Party convention: Imran says he knows his party ideologues

Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Sunday stoutly defended some of his party stalwarts against allegations of vote-buying, arguing that he alone would decide who among his party was an ideologue or not.

“I will decide who is a true nazriati [ideologue]. It will be my decision. I defend the party’s nazria [ideology] and I will continue to do so,” he said while addressing a party convention.

The PTI chief recalled the initial days when he had said: “I sold my plots, my medals and bats to pay the election debts.”

He said, “No one should tell me who is a true nazriati. I can count on my fingertips those who stood by me in [testing] times,” adding, “Nazria is always tested in a crisis. So I know who is a nazriati in the last two to three years that followed. So, let the lid remain on those who now say they are nazriati and the new people joining are not nazriati.”