MUZAFFARABAD, May 18: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, here on Wednesday, officially inaugurated the campaign of his party’s local chapter for upcoming polls of legislative assembly in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).
Khan, while addressing a massive gathering of PTI workers, diplomatically avoided talking much about Kashmir dispute and Indo-Pak relations. “Kashmir issue should be resolved according to UN resolutions,” Khan said. “It is the basic right of Kashmiri people,” he added.
Cricketer-turned-politician previously have been under fire because of his controversial statements, comments and tweets about Kashmir, including one recently published in PaK-based Urdu daily, suggesting Kashmir’s division into three regions—Khan, later denied to own the statement though.
He emphasized that Kashmiri people should make their decisions independently. If his party came in power in PaK, he will introduce significant reforms in the region empowering local people economically and constitutionally.
Khan also guaranteed that his party would advocate for the independence of Kashmir at every forum unlike PM Nawaz Sharif, who prefers personal financial interests over the cause of the Kashmiri people.
He also pledged to provide natural gas, establish international airports and scheduled banks in the region.
“If PTI came into power, I will personally take care of good governance, transparency and accountability,” Khan assured.
Earlier, a scuffle between two groups of PTI workers broke out ahead of Khan’s arrival in Muzaffarabad.