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LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek Quaid Tahirul Qadri on Thursday congratulated Imran Khan on his overwhelming success in the general election, and said he fully endorsed the agenda that Khan announced in his victory speech.

He said: “We wish the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf form government in Centre, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The allegations of rigging are common in Pakistan, and the losing party always speaks of rigging; however, the Sharifs must pay respect to vote and accept verdict of the people. Now, it is responsibility of Imran Khan to provide justice to victim families of Model Town incident and hopefully Imran Khan will honour this commitment.”

He said the people of Pakistan deserved a lot of appreciation for defeating the corrupt leaders. He said his decision of not participating in election under the current electoral system was based on principles, “but I still believe election should not mean change of faces, rather it should be for the welfare of country and its people.”

He said Imran Khan and his team struggled to change the current system and hoped that the election result would pave the way for change in system.

Qadri said all regional bodies of PAT played their role in the recent elections and used their voting right.

Published in Dawn, July 27th, 2018