Faisalabad political rally: Nawaz demands urgent ‘memogate’ inquiry

Published: November 20, 2011
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PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif addresses a rally in Faisalabad. PHOTO: PPI

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif addresses a rally in Faisalabad. PHOTO: PPI

FAISALABAD: The forlorn opposition appears to have finally found the government’s choking point.

Addressing over 20,000 at a rally in the Dhobi Ghat Ground of Faisalabad on Sunday, PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif demanded that an independent inquiry commission be formed “within a day or two” to investigate claims that the government sought US support to take action against its own military and intelligence services.

Failing this, the party will converge “from all provinces” in Islamabad where a petition would be filed with the Supreme Court, Sharif warned.

He said he would not stand by idle when “the country’s sovereignty is being sold and self respect compromised.”

One clear message that emerged from the otherwise chaotic rally was that the party would focus on memogate to bring the government to its knees.

In a speech that ended in couplets from Punjabi poetry, Sharif also warned those who played games on behalf of intelligence agencies and said he would put an end to this.

Nawaz Sharif had much ground to cover at the rally, seen to be held in response to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf rally in Lahore earlier this month. He said that Imran Khan had misled the people on the issue of declaring assets. “We have declared our assets,” he said, adding with a flourish: “I have devoted everything to the people of Pakistan.”

Nisar takes on Imran Khan

It was left to the leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar to hit out at Imran Khan. Nisar alleged that Imran “was backed by intelligence agencies.”  The PML-N senior also had some advice: “Only one rally cannot decide public support.”

Sanaullah criticises ‘Zardari mafia’

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that by turning up in large numbers at the rally, the people had shown that they rejected the “corrupt Zardari mafia”.

He also described Imran Khan as a pawn of the establishment, and said Mian Azhar, who recently joined Khan’s party, was known for his ties with intelligence agencies.

‘PTI sought help from Jewish lobby’

The burly Pir Sabir Shah, senior PML-N leader from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, in his speech said that his party’s fight would be against Zardari and “other corrupt elements.” He said that Imran Khan had sought support from the “Jewish lobby”.

Disputes over numbers began even before the rally. The PML-N said it had put 30,000 chairs at the venue, while opposition leader Raja Riaz said the ground did not hold more that 13,000 seats. PTI divisional coordinator Tariq Chaudhry added that the PML-N would try to fill the gaps with 5,000 plainclothes policemen. He accused the party of using state machinery to beef up the gathering.

The PPP has seven, the PML-N four and PML-Q eight of the 20 National Assembly seats from Faisalabad division.

Govt response

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan in reply to the Sharif statement on Sunday evening said that no unconstitutional step can destabilize the democratically elected government.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (132)

  • Sam Jeddawi
    Nov 20, 2011 - 2:04PM

    A conglomeration of Patwaris.

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  • Khalid Javed
    Nov 20, 2011 - 2:23PM

    A show of patwaris, teachers, education department’s employees & distant villagers keen to see Faisalabad City free, on the Punjab Government arranged transport service is set, Lets see if they can beat or at least compete the enthusiastic mammoth rally of PTI in Lahore, may be Nawaz Sharif will need another check up after the comparison.

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  • Bhatti
    Nov 20, 2011 - 2:37PM

    Get a life Mian Brothers, use this money for the betterment of the people instead of rallies.. Aren’t you brothers in Punjab govt. Power hungry, Huh!

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  • Khuldun
    Nov 20, 2011 - 2:51PM

    Assemble all government employees, your roll call will be taken here and if you show no interest in your surrounding, your pay would be deducted. Khadim – e – Alla Punjab has worked so hard for himself, he needs to force you to come visit him!

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  • Zulfiqar
    Nov 20, 2011 - 2:55PM

    “The Hired Show” by PML-N …… Lets see can money outrace the passion !!

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  • Muzammil
    Nov 20, 2011 - 3:18PM

    Dont speak Imran khan tongue, A real show is going to be held at FSD, Its PMLN city and will remain with PMLN. Congrats to FSD workers , leaders and wishing good luck to Mian brothers.Recommend

  • Salman Zafar
    Nov 20, 2011 - 3:38PM

    Shame.. organizing rallies in punjab where u r in power. What a shame.

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  • Javed Afridi
    Nov 20, 2011 - 3:43PM

    It seems the opponents are convinced of a huge gathering. NS has all the strength to throw the corrupt as well as the establishment’s touts out of the political arena of the country.

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  • Kashif Iqbal
    Nov 20, 2011 - 3:58PM

    This rally isn’t sponsored by the Shukat Khanum money which we had been giving to Imran Khan from last many years.

    Today’s rally will be decisive in nature against the corrupt politicians sitting on central positions. At the same time it will be a slap on the face of establishment.

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  • "I only want to be PM"
    Nov 20, 2011 - 4:21PM

    @Bhatti:
    And what about Mr. Imran Khan , Asli Ingalab wale?
    Why not he spend rallies money for betterment of the people?

