Former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri joins PTI

Published: December 20, 2011
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Khan welcomes Kasuri and also congratulates him on joining the party during public rally in Kasur. PHOTO: NNI/ FILE

Khan welcomes Kasuri and also congratulates him on joining the party during public rally in Kasur. PHOTO: NNI/ FILE

KASUR: Former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri announced joining the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday. He made the announcement at a public rally in Kasur.

Kasuri said that the youth of Pakistan fully supported PTI chairman Imran Khan, while Khan welcomed Kasuri to the party and also congratulated him on joining.

Khan, targeting Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, said that he was a club cricketer but was trying to compete with a test cricketer. He added that the PML-N had ruled for five years and still could not do anything good for the country.

He also said the tsunami was present in Kasur today and was headed towards Karachi.

An honest and competent government can help Pakistan come out of the current crisis and can bring joy to the country, said the PTI chairman.

A majority of newly inducted politicians in the PTI belong to Pakistan Muslim League – Q, and had earlier parted ways with the Chaudhrys of Gujrat after their decision to join the PPP-led coalition.

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

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

Earlier on Monday, 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. Eminent singer Abrarul Haq also joined the party on the same day.

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.

Former senator Azam Khan Swati, who recently resigned from the Senate and membership of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), also joined PTI on Saturday.

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Reader Comments (70)

  • Faisal
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:30PM

    Superb addition into the ranks of PTI

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  • salman
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Friends Vote for PTi…

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  • Zaigham
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Old wine in new bottle…..

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  • Usman
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:40PM

    Imran Khan Zindabad! A great addition to the team!

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  • Salman
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:50PM

    hahaha it will now be fun to read anti Imran Khan’s supporters

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 5:51PM

    Karachi will rock the whole Pakistan !

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  • Omar
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:52PM

    The PTI tsunami will wash away the corrupt and incompotent parties.
    Get ready for the tsunami on the 25th of December!! It will send another earthquake through the political landscape in Pakistan, just like Lahore!!Recommend

  • Vaqar - UK
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:53PM

    Delighted at these successes, but watching Pakistani chanels here in the UK was disappointed to see what happened after the Kasur Jalsa. These people who are supposed to be ffot soldiers for the PTI turned out to be looters.

    Imran Khan can not do every thing himself. It is for the local organisers to take more responsibility. I also worry about Imran’s personal safety. May Allah protect him.

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  • Dan
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:57PM

    imran you rock

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 6:00PM

    I am supporting Imran Khan as Next Prime Minister of Pakistan..Do you?

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  • Abdul Maalik
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Today’s mismanagement at the end of Jalsa was not a good sign.The grabbing of chairs by the people after the Jalsa is a clear indication of the worst economic situation of the people,particular of smaller cities and villages.Both the governments of PPP and N-league are directly responsible for the present state of the nation.

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  • faraz
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Another anti-status quo PML-Q revolutionary

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  • Abbasi
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:06PM

    i think Musharaf remains only to Join this team…

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 6:11PM

    Who will be next foreign minister then SMQ or KMK??

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  • DS
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:11PM

    Gone with the wind! PPP & PML (N) BEWARE YOU ARE LOOSING ALL YOUR IMP PEOPLE TO PTI. IK ZINDABAD

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  • Salute
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:12PM

    Well done gentlemen.
    Please stay on the good path for Pakistan’s progress.
    It may be tough in the beginning but you will succeed and the decent and silent majority are behind you – praying and working for a viable and honourable Pakistan.
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    No more lies, deception and corruption – just vision, long term planning, hard work and transparency.

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  • Haroon
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:13PM

    hmmm this is the First addition in PTI on which i am doubtful … and can impact Imran’s image …. what do you think ??

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  • manzoor
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:14PM

    PTI is emerging as new version of Q-League, with improved features.

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  • Maryam
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:16PM

    Tonight the Talk of the Town (Qasoor) is how many chairs you took?

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  • mslzee
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:24PM

    @Abdul Maalik:
    Well said….. :)

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  • omg!
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:26PM

    IK should add youngsters bcz we do not want to see the old slideshow. .

