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Imran Khan asks opp not to move SC against proposed re-election of Musharraf

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan has advised the opposition not to move to the Supreme Court against the proposed re-election of President General Pervez Musharraf by the incumbent assemblies as, the apex court’s verdict will be in favour of the government.

“The opposition parties have no other option but to go to the masses against unconstitutional (proposed) re-election of General Musharraf by the sitting assemblies. If they (opposition parties) commit this mistake, they will be in total loss in line with the past”, Khan contended while addressing “meet the press” programme at the Karachi Press Club on Wednesday.

The cricketer-turned politician said he did not expect any relief from the apex court if the opposition parties took the issue of the re-election of an uniformed president there. ” Unfortunately, the judiciary is not independent. There are some no-go areas for the Supreme Court, and it cannot operate in these areas”, he asserted.

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SCBA to move apex court on Musharraf’s re-election

LAHORE, Jan 22: The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) said on Monday that it would move the Supreme Court against President Musharraf’s any bid to get himself re-elected from the present assemblies.

Flanked by SCBA office bearers, the SCBA secretary Zulfiqar Ali Bokhari told a press conference that present assemblies having a five-year tenure were not entitled to elect a president for two terms or 10 years. “What will be next assemblies do if the present assemblies cast vote twice?” he asked.
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Tehreek-e-Insaf to contest polls in full force: Imran Khan

RAHIM YAR KHAN Jan 22 (APP): Tehreek-e-Insaf Pakistan will  fully participate in the next general elections, whether or  not PML-N and PPP chiefs return to the country to take part in  the polls.

This was stated by Tehreek Chief Imran Khan while addressing  a press conference here Monday. Other senior party leaders were  also present.

He said although he was very much involved in pre-poll arrangements,  these activities will not hinder his commitment to social welfare,  where he is fully active and the work continues as usual.

“Shaukat Khanum Hospital, with an annual expenditure of Rs 700  million, has been providing free treatment to needy and deserving cancer patients,” he said.

A similar hospital will soon be established in Karachi,  while a technical college has been planned to set up in Mianwali  later this year, he added.

The Tehreek chief said that his dedication to welfare work  will not be affected by his political and patriotic aspirations.

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

’Punjab has become a police state’

BAHAWALPUR: In a rally held under the auspices of MMA, Liaqat Baloch and Imran Khan, while addressing the occasion, have accused the Punjab of turning into a hotbed of police state, backing all the feudals, and nefarious elements.

They said that public life and property was most unsafe, and quoted the statement of Lahore High Court Bench which had earlier expressed the exact sentiments.

Liaqat Baloch accused the government of sabotaging the integrity of two-nation theory, Islamic values and culture of the Nation, and forcing the unemployed youth of the Country towards criminal activities.
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PTI’s intra-party polls to be held in February, March

LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) intra-party polls will be held in February and March throughout the country, and the voter list is likely to be completed by the end of January, PTI General Secretary Muhammad Amin Zaki told Daily Times.

Zaki said that the party’s election schedule for district office-bearers would be announced by February 15 and for provincial office-bearers in the first week of March, while the schedule for central office-bearers would be announced in the middle of March. He said that Imran Khan would be the consensus candidate for the PTI chairman’s post, while Hamid Khan, Brig (r) Muhammad Shahid Zulfiqar and Admiral (r) Javed Iqbal would contest the elections for the central senior vice president, secretary general and deputy secretary general posts.

The PTI had held public meetings in Hafizabad, Pakpattan, Multan, Sahiwal, Okara and Kasur to mobilise its workers, he said, adding that the party would hold a public meeting in Bahawalpur on January 21, and the party would announce its election schedule during the last workers’ convention in Lahore in the second week of February. Zaki said that a meeting of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and PTI representatives would be held today to finalise the schedule of joint public meetings in Punjab.

Source: Daily Times

PTI to contest election under Musharraf if opposition decides to do so

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) would contest the forthcoming election under Musharraf if the opposition parties were ready to run for election under the current setup, said PTI chairman Imran Khan.

Talking to a private TV channel, Imran Khan, said that the PTI would see what the opposition parties decide about participating in the election; however, he said that his party had started election preparation.

