Chairman Imran Khan's statement on the brute force used by the government for the evictions in Isla
Chairman PTI, Imran Khan today expressed shock at the brutal and
violent manner in which the CDA bulldozed the I 11 Katchi Abadi in
Islamabad, leaving the poor families shelterless at nature's mercy. Khan
said the violent action against the katchi abadi dwellers showed how
the PMLN government is becoming increasingly fascistic. He stated that
issues of occupation and security notwithstanding, the government simply
cannot destroy poor people's homes and their belongings, meagre as they
are, through the use of brute force. If there are criminal elements in
an area, arrests and legal proceedings are required, not destruction of a
whole community's homes and belongings. He reminded that Article 38,
specifically 38:d, of the Constitution states categorically that the
state shall provide basic necessities of life including housing to all
Despite this, Khan regretted that successive status
quo governments have never moved to begin fulfilling this commitment and
have always targeted the poor and powerless citizens while giving
protection to Qabza groups and the elite who regularly occupy state
land, including park and forest land. No action is ever taken against
these elite land grabbers and qabza mafias as all the traditional status
quo parties have close affiliations with these groups.
that only the poor suffer the wrath of state power and this was
reflected once again in the action taken against the poor residents of
the I 11 katchi abadi in Islamabad. It was the duty of the government to
first provide alternate housing for these poor families and move them
safely to these with their belongings. Instead the government showed
their complete disregard for any humane considerations and bulldozed the
homes with the belongings of these people and took many of these
hapless people in custody, injuring some along the way including women
Chairman PTI asked why the qabza elite in
Islamabad has seen no reclamation action with bulldozers despite the
fact that they have occupied state land, including park and farmland,
overtly with no respect for the law. "Why is there no action against the
looters of national wealth who have amassed properties abroad and
maintain huge foreign bank deposits with their ill-gotten gains?" Khan
asserted. "These people are the real qabza mafias who have robbed the
nation of its wealth."
"Our ruling elite are devoid of even an iota of humanity and empathy for the poor and dispossessed citizens", Khan declared.
Khan demanded that there should be a uniform katchi abadi policy across
the country and this should be formulated and implemented on an
emergency basis. The Chairman PTI committed to the nation that when PTI
comes to power it will reclaim state land from the qabza mafias and
ensure housing for the poor so that no citizen is left homeless.
Chairman PTI Imran Khan's statement on Karachi deaths
Chairman PTI Imran Khan today expressed grave concern over the deaths in Karachi due to the excessive heat and extensive loadshedding. He said the government had totally failed the people in Karachi where there is no water and no electricity. The situation in Karachi is one of chaos and lawlessness with no visible writ of the government visible. The people of Karachi have been effectively abandoned by the provincial and federal governments, both of whom have failed to provide the basic necessities of life to the people of the metropolis.
Khan said if Karachi is seeing a total helplessness in the face of unprecedented soaring temperatures and no water or electricity, the situation in the rural areas must be even more catastrophic. Khan expressed fears that in the far flung areas one would not even know the scale of the crisis in terms of lives lost due to heat, lack of water and loadshedding.
Chairman PTI said the state of affairs In the context of excessive loadshedding has reached crisis proportions across Pakistan. In Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, which produces more electricity than it needs and which it contributes to the national grid, the people of the province are suffering loadshedding for up to eighteen hours at a stretch including at Sehr and Iftar times.
Khan stated that it was abundantly clear the federal government had failed to even move towards resolving the electricity crisis across Pakistan. Even worse, it has failed to deliver on any of its hyped-up provinces about ending loadshedding in the country within months of coming to power. On the contrary, the energy crisis has become more acute since the PMLN formed the federal government.
Khan felt a responsible and people-sensitive government would have focused on providing electricity and water to people as well as ensuring measures to protect people from the soaring summer temperatures so lives would not be lost. Instead the present government has chosen to focus on expensive projects like metro buses while people have no water and no electricity. This shows a total lack of concern for the ordinary citizen. Khan demanded that those responsible for the present loadshedding crisis should be held accountable. He also demanded the government move to resolve the loadshedding and water issues on a war footing so that more precious lives are not lost.
Imran Khan expressed shock at the silence of Nawaz Sharif over the hate-filled speech of Altaf Hussa
PTI Chairman Imran Khan today expressed shock at the silence of PM Nawaz Sharif over the hate-filled speech of Altaf Hussain, Chief of MQM, effectively inciting his followers to carrying arms and indulging in violence. He said it was unfortunate that the PM was so busy rushing around showing concern for another country’s security when his own country was in flames, especially the financial metropolis of Karachi.
Khan stated that when the APC called for the National Action Plan against terrorism and specifically stated one of the aims being disarming all militant groups and wings, why was the government not acting against the militant wings of political parties like MQM? He said it was inexplicable that when a police officer SSP Rao Anwar points out to the dangerous activities of MQM including violence, instead of acting on the evidence, the officer is immediately removed. Worse still, a DSP, Fateh Mohammed, and other police personnel are murdered in a targeted attack the morning after Rao Anwar’s press conference and the government has maintained a bizarre silence. Why hasn’t action been taken on the evidence revealed by SSP Anwar yesterday? Instead of removing SSP Anwar the evidence and the warning provided should have been acted upon by the Sindh and federal governments. But the Sindh government in an act of sheer cowardice simply disowned the SSP.
Khan said it was shameful indeed how all media laws of PEMRA are allowed to be violated when a British citizen gives hate speeches to a captive audience in Karachi from London and incites them to violence against the state. Khan said the silence from the government following British citizen Altaf Hussain’s attack on the Pakistan Army is inexplicable as it is the job of the government to defend all state institutions. Why was the ISPR DG compelled to respond to UK citizen Altaf Hussain’s hysterical, but not new, outburst against the institution of the Pakistan Army? Why has the government not taken up this issue with the British government since it is against British laws for anyone, including its own citizens, to use British territory to incite hatred and violence in another country?
Khan said it was imperative that the National Action Plan be implemented against all militant groups and militant wings of political parties. It was also time the Prime Minister look to the country’s security and well being before rushing off to provide succour to other countries.
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