Imran Khan’s election could mean bad news for corrupt politicians

Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said Sunday that former president Asif Ali Zardari and former premier Nawaz Sharif fear a strong and patriotic army chief, who could hold them accountable for the looted money they had stashed abroad. Addressing a public rally in Faisalabad, Khan said that both Zardari and Nawaz were creating hurdles in the way of Pakistan Army’s progress. “They don’t want Pakistan to become a strong and prosperous state,” he claimed. The PTI chief said that the previous governments had plundered national wealth and stashed it abroad. “The nation will not progress until corrupt rulers are held accountable for their crimes,” he added. Khan also pledged to bring back the looted money if his party comes into power after the general elections scheduled for July 25.

Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has accused Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari of corruption and money laundering. He made the remarks while addressing a public meeting in Lahore. Khan alleged that the two families have been looting the national exchequer for the last 30 years. He said that they jointly want to appoint a favourite general as the next army chief in November this year. Khan claimed that both families have committed corruption worth billions, and they need an army chief who could provide protection to them. The PTI chief pledged to end the era of corruption and nepotism if his party comes into power. He said that his government will bring accountability for all regardless of their position or rank.

Imran Khan has said that only fresh elections can end political instability in the country. He has asked the youth to be prepared for his call for getting real independence in the country. The former prime minister has announced another fund-raising call for flood victims. Imran Khan said the PTI government had planted 10 billion trees to reduce the effects of climate change in Pakistan. We will have to build more dams. Our government had constructed 10 dams,” he said adding that “we need a proper drainage system across country to avoid such disasters.” These comments were made in light of the recent floods that have caused much devastation in Pakistan. It is imperative that something is done to mitigate the effects of climate change, and it seems that Mr. Khan is taking steps in the right direction. Hopefully his efforts will bring about positive change in Pakistan and help to end political instability in the country.

Imran Khan, the Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said that when his party came to Faisalabad for electioneering in 2018, the city was facing high unemployment rates and many textile industries were shutting down. He stated that, during the 3.5 years of the PTI government, Faisalabad’s textile industry witnessed significant growth and people obtained employment, while farmers received timely payments for their crops. Khan went on to say that record crop production was seen during the last two years of the PTI government; however, the situation has now changed completely, as people are seeing a rise in unemployment and fuel prices after “an imported government was imposed through a foreign conspiracy”. The PTI Chairman expressed confidence that his party will be successful in bringing positive change to Pakistan once again.

The PTI chief accused the incumbent government of destroying the national economy in four months. He said that Faisalabad was an industrial city in Pakistan like Manchester. Khan promised that factories would be set up in Faisalabad and people would get jobs if PTI gets a chance to rule the country again.
He said the PTI government had given subsidies to the masses after record tax collection during its tenure instead of increasing the financial burden on the citizens. Imran Khan warned of another wave of inflation over the directions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He said that the present government had put the country’s economy at stake by following the IMF’s conditions. The PTI chief said that subsidy was being given on gas and electricity in developed countries, but Pakistan was following the contrary policy. He claimed that electric bills of people have been doubled and tripled during four months of the incumbent government. “The government is snatching bread from poor people’s mouths,” he maintained. Imran Khan said that people were now living under fear due to inflation and loss of jobs. The PTI chief said that his party would give top priority to provide employment opportunities if it came into power again.He claimed that around 10 million jobs could be generated by establishing industries across the country.

Imran Khan’s speech evoked strong reaction among the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders. PMLN Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said that Imran Khan was not aware of the duties of the army chief as stated in the constitution of Pakistan. He said Khan was even unaware of the difference between NAB chief and the army chief. “Whose interests you wanted to serve by pitting people against the army chief,” he asked Imran Khan. He said Imran Khan’s today’s speech clearly showed why he had been spending sleepless nights. His speech in Faisalabad also made it clear that Shahbaz Gill’s speech was the consequence of Imran Khan philosophy of anarchy. Rasheed claimed that Gill had openly admitted that what he had said were not his personal views but those of the prime minister. He asked Gill to tell as to who stopped him from resigning if he differed with the PM on such an important national issue. He claimed that both Gill and Fawad Chaudhry had lieutenants of “ ablai khan “. Syed Akhunzada Chattan, a senior leader of PPP, while talking to media persons after attending PDM meeting in Islamabad, said that all opposition parties were united on the issue of independence of judiciary and accountability process against corrupt elements. He claimed that present government wanted to hide its corruption behind an Accountability Bureau (NAB)notice to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in money laundering case registered against him by FBR. JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman while addressing a gathering in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that they would not backtrack from their resolve to get rid of PTI government come what may. He regretted that some friends were not supporting them on achieving this goal and termed it unfortunate . Maulana complained that those criticising them did not bother to explain as to how country could be run without following constitution.

Pervaiz Rasheed, a leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), said in a statement that Prime Minister Imran Khan was “neither an expert in Islam nor a political scientist.” He was referring to a recent demand by the prime minister that the heads of the country’s defense institutions help him crush his political opponents. “A man with such anti-constitution thoughts could be the blue-eyed of dictators but not a follower of Quaid-e-Azam,” added the PML-N leader, referring to Pakistan’s founder.

Spokesperson for the opposition Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Hafiz Hamdullah said in a statement that Imran Khan was “master of only nonsense talk.” He added that the PTI chairman would be in Adiala Jail soon.

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