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  • "I only want to be PM"
    Nov 20, 2011 - 4:30PM

    @Sam Jeddawi:
    Some people do rallies supported by agencies and some by patwaris.Recommend

  • Moulvi Nawaz Shareef
    Nov 20, 2011 - 4:35PM

    Just watched on a TV channel ( Aaj News) people attending the rally are mostly uneducated people gathered from slums and they even don’t know why they are in the rally and which party’s rally is it.
    Patwari convention was after all better Idea ten this one Mr Shareef :) they say in Urdu “kawa chala hans ki chaal aur apni chaal bhi bhool gaya”……

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  • Nov 20, 2011 - 4:46PM

    Best of Luck, the real leader!

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  • Nov 20, 2011 - 5:00PM

    Well, I’ve seen that the PTI fans seldom talk logically. They are emotional. They ‘assume’ a lot of things.
    Imran has NOT done ANYTHING yet. Look at the Nawaz’s services to the country…
    Imran Khan is pro-establishment.
    And can never become a threat for PML-N.
    However, PTI is threat for the country, for they will help PPP regain the power and loot the country yet again…
    Wish you all the BEST Mian sb….

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  • Usman Lakhani
    Nov 20, 2011 - 5:11PM

    So who paid for all the flags and banners?

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  • Nov 20, 2011 - 5:11PM

    Noonis following Khan’s style. A Naat, Qaumi Taranaa and what not.

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  • A Pakistani
    Nov 20, 2011 - 5:29PM

    If all the Ministers of PML/PMQ/PPP join PTI, the PTI supporters wont mind, & they`ll immediately label them Patriotic and Clean. The problem with us is that we think with our heart & go blind to see the ground realities which are obvious.Recommend

  • Z
    Nov 20, 2011 - 5:36PM

    First show of strength? So the one in Lahore on Oct. 28 was a ‘try ball’?

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  • Khirad
    Nov 20, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Its Historical Gathering
    Its Proved today that PML(N) can fight alone against All establishment and its PuppET Parties PTI , MQM and PPP
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  • Shayan
    Nov 20, 2011 - 5:40PM

    Faisalabad is Manchester of Pakistan minus the gas, electricity, hospitals and universities, public transport system and lastly Fish n Chips.

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  • Rana Bilal
    Nov 20, 2011 - 5:51PM

    We all love nawaz shreef.
    & faisalabad is tha city of PML n.

    Nawaz shreef
    Zinda abad.

    GO ZARDARI GORecommend

  • Fasih Khan
    Nov 20, 2011 - 5:52PM

    PML(N) Disgrace.

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  • buttjee
    Nov 20, 2011 - 5:55PM

    Being in the Government, PML(N) has all the official resources at its disposal. Collecting a large no. of people will therefore be not much of a problem. So in no way it will be a genuine show of force.

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  • game changer
    Nov 20, 2011 - 6:14PM

    patwais show………. just lacks idea………. mian is the past … ik is the future……………………..Recommend

  • Nov 20, 2011 - 6:15PM

    Dekho dekho kaun aya? What an absurd slogan!Recommend

  • Not me
    Nov 20, 2011 - 6:17PM

    Do a fair assessment of the crowd: take the total area of the meeting (use google earth) and divide it by 4.5 sq feet. I estimate crowd of 75,000-1,00,000 at most. Which is a good show but Imran Khan’s rally had more people and they had more energy

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  • Nov 20, 2011 - 6:18PM

    ..err, so where is the public?

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  • Shuaib
    Nov 20, 2011 - 6:24PM

    Funny

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  • Romm
    Nov 20, 2011 - 6:29PM

    even if they gather 400000 ppl, that wud be nothing compared with Imran’s show of strength. I come from Faisalabad and assure the readers that Govt,s Machinery has been misused for bringing ppl to venue. It’s no doubt’ congregation of Patwaris and Gardawars.

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  • ha ha
    Nov 20, 2011 - 6:43PM

    @Kashif Iqbal:
    this is sponsored by our tax money, toll taxes, revenue taxes and all govt. employees….!!

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  • Khan
    Nov 20, 2011 - 6:49PM

    @Kashif Iqbal:

    This rally isn’t sponsored by the Shukat Khanum money which we had been giving to Imran Khan from last many years

    I am not supporter of any political party but please have a look at what you have just admitted .. Shaukat Khanum money is yours… which proves our money was used to build a hospital by an individual who was never a PM or served on any govt post .. Yet his hospital is saving lives of poor people every single day from past 17 years …
    So, the question is now .. Where has Mr Sharif thrown our money that he got for Mulk Sawaro Qarz Utharo?
    Please go ahead and support these incompetent, good fro nothing lot…
    Have some pity on this country before it disintegrate. I wonder where will people like you go after NS & Zardaris have flown out to their palaces in London & Dubai?Recommend

  • MAD
    Nov 20, 2011 - 6:58PM

    @Ahmad Fuad:

    Isnt he Zia Ul Haqs adopted son?

