No seats left: Fauzia Kasuri quits PTI

Published: June 5, 2013
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Fauzia Kasuri. PHOTO: WASEEM NIAZ

Fauzia Kasuri. PHOTO: WASEEM NIAZ

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fauzia Kasuri announced on Wednesday that she was leaving her party, Express News reported.

Kasuri, while addressing a press conference in Islamabad, claimed that Imran Khan has been cornered by the “mafia”.

The disgruntled former PTI leader was in talks with the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) as to how and when she should join the party. Kasuri, fourth in PTI’s pecking order of women candidates for reserved seats in the National Assembly, could not get a place in the lower house.

Nomination tickets for reserved seats for women in the National Assembly were given based on relations instead of merit, Kasuri claimed.

She also called out the party for giving a ticket to PTI leader Hamid Khan, despite him having dual nationality.

Kasuri added that she has been contacted by PML-N, Jamaat-e-Islami, and Tahirul Qadri.

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  • Thetruth
    Jun 5, 2013 - 8:48PM

    part of the cleansing process.

    Anyone else who wants to leave, do us all a favour.

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  • A J Khan
    Jun 5, 2013 - 8:48PM

    Fauzia kusuri should not quit PTI. She should be given seat in senate.

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  • ImranAli
    Jun 5, 2013 - 8:49PM

    I would say If we won 17 seats in Punjab, Kasuri must working for some meetings for PTI…

    One of the best comment:

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO 1h
    Fauzia Kasuri left Naya Pakistan and moved to old Pakistan because she was not given a ticket for assembly sirf aik ticket ka sawal tha baba

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  • asim
    Jun 5, 2013 - 8:50PM

    well its clear she was after a seat all along.

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  • Rule of Law
    Jun 5, 2013 - 8:50PM

    A party that could not do justice to its founding members has no right to brand itself “Tehreek-e-Insaf” when it displays glaring “Na-insafi”.
    One of PTI’s women members had rightly commented that “PTI HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY BIG MONEY”. All Novices, Please search Google to find out who said this :)

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  • Saira Mirza
    Jun 5, 2013 - 8:52PM

    A sad affair indeed…Recommend

  • sensible
    Jun 5, 2013 - 8:53PM

    If she joins PMLN she will loose her credibility will hurt her cause. I understand that PTI was unfair to her. But as founding member of party she should respect party’s decision and move on. PTI expected to win more seats from Punjab and then she could’ve easily accomudated but….

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  • Zain Dar
    Jun 5, 2013 - 8:53PM

    Tahir ul Qadri is the way forward…

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  • Sara Khan
    Jun 5, 2013 - 8:55PM

    Soon to be MNA (from PLM-N)

    well it was all about the seat….

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  • Jun 5, 2013 - 8:56PM

    Good decision for PTI. No place for opportunists in PTI

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  • HA
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:01PM

    I have great respect for this lady but not the best of moves to make. Sorry.

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  • dr tariq butt
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:01PM

    please protest with in party .u have given blood to this party.seats r small things 4 u.

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  • shah
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:02PM

    Shame.

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  • Jun 5, 2013 - 9:03PM

    It is very unfortunate that veteran PTI politician Fauzia Kasuri had to leave her party :( Goodluck to her in future political endeavors.

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  • zafar
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:03PM

    defeaning slilence…where are PTI people….

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  • zubair
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:05PM

    Will miss ur presence. If Imran khan has been cornered by mafia, u should have stayed with him because if u are true, then it’s high time that Imran khan needs ur presence. A mother never leaves her kids for material things.

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  • dr tariq butt
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:06PM

    please protest with in party .u have given blood to this party.seats r small things 4 u.wish good for u

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  • kashif
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:06PM

    The moment she was not given a ticket, she felt PTI is hijacked by a mafia and PMLn is the only savoir of Pakistan. If she had been given this one ticket, she would have defended PTI against PMLn.

