PTI Lahore candidates return tickets over ‘unjust allotment’

Published: April 4, 2013
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President of PTI Lahore chapter Abdul Aleem Khan. PHOTO: ONLINE

President of PTI Lahore chapter Abdul Aleem Khan. PHOTO: ONLINE

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) candidates from Lahore returned their tickets in protest against the “unjust allotment” of tickets by the party’s central parliamentary board, Express News reported on Thursday.

The candidates who returned the tickets included PTI Lahore chapter president Abdul Aleem Khan and Jamshed Iqbal Cheema.

Aleem Khan was awarded the NA-124 and PP-127 tickets which he returned.

The candidates claimed that they had received tickets for themselves but most of the other party members recommended to the central parliamentary committee were ignored.

They have also announced they will not contest the elections from the PTI.

Gulberg Town President Naveed Chauhan and Aziz Bhatti Town President Haji Sadiq have submitted their written resignations to Aleem Khan over the issue.

Aleem Khan had earlier recommended candidates [for national and provincial assemblies] from each constituency in Lahore.

Among them were Shoaib Siddiqui, Nazeer Chohan, Nasrullah Mughal, Mian Javed Ali, Irshad Dogar, Zulqarnain Taj, Farrukh Javed Moon, Abdul Rasheed Bhatti, Jamil Asghar Bhatti and Sardar Kamil Umer.

Following are the names and constituencies of candidates who returned their tickets:

Hamid Sarwar – PP-145

Hamid Mairaj – NA-123

Chaudhry Talib – NA-130

Jamshed Iqbal Cheema – PP-146

Yameen Tipu – PP-144

‘Tickets not allotted yet’

PTI central information secretary Shafqat Mehmood told The Express Tribune that the party has not issued any ticket to candidates in Lahore and only the names have been finalised by the central parliamentary board.

The tickets will be awarded to the selected candidates on April 8, Mehmood added.

He also maintained that Aleem Khan and Cheema were trying to put pressure on the party by using such tactics.

PTI’s central information secretary had earlier said that most of the names recommended by the Lahore chapter were rejected because the party had decided to award tickets on merit.

Most of the candidates were in real estate business and favoured by Aleem Khan for that reason, a party leader seeking anonymity told The Express Tribune.

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Reader Comments (83)

  • Usama
    Apr 4, 2013 - 5:58PM

    Imran Khan should come forward and resolve the issue and PTI members should show maturity and rather talk with in party to sort our the issues and Let not give opposing party chance to dominate on this.

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  • HopeNChange
    Apr 4, 2013 - 5:58PM

    Good job PTI. No compromise on merit !! On the other hand PML(N) awarded ticket to son, daughter, niece & son-in-law of one of its senators. Compare & contrast !!!

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  • Rojer
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:00PM

    “Most of the candidates were in real estate business and favoured by Aleem Khan for that reason, a party leader seeking anonymity”…….seems PTI did there homework well.

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  • Paki
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:00PM

    I suppose these are last few remaining corrupt people in PTI. I just hope that PTIs central body is not gaining personal benfits from their position.

    Youth is trusting PTI with their votes, PTI better honour them by nominating derserving candidates.

    My vote is for IK but IK should take lead here otherwise it’ll be bad for their chances!

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  • Ali
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:01PM

    WE TRUST IMRAN KHAN

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  • rizwan
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:02PM

    Dear Aleem Khan, you thought you going to blackmail Khan with just winning the election in one district????

    think again Lahore belongs to IK now… take it or leave it….

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  • red and green
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:03PM

    PTI means marit only,,,Pti is not like others to a lot tickets based on likes and dislikes,,,IK has not given ticket to his ex MNA cousin INAMULLAH,,,to him insaf and marit is everyting

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  • PTI loyal
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:04PM

    A shameful act by Abdul Aleem Khan and other.

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  • PTI loyal
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:06PM

    We vote for PTI and not Abdul Aleem Khan like persons.

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  • red and green
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:06PM

    Recomendation never means tickets must be given to those only,,,IK MEANS MARIT

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  • Apr 4, 2013 - 6:08PM

    PTI must stick to distributing tickets on merit. Come what may. Such blackmailing must be resisted!

