KARACHI - Addressing the rally amid ‘Go Zardari Go’ slogans, PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Tehreek-i-Insaf will bring about a change in the country. “Today, PIA, Wapda and all other institutions of the country are failing continuously but all these things can improve if the people decide to vote for a leadership that can bring about that change,” Qureshi said.

He said that all these failures are a result of incompetence and corruption. He said there are five things that everyone has agreed upon: “Firstly, democracy. Everyone wants democracy and no one is conspiring against the government. Prime Minister Gilani, it is your corruption that is a conspiracy against your own government. Secondly,  justice. If you want justice in the country, vote for the PTI. The party will ensure that justice prevails. Thirdly, an independent judiciary. The present set-up has buried the concept of necessity. Fourth, free media which will promote accountability and democratic values. And lastly, Pakistan’s nuclear programme. Ensuring its security is something everyone agrees on. Would you let anyone trade our nuclear capability?” Qureshi asked.

He said as a former foreign minister of Pakistan, he knows that this programme protects Pakistan from outside threat. “Pakistan’s nuclear programme is under a five-layered security system and is of international standards. But then you wonder what the threat is about? There is no physical threat but there is a threat from certain people.”

“Everyone said my comments [about Zardari] were irresponsible but I still stand by my comments,” Qureshi said. “Now that Karachi has woken up, it is as if Pakistan has awaken from its slumber. I congratulate the people of Karachi for attending this historic gathering. Our mission was to heal the bruises of Karachi and unite Karachiites and today’s rally has done that,” he said.

“Quaid, you provided us with a country that we have failed to protect, but today we have gathered to protect this country,” Qureshi said and added “Everyone can see that things are changing. I can see people smiling. I can see their eyes shining.”

“Pakistan is under threat because of our own weaknesses. No one from outside will come to help us, we have to mend things ourselves,” he said. “Quaid-e-Azam, we have failed you. But we have gathered today to protect your country. Karachi needs electricity, gas, peace. People of Karachi have a big heart. They accommodate everyone. No one can deny Karachi’s economic status. If you want to see Pakistan smiling then Karachi will have to smile as well. Pakistan is in danger from our inner weaknesses. When the nation is united for democracy then no institution can harm the nation.”

Earlier, Javed Hashmi said “Karachi is Pakistan. It represents people from all over Pakistan.” Quoting Quaid-e-Azam, he said “Minorities are our blood.”  Talking about leaving PML-N, Hashmi said “Yes, I’m a rebel.” Addressing Imran Khan, Hashmi said “You invited a rebel to join your party.”

Amid slogans of ‘Ek Bahadur Aadmi, Hashmi, Hashmi”, the former PML-N stalwart said “We have gathered here for peace. This gathering, made up of the young generation of Pakistan, is the harbinger of a revolution. Today is the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. When he made this country, he wanted to ensure justice for Muslims of the subcontinent. Justice was his slogan and movement for justice is Imran’s slogan. This is why we have come forward to provide justice. It is the youth of this country who will achieve that.”

Talking about his former party, Hashmi said that PML-N workers also want Pakistan to prosper and progress. “I love those workers and my former party but I love the people of Pakistan more than that and that is why I have come here.”

Hashmi said when he was considering joining the PTI, he was humbled by Imran Khan’s invitation. “For the first time, a leader said to me that I have never gone to ask anyone to join the party but I have come to you and not for myself but for Pakistan. How could I say no to that?”

Addressing the people, he said, “Now, I hand you my 40 years of hard work. No one can raise questions over financial, social and political matters throughout my career or doubt my dedication to this country.”

Addressing the rally, Jehangir Tareen promised PTI would bring about real change in the country.  Tareen said when democratic government came, people were hoping that their lot will change, but the PPP government even killed people’s hope. The people had become hopeless due to persistent corrupt governments. In this situation, Tareen said, Imran emerged as a ray of hope for Pakistan and the nation.

On his turn, singer Abrarul Haq also made a passionate speech and recited poetry. He said “PTI will win a two-thirds majority in the elections. The government that PTI will form will be of the common man, of youth, not of VIPs. The situation has changed after October 30. Under Imran Khan’s leadership, a revolution is just waiting to happen.”