PTI will shoot drones down once in power: Imran Khan

Published: February 10, 2012
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No political party can defeat PTI’s tsunami, says Imran. PHOTO: QASIM USMAN/FILE

No political party can defeat PTI’s tsunami, says Imran. PHOTO: QASIM USMAN/FILE

SWABI / KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said that those in power should be embarrassed about the ongoing drone attacks that violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and kill innocent people. Following the rally, a grenade attack injured 16 people including eight officers and women. Imran Khan expressed his deep concern over the attack, and sympathised with the victims.

At a rally in Swabi, Imran said the PTI will not let US attack Pakistan via drone strikes and will shoot their drones down.

“We will help them [US] to get out of Afghanistan but we will not become a part of their war,” Imran explained.

He further said that if the PTI comes to power, it will free the people of Pakistan from US slavery. “We won’t beg, we won’t take loans and will generate our own funds,” he said.

Bowling out the competition

Making predictions about the success of his party, Imran said even if Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) unite, PTI will “bowl them all out on the first ball.”

“The nation has decided it wants a change and no political party can defeat PTI’s tsunami,” Imran said.

Respectful green passport

Promising a better Pakistan under PTI’s leadership, Imran said his party will bring investment to the country and will tax the rich. He also said that his party will fix the education sector and will put in place a uniform education system.

“Green passport will be respected and people from abroad will come to Pakistan in search of jobs,” Imran stated.

“Pakistan is a rich country and we will make it better,” he added.

Grenades injure 16 at PTI rally

At least 16 people including eight police officials and women were injured when assailants tossed grenades on a police van in Swabi, following the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf rally, acting DPO, Muhammad Ashfaq told The Express Tribune.

As the PTI rally concluded in Shavay Adda in Sawabi, unknown men hurled two hand grenades at a police van, stationed at the site to provide security for the rally attendants. As a result, 16 people were injured.

Sources said that the policemen were returning to their vehicle when the attack took place. Ashfaq said that “some critically injured people have been shifted to Mardan,” before adding “there are no reported casualties so far, but we are not sure at the moment, as the numbers of the injured are still increasing.”

There were women who were also amongst the injured, however, the extent of their injuries were unclear at the moment as authorities are busy in coping with the situation.

Imran Khan sympathises with the victims

Chairman PTI, Imran Khan expressed his deep concern over the attack on the police bus after the PTI rally in Swabi concluded.

“This is an attempt by terrorists to derail the peaceful political process in Pakistan. This attack on a police vehicle and bus is strongly condemned as innocent people have been injured,” the statement read, adding that Imran Khan sympathised with the families of the victims and the injured.

The statement also said that the attack symbolises the deteriorating law and order situation in the country and poor governance in KPK.

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  • Saad
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:26PM

    I am a PTI supporter…. but seriously IK should start saying some “serious” stuff also….. same things again and again and again make it boring….. Pakistan cannot shoot down drones because it would be calling a war on US…. and we of course, are NOT in a state of war with US…… we we let them rape us every second day…… It would be interesting to see how IK will stop that….. just saying….

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  • qw
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:28PM

    Yes we Khan !!!

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  • Mirza
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:30PM

    PTI would shoot drones down? Not the army of Islamic Republic of Pakistan? These attacks and cooperation was started by generals in Mush’s era. How could IK end that so easily? Just like education and corruption he can take care of all economic problems and end these attacks by shooting them down! Great if the public buys it.

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  • Much Amused
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Words of a person who knows he will not be in power for the forseeable future.

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  • ashok sai
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:31PM

    “Green passport will be respected and people from abroad will come to Pakistan in search of jobs,” Imran stated.

    Wow, he really matured as a politician. Sir, already so many people (al queda) around the globe visits Pakistan, read today’s Kamran Shfi’s article.Recommend

  • Ali Hassan
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:32PM

    Shooting down the drones. On top helping US getting out of AFG.
    Pretty Confusing Policy
    Make up your mind on US, Mr. Khan. Lot of people have lot of expectations from you.

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  • Feb 10, 2012 - 6:34PM

    He is out of his mind, Drones strikes are carried out with the permission of Pakistani authorities and intelligence gathering of targets is also done by Pakistani secret services.

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  • bhai
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:35PM

    give a warning to US first…and then shoot them down if they don’t budge…same like Iran did…i mean they keep coming into our territory and hunt down innocent people along with so called millitants…this is absolutely wrong and adds fuel to fire!!

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:38PM

    How can Imran Khan come into power without the support of US?

    If he is giving such a statement now so as to get votes, what is the guarantee that he will not become an ally of US after coming into power.

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  • Hassan
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Huge Jalsa :D
    KPK is also suffering from the Tsunami :D

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  • Mohsin
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:43PM

    Good Imran Khan you are last hope of pakistan.. All Pakistani with you…!!

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  • Mubashir
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:44PM

    He is addressing the Area hardest hit by Drones. What do you expect him to say… Of course he wouldn’t bring drones down. He wouldn’t let them fly in either.

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  • John B
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:46PM

    I sense satire in this reporting.

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  • Feb 10, 2012 - 6:46PM

    this guy has no ability to make a clear cut stance, he is just fooling th nation

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  • SaudiRules
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Dear Imran Khan the greater than the greatest,
    You claim that you can do all these great things like shooting drones, eliminating corruption, eliminating poverty, load shedding etc. within 90 days you are in power.
    For now, can you please do one small thing? Can you bring your boys back from prep. school in London and have them enroll in a school in Lahore? Is this land of pure not good enough for the children of “man of awaam” like your self?

