Pakistan

QUETTA – The incumbent leaders of Pakistan are running the country in the same manner the British ran East India Company, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan claimed while addressing his party’s first public gathering in Quetta in five years.

“They are getting richer and richer with each passing day by exploiting the country’s resources and taking them out of Pakistan,” said the PTI chief.

“Our country is being run like a company,” he said, “In Sindh, we have Zardari’s companies, In Balochistan its Fazlur Rehman and Achakzai companies, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa we have Asfandyar’s companies.”Pakistan is full of natural resources, and with the current potential it can become the richest country in the world, said Imran Khan.

“If the laundered money is spent on the youth in the country, it will help develop assets for us in the form of skilled individuals,” he said.

Citing Germany and Japan as examples, the PTI chief said that these countries invested on their own people and now they are developed countries.

The PTI chief highlighted the importance of public awareness regarding the current problems, and said: “Now the people finally understand the actual problems.”

“The manner in which Nawaz-led government conducted matters in Dawn story probe, I can safely say that the countrymen have lost trust in you [Nawaz]”, said Imran Khan.

“Nawaz Sharif, the people want you to speak the truth. They ask you, what business interests you have outside Pakistan.”

Imran was of the view that, “In any democracy, a person cannot become the top leader unless he discloses his business interest.” He urged Pakistanis living abroad to disclose the foreign businesses of Nawaz Sharif.

Discussing the recent steps taken by the incumbent government to control content on social media, the PTI chief described these acts as an attempt to silence the voice of masses. “Don’t mess with PTI’s social media workers,” he said.

Narrating his interaction with Balochistan’s police officials, the PTI chief claimed that the policemen kept asking him to bring police reforms in Balochistan like the one he had brought in KP.

“Please remember, until the police are reformed people’s lives are not safe, and until their lives are not safe there is no welfare or happiness or business. People are scared,” he maintained.

People in KP trust the police because it is transparent, he said, adding that it was “an example for the rest of Pakistan”.

Balochistan police need to reach the level of KP police, and we will make it happen, said Imran Khan.