad: It is atrocious , even to think for a fleeting moment that Shah Mehmood Qureshi has committed a sin by planning to leave a party who has no respect for honest , competent & educated politicians .

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  • mohsin arif
    Oct 16, 2011 - 4:37PM

    qureshi should join PTI

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  • tasawar malik
    Oct 16, 2011 - 4:47PM

    i think its high time that establishment steps in and convinces SMQ to join PTI

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 5:05PM

    Join PTI

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  • Abbas
    Oct 16, 2011 - 5:07PM

    MPL(N) is the best choice for him.This would be good for the country.Ha can’t work with Imran Khan.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 16, 2011 - 5:09PM

    PTI

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  • Optimist
    Oct 16, 2011 - 6:16PM

    I will recommend alliance of Musharraf, Imran Khan PTI, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Marvi Memon … Sincere leadership in Pakistan.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Oct 16, 2011 - 6:23PM

    If you join PTI, you will loose very badly.
    If you join N league, Hashmi will not let you win.
    Your best option is to go as Independent canditate. Decide after elections and join winners on your own terms.. Keep your voters in dark. Keep on doing what you have done in past…Deception…

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  • fareed
    Oct 16, 2011 - 6:24PM

    @Blithe:
    rubbish PLM N . they hav not any policies , any objectives to work for work.

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  • Zahid Aslam
    Oct 16, 2011 - 6:36PM

    Plz shah sb join PTI…..

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  • Rizwan
    Oct 16, 2011 - 6:42PM

    This is a no-brainer. Mr. Qureshi should only think about Pakistan and join PTi (Pakistani Tiger).

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  • Aadersh
    Oct 16, 2011 - 7:48PM

    With or without Qureshi…we will support PTI

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  • Muslim
    Oct 16, 2011 - 7:57PM

    PTI. So should Marvi Memon & Zulfiqar Mirza

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  • observer
    Oct 16, 2011 - 7:59PM

    Since SMQ’s backers and the Khan’s backers are the same, PTI is the obvious answer.

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  • Enlightened
    Oct 16, 2011 - 8:22PM

    Why abandon the PPP if he end up going to be with another status-quo party (PML-N)? Qureshi is a wise guy and If I have to bet I would put my money for him joining PTI – more attention, better chance to secure very senior role.

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  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Oct 16, 2011 - 8:44PM

    Joining PTI means loosing with big margin and becoming history. Nobody in Multan knows PTI and Imran’s mission is to stop N league. Winning election is not his option. Imran never lets others to grow. He is a tree under which no other tree can grow, not even grass or bush.
    Joining PML(N) means Jail Yatra. Qureshi is not that stupid.
    Only option left is Mushraf’s Muslim League.

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  • tayyab
    Oct 16, 2011 - 8:48PM

    After 60 years, pakistan is at rock bottom. And the credit of this situation is shared between PML(N), PPP, and the Miliatry. It is these who have ruled the nation all these years.

    Now, if you want change, the change will only come with the YOUTH, with PTI. Old has shown its colors. We need to make space for the new.

    Qureshi sb can be an asset for any party. But even he could not make a dent in PPP gov performance. Similarly Javed Hashmi has failed to make any dent in PML(N).

    PTI is the hope of change. Something to look forward to. And can serve as a medium where good people can thrive, and serve the nation.

    But regardless, PTI is about the youth, about change and hope. It is not about one person.

    Cheers

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  • Munawar khan
    Oct 16, 2011 - 9:26PM

    Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf if u want change..

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  • ex
    Oct 16, 2011 - 9:41PM

    How many of Qureshi 25 MNA friends are corrupt ? and thus barred from PTI ?

    PMLN has no vision for pakistan beyond declaring King Adbullah as King of Pakistan, obsessed with 1999 coup and pro america.

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  • Asif Rasheed
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:07PM

    SMQ should join PTI if he sincerely wants to do something for pakistan and if he wants to join power hunger sharif party it will give him power but he may be redundant resource in future because PMLN belive family dominant politics rather than party based politics. One brother would be PM and second one would be CM and nephew would control Lahore and central region politics and Ishaque Dar (Samdhi) would hold the finance portfolio. Therefore we should suggest that SMQ should opt party of cleans at least try once in his life that he has done something to cahnge the power politics in pakistan. SMQ would remain electable even he gets failed once.

