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Nawaz Sharif get ready to feel the heat of a massive protest: Imran Khan

06 September, 2015

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LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Saturday asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to get ready to feel the heat of a massive protest demonstration in Islamabad on Oct 4.

He called upon the “suppressed segments of society” to join him in the protest.

At a Kissan Convention at Hafizabad Stadium, Mr Khan said the government had pushed almost all segments of society against the wall as they were not being given their due income despite hard work. Particularly, he said, the farmers were being penalised for contributing to the country’s economy.

He said the petroleum products prices had come down by 30pc in the world but the farmers here were not given any relief. Expressing his resolve to fight against the cruel system in the country, Mr Khan dispelled the impression that he would be running away from any arena, including the by-polls and local elections, and sarcastically referred to the Sharifs’ exile following the National Reconciliation Order issued by Gen Pervez Musharraf.

He said the PTI would even be ready to contest by-elections and local elections with Nawaz Sharif’s own umpires. “The party is grooming its youth to enable them to check any kind of rigging in the elections,” he said.

He said the PML-N would now be facing a well-groomed and powerful PTI instead of the 2013 party that naively believed in the system and expected fair play in the elections. “Any rigging or unfair activity will be checked with full might,” he added.

Mr Khan criticised the PML-N for “using police to seek votes for his party candidates” and claimed that he had a recording of a superintendent of police asking people to vote for the PML-N candidate in Hafizabad.

Challenging defense minister Khwaja Asif not to hide behind the Supreme Court, the PTI chief predicted that the Election Tribunal would give a similar decision in the NA-110 as in the three constituencies -- NA-122, NA-125 and NA-154. He said these were the four constituencies where he had asked for the vote audit to determine the extent of rigging in the 2013 general elections.

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