If elected to power: We’ll confiscate Nawaz, Zardari assets: Imran
MANSEHRA, March 6: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said if the people elected his party to power, assets of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman Asif Zardari would be seized for being ill-gotten, while their estates would be turned into hospitals and schools.
“(If we win the coming general elections), we won’t spare the incumbent rulers, who have plundered national wealth and deposited it in foreign banks. We will hold Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari accountable for all this. Their assets will be seized and hospitals and schools will be set up on their estates in Raiwind (Lahore) and Karachi respectively,” he told a public meeting here.
The PTI chairman accused Mr Sharif and Mr Zardari were putting up a noora kushti (tug-of-war) against each other to deceive the people.
He said all corrupt people were making alliances but he was sure that the people would reject them to elect PTI to power for taking them all to justice for corruption.
“We’ll bring back the looted money of these corrupt and greedy rulers from abroad and spend it for the welfare of the people, who are even deprived of health and education services due to their corruption,” he said.
Mr Imran urged youths to come out against old political parties and defeat them on the platform of PTI for the country’s existence.
He said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who claimed to be Khadim-i-Aalla (chief servant of the people), had deployed more than 1,200 policemen for his and family’s security at Raiwand estate.
“At the end of the day, I would ask you (youths) to come out and wage jihad against old politicians and their successors, who are playing dirty politics for their own benefits,” he said.
The PTI chairman said his party would build a new Pakistan where no foreign power could dictate its policies to kill its own people by its forces.
“PTI, with the support of youths, is going to bring about the biggest ever political revolution in the history of the country. We’ll confiscate assets of rulers and use them for welfare projects,” he said.
Mr Imran said the people had rejected the politics of cheat, fraud and corruption by traditional parties and old politicians, who had put the country on the way to destruction by bad governance and corruption.
“We will turn Pakistan into a new Pakistan, where the people will be the decision makers and not the rulers,” he said.
The PTI chairman said after coming to power, his party would evolve a new local body system in the country in which the people without discrimination of wealth and status could not only take part in polices but also be the masters of their own at the police stations.
“We will change the current corruption and unethical thana (police station) culture and install a system, where everyone without discrimination can be taken to justice,” he said.
Former Senator Azam Khan Swati, who was also in attendance, said the people would reject those who got the people’s sympathies in the name of Hazara province and got ministries but had sold their conscience to Nawaz Sharif.
“I challenge Nawaz Sharif to come and face me in NA-20 election,” he said.
PTI district president Shafaqat Ali Khan, tehsil president Khurram Khan Swati and other local leaders also spoke on the occasion.
Also in the day, the PTI chief addressed a public meeting in Battagram.