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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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Survey (Public confidence waning in Pakistan?s progress since 1947,Poll) 30 Sep 2014
Islamabad : According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 63% Pakistanis believe that Pakistan is in a better condition than it was in 1947; 37% disagree. A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, ?Some people think that Pakistan has not progressed […]
Golden girl Mirza does it for India — again 29 Sep 2014
Incheon (South Korea) A trail-blazer for women’s tennis in India, Sania Mirza has been hounded by controversy throughout her career, accused of corrupting the country’s youth and even faced a fatwa for wearing short skirts on court. Given how often the 27-year-old finds herself at the sharp end of gossip and political debate, her dedication […]
New Afghanistan President Calls for End to War 29 Sep 2014
ISLAMABAD— Ashraf Ghani taking the oath of office as Afghanistan’s new president is a move being hailed as the country’s first democratic transfer of power. In his inaugural speech Monday, the former World Bank executive called on the Taliban and other insurgent groups to join peace talks to put an end to bloodshed in the […]
Pakistan arrests 25 Indian fishermen 29 Sep 2014
Karachi :  Pakistan has arrested 25 Indian fisherman for violating the territorial waters of the country, its maritime security agency said Monday. The Indian fishermen were arrested and their boats seized early Sunday morning. “We are preparing documents to produce all of them in court,” police official Mohammad Anwer told AFP. Indian and Pakistani fishermen […]
Committee formed to recommend new labour laws 29 Sep 2014
KARACHI,  A Labour Solidarity Committee comprising representatives of all federations and trade unions of Sindh has been formed at the last day of the 3-day Sindh Labour Conference held in Karachi from September 26 to 28 to prepare recommendations for making new labour laws or adopting the federal laws after the 18th Amendment in the Constitution. […]
Million dollars investment to be made in power sector: Arshad Mehmood 29 Sep 2014
Chakwal,  Five million dollars investment will be made in power sector at salt range Chakwal by the Chines power company and all the modalities have been finalized. This was stated by secretary mines and minerals Punjab Doctor Arshad Mehmood while speaking at a reception arranged by renowned mine owner Haroon Cheema at Mud House 20 […]
Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks 29 Sep 2014
Kabul – Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as new president of Afghanistan on Monday and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks after 13 years of war. The militant threat in Kabul was underlined by a suicide attack outside the airport’s main entrance that killed […]
Afghanistan to sign US troop deal Tuesday: Ghani aide 29 Sep 2014
Kabul – Ashraf Ghani’s government will sign a long-delayed deal on Tuesday to allow some US troops to stay in Afghanistan into next year, an adviser to the new president told AFP. The BSA (bilateral security agreement) became a symbol of frayed US-Afghan ties when President Hamid Karzai refused to sign the deal last year, […]
Afghan ‘first lady’ edges towards a public life 29 Sep 2014
Kabul  - In Afghanistan’s strictly patriarchal society women are generally hidden from public view, but Rula Ghani could be the exception after her husband paid her a heartfelt tribute at his presidential inauguration on Monday. Rula Ghani has already broken several taboos by accompanying her husband Ashraf to election campaign events and giving at least […]
India police arrest over 200 for religious violence in Gujarat 29 Sep 2014
New Delhi – Indian police in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat have arrested more than 200 people after violence between majority Hindus and minority Muslims, a senior officer said Monday. The clashes in the western city of Vadodara were sparked by a distorted image posted on social media that offended Muslims, prompting […]
Powerful Indian politician launches appeal on graft case 29 Sep 2014
Bangalore (India)  - Indian politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram launched a flurry of appeals Monday against a four-year jail sentence, in a long-running corruption case against the highly popular but controversial figure, an aide said. Jayalalithaa, a former film star and longtime head of the prosperous southern state of Tamil Nadu, lodged the appeals against her jailing […]
India, Israel PMs pledge stronger ties in rare meeting 29 Sep 2014
New York , Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to boost cooperation in the most substantive interaction between the two countries’ leaders in 11 years. The two prime ministers both appeared upbeat as they met at a New York hotel on Sunday, on the sidelines of the United […]
Pakistani journalist handed over to PAK authorities at Torkham 29 Sep 2014
Peshawar ,Pakistani journalist handed over at Pak-Afghan border Torkham here on Monday. He was warmly received by authorities and journalists fraternity at the border. After spending five months and four days in prison in Afghanistan, Pakistani Journalist Fauzullah wS handed over to Pakistani officials at Torkham border by Afghan border authorities. Political Agent of Khyber […]
Wilderness-based youth leadership conference 29 Sep 2014
Abbottabad,  A wilderness-based youth leadership conference was held at Nathiagali, near here  9240-feet above sea-level.   “We, the 77 youth delegates of ‘Markhor 2014’ – Pakistan’s second annual wilderness-based youth leadership conference held on Mukshpuri top, Nathiagali, district Abbottabad from 24-28 September 2014 – coming from different cities of Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan […]

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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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