‘You contest elections to win; not to be a good boy’: PTI chief Imran Khan

Karachi | Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said that parties contest to win elections and not to be a good boy while dwelling upon the country’s complex political realities

Speaking to a media house during his political rally in Karachi, the cricketer turned politician said, “You contest elections to win. You don’t contest elections to be a good boy. I want to win. I am fighting elections in Pakistan, not Europe. I can’t import European politicians.”

“I cannot vouch for each of the near 700 national and provincial-level candidates, my party has fielded to contest the upcoming elections, I am playing with what exists in Pakistan’s political class,” he added. Imran Khan also spoke about the importance of manpower and financial resources for a successful election campaign.

Speaking about the Politics in Pakistan, Khan said “After 1997, I came to the conclusion that unless we took people in the party who know the art of winning the election, we will not be able to succeed. This is not Europe, where all you need to do is tell people what you stand for and they will go out and vote for you. In Pakistan, you need money and thousands of trained polling agents who can bring out people on the day of the election. If you do not have those workers, you cannot contest the election.”

Khan further denied that he has compromised his ideals by awarding tickets to electables. “It would be a compromise if I did not stick to my objectives after coming into power, and if I did not run a clean government.”

Imran Khan also gave credit to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his efforts to improve relations with India. He said, “Nawaz Sharif tried everything, even personal [gestures] calling him [Modi] over to his house. No one got in his way. But I think it is the policy of the Narendra Modi government to try and isolate Pakistan. They have a very aggressive anti-Pakistan posture because Modi wants to blame Pakistan for all the barbarism they are doing in Kashmir. What can one do in the face of this attitude?”

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