Imran to attend Qureshi rally today

KARACHI — Riding high on the wave of popularity, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) will attend the rally of former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Ghotki, Sindh, scheduled to be held today (Sunday).

Confirming party’s participation in the rally, PTI Sindh President Naeemul Haque told reporters that Imran Khan would cross the Sindh border on Sunday and is certain to attend the rally.

The former foreign minister, who quit Pakistan People’s Party and resigned as member of parliament last week, is expected to announce his future course of action in the Ghotki rally. Political analysts expect Qureshi to join either the PTI or the PML-N of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Naeemul Haque also said the party expected that a large number of its activists from across the country would attend the Ghotki rally during which certain influential Sindh leaders are likely to announce joining the PTI.

Imran Khan has already hinted that Qureshi is expected to join the PTI and if that happened in Sunday’s rally it will be the biggest pull off and a great boost for the party.

During his stay in Sindh, the PTI chief will also visit Karachi to chalk out plans for party’s 25th December rally in the country’s mega city.

After Lahore’s success, Khan and other leaders of PTI are predicting an even bigger show in Karachi that could put to end all doubts regarding party’s popularity among youth in a province considered a stronghold of the PPP.

“The rally in Karachi will be bigger than the one in Lahore. This will be a historic one. We have already submitted an application with the Sindh government and expect its approval soon,” said Haque.

Meanwhile, the Christian community in Karachi has asked the PTI to change its rally’s date but the party leadership has assured them that the rally would not cause any problem for them and they could celebrate their festival without any fear.

Afzal Khan adds from Islamabad: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that “change will come” in the next election.

“It is now time to win the Pakistan “World Cup”, said Khan, implying that the country should emerge as a successful nation at home and in the international arena.

Addressing gatherings of thousands at Chakwal and later near Peshawar, the PTI chief said that a “tsunami” has arrived which will “reach Karachi, where the future of Pakistan will be decided”.

He was referring to the rise in corruption, inflation and violation of human rights in Pakistan.

Imran Khan said old-fashioned politics based on corruption cannot change the fate of a country, and that the youth of Pakistan will be instrumental in bringing about a change.

“Minor office holders have been put behind bars while big fish are protected by the NRO,” he said.

The PTI chief also said that people will have to fight for their rights to secure a brighter future.

Imran also hit out at the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, saying that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should not spend government funds on rallies and should instead use the money to provide water to the people of Chakwal who are facing its shortage.

Responding to a PML-N leader’s assertion scoffing at his remarks that he will bowl President Asif Zardari and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif with one ball which was impossible in the game, Imran reminded him that when the last player in the team is bowled in cricket, his other partner has to go with him.

The PTI which is planning to stage a rally in Karachi on December 25 near the Mazar-e-Quaid, intends to bring out a whopping 200,000 people for the occasion.

Party officials earlier saidthat the December 25 rally’s theme will be ‘National Unity’ as Imran Khan wants everyone to participate, above ethnic divides.

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