PTI only needs Pakistan's youth, not big politicians: Imran Khan

Published: November 4, 2012
Politicians cannot buy the youth of Pakistan by distributing computers, says PTI Chairman. PHOTO: INP/FILE

Politicians cannot buy the youth of Pakistan by distributing computers, says PTI Chairman. PHOTO: INP/FILE

LAHORE: I only need the youth of Pakistan to bring change, not big names or big politicians, said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Sunday.

He was addressing the PTI Youth Convention in Lahore at the announcement of the PTI’s youth policy.

Imran stressed that a huge young population will vote in the upcoming general elections and PTI needs them.

Bashing the free laptop scheme of the Punjab government, Imran said the politicians cannot buy the youth of Pakistan by distributing computers.

Sharing his ideas of what makes a great leader, Imran said a good leader must be fearless, selfless and always speak the truth.

“A coward can never be a leader,” he said, adding that the reason to admire Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Nelson Mandela is that they all worked towards a bigger goal rather than their personal gains.

Responding to criticism regarding politicians quitting PTI and joining other political parties, Imran said his party is not affected by who is leaving the party.

“We welcome anyone who wants to become a part of our party but whoever wants to join, will do so on our terms,” he said, adding that everyone is free to leave PTI.

He further emphasised that the only thing that will affect PTI will be its diversion from its agenda.

The PTI chairman also called on the youth to fight for their future and utilise the “God-given” chance to bring a change.

“This is not my war, I was blessed with more than what I asked for; this is your war and if you don’t struggle, the future is going to be dark,” he said.

PTI Youth Policy

As per the PTI Youth Policy, unveiled during the convention, the party will give 25 per cent of its tickets to its young members in the coming elections. “PTI will also finance their election campaign,” the policy stated.

The policy further revealed the party’s plan to form a youth parliament to train young people for leadership. “A parliamentary committee will take youth’s voice to the National Parliament,” the policy added.

The party also intends to establish National Youth Foundation (NYF) – an autonomous institution solely working for the youth. According to the policy, the NYF will take care of activities related to health, social life, entrepreneurship, art and culture.

On the local government front, PTI will reserve two seats for youth councillors – one male and one female representative. The youth councillors will work at the grass-root level and coordinate with the NYF for the execution of all the youth related projects, the PTI office bearers said while unveiling the policy.

The youth policy also announced that PTI will spend 5 per cent of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on education, which currently stands at 1.8 per cent. PTI, as per the policy, will promote distant learning in Pakistan and will have a uniform education system for both the rich and the poor. The policy also promises to create two million jobs for the youth every year.

Speaking during the convention, PTI youth leader Waqar Toor said the PTI youth policy revolves around Allama Iqbal’s concept of self-esteem.

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  • Naeem
    Nov 4, 2012 - 6:49PM

    A #PTI youth declares in #PTIYouthPolicy that even #ImranKhan’s ‘Sifarish” will not be accepted and that is in IK’s presence! #Change


  • Mard-e-Haq
    Nov 4, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Within 9 hours of usurping power, PTI and Imran Khan will lead a legion of 90 million Pakistani youths into a stage of uber enlightenment, with 19 cabinet positions open to them.


  • Naeem
    Nov 4, 2012 - 6:50PM

    “Taliban Khan” let a young girl to present its #PTIYouthPolicy


  • PaKhtoon
    Nov 4, 2012 - 6:54PM

    Go ahead IK, We are with U


  • Vaquas Alvi
    Nov 4, 2012 - 6:55PM

    Legharis, Tareens, Khans, Sardars, Hashmis, Qureshis, Niazis, Mengals, Chandios…feel sorry for you guys as IK has announced it clearly that he doesn’t need them…So which party is going to get them now? IK has used the big names to create a stunt that everybody took note off and now when the purpose has been completed, just sidelining them….Good going…he has finally become a politician.


  • CallArmyinKhi
    Nov 4, 2012 - 6:58PM



  • Zeeshan
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:00PM

    Most motivational and inspiring speech done by Imran Khan.He proved again he is the only true leader in Pakistan.


  • ahmad
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:01PM

    By youth he means “stupid & insolent” youth.Recommend

  • Roger
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:04PM

    Bashing the free laptop scheme of the Punjab government, Imran said the politicians cannot buy the youth of Pakistan by distributing computers.

