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PTI Pakistan Tehreek-e-insafThe Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) (Urdu: پاکستان تحريک انصاف; Pakistan Movement for Justice) is a centrist, progressive political party in Pakistan, which was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The fastest growing political party in Pakistan, PTI has established itself as one of the country’s mainstream national parties.

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Woman, two girls killed in Pakistan blasphemy row 28 Jul 2014
Lahore (Pakistan) – An angry mob in Pakistan torched an Ahmadi Muslim minority neighbourhood killing a woman and two girls in a row over blasphemy, police said Monday, in the latest attack on one of the country’s most persecuted groups. The incident took place Sunday evening in the low-income Arafat Colony of the eastern city […]
Asylum-seekers kept at sea by Australia to seek compensation 28 Jul 2014
Sydney – A group of 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel will seek compensation for their treatment, their lawyers said Monday. The group, thought to be mostly ethnic Tamils from Sri Lanka and including 50 children, left the Indian port of Pondicherry last month — but their […]
Smith & Wesson fined for Indonesia, Pakistan bribes 28 Jul 2014
Washington  - US gunmaker Smith & Wesson was hit with $2 million in fines Monday for bribing officials in Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries to gain sales deals. The US Securities and Exchange Commission accused the company, whose handguns are popular in law enforcement and military services, of facilitating bribes of $11,000 worth of cash […]
Verdict on ‘India’s Enron’ fraud trial delayed 28 Jul 2014
Hyderabad (India)  - A court in India trying former business executives over one of India’s biggest corporate fraud scandals at IT group Satyam delayed Monday its verdict until later this month, a lawyer said. The former chairman of the outsourcing giant, B. Ramalinga Raju, and nine other accused including his brother have been on trial […]
Australia approves huge India-backed mine 28 Jul 2014
Sydney  - Australia has approved a massive coal mine that could ultimately provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians, angering environmentalists who warned Monday it may threaten the Great Barrier Reef. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said approval for Indian firm Adani’s Aus$16.5 billion (US$15.5 billion) Carmichael coal mine and rail project in Queensland state […]
Asylum-seekers held at sea likely economic migrants: Australia 28 Jul 2014
Sydney  - A group of 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel were likely economic migrants from India, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Monday. “The indications are… that there are a very large number of people on this ship that had been resident in India for a very […]
Buksh Foundation making inroads in microfinance initiatives 28 Jul 2014
  LAHORE,  Buksh Foundation is making inroads in empowering women in Pakistani society. The foundation has made massive impact in strengthening and uplifting the status of women in the society.   Since inception, the Foundation has focused on female empowerment and has made its impact in generating projects focused on enhancing womens participation through the […]
KCCI office-bearers shocked at Nizamis demise 28 Jul 2014
KARACHI, The Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of Dr Majid Nizami, the most senior journalist of Pakistan and Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Nawa-e-Waqt Newspaper.   In a statement issued on Monday, Chairman Businessmen Group and former president KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice Chairmen BMG […]
No city will be handed over to army: Nisar clarified 28 Jul 2014
Islamabad :  Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that no city will be handed over to the army. Addressing a news conference he said that army has been requisitioned in aid to the civil administration under Article 245 of the Constitution. He clarified that the army was not being called to stop a […]
Coal reserves offer no relief for India fuel crunch 27 Jul 2014
Mumbai  - India sits on one of the world’s biggest coal reserves, yet its power stations are starved of the fuel with some idle and others running dangerously low on supplies. Coal accounts for nearly 60 percent of India’s electricity, and the country’s biggest utility company warned the government this month that supplies at many […]
India minister meets Nepal leaders in bid to renew ties 26 Jul 2014
Kathmandu  - India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj met with Nepal’s top leaders Saturday during a visit to expand New Delhi’s engagement with a neighbourhood increasingly drawn to China. Swaraj’s trip, which follows a visit last month to Bangladesh, is part of an ongoing campaign by India’s new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to […]
Sri Lanka protesters scuttle media training for Tamils 26 Jul 2014
Colombo – Dozens of pro-government activists blocked ethnic Tamil journalists from holding a training program in Sri Lanka on Saturday, marking the latest harassment of the minority community, a media rights group said. Journalists from the northern Jaffna peninsula, a former war zone, had travelled to Colombo for an electronic media workshop. “The organisers were […]
First Pakistani team of mountaineers summit K2 peak 26 Jul 2014
Islamabad – The first-ever team of Pakistani climbers have reached the top of the world’s second tallest mountain, K2, to mark 60 years since it was first scaled. “Six members reached the summit at 02:22 am PST today,” Sarwar Ali, a high altitude guide of the Nazir Sabir Expeditions, a local expedition company in regular […]
tribal people are more important than atom bomb for countrys defense, Siraj 26 Jul 2014
Peshawar : Amir Jamat-e-Islami Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Sairajul Haq has said for country defense tribal people are more important atomic bomb therefore their honorable returned would be crucial to solve the problems.   Addressing a function of distribution of Eid Packages among 500 IDPs of North Waziristan at Markaz-e-Islami Peshawar on Saturday Siraj said this is […]

