Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Tuesday announced that his party would be in power on its next foundation day, as he campaigns for the upcoming elections in Punjab.
Speaking through a video link at the PTI’s founding day ceremony at Lahore’s Zaman Park, Imran Khan said that he was unable to file a case against the three people involved in an attack on him. He further added that he knew of an officer’s involvement in the attack, but the police did not register a case based on his complaint.
However, the Punjab polls have been marred by controversy, with the government rejecting the Supreme Court’s order to hold the elections on May 14, while the date for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s elections is yet to be announced.
Khan founded the PTI in Lahore in 1996 and asked his workers to work for “real freedom”, saying that prosperity comes through justice, democracy, and freedom. He also stressed that whoever wins elections, wins them through fair means, responding to his political opponents who have said that even if the polls are held earlier than scheduled, Khan won’t accept the results.
Imran Khan said that until justice and the rule of law are not upheld in Pakistan, the country cannot progress. He questioned how the poor and common citizens will receive justice if he himself is denied justice.
Imran Khan also explained that he named his movement “Insaf” (justice) because he witnessed the rule of law being upheld in the UK during his time there. He expressed concern over the fact that if a former prime minister like himself is denied justice, then how the poor farmers and citizens can receive justice.
Imran said that where justice prevails, people are free. He raised his voice for party leaders Azam Swati and Ali Amin Gandapur.
Khan said his Chief Security Officer Iftikhar Ghuman was abducted which put his life in danger.