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  • Uh oh
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:09PM

    spaghetti-o’s

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  • Osman
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:12PM

    IK will sweep the elections, inshallah.

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  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:13PM

    I will vote for PTI…. We trust Imran Khan… :)Recommend

  • freedom seeker
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Well done. PTI leader ship should not be black mailed from such people.

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  • Taimy
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:17PM

    Take the news with a grain of salt, people!

    Noon-league will spread propaganda! They are master of false propaganda.

    So wait for the final declaration from PTI and don’t believe in news reports!

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  • Buttler
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:19PM

    GOOD for PTI

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  • Matloob Hassan
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:29PM

    Khan should lead this crisis and get a common understanding among party, we can’t afford such diversions so close to the elections….. Above all, all party members “must accept” part’s decision after the Chairman resolves it on 8th April.

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  • Okara man
    Apr 4, 2013 - 7:07PM

    It is sad and gloomy news at all. However I figure that PTI top brass will put new candidates in these two constituencies in Lahore.
    These two people are protesting for PTI is not taking there recommendations in to account that is concern to me, why PTI not?? may be Lahore Chapter president recommended his close friends and school friends as it is common in Pakistan we give favors to our friends usually.

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  • Shoaib Akhtar
    Apr 4, 2013 - 7:08PM

    Wow. This comments section portrays PTI supporters to be completely delusional. I don’t know if this is some shrewd tactic employed by opposing parties to make PTI look ridiculous, or if PTI supporters are actually completely blind to the momentum surging in PML-N’s favor that they just can’t possibly understand that PTI has no real chance of winning.

    Someone please clear this up for me.

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  • nido
    Apr 4, 2013 - 7:08PM

    Imran Khan we Trust You! Give this ticket to anyone and we will still vote for PTI…Its the ideology that matters. I am sure that people who leave you can only manage to grab few hundred votes on their own, so the loss is theirs! We are destined for a change!

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  • Azmat
    Apr 4, 2013 - 7:24PM

    @red and green: What’s “Marit”?

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  • Realistic
    Apr 4, 2013 - 7:28PM

    good to see corrupt ppl leaving the party themselve!!!
    WE TRUST IMRAN KHAN!!!

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  • faisal
    Apr 4, 2013 - 7:35PM

    cant stop laughing…lahore belongs to pti..realy??hahahaha..destiny playing its part..:)

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  • AbidMashwani
    Apr 4, 2013 - 7:40PM

    This a shameful act to pressurize central leadership. I will suggest making example of such “planted” crooks in the party even if it is at the costs of election. Award tickets to people who will respect party descipline.

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  • Shahrukh
    Apr 4, 2013 - 7:44PM

    Recognizing the fact that Aleem Khan is the elected President of Lahore, it still doesn’t give him right to give tickets to real estate associates. There should be complete merit, such tactics will only make him only unpopular within and outside the party. The unofficial list of candidates in my opinion is satisfactory and such changes are unnecessary.

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  • Tamoor R
    Apr 4, 2013 - 7:46PM

    This is a real Democracy of lower level politics….Good Job Imran Khan sb

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  • Asif-Paki
    Apr 4, 2013 - 7:52PM

    I donot know about what is going on internally in the organization of PTI, however, I smell Aleem Khan & Associates are all bunch of smart people who only want power and have hijacked the PTI for their own cause. They have money and if you see in Lahore, he is spending Millions for his publicity. They at all donot represent Middle Class, they represent the same class as other party ticket holders. All Rubish and not good; I donot see Tsunami after elections. PTI has drifted away from it s Ideology and Manifesto, and just focusing on traditional way of elections and Youth.

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  • Hamid
    Apr 4, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Good that Imran Khan is knowing the people who would later deceive him. Better to hunt for new members

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  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Apr 4, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Award tickts on merit by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’ (PTI) this moto if it is respected in lettre there is no doubt this party will advance and future work for them and what is very needed in our dear Pakistan our peoples like corruption-free elections corruption free society arround 120 mps are diploma less with fake digrees seat holdre in our national assembly a crime against the poor above all a crime against Pakistan a Crime Against Humanity a very shameful act may Allah the Great save our dear Islamic Republic Of Pakistan

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  • Abdullah
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:04PM

    @Osman:

    It seems as if PTI will be swept itself in coming elections. Of course this is the destiny of PTI. And the chapter of PTI will be closed for ever.