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  • Muhammad
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:26PM

    Someone once said ” I intend to finish cigarettes and smoking from wolrd by smoking too much”. Probably Imran has same vision for bringing end to corruption with all those corrupt puppets. Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2011 - 6:30PM

    good job

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  • Realist.
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:32PM

    PTI tsunami sweeps chairs from the gathering :P

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  • Imran
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:32PM

    Imran Khan… You are the best!! I want u to know the expatriate/overseas pakistani youth are all with you! We are ready to rock Recommend

  • Dec 20, 2011 - 6:39PM

    @Salute: You read my mind. In the beginning it will be tough but Imran is a ‘stayer’ and does not leave the field when things start getting tough.

    @Hassan Bin Fahim: Agreed! With you, brother. Looking forward to it.

    @salman: Yo Salman! My vote is for Imran.

    Salams and peace.

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  • Anonymous
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:42PM

    Failed politicians on last power trip, nice try, by the look of it they will be fielding indefinitely in 40C heat.Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Everyone bows at the rising Sun.

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  • ISF Diehard
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:47PM

    I am supporting PTI for next elections. If PTI wins, then intra party elections should be held to decide who the PM should be. SMQ inshAllah.

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  • Usman Ansari
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:49PM

    Khursheed Mehmood Kursi or Kasuri…?

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  • adeel
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:52PM

    i m no more fan of PTI. This is ridiculous. PTI, now musharaf’s Team. Recommend

  • Bassam Khan
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:52PM

    Excellent additions in the bandwagon. They will bring the change for sure. Oh wait, weren’t they the same people i saw during Nawaz’s, Zardari’s & Musharraf tenure. Same product, new packaging i guess.

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  • ali
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:00PM

    Come one people. We are never thankful. When IK was politics of principle, everyone called him tanga party and the next asghar khan. Now he is doing real politics everyone is criticizing him. In order to win and clean house he will needs votes, and the only way he can get the votes is through some old hands. Relax, IA change will come but it will take time.

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  • Bilal
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:06PM

    We all need to understand that change is painful and Pakistanis are not willing to give their lives to bring it – therefore, if the change is to come (without pain) from the existing system, this is the only way it can happen. A bunch of people from other parties, some of whome not with the best of reputation but Imran can’t nominate you for the national assembly because no one will vote for you and your ideals will stay on your drawing board while these people will get votes. Hi ideals are nothing if he does not get sufficient votes. Imran may turn out to be a dissapointment but we won’t know unless he’s in the office so he should get a chance. Electable people aren’t coming from skies, we have to elect from what’s available and there are very few electable clean people. Let’s hope that if the leader is strong and clean the rest will follow.

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  • Amir Ali
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:07PM

    Imran Khan’s actually quite strange, what is this. What are the Imran Khan supporters doing, they bashed PML-N and PPP for having corrupt people not too long ago and now are celebrating the induction of the same people in their own ranks. What the hell is going on with this party and its followers. Strange policies, if you have strong (and corrupt) candidates, you are bad and if we have them…good move Imran, way to go Imran, you rock, much needed, what is this???

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  • Khurram Mansoor
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:07PM

    The only one left is Musharraf I guess, Let him join too, his whole party abloved into PTI.

    Poor Paksitanis wake up.Recommend

  • Mustang
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:07PM

    Well Well…PTI = Musharaff Team under IK
    For how many years MORE, we will be fooled by the Script Writers?
    Poor Awaam.

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  • Bunty
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:08PM

    How sincere will Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri be to Pakistan’s educational sector? His wife owns Beaconhouse School System and his sister in law owns City School System. Will he work hard towards making public schools better? I hope Imran Khan doesn’t make him a minister for eduction or HEC…

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  • RACH
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:13PM

    what the PTI is doing now?
    is the motto of PTI is just to win the election,
    is winning by the old is gold worthy

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  • Salman Zafar
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:20PM

    Good addition….

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  • Khurram Mansoor
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:24PM

    @adeel:
    thanks you realised it

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  • Balma
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:28PM

    Tehreet-e-Insaaf now sounds like the Tablighi Jamaat.