Talking about the All Parties Conference (APC) convened by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mian Nawaz Sharif, he said, it had so far not been decided whether the conference would take place or not. He, however, said the opposition must unite on any platform and take tangible steps for the restoration of democracy.

Responding to a question, Imran Khan, rejected the allegation that the intelligence agencies had got him elected in the previous elections. He said if I was elected by the support of agencies, the entire members of ruling PML would have been elected by the support of intelligence agencies.

Source: Online News

Politics keeps Imran busy in 2007

Vinod Sharma
Lahore, January 17, 2007

It is politics, not cricket that keeps Imran Khan occupied in this year of the general elections and the election of the General to the Pakistani presidency.

But the former test all-rounder wants Pervez Musharraf back to the pavilion.  He compares him with Hosni Mubarak, the US-propped military ruler who is also the president of Egypt.

“The Opposition has a huge responsibility to ward off attempts to impose a Mubarak on Pakistan. The Egyptian leader also holds elections but they haven’t ushered in genuine democracy in that country,” Imran told the Hindustan Times in an interview.

For him, genuine democracy is about dismantling the system fathered by the Pak President: “There can be no compromise or a deal with Musharraf. His policies are potentially destructive of Pakistan.”
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GDA, The only platform for struggle

PTI Sindh President Zubair Khan has condemned missile attack on a religious seminary at Khar, Bajor (NWFP). He said the strike was launched to appease the Bush Administration to pave the way sought for consistency to rule the country for decade. The attack was pre-planned and the purpose was to impress the US Government that the present coalition Government led by General Pervaiz Musharraf is acting as the sole trustworthy US ally against terrorism and no other government would entertain the interests of the US Government. He was speaking to a large protest rally and demonstration outside Karachi Press Club staged against the missile attack on Khar, Bajor and show unity with the victims.

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APC sans Benazir to be of no use, no importance: Imran Khan

LAHORE: PTI chief Imran Khan has said All Parties Conference (APC) will lose its importance as well as necessity if Benazir Bhutto does not participate in it.

He said this while talking to Online Monday on the eve of a ceremony held here in a local hotel in connection with joint cooperation between Shaukat Khanum Memorial hospital and research centre and Sisko company.

He underscored the need for joint role of opposition to bring to end the rule of an individual. The need is there that opposition goes ahead in unison for restoration of genuine democracy in the country. But it is unfortunate that government agencies are blocking the formation of opposition grand alliance on every step, he maintained.

To a question on participation in election in the presence of President Musharraf he said no one can even think that transparent election will be held under general Musharraf. We are very clear on it. The objectives can not be achieved if only one party boycotts. To my opinion the matter of participation in election in the presence of general Musharraf will be decided in the APC being convened by Nawaz Sharif in London, he remarked.

He predicted 2007 is year of vital changes. ” We are trying to persuade opposition parties to launch protest movement from a joint forum. If opposition initiates the movement for a joint motive then to my opinion the chances will grow 100 percent to launch a massive movement against the rulers this year.

If opposition is agreed on a common agenda, people are ready to go for a massive movement against the government, he remarked. As far as his party is concerned it has already started country wide mass contact campaign, he told.

Source: Paktribune

MPC forms campaign panel

QUETTA, Jan 14: A multi-party conference (MPC) here on Sunday constituted a committee to contact the political leadership of other provinces for launching a nation-wide movement for restoration of genuine democracy in the country.

It appealed to the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice of what was described as government’s unconstitutional and extra-judicial actions and to stop such actions.

The meeting opposed the fencing and mining of borders with Afghanistan and urged the government to review its decision.

The conference convened by the Balochistan chapter of PPP Parliamentarians was attended by the National Party, Balochistan National Party (Mengal), Awami National Party, PML-N, Jamhoori Watan Party, Jamaat-i-Islami and Tehrik Insaf. It was presided over by the PPP’s provincial chief Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani. The Pukhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party did not attend the conference.
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PTI Flays victimization of leadership

PTI provincial chief Zubair Khan has condemned government’s attempts for registering fake FIR against political leaders that is tantamounting to political victimization by the state. Government is afraid of escalating public pressure against its anti-social policies that has snatched morsel from poor man’s mouth.