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  • B
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:09PM

    I am sick and tired of this whole IK is the future brigade…
    Change is not bringing on Imran or any new face at all.
    Since the inception of more precisely 1957, establishment role in the politics is our real ban.
    And at this point there is no one standing against them but Nawaz Sharif.

    IK is not the future. IK is the harbinger of status-quo: Establishment deciding the course of country.

    We need someone to stand up to these khakis/plain clothes. We need someone like Erdoganto make sure Army stays in barracks.
    And there is only one person who can do that.
    Nawaz is the Erdogan of Pakistan, or will be if our so calle educated youth starts thinking for a minute.

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  • B
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:11PM

    I am sick and tired of this whole IK is the future brigade…
    Change is not bringing on Imran or any new face at all.
    Since the inception of more precisely 1957, establishment role in the politics is our real ban.
    And at this point there is no one standing against them but Nawaz Sharif.IK is not the future. IK is the harbinger of status-quo: Establishment deciding the course of country.We need someone to stand up to these khakis/plain clothes. We need someone like Erdoganto make sure Army stays in barracks.
    And there is only one person who can do that.
    Nawaz is the Erdogan of Pakistan, or will be if our so calle educated youth starts thinking for a minute.Recommend

  • Mohammad Awais
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:13PM

    It was perfect show of strength by PML-N. No patwaris and government employees. Why we have forgot PML-N’s rally for the restoration of judges. It is not an old event. And PML-N had not done anything bad that the people could hate it so early. Moreover, PTI’s Lahore rally was engineered show. Even intervals in Imran Khan’s speech and playing of music showed that it is an arranged show. Public gatherings are not music shows.

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  • naveed
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:16PM

    we love nawaz sharif. khan is recruting all corrupts from all over Pakistan.Recommend

  • Rehana
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:41PM

    Why is it necessary for all the politicians to accuse others and call themselves the real people who are democratic and have given so many sacrifices for the people of Pakistan instead why dont they just focus on their own mandate for the next elections??Why do they themselves give so much importance to the establishment by talking about it in all the rallies and calling each other pro establishment???and above all why is it so important for all of us to abuse each other for not favouring the party we like because after all variety is the important ingredient of democracy?Why dont we have sportsman spirit and graciously accept our defeat after the election and not call the elections rigged if unable to win?I loved the sight of how graciously Bush handed over his power to Obama!How I wish this could happen in Pakistan too!!!!!!!

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  • Zulfiqar
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:41PM

    From my sources in faisalabad, the PML N gathering is larger than gathering at Lahore by PML N but very less than PTI …. Where majority of the people are slums and poor, very few young and educated people !!

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  • Lobster
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:43PM

    The best PML-N advisers could do was to copy PTI style?

    PML-N has big following, but their performance Punjab government is poor (granted there is strong hindrance from PPP). If they don’t resign, they will continue to be treated as Zardari’s friendly opposition

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  • Zulfiqar
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:45PM

    @ muhammad Owais
    What a pity !!! Sir can you please go and watch the clips of PTI Jalsa before your comments !!

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  • THE
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:46PM

    Yawn ! This is the most boring thing I have heard in a long time. Recommend

  • Fatima Jinnah will always in our hearts
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:48PM

    Why the all so called politicians are afraid of Imran Khan??
    A man is afraid whenever he sees to lose something…

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  • Muhammad Asif
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:51PM

    A good and bulky Jalsaof PML(N). Congrate to nawaz and his team. Very Gug answer to Imran for his esatbalishment supported Jalsa of Lahore.

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  • Muhammad Asif
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Talawat, Naat and Hangmay are the old fashion of PML (N).

    Why PTI people are so conservative. Why those are not fighthing against PPP/ANP/MQM. Ohhh…… MQM is their allaince for the coming crown but in the deep sleeping! Have they forget all Karachi Cruels. PTI i just looking to wipe PML (N) from Punjab But it that is the Iron Ball. PTI ppl should try even with the help of back hands…….

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  • Khalid Javed
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:57PM

    The Jalsa just finished, the live telecast in camera reflected several empty pockets, with people moving around leisurely instead of listening the speech. the final moments of Mr. Sharif’s speech witnessed people started leaving the arena like in a losing cricket match………… Is PML-N really losing the game? please watch the clips and get the answer.

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  • sajid
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:59PM

    what a good show of strength from “PLM(N)”

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  • Muhammad Asif
    Nov 20, 2011 - 8:00PM

    I think 50,000 to 100,000 patwaris are not there in whole punjab and all patwaris can not go to fasailabad for attending nawaz’s Jalsa the same day. Blv in ground relealities plz…

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  • Saad Durrani
    Nov 20, 2011 - 8:00PM

    He talked everything, but skipped the Raymond Davis incident oh-so-easily.

