Another example how genuine Intra-party elections empower the common man to rise up the ranks and be a part of the movement for change – In Attock a common man Waheed Murad garnered 432 votes while his rival Sardar Mumtaz Khan, a landlord, received 360 – and Waheed Murad was elected as the district President of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf in Attock – Genuine Change by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf … DAWN: Peasant defeats landlord
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on 26th February unveiled its EIGHT Policy on Environment
The Eight policies presented up until now are
There are plans for another 4-5 more polices to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
It shows to you the seriousness and commitment with which PTI wants to change Pakistan – no mere slogans but a strategy on how we hope to fix the problems of Pakistan. And lets not forget a massive grass root Intra-party elections to have done so publicly with over 7 million registered members
Change is here, its now your choice, seal your fate with the existing set of circus politicians or work to bring a genuine democratic party into power
Junaid Jamshed, Salman Ahmed, Shahi Hassan and Nusrat Hussain come together to create a musical treat for inspiring a new Pakistan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Wednesday announced its six-point education policy. It emphasised the education emergency in the country, the importance of an equal system for all, and the need to increase the education budget to 5% of GDP from the currently-pegged rate of 2.1%.
Express Tribune LINK: Six-point education policy: PTI aims for one education system
Imran Khan Tweets: I wish I could physically be at all the countrywide protests against the killings in Quetta. PTI is present everywhere as am I in spirit. I have condemned LeJ in strongest terms for the killings in Quetta. Demanded they must be brought to justice. We must protect all our people
What a horrendous tragedy the killing of 65 members of shia hazara community in Quetta. Deeply condemn this barbarous atrocity.
Yesterday we wrote about a serious conflict of interest issue in the results of the survey conducted by International Republican Institute (IRI) which had outsourced the project to IPOR. In the declaration of the results IRI choose not to disclose that IPOR, the agency hired to conduct the survey in Pakistan had a financial conflict of Interest as it provided research / survey services to political parties like PML-N, PML-Q & MQM.
Since the story broke out yesterday and our blog post, IPOR has literally gone out on a limb to further dig itself into a deeper hole – instead of a carefully measured statement trying to clear up their name and show evidence that the survey was conducted in a truly “unbiased and non-politically inclined manner” the IPOR owners in panic simply choose to sneak in website modification of their client list to include PTI and chose to delete MQM, it now states
“IPOR have the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as its primary clients. Within the short span, IPOR has developed a diverse clients-base of political parties and politicians from PTI, PML-N, PML-Q, MQM“
The issue here, which I guess they too did not realize – is that no matter which party is listed as their clients, for them to conduct a political popularity survey on behalf of IRI while maintaining a financial relationship with the very same political parties is a definite conflict of interest which should have been disclosed as part of the IRI survey, anything not disclosed and hidden should be considered as a serious defect of the survey.
This accidental revelation damages the credibility of IRI – and now studies emerging from this organization will be viewed with microscopic care especially as a neutral unbiased polling agency in Pakistan. IPOR will probably feel the pinch and it is possible IRI might sever relationships as well. An argument could easily be made that IPOR has a business to run and needs these clients to make money but strategic calculations should have been made to weigh in the conflicting interests, which im sure any such agency would be well aware of.
The IRI results are interesting but quite suddenly their credibility has been seriously tarnished and IRI stands to be blamed for not declaring this conflict of interest by their hired agency
PTI True Democracy: Humayun Chacha becomes PTI Kohat President & 25 year old Gul Sahib Khan PTI Karak President
PTI Intra-party elections are under a severe level of scrutiny – but one takes hope when such stories emerge were a simple daily wage worker lik Humayun Chacha gets elected as PTI Kohat President (Official confirmation still pending) – this is an example of true political democracy making room for simple Pakistanis to emerge into main stream politics. PTI does not believe in familial politics but relies upon genuine democracy to bring about a positive change in Pakistan
Daily Wage Earning Tailor ‘Humayun Chacha’ gets elected as PTI Dist Kohat President تبدیلی آگی ہےfbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn…
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) January 30, 2013
Jab TAX Nah Dein Gay Siyasatdaan
Bijli Ban Kar barsay gi Mehngai ka Tofaan
Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Long March ended with an anti-climax. The revolutionary zeal of the protestors was rewarded with a compromise. As the dust settles on another vital episode in Pakistan’s foremost soap opera, the character who will come out strongest is Imran Khan.
When PTI decided to boycott the 2008 elections it was subjected to endless abuse by supporters sick and tired of the incumbent regime. These people saw the party as a ray of hope amidst a horizon laced with crooks and criminals. They felt betrayed by the party’s stubborn refusal to budge. It was conveniently forgotten that these “elections” would be held under the aegis of a PCO judiciary unlawfully appointed by a military dictator. Furthermore, this judiciary was responsible for the passing of the NRO, granting amnesty to the biggest criminals of Pakistan. This leads us to a wider malaise infecting the nation: the addiction to quick fixes and fleeting pleasures. The commonly held notion implied that simply getting rid of PML-Q and Pervez Musharraf would somehow solve our problems.
What followed was extremely predictable yet scarcely believable. Musharraf was ousted to wild celebrations, just 9 years after being greeted in the same manner. He was replaced by Asif Ali Zardari, otherwise known as Pakistan’s biggest thief. Since then the journey has been increasingly downhill, towards hell itself. How could we expect anything else from the products of NRO? We lament the presence of tax evaders and hardened criminals in our parliament but after the sham elections of 2008 expecting anything else is absurd.
When Asia Society launched their 2012 Asia’s Person of the Year reader poll this last December, they were inundated with votes — so much so that they thought something was amiss. In 2011, when their year-end poll ended they received 881 votes, total. In 2012, they we were getting that many votes every couple hours. And more than 90 percent of them were for Imran Khan to have finally received 11,000 votes (87%)
At first they thought the poll was being hijacked but it slowly dawned on them that it might actually be passionate Imran Khan supporters who voted for their hero. Dan Washburn asks me a few questions
Rehana Ahmed Batlay writes an Op-ed in Tribune titled “The PTI’s wise decision”
“By taking a lone principled stand, the PTI has proven that it has matured as a political party. Had it been a part of the march, it may have found itself in the awkward position of being pictured arm-in-arm with leaders of a government that it is highly critical of. It resisted the opportunity for cheap publicity and did the right thing by remaining focused on the upcoming elections.” – More on EXPRESS TRIBUNE: The PTI’s wise decision
#Justice4All protest was held in Karachi for Kamran Faisal, Shahzeb Khan & Qadri Brothers