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PTI, Qadri have same objectives, different approach: Imran

January 19, 2013

Chief of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan.—File Photo
Chief of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Saturday that he agreed with the points raised by Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Tahirul Qadri, however, the PTI does not believe in the approach chosen by the TMQ chief to achieve those objectives.

Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, Khan said that his party has been raising the same points that Qadri raised for the past five years. However, the PTI believes in addressing those issues through democratic means.

Khan further said that according to Qadri’s demands, assemblies would have been dissolved through an unconstitutional way, which would have resulted in rewarding the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) with “political martyrdom”.

Reiterating his stance, the PTI chief called on the resignation of President Asif Ali Zardari, claiming again that free and fair polls can not be held with Zardari as the president. Khan also criticised Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief’s stance on the resignation of President Zardari.

Moreover, Khan claimed that 90 per cent of the Pakistani public wanted change, which could only be made possible through transparent and independent elections.

Rejecting any possibility of boycotting the upcoming polls, Khan reassured that the PTI would fully participate in the general election. Khan said the upcoming polls would be ‘historic’, and a means of achieving a ‘revolution’ in Pakistan.