Tehreek-e-Taliban should open an office: Imran Khan

Published: September 25, 2013
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PTI Chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

PTI Chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan wants the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan to open their office so that peace talks can progress, Express News reported on Wednesday.

Talking to media persons at Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) on Wednesday during his visit to inquire about the health of people injured in the twin suicide blasts, he further said that the government should also open an office for peace talks with the Taliban.

“At the All Parties Conference all the political parties decided to talk to the Taliban,” Imran Khan reiterated.

“People  voted for PTI because they want peace,” he said.

Commenting on the complexity of the situation, the PTI Chairman said nine years ago there was only one group of Taliban but now there are around 35 such groups. He argued that if the US could open offices for the Afghan Taliban in Qatar, why should Pakistan not do the same.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Pervez Khatak, Speaker of the provincial assembly Asad Qaisar and others minister and workers of PTI were also present on the occasion.

PTI has come under a lot criticism since the Peshawar church bombing. Protests were taken out by the Christian community and their supporters against the PTI-lead K-P government’s handling of the attack. The PTI Chairman was also criticized for his media talk in which he cited the possibility of a conspiracy against peace talks being the reason for the attack.

Responding to Imran’s call for Taliban political offices, acting chief of the Awami National Party (ANP) Haji Adeel told Express News he was against the idea, although he did support peace talks.

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  • aqib
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:17PM

    The armchair strategists will now start their bashing of whatever comes from Imran Khan’s mouth, without trying to reason as what other workable alternatives are there, which have been superbly successful uptil now.

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  • Aalu Laylo
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:19PM

    Why not an office in Pakistan if in Qatar?
    ET is biased.Recommend

  • Tahir
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:19PM

    He always have realistic approach. May Allah bless you Khan

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:19PM

    They don’t need to spend money for another office. They can use space in PTI offices. The spokesman, office workers and equipment is already available free of cost.

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  • Rakhshanda
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:20PM

    Imran Khan, you have really lost the plot!

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  • fawad
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:20PM

    Imran Khan visited the hospital again today. ANP leaders left after a brief photo session on Sunday. Health minister KPK is there for 72 consecutive hours. But nothing made a headline. ET’s headline is misleading and shows their partial journalism against Imran Khan.

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  • Sadist
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:20PM

    Fair suggestion.
    After all if we have to hold talks, we have to streamline the process. Having an office for the purpose may be a good idea (though its exact dynamics should be worked out).

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  • Uza Syed
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:22PM

    We all know that some people are slow learners and thought IK would also learn the horror that these TTP folks are, but Khan is bent upon proving himself to be totally and chronically deficient and suffering from learning disability. For God sake, have guts if not the wisdom to call these barbarians what they are.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:23PM

    This man does not care about Pakistani blood. He is pouring salt on our wounds and enjoying the situation.

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  • my leader
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:23PM

    Imran Khan all the way!!!

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  • Junaid
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:28PM

    “People voted for PTI because they want peace” Yes, PEACE not APPEASEMENT. There’s a big difference.

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  • Dr Imran Ahmed
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:29PM

    Giving avowed terrorists de facto legitimacy and recognition BEFORE they surrender arms sounds wrong unless it is used to trap and execute them. Let IK invite them into an office and introduce polio virus into their environment which they can disseminate to family and friends hopefully exterminating the blighters.
    I support the proposal.

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  • Sane Voice
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:30PM

    OMG………..this man is a real visionay.
    My belief in his leadership grows stronger by each passing day.
    He is the only person who can lead Pakistan out of its current mess.
    In IK we trust…………..
    We are with you IK………….

    aap samajh to gai hain naaaa………………;-)

    (trolls to add something new)

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  • Obaid
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:30PM

    So what is message is being sent here. If you cause enough violence your cause will gain legitimacy, your crimes would be forgiven and you will be nominated a stake holder in the matters of the state. We don’t any so called “yahoodo nisar” to weaken us, we have IK.

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  • Shafi
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:33PM

    Talking peace has not been easy in such situation anywhere in the world. There will be criticism and anger rightfully by those who lost loved ones but there SOME who just like war to continue. It is crystal clear that there is no military solution of this crisis. Imran khan policy on this issue is only hope for millions in pakistan. Be straightforward and ignore liberal faciast.