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  • Harry Stone
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:48PM

    This is a reasonable position for PAK to take. It would be equally reasonable for NATO to take the position that PAK failing to controll those who operate within it borders is acting as an ally of those who attack NATO and therefore is equally at war with NATO.

    Is PAK truly ready for this turn of events? Is PAK ready to be designated a state sponsor of terrorism?

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  • Imran Khan Banday
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Imran khan’s idea to attack on Drone craft is a popular statement but on ground realities are different. Drones can be shooted down but it is a very hard task for Pakistan to avoid Drones without counter attack. I think Imran should give a new realistic policy line which can make Pakistan able to get rid of drones and other problems like this. Its all about economy and relations with the world. We need someone who can change the immage of Pakistan in all over the world. Strike against America and others is not a good solution. We have to live in this world respectfuly. We need good relations with sovereign immage.

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  • PML N
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Another failed jalsi, Khan should stop wasting time of this poor nation. He is only copying our great leaders lines, only PML N can bring real changeRecommend

  • Imran
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:51PM

    Pakistanis need to start dreaming again. Every success starts from a dream again! Did anyone think nelson mandela will free his country from white supremacy? Did anyone imagine hosni mubarak will b toppled by his ppl? Unfortunately corrupt leaders have demoralised the pakistani ppl, they make the ppl believe they r second best n with no hope! Yes pakistan can stop the drones! Pakistanis need to believe how to play diplomacy. China n Russia vetoed what did america do? Pakistans has many friendly nations who will support them. Majority of the people in the west r against this war! Plz check the western media n open ur eyes. Think out of the box, start believing!

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Feb 10, 2012 - 6:51PM

    Imran Khan is losing touch with reality.

    “Green passport will be respected and people from abroad will come to Pakistan in search of jobs,” Imran stated.

    What kind of jobs?

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  • Feb 10, 2012 - 6:52PM

    With due respect to all haters and detractors of PTI

    It is strange fro me to see such illogical and childish comments from few particular people and interestingly put in a pre-planned robotic manner, whenever Tribune publishes anything about IK and PTI. I have just one message for all of you people, if you don’t like him just ignore him. It is something laughable when haters are the first one to attend someone. If you can’t absorb Imran’s rise then please learn to absorb your hatred…..:)

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  • Feb 10, 2012 - 6:53PM

    @Mubashir:
    so his motive is just to score political points, Empty vessel

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  • Feb 10, 2012 - 6:57PM

    @PML N:
    u better improve ur so called Good governance too

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  • Ali Q
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:02PM

    Why not quote IK verbatim where he said he would shoot down drones? I’m surprised he would say that because his message so far has emphasized peace within Pakistan and without. Too many critics of IK only hear only what they WANT to hear…so that they can fit their narrative of him being uncompromising/naive/arrogant/misguided/childish even. Oh well, inspiring change is never suppose to be easy…naysayers come out in large numbers whenever change is imposed…unfortunately, for each naysayer, there will be 10 youth who are still dreamers and will get behind a voice, which, if nothing else, will introduce a merit based leadership in a country so plagued with poor executive leadership from its earliest days.

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  • Feb 10, 2012 - 7:05PM

    Great speeches – but will he deliver? I think not, as he does not really have the masses at this stage. A eleven man team is not sufficient – this is not cricket. Also by bashing the USA, India etc – is not the way to win support. Internal policies for the ordinary people are more important.

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  • Arifq
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:07PM

    Free Pakistan from US slavery and submit to Taliban fascism, that is effectively what Khan Sahib is saying. Khan should stop playing to the galleries and play for Pakistan!

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  • Bilal
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:10PM

    @SaudiRules: Sir, do you know law when couple get divorced, kids go to mother, please use some common sense before criticizing. Is it easy for imran khan to live without his sons?

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  • KMR Overseas
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:11PM

    Shooting drones down, ROFL!!!!!

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  • You Cowards
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:12PM

    “Pakistan cannot fight usa”
    “We are in no Position of fighting USA”
    “Shooting down USA drones? omg is he serious”

    Seriously? Will you guys even come up of your this coward and slave-like attitude?

    What has America done to Iran so far despite all her warnings? NOTHING.

    And you can do nothing but keyboard strokes? Atleast show some courage here? ATLEASTRecommend

  • Asad
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:19PM

    Please people give IK a chance, like we gave many chances to PPP, who made Pakistan worse than it was before. Recommend

  • Ali Tipu
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:23PM

    All the more reasons now to vote for IK. If he is right, its glory for Pakistan. If wrong, it will make his real face evident. Lets see what he and his claims are made up of !

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  • Pakistani
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:26PM

    yes IK we can do it,,, … we can…. but God give us a chance to get ret of the tow part system that steel our everything since 64-years….

