Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
پاکستان تحريک انصاف
President Javed Hashmi
Chairman Imran Khan
Vice-Presidents Azam Khan Swati
Najeeb Haroon
Inamullah Niazi
Nazar Mohammad
Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Secretary General Jehangir Khan Tareen
Slogan Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem
Founded 25 April 1996 (1996-04-25)
Headquarters PTI Central Secretariat. 2, Street No. 84, Sector G-6/4
Islamabad, Pakistan
Student Wing Insaf Student Federation
Youth Wing Insaf Youth Wing
Women Wing Insaf Women Wing
Membership  (2013) 10 million (worldwide)
Ideology Anti-corruption
Anti-status quo
Communitarianism
Pakistani nationalism
Welfare state
Political position Centre
Colors          Green, Red
Seats in National Assembly
35 / 272
Seats in Punjab Assembly
28 / 297
Seats in KP Assembly
56 / 124
Seats in Sindh Assembly
4 / 130
Seats in Balochistan Assembly
0 / 65
Election symbol
Cricket Bat
Website
www.insaf.pk
Party flag
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf flag.PNG
State emblem of Pakistan.svg
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Constitution

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf commonly known as PTI (Urdu: پاکستان تحريک انصاف‎; Pakistan Movement for Justice) is a centrist, nationalist and communitarian political party in Pakistan, which was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party is an anti-status quo movement advocating for an egalitarian and modern model of Islamic democratic welfare state.123 It is the fastest growing political party in Pakistan.4 The PTI claims to be the only non-family party of mainstream Pakistani politics.5 With over 10 million members in Pakistan and abroad it is claimed to be Pakistan's largest party by membership.678 According to 2013 elections results PTI is Pakistan's close third largest party, second largest in Punjab and Karachi while largest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It received the second largest popular vote in the country, with a little over 7.5 million people voting for it on the election day.9 It also leads a coalition government in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

History

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was founded by Imran Khan on 25 April 1996 in Lahore, Pakistan.10 Founded initially as a sociopolitical movement, in June 1996 the first Central Executive Committee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was formed under the leadership of Imran Khan, including Naeemul Haque, Ahsan Rasheed, Hafeez Khan, Mowahid Hussain, Mahmood Awan and Nausherwan Burki11 as founding members. PTI began to grow slowly but did not achieve immediate popularity. Khan launched PTI as a party which he claimed represented the true aspirations of the people of Pakistan.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's constitution was approved on 24 January 1999 by the Central Executive Committee in Lahore. In October 2002, Khan ran for office in the National Elections and became a member of parliament (MP) for Mianwali, his home town. 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.

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 election in 2008 resulted in a PPP victory. This election was boycotted by PTI.

During the Asif Ali Zardari's presidency, Imran Khan's popularity soared amid discontent with the ruling administration's domestic and foreign policy. PTI's basic appeal is its credentials as a populist party. PTI has promised to create a truly independent, self-reliant Pakistan which is free from debt, dependency, and discord if elected to power. In Pakistan: A Personal History, PTI chairman Khan argues that a selfish and corrupt ruling elite, made up of primarily politicians, feudal leaders, and military bureaucrats, has destroyed Pakistan and brought it to the brink of disaster. PTI maintains that it represents all Pakistanis, regardless of religious, ethnic, linguistic, and provincial backgrounds.

Ideology

Pakistan Tahreek e Insaf's agenda articulates and spells out the vision of a modern Islamic republic that advocates individual's welfare through community's co-operation. PTI wants to set Pakistan on a course to political stability, social harmony, and economic prosperity for all religious, ethnic and racial communities.

PTI has an agenda to blend traditional social and religious values and cultural and ethnic diversity of Pakistan into common goals and aspirations for a just society based on Mohammad Iqbal's and Mohammad Ali Jinnah's vision of Islamic democratic culture providing Social security, Welfare and the Rule of law.