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  • Rizvi
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:36PM

    This guy gets in trouble because he talk about the issues and suggest practical solutions. Pakistanis don’t like this – they would rather prefer someone who would simply create a 3-4 member committee to investigate every time there is an incident.

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  • tanvir
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:37PM

    No harm in having a point of contact

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  • Jibran
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:39PM

    Why do they need an office, when you are doing a darn good job as their spokesman and advocate.

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  • lalai
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:39PM

    Wow! so you now confirm that killing one million upgrades anybody from a murderer to a conqueror.

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  • Mohammad Aslam
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:39PM

    The more he talks the more he exposes himself.

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  • Dr Dang
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:41PM

    really ??? This guy is so naive.

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  • A-No.1
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:41PM

    When will IK and PTI think tanks stop dreaming and get real? Listen carefully “The taliban are barbarians. Barbarians do not change with talks”.

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  • Faisal
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:44PM

    I think TTP doesn’t need Shahid Ullah Shahid, Imran Khan is far better advocate for them. Pls allow them to open office, you might also think of replacing Pervaiz Khattak with Hakeem Ullah Mehsood. We will have peace everywhere. So wonderful of you Mr. Khan.

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  • Adeel Abbas
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:44PM

    They don’t need office when you are there to represent them Mr. IK.

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  • JibbiRana
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:45PM

    Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan to open their office so that we can blame/talk to them if any attach happen thats exactly what IK said

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  • NCs
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:45PM

    IK- no longer a closet supporter.at one point he used to say it is the reconcilable tribal people that one should talk with and fight the terrorists who show they want to continue killing. Now such nuances are abandoned. He just wants o negotiate surrender with TTP it seems because they have made it clear that they will not let up on wanton killing.

    Those who killed him Taliban Khan were right all along.

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  • abdul ghafoor
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:48PM

    This guy has lost it!! I am so glad he did not win in rest of the country.

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  • suzo
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:49PM

    No one is more damaging than imran khan..his unending and unconditional sympathy for brutal mindless taliban is ununderstandable…his such attitude will result in destruction of Pakistan by these wild insurgents and he would be an accomplice..he wants to creat a “naya pakistan” where the worst,inhumane and merciless killers are heros!!! Imran khan for God sake fear from the wrath of God!! hope ET will not censor the truth

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:52PM

    IK is TTP coach.Recommend

  • jun
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:53PM

    corporate office with CFO , COO etc and also hire consultantsRecommend

  • Sep 25, 2013 - 5:54PM

    Yeah, and IK should cut the ribbon to inaugurate this office of the butchers!

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  • Yaasir
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:54PM

    Shame on him. He will never learn. How many more innocent people will have to die for this fool to understand that there is NO such thing as ‘good’ Taliban? What a disappointment Imran and PTI are turning out to be.

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  • Aysha M
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:54PM

    Excellent idea!
    Yes offices in all major cities in Pakistan. They might like to list their accomplishments and have them framed and put up on their office walls. The list might include attack on Pak army military establishments, killings of trained Pak Army personnel. Killings of thousands of innocent civilians. All sorts of gorilla warfare tactics which are effectively used even in the holy month of ramadan. The list of credential is long and impressive and should add to the decor of the office Imran Khan will help them set up

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  • Voice
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:54PM

    It will be later PTI’s liaison office in tribal areas…..

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  • July
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:56PM

    It would be great if Mr khan can diffrentiate good and bad millitants! millitants are millitants Mr khan!

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  • jawad
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:57PM

    This guy has completely lost the plot. It would be ludicrous were it not so tragic.

    These thugs don’t want talks. They want to take over, it is as simple as that. TTP is a group of thugs that smell blood, and are going in for the kill in order to create their own kingdom in erstwhile “Pakistan”. They will stop at nothing.

    Talks will not bring you peace. They will only reveal your weakness, leading to more violence until TTP takes over your country (or what remains of it).

    The only solution is overwhelming force against TTP to knock them down so hard they don’t have a chance of getting up.

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  • citizen
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:57PM

    what what what ? who voted that man? yes , we all !

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  • amit
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:58PM

    TTP Pvt. Ltd. (subsidiary of Al Queda Inc.)

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  • asm123
    Sep 25, 2013 - 5:58PM

    Right lets have a group that is openly at war with us open an office so that we can listen to their ridiculous demands. Lets give them ammunition, guns and food as well so that hopefully we can appease them enough to stop killing us for a while. What a sheepish nation we have become.

