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Imran to take up arms if Taliban try to impose their system

03 March, 2014

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LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday said he would take up a gun, stand by the army and fight the Taliban if they wanted to impose their system on the country.

He said his party was the first to push for dialogue with the Taliban and the fact that they had announced a ceasefire vindicated its stance that talks should be the first option.

Addressing the first meeting of the PTI provincial council at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal, the party chairman said the PTI never proposed that those who wanted to rule the country on the basis of the gun should be allowed to do so as it had called for separating the violent forces and the peace lovers.

Imran also congratulated the party's provincial leadership and said that a new political culture in Pakistan was being introduced by the Punjab PTI in which democracy within parties would become possible. He said that the provincial council would act as a supreme body to decide the future of the largest province in Pakistan.

Appreciating the PTI's performance in Punjab, Imran said the fact that the PTI had won by-elections on the seats vacated by the PML-N, especially those by Shahbaz Sharif and Zulfiqar Khosa, meant that it was proving to be the real opposition to the PML-N. He said that despite the '35 punctures in the general elections', the PP-81 by-poll in Jhang would be a very good contest for PTI if the government did not go for more punctures there through rigging.

Earlier, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the Punjab PTI performance in the general elections and fight for the case of local bodies on a party basis was amazing.PTI Provincial President Ejaz Chaudhry said that the party was a common man's party as its chairman was not a landlord or a trader but a sportsman who had given up his comfortable life to serve humanity by social work and through his political agenda of change.

Punjab PTI Secretary Information Andleeb Abbass unveiled the plan for turning the PTI into an institution by carrying out an ISO-9001 audit and bringing it up to international standards of systems and procedures.

Later, the provincial council presented four resolutions which promised raising the issue of water scarcity, pressing the case for labour rights and protesting against unfair privatisation, raising its voice for protecting women and children from violence and ensuring equal treatment to minorities in every aspect of life.

During the gathering, Imran Khan also took oath from nearly 600 members from 36 districts of Punjab.INP adds: Terming the announcement by the TTP as the foundation of peace in the country, Imran asked the government to start a dialogue with the Taliban without any fear and reservations.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has asked the government to start a dialogue with the Taliban without any fear and reservation.

He termed the announcement by the banned TTP as foundation of peace in the country. He was talking to opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mahmoodur Rashid and other MPAs of his party here on Sunday. The PTI chief said that hostile forces wanted Pakistani armed forces to fight with their people. He said that terrorism cannot be eliminated with the use of force but it increases. He said the government should give a serious and positive response to the ceasefire offer by the Taliban as an end to terrorism would bring peace and prosperity in the country.

Imran Khan said the PTI was a party for change and asked the MPAs to raise their voice in the Punjab Assembly on issues agitating the minds of the masses. He was of the opinion that because of price hike and unemployment, poor people have been forced to commit suicides. He alleged that the provincial leaders were using national resources for their political objectives. The PTI chief said the PML-N government has failed in every respect as it has not been able to resolve any problem including power load shedding.

Earlier, Imran Khan took a serious notice of absence of some MPAs from the meeting. He directed that the absenting members be informed about the decisions of the meeting and directed to positively attend the meetings in the future. He expressed confidence in the leadership of provincial parliamentary leader Mian Mahmoodur Rashid.

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