PTI to target youth for next elections: Imran

Published: March 12, 2012
Incoming members to elect Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s ticket-holders in a party-based ballot.

Incoming members to elect Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s ticket-holders in a party-based ballot.


In a mass-contact campaign aimed at capitalising on its appeal in the country’s youth, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) decided on Sunday to initiate a nationwide drive.

“PTI will now try to target the youth specifically, aiding them in their procurement of the party’s membership,” announced PTI chairman Imran Khan at a press conference after attending the party’s board meeting in Islamabad.

“These incoming members will have the power to elect the party’s ticket-holders for the next general elections,” asserted Imran.

“Elections will be organised to ensure complete transparency in choosing party leaders,” Imran added.

The PTI chief also said that the party’s manifesto for the upcoming polls will be announced soon. However, he did not shed light on any of the specific clauses of the programme.

‘A transformation’

Harking back to the Lahore rally of October 30, Imran said that the PTI had become a different party after that.

“PTI went through a transformative phase as it became totally different afterwards,” he said.

Responding to a question, Khan alleged that the prime minister was involved in covering up the corruption of the president.

“The premier is equally culpable of aiding corruption which has literally sent the country’s economy into doldrums,” he remarked.

Answering another query, he vehemently rejected the rumours that PTI’s Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi was contemplating quitting the party.

“There are no differences among the party’s top leadership,” assured Imran, dispelling speculations that some of the party leaders were thinking to realign with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Regarding the next general elections, Imran added that both the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the PML-N were on the ‘same wavelength.’

He also dismissed allegations of PTI having the establishment’s backing.

“Those who are part and parcel of the establishment’s workings have been named in the Mehrangate scandal,” pointed out Imran.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 12th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (52)

  • imran
    Mar 12, 2012 - 9:33AM

    We are with you Sir.


  • Iram
    Mar 12, 2012 - 9:35AM

    Step forward youth is with you.


  • All BS
    Mar 12, 2012 - 9:43AM

    Stand and deliver Kaptaan……. we are with you all the way


  • Saeed
    Mar 12, 2012 - 9:48AM

    Youth is with you imran khan. We were the most neglacted section of society before your initiative of engaging youth in politics. Inshallah we will make better pakistan for our generations to come. Aye aye PTI.Recommend

  • Nabeel
    Mar 12, 2012 - 9:51AM

    Go ahead Imran…We will always be there for you…!


  • uet
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:01AM

    Tsunami Khan is loosing it now completely. In semi-tribal society of Pakistan, it is tribes, castes, etc that decide most of the election. He is gonna loose even few seats he could have gotten with help of bigwigs. I can feel momentum shifting away from him! .


  • Falcon
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:04AM

    Good strategy. Youth in general and women make up significant chunks of the under-tapped electoral demographics in Pakistan.


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:08AM

    The PTI youth can participate in party elections but they need to wait many years to vote in general elections where age limit is 18, not 8.


  • salk
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:13AM

    The youth is with Imran Khan. There is no doubt in it.


  • Ali q
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:33AM

    Excellent initiative – the youth across this country MUST get involved in this process – submit your candidacy – get the vote out – campaign – let the status quo know this internal party election is the harbinger of change (by participating in large numbers, also send the most significant signal to the status quo yet, that change is infact on its way). The educated middle class/urban youth will have a very significant role to play in the near-term future of this country (especially, if things are to get any better). If more of that youth (or aka dreamers) are inspired to participate by the likes of Imran Khan, it makes me hopeful for Pakistan.


  • Anserali Khan
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:35AM

    Mr Imran Khan and PTI became arrogant.He started acting like PM in waiting.
    PTI needs to have a solid progressive manifesto which should address the issues of poverty,education,health care,women issues and most important corruption and quick and cheap access to justice


  • Ali
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:36AM

    Boom Boom ImranRecommend

  • 3footninja
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:39AM

    waiting for the anti-PTI tolls to unleash their childish attacks…


  • aliza awais
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:53AM

    Surely,Entire Youth of Pakistan will vote for You Mr.Khan because You are the only politcian who can bring our Country out of the Darkness We love You IK..LOng Live PTI


  • Saad Saeed
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:00AM

    You are my Leader Imran. You deserve to be called a leader. And I am proud that you are my leader


  • Torrent
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:02AM

    Imran Khan zindabad, and this is not a lesser evil thing that people write about.


