Public rally: Imran threatens civil disobedience

Published: January 3, 2011
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Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief says PML-N and PPP are hand in glove.

Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief says PML-N and PPP are hand in glove.

ISLAMABAD: Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan has threatened that his party will launch a ‘civil disobedience’ movement, if the incumbent rulers did not mend their ways.

Speaking to a mammoth public rally in Rawalpindi, the cricketer-turned-politician called upon people to support his party as the PPP-led government has failed to steer the country out of crises.

Khan claimed that the Nawaz League and the Pakistan Peoples Party have a secret agreement to support each other’s government in Punjab and at the Centre for five years.

Calling the recent increase in the prices of petroleum products as “economic murder” of people, Khan said the PPP-led government could not offer relief to people.

The Rawalpindi administration did not allow the PTI to stage a rally at Bani Chowk. However, organisers arranged a trailer to serve as a stage for speakers.

Khan accused the Nawaz League of double-standards. “On the one hand the PML-N condemns the increase in petroleum prices, while on the other hand its government in Punjab denied us permission to stage a protest rally,” Khan said.

The PTI chief said the PML-N wasn’t a “friendly opposition” rather it was hand in glove with the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party.

“The two parties have a secret agreement. The PML-N will allow the PPP-led government at the Centre to complete its five-year tenure. And in return the PPP will let the PML-N government in Punjab to complete its tenure,” he claimed.

Khan said that Nawaz Sharif, who heads the second largest party in the country, was paying only Rs5,000 income tax. He called upon his supporters to unite against this ‘corrupt system’ and for heralding a revolution in the country.

Khan came down hard on Nawaz Sharif and President Asif Zardari and said that people would hold all those politicians accountable who transferred money to foreign banks.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Amna
    Jan 3, 2011 - 9:20AM

    Nice to see something neutral posted about Imran Khan and PTI on this site.Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Jan 3, 2011 - 10:03AM

    PTI should take out rallies in protest against the petrol hike. Also, its time for general public to come out and not wait for any so called political leader to head them. Time for revolution.Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Jan 3, 2011 - 10:21AM

    BRo… instead of this… please start preparation for elections…
    They are going to come sooner than we all expected.
    COME ON INSAAF!Recommend

  • IZ
    Jan 3, 2011 - 10:58AM

    When has there ever been civil obedience in this country, that we need to call for civil disobedience?Recommend

  • No+BS
    Jan 3, 2011 - 11:26AM

    How dare u insult our great visionary leader, we should unleash the smear campaign and bring back Sita White and other affairs of Imran Khan back into public limelight. We know he is living off charity money that he collects for flood victimsRecommend

  • ali
    Jan 3, 2011 - 12:29PM

    Ya, civil disobedience om the internet! His party members would unleash a barrage of anti-petroluem-increase comments on facebook, twitter, blogs, and newspaper comment sections. This would clog up the servers and bring the PPP government down on its knees.Recommend

  • Faisal Shabbir
    Jan 3, 2011 - 12:37PM

    No doubt that Imran Khan is only hope who has the vision to lead Pakistan on the road of well being and prosperiety of the peoples of Pakistan and he will rise inshAllah in the next election…

    In response to the comments made No+BS please stop bring those issues which has no relation to the politics, if u search you may find lot of gossips about Nawaz Sharif romance stories with one of leading singer “TS” and you call them Visionary leaders my foot!!!Go into public and see how they are surviving in this crunch time when they dont have much resources to feed their families and commiting suicides..No electricity in Summer and no Gas in Winter lol If this is the vision then i m sorry there is no future of Pakistan..Recommend

  • Jan 3, 2011 - 2:17PM

    Hahaha I wish there was a ‘Like’ button here :s :P @ ali’s comment.Recommend

  • Jan 3, 2011 - 2:32PM

    TI = Imran Khan :) Can anyone tell me more about this “one man show”.Recommend

  • Asad Mahmood
    Jan 3, 2011 - 5:12PM

    Immature and childish comments by No+BS, Ali, Hasseeb and Khalid Aziz. People of such mentality fail to look beyond their own lives, living in their own little fairy land, where everything is hunky dory. These guys must look outside the window, see people struggling to pay their bills, put food on table or look after their children but think that it’s all a show and conspiracy against the government.