    What a callous statement, I suppose our students should not expect rewards for excellence in academia with Mr Khan in power. I thought the free laptop scheme was an excellent initiative, encouraging students to work harder and soar to new heights. For someone who believes he is looking at the “bigger picture,” he is sadly deluding himself.


  • Usman
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:06PM

    Vote for IK! That’s it!


  • Mahtab Rasheed
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:08PM

    The picture you used is outdated.


  • waqas
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:13PM

    the atmosphere was amazing..
    it had glimpse of 30th october 2011


  • Najeeb-ur-Rehman
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Khursheed Mehmood Qasori, Javed Hashmi … such politicians and names joined P.T.I. and Imran Khan welcome both hands them, in addition to it, he gave higher ranks in PTI. Den how Imran Khan can say “I only need the youth of Pakistan to bring change, not big names or big politicians” ??. Till words and actions not matches, no one can imagine angle and well wisher of Pakistan and difference between words and actions always express Topi Drama.Thx


  • Truth Detector
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:14PM

    “This is not my war, I was blessed
    with more than what I asked for; this
    is your war and if you don’t struggle,
    the future is going to be dark,” he

    Simple as that. Well said IK, we are with you. May Allah bless you, sir. I am sure Imran-bashers, haters or critics will at least agree with this statement.


  • Umer
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:19PM

    PTI only needs Pakistan’s youth, not big politicians:

    But only since big politicians are running away form PTI.


  • Abrar R
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:19PM

    Imran tere jaa’n nisar .. beshumar beshumar


  • Salman Zafar
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:19PM


    No more discussions needed.


  • Arfan Hassan
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:29PM

    if you want to compare IK with other politicians just notice what others did and what IK has DONE before his govt…..This is the reason we love IK…


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:32PM

    He and other oldies should vacate top positions of PTI. They are no more young themselves. Let Malala lead this young generation. Party of youth, lead by youth.


  • Liberal
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:39PM


    u should have seen livestreaming .. a young girl named Sadaf presented youth policy .. not imran khan ..


  • Imran
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:39PM

    Perhaps you are referring to yourself?


  • ali
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Youth no more has trust on IK’s tall claims after inclusion of landlords and award of party positions to them. IK stop making fool of your supporters, otherwise they will scold you on day of election. Youth is leaving PTI so now IK started giving them lolly pop again.


  • saadia
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:47PM

    He seems to have hidden alliance with PPP.There is nothing on which he opposes PPP.It’s only a mild criticism here and there and everything indicates there is an understanding between PPP and Imran Khan.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:52PM

    What’s the maximum age limit to be considered as youth..Sixty years?


  • Nov 4, 2012 - 7:55PM

    I had great respect for IK once upon a time. He is a pro Taliban and pro Qaida guy now. A dangerous guy for women and society.


  • himayoun
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:57PM

    Real leader with real love for pakistan


  • Zaffar
    Nov 4, 2012 - 7:58PM

    IK Zindabad-no way back. Youth need to drag their elders to vote. The last lap starts soon so no room for laziness


  • amanat
    Nov 4, 2012 - 8:10PM

    Imran Khan is undoubtedly an honest person. He is against all sorts of corruption in the country. He has been trying to convince the people that he will change the destiny of Pakistan if voted into power but unfortunately he has not been able to make any headway so far between his utmost efforts due to various reasons. He has not been able to prove himself as a good organiser of his party. In the party there is only one man show. He has not been able even to decide bsic issues and has not been able to hold elections of office bearers of his party in the country. The persons who are aspiring for elections as MNAS and MPAS are either new and have no experience of politics as well elections or his candidates are unknown to the people. They have no contacts with the people. How can they win the elections? The party, as a whole, is disorganised There is no coherent between various functionaries of the party. They are all isolated and everybody is struggling to get ticket for elections. A few individuals, who have joined PTI after leaving their parent parties are undoubtedly experienced and will definitely win their seats due to their own influence in their area and not because of their party i.e.PTI. There is no use of gathering young people having no votes. Imran Khan will definitely get some seats from Punjab,KPK but what about Sind(Rural) and Baluchistan? On the contrary,Nawaz Sharif has experienced politicians and his party is highly organised in the entire country and he likely to get seats from all the provinces.His candidates are seasoned and influential in their areas.


