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- Friday, November 25, 2011 - From Print Edition


CHAKWAL: Terming the incumbent federal and provincial governments the most corrupt, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan Thursday said the days of the ruling mafia are numbered now.


Addressing a big public meeting in Chakwal, the PTI chief said he came to the district 19 years ago to hunt partridges, but now he has come to the area to net big crocodiles. He said Pakistan would prove to be the graveyard of the big fish. The tsunami of change starting from Lahore has now reached Chakwal, he said adding that from there it would go to Peshawar and then to Ghotki and finally to Karachi to change the fate of the 180 million people of the country.


The public meeting was arranged by former district nazim Chakwal Sardar Ghulam Abbas, who announced joining the PTI, along with his thousands of supporters. According to observers, over 80,000 people attended the public meeting, which was termed the biggest gathering of the people in the political history of Chakwal.


Imran said every Pakistani was under the debt of Rs 70,000 only because of wrong economic and political policies of the incumbent government. He said Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif would become history in the upcoming elections. Imran was confident that Pakistan had the potential to lead the whole Asia as it has huge mineral deposits of gold, copper, silver and coal. He said the corrupt could not hold accountable the other corrupt and that was why the PPP and PML-N were aiding each other. Imran alleged that Rs 90 billion had been spent at Raiwind and public money misused. Imran said Karachi was a hub of economic activities, but the rulers have converted it into a centre of illegal weapons, target-killings and looting.


Imran asked people to get ready for general elections and warned Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif against spending public money on political meetings of the PML-N. Online adds: Imran Khan said due to absence of a reasonable political system, Pakistan has become a puppet in the hands of destructive forces. “Pakistan has been endowed with every kind of capabilities of science and technology. It is full of men of letters and scholars but due to lack of proper planning and honest leadership, it is falling down and down,” he added. Imran said: “We would form national academic institutions where everybody would be provided with equal opportunities without any discrimination.”