Mohammad Iqbal's work has influenced Imran Khan in his deliberations on an "Islamic social state". Khan's call for religion and national pride to play a greater role appeal primarily to a gradually growing young and educated urban middle class. As the political elite have shown neither the desire or ability to act against the energy crisis, inflation, and social tensions, the population is looking for alternatives.2

Providing a credible new leadership for restoration of Pakistan's political and economic sovereignty through building a new bond of trust between the government and the people is another stated goal of party. Establishment of a strong accountability and anti-corruption system is also very important part of PTI's agenda.2 12

A campaign poster of the PTI

Constitution

The constitution published online on PTI's official website.13 PTI was established to mobilise the people to extricate Pakistan from its present state of despair and to set it on the path of unity, solidarity, social justice and prosperity. The Central Executive Committee is the main central council; its duty is to assist the chairman to carry out day-to-day functions of the National Council, to lay down the party policy and to guide the party at the national level and to act as executive authority of the party at the national level. According to the party Constitution, the chairman is the head and the chief spokesman of the party and shall exercise all powers inherent in his office. His duty is to ensure that the organisation at all levels works in accordance with the aims and objects of the party. He shall have the power to delegate any of his powers to the Secretary General or to any member of the Central Executive Committee. He shall have power to suspend any office bearer at the national and provincial levels pending disciplinary action against him. In the event of removal or suspension of an office bearer, he may delegate power and duties of such office bearer to any other member of the Party. He shall have all other powers which have not been specifically stated including power of interpretation of the party constitution for successful functioning of the organisation, Provided that an appeal against the chairman's interpretation could be made to the National Council.

A new constitution was drafted by the constitutional committee of the party headed by lawyer and Senior Vice-President Hamid Khan. According to the new constitution, two new positions were created, i.e. Vice-Chairman and President. These new positions do not have any specific constitutional powers but rely on the chairman to be given specific tasks.

Policies

Social

As a revolutionary party that has recently arrived on the national stage, the PTI has called for major social, economic, and political reforms. The PTI's ideology is derived mainly from Allama Iqbal's vision of a self-reliant, modern democracy derived from the guiding principles inherent in Islam. While Pakistan receives a large amount of money from international lenders and aid donors, the PTI has promised to stop all foreign aid if it comes to power.14 The PTI maintains that corruption in all of its forms – whether moral, financial, spiritual – has ruined Pakistan, and therefore a culture of accountability and transparency is needed to restore faith in the system of government.15 The PTI has robustly argued for religious tolerance and greater representation for minorities. A number of Christians, Sikhs, and Hindus have joined the PTI.1617 Besides minorities, the PTI has also spoken out for the plight of senior citizens, poor people, and women.18

Education

PTI believes in raising education standards across the country, launching a strong campaign to achieve universal literacy, and promoting schools and colleges in the nation.1919 On 20 February 2013 PTI launched20 its 'Education Policy'21 with plans to introduce uniform education system with one curricula for all and provision of education in mother tongue and Urdu language for primary levels. English being an international language cannot be ignored, but it would be taught as a subject and not as a cultural imperialism, as it triggered wide cultural and societal divisions in the country.22 PTI believes in de-politicization and de-centralization of all educational institutes to the basic town level. Party would like to give special focus to adult literacy from the age of 15-to-30 and invest resources to provide functional literacy to them. The PTI believes that a focus should be placed upon the education of women.23

Political

The PTI has called for a complete overhaul of Pakistan's current political order2425 The PTI believes in a complete abolition of feudalism,26 economic inequality,26 and an end to government mismanagement. The PTI has promised to crack down on police brutality, restructure the civil service, reform the electoral system, allow for a truly independent judiciary, decentralise state power, and enforce all laws which extend personal liberty.2627

Military

The PTI propose civilian supremacy over Pakistan's military. The armed forces would be under complete civilian control, the ISI would report directly to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and the defence budget would be audited by the government. Imran Khan also pledged to resign should any terrorism take place from Pakistani soil following these reforms.282930

Drone bombings

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf organised a protest against drone attacks in Pakistan on 23 November 2013 at Peshawar, where it called on the federal government to force an end to U.S. CIA drone attacks and to block NATO supplies through the country to Afghanistan. "We will put pressure on America, and our protest will continue if drone attacks are not stopped." The U.S. embassy declined to comment on the protest that also temporarily closed a route leading to one of two border crossings used for the shipments.31

Foreign policy

The PTI believes in pursuing a foreign policy based on a nationalist agenda, which it believes will safeguard all of Pakistan's national interests and promote greater regional co-operation. The PTI would forge stronger relationships with neighbouring countries, but not at the cost of Pakistan's national sovereignty or territorial integrity.32 The PTI would fully restore Pakistan's economic and political sovereignty if elected into power, and has consistently vilified the PPP-led federal government for subverting Pakistan's national interests and strategic ambitions to please international powers.33

The PTI hopes to have a relationship with US that would be based on "self dignity and respect.34 The PTI will also stop all foreign aid to Pakistan.29 The PTI would make the Kashmir issue a top priority and would try and solve the issue permanently so that Pakistan no longer has any border or territorial disputes with any of its neighbours.35

General elections

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

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf since its inception in 1996 has contested in the general of 1997, 2002 and 2013. It chose to boycott the 2008 general elections which became a major controversial move for the party in the subsequent years.

