Imran scrutinises new entrants to PTI: Javed Hashmi

Published: December 28, 2011
Javed Hashmi waves PTI flag as he addresses supporters at the party's public rally in Karachi on December 25. PHOTO: AFP

Javed Hashmi waves PTI flag as he addresses supporters at the party's public rally in Karachi on December 25. PHOTO: AFP

MULTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan has devised a proper system to scrutinise everyone who joins his party, new entrant and political heavyweight Javed Hashmi has said.

Speaking at a media briefing that he arranged in Multan to explain his reasons for joining the PTI, the former PML-N stalwart said that he was in politics not to force its implementation on people but to serve them.

Defending Imran’s strategy of welcoming senior political personalities in his recently-popular party, Hashmi said that if PML-N can accept all PML-Q members except the Chaudhry brothers then why can’t Imran allow people from other parties to join his PTI.

Hashmi, whose former party has blamed him of ‘selling’ himself to Imran, said that it was time that politicians stopped the blame game. “We have to end this blame game because it will never promote democracy in Pakistan. Our basic aim should be cleansing of politics in Pakistan.”

He said that the PML-N and its leadership still hold a special place in his heart. “I will never forget Nawaz Sharif’s righteous stand for democracy in the country.”

Talking about the 2013 elections, he said that PTI was fully prepared and stood a great chance at the next polls.

Responding to a question about Pakistani neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui who is jailed in the US, he said that America ignores all pleas. “They do whatever they want and pick up anybody from anywhere.”

“I know that in many issues, the government’s hands are tied and it is helpless.”But Aimal Kasi [Pakistani who shot CIA officials in the US in 1993] was hanged during the PML-N’s government and we not even informed,” he said.


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Reader Comments (36)

  • Abdul latif
    Dec 28, 2011 - 7:26PM

    I would love to see Pml-N And Pti Work together.


  • Dec 28, 2011 - 8:10PM

    good work p.t.i we stand always with you.


  • Dec 28, 2011 - 8:12PM

    good work p.t.i.


  • asifwaince
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:15PM

    hashmi sb u r a great leader
    aik bahadr aadmi hashmi hashmi


  • hamza khan
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:20PM

    @Abdul latif:

    i wouldnt. because the PML-N has the worst leadership. the sort of corruption these have indulged in is unspeakable. just because the PPP is bad doesnt mean the PML-N should be allowed back. both of these parties have been tried and tested. time to move on. Recommend

  • ali
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:25PM

    Imran Khan you are our last hope. Please don’t let us and this great country down.


  • Abdul latif
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:45PM

    @Hamza Khan

    I know you have your own views but, PML-N is far better than PPP.
    Not that I support Any party, But for the betterment of the country I stated that PTI and PML-N should work together.


  • awais sultan
    Dec 28, 2011 - 9:06PM

    The difference between PML(N) & PTI is that PML(N) is doing/playing politics whereas PTI is struggling for the betterment and prosperity of PAKISTAN.


  • hamid
    Dec 28, 2011 - 9:53PM

    We should support pti as a major political coz its important to break is evident that ppl have started challenging these fiefdoms.look importance being given to aitzaz n it is learnt that mpa s at cm sectt punjab are being offered tea and chair.salute to middle class which has played its role in restoration of judiciary and now restoration of self respect of political workers Recommend

  • You Said It
    Dec 28, 2011 - 10:38PM

    But Aimal Kasi [Pakistani who shot CIA officials in the US in 1993] was hanged during the PML-N’s government and we not even informed,” he said.

    Wow a record of sorts — 3 wrongs in a single sentence.

    Aimal Kasi was not hanged – he was executed by lethal injection. He was executed on Nov 14, 2002, when Musharraf was in power, not PML-N — Javed Hashmi knows that very well. The announcement of his execution was well-publicisized in Pakistani media before it happened when the US supreme court turned down his final appeal (see


  • Blithe
    Dec 28, 2011 - 11:05PM

    I have some respect for you but please
    don’t lie to us.

    IK has accepted all and sundry and
    some extremely unsavory people.

    PTI is going for winnable candidates ,
    not principles. But they love being sanctimonious
    about it.


  • MarkH
    Dec 28, 2011 - 11:08PM

    “Why can’t PTI do things like PML-N?” Because you said you wouldn’t.


  • Sam
    Dec 28, 2011 - 11:41PM

    @You Said It:

    I agree with that. PTI lost the moral ground the day first lota joined!Recommend

  • Omar Chohan
    Dec 28, 2011 - 11:47PM

    PML(N) is really ‘N-League’ only, like the PPP is infact only ‘Bhutto Party’ and nothing else. They (Nawaz and Zardari-Bhuttos) run their party affairs as if managing a fiefdom/kingdom. There are no proper elections in their parties. Their children are the heirs to their thrones. But the real blame is on us Pakistani people as a nation. Our minds are still not free from the thought of blind obedience reseved for kings, after being under such rule for hundreds of years. We want to remain under these ‘kings’, when we should be supporting truly democratic parties like PTI. It is about time we stood up for our rights and freedom by stopping to be hostages to our own mentality of being slaves to a few tyrants and usurpers. Why not give a chance to IK if he sincerely wants to emancipate us and give us our real status as free human beings ? Recommend

  • Kaleem
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:11AM

    I loved IK because he talked about change, but even JH is just talking rubbish now. If PML-N and PTI both have to accept Musharraf team members as JH said, whats the difference then?

