LAKKI MARWAT  -  In a reprisal to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s calling him an agent of the Jews in a televised interview two weeks ago, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said on Saturday the country needed no Jewish agent in the presence of ‘Maulana’.

Khan, whose party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf sent a legal notice to Fazlur Rehman claiming damages of Rs500million for the defamation, alleged that Maulana had assured an American ambassador he would do whatever the United States wanted, if they helped him become prime minister of Pakistan.

Fazlur Rehman on August 3 referred to Imran Khan as a Jewish agent and accused him of working on a foreign agenda.

Khan’s belated response to JUI-F head’s accusation came during a huge public meeting in Lakki city as part of a campaign for PTI candidate for by-poll to the constituency of NA-27.

The crowd chanted, "diesel, diesel", as PTI chief went on to say, “It was the same Maulana who had begged the US for making him prime minister and in return offered to follow American diktats.”

"The evening of August 22 will herald the triumph of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate,” Khan said, and added the impact of upcoming by-election on Maulana would be the same as what the Pakistan cricket team had done to India.

He said the masses would see the difference between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other three provinces in a month since PTI-led government was introducing a new local government system to empower people at the grassroots level. All the government departments would witness improvement in their working under the new system, Khan said.

He added people would never need to approach MPAs and MNAs for resolution of their problems as their issues would be addressed at the local level.

He said besides bringing new health and education systems, the provincial government would establish stadiums, schools and colleges at the tehsil level.

Khan claimed his party had the vision to eliminate corruption, ensure transparent and good governance and bring development and progress. He said PTI had won the May 11 elections but the "umpires" didn't do justice. He was confident his PTI would emerge victorious in the next elections even if the umpires did not do justice to it.

Pakistan had, he said, vast resources and only an honest leadership was required which could enforce a system of justice. He wondered that in some areas there was no water and all of a sudden floods came in and this was a signal from God to enforce an Islamic welfare system based on justice.

Khan expressed confidence PTI would win the by-poll and assured that even if it lot, it would not leave the people alone. “PTI is not a party to extend favours to its workers, we never discriminate among people.”

He however called upon his young followers to reach polling stations on August 22 at seven in the morning to usher a new era of change in local politics. He urged the voters to vote for retired colonel Amirullah Khan Marwat.

On the occasion, two independent candidates Haji Zarwali Khan and Abdul Halim withdrew in favour of PTI candidate while PPP district president announced extending full support to Marwat. Among others speakers were MNA Aisha Gulalai, MPAs Shah Muhammad, Zarin Zia and Dina Naz, and Johar Muhammad.