Elections: Imran Khan to contest 5 NA seats

Published: April 2, 2013
File photo of PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

File photo of PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan will contest the elections from NA-122 and NA-125, Express News reported on Tuesday.

Earlier, Imran Khan had submitted nomination papers for NA-126 as well, but has withdrawn from the Lahore constituency.

Khan will now contest elections for five national assembly seats from the constituencies NA-1 (Peshawar-II), NA-56 (Rawalpindi-VII), NA-71 (Mianwali-I), NA-122 (Lahore-V), NA-125 (Lahore-VIII).

The ECP started scrutiny of the nomination papers from April 1.

For the first time in Pakistan’s history, three of the country’s top institutions – State Bank of Pakistan, National Accountability Bureau and Federal Board of Revenue – will screen candidates’ backgrounds for criminal conviction, loan default, tax evasion and other financial irregularities.

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Reader Comments (78)

  • Kawesh
    Apr 2, 2013 - 1:38PM

    Welcome Khan Sb….!!!!!


  • abcde
    Apr 2, 2013 - 1:46PM

    Why not from all 272?


  • Optimistic
    Apr 2, 2013 - 1:47PM

    Whichever the case, PTI will sweep anyway IA…


  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Apr 2, 2013 - 1:48PM

    Don’t Know who the candidate is, but I’ll Vote for PTI. From Dera Ismail Khan


  • Zahir Cheema
    Apr 2, 2013 - 1:53PM

    The people of Old Lahore even dont consider NA-125 as a Part of Pure Lahore. All the rich Middle class localities Cantt area , defence , cavalry ground , saddar, walton and mostly the people who dont belong from Lahore but registered here after buying property live in NA-125. Imran Khan is counting on Burger class to get all the votes but he dont know that Burgers are only good in voting on Facebook but on election day they will never be seenRecommend

  • Unknown
    Apr 2, 2013 - 1:55PM

    might aswell contest from all 272 seats…


  • Imran claims to be a leader of all Pakistan, so he should have contested election from at least 1 seat in all of the 4 provinces


  • Ali
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:19PM

    Lol another U turn :PRecommend

  • Answer to zahir Cheema
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:19PM

    or other wise you can say educated people will vote to imran because they have better understanding of right and wrong :)Recommend

  • Muhammad Rohaan Sadiq
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:20PM

    Why not from Karachi?


  • Kawesh
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:22PM

    @Zahir Cheema….!!!! Thanks for this long explanation…..History is going to CHANGE this time………………..bus thoda Intizaaar!!!!!


  • Usman
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:24PM

    @Zahir Cheema:
    Burger Class, Liberal Class, Conservative Class, English Class, Urdu Class, all are voting for Imran Khan. It is at his will where he wants to run according to the best political strategy, and The King (Khan) chooses wisely :)


  • Azmat Ali
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:26PM

    He will face tough time in every constituency even in Miawali….!


  • bilal
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:31PM

    IK my family votes for you, inshallah you will win across pakistan


  • shah
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:33PM

    Why not from karachi, oho sorry he doesn’t have any support in quaid city.Recommend

  • Zulfiqar
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:33PM

    My vote is for PTI, no matter what !


  • Sohrab Karboy
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:35PM

    You may be surprised by the higher level of participation in these elections. When people feel that their vote counts and the assemblies will make an impact on the affairs of the country, they tend to vote in large numbers. A good example is the overwhelmingly high participation level in the recent elections in Middle Eastern countries caused by the Arab Spring uprisings. Even in the 2012 US Presidential elections the percentage of voters that cast their votes was 67.4 percent, and I believe that was considerably higher than in some of the elections in the past. I would also like to add that this is a good opportunity for our people to let their voices be heard by kicking out the inefficient and insolent legislators and to vote for the new blood that may do something to improve the lot of our people.


  • Sher Ghazi
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:35PM

    Fear of losing in the heart of IK and Inshallah you will lose all 5


  • ali
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:47PM

    We are with you, captain! IA!


  • Holycow
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:48PM

    What’s the deal with running for multiple seats? This should be illegal. Have the courage of your conviction and run for one seat, preferably fom the city where you live. Allow others from your party to contest in the multiple seats that you now run for.