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  • Muhammad Asif
    Nov 20, 2011 - 8:01PM

    Not all are affraid? those are careful about the back ends of khans?

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  • Maryam
    Nov 20, 2011 - 8:02PM

    I am sick of PTI supporters and I have not yet seen them in Power. I don’t know what will happen to them when they come to power.

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  • Khalid Javed
    Nov 20, 2011 - 8:04PM

    Despite Mr. Sharif’s best efforts, the flag-waving, the sloganeering appeared without passion and fire which PTI rally shown. The laid-back approach of 3 years have undone the Sharif brothers ‘ ability to mobilize & infuse energy into the fans. After today, PML-N should re-think of its strategy towards PTI & strive for a strategy alliance. The cos which they might have to bear in terms of accommodating PTI should not be the issue in the larger interest of PML-N & the country.

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  • Imran
    Nov 20, 2011 - 8:10PM

    What is he going to do for the country? He can’t even open the door of his car. Arrogance at its best, while claiming to be a revolutionary, and the savior of the poor.

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  • Nov 20, 2011 - 8:21PM

    @Khan: brother i want to recommend your comment 1million times, ofcource i can not…keep it up.

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    Nov 20, 2011 - 8:22PM

    Now torus coming with explaination that people who turned out were poor and uneducated and we are super cool. Shame on you people aint they Pakistanis?

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  • game changer
    Nov 20, 2011 - 8:35PM

    what a great jalsa by patwaris……………………………. nawaz sharif is the genius……………………………………………………….

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  • Anjum
    Nov 20, 2011 - 8:40PM

    @Mohammad Awais:
    Sir, you and others fail to understand that during Nawaz sb, Zardagi sb and Bhutto they have all failed to modernise Pakistan and obtain the respect of the establisnent. You may be a party member and have by that benefitted by favours etc and thats why you and other support feudal systems. You cannot blame our military who have keps focus on our nationL interest while mian sb and all other civilian king parties have shown that they arenwealthy and habe richer and richer. PakistN deserve to developed like any European country. How can you not support change I fail to undertand. Pak zindabad

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  • Mazhar.A.Khan
    Nov 20, 2011 - 8:47PM

    Where has Mr Sharif thrown our money that he got for Mulk Sawaro Qarz Utharo?
    I agreed to the above comments! I am one of those unfortunates (There are others & many) who had eagerly & passionatly supported his slogan in his early days of coming to power BUT that money gone forever without trace. I believe he must have spent that amount in building castle like residence in raiwand.Recommend

  • Haq
    Nov 20, 2011 - 8:56PM

    Nawaz Sharif is the only leader with experience, courage and wisdom to take this country out of these Probelms. Allah Bless you and protect you Nawaz…

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  • Bhatti
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:06PM

    A die hard supporter of PTI. Still I accept, FSD was a good show of strength by the PML-N. Its good to have a healthy competition until its peaceful.Recommend

  • Majid
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:07PM

    If PTI and PTI fans have any respect left, they should go back to IK and ask why you put blames on Nawaz Sharif and his party members when you don’t have proofs or even a deductible logic.

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  • zalim singh
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:08PM

    looks like a farce

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  • Mohammad Awais
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:09PM

    @Zulfiqar: I have listen to the speech of Imran’s Lahore gathering on Youtube. There was nothing visionary in his speech. His ordinary speech was like speeches of all politicians being delivered at public gatherings. To judge Imran’s new political approach or vision, kindly visit Wikipedia and read profile of Masood Sharif Khattak, who recently joined PTI. We all know who is Mian Azhar, who is also a pillar of PTI now. We should never lose our rationality, and look at new political developments neutrally.

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  • Hu Jintao
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:14PM

    It so shameful that they copied Imran Khan style of jalsa.

    PMLN Is past, PTI is the future

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  • Majid
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:15PM

    There are list of leaders in PMLN who are not only stalwarts of PMLN but stalwarts of Democracy too who have great achievements in development of Pakistan in and out of parliament. To name a few include, Javed Hashmi, Sa’ad Rafique, Ch. Nisar, Ahsan Iqbal, Ishaq Dar, Hanif Abbasi etc etc. But on the other hand PTI starts and ends at Imran Khan.

