Imran Khan says his party will be undefeatable in upcoming polls
Islamabad: Pakistan politician Imran Khan believes that his Tehrik-e-Insaaf party will be undefeatable during the general elections in May this year, given the mammoth public response to his rallies across the country.
General elections in Pakistan are scheduled for May 11. “Let me tell my opponents that we have prepared a very dangerous party that they will never be able to compete with. You saw what happened on March 23. It was not rain, but a downpour. I could hardly speak in the downpour, but all the people, all the public, just stood there. This is a mania. And this mania, this passion, cannot be countered by money or self interest or ‘electable’ (candidates),” Khan told a news conference in Islamabad.
Asked about recent defections from his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, Khan said he was grateful to former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif for taking all the opportunists into the folds of his Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), thereby purging PTI of “second grade” people and leaving it only with ideological workers. “A very fantastic match is about to be played. All the opportunists and self-serving ‘electables’ are moving in one direction. I am grateful to Mian Nawaz Sharif for taking them in and sifting the chaff from the grain.
Now my party only has committed, enthusiastic workers,” he said. The May 11 election is the first transition between democratically-elected governments in a country that has experienced three military coups, and Khan - who has been in the political wilderness for more than 16 years - is shaping up to be the biggest wild card, much to the consternation of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) that has just completed its five year term and the PML-N, two major parties which have dominated politics in Pakistan for decades.