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  • New Boy
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:38PM

    What happened in Kasur proved that everyone is joining PTI for Kursi (literally) .. enough said !

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  • New Boy
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:40PM

    Imran Khan used to crictize the foreign policy of Musharraf. and the 2 foreign ministers who advocated american war on terror policy are in Imran Khan’s team and PTI supporters are excited about that. Tells alot about our principles and values. Where is the change !

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  • amjad cheema
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:41PM

    Arooj e dar say dekhain ya pas e divar e zindan say
    Tujay ruswa sar e bazaar e alam ham bhi dekhain ghay

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  • YesWeCan
    Dec 20, 2011 - 8:14PM

    Some good people joining his party like Jehangir Tareen and Abid Hasan. Also Sikander Bosan did a good job while he was a minister.

    Abid Hasan has the credibility and knowledge to be our next finance minister.

    Lets continue to drive out the corrupt and dishonest.

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 8:39PM

    Yeh kya horha hai Baba yeh kiya horha hai??
    Everyone joining PTI is becoming pious despite having bad record. What I call it?

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  • Fahd
    Dec 20, 2011 - 8:57PM

    Imran Khan struggled with the ‘new & young’ people since the last 15 years. How many seats these people of Pakistan gave him? Hardly even 1.

    Its a painful reality that the political system of Pakistan would never favour the kind of change we are after. It could however, be brought in gradually if we strengthen the systems. Have faith in IK and hope he sweeps the elections.

    There are more than 1000 candidates required for all the assemblies, even if 15-20% of them are given to young people who would otherwise not have access to this system, it’d be a great achievement.

    Otherwise if Imran would carry on with the same strategy that he adapted in the last 15 years (new and non-political actors) then we would be left with the same .Recommend

  • Main na Mamoon
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:24PM

    I will go IK’s Jalsa in Karachi if he assure to arrange for the light weight comfortable chairs. His tigers already shown us the way. Ha ha.

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  • burhan
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:57PM

    Read his academic background online and you will realize why Imran chose him.

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  • A Shahid
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:03PM

    @adeel:

    You were probably never a PTI fan to begin with. No genuine fan can disengage amid the rapid expansion and growth of PTI. Closer we get to power through election, sooner the change can be promulgated.

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  • Nosherwan Shahid Shaikh
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:45PM

    Someone very quite wisely said, There is a difference between running a country and playing a cricket match.Recommend

  • Soho
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:19PM

    From now on, it should be who hasn’t joined PTI.
    Same faces, different party

    Am I suppose to believe that these-mostly corrupt- politician are gonna change all of a sudden. I Wish(with a capital W), for Pakistan’s sake.Recommend

  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:37PM

    I can understand the emotional outbursts of many in these columns. But where is Imran going to get his team – not from the heavens. It has to be developed from people of Pakistan. At least the people joining him are honest financially. Let us give them their due and believe they have changed sides for a cause.

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 11:55PM

    The looting after PTI jalsa at qasoor shows the bad organisation of the jalsa..PTI leadership should know that PMLN and PPP and other opponents will try their best to give bad name to the party and create chaos in its public meetings.In future they should arrange proper security for its public meetingss so that such bad publicity is avoided.Moreover in talk shows, imran khan party memebers should come with documented facts to counter the negative propeganda of other parties.

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  • MarkH
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:56PM

    I don’t think most people care about or deny the fact that this may be required to win. His biggest self advertisement is change. He’s still contradicting his one redundant slogan.
    People are going to notice plain and simple. It’s a supposedly sincere man bending his promises. It means he’s saying he can’t win with his stated ideology so he’s bending it at his own convenience rather than standing firm. If you don’t think it’s going to get noticed, you’re dreaming.
    Maybe if he had some real policies it wouldn’t be so bad. But he’s twisting the few things he does have.

