Imran Khan vows to fight for rights of Baloch

Published: February 7, 2016
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan addresses a party gathering in Dera Murad Jamali on February 7, 2016. PHOTO: PTI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan addresses a party gathering in Dera Murad Jamali on February 7, 2016. PHOTO: PTI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan presented on Sunday the federal government with his party’s five demands if the latter wanted to avoid street protests.

“I present these five demands: Reduce prices of petrol and kerosene by Rs5 and diesel by Rs20; withdraw three new taxes on electricity and lower its prices by Rs3; bring professional management in public institutions and restructure them and release salaries of poor workers immediately,” Imran said while addressing party workers at Dera Murad Jamali in Naseerabad district of Balochistan.

“We will be forced to organise protests if these demands are not met,” he said, adding his party had resorted to the historic 126-day sit-in in Islamabad only after it exhausted all means of seeking justice.

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Workers and supporters of the PTI listen to their party leader Imran Khan’s speech at Dera Murad Jamali on February 7, 2016. PHOTO: PTI

Imran said he will fight for the rights of Balochistan, claiming he did not have an idea how rights of smaller provinces were suppressed until his party formed government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

“[The] K-P does not get its due share of water, electricity and gas from the centre,” he said. “A water channel supposed to be built in 1992 has not been built by the government, yet.”

The government was taking loans and spending on metro buses instead of development of smaller provinces, added the PTI chairman.

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Imran assured the people of Balochistan that his party will never use force against them.

“I will never start a military operation in your province but will respect your right to protest,” he said, claiming that he understood why Balochis were struggling for their rights.

Regarding the continuing PIA crisis, the PTI chief said it was the constitutional right of the airlines’ workers to stage a peaceful protest.

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“Why cannot government bring a better management in PIA instead of selling it to a private institution? It’s all part of an evil plan. They appoint corrupt people on the top who make the institution suffer and then they sell it out.”

About the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Imran said the government had a golden opportunity to build the shortest route, which would have aided the poor people of smaller provinces, especially Balochistan but Nawaz Sharif did not keep his word.

Reader Comments (24)

  • Faisal
    Feb 7, 2016 - 4:53PM

    Seriously, IK has gone nuts.Recommend

  • Pervaiz
    Feb 7, 2016 - 7:08PM

    Grow up now Mr. Khan and give rights of people’s of kpk who voted for in election and then speak for rights of people’s of other provinces.Recommend

  • Ejaz
    Feb 7, 2016 - 7:18PM

    Now Mr. Niazi Khan wants to destroy Balochistan. He has destroyed KPK. Now turn of Balochistan.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Feb 7, 2016 - 7:19PM

    I never take this man serious.Recommend

  • Jani
    Feb 7, 2016 - 7:25PM

    His criticism is only for the sake of criticism.
    Imran is suffering from Nawaz-phobia.Recommend

  • WSD
    Feb 7, 2016 - 8:44PM

    It is very nice to see a main stream political party going to Baluchistan and addressing the people. Mostly our leaders go there to meet some high ups or some sort of inauguration. I hope PTI delves deeper into BaluchistanRecommend

  • Politicking
    Feb 7, 2016 - 8:44PM

    Politicking at the expense of genuine national interests. God forbid if he ever comes to power, Pakistan would only have slogans and no constructive work. A demagogue par excellence. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 7, 2016 - 8:45PM

    Nonsense. Too little too late. Raises serious doubts over his sincerity.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Feb 7, 2016 - 9:10PM

    Imran Khan’s blind support for the striking blackmailing thugs in PIA

    has brought him down to the level of the likes of khursheed shah,

    farooq sattar and other corrupt and self centered

    characters in this country’s squalid politics.Recommend

  • Feb 7, 2016 - 9:40PM

    Appropriate statement should have been, “Rights of people of the province of Baluchistan” !

    As Baluch’s are not the only inhabitants of the province. Baluchistan is only 50% Baloch and the rest is mostly Pashtun with other smaller ethnicities making up the rest of the population.

