Online trolling: Imran Khan wants supporters to reply ‘intellectually’

Published: January 5, 2012

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has advised his online supporters to reply “intellectually” to all criticism thrown towards the party by analysts.

In a video posted on PTI’s official YouTube account, Khan clarified that his party is only responsible for comments that are made by his official pages on Facebook and the rest that come with the PTI tag does not fall under his responsibility.

He said, “If any anchor, journalist or columnist talks against us, then we should criticise intellectually and not by using abusive words,” adding that the use of expletives only harms the image of the party.

“People should see that these are PTI supporters who deal intellectually.”

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  • Aslam
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:01PM

    good to see that from PTI chairman. i am NOT a supporter of PTI, but this step is re-markable. i have seen many if not all PTI supporters using dirty languages if you try to criticize any policy of PTI,

    one thing that all PTI supporter have to understand, it’s everyone right to critize anyone including imran khan for his certain policies that people may not agree. but that doesn’t give any PTI supporter right to use the dirty lanaguage against these people.

    but i hope now, PTI supporter will listen to their leader, but will they? i doubt.


  • Ali S
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Many people who comment on PTI’s youtube and facebook are haters anyway. and YouTube comments and intellectually don’t exactly go together.


  • Waqas Rafiq
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:09PM

    truly agreed..


  • Farhan
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:12PM

    Good, Someone should show this to the I will Join PTI official page which recently posted an article of Husain Haqqani with a official comment wishing the former diplomat death!

    And am a PTI Supporter!


  • Hassan Hakeem
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:13PM

    Ok Pti guys please reply intellectually to how police will be depoliticized by electing SHO?


  • Murshid
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:13PM

    100% agreed with his comments


  • Jan 5, 2012 - 1:16PM

    Right now,we all to be needed , rising of our intelect and wisdom level. Please try to focus it first.


  • Jan 5, 2012 - 1:23PM

    Based on the feedback we get we as PTI Web Team try our best to address the issues. Hopefully this message by IK will be helpful in educating people to always be respectful of others opinions.


  • Mr Pendulum
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:26PM

    Thumbs up to my leader !


  • Mangoman
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:36PM

    Talibans are our brother, as PTI says, and today our Brothers killed our 15 armymen brothers, WHY , now reply intellectually please.


  • Ebtesam Khalid
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Good Going Imran!!


  • Jan 5, 2012 - 1:53PM

    Acknowledge Sir


  • Mj
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:56PM

    I cannot really blame him. We do not have a well established tradition of debating in a calm and rational manner, although things appear to be changing for the better.


  • Shafiq
    Jan 5, 2012 - 2:08PM

    wow has ANY other political leader gone to this length to guide his supporters to be respectful and civil? PTI is truly aspiring and working for a changed Pakistani political culture.


  • Junaid Khan
    Jan 5, 2012 - 2:09PM

    I salute to Imran Khan for this ‘need of the hour’ message!!Recommend

  • kashif
    Jan 5, 2012 - 2:17PM

    strongly agree. we must respect all the peoples. all the mainkind are equal. give respect take respect. PTI ZINDA ABAD


  • kamran
    Jan 5, 2012 - 2:22PM

    I agree with PTI leader that his supporter did not used to give answer logically and without any information of specific topicRecommend

  • Frank
    Jan 5, 2012 - 2:38PM

    It sounds good so they want to use it but the people at the Express Tribune clearly do not know the meaning of the word ‘troll’.Recommend

  • Lobster
    Jan 5, 2012 - 2:39PM

    @Hassan Hakeem:
    This system is well tested in several states of USA, you can have a detail look at the procedure. People can held the guy accountable locally if he fails to maintain law and order.


  • Nawaz
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:02PM

    @Mangoman: Imagine if some radical person/group from Pakistan causes a bombing in London and the UK wages war on Pakistan due to that individual group and Afghanistan (who are our brothers in religion) support them and allow them to attack Pakistan through their bases. Would we not retaliate? We cannot reach the UK from here, but we can reach Afghanistan. Same is the case with the Taliban. The Taliban were our brothers until we screwed them in favour of US. They guarded our North West border from communist forces in the 70s and 80s.


