Hurtling ahead: ‘Clean’ Tareen, Leghari brothers join PTI

Published: December 20, 2011
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Imran Khan says politicians weary of traditional politics have joined his party. PHOTO: MUHAMMED JAVAID/EXPRESS

Imran Khan says politicians weary of traditional politics have joined his party. PHOTO: MUHAMMED JAVAID/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan on Monday added more ‘notables’ to his motley bandwagon of political cohorts by inducting close to 30 seasoned politicians from the Pakistan Muslim League-Q . In the process, Imran Khan added more clout to his national stature by dealing a significant blow to the Pakistan People’s Party vote bank in South Punjab and interior of Sindh.

Majority of newly inducted politicians into PTI belong to the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, who had parted ways with the Chaudhrys of Gujrat after their decision to join the PPP-led coalition.

Some of them also belong to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and are serious contenders in the next polls.

The party now appears to be on a direct collision course with the ruling PPP.

PML-F MNA Jehangir Tareen’s aspirations to launch a party of ‘clean’ politicians remained unfulfilled, meanwhile, as he formally also joined PTI on Monday.

“I joined PTI because it fulfils the mission we wanted to pursue as well – to get rid of traditional political elite of the country,” said Tareen, reflecting upon his decision to join the party.

“I withdrew my decision to launch my own party because our [Khan and Tareen’s] cause is the same cause,” Tareen told The Express Tribune.

Imran Khan, in his address said, “We don’t believe in politics of compromise. PTI is struggling to achieve a mission of establishing rule of law through the independent judicial system.”

Although most of the heavyweights joining PTI now belong to the country’s political elite, they have decided to shun feudally-tainted politics, according to Khan.

The PTI chairman claimed that those who were joining his party were doing so without setting any preconditions.

“They are coming as they know that the ‘tsunami’ is going to sweep the next general elections,” he proclaimed, adding that allotment of party tickets will be subject to strict screening by the party parliamentary board.

Responding to a query about a ‘silent ceasefire’ with MQM, he said that in present circumstances,  PTI is only focusing on those who are in power but it did not imply that he had compromised on principles.

Awais Leghari and his brother Jamal Leghari, political scions of the late former president Farooq Leghari, also announced they were switching over to PTI after being disenchanted by the decision of the Chaudhrys to join hands with President Asif Ali Zardari.

Other notables who joined the party on Monday include former MNAs Sikander Bosan, Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Ishaq Khakwani, Dr GG Jamal, Ghulam Sarwar Cheema, Senator Mohabbat Khan Marri, former Senator Saadia Abbasi and Abid Hassan, former World Bank chief in Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 20th, 2011.

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  • Maryam
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:20PM

    Is anyone left over there in PML(Q) to join the Tsunamic Revolution of Imran Khan??

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  • Adil
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:22PM

    Common Pakistani man and woman has nothing to celebrate here, not yet anyway. These are the same old faces which promote a culture of hereditary politics and feudalism in our country, albeit under a new name. it remains to be seen if imran khan can make honest politicians out of them.

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  • faraz
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:23PM

    So what they did under PML-Q wasn’t traditional politics. It’s amazing that the most ridiculed politicians in recent times have become revolutionaries.

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  • Muhammad
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:27PM

    Very good movement Mr. Tareen and Lagharis. IK now is the time to take all old PTI workers into confidence to make sure they do not quit from the party.

    May Allah gives you success in next election to change the fate of Pakistan (Ameen)

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  • Falcon
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Well…Don’t know for sure the outcome of next election…but PTI is certainly expanding at an exponential pace

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  • Noman
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:37PM

    Good Luck to PTI and to all the exploited masses.

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  • Sceptic !
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:41PM

    What a middle class party ! Shah Mahmood Qureshi ! Legharis ! Khurshid Kasuri ! Jehangir Tareen !

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  • salman
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:58PM

    KPK and south punjab are already sealed by PTI

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  • man
    Dec 19, 2011 - 8:05PM

    well……………………..congrats to all PTI jialas…………….Lagharis, Qureshis, Cheemas and Khakwanis etc. all are die hard revolutionary and anti dynastic to the core. Plus Mr. Jahangir Tareen ‘the clean’ politician and owner of JDW Sugar Mills……………..what about the sugar mafia.

    i am certain that the ‘Tsunami’ will bring the ‘revolution’………………

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  • zaigham
    Dec 19, 2011 - 8:26PM

    Dear Imran Khan,
    just put one filter in place , that all joining PTI must declare their assets as you did with sources of making/earning same.
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  • ProudPakistani
    Dec 19, 2011 - 8:48PM

    Now PTI bashers will continue their routine work although people of Pakistan very well understand that it is leadership which matters the most…If the captain is clean then the team will automatically b clean…Best of luck to PTI & Pakistan..!!

