ISLAMABAD - Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Wednesday stated that PTI would file a review petition with the Election Commission of Pakistan to get the ban on dual nationality holders become Parliamentarians removed.
‘Most of the dual nationals have vast businesses abroad. They serve the country in shape of foreign remittances amounting to billions of rupees. I will ask my legal cell to look into the issue’, he said while addressing a news conference where former Federal Law Minister Syed Iftikhar Gilani and former Provincial Minister Iftikharud Din Khattak announced their decision to join PTI.
To a question regarding PML-N President Nawaz Sharif’s recent statement of early polls in the country, he said if PML-N wants snap polls in the country than they should resign from the Parliament. ‘Stop making requests and resign from the Parliament as it will ultimately lead to early general elections’, Imran answered.
To another question, Imran said he was not aware of any secret deal between the government and the military over memo issue but the judiciary should reach the issue to its logical end. ‘It does not matter if the government and the military leadership had reached an agreement over memogate scandal, as the issue is with the Apex court and we hope that judiciary will treat the case on merit’, he added. He said PTI’s legal team would pursue the matter regarding permission of public gathering at Quaid’s mausoleum. ‘We respect decision of Sindh High Court but we would request the court to review its decision’, he added.
He said all the other political parties present on the country’s political spectrum failed to deliver. He said he would bring forward the country’s most competent team to run government’s affairs. Imran said PTI would continue its campaign of public mobilisation after December 25th public gathering in Karachi.
‘The desperate countrymen need mobilisation under prevailing circumstances’, he said.
He said at first PML-N tried to get the loyalties of politicians from PML-Q who had joined him recently. And now when they joined PTI they were spreading false propaganda against us by saying landlords and establishment backed people were joining PTI, he added.
Quoting a Napoleon’s saying ‘a team of hundred jackals can win if a lion leads them’ he said at the end of the day leadership matters. Imran said a recently launched World Bank report shows that poverty in Pakistan rising with every passing year.
‘The participants of a rally who took away chairs the other day has raised several questions of grave concern. It also shows the pathetic state of affairs of common men’, he added. On the occasion, he also announced inclusion of Ali Asghar, son of Air Marshal (Retd) Asghar Khan and a central leader of Tehreek-e-Istaqlal (TI), as a member of PTI’s central Executive Committee, what he said was to enhance coordination between PTI and TI.
Earlier, Iftikhar Gilani said Imran Khan possesses the qualities of a leader of international calibre.
He said he was confident that country’s decision would be made in Pakistan, when PTI would be in power, not in Washington or any Gulf country.
He said Imran Khan has emerged as a great leader after Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.