SADIQABAD - The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf’s “unprecedented” public meeting at Minar-e-Pakistan ground proved that the PTI will get landslide victories in the forthcoming general elections across the country, claimed Shaukat Dawood, a central leader of the party, terming the meeting a public referendum against the Zardari and Nawaz leagues (PPP and PML-N).

“The public has given a decision in favour of change. Both the ruling parties (PPP and PML-N) of the last regime are afraid of the PTI’s increased popularity after the Lahore public meeting. Revolution under the leadership of Imran Khan has become a destiny of the country,” Dawood, who is also a former Punjab minister, told the media.  The people have become united under the PTI flag to eliminate the system of corruption, plundering and suppression, he said. He added that the PTI’s victory in the forthcoming general elections would be the public triumph. The PTI leader said that Imran Khan started a democratic system of elections within the party by holding intra-PTI elections.

“In the county, Imran Khan is first party leader who was elected through elections.  Insha’Allah, the PTI will form governments at federal and provincial levels across the country. Imran Khan has won the people’s hearts through his action and character,” he said.

Thanking the party office-bearers and activists from Sadiqabad for participating in the Lahore public meeting of the PTI, Rafiq Haider Laghari, the PTI’s expected candidate from NA-197, said that Sadiqabad had been made a stronghold of his party. He added that Insha’Allah including Rahim Yar Khan district, his party would win the general elections across the country.

“The public has decided to carry out accountability of both the parties though vote. The Lahore meeting of hundreds of thousands of people was a public referendum against the Nawaz and Zardari leagues,” the expected party candidate said.

During the last five years, the failed governments of both the parties had brought the country on the verge of destruction, he said and added that now the public had decided to bring about change in the country under the leaders of Imran Khan. The Lahore meeting was a milestone in this regard, he added.

He claimed that the PTI had become a symbol of federation and the biggest political party of the country, and said through a democratic process, 80,000 elected office-bearers had elected Imran Khan as the party chairman. At the Lahore meeting, the cricket legend-turned politician spoke to tens and thousands of party supporters and vowed to be truthful and loyal with them even after assuming powers in run up to the historic national election later this spring.

The 60-year-old Khan is shaping up to be the biggest wildcard in the May 11 parliamentary election - the first transition between democratically elected governments in a country that has experienced three military coups. On electoral alliance, he ruled out any potential agreement with any ‘status quo’ parties.