KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan arrived in Karachi on Sunday for a two-day visit.
Upon his arrival at the airport, he briefly addressed a small gathering of employees of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) who came to welcome him.
The PTI chief said the current government has only three months of its tenure left, and it “does not have the mandate to privatise PIA.”
The Sharifs’ steel mills churn out millions whereas the Pakistan Steel Mill is lying here closed, Khan lamented.
There is no need for privatisation if the institutions function with honesty, he added.
Later in the day, Khan attended a doctors’ forum where he stressed on the need to combat poverty in the country.
“Today we are lagging behind in human development [compared to the rest of the subcontinent], because no government took responsibility for lifting the people out of poverty,” the PTI chairman said.
He said that the government’s efforts should focus on breaking the vicious cycle of poverty.
“In Pakistan, only policies are made. There is no real thought on how to reduce poverty.”
Drawing attention to Lahore, Khan declared it the “world’s most polluted” city, adding that 70% of the city’s population does not have access to safe drinking water.
Taking aim at the Punjab Chief Minister, Khan said that Shehbaz Sharif has had “billions” of rupees’ worth of budget, yet he did not build a single new hospital in the region.