LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan has thrown a challenge to Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) chief Nawaz Sharif for a “battle” on May 11, the polling day for general elections.
Speaking at a public rally at Data Darbar on Saturday night, Khan asked Nawaz Sharif whether he was ready for the “battle”? He said the big names in politics would be looking for places to hide on May 11. He said “circus lions” would never be able to face highly charged youth.
The PTI chief said youth would be agents of change in the country and their role in the forthcoming elections would never be forgotten.
“A new Pakistan will start emerging on May 6,” he added.
PML-N’s Mahmood Gillani joined the PTI on the occasion.
Earlier, the PTI chief kicked off party’s election campaign in Lahore from its Upper Mall office that falls in his constituency NA-122.
He led a big rally of party workers and supporters and offered prayers at Data Darbar and later opened election offices in various constituencies. People accorded him a warm welcome.
Speaking at the rally and opening of election offices, Mr Khan said the Lahorites would be making a history on May 11 by giving mandate for change. He said the Lahorites would reject the corrupt, those who accumulated assets abroad and gave public ‘gifts’ of lawlessness, price-hike and loadshedding.
The PTI chairman said the PPP and PML-N were equally responsible for the corruption and mismanagement during the last five years. He said that those who spent Rs150 billion on flop projects had no right to come to power again. Now, he said, masses had come out for a countrywide change. He said the youth had taken the responsibility of the future of the nation and this change would cater to progress and prosperity for Pakistan, where basic facilities were not provided to the people during the last 65 years.
The party chief inaugurated PTI election offices in NA-118 (Shahdara), NA-120 Bhatti Chowk, NA-121 Main Boulevard Gulshan-i- Ravi and NA-122 Samanabad where party candidates Hamid Zaman, Mohammad Madni, Barrister Hammad Azhar and Dr Yasmin Rashid along with provincial seats’ candidates were present on the occasion.
Lahore PTI president Abdul Aleem Khan accompanied Imran Khan and told party candidates that the chairman would visit all Lahore constituencies in coming days.
EUROPEAN UNION: A three-member delegation of European Union election observers on Saturday visited the PTI office at
Upper Mall and discussed different aspects of general elections with party’s Lahore president Abdul Aleem Khan.