Pakistan News : Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan Saturday strongly condemned the continuing terrorist attacks against certain political parties, workers, leaders and electoral offices.
In a statement, Khan extended his condolences to the workers and their families who have become victims of this unacceptable terror that has spread its tentacles across Pakistan, including the blast in Karachi on Friday in which 11 people died and more than 40 others were injured.
I am truly saddened at the continuing loss of innocent lives and the growing fear that haunts our ordinary citizens, especially our children who have been deprived of their right to a safe secure childhood, Khan stated.
He also expressed regrets that all political parties were unable to conduct a free electoral campaign because of targeted attacks. Khan reiterated that elections are not only the need of the hour but that there must be a level playing field for all parties so that the coming elections retain credibility.
The PTI chief called on the state security apparatus and the caretaker governments at the centre and in the provinces to ensure the safety and security of all Pakistanis and their leaders so that at this crucial time democracy is not derailed in the country.
Khan also informed that PTI has cancelled its May 1 rally in Karachi due to security concerns. The party does not wish to put lives of its innocent workers and their families in jeopardy, he said. The lives of Pakistanis are more precious to us than any political point scoring, he added.
Meanwhile, speaking at different election rallies in Punjab, the PTI chief continued his severe criticism aimed at the top leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). He said “jackal can never become a leader.”
“Change in the country is imminent no matter what these circus lions do to prevent it,” said Khan pointing towards PML-N’s electoral sign.
He once again challenged PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif for a TV debate, declaring him a “coward” to not accept his challenge. “People who have ruled the province for five previous terms, will not be able to deliver at sixth attempt also,” he added.
Khan also criticised the outgoing Punjab rulers for not adding a single megawatt to the provincial grid.
It pertinent to mention that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken notice of Khan’s “objectionable” language against Sharif at a rally in Bahawalpur. Content of his speech will be evaluated at an ECP meeting on Tuesday. PPI