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PML-N will lose its ground to PTI in the next election: Imran Khan

05 November, 2017

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KHANEWAL: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will lose its ground to PTI in the next general election.

Addressing a public meeting here on Saturday, he said that he had not seen a weaker prime minister than Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. “I have not seen a weaker prime minister than you Shahid Abbasi,” Imran said. “You are the biggest coward I have come across. Show some courage and utilise the opportunity God has afforded you to do the right thing.”

The PTI chief criticised PML-N President Nawaz Sharif’s statement on not accepting the ‘minus-one’ formula. “Nawaz says that he won’t accept the minus-one formula even though five of the Supreme Court’s judges have announced their decision [to disqualify Nawaz from holding public office],” Imran said.

He also commented on the recent decision to end Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) operations on the New York route. The PTI leader said it was once the top airlines in the world and he feels disappointed to the national carrier’s state today.

Imran slammed parliament for ‘protecting’ Nawaz. He said the Pakistani nation had woken up and has had enough. “God has granted Pakistan with the most fertile soil, coal and copper reserves, 12 seasons and countless blessings,” he said. “We only need stronger institutions to prosper.” Sharing part of the party’s manifesto for the upcoming election, Imran said that the PTI would make the world respect Pakistan.

“We will improve our civil service, create an investor-friendly environment, and use meritocracy as a basis for employment opportunities to develop Pakistan as a nation and economy,” Imran told the rally’s attendees. Commenting on the atrocities of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s on minorities, including Muslims, Imran said that his party would set an example for the world by giving Pakistani minorities equal rights, as per Quaid’s vision.

“We will make Pakistan a benchmark for the world through our treatment of our minorities,” he said, adding that Pakistan needed to go in the direction that Muhammad Ali Jinnah dreamt of.

He also discussed the recent smog that has raised alarm bells across the country.

“Never in the past have I seen such smog in the country,” he said. “Minors are falling ill because of smog in Lahore and the Punjab government has done absolutely nothing to address the issue.”

“We planted around 40 forests like Changa Manga; we will do more if we get a chance,” the PTI chief claimed. “We will turn the entire Pakistan green like the way we did in KP.” He further said that the PTI had planted one billion trees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to purify the air.

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