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  • Mohammad
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:00PM

    what kind of guy you are Imran, instead of cursing, condemning, shouting against their act of terrorism against Pakistani people, you are asking them to open an office to start peace talks? If they are so interested in peace talks, they can start from any point, even from a cave.

    My opinion that you are wasting your time and precious lives of Pakistanis, get united with everyone and go for complete wipeout.

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  • Latunya
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:01PM

    There we go again with the Bush mentalty i.e

    " You are either with us or against us"
    or
    " Anyone against Iraq war is not Patriotic"

    No, Immi we are not going to entertain a slight notion that Talks are being conspired against. Its sacraligous.

    We’ll shoot first ask questions later.

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  • Furqan
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:01PM

    We simply love to do everything America in our daily life. And given a chance, how many of us won’t take the first flight to leave for the US? But when it comes to hypocrisy, no one beats Pakistanis. Taliban’s office in Qatar is a unanimous decision taken by the international community. If you don’t want to talk to the TTP, get it first approved by another APC. But if these are the people you voted just a few months ago, then trust your leaders, be it IK, Nawaz, Diesel or Asfo.

    IK has been for dialogues since 2004. The votes he got mandate him to go ahead with his vision, which was also shared by the APC. PTI must go all-out in its stated policy of seeking a peaceful solution.

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  • Yasser Nomann
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:04PM

    IK may set up a liaison office on Taliban’s behalf at his Banigala residence.

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  • Imran
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:04PM

    A TTP office would be the first step to bring them into the mainstream. Ever heard of IRA?

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:07PM

    So it gets beyond ridiculous. Yes open an office and hire Imran Khan as your CEO, he is already doing a great job. I am just glad people are realizing the truth, never a half-decent politician but an open supporter of Taliban. Welcome to Naya Pakistan.

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  • bangash
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:08PM

    Its obvious now that PTI is clueless of the terrorism issue and unwilling to face reality.

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  • Shariq
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:09PM

    Errr, before PTI, ANP was in power. They condemned TTP/Taliban all the time. Did THAT stop the attacks? Did it stop the suicide bombings? Taliban doesn’t reason. They are ready to die because of an extreme ideology. Condemning them or not condemning them doesn’t make any difference – you have to remove the root cause of terrorism: hatred and perversion of religion.

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  • Fareed
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:14PM

    I wonder how much a troll costs nowadays in Pakistan?

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  • Raza
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:16PM

    Cant believe I supported PTI; they’re fast becoming the political party of the Taliban. Now terrorists are also going to be represented in the parliament.

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  • Saleem
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:25PM

    Once the office is set up will they also be required to pay taxes on their income from extortion, drugs/ arms sales and paid for explosions?

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  • Strategist
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:27PM

    Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif, you two should learn from history.

    Learn from Maharajah Ranjit Singh. He realized that the only way to fight these barbarians at bay is to smack them hard.

    You should take the fight to the borders of the Northwest Frontier, and expel them beyond the Khyber pass.

    Otherwise, the throne of Lahore will soon be overrun by the hordes from the Northwest.

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  • Aysha M
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:28PM

    @Uza Syed:
    Great to see your comments.
    He is just a sportsman, at best a philanthropist. He doesnt have a political bone in him. Politics is not his game, His long time supporters and advocates such as Haroon Rashid and Hassan Nisar openly talking about his immaturity and lack of political acumen

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  • Candid1
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:31PM

    I did not beleive people when they saud Imran was a closet Taliban. Now I know my belief was misplaced. It is people like him who provide the enabling environment that allows these terrorists to thrive.

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  • Rizvi
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:44PM

    We allowed MQM to do that, right?

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  • unbelievable
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:45PM

    “People voted for PTI because they
    want peace,”

    BTW you lost the election – further many of the people who voted for you did so because they disliked the alternatives rather than believed your political mantra. Lastly – many of the people who voted for you won’t vote for you again – like other candidates you have demonstrated that you lack substance.

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  • Saad Mohiuddin
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:46PM

    Nice move by IK. The only way to deal with these extremists is reason. Still, I can’t believe how double standard people can be cursing the U.S. for their hostile attitude towards Muslim countries and condemning Imran Khan’s agenda againts dependency on the U.S. IK is right. We need to get out of this war. It’s not ours to be fought

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  • amir
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:47PM

    there should be some limit to cawardice.IK stepped beyod all limits .im fearing IK may not offer them ministery.sharamnak!

