Religious parties directly involved in terrorism: Imran Khan

Takes pot shots at JUI-F leader, Nawaz Sharif and Asfandyar Wali.

Our Correspondent May 05, 2013
Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan during his political gatherings in Buner, Charssada, Nowshera, Mardan and Swabi has promised to set up an Islamic welfare state and block the Americans drone attacks after coming into power here on Saturday.

Imran heaped scorn at the likes of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in his speech before a huge gathering in Nowshera. He accused Fazl of exploiting religion for his personal interests and supporting terrorists in the country.

For years, Fazlur Rehman remained silent on the American drone attacks on the tribal belt of the country, according to the PTI leader.

“All the religious parties are directly involved in terrorism,” Imran said.

“The religious parties have killed and are killing the innocent people,” he claimed.

Calling out his name, Imran said, “Maulana sahib, quit your double standard policy now and don’t use Islam for your personal interests.”

Imran made it clear that he believes in the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and added that those who support the Qadianis are neither Muslims nor can they be protected under the set-up of an Islamic state.

In Swabi, Imran Khan told the gathering about how the former government had deceived the common people and had gone about making clandestine deals with foreign countries while compromising the country’s’ sovereignty. He said that even the Americans had gotten wind of the double standard policies pursued by the outgoing government.

Politicians came in for a bout of severe tongue lashing during his political campaign.He strongly criticised Nawaz Sharif and Asfandyar Wali accusing them of looting the country during the past five years.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2013.

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Imran | 8 years ago | Reply

@Jawad Khan: perhaps you are right, he did use the epithet "munafiq" however, what was the context? Were anti sectarian people, "liberals" the target? Ahmadis and Ismailis, other Shias, Wahabis and dozens of other sects are in the sights on various religious bigots as not being Muslim enough. These theological debates are not the business of governments or politicians. Using words like Munafiq and discussing sectarian issues while campaigning is bad taste and possibly against the ECP code.

NICOP | 8 years ago | Reply

ET, can you make your PML-N support more obvious. Your bias is alarming and harmful towards Pakistan.

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