Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Tuesday launched a blistering attack on the Sharif brothers, questioning their abilities to lead and declaring them unfit even as opposition leaders.
Addressing a gathering of over 10,000 people in the sub district of Chichawatni, Imran said he would like to challenge PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif to a live television debate.
Drawing phrases from the game of cricket – a sport he excelled in – Imran said that fear of his bowling was sufficient to “cripple batsmen like those from Pakistan Muslim League-N and Pakistan Peoples Party”. The cricketer-turned-politician said that the PML-N had already “batted five times” but it would not get a sixth chance”. “Whoever wants to succeed,” Imran said, “succeeds in the first try”.
Recalling his days as captain of the Pakistan cricket team, he said that while he was captain, no one could defeat him. “No one defeated me for ten years. I left the captaincy myself.”
Starting from Renala Khurd, crossing Okara and then covering the route of almost 100km to Chichawatni, the PTI rally stopped at different places for Imran to address the audience. The final gathering took place in Chichawatni in support of Rai Hasan Nawaz.
He stated that both the PML-N and the PPP did not even deserve to be part of the opposition.
Alluding to some of his party’s plans, Imran said that PTI was aiming to devise policies that promise to counter the energy crisis across the country in a short span of time.
He promised the crowd to raise the employment rate to an extent that overseas Pakistanis were motivated to come back.
Also raising hopes for an effective local bodies system, the PTI chief stated that, if the party was voted to power, they would create such a system that the funds allocated for development directly reached the public.
He claimed that money would not be given to either the MNAs or MPA and this would reduce the threat of corruption. “People will only join bureaucracy to serve people of Pakistan and not to maintain the status quo to support corrupt politicians,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2013.
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