  • al
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:04AM

    people who talk about bubble burst should be more worried about nihari being spilt


  • Karim
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:17AM

    we Trust You!


  • yasin sundal
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:19AM

    go ahead imran………………, We were the most neglacted section of society before your initiative of engaging youth in politics. Inshallah we will make better pakistan for our generations to come. Aye aye PTI.


  • Mannan
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:21AM

    Now that’s democracy..


  • ayesha azeem
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:27AM

    @Uet Beta,Imran khan is on his way to become the Next PM of Pakistan…So you Guyz are lossing who are supporters of Thieves and Pakistan’s enemies…WATCH OUT!!!!!!!!


  • ZYZE
    Mar 12, 2012 - 11:57AM

    All the lovers of PTI , please make sure to go out on the voting day and vote, he needs votes .. , more then any thing else….!!!


  • Asad
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:16PM

    PMLN trolls please go and comment on mehran gate news and spend you energies in trying to justify the credibility of your leaders who were taking money from ISI.


  • Blithe
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:16PM

    Yes, target the youth and put people like SMQ , Jehangir Tareen , Kasuri
    and the Legharis on the stage – how stupid do you think the youth are ????


  • Mar 12, 2012 - 12:30PM

    And the next thing he would say “Party got out of control, lets make a new party and boycott the 2012 general elections”


  • Gilgiti
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:38PM

    we welcome you sir, don’t take rest, PTI in not PPP or PMLN, these parties down to district level and in police to Cashier level, you have to a hard work, Must visit each district during membership by your own… best of luck, God bles pak.


    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:41PM

    Nice to read comments of Pakistani Youth.Inshallah youth will bring a change in Pakistan by bringing honest leadership to rule this country

    .Ever since my two sons began to support Imran Khan and PTI,we as parents are hopeful that future of this country is bright.



  • Blithe
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:44PM

    The plot was lost at the Karachi jalsa.
    Name one youth on the Karachi stage????

    The hypocrisy was apparent and IK chose
    to ignore his own workers for firmer Q leaguers.


  • Ali Tipu
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:47PM

    I hope that IK’s support isn’t restricted to internet and FB only. Please make sure that you are a registered voter by sending an SMS to ECP and your area is correctly marked. And the most important is to wake up early on the election day and CAST your vote. Remember its your vote that will give Kaptaan the support and not your rhetoric.


  • zeeshan
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:48PM

    Great strtegy of Kaptaan……….Youth of Pakistan endorse it unconditionaLLY


  • Hammad Khan
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:00PM

    In God we trust a great leader in making we r with u every step u take for the country long live Pakistan long live Imran KhanRecommend

  • Hamza
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:39PM

    First they called him Taliban Khan and the time proved that he was right about not getting ourselves involved in this foreign war. Now, when America is going for talks with Taliban everyone wants to join the bandwagon….These days they call him Tsunami Khan :) ….. Imran Khan, march forward! Cometh the time, cometh the man. We are with you!


  • Mar 12, 2012 - 2:04PM

    @ Pakistani politics:


    But on a serious note, Imran Khan is the Real Leader…go on PTI the people of Pakistan are with you.


  • ihtisham
    Mar 12, 2012 - 2:13PM

    Excellent move. go ahead we r with u.


  • Abdul
    Mar 12, 2012 - 2:14PM

    Sweeping statements as usual..


  • Atif
    Mar 12, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Go Imran Go.. get out of you homes on polling day..


  • Zia
    Mar 12, 2012 - 3:31PM

    just wanted to say ”HI” – Sincerely Proud PTI troll .


