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Imran vows to turn Pakistan into Islamic welfare state

Rehan Siddiqui
Filed on December 27, 2011

KARACHI - Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has pledged that if people reposed confidence in him he would guarantee establishing an Islamic welfare state in the country.

“Our party’s sole objective will be to make Pakistan a country where all nationals will be equal in the eyes of justice unlike today where poor are behind the bars while corrupt people enjoy freedom,” thundered the cricketer-turned-politician on Sunday while addressing one of the biggest rallies witnessed in Karachi.

Imran said he had already formed a committee headed by Jahangir Tareen to work on priority basis to formulate a policy on how to eliminate rampant corruption that was costing Rs3 billion to the national exchequer daily.

The PTI leader also announced the next stop of tsunami will be Balochistan capital Quetta on March 23, 2012, and “I will personally apologise to Balochi people for the excesses committed by the present and past rulers,” he said.

Imran also said that “days of the corrupt Zardari government were numbered and our first priority will be to take action against those people who are involved in corruption,” he said.

Former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Javed Hashmi, who joined the PTI on Saturday, said thousands of people who have gathered here made up of the young generation of Pakistan is the harbinger of a revolution

“Today is the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah. When he made this country, he wanted to ensure justice for Muslims of the subcontinent. Justice was his slogan and movement for justice is Imran’s slogan. This is why we have come forward to provide justice. It is the youth of this country who will achieve that.”

Hashmi said that when he was considering joining the PTI, he was humbled by Imran’s invitation. “For the first time, a leader said to me that I have never gone to ask anyone to join the party but I have come to you and not for myself but for Pakistan. How could I say no to him?”

“Now, I hand over you my 40 years of hard work. No one can raise questions over financial, social and political matters throughout my career or doubt my dedication to this country.”

Earlier, Shah Mehmood Qureshi declared that today’s caravan had come out to save Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan and one could see Pathan, Seraiki, Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi and Urdu-speaking people have come together. “The broken heart has been fixed.”

He said that Karachi reflects the face of Pakistan and the country’s prosperity and stability was directly linked to that of Karachi’s. “Every institution is facing a downfall but all this can be turned around. For this you will have to elect an honest leadership. Today’s judiciary has buried the doctrine of necessity for good and,” he stated.

The mammoth rally was also entertained by musician Salman Ahmed who played Pakistan’s National Anthem and the famous ‘Jazba Junoon’. Earlier, musician Abrarul Haq, who joined PTI the other day, recited a Naat.

Among those who addressed the gathering were ex-federal minister Azam Swati, former Supreme Court judge Wajihuddin Ahmed, and lawyer movement leader Hamid Khan.

PTI and national flags were visible all around the venue as well as carried by young, old and children across this mega city on buildings, buses, motorcycles, cars and rickshaws. The entrance to the venue and the main area were divided into four sections, with one for women, another for families, the third for youth and the fourth for the general public with special seating for hundreds of media personnel.

The rally itself was well organised with everyone entering the venue had to go through electronic gates and frisked by volunteers besides nearly 2000 law enforcers were deputed to provide security for the rally.

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