    Anyone who dares to complain let along bring out god forbid a protest rally must be out of their own mind. As these people think “All is well”. Yea everything is well, can’t you read or see, they say. I mean it’s not like the country’s running on IMF funds, USA soldiers kill innocent people, parents selling their kids, government has 100+ ministers, palaces for our leaders. Recommend

  • Adil
    Jan 3, 2011 - 5:40PM

    Imran khan, the man with no plan, just like the rest of them all , useless bunch calling themselves leaders , we deserved to be slammed by uncle samRecommend

  • Ali
    Jan 3, 2011 - 6:05PM

    @Amna: Very well said…Recommend

  • A
    Jan 3, 2011 - 7:44PM

    It’s about time you guys drop the nonsense. Imran Khan’s personal life is old, very very old news. Look at all he has done for the nation. Shaukat Khanum, Namal University, World Cup, and the more than BILLION rupees he collected in an extremely short period of time just because of his honesty. That is called being a charismatic leader when the nation was down and NO ONE would wanted to give to corrupt individuals who were vacationing in France or in their estates in Raiwind their money, everyone gave to Imran. Imran Khan’s PTI is the most transparent political party. If you look on its website, it gives detailed accounts for the flood donations as well as the donations given during the earthquake of 2005. If you want a truly honest leader for our country then vote for Imran Khan. For those ignorant voters who say that Imran is a one man show, just watch his visionary leaders speak on education and women’s rights before you attack PTI.

    Seriously think before you speak. Imran Khan is our hope and inshAllah he will be true to his people unlike the greedy politicians of past and present.Recommend

  • Jan 3, 2011 - 7:50PM

    Civil disobedience aye? Bad plans!Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Jan 3, 2011 - 8:21PM

    I see so many good quality in Imran Khan He is definitely an Honest, Hard working, Caring. Sincere and an excellent social worker but I don’t see a Leader and politician in him so far……..YetRecommend

  • Wasim Zaidi
    Jan 3, 2011 - 9:15PM

    There is nothing civic in ‘Disobedience’. I honestly do not know if civil disobedience has any effect on the government. I can promise you it has a great effect on the person who chooses to do it. Recommend

  • Saima
    Jan 3, 2011 - 9:44PM

    Why is civil disobedience a bad plan? We are paying twice as much for basic utilities that are now available less than half the day. There’s no effect on the bottom line of the electric/gas supply companies but our lives are comparable to the worst countries in the world. This is pure nonsense. Why should we pay our electric or gas bills? I totally back Imran Khan or any leader with the guts to call a civil disobedience movement.Recommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jan 3, 2011 - 11:53PM

    When will Imran come out from negative tactics and give us some workable plan to run the country. He never tells us that how he is going to fix the economy, stop the war on terrorism, survive without American help, maintain law and order, stop Mullah and Military intervention, population explosion, corruption and many other issues. He must remember that calling for civil disobediance is not a solution, instead it will creat another problem. Country has more problems than Imran has members in his party.Recommend

  • Umair Mallick
    Jan 4, 2011 - 12:19AM

    Totally agree with civil disobedience… GO FOR ITRecommend

  • Robin
    Jan 4, 2011 - 1:02AM

    I did not know Pakistanis were obedient of the Laws of the Great Nation of Pakistan to begin with. Well, you learn something new everydayRecommend

  • anees razzak
    Jan 4, 2011 - 1:41AM

    To those of you criticising imran khan – you are the main reason the country is in this current state. You have no rationality and common sense. If india had a figure like imran khan – he would be liked more than sachin tendulkar and on par with ghandi for all his work for the country. The same applies is he were in any other country. Imran khan has done more for pakistan than argubly any other individual barring jinnah; so please support the guy.Recommend

