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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
پاکستان تحريک انصاف
Leader Imran Khan
Founded 25 April 1996
Headquarters PTI Central Secretariat. 2, Street No. 84, Sector G-6/4
Islamabad, Pakistan
Youth wing Insaf Student Federation
Ideology Islamic Democracy
National affiliation All Parties Democratic Movement
Official colors Green and Red
Website
www.insaf.pk

Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Urdu: پاکستان تحريک انصاف; Pakistan Movement for Justice) is a political party in Pakistan. In the Pakistani general election, 2002, the party won 0.8% of the popular vote and 1 out of 272 elected members[1]. PTI is headed by former Pakistani cricket captain Imran Khan. "Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem" is the slogan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Imran Khan, the chairman of the party is also the Chancellor of the University of Bradford, England. He has a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and is a Master of Arts of the University of Oxford.[2] He has put forward a solution for Pakistan's issues related to its system. His solution has following points:

  1. Independent Election Commission
  2. Independent Judiciary
  3. Independent Accountability Bureau
  4. Education Emergency

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2008 General Elections

It was the first time in the history of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, since it was established, that it did not contest the elections, which were held on 18 February 2008. The reason given was that Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was put in house aresst by General (ret) Pervez Musharraf and not allowed to work[3]. Hence all the nominees of PTI burnt their nomination papers with chairman tearing up his papers in front of the whole media. Following is what was said by the chairman of the party Imran Khan in a press conference:

Imran Khan tears his nomination paper to announce his boycott of the election at press a conference.

"I am tearing my nomination papers publicly because I feel that to even file my papers will be a betrayal of our judiciary. For the first time in 60 years history our supreme court has stood for an independent judiciary and rule of law and shunned the doctrine of necessity. Any politician, who participates in these fraudulent elections held under an unconstitutional and illegal PCO, will be strengthening a dictator and upholding the doctrine of necessity that has been the greatest impediment in our country achieving its huge potential. We will not only betray the honorable judges who have made personal sacrifices to uphold the constitution, but also our future generations.

This would have been the first election that PTI would have fought while being properly prepared. But we have decided to boycott it and urge other parties not to participate and give legitimacy to an unconstitutional act. As per the decision of the APDM we hope that all the parties will boycott the elections if the Pre-Nov 3 conditions are not restored. I also urge all political parties to join hands in the foiling Gen. Musharraf's last attempt to cling power."[4]

Insaf Student Federation

Insaf Student Federation is the official student wing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. ISF is present in all provinces of Pakistan.

Membership drive

Imran Khan giving autographs on membership forms for new members in Lahore

The membership campaign was started by Imran Khan for PTI to make it more famous and make the people of Pakistan know its agenda more deeply. The 'membership drive' is still going on and has been successful till date. Also it was given an indication that the campaign will be spread country-wide and will surely cover the populated areas of the country.

The membership campaign arranged by the party is a very unique one, with number 'floats' roaming the specified cities with huge banners on them of the party and Imran Khan. Also a documentary named 'Nijat-e-Dahinda (The Saviour)' is shown on screen, in which the vision of the chairman and the manifesto of the party is explained. In the end of the documentary, Imran Khan appears and gives a message to the people to join the party and strengthen its hands.

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Lahore

PTI started its membership drive with the slogan of 'change' from Lahore on 16 Nov 2008 and ended it on 1 Dec 2008 with the chairman of the party Imran Khan giving a speech at Nasir Bagh, where more than 4000 people gathered.[5]

People gathering at the membership camp to join the party

The membership was very successful and near 1,50,000 people with more than 500 lawyers joined the party.[6] This was a great shock to all the mainstream parties of Pakistan (PML(N), PML(Q), PPP) as Tehreek-e-Insaf was always considered as very little party with no supporters at all. This was also an indication that people in Lahore started to think PTI as a substitute for the always leading political party, PML(N). The membership made PML(Q) start its own membership campaign on the pattern of PTI, but it was not able to get any attention. Also other parties like Pakistan Muslim League(N) and Pakistan Peoples Party have jumped into ground and started to popularize their parties in Lahore.[7]

Rawalpindi/Islamabad

The membership dive was further extended and taken to Rawalpindi/Islamabad, which started on 15 Dec 2008 and ended on 17 Dec 2008. No warm welcome was given by the people of these joint cities to the membership campaign of Tehreek-e-Insaf.[8] Even though the weather was not a favorable one to the membership drive from the day it started, still people of these cities came out and joined PTI. Most of the people joining were lawyers, students, and people from lower-middle class. Also a great number of women were seen at the camps and floats to join the party same as Lahore.

Peshawar

People in Peshawar gather to welcome Imran Khan on 23 Dec 2008

The next city chosen was Peshawar. This city is the capital of NWFP. It is to be noted that survey conducted by International Republican Institute(IRI), in 2007, showed PTI as the second most popular party in this province.[9] The membership campaign was to be started on the same day as on Rawalpindi, but due to some problems it was delayed till 20 December 2008.[10] This didn't give any setback to the campaign and the people of the city responded the same as the other cities and around 2,000 members were made from a single camp on the first day, which was a great success.[11] Same as the other citites, mostly educated persons were seen to be joining PTI.[12] Here the number of women appearing on the camps was less than the other cities camps due to some cultural prohibitions but many old people, ranging from 75–85 years, were seen to be joining PTI. After 8 days of campaigning, around 600 people joined PTI.[13] Also the chairman of the party, Imran Khan went to Peshawar on 23 December 2008, during the membership campaign. It proved to be an historic event as thousands of people gathered there to welcome him.[14]

Other cities

This membership campaign has been further extended to Faisalabad, and around 80,000 members were made from this city.[15] The next cities where the membership is to be started, as the sources tell, are Multan and Gujranwala.

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