DI KHAN/PESHAWAR - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan asserted on Sunday the people would see a clear difference between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other provinces within the next six months, saying his party led-provincial government was working on public welfare-oriented legislations.
In his address to a huge public rally held in connection with by-poll to a Dera-cum-Tank constituency in Panyala area of Dera Ismail Khan district, Khan announced that a new people-friendly local government system for Khyber province was in the final stages.
He said system of injustice would be eliminated from Khyber at all costs as PTI was out to bring a change. “We have come to transform the system and within days the framework for the new set up would be presented in the provincial assembly,” Khan told the crowd before him. He also deplored the fact that no democratic government had ever let local bodies system function. According to him, outdated system is the main reason why corrupt culture is having strong roots.
PTI chief warned that there would no room for those politicians who loved land cruisers and diesel permits, saying the people had rejected them before and they would be rejected again. “While these people are getting richer and richer, the nation is getting poorer and poorer,” he noted with dismay, and added elected members, who did not even have a bicycle in the past, were now travelling in land cruisers.
Without naming Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, cricketer-turned-politician Khan remarked that those who had never tired to enforce Islamic system themselves were passing their lives contrary to Islamic teachings which, he said, was evident from their acts and deeds. “There is a huge difference in the acts and deeds of those who are so-called champions of Islamic system and people have fully realized this,” he declared. He also said the youth would have to get rid of the so-called champions of Islam, who were hungry for power.
Khan at one point said he was still unaware why politicians demanded diesel permits. “No one has the right to judge other person, its only Allah who knows who better Muslim is,” he said while adding no mullah (cleric) had the right to question one's faith. Khan also mentioned that four non-Muslims converted to Islam through him. He said he had never and would never sell Islam for getting into power. He said those who were saying PTI government had failed in Kyhber were living in a fool's paradise.
PTI chief said criticism of his party-led government was immature as PTI had been in power for just two and a half months, while other parties had been around for decades. He challenged those who believed PTI could not bring a change, and asked them “to wait and see”. PTI had ruled the province just for over two and a half months while Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had been ruling Punjab for six consecutive terms and had got the slot of prime minister of Pakistan for the third time.
"If we draw a comparison, I am sure PTI has so far done better in Khyber and after six months, there will be a clear difference between KPK and other provinces,” he explained. KPK government would introduce new laws and bring an end to thana, katchery and patwari culture which, according to Khan, was making people to run from pillar to post. PTI would eliminate this system of oppression and exploitation from KPK, he added.
About war on terrorism, PTI chief said from day one, he had been saying that this terror was not Pakistan's war. “Today, the whole country is agreeing to what I used to say. Pakistan will have to quit this so-called war on terror.” He said negotiations were a prerequisite for peace, adding that militancy and war on terror had badly affected the province.
“PTI will bring change in the province by introducing new laws in the province. No democratic government has encouraged the local bodies system. In two days new local bodies system will be brought in the assembly,” Khan claimed. He warned if any minister was caught doing something wrong, he/she would immediately be terminated. In six months, the people would see a massive change in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province compared to other provinces.
Imran said they have adopted the strategy to bring change from the top and the government machinery would work according to the aspiration of the people. He assured to provide clean drinking water in areas of Dera Ismail Khan district that were deprived of the facility. He also announced to construct sports grounds in every tehsil of the province.
PTI candidate for Dawar Kundi constituency, former National Assembly speaker Faisal Karim Kundi and Minister for Revenue Ali Ameen Gandapur also spoke on the occasion.