KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan on Tuesday said that people should expect ‘change’ in Pakistan this year.
“People should not worry, as year 2011 is the year of change,” Imran Khan said, while addressing students at CBM University on Tuesday. He said that it is the need of hour that people should mobilize and stand for their rights.
“I cannot do anything for you and no one else could do. But the youth of this country should stand and fight for their rights. If anyone could bring a change, then he could do so only by the help of youth,” he added.
He said leaders are not born but they are made. A person cannot become a leader because of a piece of paper, claiming that it was will of his wife that he would be the leader if anything happens to her. Nor the people called ‘Diesel’ could become leader, Imran Khan said.
He said Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers were the best leaders this world has ever produced. They were true upholders of justice. They never amassed money and properties for themselves. In fact Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) left no property to be inherited by his heirs, he said.
He said that the people, who are ruling Pakistan, are nothing but puppets in the hands of their American masters. America asks them to bomb their compatriots and they obey. They show the Americans that they had dropped so many bombs on their compatriots and ask to reward. The Americans tell them ‘this is not enough. Do more’. This is the lowest level of humiliation that so-called leaders kill their citizens, he lamented.
He said that the people who carry out suicide bombings are the victim of these bombardments and are wrongly being tagged as terrorists.
Khan said that Pakistan has huge talent and the remittances sent by overseas Pakistanis helps government in managing budget.
Overseas Pakistanis are ready to invest in Pakistan if government provides them peace and stability, he said adding honest leadership is needed for this. He regretted both the government and the system have totally failed.
Imran Khan said that Pakistan has every ingredient to become a successful nation but the only hindrance is corrupt leaders and silent and submissive people.
However, he said that the youth has never been as politically aware as they are now. The youth are now taking interest in resolving the crisis facing Pakistan and it is very crucial as only youth can bring change, he said.
He said that the situation in the Arab world and Pakistan is not too different and Pakistan has been fed up with rulers who are American puppets.
He said that the war in Pakistan is not between fundamentalists and liberals but between status quo and anti-status quo. The status quo forces do not want any change as the present situation suits them best because it is very profitable for them. They are making big bucks and they have hijacked the power. But the common masses want change and they would eventually prevail, he said.
Imran Khan said that ruling Pakistani politicians are afraid of change. “All of them, in spite of having petty differences, would defend each other to maintain the status quo,” he added.
He said that present rulers have broken all records of getting costly foreign debts in their tenure and Pakistani generations would have to toil for years to repay them.