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  • Asif Rasheed
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:10PM

    SQM should join PTI

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  • alijee
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:40PM

    Go for PTI.

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  • AAF
    Oct 16, 2011 - 10:55PM

    Go for PTI Queshi Sahib. You will win the hearts of millions of young Pakistanis, and be remembered well by history. In your own words, “Ab tabdeeli ka wakt a gia hay.”

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  • No BS
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:02PM

    PTI is better off without him. Please stick to your kiln ….join PMLNRecommend

  • Oct 16, 2011 - 11:20PM

    I think SMQ is a patriotic & brave leader so have to join that party which has brave and patriotic leaders so it is ur thinking to whome u found a true brave and patriotic leader…Best ov luck…Recommend

  • Fahd Sahibzada
    Oct 16, 2011 - 11:23PM

    In my opinion PTI and PML (N) both the parties are best in present political environment. PML (N) which has track record of good development work with a vision and PTI with Clean and Competent leader Imran Khan. But in case of Shah Mehmood Qureshi, it would be better to join PML (N) as he has a good working relationship with PML (N) in past as well as PML (N) will get a good entree in their top brass leadership where Ahsan Iqbal, Ishaq Dar etc. At the other hand in PTI Imran Khan sb with an authoritarian style of leadership may not handle sshah sb in the system. As I remeber the days of world cup where -mran Khan used to have a dictorial style of captaincy. If PTI followers believe they will reject present style of policians then why are they demanding Shah sb in PTI. Isn’t it dual face. So PTI followers should refrain from praying these leaders to join them but focus on promoting there existing leadership as we don’t know any leader of PTI except Imran Khan. At the end I would love to see coalition government of PTI and PML N.

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  • Oct 16, 2011 - 11:44PM

    Say Him At least Join Zulfiqar Mirza

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  • masroor
    Oct 17, 2011 - 12:59AM

    he has earn significant popularity after the Reymond Devis issue,if he would join PTI he will keep that and if he joins PMLN would loose all he earned.He shouls ask his heart if he think he is sciencere to Pakistan and want to do politics to serve Pakistan,he should definitely go for PTI otherwise,it doesnt matter to people either he stays in PPP or joins PMLN,as both parties r two sides of the same coin

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  • M.baqir
    Oct 17, 2011 - 1:15AM

    he leaves ppp and he’s history.mark my words.he’ll be no different from khar,mumtaz bhutto,etc

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  • masroor
    Oct 17, 2011 - 1:17AM

    PTI will only axccept him if joins unconditionally,if he is power hungry he will join PMLN

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  • saqib
    Oct 17, 2011 - 1:20AM

    i would suggest that now its time for change and he must join PTI, as PTI is still not tested about its worth in Govt. Shah Mehmood will be an added advantage to Imran Khan as he is also out spoken and one of good leaders we have

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  • y khan
    Oct 17, 2011 - 1:37AM

    Only losers join PTI

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  • Oct 17, 2011 - 1:54AM

    What difference does it make? Not a fan of any politician, even an ex-PPP one, who has to choose between two party heads who are both Taliban sympathizers that are just eating away each others’ voting base in Punjab.

    I only give a slight tip to PTI, because PML-N is the older power and we’re aware of their corruption and hypocrisy in power. Will be pessimistic on the fate of the country even with PTI whose leader’s status quo, religious conservative and ethnic outlook with haphazard policy and pandering inspires little hope.

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  • No brainer
    Oct 17, 2011 - 2:44AM

    It should be a no brainer. IK is the way to go. . . . But if IK, Mush and MQM consolidate, it would possibly have additional benefits due to their unique skills. . . .
    Any party that is patriotic, dignified, intelligent, honest and will not sell off Pakistan should be the one . . . .

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  • Ihsan Ilahi
    Oct 17, 2011 - 3:31AM

    If Shah sb want to do some thing for his country in true worlds he should join PTI

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  • anjum
    Oct 17, 2011 - 3:57AM

    Imran is a loser and SMQ should not waste his energies in joining Imran. Imran and Babar Awan are brothers in cause to damage Nawaz. Joining Imran will be joining Zardari. Good decision if he joind PMLN.

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  • Rabia
    Oct 17, 2011 - 4:43AM

    If he thinks he’s clean, he should join PTI because I don’t see any difference between ppp & pml-n. They all r corrupt …if he wants to make a difference go with PTI.

