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Imran says country to shut down if he is arrested

04 August, 2014

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LAHORE: Ruling out a deal with the rulers on the Azadi March, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday warned that the entire country would shut down if an attempt was made to put him under house arrest.

He said the nation would celebrate the real Independence Day on August 14 when the caravan of one hundred thousand motorbikes and people from different parts of the country would gather in Islamabad for bringing about a political change in the country.

Flanked by Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Abdul Aleem Khan, Ejaz Chaudhry, Malaika Raza and others, Imran was addressing a workers convention here. He said the PTI was going to fight a battle for Pakistan's survival on August 14, adding that nothing would change as long as the country did not have a true democracy.

He said the PTI had decided to march towards Islamabad to end the "Sharif Kingdom", put the country on the track to progress and bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots.He said in the press conferences scheduled for August 5 and 10, he would tell the nation who was behind rigging in the 2013 general elections.

Criticising the rulers' double standards, Imran asked on what grounds they talked about merit when their own family members had been appointed to important offices and lucrative posts.He asked on what basis Maryam Nawaz was made the head of a Rs100 billion project and why Hamza Shahbaz was given the "protocol of princes" in the Punjab.

He said there had already been 71 cases pending against Nawaz with the NAB, but no one was ready to take them up just because there was no justice.He said millions of rupees were spent on the foreign tours of Nawaz Sharif while Rs9 billion had been spent on the personal security of the Sharifs and the renovation of their palaces. He said in Britain not a single penny from the public money was spent on personal tours but here millions were spent on Nawaz Sharif's tours.


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