On schedule: Imran Khan arrives with promise of historic rally

Published: December 23, 2011
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Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi (right) flew in to Karachi on Jahangir Tareen’s private jet. They were received by hundreds of PTI supporters at the airport. PHOTO: NEFER SEHGAL/EXPRESS

Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi (right) flew in to Karachi on Jahangir Tareen’s private jet. They were received by hundreds of PTI supporters at the airport. PHOTO: NEFER SEHGAL/EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

Jinnah airport turned into a sea of red and green as Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) supporters flooded it to receive Imran Khan who declared that Sunday’s public rally would not only go ahead but would also be a “historic” one.

He said that the court had “suspended” the order to not allow PTI’s event, so it would go ahead as planned. “We will be entertaining you!” he announced to the crowd, flanked by former foreign minister and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who flew in with him on Jahangir Tareen’s private jet.

Khan is in Karachi on a four-day visit, but his primary engagement is the rally on December 25, which he promises will be even larger than the one in Lahore. In fact, he fears that “a rela (flood) of PPP leaders will be rushing to join PTI after December 25.”

With his general secretary Arif Alvi by his side, Khan claimed that the party was not a “King’s party”. “The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) or Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid) can be King’s parties but the PTI is a flood or a tsunami which comes from above.”

The rally will be an event to unite Karachi. “Until Karachi rises, Pakistan’s economy cannot improve since Karachi is a financial hub,” the PTI leader said.

Khan’s supporters – carrying flags and sporting flags as bandannas – crowded around him as he made his way out of the airport. For an hour and a half before his arrival, they had shouted slogans of ‘Prime Minister Imran Khan’, ‘Go Zardari Go’ and ‘Naara-e-Takbeer’ as the pitch built.

PTI supporter Syeda Zohra Rahat was among the hundreds at the airport. Sporting a dupatta in the green and red colours of the PTI flag, which she calls her signature, Rahat said Khan referred to her as “aapa” (elder sister).

Sadia Agha, who has been a PTI supporter since 1996, says she and other workers are “very excited” and believe the party has managed to attract people because they see Khan as a “ray of hope”.

Andaleeb, who flew in from Lahore for the event, said she has been a party worker for four years and in this time, people have grown so disenchanted with the current government that they have turned to Khan as a symbol of hope and change.

Agha isn’t demurred by the politicians from other parties joining PTI. “We have full faith in our leader. This will be a very successful event in Karachi.”

As scheduled

Earlier in the day, at a hurriedly called press conference at the Karachi Press Club, the party’s senior vice president, Hamid Khan, said that preparations for the rally and meeting were already under way at the ground across Quaid-e-Azam’s mazaar.

The PTI’s Dr Arif Alvi added that the rally would be completely peaceful and other political parties should refrain from trying to irritate the party as it prepared for the day.

The press conference was held in an attempt to clear up confusion after the Sindh High Court had disposed of a petition filed by people who wanted the permission for the rally cancelled.

For their part, the judges said they couldn’t interfere in the matter as the Mazaar-e-Quaid board had the power to make any decision according to its rules.

The PTI leaders circulated an email from the secretary of the Federal Ministry of National Heritage and Integration, Faridullah Khan, to prove that they had been granted permission. It said: “As per the permission granted by the competent authority, the PTI may hold its rally at the Quaid’s Mazaar on the 25th December 2011. The organisers will ensure compliance of all necessary rules meant for the care and sanctity and upkeep of the compound.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 23rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (49)

  • Syed Ali Naqi Hamdani
    Dec 23, 2011 - 1:59AM

    “Arrived on Jahangir Tareen’s PRIVATE JET”, doesn’t it give you a little pinch my fellow die-hard PTI supporters?

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  • Hassan
    Dec 23, 2011 - 2:02AM

    Hahaha… ‘Tsunami from above’!
    Even Imran Khan is bound to tell the truth sometimes…

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  • omar
    Dec 23, 2011 - 2:05AM

    The tsunami is coming to Karachi!!

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  • Muslim
    Dec 23, 2011 - 2:09AM

    Imran Khan is the best thing that’s happened to Pakistan in a long time!! Imran zindabad!!!!