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  • Aimal
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:26PM

    This is her democratic right to protest but it should be with in the party. joining PMLN is not a wise decision. She will lost every thing and if i am not wrong she lost every thing. Leaving PTI in such a way is not good. What she gained in PTI will now, never be happened in any other party. yes, off course she will be in news for some days but after that……………………. nothing…….. She was Popular because of PTI, PTI is not popular because of her….. I Wish that she reconciled her decision and stay remained in PTI…… some one rightly said that ” I DO NOT KNOW THE KEY TO SUCCESS BUT THE KEY TO FAILURE IS TRYING TO PLEASE EVERY BODY” Imran cant keep every one happy and cant entertained every one wishes…

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  • Nab
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:26PM

    Fauzia Kasuri please don’t go. You have worked for this party and this party have made you what you are today you taught the women in Pakistan how to come out and fight for there rights are you not going to fight for your rights . Remember in any other party you will only be slave to the wishes of party leadership in PTI you can protest and people still love you. don’t Join ignorance once you have lit the candle of liberation from this mind-set Please dot leave.

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  • Mariam
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:28PM

    Why did you not speak about the ‘mafia’ pre or during the elections? Also, why did you come out on the street to support us at the NA-125 dharna and speak in favor of Hamid Khan?

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  • Aimal
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:30PM

    Bad decision…….. she back when the award was almost few step away…

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  • Ali Tipu
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:32PM

    Miss Kasuri was shown the list even before elections. She didnt object. Its not PTI’s or IK’s fault if PTI could not win enough seats from Punjab. The real mistake would have been to alter the list NOW to accommodate her. Today, the respect for Imran khan in my heart has increased many fold. Once again, he proved that he stood for what he talked about. Principles and not be controlled by anyone, even it is as important a personality as FK. I wish her good luck but I stand by my party, its leader and its ideology.

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  • ilyas
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:37PM

    Like Sardar Asif Ali she was after a seat. Such people should quit PTI and make way for those who work for a cause and wish to remain anonymous. PTI will face such adversaries but will have to fight to preserve its agenda and filter out myopic mean people.

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  • hidayat
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:40PM

    It is not a sudden thing. Things were going on since a week; PTI leadership did not tried to contact Fauzia Kasoori and avoid this unpleasant thing. It is not only a matter of ticket; please don’t throw mud on her. The leadership has done also nonsense thing giving tickets of NA and PA on relationship bases in KPK; at least three cases are very open and confirmed.

    In Punjab too one case is clearly confirmed; Rana Naeem who was contesting from Gujranwala for NA; his wife has reached Punjab assembly on reserve seats and PTI women president Punjab (Ms.Salomi) is no where.

    Ms.Mazari who left throwing mud on PTI and returned at the time of tickets was kept at NO.1 position and Ms.Qasoori was pushed to number 4 position. Ayla Malik who was kept at No.3 position; she has only credit/merit to be grand daughter of Nawab of Kala Bagh.

    I hope PTI supporters would refrain from throwing mud on her as she had a long association with them and now that is her choice to leave and if any other party contact her then that is also her choice. There are many high profile leaders in PTI who were yesterday part of OTHER parties. This is the beauty of Pakistani politics.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:40PM

    It is a shame to see the top men of PTI (many of them new comers) each contesting from several seats their woman chief for 17 long years gets the boot. This may be the beginning of the end of a “progressive” PTI now allied with JI and others for power.Recommend

  • Rule of Law
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:43PM

    PTI has double standards. It welcomed Javed Hashmi & inducted him as its President when he was refused Leader of the Opposition slot by PMLN.
    It offered Marvi Memon the seat of Information Secretary to induce her join PTI.
    Shireen Mazari had rightly said that “PTI has been hijacked by use of Big Money”.
    Pakistan Tehreek Naainsaf.

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  • PPP
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:51PM

    She has made an application to join PPP, sources have disclosed

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  • irfan
    Jun 5, 2013 - 9:55PM

    Fauzia kasuri deserves to be a MNA. If maimoona hashmi daughter of Javed Hashmi can get tickets for reserve seat in National assembly and MPA ticket from PP 202 Multan, only because she is the daughter of Javed Hashmi. Everybody knows what happened in KPK.

