PTI will nurture future leadership in educational institutions: Imran Khan

Published: May 7, 2012
Khan had been invited by PTI’s student wing, Insaf Students Federation (ISF), to address students from different institutions. PHOTO: INP/FILE

Khan had been invited by PTI’s student wing, Insaf Students Federation (ISF), to address students from different institutions. PHOTO: INP/FILE

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Monday that the student wings of political parties had caused a severe blow to academic activities by indulging in illegal activities at educational institutions, but his party will use its student members to nurture the future leadership of the country.

Khan had been invited by PTI’s student wing, Insaf Students Federation (ISF), to address students from different institutions at a local hall in Lahore.

“The biggest thing which we have to do once we come into power is the enforcement of ‘Education Emergency’ in the country. PTI youth should never let education get affected and never get tempted to gather weapons or make mafias like other student associations,” Khan added.

“Charles Dickens once said about the French Revolution ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’. This is exactly what the condition of Pakistan is today. This is the worst time for the country and the best time as there is a silver lining at the end of the tunnel. The name of that light and change is PTI,” Khan said.

Imran Khan in his address urged the students and youth to join hands with him if the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government does not comply with the Supreme Court’s order regarding Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s conviction.

“If the prime minister’s appeal in SC is done and the government does not accept the court’s decision, PTI will march towards Islamabad. This will be the biggest march in the history of this country which would be led by the youth,” he said. “This tsunami will not only take away Gilani, but will also deprive President Asif Ali Zardari of his chair.”

Khan said ISF and PTI youth will start a membership campaign from Lahore in a few days, adding that some five million to 10 million people will be made members of the party.

“Once you are a PTI member, you can elect its leadership. This means that you (the youth) can become leaders yourself if you bring in more people to PTI and then contest party elections.”

“In all other parties, politics of dynasties is prevalent. If you don’t have Sharif in your surname you cannot come on top in PML-N, and you have to add Bhutto to your name to be the PPP leader despite being a Zardari. The same situation is in ANP and JUI-F of Maulana Fazlur Rehman,” he maintained.

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Reader Comments (74)

  • siddique
    May 7, 2012 - 3:50PM

    great leader


  • Much Amused
    May 7, 2012 - 3:53PM

    Promises promises?


  • M Usama Kabbir
    May 7, 2012 - 3:57PM

    “This is the worst time for the country and the best time as there is a silver lining at the end of the tunnel.”

    For God’s sake there is always light at the end of the tunnel and a silver lining in the clouds.

    Pakistan’s youth is a disoriented one. It has a wrong sense of its history. Others have armed wings, and PTI will have students armed with rose petals to shower on Mumtaz Qadris of the day.

    False Hopes.


  • Sindhi
    May 7, 2012 - 3:57PM

    Every passing day I am getting more & more inclined to vote this man.He talks sense.


  • Omar
    May 7, 2012 - 4:01PM

    Imran Khan Zindabad!!
    PTI Zindabad!!
    Pakistan Zindabad!!


  • True Muslim Paki
    May 7, 2012 - 4:09PM

    Mashallah.. IK & PTI all the way. He`s truly a Genius.

    I suggest IK to improve Our Educational System by merging the madrassa`s as well as schools, colleges and educational universities. By doing this, two objectives can be met. Inculcate the Islamic way of living & religious education, morality, Islamic Culture (Importance of Hijab etc) to the western education system. Similarly, the madrassa students will get to know computers, science, management etc. Its a win win suggestion for both sides.

    We can bring all the Maulvis & Maulanas as professors into our schools and colleges


  • A Shahid
    May 7, 2012 - 4:14PM

    IK & PTI seem to be pressing all the right buttons at the right time. Soon their ascendency will reach the required 51% popularity (31% currently as per IRI) and all the status quo parties will then be consigned to the dustbin of history.


  • saeed
    May 7, 2012 - 4:18PM

    I wish we could have a presidential form of government..then there will be no one who can defeat this legend…this all parliamentary system makes things difficult for the visionary leaders like IK…How sad it is that we can not even built our own way of electing representatives…we were the colony of British so we accepted there system..if we were to be the colonies of French and Germans then we would have presidential form of sad.. why dont we introduce our own system of electing representative..its just a symbol of slave mindset..


