KASUR - PTI chief Imran Khan said on Tuesday that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif was daydreaming of coming into power for the sixth time. He said Nawaz Sharif had challenged him a 10-over match but this time he was wrong as he was a club cricketer and flexing muscles with a test cricketer.

He was addressing a public gathering attended by thousands of people here at Captain Naseem Hayat Road.

Former foreign minister Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri and others announced to join the PTI on the occasion. Apart from Kasuri, the leaders who joined PTI include former district nazim Rana Imtiaz, former MNA and federal minister Sardar Tufail Khan of PML-Q, Javid Ashiq Dogar, former MNAs Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Anaza Ehsan Butt, former naib nazim Mia Sani, Sarfraz Butt and PML-Q ticket-holder for PP-179 Shabbir Hussain.

Imran said in the field of cricket, no General Jilani was going to help Nawaz as there was a huge difference between cricket and politics. He said Nawaz had been in power for five times in the last 25 years but he failed to deliver every time.

PTI chief said he felt bad when Zardari left the country for treatment but he felt worse as he returned the country.

He said if Punjab’s per acre wheat production would have been equal to that of Indian Punjab, the country would have got 300 billion rupees annually and Pakistan would not have been in need of foreign loans.

He said it was sad that every Pakistani now owed Rs 70,000 to the global financial institutions as loan and the burden was increasing day by day.

Imran said Pakistan was a blessed country and rich in resources. “What we need is honest leadership,” he said. The PTI chief said it was the need of the hour to eradicate corruption from the society and ensure provision of justice to everyone.

He said the education system in the country had collapsed totally and according to a report of the World Bank, the students were being taught for only 15 minutes a day at 25,000 state-run schools. He said in these circumstances future of the country was bleak.

In future, Imran said, green passport would be a sign of respect and dignity for Pakistanis living abroad. He maintained that PTI would also advocate the rights of women and help them to get their share of inheritance and jobs in the country. He wished happy Christmas to the Christian community and said after coming into power, PTI would protect the rights of minorities.

The PTI Chairman said he was seeing a big crowd in Kasur like big crowds in Multan, Pindighep and Lahore and these aspirants of change were now on their way to Karachi where he would hold a historic public meeting on December 25.

Former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, speaking on the occasion, said PTI would free Pakistan of plunderers and looters. He said the public meeting at Karachi on December 25 would open a new chapter in the history of Pakistan.

Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri, paying tribute to Imran Khan, said PTI chief was a symbol of change and was the only leader in the country that could guarantee a prosperous Pakistan.

Meanwhile, as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf concluded its massive show in Kasur with former foreign minister joining the Imran Khan-led party, a large number of participants looted the chairs from the venue. A large number of participants were seen taking chairs on their shoulders.

PTI Information Secretary and political commentator Shafqat Mehmood said there was a big political show and incidents like that often happened during such events.

Earlier, PML-N leaders including former federal minister Malik Naeem, ex-MNA Malik Omer Aslam, ex-chairman of district council of Khushab, Malik Mir Mukhtar and ex-district nazim Malik Ghulam Rasool announced their decision to join PTI. PML-Q ex-district president Malik Allah Bux, ex-chairman district council Faizul Hassan Gilani and others also followed suit on the occasion.

Imran, talking to media persons credited PTI’s success and popularity to the combined failures of the ruling PPP, their coalition partners the PML-Q and the opposition PML-N.

“We are gaining popularity because of inept governments of PML-N, PML-Q and PPP,” Imran said.

The party would announce its manifesto on December 25 in Karachi, he added.

PTI chief replying to media a query said to change party was not a crime, however, changing political loyalty for person gains was a crime.

Responding to another question about disturbance at Kasur meeting, he said the rulers had pushed the masses to a point of no return and there were strong possibilities that the poor people could unleash a wave of looting on the assets of the corrupt.

Replying to yet another query, Imran said JUI-F chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman practise politics in the name of Islam, and making any comment on Maulana could endanger the religion.

Reacting to Imran’s new challenge, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said Imran should first play club cricket in politics and then think of playing test cricket.

PPP and PML-N leaders, criticising Imran, said his party had finished before being organised.