    Whether he joins the PTI or not party should believe in itself. Remember PTI is getting popular without any so called popular politician only because it has a vision. But it’s a plus for the party if clean people joins it.

    I’m NOT a PTI member, I am an overseas Pakistani & and my family WAS PML-N supporterRecommend

  • Javed Shah
    Oct 17, 2011 - 4:51AM

    The reason for joining pml(n) or pti seems to be personal. e.g for pml(n) the group said they will get significant support so they should join pml(n). Similarly for pti the idea is that its a newer party so they will get significant role within the party. Non of the time Qureshi and his group said they will join xyz party because that party is good for the country. This thinking is very unfortunate.

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  • Realist.
    Oct 17, 2011 - 6:01AM

    Rai Mansab Ali Will Defeat you in next elections :P
    He is now supported by PM Gillani.
    & yeah ONLY LOSERS join PTI.

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  • Hum
    Oct 17, 2011 - 6:29AM

    PTI should be the choice. If PTI and Mush join hands, then it will be win win all over!

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  • Oct 17, 2011 - 6:33AM

    I address here PTI do not polute your party with disgruntled corrupt politicians ,Pti to open thier accounts clean unblemished ,This fellow not worthy of PTI he may try his luck and greed for power in NAWAZ party.

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  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Oct 17, 2011 - 7:10AM

    Please don’t join PTI. Its million members have no votes. If there is a cricket match on election day, they will prefer watching match than helping their candidates. Your only option is Musharaf’s Muslim League. Musharaf’s party is the only political force, where Prime Minister’s seat is still vacant. In other parties you have no chance.

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  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Oct 17, 2011 - 7:26AM

    This many requests by Imran supporters clearly indicates that PTI lacks experienced ploiticians.

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  • m sadiq hijaazi
    Oct 17, 2011 - 7:44AM

    he must join pml N as imran khan have no future.just one man show

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  • Oct 17, 2011 - 7:46AM

    shah mehmood qureshi must join pml N as he a famous person and senior 2.pti is just one man show and have no future at all.

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  • Bilal
    Oct 17, 2011 - 8:42AM

    without a doubt PTI

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Oct 17, 2011 - 8:56AM

    Mirza and Mahmood are of same fate but Mahmood may have one more opportunity if he try to go back in PPP or prefered to join PTI .

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  • zia ur rehman
    Oct 17, 2011 - 9:54AM

    @Nadeem Ahmed:
    it is not the matter of experienced and inexperienced politicians. If this is the case, then zardari is the most experienced politicians, but i can bet that 0% of IK’s followers will like zardari to join PTI (god forbid this ever happens). The only reason we PTI want him to join us is because of his corruption free background and his stern stance on raymond davis issue…..

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  • Oct 17, 2011 - 10:33AM

    PTI is the last hope for pakistan Recommend

  • saleem
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:06AM

    If PTI is getting all the same people from PML N and PPP who for over so many years Imran has called crooks , then what will be PTI called a party of usless rejected crooks

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  • Wasif
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:08AM

    Nawaz Sharif’s turn is just around the corner so everybody would run his way……..That is called status quo.Recommend

  • Abubakar
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:55AM

    I guess he should go for PML(N). The party which has the good team to deliver and also possesses the political will and resolve. He would ruin his career and potential by joining a party that is not capable of winning a single NA seat.

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  • Godfather
    Oct 17, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Neither. He should join President Musharraf.

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  • tayyab
    Oct 17, 2011 - 3:18PM

    for a change.

    lets vote for ‘self respect’ vs ‘roti kapra’.

    this election. just once. lets try self respect. look where we have arrived in search of roti kapra. we have nothing to lose.

    Lets vote for PTI and youthful change.

    No individual matters in this struggle for rights and self respect. for freedom from corruption.

    Cheers
    tayyab

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  • Falak Sher
    Oct 17, 2011 - 3:23PM

    Qureshi is fit in PML-N… TI is not fit for him. because TI is not in a position to contest and win a few seats. PTI has no vote in Sindh, Balochistan, South Punjab…. only has some votes in Upper Punjab. But in general elections when mainstream parties i.e. PML-N and PPP will in streets, peoples will support one of the two parties and PTI hardly can win one r two seats. I am of the view, both parties will try to defeat Imran Khan in his own constituency.

