In Mingora: Imran delivers his ‘I have a dream’ speech

Published: April 1, 2013

PTI chief Imran Khan addressing a public gathering in Swat on Sunday. PHOTO: EXPRESS

SWAT: Emulating legendary US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr, Pakistan’s popular cricketer-turned-politician delivered his own version of the ‘I have a dream’ speech on Sunday.

Addressing a gathering in Mingora, Imran Khan, who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, told his supporters about how many of his dreams had come true.

In his most recent one, Imran said he dreamt of winning the upcoming elections. “Four months ago, I dreamt of a huge crowd carrying Pakistani flags in their hands,” an impassioned Imran said. “When I asked someone why the crowd had gathered, I was told that the PTI had swept the elections.”

But Imran’s dreams go way back to his childhood.

“At the age of nine, I dreamt that I was playing cricket for Pakistan,” he said. “When I was 18-years-old I played for the national team.”

He said that he dreamt of making Pakistan the world’s best cricket team. “It took us 10 years of hard work and we clinched the World Cup in 1992,” Imran said.

“I dreamt of establishing a great cancer hospital,” he said, adding that it materialised in the form of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital.

Imran’s visions did not limit themselves to the areas of sports and health. He went on to say that he dreamt of a
university like Oxford and in due course set up the Namal University. “Though this is just the beginning of the institution,” he said.

In the political sphere his dream was actualized in the form of a ‘tsunami’.

“When I joined politics, I dreamt of people rallying with me for a better Pakistan and on October 30, 2011 the ‘tsunami’ took over Pakistan,” Imran said.

During his speech, the PTI chief promised the people of Swat that after coming to power, his party would restore peace in the region. “The system of justice, which prevailed here before 1974, will be replicated,” he added.

He also promised sweeping reforms in all fields. “We will introduce reforms in the police system, where the public will be treated the same way as it is by the motorway police,” he said, adding that the police would not be deployed for the personal protection of VIPs.

The PTI chief criticised political parties for plundering public funds to satiate their greed.

“Previous governments made money in the centre, while others in the provinces,” Imran said, accusing mainstream political parties of corruption.

Imran said he envisions a new Pakistan, the one where the youth is empowered to bring a change.

To achieve this end, the PTI chief spoke about empowerment through education.

“The PTI believes in an equitable education system where there are no rich and no poor,” he said. “Educational budget will be increased by five times and the party will implement the same education course across the country,” he added.

Further stressing upon the importance of youth in the development of a nation, Imran said that 25 per cent party tickets in the upcoming elections would be given to those under the age of 35.

“We will issue party tickets purely on merit in which youth will be preferred,” he promised the young adults present in the gathering.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2013.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Muhammad Junaid Tayyab
    Apr 1, 2013 - 10:13AM

    InshaAllah PTI will win elections and hopefully things will change. People, please play your part by going out this time and vote to him and leave rest to Allah.

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  • Apr 1, 2013 - 6:29PM

    I am hopeless,there is no dazzling light around and not expected in the present time or in the near fure.
    But some time a ray of hope is created in the remote corner of the brain in form of PTI.
    Imran Khan have dreamed of new Pakistan,God bless him I feel he is true in his sense ,other all are tested and rejected by the nation,who is facing tremendous terrible power short fall and gas,value of our currency is falling down,a great space has been created between poor and rich.
    Ground reality is that it need change Now the question before is that who would bring change the change wich would be acceptable to all??????????????????????????????????

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  • Sultan Ahmed
    Apr 1, 2013 - 6:53PM

    Iqbal presented concept of the new home land for muslims of subcontenent.
    father of the nation secured the same with tireless effort.
    Now Imran have seen dream dazzling Pakistan hope his dream would fulfill too.

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Apr 1, 2013 - 9:28PM

    How many CHAIRS were taken away by the rented crowd?
    Such crowd is known for taking away the chairs as they did in Kasur, Lahore etc.

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  • Fahad Khan
    Apr 1, 2013 - 10:29PM

    More power to IK

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