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  • Tari
    Jun 5, 2013 - 10:08PM

    So much for Naya Pakistan. And it is just the begining.
    Imran did not have time to meet her. Too busy going after drones.Recommend

  • zabdesk
    Jun 5, 2013 - 10:10PM

    I think that she was famous as mother in PTI and associated with PTI since inception. But now she realized the true face of IK who still did not give due right to his daughter Tyrian. How can one expect anything from a person who did not own his own daughter. Shame

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  • skhan
    Jun 5, 2013 - 10:18PM

    PTI cannot afford to loose their senior people, can she not get Senate seat from PP, KP?

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 5, 2013 - 10:22PM

    If you want seat, join PMLN.
    If you want change join Tahir ul Qadri

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  • rwp
    Jun 5, 2013 - 10:24PM

    Atleast people raise voice on these issues in PTI. In Pml-N tickets on reserved seats were given to wives and daughters and nobody complained. Marvi Memon was preferred over true PML-N workers. PTI is only place for independent minded people, Fauzia Kasuri made a mistakeRecommend

  • rwp
    Jun 5, 2013 - 10:24PM

    Atleast people raise voice on these issues in PTI. In Pml-N tickets on reserved seats were given to wives and daughters and nobody complained. Marvi Memon was preferred over true PML-N workers. PTI is only place for independent minded people, Fauzia Kasuri made a mistakeRecommend

  • Adnan
    Jun 5, 2013 - 10:51PM

    V sad indeed, she must be given a voice in parliment

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  • Jun 5, 2013 - 10:54PM

    All those geniuses claiming that she was after a seat and all, there’s something called rules, merit and policies also. Her resignation is due to the latter, not a seat. Go figure!

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  • Xnain
    Jun 5, 2013 - 10:57PM

    ET do you select such bizzar titles willfully or are you really that stupid

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 5, 2013 - 11:02PM

    It should be a sad day for PTI.

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 5, 2013 - 11:20PM

    I feel so ashamed seeing new kids to politics judging the lady who stood by IK in his every defeat for last 17 years. She made PTI what it is today. You guys can even dream of achieving what this lady had achieved. You have no right to disrespect a great and honest leader. She knows much better than any of you about PTI. That’s why PTI will never succeed. Because its voters are bunch of intolerant and ill-mannered goons who don’t know how to respect their leaders. Ii am not a PTI supporter but still i feel for this lady who is being humiliated for standing for truth.

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  • Bilal
    Jun 5, 2013 - 11:49PM

    first Shireen Mazari then Fauzia Kasuri, politics in PTI are getting way interesting with each passing day.Recommend

  • Jamal khan
    Jun 6, 2013 - 12:01AM

    Shame on pti senior members who did not respect the efforts of this great person. All she wanted was some respect for all the sacrifices she did for 17 years. New comers were the opportunist and sidelined the real workers of pti. Pti is no more a sign of change but a party of injustice to real pti worker I m no more a supporter of pti

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  • MZM
    Jun 6, 2013 - 12:22AM

    First dent to PTI’s building. It will collapse soon. No one can survive arrogant behavior of Imran khan, the dictator. They all will leave him.

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  • Don
    Jun 6, 2013 - 12:22AM

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. PTI tickets were ‘sold’ like any other party in Punjab. And to set the record straight PTI did not ‘make’ Fauzia Kasuri- FK ‘made’ PTI, along with many others.. I guess the two ways to get a PTI ticket are: 1- throw some money and, 2. Throw few tantrums (like Shireen Mazari). I never did like Imran Khan, not when he was playing cricket, not now. He is arrogant and self-centred and will always be. Despite my reservations I voted for PTI as a ‘lesser evil’ option. The way things are happening I guess in future I would rather vote for a ‘greater evil’ instead of an arrogant one.

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  • John the Baptist
    Jun 6, 2013 - 1:07AM

    @Xnain:

    ET do you select such bizzar titles willfully or are you really that stupid

    The latter is the case. They are blinded by IK hatred and egged on by USD!