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  • Nadeem
    Oct 17, 2011 - 3:35PM

    PTI for betterment of the common people and PTI needs people like SMQ.

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  • irfan niazi
    Oct 17, 2011 - 3:57PM

    shah plzzzzzzzz join pti

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  • Cynic
    Oct 17, 2011 - 4:07PM

    U know what they said abt SMQ: He’d be a great foreign minister if he stopped working for himself :D

    I would advise him to do either of two things:

    (i) Stay in PPP, try to increase his fanclub.

    (ii) Join PML-N. Mian Sb at least he has a proven track record of facing up to both internal and external powers. Only catch is, he dreams of being the “Ameer ul momineen” one of these days. But I am sure that a politician of SMQ’s calibre can keep these dreams in check :)

    Joining PTI will hardly help his cause, since he’s not used to taking a backseat, and I see hardly any chances of IK holding the country’s reins in the near future unless he tempers his conservative idealism with a good dose of liberal comonsense: he’s begnning to sound like an unflexible fundamentalist. And i really dont think Musharraf will be coming back very soon, unless he plans on going back very fast: the way BB did..Recommend

  • MAD
    Oct 17, 2011 - 4:12PM

    @Aftab Kenneth Wilson:

    Are you suggesting that the Gaddi Nasheen of two Pirs including Bahauddin Zakaria cant win a seat on his own in Multan?

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  • RP
    Oct 17, 2011 - 4:18PM

    If he goes with PTI their supporters will call it a great vicotory.

    If he goes with PML(N) the PTI supporters will call him part of the “corrupt lot” that has destroyed this country.

    IF he decides to go with PTI, he will not last very long. Imran will feel threatened with his following and power in Punjab and soon kick him out on allegations of corruption.

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  • Adnan Ahmad
    Oct 17, 2011 - 4:22PM

    astonishing we r looking up to people who are running our country since begining and after this long till now we sitting and seein this guy will set all its not about who’s leader its about peoples he’s leading when we are dying of cancer slowly eating us instead of heart attack the current leaders will take this country to heights if v work for it instead of doin useless discussion tryin to prove i know more i can analyse best…………………….

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  • ahmed saleem
    Oct 17, 2011 - 4:41PM

    I will be very disappointed with SMQ if he opts for PML-N. This will only prove that once again country’s national interests are being taken over by vested interests of politicians who are seeking short cut to power corridors.

    PML-N has the same feudal setup as PPP and has been tried and tested several times by the public with no significant achievements. Given the choices we have, PTI is our best bet to hope for some change by giving a new person (Imran Khan) an opportunity to prove his worth.

    If we can vote for tom dick and harry and poeople with no solid educational background, why not vote for someone having way more credibility. Recommend

  • M. Uma|r
    Oct 17, 2011 - 4:44PM

    He should join PTI but not on such conditions. If he is really looking forward for power then PTI should reject him theirself. Such a person would be of no use.

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  • Rizwan
    Oct 17, 2011 - 5:00PM

    We have seen all give PTI a chance this time .

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  • Faisal
    Oct 17, 2011 - 5:22PM

    PTI should not take this jageerdar into the party. PTI is not the part of status quo. Noora Kushti League main jyein kureshi sahab app.

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  • Jawad
    Oct 17, 2011 - 6:07PM

    If he joins PTI, this will mean he is really willing for a change in Pakistan and he is against status quo and that he has the leadership quality
    If he joins PML N, this will mean he wants power and that he will be a part of problem not a solution

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  • Aftb Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 17, 2011 - 6:27PM

    @MAD: Is it necessary to be a Gaddi Nasheen to become a member of PA or NA???? If this is a criteria then all leading politicians should be Gaddi Nasheen of some Pirs. It is time for all eligible voters to come out of these spells including baradri system. Our country is in a grip of our own doings which needs lot of care by all voters. I personally feel that there will be no elections in near future but Technocratic Government with a dummy PM or President.

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  • Nadeem
    Oct 17, 2011 - 7:02PM

    It is the time to think about Pakistan rather than any personal benefit and PTI is the last hope. So please join PTI.

