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PTI chief launches ‘Naya Pakistan Fund’

Published Mar 30, 2013 08:10am

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PTI chief Imran Khan. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Friday launched what he called the ‘Naya Pakistan Fund’ campaign to finance party candidates who couldn’t afford to run election campaigns on their own.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Khan said the PTI was the only party which had begun the fund raising programme so that people belonging to lower classes could take part in politics.

He once again declared that his party would not form any election alliance with other parties.

Without naming any group, he said his party would not go for seat adjustment with terrorists. In the past, Mr Khan had criticised the PML-N for maintaining links with militant organisations for political purposes.

He criticised what he called corrupt political mafia that had looted public money and used it to buy loyalties of politicians. The PTI was helping people from lower and middle classes to join politics and get the country rid of this political mafia, he added.

Mr Khan said the PTI’s tickets for the coming elections would be awarded on merit, adding that 25 per cent candidates of the party would come from the youth.

He endorsed the appointment of Najam Sethi as caretaker chief minister of Punjab, hoping that Mr Sethi would be able to hold free and fair polls in the province.

Mr Khan was flanked by PTI’s vice-chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Jahangir Khan Tareen, Asad Umar, Naeemul Haq, Dr Shireen Mazari, Farrukh Habib and Faisal Javed Khan.