I have envisioned a ‘Medina-like Islamic Welfare state’, says Pakistan’s PM-elect Imran Khan

Imran Khan, the Prime Minister elect of Pakistan during his first public address after the elections has said that he has envisioned a ‘Medina-like Islamic Welfare State which will be sympathetic towards the weaker sections of the society.

Khan, who is the chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, which has emerged as the single largest party of Pakistan, Khan shared his vision for the country and pledged to safeguard the interests of ordinary citizens.

“I want to share with you the kind of Pakistan I envision — the type of state that was established in Medina, where widows and the poor were taken care of,” he said.

“My inspiration comes from the last Prophet who set up an ideal welfare state in Medina. I want Pakistan to become like that. A humanistic, not an animalistic state,” he said in a speech made from Bani Gala in Islamabad and broadcast via video link.

“I pledge to our people that I will introduce a system that is for the masses, all policies will be for the people and not for the elite,” he vowed. “I will live humbly. So far, we have seen that everyone who comes to power changes. That will not happen with me.”

He said he would not live in the official residence of the Prime Minister and the “lavish” house would be converted into a public space like an educational institution.

Pakistan is in “shambles” as a state and the country is facing its “biggest challenge” on the economic front, Mr. Khan said. “We are facing governance and economic challenges. Our economy has never been so abysmal. It’s because institutions have not been doing their jobs,” he said.

“Our style of governance will be entirely different. The one never seen before. We will work for the betterment of the poor and downtrodden people.”

On ties with the U.S., Khan said Pakistan wants balanced relations that would be mutually beneficial. He also mentioned that he and his party wanted stronger ties with both Iran and Saudi Arabia. “We will strengthen our relations with China. They have provided us an opportunity by investing in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” he said.

Pakistan can learn from China, which has effectively tackled corruption and also improved people’s lives, Khan added.

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