This is our democratic, political and constitutional right to conduct and participate public protest over public and national issues. Government is after fixing political leadership under authoritative presidential orders that are unconstitutional as the incumbency of president General Pervaiz Musharraf is itself null and void as per constitution of Pakistan, He said.

Those misusing the administration to lodge fake FIR against leaders of PTI, JI and others politicians have committed a serious constitutional offence as the legitimacy of their actions is controversial. There would be a time when the dictatorship would be brought to witness box before fully autonomous judiciary and justice will be made. Present rulers must not forget their misdeeds, Zubair warned.

We appeal the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take sue motto action against Sindh government for victimizing politicians through engaging them in fabricated cases.

General Musharraf has been publicly saying to the people of Pakistan to vote for his selected group of men, which is a violation of constitution of Pakistan. He is paving ways for the victory of his men in next general elections for which he has imposed ban on exiled leadership to come back while political leadership in country is being threatened, killed and engaged in fake cases so that they should leave the ground free for his vested designs, Zubair said.

PML-N, PTI and MMA join hands in Punjab

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Muttahidda Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will hold joint public meetings in Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi in February, as part of an anti-government campaign.

The decision on continuing the campaign will be made after the initial rallies. A coordination committee consisting of Raja Ishfaq Sarwar, Inamullah Khan Niazi and Manshaullah Butt of the PML-N, Pir Ejaz Hashmi, Maulana Amjad Khan and Waqas Jaffari of the MMA, and Mian Sajid Pervaiz, Amin Zaki and Umer Sarfaraz Cheema of the PTI will arrange the meetings.
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PTI, JI for campaign against Musharraf

LAHORE, Jan 7: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Sunday called on MMA chief Qazi Husain Ahmad at Mansoorah and both the leaders stressed the need for forming an anti-Musharraf platform for limiting the army to its constitutional role.

Speaking on the occasion, Qazi Husain said patriotic parties needed to get on one platform for checking any extra-constitutional role of the army. He said he was in touch with all the parties, including the ARD, MMA and PTI.

He said the JI was trying to mobilise the masses for removing military dictatorship and ensuring fair and free elections.

“Parties do not want to take part in elections under a dictator, who controls almost everything in the country.”

Imran Khan said mobilising people was the only way to stop Pervez Musharraf turning into Hosni Mubarak of Pakistan.

“The General controls everything — judiciary, election commission and district governments — in the country, and there is no other way but to mobilise people.”

He said all those parties which did not want to negotiate with Gen Musharraf should get on one platform and struggle against the military dictator.

Source: Dawn

PTI seeks unity to fight wrongs

LAHORE, Jan 4: Tehreek-e-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan has said his party is making efforts to unite all political forces to fight injustices prevalent in the country. Speaking at a meeting held on Thursday at the party provincial secretariat to finalise the plan for taking out rallies as part of the ongoing mass contact campaign, he claimed that the TI was an ideological party striving for the rule of law and economic and judicial justices. It had not compromised on the interest of the people in the past nor would it do so in future because it believed in the principle of power for the people and through the people.

The TI wanted to solve the problems being faced by the people of Pakistan. The gap between the classes was increasing as the rich were becoming richer and the poor poorer owing to the government’s economic policies.

Source: Dawn

Imran might contest NA polls from 2 Lahore seats

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan might to contest the election for a National Assembly seat from two Lahore constituencies, in addition to contesting from his home constituency in Mianwali, Punjab PTI information secretary Umer Cheema said on Thursday.

However, he said, a final decision would be taken after negotiations with other political parties.

PTI sources told Daily Times that Imran could contest the Lahore constituencies NA-125 and NA-126. Imran had in the 2002 election contested NA-121 (Lahore), but lost to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.
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Gen Musharraf’s election opposed

ISLAMABAD, Dec 29: The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has decided to mobilise public opinion against what it called the government plans to get General Pervez Musharraf re-elected as president by the present assemblies.

The decision was taken at the first meeting of the newly-elected SCBA after a re-polling was held under the supervision of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) to end a bitter row between two groups of lawyers.
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Imran Khan in ‘Capital Talk’

This episode of Capital talk was recently aired on GEO after IRI poll results were published declaring Musharraf as most popular.

