KARACHI - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that the people are dying in Karachi and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) provincial government is sitting idle and doing nothing to rescue the people.

He said Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) would have to answer and prove that it is not guilty of the allegations made by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

He was addressing a press conference at the residence of PTI leader Imran Ismail in Defence Karachi. PTI leaders Arif Alvi, Imran Ismail, Ali Zaidi and others were also present on the occasion.

Holding federal and provincial government responsible for the death of the over 1,000 people in Karachi because of heat wave and prolonged power failure, he said it was the fault of the Sindh government but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was responsible for the overall governance in the country.

Khan said Sindh government turned out to be a silent spectator over the crisis that was the main reason of increase in death toll while earlier it is witnessed that provincial government did nothing when the children were dying in Tharparkar. The Royal family has flown to Dubai, leaving the people in terrible situation, he added.

He said that PM Nawaz Sharif and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari had their assets in foreign countries and it was seen that PML-N started flaming democracy rhetoric to hide their massive corruption. He said the money was being sent out of the country through launches whereas millions of rupees were spent on the advertising of metro bus projects and others. If people want to improve their lives they should not vote and give charity to any party whose assets were out of the country, he added.

Slamming federal minister Khawaja Asif, he said the noble of the Sialkot had no shame. He also demanded the federal minister to tender resignation over poor performance.

To a question, he denounced Nawaz’s decision over investment in the energy projects, saying the ruling party did not meet the promises it had made before the general elections. Karachi is being ruled by the mafias and these elements are making money through everything, even the potable water. He demanded bringing the culprits to justice those have put the country in crises.

To another query about the electricity situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), he informed that the provincial government on various occasion have asked the federal government to give Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) under the provincial jurisdiction but no reply has been received yet in this regard.

Earlier, Khan along with party leaders also visited the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and inquired after the health of patients. Mismanagement was witnessed at the JPMC during his visit and patients also suffered, however, emergency ward’s in-charge doctor Seemi Jamili briefed Khan about the treatment of heatstroke patients and measures taken by the hospital administration.

Khan also met with the Ismaili community leader Sultan Alana and offered condolences over the Safoora carnage.