Youth sees Imran as agent of change, hope

Published: October 30, 2011
Large part of crowd at PTI rally will be students and young professionals. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Large part of crowd at PTI rally will be students and young professionals. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE


Omar Mohsin Khan, a 26-year-old entrepreneur from Karachi who now lives in Britain, is flying to Lahore on Sunday morning just to attend Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) rally at Minar-i-Pakistan. “I am doing this for the love my country and for change,” he says.

Young professionals such as Khan and students are likely to be a key demographic for the PTI, and many will be participating in their first political activity at Sunday’s rally.

Talha Chishti, a fourth year student at LUMS, says he has been soliciting support for the rally for a month. “I have managed to get almost 500 students to commit to coming. We have paid for transport from our own pockets,” he says.

A-level student Farwah Kamran, 18, says she spent several days persuading her mother before she was given permission to participate. “I am really happy. I have been able to convince my parents to come too,” says Farwah, who registered as a voter this week.

She shows off her badge, bearing a picture of Imran Khan with the word ‘hope’ pasted underneath. Farwah and her friends have changed their profile pictures on Facebook to reflect their PTI support, and have even gotten head scarves dyed in party colours.

Maham Irshad, 19, says she will be at the rally but her parents won’t know about it. “They don’t think it’s safe, and they feel all the parties are the same,” she says. “But I truly believe in Imran Khan. He will bring change.”

The head of the PTI youth wing, Zara Shahid, says she has reached out to more than 2,000 girls in schools and colleges. She took a week off school to go door-to-door and ask people to join their pre-rally caravan at Liberty at 10am. “Right now my priority is this gathering. I do not care about anything else,” she says.

Amina Bhatty, 17, hasn’t told her father, a staunch PML-N supporter, that she is going to the rally either. “He would be disappointed if he knew but I am really disillusioned with the Sharifs,” she says.

Murtaza Khwaja, a doctor, and his friends Ali Khan and Haider Toor, both businessmen, were making posters for the rally a day ahead of the event. “He is the only non-corrupt politician in the country,” Murtaza says.

Toor says he hopes Imran Khan doesn’t end up saying the same things that other politicians do. “I hope he has a plan to tackle the problems we face today and I expect him to announce it at the gathering,” he adds.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2011. 

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Reader Comments (32)

  • pakistani
    Oct 30, 2011 - 1:05PM

    we love you imran


  • ReHaN
    Oct 30, 2011 - 1:13PM

    I’m 24 male from Islamabad and also strongly believe that one and only Imran Khan can bring the changein Pakistan. Waiting for that day when IK will be PM.


  • husam
    Oct 30, 2011 - 1:37PM

    asusual Indians are cringing


  • Junaid
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:18PM

    Pakistan needs change and Imran Khan is the only person who can bring it. Tax the rich, exploit your natural resources, stop drone attacks, stop all wars and violence, protect all borders, get rid of corrupt politicians and you will see a prosperous Pakistan. Only Imran Khan can bring a prosperous Pakistan.


  • Waqar
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:18PM

    and ISI won. Congrulations you Army Generals, Must be laughting on the floors.
    Another test tube baby has born.


  • Aamir
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:23PM

    How he is going to climb walls in front of him by corrupt politicians and government functionaries??? We should be prepared for great revolution. Say good bye to PPP PML-N PML-Q…and ofcourse MQM..


  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:45PM



  • Talha
    Oct 30, 2011 - 2:45PM

    The key word is “agent” here.

    He is “agent” of change and who is full of change, the Zionists.


  • MarkH
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:45PM

    You just went and let a whole lot of dumb into the room.


  • Iron hand
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:52PM

    @Junaid: Have you ever heard the expression “pie in the sky?”. It applies to your expectations of an Inram Khan presidency.


  • Iron hand
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:55PM

    I really hope he comes to power. Can’t wait to see how his agenda works in the real world.


  • Queen
    Oct 30, 2011 - 4:56PM

    I strongly believe that Imran Khan can bring a positive change in the country.


  • only the truly educated respect, love and want Imran Khan. Those who don’t believe a degree is a degree, real or fake.


  • lobe
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:33PM

    Once he comes to power he will be no better than others. Socrates once said ” Power corrupts everyone” IK is no different. So don’t have high expectation from him he is only using anti incumbency factor to his benefit.


