Addressing a congregation of over 3,000 people hosted by ex-union council nazim, Ali Nasir Bhatti, in Chakwal, the cricketer-turned politician alleged the main opposition group Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan People’s Party were allying as ‘fake enemies’ for the upcoming elections, to hoodwink and befool the masses.
“This is the reason why these parties are not making any effort in making the Election Commission of Pakistan independent,” Khan observed, and said they would be defeated with the help of the 180 million Pakistanis. He reiterated that he had full confidence in Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim but had doubts about the integrity of the other commission members.
The PTI chief said the Sharif brothers had spent all the development budget of Punjab on Metro Bus Service project that would benefit just 5,000 people, while “Mughal-e-Azam” Asif Ali Zardari has been plundering Rs12 billion each day and asked him to explain from where he had earned the money to build a ‘lavish 120-kanal’ Bilawal House in Lahore.
Khan said corruption had radically grown and every newborn in Pakistan was under a debt of Rs80,000 which used to be Rs35,000 five years ago. He also said that 70 per cent of the parliamentarians were tax evaders.
Khan recalled that when he put forward the idea of dialogue with the Taliban six years ago, the then dictator Pervez Musharraf criticised him calling him “Taliban Khan”. By saying this, the PTI chief meant that the idea which Mr Nawaz Sharif was now supporting was originally introduced by him.
About the party’s election preparations, Khan said more than eight million people had been enrolled for PTI membership and 70 thousand councilors had been elected at the union council level. He added that reorganisation of his party would be completed by mid-March, and then a Jashan-e-Jamooriat (festival of democracy) would be celebrated on March 23 at the venue of Minar-e-Pakistan.
Imran Khan, who has become quite popular with the youth for his eloquent political ideas lately, said, “Pakistan requires educated youth for its remake; the people, this nation has made up its mind for a change. This time they would prove it through their franchise right.” The PTI chief was confident that his party would make a major takeaway in the next elections.
Among others the reception was attended by former MNA Sardar Faiz Tamman, ex MPA Col (retired) Sultan Surkhru, ex-tehsil nazim Chakwal Amir Khan Bhatti and PTI Women Wing chief Fouzia Qasoori.
Later, Imran Khan visited Kot Sarfraz for a ceremony where renowned educationist, Raja Yasir Sarfraz, joined his party. Sarfraz said that Imran Khan was the only option left for the country’s survival.