1997 & 2002 General Elections

Less than one year after its founding, PTI contested its first elections in the 1997 general elections, when Imran Khan unsuccessfully stood from seven constituencies across Pakistan36

In the 2002 general elections, the party fought from a limited number of constituency and was only able to win from Mianwali with its Chairman Imran Khan securing their lone seat. Overall PTI secured 0.8% of the popular vote, it was seen as a small achievement for the party to be able to enter the Parliament and start to exhibit its political muscle37

2008 General Elections

Imran Khan tearing his nomination paper at a press conference in 2007. It has been taken by the Administration of www.insaf.pk, who have allowed to use it.
Imran Khan tearing his nomination paper at a press conference in 2007. PTI boycotted the 2008 general election.

PTI openly boycotted the Pakistani general election on 18 February 2008 because it believed that the election was fraudulent and laced with irregularities. With rising discontent among all of Pakistan's traditional political parties and dissatisfaction with the corrupt political order, PTI has surged ahead. In recent polls, Imran Khan has emerged as Pakistan's most popular politician, and many disenchanted citizens believe that only his party can bring genuine change.38 Therefore, PTI has taken to massive campaigning and rallying to bring about a clean sweep in the next general elections. PTI's recent jalsas (rallies) have attracted a lot of publicity and have been very successful in garnering support for his party.

2013 General Elections

On 21 April 2013 Khan, Chairman of PTI, launched his campaign for 2013 elections from Lahore where he addressed thousands of supporters at the The Mall, Lahore followed by prayers at the Data Durbar Complex.39 40 which was followed by large rallies in Karak and Dera Ismail Khan.41 He also announced that he would pull Pakistan out of the US-led war on terror and bring peace in the Pashtun tribal belt.41 On 22 April 2013 Khan addressed different public meetings in Malakand, Lower Dir District and Upper Dir District where he announced that PTI will introduce uniform education system in which the children of rich and poor will have equal opportunities.42

On the same day he led a well-attended rally in Rawalpindi's Constituency NA-56 which included tens of hundreds of his supporters embarking on vehicle. He was accompanied by his political ally Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad.43 On 23 April 2013 Khan addressed large rallies in Renala Khurd, Okara and other parts of Sahiwal Division as a move to mobilise people, he also challenged PML-N President Nawaz Sharif to a live debate, a challenge which PML-N was quick to decline.44 On 24 April, Khan addressed rallies Nankana Sahib District, Sheikhupura and Pattoki where he announced that once he comes to power no parliamentarian will receive development funds as they are misused for achieving political gains.45

On 25 April Khan continued his PR campaign by addressing political gatherings in South Punjab including Pakpattan, Lodhran and Vehari.4647 On the following day Khan continued his mass campaign in South Punjab, he addressed rallies at Jalalpur Pirwala, Muzaffargarh, Mian Channu, Kabirwala and Khanewal where he promised to end the system of tyranny and announced that once in Power he will make law which will allow every village or town to elect its own Station House Officer which he believes will prevent corruption and police brutality, he also promised to eliminate the post of Patwari and make a computerised and professional land record system.4849

Khan ended his south Punjab campaign by addressing rallies at Bahawalpur, Khanpur, Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur on 27 April. During the campaign he collectively visited over 25 towns and cities and addressed dozens of rallies and corner meetings, at the end he promised to hang the killers behind the assassination of Benazir Bhutto he also said that the local government system is important for prosperity of Pakistan.50 On 28 April, Khan moved to central Punjab where he addressed large rallies at Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Sargodha while promising people to bring justice and equality to Pakistan.51