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  • awais sultan
    Dec 23, 2011 - 2:09AM

    Anxiously waiting for this rally… GOD bless you IK….

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  • awais sultan
    Dec 23, 2011 - 2:11AM

    Wish i could attend ….

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  • omar
    Dec 23, 2011 - 2:18AM

    The tsunami is coming to Karachi!!!! Get ready!!

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  • Bunty
    Dec 23, 2011 - 2:23AM

    Imran Khan, please take the last wicket of Zardari and win us the World Cup. Please and thank you. :)

    PTI ZINDABAD!

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  • Hassan
    Dec 23, 2011 - 2:38AM

    All the best Khan Saab. Hope it is even bigger and better than Lahore. Desperately waiting for Sunday!

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  • blithe
    Dec 23, 2011 - 2:38AM

    on Jahangir Tareen’s private jet?

    Real revolutionaries!

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  • Falcon
    Dec 23, 2011 - 2:40AM

    Karachiites…its your time…make us proud!

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  • Political Analyst
    Dec 23, 2011 - 2:59AM

    Imran agay barho Pakistan tumharay sath hai

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  • Shazeb
    Dec 23, 2011 - 3:06AM

    Imran khan FTW !!!!

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  • CK
    Dec 23, 2011 - 3:39AM

    I think Imran Khans rally in Karachi can touch 500,000.. InshAllah!

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  • ProudPakistani
    Dec 23, 2011 - 3:40AM

    Can’t wait to See the Tsunami…May ALLAH bless Pakistan under the leadership of IK..

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  • dr j tipu
    Dec 23, 2011 - 3:54AM

    the titans arrive in karachi………….luv u imran! best of luck karachiites!

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  • Muhammad Rohaan Sadiq
    Dec 23, 2011 - 4:03AM

    I wish if I could be there for the convention! But…. InshAllah Taala I will be in Pakistan during Imran Khan’s government! :)

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  • Nadir
    Dec 23, 2011 - 4:05AM

    Flying in on private jets? Thats so Zardari 2010.

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  • Zareen
    Dec 23, 2011 - 8:07AM

    Please make enough security measures on stage and ground. Be aware and vigilant. May Allah protect Imran Khan. Recommend

  • Hope of Youth
    Dec 23, 2011 - 9:03AM

    I am sure that IK can bring different ethenicity of Karachi together. All the best to PTI and its supporters in Karachi. I am sure Karachites will give him similar welcome as we did in Faisalabad.

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  • PEACE
    Dec 23, 2011 - 9:07AM

    The tsunami is here …. and hopefully i will be part of it :) !!!!

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  • tayyab
    Dec 23, 2011 - 10:00AM

    New survey shows Imran Khan leading youth with a big margin

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=11211&Cat=13&dt=12%2F22%2F2011

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  • Amadeus
    Dec 23, 2011 - 10:05AM

    Flying on Tareen’s ‘private jet plane’ – such a humble man.

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  • Nomi
    Dec 23, 2011 - 10:09AM

    @Syed Ali Naqi Hamdani:
    He saved money by using Tareen’s Jet.

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  • yasir
    Dec 23, 2011 - 10:11AM

    @Naqi: Ofcourse he had to take that private jet. Look at PIA!! he would have reached on the day of the rally if that was the case.

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  • Abdul Mubeen
    Dec 23, 2011 - 10:24AM

    For Karachiest A 60-year of fear and illusion is over.Being the well educated, the people of Karachi should be the role model for the rest of the Country, the should led the youth of Pakistan for a new Hope. Good luck PTI.

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  • Sattar
    Dec 23, 2011 - 10:26AM

    The change has come to Karachi in a Private Jet…this sure has a kick to itself!

    I hope once the change is here we wont be kicking ourselves for being a part of it…

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  • Nazim Khan
    Dec 23, 2011 - 10:52AM

    INSHA ALLAH , he will revive the history he made in Lahore

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  • chaudry salman
    Dec 23, 2011 - 10:55AM

    plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz vote nawaz sharif revolution. imagine sastay tandoors all over pakistan. youth in yellow cabs. & many more gifts.