  • ishrat salim
    May 7, 2012 - 4:21PM

    That`s the way….go on….no looking back IK…PTI rolls….Recommend

  • May 7, 2012 - 4:24PM

    Clean sweep EnshALLAH youth r with U KhAn ……..


  • Hassan
    May 7, 2012 - 4:31PM

    this guy makes alot of sense can NS say following to MSF?

    youth should never let education get affected and never get tempted to gather weapons or make mafias like other student associations,”


  • No BS
    May 7, 2012 - 4:45PM

    Kudos to the bright young students of Pakistan, our future is brighter in their hands


  • Ali
    May 7, 2012 - 4:48PM

    I am now convinced that he is our next PM! INSHALLAH!


  • ISF Tigers
    May 7, 2012 - 4:48PM

    @M Usama Kabbir:
    At the moment you yourself seem to be more disoriented. LOL. Please Sir, can you explain the intricate logic behind your comment. What on earth has Mumtaz Qadri to do with ISF??


  • aliza awais
    May 7, 2012 - 4:48PM

    INSHALLAH PTI will Clean Sweep..


  • Kashif Hussain
    May 7, 2012 - 4:50PM

    First Imran should educate himself. He uses quite un-civilized language about other political parties. Imran Khan is doing politics to help Zardari and PPP. All his deeds will harm PML(N) but will give fruit to PPP. I dont know why PTI supporters are not sensing it. Imran is being guided by agencies just to harm PML(N). He has no agenda. He is just working on the agenda of helping PPP and Zardari. There is a complete noora kushti between PPP and PTI.


  • waqar
    May 7, 2012 - 4:52PM

    @ much amused.

    Try him,try him.
    May be they(pti) dont let you down.


  • Maria Suleman
    May 7, 2012 - 4:53PM

    No to Imran Khan. No to PTI. East or west, Nawaz Sharif is the best.


  • Omair
    May 7, 2012 - 4:56PM

    Only if Imran Khan categorically denounces religious intolerance, terms extremism as big a problem as corruption and equal rights to minorities, he will become ‘the most complete’ leader. If he seriously wants to follow the footsteps of Jinnah, he has to stop being apologetic to religious extremists.


  • roadkashehzada
    May 7, 2012 - 5:03PM

    SC will take at least 1-2 weeks for detailed verdict (June), PM will appeal, will take another 3-4 months (Sep),if disqualified, speaker will take a month (Oct), if speaker sends reference to EC, 2 months (Dec), so that means, IK will start his campaign in Dec (not sure if 2012). campaign start in dec, will take a month to topple govt. i.e. in Jan 13, then its election anyway. good work IK


  • popsaeed
    May 7, 2012 - 5:03PM

    PTI carry on the frindship WITH PPP by more false allegation towards PML-N.


  • Ali Tipu
    May 7, 2012 - 5:08PM

    @Much Amused

    Yes promises and promises. Just like he had promised to win WC before even going to Australia in 1992. Just like he had promised to build SKMH when the world had said that its not possible and just like he had promised to build a world class institute like NAMAL in the deprived suburbs of Mianwali.


  • riaz ul hasnain
    May 7, 2012 - 5:20PM

    Nice quote perfectly fitting our current situation it seems like worst of times but this struggle might make this tenure be remembered as the time of change in the near future


  • Yasin
    May 7, 2012 - 5:21PM

    Whatever you say sounds a lot appealing to our ears, give us hope and build more trust in you. Dont disappoint us IK.


  • Aley
    May 7, 2012 - 5:23PM

    He will have dinner at 8pm declares Imran Khan
    I will be traveling back to Lahore by road asserts Imran Khan…..
    What next??? Come on ET…what are you people up to this isn’t news


  • Adnan Khawaja
    May 7, 2012 - 5:26PM

    No to PTI. Imran should learn politics. He is going to facilitate PPP in the coming elections. It seems that Imran and Zardari are working on same agenda. He should target the government. But rather he targets an opposition party PML(N). It is strange. He is just helping PPP.


  • ashar
    May 7, 2012 - 5:28PM

    Two steps if he takes after assuming the charge, he will be successful in entirety.

