Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Wednesday stressed that it is the state’s responsibility to provide basic rights to the underprivileged.
Addressing the representatives of minority groups at the minorities convention, Imran presented his party’s agenda to uplift various religious groups across Pakistan.
“Minorities were given rights in Madinah’s welfare state,” said Imran. “But the weak don’t get their due rights in Pakistan.”
The PTI chief further said that during the ‘enlightened Muslim rule’ in the sub-continent, minorities were free to follow their religious beliefs.
“The more developed a society, the more protected are the weak from the powerful,” Imran said. “I have to say it with regret that I receive a lot of complaints from the Hindu community in Sindh that women belonging to the minority are forcefully married to Muslims.”
Furthermore, Imran lamented that the law in Pakistan is different for the weak and powerful. Citing the example of American national Raymond Davis, who was not punished for killing a Pakistani man, the PTI chief said, “Had the same incident happened in US, nobody would have cared about diplomatic immunity. The person who was responsible for the accident would have been punished.”
The PTI chief reiterated that only those societies where the supremacy of law prevails are considered civilised.
The politician recalled that the Constitution of Pakistan elaborates rights of humans. “The Constitution has guaranteed that the state will provide education and health facilities to the people but what is actually available for the common man? Facilities are only available for a small segment of the society,” he observed. The PTI chairman took his opponents to task while addressing a rally in Burewala city of Vehari district later in the day.
He said that only two weeks were left in elections, adding, “My heart says that a revolution of change is about to come. “Had the PTI not been here, then these two parties would have continued taking turns,” Imran said, in a clear reference to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party.