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  • Salman
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:49PM

    Single digit IQ at work…

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  • g
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:56PM

    Is IK getting paid by the Taliban? Is he trying to save himself from assassination? Does he read the paper? How can he propose this when every day brings more Taliban murders? The Taliban understand only killing and misery. Give it to them.

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  • Hasan
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:56PM

    CM House would be a great place of open the office. Library hasn’t been built so Taliban’s might as well use it.

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  • afzaal khan
    Sep 25, 2013 - 6:58PM

    The day Imran Khan officially lost his mind, Governor Raj only option now

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  • haroon
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:03PM

    How would you know TTP’s stance if they don’t have any office? Through media?? Makes perfect sense by IK, but Alas Pakistani’s don’t go for logic’s, they go for emotions. Kill them all, bomb them all etc.

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  • Zaida P
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:06PM

    Bhatha mafia and land mafia will also be advised to open offices. This is embarrassing.

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  • Waqar
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:12PM

    @Aysha M: I am so eager to hear your version of solution! Kill them all, right ? Well, guess what, we are trying to do so for last 9 years and to no avail, i am discombobulated, help me out of this quagmire :p

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  • Waqar
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:14PM

    @Ahmed: now just because he has different solution to this problem you are branding him as Taliban, well what does it makes you then, a warmonger ?

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  • Zara
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:15PM

    ET Com on ‘He argued that if the US could open offices for the Afghan Taliban in Qatar, why should Pakistan not do the same.’ where did he say that taliban should have an office. Such a biased Title it is.

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  • Aysha M
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:19PM

    We in Karachi could see this coming so knew who not to vote for

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  • ali ahmed
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:25PM

    IK. a confused man…no need of office already there are moving freely in Peshawar

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  • Wizarat
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:27PM

    They have offices all over the country, PTI and PMLN both have offices.Maybe IK is correct, but all leadership must come to the office so we know who to deal with and deal we will- says the Army.

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  • mir
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:28PM

    if imran khan is so sure about the talks then let him lead the talk with taliban, prove people wrong who are against his opinion.

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  • Waqar
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:30PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Deep in your armchair, coffee at the side-table, talking about “our” wounds is “sharmnak”

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  • Go Zardari Go!!
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:37PM

    @Dr Imran Ahmed:
    I hope you’re not a doctor.

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  • shailesh karanjkar
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:40PM

    Why not Imran Khan himself open an office on behalf of these terrorists ? I am ashamed of this great cricketer whom I loved once upon a time, irrespective of his cast and country. He enjoyed all so called western culture but started hating other than muslims. Bravo.. Jiyo Pakistan with such great leaders!

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  • Last Word
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:43PM

    IK suggestion is an abject surrender and an endorsement of mayhem carried out by TTP in Peshawar. However, if Imran still feels that opening of an office for talks is going to solve this grave problem, he can take the lead by opening one in Peshawar and also conduct talks with them. If IK succeeds, he would be hailed as a hero by all Pakistanis. In the case of failure, Taliban would be ruling his province and IK would have to switch back to his cricketing career as a coach.

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  • Khan
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:45PM

    Agreed 100%.

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  • Khan
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:54PM

    @Zara:
    ET doesn’t let facts get in the way of journalism, you should know that by now.

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  • KHAN
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Yeah it is a sane idea if people really want to talk…talks through media cannot happen…and if this fails then we wont hear any voice in pakistan in favour of talks…

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:58PM

    in Qatar Afganistan Taliban have open an Office then if we want peace talks then we or TTP have to open an Office so that talks could be held

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  • Zara
    Sep 25, 2013 - 7:59PM

    @Waqar:
    A) you are way wrong with your facts
    B) you haven’t even bothered to confirm if what you are saying is correct or try correcting yourself
    C) you keep arguing like an ignorant just to defend what your leader says.
    Says a lot about you.
    Force was not used for 9 years. Negotiations were which than led to swat 2009 which in turn led to operation. And yes don’t just believe me READ about it.

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  • Riaz Khan
    Sep 25, 2013 - 8:02PM

    For God sake Imran get real! You have no pain and regrets for thousands of our armed forces officials and innocent civilians who lost their lives. You have disappointed us!

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  • PS
    Sep 25, 2013 - 8:14PM

    If you kill one person you are a murderer and deserve the death cell; if you kill a thousand people you are a stakeholder and deserve an office! Superb.

