LAHORE - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif and President Zardari were accepting turncoat electables in their parties just to remain in power while the PTI wanted to make a new Pakistan with ideological and committed politicians.

Addressing the participants of a convention held under Insaf Lawyers Forum here at Aiwan-e-Iqbal on Friday, he said there was no place for opportunist politicians in the PTI fold.

“I am thankful to Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari for taking all opportunist politicians from the PTI to the PML-N and the PPP to remain in power. Please take more opportunists from the PTI as we need only ideological and committed politicians,” Imran Khan said.

He said Nawaz Sharif was copying all slogans raised by the PTI like an incompetent student and the slogan raised by Sharif for bringing a change in the country was also stolen. He asked Nawaz Sharif to plug 65 per cent of the corruption being committed in Punjab as per the statement by NAB chief.

He said that Nawaz Sharif was claiming to make a new Pakistan despite the fact that 70 per cent politicians of the PML-N were tax evaders. He said the tax dodgers could not bring about a change in the country.

“Mian Sahib, tax evaders can’t bring about a change. NAB has said 65 per cent corruption is being committed in Punjab. So who stops you to check corruption in Punjab,” he posed a query. He said the PPP government was time and again seeking foreign loans while its own chief of NAB had claimed that there was corruption of 12 billion daily.

“This figure takes the total amount to Rs 4000 billion a year. Total expenditure of the government is Rs 33,000 billion. If we plug corruption, we would easily meet our expenses and there would be no need to seek foreign loans. And on top of it, since Pakistan was not collecting taxes, if we could also collect more tax, it would help the country grow fast,” he added.

Imran said those nations who did not seek foreign loans, they could frame their policies as per their wishes. He said such governments which sought foreign lending, they make the countries salve to the lending nations. He said the PTI would get rid of the foreign debts.

He said the people were aware of the situation and they were committed for a real change in the country. He said that the PTI would only award the party tickets to ideological workers and not to opportunist politicians. He urged the party workers to get ready for the intra-party elections in Punjab which would be a milestone achievement for the party.

“When I decided to hold the part election, many people advised me against doing so with a fear that it would create fishers in the party. But I said the PTI is an ideological party and it would be the biggest achievement for the party to hold party election in an election year,” he held.