  • MarkH
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:10PM

    @Chief Marketing Officer @ Sociality360:
    That’s quite baseless. Anyone who says that believes a degree means more than it does.


  • @MarkH: welcome to Pakistan, where the difference between stopping at a red light and passing through one, is determined by how well educated you are. Note that there are no law enforcement agents stopping you from doing the latter. And yet there are those who will stop b/c it’s the smart way to live. Speak to them, 99% are educated and considerate beings.


  • xizvw
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:41PM

    Why will the Indians cringe?Whether u have bhutto or sharif or musharraf or khan ,why do we need to care?May be ,we were same same 60 years back but India went on a different path and Pakistan on different.As an Indian and looking at the situation of pakistan,I feel that it was better that PARTITION took place.Dont keep Blaming US,INDIA and ISRAEL for all your problems.It may be a deviance for masses but its better to know the truth.


  • Irfan Shah
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:54PM

    Imran Khan is the man who will put Pakistan on the road to peace, prosperity and respect! Join the Man.
    Join the Party


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:19PM

    Except on internet, I haven’t seen any Imran supporter in real life. The participants of this gathering are street kids, who could not play cricket due to traffic jam, therefore went to Minar-e-Pakistan to have fun.


  • Jibreel
    Oct 30, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Say hello to the re-incarnation of General Zia Ul HaQ


  • mansour
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:56AM

    I have seen Imran supporters every where..shops, roads, schools, work places…they are all over Pakistan and today’s rally have proved it! People made an effort to be seen and and heard and they succeeded! Imran Khan made us all a proud Pakistani, which other political parties failed to do so! Well done PTI! Well done Imran Khan!


  • Syed Khurram Anwar
    Oct 31, 2011 - 4:35AM

    We are middle class Pakistanis in Australia who had to leave the country because of our great leaders like Nawaz and Zardari. We are supporting and funding PTI because we trust Imran and we want to come back one day. We wish Imran best of luck


  • P 4 Punjabi acually Proud Punjabi
    Oct 31, 2011 - 11:48AM

    et is biased only showing comments about imran khan.


  • Sajid
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:12PM

    Imran Khan?
    You mean the guy with the same experience in running the state as me?
    Cool. When I turn 23, I’ll do these: Bash America, Criticise Military, politicians and the system
    Come on!
    The guy doesn’t have a policy about Balochistan, Kashmir etc.
    you want a strong govt., you gotta have your contacts with the major stakeholders, separatists etc.
    It’s not a bed of roses.Recommend

  • mahamwafa
    Oct 31, 2011 - 2:31PM

    I vote for imran khan


  • Oct 31, 2011 - 2:40PM

    Well he may be better than the rest of the politicians in pakistan but still he is also going to rule under the capitalist system which is unacceptable to me.


  • Rizwan
    Oct 31, 2011 - 10:06PM

    i strongly believe on capabilities and leadership that Imran got and he will definately bring change.


  • Mubasher Pasha
    Nov 1, 2011 - 12:16AM

    When I first proposed that he use computers instead of keeping ledger books, my father cringed at the idea. With time however, he had to give in.
    There are a few comments here with people cringing. Please realize, the change is inevitable. It WILL come, whether you like it or not, whether you want it or not. You WILL have to give in so give up & adapt the change :-)


  • Someone who attended the jalsa
    Nov 1, 2011 - 12:44AM

    @ Sajid; No, we mean the guy whose party successfully held a jalsa, with about 250,000+ people in attendance. You think you can do that?


  • Someone who attended the jalsa
    Nov 1, 2011 - 12:48AM

    @ Ch. Ali Daad; I am not a street kid and I can’t play cricket to save my life. But I was a participant of that gathering. So you definitely need a reality check.


  • faisal khan
    Nov 2, 2011 - 1:21PM

    imran khan is the angl imran khan bring tha pakistani nation to great pepol


  • Optimist
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:25AM

    Well, after all it seems to me that everyone is expecting Imran Khan to bring a change, a positive change. But let us be aware of the fact that if we want a CHANGE then we, the very capable one amongs us, have to come forward and offer our best to PTI. Imran Khan may be our future PM still it would be foolish to sit back and wait for something. Imran Khan will need us for sure.


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