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  • Alam
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:07PM

    This shows that PTI is a party of discipline and merit! We are with you Imran Khan, get rid of the crooks and stick to merit. PTI clean sweep inshAllah

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  • confused
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:08PM

    Imran khan should field himself as PTI’s core candidate in each and every constituency, he appears to be a lone rider on the road to justice. His fellow riders are already abandoning him.

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  • confused
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:11PM

    One more solution to imran’s woes would be to join PPP.

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  • H.A. Khan
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:16PM

    PTI cookie is crumbling really fast.
    oooops….

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  • Apr 4, 2013 - 8:20PM

    WOO-HOO!!! That’s a blessing in disguise!

    More Power to PTI & Imran Khan.

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  • Agnostic Khan
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:24PM

    PTI merit is becoming a farce….so many have left it and we keep hearing the same argument that the corrupt and selfish are leaving…I wonder how many of these ppl are still in its ranks and who are on ‘merit’ as long as they are with PTI..Its high time PTI take a look inside its house and come out of the Imran-centric politics…..at the moment its on suicide path….as an Ex-PTI supporter, i feel sorry for the end of the game before its begining…

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:28PM

    This is called internal party democracy, they could not have dared in the RAJ of Zardari or NS. I have seen these kind of protests among local parties, Republicans or Democrats but they are resolved with dialog with the party leadership. it is the beauty of true democracy where the leadership is challenged by the party members and I would say to Kudos to the party and it’s leadership.

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  • Ashar
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:34PM

    The last line of the news is very important. People in estate business in the cities are as of waderas in rural areas: both are cartels.

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  • Apr 4, 2013 - 8:37PM

    Salam to all PTI lovers. Its not a big issu .Khan will be solve it better then our sagesions.
    I request to all PTI member and lovers plz don’t see it what happened. We will gave vote for real change and hopely a Naya Pakistan.

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  • Ammar
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:41PM

    @Usama:
    Let them go brother, those who are just after tickets should leave……

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  • @ishiPTI
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:43PM

    Im elected member of PTI UC7, I completely defy Aleem Khan & his companions & we are happy that these face have decided not to contest elections from PTI.
    PTI gave ticket to Hafiz Farhat Abbas, he is 28 years old, founder member of ISF, and we are standing with each and every decision of PTI. IK is rightly upholding merit.

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  • John the Baptist
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:45PM

    No worries, Imran will fix it. Merit is the standard and it will be followed, come what may!

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  • Miss Gul
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:50PM

    Imran khan….Please dont come under pressure of any one….Ager abhi aik bandey k pressure meh aagaye tu baad meh kia hoga…you will have to face pressure of hundreds Aleem khans…..Be Strong as always…We are all with u….Come on Captain

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  • Pakistan
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:50PM

    That’s why i do not supprt PTI. No doubt IK has a great vision but he has failed to co-ordinate his party members wheter it is party intra-elections fights or this. How can we trust him to handle the country’s sitauation when he has failed to manage his own party?

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  • Ammar
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:52PM

    @Shoaib Akhtar: it is not about PMLN or PTI, we are just sick of whats happening in our country. I have nothing against Zardari or NS but why would I vote for some one who was in power since 1985? i was 5 years old and now i am 33. Nothing has changed in past 28 years. I will vote PTI only because of IK, I dont care about who he is awarding tickets too. I cant vote for PMLN or PPP my zameer wont let me. It is not about winning or loosing and those who think that by voting PTI we will make PPP strong are wrong for us PPP and PMLN are same

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  • Sanam Baloch
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:57PM

    A very positive step by Imran Khan to introduce a real Democracy in his Party……. we r with u IK

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  • Waseem Sarwar
    Apr 4, 2013 - 9:15PM

    Leave these seats open instead of getting blackmailed. In the end, we are voting for PTI, not for some XYZ.