On 29 April 2013 Khan addressed rallies at Murree, Talagang, Chakwal, Taxila and Attock52 On 30 April, Khan visited his home town of Mianwali where he addressed several rallies, he lashed out on Bhutto's and Sharif's. He is quoted to say 'You can't lead revolution from behind bulletproof glass' he also claimed that he had conquered fear of dying 17 years ago.53 On 1 and 2 March Khan addressed gatherings in Sibi, Loralai, Zafarwal, Pasrur, Narowal, Jacobabad and also led a car rally in Rawalpindi.5455 On 3 May Khan continued his campaign at Battagram, Mansehra, Torghar District, Abbottabad and Haripur, followed by rallies at Buner District, Swabi, Charsadda, Mardan, Nowshera and Peshawar on 4th while promising to abandon war on terror.5657 Khan 5 May arrested rallies at Chiniot, Khushab, Lahore, Multan and Faisalabad.58

Six points of Naya Pakistan Pledge

Picture taken by my own camera.
Imran Khan addresses a Political gathering at Karachi opposite of Mazar-e-Quaid, according to PTI over 200,000 people attended this gathering.

On 23 March 2013 (Pakistan Day) Imran Khan addreased over 100,000 supporters at Iqbal Park and made Six promises to the people of Pakistan if he comes to power also known as Imran Khan's six pledges.596061

  • I will always speak the truth to the people of Pakistan.
  • The PTI government that will come into power, I promise that we will try to end tyranny.
  • I will never take my money out of Pakistan.
  • I will never take personal benefit from being in government, nor will my relatives be allowed to benefit from my being in power.
  • I will protect your tax money.
  • We will stand together with every Pakistani in or outside Pakistan.

Imran Khan's election campaign injury

Results of the 2013 Pakistani General Election
  Pakistan Muslim League (N)
  Pakistan Peoples Party
  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
  Independents
  Muttahida Qaumi Movement
  Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F)
  Postponed/terminated/withheld
  Pakistan Muslim League (F)
  Pakhtun-khwa Milli Awami Party
  Repoll ordered
  Jamaat-e-Islami
  National Peoples Party
  Pakistan Muslim League (Q)
  Qaumi Watan Party
  All Pakistan Muslim League
  National Party (Pakistan)
  Balochistan National Party
  Awami Jamhuri Ittehad Pakistan
  Awami Muslim League
  Pakistan Muslim League (Z)
  Awami National Party

On 7 May, just four days before the elections, Imran Khan Leader of the PTI was rushed to Shaukat Khanum hospital in Lahore after he was knocked off a forklift at the edge of a stage and fell headfirst to the ground, nearly 5 m (15 ft) below. Imran Khan was being lifted up to the stage when a security man clambered on to the forklift causing Imran Khan and three other men already on the forklift to lose their footing. According to initial reports from Pakistani journalists and bloggers, Mr. Khan was in stable condition and would return within a few hours to finish the rally. It was later posted on his Facebook page that all rallies on that day and the following day were now cancelled.62

The stage used for the rally did not contain steps which lead onto the stage. Instead, Imran Khan had to be raised onto the stage by a forklift. The reason behind his falling is not clear yet, however an unstable forklift, overloaded mounting of security guards and some pushing and shoving which caused the pallets to slip from the forks are among the possible reasons for the incident. CNBC Pakistan confirmed from witnesses that the security guards were told not to board the forklift as this could cause an accident but this advice was ignored when more guards tried to board the forklift. Dawn stated that Khan was being lifted on a crane with five people but lost his balance and fell when a sixth one tried to climb on as the forklift was being raised. As the sixth guard tried to climb, the pallet slipped from the forks. Khan lost his balance, fell overboard and hit his head first on the forklift before falling on the ground. Khan sustained injuries on his head and back. They also said that Khan had to have as many as 16 stitches due to the injuries he sustained at back of his head. Some media commentators in Pakistan criticised the fact that there were no steps on the side of the stage, a basic health and safety measure which is widely practised in other countries.63

His former wife Jemima Khan wrote on Twitter: "He is in hospital and conscious now". His nephew, Hassan Niazi, tweeted: "Chairman reciting kalima in ambulance – he is fine – please just pray". Hundreds of well-wishers and supporters later gathered outside the Shaukat Khanum hospital, chanting "Long live Imran Khan".64 Khan, later that evening, during an interview from the hospital said "I did whatever I could for this country, its up to the people to change their destiny. Come out on the 11th and vote for change, not on the basis of castes or tribes but for the ideology of the party. Come out and vote for PTI without considering its candidates, just vote for PTI." he said.6566