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  • Haq
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:18PM

    @Khan:
    Qarz Utaro….Mulk Sanwaro is a proof of a very good thought that really knows cure of most of the dieses of Pakistan…..taking Pakistan out of this foreign interfarance BY paying off all the loans and by not asking for any aid. But unfortunately not enough money was collected for that program. The money that was collected was a small little fraction of the loan that Pakistan had to pay..that money was spent for Pakistan….the after government did all kinds of investigations but could not get a single proof of corruption……..about Imran Khan’s shoukat khanum hospital I would like to bring your attention about IK collecting money from Pakistani’s from all over the world…collecting money from rich and also from poor…collecting money from school kids…who forced their parents give big donations than their approach…Kids who gave their lunch money…..I remember kids didn’t eat lunch for some days and collecting the money to give to IK….But did IK put any of his contribution in it….by seeing his properties including plaza’s and 300 Kanal house where 26000 RS meat is served to the dogs… it seems he did not contribute anything as at the time when IK played cricket there was not much money in cricket……have you ever thought about that

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  • Haq
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:21PM

    @Saad Durrani:
    He spoke about R.D. Case where IK was quite…..Please read all the detail of the APC recently held….he asked the people who are in real power (who are supporting IK) that’s why IK could not speak more than one line while Mr. Nawaz spoke more than half hour seeking all the reply……

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  • ali
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:21PM

    nice comedy show for rented people gathered all over punjab the only difference between PTI rally and pml n rally was that PTI rally was full of people who gathered by their own will while the pmln comedy show was full of punjab police in civilian cloths and patwaries from all over punjab

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  • a
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:26PM

    @Ahmad Hammad:
    you are living in paradise of fools dear sir if you think that nawaz sharif is going to be a savior of this country.he is the person who has done corruption ,supported corruption and tolerated corruption through out his life.he is actively involved in support of sectarian strife in country{a lesson from his mentor mr zia i suppose}Recommend

  • a
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:31PM

    @Muhammad Asif: each patwari ,tehsildar and numberdar was asked to provide 50-100 people if you doubt me visit your local patwari and ask him . and also ask from the transport owners they will tell you how they were forced to transport these people from the whole division of faisalabad and were not even paid for it

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  • dr j tipu
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:31PM

    mian nawaz sharif, maryam nawaz, capt safdar(nawaz lol), shahbaz sharif, hamza shahbaz…………….lol, n this DYNASTY still has guts to talk of “changing” the old rhoetorical system, given its the third time they are in power…………..how many more chances do they need?isnt it merely shameful for someone sitting in power asking to bring a change to peoples’ lives once they already are in power to do so?? how absurdRecommend

  • Nadeem
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:32PM

    IK is a establishment yes-man for sure. Just watched Sana Buchas show on Geo, she asked how come Imran Khan knew on 30th Oct about Haqqani’s involvment in the memo case when this information was disclose by Mansoor Ijaz first time on 13th Nov and the only person privy to this info was Shuja Pasha of ISI. Umer Cheema of PTI was simply swept off his feet by this question and he was so visibly at loss of words to give a proper reponse.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:53PM

    Nawaz Sharif ! Your political career is sealed. Recommend

  • TheHunterminator
    Nov 20, 2011 - 10:06PM

    I don’t get what r they tryin to prove doing jalsa over and over again just to show their puff strength

    Doesn’t matter how many they do rallies they were beaten by PTI in one shot so go ahead bald

    head brothers fulfill ur pathetic wish.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 20, 2011 - 10:07PM

    Amongst five contenders of power (AZ, IK, NS, CJ and COAS), Mr. Nawaz Sharif is better. Zardari is tested, Imran is inexperienced, CJ wont accept army rule and army will not accept CJ. Nawaz Sharif can go along with CJ and future Army Chief. He has very good relations with Saudi Arabia, USA, Britain, China and Turkey. His party has roots in all provinces. Let’s give one more chance to Nawaz Sharif untill Imran gets more experience. Imran’s supporters are mostly young people. Their whole life is ahead of them. They can wait few more years.

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  • Taimur Tariq
    Nov 20, 2011 - 10:09PM

    a very logical speech by nawaz shareef…..just wached a talk show after the JALSA in which pti’s represntative was unanswerable when he was asked that hussain haqqani’s name was disclosed on 17th of oct but imran khan has already named him on that issue in his 30th oct JALSA….now the point is how did he get to know of this? sorry to say but imran khan, so called a man of hope by some sarcastic and immature ppl, is yet another a back channeled agent…and one thing very interesting pti members come with pages in talk shows but what r they haha i cant understand that…….and lastly imran khan was very much against mqm but no tl bout them haha keep it up baray khan sahab :P

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  • Nov 20, 2011 - 10:23PM

    @Maryam: I question that response – can you stop anyones right to defend his point of view? shouldn’t that be the core principle to peacefully discussing politics and NOT take up arms and thuggery as the only means to settle a political score. PTI does not engage in gun politics that siad each supporter in his/her own right defends his/her party, at times the discussion may go a bit off the tangent, BUT it is as much my right to defend PTI, as it is YOUR right to criticize.

    If you dont like a persons attitude, or behavior, STOP, block and remove him/her from your discussion.

    That said I totally denounce using derogatory and abusive language. But if someone does, they do it in their own capacity and no one from PTI can stop or censor them, you have to simply mark the comments as spam, do it repeatedly and very soon the IP address would be flagged within any commenting system

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  • Azmat
    Nov 20, 2011 - 10:23PM

    Well done Nawaz Sharif!
    We are with you… Keep it up….!
    Nice Reply to Agencies supported minor parties…

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  • Saad Durrani
    Nov 20, 2011 - 10:29PM

    @Haq:
    How wonderful. Two days prior his release, Mr. Nawaz Sharif jetted his “broken” heart to London, and brother dearest followed.

