Imran lambasts govt, opposition

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Says waiting for the day when Nawaz, brother are put behind bars; Zardari, Khursheed afraid of accountability

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan said on Wednesday that the federal government tortured his supporters as if they were representatives of an enemy state.
Addressing the Youm-e-Tashukkur rally at the Parade Ground in federal capital Khan said that all the participants in the rally were ‘heroes’. He said that no slave-nation ever became a great nation and supporters of rally participants had proved that they were ready to embrace a ‘better country’.
Khan criticised the federal government for law enforcers’ shelling on activists of PTI multiple times in the last few days.
The PTI chief thanked party lawmakers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for their bravery during the run-up to Nov 2 ‘lockdown’. He hailed Pervez Khattak as the hero of Pakistan.
Imran started his speech by saying that he waited for the day when “Nawaz Shairf and his brother are put behind bars”.
He said, “Nawaz has been inaugurating one road after another since the Panama leaks came to the forefront.”
Leader of PTI accused Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief, Fazlur Rehman of ‘filling pocket’ with the help of Nawaz Sharif. Imran also criticised Awami National Party Asfandyar Wali over his ‘contradictory’ statements regarding China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
“Asif Zardari and Khursheed Shah are afraid of accountability as they are predicting its PPP term in the next elections.”
“This is not a solo flight and I am not going solo in this fight against corruption. I have millions of Pakistanis with me,” said Imran while replying to the earlier criticism he had received from the ruling party.
“I warn you Sharif brothers, do not use the police like you did in the past few days,” said Imran.
Imran reiterated that it was the people’s right under a democracy to stage protest against corruption. The PTI chief also hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict.
He questioned the effectiveness of national institutions including NAB. “Supreme Court asked NAB officials why they didnt work on accountability of Nawaz Sharif.”
Imran also referred to the “Charter of Democracy” as an instrument of compromise and corruption. He alleged that the charter has been used by both Nawaz and Zardari to indulge in wholesale corruption.
“Pakistan has changed, a new era has begun. From tomorrow the accountability will start in the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” said the PTI chief as the final message to the rally.
Earlier, PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the party “only wanted to shut the practice of corruption”.
“They said we were coming to close Islamabad, but we don’t want to do so since it is not our manner of doing politics,” said Qureshi.
“If Imran Khan orders, we can close the federal capital tonight, but we will not do so.”
“I wish we had more days, they would have understood what we are made of,” said KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak. “I wish for the day you (Shahbaz Sharif) will be fired upon then I will ask you how it feels.”
Khattak said he does not care about his ‘chair’, as he has been a political prisoner and he “would have thrown out his ‘chair’ if Imran asked too”. “I will resign from my post whenever Imran Khan asks me to do so.”
Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid, while addressing the gathering, ex-pressed hope that “this Supreme Court of Pakistan will save the country from disas-ter”. The AML chief also referred to the prime minister as a friend of Modi. “Nawaz Sharif wants to transform Pakistan Army into Punjab police,” he alleged.
KP lawmaker Farman Shah, said: “We are not against Punjab, we are against the PML-N.” “We are not against the federation, we are against thieves,” he asserted.

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