Imran sets new condition to end Islambad sit-in

Published: November 9, 2014
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Express News screengrab of Imran Khan addressing the PTI rally in Rahim Yar Khan.

Express News screengrab of Imran Khan addressing the PTI rally in Rahim Yar Khan.

RAHIM YAR KHAN: Withdrawing from his earlier demand of Prime Minister Nawaz’s resignation, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said his party will end the Islamabad sit-in if his claim of rigging in general elections of 2013 is proven otherwise.

While addressing the PTI rally in Rahim Yar Khan on Sunday evening, the PTI chairman asked Nawaz to resume dialogue with his party, and constitute a commission under Supreme Court to investigate the alleged electoral fraud.

“Mian sb, I offer you to form a commission under Supreme Court to investigate 2013 elections,” he said.

However, Imran said, if his allegations are proven right, the premier will have to step down.

“If the commission’s accepts fraud in elections, you [Nawaz] will have to resign and hold new elections.”

He said the commission should also include officials from Military Intelligence and Inter Services Intelligence agency, while the report should be finalised within four to six weeks.

It is worth mentioning that the prime minister in his address to the nation on August 12, 2014 requested the Supreme Court Chief Justice to form a three-member commission to probe allegations of rigging and present their findings.

Reiterating his resolve to make a new Pakistan, PTI chief said a sea of people will enter Islamabad on November 30, adding that it will be the biggest protest in the history of Islamabad.

Appointment of CEC

The PTI chief rejected the name of former Chief Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jillani as the chief election commissioner.

“We respect you but do not trust you that you will remain impartial,” he said. “You should not become the election commissioner.”

Schedule for upcoming protests

Imran also announced the schedule of his upcoming protests in the country.

He said the PTI ‘tsunami’ will reach Nankana Sahib on Wednesday, November 12, Sahiwal on Saturday, on Sunday it will be in Jhelum while a protest is also scheduled in Gujranwala on Wendesday, November 19.

“We will reach Larkana on November 21,” he added.

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  • naeem khan
    Nov 9, 2014 - 9:01PM

    so he now wants the umpire to play for him

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  • Blithe
    Nov 9, 2014 - 9:04PM

    Object to the Qaid’s picture being used to promote civil disobedience.

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  • Proud Pakistani
    Nov 9, 2014 - 9:06PM

    Fanatic old man – its not his fault but old age. Retirement time!!!

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  • Hammad
    Nov 9, 2014 - 9:27PM

    How ironic that Imran Khan only believes in the integrity of M.I and I.S.I officials.

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  • Saeed
    Nov 9, 2014 - 9:33PM

    Bravo IK keep it up the nation turns its eyes on you.

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  • bilal
    Nov 9, 2014 - 9:35PM

    Love you Imran Khan. You have given another chance to Gov’t to accept your reasonable demands. They will still NOT do it because they have indeed rigged the elections. Now every one can see that it is Gov’t that is responsible for this deadlock and NOT PTI.

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  • Anon
    Nov 9, 2014 - 9:41PM

    What if Nawaz did not accept this offer……?

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  • Usman
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:03PM

    Stay Strong Imran Khan. We’re with you. You are our only hope against these corrupt rulers that have put our great nation in the state it is now. Go nawaz go. Go zardari go.

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  • Zindabadi
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:03PM

    We are nation that always sees things as a ‘glass half empty’. Imran Khan’s schemes might change and he might deviate from his earlier demands. He might even play the dirty game for the sake of politics. However in the end he is BETTER for the country than our current leaders.

    I am not a supporter of any party. I just want a BETTER Pakistan. I do not care whether or not Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted a liberal or conservative Pakistan, I want a BETTER Pakistan. I do not care how Islam wants us to run our country. I want a BETTER Pakistan.

    Qaid E Azam or not. Islam or not. Imran Khan or not. Zindabad.

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  • Arqum
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:04PM

    While People will consider IK’s demand as an invitation for army to interfere in politics, but i think he only demanded this to ensure neutriality.

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  • faysal
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:06PM

    Lol so now after 90 days of dharna he agrees to the same proposal which Nawaz himself offered him before the start of long march? why imran always learns the hard way..

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  • Bilal
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:08PM

    It’s clear that past elections were rigged and all political parties have accepted this fact at one point or another. It was the responsbility of all parlimentary parties to investigate rigging and hold accountable those who were responsible.. Yet, It’s only Imran Khan that is standing up for what’s right. Stay Strong IK. We’re with you. Shame on pmln ppp and other parties who believe in Muk-makaa politics. Enough is enough!!

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  • Theking
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:13PM

    HAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHA! In other words, 78 days poor PTI kids got trolled, and JKT alongwith PTIs other donors spent money for nothing.

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  • ObserverUSA
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:15PM

    “It is worth mentioning that the prime minister in his address to the nation on August 12, 2014 requested the Supreme Court Chief Justice to form a three-member commission to probe allegations of rigging and present their findings.”
    Only the SC can do this as there is no other Constitutional way of doing it. So now the ball is in the court of SC.
    But IK is only trying to embarrass the Govt. as he knows nothing is going to come out of his demands. His demands are getting less severe in hopes of achieving something but now the time has passed since he frittered away the opportunity when the iron was hot and he could have been able to achieve five of his demands sans PM resignation. But he squandered away the opportunity he had and now he would be retreating, as the Govt. ignores to fulfill his wishes.

