SEHWAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan, while addressing a rally in Sehwan on Sunday, launched a fresh series of verbal assaults against political opponents; Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari.
He claimed that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif is deceiving the people. Lashing out at Nawaz and Zardari, Imran said that they have relied on a fake development narrative to dupe people.
Zardari duped people using the slogan of ‘roti, kapra and makaan’ [food, clothes and house] while Nawaz kept chanting that he will make Pakistan an Asian Tiger.
“Nawaz just made his family an Asian Tiger,” he claimed, adding “look at what he did with the people.”
Country’s “biggest dacoits” Nawaz and Zardari have looted Pakistanis, he claimed, adding that because of these politicians policies every Pakistani has a debt of Rs120,000.
On Nawaz claiming that he was disqualified as prime minister of Pakistan over iqama and not Panama case, Imran said that “iqama is a way of laundering money.”
Imran even mentioned the testimony of Lyari gang war kingpin Uzair Baloch and asked Zardari to explain his involvement with the gangster.
“Zardari should speak about what Uzair Baloch has said about him and tell the nation all that he has done.”
Baloch claimed that he committed murders on Zardari’s orders and that he illegally confiscated 14 sugar mills in the province and sold it on minimal prices to Zardari, said Imran. “What is this if not corrupt mafia?”
“Corruption mafia is looting the country,” said Imran Khan, adding that unfathomable amount of corruption occurs just in the collection of taxes.
Reacting to Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari comments against him, he asked the opponent why is he scared of Imran.
Earlier in the day, Bilawal had claimed that Imran would go to any extent to come in power.
“Bilawal, you didn’t give us permission to hold a rally in Sehwan. What are you so scared of?” he asked.
He added, “Have we ever stopped you from holding rallies in KP? We will even send people to attend your rallies.”
The PTI chair also said that country’s two institutions, Federal Board of Revenue and National Accountability Bureau, are in dire need of change.
“We need to work towards improving two institutions; FBR and NAB.”
The day we improve these two institutions, the country will get money to invest in basic necessities such as education, infrastructure, among other things, he pointed out.
PTI chief also criticised the Sindh police and claimed that they were being used by the powerful to instill fear in citizens.
“People fear the police because the powerful use police to file false FIRs,” he claimed.
However, “if we come to power then the same Sindh police, which people fear, will become like the police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. So, that the people are proud of the police.”
“I am always standing with helpless and powerless people,” Imran claimed, adding that if he comes to power he will finish class divide. “We will ensure that there is the same law for the weak and the powerful.”
Imran promised to people in Sehwan that soon change is going to come and like former prime minister Nawaz many others will also ask ‘why were we disqualified’.
“Rest assured, we will come into power in the upcoming elections,” he said, adding “We have the make Pakistan greener and improve the environment.”
He also shared that PTI plans to plant at least one billion trees in all the provinces of Pakistan.
Addressing the rally, PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi criticised the Sindh government and said that Murad Ali Shah proved to be an unsuccessful chief minister.
Pakistan Peoples Party has ruled over Sindh since past 10 years, he remarked, asking “what has the party done for you?”
The scenic Gorakh Hills are part of the Sindh but the government has not invested to improve or maintain the tourist spot.
“The cruel rulers are accumulating wealth from the national treasury,” he said.
Earlier, Khan reached the rally venue and was joined by party top leaders such as Liaquat Jatoi, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Jahangir Tareen. The chief visited the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar and then arrived at the rally venue.
Scores of workers have gathered for the rally and keep on chanting slogans in favour of PTI.
Former Sindh chief minister and PTI’s local leader, Liaquat Ali Jatoi, said the organisers have placed 40,000 chairs at Lal Bahadur Ground for the public gathering whereas 80,000 will be able to attend the rally while standing.
Moreover, around 1,000 police personnel have been deployed to secure the event, which will be addressed by PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
In a video message on Saturday, Imran said that Sindh, in comparison to the other provinces, is in dire need of reforms.
“People of Sindh have been looted the most and that is the reason that the province needs a fresh start,” Imran said.
He added that farmers don’t have access to water as feudal lords continue to rule the province.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) — Sindh’s ruling party — has a strong voter base in the province.
PPP’s Murad Ali Shah, the present chief minister of Sindh, also hails from Sehwan. –News Desk