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  • atif fasih abid
    Nov 20, 2011 - 10:36PM

    successful jalsa goog very goog.pml n

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  • fahad
    Nov 20, 2011 - 10:37PM

    Nawaz couldn’t even fill a small ground with people……….I guess after this flop jalsa…the remaining PML-N workers who had some doubt are going to join Imran Khan.

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  • Mohammad Awais
    Nov 20, 2011 - 10:43PM

    @Usman Lakhani: It’s not the question who paid for banners. Real question is who supported the rally – public or agency. And everybody knows who is being supported by agencies.

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  • Taimoor
    Nov 20, 2011 - 10:51PM

    LOL, plan was to gather 100000 but only 20000 came. The end is near, for old men who refuse to open their eyes and see the world for what it is. Recommend

  • Nov 20, 2011 - 10:52PM

    PMLN show for today was just an effort to outnumber PTI jalsa on 30th but unfortunately they failed miserably here. Punjab people no more are with PMLN or PPP.

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  • Taimoor
    Nov 20, 2011 - 10:55PM

    @”I only want to be PM”:
    He does, he built a hospital a university all without ever being corrupt politician but by convincing people. What has your leaders accomplished. You rarely have an argument except blaming everything on establishment. Recommend

  • imranr
    Nov 20, 2011 - 11:10PM

    @Ahmad Hammad:
    mate im struggling to see what Nawaz sharif and co have done for Pakistan. I know he has made a billion pound empire for himself and his aulad, through corruption. He did all this whilst avoiding to pay taxes on his known income. He and his friends in the mafia are basically conmen who have no morals.

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  • ARSAL
    Nov 20, 2011 - 11:11PM

    Happy to see that IK is on nerves of the so called politico elite of country;;IK isnt a made leader by establishment;IK rocks;;wish Ch Nisar to join PTI; seems unfit there

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  • Muhammad Ramzan
    Nov 20, 2011 - 11:26PM

    What this procession was about??? PML N is in govt so what are they doing by these gatherings, wasting public money. If you want to challenge Central govt, resign from assemblies and take them up in Islamabad. What a despicable show….

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  • Khalil
    Nov 20, 2011 - 11:32PM

    This was a massive public meeting as far as Faisalabad is concerned. Mian Nawaz Shariff continues to hold the fort in Punjab, whatever the PPP may say. This PPP cannot hold such a meeting anywhere in Pakistan, except in Karachi, where the MQM can lend them a crowd.

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  • Asif Sheikh
    Nov 20, 2011 - 11:49PM

    @Nadeem – sir please come out of dark era of 1990’s and live in 2011where we have over 60+ channels to show us the reality. Any sensible person who can read Financial Times can easily guess on influential ambassador whic Mansoor Ijaz had mentioned in his article. We all know the propaganda show and it’s credibility of this liberal pseudo anchor. So please stop propaganda against PTI and let be honest to admit it was a good show of Patwaris and low grade Punjab government employees sponsored by 90 MNAs and 200+ MPAs of PML(N).

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  • Haq
    Nov 20, 2011 - 11:54PM

    @Sam Jeddawi:
    Do you think there are hundred thousand patwari’s in Pakistan and they all were there? Wat a nasty comment.

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  • waqar
    Nov 20, 2011 - 11:57PM

    PML(N) zinda bad

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  • moeed
    Nov 21, 2011 - 12:11AM

    guys u have to understand if they are sincere about bringing change to the country all they have to do is resign from thier assembly seats not conduct rallis

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  • Amile
    Nov 21, 2011 - 12:14AM

    Sher :)

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  • waqar
    Nov 21, 2011 - 12:17AM

    why not all other party use the money for the beterment of hungery people insted of rally only the mian brother rallly……? @Bhatti:

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  • Shahzeb
    Nov 21, 2011 - 12:18AM

    What a load of bollocks…the real culprits of this beautiful nation are the people who will continue to vote for these political parties.

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  • Nov 21, 2011 - 12:23AM

    massive rally of over 20,000

    Massive just got a new definition! Good one ET!

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  • pakistanwala
    Nov 21, 2011 - 12:25AM

    @B:

    You kidding?

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  • Hamid
    Nov 21, 2011 - 12:27AM

    All white clothed, as if they came from a same place, uniformed like, like from kachehri, thats why sanaullah is so loud

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  • Imran Khan
    Nov 21, 2011 - 12:30AM

    Where are the people? . Nawaz is addressing people and people at back are leaving congregation lolz.I am laughing really !!!

