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May 21, 2012

Imran says Nato route reopening ‘total capitulation’

Sports

May 21, 2012

MANCHESTER: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that the decision to open the Nato supply routes through Pakistani soil will be an act of treason, amounting to an insult to the 24 dead Pakistani soldiers who were killed during the Salala check post raid by the US-led forces.

The former-cricket star turned politician was in Manchester to raise funds for his Namal Colleges, which partners with Bradford University and degree will be issued by the Bradford University. Aneel Musarrat Hussain, organiser of the fundraiser, said that close to half a million pounds had been raised during 3 hours of fundraising with Imran Khan.

Imran Khan told The News that all was set for the re-opening of the Nato route, which was closed following the killing of Pakistani soldiers during a 90 minutes raid, despite the fact that no apology was rendered by the US, neither over the killing of innocent soldiers nor over the killing of hundreds of Pakistanis who have died in drone attacks.

Khan said: “For $365 million a year, the government of Pakistan has sold the interests of Pakistanis. Pakistani government has failed to stand up for the people and have ignored the wishes of common people who wanted their government to take a firm stand and not capitulate.”

He said the desperate to open the route are those who came into power through National Reconciliation Order (NRO) and their prime concern remained serving their own interest to stay in power. ìThe people of Pakistan will not get anything out of the money that Pakistan will get from opening the Nato routes. The deal is only for the ruling class.î

Khan said that Nawaz Sharif had stated he didnít fear the “Tsunmai” of Imran Khan’s supporters, mainly youth, but he questioned why Pakistan Muslim League-N was distributing laptops amongst the youth as a way of bribe to buy their loyalty at the time of the upcoming general election. “If they are not scared of then why are

they blowing away billions of rupees on distributing free laptops,” questioned Khan. Khan said the latest opinion polls showed that his party was gaining more popularity than at anytime before and he was making these gains at the cost of Pakistan People’s Party and PML-N.

Andrew Stephenson, Chairman of All Parliamentary Group on Pakistan, said he was a strong supporter of what Pakistani in Britain were doing to help poor classes educate their children. He said Pakistan needed help as nearly 7 million children were without access to primary education. He said it was an unfortunate fact that disparity between the rich and the poor was widening and so was the disparity in literacy rate. Imran explained how he teamed up with Bradford University, after he was made Chancellor of the British university, and thought that establishing a modern educational institution will help empower the downtrodden section of the society.

“My vision is to make Namal a university as par with Oxford University. 90 percent of the students studying here are from poor families and all of them have already got jobs. It is so sad that education is only for the elite in Pakistan. 70 percent Pakistani population doesnít have quality education. The university we will establish will be the first of its kind in Pakistan,” the former cricket ace said in his appeal to the guests. He said for the first time girls were getting education in the educational establishment set up by him as previously the conservative communities didnít send their girls to gain education. ìThere is no concept of co-education in many of these areas but I am thankful to the locals who trusted me. Imran Khan said that he will bring medical and engineering institutions to Pakistan as well.