War in Afghanistan is jihad, says Imran

Published: October 11, 2012

PTI chief condemns attack on Malala Yousafzai. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

PESHAWAR: 

Terming the ongoing war in Afghanistan a ‘jihad’, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan parried a question on Wednesday whether the war in Pakistan’s tribal belt could be labelled as terrorism. He was addressing a press conference in Peshawar after paying a visit to inquire after the health of Malala Yousafzai.

The PTI chief condemned the attack on Malala, saying attacking children was against the teachings of Islam and Pashtun traditions, and offered every possible help to Malala’s family.

Imran added that there was a need to investigate the motivations of various Taliban factions operating in the country, adding that the decision to carry out a military operation in Waziristan in 2004 and the Lal Masjid episode were ‘the main reasons’ behind the violence across the country.

“In the guise of the Taliban, there are several criminal gangs  who didn’t even spare PTI workers by demanding extortion money.”

The PTI chief said that “drone attacks are carried out with the consent of the government, and in reaction, Taliban attack civilians.”

Citing an ex-employee of the US Central Intelligence Agency, he said that unless the Pakistani government withdraws its support as a coalition partner on the ‘war on terror’ it will be unable to overcome the insurgency in the country.

“A military operation can be a small part of a larger solution but a conflict cannot be resolved through military operations alone,” the PTI chief said.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (295)

  • riz
    Oct 11, 2012 - 9:53AM

    This man is serious embarassment for his followers.

    the world is against taliban, but he is still trying to devise ways to extricate them.
    well, he has lost one more follower today.

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  • SS
    Oct 11, 2012 - 9:59AM

    When newspapers start taking political potshots at leaders, inserting angles and adding value to what they say, it’s a clear indication that the political discourse can’t be saved from petty partisan politics. Imran Khan and PTI is just one case scenario.Recommend

  • Amazed
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:05AM

    And you didn’t quote him on the main line??? Where did he say the Afghan war a Jihad?Recommend

  • AJ
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Khan Sahib please stop justifying these barbarians and stop finding excuses to justify there acts of voilence against the inoccent country man. May be time has come for people like you and your patrons who has supported these so called jihadi look inward find and identify the real enemies. I am in no way or shape support drone attacks, however, I can not turn my eyes when I see these strategic assets killing civilians and military officials and attack our way of life. Khan sahib its time for you to let go of your mentors like gul hameed and Qazi sahib and look to the people who have suffered at hands of these barbarians.

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  • god
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:08AM

    what is jihad? good or bad?

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  • Amazed
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:08AM

    And you didn’t quote him on the main line??? Where did he say the Afghan war a Jihad…?Recommend

  • CallinArmy-Khi
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:08AM

    :) It sure is jihad!! Bless you for speaking out loud.

    PS: wait for the sitting-at-home trolls comments now …

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  • Tanveer
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:16AM

    I’m no more supporter of PTI…

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  • aslam
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:19AM

    not a supporter of PTI, but i will 2nd imran khan.

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  • ASSAD
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:19AM

    Only solution suggested to so called “WAR ON TERROR”!!!!! People will not understand him now!

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  • umair
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:20AM

    well said imran khan but our so called pro indian puppet and liberal extremist media will oppose your stance .

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  • Waqar
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:22AM

    attacking children was against the teachings of Islam and Pashtun traditions

    I think this was more suitable title for this news.

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  • Cowards
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:22AM

    People like Imran Khan are the main reason things like this will continue to happen.

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  • Caramelized_Onion
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:26AM

    If Turkey could stay neutral during two Iraq Wars and also attacks on Libya and Serbia, why couldn’t we stay neutral in the Afghan war?

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  • amused
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:26AM

    what a disgrace

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  • anonymous
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:26AM

    Imran is acting to seal his failure……He seems to be counfused and morally collapsed after people/companion walk out from his party……. with this statement he tries to increase confusion more in nation….. he should take rest for weeks to revisit his thoughts and revitalized himself…… Yes he can do he was/can be a good leader.

