A photo of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, the chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), depicted as the Hindu god Lord Shiva has gone viral on social media, triggering outrage among the Hindu community in Pakistan, with the matter also reportedly causing an uproar in the Pakistani parliament.
He said his party's parliamentary board formed to award party tickets for the next general elections would not only rely exclusively on affiliation and ideology of a ticket-seeker, rather his/her capability to successfully contest and win elections would be equally considered.
Imran Khan on Wednesday said they would merge Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa immediately after winning the general elections.More news: Warriors taking on Spurs in Game 1 of NBA Playoffs
"I will talk to the Army Chief over the issue of tribal areas", Imran Khan said.
He also promised to abolish the permit system, which causes enormous hardship and agony to local people. He said mega projects would be started in the tribal region.
He singled out unemployment as the biggest problem, and said tribal youth who go overseas will be provided job opportunities in the area, calling for special funds to develop FATA.More news: 'Coast to Coast AM' Radio Host Art Bell Dies at 72
The Chairman PTI said they had formed a Committee which forwarded recommendations for reforms in FATA.
In response to a question, he said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif indebted the nation by taking unprecedented loans, and has no moral authority to question loans taken by KP government.
Khan while expressing his views about next financial budgeting said that the federal government had no mandate to announce the budget for the whole year where only 45 days were left of their tenure. He claimed that the last caretaker government had failed to ensure free and fair elections.More news: You're lucky: Gangster brags on Facebook after shooting Punjabi singer