Shah Mehmood Qureshi to join PTI ranks on Nov 27

Published: November 11, 2011
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Shah Mehmood Qureshi. PHOTO:FILE

Shah Mehmood Qureshi. PHOTO:FILE

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: 

Former foreign minister and Pakistan Peoples Party stalwart Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who was believed to be in a fix over whether to join the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) or the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), has decided to go with the latter in principle and join PTI ranks, according to the Daily Express

According to sources, Qureshi is expected to resign his membership to the National Assembly before he joins the party. Furthermore, he is also expected to make an official announcement during a rally being held in Kashmore on November 27.

A spokesperson for the PTI said that Qureshi had met PTI Chairman Imran Khan before Eidul Azha and is expected to join the party soon.

Meanwhile, former Intelligence Bureau chief Masood Sharif Khattak  and former coach of the Pakistani squash team Faheem Gul were also due to hold meeting with Imran Khan and subsequently announce their membership into the party, The Express Tribune learnt.

In Lahore, the grandson of Allama Iqbal, Waleed Iqbal, also announced his decision to join the PTI in the presence of Imran Khan, adding that he supported the policies of the party.

As one door opens, another closes

Meanwhile, the party suffered its biggest blow yet as one of its own party leaders from Balochistan resigned, alleging that the party was toeing the line of establishment.

“PTI is accepting all those people who are openly working for the establishment and recent policy changes strongly point towards the policies of the military establishment,” said Shahid Qazi, the vice president of PTI from Balochistan, in his resignation letter.

Shahid Qazi, who is also a member of PTI’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) and its core group, also tendered his resignation from the basic membership of the PTI on November 7.

When contacted for confirmation, PTI Information Secretary Umer Cheema told The Express Tribune he had received the resignation letter and it had been forwarded to the leadership for a decision.

Cheema, however, brushed aside all allegations levelled by Qazi saying, “These allegations are baseless. It could only be his (Qazi’s) personal opinion.”

While responding to other allegations levelled by Qazi, Cheema said that the CEC would discuss all issues soon, including visits and public rallies in Balochistan.

In his resignation letter, Qazi said that the party’s attitude towards Balochistan, the leadership’s visit to the MQM headquarters (Nine Zero), policy to accept former president Pervez Musharraf into PTI folds, no intra-party elections, unmerited appointments such as Imran Ismail’s and becoming the ‘establishment’s party’ as the reasons leading to his resignation.

While explaining his grievances, Qazi said that PTI’s central leadership had “always ignored Balochistan”.  To substantiate his point, he claimed that the last rally was held almost two years ago in October 2009.

The disgruntled PTI member also criticised the party’s policy of accepting PML-Q members saying, Q-League was responsible for many evils, including the murder of Akbar Khan Bugti and the killings of innocent Pakistanis.

“It is very unfortunate that many Q-league leaders are being accepted by the PTI,” he added.

Regarding the leadership’s visit to MQM headquarters, Qazi said that Imran had ignored the protest of sincere workers over his telephonic conversation with MQM chief Altaf Hussain.  Qazi added that no intra-party elections had been held in the past 10 years, which has opened the door for appointment of sycophants with examples abundant in the party’s central leadership.

Imran Khan has called for a ‘crucial’ party meeting on November 13 to review its anti-government and anti-Nawaz Sharif campaign. The party will also discuss forging alliances with like-minded groups and other parties for the next general election.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 11th, 2011. 

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  • zia ur rehman
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:43AM

    welcome to PTI sir….. I am seeing a bright future of Pakistan under the leadership of u and Mr Imran khan…

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  • Atif
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:56AM

    Qazi has got a point !
    From now on opposition cannot harm IK , its only PTI itself which can do self harm !

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  • Khalid Javed
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:01AM

    Good sign, that a political stalwart like Mr. Qureshi joins PTI. Hope he will be followed by other clean-reputed politicians like Marvi Memon, Mushahid Hussain.

    The combination of veteran politicians & young political educated persons like Waleed Iqbal under the sincere and honest leadership of Mr. Khan will redeem the nation of its current dismal state of affairs & will give a boost to the morale of the demoralized nation domestically and improve the image of Pakistan globally.

