ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Monday, told visiting European Parliamentary delegation that if elections were fair and free, PTI would emerge victorious.
According to PTI a delegation of the EU, led by MEP Jean Lambert, called on Chairman PTI Imran Khan and expressed interest in the upcoming elections.
Khan pointed out, 47 percent of the voters would be the youth out of which 37 percent would be voting for the first time. So there would be no associations with old parties.
However he expressed his concerns that elections would not be fair and free even under a caretaker setup because of President Zardari - as he would not appoint a neutral caretaker setup to begin with.
He informed the delegation that PTI had already gone to the SC to expose the bogus voters' list. He asked the EU delegation to help in ensuring fair and free elections as that would be the greatest service they could do for Pakistan.
PTI also raised the issue of women being deprived of their vote in certain areas of the country, which was a cause of concern for the Party.
Mr Khan also raised the issue of human rights especially in the wake of 9/11. He highlighted issue of disappeared persons and abuse of huiman rights in Balochistan and FATA.
He stated that US was also indulging in massive abuse of human rights in FATA with drone attacks. He said drone attacks, especially on rescuers, is against all humanitarian laws and in latter case a war crime.
All this, he pointed out, was feeding extremism and militancy. Also it was totally immoral, Khan pointed out, and the Pakistan government was complicit for a fistful of dollars because it never releases the names of those killed.
Our agencies also prevent reporting of the facts from these areas and over 20 journalists have died from this area for trying to expose the truth.
The Pakistan Army is also causing massive human rights violations in picking up people and the dead bodies being discovered on the roadside.
Mr Khan pointed out to the excellent role of the CJ and SC in the disappeared persons' cases. But he explained that SC was under tremendous pressure from collusion of the corrupt,
When asked how military can b e controlled by the civilians, Khan was clear that it required a government and leadership with moral authority.
He cited the example of Erdogan's Turkey. He was categorical that PTI would never allow the army into civilian areas. He also was clear that there would also have to be massive deweaponisation across the country.
On relations with regional powers, Khan said PTI was going to create a Naya Pakistan with a new framework for foreign relations including new approaches to conflict resolution. He stressed that Kashmir has to be resolved but politically.
Imran Khan also explained his upcoming plan for a Peace March to Waziristan at end of September.
He concluded by saying it was imnpoerative for Pakistan to pull out of the US war on terror and he explained his idea for a truth and reconciliation process in FATA to win over the militants