Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, Imran Khan, said on Wednesday that he was heading to Karachi to break environment of fear and encourage party workers in the city.
Khan visit comes amid tension between his PTI and Muttahida Qaumi Movement ahead of April 23 by-polls on National Assembly seat, NA-246, vacated by former MQM MNA Nabil Gabol.
Talking to media here at Bani Gala before leaving for Karachi, Khan said he would meet those people who want change in the province. “I am going to Hyderabad first, then Bhitshah and will reach Karachi at night”, he told media.
“My aim is to break up environment of fear and tension in Karachi and to encourage my supporters,” he said.
Replying to a question about possibility of electoral alliance with JI in Karachi, Khan said he would talk to Siraj-ul-Haq to seek cooperation in election.
On the occasion, the PTI warned MQM against any violence in Karachi. “If any of our workers is hurt, we will register case against Altaf Hussain. He is provoking people from London”, he added.
Earlier today, Altaf Hussain welcomed Khan’s visit to Karachi, and called for peace and political harmony in Karachi.
“Let this election be an election, this is not a war between two political parties. I request both MQM and PTI supporters not to get provoked. I appeal all of you to forge peace and harmony,” he said while talking exclusively to Samaa.
“Jinnah Ground is also Imran Khan’s ground. He is also a Pakistani. Either MQM or PTI, no matter who wins, we will welcome every one. It will be victory of both the parties,” the MQM chief said.
About PTI-JI alliance, the MQM chief welcomed it, saying that “alliance is part of a democratic process.