PTI in Balochistan: Quetta loves Kaptaan

Published: April 22, 2012

In this video, I explored the true sense of excitement that surrounded Imran Khan’s rally in Quetta. As one of the locals who attended the jalsa (rally) in person, I recorded scenes that show what this gathering means to the people of Balochistan.

I interviewed men who travelled long distances to see their beloved leader, Imran Khan. The general sentiment around the rally reflected adoration, positivity and patriotism. One can gauge the amount of respect people in Balochistan have for Imran Khan by the fact that many people showed up to support him despite the flooded streets and traffic jams.

“Rastay baray kharab hain; sari raat barish hui hai …. .” 

Throngs of people can be seen supporting the Kaptaan despite this statement.

“Itna rush hai, na garaion ka jaggah hai, na bandon ka …. ,” says a local.

(It is so jam-packed; there isn’t any space for cars or people.)

It seems as if the people of Balochistan themselves are surprised at the feat accomplished by Imran Khan. They have new hope that they can gather in peace without fear of violence. The sentiment that this video captured is aptly expressed by an emotional spectator when he says,

Hum saray Imran Khan se love kertay hain. Is liye Zila Loralai se 300 km ka safar te kar ke jalsa dekhnay ke liye aye hain.”

(We love Imran khan. That is why we have travelled 300 km from Zila Loralai to see Imran Khan’s rally.)

Qaisar.Roonjha

Qaisar Roonjha

A young activist who uses citizen media as tool for raising awareness. He has won many prestigious awards like the Global Creative Art Contest and the Honour of Global Change-makers by the British Council. He is based in Lasbela.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://hopingpakistan.tumblr.com/ Ghalib Khalil

    You are one of those person’s Qaiser who inspire me, keep chasing your dreams, you’ll go far beyond. Recommend

  • Mohammad Assad

    Really good job bro, Beware about the haters though..pretty soon people will call you names like PTI troll, Internet party supporter, and last but not least establishment ka agent.Recommend

  • Faizan Karsaz

    Qaisar,this is done meticulously! You, for sure, are an inspiration :)Recommend

  • nomi

    Excellent Qaiser. Well done. Keep it up.Recommend

  • enlighten moderate

    Hi,

    Now that is we call journalism..And it is not exaggeration to say “Quetta mein Eid ka sa mahool hai”…Brilliant!…Imran Khan must do similar jalsa in other places like Chaman and then in Gwadar.Recommend

  • Salman Ahmad Awan

    wah ustad, cha gya cheeta video bnaney walaRecommend

  • http://KualaLumpur Jamshed

    Agar yeh Ghalati bhi hue to aek Naye Ghalati hogi ….. :)Recommend

  • Atique ur Rehman

    “The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
    will not be televised, will not be televised.
    The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
    The revolution will be LIVE.”Recommend

  • Karachiwala

    I love your Urdu accent.. :DRecommend

  • xyz

    Dear Qaisar, I am really impressed by your passion and love for IK and Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shahid Shabbir

    A very good effort by qaiser.I really appreciate you.and this video is the proof how much peoples love Imran khan.he is the only person who can Change Pakistan.and we all wants Imran khan as a next prime minister of Pakistan.and thus is only possible when we support Imran khan on every spot.Recommend

  • PTIsupporter

    Thank you Imran Khan for bringing back “Pakistan Zindabad” to Balochistan.Recommend

  • http://truthexposed123.blogspot.com Truth Exposed

    Long live IK….Recommend

  • Pungi

    Marvelous…Quetta belongs to Insaf now.. :)Recommend

  • asim

    o Allah please guide IK to victory!Recommend

  • Bilal Shaikh

    Well done Qaisar. you did a great job! Yes it makes an impact :)Recommend

  • saad

    Qaiser poonja is the youth and true son of Pakistan,,Allah bless him and his family,,He is never hopeless and we the youth should learn from this honest young boy…from KPK Pakistan.Recommend

  • http://truthexposed123.blogspot.com Truth Exposed

    you are a great boy……..Recommend

  • Farhan

    they went to attend a jalsa or musical show? :)Recommend

  • geeko

    @Farhan:
    Neither : they went to watch a trailer of the new Pakistan. ;)Recommend

  • Iman

    A great video. I am thnakful to all people who came for imrankhan jalsa, I wish if i could also come and see. I hope when he will elected as a prime minister then i would leave USA and come back to pakistan.Recommend

  • Asif

    Very Nice Qaiser Bhai…Salute to your efforts…

    Imran khan now the Hope for Baluchistan as well…..

