KARACHI – Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan announced on Saturday the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf would not make any electoral alliance in Karachi as it was strong enough to go it alone.
The PTI is prepared for the big match, no matter elections are held or not, asserted Khan while interacting with the media at a local hotel here. He said his party did not have any militant wing and that a change in Pakistan could only come through elections.
Khan held the view that army needed to be deployed at and around sensitive polling stations on the polling day, which, he called extremely important and historical for the country.
The PTI chief claimed that the results of the upcoming elections would be the same as that of the historic 1992 Cricket World Cup final, when the Pakistani team had achieved the milestone.
“We are hopeful the PTI would achieve great results in the elections; we are going to field smart candidates who will achieve success just as my former cricket team did,” he said.
To a query, Khan said Nawaz Sharif’s silence over Pervez Musharraf’s arrival in Pakistan made it seem like the retired general had not returned, while earlier Mr Sharif was demanding a trial of Musharraf under Article 6.
Khan added the PTI had decided to bring the youth in Parliament in order to end conventional politics in the country. “Pakistan will collapse if the traditional politics does not end,” he went on to say.
About the province of Sindh, Khan said the former provincial government had failed to facilitate the masses, but now the people had a chance to elect “our young candidates to get a respite”.
The PTI , Khan added, was not an intelligence agency that might have all the information available about its candidates. A committee had been established under justice (retired) Wajihuddin Ahmed for scrutiny of candidates.
He also said that discussion was in progress over seat-adjustment with different political and religious parties, including the PML-F, Awami Muslim League, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen and Jamaat-e-Islami. He however made it clear that no alliance would be reached with any political or religious party.
Khan expressed deep concern on the statement of the various leaders about delay in elections, saying his party wanted timely and fair elections.
He said that returning officer should ask mature questions from the election candidates. PTI’s manifesto, he said, would be announced in the next week.
Khan said that the basis of the PTI was the local government system, and added implementation of a true local bodies system would end the era of feudalism in the country.