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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (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.[4][5][6] The fastest growing political party in Pakistan, even though with little election success so far.[7] According to Political analysts PTI has a significant vote bank in Central, Southern and Western Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Upper Sindh. The PTI claims to be only non-family party of mainstream Pakistani politics.[8] With over 10 million members in Pakistan and abroad. it is also claimed Pakistan's largest party by membership.[3][9][10]
 
History
 
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was founded by Imran Khan on 25 April 1996 in Lahore, Pakistan.[2] 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, included the following eight founding fathers: Muhammad Najeeb Haroon, Nazim Haji, Hamid Khan, Dr Parvez Hassan, Abdul Hafeez Khan, Owais Ghani, Dr Abdul Mateen, and Dr Mohammad Farooq.[citation needed] PTI began to grow slowly but never achieved 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, Pakistan. 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 elections in 2008 resulted in a PPP victory. These elections were boycotted by PTI.
 
During the Asif Ali Zardari's presidency, Imran Khan's popularity has 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 cooperation. 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.[5]
 
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.[5] [11]
 

Policies

The PTI released its detailed policies which can be viewed at:[12]

Social policies

As a revolutionary party that has recently arrived on the national stage, PTI has called for major social, economic, and political reforms. 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 remains heavily reliant on international lenders and aid donors, PTI has promised to stop all foreign aid if it comes to power.[13] 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.[14] PTI has robustly argued for religious tolerance and greater representation for minorities. A number of Christians, Sikhs, and Hindus have joined the PTI.[15][16] Besides minorities, PTI has also spoken out for the plight of senior citizens, poor people, and women.[17]

Education policies

PTI believes in raising education standards across the country, launching a campaign to achieve universal literacy, and promoting schools and colleges in the nation.[18][18] At present, Pakistan follows several very different and competing models, which have had mixed results.[19] By focusing on women, PTI believes that it will result in an uplifting of society and general prosperity.[20]

Political policies

PTI has also called for a complete overhaul of Pakistan's current political order[21][22] PTI believes in a complete abolition of feudalism,[23] economic inequality,[23] and an end to government mismanagement. PTI has promised to crack down on police brutality, restructure the civil service, reform the electoral system, allow for a truly independent judiciary, decentralize state power, and enforce all laws which extend personal liberty.[23][24]
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