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  • maestro
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:28AM

    Khan sahb – Musharraf gave Lal Masjid over a week to put down their arms and negotiate. They shot down army officers. Those people were burning video shops in Islamabad, and final kicker was the kidnapping of chinese. And may I ask, why were there so many guns, grenades and firearms in a mosque? Why were women standing with sticks in that mosque? If thats what you call Islam, then I am sorry, you have clearly lost the true ideology of this religion, which is PEACE and TOLERANCE! Do you still want to “negotiate and talk” with these beasts called “taliban” which means students? Students of what? Hate, illiteracy? If you come into power, will you have the guts to take them down? Pakistanis are rising. So called fundamentalists have no place in this country. Hear the speech by Quaid e Azam on Aug. 15, 1947 clearly, whom you apparently adore so much. Pakistan was made as a secular state for the muslims of India with full protection and rights for all minorities. No one has any security or rights in this country right now. And keep blaming the US for everything – you can visit Malala all you want – the mullahs have destroyed this nation with their hate speeches in mosques and madrassahs. Will you stop them? A 14 yr old girl is fighting for her life right now – get some real guts and condemn the so called “taliban” openly now if you want to be a real cheetah. Cheers.

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  • True Muslim Paki
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:29AM

    Inshallah, IK is the true savior of Muslims.
    “Imran added that there was a need to investigate the motivations of various Taliban factions operating in the country, adding that the decision to carry out a military operation in Waziristan in 2004 and the Lal Masjid episode were ‘the main reasons’ behind the violence across the country.”
    This was my comment too in this section earlier.

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  • Ajju
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:31AM

    Good bye imran khan. Thank you for opening my eyes. I was driven away with the wind and was going to vote you, But now it is clear. Those who wants liberal forces in the centre, then PPP, MQM, ANP should be voted in. i know they are corrupt, but we have no other choice.

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  • Cautious
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:35AM

    Does anyone really believe that the Taliban are going to drop their weapons, abandon their ideology and join the fold when Pakistan withdraws it’s support for the WOT? How many Taliban switched sides during the 7 months Pakistan stopped NATO supplies and was barely talking to the American’s. Further – does anyone really believe that the USA is going to stop drone attacks just because IK is in charge?

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  • just_someone
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:39AM

    “In the guise of the Taliban, there are several criminal gangs who didn’t even spare PTI workers by demanding extortion money.”
    Yes, obviously if they were real Taliban, they would have let Taliban Khan’s men go because they know they are their brothers, you know, the same religious fanatic that Imran has apparently become.
    And pleaseeee Imran, stop pretending you give a crap about Malala. This is the kind of world you are progressing by your constant talk so dont tell me this is bad because if this is bad then everything you said is leading to more bad.

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  • Ali Omer
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:41AM

    Dear Mr Khan, if the war in Afghanistan is Jihad then kindly do comment on what is your comment on the war in swat and tribal agencies isn’t jihad? If they are fighting for their survival the we Pakistanis are also fighting for our survival.

    Zara Sochiye!!!

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  • sidjeen
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:41AM

    so Maulana Imran khan is now a religious scholar giving fatwas about jihad, i think the transformation of PTI into a new JI is now complete. frankly i am surprised it took IK this long to realize that he is an authority on religion since he is an expert on everything under the sun.Recommend

  • SaneVoice
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:41AM

    War in Afghanistan is not Jihad it is JihalatRecommend

  • Uuuu!
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:43AM

    How can Mr Khan say that Taliban are reaction to the drone strikes etc…
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    This is the most immature statement of a political, and goes against any human, ethical or even islamic standards. These wild beasts have killed so many innocent people and Mr Khan is saying these incidences are happening because of military operations/lal masjid etc. Lal masjid was the right decision of Musharraf government and military operations are the only way to implement writ of law over the loose wild beasts hovering around in the towns/villages of Pakistan in the northern areas. These barbarians have no place on this earth regardless of the reason.

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  • Umer
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:45AM

    War in Afghanistan is jihad, says Imran

    Then why is Imran not in Afghanistan to do the Jihad? Is he not aware Jihad is obligatory on every able bodied Muslim? Is he afraid of Shahada himself?

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  • Liberal Mulla
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:45AM

    Taliban Khan is becoming more and more confused day by day, I think the failure of his march and the fact that his maternal relatives have not allowed him to do much point scoring made him mad. He must ask his (x,y or z) brother in law Zac Goldsmith to protest against drones in British Parliament, as Imran himself run his election campaign.
    Imran, day by day it is clearing on you that you can’t become prime minister of Pakistan and this had ruined your nerves.