The incident immediately got extensive media coverage in Pakistan as almost all Pakistani news channels showed uninterrupted break free coverage for hours of the incident. Some non-news Pakistani channels also interrupted their regular programming to show the breaking news. Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement all expressed their sympathy over Imran's injury and prayed for his swift recovery. Najam Sethi, Shahid Afridi and all central party leaders visited Khan at the hospital.67 The former chief minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, who is Imran Khan's political rival visited Imran at the hospital.68 Political leader Nawaz Sharif, whom Imran Khan is campaigning against for position of Prime Minister in the upcoming elections also announced that he is cancelling his election campaign as a show of solidarity.69 Nawaz Sharif expressed deep concerns over Imran Khan's injuries. During an election rally he was holding in Rawalpindi, Nawaz Sharif prayed with all participants at the rally for his health. He then announced that there will be no more rallies and urged his supporters to go home and pray for Imran's recovery.70

2013 General Election results

Pakistan's 2013 elections were held on 11 May 2013 throughout the country. The elections resulted in a clear majority of Pakistan Muslim League (N) a strong rival of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf but it did managed to take over Pakistan Peoples Party as the main opposition to PML-N's candidates in the Punjab Province where the parties popularity was able to push 20 representatives to the Punjab Assembly.7172 PTI also emerged as the second largest party in Karachi73

While according to non-official results announced by Pakistani media and the Election Commission of Pakistan. Imran Khan, Chairman of PTI won three of the four constituencies he contested winning from Constituency NA-1, Constituency NA-56 and Constituency NA-71.74 While Khan's party PTI won 31 directly elected parliamentary seats which is more than 300 percent more than it got in 2002 elections. PTI is emerged as a close third largest party nationally as well as being the largest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and second largest in Punjab.75 In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PTI defeated all mainstream political parties across the province with mostly new candidates. It also won every seat in Peshawar, Nowshera and Mardan district, it is expected that PTI will lead a coalition government in the province. PTI couldn't manage to win a majority in Punjab but made some wins while barely managed to make any inroads in Sindh or Baluchistan. PTI got 34 out of 99 seats in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.76

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government

PTI K-P Leadership. From left to right, Shah Farman (Information Minister), Asad Qaiser (Speaker K-P Assembly), Pervez Khattak (CM K-P) and Imran Khan.
Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

PTI surprisingly swooped the militancy-hit northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where with the backing of the Jamaat-e-Islami and Qaumi Watan Party PTI will form the provincial government. On 13 May 2013, Parvez Khattak was nominated by Khan to the top post of Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.77 The administration is closely supervised by Imran Khan chaired Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Development Advisory Committee which includes Asad Umar, Jehangir Khan Tareen, Ali Asghar Khan, Khalid Mehsud and Rustam Shah Mohmand.787980 There are 14 ministers81 selected form the coalition govt to form the cabinet for Chief Minister Parvez Khattak

Cabinet Ministers

Name Designation Party
Siraj ul Haq Minister for Finance and Statistics (Urdu: خزانہ اور اعداد و شمار کے وزیر‎) Jamaat-e-Islami
Minister for Energy, Water and Power (Urdu: توانائی، پانی و بجلی کے وزیر‎)
Shaukat Ali Yousafzai Minister for Health (Urdu: صحت کے وزیر‎) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Shah Farman Minister for Information & Broadcast (Urdu: معلومات اور نشریات کے وزیر‎) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Muhammad Atif Khan Minister for Elementary Education (Urdu: ابتدائی تعلیم کے وزیر‎) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs (Urdu: قانون و پارلیمانی امور کے وزیر ‎)
Yousuf Ayub Minister for Communication and Works (Urdu: مواصلات و تعمیرات کے وزیر‎) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Ali Amin Khan Minister for Excise, Taxation and Revenue (Urdu: ایکسائز، ٹیکسیشن اور ریونیو کے وزیر ‎) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Mehmood Khan Minister for Sports, Culture, Tourism & Museums (Urdu: سپورٹس کلچر ٹورازم اور میوزیم کے وزیر‎) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Minister for Manpower and Industry (Urdu: افرادی قوت اور صنعت کے وزیر‎)
Inayatullah Khan Minister for Local Governance (Urdu: مقامی حکومت کے وزیر‎) Jamaat-e-Islami
Habibur Rehman Minister for Zakat and Ushr (Urdu: زکوة و عشر کے وزیر‎) Jamaat-e-Islami
Ibrar Hussan Kamoli Minister for Forest and Environment (Urdu: جنگلات اور ماحولیات کے وزیر‎) Qaumi Watan Party
Shahram Khan Taraki Minister for Agriculture & IT (Urdu: زراعت کے وزیر‎) Awami Jamhuri Ittehad Pakistan