Courtesy: moveforjustice.org

Spooks trying to create rift in opposition alliance: Imran

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has termed the reign of General Pervez Musharraf as the worst in the country’s history claiming it has weakened the federation leading to a sense of deprivation.
In an interview with The Nation newspaper published yesterday he claimed the incumbent ruling set-up comprises “a bunch of mischievous people” and alleged that the corruption done by the ruling politicians was “beyond compare.”

Khan alleged that operatives of secret agencies worked for creating a rift among the ranks of political opposition. He said the basic motives of any dictator had been to weaken the democratic institutions, undermine the prestige of judiciary and render the bureaucracy completely ineffective.
“This leads to the decline of values of equality and social justice which causes suppression, chaos and disorder,” he said.

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Musharraf, country can’t coexist: Imran

Police beat PTI workers in Pakpattan

PAKPATTAN: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Sunday that “violent and anti-people” policies of Gen Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan could not survive together and either Musharraf or the country will remain.

Addressing a rally at Chowk Chitty Qabar here, he added if Musharraf continued “to kill” his people in the name of the war against terror just to please his American master, Bush, it would further promote extremism and terrorism in the country.

There is no justice as corrupt and rich people become rulers, while poor and innocent people are in jails, Imran said, adding that 70,000 poor people are in jails.

No one has given a licence to Gen Musharraf and his government to declare anyone a terrorist, the PTI chief said and maintained the people are suffering due to “ill-advised decisions” of the government and that the integrity and solidarity of the country had been put at stake.

Imran asserted that the rule of law should be maintained but unfortunately there was no respect for law in Pakistan at present. He said the main issues of the day were unemployment and dearness.

The government has not given any relief to the masses, he said and asked that if the situation is that everything has to be decided by the rulers themselves, what the justification is for the judiciary and other institutions in the country. He held the view that is the worst failure of all opposition parties that they could not unite, which was why Musharraf was still ruling.

Earlier, addressing people at Noor Pur and Malka Hans, Imran said the PTI would start a drive against Musharraf in cooperation with the PML-N, the MMA and other opposition parties.

Before his arrival in Pakpattan, police chased party workers who had gathered at different places to welcome Imran and beat them up.

Imran moved along a rally from Chowk 19-SP to the shrine of Hazrat Baba Farid Gunj Shakkar (RA) where he offered Fateha.

PTI district president Riaz Arshad Khan Niazi suggested stepping up the mass contact campaign of party.

Source: The News

Government priorities misplaced: Imran

LAHORE, Dec 21: Teheek-i-Insaaf chief Imran Khan says the present government is an anti-people set-up with misplaced priorities. “The rulers are spending billions of rupees in security and other useless heads, but they are not ready to reduce oil prices which are on the slide in the international market,” Khan told a news conference.

The government, he said, was trying to make money by piling misery on its people, which should be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

About his meeting with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, he said it was an effort to get the entire opposition on board on one-point agenda — removal of military dictatorship and restoration of genuine democracy in the country.

In addition to it, he added, Pakistan also needed independent judiciary, election commission and National Accountability Bureau.

The PTI, he said, was of the opinion that all parties should join hands to play their role in the restoration of democracy. “If these parties do not join hands, the general will manipulate elections, impose a dummy government on the people and have another subservient man elected as prime minister.”

Should that happen, he warned, the country would neither get any foreign investment nor development.

The PTI, according to him, was striving hard to get all parties attend the APC at London so that they could play an effective role.

Flanked by other party leaders, Imran Khan took exception to the Punjab government for imposing opposition-specific Section 144. He said the chief minister, along with President Pervez Musharraf, had been holding election rallies at state expense but was not allowing opposition to hold such rallies.

He termed the finalisation of civil nuclear deal between India and the US a failure of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

“The government of Pakistan is killing its own people in order to please its American masters. In spite of offering every kind of incentive on Kashmir to India, the military ruler has failed to get any concession in return.”

The Pakistani government, Khan added, was doing everything under the sun to please the US government, which in turn was busy pleasing India.

Source: Dawn