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  • awais bajwa
    Oct 17, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Just PT no ifs and no butsI

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  • Tajamal Malik
    Oct 17, 2011 - 7:35PM

    Please join PTI, Please join PTI, Please join PTI,We are ready to welcome u so i requsted u to plz join P.T.I and save Pakistan from corroupt and dishonest people………..Thanks

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  • Muhammad Ali Shaukat
    Oct 17, 2011 - 9:09PM

    I think Mr. Qureshi should join PML-N. Yes PTI is getting support of the youth and I am also a great admirer of Imran Khan and his abilities to lead. But in recent times I found the PML-N leadership more humble and natural. Need of the hour is to build bridges between the opposition parties. All opposition parties should sign a charter and all signatories including PML-N, JI, PTI etc. ., should strict follow that charter. First and foremost responsibility of the opposition parties is to stick together in order to save the country from another Musharraf.

    Follow the teachings of Muhammad (S.A.W) and you will find the way to prosperity. Recommend

  • kara
    Oct 17, 2011 - 10:53PM

    SMQ, .. first you joined PML then you joined PPP…now you want to join the party who can make government in future? Enough, Mr.Qureshi…Recommend

  • AHMAD ZAHIR KHAN
    Oct 17, 2011 - 11:52PM

    I addtress this to Pti they should not accept disgruntled corrupt politicians into there party to polute it ,imran to open his account with clan honest new faces properly vetted.The result if these are allowed will have no difference between his party and the other parties it will disappoint nation and bring disaster to political edifice of pakistan ,he is trying to bring out the ship from storm ,he should be wise captain otherwise he will sink with the ship.Recommend

  • tayyab
    Oct 18, 2011 - 12:23AM

    for the good of PTI, if there is a choice, i woulf take marvi memon over smq, any day.

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  • ahmad raza
    Oct 18, 2011 - 3:17AM

    What is difference between PPP and PML-N: “Nathu Singh and Hira Singh; one and the same thing“.

    Only PTI is the last Hope……………………………. He will suicide if he join PML-N

    All international, national Polls, Wikileaks, News-papers, Gallop Survey locally and Internationally Supporting PTI.

    Imran Khan is the Best and real Hope………………. For God sake, Join PTI other wise You will also follow the same Status Qo.

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  • ahmad raza
    Oct 18, 2011 - 3:19AM

    PTI is the Last Hope

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Oct 18, 2011 - 8:02AM

    It would be better if Quarashi come back to PPP . Let Mirza alone to face the conciquences of his misdeeds .

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  • moeed
    Oct 18, 2011 - 11:51AM

    if he is realy sincere about raymond davis issue and if he is realy considerate about that girl shumiala how committed sucide becuase of the injustice then he should never join pml-n and if he wants a change all that he should join pti
    join or not we the youth of pakistan will always support imran khan and pti for a change in pakistan becuase we had enough

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  • Ali
    Oct 18, 2011 - 12:28PM

    Imran khan, SMQ, Marvi, Safdar, Mirza, javed hashmi, so many good people are still their in the main stream, I wish they unite for Pakistan’s prosperity…………………..and Khan should turn of his one man show now………

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  • Shahzad
    Oct 18, 2011 - 12:28PM

    SMQ, no doubt is good name in politics but perceived as Elite Ruler , i am sure his joining to any of PML or PTI would enhance party power , But he has to decide one thing clearly before joiing
    1 , would he like to continue Status Quo by joining PML N
    2, or he want real CHANGE to join PTI
    Both options there !!

    I wish him to Join PTI

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  • Adil Ahmed
    Oct 18, 2011 - 1:53PM

    If He Really want Change . . It’s SImple he will JOIN PTI .
    BUT If he wants Power then He will Go for PML-N ,
    NO matter How curropt he was in past (If you think) in the leadership of IK , He will became good , Cox it totally depend upon the leader . how he carries his team

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  • Change is ultimate
    Oct 18, 2011 - 3:35PM

    My question to all the PML-N supporter supporting SMQ to join PML-N is that why they think if SMQ joins PML-N will make a difference? Becuase they are accpeting that they are not capable of bringing change without him, or PML-N need the SMQ vote bank or PML-N leadership believe that his agenda(SMQ)will support them becuase there old agenda is not good enuf anymore.Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Oct 18, 2011 - 6:54PM

    S Q M applied tacticad move on Raymond issue to defuse the pressure .His services will be needed who so ever in the power ,Even Musarraf will welcome him ….?

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  • Chaudhary Shoaib
    Oct 19, 2011 - 9:31AM

    Join PTI.. that’s the right party..

