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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has achieved another first in Social Media – used a very innovative app called Facebook Mentions (launched in Sept by Facebook) to livestream a Q&A with Chairman PTI Imran Khan from his house in Banigala Islamabad – hosted by Faisal Javed Khan and coordinated by the PTI Social Media Team.
The idea was conceived by the entire team and initially tested with Asad Umar a few days earlier after the completing his efforts in the successful Local Body elections in Islamabad.
Imran Khan came live on Facebook on 8th December and started answering questions as fed to him by Faisal Javed Khan, which were being collected live from the social media using the hashtag #IKLiveWithSMT
The urge to deliver newer and better ideas on social media has been primarily the push by the chairman himself. On many occasions Chairman Imran Khan has applauded the PTI Social Media team for setting examples in social media, but has urged us all to strive for more and better ideas, oft he has said, to stay relevant and ahead you need to stay ahead of the curve and test new ideas and new concepts, failure will only lead to success in the future
Amongst many firsts in Social Media for example PTI Social Media team in September 2012 orchestrated Pakistan’s first ever Google Hangout with any political leader, which was viewed by thousands online and about 20 participants rotated through various cities across the world to personally ask Imran Khan a question or two, to which he responded unfortunately the Google Hangout idea fizzled away since youtube has been blocked now for many years.
Posted by Imran Khan (official) on Tuesday, December 8, 2015
The stream touched at one time a concurrent 28,000 live viewers but stats show the views over 300,000 during the hour long stream, it gathered 82,000 comments and was shared over 7,000 times while the numbers continue to grow – the backend numbers are breathtaking and mind boggling
I’m excited that we have opened the doors to another stream of ideas for PTI (and other parties) and I’m quite sure many other leaders would be invited to host similar sessions. We’ve learnt a few issues during the session which shall be sorted out in the future of which the biggest concern was a more direct way for social media users to ask questions and have them answered directly. Inshallah we will iron out the kinks we would love to see a more regular Q&A Session with Chairman Imran Khan interacting with the public on the social media.
It’s fun to be amongst a passionate team of volunteers unified to a cause, I truly am proud of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Social Media team which has yet again delivered another first.
“DAWN: Analysis: Justice Delayed for PTI” – Having been mentioned in the article for the tweet “Dr Awab Alvi tweeted: sad fact what the election tribunal should have decided in 120 days, takes one year, 11 months and 23 days — justice delayed is justice denied.”
What bothers me, is critics still see this as a IK vs PML issue, critics simply can’t fathom the fact that the sanctity of the vote is the ultimate cornerstone of having any semblance of democracy in Pakistan – if the sanctity of the ballot is not guarded with all the might of the ECP & judiciary democracy and the parliament are mere bricks in a crumbling castle. Unless you don’t publicly humiliate and prosecute those responsible for destroying the fundamentals of democracy, the next elections will be exactly the same. The art if delaying justice let alone tribunals is what has brought Pakistan to this lawlessness, rich & powerful skip from one date to the next until the issue may as well be long gone history.
Brings me back to the rebuttal debate I had with Zahid Ibrahim in August of last year, the Election Commission was responsible to deliver a 100% free and fair elections – at least the public should have felt some semblance of free and fair elections, not a 73% elections
No matter who wins in the re-elections in NA-125 does not matter, genuine Pakistanis could now cherish that after all the hue and cry, at least one constituency got exposed – imagine it takes one leader exerting all his heart and sole of 1 years, 11 months and 23 days to persevere with his mere grit to expose one constituency, whatever happens to a common man getting any semblance to justice …. is a sorry tale ….
Critics will/still paint this as a PTI victory, but in my heart and sole …. I think today – Pakistan won ….
As many may have heard about the conversation between Imran Khan & Dr Arif Alvi, truly in my opinion there is nothing incriminating in the conversation so the contents are in the political discussion domain which I do not want to open up on Linkedin – the political discourse can be continued on my blog here on Imran Khan & Dr Arif Alvi’s “doctored” conversation leaked
What I think needs to be discussed is more along the lines of discussing it Privacy Issue, with the hope that this case can be made as a deterrent for future leakages of private conversations maybe involving of honest Pakistani nationals – The questions I pose to everyone to answer Continue reading “Audio Conversation Leaked – a Privacy Issue Discussion” »
The recent “breaking news” is about a leaked converstation between Imran Khan & Dr. Arif Alvi – which is undoubtedly multiple phone calls stitched together to portray a narrative / propaganda
What is more important is to publicly identify the propagandists involved in recording a private call — espionage by whom? is it even legal? is it invasion of privacy? but then going on to stitch / splice together multiple calls to suit a propaganda / narrative is that even conceivably ligit?