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  • Sep 25, 2013 - 8:29PM

    Dear Saad,

    First and foremost, it is important to separate facts from fiction. Our nations are committed to restoring peace in the region. Religion has nothing to do with our stance against terrorism. In fact, Pakistan, which is obviously a Muslim nation, is also a partner nation. And we greatly appreciate all of its sacrifices in our common fight against extremism. The terrorists also see our nations as a common threat to their deadly objectives. With that said, we respect Pakistan’s independence and do not dictate their internal matters. We stand by the government of Pakistan and fully support their efforts to negate the threat of terrorism. We will continue to meet regularly to address our shared concerns. We realize the importance of continuing a healthy partnership for the sake of restoring peace in the region.

    Ali Khan
    DET, United States Central Command

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  • Muhammad
    Sep 25, 2013 - 8:36PM

    Wow Now Taliban have their political party.

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  • Worried
    Sep 25, 2013 - 9:12PM

    I have failed to understand why so much criticism against him when all other major parties demand the same thing. Just because he has the courage to speak openly on sensitive issues, people envy him and consider him bad.

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  • Fiz
    Sep 25, 2013 - 9:14PM

    Oh, this man is impossible! Is he trying to find a solution to the taliban menace or trying to make it a permanent feature of our society. Give them space and they’ll roller coaster you. Immi has lost his marbles in old age.

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  • Aimal
    Sep 25, 2013 - 9:21PM

    Mr. khan is absolutely right…. APC declaration was signed by all parties to talk with TTP…. Why we are criticising only him…..

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  • Shahid Khan
    Sep 25, 2013 - 9:25PM

    I just realized how confused the readers and people in Pakistan are. TTP is not the same as the Afghan Taliban. TTP is a group of thugs.

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  • Gulkhaiz
    Sep 25, 2013 - 9:43PM

    I am now convinced that Imran is not only an immature leader but also lacks basic understanding of state craft . Moreover when all the parties have supported and agreed on peace process and have authorised the govt to lead the effort than what is he trying to achieve ? Actually he must talk on every thing without understanding it’s implications. Disappointing.Recommend

  • lala The Hero
    Sep 25, 2013 - 9:44PM

    News Alert : Imran Khan Left PTI and Joined TTPRecommend

  • Logic europe
    Sep 25, 2013 - 10:07PM

    I think Fazal ul Rahman is right about imran khan

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  • Sameer
    Sep 25, 2013 - 10:54PM

    Like the popular frenzy leading up to Obama’s election and the consequent fizzling out, Imran Khan’s campaign bubble is finally unravelling. His voice against the extreme corruption in our society made many of us blind to his conservative ‘religious’ side. The wise were pointing it out then, now it is for all to see. What a trip it has been !

    May God Bless Pakistan!

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  • Usman Masood
    Sep 25, 2013 - 11:02PM

    So terrorists are a major threat to the country.
    The suicide bombing escalate across the country soon after the army does its operation into South Waziristan. Musharaf went for the go in guns blazing policy. Kill the barbarians. Was he successful? Nope, should we continue an all out assault? Yes, 5 more years should do the trick.

    Zardari came in, told the Americans to increase the use of drone strikes. He did not care about the collateral damage. Five more years of constant fighting. To arms brethren.

    So after all those years of “we do not negotiate with terrorists”. We still did not achieve our goal. So now lets blame Imran Khan and his 100 days of govt. He is clearly the only reason we can not eradicate the terrorists. Its just like how America constantly complains about 3000 Afghani Taliban hiding in North Waziristan. and declares them as the reason the violence is not ending there.

    When there is war, there is chaos,anarchy,collateral damage, and “rational”/”logic” thinking ends. What most of these people here demanding an all out attack on them do not stop to think, this is not a target that is clearly visible. You basically want an increase in Drone strikes? That will increase the number of collateral casualties, which leads to more recruits for Taliban. You have to take away their Jihad narrative.

    Unless you know exactly where the enemy is, and have the capability to take him down. Proceed with caution. But keyboard warriors do not know that. We have fought an American war, because after 9-11. Our Pakistani Army had probably no choice but to join up. Because America was angry, and PPP and PML-N had left Pakistan in a vulnerable state. We joined up, but we played a double-role. We hid Osama Bin Laden. Why oh Why did we do that? Because we have interests in Afghanistan. A messy war, the people know nothing about it. But please do go on about how you want to end a foe that clearly can’t be killed.

