ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan attempted to blow the whistle on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political career, saying he would not be able to hold on to power for long.
“Corrupt people are united [against us] and preach us democracy but I announce rebellion against oppression,” he said addressing his supporters at Constitution Avenue on Sunday.
The PTI chief said he would visit Sindh and Balochistan provinces after securing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation.
“Tsunami will also advance towards Karachi and Quetta after Nawaz Sharif’s resignation,” he said on Sunday.
Imran Khan asked his supporters to report atrocities committed against them by policemen on a webpage, especially created on the PTI’s official website.
He went on to advise his supporters to move around in groups of 100 so that if the police tried to arrest them, they could retaliate. He justified this advice by claiming that police acted illegally when they tried to arrest the PTI workers.
Presenting stats, Imran said Pakistan’s expenditure on health sector was lowest in the region.
“Only 30% of the total expenditure on health is provided by the government while the rest comes from the private sector. The rulers are making metros and bridges instead of spending funds on health and education,” he said.
The PTI chief claimed that 31% of children in Pakistan are underweight, 44% of them suffer from stunted growth.
He said Pakistan is a country where over five million children are out of school.
“But in Naya Pakistan, law will be equal for everyone, whether he is a prime minister or a common man,” he said, adding that the PTI would provide education, health, food and easy access to justice.
“We will allocate the greatest chunk of budget for education and will spend money on teachers. No government has funded education the way we have done in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P),” he claimed.
He said his party would implement such a local government system in which every village would have access to their own development funds to run their own schools and have greater power over services sector.
“To ensure that police serve all people – and not just the rich and the powerful – a village committee will be formed to oversee workings of local police,” he added.
Outlining his future economic policy, he said if voted to power, his government would not seek loans. “In the event of a budget deficit, we will try to cut our expenses to balance the books rather than borrowing money,” he claimed.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 15th, 2014.