The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has turned to be an undefeatable political force as it can defeat all political parties together, provided we sort out our mutual differences and stopped infighting.
PTI’s newly elected MNA Jahangir Khan Tareen stated this during a ‘cake-cutting ceremony’ held at the PTI Central Secretariat to celebrate his victory in NA-154 by-poll in Lodhran.
PTI senior leadership, including PTI MNA Asad Umer, MNA Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Aleem Khan, Ishaq Khan Khakwani, and Fauzia Kasuri, among others, was present on the occasion.
Jahangir Tareen said that the NA-154’s victory was only possible because the party fought it as a collective force, adding that PTI had massive public support across the country and could win elections. “But we have to learn the art of fighting elections and turning the supporters into voters,” he said.
He said that the government made all-out efforts to win the by-poll, but the public had made up their minds that they would vote for change and elected him.
Giving credit to several of his party’s leaders, who took active part in his political campaign, Jahangir Tareen said that he won over his rival because of his unflinching resolve to fight till the last ball – a lesson that he said he learnt from PTI Chairman Imran Khan, who had always said that “no one could defeat a person who never gives up.”
He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced a development package worth Rs 2.5 billion for Lodhran in a bid to buy their loyalty, but the move proved counterproductive as they voted for much-needed change.
Lashing out at the Election Commission, the PTI leader said that he had to wait two-and-a-half-years to get justice and vowed that his party would take the battle of electoral reforms to its logical end.
Hailing the military’s role in the by-poll, he said that holding free, fair, and transparent elections is next to impossible without the deployment of the army in and outside all polling stations.
Ghulam Sarwar and Aleem Khan also spoke on the occasion and urged party workers to stand united come what may and be ready for intra-party polls. He said that their target should be the 2018 polls.