“More than 10 million Pakistani children are still out of school and basic commodities are beyond the reach of the common man. People take to the streets every day to demand justice. People are fed up with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which has failed to fulfil its manifesto promises,” Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan said on Monday.
He was addressing a public gathering in Lodhran.
Khan said no country could prosper without an educated population. “In Pakistan children are forced to work. Most people lack health facilities and many have no homes but the government is wasting resources on projects like Orange Line Metro Train,” he said
Responding to MNA Hamza Shahbaz who had spoken earlier at a public gathering earlier, Khan said, “I want to ask Shahbaz Sharif how many seats did PML-N win in the local government elections under General Musharraf? Local government elections are always won by the ruling party. In the local government polls, we were not up against the PML-N but the bureaucracy.”
“I will not drop the rigging complaint. Rigging elections is a crime. No one has a right to take away power from the voters. I have always been a critic of this practice and will continue to voice my concerns about this,” he said.
“We need a neutral umpire. If there can be transparent elections in India why is it not possible in Pakistan? It is only because some people want to always stay in power.”
“If PTI leaders are corrupt, why don’t you catch them?” he said. “If it was a PTI-led government, corruption would not have been tolerated.” “This is no ordinary election,” Khan told the meeting. “This is struggle for heralding a new system.”
“This cycle of oppression must end and we participate in the effort to end it,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 22nd, 2015.