  • Shabir Mughal
    Nov 4, 2012 - 8:14PM

    We want a change we need a change you hear all these politicians about what they going to do and nothing happens but only fill there own pockets we dont want to see that any more we want a change and that is Imran khan so go on and vote for him if you want a better future.


  • Usman Khan
    Nov 4, 2012 - 8:27PM

    Imran Khan we have enough of your lolly-pops…


  • Abid Baloch
    Nov 4, 2012 - 8:40PM

    Truth will prevail one day. Imran Khan all the way. It is time for every one to wake up to realities of this age. It is an opportunity after many years of corrupt rule and corrupt leadership.


  • Aayan
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:05PM

    @Dr Priyanka, the third comment on this post by Naeem answers your comment well..


  • Ali
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:07PM

    Vote for PTI.. Imran Khan Zindabad..! Only leader that can bring change in Pakistan..


  • Taha
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:24PM

    Laptop Nawaz da, vote imran da!


  • aaqil
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:25PM

    I had great respect for IK. Vote for IK! That’s it!Recommend

  • Nov 4, 2012 - 9:26PM

    Vote for IK! That’s it!Recommend

  • Nov 4, 2012 - 9:27PM

    PTI leader Imran khan is right by saying that no one can buy youth by giving them Laptops.PMLN has started this scheme when they saw the rising popularity of PTI among youth.Furthermore why they are all doing this near election?.These traditional politicians use such gimmicks near election to attract more and more voters.It would have been better had they started such scheme in the beginning of their power if they are sincere with the people.
    Moreover Sharif brothers should give those tickets to the youth which they are going to give it to its family members in the coming elections.They should bring their family members under control as not to beat young workers(recent bakery incident) as it is the humiliation of all the youth of Pakistan


  • Syed
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:27PM

    “Angoor khatay hain” :)
    The grapes are sour !!


  • Atif
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:30PM

    We are with you Imran…


  • observer
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:38PM

    PTI only needs Pakistan’s youth, not big politicians: Imran Khan

    Now, where will all the ‘Electables’ go?

    Has Shah Mehmood Qureshi packed his bags?


  • Omer
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:47PM

    ufff!!! i am not a supporter of PML N and neither of PTI..
    but Immo please stop this leg pulling politics… you are doing such things quite long.. and most of the people are fed up of this now… and you are talking about youth, where is the youth… you already kicked them out for big names.. or may be according to you Qureshi, Qasori, Hashmi are still youngsters… fed of this nonsense and drama by you..


  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:55PM

    He is talking about education of girls while opposing action against Taliban and seeking the help of their supporters to win the election . Duelity in the current promise is clear , all the big boss are already there to run the party, only they need young volunteers to cheat the voters . Be careful .Recommend

  • yaz
    Nov 4, 2012 - 9:59PM

    IK with all his weaknesses and shortcomings remains thousands of times better than the rest. No comparison!


  • Fahad Khan
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:07PM

    Good to see ET reported what was actually said at the convention and didn’t twist facts and figures.


  • elcay
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:15PM

    Very well said Sadia. PPPP is felicitating PTi to defeat PML n in Punjab.
    PTI is never going to win the elections come what the PTI claims.Recommend

  • Ali Butt
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:44PM



  • Falcon
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:56PM

    He said it, its time for us Pakistanis to wake up: “This is not my war, I was blessed with more than what I asked for; this is your war and if you don’t struggle, the future is going to be dark”


  • Something Clever
    Nov 4, 2012 - 10:57PM

    omg an old man who played cricket swoon


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:01PM

    Laptop scheme was absolutely a non political project and its only aim was to help outstanding students. Not a single student has come forward so far who would claim that any condition was attached wih laptops. Smart Politicians know that most of the youngesters do not quailify as voters and those who do are not interested in politics. Imran should take political lessons before making any statement.


  • Usman Aslam
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:07PM

    Great Leader…………..Imran Khan Zindabad….


  • Usman Aslam
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:07PM

    We are proud of PTI leadership………………..Imran Khan Zindabad….