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  • Imran Khan
    Nov 21, 2011 - 12:32AM

    @ Haq One can easily smell spirit of people from this crowd. Such a dead Jalsa…

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  • waqar
    Nov 21, 2011 - 12:35AM

    If the patwaries teacher etc bring big crowed and organize thies type of rally for PML N this is the worried time for all other party and candidate except agencies hired wining candidate @Khalid Javed:

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  • Zulfiqar
    Nov 21, 2011 - 12:38AM

    Maryam

    When you will get sick and tired of the people who looted the country and because of people like you will again do the same ….. The PTI supporters are really sick and tired of them and if you have problems with that then very sorry to say Inshallah you have to continously get sick because this time we ain’t letting anyone building some new “Mahal” or some factory anymore from our money !!

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  • Mirror!
    Nov 21, 2011 - 1:02AM

    1- 20,000 collectively for the four big guns of PML N (Nawaz, Hashmi, Nisar, Rana) which means 5000 / Leader? not even the one tenth of what Khan gathered alone.

    2- Jemima Khan is a Christian and not Jew, so this “Jewish Lobby” rhetoric is as hollow as PMLN itself.

    3- ISI when sponsored rally after May 02 incident could not gather more than 200 people in her own support, how on the God’s earth they gather 200,000 for PTI? In fact Chaudhry Nisar is an old tape recorder which continues to play the same boring record.

    4- And last but not the least, the days of PMLN Politics (Insha Allah) have been numbered.

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  • Sheryar Farooqui
    Nov 21, 2011 - 1:35AM

    Lolz……Chor machay shor…..

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  • asif sohrab
    Nov 21, 2011 - 1:39AM

    spare us blood sucking parasites

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  • QB
    Nov 21, 2011 - 1:46AM

    It is very obvious that since the PML-N has decided to spend money on internet forums to counter PTI, all of a sudden so many supporters of PML-N have shown up on discussion forums. I think these are all fake guys supporting PML-N. Real people can not support these fake/incompetent, so called leaders.

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  • abubakar
    Nov 21, 2011 - 1:51AM

    Awesome Jalsa in fsd … I was not aware that pmln has indeed done something practical for pakistan … Keep up the good work …

    Sirf baatain karny walay kuch nahi kar saktay ….

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  • fahim
    Nov 21, 2011 - 2:12AM

    @”I only want to be PM”: and some coment on news to safegaurd benefits to their families and reltaives… get some life you know who you are fighting for …

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  • fahim
    Nov 21, 2011 - 2:16AM

    i do not understand why you are so big supporter of PMLN sitting in lodon you must have spend some family time with them….. get life it is the change of generation and change of time you can be one isolated Brit who has nothing in pakistan and benefit in no way i have been following your comments you love Nawaz family for some personal reasons think about poor people too who live whole month on the cost of your Baskin robbins visit @Maryam:

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  • Bilal
    Nov 21, 2011 - 2:17AM

    @Haq
    Sir, maybe people dont trust your ideal Mr. Nawaz Sharif enough to pay him in his scheme. I myself did not pay as I know Mr. Nawaz on his own can help us get rid of the debts. All we ask of this ‘great leader’ is to bring his money back from UK and Saudi Arabia. Had he shown the initiative, Im sure the money collected would have been enough.

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  • Saad
    Nov 21, 2011 - 2:20AM

    Our good actions can change our circumstances no PTI,no PPP,no PML

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  • MAD
    Nov 21, 2011 - 2:26AM

    “Addressing the massive rally of over 20,000”,…… I dont think i need to look at anything else in this story.

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  • u_too
    Nov 21, 2011 - 2:37AM

    Now go to Karachi. I bet you can’t!

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  • Ahmad
    Nov 21, 2011 - 2:56AM

    PTI trolls out in force I see. And for all the people who say IK’s rally was greater, well, duh, it was at Minar-e-Pakistan. A more apt comparison would be IK’s rally in Fsd at the same place, which drew no more than 7,000 people. I know because I also went.

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  • long live Imran Khan!
    Nov 21, 2011 - 3:47AM

    Same old face, telling same old lies. Mian Gee supported Zardari for over 3 years and now when the election is closer all of a sudden they discover he is corrupt! the truth is they always knew he was corrupt and yet they supported him in the center and PPP was part of the punjab government as well for over 3 years. PML N is equally responsible for the mess Pakistan is in today. PML N politics is based on nepotism. You cannot fool us you copy cat brothers!

    Long live Imran Khan!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  • Tariq
    Nov 21, 2011 - 4:31AM

    Nawaz Shariff should know about corruption, he apparently is now the second most corrupt pol after as he says the present governmetn is the most corrupt

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  • Ali Wazir
    Nov 21, 2011 - 5:40AM

    @Nadeem: All you had to do was a single google search. The FT article by Mansoor Ijaz came out 10th October.
    A direct quote from the article:”a senior Pakistani diplomat telephoned me with an urgent request. Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s president, needed to communicate a message to White House national security officials that would bypass Pakistan’s military and intelligence channels” IK spent time in Britain and so is familiar with the British press and so just caught wind to things early. No conspiracy required my paranoid friend. And you dont have to a genious to figure out its Haqqani he is referring to(Senior Diplomat close to Mansoor ejaz and Zardari)lol.

