LAHORE - Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said PPP and PML-N are supporting terrorists and making seat adjustments with banned outfits just to come to power.

Talking to media persons after visiting the bereaved family of Dr Ali Haider who was martyred in a target killing on Monday, the PTI chairman said, “Support to terror outfits by major political parties that are making seat adjustments with banned organisations like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has added a lot to terrorism.” He hinted at international conspiracy behind clashes between Shia and Sunni sects in the country.

He said PTI would eradicate terrorism from the country after coming to power. He termed the killing of Dr Ali Haider, a national tragedy, saying the country had been deprived of an internationally recognised eye specialist.

He lashed out at the government and said it had done nothing to eradicate militancy and extremism during the last five years. He said the rulers had also miserably failed to launch any welfare project for poverty-stricken masses.

The PTI chief advised the Karachiites not to vote for the political parties having their armed wings. He vowed the PTI would initiate dialogue process with Taliban, besides banning foreign funding for terrorist groups, on coming to power.

The incumbent governments had totally failed to deal with militancy and restore peace, he said. He added PTI would eradicate sectarianism, militancy and extremism from the country.

To a question, Imran said the PTI had been supporting the idea of holding talks with Taliban since long, but other parties had make fun of it, terming the move a conspiracy by Jews. But all these parties were now backing the PTI’s suggestion of dialogue, he claimed. JUI-F and ANP should tell the nation why they did not convene an APC five years ago, he said.

Khan termed the Metro Bus Service, laptop distribution and regularisation of employees a part of pre-poll rigging. He said the Punjab government could not befool the masses by launching these projects with the public money because they had been exposed before the masses and the people had already decided to vote for the PTI.