Imran Khan promised to deliver to common people


Islamabad(Daily P.Times) : The Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has promised to deliver to the common people and not resort to retaliatory measures against his political rivals.
Imran Khan has stated this while speaking in a live press conference hours after results confirmed that his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has won a majority of seats in the general election. “I would like to thank Allah that my 22-year struggle Allah has put me in a position to fulfill my dream for Pakistan,” he said. “Now, I have an opportunity to implement the manifesto that I had when I came into politics 22 years ago.” He called it a historic election and said the people had made sacrifices. “I would like to salute the people of Balochistan who came out to vote despite all the threats,” he said, referring to the horrific bomb blast in Quetta early Wednesday, killing 32 people.m He commended the security forces for their sacrifices. He spoke of strengthening institutions. “Accountability will start from me and my cabinet before anyone else.” Pakistan’s biggest challenge is economic, he said. There is a record fiscal and trade deficit. The dollar is at an all-time high. This is because institutions are not working properly, he said. Imran Khan said that he would not live in Prime Minister House. “Our govt will decide what to do with PM House,” he said.
“It will be used for public purposes.” One idea was to turn it into a hotel. He said that all the government resorts could generate money if they were rented. The PTI government would also work on policies with the business community. “Farmers are not paid for their hard work, 25 million children are out of school, our women continue to die in childbirth because we can’t give them basic healthcare, we can’t give the people clean drinking water to people. A country is not recognised by the lifestyle of the rich, but by the lifestyle of the poor. No country that has an island of rich people and a sea of poor people can prosper,” he said.
“Our institutions will be stronger, everyone will be held accountable. First I will be subjected to accountability, then my ministers and so on. Today we are behind [other countries] because there is a separate system for those in power and a separate one for ordinary citizens,” he said. “We are facing governance and economic challenges. Our economy has never been so abysmal. It’s because institutions have not been doing their jobs,” he explained. “Our government will decide what we will do with PM House. I would be ashamed to live in such a large house. That house will be converted into an educational institution or something of the sort,” he said. “We will improve tax culture. People will pay taxes because they will see that their taxes are being spent on them. We will help farmers, the business community and help the youth to find jobs and develop their skills. Our money will be spent on human development,” he added.
“Another challenge is foreign policy. No other country needs peace like we do. We will strengthen our elations with China, they have given us a chance by investing in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and we also want to learn how to improve people’s lives, drag them out of poverty. Will also learn how to deal with corruption,” he said. “Next is Afghanistan. They have suffered most in the ‘war on terror’, and before that in the Afghan jihad. Peace in Afghanistan means peace in Pakistan,” he said, adding that he envisions open borders with Afghanistan reminiscent to those within the European Union. He said he wished relations with the US to be mutually beneficial, not one sided. Additionally, he said he and his party wanted stronger ties with Iran. “Saudi Arabia has stood by us in our toughest times. We would like to be a reconciliatory state and help them resolve their inner tensions,” he said. He added that he was very disappointed with how Indian media had, in the days leading up to the election, portrayed him as a “Bollywood villain”. “I am a person who arguably knows the most people in India because of my days in cricket. We can resolve the poverty crisis in South East Asia. The biggest problem is Kashmir, every international organisation has said that there are human rights violations taking place in Kashmir,” he said. “I pledge to our people that I will introduce a system that is for the masses, all policies will be for the people and not for the elite,” he vowed. “About rigging he stated that current Election Commission of Pakistan was created by two major political parties, the PPP and PML-N. If you think there has been rigging, we will assist you in the investigation if you have any doubts. We will stand by you. I feel that this election has been the fairest in Pakistan’s history. If any party has any doubts, we will open the results of those constituencies up for investigation.”


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