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  • Feb 10, 2012 - 7:27PM

    PTI must keep in mind before uttering higher things as poet said:
    ‘Kehna tau asaan hey karna hey mushkil
    pair (foot) mohabbat key rastey pr dharna hey mushkil’
    Thx

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  • Shan
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:28PM

    @Saad:
    yar dekho, the thing is IK is right..the US is intervening because the mafia is allowing them to..if Pakistan say no..thats it, the US will stop it. Iran has shot down Israel’s drones down and still they are unable to attack Iran because IRAN has taken a stand.
    The US and Israel wanted to pass resolution to use force against Syria, China and Russia vetoed it. you think US will have the gutts to come in Pakstan without our government’s approval!!! Remember that an Israeli drone was shot down in Lahore within 35 seconds of it in Pakistan territory..so once he is power..they wont lie to Pakistan.He is going to Balochistan and talking to all these Balouch leaders to understand..he doesnt have any governance power..once PTI is in power then InshaAllah the necessary steps will be taken…we know the main 5 emergencies declared within 90 days:) dun worry..have faith and IA we shall make change in the GE.

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  • Akthar
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:29PM

    For the Editors at ET & All other news Channels/Papers, its a very job to do reporting, especially with respect to Imran Khan.

    Just “Copy & Paste” from his Previous Speech & you wont miss a thing.

    Anyway, Imran Khan Promises the world, but WILL NEVER SAY, HOW HE WILL ACHIEVE

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  • MAD
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:29PM

    well that drones statement is a bit too much to digest but by God i know he will try to atleast get rid of them from our airspace. and yes he is the only one who will.

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  • Hassan
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:31PM

    @Saad:
    Common you need to show some gutts. US is only carrying out these drones attackes there is no one to respond appropriately. Who says we want to engane in a war with the US. But at the same time shall we just sit back and see our innocent people being killed every day. What if it was your own family. Would you still say the same words, I doubt it. Yes we need to stand up. What has America done against Iran when they stood up against them. The whole of the West couldn’t do anything when Iran decided tot take a stand. We are not slaves (the people of Pakistan I am referring to here). What IK is saying id the right thing and yes certianly need to get him in power if we are to save our country.

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  • Zaffar
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:32PM

    I have read all the negative comments against IK-AND ONE THING STANDS OUT-that they are all stem from an unhealthy past, which is pessimistic to the core-thus the reason we are where we are. Slave and beggers of 12 st Century.
    IK IS OPENING A NEW CHAPTER FOR PAKISTAN- WITH GENUINE LEADERSHIP & IMAGINATION. THAT IS THE DEFINATION OF A LEADER.

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  • SMA
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:33PM

    hahaha!!! – oh, you are serious?? no, you are not..etal

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  • Feb 10, 2012 - 7:34PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    well said, I like ur thoughts , i want to talk to you personally email me by clicking on my name

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  • F K
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:35PM

    @”you cowards”
    I think you are not familiar with what is going on in Iran recently. The value of their currency has plummeted, they are unable to import wheat and rice, their foreign reserves are finishing and no one is doing business with them or extending credit (including Indian and Pakistani traders), the price of beef in Tehran is now $35 per kilo and the costs of everything else are skyrocketing. The lives of the people in that country are becoming miserable. This is the impact that sanctions are having on them. Do you consider all of this to be “nothing”?

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  • Nadeem
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Drone attacks are happening as a result of an understanding between the USA government and Pakistan Army. Pakistan’s citizens and their representatives in Parliament were neither a part of this agreement when it was initiated, nor are they in any position to stop it today. It will stop only when the two parties mentioned above want it to stop. So how does Imran Khan plan to stop the drone attacks? He is neither the Chief of Army Staff nor will the COAS report to him if he does become the PM.

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  • meekal ahmed
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:41PM

    @bhai:

    Iran did NOT shoot down the US drone. It malfunctioned and landed intact. The pictures were all over the net.

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  • smj
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:54PM

    PTI will create a giant slingshot (Ghulail) to shot the drones.

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  • Khan
    Feb 10, 2012 - 7:59PM

    @You Cowards:
    Take a deep breath and analyze the situation .. before comparing Pakistan with Iran also know how many times and how much loan & charities Iran has begged for during its long history. Iran isn’t dependent for money on foreign countries .. and if you give example of N.Korea then also know how Koreans are starving today.
    No one forced us to get involved in affairs of our neighbors to begin with .. It was our policy to send our people to fight in neighboring countries … If its true what IK has just said and if he really does what he has said then GOD help us .. We must seal Western border and stop flow of people crossing it at will for all sort of activities then there will be no drones. Without IMF & USA our future will be like that of former USSR.
    If you want to show some courage then work like Japanese & Germans who despite being under occupation from past half century, have invested in education and economy to become world powers. Courage isn’t to keep getting slapped for decades, or act like Saddam’s deputy with empty rhetoric but to work for betterment of your future generations by investing in education and economy while living peacefully.Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:07PM

    @Bilal: sir, if Kaptaan is really such a patriot as he claims to be, why can’t he bring his kids to Pakistan & educate them here? Why should they hold a UK passport? What’s the difference ? He’s against NATO & the west, but wants his kids to be in the west. Hypocracy in its best form! Yet, we have emotionally super charged supporters blindly following him. There were similar blind followers of Zaid Hamid who suddenly faded out.

