MINGORA: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan delivered his own version of US civil rights activist Martin Luther King's “I have a dream” speech during a large rally in Mingora, Swat, on Sunday.
Addressing a huge crowd, Imran told the locals about his many dreams and how he fulfilled them, adding that four months back, he dreamt of winning the upcoming elections.
"I dreamt about playing for Pakistan at the age of nine and I played for the national team at 18.
I dreamt of becoming world’s best all rounder; in nine years time I became one.
I dreamt of making Pakistan the best cricket team and winning a world cup; it took 10 years and we won in 1992.
I dreamt of establishing a great cancer hospital, it took five years and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital was created.
I dreamt of a university like Oxford; I set up Namal University. Though, it is just the beginning for the institution.
When I joined politics, I dreamt of Pakistani people rallying with me for a better Pakistan and on October 30, 2011 the ‘tsunami’ took over Pakistan.
Four months back, I dreamt of Pakistanis celebrating in the streets and I realised PTI had swept the general elections."
Lamenting the sad state of education in the country, Imran said his party will bring one system for both the rich and the poor.
He said he will spend five times more money in education and will invest in the government schools.
Emphasising the need to increase employment opportunities, Imran said his government will promote technical education.
The PTI chairman claimed he has experience in the health sector and he can fix the country’s health system.
He further congratulated the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for the second SKMH being constructed in Peshawar.
Repeating the promises he made in the recent Lahore rally, Imran said no MPA or MNA will be given funds in the name of development projects and only local authorities will have access to money allocated for the benefit of the people.
Criticising the lavish lifestyle of the rulers in Pakistan, the PTI chairman said all the “governor houses will be converted into sports grounds and libraries.”
Imran promised to his enthralled audience that he will bring pride to Pakistan during his tenure.
The PTI chairman said he – along with other Pakistanis – will stand by the oppressed, the minorities and the poor.
He added that he will never quit on his people and asked his supporters to do so.
Imran further told the people to prepare for the change as elections are just six weeks away.