  • Toor
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:16PM

    The plan to bring the education budget up to 5 % is truly commendable. Who else has announced such an initiative?? Thats right…no other party because education goes against their interest of having an illiterate, marginalized and myopic electorate that will only look forward to handouts and laptops.Recommend

  • MAD
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:17PM

    @Vaquas Alvi: aah a doubled edged comment. any ways they are welcome to stay as long as they by party rules. And in the case of Javed Hashmi u should know that baaghi is an inspiration for the members of PTI and is looked up to by then new and old guard alike.


  • aley
    Nov 4, 2012 - 11:22PM

    Imran Khan and his colleagues caught in ignorance: Having frequently referring to the “National”, does he not know that the ‘Youth Affairs’ is a provincial subject according to 18th amendment to the Pakistani Constitution? What a disappointment…….


  • Ahmad
    Nov 5, 2012 - 12:00AM

    Youth is with Imran Khan. Because we had enough of Nawaz and ZardariRecommend

  • Aurang zeb Aalamgir
    Nov 5, 2012 - 12:41AM

    A.o.A. Some people wrote their that IK is providing support for PPP.I think those inocent people didn’t read the results of Supreme Court Bar Association elections where PMLN greatly supported PPP candidate against PTI.We are enjoying terrorism,poverty,iliteracy,loadsheding,provincialism,unjustice,corruption due to all these corrupt leaders.Now,A hope is shown in form of Imran Khan.For God sake,dont lose this chance.If we miss this chance,we wil n’t be able to survive.PMLN and PPP have invested milions in electronic media and print media for a compaign against PTI.Irfan Siddiqui,who was President Spokesman in Nawaz era,he is trying to be much loyal than king.Plz understand it and vote for Imran Khan


  • Shaheen
    Nov 5, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Politician can’t buy votes by distributing laptops :……………………………………..
    This statement would be true if CM Punjab distribute laptops purchased from his personal accounts , but these laptops were purchased from Government of Punjab account which is a public money ,there could be a better utilization of this public money like investing in primary education,higher education rather then making people beggars.Recommend

  • Ali Tipu
    Nov 5, 2012 - 1:18AM

    So now when will PML(N) copy this youth policy given by PTI?


  • Nov 5, 2012 - 1:34AM

    Tsunami delayed?


  • Nov 5, 2012 - 3:37AM

    @The Only Normal Person Here.:
    “Tsunami delayed?”

    You must be dying of expectations, all the destruction tsunami grande will cause!


  • Truth Detector
    Nov 5, 2012 - 4:46AM

    Laptop scheme was absolutely a non
    political project and its only aim was
    to help outstanding students.

    LOL…@Ch. Allah Daad, and I have a bridge to sell you !!! What a naive, partisan comment. LOL again.


  • Pashtun Khan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 4:59AM

    imran khan is idealist mullah who can only dream off events but in reality thats impossible to accomplish.. good luck imran khan for bringing change through democracy


  • rizwan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:00AM

    Imran Khan insallah Pakistan going to vote you… Next PM of Pakistan


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 5, 2012 - 6:49AM

    Empty seats in Youth convention?


  • Nov 5, 2012 - 7:23AM

    Imran is setting himself up for credibility problem by making unrealistic claims. He is choosing the wrong words and exaggerating claims by using the work Tsunami more often than necessary. Please make HONEST and HUMANLY possible claims so that voters trust you and believe in you.


  • ameen
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:59AM

    I wonder when Imran Khan will come out of his confused political state. He should better turn his party into a youth wing and attach it either to PPP or PML for better results.


  • Nov 5, 2012 - 8:20AM

    Imran, you are not a good politician. You are not diplomatic. Many say you are arrogant. It is tough to be a politician and takes many years to learn to be one. All Pakistan needs is politicians and leaders who place Pakistan first. Wishing bad for present leaders and politicians is not right thing. Showing the right way to them is.


  • Haider Hussain
    Nov 5, 2012 - 9:12AM

    “Thank you for calling us Youth…”
    – Joint Statement by Shah Mahmood Q., Javed Hashmi, J. Tareen, et. al.


  • OK
    Nov 5, 2012 - 9:59AM

    Seasoned at doing what exactly?? @amanat:


  • Arsalan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 10:43AM

    Imran Tere Janisar. Beshumar Beshumar


  • Bilal Shah
    Nov 5, 2012 - 10:46AM

    The problem with pakistani youth is most of them are unrealistic and out of touch with ground realities.They are unaware of the complexity of the problems the country is faced with.Many youth consider IK as a messiah who will solve all problems through miracles which is a totally wrong thinking and likely to end up in disappointment and disillusionment.


