As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as largest party in the Wednesday’s general elections, its chairman Imran Khan in his first public address said that his party desires stronger ties with Iran and India.
Khan, in a speech Thursday that was broadcast via video link, said he wants better ties with neighbouring Iran, adding Pakistan will play its role in resolution of the Middle East crisis.
According to unofficial results Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is leading on 118 National Assembly seats and is likely to form next government in the country.
Former ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), trails behind with 64 seats and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), is at third spot with 43 seats.
‘Will run Pakistan like never before,’ Imran Khan vows to eradicate corruption and live a simple life in victory speech
While giving a victory speech, Imran Khan addressing the nation promised to deliver to the common people and not resort to retaliatory measures against his political rivals.
“We will introduce a system of law which will be applicable to everyone alike.” “We will build the institutions that will rectify the system of governance of the country,” he added.
“Investment will not come to Pakistan unless the system of governance in Pakistan is rectified,” Imran asserted.
The PTI chief also promised to open probe into any electoral constituency following the general elections, as requested.
“Our economic crisis is such that we want to have good relations with all our neighbours … China gives us a huge opportunity through CPEC, to use it and drive investment into Pakistan.
“We want to learn from China how they brought 700 million people out of poverty … The other thing we can learn from China is … the measures they have taken against corruption, how they have arrested more than 400 ministers there.
“Then there is Afghanistan, a country that has suffered the most in the war on terror. Afghanistan’s people need peace. We want peace there. If there is peace in Afghanistan, there will be peace in Pakistan. We will make every effort to achieve peace there. We want to have open borders with Afghanistan one day.
“With the US, we want to have a mutually beneficial relationship … up until now, that has been one way, the US thinks it gives us aid to fight their war … we want both countries to benefit, we want a balanced relationship.
“We want to improve ties with Iran. Saudi Arabia is a friend who has always stood by us in difficult times. Our aim will be that whatever we can do for conciliation in the Middle East, we want to play that role. Those tensions, that fight, between neighbours, we will try to bring them together,” Khan said in his address.
The PTI chief also stressed that Pakistan and India must resolve the issue of Kashmir through talks.
Millions of registered voters flocked to polling stations across the country on Wednesday to cast their vote to elect members of National Assembly the upper house of parliament and four Provincial Assemblies.