    Welcome Mr. Qureshi to the PTI caravan that has vowed to be the saviour of the country

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  • "I want to be PM, only"
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:01AM

    Another turncoat Mubarak, imran khan.

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  • Hamid shahid
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:06AM

    We need to give Imran khan some room to breath. So many avenues opening in such short time, he cannot focus on all four provinces at the same time. Give him atleast a year before resigning or coming to conclusions.

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  • babar
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:35AM

    Good addition to pti .. i know hes been in pml n and ppp before but his name is clean and he resigned on a national issue of raymond davis .. and with his inclusion it will shut people whom have been saying pti is one man show cause he is very charesmatic and got good following .. wellcome to the change :-)

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  • nahmed
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:36AM

    People will be sent into PTI fold by other parties who will resign afterwards by criticizing the party leaders. This is a satanic activity dated back from the time of partition. These are imperialistic ways. PTI should not be afraid of such things and keep on struggling for the people of this country. The Dawn of Justice is just a kick away.

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  • moeed
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:43AM

    well come to shah memood qureshi he deserves a standing ovation for raymond davis issue

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  • pakistan taliban india hand
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:45AM

    they cant kill hakimmullah mehsud . pakistan taliban kills children and women like cowards in pakistan still pakistan talks peace with them

    still hakimmulah mehsud says he dont accept read in rediff.com

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  • kamran
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:47AM

    @Hamid shahid:
    Its quality of good leader to concentrate all provinces of pakistan

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  • Mirza
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:56AM

    Congratulations, now there is no need for the establishment of APML of Mush. TI of Imran Khan is the new name of APML as it includes the remnants of last dictatorship and the traitors of PML-Q. All Imran Khan now needs to do is to ask Mush to bring MQM in the alliance to complete the previous govt. No wonder at this unholy alliance the Baloch leaders of TI are not happy as Mush’s govt was not popular there.

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  • Organization of Pure Profit
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:57AM

    Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, Minister for Science and Technology, I don’t remember his name, but the guy who brought abundant Internet and Communication Technology to Pakistan, the same guy who empowered HEC and created a Phd culture in Pakistan, I am talking about the relatively bulky but well educated guy who wears glasses, the one who said if Finland with a mere population of 7 Million could produce a leading ubiquitous brand like Nokia, certainly our private sector could focus on a techy product or two to have an export oriented industry to go with it, was his name Kamal Attaturk? I am still baffled but he did a lot for the young labor market entrants during the last regime.

    This I think is the future progressive scenario post 2013, Greater, Newer, Improved Pakistan, an emerging power of the Central and South Asia Power Play.

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  • Ayaz Munir
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:01AM

    A good news & a bad one being together. It obviously is good to see Shah Mehmood Qureshi joinig PTI , but its also very sad to hear that Shahid Qazi has considered the aims of PTI to be anti-Balochistan, I hope all what happens is in accordance to what the truth is.
    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • kamran
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:05AM

    @babar:
    Heavy weight like qureshi sb will dominate in PTI and worker of PTI doing work for 15 year for formation of PTI will ignored then tussel between founder member and dominate member begin then there will be chance of huge damage in imran party

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:07AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Much the best move and excellent achievement by PTI especially Imran Khan.Well done Imran Khan.Select only honest and sincere people from Pakistani politics whose assets and properties are clearly mentioned and are only in Pakistan not in abroad/foreign banks and foreign countries.

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  • bibyawari
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:16AM

    @Qazi,

    You should discuss your concerns with your leadership and it’s too early to offer resignation, we can understand your apprehensions but it’s too early to come up with such conclusions regarding PTI. I myself believe that IK should also focus and must come up with minimum agenda on Balochistan’s issue, soon he should plan his rallies and election compaign in Balochistan in order to avoid set backs like this, because the youth don’t want it’s leadership to give a negative impression at this stage, where everybody is expecting only IK to be the savior of Pakistan.

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  • Ali
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:35AM

    I wish to see following persons in PTI, I request you all to please join PTI for the sake of poor Pakistani nation.

    1- Aitzaz Ahsan, 2- javaid Hashmi, 3- Mushahid Hussain Sayed, 4- Marvi Memon, 5- DR. A Q Khan,

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  • Mohsin
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:42AM

    My emotions about PTI are like as it is my own party. After joining heavy weights I am afraid that PTI will be hijacked.