Budget 2013–2014

On 17 June, PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government presented a balanced, tax-free budget for the fiscal year 2013–14. Finance Minister Siraj ul Haq presented Rs 344 billion budget in the provincial assembly session, which began with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair. The total resources (revenue and non-revenue) and total expenditure both have been estimated at Rs 344 billion, making it a balanced budget. No new tax was imposed. The government proposed an increase of 15 percent in the salaries and pension of government employees. The minimum limit of the retired employees pension has been increased from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000, while the minimum wages limit has been increased to Rs 10,000. A handsome amount of Rs 118 billion has been allocated for the ADP (annual development programme), showing a 12 percent increase. The ADP covers a total of 983 projects– including 609 ongoing and 374 new development schemes. It also increased 30% of total spending for education to 102 billion rupees while Rs 1.97 billion for promotion of technical education and manpower training. The minister said that Rs 22.80 billion have been earmarked for health sector, Rs 23.78 billion for police, Rs 3.12 billion for Irrigation, Rs 2.91 billion for agriculture, Rs 1.27 billion for environment, Rs 4.93 billion for communication and works, Rs 0.24 billion for pension and Rs 2.50 billion for subsidy on wheat, while Rs 11.16 billion have been put aside for debt clearance.82 The budget was a branchild of Asad Umar, according to the The Express Tribune 'Budgets in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have historically been a litany of complaints against the federal government, followed by a recitation of numbers that, frequently, even the provincial finance ministers found tedious, boring and difficult to understand. Not this time: the PTI-led Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government delivered their first governing document and made sure to lay out their strategy for the development of the province and connect it to their spending decisions, as laid out in the numbers.'83

Membership drive

Imran Khan giving autographs on membership forms for new members in Lahore. Vice-president Ejaz Chaudhary is on the right.

The membership campaign was started by Imran Khan to increase political participation and make the people of Pakistan become more acquainted with the PTI agenda. The membership drive is still going on and has been very successful, especially in Pakistan's largest cities. The party is predominantly funded by wealthy benefactors who live in Europe and North America.84 PTI started its membership drive with the slogan of promoting change from Lahore on 16 November 2008 and ended it on 1 December 2008 with the chairman of the party Imran Khan giving a speech at Nasir Bagh, where more than 4000 people had gathered.85

The membership was very successful and around 150,000 people and more than 500 lawyers joined the party.86

The membership dive was further extended and taken to Islamabad/Rawalpindi, which started on 15 December 2008 and ended on 17 December 2008. Even though the weather was not favourable, many people of these twin cities came out to support the PTI. Most of the people joining were lawyers, students, and people from the lower-middle class. Also, a great number of women were seen at the camps and floats to join the party. Another city PTI chose to spread its membership drive was Peshawar, which is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In a survey conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) in 2007, PTI was the second most popular party in the province.87 The membership campaign began on the same day as the one in Rawalpindi, but due to some last minute problems, it was delayed until 20 December 2008.88 The people of Peshawar responded well to the membership drive and around 2,000 new members registered to vote on the first day, which was a great success.89 Like other cities, mostly educated persons were seen to be joining PTI.90 In Peshawar, the number of women appearing at the camps was markedly less due to some cultural prohibitions but many old people were seen to be joining PTI. After eight days of campaigning, around 600 people joined PTI.91 Also, the chairman of the party Imran Khan went to Peshawar on 23 December 2008 during the membership campaign. That proved to be a historic event as thousands of people gathered there to welcome him.92 The membership campaign has been further extended to Faisalabad, and around 80,000 members registered from this city.93 Other cities where the membership drive will begin are Multan and Gujranwala.

