Imran Khan vows to promote austerity, form Madina-like state

Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Sunday vowed to promote austerity and form Madina-like state of Prophet Muhammad era after coming to power, referring to the city in the Saudi Arabia where the Prophet lived.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 29, 2014, 01:11 AM IST

Lahore: Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Sunday vowed to promote austerity and form Madina-like state of Prophet Muhammad era after coming to power, referring to the city in the Saudi Arabia where the Prophet lived.

"We will form government on the pattern of Islamic state of Madina and Muslim caliphs. We will also convert the prime minister house, chief minister houses and governor houses into libraries and public parks," he said addressing a historic public gathering at Minar-i-Pakistan here this evening.

The rally was giving a complete festive look. Many young girls painted "go Nawaz go" on their faces.

"The slogan - go Nawaz go - is chasing him and other family members of the Sharif wherever they go. Nawaz...This slogan will haunt you in your dreams. Even one day this slogan will be echoing in your house," he said.

The cricketer-turned-politician warned Nawaz Sharif that he would not let him rule smoothly if he was not given justice on rigging issue in last year general election.

"Nawaz Sharif I will not let you govern if I am not given justice. There should be independent inquiry into rigging charges after you (Nawaz) resign. If I prove wrong I will apologise from you otherwise all those involved in the rigging plan should be tried for treason," he said, adding both Nawaz and former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry were involved in rigging.

During his hour-long speech, Khan thanked God for many times for waking up his nation.

"I have never seen such a big rally in my whole life. We have created world record by staging 45-day sit-in in Islamabad and it is going on. In these 45 days Pakistan has changed," he said.

"Nawaz you should better delay in resigning as I want to go other parts of the country to expose you and your corruption," he said, adding Nawaz's son was living in London's Rs 800 billion worth flat.

He expressed hope that Supreme Courts might give him justice in the case he filed against Nawaz Sharif for telling lie in parliament that he had not asked army chief Gen Raheel Sharif to 'facilitate' in resolving the political crisis.

"Nawaz also lied about his exile agreement with Gen (Pervez) Musharraf," he added.

Khan called Nawaz and former president Asif Ali Zardari 'bhai bhai' (brothers). "Zardari has come from Dubai to save Nawaz. Both Nawaz and Zardari had been fooling people for the last 28 years. All those got together in the parliament to save their looted money," he said.

Khan also talked about sufferings of the missing people and Dr Afia Siddiqui who was handed over to the US.

According to independent analysts, today's rally was the biggest in the Lahore's history.

"I can't say the number of participants was 300,000 to 500,000. However, Minar-i-Pakistan is not filled with less than 300,000 people and it was jam packed," said senior analyst and columnist Ayaz Amir.