Imran Khan postpones US fund-raising visit

Will lead the Gujranwala rally on Thursday.

Our Correspondent July 03, 2012


Imran Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman, has postponed his scheduled two-week visit to the United States, said Shafqat Mehmood, the party’s central information secretary, on Tuesday.

“At a time when the political situation in the country is fluid and anything can happen anytime, it is better for the party chairman to stay in the country,” said Mehmood while talking to reporters.

He said Khan had postponed his plans to give impetus to the anti-government campaign against loadshedding and rising inflation. There were no meetings with US officials scheduled during the two-week trip, he said, adding that the visit had been planned to raise funds for the party and Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital. Khan will lead the Gujranwala rally on Thursday (tomorrow).

The party has recently finished its country-wide membership drive. Mehmood said that the party was hopeful that it would achieve the four million-member target it had set. Counting will start soon, said a party official. According to the PTI, it currently has 1.6 million members.

The party will start planning for intra-party elections after Ramazan. It has set up an election commission, headed by Justice (retired) Wajihuddin Ahmed. The members will choose office bearers and then elect candidates for the next elections.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2012.


TightChuddhi | 9 years ago | Reply

Not a day passes when Imran does not foul mouth US. Now he wants to head to US to take US taxpayers money for his election...I ask you! What double standards does this man have?!!

Imtiaz | 9 years ago | Reply

@Raj - USA:

Given the hate-mongering from Pakistani politicians and their followers, many often wonder why Imran Khan would want to visit the USA. He criticizes the USA -- and also India -- at every available opportunity, yet loves to visit both these countries. Money and self-aggrandizing ego trips can be a strong motivation. But if these Pakistanis are true to their word, they would not visit both countries where they are, anyway, not welcomed.

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