Imran labels march as ‘jihad to get real freedom’


Says we do not need enemies when looters are in power
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan on Thursday dubbed the long march as ‘jihad’ to get actual freedom, saying that he will announce the long march within a few days.
Addressing an event at the University of Sargodha, the former premier berated Punjab Governor Baligh ur Rehman and said, “Who gave him the permission to stop the political leaders from addressing the students. I ask the Punjab governor to not follow the advice of the rulers as the students are the future of the country”.
At the outset of his speech, the former premier [Imran] said, “On three occasions, I had an opportunity to address the students of Oxford University. How could students become politically enlightened if leaders were not permitted to speak at the university? This is the place even for the PDM chief and JUI-F supremo, Maulana Fazl ur Rehman to come, but if the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will make his way to the university, then he will ask for the money.”
Taking a dig at Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the PTI chairman said that he [Bilawal] gives contradictory statements. “Some of the politicians come into power by first pretending that they think about the masses and after that, they plunder the nation’s wealth”, said the PTI chief.
Recalling his take on society’s decline, the PTI chief said that when the principles of honesty and truth are ignored, then this leads to the collapse of society. Giving the example of Switzerland’s key to success, Imran said that the secret behind the success and progress in the country [Switzerland] is the supremacy of law.
Hitting out at PM Shehbaz, he said, “Our prime minister, when asks for the money from abroad, so then the entire country has to suffer in terms of respect. Before coming into power, our premier was about to be convicted in the case of plundering Rs16 billion.”
Lambasting the finance czar, Ishaq Dar, Imran said, “Dar in his statement, back in 2000 admitted that he [Dar] used to do money laundering, but now he has been elected as the finance minister again”.
While further talking about his movement against the incumbent government, the PTI chairman said, “Through the long march, the country’s destiny is going to be decided.” Urging his supporters to not give up, Imran said, “When you gave up, then you get dragged into a quagmire”.
Besides, taking a dig at PM Shehbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Dar, Imran also lashed out at former president Asif Zardari and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah.
Talking about Zardari, he said that on Zardari’s corruption, many books have been written, while taking a jibe at the interior minister, Imran cited the statement of the PML-N leader, Abid Sher Ali’s father and said that Abid’s father had said that Rana Sanaullah had killed 18 people.
Imran Khan said that scholars like Raymond Baker have written books about Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif’s corruption but NAB is closing cases against them. This is not just a political struggle but a ‘jihad’ against these corrupt people, he added.
He added that it is better to die rather than live under these looters’ government. The former premier also berated Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori and went on to say, “It is difficult to draw a line of demarcation between Sindh Governor and the character of Maula Jutt”.
The PTI Chief added that our country does not need any other enemy if these looters are installed in power. He said that throughout his cricketing career he fought until the last ball. PDM leaders should know that the ‘captain’ would fight them till the end, he added. =DNA