Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Sunday vowed to rescue people of Sindh from ever-growing poverty, injustice and lawlessness after coming into power. Addressing a rally at Mazar-e-Quaid, which thousands attended waiving PTI and Pakistani flags, he pledged that he would also struggle for the rights of minorities in Sindh province, which, he said, have been facing injustice and social deprivation.
As Imran Khan set foot on the 80-feet high container-stage, the public jubilated his arrival, who were waiting to see him for several hours around Mazar-e Quaid. The participants raised high pitched chants which at times forced Khan to pause his speech. The enthusiastic women and youth had painted their faces with PTI flags colors.
Imran Khan said that PTI would introduce a new kind of local bodies’ system to devolve power to grass root level and help the society attain bigger development and social and political harmony.
He assured the participants to continue his struggle for “Neya Pakistan” and urged Karachiites to voice against election rigging and step up for protection of their votes. He said that the new Pakistan would be corruption-free and united without ethnic and racial, religious and political discriminations.
Chairman PTI reiterated that his sit-in in Islamabad would continue till the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “I want to make it clear to Nawaz Sahrif that this struggle will end with your resignation and it is our fundamental right to elect government and leaders through votes,” he added.
Imran said that for the past 39 days the people of Pakistan had been struggling to make a Naya Pakistan and he believed that it was time for Nawaz to leave as now nobody including Saudi Arabia, US and Gullu Butt can save him.
Talking about Karachi’s major issues, he said that target killing in the city was linked to the support within the government. “It (target killing) cannot be possible without the support within the government,” he said, adding that police needed to be depoliticized to stem the long-continuing lawlessness in the metropolis.
“Police department in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is free from political interventions where officials are appointed and promoted on merit. The PTI will bring apolitical policing system in Sindh to make the province peaceful,” he vowed.
“I promised to end the target killing, extortion, land grabbing and water mafia from Karachi, if masses of Karachi support me. We have been divided in Sindhi, Baloch, Pakhtoon, Punjabi and Urdu speaking for political benefits, but now I am here to unite everyone,” Imran added.
The PTI government in the KP province has already focused on reforming these institutions and allocated highest ever high budget for education sector compared to the budgets of other provinces. The PTI believed that educated masses can bring revolution in the country, he opined.
“We will make Pakistan a developed country, where law will be powerful instead of persons and everyone will get his right” he added.
Chairman PTI said that democracy cannot become stronger without a developed local body system, as this makes people more powerful, besides solving their basic civic problems.
Referring to the JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman’s statement, Imran Khan said: “Neither he nor the nation will forgive him for his words against the women who came out to take part in his sit-in.”
Addressing the gathering, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Multan’s fate would be decided on October 16 and people would show their solidarity with PTI.
“Today is the 40th day of sit-in in Islamabad and now every citizen of Pakistan is chanting Go Nawaz Go,” he said.
Imran has awakened a sleeping nation and today’s gathering at Mazar-e-Quaid is also evidence that masses of Karachi have also wakeup on his call, he said.
Qureshi alleged that PTI President Javed Hashmi was now with PM Nawaz and said that Multan’s fate would be decided on October 16, when re-election will be held on Hashmi’s vacated seat.
“I invite cabinet members to come here and count the people in PTI’s protest and I believed that they can’t count these masses,” Qureshi said.
Criticising Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), he said that presently PPP is knows as Zardari’s party, instead of Bhutto’s party and people of Sindh were fed up with the commission culture. He urged people of Sindh to come out on the streets to oppose Zardari’s power and policies.
On the occasion, AML chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, President PTI Sindh Nadir Akmal Laghari, Naz Baloch and others also spoke. Former cricketer Javed Miandad, former Olympian Samiullah Khan and several other celebrities were also present in the rally.