    Singling out Baluch’s as being deprived is not only a huge a misstatement, but convey’s a wrong message to the international community. Like the militant separatist are in fact rightfully fighting the state !Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Feb 7, 2016 - 10:00PM

    I have seen his speech. Many times he bashed Punjab. He is following the footsteps of Bhutto. But Imran Khan must remember that Bhutto used to badmouth against Punjab and Punjabis, while used to praise them in their province worked because of lack of powerful media.
    On the other hand this trick will not work this time. Blaming the whole Province of Punjab for misery of smaller provinces is the pretty low type of attitude that Imran Khan selected for his visit in Balochistan.
    I am greatly disappointed by him in every manner He used ethnic type of language in his speech and that is shameful indeed. Stereotyping and creating hated against Punjab should be countered now. I feel sorry for the Self haters PTI fans in Punjab. Recommend

  • jojo
    Feb 7, 2016 - 10:01PM

    Atleast there is some one in this country who is welcomed all over Pakistan by masses, not like other who prefer to remain indoors and only meet there hand picked journalists and personalities in drawing rooms..IK is thousand times better then Zardari and nawaz, at least he has not made any sugar mills and poultry business for himself since in power in KPK..Recommend

  • jojo
    Feb 7, 2016 - 10:01PM

    Atleast there is some one in this country who is welcomed all over Pakistan by masses, not like other who prefer to remain indoors and only meet there hand picked journalists and personalities in drawing rooms..IK is thousand times better then Zardari and nawaz, at least he has not made any sugar mills and poultry business for himself since in power in KPK..Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 7, 2016 - 10:21PM

    Baluchis have complaints with the same people who are sponsors of Imran Khan.Recommend

  • Haider
    Feb 7, 2016 - 10:44PM

    @Faisal
    And what ur saying is absolutely right..Imran Khan has gone nuts if he wows for rights of Baloch people..Pmln is absolutely right when they dont let richie rich along with themselves pay taxes and to fulfull monetary demands of govt the burden is shifted to poor people with petrolium and daily needs…wow Pakistani man pays Rs 26 tax on 1 litre of petrol……Its even great if govt manages privatisation like what they did in 90’s when they privatised milat tractors for free and Mcb at 20bn when highest bid was of 80 billion
    Wow Pmln way to go and Imran Khan has gone nutsRecommend

  • raider
    Feb 8, 2016 - 12:16AM

    @Babloo:
    you people take serious corrupts and dishonest Recommend

  • NHA
    Feb 8, 2016 - 1:08AM

    18 years in politics for some is too short. With 62 years of seniority, IK is a bit juvenile . But too old to learn. Feel sorry for him. Recommend

  • enu
    Feb 8, 2016 - 2:22AM

    Agree with him on all points. Dont know what the rest of the commenters are complaining aboutRecommend

  • Alli hhussain mazari
    Feb 8, 2016 - 10:41AM

    I welcome imran sahibs comment on baluch rights . Pti must take lead in baluchistan.Recommend

  • Indian Observer
    Feb 8, 2016 - 1:33PM

    I see many parallels in the Indian and pakistani political and central sphere. Different names and different people but similar thoughts. Is Imran trying to be the Kujliwal of pakistan or is he really sincere?
    We also have corrupt officials in Indian PSUs & govt aided institutions who are corrupt and wilfully destroy the institutions so that later on they can bring private players into the equation. It seems to be the case in Pakistan too. Recommend

  • azmat
    Feb 8, 2016 - 3:32PM

    @Malik Saab:
    Not “blaming the whole province of Panjab” but the people who are at the helm of the decision making in the center. Don’t twist the facts. Recommend

  • new
    Feb 8, 2016 - 3:38PM

    we had given chances to many others polictican , so plz give this time to pti to rule Pakistan and then atlast we have to compare whose government best ever, be fair.Recommend

  • lkn
    Feb 8, 2016 - 3:40PM

    give chance to imran khan once to rule Pakistan , well hope he is better than others,Recommend

  • Moh
    Feb 8, 2016 - 3:58PM

    Great person, corruption free, that is why most of Pakistanis don’t like himRecommend

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