ISLAMABAD - Chairman PTI Imran Khan has said that Justice (Retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid is respected by all, however, PTI would respond to the PML-N’s nominees for the slot of caretaker Prime Minister on Friday (today).

He said this during a Press conference held at the premises of Central Secretariat of PTI on Thursday. Imran Khan made it loud and clear once again that PTI would not award party tickets to bank defaulters, tax evaders and corrupt politicians while the party would also move the Supreme Court if the PPP and PML-N jointly got the tax amnesty scheme approved from the Parliament to provide protection to their tax-evading MPs.

"You know over 70 per cent Parliamentarians belonging to the PPP and the PML-N are tax evaders. The PPP and PML-N joined hands to get tax amnesty scheme passed from the Standing Committee. If they passed the “Tax Amnesty Bill” from the Parliament, the PTI would move the Supreme Court against the discriminatory law aimed at providing protection to tax thieves," he added.

Imran expressed these views speaking at a Press conference here on the occasion of joining of the PTI by former bureaucrat Roedad Khan, former Ambassador Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, former Provincial Minister Sikandar Hayat Khan, former candidate from NA-79, Samundari Hammad Muhammad Khan, former MPA from PP-62, Faisalabad Rai Ahsan Raza Kharal, former candidate from PP-171-Nankana Sahib, Muhammad Ahsan Raza Wahga, former PPP candidate from NA-171, Khawaja Muddasar Mehmood and former candidate from PP-242, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sardar Iqbal Khan Qaisrani.

He said although Justice (Retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid is respected by all, but any decision regarding caretaker PM would be taken in the party meeting.

He said that the PTI would move the SC against the 'Tax Amnesty Bill' jointly approved by PPP and PML-N meant for giving legal cover to tax evaders, whose large number took refuge in these two parties.

He said that both the parties approved the bill with the purpose to fasten hands of the newly-elected government which obviously would be of the PTI, so that it could not initiate any legal proceedings against the burglars, looters and tax evaders.

Talking about the intra-party polls, he made it clear that the party would start reconciliation process with the objective to address the reservations of all the candidates and if needed elections would be held again in certain areas.

The PTI Chairman expressed his apprehension that the Election Commission of Pakistan might only allow those parties which completed their parties elections within an hour instead of the PTI which had been going through the process for the past 10 months. To a question about the APCs, Imran Khan argued that all the political parties which were backing the idea of holding talks with Taliban were making fun of the PTI when it first suggested the proposal that the only way out from the crisis was talks.

He said, "it is beyond his comprehension that they convened the APCs at the juncture when the present government has almost completed its tenure."

He said that it seemed that they needed an NOC from the US, which they got right now that was why they convened the APCs.

Talking about the Iran-Pakistan Gas pipeline, Imran Khan questioned that why the government took such time a long time to give a go-ahead to the much-needed project. He said that both these initiatives were against the US interests, so the present leaders neither had the gut nor the courage to take such bold steps, but bringing to the forth such issues at this point of time when general elections were weeks away seemed a part of political gimmickry.

Replying to a query, he said that there was no way out instead of holding elections, but the PTI would press the Election Commission for holding free, fair and transparent elections ,otherwise, it would trigger a bloodbath.

He said the PTI would give ticket to those candidates who had a clean past instead of those who had a tainted past involved in tax evasion, burglary and theft, because only a clean leadership could bring a real change, what the PTI striving for, hence the PTI would award tickets to those who uploaded their assets on the party web-site.

Welcoming the inclusion of nine influential personalities, he made it clear that the PTI would not include those in the party having tainted past as in the case of rest of the political parties especially of PML-N.

Reiterating his appeal to Pakistanis in general while to the Karachiites in particular not to vote those who had armed wings, as it was the only way out of the prevailing unrest and turmoil.

Talking about the recent surveys in which the PTI was rated below than the PPP and PML-N, he said that the PTI was busy in the elections within the party due to which might have affected its popularity graph. 

However, he expressed his irony that how the popularity graph of the two parties witnessed an increase, as what an extraordinary things done by the two parties that shot their popularity graph upward.

Imran  said that both the parties had given nothing to the poverty-stricken, inflation-ridden masses rather giving them joblessness, lawlessness, poverty and inflation, so how these surveys could be trusted.

He said that in the aftermath of March 10 public gathering in Peshawar and subsequent oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected office-bearers of the party on March 23rd at Minar-e-Pakistan all those would get the answer who considered the two family-limited parties more popular than the PTI.