Out of time?: As first 90 days conclude, PTI flounders in deep water

Published: August 31, 2013
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan addressing a student convention in Peshawar in February 2011. PHOTO: PPI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan addressing a student convention in Peshawar in February 2011. PHOTO: PPI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan addressing a student convention in Peshawar in February 2011. PHOTO: PPI Internal rifts have plagued the party since the general elections. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI) is still passing through vicissitude within its ranks, as the 90-day target set by the party to bring ‘change’ in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) comes to an end.

While facing internal incoherence, the party is yet to face the gigantic tasks of bringing reforms and ending corruption in various sectors of the government.

The latest in the series of problems the PTI must confront comes in the shape of asking Law Minister Israrullah Gandapur to explain why he allegedly supported Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami (JUI-F) candidate Asad Mehmud on NA-25 DI Khan-cum-Tank in the by-election campaign instead of PTI candidate Dawar Kundi.

The by-elections on NA-25 were postponed by the Election Commission of Pakistan on account of security concerns in the region. The JUI-F and PTI are rivals on this seat.

The Express Tribune learnt, however, that the PTI is in disharmony in the constituency and is holding Gandapur responsible for his dubious role in supporting the JUI-F as opposed to the PTI ticket holder.

The concerns and complaints made to the PTI’s central leadership by the party’s office bearers regarding the provincial minister led to the constitution of a five-member inquiry committee, which will probe the situation and decide whether the minister really supported a candidate against the PTI.

Earlier, Gandapur, who was elected as an independent candidate on a provincial assembly seat in the general elections and later joined the PTI, was summoned by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak “to clear his position”, said people familiar with the matter.

PTI regional coordinator for southern areas Ali Ameen confirmed an “explanation had been sought from Gandapur”. Ameen added the minister would now have to choose between the PTI and JUI-F.

“His (Gandapur’s) role is suspicious, and PTI chief Imran Khan knows it,” he added. “If he supported the JUI-F then he has double standards. This kind of behaviour is intolerable within the party.”

PTI district leader in Tank, Ayub Bhittani, meanwhile, said Israrullah’s brother Ikramullah Gandapur had been publically supporting the JUI-F candidate in the region. “Recently, I tried to hold a public meeting in support of the PTI but the party leaders, including Israrullah and Ali Ameen, did not turn up”, Bhittani informed.

Irarullah Gandapur, meanwhile, could not be contacted for comments.

Another issue facing the party has to do with PTI MPA from PK-25, Obaid Khan Mayar, who has been served a show-cause notice by the party on charges of corruption. Mayar too, is set to face an inquiry. He told the media he had asked the party leadership in K-P to follow merit-based policies in the province in general and in district Mardan in particular.

In the past 90 days, which the PTI visualised as a crucial timeframe within which to trigger change, the party’s internal rifts in the wake of by-elections have also cost the party the NA-1 Peshawar seat, which was secured by Awami National Party leader Ghulam Ahmad Bilour. The PTI never even got off to a smooth start to begin with, as the allocation of provincial ministerial slots to elected candidates was a process in which reservations and expressions of bereavement were commonplace. Some of this discontent within the party lingers to this day.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (83)

  • Ammar
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:19AM

    There are 4 phases in team building, namely,
    1) forming,
    2) storming,
    4) performing.

    Relax Guys, they will perform, it takes some time to sort out challenges…


  • Laraiz
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:26AM

    Whine as much as you can ET, but PTI is transforming KPK and in a few days time the world will see it. Please guys dont follow this biased newspaper.Recommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:27AM

    Here we go again with ET’s typical style of badgering against PTI.


  • Fahad
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:28AM

    Don’t worry ET. For the best of breed to evolve, the most hardships one has to face. This is a process to differentiate the black sheep’s in PTI from other loyal workers of PTI. It is a very positive step in building a solid foundation. From this action, even those thinking of corruption will get a silent but stringent warning. Keep it up PTI. One more day to go!!