    Let’s see IMRAN khan’s fate too.Recommend

  • Ali Mehdi
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:08PM

    @Saad: IK wants to take us out of this mind “fear” that US will attack us if get shoot their drones

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  • Mirza Zulfiqar Baig
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:14PM

    Whatever Imran Khan says reflects almost all Pakistanis desire….We must choose PTI and kick out current corrupt political parties…

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  • ihtisham
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:28PM

    @SaudiRules: Imrans children r in uk because the court decided that the children would remain with their mother. And imran had to respect the court decision. Even if imran admits his children in a school in lahore, what difference would it make, would it eliminate corruption, poverty, loadshedding. my ans is a big no. Get a life manRecommend

  • Saad
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:33PM

    @Shan and @Hasan

    You misunderstood my point guys….. I never said Pakistan doesn’t have the ability to shoot down drones. I just said in a situation where you have partially or completely “submitted” yourselves to US, you cannot “attack” them in any way. The thing is when you are on “good terms” with a country. You cannot just attack them. Its technically all US’s fault as to start off they shouldn’t be attacking Pakistani territory anyway, but the case of Iran is different. Iran is not an ally nor a friend of US/Israel. If US drones spy on them, they WILL shoot it down. So can WE, BUT even if IK comes in power (which I sincerely hope he does), it wont be possible to stay on the same page with them (as he claims) and shoot down their drones too! We have got ourselves in a messed up situation here. Point being, Iran cannot be compared with Pakistan. They have the balls, Our government (present and future) wont.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:33PM

    PTI can shoot and who would know better than Imran Khan the Kaptaan directing all such activities that fall in the realm beyond normal legal frames. If Pakistan hurts as a consequence of such inspirations and uncontrolled armed activities then tough luck for us. As long as this satisfies his mega ego we must just stay put and yes—-SILENT.

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  • Feb 10, 2012 - 8:34PM

    There are two types of leaders. Sincere but foolish & intelligent but corrupt. Mr.Imran Khan belong the former type. He never talk about the sectarian killings, terrorist bombings and honour killings. He knows that cheap talk and Utopian dreams sell in third world countries where people are illiterate and religious minded. He is following the foot steps of Benazir Bhutto. Peoples lives never change by leaders but by themselves.

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  • Saad
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:36PM

    Not to mention the economic sanctions and the boycott of Pakistani industries worldwide, no more loands from IMF, ADB etc. No more trade from Western/Europeon countries. China can only get you so far in helping with your economy. Political boycott is not a solution to this. In a country already corrupt, who will provide jobs to these millions who will leave foreign countries and come back to Pakistan once IK takes control. These statements are contradicting. Either we ARE with the US or not. IK has to decide and he should stop confusing people.

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  • hmmmm
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:39PM

    @ashok sai:
    you have so much time reading Pakistani newspapers and trying to spread hate and despair….just stay away…we are behind imran…change is coming…and one day you will see Indians queuing up at airports to go to Pakistan for jobs….mark my words…..

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  • Ziaahmad
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:42PM

    Only PTI can do it.

    other parties cant

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  • Ziaahmad
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:45PM

    Imran Khan always did what he said unlike PPP and PMLN who have already been exposed by wikileaks

    According to wikileaks Imran is the only leader who is not under the control of USA

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  • PTItroll
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:48PM

    FUNNY FUNNIER FUNNIEST, not the statement of Ik but of the haters. even this govt would have shot down the drones if they didnt have agreements. PTI in power will have no agreements re compromise on sovreignity so if a drone violates it we will definitely shootdown it.Recommend

  • bhai
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:50PM

    @SaudiRules: can you admit your children into Pakistani government schools in their present condition? Secondly, Khan’s children are with their mother which is justified.

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  • Asim Ahmad
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:53PM

    He stood against drones and held a a big protest against attacks early last year. At least he is interested and genuinely concerned. What are others doing? Money-money and Power-power. They didn’t show any seriousness to run country or run opposition. As an expatriate Pakistani I am not directly effected but I think another tenure of these corrupt politicians will ruin country further. Nawaz will add to his industries, Zardari will keep on sending money and people will be dying of hunger with prices touching sky. Choice is yours my brothers in Pakistan. Cheers for now.

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  • litmus
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:54PM

    i really like IK. my sincere advice to him and his party will be to tone down the promises since he’s sounding a bit ridiculous. with proper leadership, pakistan will heal, but it will require time and effort. promising that everything will be fine in a few days sounds a lot like our current administration. i would like to hear some real solutions rather than empty rhetoric. how does he plan to solve the energy crisis in the country? will he pass on increased fuel costs to the consumers and stoke inflation or finance the difference through borrowing from the commercial banks and crowd out the private sector and stifle investment further? what we all need to understand is that Pakistan does NOT have any simple easy solutions. each option has its own pros and cons that need to be communicated honestly with the people. this applies to other issues such as healthcare, education, foreign policy and law and order. he comes across as if the solution to pakistan is regime change. its time he stops misleading people and provide clear solutions. otherwise the people will loose faith in not only his administration but pakistan as a whole. IK for Pakistan’s Sake if you want to be a leader, then start leading!

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  • faraz
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:55PM

    US has other advanced weapons besides drones. And they can simply jam our radars just like Osama raid. And unlike Iran, our 90 percent revenues don’t come from oil exports. It is hollow rhetoric, but ordinary people listening develop fantasies which will never materialize and only lead to disappointment. Actually, the army wants to protect its troops in the difficult terrain and its allowing drones and providing intelligence. And that’s why the army is silent. Recommend

  • Bilal
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:56PM

    @Akhtar: Which law in the world will allow him to bring his kids to Pakistan. You tell me? He can only kidnap them. Kids mother is uk citizen, so they will get automatically citizenship. I don’t understand your logic.

