LAHORE: Interim Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday acknowledged that mistakes were made by the PTI in the past for which it paid a “high price”, adding that the party had now wisened up and will prioritise its “ideological” workers.
Addressing a ceremony at Punjab Governor House in Lahore, the prime minister instructed the PTI workers to prepare for the elections, saying that this time the party would give tickets to those who were aligned with the party’s political philosophy after careful consideration.
“There were mistakes [committed] by us in the past for which we had to pay a high price,” he said. “So now after learning from our mistakes, our first decision is to give tickets after a great deliberation.”
PM Imran said tickets would be given to all the MPs in attendance who still supported and continued to support the party during “difficult times”.
‘Vast foreign conspiracy’
The interim prime minister reiterated his recent claim that a “vast foreign conspiracy” was hatched against his government, referring to the opposition’s no-confidence resolution against him.
He alleged that there was a plan made abroad for a regime change in Pakistan in which “traitors here (opposition) joined with them (conspiracy planners).”
The premier added that most of the people who supported this “conspiracy” had done so inadvertently with only those at the top being in the know. He warned that such a lesson would be taught to all those part of this alleged conspiracy in the upcoming elections that they wouldn’t only lose but “their political graves will be made forever.”
Referring to disgruntled PTI MPAs staying at a private hotel in Lahore, he said this “spectacle” was laid bare in front of the whole nation to see where people who were elected on PTI tickets and reserved seats had sold their “zameer” (conscience).
The prime minister said the PTI had approached the Supreme Court against “traitors” and opined that apart from lifetime bans, they should also be imprisoned. “If today we don’t stand against this treachery then our coming generations won’t forgive us.”Today is a decisive and defining moment in our country,” the premier said.
He called on the people to wage peaceful protests daily, saying that to do so was their “duty” along with defeating the alleged conspiracy against his government.
The purpose of the demonstrations, he explained, was to send a message to the US and its alleged collaborators here that “this is a living nation and it won’t allow any scheme [against it] to be successful.”
Imran Khan said that the Pakistani nation would teach a lesson to those traitors in the general elections who tried to topple an elected government that was pursuing an independent foreign policy.
He said, “The people of the country will teach a lesson to these traitors (opposition leaders) in the next general elections by burying their politics forever.”
The prime minister referring to his main political opponents said that these three stooges had been plundering the national wealth for the last thirty years and stashed it abroad. “They can say that beggars are not choosers,” owing to their vested personal interests, he added.
He said a drama had been staged in the country. In the local hotel of Lahore, PTI defectors who had sold their party allegiance were put together.
With such shabby tactics, the democracy, future of the coming generations and solidarity of the nation had been put at stake, he added.
The prime minister said the people had been elected on PTI seats or the reserved seats, and then sold out their conscience for the sake of few million rupees, adding that they would ensure a life time ban for such traitors.
He said these elements were traitors to the nation, to the country and to the coming generations, adding unless they were punished, they would continue bargaining over the democracy for petty monetary gains.
The prime minister said with such a trend, any foreign country could purchase the localities of the lawmakers and topple an elected government.
He resolved that they would fully confront them legally. The case was taken up by the Supreme Court.
“All those are traitors who have played a part in the foreign conspiracy,” he added.
The prime minister said the entire nation would resist such trends as it was a defining moment, and would not let the conspiracy succeed as it had periled country’s future and democracy.
The prime minister also called upon his party workers to stage daily but peaceful protests against these traitors and informed that tonight, he would be attending a protest gathering at F-9 park in Islamabad.