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  • Amer
    Apr 4, 2013 - 9:19PM

    please keep your self united its time for unity
    Allah kisee kee mehnat ko zaya naheen kerta, please wait for the right time
    keep faith on All

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  • Imran
    Apr 4, 2013 - 9:22PM

    Vote is for change …vote is for PTI …our vote is not for blackmailers …. Kick these blackmailers out

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  • Zeeshan
    Apr 4, 2013 - 9:24PM

    It is very very very difficult to malign the Imran Khan’s leadership. It is next to impossible to shake the political standing of PTI. There are some people who wants to lead the show although they do not have those qualities. In democracy you can suggest/recommend but parliamentary board has the final authority which must be respected.

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  • Amer
    Apr 4, 2013 - 9:25PM

    please keep your self united its time for unity
    Allah kisee kee mehnat ko zaya naheen kerta, please wait for the right time
    keep faith on Allah

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  • Kamran Laeeq
    Apr 4, 2013 - 9:45PM

    We trust Imran Khan …. and will vote for PTI not the personalities

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  • Apr 4, 2013 - 9:49PM

    A true member of a pack will convince through valid arguments and facts but once the decision is taken by the leader, he will always stand by his leader side. However Abdul Aleem Khan turned out to be a Mir Jafar of this modern era. Come on Abdul Aleem Khan, you can do better than this instead of quitting at the critical time.

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  • ahmad
    Apr 4, 2013 - 9:51PM

    I think they should site the reasons as to why its unfair. Washign their dirty linen in public leaves a bad taste and shows that those in disagreement have no foresight or public or political acumen to lead a country.

    Merit is something that they will have to get used to; in sha ALLAH merit is something we all will ahve to get used to.

    Self respect and respect of merit and respect of every Pakistani is paramount. And pelase for GOD’s sake stop making the door men at the 5 star hotel like PC, Marriot wearing traditional dress.

    The British used to make the door men wear traditional dress to send a message across to the locals that they are nothing but a door mat.

    Lets break away from their sadistic traditions, please.

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  • Falcon
    Apr 4, 2013 - 10:03PM

    @Pakistan:
    Welcome to true democracy, you are focusing on just one side of the picture, for other side, see a comment above from a PTI worker @ishiPTI

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  • Abdullah
    Apr 4, 2013 - 10:17PM

    What ideology? ! May I ask these PTI supporters. Oppose Nawaz Sharif? That’s all he really talks about. Imran gives the most mixed signals as far as issues and ideologies are concerned.

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  • red and green
    Apr 4, 2013 - 10:32PM

    We don’t want blackmailers,,,,we are with PTI NOT FACES……….marit means everthing to IK and we love u for same

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  • Ahsan Saeed
    Apr 4, 2013 - 10:43PM

    Great news. PTI proved that they will be bring the best team. God bless Imran Khan

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  • Apr 4, 2013 - 11:01PM

    Dear Khan,
    Today we know only Quaid-e-Azam, bcz he was only man who fought and won Pakistan. He has faced same situation like U are facing by these Ibnul Waqats. repeate the history. We are all with u.

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  • Ricky
    Apr 4, 2013 - 11:08PM

    The King Khan should come out and decide the issue once and for all. This is the only democratic way PTI style, one man party!

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  • Haroon
    Apr 4, 2013 - 11:11PM

    Aleem Khan like people should be kicked out of the party, even most of tabdeeli razakars are reluctant to vage election campaign if they have to work for him. He’s most undesirable politician around. Youth of NA 124 is not willing to come out for him at all.

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  • Ali Zaib
    Apr 4, 2013 - 11:35PM

    “The guys I recomended didn’t get ticket thats’ why I resign” uff as if your recommendation is EVERYTHING and must be obeyed.
    Dude I request you to please LEAVE
    Carry on Imran, Never compromise on merit

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  • Shah
    Apr 4, 2013 - 11:36PM

    we support PTI , it does not matter who da candidate is…we trust imran khan ….those who leave the party will regret……..

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  • Naya Pakistan
    Apr 4, 2013 - 11:45PM

    ET stop salivating over such trivial and inconsequential events. Why don’t you focus on who according to you are the main parties. Your bias is showing, try and have some journalistic ethics and at least pretend to be neutral. Otherwise come out of the closet.

