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Imran seeks stable, better ties with India

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BIRMINGHAM: Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has said that time has come for Pakistan and India to have relations based on mutual respect. “We can’t change our neighbors but we have to live in peace with them,” Imran Khan was addressing the National Health Services (NHS) joint conference of British Pakistani Doctor Forum (BPDF) and British Association of Doctors of Indian Origin (BAIO) at Birmingham.

According to a press statement received here on Sunday, Imran Khan said that if Tehrik-e-Insaf came into power, it would establish good relations with India which would be beneficial for both the countries and make the south Asian sub-continent the most prosperous place in the world. He appreciated the Indian doctors for recognizing Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital (SKCH) as a Charity organization and hoped they would continue their help to the SKCH.

Imran Khan said that since he entered the politics, different governments in Pakistan had stopped supporting his hospital but it was because of the Pakistani masses including overseas Pakistanis’ tremendous support that he overcame Rs1.8 billion annual deficit of his hospital.

Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan while commenting on the current political situation in Pakistan said that the political elite in country had collapsed and all the big leaders of both the government and opposition were busy in plundering the national wealth. They had their money deposited in foreign accounts, he said, and had no sympathy for the people of Pakistan.

He said that the people of Pakistan were fed up with corruption, mis-governance and injustice in the country and wanted a change for the betterment of lives. He said Pakistan was the only country that had been using its army to kill its own people and alleged that the rulers had allowed the drone strikes for a few dollars “which was a matter of immense shame”.

Imran Khan said that PTI would start “Save Pakistan” campaign on 25 June from Multan with one-point agenda calling for free, fair elections in the country. PTI Chairman appreciated the efforts of Dr Akmal Makhdum for organizing a joint conference with Indian doctors and generated funds for the Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

President BPDF Dr Akmal Makhdum, President BAIO Dr Ramesh Mehta, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gawaskar, Mayor of Birmingham Anita Ward also spoke on the occasion.

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