KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has predicted that his party will come out strong in the next general elections while reiterating that it will not develop electoral ties with any political party involved in corrupt practices.
“The PTI is the only party which can hold massive rallies in any city of the country. We’ll go in the next elections with full preparedness and strength,” he said at a press conference at the Insaf House, the party’s provincial headquarters, here on Saturday.
Mr Khan said that Karachi was a city of literate and politically aware people where his party had secured 800,000 votes in the 2013 general election. However, he admitted that the PTI could not materialise the astonishing support from the city’s areas, which had historically been strongholds of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
“We were not organised then, but now we will take part with full strength in next elections in Karachi,” he said.
“Mafias rule the city putting it under the mountains of garbage amid continued shortages of water,” he said. “Sindh police are plagued by political interference, which is why a good inspector general has been thrown out of office.
“Everyone here praises A.D. Khowaja. People of Karachi should have stood by him and protested against his removal,” he said about the IG sent on ‘forced leave’ recently.
The provincial government had ruined the police department in Sindh, he alleged and claimed that not a single station house officer in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been appointed on the basis of political considerations.
He said that Rangers did not offer an effective solution to the incessant law and order problem in Sindh. “It is as if you treated cancer with Aspirin.”
The PTI chief said that he was getting his party ready to launch a protest campaign to solve the problems of Karachi. “People will have to come forward to support police for a lasting peace in Karachi.”
Mr Khan said that neither of the two major political parties — the Pakistan Peoples Party and the MQM — had taken steps to end water shortages in Karachi.
Mumbai was one of the worst places (to live) in the 1970s, but now it had been turned into a modern city because of a committed political leadership, he said. “Similarly, people take to the streets to protest against corruption in Seoul. People and committed political leadership both have the responsibility to divert Karachi’s fate onto a better path.”
Mr Khan said he could not give due attention to Sindh because of his party’s campaign against corruption and over the Panama Papers leaks and promised to frequently visit the city once the Panamagate case had come to an end. He expressed the hope that the issue would be resolved soon.
The PTI leader said his party was busy in intra-party elections in 2013, which affected its performance in the general election. However, he warned the opponents that they should not take his party for granted in the next elections.
“We are in the process of shortlisting our future candidates and it will require my permission to become the party’s candidate,” he said, adding that his party would continue to be on streets before the next elections to ensure that the results were not ‘engineered’ as they had been last time.
He welcomed the formation of a Supreme Court bench to hear the Panamagate case and requested the court to hear it on a daily basis. “We’ll accept the bench’s decision.” He demanded that the Baldia factory fire case be tried in a military court, which would give confidence to witnesses as well.
“Society would have been traumatised had such an incident occurred elsewhere,” he said. “We should not spare those who were behind the murder of so many innocent factory workers.”
courtesy :dawn news