PESHAWAR - Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said on Thursday that courts and media are independently working in Pakistan but the Election Commission is not free yet and it is evident from May 2013 election’s results, when PTI mandate was stolen. “It is crystal clear that without fair and transparent elections, real democracy cannot be achieved. To have a fair and independent Election Commission, PTI will continue its struggle in this regard,” he said, adding that had there been fair elections, PTI would have now been ruling the country.
This is his first video link address from Islamabad to the convention of Insaf Student Federation (ISF) held in Peshawar as the PTI Chief Imran Khan did not turn up to the provincial metropolis just because of security reasons. However, it was Imran Khan who had addressed almost five to six public gatherings a day during last elections drive.
Indeed, now his own party is ruling the province, but on Thursday Imran Khan avoided to come to Peshawar owing to security threats. It’s a fact, too, that PTI has never spared the then ruling parties, including ANP and PPP and criticised them for poor law and order situation in the province. Similarly, at one stage, students disappointed when it was announced from the stage that Imran Khan would not come and address the gathering via video link. There was lack of discipline among the participating students. In his around 12 minutes address to the convention via video link at the Nishtar hall, Imran Khan said that he didn’t come due to security reasons. “It’s not just about my security but also about your security. It was a jam-packed hall as hundreds of students attended the gathering,” he added.
“You are the future of Pakistan. Listen to me carefully. Because, I want to talk to you on important issues,” he added. Giving example of Madina state, he said that it was based on justice. He called upon students to choose a right direction for their bright future. “It is the democracy that makes people free,” he said, adding subjugation of citizens could not be called a real democracy. Earlier, the ISF office-bearers also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the party’s achievements. Prominent among those who were present on the occasion were the PTI’s KP General Secretary Khalid Masood, MPA Ishtiaq Urmar, Fazle Elahi Khan, MNA Sajid Nawaz and ISF KPK Chief Sohail Afridi.
IMRAN’S STATEMENT ABOUT TALIBAN
Criticising the statement of Imran Khan regarding opening of Taliban office in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Central leader of Awami National Party (ANP) Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that PTI chairman is issuing these statements due to fear of Taliban. Talking to the media, the former minister said that Imran Khan has admitted that there are more than 35 groups of Taliban in the country so in this connection they will not require an office but would need a full-fledge secretariat and opening of this secretariat would be tantamount to create a state within state.
He also expressed reservations over the composition of Taliban and government peace committees and said that there was no proper representation of the government and Taliban in these committees. He said that Awami National Party was not against the peace dialogue but they don’t observe any seriousness in these talks.
He said that Nawaz Sharif has learned a great lesson from the past mistakes and he must discourage the culture of provincial prejudice and must treat all the provinces equally because he is prime minister of Pakistan not only the Prime minister of a single province.
Regarding PTI performance in the province, Mian Iftikhar said that despite passing of one year long time, the PTI government has so far did not initiate any single developmental project in the province. He said that despite the presence of chief engineers, government hiring chief consultants in various departments, which would be extra burden on the provincial kitty. He expressed the hope that the tripartite alliance would clean sweep the upcoming local bodies’ elections.