    Imran Khan zindabad…Pakistan zindabad…Recommend

  • http://[email protected] humi

    lolzzz. . .in balochistan just nati0nalist parties wl clean sweap . .i challeng u all. . .if elections would be transparentRecommend

  • http://www.facebook.com Ali Raza Baloch

    Great Reporting and good wotk. i liked it. love u 2 Qaisar hahahaRecommend

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  • billo

    I’m no fan the Kaptaan but will say this is well done video by a talented young man. But for the PTI supporters fawning over it, I thought your position was that the Exress Tribune is a garbage biased paper. Like your boycott Geo campaign, free media is only good when it praises your fuhrer Imran Khan. Otherwise you see it as biased. Maybe this is your opportunity to grow up.Recommend

  • Abid Khan

    Love for humanity and good work like the one did by Imran transcend nationality and ethnicity. He has the power and vision to bring people together. We will not disappoint him as the nation is not indifferent to those who serve. Recommend

  • billo

    @billo: I still think express tribune is garbage paper whether they support PTI or not. I even tried subscribing to their newspaper had revert it back to the old one.Recommend

  • gujranwala987

    @humi:

    Not true for pashtun belt in balochistan who make 40 % of Balochistan´s population.Recommend

  • Super pak

    @billo:
    Your petty words makes no difference call us whatever you want, did a marevlous job of comparing us to nazis. If you didnt know this was a person opinion piece. 9 out of 10 articles on et are always against pti. You don’t agree with me I don’t care but that is what I see whenever I come to this site. I guess you are one of our buzurg since you are telling us that we should be growing up right. We’ll grow when we clean up the mess you made of our country for future generatios.Recommend

  • Emran

    Well done Qaisar. As mentioned during the interview, my only concern is the balouch people participated less in the Jalsa. How to convince them to be part of this change?Recommend

  • Nasir Mahmood

    Wah kia baat hai. Yeh Mohabbat hai Imran khan ke liye. Allah hum sub muslims ko aik Naik aur Sache Insaan ka Sath Naseeb kare. Its really amazed that our Balochi Brothers are very fond of Imran Khan. Stay happy All of you brothers.Recommend

  • http://www.dilmuradbaloch.com Dilmurad Baloch

    Wrong journalism, ET. This is a PR video posted freely. Recommend

  • Baloch

    Baloch boycott of IK’s rally showed their intentions that we would never vote for any Pakistani leader or participate in any Pakistani related activity. We want our missing persons back Recommend

  • sana

    thanks brother for posting such a genuine piece .. Baloch are part of us and we love them
    as our fellow countryman. We want to hear and heal all past ill sentiments.
    Long Live Pakistan!!! Recommend

  • Salma

    Very Nice Promo- should establish a business. Recommend

  • Sajid Mahmood Awan

    Pakistan and the whole world knows that people of Balochistan had contributed much more than the others during Tehreek-i-Pakistan for Independence. We owe a lot to people of Balochistan and the time has come to pay back. PTI is certainly a right and perfect platform for them. The other parties have promised time & again to deliver their best to the people of Balochistan but failed since they have their own vested interests and in fact they betrayed the common people. Now people have no other option but to caste their votes in favour of PTI thus to make PTI to address their grievances. Whenever Imran Khan speaks, he speaks with logic and purpose. It seems Imran Khan has studied the history of politics (real politics) and how to serve the people. He is second to none and Mashallah has the qualities of a Worthy Leader in him. People of Balochistan, please keep backing the one and only Imran Khan. Once again I thank you very much for your contribution by way of your participation in Quetta Jasla. PTI Zindabad – PAKISTAN PAAINDABAD