    It also means that you were silent supporter of PML-Q members induction in N-League and now in PTI. Please dont make us fool by raising Baghi slogans.


  • Blithe
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:15AM

    @Omar Chohan:
    Wake up and smell the coffee!

    PTI is the kings party .


  • Javed Afridi
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:26AM

    @MarkH, very true. Couldn’t wait to make the same comment but then I read yours :)


  • Mohsin
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:49AM

    Hashmi sb all the way!


  • akhtar
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:54AM

    by association he will be answerable to guilt of qureshi and in time his own position will be diluted in PTI if he keeps admitting ex PPP PMLQ MLN ETC faces who are rejects


  • Faju
    Dec 29, 2011 - 2:53AM

    Their is no need for PTI to work with PML-N because most of the PML-N leaders have already joined or thinking of joining PTI…PML-N has a policy to accept anyone from PML-Q except Chaudrys, Same goes for PTI they have a policy to accept anyone from PML-N except Shreef brothers, anyone from PML-Q except Musharraf, anyone from PPP except Zardari. Good going PTI.


  • QB
    Dec 29, 2011 - 2:58AM

    PTI should accept whoever wants to come. Those who are critisizing IK should think that which other politician can make these old seasoned politicians declare their assets? I think all hats off to IK for whom people are resigning from the national assembly seats.

    A great leader can use all the his resources for good cause. I trust that IK can make good use of these old politicians, starting from making them come clean about their assets and settling any corruption cases they have before expecting a PTI ticket.


  • Blithe
    Dec 29, 2011 - 3:13AM

    That is an excellent point.
    The entire Karachi jalsa was phoney
    and hypocritical.


  • PP (Punjabi Pakistani)
    Dec 29, 2011 - 4:08AM


    u r right.
    pti is new pml-q.
    when some one will write story of imran khan aka harry potter it will be mentioned that one thing the high point of his politics, U turns.
    take this point of accepting lotas..
    on one side he says he leave mushi bc mushi made friends with corrupt politicians but now he acepting the same corrupt politcians
    and he is proudly announce that shah and this sardar joined me


  • Realist.
    Dec 29, 2011 - 4:18AM

    yeah like he scrutinized Faiz tamman, Ijaz Khan jazi , Legharis who were involved in Steel mills case, Jahangeer tareen who was involved in sugar hoarding , mehmood-ur-Rasheed who has grabbed Punjab university’s land & many more!!


  • Cautious
    Dec 29, 2011 - 4:36AM

    Reminds me of Obama when he made the promise that this cabinet would have the highest level of scrutiny of any cabinet — of course that promise wasn’t kept – lets hope IK does better.


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Dec 29, 2011 - 5:36AM

    Javed Hashmi stabbed PML(N) twice. Not only he left PML(N) without any valid reason, he was the reason that SMQ did not join PML(N).


  • Malik Liaquat Hussain
    Dec 29, 2011 - 10:57AM

    Respected Hashmi sb. You are at right place and with right person. We are with you.


    Dec 29, 2011 - 11:15AM

    Scrutiny should have been done before entry. However, better late than never.


  • Mr. Honest
    Dec 29, 2011 - 11:39AM

    See this article. People with NAB cases are also joining PTI. what srutiny???


  • M. A. Mughal
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:29PM

    Imran Sahib, people want change, and if keep on accepting the everyone in your party, than it would be difficult to bring change as these so called leaders are well known to people of Pakistan, therefore please do not accept each and everyone and be choosy, like ICC chose players for world eleven, if you have more than one candidate for one place, make the better choice, otherwise it would be difficult for you to avoid politics in your party.


  • Ahsan Afzal
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:20PM

    Mr Hashmi’s stance to make PML Q politicians induction in PTI is not justified; especially if PML N is willing to take them back. First PML Q is a break away faction of PML N and thus morally, rejoining of any PML Q member back to parent party is technically/politically justified. However, same reason cannot be justified for opening the doors for such politicians in PTI. Secondly, most of these politicians were part of Musharraf’s Government and in fact delivered to Nation nothing except corruption, energy crisis, circular debt, Stock Market debacles etc despite enjoying a heavy mandate. PTI’s borrowed leadership therefore requires to open eyes before indulging into delusion promises to Change Pakistan.


  • Asim Malik
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:24PM

    The alliance of PTI and PML(N) can only way to defeat the corrupt PPP party.
    PPP only cashed Bhuttoism.


  • Afeef Janjua
    Dec 29, 2011 - 3:19PM

    Atleast PTI is presenting us a choice.


  • salman shakeel
    Dec 30, 2011 - 10:06AM

    slap to anti-pti bashers


  • khurram shahzad
    Dec 30, 2011 - 3:21PM

    I don’t think Imran khan is the last hope for Pakistan. He should realise that now he has become a strong politician so stop blame game and give nation vision. We need sincere leaders who can bring prosperity and nothing else either through Imran Khan or any one elseRecommend

  • Kaleem
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:10PM

    Why every leader thinks he is last hope? The biggest leader for us was Jinnah and we have survived 64 years without him. we are going to survive with or without these leaders (InshaAllah)


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