PTI rally an attempt to exit failed sit-in: Rashid

Published: September 22, 2014
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PTI supporters from all over Karachi thronged to the Mazar-e-Quaid to see and hear their leader. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

PTI supporters from all over Karachi thronged to the Mazar-e-Quaid to see and hear their leader. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid has dubbed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Karachi rally an attempt by Imran Khan to find an exit from his ‘failed sit-in’ in Islamabad.

“Imran Khan has badly failed in mobilising public to participate in the Islamabad Dharna. Thousands of people would have come out to participate in the sit-in, if people really supported him,” the minister said.

He added that Imran had delivered at least 120 similar speeches during his 39-day-long Dharna, but no one was attracted to his anti-government campaign. “He [Imran] got an opportunity to address the nation with more than 40 TV channels covering him round-the-clock, but he miserably failed to mobilise the people,” Rashid claimed, adding that people had outright rejected all PTI demands.

Pakistan Peoples Party patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari indirectly called Imran and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri ‘politicians of the establishment’. “We cannot afford these establishment’s test-tube politicians to dominate [political] narrative. [We] will re-start politics and respond at the PPP October 18, jalsa,” Bilawal said on microblogging site Twitter.

Bilawal said that after the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, he had called for a political ceasefire – a commitment which only he had fulfilled. “I still believe this is not the time for politics and we should focus on flood-affected people and internally displaced persons (IDPs),” he tweeted.

ANP Senator Zahid Khan said that pulling a crowd in Karachi was not a big deal. “We had also gathered a huge crowd after renaming the NWFP as Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa (K-P),” he said. Imran has been criticising the MQM in Islamabad but he didn’t say a word against the party in Karachi, Zahid said. “The agenda of all these parties is the same and this agenda was hatched in London.”

Zahid said Imran called for protecting Hindus in Sindh while six Sikh traders have been killed in K-P, where the PTI is in power, while 500 Sikh families have migrated from the province due to insecurity. “During the PTI government, a new trend of extortion from traders, doctors and engineers has emerged in K-P and many doctors have left the province,” he claimed.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2014.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Danish Kamal
    Sep 22, 2014 - 4:57AM

    Lol, must say joke of the day

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  • Syed
    Sep 22, 2014 - 7:21AM

    IK or not, time for old politics is over, those tried and tested dead horses or their supporters cant see the writing on the wall, Public has risen against them

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  • Haris
    Sep 22, 2014 - 9:26AM

    Almost a million people came out in different parts of Karachi city yesterday, yet these miserable politicians fail to understand the real mandate of the people.

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  • Iram
    Sep 22, 2014 - 9:47AM

    Your body language is not supporting your statement.

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  • Truth_Prevails
    Sep 22, 2014 - 2:15PM

    @Bilawal Zardari No more of royal politics bro. Find a career somewhere else.

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  • Fed Up
    Sep 22, 2014 - 4:40PM

    Mr. Information minister, will you please shut up and give these lunatics an exit path from their dharnas.

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  • Waqas Alshafi
    Sep 24, 2014 - 4:34PM

    Khan seeking an honorable exit? Put aside PM’s resignation demand, this Dharna has brought visual change by itself. People are no longer willing to accept the curse of the VIP culture. Intellectuals from all over Pakistan have stood up in support for Imran Khan and majority of them have an unremarkable and unquestionable past! Dr. AQ khan, Javed Miandad etc are the wizards in their professions and their exoneration from slavery instinct is what has offered unconditional support to the Legendary sportsman. With the passage of time, we shall witness that PM’s abdication from his royal office is only a fraction of positive improvements this Dharna has brought along with it!
    Going off the topic for a minute, I’m not surprised by the failure of PML-N to organise a counter protest against PTI in london. Afterall, English Patwari’s do not seek bribes, Mian Saab!

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  • MH Malik
    Sep 28, 2014 - 1:53PM

    Ceasar and his puppets were giving the very same statements as we keep hearing from this senseless person.May be difference with IK views but one thing for sure he has ensured that nation is awakened-Hats off Imran Khan.This status quo is already on death bed because of unending protests against this fake ,corrupt and inept Govt.Now they cannot face people anger at all.In schools students are chanting slogans “”No Nawaz No”, in New York expats Pakistani turned up in a huge number chanting the very same slogans.NAwaz and his dissiples will not be able to find shelter anywhere in Pakistan-the writing is on the wall.
    Say NO to VIP culture,,, YEs to NAYA PAKISTAN.

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