  • Enlightened
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:53PM

    Imran Khan being a former cricketer, a fast bowler should have contested six seats keeping in view six balls per over and score a hat-trick and if he is able to win more would be a world record.


  • Hammad
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:59PM

    @ Zahir cheema: You can call me a burger, I spend 6 hours on internet each day majority of which goes to facebook. I spent 30k on Lahore trip to attend Mar 23rd Jalsa of which Gen Pasha didn’t pay me a single penny. Driving like 1500 km alone couldn’t force me change my plans. I went there and stood there for 6 hours, went completely wet but didn’t move. Such is my spirit and such is my passion for that man known as IK. If I can do all that stuff, people like you should be rest assured that its much easier for me and hundred of thousands more like to me to walk few hundred yards to the polling station to vote. We will do that, you just need to wait and see.


  • Okara ji
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:03PM

    Please IK, contest from Okara. wish u win


  • Historian 1
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:03PM

    this man will ruin his respect for the greed for power.


  • Nasir
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:08PM

    Will he or all others contesting on more than one seat pay for the expenses of byelections on seats they vacate?


  • A Peshawary
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:15PM

    It appears that Khan is not as confidant as portrayed in the political market place. If he was sure of being elected he would have contested from One seat only. The candidates contesting from more than one seat are afraid of losing a typical old style member parliamentarian mind set. He has proved himself to be like any other routine type political figure.
    *The slogan of change! Haaa Haaa Haaaaa *

    A Peshawary
    emphasized text


  • Hitman
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:16PM

    I think he didn’t like the fact that Meera has decided to contest against him. But on serious note NA 126 or 125 is not very different. @ Zahir Cheema you can’t discriminate Lahore into pure Lahore or vice versa. Lahore is not retricted to areas which you are referring to as old Lahore. The city has well expanded beyond the original walled city. You cannot label former to be more lahoris and later as burgers.


  • Waseem Sarwar
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:17PM

    @Azmat Ali:
    but will win all 5 of them. :) btw how many seats mian sb is contesting from? four is the answer.


  • javed
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:19PM

    My and my family votes for Imran Khan only from Sialkot


  • Asif
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:26PM

    Lets suppose IK win all 5 seats, he have to spare 4 during govt forming…… He himself trying PTI to loose on 4 seats deliberately ?
    By-election will happen after two to three months :(
    Why IK is laying to youth that he will clean sweep, while not sure of his own winning !

    Same goes to all other top leadership of PTI, Javed Hashmi, SMQ etc. who are going to participate from 2-3 seats :(

    Please don’t give me example of other parties leadership, as no one else had seen the dream of clean sweep, neither they claim that they the most poise people in this country !


  • Zohair
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:27PM

    on the lighter part….seat adjustment with Meera? :PRecommend

  • Azeem Aslam
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:28PM

    I pray for Imran Khan may he sweep all over Pakistan Insha ALLAH. We are with you Sir Imran Khan. We did not see a leader like you before. We show our full trust on you.


  • bilal
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:33PM

    We know what is going on in quaid city. daily 10 people are being killed in various areas in Karachi. you support the culprits because non of your family member is being killed in those tragic incidents. the whole Pakistan support him for a change


  • Azeem Aslam
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:34PM

    Why are you unpleasing. All 272 seats of NA will be ours man just keep open your eyes.


  • Azeem Aslam
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:35PM

    @Zahir Cheema:
    You are a typical patwari who knows about area and location.


  • Azeem Aslam
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:39PM

    @Azmat Ali:
    Oh Mr. Palmist.


  • Azeem Aslam
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:40PM

    @Sher Ghazi:
    Mr. Ghazi u lost ur ethics already.


  • pak patriot
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:42PM

    @all dehati IK Haters

    is he doing something illegal?no!. now go drink some lassi :)Recommend

  • Cooleffect
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:46PM

    @Hammad: If it’s true, u r invincible


  • kamran
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:49PM

    A warm welcome from NA 56!


  • ss
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:53PM

    My vote is in karachi but right now i am in Pindi however i have registered myself as Tabdili Razakar and inshaAllah am going to campaign for IK as he is contesting from my constituency NA-56.

    Best of Luck Khan sb!


  • Naeem
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:59PM

    @Hammad: Well said.. you are a start mate! Also tell him that I’m flying from UK to campaign and vote for IK….