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  • islooite
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:45AM

    what is happening in this country ! No offence but i think IK is going insane.

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  • khan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:45AM

    Disgusting! This man has lost his sense of proportion.Recommend

  • Muhammad Mehdi Raza
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:45AM

    He is right. But why shouldnt we in pakistan , nextdoor to Afghanistan , join this Jehad?

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  • anonymous
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:46AM

    Imran is acting to seal his failure……He seems to be confused and morally collapsed after people/companion walk out from his party……. with this statement he tries to increase confusion more in nation….. he should take rest for weeks to revisit his thoughts and revitalized himself…. Yes he can do…. he was/can be a good leader.

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  • AFG
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:46AM

    I hope you win the next election in Pakistan so we can talk face to face and eye to eye …

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  • Shahzeb Ahmed
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:48AM

    Simply, shame on you Imran Khan !! Your thinking is worst than any of Pakistani politicins

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  • Ashraf P
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:50AM

    Since when did Imran Khan turn into a mullah ?

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  • External Hand
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:50AM

    “A military operation can be a small part of a larger solution but a conflict cannot be resolved through military operations alone,” the PTI chief said.

    The conflict can be resolved ONLY by overwhelming military action. The Taliban are an extreme group of insurgents who don’t respect rules of engagement and have utter contempt for civic means of conflict resolution. They only understand the language of power. The more you talk, the more they’ll consider you weak and beneath their dignity. Come out swinging with bombs and missiles and they’ll bow down.

    Now if only the Pakistani Army would grow a pair.

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  • Muneer
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:51AM

    Resistance against foriegn occupation forces is a lawful activity recognised internationally. But, in Pakistan situation is different. As regards the motivation behind the militants Taliban factions, they want the government to follow internal/ external policies as per their dictates and not as desired by the people through Elected representatives. Had,there been no military operations in SW,lal masjid and Swat; Malala/ lal masjid like incidents would have been massive.Such operations does not completely wipe out the militants, but curtail their activities to a large extent.If military is still in Swat, it is the failure of political government and NOT that of military operations or of the philosophy of military operations.

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  • Saleem
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:51AM

    And mr tsunami khan killing innocent civilians is terrorism whether it be drone attacks or taliban suicide attacks.

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  • Mind hunter
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:54AM

    Rightedly said by Imran khan…TTP is not a faction of Afghan Talban insted they(thugs) are created to defame them and try to create a bad name for the Talibans in General world.The Islamic resistence Force in afghanistan I.e Mujahedeens really abide with islamic principles of women rights ..even they had freed and honured the British reporter Yvonne Ridley in light of Islamic shariah..which results in “free” conversion of her to noble Islam and now working for the Islamic cause ..she’s same Yvonne Ridley who highlights the case of Afia siddiuqi in Bagram prision..!!! Yes Defending home land is jihad.

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  • Umer
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:54AM

    Now it’s a must on all PTIian to run for Jihad to Afghanistan as Mufti Imran has spoken.

    “shahadat hai maqsood o matloob e momin” — Mufti Iqbal

    Is Imran and PTIians not momin?

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  • Hassan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:54AM

    I hope Govt dont use this horrible incident to prepare the public sentiment to launch another military operation in tribal belt…Yes these people are worse than animal who attacked our Sister Malala but we need to have a comprehensive policy on terrorism instead of only military option because it hasn’t worked so far and it wont work again…..

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  • Oct 11, 2012 - 10:55AM

    Dear Imran, kindly remain quiet when you have nothing good to say. Please.

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  • AS
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:55AM

    sir please do some thing sober.
    you are totally confused , what to say and at what time.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:56AM

    The little support I had for his party is gone. He has exposed himself as a deranged conspiracy theorist.

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  • Mohammad Assad
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:58AM

    Getting rid of the invading Army is a jihad, but regardless of what happens in Afghanistan the only jihad we need in Pakistan..is Jihad against corruption.

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  • Tahir Rauf
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:58AM

    I can share the link of video in which IK said that, That was totally a different thing, and see this journalist, I mean is it really necessary to start another fight? Such an Immature article.

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  • Timour
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:58AM

    No need to investigate motivations….anyone whose motivation is to hurt the citizens of the country does not need a shrink, they need jail and gallows.

