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I only believe in one leader, Muhammad Ali Jinnah: Imran Khan

16 October, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Sunday warned that if the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) continued to malign the judiciary and the army, his party will hold a rally in Islamabad so massive that ‘there will be no place to stand’.

“It appears that the PTI will have to hold another street demonstration,” Imran said, as he joked that his party has had enough practice in protecting itself from tear gas.

Speaking at his party’s Workers’ Convention in Islamabad, Imran claimed that the ruling PML-N was issuing statements against the army in order to protect its leadership from being punished for the money laundering.

The PTI chief said that the PML-N was provoking the army at a time when the latter, for the first time in Pakistan’s history, has said that it is standing with the law and the constitution.

On Friday, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal had said that Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor should refrain from commenting on the country’s economic situation.

Iqbal’s statement came a day after Maj Gen Ghafoor’s interview to a private TV channel in which he had said, “If the economy is not bad, it is not doing so well either.”

Responding to Iqbal’s statement in a tweet, Imran had said that Iqbal’s ‘unwarranted attack’ on ISPR was ‘absurd’.

“We will see whether they [PML-N] let the National Accountability Bureau’s courts function or, instead, try to obstruct justice to protect a corrupt family,” Imran said, referring to the Sharif family who are currently under trial on charges of corruption.

Last week, the accountability court had been forced to adjourn the proceedings in a graft case against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (r) Safdar, after PML-N lawyers and supporters forcibly entered the building and created mayhem.

Imran said the country’s rulers have done nothing but using their power to accumulate wealth. “Corruption is using your power to accumulate wealth,” he said, adding this is not the type of politics country’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah encouraged. “The rulers only care about themselves. They have spent no money on education or human development,” he added.

Taking a dig at PML-N head Nawaz Sharif, Imran said that the rulers have stolen Rs 300 billion of the nation. “However, when they appear before the court for accountability they exude invincibility. The main problem is that the powerful don’t think they can ever be held accountable for their actions,” he remarked.

“Sharif mafia is trying their best to not be convicted of money laundering. If they are convicted, their Rs 300 billion abroad will be ceased. They [Sharif family] will try to derail democracy just to save their own skin,” he said, adding that they openly said they don’t accept the decision of the Supreme Court.

The PTI chief said Pakistan is fortunate to have so many resources. However, we are not able to harness the resources as we have no proper system, he said. “We have no system because of Nawaz and Zardari sitting on the top. They don’t want the system to be developed,” he added.

Sharing PTI’s vision, Imran said, “We just want prosperity and alleviation of poverty. I only believe in one leader, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. PTI’s struggle is similar to that of the nation’s founder.”

“Quaid-e-Azam knew that Congress under the leadership of Gandhi will do nothing for Muslims of South Asia. This is why Jinnah joined Pakistan Muslim League,” he said, adding, “British and Congress wanted South Asia to be united but Jinnah showed immense willpower and struggled for a separate nation for the Muslims. Many people claimed that Jinnah divided South Asia for his own self … which is not true. Jinnah could foresee how Muslims will be treated in a united South Asia.”

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