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During a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan urged the nation to reject aid and focus on trade. Responding to America’s suspension of security aid, Khan said that he was grateful to US for cutting off our aid, we have China, Iran and Russia, we need not humiliate ourselves for a mere 25 billion rupees.
The PTI chief blamed the Pakistani elite for defaming the country for their personal gains. ‘We don’t need enemies when our own leaders are doing a good job of humiliating the nation’, he said. Insisting that Pakistan is a rich country with vast natural resources, he recommended that Pakistan should improve its governance and accountability.
The 2018 elections are only a few months away and every leader is trying to prove that they have what it takes to get Pakistan out of this crisis.
Taking a hard stance against the Sharif brothers, he asked the nation that who is the real ‘ladla’. Khan mocked the brothers saying that they are distressed because the umpires are not supporting him. Comparing Nawaz Sharif to former American President George Bush, he said, ‘Nawaz Sharif is like George Bush, you’re with him or against him, there is no neutral ground’.
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Quoting wiki leaks, he accused the Sharif brothers of seeking assistance from the American authorities to get in power. He also accused them of disgracing the country.
He thanked Nawaz Sharif for accepting that the previous elections were rigged, a claim that Khan has been making since the 2013 general elections. Replying to Nawaz’s comments that the establishment is playing favorites, he said the favorite has always been Nawaz Sharif himself. ‘One cannot contest the elections if one is a defaulter of more than 20 lac rupees but the Sharif brothers contested the elections even after being defaulters of 6 billion rupees’, he stated.
Imran Khan’s statement came in the wake of a turbulent political environment in the country. With the rising US pressure on Pakistan to ‘do more’, Pakistan needs a dynamic leadership.
Khan called Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi ‘Mr LNG’ and accused him of hiding at a time when the nation needs him the most. He also demanded early elections from the government citing that PML-N has lost its mandate after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, and they should contest again to maintain their legitimacy.
Imran Khan’s statement came in the wake of a turbulent political environment in the country. With the rising US pressure on Pakistan to ‘do more’, Pakistan needs a dynamic leadership. The 2018 elections are only a few months away and every leader is trying to prove that they have what it takes to get Pakistan out of this crisis.
After surviving a disqualification petition, Imran Khan’s PTI is one of the strongest parties heading into the 2018 elections. He gave viable suggestion for handling the current political and economic crisis, and denied allegations that he is working with the establishment. Political maneuvering is at its peak in this ripe political season, only time will tell who will reign supreme in the 2018 elections.