ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, addressing a large crowd at Islamabad’s F9 park, announced the start of an anti-corruption movement in Sindh from April 26, and a rally in Lahore next Sunday.
“Starting April 26, we will launch an anti-corruption movement in Sindh,” announced Imran.
The PTI chairman also announced a rally in Lahore, scheduled for May 1.
Addressing the public meeting on PTI’s Foundation Day celebrations, Imran Khan said that it had been 20 years in politics and he was getting ready for another 20 years.
Khan said that he started playing cricket at a time when it was believed that it was not possible to defeat the powerful English side. He said that the national hockey side was at its very best during his days.
Imran stated that the country is heading towards downfall instead of improving, adding that democracy in the country is heading backwards instead of moving forward. He said that he never thought of joining politics as he was not good at delivering speeches in the beginning.
He said that God blessed him more than he could have imagined. “I was afraid that what might I answer to God when I meet him (after dying)”, he said. Khan said that he could have spent a better life by becoming a cricket analyst and staying away from politics.
PTI chief said that he is thankful to those who stand with him today adding that it was decided to make Pakistan as an Islamic welfare state but the minorities in the country are not being respected. He said that he is deeply disturbed with the assasination of Soran Singh as Singh decided to stay in Pakistan despite the fact that his wife and children shifted to India. Khan said that the minorities of the country must be respected and given safety in the country.
Imran Khan said that he did not achieve any seats in the first elections it took part in however it was able to secure one seat in the second elections it was a part of. He said that Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif at first decided to boycott the elections of 2008 but then abruptly shifted from his stance.
He said that he requested PM Nawaz to investigate 4 constituencies in regards to electoral irregularities, adding that rigging was proved in all four of the constituencies.
Referring towards the Panama Leaks investigation, Khan inquired from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers that “is PML-N a political party or is sub-ordinate to a monarch?”. He said that PM Nawaz will have to speak the truth as evidence is there against him in regards to corruption, he demanded that investigation of the matter should be carried out by the Chief Justice. He added that he is hopeful that the PM will make a decision regarding the Panama Leaks investigation prior to the initiation of the Raiwind march .
He said that attempts are being made to tarnish the image of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. He stated that rich in the country are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer as the latter are the ones paying the taxes. He said that the people are dying of hunger “whereas Mian saab is busy introducing Metro buses in the country”.
Khan said that the Pakistani people are hard working and honest but have been subjected to corrupt rulers. “The country is running on loans as the leaders are corrupt”, he said. PTI chief said that the PM did not declare his assets before the Election Commission, therefore he does not have any moral authority to rule the country.
Khan demanded that the Terms of References (TORs) of the Panama Leaks investigation be decided after consulting the opposition parties. “Pakistani nation will hit the roads if justice is not done”, Khan said. He added that he shall come to Lahore next Sunday and announce new strategy to cater the Panama issue.
He also announced to initiate anti-corruption campaign in Sindh from April 26 onwards. NNI