PESHAWAR (NADER BUNERI and Kaswar Klasra ) - Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan said that his party has brought a real tsunami in the country by successfully completing the intra-party elections while those parties which are making tall claims of democracy are only restricted to their families.
With traditional pashtoon ‘pagri’ on his head, the PTI chairman blasted political parties including PPP and PML-N for exercising ‘family politics’ and made it loud and clear that PTI was the first party, which was not based on family dynasties and ordinary members have been given the opportunity to become party leaders.
PTI leaders Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Dr Arif Alvi, Jahangir Khan Tareen, Dr Asad Umar, Asad Qaisar, Shaukat Yousafzai, Murad Saeed and Begum Nasim Hayat also addressed.
In his address, Imran Khan said that his party would be a nursery of leaders and they have taken a good start by electing poor and middle class people at district and tehsil level. He said that they have to discourage the culture of family party dictatorship in this country and the intra party elections is the only solution to bring sincere leadership from the poor and middle class people.
He further said that his party is going to prepare “Change Volunteer Force” comprising one million youth to participate in the upcoming general elections campaign saying that these volunteers of PTI would visit each part of the country to appraise the masses regarding PTI programs and change manifesto.
He congratulated the newly elected districts and provincial bodies and appreciated workers for standing united despite of losing elections. He said that now Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is not his party but it is the party of the people of Pakistan adding that if he was found involved in any corruption, the party have the right to cancel his membership.
He questioned Pakistan leaders, that after Zia-ul-Haq dictatorship, how many leaders, they have created saying that they are now changing the names of their children to include them in inherited politics. He said that that corrupt politician could not become a leader of the nation, as leadership needs courage and sincerity, which lacks Pakistani politician. Imran also announced that his party will unveil its manifesto on March 23 at the Minar-e-Pakistan, in historical city of Lahore.
He also mentioned that the so-called leadership of Pakistan has accumulated properties in foreign countries while they come there only for fighting politics in Pakistan. He mentioned that billion of assets of Zardari and Nawaz Sharif are lying in foreign banks. The rally was participated by a large number of party leaders, worker and activists from across KPK and Fata. While a sizeable number of party members and activists led by Adisor to PTI Chairman, Dr. Shehzad Waseem, arrived here to attend the public rally.
Particularly, Condemning the Badami Bagh incident of blazing the houses of the Christian community, Imran Khan said that had the Punjab government took action against Gojra terrorist, this incident would not happen today. He said that Christian livings in this country are their brothers and government must protect the lives and property of minorities.
He also blamed PML-N for not taking action against terrorist and making alliance with defunct organizations. He asked the Punjab government to take action against those persons who were responsible for attacking the Christian colony.
He maintained that if PTI came into power; it would hold dialogue with militants and would dissociate themselves from the so-called ware against terrorism. He said that the people fighting with security forces are Pakistani people but they have been forced on fighting by becoming victims of terrorism. He said that PTI would convince these militants through Jirga to quit violence.
The enthusiastic workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf while wavering party flags chanted slogans to support their leaders, dancing with specially made musical anthems of Pakistan Tehreek Pakistanm, the excited workers paid tributes to party chief Imran Khan. Thousands of PTI supporter from across the province thronged the venue to participate in PTI public meeting.
Meanwhile, tough security arrangements were being made and heavy contingent of Police has been deployed in the venue to avert any untoward incident. Volunteers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf also backed police in stage venue. During his address, Khan also announced that the party had started the Tabdeeli Razakar (volunteer change) programme. Under the programme, volunteers would ensure that election fraud does not take place. “Let me tell you, one hundred thousand of PTI volunteers would pay duties during election just to ensure that no political party could do rigging,” Imran said.
“Under the programme, one million enthusiastic youngsters would go from door-to-door to convey the party’s manifesto of change to the common people to pave the way for o positive change in across the country.
Referring to his political opponents’ criticism and back-to-back surveys claiming decline in the PTI’s popularity graph, Imran Khan asked his political foes to look at the mammoth gathering to know that the PTI’s victory in the upcoming elections was a writing on the wall.
“Those claiming that tsunami has subsided should themselves see this tsunami of the youth. They should know that the tsunami is rather getting more aggressive by the each day passing as the polls are nearing. Those who are afraid of the PTI’s tsunami would have to suffer another shock on March 23 when they would have to see a flood of the people of Lahore and it would not be a mere tsunami but it would be a ‘tsunama’, which would help sweep away all the corrupt forces in the forthcoming elections,” Imran Khan said.
“Nawaz and Bhutto’s suffix are a pre-requisite if you want to become leader of PML-N or PPP and that is why Bilawal Zardari had to change his name and added suffix Bhutto to become chairman of the party, which never to be happened in the PTI,” Imran Khan vowed.
“I even could not think to make my son, Salman Khan, a leader of PTI, because leaders could not be made by adding family suffix,” he said and added that the PTI has taken up the gauntlet to eliminate the hereditary and dynastic politics from the country forever.
The PTI Chairman said that corruption and tax evading were the major ills that brought the country to a verge of collapse and leadership of the two major parties were mainly responsible for this, because they transferred their wealth to abroad by plundering the national kitty.