    IK have to be very very careful about this..

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  • MAD
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Shahid who?,……….Anyone get the point here.

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  • Rehana Batool
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:59AM

    How and where can Imran find angels to stand in the elections? Those arguing against Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s inclusion in PTI are not being far-sighted. For one, Shah Mahmood Quershi is not a turncoat. He practically left PPP almost a year ago after being deprived in an unceremonious manner of the Foreign Ministry portfolio. Then, he is not alone to walk out on PPP as many fair-minded PPP stalwarts like Quershi have moved away from PPP after being dismayed by a culture of cornyism and favouritism promoted for a long time now by the top leadership. Qureshi is widely considered as a clean politician not tainted by any scandal or malpractice. The PTI would be wise enough to welcome him in its fold. Besides being a turning point in deciding the course of national politics in the coming weeks, his inclusion in PTI would also send positive signals to many other clean politicians still dithering over whether or not to join the PTI.

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  • Farhan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:25PM

    Is PTI is turning into a B-team of agencies? Why PTI needs former Intelligence Bureau chief Masood Sharif Khattak services?

    While people want to see PTI in power, no educated person wants to see PTI turning into a B-team of agencies.

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  • kamran
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:26PM

    @Ali:
    Dr QAdeer rejected PTI

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  • FAhd
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:35PM

    FIrst of All, everyone said Imran doesnt have any team, he is alone. He does not have any winning horses. Then when he decided to bring in strong candidates with better background( I wont say perfect, but still much better than the rest) then people start saying that pti is being hijacked. I think this is a right decision by shah mehmood qureshi, remember he was the only politician in pakistan that took a stand on the raymond davis issue. With regards to him being a turncoat, get your facts straight, a turncoat is one who betrays his party and joins the government party in order to get the benefits, how can shah mehmood qureshi be a turncoat if he is quitting the governement and joining opposition party?

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:37PM

    A man of all seasons but without any reason. Be extra careful IK. They and some others who are now winking at you for some favors are “Used Cartridges”. Grand son of Allama Iqbal was a very good choice.

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  • ali
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:51PM

    PTI have a bright future a head Mr shah mehmood qureshi Would be a match wining player for imran khan Inshallah

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  • EmbarassedPak
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:52PM

    @Ali I wish to see following persons in PTI, I request you all to please
    join PTI for the sake of poor
    Pakistani nation. 1- Aitzaz Ahsan, 2-
    javaid Hashmi, 3- Mushahid Hussain
    Sayed, 4- Marvi Memon, 5- DR. A Q
    Khan,

    Problem with a general pakistani is over emotional attitude towards everything….

    DR A Q Khan, is our scientist, hero and we all love him. But it does not mean he should be prime minister or governor of Pakistan. To govern is all together different job,

    Similarly Mr Atizaz Ahsan is the best lawyer in our country as far as I know, and may or may not be a good governor.

    We need a leader who has all the qualities of a true leader and who is capable enough to bring justice to every part of government, remove corruption, and appoints Dr AQ Khan as Atomic Scientists Head (or the position he deserves). …..

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  • Karachite
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:56PM

    @Organization of Pure Profit:
    You remember so much about the work still you don’t remember the name…..ironic!!…..he is Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman.

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  • Mastuj
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:59PM

    Shah Sahib. Thank you and congratulations. We need people like you.

    I disagree when people call certain politicians lotas. Unfortunately it is our parties that are always changing. PPP is not the PPP of SZAB. It has been hijacked by a mafia. You are right to seek an alternative. You are a proud Pakistani and we are proud to have you. I trust that you will serve our country for its betterment.

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  • Parvez
    Nov 11, 2011 - 1:29PM

    Good move. You have to build with what you have not with what your fancy says you should have. That way will remain in dream land and your house will never get built.

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  • Nov 11, 2011 - 1:46PM

    This is good that Qureshi is joining PTI. He is a courageous man and not a lamb. He will prove to be a force-multiplier for Imran Khan. Good.

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  • Ali Hamza
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:03PM

    Thats a really good addition to PTI. Now we wish to see Sheikh Rashid, Mushahid Hussain, Dr. Javed Iqbal, Humayun Akhtar, and other clean people on board PTI

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  • Imran Swati
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:06PM

    In Pakistani Politics anything can happen any time !