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  • Aftab B
    Dec 23, 2011 - 11:01AM

    Mashallah Mashallah – May Allah give Imran Khan and PTI strength and courage to fight against the status quo people and bring JUSTICE and PEACE in our country. I pray for his success, he is the only ray of HOPE for Pakistani. Pakistan get ready, it is coming, Tsunami is coming…

    Long live Imran Khan and the PTI

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  • sasha
    Dec 23, 2011 - 11:10AM

    those of u who wants chairs 4 home…plz come at mazar-e-qaid on Dec the 25th..:P

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  • PP (Punjabi Pakistani)
    Dec 23, 2011 - 11:12AM

    oh now we got it …it was PRIVATE JET which needed to bring inqalab.

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  • Cynic
    Dec 23, 2011 - 11:13AM

    why the furore over a private jet? If u have it, use it! have u ever marched to work when there is no CNG? of course not, u take a lift! :) stop pricking at non-issues…

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  • Mehr
    Dec 23, 2011 - 11:26AM

    Is the private jet the issue or is the rally the issue?

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  • toor khan
    Dec 23, 2011 - 11:59AM

    Imran khan zindabad!

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  • Azmat
    Dec 23, 2011 - 12:03PM

    Private Jet = paying from out of own pocket. Some people are stupid to understand.

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  • Hamid Khan
    Dec 23, 2011 - 12:15PM

    wish that i could be their to see the hope of pakistan and great IK. Requesting the people of karachi please come out and save pakistan.

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  • PakJam
    Dec 23, 2011 - 12:58PM

    @Syed Ali Naqi Hamdani:
    No, arriving on private jet, owned by his party member, expenses paid by member’s own pocket, is no sin. Whereas flying on travel jet by sitting government politicians on the expense of tax payers is definitely a sin.

    Grow up! PTI is here to serve the country for next term!

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  • farhan
    Dec 23, 2011 - 2:17PM

    @blithe:
    Yes people have private jets. What’sthe powernt?

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  • hassan
    Dec 23, 2011 - 3:37PM

    All Musharaf team join Imran for sunami and be ready for another sunami”Imran and Altaf bhaii bhaii.

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  • Dec 23, 2011 - 4:16PM

    Did JT ever declare his assets???

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  • To The Point
    Dec 23, 2011 - 4:54PM

    Private Jet is owned by the business tycoon Jahangir Tareen since ages now… Stop picking up on such little things and stop making them an issue for God’s sake.. Sometimes one feels tht Imran Khan is committing a sin by doing so much for Pakistan! Leave such issues aside and only criticize if he fails to serve us if we all vote for him…

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  • ishtiaq_ukk
    Dec 23, 2011 - 5:50PM

    So what if he travelled in a private jet? Next you will be whinging that he is travelling in private
    car! Strange people out there. Good luck pti on 25dec.

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  • No BS
    Dec 23, 2011 - 7:30PM

    Rise and Conquer, we are with you all the way

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  • sameen khan
    Dec 24, 2011 - 10:36AM

    May Allah protect Imran Khan and may he be the next head of state of Pakistan. He has brought hope and excitement to us. May Pakistan rise again! Long life Pakistan, long live Imran Khan!Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 24, 2011 - 10:58AM

    @Syed Ali Naqi Hamdani: What about Hazrat Usman Ghani? if he bought jet from his hard earned money it is not wrong, if it is from corruption then it is wrong.

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  • tayyab rashid
    Dec 24, 2011 - 11:14AM

    Imran Khan is as Pakistani as the national flag or the sounds of national anthem. He can unite this nation. Welcome to Javed Hashmi. His joining would be a revolution in itself. We will make a new Pakistan.

    karachi. 25 Dec. Revolution

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  • qureshi
    Dec 24, 2011 - 4:34PM

    Good that they took the private jet to reach KHI… National carrier latay to abhi tak airport par phansay hotay :P

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  • syed hameed ullah
    Dec 24, 2011 - 6:51PM

    best of luck pti

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