    Many Pakistani And Muslims live overseas, so they are not loyal to Pakistan or their native countries.

    only ALLAH Almighty knows best about imran khan… But you tell me one leader in Pakistan who is sincere with our nation?

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  • Khurram Mansoor
    Feb 10, 2012 - 8:58PM

    We will help them in leaving or going out. Now what is America negotiating with taliban. Is not the war already shifting some where else.

    Who is this guy trying to fool.

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  • Khurram Mansoor
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:00PM

    @ihtisham:

    Yes yes

    A guy who uses charter flights to go here and there can send his children to London for studies but those poor do not deserve schooling like Danish schools.

    just saying

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  • Abdul
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:01PM

    @SaudiRules: Its a law in London that after divorce, children will stay with the mother!!!

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  • Khurram Mansoor
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:01PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:

    He is asking for US support,

    :We will help you get out of here, what else America wants”

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  • Arif Ahmad
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:02PM

    I see a lot of interest in Imran Khan and PTI. I will attribute this to success of PTI that has stir a new discussion. I found that Imran Khan is the most talked about leader from the comment section of ET. Job well done Kaptan.

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  • HoneyBee
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:02PM

    Imran said even if Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) unite, PTI will “bowl them all out on the first ball.”
    Sir what about ANP, MQM, Q-League & Mushraf Party

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  • Cautious
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:10PM

    As I have said before the most effective method of shooting down drones is surface to air missiles – but to position place and protect a large number of surface to air missiles you need to have a significant military force which the militants won’t allow in N Waziristan — so you will have to fight and defeat the militants just to position the missiles – and once you defeat the militants you will find no need for the missiles. Recommend

  • Zaheer
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:25PM

    If memory serves me, Gen Kiyani also threatened to shhot down all drones following Abbotbabad and the border post attack. Why is the establishment suddenly very quiet about fresh attacks? After the grenade attack post jalsa, IK has said “This is an attempt by terrorists to derail the peaceful political process” Which terrorists Khan sahib? You say there are none except those fighting the Americans. Why would they attack someone like you who is attacking their enemy, the US? I fear where we will end up if IK does come to power. An honest and well meaning person but completely out of touch with ground realities and having no sense of direction.

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  • Bilal
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:26PM

    @Khurram Mansoor: danish schools?hmm ,, We have seen on tv. Another rip off from noon league. What about nawaz sharif, he goes to London for his health check up. Why nawaz sharif doesn’t trust Pakistani doctors? Where is nawaz sharif son is? Is his son doing business in Pakistan?

    Just saying

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  • Niazikhan2
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:27PM

    khan we are with you..!i

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  • Niazikhan2
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:29PM

    khan we are with you..keep it up..tsunami is heading towards its destination…

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  • Freeman
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:29PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui: There is a difference to being an ally and slave. At this moment we are slave not ally. To becoem ally is not bad.

    If we were ally then they would have given us respect but in present we are slave. Imran is only hope we have now.

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  • Feb 10, 2012 - 9:30PM

    Yes we can if we have political will

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  • FactCheck
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:32PM

    US Response: MAKE MY DAY!

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  • Freeman
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:33PM

    @Saad: Do you think Imran should start singing so that you do not get bored? He is talking about the Pakistan’s serious problems. Which are with Economy, Education, Tax collection, Illegal drones attack what do you want him to say?

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  • Freeman
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:34PM

    @Mirza: Why you only have negative thoughts about Pakistan and Imran Khan???????.

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  • Freeman
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:39PM

    @Colonel: He will deliver as he has already delivered without even being in Govenment. Look now he is developing a Knowledge city in samll village in remote area. Nobdy ever thought that in that remote area village girls will be geting higher education and will get degrees from Bradford University UK. He has always delivered whatever work he started, whatever he promised. We beleive he will deliver when he will power as well. There is no doubt. He is the only hope for Paksitan.

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  • we are peace full paki
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:39PM

    we r with u ik …

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  • Cautious
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:41PM

    Do you guys really want to start a shooting war with America by defending people who terrorize your own civilians and have taken de-facto control of large portions of your own country? Can anyone provide the upside to such a ludicrous action? You start a war with America and there will be no one to bail you out — hope you can finish it.

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  • Pollack
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Kaptaan is talking big. If he doesn’t watch what he is saying, it is going to come back and bite him in his you know where. Kaptaan should remember that in cricket, your team doesn’t get massacred if the kaptaan makes the wrong decision but they just loose the game. But in international politics, your team may get massacred if you play a game which you cannot win. So the stakes are high if you are head of state. It’s sad to see Pakistanis putting so much faith in an obviously very flawed and unwise individual.

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  • smj
    Feb 10, 2012 - 9:56PM

    If Imran Khan can get next Baitullah Mehsud before the drones in air, my vote is for him otherwise he is just another day dreamer who conviently shun real problems of pakistan (which is extremism and intollerence) under the rug to give false hopes to the masses.

    see list of prominent terrorists killed by drones here.:
    http://www.longwarjournal.org/pakistan-strikes-hvts.php

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  • Abrar R
    Feb 10, 2012 - 10:28PM

    Firmly behind you captain. All hopes pinned on you.

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  • Babbarsher khan
    Feb 10, 2012 - 10:29PM

    Once the Kaptaan becomes PM or Prez, Uncle Sam will put him on the no-fly list!

