Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday rejected Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s proposal to call off the sit-in to pave way for talks, saying, ‘let Dar build castles in the air as PTI will continue sit-ins unless probe into rigging is completed.’
Addressing his party’s anti-government sit-in at D-Chowk, he said that the only way out to end the PTI sit-ins was free and fair probe, adding that the sit-in will end if an impartial investigation into rigging allegations were held and the culprits were brought to book.
Imran came down hard on the government for manhandling of blind protesters in Lahore over the weekend, and said, “Sharifs should have some shame as this time, they used the police against none other than visually impaired persons.” “An American Black was killed and people blocked all the roads in US as justice was not served, it is our right to do protest against the injustice being done to our people. The police have become a tool at the hands of political parties which must be stopped,” he added.
About his planned shutter down in Faisalabad, he said made it clear that those who were satisfied with the performance of incumbent regime must stay home and open their shops, while those who think the rulers have failed to deliver must join him on Monday. “Oh Faisalabadis, I’m coming. If you want to change your fate, come out with me for one day and we might have to bear some pain too,” he added.
PTI chairman said that his party government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had said no to debt and paid special attention to good governance which has increased revenues by 16 percent. He said the PTI government in the province treats all the areas equally no matter whether it is the stronghold of ANP, JUI-F, PPP, PML-N or any other political party. He said that he used provincial government helicopter only four times and that too for official purposes. “I used helicopter when I was going to visit IDPs camps in Bannu; Kalam for inauguration of a micro-hydel project and for Tameer-e-Millat Schools,” he added.
About the provincial anti-graft body, he said KP accountability bureau would not spare anybody involved in corruption as the provincial government has given free hands to track down all those involved in embezzlement of taxpayers’ money. “We have jailed more than 350 corrupt patwaris so the accountability is in full swing. Besides, we have created an endowment fund for journalists in KP in case they are martyred or face any emergency issue,” he added.
He said that he was the only politician who would raise voice for the rights of all the journalists unlike other politicians and no other politician would ever ask media house owners to duly pay their employees. “What the PML-N is doing is in front of you as instead of rewarding the ARY journalists for exposing railway smuggling, FIRs have been registered against them,” he lamented.
He said that in western countries, a politician can not do business once you are in power but in Pakistan once you are in power you become the billionaire quite easily as this what Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari are doing – they get loan from banks and then write it off. He said that he would reveal his Plan D on December 18 and it would make it almost impossible for Nawaz Sharif to run the government so smoothly, adding that so far he had been giving government no tough time but would not remain so after 18.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT