Imran pledges reforming the country’s health, education system; debt repayment, no to external debt; control over corruption; strengthening of state institutions; and other reforms
Seven years after his historic public meeting at the Minar-i-Pakistan, PTI chief Imran Khan on Sunday pledged to fight for the rights of the people. Addressing a rally at Greater Iqbal Park, he said the nation had never dis-appointed him and assisted him during ups and downs of his life and he too would reciprocate the gesture. He thanked the party workers and supporters for turning out in large numbers to make the event a success.
The PTI chief presented the party’s 11-point agenda for Naya (new) Pakistan which according to him will help elevate living standards of the masses. The charter includes reforming the country’s health and education system, debt repayment, no to external debt, control over corruption and money laundering, strengthening of state institutions, and other reforms.
He also promised south Punjab province and merger of FATA into KP besides measures to empower women. The PTI chief announced that the agenda would help establish “one system of justice, reduce poverty and elevate the living standards of the poor.”
“No country can ever flourish with-out emphasizing on the education… all the Asian Tigers educated their children, the men, and the women,” said the PTI chief.
“Countries don’t flourish because of the roads and bridges, but when you spend on human development,” Imran lashed out at the present government. He also spoke about the SKMCH and said, “I will [build] hospitals in Pakistan where the poor wouldn’t have to worry about money and the rich wouldn’t need to go abroad for treatment.”
Imran vowed to introduce a health insurance system modeled on the ‘Sehat Sahulat’ card in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the poor across Pakistan. Earlier, he lamented that today’s Pakistan is neither the vision of Quaid-i-Azam nor Allama Iqbal.
Imran, who earlier dubbed the rally as “Tsunami plus show”, expressed his gratitude to the participants for turning out in large numbers to witness the gathering.
Referring to a visit by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to the United States earlier this year, Imran said it was embarrassing for Pakistan to see its PM treated with lack of dignity at US airports.
Recalling his party’s struggle, Imran said people used to mock them. “In the first election, we got none, in the second election we got one seat. But today, we are the largest party in Pakistan. Time will prove that no one can defeat PTI.”
The event was quite impressive and reminiscent of the sights of the mammoth gathering of the party on Oct 30, 2011 when its supporters saw a scent of hope in the air. Greater Iqbal Park was splashed with hues of red and green and came alive with the participants of all ages.
Sunday’s event was bigger than the one of 2011 and some PTI workers said it was because of that fact that people had gathered from all over the country.
Contrary to the PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif’s claim that the youth had stopped following Imran Khan, a good number of youngsters turned up in droves at the venue. The Azadi Chowk bridge was filled with people who secured prime positions after getting there in the afternoon to have a clear view of the gathering.
Apart from those inside the venue, a large number of people were outside looking for refreshments because most of them had arrived from other parts of the country earlier in the day. “Whatever his critics may say, the unexpected turnout at the PTI gathering was a wake-up call for the tried and tested players in the field. It was this message that the young and the old put across to the elected representatives who should be wise enough to acknowledge the public sentiment,” commented an analyst.