Qureshi will be a great addition: Imran Khan

Published: November 15, 2011
PTI chief says ex-PPP stalwart will bring a vote bank that his young party lacks. PHOTO:FILE

PTI chief says ex-PPP stalwart will bring a vote bank that his young party lacks. PHOTO:FILE


Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be a great addition if he joins the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf, the party’s chairman Imran Khan has said.

Speaking at Express 24/7’s talk show Witness with Quatrina, he said that Qureshi will bring with him a great deal of political experience and a vote bank that the young party lacked. “Qureshi, like Mian Azhar, is an honest politician and no one could accuse him of corruption.”

However he quickly added that in a country like Pakistan they could not expect to get anyone who was squeaky clean. “You can’t find angels in Pakistan but we will get relatively better stock of politicians in the PTI.”

Though, he said that he would not get any one and every one into the party, “anyone can join the party – well not just anyone, known crooks cannot join PTI but there are shades of grey,” he said.

Terming the core group as an invaluable asset of the party Khan said that the core office bearers who have been there for the past 15 years in the wildernesss the ideological people made up the spine. However they needed people to join the party and for that if they kept too narrow a focus, they would not end up with anyone. Hence they broadened the scope for those who even had ideological differences limited the scope of filtration to financial corruption.

Ending corruption

Khan stressed that his main campaign was to have declare true assets as financial corruption was the root of problems of Pakistan. “If you can get rid of corruption, you can make Pakistan viable”.

In this regard he explained why the politics and the mainstream parties were vying from a status quo. Referring to the Sharif’s he narrated a statement of Interior Minister Rehman Malik following Shehbaz Sharif’s rally on October 28 in Lahore that ‘the Sharif’s ought to be careful as we know about all of the PML-N leaders’ accounts and assets and you do not want to cross that line’. Khan said that the statement brought to fore how the two politically opposing parties had been enjoying their status quo in despite the Supreme Court decision revoking the National Reconciliation Ordinance.

This, Khan said, is where the PTI comes in. He said that only a government that was “clean” and had the will would be the one that would bring laundered money back to Pakistan.

“I earned abroad, but my money is in Pakistan and declared and in my name, however, the only reason that their (Zardari and Nawaz) assets are all outside Pakistan is because they made their money by plundering Pakistan”, the PTI chief alleged.

It is for this reason the PTI was now creating a cell which would unveil the true assets of politicians, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Nov 15, 2011 - 10:52AM

    Vote for change! Vote for Imran Khan!


  • Nazir Ahmed Minto
    Nov 15, 2011 - 11:02AM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi, is in all respects,better that the P.M and does have experience of Political nature, local and international,I only wish that Mr.Qureshi really does have the Love for his country men and will assist Imran in taking us out , into the Sunshine !


  • Muhammad Munir Wah cantt
    Nov 15, 2011 - 11:51AM

    Vote for change! Vote for Imran Khan


  • Usman
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:27PM

    End of game for Qureshi.


  • "I only want to be PM"
    Nov 15, 2011 - 1:29PM

    Qureshi is the member of party of which control Pakistan…
    If ,with time, party changes its names … its not mistake of Mr. neat and clean Quresshi.
    For him… first name of this party was PML, IJI, PML-N, PPP and now (may be) PTI.
    We can only say good luck Pakistan …same people are coming again


  • Ishrat Salim
    Nov 15, 2011 - 1:40PM

    Mr Qureishi by joining PTI…will add to the expected change…..Recommend

  • anybodyagree
    Nov 15, 2011 - 1:48PM

    one day imran will suffer at the hand of these turncoats ….!!!!Recommend

  • Nirmit
    Nov 15, 2011 - 2:42PM

    I don’t think so dear Imran khan; as you ought to like his because you need political gains; this is what we call a dirty game of democracy; how could a desserter; the one who believed in PPP ideology and stood by it can overnight sit on the other side; and with what moral face he can argue against it!!!! History stands withness to the fact that the party changers has never brough pride to any party….be aware, he would have not resigned if allowed to continue as foreign minister; he can do the same with you!!!! (we will remember your welcome message when next time he resigns from your party and joins Muslim Legue)….


  • A.Khan
    Nov 15, 2011 - 2:50PM

    @Nazir Ahmed Minto:
    ‘Love for country’ is not everything. I think every politician and general love the country. Nawaz loved it too when did the nuclear tests but then he could not contain. The issue is the competence, one step ahead. Only patriotism cannot win country’s economy back. Person should have the ability to communicate and make good relations in this globalised world. Pakistan is far too behind in the globalisation than e.g. India.


  • PTI aka new PMLQ
    Nov 15, 2011 - 5:28PM

    Great asset? He doesnt get the ministry he quits, since Imran Khan needs some votes, he is absolved of his three years corruption spree, seems Imran Khan will be old wine in new bottle after all, why not change the name to PML-Imran group to avoid confusion.


  • hamza khan
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:12PM

    @PTI aka new PMLQ:

    new PML-Q is much better than old PPP. atleast they did something for their country. or are you one of those jiyalas?Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:34PM


    Tell Mr. Shah Mahmood Qureshi that he will be the next person after you in PTI.

    Don’t you see that PML(N) is also negotiating with him.

    Why to wait until November 27.

    Offer him the position now to avoid any possible disappointment.


  • Samina Khan
    Nov 16, 2011 - 7:16PM

    Imran Khan does not have a magic lamp to change the entire fabric of the country overnight. It is sheer non sense to expect that Imran Khan will turn upside down in one day and there will be prosperity all around. If one could remember people deemed so before restoration of CJP that if Iftikhar Chaudhry is restored things will suddenly change in eye blinking time but what happened. Imran Khan is not Jinnah, Liaqut, or ZAB; even these leaders could not change the plight of the country. It is not a one man show to rule the country and bring it to prosperity while keeping the defense expenses and general power intact. He has no program to deal with this and religious fanatics. In fact he is supported by both the generals and fanatics. Where is his team of politicians and technocrats to win on their own? Or he is going to depend upon the supporters of Mush like PML-Q by another name. The youth in America had great hopes for a “change” in the last election. However, they are disappointed to see that one man show cannot change the old system. I did tell all my friends and family about Obama’s election and later disappointment.


  • Junaid
    Nov 17, 2011 - 2:24AM

    @Samina Khan: Nawaz Sharif, BB, Zardari, and Musharraf pushed Pakistan so far behind that even India is way ahead of us today and China is light years ahead of us today. Nawaz and BB took turns looting the country in the 90’s and now Nawaz wants to take turns with Zardari this decade. If we let them do that even Somalia will be ahead of us. And we need to get out of America’s war OF terror that is destroying Pakistan. Only Imran Khan can bring Pakistan towards prosperity.


  • Aijaz Khan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 7:19PM

    Well if Imran Khan wants leaders,why doesn’t he rope in people like Faisal Hayat,Amir Muqam,Sheikh Waqas Akram or Wasim Sajjad?
    On the other hand,Mr Shah Mehmood Qureshi has left his future announcement wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too late.He should have done it on the 20th or 22nd of November.Simple as that.


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