  • Zohaib
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:32AM

    No mention of governance, only party’s internal issue
    The 90 day headline is misleading……the usual from ET


  • Adnan
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:42AM

    Is this even a news. Get a life ET… PTI is doing great in KP, the change has started, simply wait for results


  • sabi
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:42AM

    PTI still has two days to announce implementing its ideology of Bakistan.Brouhaha.


  • Realist
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:50AM

    All politicians – both domestic and foreign – make promises (as part of their rhetoric) that are obviously quite unrealistic. Give PTI some time. If they won’t deliver, they will be voted out. Let’s not get into political rivalries in the comments today. Pakistan has many problems. We can solve them if we stand united. Like if you agree.


  • sabi
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:50AM

    On serious note PTI has no ideology but hollow slogans that,to many,make no sense.A letter written by students of Haripur to IK in ET should be an eye opener for PTI supporters who have high hopes from PTI.


  • Kala_bacha
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:50AM

    5 year will pass by still we have the same news paper headline. Long live #NayaPakistan.


  • Z
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:54AM

    How about some of this kind of ‘reporting’ on PMLN and PPP in the utopias they’re governing?


  • Karachiite
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:01AM

    Here we go PTI is no different then any political party. Just loves to protest and ridicule others but can’t do anything itself. No voting for it again!


  • GornmentCallage
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:05AM

    And PPP was complete and total success. As was Nawaz Sharifs first two glorious terms!


  • non political
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:06AM

    great go IK…..we the KPK with you


  • Mohammad
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:13AM

    Khan just got the passion.. no team… no experience. It will take 2-3 governments for him to properly understand how to run a government effectively.


  • Fiz
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:15AM

    Time for PTI to take stock of their performance so far!


  • Saleem
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:17AM

    Soon we will hear from Imran Khan that all this was conspiracy from center to undermine their government in KP. Angry Khan needs to concentrate in KP and make sure promises made to masses materialized as otherwise PTI will be a history.


  • Ali Ashraf
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:19AM

    With sheer disappointment, I am disheartened by Tribune’s publishing. It has entirely become a blog! A newspaper should be dispensing information and facts rather than opinions as “headlines” …. As far as its biased opinion on PTI goes, I would suggest that it should talk to the general public of KPK and ask if they have witnessed any change since the new set up has arrived. I have personally heard accounts where people are experiencing a new and reformed way of governance, price control, free health care and medicines, justice system and an overall shift in government attitude towards the people. A service oriented approach rather than lip service approach. Plz be responsible and professional and keep your opinions away from headline news. You do have other space for that.


  • Irfan
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:22AM

    The author has evaluated 90 days of PTI in the context of Irarullah Gandapur, which makes no sense. Even you didn’t mention many good steps of PTI, e.g., RIT law (ranked top in world), mobile courts, efficient online FIR system, mega power projects, etc.


  • YellowJ
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:29AM

    Trust ET to come up with such a biased title based on unfounded theories and groundless arguments. Compare to DAWN.com and you’ll see a world of a difference in reporting standards. Utter rubbish this. Bleh…


  • Samir Ahmed
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:29AM

    Let them work, don’t be so impatient


  • Imran
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:41AM

    Despite utmost try you couldn’t find a real issue in KPK governance. They promised to end corruption and you couldn’t report even a single case, and I think show cause notice to their own MPA (suspect of corruption) shows their efforts to end corruption.

    And IK haters ! Please once remind yourself “josh e khitabat” before commenting.Recommend

  • Tipu
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:42AM

    O dear God. You write a 2 page long article on one MPA’s alleged dubious role and declare PTI fail. These things happen in all the parties. The difference is PTI doesnt beleive in ‘Matti Pao” theory and sticks to its principles.


  • QAS
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:44AM

    hope, very soon the results will come more clear….Keep it up , our Hero IK.


  • AK
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:48AM

    Apparently , they are not going to bring any change even in next 180 days. All expectations has came to an end .


