Money-laundering convict calls a rally to welcome him


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday said that it was unfathomable that a person convicted of money laundering is calling for a grand rally to welcome him to the country.

Addressing a party convention, the PTI chairman said that in a Western democracy like the United Kingdom, a person convicted of corruption cannot even step outside in society and face the public.

“Nawaz Sharif was involved in corruption worth billions. Now he is coming and is expecting a grand rally to welcome him. This only happens in societies where there is no justice,” he said.

He said that people are not given their due rights, which has deprived 25 million children from education and 45 percent are suffering from stunt growth and are malnourished due to lack of nutrition hampering their physical and mental growth.

“It is the responsibility of the state to provide basic necessities to the poor people. If the powerful oppress the poor, then they have no resources to receive justice,” he said, adding that rule of law and the provision of justice are the hallmarks of a society.

He said it is the responsibility of the state to provide four basic necessities – provide education, take care of their health, dispense justice and provide employment. “In a western country or other developed states, there are special funds provided to the unemployed.”

He said the welfare society in Madinah, which was a role model and the inspiration for Pakistan, had rights for all minorities and other segments of society. However, the country has a weak system of justice and incidents like Raymond Davis occur and people get away from it.

“A civilized society is one in there is rule of law and provision of justice,” he said, adding that he started his struggle for the provision of justice to the masses, and not a society where minorities are deprived of their rights and people living in slums next to posh localities.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday declared former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif biggest thieve (Chor-e-Azam).

Addressing a rally in Burewala on Wednesday, he said that the nations are built by raising the standards of vulnerable class, adding that the people in Europe get paid for their hard work.

Criticizing the PML-N and PPP, the PTI chairman said that the two political parties had ruled the country for the last 30 years as the people had no other option.

Taking a jibe at Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairman, he said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has not done anything in his life but has now jumped in the field dreaming of becoming the country’s next PM.

Khan went on to say that PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shahbaz were also ready to become PM, adding that the ex-Punjab CM and his son were expressing gratitude.

The PTI chairman further said: “My heart says, revolution of change is near.”
PTI will introduce best system for the laborers, he said and added the rights of farmers will be taken care of and agricultural revolution will come in the country.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Wednesday stressed that it is the state’s responsibility to provide basic rights to the underprivileged.

Addressing the representatives of minority groups at the minorities convention, Imran presented his party’s agenda to uplift various religious groups across Pakistan.

“Minorities were given rights in Madinah’s welfare state,” said Imran. “But the weak don’t get their due rights in Pakistan.”

The PTI chief further said that during the ‘enlightened Muslim rule’ in the sub-continent, minorities were free to follow their religious beliefs.

“The more developed a society, the more protected are the weak from the powerful,” Imran said. “I have to say it with regret that I receive a lot of complaints from the Hindu community in Sindh that women belonging to the minority are forcefully married to Muslims.”

Furthermore, Imran lamented that the law in Pakistan is different for the weak and powerful. Citing the example of American national Raymond Davis, who was not punished for killing a Pakistani man, the PTI chief said, “Had the same incident happened in US, nobody would have cared about diplomatic immunity. The person who was responsible for the accident would have been punished.”

The PTI chief reiterated that only those societies where the supremacy of law prevails are considered civilised.

“Ask any minority group and the will complain about not getting their rights,” he said.
The politician recalled that the Constitution of Pakistan elaborates on rights of humans. “The Constitution has guaranteed that the state will provide education and health facilities to the people but what is actually available for the common man? Facilities are only available for a small segment of the society,” he observed. – NNI