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was founded by Imran Khan on April 25, 1996 in Lahore, Pakistan. Founded initially as a sociopolitical movement, PTI began to grow slowly but never achieved immediate popularity. During the 1990s, Pakistan experienced instability, as Pakistan’s two largest political parties, the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (N), were elected but never completed their tenure due to allegations of corruption and mismanagement. In this time of divisive discord between the two feuding political parties, Khan launched PTI as a revolutionary party, which he claimed represented the true aspirations of the people of Pakistan. In 1999, when President Nawaz Sharif, a PML-N politician, was ousted by General Pervez Musharraf in a bloodless coup, Khan supported General Musharraf because he believed that General Musharraf would be able to unite the country and lead it forward, away from the internal bickering and impotency of Pakistan’s main political parties. Later, he would become one of General Musharraf’s most vehement critics.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s constitution was approved on January 24, 1999 by the Central Executive Committee in Lahore, Pakistan and in October 2002, Imran Khan ran for office in the National Elections and became a Member of Parliament (MP) for Mianwali, his hometown. PTI supported General Musharraf’s 2002 referendum, which allowed President Pervez Musharraf to remain in power for another five years. During the Musharraf era, PTI supported the government’s policies, which had allowed for strong economic growth, liberalization of the media, and general increase in prosperity and development. Khan, however, remained deeply critical of the entire political order of Pakistan, which he deemed corrupt, inefficient, and morally bereft of any of the founding principles of Pakistan. In protest, Khan began a grassroots campaign to raise awareness about his political party.

PTI believes that because Pakistan never developed properly, due to successive indifferent and incompetent administrations, the country never remained true to its founding ideals. As a relatively new political party in the national arena, PTI wishes to create a modern, democratic Islamic republic which advocates complete political, religious, and economic freedom. Basing his entire political platform as being derived from Jinnah’s vision of a harmonious and peaceful country, PTI chief Imran Khan has consistently spoken out against exploitation, corruption, and prejudices of all kind. One of the most dynamic political parties, PTI has envisaged a democratic system ensuring justice, equality and prosperity for all citizens.

In large part, the rise of PTI has stemmed from dissatisfaction with the status-quo, which has usually consisted of military dictatorships and corrupt democratically elected administrations. With a ruling elite in Pakistan that has historically focused on maintaining power, thereby stunting the growth of true democracy, Pakistan experienced several transitions from democratic to dictatorial regimes and vice versa. When such military dictatorships emerged, the federal government assumed complete control and usually subverted the constitutional powers of the various federating units.

PTI has emerged as a robust counterweight to Pakistan’s two traditional political parties, the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (N). While the PML-N’s former stronghold consisted of the urban areas of Punjab and the PPP drew most of its support from Sindh, PTI maintains that it represents all Pakistanis, regardless of religious, ethnic, linguistic, and provincial backgrounds. During the Musharraf era, PTI pursued a policy of cautious optimism, but as President Musharraf declared martial law and became more anti-democratic, PTI became more vocal in denouncing him. After Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007 and Nawaz Sharif returned from self-exile in Saudi Arabia, pressure increased upon President Musharraf to hold democratic elections. PTI, in conjunction with many political parties, joined the All Parties Democratic Movement, which was opposed to further military rule. The general elections in 2008, which were boycotted by the PTI, resulted in a PPP victory.

Under the Zardari administration, Khan’s popularity has soared amid discontent with the ruling administration’s domestic and foreign policy. PTI’s strongest appeal is its credentials as a populist party. With increasing corruption, inflation, terrorism, extremism, nepotism, and crony capitalism, the popularity of PTI has surged. Projecting itself as the only political party which will be able to solve the many ills that plague Pakistan, PTI has promised to create a truly independent, self-reliant Pakistan which is free from debt, dependency, and discord if elected to power in the 2013 general elections. In Pakistan: A Personal History, PTI Chairman Imran Khan argues that a selfish and corrupt ruling elite, made up of primarily politicians, feudals, and military bureaucrats, has destroyed Pakistan and brought it to the brink of disaster.



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