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  • Reality Check
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:19PM

    Dear sir ISI and MI are intelligence agencies not investigative agencies, hence what you ask of them they will not be able to do as their personnel are not trained in that capacity. I hope you understand this simple explanation.

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  • Nabeel Malik
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:24PM

    Ro Imran Ro.
    Imran is an enemy of democracy. He is trying his best to harm democracy in Pakistan.

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  • Sami
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:26PM

    Everybody know that PMLn and PPP are inept and corrupt but PTI is not good. Why? Because we worship those idols as our forefathers did.

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  • Danish
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:26PM

    It has been proved many times that Imran is a puppet of Establishment.

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  • Shakir Lakhani
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:34PM

    Need any more proof that Imran Khan is wholly supported by the Establishment? Next thing he’ll demand is that ISI/MI conduct the next general elections, that there should be no civilians in government, etc.

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  • king
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:37PM

    dear ignorants if you guys wake up form your deep slumber you may realize that it’s basically the same demand but in different words..

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  • Haider
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:45PM

    Well Done IK.Whole Nation is with you.People will make stories of ISI thing but he knows this is the only institute which cant be bought by Nawaz Sharif

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 9, 2014 - 10:54PM

    Imran has insulted and disgraced so many people that no one in his right mind would sit in any judicial commission to probe rigging allegations. Therefore Government should never accept his demand, instead a judicial commission should be formed to expose Script Writers and Conspirators.

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Nov 9, 2014 - 11:00PM

    @Arqum:
    @Zindabadi: Imran Khan is certainly moving in circles… He blamed an MI Brigadier for his defeat in elections (reference: his Tv interview to Nadeem Malik).
    Imran Khan has always praised the people in Office and criticized them after their retirement. The examples are Chief Justice- Mr Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, then he praised Chief Election Commissioner- Mr Justice Fakhruddin Ebrahimje and then the Chief of Army Staff- General Kiyani http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-265786-PTI-now-blames-ex-COAS-General-Kayani-for-rigging
    Imran Khan’s paid pseudo-intellectual trolls have the difficult job of justifying his every u-turn. But a large majority of Pakistanis never take him seriously. That’s why his dance shows & dharnas have failed.

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  • anas ahmed
    Nov 9, 2014 - 11:22PM

    he is real hero in pakistan

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  • Usman
    Nov 9, 2014 - 11:27PM

    It was not to end Sit In but to end this Corrupt Govt. result of proved Massive Rigging

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  • Imran Qadri
    Nov 10, 2014 - 12:28AM

    Stop whining Khan Sb, Continue with your dharna drama as long as you like!

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  • zahid
    Nov 10, 2014 - 12:48AM

    Good job IK..we believe in everything u say bc u r the only sincere and honest man out there.

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  • Malik
    Nov 10, 2014 - 12:52AM

    Biggest U Turn by Master of U Turns

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  • Real Truth
    Nov 10, 2014 - 12:54AM

    IK continues to live in a different world!!! He had, at one point during his Dharna, a golden opportunity to get majority of his demands accepted, however, he was chronically stuck on NS’ resignation, and thus managed to squander that opportunity. Now, that the umpire never showed up, his brother has deserted him, weather is becoming less Dharna-friendly, IK would be a fool to believe that he can dictate his terms and demands to the govt. IK would be better advised to see the reality on the ground, and find a pragmatic way to pack up and leave with some semblance of self-respect!

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  • Pakistani
    Nov 10, 2014 - 1:19AM

    What contradictions IK have, he wants a judicial commission while he does not Trust Judiciary, whether he wants a judicial inquiry or a Military Investigation.
    Mr. IK please be clear while you speak out in public

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  • Napier Mole
    Nov 10, 2014 - 1:51AM

    Mr Khsn, you may have lost count of your u-turns but if you care to remember the demand you are making was being presented to you on a silver platter in the heasy days of August but you were acting too high and might, presumptuously and vulgarly stating yourself as the prime minister. In short, you blew it and have nothing to blame but your vanity and short sightedness. The opportunities for a dignified retreat, alas, are almost closed now.

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  • Nov 10, 2014 - 1:55AM

    These sit ins caused huge loss to country. Everyone is playing his own game. No one thinks of motherland. Just imagine how in the presence of these dirty politicians like Sheeda tally, Qureshi etc change can happen. This is nothing else except matter of ego and self prestige

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  • Nov 10, 2014 - 1:58AM

    Nothing else except dirty game of ego and self prestige

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  • stevenson
    Nov 10, 2014 - 2:39AM

    @Zindabadi: Imran Khan is a poor loser who will stop at nothing to seize power. He has shown that he is not fit to be a leader. Anyone who is willing to destroy the country by calling for unlawful acts and scaring away Chinese investment should be arrested and thrown in jail. Imran Khan has become a national embarrassment. If he can’t wait until 2018 elections, let him move into into a container and live there indefintely. He needs to grow up.