    Sana from Lekin has been after PTI since around two years, you can check any of her programmes from the last 5 weeks.She is a daughter of some N leage or Q leage guy (cant remember), she also was caught plaigerising a while back. I would not take anything she says seriously…Recommend

  • ihtisham
    Nov 21, 2011 - 5:53AM

    @Maryam: Insha allah PTI will sweep the next general elections & will clean our beloved country from these corrupt politicians. NS is past. IK is the future.

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  • ibrahim
    Nov 21, 2011 - 7:00AM

    rent a supporter rally… wat a shame

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  • Ali
    Nov 21, 2011 - 9:21AM

    Was it PMLN rally???

    Around 5000 SIPAH SEHABA workers came from Jhang, Toba Taik Singh, Gojra or other nearby areas on the order of Malik Ishaq (Family friend of Mian Nwaz).
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  • Aswad
    Nov 21, 2011 - 9:26AM

    I was expecting a real show ..but the same old thinking, same old paid supporters who don’t even have clue that why the hell people are screaming of the dice and what ??..same old allegations ..nothing new at all… !! But what PTI Pulled in Lahore ..Was Remarkable…This PMLN Show was just sad …And for those who are saying that establishment is playing the game here..may be so..But Establishment can not make Someone a leader ..Simple as that…

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  • Malik Imran
    Nov 21, 2011 - 10:26AM

    These all above are PTI supporters, so all comments are useless to read. They cannot encourage to others, they cannot listen to others, they have no patient, all are fake and they have given tasks to go on Social Media websites and online newspapers to promote PTI.

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  • Lone Star
    Nov 21, 2011 - 11:05AM

    @Ahmad Hammad:
    Services? Plz mention some. Every time they get the power make the whole nation taxi driver?? Is that the service you talking about???

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  • NASIR
    Nov 21, 2011 - 11:11AM

    nawaz sharif and PML(n) leaders are requested to please look at their own performance in punjab. mian sahib if u r feeling so much pain for pak and u realy want to show sacrifice for pak so please sell ur steel mill in Saudi Arabia and established it in pak. this will give employment opportunities to Pakistanis and its revenue wil contribute for prosparity of pak. more over plese donate ur other assesst to pak to pay back the loan the country borrowed from IMF and other banks. iassure u that all pakistanis will vote for u and would treat u a great leader after quaid.

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  • B
    Nov 21, 2011 - 12:55PM

    @ pakistanwala
    No I am not. We need to rein in the khakis dude. And who at the moment is the only one even questioning them? I didn’t hear Imran even squeak when it came to ISI and Army .

    Btw, check today’s news. Imran is meeting with Munter in presence of Pasha. Seriously?

    It won’t be too long before you start questioning my patriotism ( Well that’s what all PTI supporters do). I won’t go that road. You vote is yours and you have all the right to cast it for whatever reason you deem fit. That’s democracy. If you vote for Imran because you like his eyes, it won’t make you a lesser human being. All I can say is, before you do, please reevaluate our history and think.
    We have a chance that never existed before. Someone ready to rein in the khakis and that is who I will support.

    You can be a troll and hit me with a barrage of negativity. But I will stand by what I said. Nawaz has finally grown and cane become the Erdogan we need.
    Or you can bring him ( and if thats the people will, then so be it) and in 10 years start looking for the new messiah.

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  • Rizwan
    Nov 21, 2011 - 1:44PM

    What a show of strength on TAX payer money .Further to gather crowds Patwares were allocated 1000 plus target each .PML N should come out of these practises .

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  • Green & White
    Nov 21, 2011 - 4:50PM

    @B:
    We need someone like Erdoganto make sure Army stays in barracks.
    And there is only one person who can do that.
    Nawaz is the Erdogan of Pakistan, or will be if our so calle educated youth starts thinking for a minute.

    hahahahaha….dat was funny…where was ur nawaz on 12th of OCT when a general came out of barrack and showed ur Erdoganto way to Attock…do u think he can keep army in barracks …..n dont u forget he himself was adopted by Gen.Zia…

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  • rizwan
    Nov 21, 2011 - 4:56PM

    i predict, N league will lead the up coming poll with PTI as main opponent

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  • Majid
    Nov 21, 2011 - 5:10PM

    PTI is another PMLQ, corrupt politicians are gathering around imran khan like they did in mushraff era.

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  • Youth Lahore
    Nov 21, 2011 - 7:03PM

    PML N is a Expire politics party… Now we r watching PTI ….a Change is coming

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  • Faizan
    Nov 22, 2011 - 2:25PM

    Its funny how the sharif brother are actually taking the ‘jalsa’ as the actual competition.
    It shows how narrow minded they are!

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