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'Monarchy' will end on August 14: Imran

08 August, 2014

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SWAT: Building momentum ahead of his "Azadi March" next week, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan vowed on Thursday that monarchy will be replaced with real democracy.

"We are left with no other option but to come out on roads till we get justice. We are going to snatch back our independence which our ancestors acquired by their sacrifice," said Imran while addressing his supporters at the inauguration ceremony of a micro hydropower plant in Matta town of Swat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Continuing to criticise his rival Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the PTI chief said that a businessman should never be the head of state as he will always look out for his own interest over his country's.

"Current rulers are kings. They are businessmen, prospering themselves whereas masses are dying of poverty and starvation. We are going to change the entire obsolete system on the Independence Day which will herald a new era of true democracy and a county free of monarchy," he vowed.

"Will he run the country or do his own business?" Imran questioned while referring to the prime minister.

"Democracy means independence but Pakistan has been denied this right since its inception. We're not trying to derail democracy, but fighting to dethrone monarchs," Imran said. The implementation of Article 245 in Islamabad, Imran said, was the biggest undemocratic move taken by the government.

He said he could have easily rejected the results of May 2013 "fraudulent elections" but refrained due to poor economic and law and order situation in the country. Imran said that new project would provide residents of the area with electricity as cheap as two rupees per unit.


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