    A history lesson. Afghanistan has always been a war-zone. No one can survive there. Build a huge wall between Pakistan and Afghanistan. And basically get as far away as this war as possible.

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  • observer
    Sep 25, 2013 - 11:24PM

    Tehreek-e-Taliban should open an office: Imran Khan

    But WHY?

    What has happened to the PTI Office?

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  • Freedom Seeker
    Sep 25, 2013 - 11:52PM

    I m no more PTI supporter.

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  • muhammad Awais
    Sep 25, 2013 - 11:55PM

    we dont want this types of #Pm in future.

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  • Effendi
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:04AM

    That is exactly why you lost miserably in Karachi.

    The people of Karachi are moderate & peace loving. Shame on you for misguiding Na 250 residents.

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  • Ali Baloch
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:05AM

    @All
    Taliban are Pakistani people like all of us, they are the people who have lost their homes and loved ones in drones and operations, this gives them a reason to pick arms, their have been operations since 9 years and even we fight a more decade no body is going to win this fight. So give peace a chance by suggesting an office IK is talking about a practical solution to end suicide attacks on innocent Pakistanis… that’s what all parties have decided in APC, Salute to Imran Khan..

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  • Vakil
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:05AM

    I hope that IK will guide the TTP as to the matters of what the “flag” should look like, and other visual details about the interior and exterior decorations, or the “signposts” of the future office etc etc of the Taliban in Pakistan — the LAST THING anyone would want is an 11th hour disagreement on these “trivial matters” that would derail the whole process, as has happened in the case of the Qatari office of the Afghan comrades! Mr. IK, PLEASE indeed do supervise the issues as to the flag, and other matters… we are all with you — for indeed, these things DO MATTER — for they determine the future course of the “Islamic EMIRATE of Pakistan” (as the TTP would have on such an Office “Signpost”) — am I right, or AM I RIGHT ???

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  • TJ
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:15AM

    IMRAN KHAN humei bus maaf kur do ke humne tumhe vote diya. we fought with others who called you taliban khan but instead of proving them wrong, you are proving your supporters wrong.

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  • TJ
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:19AM

    All criminals, rapisits, thiefs, murderers and killers should approach Imran Khan for opening their offices.Recommend

  • shahid Malik
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:41AM

    Why would they need to open an office when they already have PTI and IK as their spokesman.
    IK and Mr Fazalur Rehman are cut from the same stone. When will IK propose office for Dakoos and gangsters.

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  • zayeph
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:53AM

    We were fighting from last 9 years, result huge mess. Now someone gives you another strategy and we are just putting them under pressure, strange want to waste more lives, money and future for 9 more years :S

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  • Khan Gul
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:53AM

    Well since CM House is vacant we might put it to good use by handing it over to TTP

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  • Noor Lodi
    Sep 26, 2013 - 1:20AM

    As controversial as it may sound, this actually is not a bad idea. Here are the facts. Pak Army has not been able to subdue TTP or any other militant organization in Pakistan. Partially because some elements back these militants. US/India/Saudi may also be funding PTT and these other extremist organizations. So think what happens when they are offered to open an office. This throws a wringer in their plans. This is a move they are not expecting. If they open an office, well now they are under pressure to be a bit civil and talk. If they refuse to open an office then you know where they stand. The fact is that these organizations cannot survive in pak without support. This is not a bad strategy. Go IK. Recommend

  • jonaid
    Sep 26, 2013 - 1:24AM

    shameful,sharamnak

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  • lkhan
    Sep 26, 2013 - 2:14AM

    What else can one expect from IK??!! No sensitivity towards the patients he visited in hospital where he stated the above. Give criminals offices? Criminals who kill soldiers, police officers, innocent civilians by the thousands? When if ever will IK see sense? How can one negotiate with killers who refuse to put down their arms? Must there be many more brutal attacks on innocent children, women, men and properties before IK changes his stance? Please wake up, smell the coffee…..

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  • mrs ahmed
    Sep 26, 2013 - 2:44AM

    @Strategist:
    that is the reality ,

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  • jg
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:20AM

    @Imran:
    What in earth IRA has in common with TTP.they fought against foreign British rule,never beheaded or slaughtere like sheepor goats and above all never killed their own in thousands.what library are you getting books from,IK library of TTP.