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  • Maryam
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:08PM

    Imran Khan has a promise and hope of “Change” and want to clean the politics in Pakistan. The way he choose to do this is hilarious. He is trying to clean PPP, PML(N), PML(Q) and ANP et al by accepting the Turncoats and Corrupt politicians of these parties into his own PTI. I hope and pray for this endeavour of Immi Bhai as I think this as a great service of his to Pakistan and his name will be written in Golden Words in the history books

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  • Hamid
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Imran Khan should not forget Baluchistan. Baluchistan is the biggest and most important province of Pakistan and the most ignored one too.

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  • Malik Liaquat Hussain
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:39PM

    I would like to see Ch. Aitzaz Ahsan in PTI. Please consider the option I know it would be very difficult for you to disassoicate yourself from PPP but you will be eid moon in PTI

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  • Maleeha Sattar
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:43PM

    He had a principled stance off course. He wanted the Ministry of his choice. The ‘clean’ politicians like him have been serving the interest of the establishment. I do not have iota of doubt that Immaculate Khan is being propped up by the the spooks.
    Hail another ‘revolution’.

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  • Lobster
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:52PM

    Welcome everyone but don’t appoint them to any PTI post or give them ticket without checking background.

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  • kamran
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:53PM

    @zia ur rehman:
    Those who praising of shah sahib joining the PTI discouraging the current party memeber of PTI

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  • Ali
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:03PM

    @EmbarassedPak: Dear Brother yes we Pakistani are over emotional and it is owing to our present miserable plight, when we see a ray of hope we become too much optimistic and it leads us towards over emotional state of mind.

    Sorry but i want to ask you one question if Dr. Abdul Kalam can become president of India why not A.Q?? Aitzaz is not only a good lawyer but also a politician, isn’t he??

    i told this because all these persons are man of principles want to change the fate of nation but don’t find right platform or true leadership before, now they have chance to serve the nation and they do not need to lose this chance. They need to cash this opportunity.

    BEST OF LUCK.

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  • Ali
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:06PM

    @kamran: But he ought to join hands with PTI.

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  • pervaiz memon
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:29PM

    is imran khan capable to keep under control heavy weights like him . Remember PPP nominated him for PM’s slot in 2001 and in 2008 he was among probable list of PM . He was then award important ministry also he was PPP punjab president although he was relatively new in PPP but his ambition so high and only PM’s slot in next government and next to imran’s position in PTI will satisfy him . I am sure with in no time he ditch imran and PTI as he did with PML-N and PPP in shot span of his political history . I known most of people may not like my comments but i think above comment as per his nature and past .

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  • aamir
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:41PM

    my message for all politicians who r in politics for wealth n power………………the storm of CHANGE will blow u all away….love pti.

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  • Baloch
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:41PM

    Balochistan is not only ignored by PTI but all other Pakistani liberals but we don’t expect anything from the politicians or army anymore. We shall be free someday

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  • maqsood
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:43PM

    nothing happened if someone resigned.pti will grow

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  • masab
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:54PM

    finally PTI gaining momentum…

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  • R.A
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:58PM

    Please IMRAN KHAN
    Can you give us a list of politicians from
    previous GOVTS. who according to you
    were pure and their purity did not start
    the day they were kicked out of their party
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  • Rehman
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:04PM

    HAHAHAHAHA. All these kids over here are having fantasies about Immy and his future bainet. On some of the comments I have read immy= PM , Qureshi= FM , AQK= minister for Sci and Tech.

    All I can say is that please stop day dreaming, concentrate on your job/studiess

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  • kamran
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:33PM

    @Ali:
    imran request him to join PTI not him

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  • msbutt
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:48PM

    Qazi leaves PTI & joins “MQM” !!!!!???? that makes it credible

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  • bobblehead
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:03PM

    everything is so messed up that once imran comes to power he’ll actually realize what a deep quagmire he is in… and with turncoats joining him, propping him to power will definitely blackmail him soon… promises are easy to be made but extremely difficult to be delivered in this messed up Pakistani society…

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  • kamran
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:11PM

    Did qureshi sb stop drone attack when he was FM.
    Did america talk with pakistan with fear during his ministry.
    Did he solve matter of kashmir during his ministry.