  • Faheem
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:09PM

    Please understand that ethics come from quality education, unfortunately most of the Pakistani youth is not given quality education which ca actually make them more tolerant, urge them to understand that this is not the way to get your anger out, so indeed this use of foul language is not good but PTI cannot be blamed for such a mess, as the political parties have never ever given Pakistani youth that quality education which can make them intellectually strong.


  • Hu Jintao
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:12PM

    So do you really think TTP are genuine talibans? dude stop being fooled


  • Shoaib
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:16PM

    If we go by the analogy YOU are using that Taliban are our brothers…..then we and our ‘allies’ have killed a lot more of them
    Still killing by both sides are unfortunate and should be discouraged


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:43PM

    Nice to hear a sensible advice from Great Khan. The problem is, its two generations gap between him and his supporters. Kids always behave with sudden outbusrt of anger.


  • Jan 5, 2012 - 4:24PM

    O Captain! My Captain!


  • haroon bux
    Jan 5, 2012 - 4:31PM

    how can the supporters of pti can respond to the criticisms, they themselves have no idea what does the party want and how they going to achieve it…? specially when pti keeps on compromising on their so-called principle stands which they boosted loudly in the past.

    compromise is the first step of defeat….they need a reality check not only criticism!


  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Jan 5, 2012 - 4:59PM

    Another bowncer from PTI Imran khan:)


  • Karl Marx
    Jan 5, 2012 - 5:13PM

    LOL…first Imran has to learn how to answer “intellectually” because generally his answers refer to lions and jackals (sher and geedar)


  • Jan 5, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Total Man Crush.


  • Muddassir
    Jan 5, 2012 - 5:22PM

    JUST ONE QUESTION: how do u know that a person leaving comments on these forums are really PTI/IK supporters???


  • imrankhanforever!!!
    Jan 5, 2012 - 5:33PM

    no wayy, we arnt supporting taliban aka ppl who r bombing our cities, how can u guys support them and sharia law? im leaving pakistan if that ever happens, as for imran khan, he s the bestRecommend

  • MarkH
    Jan 5, 2012 - 5:53PM

    This probably just helped him more than a fool proof policy for world peace.


  • Imran Mohammad
    Jan 5, 2012 - 6:22PM

    Sign of a mature and responsible leader !! Go and hide somewhere PTI/IK bashers.


  • Hassan Hakeem
    Jan 5, 2012 - 6:22PM

    @Lobster: So basically nothing intelligent, just copy paste.
    Now answer this; Do the politicians in those countries, influence the police for the benefit of their supporters. Not really. Neither do the public servants accept any influence.
    Today we have the margin that if the police officer is honest he will not be influenced. After ‘cut & paste election’ that thing would also be lost. Elected police will do every thing to benefit their supporters as most of the elected people do in our part of the world.


  • anonymous
    Jan 5, 2012 - 6:23PM

    critique does not translate to criticize.


  • raheel
    Jan 5, 2012 - 6:26PM

    imran khan kiya outof countr wala vote da sakta hai app ko


  • kashif
    Jan 5, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Gteat job. keep it up khan saheb.


  • Adnan Rizvi
    Jan 5, 2012 - 6:30PM

    OK sir G .. we will …


  • SaudiRules
    Jan 5, 2012 - 6:40PM

    I think IK should set an example for PTI cadre, by intellectually explaining how he is going to rub his “magical Lotas” so that a politician-ex-lota turns into a honest-pristene-genie. Or.explain intellectually, how corruption will end in three months once he is in power. etc..