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  • Tufail Khan
    Oct 19, 2011 - 1:02PM

    Dear Mr.Qureshi the sooner you take your decision the better it will be for you.If you are doing your politics for government you should join PMLN instead if you realy want a change on the political landscape of Pakistan you should join PTI .The only thing PTI needs is political experience.So dont waste so much time in thinking take your decision —

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  • Jawad Ahmed
    Oct 21, 2011 - 7:34PM

    Those slave minded people should be ashamed of their thoughts supporting feudal lord leaders even knowing their cruelty to the poor masses .They see every day beating women, torturing girls at school , kidnapping men women, by their police, but their ” so called Ghairat ” remains intact. Why, because they have been growing up under the umbrella of these lord minded ruthless leaders. ,but listen friends there would not be any change in this Pakistan unless you wake up against feudal system that have ruined your self respect and you cant even speak a word against them. The world is changing, why there cant be any change in Pakistan? They all are “used” swindling leaders and they know the tricks to fool you. They know you forget every injustice after a month. and then they emerge with a new face, they know your weaknesses.They are weakening the foundation of Pakistan there is only one party of middle class people who haven’t been in power, and only this party can bring some changes at least eliminating vulnerability of poor masses in rural areas and I am sure they will yank out the barbaric feudal system from the soil of Pakistan.Recommend

  • sajid ahmad
    Oct 23, 2011 - 2:24AM

    my humble request to shah sahab is that please join pti we the youth of pakistan is with imran khan and if u want a change then sir u should not lean towards pmln we already know that pmln is selfish and currupt party if u do so we will be very disappointed sir u have to go wid pti dont care about u r few member who r forcing u to join pmln and one thing more we want to see u in pti if u switched to pmln then its surely the indicator of u r lust for power and not for the well-being of the people of pakistan. sir i hope u will not disappoint us

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  • Esa khan
    Oct 24, 2011 - 6:16AM

    out of the frying pan into the fire if he joins pmln..i wouldnt say plz join pti as i believe pti would not follow personalities.. personalities would ve to follow the party policies, doesnt matter how big of guns they are (incl imran khan).. if he falls in the good guy category that pti has set out i guess we ll take him.

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  • khalid bajwa
    Oct 24, 2011 - 10:52AM

    To join PTI or not to Join PTI that is the question. however a seasoned politician like Shah Mehmood would think ten times before making a move in favor of PTI. the dilemma which Shah faces is the fact that whether he wants power or want to be a tool of change in this country. if Shah favors PML-N it will give another reason to the sharifs to mock Imran Khan. and if Shah joins PTI it will prove that Shah has actually transformed into a true peoples man.

    the reluctance here is not about the seats or domination but it is actually the fact that does shah wants to join a party who will face the two biggest parties of Pakistan. if he joins PTI he should realize that he will have to let go of dirty politics. we all know what he did in the Raymond Davis case, we stand by him, we are proud, i hope his decision will make us proud once again. and let the Davis issue be the starting point of his steps in standing up for the rights of common people.

    Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Quershi will make a strong party. I hope Imran Khan is willing to do so for his party as well.

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  • tayyab
    Oct 24, 2011 - 12:47PM

    I think SMQ should follow the lead of Sumera Malik and kashmalla tariq. and join pml(Noora)

    America has brought status quo parties back to pakistan, courtesy of NRO.

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  • Allah Ditta
    Oct 31, 2011 - 10:14AM

    I have never understood his URDU. How can he represent aam admi or awam if his choice of words and his language is not understood by them? I am urban and educated person and understand only few words in his takree or his TV talk.. He wishes to prove that he is intellectual or elite. Learn to speak in common man’s language to be a meaningful politician.Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 31, 2011 - 11:34AM

    Mr. Quarashi after lastday JALSA it is freindly advise for your to join PTI. Check the poll of ET on subject issue, what people are saying there?

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  • JaySabir
    Oct 31, 2011 - 11:49AM

    @Allah Ditta: if you call yourself an educated and urban then i really wonder how you can not understand his urdu. I dont think people over there were from oxford or Cambridge. Learn to accept the realities instead of making void and lame remarks about those who are doing something rather then sitting and commenting.

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  • MAD
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:23PM

    I think Qureshi Sb and his team have got to be seriously considering the PTI option now.

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