Imran challenges Nawaz to TV debate


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday challenged Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif to a debate on national issues on any television channel.
While addressing a rally in Sahiwal, Khan said, “Mian Sahib you cannot compete in cricket, the least you can do is compete in a debate. Let’s have a debate on any television channel. This debate is important in exposing the truth”.
Referring to PML-N’s rule in Punjab Khan said, “They (PML-N) have had five innings; and we will ensure they don’t get a sixth one.”
Those who want to get things done take the first chance that comes their way and do not need six chances, he added. He said the PTI would not wait for another turn and implement changes in its first term.
Recalling his time as captain of the Pakistan national cricket team, Khan said when he was in-charge, no one could defeat him. “No one defeated me for ten years. I left the captaincy myself,” said the PTI chief.
He promised his supporters if he came to power, a day would come when people from abroad come to Pakistan searching for employment, such will be the level of development in the country.
Earlier, on Monday night, Rehman Malik had also invited Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif to have a live debate on topics such as money laundering, morality and Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution.
Speaking on Pervez Musharraf, Khan said action against the former president was being taken in accordance with law.
Khan promised development funds would not be handed to any member of national or provincial assembly under his party’s rule. “We are bringing a new system and our local government system will empower the people. All development funds will be given to representatives from villages,” he stated.
Khan vowed to end the power crisis and eliminate load shedding in two and a half years if voted into power.
Meanwhile, addressing an election rally at Okara, Khan said people of Pakistan would celebrate on May 11 when Punjab will be freed from traditional rulers.
Khan said he would free Punjab from the clutches of police and patwaris.
Lashing out at Shahbaz Sharif, the PTI chief said PML-N had ruled Punjab for five terms but could not bring effective change in a single department.
He said the PPP and PML-N had a covert agreement to rule the country in turns but people would thwart their designs with the power of their votes.
“Has the thaana and patwari culture changed in Punjab,” he questioned the large crowd that responded with a loud “no”.
He said Shabaz Sharif had not been able to redress the systems of education and health in Punjab despite ruling the province for the past five years.
Khan also criticised the Sharifs for enjoying police escorts that drained Rs 640 million each month from the national kitty.
Khan said today’s PML is not representative of Quad-e-Azam, neither is Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) the same as it was during Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s time.
Khan urged the youth to rise above all differences and reject corrupt rulers to save the country from imminent disasters.
He asked the youth to play a pivotal role in convincing their elders and families to vote for visionary, brave and honest leadership in the upcoming elections so that the country could be steered out of the worst-ever crises in its history.
Khan vowed his party will lay the foundation of a “new Pakistan,” ensuring justice for all.


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