  • A Peshawary
    Apr 2, 2013 - 4:01PM

    Nice to be over optimistic.
    A Peshawary


  • MN
    Apr 2, 2013 - 4:18PM

    I have a dream, “I’m contesting from all of the 272 NA seats in Pakistan”…


  • Fawad Chaudary
    Apr 2, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Sorry NOT even a single vote for you from my FAMILY. NA-56!Recommend

  • Rumail
    Apr 2, 2013 - 4:22PM

    I got excited when i read NA 122 after a brief moment i realized i belong to NA 121 ;p
    Nevertheless we will vote for your party Khan sahab. I am not the one who criticizes without testing. This time its ur turn to prove yourself. Me and my whole family (except my dad – he votes for PMLN) will vote for PTI.

  • AB
    Apr 2, 2013 - 4:29PM

    @ pak patriot

    Your name does not match with your hate speech. Whats wrong in being dehati or drinking lassi ?. Is that your true leader IK taught you ?


  • Kashif
    Apr 2, 2013 - 4:31PM

    My whole family is going to vote for PTI………Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 2, 2013 - 5:01PM

    @ Rumail, your dad is a very sensible and wise gentleman. This is the reason he is voting for PML(N). As a family head and bread earner, he knows more than you about realities of life. You, on the other hand think about yourself and have no sense how tough it is to take of a family. Put yourself in his shoes and try to get big picture.


  • Ammar Khan
    Apr 2, 2013 - 5:03PM

    @Hammad: Pakistan has a bright future sir jee. Because of ppl like you :)


  • Jat
    Apr 2, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Height of insecurity and distrust in your voters. As someone rightly said above, why not contest all the seats ? And he is expected to bring change ? Some leader !!!!


  • Naeem
    Apr 2, 2013 - 5:23PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Ch Saab, Don’t give such lectures… Dad can vote for any party and the family can vote for their choice party or leader…This is called Democracy. Get out of this Family Dynasties limited mindset…. @Rumail


  • Naveed
    Apr 2, 2013 - 5:33PM

    That’s the way to go my brother…. InshAllah when Pakistan will change… you will be proud of what you did….

    I wonder how can people not stand for a man (IK), who has struggled to change us and Pakistan for 17 years and now when is the time to change…. they oppose him.

    If someone is not a great follower of IK, I respect that.
    But could he or she close their eyes for a minute and think what Shareef’s has done for this country during their previous terms (you can argue 2 or 5 terms but definitely it is more than once) and do you think they will do any different? I will doubt that.

    And if you also doubt that, then please just once for the sake of our country, vote for IK. You will inshAllah see the difference.


  • Truth
    Apr 2, 2013 - 5:56PM

    @ Ch. Allah Daad
    What a stupid and senseless comment you made there. First let me get the things straight. Its not PML(N) who decides who to give food and who not to. We all know Allah is the supreme authority here. Secondly as far as I know people who are in PML(N) can snatch food from others to feed there family.


  • asim
    Apr 2, 2013 - 5:57PM

    Try from all provinces of pakistan


  • Pappu
    Apr 2, 2013 - 6:00PM

    My my Imran Khan Why you withdrew from NA-126??? I know Why you were afraid that Meera will win and you will lose :P :D lolz


  • waqas
    Apr 2, 2013 - 6:05PM

    whoever you vote.but please do vote
    my vote for PMLn Inshallah


  • lol
    Apr 2, 2013 - 6:21PM

    Why imran khan withdrew from NA-126??? Because he was afraid meera will win that seat :P


  • Omar
    Apr 2, 2013 - 6:30PM

    IK is contesting from 5. Shah Mahmood Qureshi from 4, Javed Hashmi from 4 and some other from multiple seats. PTI is wasting their seats by contesting their leaders from multiple seats. Even if IK win all five seats he can only vote once for PM election.Recommend

  • Ibrahim
    Apr 2, 2013 - 7:14PM

    85 million registered voters this time around compared to 45 million of last time out of which only 9 million used their vote of which the ruling part got 5 million votes . So conservatively speaking even if 30% of the total voters turn out on the election day ir-respective of whether they pertain to urdu class , english class , burger class we will have 25 million votes during this election. Among the new voters IK is undoubtedly the preferred choice. If we finally take into account the fact that the last government only managed to get 5 million votes which were primarily due to the sympathy factor we can symbolically predict a sweeping win for IK only taking into account the new voters that have entered the regime with their die hard loyalty for IK. If figures are to go by IK will make a clean sweep if we get free and fair election. Its a big IF but the game of probability and logic is pointing towards IK as the next PM with a clear margin.


