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No compromise on democracy, says Imran

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that he is willing to compromise on the ruling government but not on democracy.

Addressing a public meeting here on Friday he said the ruling government has no respect for democracy or state’s institutions.

Criticising Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif, he said: “Nawaz has been disqualified because he stole nation’s money.”

Nawaz has about Rs300 billion abroad, all of which he stole from the nation, Imran reiterated. “Nawaz will go to any limit to escape accountability.”

Moreover, he claimed that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is just a mere puppet of the Sharif family.

The PTI chief spoke about commotion that took place earlier in the day, saying the Sharif family does not want cases against them to be proceeded. He added if the money laundering charges against the Sharifs are proven their Rs300 million abroad will be seized.

About the NA-4 by-elections, Imran urged the public to go out to vote to give a message that they want to see the nation prosper. Imran also lashed out at Pakistan Peoples Party Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari.

“It seems like a sign of the day of judgement that Asif Zardari thinks that corrupt practices took place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” Imran said, referring to what Zardari said during speeches on his recent visit to the province. “Now I will be going to Sindh and will help people break free from the shackles of fear,” he claimed.

He also stressed the importance of development and progress in the country. While giving the example of Switzerland, Imran said the country has only mountains and cows from which they procure milk and butter but still its people are the happiest. He added Pakistan is rich in resources and natural beauty, despite which people are suffering.

The PTI chief shared that he has recently discovered four places amid the mountains of Kohistan and Hazara which his government has planned to open for tourists by next year. On the occasion, PTI leader Pervez Khattak congratulated Arbab Najeebullah on joining PTI.

“When we asked Arbab Najeebullah why he defected to PTI from ANP, he said he trusted Imran,” Khattak said.

While criticising those who question PTI’s slogan of change, Khattak said those who wreaked damage in the province’s police force and hospitals cannot see what change has been brought about in KP.

Police personnel were deployed on all four sides of the rally ground, situated near Ring Road, to ensure security throughout the event.

Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan had objected to the rally, deeming it to be in NA-4 constituency of Peshawar. However, Peshawar Deputy Commissioner Saqib Raza Aslam clarified that the rally was scheduled for NA-2.

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