    Restore Student Unions with a defined code of ethics
    Post an ASP in the place of SHO.

    Pakistan will start having fresh blood in politics
    Common man will have an access to Justice


  • popsaeed
    May 7, 2012 - 5:33PM

    @Ali Tipu: True blind love by pti troll when you open your eyes to saw the following

    Atomic Explosion
    Sharif meidcal
    Gawader Port
    Many more you will see when your eyes will openRecommend

  • roadkashehzada
    May 7, 2012 - 5:41PM

    well these steps were already taken by someone. NS banned MSF in colleges in his second tenure and installed ASPs in police stations. just another example, wht PTI is thinking now, NS has already done that long back.


  • sane voice
    May 7, 2012 - 5:42PM

    Mr. khan, i really really agree with you that there should be no student wings of political parties. I am a witness of the distructions these wings caused to the students and their education during my college days.

    Please do us a favour…….walk your talk and first disband your on student wing ISF. The problem with you is that you make tall claims and do little.


  • Sonya
    May 7, 2012 - 5:48PM

    Leaders will be trained at Kasuri’s Beacon House and under cambridge system – while the nation is already betrayed by the foreign educated and highly qualified leaders….Imran is a confused leader – I liked his early days articles from London about how he revisited islam and started reading Iqbal and Shariati!


  • Zak
    May 7, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Gwadar port? Why does Nawaz take credit for things he didn’t do? It was Musharraf who made the port a reality! The Baluchi’s hate PPp and NAwaz for what they have done in Baluchistan and that is ABSOLUTELY nothing! Ppp had 11 years am nawaz had about 6 years an development was ZERO. Why only the place s where ‘badshah salaamat’ went through was developed. Karachi- 0 development, south punjab- 0 development! Lahore is not Pakistan my friend!


  • Asim Jutt
    May 7, 2012 - 5:54PM

    Only rationale voice in our country. I am liking your party vision and program. Other leaders go by impulses and don’t bother to consult their followers. Love you Khan Sahib and will vote you with full confidence based on your performance. You had not disappointed us.


  • Falcon
    May 7, 2012 - 5:54PM

    Just so that you are aware, economically, most of the initiatives led by Mr. Shareef have been utter failures…whether it be Sasti Roti, Laptop schemes, Danish Schools, Yellow cab scheme, and let me also say Motorway. All of these flashy projects had sober alternatives that would have been much less draining for the national budget, much more effective if revamped, and some resources could have been diverted to other parts of Pakistan that needed it so badly. Remember our brethren in Balochistan, Southern Punjab, Sindh, and KPK are as much part of this nation as are Lahore and Raiwind.


  • Ziaahmad
    May 7, 2012 - 5:56PM

    We had enough to PPP and PMLN
    Those who havnt learned frm 25 years of history will not learn in future either.

    Imran Khan has given us hope again that Pakistan can do good


  • Dr.X
    May 7, 2012 - 5:57PM

    Spoken like a true leader! A nation will only progress if the brightest minds are leading it.


  • Yasir Mehmood
    May 7, 2012 - 6:15PM

    will nurture the leadership but qureshis, legharis and tammans will contest the elections.


  • Dr Akmal
    May 7, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Why did not he create a single leader in 20 years that he is in politics?Fraud, hypocrisy at their best.

    Hashmi, Qureshi, Qasuri, Laghari, Timmans and Hotis are turncoats who came from other parties. This is the future or PTI whether you admit or not.


  • popsaeed
    May 7, 2012 - 6:33PM

    Yes all imaginative programme of PTI are so good and all on ground programme of PML-N are non economical another PTI Bongy


  • Concerned
    May 7, 2012 - 6:45PM

    Well spoken Mr Imran Khan but why is he not making a single comment on hundreds of schools being blown up by the militants.


  • ayesha
    May 7, 2012 - 7:17PM

    I truly like this man but i know PTI can never, will never be able to come into power. These false hopes make things really hard to bear.


  • Taha
    May 7, 2012 - 7:20PM

    i sucessfully convinced 7 members of my family, my driver and school ka chokidar to vote for this man! if im not old enough to vote for him sure i can convince others to do whats right :D


  • Muhammad Rohaan Sadiq
    May 7, 2012 - 7:22PM

    @Much Amused:

    Will be kept InshAllah Taala!


