October 31st, 2011
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Is Indian Army stronger than US Army: Imran Khan

imran-khanLahore: Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan who led a massive rally of his new Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party at Lahore raked up the Kashmir issue. He questioned the stifling of the Kashmiri rights and sought withdrawal of Indian troops from Jammu and Kashmir.The rally near the Minar-e-Pakistan monument, which was attended by over 100,000 people, was aimed at projecting Mr Khan as a serious contender in Pakistan’s political arena ahead of the 2013 general election.

His 50-minute speech largely focussed on the problems and challenges Pakistan faces, including corruption and crippling power outages, but he used the occasion to take up several populist issues, including the Kashmir dispute.

“I want to tell Hindustan that the 700,000 troops you have kept among the Kashmiris  no army has been able to solve any country’s problems at any time,” he said to cheers from his supporters. “Did the Americans succeed in Afghanistan? Is the Indian Army more powerful than the US Army? When the Americans couldn’t succeed, how can you succeed with 700,000 troops that are involved in excesses?” he alleged. He asked India to give “Kashmiris their rights and call back the troops”.

He said his party would “stand with the Kashmiri brothers and speak for their rights at all forums”. He said the rally marked the culmination of a movement begun 15 years ago by the Pakistan Tehrik to tackle the country’s problems, including corruption, inflation, rising prices, lack of education, unemployment and an energy crisis.


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