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  • Sadia
    Feb 10, 2012 - 10:34PM

    did he tell this to Munter in his last meeting with the US ambassador? Recommend

  • Reddy
    Feb 10, 2012 - 10:35PM

    whatever rocks PTI’s and it’s cheerleaders boat, Iran didn’t even shoot the drone yet, they captured one numb drone,and US took 2 weeks to collapse Iran’s economy ,pakistan doesn’t even have the economy to speak off, let’s see what happens when this drama queen comes into the power.

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  • Super Pak
    Feb 10, 2012 - 10:41PM

    @Reddy:
    Because capturing the most sophisticated drone rather than destroying is a piece of cake. Troll much!!

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  • Super Pak
    Feb 10, 2012 - 10:43PM

    @faraz:
    Yes the world is ending, ALL HOPE IS LOST!! RUUUNNNNNN!!!!

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  • abubakar
    Feb 10, 2012 - 11:05PM

    Great, strong statement. This statement may send a strong massage to US too. May be if Imran comes to power US will revisit its drone strategy because of this and such statements.Recommend

  • Feb 10, 2012 - 11:21PM

    @abubakar:
    do u really think he will shoot down drones? Obama promised to dol lot of things in his election campaign but he failed to do so, he does what Pentagon and military establishment says him, and in pakistan these strikes are being carried out with the permission of security establishment, even if he convinces establishment to review policy, Will he really order to shoot down drones????

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  • Zoaib
    Feb 10, 2012 - 11:21PM

    OK, this is what IK really said (I just watched his speech): “We will tell the Americans CLEARLY that if you violate our airspace and send drones to our territory, then we will have our jets ready.” It is all about clearly laying down the boundaries in front of the Americans that our current civilian leadership hasn’t (they’ve been playing double games, saying something to the people while something entirely different to the Americans privately as revealed in wikiLeaks and also pointed out by the Americans in their Senate hearings).

    But this is just one aspect of regaining our sovereignty. Side by side, PTI will also tackle other aspects such as proper revenue collection, no aid from the US, cracking down on corruption as IK mentioned in this speech (This is for those FEARFUL of the sanctions and aid embargo of the US which sadly hasn’t helped us much, rather filled the coffers of our high and mighty rulers).

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  • Kamran
    Feb 10, 2012 - 11:22PM

    @Saad:
    Shooting down drones is not a big deal and not assumed as a war. Iran regularly shoots drones of America but its not a war. Please come out of this FEAR of America. This fear will eat you and your coming generations. Pakistan was is and will always be a free country. Fear to God only. He will remove all your fears :)

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  • Kamran
    Feb 10, 2012 - 11:26PM

    @Imran:
    Well said Imran

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  • Muneeb
    Feb 10, 2012 - 11:34PM

    Shouldn’t the headline read Attack after PTI rally instead of picking the most colourful line in the whole speech?

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  • Feb 10, 2012 - 11:36PM

    @Kamran:
    Iran didnt shooted the drone, it malfunctioned, did u see the pics of drone was it shooted, did u saw a single bullet mark or any part damaged???

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  • Uza Syed
    Feb 10, 2012 - 11:53PM

    All of us who can think straight must do everything to stop all such reactionaries guided by their topsy-turvy sense of grandiosity from inflicting damages to our national interest. People like this self-proclaimed-saviour-khan can coveniently shoot from the seat of heir in public and then conveniently meet in privacy. The man met the American Ambassador and Robin Raphael(advisor to Grossman) in the company of two other senior US representatives and make some promises and commitments, which remain a top secret even from the senior members of his own party including his own Foreign Policy experts and National Security advisors, one wonder why this secrecy even from his own trusted people. We, the people must insist on full disclosure of what this self-declared leader is going around promissing on our behalf. Recommend

  • saad saeed
    Feb 11, 2012 - 12:24AM

    97 Comments!!!!
    I am not an analyst but the quantity of comments shows that Imran Khan has has brought a change. No other news item related to Nawaz, Zardari, Fazalur rehman or altaf hussain gets so much comment. Imran you have won. The change is here

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  • An immigrant in the UK
    Feb 11, 2012 - 12:31AM

    IK needs to ensure that matters are settled amicably with the US. If this methodology fails then and only then he should consider shooting down drones. It is true that no country should violate the sovereignty of another free country and therefore I am certain that USA will stop this act if Pakistan provides guarantees that it will co-operate with the US in stopping the terrorist activites. Such activities should start to fizzle out anyway once corrupt politicians are gone, once the industry and business starts to pick up and once people find worthwhile jobs. The other attack on terrorism would be by providing the right education to the youth – emphasising the message that Islam is a religion of peace and taking of innocent lives is a sin in Islam. The combination of provision of employment to the unemployed, honest and above board business transactions, adequate provision of proper and valued education curriculum, proper legislation, honest administration and collection of taxation to provide these facilities, will go a long way in getting rid of the maladministration and corruption that has unfortunately become a hall mark of all Pakistan adminsitrations over the last six decades or so. If IK can get a grip on the economic situation, outlaw the demoralizing and harmful to the poor conventions practised by feudal Lords and ensure that the poor have a decent living standards, then I have no doubt that Pakistanis will become a proud nation and the green passport will be respected and may be even foreign companies will start to invest in Pakistan. We must not introduce irrelevancies in an important issue like this and I am referring here to personal attacks on Imran Khan ablout the fact that he had a divorce and the fact that his sons live with their mother in the UK. Such personal attacks belittle a very important issue and one should give full marks to some one who is atleast trying to do some thing to raise this nation from the sad condition that it currently is in whereas the majority of politicians in Pakistan have so far only lined their pockets.