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  • S Ali
    Jun 6, 2013 - 1:36AM

    How can you guys even call her an oppurtunist? Shes been with the party for 17 years….17 YEARS….at a time when it seemed like PTI was never, ever gonna grow to be this big. she stood by . She stood by at times when Imran was humiliatingly defeated. How can we call her an opportunist when people like Ayla Malik, Munazza Hassan, joined PTI post lahore jalsa and nobodys raising a finger on these musharraf leftovers. I’m a PTI supporter myself, and its necessary to be an educated supporter instead of a blind one . Time for imran to clean up the REAL opportinists

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  • Elton
    Jun 6, 2013 - 1:38AM

    Good bye Recommend

  • Fazal karim
    Jun 6, 2013 - 1:45AM

    Fauzia kasoori must carry on with PTI if she is a genuine and truthful to her cause. She is in politics for a cause and not for a seat in the assembly. If she is quiting PTI just for a position such action will only discredit her at this instance. Hope she will be giving a second thought to her future plan.

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  • Dr. Asad Sadick
    Jun 6, 2013 - 1:59AM

    Leave the party but do not join any other, yet. Seems you were after a seat and did not join the party for its manifesto and ideals. Nothing new.

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  • Ek Tha Kashmiri
    Jun 6, 2013 - 2:11AM

    People come and go but Ideology never changes,Move on PTI!!!!

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  • Mirza
    Jun 6, 2013 - 2:30AM

    The sad part is FK is forced out of the party. She did not leave the party and gave ample chances to all the leaders of PTI. While the newly inducted top leaders of PTI were given tickets to multiple seats FK was not given any. If the PTI were interested in keeping FK in the party they could easily give her ticket on one of the many seats that PTI leaders including IK, Hashmi are leaving now. However, PTI were simply not interest and wanted her to leave. The tone of PTI supporters and trolls really says it all.

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  • yasser
    Jun 6, 2013 - 2:53AM

    The fact is that Maam Fauzia Kasuri had voiced several complaints against her party regarding her rank on priority list of reserved seats for women, in which her rank was below Dr. Shireen Mazari, Dr. Munaza Hassan and Ayla Malik, when PTI only won 10 seats from Punjab only the TOP TWO went to the parliament on reserved seats causing Maam Kasuri to lash out on PTI leadership she soon announced that she will leave PTI and join another party despite the fact that PTI had already offered her the Senate Seat which I believe the maam should have accepted for good.

    It is worth mentioning that PTI has always kept on their principled stance not to give her the reserved seats for women from KPK quota as it was purely for KPK residents and also it’s not constitutional. Last year, it was the same issue which led Marvi Memon to join PMLN and not PTI as PTI categorically blamed her on this unconstitutional act where she, being the Sindh domiciled and resident, became member of parliament of reserved quota of Punjab by PML-Q.

    I believe she has taken an extremely wrong step to quit PTI.

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  • RHS
    Jun 6, 2013 - 3:04AM

    Fauzia Sahiba, please try and join the PPP…

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  • Hamed
    Jun 6, 2013 - 4:06AM

    The only person that could possibly bring any real change of the system is Dr Tahir Ul Qadri. IK was never going to bring any “naya Pakistan” with the same old faces. It was and is just a slogan. Oh well let’s see what PTI can deliver in KPK.

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  • Ali (Texas)
    Jun 6, 2013 - 5:41AM

    @Thetruth
    WOW !….if some1 leaves, its cleaning the party…..you need to revisit your leaders speeches.

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  • Aftab Hussain
    Jun 6, 2013 - 6:50AM

    A great loss to PTI and particularly Imran Khan. Truthful, frank, ideological, and loyal individuals like Fauzia help make a leader and party great. Great damage to PTI has been done over this sad affair. Hope the better sense of Imran Khan prevails and he carries out the reforms needed to make PTI live up to it’s stated principals of justice and fairness. Otherwise, it will just end up like one of the other countless meaningless parties. Hope people within PTI will fight for fairness and make the party once again a source of inspiration. New people MUST be brought forward.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 6, 2013 - 8:48AM

    PTI trolls should not bring principles while trash talking against the mother of their party. The fact remains lotas especially men were given multiple seats to contest and several of them are available for by-polls including some from Punjab. Yet the principled party refused to hear the lady and gave her the boot. If she was one of the founders of the party then who is ahead of her to get nominations in all the vacated seats?