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  • Moazzam Salim
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:01AM

    If only the solution was as simple as IK has proposed. The Taliban have reached a point in their war against the world where they feel that they can defeat anyone, including the US. As the US withdrawal from Afghanistan seems imminent the Taliban’s focus will most definitely turn towards Pakistan. Even before 9/11 the Taliban had started to exert pressure on Pakistan for “transforming” itself into a “Muslim” state following the Taliban model. The Lal Masjid was a test case for them as armed boys and girls used to come out of the Masjid and attack businesses and vehicles with media players; thus acting in accordance with the Taliban faith. If anything the law and order situation would still have deteriorated had Pakistan not joined the war on terror. The ideology of the Taliban thrives on a desire to conquer the whole world and make it a “Muslim” world where women, freedom of expression and civil rights are restrained.

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  • uet
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:02AM

    Taliban Khan should put his money where his mouth is, that is he should cross over into Afghanistan and fight in this jihad. Also please take PTI along with you, cyber world be much
    peaceful without them.

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  • ALI
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:05AM

    It was happen after Imran Kahan Peace March, President OBHAMA ordered CIA to Kill the Malala Yousafza in order to reduce the pressure due to Imran Khan peace March against drone. As Obhama want to show there is Talban so my Drone policy is not wrong. \

    We must understand President Obhama is most powerful person and He has licensee to kill. He gave permission to kill people in Drone attacks. By giving order to kill MALALA the whole world media will forget the Imran peace march and will start to talk about terrorist Talban. I hate all Talban, I am not supporting them, But we must see who will be the beneficiary to that murder. Of course Talban not. But only Obhama as there is election in US soon,

    Why Talban not killed her in last three years as she was there, Why they select to kill this time???

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  • Eeman
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:05AM

    Here we go again!

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  • Vinayak
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:06AM

    So Imran thinks those were criminals in the guise of Taliban. In that case why does not Taliban come out with such a statement. Or is it that they only speak through Imran.

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  • khalid
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:06AM

    I like Imran Khan and I hope he wins the elections and puts this country on the right tract but I dont think his ideas about Taliban, drone attacks and now war in Afghanistan is a Jehad are not right..Please Mr Khan keep away from making these statements, we need a social revolution in Pakistan to improve the pathetic conditions a common pakistani lives in, we had enough of religious extremeism and Jehads

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  • MK
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:06AM

    et tu, brutus?

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  • vasan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:07AM

    I think Imran khan is confused or didnt bother to clarify. I guess he meant the war started by Zia under the pretext of Jihad. Only the opponent is different now.

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  • Shah Jozgon
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:07AM

    Just recently Maulana Fazlurehman, the Pakistani political and religious leader, called Imran Khan a Jewish and Western Agent. Today, Imran khan is calling the crimes committed by his tribal brethren in Afghanistan as “Jihad”. If the war in Afghanistan is Jihad, going by the same definition, then what TTP ( Tehrik Taliban Pakistan) are doing in Pakistan is a bigger jihad.

    I think Imran Khan should stop issuing Fatwas and start cleansing himself from the sins he committed in the past. There are already hundreds of Fatwa centers in Pakistan, there is no need for another cricketer turned politician to embark of a new profession of becoming Mufti.

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  • Shahriarzadeh
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:09AM

    Pakistani ISI create Taliban and Imran Khan support them. If you have any jihad to do, then do it in your own soil, don’t dare to put your dirty feet in the pure soul of Afghanistan.

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  • Jamal
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:09AM

    He is putting all his energy for stopping Drones attack on same Taliban’s who were involved in Malala’s attack now he is condemning the attack. He is big time confused person.Recommend

  • Ali Q
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:11AM

    “A military operation can be a small part of a larger solution but a conflict cannot be resolved through military operations alone,” the PTI chief said.

