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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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Reform or ‘miss the bus’, warns India finance minister 20 Dec 2014
New Delhi  - India’s finance minister urged opposition parties Saturday to cooperate in passage of economic reform legislation, warning otherwise Asia’s third-largest economy “will miss the bus” again. The traditionally fractious parliament has been stalled yet again by political rows that have hindered efforts by the new right-wing government to enact reforms and revive the […]
US drone strike kills five in northwest Pakistan 20 Dec 2014
Peshawar (Pakistan) – A US drone strike killed at least five militants in Pakistan’s restive tribal region near the Afghan border on Saturday, security officials said, warning that the death toll was expected to rise. The strike occurred in North Waziristan, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal districts bordering Afghanistan, which is seen as a […]
Afghan civilian casualties hit record high: UN 20 Dec 2014
Kabul – Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit a record high this year, a UN report said, highlighting worsening violence as US-led troops leave after more than a decade of fighting the Taliban. Casualties jumped 19 percent by the end of November compared to the year before, with 3,188 civilians killed and 6,429 injured, the United […]
India ruling party chief urges law against conversions 20 Dec 2014
New Delhi  - India’s ruling party chief on Saturday called for a law to ban “forced religious conversions” amid increasing uproar over the right-wing government’s perceived pro-Hindu tilt. India’s parliament has been paralysed by opposition lawmakers protesting mass conversions to Hinduism which is the country’s majority religion. They have demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose […]
Indian diplomat in US row stripped of duty 20 Dec 2014
New Delhi  - An Indian diplomat at the centre of a bitter row with the United States has been stripped of her duties over unauthorised statements to media, a government source and reports said Saturday. Devyani Khobragade was arrested and strip-searched in New York last December while serving as India’s deputy consul-general on charges of […]
Pakistan slammed for resuming executions after school massacre 20 Dec 2014
Islamabad  - Rights groups Saturday condemned Pakistan’s decision to hang two convicted militants in its first executions for six years, as leaders vowed decisive action in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that left 149 people dead. Pakistan described the bloody rampage in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday as its own “mini […]
Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated, says Pentagon 20 Dec 2014
Washington – Four detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison have been repatriated to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Saturday. The Department of Defense said that the Afghan men — Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani, and Mohammed Zahir — had been moved from the prison after a comprehensive review of their case. […]
SAARC Academia to Proclaim 2015 as ‘Academic Year of Peace’, after School Mas... 20 Dec 2014
  KARACHI, In the wake of the deadliest brutal terror attack at Peshawar school, a conjoint academic commission has been formed up by Pakistani academicians working in different institutions around the globe, says a release. An institutional resolution has been unanimously passed by the peace-conflict experts and other research-oriented academics from diverse disciplines, to set […]
Pakistan Kills Scores of Militants After School Massacre 19 Dec 2014
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN— Pakistan has intensified counterterrorism security operations near the border with Afghanistan, killing scores of Islamist militants since Tuesday’s school massacre that left 149 people dead, most of them children. A top Pakistani official said evidence suggesting the attackers were in contact with “elements” on the Afghan side of the border had been shared […]
Sri Lanka opposition vows to withdraw casino tax breaks 19 Dec 2014
Colombo  - Sri Lanka’s main opposition said Friday it would withdraw generous tax concessions for controversial foreign-funded resorts aiming to make Colombo a gambling hotspot in South Asia if it wins next month’s elections. President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government is facing an unexpectedly tough challenge in the national elections from Maithripala Sirisena, who has united opposition […]
Pakistan cleric says anti-Taliban fight ‘un-Islamic’ 19 Dec 2014
Islamabad – The head of a hardline Islamabad mosque Friday called an army offensive against the Taliban “un-Islamic” and said the militants’ massacre of 133 children was in retaliation for air strikes against them. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed the assault as revenge for an ongoing military offensive against its strongholds in the tribal northwest. […]
50 insurgents killed in Pakistan strike back after school massacre 19 Dec 2014
Peshawar (Pakistan) – Pakistani security forces killed more than 50 suspected militants Friday as operations against insurgents intensify in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that killed 149 people. The bloody rampage in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday brought international condemnation and promises of swift, decisive action against militants from Pakistan’s political […]
Pakistan to appeal against bail for Mumbai attacks suspect 19 Dec 2014
Islamabad – A Pakistani government prosecutor said Friday he will challenge a court order granting bail to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. A judge in an Islamabad anti-terror court granted bail on Thursday to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, accused of masterminding the siege on India’s commercial capital that left 166 people dead. […]
Sri Lanka opposition to address war crimes concerns 19 Dec 2014
Colombo- Sri Lanka’s main opposition Friday promised to address international concerns over war crimes and normalise relations with regional superpower India and Western nations if they won January presidential polls. Candidate Maithripala Sirisena said he would also negotiate with the European Union to win back tariff concessions that were withdrawn four years ago after Colombo […]

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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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