LODHRAN: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday announced that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will introduce a ban on stopping traffic for VIP protocol and condemned the death of 10-month-old Bisma in Karachi due to Bilawal Bhutto’s protocol measures.
“I will meet KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in this regard. Traffic will not be stopped for any VIP protocol, even if it is the prime minister. We will start change from KP.”
“If you are so afraid to die, then stay home,” said the PTI chief to those demanding protocol fearing for their lives.
Imran said just like the entire nation had united in the fight against terror after the army school attack in Peshawar, the death of Bisma had united the country to fight elaborate protocol for VIPs.
He also criticised the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahdda Qaumi Movement (MQM) for trying to threaten the Karachi operation to safeguard their “militant wings” and “corruption.”
Addressing a celebratory public gathering in Lodhran after Jahangir Tareen of the PTI won by-election for NA-154, defeating PML-N’s Siddique Baloch, Imran Khan thanked the people of Lodhran for “supporting the cause of justice.”
“You refused to accept the government’s Rs2bn bribe via the farmers’ package,” Imran told the crowd. “We will never forget the people of Lodhran.” He also urged the prime minister to ensure that the people of Lodhran get the Rs2bn he had promised them before the by-poll.
The PTI chief questioned why the PML-N lost by a wide margin of 40,000 votes in the Lodhran by-poll but won local body polls comprehensively in the district.
“The by-poll was conducted under the army’s check but the local government elections were conducted by PML-N patwaris and bureaucrats.”
Imran Khan also urged the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to ensure justice was delivered in the NA-122 case, which will go to hearing on Dec 30.
“With all due respect, we want to know how 26,000 new votes were added to the constituency when there were only 812 new votes on the record.”