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No election alliance with parties in assemblies: Imran

03 December, 2012

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Sunday ruled out election alliance with any political party which has representation in the incumbent assemblies.

However, he said talks could be held with those parties who are not a part of the parliament right now. He was talking to media after visiting one of the polling booths set up for the second phase of the PTI election held to elect over 90 office-bearers for Islamabad District.

About Karachi situation, Imran Khan said that the voter lists should be error-free, including those of Karachi. He said that his party, the PTI, supports delimitation in Karachi and the SC decision in this regard was good.

"We support the Supreme Court decision on Karachi delimitation. The ruling parties in Karachi have formed their own militant wings. Until and unless these militant wings are smashed, peace cannot be restored to the port city of Karachi. Now the people of Karachi will have to decide whether they want peace and security or they are happy to remain hostage to these political militants," he asserted.

About Kalabagh Dam, Imran said the PTI supports creating more water reservoirs to meet energy shortage, but consensus is a must to construct the dam. "If the dam is constructed without evolving consensus, I fear that it might trigger unrest as the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh have reservations about the Kalabagh Dam. There is a dire need to remove their reservations," he added.

Imran Khan told media that his party had requested the election commission to allot election symbol of "scale" to the PTI for the upcoming general elections.

Imran Khan termed the intra-party election of the PTI as the "first step" towards introduction of a true democratic order in the country by eliminating the politics of family, and autocracy in the political parties.

"Holding party election is the most difficult decision of my 16-year-old political career. I have made a huge achievement by undertaking this daunting task. Workers of other political parties should also force their leaderships to hold intra-party elections," Imran Khan said.

The PTI chairman said that following the party election in the capital city, election would be held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other three provinces and this process would be completed by January-end.


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