“Thieves cannot win
even with umpires’
support in Punjab
by-elections: Imran


SAHIWAL: Former prime minister and PTI chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said ‘even with the support of the umpires, thieves cannot win Punjab by-polls’, scheduled to take place on July 17.

Addressing a public gathering in Sahiwal, Imran Khan thanked participants for coming in large numbers to the public gathering despite heavy rain and accumulated water in the jalsagah.

Imran Khan

The former prime minister said the politics of turncoats has been exposed, adding that ‘lootas’ have joined Asif Ali Zardari and Sharifs for the lust for power.

Lashing out at his political opponents, Khan said Asif Ali Zardari and the Sharif family are only concerned with their wealth they have no sympathy for the general public. He also reiterated his claim that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is trying to ensure the victory of the ‘imported govt’.

“Even if empires are with you, we will defeat you,” Imran Khan said in his message to the political opponents.

Imran Khan asked the masses to check voter lists before Punjab by-polls on 20 seats. He vowed to win all 20 seats on July 17.

Paying rich tributes to the journalists for standing with truth, he said the government is pressuring the journalists and those who are raising theirvoice for the country are being booked in cases.

Addressing a public gathering in Mor 90, a constituency (PP-202) of Sahiwal where PTI candidate retired Major Sarwar will take on former colleague and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ticket holder Malik Nauman Langrial in by-polls later this month, Mr Khan appreciated his supporters for attending the rally despite rain.

Imran Khan, who was ousted from power following a no-confidence vote against him in April this year, reiterated that a cabal of alleged crooks was imposed on Pakistan through a “foreign conspiracy”, which resulted in the “tanking of the economy”.

In a comment on the election watchdog, Mr Khan said, “The election commission lacks conscience… the ECP is in cahoots with these crooks and turncoats and is trying to influence elections in favour of [these] crooks.”

“If you think you can win the match through collusion with ‘umpires’, I challenge you that we will defeat you in the elections,” the PTI chairman said and added that the government could not defeat the PTI even with the support of the powers-that-be.

Mr Khan alleged that voters’ lists were being tampered with to add “bogus votes” and asked his party nominees to check the lists ahead of the polls to weed out such votes. In order to stop the manipulation of elections, the former premier asked “10 daring youths” to be stationed at each polling station on the voting day to “stop” the opponents from manipulating polls.

During the address, Imran Khan also talked about the crackdown on the PTI supporters, including journalists. According to Mr Khan, a “cabal of crooks” was imposed on the country but “we are being told not to criticise it to avoid penalisation”. The PTI chief warned that anyone who stood by these “crooks” would be held accountable by the nation. “Neither the nation nor history would forgive you,” Mr Khan said without naming anyone.