Imran Khan’s ‘I have a dream’ speech

Published: November 27, 2011
Attendance at Shujabad rally lower than expectations.

Attendance at Shujabad rally lower than expectations.

Attendance at Shujabad rally lower than expectations. Attendance at Shujabad rally lower than expectations. Attendance at Shujabad rally lower than expectations.

“I assure you that the future of Pakistan is bright and this will someday be the country giving loans to other countries rather than the one living on them,” said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan, while addressing a gathering in Shujabad, Multan on Saturday.

Khan expressed his hopes for the future of the country and condemned the impact that the US war on terror has had in Pakistan. “I assure you that if my government comes to power we will not take orders from the US like the zombies sitting in the power annals of Islamabad and Lahore,” Khan said. “I envision a Pakistan that provides employment not only for all of its own people but also for the people who right now are working abroad. This will be the place people will come to work and study,” he added. “No citizen of Pakistan will go abroad to look for a better life because they will be able to find it here,” he said. Khan addressed told that the ‘tsunami of change’ had already begun and they would all be carried along with it. “I will not only finish corruption, I will eradicate it from the root,” he said, adding that the present government was run by corrupt people at all levels.

Khan said that military action was not the solution to any of the problems that Pakistan is facing. “The people of Pakistan should support me to end nepotism and root out the culture of bribery that prevails in this country,” he said.

Khan also condemned the Saturday attack of NATO forces, adding that the Pakistani government had wasted 70 billion dollars belonging to the Pakistani people on fighting the wars of others. “I know that the government will not do anything except issue some silly comments against brutality even after this attack. I do not issue comments, I believe in taking action,” he said.

Khan said that the political fight between Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif was like watching a pre-planned wrestling match. “Neither has any skill or talent and both are corrupt,” he said.

Organisers of the rally had expected 30,000 people to show up but the turnout was much lower. “The crowd was smaller than expected and despite preparations for a much larger rally, the total number of people present hardly amounted to 3,000,” said Mubashar Khan.

“We expected to see people from all over Southern Punjab but that wasn’t the case. The total number was probably 2-3,000 people,” said a Punjab special branch official. More than 20 Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) members announced their intention of joining the PTI over the weekend. Imran Khan is scheduled to attend the rally organised Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Ghotki today.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • ihtisham
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:53AM

    good luck for the interior sindh rallies.


  • Imran igra
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:12AM

    false reporting. Watch tv and see how many thousands were crammed at the jalsa. Very unprofessional & shameful reporting. I will stop reading this news paper and will tell my friends to do the same.

    Imran igra
    New YorkRecommend

  • Abid
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:15AM

    Express tribune….especially showing pictures of jalsaa for low attendance. By the way when will you guys highlight some positives about imran khan. Never …..i guess


  • Falcon
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:25AM

    Great. We also share your dream for this nation and we are not giving up, whatever happens!


  • Adeel Ahmed
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:34AM

    I am PTI supporter and I think the attendace was low and due to night it effect more. However, these are not expected to be big jalsas as no campaigning by PTI, this is just joinings.

    So its OK.


  • asif
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:52AM

    @Imran igra:
    Yes you can count the no of participants sitting in new-york and the people out there on the field has counted them wrong? Recommend

  • Nazir Ahmed Minto
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:58AM

    Our Countrymen in the villages and remote areas are mostly under the influence of the Land Lords! – It will take time ,for these folks to see the LIGHT !…but..the Khan..will succeed..its merely a matter of TIME !


  • ali
    Nov 27, 2011 - 12:18PM

    So if attendence is low, then its bad reporting. Grow up PTI fans


  • rk_india
    Nov 27, 2011 - 12:31PM

    Imran’s dream: to have a dream.


  • Mariam Khan
    Nov 27, 2011 - 12:37PM

    he himself is living in a fools paradise and wanted us to live in too…..the moment Imran khan become PM pakistan will be converted into a place similar to heaven and people turned angles…wow …simply great and i am eagerly waiting to have a glance of his magic wand…


  • saleem
    Nov 27, 2011 - 12:57PM

    Kulloo taweelan ahmaqun illa Umer ( all tall are fools except Hazrat Umer RA.)


  • Arsalan
    Nov 27, 2011 - 1:03PM

    @Mariam, so quick to criticize someone who is trying to get Pakistan back on its own feet? Do you have other sensible, logical alternatives to offer to young people? Or are you one of those who like to take the steam out of any hope for positive change, and are aiming not to go to the polls on election day?