    <<<<< STAND UP THE PEOPLE OF BALOCHISTAN & BE COUNTED >>>>>
    Recommend

  • ali

    good effort qasim, nice idea to make video of people on jalsa dayRecommend

  • Anwar Hayat

    @billo:

    Define free media? Showing pictures of dead bodies from a plane crash? Or ignoring the deaths of soldiers in an Avalanche? Or better, claiming a CNG station which accidentally blew up was infact a terrorist attack?

    If that’s your free media, you can keep it. First teach people in the Pakistani media how to conduct themselves, then go around harping about “free media” buddy. Simply disgusted with the way the entire Pakistani media has been behaving itself for the past few years.

    PS: IMRAN KHAN 4 PRIME MINISTER!Recommend

  • nadeem khadin

    very good qaiser
    whole nation love imran khanRecommend

  • http://majidsays.blogspot.com Majid Rafiq

    Nice work Qaiser. these candid behind the scenes give real sense and feel of the situation. Thank you for sharing.. keep up the good workRecommend

  • tayyab

    There is a man who can bring back Pakistan to its track of progressive Pakistan and develope to become Asian Tiger……MIAN NAWAZ SHARIF
    Imran Niazi was with Musharaff when he was killing innocent people how he can bring changes there….

    Lets join hands with Mian to Build PakistanRecommend

  • JunleJone

    Well done young man; a good and sincere effort on your part.
    It is sad that kaptaan will be disappointing good people like you and the attendees of his rallys when push comes to shove.Recommend

  • Javed Baloch

    Very Well done Qaisar Roonjha,you shows the right part that there no Balochs,I am inspired :)Recommend

  • ikram kasi

    nice video broooRecommend

  • Qudrat Shah

    @Emran:
    Due to rain and due to disturbance in baloch areas of balochistan the baloch people were less… Recommend

  • Imran

    a great success in quetta MashahAllahRecommend

  • geeko

    @Emran:
    Keep in mind that Quetta is dominated by Pashtuns, and rains made the Baloch inclusion harder, but there were Baloch, ISF Quetta president himself is a Baloch (Muhammad Naveed Mengal) and the lad @ 3:50 too.
    It’s not about having no Baloch, but less Baloch (than Pashtuns).
    That’s why Imran Khan said that he’ll focus on the Baloch-dominated areas from now (Dera Bugti, Makran, …)Recommend

  • http://www.streamingofthoughts.blogspot.co.uk Muhammad Khalid Mehmood

    Very impressive, very well done, amazingly detailed and truly reporting without any bias for or against anybody. Keep doing this brother! You are undoubtedly doing something heroic.
    But please all do vote Imran Khan! Thanks!Recommend

  • Amjad

    @Qudrat Shah: Why not just admit the obvious. Imran Khan commands respect and support in Baluchistan because he is genuine about helping all regions and people in the country. People respect him because they know he cares about the nation’s future – he has a following among all groups : Baluch, Pashtun, Punjabi, Kashmiri, Sindi and Muhajir . Recommend

  • Ali Nasir

    TrollRecommend

  • muhammad akram

    Only Quetta is not Balochistan…dear imran ..Recommend

  • KingQureshi

    IK is just making ya guys foolRecommend

  • http://707monty.blogspot.com Pakistan politics

    Congrats PTI, no other have courage to do thatRecommend

  • Ahmed

    Very Wonderful,I guess we need this kind of citizen journalism from every part of country to know more about truth :)Recommend

  • Shaida Baloch

    Wow Roonjha,how cute you are.Recommend

  • http://www.121vision.co.uk ray

    well done bro you have done your part to build pakistan. its again good work and keep supporting mr imran khan last hope for pakistanRecommend

  • Salman Zafar

    GOOD LUCK PTI IN ELECTIONS…Recommend