Leadership

Party Organization

PTI & Imran Khan back up with people living in Hazara on provincial demand, it was announced on 8 April 2012 address to thousands of Pakistanis.
Leader and Chairman of PTI Imran Khan on stage at a public gathering at Abbottabad.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Karachi Rally, Imran Khan on stage along with other party leaders, the slogan of the rally was 'Peaceful Karachi, Prospers Pakistan'.
Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf addressing Tribal leaders in a meeting in Islamabad.
Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf addressing Tribal leaders of Waziristan in a meeting held in Islamabad. PTI holds an anti War on Terror policy and is the biggest political opposition to drone attacks in Pakistan.
Meeting of Central Executive Committee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

According to PTI's Constitution National Council is the supreme governing body which consists of:

  • The office bearers of the Provincial Organizations.
  • The presidents of the Regional Organizations.
  • The presidents of all District Organizations.
  • There shall be thirty-five members, five each from the women, youth, students, labour, farmers, minorities, lawyers and overseas organisations, who will be nominated by their respective organisations, who will be nominated by their respective organisations.
  • Technocrats and professionals in the country to be nominated by the chairman who shall not exceed one-fourth of the total number of the members belonging to classes (a) to (d) above. The National Council furthermore elects the central office bearers

Intra Party Elections

In March 201294 PTI announced to hold US-style intra-party election, according to a press briefing the US-style candidate nomination and ticket-awarding process, PTI would aim to introduce local caucuses on district levels throughout the country.95 Aspiring candidates would undertake debates and undergo primaries to win a party ticket for contesting on Provincial Assembly or National Assembly seats. The elections were held from October 2012 and ended on 23 March 2013 where the party finally elected the National Council96 after a long drawn electoral process with over four million registered members for their electoral college. With these elections PTI has become Pakistan's first political party to hold the largest intra party election from the general electoral base

National Council

Designation Name
Chairman Imran Khan
Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi
President Javed Hashmi
Secretary General Jehangir Khan Tareen
Senior Vice-President (NWFP) Azam Khan Swati
Senior Vice-President (Punjab) Inamullah Niazi
Senior Vice-President (Sindh) Najeeb Haroon
Senior Vice-President (Balochistan) Nazar Mohammad, Advocate
Senior Vice-President Amir Mehmood Kiani
Additional Secretary General Saifullah Niazi
Vice-Presidents Malik Amin Aslam
Naz Baloch
Dr. Seemi Bokhar
Saif ur Rehman
Siraj Ahmed Khan
Mohammad Hashim Khan Panezai
Asma Qadeer Hadeed
Mehmood-ur-Rasheed
Dr. Abol Hassan
Meer Ateeq Ullah Talpur
Shibli Faraz
Deputy Secretary Generals Dr. Raja Amir
Zaman Umar Farooq Dar
Joint Secretaries Mohammad Shabbir Sial
Secretary Defence Samson Simon Sharaf
Secretary Information Shireen Mazari97
Spokesperson of chairman Shireen Mazari98
Central Campaign Manager Asad Umar99
Strategic policy Advisor Jehangir Khan Tareen
Azeem Ibrahim100
Chief of Staff of chairman Naeemul Haque
Adviser on Overseas Pakistanis and Gender Empowerment Fauzia Kasuri101
Spokesperson on Commerce & Industry Firdous Shamim Naqvi

Most of PTI's Central leadership is being elected, Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi were elected on 20 March 2013.102 The Secretary information, Secretary Finance, Secretary Social Media, Secretary Political Training, and Secretary Policy Planning are appointed by the chairman and confirmed by the CEC. The Executive Committee consists of the Central Office bearers (above) and thirty-members to be nominated by the chairman from amongst the members of the National Council.103

Provincial Council

Ejaz Chaudhary, President of Punjab Chapter
Yasmin Rashid, General Secretary of Punjab Chapter

The Elected Provincial Council was finalised on 18 March 2013 for a 4-year term by the various districts of each province it is as follows Punjab,104 Sindh,105 Baluchistan106 & Khyber Pakhtunkhwa107108

Designation Name
President of Punjab Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhary
General Secretary of Punjab Professor Dr. Yasmin Rashid
President of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Azam Khan Swati
General Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shaukat Ali Yousafzai
President of Sindh Nadir Laghari
General Secretary of Sindh Syed Hafeezuddin
President of Balochistan Qasim Khan Suri
General Secretary of Balochistan Mir Babar Marghzani

Party Wings

Insaf Student Federation

The Insaf Student Federation is the official student wing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. ISF is present in all provinces of Pakistan. ISF has been celebrated as the best student organisation of any political party in Pakistan. Glorified for its activism and political prowess, ISF has held many protests and rallies in all parts of Pakistan to create awareness about different issues.

