Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, who is all set to hold a grand rally in the federal capital, has warned of unveiling a ‘Plan D’ if the ‘Plan C’ he is going to announce today (Sunday), failed to achieve the desired goals. Raising tension on the eve of a planned mass protests, Imran told PTI sit-in protesters from his container at D-Chowk that he would unveil his future line of action against the government today (Sunday).
“Out Plan A was dharna; Plan B was dharna and rallies in different cities while Plan C will be unveiled today (Sunday)…[and] if Plan C did not work, Plan D is also in offing as we’re not going to call off the sit-in unless we’re given justice,” he declared. Imran who seemed quite satisfied with his ongoing anti-government sit-ins, told the crowed that no power on earth can defeat a nation if it is not well-versed with the word ‘defeat’. “We’ve proved that we’re a determined nation. I’d the stamina but I never thought my nation will stand by my side shoulder to shoulder for 108 days. The government thought these are middle class people who will not bear the hardships for that long,” he added.
He said that the people like Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari were into politics for making money, properties abroad and plunging people into subjugation, adding the PTI is the only political force which will break the shackles of status quo.
Khan reiterated that he would make all those involved in baton-charging, and tear gas shelling on his workers to book, besides holding a ruthless accountability against Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari. He recalled the era of General Muhammad Ayub Khan in 1960s, saying though he was a dictator, the way the country touched the “heights of development”, compelled other nations of the region to follow Pakistan model.
“When General Ayub went to the US, President Lyndon Baines Johnson himself came to the airport to receive him. A deputy commissioner used to receive Sheikhs from the UAE but then downfall of Pakistan started [and] after Zardari-Nawaz Sharif partnership, Pakistan was put at verge of collapse,” he lamented.
Imran came down hard on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s cabinet ministers for running anti-Imran advertisements on different national TV channels, saying ‘darbaris’ or courtiers of Sharifs must be ashamed of themselves for going to such lowest ebb to blackmail a person on the taxpayers’ money. Declaring his supporters of completing ‘graduation’ for their rights by taking part in the sit-in for the last three months, Imran said he would put them into further tests on November 30.
The stigma of fear has been broken due to sit-ins, he said, adding now the rulers are afraid of people’s power and making all-out efforts to block their way to the federal capital. “The buses in different parts of the country are being impounded by the police but my people will reach here no matter what.”
The PTI chairman ridiculed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent announcements in Abbottabad of building a motorway, saying if the motorway is the criteria of building a nation, Malik Riaz of Bahria Town could have been the best option for the prime ministership. Imran also congratulated the sit-in protesters for the recent decrease in petrol prices, and said it was due to the sit-in which forced the government cut POL prices besides halting the rates of electricity and natural gas. The awareness among people for their rights, he added, has made this happen otherwise the government would have made it difficult for the poor to make both ends meet and called for fighting for their rights to hold the government accountable.
Author: Zulfiqar Ahmad
Source: Business Recorder