    Liberals please note that IK doesn’t rule out mili ops. Ofcourse, he doesnt- any guarantee to the world of zero terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil would require him to authorize mili ops. Why IK then? Because his mili ops will be better planned (reduce the elements at play- eg drones, foot soldiers who can be inspired to mend ways), will have the tide of public opinion behind him (if elected), and yield maximum results (least collateral damage, maximum ideological terrorists killed/captured)…#votePTI

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  • adnan behttani
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:13AM

    Imrans commennts these days are often loaded with rhetorics bt unfortunately truth n veracity ars its twin victims.by labelling two products of same ideology and same breed bt outsourced to different geographical areas,Khan is playing to the gallaries.This old mantra of good talibans n bad talibans is brain child of Those Who Must Not Be Named in this country and khan,s recent attempts can be billed as means to curry favours wd the back_room boys.amidst all the mayhem that has plagued the country there are very few sane takers of his utterances.Over the years as a bench warmer in pakistan’s political arena he has surely learnt art of demagoguery…

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  • IceSoul
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:13AM

    IK has now thrown off the mask and has come out in open support of the Taliban and their allies. Now is the time for all PTI supporters to condemn his ideology if they don’t want Pakistan to be turned into another Afghanistan.

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  • Azeem Aslam
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:13AM

    Well Said by Brave Leader of Pakistan.

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  • Noble Tufail
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:14AM

    Jihad does not solve the problems in 21st century. IK if you think we cannot fight taliban then why should we be even giving a nod to fight against super power like US in Afganistan. War should only be the job of a military not of goons like terrosrist groups. militaries should also not feed milk to these “assests”/snakes. snake is a snake no matter yours or mine.

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  • Jamshed
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:15AM

    What a dubious title .. Title and news does not match

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  • huzaifa
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:16AM

    The confuse khan had a recent set back to his confused charter as Taliban ruthlessly and crudely showed their face and also the intentions that how they wanted to act in future. The PTI chief is dilldillying here and there as he has no solid stand. On one side he says that Taliban are good and Jihad in Afghanistan is justified but when Mallalah attack gets world wide condemnation then he eats his tongue and condemn the attack. Now, i want to ask the Confused leader of the PTI that who attacked Mallalah? if these were Taliban which they are then shouldn’t Imran Khan come out openly and condemn Taliban for their merciless and callous acts? COME ON iMRAN KHAN DON’T BE HYPOCRITE. NOT ONLY CONDEMN THE ACT BUT THE PERPETRATORS ALSO! PLEASE?

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  • Obaid
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:16AM

    Let me enlighten you that she wasn’t shot because she advocated drone attacks in Pakistan. She was attacked because she upheld womens rights.

    Yeah before the Lal Musjid and military operation, Pakistan was hub a of peace and progress. It immensely pains me to say that you are not the hero I once thought your wereRecommend

  • Hardliner
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:20AM

    Oh the use of the word “JIHAD” and yet no comment i see from the liberal mafia??? unbelievable……!!!

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  • pakiboy85
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:20AM

    Why don’t you don a tribal cap and join the Jihad then?Recommend

  • Ali Tipu
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:24AM

    Actually what IK says is true and more closer to reality. Military operation anywhere in not a solution to the problem. It never has been. Even if you do the military operation, at the end of the day its the civilian setup that is needed to stabilize the situation in that area on long term basis. Here the situation is opposite. Civilian supremacy is nowhere to be seen in the country. Part of it is attributed to the sheer incompetence, extreme corruption, negligence and lack of interest and motivation of the government. Army cant fight this war alone and for how long? If the US is willing to talk to Taliban after decades of occupation in Afghanistan and is still struggling to cope with the insurgency there, why is it that Pakistan must follow the same route? To fight a war that wasn’t even its own war to begin with?

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  • Abreez
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:25AM

    We are stuck in rightist Mullah and their allies and leftist Army generals and their allies, please God help the common people of Pakistan. At the end we have to get rid of both elements, like every modern democratic society did.

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  • afghanistan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:26AM

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  • Outraged
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:26AM

    ” . . . The PTI chief condemned the attack on Malala, saying attacking children was against the teachings of Islam “.

    Why do you simply condemn the attack. Why don’t you condemn the attackers? Why do you become their apologist. Why do you throw in red herrings by talking of “criminal gangs in the guise of Taliban”, when their chief spokesperson claims full responsibility for these great deeds of “Islamic Valor”. You talk of 40,000 people having died in this war. Please go one step further and elaborate as to how many of them suffered death after being hit in the drone attacks, and how many have died at the hands of these noble Talibans. Please be honest with your numbers. God forbid, if there is an armed attack on to your house and you lose one of your dear ones in this attack, would you have a license to go on a killing spree in your neighborhood

    Malala has shown the world how brave she is. I am sure she can live without your hypocritical tears of sympathy. May God protect this brave girl from the hands of these barbarians and their apologists.