  • Pakistani
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:51AM

    Tribune is very fair and balanced.. sarcasm


  • Iqbal
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:53AM

    Have you seen the right to information act in KPK. Its a major step. Ask other governments to implement it. What is the federal and other governments doing. Balochistan cabinet was only sworn in last week, people of sindh are being crushed – see karachi for instance, nothing in punjab – not even a single project, only load shedding. And you call the only government performing as running out of time. Pretty strange!


  • AR
    Aug 31, 2013 - 2:07AM

    Any news about bullet trains? I hope ET also gives some insight into that.


  • NUST
    Aug 31, 2013 - 2:22AM


    We dont :). We know that Imran & PTI must be doing very right that ANP,PPP,PMLN and JUIF got united against him. We just come here to see haters burning :D


  • Salman Ahmed
    Aug 31, 2013 - 2:23AM

    This is so very funny….I love how ET covers PTI..am genuinely amused.

    Keep drinking the coolade.Recommend

  • Anwar Shahid
    Aug 31, 2013 - 2:28AM

    I expect a better ,humble and decent behavior from the supporters of imran kham, inviting and tolerating criticism as the supporters of Democracy….a mature point to point reply will create a better image about he supporters of PTI who are expected to set examples.


  • logic Europe
    Aug 31, 2013 - 2:28AM

    By forming the government in KPK mr khan has shown immaturity
    He is standing exactly where PMLN nad PPP want him A place from where he will fall most definitely If he had any vision he would have waited till next election


  • kamran
    Aug 31, 2013 - 2:37AM

    PTI has already introduced lot of reforms in KPK. Most of the biggest corruption has already been turned off as CM and his team has not taken any illegal money or funds.


    Aug 31, 2013 - 2:44AM

    The name says it all ! Hope you get it ET !


  • Baloch Insafian
    Aug 31, 2013 - 2:45AM

    Change in KPK has already started… ET’s blindness just can’t figure out the Naya KPK
    By the way I am from Balochistan & after all these 90 days we still don’t have any cabinet in province… would like to hear about it one day from ET as well..


  • Ejaz
    Aug 31, 2013 - 3:11AM

    Typical PTI bashing by ET.Get a life ET! seriously you are looosing credibility as a news source for me.


  • Aviator
    Aug 31, 2013 - 3:24AM


    Storming and norming?

    Please define each of these


  • JD
    Aug 31, 2013 - 4:31AM

    For example, even if this were true, I’m still way too happy with whatever’s happening.
    A limping, confused PTI is a thousand times better than a well organized ANP.


  • Yasir Mehmood
    Aug 31, 2013 - 4:40AM

    Center is performing well in spite of coming a few days later than PTI govt they have cleared circular debt, started working working on Khi-Lhr motorway, Gaddani project , Tax reforms, Gwader-khunjerab corridor and now about to start a full fledged operation in Karachi against criminals whereas PTI govt has a jail break , mobile court (concieved by PHC and ANP) and a small scale power project in Kalam (conceived and funded by a NGO) to their credit.


    Aug 31, 2013 - 4:43AM

    Et, do publish the report about federal and punjab govt as well as they promised to end loadshedding in 6 months if YOU ARE NOT BAISED??


  • Dj
    Aug 31, 2013 - 4:48AM

    Well PTI has done a great deal in KPK. Just look at the amount of attention the smallest province by land area and second smallest by population has got in these 3 months. Especially by ET. I remember when Fauzia Kasuri resigned. ET kept bashing Pti, there were like 5 reports on F.K every few hours but now that Ghous Ali Shah left Noon, no word about it.


  • Baloch Insafian
    Aug 31, 2013 - 5:20AM

    My Comment didn’t get published.. Thumbs up ET!


