- PTI chief says he’ll withdraw rigging charges if PML-N manages to gather even 30 per cent of participants present at PTI rally
- Lauds women for showing up at rally in large numbers
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Thursday claimed that the masses in Pakistan have rejected the incumbent rulers.
Addressing a mammoth crowd of supporters here, Khan said that protests would continue until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif steps down from office. The PTI chairman claimed he had exposed the electoral rigging by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), adding that he would ensure they do not go unpunished for this crime.
Khan said there was nothing wrong in raising slogans of “Go Nawaz Go” and wondered as to why the Sharif family was objecting to the people’s democratic right.
“Why would they beat up the sloganeers?” he asked, telling his supporters “never to bow down to evil”.
Talking about the success of his rally in his native Mianwali city, he said all other political parties would have taken six months to stage a demonstration of such a proportion but the PTI had managed the event in just three days.
He said that if Nawaz Sharif could manage a political gathering of even thirty per cent in size of the PTI’s Mianwali rally, he would concede that elections were not rigged.
Describing his plans for the country’s future, Khan said that the best local governance system would be implemented across the country. He added that the PTI would bring in such a system where the rich would not be able to exploit the poor and the education system would be improved.
He said the police (thaana) culture needs to be improved in Punjab and gave the example of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police in this regard.
The PTI chief said that in neighbouring India, the government provides assistance to its farmers who receive subsidised electricity bills whereas in Pakistan farmers receive electricity bills of Rs 600,000. He said that if farmers increased their yield then the country would get richer. “We have to lift the farmers and help them,” he said.
He also thanked the people of Mianwali for supporting him since the inception of his political party in the 90s and for helping him get elected into the National Assembly twice.
He said that it was for the first time that a large number of women had come out of their homes to participate in a political gathering. “This shows that revolution has reached every home,” he said.
Khan said he would never leave the people of Mianwali and apologised to them for having to cut his speech short and leave the venue early.