Prime Minister Imran Khan is currently addressing a rally in Orakzai.
Addressing the rally, the premier said, “I want to thank all of you. I came to your area 27 years ago when I was writing a book.”
“When the war against terror started, I was the only politician who had visited and knew the tribal areas.
That’s why I said time and again that Pakistan’s armed forces should not be sent to tribal areas on US’ saying because the tribal people are our army.”
“Unfortunately, the leader of the time did not know about tribal areas or their traditions or history. Thus, what happened in our tribal areas, most did not know the kind of damage that was done,” he added.
The premier continued, “Pakistan Army had no fault in this but the leader who sent the army on US’ saying.”
“No prime minister has visited the tribal areas like I have and they don’t have the same understanding of these areas as me,” he reiterated.
“I have come here to assure you that Pakistan will never forget your sacrifices and will support you,” the premier said.
PM Imran further said, “The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) says the right thing and I have been saying these things for the past 15 years. But their attitude and tone is not right for our country.”
“Chanting against your country and armed forces will hurt the nation and nothing else,” he added. “PTM should not rub salt on people’s wounds,” he further said.
“I was the one who spoke up when people in tribal areas faced bad times. Today, we have to think how we can move forward.
The real challenge is how the youth and children of tribal areas can acquire education and jobs,” the prime minister continued.
On the current situation, the premier said, “Those who ruled for the last 10 years, the way they looted our country they took our debt from Rs6,000 billion to Rs30,000 billion.”