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  • Coldblue
    Dec 19, 2011 - 8:56PM

    What is the guarantee that these politicians that have been ministers, senators and parliamentarians would do anything for Public if PTI comes into power. This is not a change, it will be same politics. The biggest example is Obama’s election for a president, he claimed to bring Change, but when got elected, he basically followed the policies of former presidents. Same story here, these politicians are not going to bring any change in Pakistani politics, they will not be doing any favors to Public, they are joining PTI only and only for power and then play their filthy politics game to increase their wealth. I am really disappointed.

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  • Farheen Rizvi
    Dec 19, 2011 - 9:01PM

    So this is the Tsunami people of Pakistan are going to see? I would rather call this the change of name of a political party from PMLQ to PTI ; after seeing all feudal and industrialists and same old faces changing the party and Khan is letting them in ihs party. One day Khan will be out of his party and they will be controlling the parliament again and who will we blame for this? Khan

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  • Faraz
    Dec 19, 2011 - 9:04PM

    This is great news for PTI. Congratulations to all Pakistanis.

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  • Muddassir
    Dec 19, 2011 - 9:14PM

    @maryam @Adil and all others who are not happy with this decision..

    I would also love to criticise PTI and IK for these people, and all others who have joined PTI. But being realistic, if for one moment we take IK and PTI out of picture, what options we would have …PPP or PML-N. Now PTI provides us with another option which at least gives us some hope considering the executive cadre, its struggle and most importantly its leader IK. So considering our own polticial contribution to this country (which pretty much are none – as majority of us did not even bother to vote), I think we should wait and see how IK lead this party. Remember a year ago, our fmailies preferred to watch prime time dramas than talk shows…. It’s PTI/IK that poltocised this nation.

    Regardless, I personally trust IK and am willing to see him leading this nation. Believe me even if he could not deliver 100%,at the least he wont suck the blood of this nation as our current political families have done. And yes, I will join you in criticising his policies at that point.

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Dec 19, 2011 - 9:41PM

    You cannot bring change with 20-25 seats, you need dominant position. Its better to have these people in rural areas and new in urban.

    These people are not bad reputed as far as corruption is concer. Owais Leghari performance as Minister of IT is very good. Similarly, Tareen is also not bad choice.

    PTI policy is that 70% to old PTI and ISF while 30% to influencial. 30% is 300 NA/PA seats and PTI ha sonly few old influentials.

    People who criticize may want similar result like 1997 or 2002 for PTI. PTI want to play on bigger field.

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  • Muhammad Zia-Ur-Rahman
    Dec 19, 2011 - 9:47PM

    All other parties and their leaders have been tried by us umpteen times by us, therefore I will certainly vote for Ik. Nothing can go worse than today.

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  • Dec 19, 2011 - 11:43PM

    Its all looking amazaing no one even khan wouldn’t be expecting tht everything will b changed on so much large scale that dozens of dignitaries would have been joining pti daily but this generiosity of khan in accepting the people of all nature mader the workers and wellwishers of khan like me back footed in thinking that whether our innocent khan is also going to be hijacked and diverted by these opportunists and feudals and pakistani middle class ambitions from khan are going to spoied May God this not happen so.Recommend

  • Adil
    Dec 19, 2011 - 11:47PM

    @Muddassir
    IK is worthy of our trust for now no doubt (considering the alternatives as you describe); its these other dubious characters and new faces which worry me.

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  • blithe
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:15AM

    Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have

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  • HAMMAD ALI HASSAN
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:33AM

    childish state of mind of our people, they want a clean politician, . are we clean? no? then who are we to ask that we want a clean politician. party manifesto is something worthy, whoever joining PTI have to accept the terms and conditions,rules of the party. so how could one say that this party is corrupt? get a life people. make a change in your lives and thinking then we will be able to demand that we want a clean politician because we are clean.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:06AM

    Every one will be in and Imran Khan will be out.Recommend

  • Realist.
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:36AM

    If you can’t beat them , JOIN THEM!
    PTI’s way!

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  • danish
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:19AM

    Hasan Nisar’s excellent response comes to mind when concern is spilled over ‘old faces’ joining Imran Khan: what did Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did when he went ahead to spread the message of Islam? Did he said we will only take those with a clean slate? No! It was a invitation for all, no matter what your past, but once you join us, then you play by our rules, that is what you call reforming. This is a nation of corrupt people from top to bottom including you and me (generically speaking) and this stampede of torn and twisted is what Imran Khan will have to take and make and shape and change to drive this country to the top, that is what Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did. Leader is always one and his vision and rules are on what people come and join in. What did Hazrat Umar (RA) intended to do before converting to Islam, dont you know not? Imran Khan is getting powerful with these people who know the inside of politics in this country (not you and me sitting in the drawing room, again generically speaking), who know how politics is played at the grass roots and rurals, which comprise the majority of this country. May God speed Imran Khan! Ameen.Recommend

  • Sadia
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:26AM

    and the lotas keep comming

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  • Freeman
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:18AM

    @Farheen Rizvi: I do not agree with you. We only beleive in Imran Khan who is heading PTI.