  • Uzair Malik
    Aug 31, 2013 - 5:46AM

    I think he’s already done wonders, the steps he’s taken are totally concrete. What I notice is that IK is making a strong foundation which will produce some great results regardless of whether the federal govt. meddles or not. He’s doing what he has always done, making the province an organisation consisting of various institutions. Broader the base, the taller the building. He’s an Oxford graduate, with amazing success stories and totally self-made hence, he’s beyond the understanding of some street smart businessmen. Hold your horses guys- change is not instantaneous, it comes gradually.


  • Arshad
    Aug 31, 2013 - 6:09AM

    Mr IK and PTI. Please focus on development and not SC, Sharamnak, and other dubious issues. Pl pl pl develop power and energy. Your new Energy & Power Working Group is full of people who have played their innings and failed with the exception of one or two. I will not name the corrupt people you have put of this Working Group. They will get no where and PTI will be eventual loser. The Working Group consists some 50 people nothing will get done. Make it 5 people and they will deliver.


  • Arshad
    Aug 31, 2013 - 6:11AM

    @Irfan: Which mega projects? pl can you name one.


  • Hassan Cheema
    Aug 31, 2013 - 6:23AM

    Any one can understand that 90 days are not enough to perform but the problem or you can say topic is IK ‘s claim to do it in 90 or sonetimes in 9 days ……. Even nothing is done . Why their cabinet is largest …why their ministers doing corruption and he is not sacking them…why he is just another politician after getting power .


  • fawad
    Aug 31, 2013 - 8:07AM

    With all the problems pakistan is facing today, all ET could come up with biggest headline for the day is that PTI mna in D. I. Khan is not supporting pti candidate. ET must be joking.


  • Khan
    Aug 31, 2013 - 9:29AM

    He doesn’t have a magic broom to transform the province into an ideal one overnight.But look at the steps undertaken during his short time that will lay foundation for the goals that he promised.Think about it!!


  • Amir
    Aug 31, 2013 - 9:32AM

    PTI legislator supporting JUI-F is being called dubious and double standard.

    I call it Democracy…


  • Shabir
    Aug 31, 2013 - 9:33AM

    very good writing ET!!

    This is the reason ppl of NA 1, prefered Bilour and kicked out PTI. They have not completed their promise of 90 days.
    Result of NA 1 will be the result of all KPK in next election.

    Dear ET interesting to see trolls not sparing uRecommend

  • Umar Khan
    Aug 31, 2013 - 9:43AM

    Mr. Author, please enlighten us with comparison of other provinces.


  • Xnain
    Aug 31, 2013 - 9:46AM

    Only PTI claimed an utopia and making Pehsawar a Hong Kong. No?


  • Naseer Cheema
    Aug 31, 2013 - 10:51AM

    @Ammar: Add as many stages as you want to pacify your voters but remember people of Pakistan are very smart. They know the difference between lip service and tangible results. You failed in your 90 days promise, be it “stages” or whatever.


  • Junaid
    Aug 31, 2013 - 11:00AM

    How do u pay back the loans whose repmts r due now? How r u expected to “immediately” increase the electricity production? These things will take time so criticizing the PML N or PTI govts is a sign of frustration and not a part of a reasonable and educated dialogue. I would however say that the PML N has “not ” been a disappointment so far. On the other hand, Imran still seems to be living under the illusion of being an outside force (of parliament and govt) and always criticizing. He needs to grow up fast.


  • Shabir
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:04PM

    I even dont care to read this article after reading the title. Did ET ever published something about any other party like this?


  • s s ayub
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:05PM

    Mr. Ghous Ali Shah has resigned as President of Sindh PML-N and has parted ways with Nawaz Sharif…… and Fed Govt is ‘performing’ the way it is – right…. Is it any different than what is going on in KP with PTI. Wonder why ‘status quo-ish’ have blinkers on their eyes…


  • Ali
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:12PM

    What change, pray do tell us.

    IK wants to hold talks with the Taliban — the same people who kill us and our brethren. You expect them to hold talks with you? Are they not killing you without any reason?

