Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday reiterated his demand for early elections, saying that his party will never accept the “imported government” which he claims came into being after an alleged foreign conspiracy.
“We will never accept these criminals who have been imposed upon us. We only want one thing and that is early elections… we will accept this imported government under no circumstances,” he said while addressing a public gathering in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Swabi district.
He urged the youth to get ready for the struggle against the “foreign-backed” regime. “We also have to protest against those who imposed them upon us,” he added.
Khan said Zardaris and Sharifs ruled for 10 years before PTI came into power and the country suffered 400 drone attacks during their tenures but they did not condemn even a single incident.
A 60 feet long and 30 feet wide stage was set up at Swabi Stadium for today’s rally. A large number of PTI workers and supporters flocked the venue of the public gathering. Strict security measures were put in place for the event.
PTI had announced protest rallies against the alleged foreign conspiracy of regime change and the ousting of former prime minister Imran Khan throughout the country.
Drone attacks explained
“Do you know what drone attacks are? A computer game is played 4,000 miles away in the US where a button is pressed and women and children die here,” Khan said in today’s address.
He said that in a drone attack in Waziristan, 60 people were killed and in another one targeting a madressa, 64 children died.
“When people came to rescue those who were injured they drone attacked them as well, killing more people,” he added.
The PTI chief said that hundreds of thousand fought on behalf of British from India but no one thanked them because India was their colony and “slaves don’t have any respect”.
He said that 80,000 Pakistanis sacrificed their lives for the US war in Afghanistan and 3.5 million became Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“Our forces gave three times more sacrifices than the US army. Instead of thanking us, they say they could not win the war in Afghanistan because of Pakistan. Now, they have imposed their slaves here so they can do whatever they want but we will never accept the US slaves under any circumstances.”
The former ruling party has so far managed to pull massive crowds in many cities throughout the country including Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.
According to the schedule, the Swabi rally will be followed by one in Kohat on May 17 while the fifth such rally would be held in Mardan on May 20.
The former prime minister is expected to announce his planned long march to Islamabad any day after May 20.
Former prime minister has claimed that three million people — a figure almost double the population of the capital city itself — would overcome all barricades put up by the government and reach the federal capital on his call.
Addressing recent public rallies, the PTI chairman has told his supporters to wait for his call, which could come any day after May 20. He emphasised that his long march was aimed at “achieving real independence and democracy”.
‘Spineless corrupt rulers’
Imran Khan, in today’s rally, said that the US chose these two families — Bhuttos and Sharifs — because they know they can never take a stand against them as they have no spine. “They only care about their money parked in London and other foreign countries,” he added.
“For the last 30 years, Bhuttos and Sharifs are ruling this country. Today [PM] Shehbaz Sharif says we’re beggars that’s why we’re slaves. Their minister says we have to worship the US because our economy is on ventilator.”
The former prime minister said that the US knew that Imran Khan will never give them any (air) bases or do anything against the interests of his people. “That is why this conspiracy was hatched,” he explained.
‘Poison that cause heart attacks’
FIA officers who arrested the corrupt are now being targeted, said Khan. “One of them died because of a heart attack and another is in serious condition. I will tell you what is the poison used that causes a heart attack.”
He said that FIA was now being ruled by “butcher of Faisalabad” Rana Sanaullah. “Now they will do what MQM did to Sindh police. MQM targeted each and every police officer involved in operation against them and to this day Sindh police could not stand on its feet and Rangers had to be called.”
The PTI chairman said that no nation in the world can progress if its moral standing is not high. “If the biggest criminals of the country take top position, no nation can progress,” he added.
Lastly, he urged the youth of the city to come with him to protest against the current regime. “When I will give you call, I want to meet the brave youth of Swabi in Islamabad. Those who cannot come to Islamabad should protest here and say they do not want imported government and slavery,” he further said.
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