  • Mirza
    Jan 5, 2012 - 7:00PM

    I fully appreciate the direction given by Imran to PTI Reps/Supporters/Member to avoid using bad/abusive language against anyone. We should appreciate and open heartly accept criticism and respond in soft language
    I have seen on some sites that people had been using very bad and abusive language against Imran Khan
    Imran is not comromising — people who are coming to PTI are accepting the agenda of PTI and they will have to work accordingly.
    Some persons want that PTI should expose it’s plans which the other parties could copy and include those policies/plans — PML(N) is now copying the way of arranging Jalsas (as they did it in Gujranwala),
    Main themes/priorities of Agenda have declared by Imran Khan in his addresses in Lahore and Karachi Jalsas.

  • NightriderJK
    Jan 5, 2012 - 8:24PM

    I truly and totally agree with you because many people out there who are not even his supporters are doing such things just to degrade the Party’s name…..But still they wont succeed nor will attain triumph coz ‘THE TSUNAMI’ has overcome their speeches….only those people who dont have any logical reasonings DO such sort of things…


  • someone
    Jan 5, 2012 - 8:43PM

    @Hassan Hakeem: This way SHO will be directly answerable to local people and not the MNA or MPA. If you not like your SHO, vote against that person


  • Kamran
    Jan 5, 2012 - 8:45PM

    lol… that’s true for 99% of people in all parties.


  • Pakistani
    Jan 5, 2012 - 8:45PM

    Wow…Mr Khan has realized the lowness of followers..I hope will soon talk about his officials…We have been active at IK and PTI pages for years and They never allow you to ask real questions…any critique is not answered…if you ask some real questions they remove them and for repetetive offence of questioning may be removed or banned…
    I am banned from PTI page…

    and third step for Mr Khan should be self realization….He can be swearing at many people ……silly jokes about Nawaz and Altaf….How does he expect respect in response??

    I never swear and abuse….just demand transparency , democracy in party, and no hypocrisy. Recommend

  • ProudPakistani
    Jan 5, 2012 - 8:47PM

    Feel the difference…This is called a leader..!!


  • Salman Zafar
    Jan 5, 2012 - 9:11PM

    awesome video… did anybody hear the background music…
    That was awesome too….


  • hamza khan
    Jan 5, 2012 - 9:32PM

    will imran follow his own rules? his own conduct in the musharraf years of using irrational logic and lies to get his point across was reprehensible.Recommend

  • Awais Ch.
    Jan 5, 2012 - 9:59PM

    Geo Imran Khan Geo PTI…………


  • Jan 5, 2012 - 10:28PM

    Imran khan is best heero of pakistan} jey jey imran khanRecommend

  • ali
    Jan 5, 2012 - 11:59PM

    my dear everyone fighting in the name of taliban is not a True taliban.there r different groups fighting for their cause.exactly as in the name of Islam we have dozens of sect.Different groups has different agendas and some of them being funded by ghost elements. And i think u better know who are these what Imran says is a totally different thing.


  • asma ahsan
    Jan 6, 2012 - 12:40AM

    Patience and tolerance is the key to success! Think and talk intellectually not emotionally!


  • blithe
    Jan 6, 2012 - 1:19AM

    What intellect can his supporters have when he has only half-baked ideas and his actions don’t match stated principles?!?!


  • Imran kahn-khan
    Jan 6, 2012 - 1:33AM

    Imran khan tussi great ho.Recommend

  • Ahsan Raza
    Jan 6, 2012 - 1:34AM

    Do people even know what the word Trolling even means ? Troll. definition : In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response ! Please remove this common misconception, PTI supporters curse others because they get emotional and passions inflame which are genuine. That is not trolling.


  • Raja Islam
    Jan 6, 2012 - 2:09AM

    @Hassan Hakeem:
    In fact police will be politicized even more as police officials will owe allegiance to political parties who help them in getting elected.


  • Raja Islam
    Jan 6, 2012 - 2:10AM

    Does not work. Think MQM. Control crime, violence and bhatta in Karachi, but people still vote for them.


  • Raja Islam
    Jan 6, 2012 - 2:15AM

    Does not work like that. SHO is not directly answerable to a political party or MPA or MNA, but to the police hierarchy, which in this case is the DSP/SP. In your example the SHO will be beholden to the party who gets him elected. The police department is part of the provincial government and reports up through the bureaucracy, while the local representatives may belong to whichever party whether in government or not.


