PTI showed its street power by holding a massive rally in Karachi
20 April, 2015
KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) showed its street power by holding a massive rally Sunday 19,April,2015 at Aisha Manzil in the wake of upcoming by-election in NA-246 constituency of the city.
Tens and thousands of PTI supporters gathered at the venue and around 3,000 policemen were deployed for the rally’s security. Speaking to his supporters, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said the time was ripe to shun politics of ethnicity and vote for Pakistan. He said that he had brought his wife Reham to encourage women of the constituency to come out and vote for the PTI on the April 23. “If Imran Ismail wins NA-246 by election, it will be a time when you lay the foundation of new Pakistan from here.” Upping the ante against MQM chief Altaf Hussain, he said his way of running the party affairs from abroad was unprecedented in the world.
“Give me one example from the world’s history where a leader remains out of the country 23 years and his party stays in government.” “During his (Altaf) speeches, he sounds sober occasionally but all of a sudden starts weeping,” he added. The PTI chief ruled out restoration of peace in the economic hub of Pakistan without eliminating militant wings of the political parties. He said the potential of Muhajirs took a nosedive since 1985 when politics of guns and politics in the name of the community began in Karachi. Khan reiterated that general elections will be held in 2015. “Pakistanis came out and staged a sit in for 126 days and ultimately a judicial commission was formed,” he added.
The PTI chief congratulated Imran Ismail, saying “I am happy that you stood your ground as a true Pakistani when you were attacked during election campaign in NA-246 constituency”. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan urged the masses to resist politics of violence and join hands to help restore the lost glory of the metropolis that is also inhabited by the most educated people of the country. Addressing a public meeting arranged, as part of by-election campaigning Sunday night for Imran Ismail, the PTI contestant for NA- 246 constituency, he said victory of his party’s candidate would mark a new beginning in the political history of Karachi. He said decision has to be made by the people of Karachi about their fate and future through their choice of representatives in decision-making bodies. We all need honest and sincere representatives for a “New Karachi” and a New Pakistan, he said. The meeting was also addressed by PTI candidate Imran Ismail, Dr Arif Alvi and other senior leaders of the party.