  • ali asad
    Apr 2, 2013 - 7:24PM

    very immature decsions of PTI on giving tickets to candidates they cant even decide about their leader from where to contest and are talking about bringing change?Recommend

  • Optimistic
    Apr 2, 2013 - 7:27PM

    @A Peshawary
    Its wise to be optimistic than opportunistic my friend. Your doubts will soon be clear IA


  • Asad
    Apr 2, 2013 - 7:28PM

    This shows the desperation of Khan, he want to go in National Assembly at any cost, if you are the leader and so called bringing the change and people are with you be confident and select one seat and contest the election. By the way why didn’t he try any seat from Karachi? I think he remembered his result in his lest try from Karachi 5000 Votes only….Recommend

  • bilal
    Apr 2, 2013 - 7:31PM

    @Fawad Chaudary:
    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    thank you all for being the real enemies of Pakistan. how many times you want to be ripped by the previous leaders who have done nothing for us. are we supporting the roti kapra aur makan of few strong families in Pakistan. I have been traveling across the world and I know what image they have given to us. speak for a change.


  • problem
    Apr 2, 2013 - 7:32PM

    Youth will vote for PTI on 11 May, but for this they will have to wake up before 11 a.m. :D


  • problem
    Apr 2, 2013 - 7:35PM

    Youth will vote for PTI on 11 May, but for this they will have to wake up on 11 a.m. :D


  • R A
    Apr 2, 2013 - 8:36PM

    Odds gone down now he thinks
    His chances to win are only one in five

  • Sid
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:48PM

    “For the first time in Pakistan’s history, three of the country’s top institutions – State Bank of Pakistan, National Accountability Bureau and Federal Board of Revenue – will screen candidates’ backgrounds for criminal conviction, loan default, tax evasion and other financial irregularities.”

    I just hope they actually REPORT those IRREGULARITIES and not hide them under the table.


  • non political
    Apr 2, 2013 - 10:16PM

    Nawaz himself will contest on multiple seats,,shehbaza is contrsting from 7 seats I heard
    So contesting on multiple seat and area is to boost the party workers


  • Zubair Ahmad
    Apr 2, 2013 - 10:47PM

    Imran Khan is the only bacon of hope. He will win all the five seats Inshallah


  • Hasan
    Apr 2, 2013 - 11:04PM

    Mr. Imran Khan will again sweep the elections like he has been for the past 15 years.


  • Usman786
    Apr 2, 2013 - 11:42PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    yes there are few olg timers who think that they are voting for Quaid’s muslim league just like they keep account in NBP or Allied/Habib bank: still consudering them as govt owned and no preference of service quality
    come out of bradary issues and vote for Pak


  • Apr 3, 2013 - 12:53AM

    @Zahir Cheema:
    FYI I’m part of the old Lahore: NA 120 to be precise; and I’m going to vote for PTI!


  • Rex Minor
    Apr 3, 2013 - 4:15AM

    He come Mr Khan is allowed to contest from more than one constituency? This is not democracy! Is there no one to object?

    Rex Minor


  • Apr 3, 2013 - 4:52AM

    @Sher Ghazi: Its all Allah’s will, if he decides to make us suffer for another 5 years then he might as well lose, but i reckon you pray that he wins :). I am not sure if he will listen to the public i am not sure that he will bring change but i am sure that he will be way better insha ALLAH !


  • Apr 3, 2013 - 4:54AM

    People, when we didn’t had a leader to vote for we all just whined, but as we gotten one we should be stick to him firmly :)


  • Voice of D.I.khan
    Apr 3, 2013 - 11:17AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Lol… How can you support and defend corrupt politicians…???


  • muazzam
    Apr 8, 2013 - 7:06AM

    a lot of good people have spilt their noble blood for our great country their and their generations voices are muffled what choice of leadership do we have why do we have to choose the lesser of three evils as the best candidate why cant we have better choices maybe we ought to change ourselfs before we choose someone to change our country?


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