HYDERABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan stressed that the local bodies (LB) elections were essential to empower the people of Sindh.
He was talking to reporters outside the shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bithai about 28 kms off here on Wednesday.
Blaming the PPP for not conducting LB polls in Sindh, the PTI chairman said it was a problem across Pakistan.
“The poor will keep getting poorer and the system will not change until local bodies elections are not held, people at lower level are not given powers and the centralized control system continued, he said.
Under NFC award, an amount of Rs.180 billion has been transferred to Sindh government which should have been spent on the welfare of people, he added.
Khan was welcomed by a crowd of supporters as he paid a visit to the shrine of the revered saint.
“We have come to Shah Lateef’s shrine, and this is where we begin our campaign in Sindh and we are trying to bring the change in urban and rural Sindh”, he said.
Khan warned that his party would take legal action in London if anything happens to workers in Karachi. He said he was going to Karachi to end an atmosphere of fear.
“These places will remain no-go areas if people like me don’t go there,” he said, referring to Karachi NA-246 Azizabad constituency which is considered a stronghold of the Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM).
When asked if the PTI was looking to form an alliance with the Jamaat-i-Islami for the NA-246 by-polls, he said that talks were underway with the party.
He said that he would also speak to JI chief Sirajul Haq for cooperation in the NA-246 by polls.
Later, speaking before leaving for Karachi where he will campaign for Imran Ismail, his partys candidate in the NA-246 by-election, Imran Khan congratulated the nation over formation of judicial commission to probe alleged rigging in general elections of 2013.