We stand by the parents of the slain: Imran Khan

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan addressing a press conference at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Wednesday following his visit to the Army Public School said that he was delighted to see the students’ enthusiasm today and he commended their bravery.

Imran Khan said he understood and empathised with the parents of the deceased and he stands by them in these difficult times.

Khan said it was disappointing for him that he could not visit two days ago as he had originally planned when there was a function for the visit of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif.

He went on to say that it was a must to commend the bravery and courage of the students so that they understood the importance of continuing to seek education under every circumstance. He said that without education no nation would be able to succeed and even the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that to seek education one should go all the way till China.

While announcing that he would meet the parents of the deceased at their homes as well, Khan said that he was displeased at the protests outside the school and that he did not understand the purpose of the protest especially since the only thing in the present circumstance he could do was to come visit and express solidarity with them.

He said that his purpose to make this visit was to dispel security fears and he even got off his car to inquire from protesters how he could comfort them and address their issues but instead he saw that it seemed a few of them were not actually parents but instead belonged to various political parties.

Khan further said that PTI had finished their sit-ins and demands in order to be in unison with the government and help them as much as possible including being part of the All Parties Conferences. However, that did not mean that they have backed down and in fact they are now going to continue their rightful demands of empowering Judicial Commissions to act upon clear evidences of rigging in constituencies and for calling re-election.