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  • Arslan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:28AM

    Imran Khan will inshAllah stop the cycle of violence and bring peace to the country.

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  • Alucard
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:31AM

    Lal masjid operation was the right thing to do and should be a template for what needs to be done now. Enough appeasement and erring on the side of caution. Otherwise you will be picked off 1 by 1….

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  • Praful Shah
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:34AM

    There is no difference between educated Muslim and uneducated Muslim. You guys are always on Jihad. I am sad to tell you that Muslims wants to be treated well but you treat others like crap. If I am not wrong, there will lot of bloodletting in the Muslim world. This not far in future. You guys believe in nothing but killing.

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  • Zak
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:34AM

    Why do the TTP shoot Malala just days after IK rallies in waziristan? isnt the timing strange, as supposedly the threats had begun in april and they could have shot her way before..the role of fazl ur rehman..who is the TTP? why do they (an unknown group in years goneby) claim responsibility for every terrorist attack? raymond davis was reported to have met/called one of TTP’s members, why wasnt he investigated and why was he released so quickly? the role of the CIA in Pakistan’s (and countless other countries’) destablization cannot be overstated, its a historical fact backed by books and books by their own former agents..i believe the CIA, Pakistani government and the TTP are colluding for the past 4 years..corrupt politicians, an agency with resources to bribe, and a band of mercenaries working hand in hand for mutual interests – not a far fetched theory i think!

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  • Salem
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:34AM

    Pathetic.. I feel awful that even IK has gone to such misleading levels.. !!!! I feel hopeless about quality political leadership even coming to Pakistan

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  • Faisal Khan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:34AM

    Imran no one wants to listen to you… We would rather lend our ears to Zaid Hamid

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  • syed Imran
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:37AM

    What Imran Khan is saying should be understood in a much wider context. The War in Afghanistan is the third invasion of that country by a Super Power. The first being Britain who faught three Afghan Wars and lost all of them.Than came the soviet union and got itself disintegrated and now the US from the last ten years but still not in control. Pakistan as a bordering country sharing the same volatile border

    With history at the back of mind, we should analyse whether in all these years of turmoil and losing 50,000 precious lives and a never ending uncertianity are we really on path of victory or for that matter stabilty. The answer is a big NO.

    Now let us ask ourselves whether we are capable to handle this situation for times to come. The answer is again a big No.

    So what do we do than?

    The answer is what Imran Khan tells everyone from day one

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  • Feroz
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:39AM

    Dear Imran, trying to be too clever by half and misleading the people may not always work. The innocent civilians in FATA are at the mercy of Militants/Military without any mai/baap to hear their anguished cries for help.
    Please let the Afghans sort out their problems themselves and you try to solve Pakistan’s problems without misleading the people.
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  • harkol
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:42AM

    If pakistanis vote for IK and he becomes PM, you would’ve written the script for more Malala like shootdowns to happen.

    IK will enter into a peace deal with Taliban, who’ll happily accept it, but won’t be bound by the general structure of the deal. They’ll use it to grow,strengthen and spread terror in one region after another. They’ll issue diktats, flog people, kill & maim who disagree – because if Army & IK are affraid to go after them now – how will they do so when they have gained in strength and may even have a safe harbor in Afghanistan??

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  • yaz
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:43AM

    Just watch how our pseudo pro war liberals jump at this one. They are the only educated pro war liberals in the world who support US in their war OF terror!

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  • Raza Khan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:48AM

    IK you need to slow down & rest before making these kind of statements!Recommend

  • Tufail malik
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:51AM

    If Imran will give such statements, then good bye PTI

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  • sherie
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:51AM

    if this is how a highly educated world travelled countryman thinks, i am scared. he doesnt say its against the laws of the country or laws of a civic society, he says its against islam and pashtun traditions? so if non pashtuns and non muslims attacked a pakistani it would some how be ok?
    and how myopic of imran to cite events as recent as 2004 as reasons of the happenings in the country today. where were you when we were cocooned and brainwashed as a whole nation by zia. ah yes! you used to be playing abroad often.

    dumb really!

