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PTI chief Imran Khan. — Photo by INP/File

MINGORA: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) was the only party that could resolve the issue of terrorism in the country, claimed Imran Khan.  

Addressing a public meeting at Grassy Ground here on Sunday, he said that his party would form the next government after achieving a landslide victory in the upcoming general elections.

Mr Khan, the central chairman of PTI, lauded the sacrifices rendered by residents of Swat for restoration of peace. He said that only PTI had a durable solution to the issue of terrorism owing to which it seemed to be a matter of few weeks for his party to form the next government.

The spacious ground was full to its capacity and many people were standing on Saidu-Mingora Road to listen the speech of Mr Khan.

The enthusiastic workers of PTI from Shangla, Buner, Dir and other parts of Malakand attended the public meeting in a large number. They were clapping profusely during the speech of their leader while some of them were holding bats, the election symbol of PTI, painted in party colours.

“I am well aware of the prevalent resentment among the workers over award of party tickets to the candidates for the next elections. I will sit from tomorrow to resolve this issue. It will be the only reason of our poor performance if we allow those people, who don’t fulfil our requirements, to contest the polls on PTI tickets,” Mr Khan said.

He said that it was their only strength that they would follow merit in award of tickets.

There would be no compromise on the principles of PTI, he added. Mr Khan said that traditional politicians couldn’t withstand the challenges posed to them by PTI candidates in the upcoming elections.

He said that the politicians, who looted masses at central and provincial levels, were out to spend huge amount on their election campaigns but it seemed that people would cast their votes on the basis of ideology to reject corrupt politicians.

The PTI chief said that he wouldn’t misuse public money nor would allow his relatives to do so. He said that he wouldn’t make any promise with the nation that he couldn’t fulfil.

Mr Khan said that overseas Pakistanis would get full-fledged assistance from his party after it came into power. None of their host countries would be allowed to humiliate them, he added. “I will live and die in Pakistan and will never shift my assets abroad,” he pledged.

He asked PTI office-bearers to remove him from the office of party chairman if he backtracked on his promises.

“At the age of nine, I dreamt to represent Pakistan Cricket Team which I did. Then I dreamt of captaining the team and winning the world cup, which I did. Next dream was to build Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and it was also materialised. Now, I have dreamt that PTI will sweep elections and we are on our way to build a new Pakistan,” he told the charged workers.

Mr Khan said that PTI stood tall among the Pakistani political parties where scions became leaders when their parents grew older. “We are the only political party that conducted unprecedented intra-party elections,” he said.

He said that craze had always won against the status quo. He claimed that people would come to polling stations in droves to cast votes for the PTI candidates.

“Are you ready to support me through tick and thin or ditch me like PML-N workers when their leader Nawaz Sharif was forced to leave for Saudi Arabia,” he said. The crowed, consisting mostly of young people, raised slogans in favour of PTI to assure their leader of their support.

