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PTI Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

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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What happened of Thar-Nara Development Authority, asks Mumtaz 19 Apr 2014
Karachi : Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh leader Mumtaz Ali Bhutto has said in the year 1973 he had formed a Thar-Nara Development Authority for development of the Thar and Nara Desert area but later the government closed it down. In a statement Saturday, he said the PPPP leaders are doing nothing to serve the […]
12 Nepalese guides killed in deadliest Everest disaster 18 Apr 2014
Kathmandu – At least 12 Nepalese guides preparing routes up Mount Everest for commercial climbers were killed Friday by an avalanche in the deadliest mountaineering accident ever on the world’s highest peak, officials said. The men were among a large party of Sherpas who left Everest base camp before dawn, carrying tents, food and ropes, […]
Pakistan to hold fresh talks with Taliban negotiators 18 Apr 2014
Islamabad – The Pakistani government is planning a fresh round of talks with Taliban negotiators at the weekend, officials said Friday, despite the militants’ refusal to extend a ceasefire called to help peace efforts. Talks to end the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) bloody seven-year insurgency have been under way since February, with little clear progress made […]
India lifts campaign ban on scandal-hit Modi aide 18 Apr 2014
New Delhi  – Authorities have lifted a campaigning ban imposed on a key aide to India’s likely next prime minister Narendra Modi after he allegedly told Hindu community leaders to seek “revenge” in the country’s elections. Amit Shah, who has been running the campaign for Modi’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the pivotal Uttar […]
‘Four Taliban prisoners escape Afghan jail’ 18 Apr 2014
Mazar-i-Sharif (Afghanistan) – Four Taliban prisoners escaped from a northern Afghanistan jail and killed two guards using weapons that had been smuggled inside, officials said Friday. The incident occurred in the relatively peaceful Faryab province on Thursday night, provincial spokesman Ahmad Jawed Deedar told AFP. The inmates used smuggled tools to break through their cell […]
Slain AFP reporter’s son discharged from hospital 18 Apr 2014
Kabul  – The only surviving child of slain AFP reporter Sardar Ahmad has been discharged from hospital as he continues to recover from bullet wounds to his skull, chest and thigh. Abuzar Ahmad, who turns three next Monday, was wounded on March 20 in an attack on a Kabul hotel that killed his father, mother […]
Constitutional amendment proposed to save Pakistan from becoming desert 18 Apr 2014
Islamabad :  Social activist and PML-N worker Jahangir Akhtar has proposed a constitutional amendment which can save Pakistan from becoming a wasteland.  He says that its not the nationalist politicians but the Constitution which has become biggest hurdle in construction of mega reservoirs which are imperative for cheap power generation, agriculture, industry, livestock and human […]
SDPI releases Pre-budget Survey on Economic Reforms 18 Apr 2014
Islamabad : The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) released a nationally representative survey on economic reforms here on Friday. The survey highlights that two immediate reforms needed to kickstart economic growth and create jobs will be: a) tax reforms – to finance growing government expenditure; and b) energy reforms to support private sectors pursuit for […]
Gasless days perturb citizens, disturb economy 18 Apr 2014
Karachi :  Closure of CNG stations due to gas load shedding that was introduced in Pakistan for winter season on the pretext of higher consumption of gas due to cold temperature has become a whole year affair as CNG stations are being closed in hot weather when domestic gas consumption is low. Similarly, the electricity […]
India gets new navy chief after deadly submarine fire 17 Apr 2014
New Delhi  - India appointed a new navy chief on Thursday, nearly two months after his predecessor was forced to quit over a submarine accident that killed two sailors off the Mumbai coast. The government installed Admiral Robin K. Dhowan, 59, who has been acting in the job since the previous chief resigned over the […]
Bangladesh seizes properties of owner of collapsed factory 17 Apr 2014
Dhaka – The Bangladesh government has seized properties belonging to the owner of a building that collapsed and killed 1,138 garment workers, the worst industrial disaster in the country’s history, an official said Thursday. Sohel Rana, owner of the Rana Plaza factory complex on the outskirts of Dhaka, was one of around 40 people whom […]
Osama bin Laden library for Pakistan religious school 17 Apr 2014
Islamabad  - A religious school for women in the Pakistani capital Islamabad has renamed its library in honour of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The seminary is run by controversial hardline cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, the imam of the city’s Red Mosque, once notorious as a hideout for hardliners with alleged militant links. The […]
IT czar Nilekani issues warning as India votes 17 Apr 2014
Bangalore (India)  - IT billionaire turned political hopeful Nandan Nilekani said Thursday the “idea of India” was at stake as millions of voters headed to the ballot box in the latest phase of the mammoth elections. Nilekani, co-founder of Indian outsourcing giant Infosys, is battling for a seat for the ruling Congress party in the […]
Bangladesh files contempt case against British reporter 17 Apr 2014
Dhaka  - Bangladesh’s war crime tribunal launched a contempt case Thursday against a Dhaka-based British journalist for allegedly criticising the court in his writings and questioning the death toll from the nation’s 1971 independence war. The International Crimes Tribunal — a domestic court set up by the country’s secular government to try suspected war criminals […]

In Depth

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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