    If not then why imran khan impressed only because he got confirm seat.

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  • RK
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:48PM

    Atleast Qureshi can win a seat for PTI, I am not sure abt Imran’s seat though

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  • Taimur
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:42PM

    WELCOME to join pti sir u r great..

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:52PM

    Imran Khan clearly mentioned that we welcome every one but ticket will be given only after scrutiny by a committe and you will see many will leave PTI before election when no ticket awarded. I like this policu\y of PTI.

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  • Taimoor
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:55PM

    To all the old geezers that have ruined pakistan for the future generations, Don’t hate, Appreciate!!

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:45PM

    Its nice he would resign from his seat before joining PTI, otherwise PTI would had one member in assembly. Zero is the number, PTI never wants to change..

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  • Bilal
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:12PM

    Mushahid Hussain Syed is a big No No!

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  • u_too
    Nov 12, 2011 - 12:47AM

    all aboard the PTI train!

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:42AM

    Sorry friends, Joining PTI means, spending rest of life in opposition and SMQ is not a person of that sort. Why he is waiting till 27th? He must be using this gap for something else.

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  • starboy
    Nov 12, 2011 - 4:31AM

    welcome to PTI shah mehmood qureshi saheb. PTI should welcome clean politicians like Qureshi.

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  • anwar
    Nov 12, 2011 - 8:32AM

    easy way for imran to loose the next election is to accept turn-coats and other gentry of old.

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  • Bilal
    Nov 12, 2011 - 9:36AM
  • Ayaz Munir
    Nov 12, 2011 - 9:48AM

    @Baloch:
    These separatsists have always been against Gwadar port which would have turned around as a great place for Balochistans growth.
    I pray to ALLAH that you realize soon that pakistan is your home & nothing else(Ameen)
    Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • Ali
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:06PM

    @kamran: agree.

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  • Aijaz Khan
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:21PM

    Well Mr Qureshi is joining the PTI way too late.It’s only the 12th of November and he will do it on the 27th of November!
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  • Aijaz Khan
    Nov 13, 2011 - 12:50AM

    Why are our politicians being so slow in toppling the government?
    For example,the PML-N were to hold their rally on 20th November and will start their ‘long march’ after Muharram,which means 50 days from now on!
    I mean,what the hell is happening out here?
    They should have organised theis rally on the 11th of November and started their ‘long march’ right after Eid-ul-Azha.As simple as that.
    So this slow approach by our politicians is shocking,depressing as well as disgusting.

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  • Shahrukh
    Nov 13, 2011 - 6:46AM

    Well, imran khan has always been saying that people say that ” saying and doing” are two different things. So, lets say for the sake of argument what different would it make to Pakistan if he is given a chance. the country is considered a failed state anyway. So, we should give him chance and see if he can pull us out of deep mess, or at least pave the path for it…

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  • Nov 13, 2011 - 9:44PM

    imran khan will be the most biggest leader of the pakistan we are all pakistanis with u /u dnt worry next prime minster is imran khan

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  • Fugitive
    Nov 14, 2011 - 1:47AM

    @zia ur rehman:
    happy wishful thinking

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  • Aijaz Khan
    Nov 14, 2011 - 11:26AM

    Well Pakistan’s biggest disappointments during this government have been the ‘good’ or ‘best’ politicians.I mean people like Faisal Saleh Hayat,Ameer Muqam,Sheikh Waqas Akram and Wasim Sajjad.Why don’t they just leave their party and join some other party?
    Or if they don’t want to lose their seat,then they should quietly resign and sideline themselves from the party.
    I see only two reasons for this.Some may be hungry for power while others may be afraid of victimisation.

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  • Nov 15, 2011 - 2:18AM

    first of all mr shah is a honest politician then other, and ve great Influence in ruler of sindh and can play its better in Sind afterall i Slute to shah shaib who realize honsety of pti and acept it there very few men like shah shaib, shah shaib won the heart of pakistanis when he protest against injustice with two pakistani who had been killed by an american it make me puzzled only one minister of protest every one was Silent PMLn pml q even though army was calm so simple we welcome to shah shaib 4 joining pti

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  • arslan
    Nov 23, 2011 - 9:22PM

    plz join PTI GIVE u a warm welcome

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