KARAK: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan claimed on Saturday that all his political rivals, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), have joined hands to defeat him in the 2018 general elections and please the ‘global powers’.
Speaking to elections rallies in Bannu and Karak, Imran said that his political opponents are colluding against his party. “I will take them on them all and defeat them,” he exclaimed.
He stated that he was standing against the international establishment, which is backing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. An international agenda is preventing the PTI from coming into power, he argued.
He further alleged that the PML-N was backed by India during PTI’s anti-government movement in 2014. “I was declared ‘Taliban Khan’ for raising my voice again the st military operation in tribal areas,” he recalled, adding that he was the only person to be called an enemy of the democracy when all parties cried foul after the last elections and he demanded probe of rigging in four constituencies.
The cricket-turned-politician said, “2013 election was a fixed match … former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, election commission and returning officers were all playing for them [PML-N]. How can they now claim that coming elections will be rigged?”
Imran said that his political opponents were claiming pre-poll rigging because of being afraid of losing the July 25 polls.
Meanwhile, he tweeted a photograph that all his political opponents were uniting to defy his victory. He shared the photo with the caption, “PTI stands steadfast in its goal for Naya Pakistan and inshaAllah we will succeed.”
DEVOLUTION OF POWER:
After coming into power, the PTI chief said his party would revamp the local government system, broadening its scope to the grassroot level in order to address problems of the local at their doorstep.
Addressing a public meeting here at Jail Chowk Karak, Imran Khan said that it is not the job of MNA and MPA to spend development expenditures as their sole job was to make legislation election in the best interest of their constituencies.
He reiterated that no funds would be given to MNA and MPA for any developmental work if voted to power in the July 2018 elections. He added, “The PTI government in KP had introduced local government system which was a success story working during last three years as it addressed the problem of people at union council, tehsil and district level.”
He said more funds would be given to the local bodies representatives in order to make the local body system more stronger. The PTI would hold everyone accountable to the general public through local body government.
Imran Khan while criticising the previous governments said, their sole target was to reach the assemblies for minting money. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his daughter have coughed up Rs300 billion through money laundering that swelled the inflation rate of the country. “Similar is the case of PPP’s Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari who also ruthlessly plundered the national wealth during their tenures,” he reasoned.
He said, “During the last 10 years, the country’s inflation rate touched the highest mark due to loot and plunder of the PPPP and PML-N as leaders of both these parties have dumped their ill-gotten money abroad. Imran Khan said that the PTI Government would strengthen the scope of the National Accountably Bureau (NAB) as every public representative and office holder would be made accountable for his misdeeds.”
“The strength of the Judges and auditors in the NAB would be increased with a view to accelerating the disposal of the cases referred to anti-corruption watchdogs,” he added.
The PTI leader said he would try his level best to provide edible commodities to the poor people at the possible cheaper rates through the recovery of the looted money. The money recovered from the looters would be spent on improving the life stander of the people of Pakistan.
“The respect and sanctity of the green passport which lost its respect and prestige at the global level, would be restored, he said adding, “we will make Pakistan a prosperous and developed country through our cogent economic policies”.
Referring to main problems of KP’s southern districts of clean drinking water and low voltage of electricity, Imran promised to address these core issues on priority basis.
Imran said the debt of the country which was Rs6000 billion in 2008 now jumped to Rs27000 billion that caused huge depreciation of Pak rupee against the dollar.
The massive rupee depreciation in the recent past, he said, increased country’s debt by another Rs1000 billion.
Addressing a public meeting in Bannu from where he was contesting against the JUI-F leader and former KP Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani, Imran told the crowd that the PPP, PML-N, and JUI-F have made covert deals for the elections. Their main aim was to protect the interest of each other’s in the polls as they all are involved in corrupt practices.
“Asif Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Fazlur Rehman are the faces of the same coin who mainly believed in building their own empires at the cost of national exchequer,” he commented.