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  • Bilal
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:29AM

    UAE have opened an Taliban Office in Qatar. if govt is serious in peace talks then we or TTP have to open an Office so that talks could be held in a proper place

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  • Seexton Blake
    Sep 26, 2013 - 4:39AM

    @US CENTCOM:
    Dear Abdul,
    You are saying nice words, and I consider that IK is on the right track, but why would the Taliban set up an office, which would be a prime target for a CENTCOM drone attack. So far, any time peace talks try to be organized you people put a spoke in the wheel by killing a senior Taliban official.

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  • Khan
    Sep 26, 2013 - 4:56AM

    tribal supporting tribal what different PTI is from PMLN, MQM, PPP and ANP

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  • Midas
    Sep 26, 2013 - 7:00AM

    better yet let them use PTI offices until then.

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  • Naseer
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:23AM

    Yeah.. Open up a office, start a political party and eventually take over the country. Its a shame to seen the country on its knees despite having one of the best armed forces in the world.

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  • Navaid
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:25AM

    Everyone needs to write a letter to the UN and US State Department, to have Imran Khan and his PTI associates investigated for links with international terrorist organizations. The PTI needs to be watched very carefully, as their MO is very similar to Al Qaeda and Taliban.

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  • ahmer
    Sep 26, 2013 - 10:35AM

    @Navaid:
    I second that navaid…if there were any doubts of them not having links, they are eliminated now…he should be taken to task

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  • Shahzad
    Sep 26, 2013 - 11:10AM

    I am amazed to see people criticizing IK. Well what the external forces wanted to do, they have done it. Bomb a place in Peshawar and get the only person who is against them out of their way, let there be no peace in Pakistan. KPK is trying to get out of miserable conditions, IK is the HOPE, war is never fruitful, all those suggesting to strike them hard should get out of their beds, of the PC’s and get a first hand taste of war and only then you will realize what you are asking for. IK is perfectly right, give peace a chance through dialogue, let the people of Northern Areas be on your side and you will see the drastic changes in security situation. You cant guard the Durand Line, its not practical, let the people of those areas be your strength. Don’t fall for the propagandas, open your eyes, help the government, its your OWN COUNTRY. Don’t just sit and comment, go out and make a difference.

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  • alien
    Sep 26, 2013 - 11:23AM

    Good idea. Talibaans will no longer need to hide, so police can capture them from their offices.

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  • me
    Sep 26, 2013 - 11:41AM

    Imran khan should go back to cricket. politics is too complicated for him,,i think he should form over 60 cricket club and stay away from things he dont understand.

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  • Maq
    Sep 26, 2013 - 12:13PM

    Sufficient criticism by many commenters to convince and prove Imran Khan is a Taliban’s Political leader but still the question posted by the very first commenter on this article Mr. Aqib is unanswered. “What other workable alternatives are there, which have been superbly successful up till now?” I am desperately waiting to get the answer to start criticizing and bashing a person who is at least trying to alleviate the terror which no body could do since it was started way back.

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  • ET Reader
    Sep 26, 2013 - 2:47PM

    @Maq:
    Good and logical observation. People need to stop being guided by emotions, and think of the available options. 100 comments of criticism yet no constructive answers to the first comment of Mr. Aqib.

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  • Imran
    Sep 26, 2013 - 2:56PM

    Imran Khan must have hit his head really really hard when he fell.

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  • asmodeus
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:00PM

    @ salman spot on

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  • Sexton Blake
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:40PM

    @ET Reader:
    Dear ET,
    I have no problem with you criticizing the other 99 comments , but I am in full agreement with Mr. Aquib. As a result of your comment Je suis desolate that I did not make my position very clear. .

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  • Khan
    Sep 26, 2013 - 4:48PM

    Extreme conditions give birth to extremists, we must change their conditions in order to change them, we have to give them a reason to live!

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  • rafi
    Sep 26, 2013 - 5:43PM

    this would be the best thing happen to pakistan in decades it will solve so many problem but these secular taliban basher would never understand it god bless imran khan and pakistan

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  • ahmer
    Sep 26, 2013 - 7:02PM

    Those here that support Imran Khan and opening up of the office why dont they along with their families move to Waziristan with these peace loving animals? You can have all the peace you want over there.

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  • Weirdity
    Sep 26, 2013 - 7:08PM

    Some amongst the PTI trolls with some sense left are getting the shock of their lives. They were forewarned about Taliban khan but didn’t listen.

