Prime News, International (Islamabad), July 27:- Despite vehement cries of protest from rival parties and leaders, Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf looks all set to form the next government in the country. PTI carved out a lead for itself and while the majority mark is likely to remain elusive, the cricketer-turned-politician has already claimed victory and has already addressed the nation.
In his ‘victory speech’, Imran sent a curt message that he should not be portrayed as a ‘Bollywood villain’ in India and that talks are the best way forward for lasting peace between the two biggest countries of the sub-continent. “I want to thank Allah for giving me this opportunity to serve the nation. Through its ups and downs; I am grateful for being given this chance,” he said in the opening part of his speech before talking about the changes and challenges ahead. “As far as India is concerned, I was disappointed with the Indian media and the way they portrayed me in the past few weeks. It felt like I am a Bollywood film villian. I am that Pakistani who has travelled through India because of my cricket. I am saying with conviction that it is important for the subcontinent that our issues are resolved. This can only be done through dialogue.”
Imran also termed Kashmir as the ‘biggest contention’ between Pakistan and India. Without mentioning atrocities committed in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, Imran instead said human rights violation have happened for 30 years in Kashmir and blamed India for blaming Pakistan for all problems here.
While the emphasis on dialogue with India is a positive signal, security analysts warn against premature celebrations.
It has been widely reported and understood that Imran’s PTI has had tacit support from the country’s all-powerful Army which was not too pleased with the previous government of PML-N under Sharif. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).