Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday underscored the need for strengthening key government departments to overcome myriad challenges faced by the country.
Announcing September 24 as the date of his ‘Raiwind March’, Imran said “Nawaz Sharif, I will bring people from across Pakistan to Raiwind on September 24. As the Prime Minister of the country, you have to answer them.”
Regarding the Panama Papers issue, he said: “We knocked the door of justice, but the Supreme Court rejected our reference terming it ‘immature’.
I respect the Court and still have great expectations from it. We will again move the court on the same issue. Hopefully, we will get justice.”
Addressing the party’s ‘Pakistan Zindabad Rally’ at Nishtar Park, he urged the Sindh government to depoliticize its Karachi police, and ensure their recruitments purely on merit.
He said issues like water shortages, sewerage and garbage disposal, traffic congestion, tax evasion, power outages, poll riggings and thefts would not be resolved without strengthening departments including, NAB, FBR, Police and SECP.
He said the newly-established local bodies system in Sindh is full of flaws. Elaborating, he said common and basic issues will not be resolved until local governments are financially empowered.
PTI Chief said his party had no intention to hold any public rally in Karachi. However, MQM chief Altaf’s Hussain’s August 22 anti-Pakistan speech prompted them to hold a rally without any preparation.
He said Muhajirs or members of the Urdu-speaking community are the most patriotic people of Pakistan. They don’t need to prove their loyalty to the country. “I am here to protect your rights,” he told the Urdu-speaking people.
“Your forefathers laid down their lives for the creation of Pakistan. You are the true defenders of Pakistan,” he said. “In his derogatory speech, MQM chief termed Pakistan the epicenter of terrorism.
But I want to make it clear that Altaf Hussain introduced terrorism in the country at the behest of RAW, and he killed thousands of innocent people in this city,” Imran said.
A large number of party workers and supporters including women and children attended his rally. Heavy contingents of law enforcement agencies were deputed.
PTI leader Khurram Shair Zaman accused the government of placing cargo containers on roads and streets leading to the venue under the pretext of security reason.
He urged the administration to remove containers, saying they were creating hurdles to participants.
Earlier, Imran Khan visited former Pakistan cricket captain the late Hanif Muhammad’s residence to condole his death. Talking to media persons on this occasion, Khan said the Little Master Hanif Muhammad had always been winner, and it was under his leadership that the country’s cricket flourished.
Other PTI leaders who addressed the rally included, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Arif Alvi, Asad Umar, Ali Zaidi, Faisal Wada and Naeem-ul-Haq.
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Addressing a rally in Nishter Park he said, “Inshallah, on September 24 I will bring people from across Pakistan to Raiwind.”
“I am inviting the entire nation to participate in the march”, he added. ‘Decided to visit Karachi after MQM founder’s anti-Pakistan speech’
Imran Khan said that he had no plans of coming to Karachi. However, when Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder used that language against Pakistan, he decided to come.
Imran Khan said that MQM founder wanted to divide the country. “I was inspired by Azeem Tariq. Altaf felt threatened by him so he had him killed,” he said.
He said that he who cannot conquer his fears cannot do anything big. The nation that lives in fear becomes a slave.
‘Muhajirs do not need to prove their patriotism’.
Talking about the patriotism of Muhajirs, he said that his fellow players Javed Miandad was also a Muhajir and is a great patriotic.
“Whenever I got into trouble, Miandad would step up. He was one of the biggest patriots I have never seen,” he added.
‘Nawaz Sharif has destroyed institutions’ He alleged that 50 percent of Punjab’s development funds go to Lahore and southern Punjab was left undeveloped.
PTI chairman claimed that Nawaz Sharif has destroyed the institutions and will never allow institutional reforms. “Hasan Sharif lives in a house worth Rs 6.5billion.
But he doesn’t know where the money came from,” he added. Earlier yesterday, speaking to media, the cricketer-turned-politician said that the days of terror of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder were over. Khan said the MQM founder had damaged Karachi.
He added that his mother along with the whole family had migrated to Pakistan and those who had done so were more patriotic. -APP