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  • Arshad
    Jun 6, 2013 - 9:37AM

    here comes the truth out, when one does not get any chunk in POWER……… true delicious taste of our Politics.
    ELITE always need POWER………. NO SERIVE………..NO VISION…….. BEFORE…… for the sake of PEOPLE and CAUSE…………. and then get into POWER……… INT THE GREAT NATIONAL INTEREST……….. this is really disappointing.

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  • Nasir
    Jun 6, 2013 - 10:25AM

    Kasuri, fourth in PTI’s pecking order of women candidates for reserved seats in the National Assembly, could not get a place in the lower house. This is just because that people like Fauzia Kasuri were responsibile for the defeat of PTI in Punjab. She should realize her shortcomings/gapes in the election results because of which PTI looses in central punjab and Lahore. If Fauzia understand the ABC of democracy than Insetead of leaving the PTI she should apologise the PTI workers all over Pakistan that because of this this reasons we cannot win enough seats in Punjab.

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  • Muhammad Zaman Chitrali
    Jun 6, 2013 - 10:43AM

    Madam Fouzia is the key leader of PTI so she should stay in PTI. She should not even think to join in any other party. Good Luck Madam.

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  • Logic eueope
    Jun 6, 2013 - 12:03PM

    It wont be long before others will start leaving for PMLN or PPP
    Nobody in his right mind should think that people in PTI are different than others
    We must allremember that if PPP had not performed badly over last five years then mr khan would have probably won only two seats @Thetruth:

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  • truth
    Jun 6, 2013 - 3:06PM

    lets face it, both PTI and IK are corrupt as they dont have any substance in their agenda. I feel sorry for the sincere people in PTI or any other party. PTI have no ideology( they dont even know what an ideology is, just ask some of their members and get shocked) but only power hungry people and interest in getting to power. look at the leadership of PTI and judge by yourself. you have wasted your time in PTI MRS. Fauzia. Dont Waste more in another party. All are the same wether its Nawaz, ppp, pti. Nobody have the real guts or interest to change anything. A sincere advice.

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  • Simba
    Jun 6, 2013 - 5:53PM

    Another story without the facts. She wasn’t a founder and expect her to be part of the PML-N by the end of the year. PTI need to continue to weed out the self serving members and keep everything as transparent as possible.

    For full details http://insaf.pk/News/tabid/60/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/16316/Factual-clarification-regarding-the-resignation-of-Ms-Fauzia-Kasuri-from-the-Party.aspx

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  • Baloch
    Jun 6, 2013 - 9:29PM

    @sensible:
    leaving PML-N and joining PTI did not affect credibility of Hashmi then why would changing party hurt the credibility of Kasuri ?

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  • Baloch
    Jun 6, 2013 - 9:31PM

    it is being said she was after seat. my question is.. WHO IS NOT ?
    it is being said it was merit, what merit was followed when Hamid Khan got ticket despite dual nationality and she could not ?

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  • Javed
    Jun 7, 2013 - 6:25AM

    Imran Khan… You and PTI both are lucky,, Fouzia Kausari left,, thanks GOD.. she was a black sheep ,, I realized this when she visited USA couple of months ago for fund raising movement. After meeting with her I felt she is not a sincere person… Imran Khan we are with you ,, I am glad she is gone,, we don’t need only true Pakistani…
    Javed

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jun 7, 2013 - 12:04PM

    @Dr. Asad Sadick:
    @Elton:
    @shah:
    @Sara Khan:
    @asim:
    @ImranAli:
    @Thetruth:

    I have not seen a person give 17 beautiful years of her life to an idealogy, and when she quits workers allege her of hungry of just a seat.

    No there must be reasons far serious as Ms.fouzia mentions. PTians please show that you have some humanity and PTI’s and its members’ reaction will make any one wishing to join it think hundred times before a final decision.

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