Comments (41) Closed

pakiboy Apr 01, 2013 01:54am
khan sahab app mazaq acha kartay hain !!
anonymouns Apr 01, 2013 02:36am
Sorry to say this but I could not stop my self to say it. This is the time in reality peoples have to come out and select a new and positive peoples. By looking at the past this looks me the last chance for pakistani peoples, if the same peoples come again then that would be really horrible future for Pakistan. Totally depend on peoples what they want. I know it is very hard to control the bad mafia, but if you try sincerely then Allah will help us- INSHAALLAH
Mustafa Apr 01, 2013 05:33am
The greatest problem of today in Pakistan is the militancy and terrorism. Mr. Imran Khan should tell people what he has done all the years to combat militancy and terrorism. Intelligent people do not want to hear from Mr. Khan in wake of election that "only PTI had a durable solution to the issue of terrorism" when he did nothing all the years.
Fazza Apr 01, 2013 05:26am
For this rapidly failing state of Pakistan PTI and imran is the last hope....
@dHazaras Apr 01, 2013 02:36am
By keeping quiet? when TTP threatened PPP, ANP and MQM
M. Alvi Apr 01, 2013 08:24am
He was not in power then. Ask this question from the ones who were in power.
Yawar Apr 01, 2013 02:08am
The problems in Pakistan are so many and so severe in terms of terrorism, corruption, nepotism, failing economy, illiteracy and low quality education, land grabbing, bhatta khori, street crimes, ethnic hatred, sectarian and target killings, load shedding, etc etc. If there is one person or party that can improve this dire situation in Pakistan, it is Imran Khan and PTI.
M. Alvi Apr 01, 2013 08:33am
Pakistan is not a failing state - it is a failed state. Now it is a matter of reviving it - a very difficult task. If Imran khan succeeds and forms government, one of the first things that he should do, should be to put all the clowns in jail.
Abid Apr 01, 2013 02:55am
He is right, ALLAH has given Imran Khan the courage and honestly that can lead him to achieve this goal of new and progressive Pakistan. INSHA ALLAH PTI will sweep and as an overseas Pakistani, my whole family vote is your Mr. Kaptaan
Darawal Apr 01, 2013 07:49am
Talk is cheap....
Cyrus Howell Apr 01, 2013 08:19am
ALLAH has given Imran Khan nothing.
Cyrus Howell Apr 01, 2013 08:16am
"Only PTI can end terrorism, says Imran." I feel very sorry for him if he really believes that.
Gerry D'Cunha Apr 01, 2013 11:14am
waseem: don't have high hopes!!!! you might have to regret - the two major parties are old 'khalaris' in politics and winning elections
aryan khan Apr 01, 2013 06:37am
imran khan will do it inshallah,god bless him ameen,imran khan people are with u, go forth
Cyrus Howell Apr 01, 2013 08:29am
One man alone in this world can change nothing.
Sarfaraz Aslam Apr 01, 2013 06:52am
Goodluck for your vision. The nurtures and spread insergences through out the country, your statement is beyound understanding.
JAVAID KHAN Apr 01, 2013 07:09am
Imran Khan is the only hope for Pakistan.Inshallah PTI will win over 100 NA seats in the forthcomming election.There is no point in voting a party which has been tried and failed,not just once but several times.
Waseem Awan Apr 01, 2013 10:30am
not only 100 seats my friend, inshALLAH Cleen Sweep :)
JAVAID KHAN Apr 01, 2013 07:14am
You should be asking this question from parties who ruled Pakistan in the past decade or so.Its unfair to blame Imran Khan for the mistakes committed by Musharraf and Zardari.
Baber Apr 01, 2013 10:10am
In history, there have been numerous individuals who have changed the world. If you wish to live in a cage of pessimism, you will not even change yourself. Go read your history, and try to change your mindset, your just trolling here.
Iftikhar Husain Apr 01, 2013 11:44am
Best of luck.
Maryam Apr 01, 2013 11:50am
Ask this question from whom you selected and voted previously, not from Imran Khan.
Agha Ata (USA) Apr 01, 2013 12:54pm
Sounds like a beautiful Tsunami!
Malick Apr 01, 2013 01:34pm
Tsunami is never ever beautiful, It is always destructive.
akhter husain Apr 01, 2013 01:45pm
The wave of terrorism is weakening and is bound to come to its logical conclusion any way. Imran Khan may be the person who wears the crown.Good luck to him..
Akram Apr 01, 2013 03:26pm
Cyrus, tell that to Nelson Mandela.
Assad Apr 01, 2013 04:43pm
I believe the initial poster's point is that IK has not really taken a strong stance against the TTP. Its always a "me too" condemnation against the gruesome acts of violence by the TTP. A true leader, who is willing to stand up to the tyranny of the TTP would not mince words about their actions. In this regard, IK's cowed down version of condemnation is no different than what the PML-N puts out after being asked about.