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  • Nasir
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:53AM

    First time a very Brave Statement by Imran, At least agree with Maulana Fazal-u-Rehman and Jammaat-e-Islami on this issueRecommend

  • Farhan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:53AM

    Behold! It’s the ‘strategic depth’ delirium all over again.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:56AM

    > In the guise of the Taliban, there are several criminal gangs  who didn’t even spare PTI workers by demanding extortion money

    And what exactly are you implying when you say ‘don’t even spare PTI’ is PTI in some kind of understanding with them to be left alone?

    And please stop justifying Taliban, we’ve seen enough, their ‘jihad’ has done enough damage already.Recommend

  • Mard-e-Haq
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:57AM

    Jihad. My foot!!! That’s what the Taliban claims when it shot up Malala and other school girls — that it was jihad. So, where are the gora PTI activists? Are they by Malala’s side or have they all flown back to safety in Amreeka? Recommend

  • salman k
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:58AM

    headline is totally out of context he was saying the people fighting think ongoing war in afghanistan is jihad.

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  • Ahmad
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:00PM

    I once thought voting for PTI but not now!!

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  • Salma
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:01PM

    Somebody ask Imran Khan: Which drones had Malalai launched? How many bulllets had she fired at the Lal Masjid? How many Taliba had she killed in the Waziristan operation in 2004 for the Taliban to extract revenge from her?Recommend

  • CK
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:02PM

    One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

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  • waqas jan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:03PM

    i saw the interview myself imran was saying the militants think war in afghanistan is jihad

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  • Oct 11, 2012 - 12:05PM

    Well there you go he also believes in good and bad Taliban . He has the same views as Zaid hamid,hamid Gul and all the religious party leaders. If he comes to power then god bless Pakistan. Recommend

  • khalid naeem
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:06PM

    A military operation can be a small part of a larger solution but a conflict cannot be resolved through military operations alone,” the PTI chief said.

    i totally agree with this, i wish our pseudo liberals understand it quickly

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  • Khan of Jandul
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:07PM

    Mr. Imran Khan! Malalai was fired on because of this hypocrisy, which has become so prevalent in Pakistan. It does not make any sense to call them Mujahid in one place (Afghanistan) and terrorists in another (Pakistan). Mr. Khan it is this kind of mindset which is responsible for the entire atrocities committed against Pashtuns both in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Shame on you.

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  • aftab
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:08PM

    as a nation we must ignore taliban and taliban pro leadersRecommend

  • A J Khan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:09PM

    I like Imran Khan, but he is going a yard beyond where Talibani cult and Islam follow different highways.
    Talibani cult is based on deep public humiliation, injury and disgrace. They do not believe in human dignity, quality of life. They need pliant human bodies (Just the meat portion) without soul who would submit to them rather than the One and Only, the Creator, the Rehman and Rahim. They promote public contempt. Their belief is based on hate, violence and intimidation.
    Those who support their brand of Islam is not amongst the followers of this great religion of peace, where the religion takes it birth from Word Iqra, and where the start with the praise of Rehman and Rahim.

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  • Hassan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:10PM

    How can he say its Jihad in Afghanistan.Many civilians and Afghan Security forces are killing in taliban attacks.Are they not muslims.This is total hypocracy.Terrosis is terrorism in every part of the world if innocents are killed.

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  • Farhan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:12PM

    The rough up by IJT in PU, the various snubs by the Taliban before the flop ‘Peace March’ and now the attack on Malala.

    Despite all, Khan continues to cling onto the sleeves of extremists.

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  • Rakesh
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:13PM

    Is he serious? I mean, okay, I understand his need to turn base-ward in the tough times he has been seeing. But seriously? ‘main reason’!

    Tell you what IK, the main reason behind this tragedy is the fanatical mind of that person who lodged that bullet in her head. As brutal as it is sounds, face it. Recommend

  • Khadim 75/5L
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:13PM

    Imran khan tried to interlink Drone attacks and Taliban attacks. If drone attacks stoped than TTP will surrender to pakistan? He said military operation isn’t solution of militancy,well, then what is solution as he knows Talibans not interested in negotiation. Imran should make his stance clear.

