Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and Prime Minister candidate Imran Khan says the key to winning the election lies in understanding the country’s complex political realities.
Khan said that he has to contest elections with what is available in the country and that he cannot vouch for all 700 cadidates, Pakistan media outlet Dawn reported on Wednesday. Khan says he has to play with the given players. He also talked about the importance of manpower and financial resources for a successful election campaign.
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“You contest elections to win. You don’t contest elections to be a good boy. I want to win. I am fighting elections in Pakistan, not Europe. I can’t import European politicians,” Khan said.
“After 1997, I came to the conclusion that unless we took people in the party who know the art of winning election, we will not be able to succeed.
“This is not Europe, where all you need to do is tell people what you stand for and they will go out and vote for you. In Pakistan, you need money and thousands of trained polling agents who can bring out people on the day of election. If you do not have those workers, you cannot contest the election.”
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When asked why has he awarded tickets to turn-coats instead of his party’s workers, Khan said: “The political class here doesn’t change that much. You can introduce new actors but you can’t change the political class wholesale. This is why I give the example of Mahathir Mohamad, who changed Malaysia with the same political class by giving them clean leadership.”
“It would be a compromise if I did not stick to my objectives after coming into power, and if I did not run a clean government.”
He also made it clear that his party objectives won’t be affected by the new faces and if any of the new faces refuse to comply with the party’s objectives, they’ll be kicked out.
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“This is a joke going around that I have now gathered electables. I always sought out electables, but before this they were not willing to join us.
“Forget MPAs and MNAs, in the past we have even invited electables from union councils in other cities to join us. It is after the success of the 2011 rally at Minar-i-Pakistan in Lahore that people changed their minds and started to join us.”