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  • Furqan Ahmad
    Apr 4, 2013 - 11:47PM

    The loss is of Aleem Khan and party not IK and PTI. Its good PTI got rid of them, Aleem Khan didn’t have good reputation.

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  • Salman
    Apr 4, 2013 - 11:55PM

    Imran khan zindabad, we love you IK

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  • roadkashehzada
    Apr 5, 2013 - 12:08AM

    PTI guys,
    whts up with dancing and jumping at someone joining PTI and when he leaves, he becomes good riddance. check some old (false0 news about shah mahmood quraishi and see comments of PTI guys. dude is still ur vice chairman

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  • ik tiger
    Apr 5, 2013 - 12:12AM

    Imran Khan now jast a toy in the hand of mian mahmood ul rashid and other ex jamat e islami peoples. khan have no right to kick elected pti peoples.Recommend

  • Romm
    Apr 5, 2013 - 1:02AM

    Good move by PTI central committee. This is what democracy is. Aleem khan no doubt is trying to blackmail PTI so far he has miserably failed.

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  • AKA
    Apr 5, 2013 - 1:41AM

    I CALL THIS CLEANING PROCESS /GOOD JOB PIT.

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  • Irfan Mohammed
    Apr 5, 2013 - 2:01AM

    I believe that PTI will do ok in the elections. They will probably attain about 15-20 NA seats and about 50 PA seats in Punjab, which will be a historic achievement for an up and coming party like PTI. The PPP and ANP will probably suffer the biggest setbacks in the upcoming elections for various reasons (corruption, lack of achievements, and the Taliban threat). Being involved my whole life in diplomatic circles and studying political trends, I am predicting that the Karachi based MQM will do extremely well in the elections, and may even sweep the urban areas of Sindh. There is a general rumor that the international power brokers want to see an MQM led government in the near future. As far as former President Musharraf is concerned, he will acquire around 4 seats in the NA, and probably the same number of PA seats. The general consensus is that the former General is untouchable, as the international policy makers have given him a green light to return, and he enjoys the backing of the quite influential MQM. I wish the people of Pakistan great success in the upcoming elections, and pray to God that no violence is incurred during this historic transition period.Recommend

  • PMLN Tiger
    Apr 5, 2013 - 2:51AM

    @ik tiger:

    Come and join PMLN– we will give you a government job, a bank loan and a laptop in return for stabbing your leader in the back! Some may vomit on the idea, but that is our “ground reality” politics. And if we won, there will be more halva for you!

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  • Unca Jim
    Apr 5, 2013 - 7:15AM

    this is greed and ticket fixing plus politics tampering.

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  • Talha
    Apr 5, 2013 - 9:16AM

    @HopeNChange:
    what about the son od mian azher and daughter of javed hashmi, pti also awarded tickets to family owned people.

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  • MAD
    Apr 5, 2013 - 10:14AM

    @Haroon: isnt Waleed Iqbal the man for NA124?Recommend

  • MQM wala
    Apr 5, 2013 - 10:45AM

    I understand that Dr.Arif Alvi was also denied a ticket. I am not a PTI supporter but a person like Arif Sahib who is loyal and able should be in Parliament.

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  • Realistic
    Apr 5, 2013 - 12:07PM

    @MQM wala:
    Dr Arif has a ticket from na 250!

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  • Saad
    Apr 5, 2013 - 12:34PM

    My vote for PTI

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  • Umer Inam
    Apr 5, 2013 - 2:48PM

    Dear Aleem Khan !!! Dont take it personal . PTI workers trusted you and they slected you as Lahore President . Remember your Roaring promises on 23rd of March when you were ensuring Khan to gift him all the seats from Lahore . Come back . Long Live PTI .

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  • MQM wala
    Apr 5, 2013 - 4:37PM

    @Realistic: then its fine.

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  • Noah Ali Shah
    Apr 6, 2013 - 1:07AM

    we trust imran khan.just simple

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  • Hamdan
    Apr 8, 2013 - 7:30PM

    PTI must stick to the principlas as promised… love PTI Team

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