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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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Kabul – Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Monday issued another ultimatum over the disputed election result, threatening to withdraw from all efforts to negotiate a solution to the deepening political crisis. Abdullah claims that fraud cheated him of victory in the June 14 election, and fears have risen of a return to unrest of […]
India court grants bail to two of five rape accused 1 Sep 2014
Lucknow (India) – An Indian court on Monday granted bail to two of five men detained earlier this year on suspicion of raping and murdering two teenage girls in a case that sparked global outrage. The low-caste cousins, aged 12 and 14, were found hanging from a tree in an impoverished village in northern Uttar […]
India govt asks court to halt scrapping of some coal mines 1 Sep 2014
New Delhi  - India’s government asked the top court on Monday to safeguard some coal mine concessions deemed to have been illegally awarded as the energy-starved country’s power sector faces fresh turmoil. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said 46 out of the 218 coal blocks whose award was deemed illegal by the Supreme Court last week […]
India’s Kingfisher tycoon declared ‘wilful defaulter’ 1 Sep 2014
Mumbai :  The United Bank of India declared flamboyant and indebted tycoon Vijay Mallya a “wilful defaulter” on Monday, dealing another blow to his embattled Kingfisher Airlines. A top official at the bank confirmed the decision, which comes nearly two years after the airline lost its licence to fly when it failed to end a strike […]
JI floats proposal to defuse political tension 1 Sep 2014
Lahore,  Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, has said that the JI had given a proposal to the PTI chairman, Imran Khan that if an enquiry commission comprising Supreme Court judges after a thorough probe, held that rigging had taken place in the elections not only the Prime Minister would resign but fresh elections […]
Hashmi vows to sacrifice life for supremacy of constitution 1 Sep 2014
Islamabad :  President Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Javed Hashmi has said that he will sacrifice his life for supremacy of constitution and protection of the State institutions including Supreme Court. Talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Monday, he said protection of National Assembly and Senate is part of his faith. Javed Hashmi said Parliament is the […]
Pakistan SC offers to assist in resolving ongoing political crisis 1 Sep 2014
Islamabad,  Pakistan”s Supreme Court has asked PTI and PAT to respond to the court”s offer to assist the protesting parties in resolving the ongoing political crisis. During the hearing of a plea against extra-constitutional steps and sit-ins in the heart of Islamabad, the bench asked the counsel of both protesting parties to ask their party […]
Pakistan PM, Army chief hold meeting at PM House amid political turmoil 1 Sep 2014
  Islamabad,  A meeting was held between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at the PM House on Monday to discuss a viable strategy to resolve the ongoing political crisis, which has worsened following clashes between protesters and the police. According to the Dawn, sources have revealed that […]
Army ends PTV siege by PTI, PAT protesters 1 Sep 2014
  Islamabad, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) protesters were thrown out of the PTV building by the army, after they barged into the TV channel”s office on Monday, forcing the national broadcaster to go off-air. The protesters were made to leave the building following army intervention and the channel was allowed to […]
Govt again invites Imran Khan to resume dialogue 1 Sep 2014
Islamabad ,Minister for planning and development Ahsan Iqbal has again invited Imran Khan to resume dialogue for resolution of the crises. He said the government is ready to resume talks from the point where these were suspended to solve the issues. Ahsan Iqbal has said he is convinced that innocent people were used as tool […]
Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV 1 Sep 2014
Islamabad  - Hundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan’s government briefly seized the state broadcaster on Monday, intensifying the political crisis gripping the nuclear-armed nation. Transmissions of the main Pakistani Television (PTV) were cut after protesters armed with clubs stormed the building in Islamabad’s high-security “red zone”, before being removed by security forces after around […]
India, Japan PMs’ summit to build on warming relations 1 Sep 2014
Tokyo  - Conservative soulmates Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe will hold formal talks in Tokyo Monday to cement a blossoming relationship between India and Japan, on a visit that began with a bear hug and a tour of Kyoto. Modi, who is hoping his market-focused policies will give a boost to India’s floundering economy, could […]
Islamists’ strike hits Bangladesh over gruesome murder 1 Sep 2014
Dhaka – Transport services in Bangladesh ground to a halt on Sunday as Islamists enforced a nationwide strike to protest at the murder of a television star who presented popular Islamic shows. Normally congested roads in the capital and other cities were largely deserted as operators of inter-regional bus and lorry services accepted Islamists’ demands […]
Jaipur clinches India’s Pro Kabaddi League title 1 Sep 2014
Mumbai  - Jaipur Pink Panthers clinched India’s Pro Kabaddi League title on Sunday with a 35-24 win over Mumbai’s U Mumba in a traditional contact sport that mixes tag and wrestling. The Panthers sent a packed stadium into raptures as they sprinted ahead 18-14 at half time, leading to a nail-biting finish on U Mumba’s […]

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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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