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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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Expert urges government to work war-footedly to eliminate polio 24 Oct 2014
KARACHI :  Secretary General, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Center Dr Mirza Ali Azhar on Friday urged the government to work on war footing in collaboration with all state institutions to eradicate polio, as the matter is linked to the dignity of the country.   Talking to PPI in connection with the World Polio Day 2014, […]
People must cooperate with law enforcement agencies to ensure Peace in Muharr... 24 Oct 2014
Peshawar :  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Higher Education, Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani has said that the law enforcement agencies were playing their effective role in rooting out terrorism and extremism from the country and hoped the people would also cooperate with them to ensure peace in holy month of Muharam-ul-Haram. Talking to media persons […]
ICCI calls for urgent replacement of faster meters to save the business activ... 24 Oct 2014
Islamabad :  Businessmen in a meeting at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry strongly protested against the installation of new faster electricity meters, which run 30-35 percent faster than the old ones and called upon the government to ensure their urgent replacement to save the business activities from further damage and consumers from unjustified overbilling. […]
FMOA announces to stay a sit-in against proposed mine and mineral policy 24 Oct 2014
Peshawar :  The Frontier Mine Owners Association (FMOA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced to stay a sit-in against proposed mine and mineral policy and allegedly irregularities, illegality and banned in the concerned department and vowed to continue it till fulfillment of FMOA?s demands. Speaking at a press conference here at Press Club on Friday, President of the association Sher […]
Bloody day in Pakistan’s Quetta leaves 11 dead 23 Oct 2014
Quetta (Pakistan)  - At least 11 people were killed and 30 injured in a series of attacks in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta Thursday, including a suicide bombing at a rally by a leading religious political party. Maulana Fazlur Rehman, head of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) party was leaving a rally in the […]
Bangladesh Islamist war criminal Ghulam Azam dead at 91 23 Oct 2014
Dhaka  - Bangladeshi war criminal Ghulam Azam died on Thursday aged 91, just over a year after he was sentenced to 90 years in prison for masterminding atrocities during the country’s 1971 independence war. Azam was the wartime head of Jamaat-e-Islami — the country’s largest Islamist party — and latterly its spiritual leader. During his […]
Pakistan court restores channel supportive of anti-govt protests 23 Oct 2014
Karachi  - A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the media regulatory authority to restore transmission of a news channel supportive of anti-government protests organised by cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and a populist cleric. ARY News, a popular station, was ordered off the air for 15 days on Monday by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority […]
Fazlur Rehman-Mufti Mahmood conference 23 Oct 2014
QUETT A : There are no dharnas in Islamabad but mujrahs which are held at nights instead of daylight. Imran Khan was not making new Pakistan but No Pakistan. Dharnas have been made sex places. This was stated by Amir Jamait Ulemae Islam Maulana Fazlur Rehman while addressing a massive gathering on occasion of Mufti […]
Inspector General Pakistan Railways speaks 23 Oct 2014
SIBI :  Pakistan Railways was taking emergency measures for revival of Sibi-Harnai section, running of closed trains from Quetta Division and facilitating businessmen. Facilities to railway workers were also being ensured. These views were expressed by Inspector General Pakistan Railways Ghazanfar Abbas while speaking with PPI here Thursday. Assistant General Manager Pakistan Railways Masoodun Nabi, […]
‘JI moot to be milestone for bringing Islamic revolution’ 23 Oct 2014
KARACHI : Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman has claimed that the public congregation of Jamaat-e-Islami to be scheduled from November 21 to 23 at Minar-e-Pakistan Lahore will be a proof of a milestone for bringing true Islamic revolution in the country. He expressed these views in a luncheon reception hosted by JI Karachi in […]
PharmAssist helpline launch to create awareness about drugs 23 Oct 2014
  Karachi,  Project Manager, Drug & Information Center, Umaimah Muzzamil, on Thursday said a helpline with the name of PharmAssist has been launched to provide services and information regarding medication administration, usage and poisoning. She expressed these views while addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club. Prof A.G Billo, CEO Indus Hospital Karachi Dr […]
Google offers peek into Bhutan with Street View launch 23 Oct 2014
Thimphu (Bhutan)  - Google provided a sneak peek into Bhutan Thursday by unveiling a Street View project for the remote Himalayan kingdom, featuring panoramic views of its majestic mountains, monasteries and crystal-clear rivers. The “Land of the Thunder Dragon” has long been one of the most isolated countries on earth, only lifting its ban on […]
Sri Lanka set for populist budget ahead of snap polls 23 Oct 2014
Colombo – Veteran Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse is expected to unveil a populist budget on Friday hoping to shore up sagging electoral support ahead of a troubled bid to win a third term. Rajapakse, who is also finance minister, has advanced the budget for 2015 by a month to give his government more time […]
India’s Modi meets troops in Diwali day Kashmir visit 23 Oct 2014
Srinagar (India)  - India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a rare visit to the Siachen glacier in the disputed Kashmir region Thursday to rally the morale of troops after recent deadly border clashes with Pakistan. As India celebrated the festival of Diwali, Modi travelled to the remote glacier to greet soldiers based at […]

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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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