Womens Wing

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has a dedicated wing for Women which is led by Munaza Hassan as its elected President and Nafessa Khattak as its elected general secretary.109 PTI strongly believe to recognise, promote and implement polices that protect the rights of Women belonging to all strata of society specially to middle and working class, urban or rural as equal citizens and encourages the participation of women in national and political life. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf strongly believes in representation of women at all decision making levels110

Youth Wing

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has111 a youth wing for people under the age of 40 to help bring attention to their issues and problems. PTI Youth Wing is led by Ali Abbas Bukhari as the elected President112

Persons with Disabilities

On 18 March 2013 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf became the first political party in Pakistan to announce a comprehensive policy for persons with disabilities (PWD).113 In its vision PTI would like to ensure the rights of disabled people and they be provided with enough opportunities to play their vital role in society. The party strongly believes in the implementation the 1991 ordinance which ensured a special quota for persons with disabilities. PTI will acknowledge, facilitate and empower all PWDs enabling them to lead independent and self-fulfilling lives. PTI will also raise awareness about integration of persons with disabilities into society would work towards the prevention of certain avoidable disabilities through early diagnosis and medical treatment114 Fulfilling its commitment to Persons with Disabilities, the KPK government lead by the PTI has approved a budget of over Rs 59 Million115 initially to help provide rehabilitation services to handicapped people at the local hospital near to their area, it is initially slated to be launched in all 25 districts of the province but will expand further with additional budgetary provisions

Insaf Research Wing

Insaf Research Wing (IRW) is a part of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) created to carry out research to find solutions for problems in Pakistan. IRW was created in 2009116 to carry out research to find solutions for problems in Pakistan. The foremost goal of IRW is to keep people of Pakistan and PTI informed and prepared. The wing is composed of 9 committees.117 Each committee addresses issues related to its field of expertise. The committees defined as of yet are socio-political, information & technology, economics, energy, healthcare, corruption, foreign affairs, education & environment. Each committee addresses issues related to its field of expertise. The research reports/papers118 are either commissioned by the central executive committee of PTI or committee members of IRW. The Wing does not follow a preset ideology while carrying out research. IRW does not endorse any opinion presented in a published report/paper as an official position. Any published document by the wing does not constitute it as an official position of PTI unless otherwise stated. Insaf Research Wing works at a national level but its members are located throughout the world bringing in the much needed international experience. IRW practices an open membership policy valid for all Pakistanis regardless of religion or race.

Parliamentarians

Name National Assembly Constituency
Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil NA-2 Peshawar-II
Sajid Nawaz NA-3 Peshawar-III
Gulzar Khan NA-4 Peshawar-IV
Imran Khattak NA-5 Nowshera-I
Siraj Muhammad Khan NA-6 Nowshera-II
Ali Muhammad Khan NA-10 Mardan-II
Mujahid Ali NA-11 Mardan-III
Shehryar Khan Afridi NA-14 Kohat
Nasir Khan Khattak NA-15 Karak
Khial Zaman Aurak Zai NA-16 Hangu
Dr Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon NA-17 Abbottabad-I
Raja Aamer Zaman NA-19 Haripur
Dawar Khan Kundi NA-25 DI Khan-cum-Tank
Col (r) Aminullah Marwat NA-27 Lakki Marwat
Murad Saeed NA-29 Swat-I
Salim Rehman NA-30 Swat-II
Junaid Akbar NA-35 Malakand
Qaisar Jamal NA-47 Tribal Area-XII
Asad Umar NA-48 Islamabad
Ghulam Sarwar Khan NA-53 Rawalpindi-IV
Imran Khan NA-56 Rawalpindi-VII
Amjid Ali Khan NA-72 Mianwali-II
Shafqat Mahmood NA-126 Lahore-IX
Javed Hashmi NA-149 Multan-II
Shah Mahmood Qureshi NA-150 Multan-III
Rai Hassan Nawaz NA-162 Sahiwal-III
Dr. Arif Alvi NA-250 Karachi-XII
Munaza Hassan Reserved / Women
Mussarat Ahmed Zeb Reserved / Women
Ayesha Gulalai Reserved / Women
Dr. Shireen Mazari Reserved / Women
Lal Chand Malhi Reserved / Minorities

Notable members

See also

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