  • pakistani jiyaala
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:16AM

    G A imran Khan+Tehreek e Insaf. Come onto the roads and catch hold of all these corrupt rulers and thrash them on the street, seize their property, make them pay what they have looted.
    Thats the only way. Starve them off food, water, gas and electricity so they can feel what the common man goes through. let them stand in ques. Who has given them the right to drive around in cars worth millions in motorcades of dozens of cars..wasting billions of ruppees….
    when they come on talk shows to defend themselves and their corrupt masters… just grab hold of them there and thrash them into confessing their corruptness.
    All money recovered be distributed amongst the poor!
    Long Live Imran Khan and Pakistan Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 4:40AM

    Yeah sure like Pakistanis are terribly well behaved anyway!…Recommend

  • Ajay
    Jan 4, 2011 - 9:45AM

    OMG!! I don’t know what will happen…. Today PPP agreed that oil prices will be absorbed by the government. Now people do not want to pay for electricity also, even PML-Q wants the electricty rates to b ecut by half, then thi s talk of civil disobedience movement where other things will not get paid too. Military wants no reduction in its current expenditure, in fact it wants a modest increase of at least a few billion dollars, to keep up with the Joneses. The MQM does not want any increase in Sales taxes. I understand the Secretary of Technical Education Committee was complaining the other day on YouTube that Govt’s promised 30 billion rupees (a fraction of their requirement) promised to them by PM gillani has not yet been delivered while the education minister (lasy) was argiuning instead of opening colleges we should open primary schools as money suppy is limited. Both argued on opposite sides- on e said colleges will give maximum benefit to the country and lady said it has to begin with primary eductaion before we think of college where teachers get paid astronomical sums for non scientic and MBA type courses. IMF is reminding Pakistan that its needs to increase revenue base somehow, common sense method is increasing taxes (because corruption can’t b e controlled as everybody has a hand in it) but PML-N and Military don’t want it. They don’t want their agriculture properties to be taxed.

    So a question to all bloggers here- if it was you in PM Gillani’s seat, what would you do?Recommend

  • Ajay
    Jan 4, 2011 - 9:52AM

    @Khalid => Aziz TI = Imran Khan :) Can anyone tell me more about this “one man show”.

    Very correctly said- he is a 1-man show. He is so insecure about expanding his party base and opening up positions for party bearers because he knows the 2nd guy would want to replace him and the guys below him may start making public statements that he may not agree with. So he wants to keep the control to himself. It helps him this way with all the things he wants- a)Collect donations in party name b)Show expenses for tax deductions c)Have a fan base and a politicla voice so that at best he can form alliances and stay in public life getting the required exposure.

    He isn’t very sincere, comes across as an oportunist….I have never seen him criticize any actions of Mullahs–the Sialkot bros killings, Asia Bibi, Blasphemy, etc. etc. He likes to preserve his opportunities for the future. He isn’t interested in serving people beyond the cancer hospital and that college. He hasn’t tabled any blazing legislations like others do.Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 11:11AM

    The only time he will decide to let his other office members speak in public, is when he is framed in a case and put behind bars for a good over 5 years like most of the politicians.

    I believe he now understands that the ‘finishing’ school of politics is after all the Pakistani Jails, from where most of our current cabinet comes from.

    No wonder he calls for the disobedience movement.Recommend

  • Robin Hood
    Jan 5, 2011 - 8:23AM

    Imran Khan is not one man show…its our baised orint and electronic media who are not covering PTI rallies…They can cover Altaf telephonic speech, similarly PML N, Q and JI F but cannot cover PTI rallies across the country…We are only being updated from PTI website and Imran Khan facebook account..be responsible for your acts…Recommend

  • Jahan Zeb Khan
    Jan 5, 2011 - 8:49AM

    Imran Khan is trying to become Mahatma Gandhi of his time who once brought civil disobedience against the British. Bravo Imran, take your hands off against democracy, peace and talabanization of Pakistani society. May God keep you on Serathe-Mustaqeem.Recommend

  • Sadiq
    Jan 11, 2011 - 5:02AM

    Come on, Imran bowl Sharif out. He has been vacillating too long, playing games to protect his opponents so he can protect himself, being guilty of teh same crime….Recommend

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