  • Muhammad Rohaan Sadiq
    May 7, 2012 - 7:32PM

    @Kashif Hussain:

    Excuse me??? He is the most educated out of all the politicians! What was so uncivilzed about him? If PPP and PML-N were civilized then Pakistan would have been civilized today. Which agencies are guiding him? And who on the earth would like to harm an already disintegrated party (PML-N)? Your statements are not making any sense! His main stance against PML-N is on the issue of corruption and he has the same against PPP. I can’t see any biasness there. He is working on the agenda of better Pakistan!


  • ISF Tigers
    May 7, 2012 - 7:34PM

    @Kashif Hussain:
    If asking other parties to declare their assets is uncivilized language then make sure that we will continue to use this language


  • optimism
    May 7, 2012 - 8:09PM

    I do agree with what Mr. Khan is saying about the student wings getting weaponised but at the same time I think he should look at his own student wing, who have started hiring ‘guards’ wearing the ISF logos on them:s
    In short this man is full of BAKWAS


  • Salman
    May 7, 2012 - 8:11PM

    Well said Imran…


  • hasan ansari
    May 7, 2012 - 8:44PM

    Imran says the right things but the voting list is getting forged as I speak. They don’t want the voting list to get online so that I can go and check if I am there or not.
    PPP and PML-N are spending 90% of their energy building their voting list while Imran Khan makes castles in the air. Get on with it Mr.


  • Sohail
    May 7, 2012 - 8:56PM

    yaar he always rokssssssssssssssssssssssss …………… geo ik


  • Aley
    May 7, 2012 - 8:58PM

    Some one again lost at the electoral field today–PP243–Guess who?
    Hey ET isn’t it a news then posting the daily errands of Don Quixote :)


  • Imran Mohammad
    May 7, 2012 - 9:11PM

    @M Usama Kabbir

    What do you suggest? We should all commit suicide then? If this guy ( Imran Khan) is talking about hope what is wrong with it?


  • Abid
    May 7, 2012 - 9:24PM

    my leader !!!!


  • wasil
    May 7, 2012 - 9:25PM

    its is more of defending the sc than asking for election.u r not getting the point here.and the point is “respect the sc”


  • adeel ahmed
    May 7, 2012 - 9:27PM

    PTI has already swallow the PPP vote in Punjab. So PML-N people dont let the people fear of PPP. The competition n Punjab is between PTI and PML-N.


  • HRK
    May 7, 2012 - 9:55PM

    Great initiative! Education institutions are exactly where we need to nurture our future leadership and not our family backyards! Unfortunately we see counterexamples in Maryam Nawaz, Hamza Shahbaz, Musa Gilani, Bilawal Bhutto, Moonis Elahi, etc. It would have been great had they shown some caliber and merit that’s not auto-embedded in their last names.


  • LionOfPunjab
    May 7, 2012 - 10:18PM

    “….PTI will nurture future leadership in educational institutions: Imran Khan…”
    Yes!! And as per PTI’s manifesto, the leadership will be thoroughly ready in just 90 days!These graduating leaders will be expert in IK’s (and also establishment’s) own “Mushroom Managment”, i.e. Keep them in dark and feed them bullshyte. People with IQ higher than numbers of fingers they have may not be admitted to the leadership institutions! Lotas will be allocated special quotas.


  • Ch Allah Daad
    May 7, 2012 - 10:33PM

    All previous dictators have tried but miserably failed. Can he wipe out Jamiat from Punjab University?


  • toor
    May 7, 2012 - 11:43PM

    this guy will change pakistan INSHA ALLAH


  • ashok
    May 8, 2012 - 2:58AM

    Do Madaris come under the definition of “educational institutes” propagated by PTI?


  • Sardar Nadeem
    May 8, 2012 - 4:07AM

    I feel very sorry for those educated people who they still have hope from Nawaz Sharif.


  • Imran Con
    May 8, 2012 - 5:48AM

    are you sure they didn’t just want you to stop annoying them?


