Thank God we didn’t form federal govt in 2013: Imran Khan


ISLAMABAD Sept 6 (TNS): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan Tuesday said that “I thank God now that we didn’t form federal govt in 2013”.

In an interview with BBC Urdu, Khan reasoned that if he would have formed the federal government in 2013, he would have faced difficulties due to inexperienced parliamentarians.

Except for Pervaiz Khattak, it took other parliamentarians a year to understand how to run affairs, he said, adding that PTI leaders have shown exceptional leadership qualities despite their inexperience.

“I have learnt a lot during PTI’s tenure in KP,” said the PTI chief while adding that he is hopeful PTI will become victorious in the next general elections.

The PTI chairman also said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s municipal system, education system and easy access to health facilities are the three achievements he feels most proud of.

“Compared to other provinces, we have spent the most money on education,” he remarked.

On KP’s municipal system, he said that the new system could not be implemented as some members of his own party and provincial bureaucracies have been opposing it.

“As per law, the system has been implemented; however, the actual implementation is taking some time. We have made some revolutionary changes which have never been seen in Pakistan due to which some of our [PTI] MPAs and bureaucrats are against it.”

KP has the best municipal system in the entire country, he claimed, adding that officials in other provinces have also demanded a similar system.

“Mayor Karachi has said that he wants KP’s municipal system. Punjab’s municipal officials say that they also want to implement a similar system. There must be something in this system that everyone is demanding it. “

Speaking with regard to improvements in the health department, Khan further said that PTI’s government increased salaries of doctors, improved the service structure, and employed more doctors.

“During our tenure, the total number of doctors increased from 3,000 to 10, 000,” he added.

“We need a significant amount to improve hospital facilities and buildings. We do not have those funds available,” said the PTI chairman.

PTI emerged as the largest party in KP after the general elections in 2013 and formed a coalition government in the province. It also became one of the biggest parties in the country