  • Wake Up
    Nov 5, 2012 - 11:09AM

    “I only need the youth of Pakistan to bring change, not big names or big politicians”
    Please try to understand what IK is saying here, there is a chance that at the last moment some big names might slip here and there, hurting PTI.. so simply the focus
    and the aim should not divert with big politicians.. stay focused on the “Change” and that can only be brought by YOUth of Pakistan.


  • shoaib dar
    Nov 5, 2012 - 11:14AM

    our nation needs a real leader at this time I believe that almighty Allah (swt) will provide us that one soon because our nation is going in its worst time but we should be optimistic always . Can mr khan be that ? its really very hard to comment now but we wish him good luck . Hope one day our common citizen will get his basic rights .Recommend

  • unmet46
    Nov 5, 2012 - 4:20PM

    @ Ch Allah Dad- Since you know nothing, the youth policy was prepared and presented by Insaf Students Frederation. It was presented by 4 youngsters who are in their 20s. Mr. Waqar Toor and a young girl named Sadaf and two other boys (i’ve forgotten their names) presented the whole Youth Policy. Mr. Hashmir or Shaha Mahmood Qureshi had nothing to the policy.


  • unmet46
    Nov 5, 2012 - 4:29PM

    @Ch Allah Dad- As I said before, you know nothing. There were no empty seats in the Youth convention, in fact Imran Khan’s relatives were sitting on the floor! Only those with the invitaion pass were allowed to enter. So the entire hall and seats were booked already. Many more people wanted to go but couldn’t because they couldn’t get a pass. I was there, i got my pass on the last day, the passes were finished and they said I couldn’t get one. So I made a sad face there in the PTI office (haha) and they said they had some extra passes for the media people, who were expected to come. And they gave me 1 pass:)


  • unmet46
    Nov 5, 2012 - 4:36PM

    @Omer @Haider Hussain
    The Youth Policy was prepared by Insaf students Frederation and presented by 4 youngsters who are in their 20s. Mr. Waqar Toor and A Girl named Sadaf were among the presenters. Imran Khan, Javed Hashmi and Shah Mahmood had nothing to do with the Youth Policy. They were sitting as the chief guests of the event. Even the invitation passes of the event mention Imran Khan as the chief guest and not the presenter of the youth policy.


  • unmet46
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:56PM

    The four youngters who presented the Youth Policy were Waqar Toor, Arsalan Ghumman, Amna, & Rao Hashim.


  • Mahira
    Nov 6, 2012 - 7:50PM

    Imran Khan is a dream merchant who is trying to sell unrealistic dreams to the people of Pakistan. There are many in Pakistan who are pinning their hopes on him being an untried horse and want to give him a chance to prove himself as other tried horses had failed to deliver during their respective tenures. But the million dollar question is that how would Imran end terrorism and corruption within a short span of three months as even three years would be too short a period to achieve these gigantic tasks which are spread like a cancer in whole of Pakistan and has deep roots of many a decades ??Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Nov 7, 2012 - 9:37AM

    I feel pity for the ones who still speak for the leaders who have put the whole nation and the country in such a disaster and yet seek for more. These leaders are successfully befooling Pakistani people and filling their accounts at the same time. But never mind, if the OTHERS can rule to snatch billions, Imran Khan shall be surely given a chance as he would InshaAllah do some good as he can do no more harm than what has already been done.Recommend

  • Nov 7, 2012 - 1:44PM

    “…Imran Khan shall be surely given a chance as he would InshaAllah do some good as he can do no more harm than what has already been done.”

    The point where the country has reached is not something to be trivialised by trying out one whose motivation seems to having the last chance in his life to grab another feather in his hat, not that other contenders have been any good.


  • Shakeel N
    Nov 7, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Go ahead IK, We are with you!!! Vote for PTI!!Recommend

  • Sheikh
    Nov 9, 2012 - 9:49PM

    The intent behind handing out free laptops was NOT encouraging excellence in academia. It was a one time political stunt to win over the youth in Punjab University only. Get your facts straight sir.


  • Nov 25, 2012 - 10:12AM

    I cannot thank you enough for the blog.Thanks Again. Much obliged.Recommend

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