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  • Ali
    Nov 10, 2014 - 10:43AM

    Ro Imran Ro as much you can.Try to bring change on yourself if you want to be a successful politician.

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  • Gohar
    Nov 10, 2014 - 11:08AM

    @Zindabadi:
    If you don’t know what Islam wants then my friend you also don’t know what is better for you.

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  • Mamu
    Nov 10, 2014 - 11:12AM

    @faysal:
    Its not the same proposal, and PMLN doesnot have the guts to call in a Judicial commission unless they have purchased the members of the commission. IK and we all know that Nawaz will fall if he accepts to make a commission. Either way Nawaz will go down. You will see!

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  • Shazia Bangash
    Nov 10, 2014 - 1:44PM

    So many comments here follow very exactly the anti-Imran talking-points/narrative that we see in the International establishment’s corporate media and twitter-universe. Hope Tribune’s bona fide readers can reclaim this space soon.

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  • salim
    Nov 10, 2014 - 1:57PM

    Imran Khan also reminded the jalsa that the Asghar Khan case like the Model Town murders have been put in cold storage. Rightfully said. The govt does not have the moral courage to proceed in these cases for obvious reasons.

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  • Raghu
    Nov 10, 2014 - 2:57PM

    @Bilal:
    Great and True Words you have Spoken!

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  • Raghu
    Nov 10, 2014 - 3:07PM

    Our people who were raised in this culture of dynasty will never think of speaking against it. They are so used to it. When some one snatches our land, we don’t go to the police, we go the Party office or find links to powerful people. When our mobile gets snatched, we hardly get an FIR. Maximum is we go to police station to just report it to the Muharrar. then we have tax of 5 Lakh rupess, we pay to the gov official 1 Lakh to get it reduced to Zero. When electricity gets expensive, instead of finding the reason, we intelligently hire professionals from Wapda Kesc to reduce the speed of the meter or even better get an underground electric line free for life. We have chosen these paths because we don’t want to stand together and fight against this system. We just find other temporary ways to satisfy our selves. You and I really donot deserve a leader like Imran Khan.

    ET please publish it without biasedness. Thanks.

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  • Zahid
    Nov 10, 2014 - 3:10PM

    Imran wants to become PM by hook or by crook but he has to realize that he is not capable to run this country. Following his dharna and Jalsa’s , to me he seems to be an educated illiterate man who do not realize how Pakistan is suffering due to his agitation. Pakistan’s interest should be a priority for him and not the seat of PM , this he can win after making KPK a new KPK.
    Only good thing he has done is that he has waken up the government from hibernation who has now started to work more efficiently then before . Bad for Imran Khan seems that he will have to wait until 2023 elections may be by then he will be history.

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  • Hassan
    Nov 10, 2014 - 4:40PM

    Good demand. only two institutes not under the Govt. influence are ISI and Army. N will never allow it.

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  • Faisal
    Nov 10, 2014 - 5:44PM

    @Zahid:
    If Imran wanted to become PM he could have done it long back when Musharraf offered him the post. Were you sleeping at that time. How is Pakistan suffering. The biggest slap to your claim is that KSE Index hit 31000 points the highest ever!! Is it not written in the Constitution for the Right to Protest? Naya KPK is in the making. But why are you linking KPK with Dharnas. Dharnas are for the rigging that was done in 2013. Please get your facts straight then talk about IK. Many thanks.

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  • Sabzi Farosh
    Nov 10, 2014 - 10:20PM

    No trust on Imran who is Master of U Turns.

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  • Disgusting Politics
    Nov 11, 2014 - 12:14AM

    With Imran Khan’s contribution where no (retired) Justice wants to be CEC, Pakistan politics have become disgusting. So stagnation results as local bodies elections cannot be held without finger printing and no CEC can be appointed to correct electoral anomalies and irregularities. Thanks to IK, the nation has reached a cul de sac.

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  • Asim
    Nov 11, 2014 - 8:16AM

    Pardon me Mr Khan but aren’t MI/ISI duo expert election riggers (recall 1965, 1986, 2002 elections), or maybe you want the panel to benefit from their vast rigging experience?

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  • Last Word
    Nov 11, 2014 - 12:23PM

    Imran, this is not fair to ask a ‘Test Match’ be abandoned midway and replayed due to some bad decisions and also demanding for a ‘Match Referee’ of your own choice to rule in your favour. Both these demands are inadmissible in cricket as well as for re-elections.

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Nov 11, 2014 - 5:17PM

    @Arqum:

    the govt requested Army under 245 ( of course under the constitution ), but that was also an invitation into political scenario 2 ) the govt NS also requested the Army to become a facilitator between the 2 dharnas parties…was that not inviting the Army into political scenario ? so, if ISI & MI has been proposed as an investigators in election rigging case, what is wrong ? people have more faith & confidence in these 2 organization than FIA & IB ( both under direct federal govt ), who can be influenced…is this not possible with FIA & IB ?

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