Want to build Medina-like state for weaker sections- Imran Khan

Islamabad: After gaining marvelous victory in Pakistan’s general elections Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Thursday said that he had envisioned a Medina-like Islamic welfare state in Pakistan, PTI.

While addressing his first public speech at Bani Gala in Islamabad after his party emerged out as the single largest party contender in the general elections, Mr. Khan spoke about his vision for Pakistan and a welfare state which helps the widows and the weaker sections of the society through a broadcast video link.

“I want to share with you the kind of Pakistan I envision — the type of state that was established in Medina, where widows and the poor were taken care of,” he said.

“My inspiration comes from the last Prophet who set up an ideal welfare state in Medina. I want Pakistan to become like that. A humanistic, not an animalistic state.”

Vowing to bring a change in the country, he said: “I pledge to our people that I will introduce a system that is for the masses, all policies will be for the people and not for the elite.”

“I will live humbly. So far, we have seen that everyone who comes to power changes. That will not happen with me,” he said politely.

Speaking about his stay in the official PM’s residence he said he would not live in there and that residence instead would be converted into a public space like an educational institution

The country is in “shambles” is facing its “biggest challenge” on the economic front, Mr. Khan said.

“We are facing governance and economic challenges. Our economy has never been so abysmal. It’s because institutions have not been doing their jobs,” he said.

Hopeful with his governance, Imran said: “Our style of governance will be entirely different. The one never seen before. We will work for the betterment of the poor and downtrodden people.”

Hinting towards intentions of developing good ties with China, he said: “We will strengthen our relations with China. They have provided us an opportunity by investing in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.”