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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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Karachi – Pakistan’s central bank Saturday slashed the basic interest rates by one percent to a 10-year low on the back of improving economic indicators at home. Addressing a press conference in the country’s financial capital Karachi, the governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Ashraf Mehmood Wathra said the discount rate was being […]
Bangladesh’s grieving opposition leader snubs PM 25 Jan 2015
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Power breakdown plunges Pakistan into darkness 25 Jan 2015
Karachi – Pakistan was plunged into darkness after a key power transmission line broke down early on Sunday in an incident blamed on a rebel attack, the latest reminder of the country’s crippling energy crisis. The power failure, one of the worst Pakistan has experienced, caused electricity to be cut in major cities throughout the […]
56,500 leprosy patients registered in Pakistan 24 Jan 2015
KARACHI: Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) is working for the elimination of Leprosy, TB and blindness from Pakistan besides community developments for the last 56 years and since inception, more than 56,500 leprosy patients have been registered out of which 98 percent of patients are treated free of cost in 157 Leprosy Centers throughout Pakistan. […]
Uber emails alleged rape victim promoting Delhi return 24 Jan 2015
New Delhi  – Uber sent an email promoting its return to New Delhi to a woman allegedly raped by one of its drivers, her lawyer has revealed, saying he had “no confidence” in the company’s new safety measures. The Delhi city government banned Uber last month after a female passenger said she was raped, accusing […]
Obama cancels Taj Mahal visit to go to Riyadh 24 Jan 2015
New Delhi  – US President Barack Obama will cancel a planned trip to the Taj Mahal, cutting short his visit to India to travel to Saudi Arabia following King Abdullah’s death, the White House said Saturday. “President Obama and the First Lady will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday, January 27 in order to pay respects […]
China’s Anti-Corruption Drive Builds in Xinjiang 23 Jan 2015
BEIJING— Chinese state media say a record number of officials in the country’s remote and restive northwest region of Xinjiang were put under investigation for corruption last year. The deepening crackdown came as Xinjiang saw a dramatic increase in what the government says were violent terrorist attacks. The Xinjiang local government news site, Tianshan Net, […]
Afghanistan anti-Charlie Hebdo protest draws 20,000 23 Jan 2015
Herat (Afghanistan)  – At least 20,000 people protested in the western Afghan city of Herat on Friday against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. The demonstrators burned French flags, chanted death slogans against France and demanded Paris apologise to Muslims in Afghanistan’s biggest rally yet against the weekly. […]
Uber bids for Delhi return after ‘rape’ ban 23 Jan 2015
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Clashes in Indian Kashmir over Mohammed cartoons 23 Jan 2015
Srinagar (India)  – Clashes between protesters and police erupted in Indian Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar after Friday prayers amid a general shutdown called over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The closure of shops and businesses was ordered by a leading Muslim organisation and several separatist groups to protest the “blasphemous” caricatures […]
Nepal parliament chaos as constitution deadline passes 23 Jan 2015
Kathmandu – Protests by Nepal’s opposition lawmakers threw parliament into chaos Friday after emergency talks failed to secure agreement on a new national constitution before a midnight deadline expired. As parliament opened, opposition lawmakers led by former Maoist rebels shouted slogans and stormed into the well of the main chamber, refusing to allow ruling party […]

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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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