Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan warned Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Thursday he would not be able to find a place to hide in Islamabad when his supporters would converge on the federal capital as part of his Haqiqi Azadi movement.
The PTI chief and former prime minister said that during the PTI march on May 25 earlier this year, the party was not prepared therefore its workers, including women and children, were brutalised by police, adding that this would not happen this time.
“Rana Sanaullah, I promise you that you won’t be able to hide in Islamabad,” Imran said during his address to the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected members of PTI’s Islamabad Administrative & Advisory Council.
“We will come fully prepared this time around,” Imran told the ceremony. Refraining from giving an exact date for the PTI march, he said that he would decide when the march would take place. “I will decide when we have to march; I will see when our organisations are ready.”
The PTI chief asked the supporters to come out in Islamabad in large numbers on Saturday (tomorrow), when he would be in Rahimyar Khan for a public gathering. He added that the turnout on Saturday should be “historic” and he would be monitoring it from Rahimyar Khan.
“After that I will decide when should I give the call for the march. Only I know when that call has to be given and I will decide only when I feel that my tigers and tigresses are ready for Haqiqi Azadi [real freedom],” Imran said.
The former prime minister recalled that during the tenure of PTI government, he did not stop the marches of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
On the Pakistan-Russia relations, Imran said that the present coalition government was talking to Russia for getting oil and wheat now but, he added, the PTI-led government had already talked about it five months ago.
“India is buying oil from Russia at a 40% discounted rate, but the incumbent rulers are afraid that those who brought them to power won’t like the idea of getting cheaper oil and wheat from Russia,” he continued.
“That’s why they let the countrymen face unprecedented inflation instead of getting cheaper oil and wheat from Russia,” Imran said, adding: “Having an independent foreign policy is my first goal.”
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Imran said he was a free man who has never bowed before anyone. Elaborating further, he said that he had never met any bowler, batsman, businessman or any successful person who excelled in their fields without overcoming their fears.
In his speech, Imran said that the real freedom did not come easy and those who looted the country for years would never let it come without resisting. “The real freedom’s meaning is hidden in Kalima,” he said.
“Fear of death or being shamed or fear of losing bread and butter are the three biggest idols that break a person,” he said, adding that he would test them if they had broken the idol of fear, when he would give the call for protest against the government.
Sharing his vision, Imran said that he wanted to see a Pakistan, which would never bow before others or sacrifice its own people for other countries. He criticised the past rulers who had allowed drone attacks on their own people. Pakistan was fighting others’ war yet its citizens were attacked through drones, which was unprecedented in world history, Imran said.
The PTI chief said that those who were involved in mega corruption cases of billions of rupees were amending laws to exonerate themselves. He added that the corrupt were minting money after coming into power and crushing the people under inflation.
The former prime minister alleged that “the purpose of the incumbent government was never to serve the people” rather their purpose was to hide their corruption and run the country as per instructions given by their foreign handlers.
Earlier, during a meeting with presidents and general secretaries of PTI, North Punjab region, Imran said that the PTI’s movement for ‘Haqiqi Azadi’ had entered its final and decisive phase and he would not rest until he gets the country liberated from the corrupt and crooked rulers.
Imran said that PTI leaders and workers should be ready, as he would announce the next plan of action soon because he would not give up his agenda of real freedom come what may and that he would take the struggle for ‘Haqiqi Azadi’ to its logical conclusion.
Imran Khan made it clear that no compromise would be made with the corrupt group, adding that the free, fair and immediate general elections was the only way forwards to get the country out of the current political crisis.
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