PTI tsunami has not receded, says Imran
11 March, 2013
PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Sunday criticised the Punjab government for the violence against Christians and said the Badami Bagh incident could have been avoided, had it brought the culprits of the Gojra riots to justice.
"The violence against Christians in Badami Bagh should shame the Punjab government," he said while addressing a massive rally here.
According to a news agency, Imran Khan said if the Punjab government did not make seat adjustments with banned outfits then terrorists could be arrested. "They (the PML-N) only care about 'the chair', whatever comes along, they do not care," the PTI chief said.
Imran insisted that the "tsunami" had not receded and would soon blind the opponents who were under the illusion that it had weakened. He said the PTI decided to hold intra-party elections as it was necessary to bring about a change within the party before venturing for a change in the country.
"If you cannot bring about a change in your party, how can you bring about a change in the country," Imran asked.
He took pride that the PTI had now become the "only democratic party" in the country that would defeat all parties that revolved around families.
"All others are family limited parties that will not be able to compete with the PTI," he said as workers waved party flags. Imran said leaders of the main political parties in Pakistan had been promoting their children as leaders of their respective parties, denying potential leaders the opportunity to develop into leaders.
He added that 'Bhutto' was added to the name of Bilawal Zardari to impose him on the PPP. "Bhutto and Sharif are the prerequisites for becoming leaders in Pakistan," he said. "If you elect my son as party leader, I will quit the party," he said, leading the crowd to erupt in cheers.
The PTI chief said due to the dynastic system, the main political parties had failed to produce leaders during the last 25 years. He added that his party had elected poor and young people as leaders who would provide "real leadership" to the people. Imran said the PTI had set a new example by electing leaders from the grassroots to the top.
Before Imran Khan's speech, all the leaders elected in the recent intra-party election also spoke on the occasion. They included PTI provincial president Asad Qaiser, KP general secretary Shaukat Yousafzai, Peshawar region president Atif and Peshawar district president Yaseen Khalil. Pervez Khattak and Murad Saeed, who contested elections for the post of provincial president but lost, also addressed the gathering.
"Change is not coming, change has already come," Imran Khan said. Change is Imran Khan's slogan for the upcoming elections in Pakistan which is promising the nation a "new Pakistan". He said the PTI's manifesto for "new Pakistan" would be unveiled at the March 23 rally at the Minar-e-Pakistan.
Imran said the rulers had been looting the country and had no concern for people. "The biggest problem of Pakistan has been corruption, with Rs4,000 billion embezzlement annually. The incumbent rulers' loot and plunder is historic and therefore we will carry out a historic accountability," he warned.
Reiterating his policy of talking to the militants, he said his party would find a peaceful solution to terrorism and would withdraw from the US war. He said his party had also discovered a solution to the electricity crisis.
The party activists chanted "Kaun Bachaye ga Pakistan, Imran Khan Imran Khan!" and "Wazir-e-Azam Wazir-e-Azam, Imran Khan Imran Khan!"
Strict security measures were put in place for the rally.