    Sethi was spot-n to say that IK is Pakistan’s most confused leader when it comes to Terrorism. Though, I fear he may not only be the most confused, but also incapable of dealing with Terrorism.


  • Zeeshan
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:27PM

    PTI`s biggest problem is its front line leadership which all are about lotaaas if PTI want to reform Pakistan then it should clean all these lotaaas first and bring the main leadership on merit now it is no more the party of youngsters party has been hijacked by gagas now.


  • Abdul Jabbar Mohmand
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:38PM

    Ghous Ali Shah, Sindh PMLN chief resigns and its only an ‘item’
    minor differences within PTI are headline news.

    Come on ET, you could do better


  • Anon
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:40PM

    The 90 day deadline was supposed to reflect on their governance…. something completely missing from this report.

    Whos doing what in the elections, and whos not getting along with whom, while important, has absolutely nothing to do with the 90 day deadline.

    This piece shouldve been about milestones the KP govt has achieved, and those they have failed achieve…. not a gossip column!


  • ab
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:47PM

    as they are the new party i personally would like to give them the full 5 years and judge after that. also on ground there are lot of external factors that doesn’t like them to succeed and they are in full play.


  • Farras
    Aug 31, 2013 - 12:51PM

    I never understand that why is ET always on PTIs case?


  • Zuhair
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:47PM

    So the Right to Information Law, Mobile courts etc stand no mention? right!!


  • Razi
    Aug 31, 2013 - 1:53PM

    Gandapur was never an independent candidate! And if the party is giving show cause to its own for alleged corruption then that is an attempt at accountability! Whats wrong with that ?


  • sigh
    Aug 31, 2013 - 2:35PM

    Fact: PTI makes 90 day 0 corruption promise and fails to keep it.

    PTI fanboy response: Give them more time.

    Fact: 250 hardened criminals escape under the KP government’s nose.

    PTI fanboy response: No biggie.

    Fact: Imran calls the judiciary’s conduct ‘shameful’, a universal insult in Pakistan.

    PTI fanboy response: That’s not even a bad word!

    Fact: A newspaper reports these facts

    PTI fanboy response: The newspaper is biased

    If ever: Imran is publicly caught beating a 5 year old senseless.

    I predict, PTI fanboy response: Imran had superhuman abilities with ESP and knew the little kids would have grown up to be evil, so he initially deserved it!


  • S S Ayub
    Aug 31, 2013 - 2:44PM

    @Baloch Insafian:
    You are right dear! Mine didn’t get published either.

    The problem is everybody – means everybody; has his own axe to grind. Everybody speaks with an angle. Everybody has an opinion. Everybody wants to say something……..
    This is good. Because this means everybody is not happy with the state of affairs of our beloved country (Can’t we call this state of affairs as ‘status quo’?) Everybody wishes a change – some change, even a miniscule of a change, in the state of affairs of the country – and that, very, very quickly, too! Everybody can’t wait for an iota of a change. Everybody is extremely impatient. Everybody wishes to break the ‘status quo’. PERIOD.
    But in an extremely polarized and fractured polity, somebody’s comment is bound to disturb somebody’s feathers. Because everybody is part of the ‘status quo’. Somebody’s comment about prospective change is perceived as an attack on somebody’s sacred marbles – deep-rooted interests. And when self interests get involved – tou jootou,N mein daal batney lagtee hai. Isn’t it, what is happening on these fora?

    Believe me dear these ET at al folks are also INTEGRAL PART of this ‘status quo’. They will not relent and will oppose tooth and nail – to their last drop of blood, any effort, even a miniscule one – like a small comment, to even talk about change.


  • jiyala
    Aug 31, 2013 - 3:15PM

    This is not news though. It’s an opinion piece. I wonder what’s it doing in news section?


  • True Karachiwala
    Aug 31, 2013 - 3:22PM

    @logic Europe:
    @Aamir – Toronto:

    Self-delusional PTI followers get more excuses ready for the next 90 days !