  • Raja Islam
    Jan 6, 2012 - 2:16AM

    True or not, anyone using the name Taliban is a fundamentalist and a criminal.


  • BLing BLing
    Jan 6, 2012 - 6:25AM

    So he is basically saying his supporters do not use their brain?


  • NightriderJK
    Jan 6, 2012 - 8:38PM

    I agree with you and really feel sorry to realize this reality and to accept this truth…n yeah you really replied intellectually ;D


  • NightriderJK
    Jan 6, 2012 - 8:52PM

    @Hassan Hakeem:
    Sir i will only say this that when u say ‘JUST COPY PASTE’, then why are you questioning him after that!!
    Seriously, something to consider!


  • mobeen
    Jan 6, 2012 - 9:26PM

    good going imran khan got to change this culture


  • Bhaiyoon
    Jan 7, 2012 - 10:53AM

    Imran Khan Zindabad!! Welcome Imran Khan!!


  • qamar
    Jan 7, 2012 - 2:03PM

    pls be deciencnt ever one. other politions are ver poor.
    you are suprier from them plz show your ability to other poor dont do any kind of lust,


  • Jan 7, 2012 - 2:14PM

    imran khan is the real hero of pakistan.


  • Hassan Hakeem
    Jan 7, 2012 - 5:30PM

    @someone: Are you really so naive.


  • Hassan Hakeem
    Jan 7, 2012 - 5:35PM

    @NightriderJK: I am questioning him because he is just putting forward a system which is unworkable in our circumstances. A proposal about which he has not used his head. Just like copy paste.


  • Waqas
    Jan 8, 2012 - 12:46AM

    @Aslam: Brother- i dont think there is any political party in pakistan or for the matter of fact – around the world that has supporters that dont swear or dont use profanity; this isnt exclusive only to PTI. It is frustration that is built up – yes correct it is not necessary to use such foul language we agree, but dont blame Imran Khan or PTI for the actions of a select number of people.

    Every party has this issue from its supporters – but Imran Khan i think is one of the first if not the first and only to state in such a respectful manner that it is wrong.

    Long live PTI and long live the Pakistan!


  • skhawat
    Jan 8, 2012 - 5:33PM

    this step is appreciable because leaders must guide the workers and supporters. we have been suffering nowadays because of intellectual immaturity. PTI leaders should focus on inculcation and propagation of its policies rather than defamation of the leaders of other political parties. people already know them.
    strong text


  • Jan 8, 2012 - 7:36PM

    I really appreciate Ik’s this step. A very intelligent video, I am not his supporter but liked this step.


  • Tasleem Raza
    Jan 9, 2012 - 12:43PM

    1000000000000% Agreed


  • Naila
    Jan 15, 2012 - 9:12PM

    Lately we have been waiting for such clarifications from Imran Khan,his advice for his fans was also long overdue,good job.


  • Abdal
    Jan 16, 2012 - 3:45AM

    This can only be achieved through the implementation of explicit “Communication Policy and Code of Ethics” that must be followed by PTI members. Which is not the case- TODAY.

    This may sound difficult- BUT Discipline and Ethics must and should start from within before they are pushed down to the Nation. Pls. do not take my remarks as bad criticism but as positive conflict that may very well help to fix this issue.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Jan 16, 2012 - 3:48AM

    This can only be achieved through the implementation of explicit “Communication Policy and Code of Ethics” that must be followed by PTI members. Which is not the case- TODAY.

    This may sound difficult- BUT Discipline and Ethics must and should start from within before they are pushed down to the Nation. Pls. do not take my remarks as bad criticism but as positive conflict that may very well help to fix this issue.Recommend

  • Noise
    Feb 6, 2012 - 3:23PM

    He should have given this statement right at start since the image of Tahreek e Insaaf has already been damaged by its star-struck online supporters IMO


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