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Imran Khan makes populist pitch for Pakistani premiership

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  1. Ali Tariq

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    Opposition leader Imran Khan launched his bid to become Pakistan's prime minister on Sunday evening with a campaign address to 100,000 people in the city of Lahore.

    Khan, a former cricketing hero and founder of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, outlined a populist 11-point plan to usher in a new era of prosperity that he envisages for Pakistan after the upcoming general election.

    "Today we are at crossroads,” said Khan. "It is time to change our destiny and think big.”

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    Supporters gesture and wave flags of the Pakistani political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as they attend a rally with party leader Imran Khan, in Lahore, April 29, 2018. /VCG Photo

    Khan told a boisterous crowd that Pakistan was “heading towards destruction” but his plan would help forge a fairer society and steer Pakistan towards a path first envisaged by the nation’s father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

    Khan said that if elected he would build schools and “world class hospitals” across the country, while farmers would get cheap loans. He also pledged to build five million homes for the poor, which would create jobs and stimulate the economy.

    Anti-corruption, anti-America

    After spending much of his post-cricket political career on the fringes, Khan has in recent years emerged as a key challenger to Nawaz Sharif, a three-time prime minister who was ousted by the Supreme Court last year but whose party retains power.

    Sharif’s legal woes, which the veteran leader says are politically motivated, could further boost Khan in the run up to the elections as an anti-corruption court is due to soon deliver a verdict on another Sharif trial. Khan has predicted Sharif will be jailed before the polls, likely in July.

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    Pakistan opposition leader and leader of the Pakistanese political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan (C) waves at his supporters during a political rally, in Lahore, April 29, 2018. /VCG Photo

    Khan is betting that his anti-corruption message, coupled with anti-America rhetoric and projecting an image of pious devotion, will propel him into power in the deeply conservative Muslim nation of 208 million people.

    In Lahore, Khan’s message resonated with many of the supporters waving PTI’s green and red-color flags.

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    Supporters gesture and wave flags of the Pakistani political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as they attend a rally with party leader Imran Khan, in Lahore, April 29, 2018. /VCG Photo

    "Imran Khan has given us the slogan of ‘New Pakistan’ and that’s what we want,” said Shahzad Khan, 17, in reference to the “Naya Pakistan” slogan used by PTI.

    Sharif has accused Khan of being a puppet of the powerful military establishment that has a history of meddling in Pakistani politics. Khan denies colluding with the army and the military denies interfering in modern-day politics.

    Khan targets Sharif

    To dislodge Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, Khan’s PTI will have to make inroads into Pakistan’s biggest province, which is home to 110 million people and a well-oiled PML-N electoral machine built over several decades.

    Sharif was the chief minister of Punjab in the 1980s and his younger brother Shahbaz has ruled the province since 2008, entrenching PML-N’s support across the wealthiest of Pakistan’s four provinces.

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    Sacked Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the PML-N Workers convention in Lahore, October 4, 2017. /VCG Photo

    "We feel they are weakening with every day,” Khan told foreign journalists ahead of the rally.

    He argued that unlike in 2013, when PML-N swept to power, this time around many of the so-called “electables” – politicians who carry large rural vote banks due to their status as tribal elders, feudal lords and heads of various clans – will switch allegiances away from PML-N to PTI.

    "The electables...weigh things up, they want to be on the winning side,” Khan told foreign media.

    But at the Lahore rally, Khan shunned talk of electables and focused on promising a new dawn for Pakistan’s poor.

    "This system cannot run unless we stand up with the downtrodden,” he said. “I am standing with you, it is time to make a new Pakistan.”

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    Inshallah Imran Khan will become the Prime Minister this year.
     
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  3. Ali Tariq

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    Insha'Allah...!
     
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    Pichlay 20 saal say suntay arahay hein! Please just pray that someone good for Pakistan wins in shaa Allah. no more london or washington made governments, PERIOD!
     
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    Anyone but the Sharifs and the Bhuttos, Allah save Pakistan from these two families.
    I hope Imran does win, only viable choice.
     
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    Populist wave is useful
     
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  7. M.AsfandYar

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    Yes anything but those two.
    But is Imran really viable?
    His performance in KPK is not great to say the very least.
    He hasnt put forward any plan or policies with framework just like last election. Only claims like those that noora's make. Ground Realities are far different and he is not equipped to deal with them. He will Buckle and we will be worst off than before.
    My 2 cents.
     
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    Enjoy the hatred
     
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    Well? Do you live in kpk?
     
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    The people of KPK are happy with his performance and set to re-elect him with even bigger majority.
     
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  11. GumNaam

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    Bro, @M.AsfandYar could be right, you and me live abroad while he lives in Pakistan.

    @M.AsfandYar, do you live in kpk? If so, please share of experience.

    If Imran Khan isn't the right choice then, man... yar phir to mujhay hi kuch karna parray ga! :p:
     
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    Rok sako to rok lo bhai
     
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  13. M.AsfandYar

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    No i dont. That was what i got from my batchmates who are from KPK. Some are happy, most are unhappy, some are indifferent.
    The views are different from region to region.

    I would say delicious but nothing came my way yet :(
     
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    Wait till it gets Dark.

    Zombies are coming
     
  15. Ali Tariq

    Ali Tariq SENIOR MEMBER

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    Kabhi kabhi trolling na karna bhi acha hota hai.

    Bhai, some of my relatives are from KP and they are satisfied with PTI's performance.
     
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