Imran Khan says ready to talk and forgive all for 'country's sake'

Imran Khan says ready to talk and forgive all for 'country's sake'

Lahore (Web Desk): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former premier Imran Khan on Saturday said that he is ready to "forgive" everyone including those who 'masterminded' an assassination attempt on his life.

The PTI chief said this in a video speech party launched campaign for elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Saturday.

On November 3, 2022, a party worker died and 14 others, including Imran Khan and other PTI leaders, were injured in the attack at Wazirabad’s Allah­wala Chowk, where the party’s “Haqeeqi Azadi” march against the federal government had stopped on its way to Islamabad.

The rally was cut short in Rawalpindi, where Khan announced his plan of dissolving the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab assemblies, which materialised last month.

The PTI chairman had accused Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Inter Services Intelligence Director General-C Maj Gen Faisal Naseer of planning the attack on him.

He had also demanded that the three resign to ensure a fair and transparent probe into the incident.

In his speech thi, PTI chief said that he was ready to talk to all for the sake of the country.

The former premier alleged that ex army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa had asked him to give NRO (amnesty) to Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders.

"I could not give NRO to those who stole public money," he added.

The PTI chief called for reforms in the judiciary to bring investment into the country. "We have to go through humiliation only for a few dollars."

Khan said that he came to know that the party tickets were sold last time but this time he himself will handover these to candidates. "I am starting the election campaign from next week... I will give election tickets myself for eight to 10 days," he added.

"Only a government with a public mandate would get the country out of its prevailing crises.

"Political stability will come after elections and economic stability will also follow."

He said that the next government should complete its tenure of five years, adding that it should instill confidence among masses.

"I was hoping that they would announce general elections after the Supreme Court’s [polls delay case] verdict," he said.

He said rupee depreciation needed to be stopped for economic revival. "People and institutions must all unite to tackle challenges... everyone needed to make sacrifices to clear the debt and get the country out of its problems," he added.

The former premier said that Pakistan needed to increase its revenue, reduce the expenditure and fix loss-making institutions which are a burden on the government.

He said that shortcuts will not work and istoric measures will have to be taken.

"The country's problems are like cancer which cannot be cured by aspirin," the PTI chief added.