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  • hamza khan
    Feb 11, 2012 - 12:35AM

    drone attacks are wrong…but shooting them down is not the answer. its headless chicken politics to ignore the al-qaeda and taliban problem in the NWFP. its a call to what politics imran believes in.

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  • toor
    Feb 11, 2012 - 12:37AM

    Those who disagree with this statement think if your house was in Waziristan and hit by a drone??we should encourage imran khan to take a stand against drones…..

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  • Karim
    Feb 11, 2012 - 12:38AM

    Shoot drones with what? A cricket ball? :)

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  • Ambareen
    Feb 11, 2012 - 12:38AM

    I don’t know about Imran Khan’s “massage” to the US but I agree with another writer that it is time Imran Khan actually grew up. So, how is PTI going to shoot down drones ?? Private F 16’s ? So, he is going to declare war on USA ? Tell you , what if he shoots down ONE drone , I will applaud this idiot , while praying to Allah fervently to save my family and friends and to keep them safe from the after math of such an action.

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  • Raheem Bukhsh
    Feb 11, 2012 - 12:49AM

    Whenever imran khan gets published on Tribune i always doubt the first 20-30 comments because they are like minded anti imran khan comments with some strange and hilarious criticism on imran khan. Seriously a smart work by some organisation/party/person to mold the opinion of people about him that educated people really like him. And in most of anti imran comments the allegations are not combined in a single comment but in every comment every published single line is individually analyzed.

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  • Neutral
    Feb 11, 2012 - 1:04AM

    Based on some of the comments that I’ve read here, I’m now convinced Imran Khan will never come into power. This country is not fortunate enough to deserve an honest, credible, courageous and charistmatic leader, and Imran Khan is just that. The people of this country are fools and will continue to vote for the corrupt and dishonest parties who have done nothing but loot the country. I’m absolutely amused at all the people bashing Imran Khan, and it is stupid of them to make assumptions that Imran Khan will not be able to fulfil his promises. For God’s sake give him a chance, and judge him then if he fails to deliver. Don’t jump at any conclusions when you haven’t even tried the guy. The conclusion you should reach is that all parties who have been tried and tested have failed to deliver and served their own personal interest. This is conclusive and based on fact. Now Imran Khan might do the same but then he might not. We don’t know, do we, unless we give him a chance whereas with all the other parties you know they will disspoint and loot the country.

    So my question to you all is this: Who would you vote for if you have the following two options?

    Tried and tested parties who will not bring about any change and will continue to loot the country. We know this based on our 60 years history.
    There is an unknown, untried and untested party who might turn out to be the good guys and bring about a postive change in the country or they might just continue to do what the others have done before them.

    Based on the above facts I know which option I will choose and it definitely won’t be the first one. So to all those bashing Mr.Khan, all I have to say to you is this: you have given everyone but him a chance, so what will you lsoe if you try him as well. Let’s face him he can’t do any worse than those before him.

    But the people of this country are stupid and cannot comprehend this fact.

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  • dr j tipu
    Feb 11, 2012 - 1:30AM

    well said Imran………….id still go with your vision for pakistan than to try other failed troika including pmln, ppp n anp who have only done politics of selfish greed and failed our institutions through the years…………

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  • youth lahore
    Feb 11, 2012 - 1:50AM

    We ar always with u Kaptaan is doing good job.

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  • Awais Ch.
    Feb 11, 2012 - 1:57AM

    One and only Man of words and the man of honour Imran Khan…..Prime minister of Pakistan Imran khan

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  • A.sidd
    Feb 11, 2012 - 2:09AM

    it is fun to listen to Sir Imran khan now a days, especially having those sitting with him who authorized drone attack

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  • Rashid
    Feb 11, 2012 - 2:19AM

    Establishment was extremely strong in Turkey also, they have had more coups than us, yet their generals are now facing court hearings. It is really about the public support at the end of the day. Once a real mandate brings in Imran Khan, he will be in quite a strong position to take a stance. And he is not a kid, he understand Western mentality, and I think, currently, Imran Khan is the best option to negotiate with West in a way that would yield peaceful results for both regions.

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  • tahir
    Feb 11, 2012 - 2:41AM

    @Ambreen , You’re so naive and believe evrything the americans say, The drone did not malfunction, it was taken over by Irans avionic which ‘hacked’ into it and took it down.

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  • malik
    Feb 11, 2012 - 2:52AM

    IK we are with you …..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • FJ
    Feb 11, 2012 - 3:22AM

    Boring! yawns

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  • saeed
    Feb 11, 2012 - 3:27AM

    Why so many people are crying on this statement by Imran khan…we all want these drone attacks to be stopped..so if IK is saying that he wills stop them then let us see and wait..at least he has courage to say it in public not like other hypocrites of pakistan nawaz, zardari and other political mafia..people who ask Ik for policy who never came to power…dont ask any thing to the parties who looted this countries for decades…what policy PPP and PML N will give to pakistan what they have not given in there previous governments…I feel sorry for my very few country man who criticize Imran khan for what ever he says..How can you criticize a person who never come to power..may be what ever he is saying he will do that all…then what you will say..so lets wait and if he does not do what he says then try to user you energies..but before that it just seems to be really stupid and idiotic to criticize him fro telling policies…

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  • Kaali Billi
    Feb 11, 2012 - 3:49AM

    In the end it has to be the military who will shoot the drones down, and Imran Khan needs to understand that.