    We do not care who is in his party. We have a full confidence in Imran Khan as
    leader for PTI. So no worries. We will give Vote for PTI.

    I beleive if top person is honest then nobody under them will ever try to do
    corruption if they do then they will be expelled.

    We have no other option accept we atleast once give PTI chance.

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  • Amjad Cheema
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:15AM

    Imrani tsunami is in full swing.

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  • babar
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:43AM

    i know some factions here making negative comments here but to us all we know is that no matter how bad people say pti is but to us they are the better then all others whom have givin nothing to country and we love IK we know whatever he will do would be the best for pakistan and on top of that people joining him are clean people they have no corrouption cases against them and i know some of them are conventional politicians but in a complex society like pakistan we cant win election with new faces alone so we need to compromise to some extent so thats why we should all just support and trust Imran khan saab and i would appeal to all these people whom are making negative and sarcastic comments please think again and do not mislead the nation please promote PTI and Imran Khan God bless you !!Recommend

  • Azam Khan
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:09AM

    Imran Khan is being pragmatic (and rightly so) by accepting well-known politicians from other parties who are not blatantly corrupt. The stark reality is that It will not be possible for PTI to be successful in the next elections, if it relies on idealism alone. Half the people in Pakistan vote for candidates only if they consider them “winnable.” I voted for a PTI candidate (cant remember his name) in the 2002 elections: he got a total of about 32 votes.

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  • MAD
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:19PM

    @Azam Khan:

    I was luckier, my guy in 2002 did manage to get a couple of thousand votes.

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  • Realist.
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:14PM

    @danish:
    So now you will compare Imran khan with the Holy Prophet?
    WOW!
    Good going!

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  • Butt
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:20PM

    @ProudPakistani:
    So if the captain is clean.. the rest of the team should enjoy fixing the game thru n thru.. and make hell ov a money… what an awesome thinking… That’s the problem with this self-centric cricketer cum politician… he just thinks he alone is everything… what a shame… people still want to keep their eyes shut…

    So dear Pakistani awaam… just worship the idol IK… and keep your eyes closed and mouth zipped when these politicians plunder the wealth of your rich-in-resources country i.e. if god forbid they get their so called “revolution” achieved… Recommend

  • Butt
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:25PM

    @Muddassir:
    Yes, he wont suck.. this duty will be for these “realistic” politicians…
    I don’t believe how quickly all of the supporters of Mr. Khan have become so ‘realist’ in their thinking.. Realism and pragmatism is a contradictory way of thinking to an principled/ideological way of thinking… PPP and PML N have been advocating the same, very very same, idea of being realist and pragmatist when they had their chances… So truth is that the problem is not with the faces only.. its with this whole phenomena of being realist and pragmatist for your own self proclaimed goals…

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  • YesWeCan
    Dec 20, 2011 - 8:56PM

    There might be some tried politicians but most of these people can help Pakistan move in the right direction—– such as JKT, Sikander Bosan, Dr GG Jamal, and Abid Hasan ( the economist this country needs)— he writes some good articles

    Goodluck PTI

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  • Super Pak
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:19PM

    PTI supporters don’t worry about the trolls who like to rub dirt on Imran at every oppurtunity. They will complain and ridicule the party at whatever Imran did and so no use arguing . Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:10PM

    I will anxiously await their asset declerations but more importantly their income tax returns for at least the previous three years as in generally required in all civilized countries of the world.

    As the FBR has informed us most super-rich people pay no income tax because they say their income is from agriculture and remittances both og which are — surprise, surprise — tax exempt.

    HA!

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  • Azam Khan
    Dec 21, 2011 - 9:57AM

    @Meekal Ahmed
    You will have to admit that Imran Khan’s focus on declaration of assets and paying of taxes is already shaming tax-evading politicians in paying at least some taxes: if you analyse the tax returns of the Sharif brothers; they show a marked (and unnatural) jump in the last year’s income tax paid, which I believe has a lot to do with Imran’s repeated assertion about Nawaz Sharif paying “only Rs 5000 as income tax.”

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  • zeeshan
    Dec 21, 2011 - 5:10PM

    great win of IK

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  • Dec 22, 2011 - 5:49PM

    I don’t know why everyone is criticizing these new politicians because they are feaudals! It is their God-given right to own the lands that they inherit. In 1965 The Legharis had 2 lack acres of land in their inheritance but when the land reforms were introduced, they gave up most of thier land and these days, if any of you does research, they clearly have only around 8000-10,000 acres of land which is according to the law. Also if someone can remain clean under the leadership of the Chaudreys and musharraf, of course they can remain clean with Imran Khan.
    Also lootas are people who join the government from by betraying their party opposition loyalties whereas all these people have joined Imran Khan because PML-Q joined Zardari! Therefore this is justified and completely in accordance with National Interest. Recommend

  • moeed
    Dec 22, 2011 - 9:47PM

    imran khan zinda bad
    my dua and hopes are with him
    may god give him success
    anyways does anyone of the new comers have any financial scandals or u guys just love to bash imran khan

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