The more interesting aspect of this leak is that there is nothing damaging / incriminating about this conversation that deserves attention but for the sake of mudslinging on PTI, everyone is making this a big issue
Lets decipher the audio clip.
For quite a few days Social Media was abuzz with concerns about the medical treatment of one of the school children injured in the APS attack in Peshawar named Ahmed Nawaz – ever-so Vigilant Media carried reports of an enraged father pleading to the govt of medical assistance (or lack of).
I personally had been tagged on a number of posts on this issue, and have tried my best to investigate the concerns with the hope of ensuring that the child gets the necessary attention, the more I delved, the more it seemed to be a mixture of genuine concerns but at the same time the issue was interspersed with political point scoring on behalf of Anti PTI proponents, either way my focus had to be on the safe recovery of Ahmed Nawaz, regardless of who paid the bill
The KPK govt from the get-go had promised compensation to all victims (Rs 20 Lacs each) and full medical coverage of the injured, the media attention raised by his father succeeded in grabbing more extended coverage by the KPK Govt, which additionally also pledged Rs. 3.5 Million to him if he needed international treatment, if such treatment options were not available in Pakistan. The Prime Minister of Pakistan in lieu of PML-N point scoring also pledged coverage to the child at PIMS Islamabad, but despite these promises it seemed the father was still discontent and was pushing to take Ahmed Nawaz abroad for further treatment as the medical attention was not up to par in Pakistan, I personally do not blame him, as a father, whose son may have suffered the most traumatic incident of his life – he has the right to get the best for his son.
The PTI Social Media team raised these concerns to PTI Chairman Imran Khan to investigate this matter personally, the Chief Minister of KPK Pervaiz Khattak and also the Health Minister Shahram Tarkai. All were forthcoming and assured the best possible treatment is being offered at all level, still there seemed to be some social media naysayers (maybe rightly so) who were in direct contact with the father and he expressed his utter dissatisfaction at any/all cooperation. And it was then pushing the citizen activists groups to lobby for support and in generosity pledge financial assistance for further treatment of Ahmed Nawaz abroad – viz-a-viz the KPK Govt had pledged full support in Pakistan (and now also abroad) if good/decent treatment is not available in Pakistan, but if its the fathers personal desire to take Ahmed Nawaz abroad then the funds can be raised from public donations but the focus to defame PTI govt in KPK on this issue is unwarranted.
Continue reading “Update on the APS Injured Student Ahmed Nawaz” »
The strike call for 12th December in Karachi was a tough & a strategic call made by Chairman Imran Khan on 30th Nov, it was a bold move to tactically increase pressure on the PML govt to rethink its negotiation strategy viz-a-viz to proceeding with an independent investigation of alleged election rigging in 2013. If peaceful protests for 120 days is not enough of a pressure tactic, it seems the govt needs to be physically shown that this is injustice in acceptable and proof of this contagious movement has taken a bigger momentum resonating all across Pakistan — Faisalabad on the 8th, Karachi on the 12th and soon Lahore on the 15th – Shutdowns are Pressure tactics to push for justice in Pakistan. What does one have to do, to get an investigation started in Pakistan? — When Push comes to shove, it seems shoving is then the order of the day.
Many supporters have a strong disagreement as to why PTI choose to adopt this strike strategy in Karachi, which to them resembles so much like the MQM-thug style politics and to make matters worse, images of burning tires were not helping as it portrayed violence, seemingly on the same track with MQM’s 30-min barrle of the gun-based shutter down calls seen too often in Karachi. Each Karachiite knows very well that the was a fundamental difference between MQM calling a strike and PTI appealing to people to join in a ShutDownToRebuild movement – Everyone knows that MQM uses militants on bikes roaming the streets and that this display interspersed with aerial firing, simply serves as the threat to establish the “voluntarily closure” along with other unfortunate tactics, they need not have to “work hard” to convince people, the guns do the convincing part quite well. PTI on the other hand DOES NOT SUBSCRIBE TO MILITANCY.
To organize the lockdown one must know the grass root dynamics of planning and ensuring a strike and I give credit to the PTI Karachi leadership to have understood the dynamics, planned well and executed to near perfection.
