ISLAMABAD — Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has compared his struggle for “real freedom” with that of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, the late founding Father of Bangladesh, and reminded that the country had split into two after a political party with a legitimate political mandate was denied its right to rule.
Imran Khan, whose long march started on October 28, made these remarks while addressing party supporters in Gujranwala, reports Dawn news.
On its fifth day, the march still had not moved beyond Gujranwala, falling way behind its schedule.
In his address to the participants, the PTI chairman said the Awami League was denied its “electoral mandate” which resulted in the separation of the eastern half of the country, Dawn reported.
“A shrewd politician (Zulfikar Ali Bhutto), in his greed for power, set the armed forces against the then largest party (Bangladesh’s Awami League), which had won elections, causing the dismemberment of the country.”
Comparing the PTI with Awami League, Khan said his party was the “largest and sole federal party” and yet he was denied fresh elections by the government.
“Everyone knows Mujibur Rahman and his party won the general elections in 1970. Instead of handing over power, a clever politician set Awami League and the army on the collision course…
“At present, Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari are playing a similar role as they are trying to conspire with the establishment to block the PTI’s journey back to power,” the former premier alleged.
Speaking at the rally, Khan also challenged Nawaz Sharif to an electoral contest.
“Nawaz Sharif I challenge you: when you come back, I will beat you in your constituency,” he added. — IANS