Imran Khan’s Talking Points in his First Speech as PM-in-Waiting

Imran Khan’s Talking Points in his First Speech as PM-in-Waiting

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Imran Khan, chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which has emerged as the single-largest party after the Pakistan elections on 25 July, has declared his victory in the Pakistan General Election 2018.

Pakistan’s World Cup winning-captain on the cricket field started his second innings with a flourish as he addressed his nation – and the world – from Islamabad on 26 July. He raised several important points in his very first post-election speech.

On his Election Victory

Amid protests by other parties alleging election rigging, Khan exuded confidence in Pakistan’s democratic procedures.

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He hailed his election win as righting the path Pakistan was walking on and fulfilling founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision for the nation.

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Imran, who joined politics in 1996 after retiring from cricket, has called this result a dream fulfilled.

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On Indo-Pak Relationship

Imran stressed the need for a peaceful relationship between the neighbours and reducing tensions that have ratcheted up in recent years, especially along the border and on issues of terrorism.

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Pakistan is ready to improve its ties with India, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Khan said, asserting that the blame game between the two neighbours, which is detrimental to the sub-continent, should stop.

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He said good India-Pakistan relations will be beneficial for the entire region and for increasing trade ties between the two neighbours.

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Elephant in the Room – Kashmir

Khan said Kashmir is the "core" issue between the two countries and it should be resolved through talks.

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Imran was praised on social media for referring to Kashmir right off the bat, including of avoiding the issue.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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