Before the shutdown there was a long debate on choosing to adopt the need to use tire burning strategy, but after a long discussion & a majority vote PTI teams allowed limited use of this method only for the sake of visual optics, but strictly NO threatening militant / armed strategy — only peacefully block roads, lobby aggressively, campaign and convince the public to join Imran Khan’s call to rebuild Pakistan. On the tire burning issue, I’m aware of many valid objections, I personally was a silent 50-50 spectator, personally felt we need to create the “environment” to be successful. So in part I would say I agreed, and hence I stand by the judgment call and the reason to write this blog post to explain why it was needed
A strike call in Karachi should be understood on a number of critical stages
Continue reading “Dynamics of PTI #ShutDownToRebuild Strike in Karachi” »
Quite shockingly the more you dig into the ECP hoping to expose the facts of this esteemed organisation entrusted to conduct Free and Fair elections – is fudging numbers – how can on 11th August 2014 ECP is on record to say
Tribune – 11th August: They refuted allegations that ballot papers were printed through private contractors or that even excess ballot papers were printed. They said that there was no question of extra ballot papers being printed, which were printed by a governmental organisation. They added that the provincial election commission did even add one extra ballot paper.
On 28th November responding to PTI’s allegation that 5.5 Million ECP is on record to raise the extra-ballots printing bar from Zero to 0.8 million
The News – 28th November: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that in the general elections 2013, only 800,000 additional ballot papers were printed and that too due to technical reasons.
And finally 3 days later on December 1st the extra ballots increase from 0.8 million to 9.3 million
Geo News – 1st December: According to the details, 8.34 million additional ballot papers were printed in the general elections of 1997, 9.4 million in 1999, 9 million in 2008 and 9.3 million in the elections of 2013.
Please ReTweet ECP on 10 Aug 14: No extra ballot papers printed ECP on 28 Nov 14: 8 lac printed ECP on 1 Dec 14: 93 lac printed
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) December 1, 2014
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) December 1, 2014
So in a span of 113 days each on the insistence and reactionary response to Imran Khan’s allegations of rigging the ECP has stumbled into correcting its own lies one after the other, how can facts of extra ballots differ by a mammoth 9.3 Million – a free and fair elections need to document in black and white and present fact in a total unbiased and fair manner – ECP should not be the political voice of the elected status quo, but the genuine voice in protecting the fundamental right of the people of Pakistan ie their right to vote
A masterful political stroke delivered by Imran Khan / PTI he showed flexibility on the resignation issue, but has clearly pushed to force the Sharif’s to conduct an investigation on Vote Audit – IF NOT, then
Lahore shall be blocked on 4th Dec
Faisalabad shall be blocked on 8th Dec
Karachi shall be blocked on 12th Dec
and Pakistan on 16th Dec
Let it be clear that PTI has been against strikes, but when blatant and simple justice is not served even after 110 days, for the fundamental democratic right to a free and fair elections then it rightly chooses to show seriousness and use this as political (but peaceful) pressure tactic to force them to investigate electoral rigging.
Ideally from today PML-N has FOUR days each to avoid the political pressure of strikes – the checkmate on them, if they are genuine, then they should finally start the electoral vote audit – truly initiating an investigation is NOT a guilty verdict ….. or is it?
The fundamentals of good leadership is to present yourself with a positive and confident body language, be it limited to mere visual optics, but every public opportunity one needs to be on-top of his game and each photograph taken should portray confidence combined with the subtleties of a good tailored suit, well groomed hair and even if need be a dash of good makeup. All these subtle tactics present the leader well, even if its only for sake of mere pictures
Sadly, every time the people of Pakistan have seen their Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in public and specifically on the global stage, quite shockingly he has come forth with a weak and a defeatist body language, slouched shoulders, fumbling words, mindlessly gazing into thin air, oft caught with a worried & tense frown, very rarely even a smile? The subtle message coming through the camera lens is of a stressed out leader, leading a failed state. Granted I may have a bias against him, but I still do remain a Pakistani and he represents my country on the global stage.
Sparing a few scattered “good-PR” shots, most images that end up being circulated, even by the media houses (Dawn, Tribune, SamaaTV), reflect the mindset of an uninspiring leader, if that alone was the problem it may have been ok, but when he goes to speak, then again the potential for a possible inspirational magic dissipates into thin air, for example a few months back during his joint press conference with the US President Obama at the White House, he as seen to be shuffling ragged pieces of paper, honestly there is no harm in carrying notes, but at this global stage the stakes for visual optics are high and a genuine leaders rises up to the occasion, others flounder in search of glory, and the Pakistani Prime Minister did a massive belly flop, in search of glory.
On Sunday during the coverage of PTI Jalsa in Gujranwala, Pakistan Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed addressed a press conference accusing PTI / Imran Khan and specifically PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen for misusing his public limited company JDW aircraft for personal usage of Imran Khan to commute across the country for his campaigning.
Perviaz Rasheed went on record to accuse that JKT nor PTI had paid for the travel and instead the expenses were borne by the shareholders of the public limited company. The hour long press conference by the Information Minister (preferably known as DisInformation Minister) was taken at face value by the media and run by all media houses as a genuine fact driven accusation.