  • Tahir Naseem
    Aug 31, 2013 - 3:41PM

    First 90 days conclude? Wondering you ever conclude 66 years of other parties


  • ds
    Aug 31, 2013 - 4:17PM

    ET will shortly be viewed as an example of journalism – the one which no sane, truthful and mature person would follow.


  • MAC
    Aug 31, 2013 - 4:31PM

    PTI supporters are party’s biggest weakness. Because they will never ever ever criticize wrong steps taken by leadership. All I want to ask PTI friends is this: how does comparing provinces make PTI look better? And there are huge rifts within KPK chapter of PTI, no matter how grand IKs plans are they will have to face reality of give and take politics in Pakistan. Challenge for PTI is to balance practicality and idealism and so far it is failing badly. Challenge for PTI supporters is to hold party accountable, which they failing badly at.


  • zavia
    Aug 31, 2013 - 4:57PM

    I strongly believe PTI will not be able to deliver the ”Change”. having said that, they will surely do ”something” for their voters, but not complete overhauling…


  • Uzair
    Aug 31, 2013 - 5:11PM

    I STARTED DISLIKING ET FOR THIS POST. BE REALISTIC. PTI & Jumat-e-Islami is trying and let them do it their Way, All other parties are afraid of them.


  • Saad Durrani
    Aug 31, 2013 - 6:59PM

    Petty publishing politics!


  • Pasanni
    Aug 31, 2013 - 7:12PM

    @sabi.. see rejoinder to the letter soon..


  • ali ahmed
    Aug 31, 2013 - 8:21PM

    jamat-e-islami is enough for his fall in KPP…in the last election no major party was willing to have alliance with J.I.


  • Siyab
    Aug 31, 2013 - 9:26PM

    ET comments section – PTI fanboys to the rescue!


  • NewYorker
    Sep 1, 2013 - 1:20AM

    Jesus Christ ET…can you please stop reporting like a gossip magazine and report like a newspaper for once? I dont think I’ve ever read a more biased article.


  • Awais
    Sep 1, 2013 - 2:33AM

    all you media guys see is KPK government’s “failure”… what about PMLN…? where is “experienced tair-e-lahooti”? aren’t they still begging? aren’t drones still killing our countrymen? I still see positive things here… PTI MPA gets question about corruption…. isn’t that a positive change??? black sheeps being caught! can’t you appreciate that?


  • ACK
    Sep 1, 2013 - 2:09PM

    Hello MAC, I am ACK. I will aswer your questions. PTI has criticized leadership on use of harsh language by Imran Khan. Further more, Asad Umar had advised IK to refrain from statements on live tv (ARY). Maybe u missed it. You are right in saying that we should not compare provinces, because KPK will get far ahead for others to compare. there are rifts in PTI but not huge. As party is building its permanent foundation by choosing the best people, there is meant to rifts amongst competitors. I hope I have answered satisfactorily. If not please feel free to share your views.Recommend

  • Salman Shakeel
    Sep 1, 2013 - 3:08PM

    I am a Software Engineer by Profession.

    In our field there is a concept of Requirements Analysis , design then implementation.

    Until design you don’t see tangible output but after implementation you can see the tangible output of the software.

    PTI’s efforts in KPK are in design Phase, InshAllah once it gets implemented , You will see the difference.

    One minor glimpse is rights of services act introduced by PTI led KPK govt, This is non-tangible , you cannot feel it like metro or laptops but if you know How to use it then where it makes the difference.

    Long way to go PTI, You are still ahead of what a common Pakistani thinks.

    Just transform your ideas into actions and let your efforts do the talking…

    Long live #PTI , #NayaKPK is in the making…..


  • Muslim League
    Sep 1, 2013 - 4:46PM

    ET, you have deleted my comments twice!
    It seems that these spaces are reserved for PTI trolls only :)


  • Khan Bhai
    Sep 1, 2013 - 7:02PM

    Your disingenuous digs at PTI are quite disturbing. When will ET become a credible news source?


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