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Amidst all controversies, Pakistan is all set to hold the general elections on July 25. Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has once again claimed that the caretaker set-up is neutral and unbiased. The PTI chief also criticized his political rivals saying ‘they’ always want umpires of their own choice’.
‘Former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif keeps reiterating that elections should be free and fair’, Imran Khan said. This means that they have also won elections after rigging them, he claimed. “Shehbaz is scared that this time around, they don’t have their own umpires, “the PTI chief added.
It is pertinent to mention here that Imran Khan recorded a historic sit-in in the federal capital in 2014 to protest against the alleged rigging during the 2013 general elections. Imran Khan repeatedly said that the elections were massively ‘rigged’ in Punjab.
Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has once again claimed that the caretaker set-up is neutral and unbiased. The PTI chief also criticized his political rivals saying ‘they’ always want umpires of their own choice’.
Moreover, Imran also said that Shahbaz Sharif won’t get his turn in the Prime Minister Office. “However, his turn to go to Adiala jail will come,” Imran said while addressing a rally in Kamar Mushani area of Mianwali. “Shehbaz had thought that after his brother Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to prison, he will get his turn into the office. His turn will come for sure, but in Adiala jail and not as prime minister.”
The PML-N leaders and workers are continuously claiming that there is pre-poll rigging in the country. The caretaker set-up in Punjab is particularity being accused of favoritism. Both PML-N and PPP have slammed administration in Punjab for favoring ‘ladlas’. The reports of ‘favoritism’ become more relevant when the former ruling party accused the administration of illegally detaining their workers and registering ‘fake’ FIRs against them. Some candidates have also disclosed that they are being forced to change their party loyalties.
These claims made by the PML-N leadership have, however, been rejected by the caretaker interior minister who has said that ‘the authorities have arrested around 120 people in Lahore who were violating the law’. The minister also maintained that the caretaker set-up under Dr. Hassan Askari Rizvi is neutral and impartial to hold free and fair elections in the province.
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PML-N and PPP have Broken all Promises
Bashing at his political opponents while addressing a rally in Piplan tehsil of Mianwali, Imran Khan said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People’s Party have broken all records of corruption. He was referring to Panama Papers case and references filed by the NAB against the former first family. Asif Ali Zardari is also facing some corruption charges but the court has ordered to halt the inquiry against him till the polling day.
Imran Khan recorded a historic sit-in in the federal capital in 2014 to protest against the alleged rigging during the 2013 general elections. Imran Khan repeatedly said that the elections were massively ‘rigged’ in Punjab.
Imran Khan further remarked that the nation is paying the high price of political leaders’ corruption in the country. “People of Piplan, if the PML-N candidates come to ask for your vote then ask them what they did for the country in the last five years. Ask them to name one institution they have improved.”
‘They’ claim that they have no money but their children are billionaires. “When asked how Nawaz’s children became billionaires, he remarked that he doesn’t know because his sons are British citizens,” Imran claimed. Imran Khan has been making efforts to develop a new narrative of making a Naya Pakistan to challenge the status quo in the country.
His speeches often do reflect the same ideas and nothing new could be found in his talks and public speeches. The reason may be his philosophy or unwavering struggle to make Pakistan a corruption free country. Due to nepotism and a culture of malpractices in Pakistan, institutions have become dysfunctional, poverty is on rise and law and order situation is heartbreaking. Imran Khan who always gives the example of KPK police and education departments has made a big difference in the province.
Independent organizations and some media reports suggest that police in KPK has successfully been depoliticized and education department has comprehensively been reformed. Terrorism had badly affected the KPK, but Imran Khan and his PTI managed to change the basics of governance in the province. The PTI chief intends to introduce the same model of governance across the country, if elected into power.