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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf commonly known as PTI (Urdu: پاکستان تحريک انصاف; Pakistan Movement for Justice) is a nationalist, communitarian and centrist political party in Pakistan, which was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan (Imran was the captain of the 1992 world cup squad when Pakistan became world champion in Cricket).
The party boasts of being an anti-status quo movement advocating for a modern model of Islamic democratic welfare state It is the fastest growing political party in Pakistan by far. The PTI claims to be the only non-family party of mainstream Pakistani politics. With over 10 million members in Pakistan and abroad it is claimed to be Pakistan’s largest party by membership. According to the 2013 elections results PTI is Pakistan’s third largest party, second largest in Punjab and Karachi while the largest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where it currently has formed the provincial government. It received the second largest popular vote in the country, with a little over 7.5 million people voting for it on Election Day. It also leads a coalition government in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
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 Illama Iqbal’s and Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s (founder of Pakistan) vision of Islamic democratic culture providing Social security, Welfare and the Rule of law.
The party has staged demonstrations in key cities of Pakistan including the capital city of Islamabad where hundreds of demonstrators had been in front of the Parliament for a month or so demanding the resignation of the current Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif on the charges of wide spread election fraud and corruption. The international scandal of Panama papers being leaked to the media have been a source of constant headache for the Prime Minister and PTI has been instrumental in taking the case to dismiss Nawaz Sharif to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.