ISLAMABAD - Prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan has said that he is bringing a young face with a spotless past on Punjab chief minister slot, as the province is the real battleground for the party in terms of delivery.
Addressing the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf parliamentary party of Punjab on Wednesday, he advised his party’s members-elect of Punjab Assembly to be united to face challenges in the province that has remained a powerbase of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz for years.
Imran, who also chaired the session, termed Punjab the epicentre of his “Naya Pakistan” and urged the MPAs-elect to work for the betterment of the country selflessly. He also said that he was bringing best cabinet in the province comprising mature and young MPs.
Punjab is the most populous province of country having largest number of seats in the National Assembly and victory of any political party here ensures the formation of its government at the Centre.
The meeting at a local hotel was attended by as many as 164 MPAs-elect of the PTI, according to party vice president Shah Mehmood Quresthi
Keeping his cards close to the chest, the PTI chief in his address did not reveal the name but claimed that no one would question the integrity of his choice for Punjab CM position.
Saying that the man he has chosen was taintless and doesn’t face any corruption charges, he asked the party MPAs to support the nomination, whosoever he may be.
He advised the party men that there should be no grouping and they should remain united. He told the MPAs that they would have to act in a different way to win the public trust and support.
Imran said that PTI would make sure its performance in the first 100 days is so good that it causes the disintegration of PML-N and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) – the two major opposition parties.
He urged the members to work tirelessly for the betterment of the masses, as he expressed the confidence that their performance will wipe out other parties from the political arena.
“I have promised to the people to turn this country into a welfare state on the pattern of the state of Madinah,” Imran said. A state can be transformed into a welfare state only through justice, rule of law and meritocracy, he added.
“We pledge to make Pakistan a welfare state in the true sense, as was one established by Last Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) hundreds of years ago.”
The PTI chief expressed his wish to turn the party into an institution. “We have to make PTI an institution and the most responsibility falls on Punjab (in this regard).”
Prime Minister-in-waiting said there should be no culture of favouritism in PTI’s government. He said they have to provide relief to the people as a significant number of them are living below the poverty line.
Imran said they would improve the school system of Punjab and make Punjab Police a non-political entity by giving it complete autonomy and reform it on the pattern of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police.
PTI chairman said that people had voted for ideology for the first time after 1970 election. He went on to add that masses now don’t vote for anything but ideology and reject those who serve their own interests.
Criticising both PML-N and PPP, he stated that people made example out of these two parties for deviating from ideology and serving their personal agendas.
PPP was undefeatable as long as it stuck to the ideology and faced collapse when its leader Asif Ali Zardari separated himself from the party ideology. About PML-N he said it was also on the verge of disintegration.
Coming down hard on “why was I ousted?” slogan of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Khan said that the crux of his campaign was “why was I questioned?”
Addressing the session, PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that 2018 election had given a twist to the politics of Pakistan and claimed that PML-N was about to disintegrate.
“We have started contacts and I am seeing a forward bloc taking shape within the PML-N,” he said.
Commenting on the joint opposition’s protest over alleged election rigging, Qureshi said that a group of crooks, few in number, gathered in Islamabad. The only driving force behind the flop-show is their hatred for Imran Khan and fear of PTI popularity.
Despite their ideological differences, these parties have joined hands out of fear and they were now hiding behind each other, he added.
PTI leader said that some elections had changed the course of history in the past like that of 1937 and 1970, and now the 2018 election has given a new turn to the politics of Pakistan.
He said that voters had given their decision on July 25 and after that, victory speech of Imran Khan truly reflected the wishes of the people. He said that PTI must form its government in Punjab to implement its revolutionary ideas. He also suggested that there was a need to reform bureaucracy in Punjab.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Qureshi said that Imran Khan presented his point of view before the elected members and informed them that what their challenges were.
He said that Punjab has rejected PPP.
He said that 164 MPAs-elect of PTI attended the meeting and the figure could touch 186 members when the election of chief minister Punjab is held. He said that the meeting was called hurriedly therefore less number of members than they actually had could attend it.
In the meeting, PTI leadership also paid tribute to the senior party leader late Saloni Bukhari and offered fateha for her.
NEXT PUNJAB CM IS US GRADUATE: VAWDA
Monitoring Desk adds: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Faisal Vawda on Wednesday stated that Punjab’s next chief minister is a graduate from the US.
According to a private TV channel, if Vawda’s claims are to be believed, then Humayun Sarfraz and Murad Raas are strong candidates for the aforementioned post.
Humayun Sarfraz hails from Chakwal. He founded Myers College Chakwal and various other institutions before joining politics in 2013. He got his early education from Aitchison College Lahore and graduated as a computer engineer from University of Florida, Gainesville (USA). Currently, he is National Membership Coordinator (Central) and Senior Vice President of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (North Punjab).
Sarfraz contested elections on PTI’s ticket from PP-21 Chakwal-I.
Imran to pick young, spotless CM in Punjab