Within an hour, JKT immediately countered the accusations on twitter
Everytime Khan travels on the plane I personally pay the company for its use. The company never pays for his travel. PMLN lying as always
— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) November 23, 2014
All payments for plane use are fully documented. Pervaiz Rasheed should expect a legal notice from JDW for defamation — Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) November 23, 2014
Najiullah Khattak closely linked with KPK Govt has clarified the recent controversy by the media which alleged a 16-vehicle convoy for Imran Khan on his visit to Peshawar on 18th Nov. He clarifies that the convoy primarily belonged with Chief Minister of KPK, and Imran Khan was a passenger in the same vehicle, the other dignitaries he has also listed also accompanied the convoy which only included the necessary vehicles as stipulated for their respective offices
Samaa and Dunya TV reported 16 vehicles entering CM House on Imran Khan’s visit to Peshawar. IK and CM were in the same Vehicle. CM has to follow an essential protocol by the Book that included only 4 vehicles for Security and Intel.
Following these 5, were the vehicles of Chief Secretary (6), IG Police (7), Secretary Health (8), Chief Executives of HMC (9), LRH (10), KTH (11) and Ayub Medical College (12) and a few MPAs and MNAs (13-14-15-16) who were all coming for that meeting. Where is the PROTOCOL except for the essential ones?
By the way, he travelled from inside the Cantt from the Airport and not a single road was blocked – shared by Najiullah Khattak on Facebook
Fahd Husain writes an op-ed in Express Tribune — These two paragraphs are worth reading — “Don’t blame democracy or dictatorship or even the system that remains the same regardless of who is at the top. Blame the fact that we are missing the fundamental element of a representative system: the individual is the foundation”
“If you wait for this manipulative system to reform itself, you are in for a long wait. If you think these rulers — all of them — will suddenly grow a revolutionary brain, you need to see a shrink. This, my friends, ain’t happening. The increasingly aware citizenry — yes you — will have to make a collective heave to push the fat cats out, and reclaim this glorious nation that the Quaid gave to you — not to them” Read the entire op-ed at ET “Pillars of clay“
With all the condolences messages being sent hailing Nelson Mandela as a symbol for Peace. What people forget is this same “liberated world” used to call Nelson Mandela – TERRORIST MANDELA. All because he fought for peace and worked to end Apartheid rule in South Africa.
The struggle to resolve any conflict through a peace is a long drawn battle. It does not end with just the signing of the peace accord – it needs to slowly change peoples sentiments and may take years, if not decades. The apartheid ended in ~1990, but ironically Mandela remained on the Terrorist watch list till 2008
SOWETAN: In 2008 just before his 90th birthday, the United States gave Nelson Mandela a special present, striking him from a decades-old terror watch list and ending what US officials called “a rather embarrassing matter.” In past years, US officials have beaten a path to his door in his family village hoping some of his almost saint-like aura would rub off on them. On Thursday, when Mandela died at age 95, President Barack Obama hailed him as belonging “to the ages”
Yet decades ago many in America did not share in the adulation of Mandela and his African National Congress, which had been billed a terrorist organization by both South Africa and the United States. His severest right-wing critics painted him as an unrepentant terrorist and a communist sympathizer.
I do not like to draw correlations – but I see a similar situation in Pakistan – most Pakistanis want peace, but at the same time there is a lobby that castigates against any attempt to further the peace process – their justifications, in part, are understandable – they kill us, so we must kill them – but that itself is a vengeance driven mindset which is bound to lead to more blood shed and the loss of even more innocent lives
At the same time I see a leader in Imran Khan who continues his commitment towards Peace in Pakistan – despite all the thrashing handed to him in the media and by his political opponents, day-in & day-out. Any other leader would have succumbed to the constant assault and back tracked, but Imran Khan remains committed to his vision for a prosperous Pakistan, and the dream is an exercise in futility, without Peace
Surprisingly as similar to Mandela being labelled by his right-wingers as Terrorist Mandela, Khan is similarly painted as Taliban Khan mostly by his opponents, predominantly settled on the left-wing. Such resistance, is in my opinion, merely because driven by his opponents who see these “peace talks” attempts to disrupt their own established control on Pakistan. The name calling will never stop true genuine leaders, in fact, it is in the face of such adversity that actually drives them harder to continue their struggle for whats best for their country – Peace
Salute to Nelson Mandela for showing the world that Peace is an entity that is worth fighting for, Salute to Nelson Mandela for picking up South Africa from the ashes to show that this nation can rise up from the oppressive Apartheid to transform into a dynamic progressive country that it is today.
Let us take lessons from a visionary leader like Nelson Mandela, and Let us do something similar for Pakistan .. Peace is definitely possible in Pakistan