Assad Apr 01, 2013 04:58pm
Pakistan cannot be fixed by one savior such as IK. This is a fallacy in the minds of Pakistanis that if we have this one good, true leader, all of our problems would be solved. We live in God's World as His creations and are imperfect. No leader can solve all of our problems. I believe the key is to have continuity and a drive to constantly improve. Our politicians reset the clock every time they come into governance which sets the country back. This has to be avoided. My own hope is that if IK is elected, he would try to set the wrongs right by focusing on the basics and that others will pick up from where he leaves off. I am not a believer in these doom and gloom stories about Pakistan being a failed state. Nothing in Pakistan is irreversible. It will take hard work and require mid night oil to be burned, but Pakistan's problems are not difficult, they are just many. Taxation can be fixed. If taxation is fixed, more funding is available to fix education. If education is helped, quality of people coming into governance will improve etc. etc. Sometimes the most basic of things can set off a chain reaction to fix a multitude of problems. Pakistan needs a bit of luck and sincerity of its people.
umer Apr 01, 2013 06:42pm
Tsunami is against corrupt system and corrupt leaders.
Mustafa Apr 01, 2013 07:12pm
Did I blame Imran Khan for what is happening in the country today? I never blamed him. However, as an elected representative of people it was his duty as minimum to shout loudly that terrorism and militancy must stop and persuade government very strongly to use all available force to stop it. He never did that but he was very active to stop Drone attacks that were used against militants and terrorists. His excuse was civilian casualties but as a politician he is supposed to know that in War II millions of innocents died to save the world from enemies of humanity. You have to pay some price to get rid of enemies of humanity in Pakistan.
murtazarzai Apr 02, 2013 01:33pm
only if party is in absolute majority in assembly, not in coalation.
Sal Apr 01, 2013 07:53pm
Because Mr. Khan is in favour with the Taliban, since he previously endorsed their control of Swat. It would make sense that he has offered control of areas entirely to Taliban in exchange for votes (however these are made). Another reason not to support PTI, as they are looking for control and any cost.
Sal Apr 01, 2013 07:56pm
the people who rule Pakistan do not wear ties, they wear uniforms with stars on their shoulders. They are the real reason for the troubles. And yet all they do now is collect more land to make themselves multi-millionaires. This would be fine if it was earned, sadly the truth is that none of it is.
Shrikant N Shenoy Apr 01, 2013 08:10pm
For some people, like the Taliban, destruction is beautiful!
Naeem Apr 01, 2013 09:35pm
He is certainly the most educated & honest of the politicians - none of who have done Pakistan any good! What does anyone lose by voting for him I ask you?
Mustafa Apr 01, 2013 11:37pm
Here is Good News: "KARACHI: Eleven Pakistani Taliban militants were arrested by the security forces in different raids carried out in Karachi on Monday, DawnNews reported." May Allah reward security forces for performing excellent job. I wish Pakistan had a law to impose mandatory death penalty for people in possession of unlawful arms and ammunitions and bomb-making materials. This will reduce or eliminate murder of innocent human beings.
hyderphd74 Apr 01, 2013 11:48pm
Every election contestant says all the crowd-pleasing words before the elections. What he/she does afterwards has no connection to it.
JAVAID KHAN Apr 02, 2013 03:24am
Tsumani will be destructive for corrupt leaders.
JAVAID KHAN Apr 02, 2013 11:38am
If the top leadership is honest it has a tricle down effect.
murtazarzai Apr 02, 2013 07:05am
i know he is honest n good person but not sure about other candidates of his it will be very challenging for him to form a goverment on its own or endup in coalation with another corrupt party.
Such bolo Apr 02, 2013 08:09pm
You were living with corrupt head of the parties and their corrupt MNA for 5 years. Imran is the only non corrupt leader in Pakistan and he had made sure the PTI elects their Representative. Now if you want to elect corrupt reprehensive as Pakistani have done in past then you know what happens when they come in Power Imran will never let any one do corruption in PTI. You got to get out of Fear and elect Sincere and Honest leader Imran Khan. Then Insha ALLAH you will see how Pakistan changes for better for every one