‘Will make Pak an Islamic welfare state’

Islamabad, Jul 26 (PTI): | Publish Date: 7/27/2018 12:59:12 AM IST

 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said on Thursday that he envisioned to set up a Medina-like welfare state which will be sympathetic towards widows and the weaker sections of the society.

In his first public address since his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the single largest party in the general election, Khan shared his vision for Pakistan and pledged to safeguard the interests of ordinary citizens.

"I want to share the kind of Pakistan I envision - the type of state that was established in Madina, where widows and the poor were taken care of," the 65-year-old cricketer-turned-politician said.

"My inspiration comes from the last Prophet who set up an ideal welfare state in Medina. I want Pakistan to become like that. A humanistic not an animalistic state," he said in a speech made from Bani Gala in Islamabad that was broadcast via video link.

Khan said his guiding principles will be the same adopted by the last Prophet in setting up one of the "greatest civilisations".

"I pledge to our people that I will introduce a system that is for the masses, all policies will be for the people and not for the elite," he vowed.

"I will live humbly. So far we have seen that everyone who comes to power changes. That will not happen with me," he promised.

Khan said Pakistan was in "shambles" as a state and the country is facing its "biggest challenge" on the economic front.

"We are facing governance and economic challenges. Our economy has never been so abysmal. It's because institutions have not been doing their jobs," he said.

"Ours style of governance will be entirely different. The one never seen before. We will work for the betterment of the poor and downtrodden people," he pledged.

Khan has not officially been declared prime minister yet. According to results and trends available so far, his party has won 76 seats and is leading in 44 seats, while its main rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was way behind with 65 seats.

China satisfied with Pak election

China on Thursday expressed pleasure over the successful general elections in Pakistan and reiterated its readiness to work with the new government to promote greater development in the all-weather strategic partnership between the two countries. 

 “We are pleased to see Pakistan’s successful general election,” Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson said during his regular briefing held in the Chinese capital.

He said, “We sincerely hope that Pakistan will maintain political and social stability and concentrate on nation-building.”

The spokesperson said that the friendship between Pakistan and China had won the support of the two peoples, adding, “No matter what the outcome of the election, it will not affect the development of Pakistan-China relations.”

Religious parties fail to make cut

Much against the popular notion, not a single prominent religious leader has been able to make a cut in the Wednesday’s National Assembly elections of Pakistan.

Both emerging religious entities, the Khadim Rizvi-led Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s political front Milli Muslim League (MML), failed to secure any of the 14 National and 30 Punjab Assembly seats.

Interestingly, the extreme-right TLP had fielded two women candidates for National Assembly seats though none of the two -- Sumera Noreen and Memona Hamid -- ever appeared in the public to seek votes. Using “Khatme Nabuwat” issue for its electioneering, the outfit managed to mobilize voters from certain pockets in Lahore but could not make any visible dent in the votes of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Most of the TLP and MML presence was seen in the form of banners and flexes, as their polling camps and polling agents were seldom found in and around the polling stations.

Leader of Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (F) Maulana Fazal ur Rehman suffered a major shock as he was ousted by rookie candidates of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in two seats in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He contested the general elections from the two seats in the province, losing both by a fair margin.

Muttahida Majlis Amal’s leader Siraj-ul-Haq suffered a shock defeat in Lower Dir by approximately 17,000 votes.

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