  • Iftikhar Ahmed
    May 8, 2012 - 11:09AM

    Kaptaan sb. you hit the nail right on the head, please expedite the release of the other policy paper and strengthening institutions should include the independent judiciary agenda. Competition Commision of Pakistan, SECP, all Ombudsmen and investment capital markets should be the priority.


  • ashar
    May 8, 2012 - 1:21PM

    Action taken by NS are of no significance since good intention is required behind every good deed otherwise it is just show off what he did.
    I believe all the good leaders we now have no matter how few they are, were the product of student unions.

    And sitting of an ASP in Thana is not required, he should be posted as SHO and no ranker police officer be allowed to hold this position then the change would come.


  • aftab ali khan
    May 8, 2012 - 7:20PM

    our hope imran khan….lead us the way sirRecommend

  • Wajiha Mehboob
    May 8, 2012 - 10:49PM

    There cannot be a viable Pakistan unless we stop wasting billions on defense competing with big boys. We are a tiny poor economy and there is no way we can keep on spending on huge army and develop hundreds of nuclear bombs. The people need food, education, healthcare and other basic necessities not the bombs. With the money sources drying up, even IK or any other leader cannot do a thing to improve the plight of masses. In addition, Pakistan is not a country (just like India) where one party can win and rule. Nobody knows more than two names from PTI except the recent lotas. The elections would be contested on each seat and they need people who can win those otherwise there would again be the same coalition Govt, perhaps with the inclusion of PTI. Last but not the least, the popularity of any general no matter who they are can be judged from the fact that they would lose in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, and other major cities unless they are a part of a major party.


  • Fawad Rahim
    May 9, 2012 - 11:57AM

    NAWAZ and PPP being tried ….so plz everyone atleast support this time PTI Imran Khan…..We need secure societies , good education for our kids, good jobs, good living standard so please PPP and NAWAZ supporter’s wake up becuase your NAWAZ and PPP couldnt deliver for GOD Sake…..atleast give 1 try to Imran if he couldnt deliver i wouldnt support him next time….even


  • Insafian_PK
    May 9, 2012 - 2:12PM

    @M Usama Kabbir:
    if we don’t even hope for the good future for our beloved country, what do you suggest ? suicide ???


  • Insafian_PK
    May 9, 2012 - 2:17PM

    @Kashif Hussain:
    could you bring a single proof of PTI being backed by agencies ?
    why dont you talk about Mehran Bank scandal, its open now that who took money from agencies ?
    and now you can only scare people that if you dont support PML(N), then PPP will this the best you have to offer ?


  • Insafian_PK
    May 9, 2012 - 2:19PM

    @Maria Suleman:
    What new Nawaz Sharif will do which he could not achieve in past 20+ years, if this time he comes in Power ?


  • Hajira Amir
    May 9, 2012 - 2:20PM


    Actually you are all wrong. In a tunnel, even a person holding a lit matchstick appears as if he is huge source of light.

    I see nothing from IK except promises galore with little explanation on how he will be able to achieve ANYTHING.

    With India, he says he will talk to them and resolve most of the problems. Really! Was that something the others forgot to do?

    There are many, many such “brainwaves” like this that make him look like a Pashtun simpleton, which I have no doubt he really is. I would be extremely wary of this man.


  • Insafian_PK
    May 9, 2012 - 2:21PM

    Have you demanded this to any other parties ? why only Imran Khan?
    What do you say about Innocent women and children being killed in North Waziristan..


  • Insafian_PK
    May 9, 2012 - 2:25PM

    @Yasir Mehmood:
    Its because our “jaahil Awaam” only vote on casts basis..
    so if this parliamentary form of govt has to be followed, the only practical approach is to have candidate from the same cast as the other candidate. it would nullify the cast factor.


  • Insafian_PK
    May 9, 2012 - 2:27PM

    @sane voice:
    if you didn’t read the article, read again. he never said that student Wings should not be there, he is against “armed student wings”.


  • Insafian_PK
    May 9, 2012 - 2:36PM

    If PPP and PML(N) Supporters are so confident of their popularity on the basis of ground realities. The should just demand one thing..a truly FAIR and FREE election.
    Then we will accept the decision of the majority..
    let the people decide who they trust more..


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