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  • syed imtiaz ahmed
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:32PM

    I suggest imran khan to open taliban office in lahore so that those who are fighting against goverment will be given free treatment at shoukat khanam hospital and they also enjoy metro bus service to move here and there with there clan ,in another cities small buses are not enough for them

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  • Rex Minor
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:19PM

    IK is a clever guy! He is simply copying the American strategy who urged the Talibans to open off ices in Gul states for talks and thereby obtaining a cease fire!! Mr Khan wants a ease fire from the Tahreek e Taliban! Very cleber move.

    Rex Minor

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  • ayesha.a
    Sep 26, 2013 - 10:59PM

    would imran khan still offer peace talks if talibans had killed his sons?

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  • Imran
    Sep 27, 2013 - 12:06AM

    why on earth did every one party sign on PEACE talks if they were not willing to do it. IK has come up with a way.why not give a try??

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  • Ameen
    Sep 27, 2013 - 12:31AM

    I regret my vote. I flew all the way from Dubai to Peshawar to vote for himRecommend

  • csmann
    Sep 27, 2013 - 6:29AM

    The question is not that office can not be opened,the problem is IK is suggesting Government to do things that TTP has not even asked for.It is deliberate attempt to have the TTP get an upper hand in the negotiations.Government already has gone out of its way in accomodating the terrorists.IK is doing the nation a great wrong by his actions.

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  • Haris
    Sep 27, 2013 - 9:12AM

    I see that except illogical bashing, none of the commentors succeded in offering a practical solution to the taliban issue. Grow up guys ! if you can’t be innovative don’t be sarcastic atleast.

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  • cut
    Sep 27, 2013 - 10:11AM

    Their corporate office exists in Islamabad.Whereas their branch offices are present every where in Pakistan.Now that it has turned into a global conglomerate with branches in Somalia,Syria,Egypt and in Philippines.In coming decade they will expand to new territories of Europe and Americas.

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  • Bilal
    Sep 27, 2013 - 11:15AM

    Soon enough IK will ask people to apply for position at this office. Not sure if IK can handle public policies.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Sep 27, 2013 - 11:16AM

    @csmann:
    Somebody has to do something, and IK is doing his best. All the other guys have had 13 years of complete inaction. If IK is not supported there may well be another 13 years of inaction.

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  • James
    Sep 27, 2013 - 1:18PM

    S.Waziristan,where TTP is based is a foreign country,so it makes sense to open a local office.There will be better and speedier communications between the local office and Waziristan.Whenever there is a a bomb blast or attack the local office can immediately claim credit for their good work.The delay in claiming responsibility gives rise to all sorts of conspiracy theories

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  • James
    Sep 27, 2013 - 1:29PM

    @Saad Mohiuddin:
    Can you name one reasonable extremist.Taliban good or bad are all linked together.After losing 30,000 of your people,you are still think its not Pakistan’s war.Once US leaves Afghanistan who will have to fight these extremists.You want to reason with them for peace.Its simple ,accept their demands and Taliban rule and there will be peace.Afghanistan was a peaceful country during Taliban rule.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Sep 27, 2013 - 1:29PM

    @Bilal:
    Who would be dumb enough to work in the office. It will probably be targeted with a drone.

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  • ET please
    Sep 27, 2013 - 4:17PM

    @Rizvi:
    Spot on. Thank you for putting it out so wisely and nicely.

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  • Usman Masood
    Sep 27, 2013 - 5:02PM

    Everyone who wants war, would be singing a different tune if this “war on terrorism” was to be fought where you and your family live.

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  • Ali S
    Sep 27, 2013 - 6:10PM

    He made this daring statement in Lady Reading Hospital of all places, where victims of the church blasts are recovering. His message to me seems more like “Yes, we really don’t give a damn about minorities”.

    Voting for PTI is a decision I truly regret. His blind sheep followers will keep their heads bury in the sand and nod enthusiastically to every idiotic gibberish that comes out of their Dear Leader’s mouth.

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  • Hassan
    Sep 30, 2013 - 2:26AM

    No more vote for PTI. Listen Imran we didn’t support you to help terrorists.

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  • Vortex
    Oct 10, 2013 - 10:11AM

    An office with Arabs, Uzbeks, Tajiks, chechans! So now we start talking to foreigners too in our own country!!!!!!!

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