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Imran Khan lashes out at PML-N, PPP; urges nation to “vote sensibly”

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The Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has once again affirmed that his party is fully prepared to contest the upcoming general elections. Khan was speaking to his workers in Islamabad where he formally initiated his election campaign.

The fact of the matter is that Nawaz and his family remained unable to provide money trail before the court and, as a result, the court ordered to probe into what they have in or outside of Pakistan.

Imran Khan also stated that the nation would again see PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and PPP leader Asif Zardari together. “I am telling you, (Asif) Zardari and (Nawaz) Sharif will be together in the elections,” the PTI chief said.

Furthermore, Khan also pointed out that “we were never prepared (for elections) the way we are this time,” and told PTI workers that the first rule of the competition was to never underestimate one’s opponents.

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“Be ready for the decisive fight against plunderers,” he said, announcing that the PTI would conclude its election campaign with a “mammoth” public meeting at Islamabad’s Parade Ground on July 23.

Khan spoke nearly for 30-minutes and made several interesting points to highlight his agenda if his party gets elected. We will “improve governance, eliminate corruption and strengthen institutions” of the National Accountability Bureau, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Federal Investigation Agency and police”. He assured his workers that he would collect Rs8 trillion from the country simply by improving the working of the FBR and curtailing government expenditures.

In Pakistan, whistle-blowers do not have protection or reward to get. The PTI chief has, however, interestingly said that his mind was up to introducing a Whistle-blowers act so that an arrangement to reward them can be made. For example, he said, if the government managed to recover Rs10 million looted money, the whistle-blower would get Rs2.5m as reward.

Mr. Khan said that his party, soon after assuming power, will launch a campaign to grow trees all over the country to resolve the issue of climate change.

“Be ready for the decisive fight against plunderers,” he said, announcing that the PTI would conclude its election campaign with a “mammoth” public meeting at Islamabad’s Parade Ground on July 23.

Imran has already done it in KPK where environment is likely to be moderate in the years to come since millions of trees have been planted as a result of a campaign initiated by PTI.

“Vote Sensibly”

Imran Khan said that the Sharif family had been caught “red-handed” in the Panama Papers case, but the “father-daughter duo is misleading the nation with their mantra of Mujhe Kyun Nikala”. Since after Nawaz’s disqualification, he has been making efforts to malign the judiciary and security agencies of Pakistan to deliberately mislead the nation. The fact of the matter is that Nawaz and his family remained unable to provide money trail before the court and, as a result, the court ordered to probe into what they have in or outside of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif being three-times Prime Minster of Pakistan was expected to present his family gracefully for accountability so that a precedent could be established for all those who avoid to be treated according to the law of the land.

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While talking about the PPP and the former president of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, Imran said. “On the other hand, there are Zardaris who have ruthlessly plundered nation’s wealth,” he said.

Mr Khan lashed out at the previous governments of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), alleging that the two parties had failed to construct even a single state-of-the-art hospital in Pakistan and that was mainly because the members of the Sharif and Zardari families preferred visiting hospitals in London and Dubai, and they were least concerned about common citizens of Pakistan.

Khan who was speaking like a professor urged the workers “to vote sensibly”. He made several other points to convey his fundamental message “your vote is very important and don’t give it those who work on personal agendas, and not to uplift the standards of lives of poor people.”