Imran throws down gauntlet at PML-N, PPP

Published: April 22, 2017
Imran Khan waves at the crowd before addressing the public gathering in Dadu. PHOTO: ONLINE

Imran Khan waves at the crowd before addressing the public gathering in Dadu. PHOTO: ONLINE

Imran Khan waves at the crowd before addressing the public gathering in Dadu. PHOTO: ONLINE  Addressing a public gathering in Dadu, Imran has said on April 28 the party will compel the prime minister to resign. PHOTO: ONLINE

HYDERABAD: As he urged people to support Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in its efforts to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan also threw down the gauntlet at Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in his political bastion of Sindh.

“My war on Sharif is continuing. Now Zardari, I am coming after you in Sindh. I will no longer let the people be fooled by reconciliation between the PPP and PML-N,” he said at his first public meeting after the Supreme Court’s judgment in Panamagate case in Dadu district on Saturday.

“I have started this war from Dadu. On Friday [April 28] I will gather a sea of people in Islamabad. In this war, the powerful people will be on one side and the weak and poor people on the other side,” he said. The PTI chief told the crowd that he will personally visit all parts of Pakistan to mobilise people to lend their support to the movement demanding the PM’s resignation.

“Come [to PTI’s April 28 rally] not for me but to save your country, to defeat this corrupt cabal and for truth. I will disclose my strategy for building up pressure for the resignation at the Islamabad’s public meeting,” he said.

Imran reiterated that all the five judges of the apex court unanimously rejected the evidences as well as the Qatar prince’s letter produced to justify the money trail for the Sharifs’ alleged offshore assets. He alleged that the people who are beneficiaries of the PML-N’s ‘corrupt government’ distributed sweets to celebrate the SC’s judgment.

With one voice, PTI, PPP ask Nawaz to resign

In a rejoinder to Zardari’s comments that he lacked political wisdom, the PTI chief shot back blaming Zardari for turning the PPP into a regional party. “You have achieved what no military dictator could do. You turned Pakistan’s biggest political party into a small party,” he said.

He went on to blame Zardari for destroying the PPP which was laboriously created and popularised by former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. “You said Imran Khan does not possess political acumen. I pray to Allah that He may never give me a political sense like yours,” Imran said while addressing Zardari.

The PTI chief called Prime Minister Nawaz “a very clever politician who portrays a public image of an innocent person.” Comparing him to Zardari, Imran credited the latter for “at least not being a hypocrite.”

“You [Zardari] never concealed your property abroad. You never said you are a ‘sharif’ [noble] person.” Still, the PTI chief accused Zardari ‘unparalleled’ corruption and employing police and ruffians to suppress the ordinary people and to forcefully acquire sugar mills.

Imran assured the people that his party will provide leadership to the province and will address the issues like poverty, unemployment, crime, lack of health, education and drinking water.

The PTI chief also reassured that if he comes to the power he will not allow construction of controversial Kalabagh dam without Sindh’s consent and will also not comprise on Sindh’s rights on River Indus.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Bazid
    Apr 22, 2017 - 11:45PM

    Khan is a genuine person, he has his shortfalls but he is trillion times better then corrupt zardari and nawaz..Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 22, 2017 - 11:48PM

    Make up your mind………everyone thought you started the movement three years ago.Recommend

  • Sultan Alvi
    Apr 23, 2017 - 12:05AM

    Nawaz Sharif must resign. He must face JIT as an indicted criminal, and not as a sitting Prime Minister of a country. For Heaven’s sake, let us have some dignity and respect for the office of the PM, the highest office in the land. Recommend

  • OSD
    Apr 23, 2017 - 12:11AM

    This is the third time he is starting a campaign to topple a government and it is no different from his other attempts to gain power at the expense of the people of Pakistan. What has changed is that many of his loyalists have seen this facade and now are mostly disappointed with him.Recommend

  • 007
    Apr 23, 2017 - 1:11AM

    Did Imran Khan and rest of PTI resign when they conducted dharnas back in 2014 in which the country was locked down and National Assembly and PTV were attacked ? Will Jhangir Tareen ever resign as Secretary General of PTI due to failure of conducting fair intra party election, lying about his own offshore companies and current legal cases in which he has yet to defend himself from corruption scandals ? This Panama case was going no where. Imran had his mind made up he was going to bring anarchy and unconstitutional. It was Nawaz Sharif who asked to put himself in court Recommend

  • Amina Hayat
    Apr 23, 2017 - 8:33AM

    Nawaz has sent 5,000 troops for the coalition to fight and kill Yemenis with whose permission Recommend

  • Sabi
    Apr 23, 2017 - 10:05AM

    Imran series season four episode one
    First three season flopped fourth will be too. Bad investment!Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 23, 2017 - 11:26AM

    3 judges who saved Sharif must be investigated. JIT is an eyewash. Recommend

  • Pakistani-Khi
    Apr 23, 2017 - 11:30AM

    Well said Captain. I am not in Favor of any political party because of failure to deliver after the election all the time. But, your struggle related to these duos really shows a ray of hope, that Pakistan may be ruled by someone else and replace these 2 families.Recommend

  • Aware Citizen
    Apr 23, 2017 - 11:32AM

    Current political electoral system totally failed in Pakistan.Same people get elected again and again! Why all parties not united to make this happen? If same system kept going nothing will change though PTI comes in to power too.Recommend

  • Khwaja
    Apr 23, 2017 - 12:23PM

    To all IK’s critics – do you not see what he is trying to do ? He knows that his life is a later stage and he is not 30 years old. He is firing on all cylinders to target corruption in our political platforms. He sees re-emergence of a new political maturity that will take the country forward. PTI IS JUST A VEHICLE. !

    It pains to see people just target IK’s personality. We should be grateful to him for taking the lead on this massive initiative.

    Kudos to PTI leadership and supporters , may Allah keep you protected. Recommend

  • Abc
    Apr 23, 2017 - 1:11PM

    Thank you IK. We all know Zardari and Nawaz are two faces of same coin. Supporters of the corrupt are in real pain after hearing what IK saidRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Apr 23, 2017 - 1:18PM

    Yes its about time IK realized that Zardari and Nawaz Sharif are both running the “Ministry of Corruption” in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Absolute truth
    Apr 23, 2017 - 5:12PM

    With the permission of establishment. Nothing moves in this country without their consent. Koi shak?@Amina Hayat: Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 23, 2017 - 5:13PM

    Why can’t we criticize wrongs done by Judges. JIT is an eyewash. 3 Judges want to use JIT to give escape route to Sharifs. Recommend

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