  • Peer Sain
    Mar 12, 2012 - 3:40PM

    Imran where is your Land Reforms Bill? You wont get elected only on urban votes. You need rural votes. Promise them land. Introduce Land Reforms Rural Land Ceiling Act. Restrict land to a max of 50 acres including 12-14 acres irrigated. And distribute the excess land among the landless poor.

    You will sweep the polls and can have an absolute majority. I am watching you and you are not making the right noises. I am giving you free advice does not mean you take it for granted and not act.

    Put this in your manifesto and talk about it in every discussion – that is if you care for the people of Pakistan not yourself only.


  • Kitabistan
    Mar 12, 2012 - 3:47PM

    Don’t think the Makhdooms of Multan are representative of the youth ‘Das Kapitan’.
    How many female candidates does PTI have?
    How many young candidates under the age of 35-40 does PTI have? Z E R O.

    You can claim to represent the youth as much as you want, but all we see is when you take the stage you’re surrounded by either makhdooms or feudals. How is that different from the other political parties?


  • WB
    Mar 12, 2012 - 4:35PM

    IK the next PM


  • Ahmad
    Mar 12, 2012 - 4:52PM

    You really need to stop lying. The mehrangate scandal relates to the 1900’s, not now. You can’t use that as proof of the establishment not backing you now, which it totally is.


  • Imran
    Mar 12, 2012 - 5:17PM

    Those who are cirticizing IK for taking fuedles and landlords in PTI… this is the time to step and choose your own PTI leaders and ticket holders in next election….

    PTI is the only party which is giving opportunity to its members and workers to contest and elect the future election ticket holders…. Join PTI and make the difference.

    IK will not choose the ticket holder… only PTI members will do that… this is the real democracy


  • Shah Nawaz
    Mar 12, 2012 - 5:39PM

    I and my friends support Imran Khan Unconditionally!!!!

    Up the Change!!


  • Maher
    Mar 12, 2012 - 5:43PM

    Count me IN….


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 12, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Imran’s strategy is to get landslide victory for PPP. It worked in recent Senate elections and it will work in next general elections.


  • Jamil
    Mar 12, 2012 - 7:29PM

    All my dear readers this is the time to wake up. otherwise it will be too late. we should think for our future Not only our future but our comming generations future.Imran khan is the only hope.And InshAllah we are all with them. Please vote for change ,vote for imran khan.


  • Nasir Mengal
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:03PM

    Take a step and we will help you all the way. We will vote you, will help you financially and will stand by your candidates. Imran Khan, all our hopes and wishes with you. Allah has chosen you for us and we will not miss this opportunity. I couldn’t explain how much we wait for you to come and do what you did in running other organizations.


  • Dash
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Step forward IK!!! youth is with you


  • Immigrant
    Mar 12, 2012 - 10:29PM

    Nothing will change in Pak..If Jamshed Dasti wins, PPP doesn’t take action against Waheeda Shah, PM son wins etc. etc. then it means that these people want to maintain the status quo and voters are helping them. Majority of the voters (i.e. public) are corrupt and they need a patwari, a Councillor, MPA, MLA, Senator who can get their work done in thana, katcheri etc…..


  • babar
    Mar 13, 2012 - 10:02AM

    We are with our Kaptaan no matter what … PTI all the way …


  • Jehangir Asif
    Mar 15, 2012 - 2:37AM

    I think, we are a lucky nation. We keep getting leaders who are larger than life. We haven’t respected them in past, but we should avail this opportunity and do everything we can to bring Imran in power. He will atleast shake our corrupt system and will certainly lead us in the right path…..I can go on and on but my fellow country men….PLEASE PLEASE choose Imran Khan if you want to see hope for us and our coming generation…..


  • M.Zaman
    Mar 15, 2012 - 4:54PM

    Khan you have the ability to convert this crowd to Nation
    every educated person is with you who can understand what these billionaires politicians are doing, these people consider nation as submen, who will remain silent whatever they do
    Maintain your focus on rural areas


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