Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, in an interview with BBC Urdu, said that he would have faced difficulties if PTI had formed a government in the centre after the 2013 general elections.
Other than the current Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, he said, it took the rest of parliamentarians a year to understand how to run affairs.
PTI leaders have shown exceptional leadership qualities despite their inexperience, he said, adding, “I have learnt a lot during PTI’s tenure in KP.”
Imran Khan said he is hopeful PTI will prove to be victorious in the next general elections.
Talking about KP, he said, “Compared to other provinces, we have spent the most money on education,” while adding that the province’s municipal system, education system and easy access to health facilities are the three achievements he feels most proud of.
Discussing KP’s municipal system, the PTI chief said that the new system could not be implemented as some members of his own party and provincial bureaucracies have been opposing it.
“As per law, the system has been implemented, however, the actual implementation is taking some time. We have made some revolutionary changes which have never been seen in Pakistan due to which some of our [PTI] MPAs and bureaucrats are against it.”
KP has the best municipal system in the entire country, he claimed, adding that officials in other provinces have also demanded a similar system.
“Mayor Karachi has said that he wants KP’s municipal system. Punjab’s municipal officials say that they also want to implement a similar system. There must be something in this system that everyone is demanding it. “
Speaking in regards to improvements in the health department, Khan further said that PTI’s government increased salaries of doctors, improved the service structure, and employed more doctors.
“During our tenure, the total number of doctors increased from 3,000 to 10,000,” he added.
“We need a significant amount to improve hospital facilities and buildings. We do not have those funds available,” said the PTI chairman.
It is pertinent to mention here that PTI emerged as the largest party in KP after the general elections in 2013. The party formed a coalition government in the province, while also becoming one of the biggest parties in the country.