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  • adeel
    Feb 11, 2012 - 4:13AM

    haters will hate and only Allah can change thier hearts. But as of now. Imran Khan All the Way! inshAllah he will bring the change! inshaAllah he will stick to his words. Lets take a keap of Faith, Lets give him a chance. lets get ourselves out of slavery mode. Cmon brothers n sisters, Lets go for Pakistan where the poor has equal Rights. Lets give Imran a chance. Imran Khan Zindabad,. Pakistan Zindabad. PTI zindabad.

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  • Badar Esapzy
    Feb 11, 2012 - 4:15AM

    Drone kills terrorist, as the area which is constantly been attacked by drones is occupied by local and external terrorists. The local people can be hardly find there (local tribals can tell you as more than 1100 tribal elders has been martyred so far by these terrorists not drones). And IK is out there to support these terrorist, what a joke. We can’t support such a person who is not only able to condemn terrorists but also supporting them

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  • Asim Ali
    Feb 11, 2012 - 5:56AM

    Khan, you can. Good to see many comments on Imran Khan, you are getting really popular now……………….I remember there were only two to three comments on your statements, even if you see article of four months old. Great progress from oblivion to limelight. People are taking you very serious now and scrutinizing you speeches. Your words count now.

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  • MarkH
    Feb 11, 2012 - 6:25AM

    It’s about time this guy makes “will TRY to” the mandatory preceding works of nearly everything he says. Nearly every statement he ever makes wouldn’t be so funny if he did. He probably wouldn’t be seen as a walking broken promise that wasn’t bad at sports.

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  • Ilyad
    Feb 11, 2012 - 7:03AM

    What an irresponsible statement, from some one who is dreaming big. You shoot down a drone and get ready for repercussions of epic proportions. But then what am I talking about, good poker players don’t show all their cards and moves, unless they are crying wolf. A good excuse for not being able to do anything promised because he never won anything….other than the world cup.

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  • Manzoor
    Feb 11, 2012 - 7:59AM

    PTI’s facebookers would hack into CIA’s systems and would bring the drones down :D

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  • Akhtar
    Feb 11, 2012 - 8:32AM

    Raheem Buksh: Grow up man. You believe in conspiracy that there is some group post anti-imran posts just to influence others to become anti imran?

    You must surely be a Zaid Hamid’s follower! ET readership forms less than 1% of the population. So what difference is it going to make! Please wipe your ears, intelligence is overflowing!

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  • Iram
    Feb 11, 2012 - 8:55AM

    Sir Imran Khan move forward we are with you.

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  • jaem
    Feb 11, 2012 - 9:26AM

    He is our last hope please give him a chance…

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  • Yes We Cunt
    Feb 11, 2012 - 9:55AM

    Get over it, Mr. Imran Khan. We’re slaves of the US. Take it in and swallow it

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  • Syed Zohaib Asad
    Feb 11, 2012 - 3:41PM

    IK what you say is right and I sincerely hope all that happens. But inside you know is the fact that the third world is dependent on the west and there’s no magic wand to take any country out of that situation. The whole nation needs to work, which our people are not so willing too except a tiny minority.

    By the way, every third world nation that is an economic power now like south korea, china became so under authoritarian rather than democratic rule.

    Conclusion: Never let emotions overtake objectivity

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  • M.imran nisar
    Feb 11, 2012 - 7:12PM

    @PML N:
    as the PML(N) has brought the change in the last 5 years while accompanying this corrupt govt. how can u claim this when SHarif Brothers have indulged in shifting their money through money laundering from the pakistan to foriegn countries . stop it sir don’t tell a lie before nation you can’t change even lahore how can you bring the change in whole country

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  • Salman Zafar
    Feb 11, 2012 - 9:07PM

    It was the biggest public gathering in the history of swabi….
    Replace this misleading photo….

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  • An immigrant in the UK
    Feb 11, 2012 - 10:06PM

    Southend-on-Sea is a city in the county of Essex in United Kingdom. I hope that this clarifies the situation

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  • shar uk
    Feb 13, 2012 - 2:22AM

    @Ambareen if ik is foolish can you enlighten uus to a better option cause i dont see one also come out off the closet and admit you are a ppp suppirter why are you so ashamed to admit to it

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  • iku
    Feb 13, 2012 - 11:10PM

    Pakistan is not a rich country, Pakistan cannot shoot the drones down and it is not technically possible to change change a country in one term. we need good leaders in a row, at least it will take 10-15 years to to self sufficient, provided we get leaders in true sense.

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  • Sardar Rashid
    Feb 14, 2012 - 2:33PM

    yes IK shoot down the drones.. and let us face the hardship.. we are no more humans .. we are afraid of US sanctions/invasions and we do not care for the innocent blood loss of our brothers and sisters when drones strike.. and we do not give a damn whoever comes and strikes inside our homeland. We know you are far better than our repeated leaders but still many of us would not vote you because you are not perfect and we know we sound stupid.

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  • zeeshan
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:35PM

    agree with IK

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