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  • Yasireds
    Dec 21, 2011 - 12:04AM

    My favourite man now in PTI. Great news :D

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  • Abdul Maalik
    Dec 21, 2011 - 12:17AM

    @khurram Manzoor
    If you support PPP (urf zardari league) my questions to you:who destroyed Railway,PIA,Steel Mill,PEPCO? Who was responsible for corruption scandals like those in NICL,Haj,Rental power?Who said Q-league as ‘Qatil league’ and then embraced it to get some more seats in senate elections? Who played with the lives of Karachiites and didn’t restrain MQM just because to secure majority in senate elections? (Laanat hai aisee majority par).
    If you support N-league,they are the 100% product of Gen.Zia-ul Haq.They have been ruling Punjab over the last 25 years, what have they done for the betterment of people?Why have they embraced 47 MPAs of Q-league to sustain their punjab government?
    If you support none of the political party, then you will end up with PPP or N-league as your next rulers.

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  • Shahid Qusoori
    Dec 21, 2011 - 12:47AM

    Ae Kussoori, Aye Imraan, saadi kursiaa tey wapas kardeo : (

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EE27vD-xQw

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  • Blithe
    Dec 21, 2011 - 1:05AM

    Yes, it was hilarious.
    On one side you had IK being so sanctimonious and quoting from Hadith … and getting all the rot from q league…

    and then you had all these guys poaching plastic chairs

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  • Adnan
    Dec 21, 2011 - 1:12AM

    All aboard the Imran Khan bandwagon! How does he expect to bring change with the same old faces?!Recommend

  • wadi
    Dec 21, 2011 - 1:20AM

    I see lots of English reading supporters of I kahan .majority can not even read Urdu and they will vote the same way as before,nice try playboy

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  • ASIF
    Dec 21, 2011 - 1:23AM

    i am wondering y no one from mqm has join PTI, member from every party has join PTI. WHY not from MQM

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  • Talal
    Dec 21, 2011 - 1:48AM

    LOL when Nawaz Sharif used to play club cricket, people would confuse him with the ball =D

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  • Ali Wazir
    Dec 21, 2011 - 2:44AM

    @ New boy, So you actually think the FM formulates Pak-US policy. So our young FM Hina Rabani Khar one day woke and decided to close of NATO supply and the GHQ ad federal government went along with it lol You cant be serious.

    Look as a tribal, I am not a fan of Kasuri or any of these Mushi associated Clowns.In fact you have no Idea how much I loathe Mush & his gang. But the fact is this is politics in Pakistan. If you truly are a PTI supporter and want to see them in power you would want more of these powerful local politicians to join, no matter how much you loathe them. The fact is the last 4 years has shown MQM,PPP,PML-N,ANP had the exact same vision and policy as Mush, differentiated only by the degree of corruption. If he has joined PTI he essentially has agreed to its foreign policy vision, and admitted his former boss Mush was dead wrong.

    One thing I am sure of is IK will stick to what he has been saying for the last 16 yrs the world will bend around him, but he wont…

    On the Lota issue I would say every major politician except Asghar Khan in Pakistan is a certified Lota. And a Lota in a true sense as they left opposition groups to join the government. NS left Tehrik Istaklal to join Zia cabinet. Yusuf Raza Gillani was part of Zia cabinet. Zardari ran and lost for a UC seat under a ANP( NAP back then) ticket. Altaf Hussain was a student member of Jamat Islami (IJT) and was kicked out on corruption charges.

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  • imran
    Dec 21, 2011 - 7:28AM

    Nice improvement. Imran Zindabad

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  • Dec 21, 2011 - 11:38AM

    What a build up for 25th dec

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  • Dec 21, 2011 - 5:38PM

    @ Balma

    Tehreet-e-Insaaf now sounds like the
    Tablighi Jamaat.

    You must give credit to Tablighis, their staple diet is not burgers.

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  • Maryam
    Dec 21, 2011 - 7:06PM

    The Beacon House System is of Khurseed Qasoori, Mashallah

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  • Anonymous
    Dec 22, 2011 - 1:18AM

    @Abid P Khan, Tableegi Jamaat’s staple diet is not burgers, still most of them are scary with bulging eyes and ‘pregnant belly’ hardly role models for modern humanity. Surely junk food and religious tourism aka tableegh has nothing to do with it.Recommend

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