KARACHI: The problems faced by the citizens of Karachi will not be resolved till the people start raising their voice against them, said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan.
“This is the only solution for all their problems,” he said while addressing a press conference at Insaf House on Saturday.
There is no doubt that people in Karachi are politically aware but the conditions in the city are becoming worse day by day, he said, adding that the city provides about 70% revenue to the state but it has been turned into a garbage dump. The less privileged people in the city are even deprived of drinking water, he added. Speaking about the Baldia fire incident, he claimed that had the incident occurred anywhere else the whole nation would have pushed the state for punishing the culprits behind the massacre.
It is quite evident that it was a case of extortion and people were burnt alive deliberately but even then justice has been delayed, he lamented. For the sake of humanity, the state must act on principles and punish those involved in the massacre to set an example for the future, he stressed.
Sharing his future plans, Khans announced that the party will organise a protest in the coming days to address the problems of the citizens. “We will invite all the parties since this protest only seeks to solve the issues faced by Karachiites,” he said.
While responding to a question, Khan mentioned that PTI will help Karachi become the political capital of the country once again.
He also remarked that that party will not form an alliance with any ‘corrupt leader of any party’. He added, “We, along with opposition parties, will make terms and references on the Panama scandal but will not take the party being led by a corrupt politician in our alliance”. However, he refrained from taking the name of any politician or political party.
Meeting Mumtaz Bhutto
Khan also met politician Mumtaz Ali Bhutto at the residence of PTI leader Ali Zaidi on Saturday. Talking to the media after the meeting, Bhutto said that there is no doubt of Khan’s honesty and said he is one of the few politicians in the country who truly feels the pain of the country.
Though Bhutto did not reveal if he is going to join PTI or not, he hinted that he is going to support Khan if he begins a campaign to get rid of corrupt politicians in Sindh.
Bhutto also added that Sindh is losing the race of development and the people of the province have been suffering for the past nine years because of corrupt rulers. Bhutto added that matters of national interest were discussed during the meeting and said more meetings will be held in the future. PTI leaders MNA Dr Arif Alvi and Zaidi thanked Bhutto for coming and meeting their party chairperson.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2017.