    @PTI fans…relax guys. This is a long journey, but the important thing is that the winds of change are blowing! And even this publication recognizes that. There is plenty of positive coverage too, you need only read Rasul Bakh Rais’s column from yesterday.


  • SanaR
    Nov 27, 2011 - 1:38PM

    How would you punish corrupt intllectuals.?An how would you define corruption by the way.
    Iam student at Noter Dame,USA.Asking because you are going to be lected in the next election.


  • Junaid
    Nov 27, 2011 - 3:19PM

    Biased reporting. Khan is being attacked by corrupt Sharifs, Zardaris and Chaudhries. Long live IK.


  • Mani
    Nov 27, 2011 - 4:39PM

    @Mariam Khan:

    I’m glad you are enjoying the paradise that pakistan is right now.


  • babar
    Nov 27, 2011 - 4:40PM

    lately i noticed tribune has been very biased and unfair towards ik if you see the real pictures you will notice how many people turned up it was jam packed and plus if they think hes not supported by people of southern punjab then i recommend them to watch to the point of shahzeb khanzada on 27/11/11 and then they will see what is peoples view about ik in southern punjab … Long Live Imran khan we are with you no matter what :-)


  • sj
    Nov 27, 2011 - 6:23PM

    nex time please send some one who can see …Recommend

  • Mariam Khan
    Nov 27, 2011 - 6:53PM

    @Mani: iam not enjoying the current situation but at the same time i dont live in fools paradise…reality is always bitter i know but u cant hide urself due to the bitterness…lets face it….Imran will be another dictator like Musharaf the only difference would be he will not be in uniform from front….today we all are reaping what musharaf soe…


  • Mariam Khan
    Nov 27, 2011 - 6:57PM

    lol Imran khan logical are sure???please enlightened me on his logical approach towards issues???


  • Nov 27, 2011 - 9:51PM

    The total number was probably 2-3,000 people,” said a Punjab special branch official

    ..shehbaz sharif’s servent. what else to expect?


  • sami
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:06PM

    @Mariam Khan:
    And Why do you think like that? he is living in fools paradise


  • ali
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:51PM

    IMRAN KHAN IS THE BEST TODAY no one one can deny the fact imran khan has the support of millions pml n and ppp your the rising sun while PTI is next government inshallah may ALLAH protect him


  • A
    Nov 28, 2011 - 1:53AM

    @Mariam Khan:
    I rarely reply to comments online – but this was just plain ignorant of you to say that PTI and Imran Khan’s policies lack logic –
    1) Education – Consolidate all the syllabuses in one proper updated syllabus for all the students; so there is no discrimination, hence better education for the entire nation.

    2) Taxes – Implementing a proper taxing system for one and all primarily by declaring assets of those who possess illegal properties and eliminating corruption.

    3) Real estate – Introducing E-Government – where all the paper work is registered and stored online.

    4) Import & export – Utilize different resources of Pakistan – minerals, agricultural

    Now these may sound vague – high level or even impossible to implement but who else has even claimed of doing such things – PMLN = Yellow Cab scheme for university graduates | PPP .= 10% – lets just not go there – bhutto years are long gone – its zaradari now. | MQM = terrorism and power struggle. Which party is your choice Ms. Maryam, if you say none of this than you are being ILLOGICAL here.

    Finally – every person in politics has a motive to become a politician. So does Imran Khan – his only motive is to be remembered as a good leader – just Like Mahathir Mohamad – he surely doesn’t need money or popularity. Where as Nawaz had 1 Sugar Plant now they have 6-7 and may more. Zardari was a smuggler and is exactly that even today. Musharraf sold people like Afia S. and is responsible for bringing in all of these corrupt elite back to Pak. Altaf – has 3 properties on record in UK, each a million pounds – where did he go this money from? Where is the logic in these parties – please tell me who do you support?


  • Hassan
    Nov 28, 2011 - 9:28AM

    Do we really need to fret over how many people attended his smaller jalsas? Shujaabad is a small town. I hadnt even heard its name as such before. Do u expect Imran Khan to gather 50k or 100k everytime he addresses somewhere? Its the quality of the listeners that matter more than their quantity.

    Secondly, i would recommend all PTI fans to control their emotions while replying and take a chill pill while reading critique from others. Dont be demoralized and have a big heart.


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