Will set up Medina-like welfare state in Pak: Imran

Islamabad : Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Thursday that he envisioned to set up a Medina-like welfare state which will be sympathetic towards widows and the weaker sections of the society.

In his first public address since his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the single largest party in the general election, Khan shared his vision for Pakistan and pledged to safeguard the interests of ordinary citizens.

“I want to share the kind of Pakistan I envision — the type of state that was established in Madina, where widows and the poor were taken care of,” the 65-year-old cricketer-turned-politician 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,” he said in a speech made from Bani Gala in Islamabad that was broadcast via video link.

Khan said his guiding principles will be the same adopted by the last Prophet in setting up one of the “greatest civilisations”.

“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,” he vowed.

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

Khan said Pakistan was in “shambles” as a state and the country is facing its “biggest challenge” on the economic front.

“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.

“Ours style of governance will be entirely different. The one never seen before. We will work for the betterment of the poor and downtrodden people,” he pledged.

Khan has not officially been declared prime minister yet.

According to results and trends available so far, his party has won 76 seats and is leading in 44 seats, while its main rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was way behind with 65 seats.

Pak stock exchange bullish

Karachi: The stock market in Pakistan witnessed a bullish trend on Thursday morning as early election results tipped Imran Khan’s PTI for victory.

The Pakistan Stock Exchange saw a significant increase in activity during early trading, a day after the country voted for its second consecutive democratic transfer of power, as the benchmark KSE-100 index gained 767 points to reach 42,106 points, Geo News reported.

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