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  • Azizullah Khan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:14PM

    It is sheer non-sense to term war in Afghanistan Jihad. Every patriotic Pakistani should immediately disassociate himself/herself from his group called PTI.Recommend

  • casim
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:15PM

    lets concentrate on Pakistan first

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  • Ahmed
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:17PM

    How would you feel if karzai announces that war in pakistan is legal and is Jihad and starts sending jihadis to fight the Government (what our local jihadis are doing). For the past 3 decades we are the ones not letting the Afghans in peace. Let them solve their own problems and concentrate on our own issues.. Recommend

  • Aayan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:18PM

    “A military operation can be a small part of a larger solution but a conflict cannot be resolved through military operations alone.”

    He summed it up well.. :)

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  • Patriot
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:21PM

    Brutus at least was clear in his goal, evil though. Mr khan is confused about his Taliban policy. For all their barbarity from Swat to Waziristan and in the whole country, from the blowing up of Jirgas & shrines to attack on Malala, he cannot see a villain in them. He claims we lost 40 thousand lives in war on terror but stops short of saying who killed these 40 thousand people? drones? NATO or the Taliban? Peace march is held against drones in which both militants and innocent people die, but no march against or clear condemnation of the terrorists/Taliban. Further it is claimed that suicide attacks are the revenge for drones. this is really a pathetic logic.

    Finally on what basis is he declaring war in Afghanistan as Jehad? If he says it on the basis of NATO troops presence then again he is wrong as NATO has the support of Afghan govt and a large portion of population. In fact these foreign forces were invited to deal with the occupation & interference of other foregin forces i.e Arabs, Chechens, and ISI sponsored Taliban. Similarly, if war against foreigners is a qualification for jehad, what about a military operation against Al-Qaieda and their supporters (who have terrorised our society) in waziristan? Why these double standrds?

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  • Naqi
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:25PM

    I think drone strikes should not be made the reason of taliban attacking unarmed civilians. Taliban are barbarians.Recommend

  • Oct 11, 2012 - 12:29PM

    But the war fought by the same people in pakistan is not jihad?

    Imran logic

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  • Umair Savul
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:32PM

    Please dont simplify an extremely complicated solution by using sweeping remarks, you have just lost a supporter

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  • murali
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:33PM

    Why can’t Imran see that the Taliban are ripping apart Pakistan.Recommend

  • Oct 11, 2012 - 12:39PM

    This guy is insulting the sacrifices made by our people and Jawans for the protection of Malakand division from the menace of fundamentalists and fanatic. i don’t think this guy can led the nation through this critical juncture. i am agree that the people don’t like American oppression but i am more than sure that they neither want the subjugation of the fundamentalists and tyrants.

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  • Sultan Khan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:53PM

    He should not have been allowed to meet Malala as he is a friend and in cahoots with the barbarians. His March Drama was just an effort to put in the backyard all the killings and destructions perpetrated by his comrades. Thanks that he stopped short of saying that the creation of Pakistan is the main reason behind the violence in the country. His lament”who didn’t even spare PTI’ clearly indicates that ‘ Brothers, we are from among you and endorse all your actions for the destruction of Pakistan then why you attack us’.Recommend

  • shoaib khan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:56PM

    Irresponsible and sensationalist reporting by ET imran never said war in afghanistan is jihad..

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  • Ozan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:57PM

    Only Tribune could twist words like that!!

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  • tariq ali
    Oct 11, 2012 - 12:59PM

    @Umair Savul
    if you were a supporter you would have checked up if imran khan had made a statement like this
    imran khan never said war in afghanistan is jihad

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  • Asif Ali
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:00PM

    He has missed the point and the sentiment of Pakistani people. This is not the time to score political points, but to condemn the Taliban in unequivocal terms, rather than seek their proptection an appeasement. It is exactly that sentiment that has got us to wher we wre today. This is not a time to be an apologist, but to boldly say that the Taliban need to be stamped out by the people of Pakistan. Not the Army, not the government, but the people.Recommend

  • khaldoon
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:02PM

    liberal fascists and religious extremists are a curse !!!!

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  • Something Clever
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Drones were a result of terrorists killing civilians. Not the other way around. It’s not even something you can debate. It’s not complicated to look up the timeline, either.

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  • Something Clever
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:08PM

    @shoaib khan:
    What did he say then?

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  • Anil
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:09PM

    Amnesty and surrender in-front of these Savages is the real solution here …

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  • Poleturtle
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:12PM

    For the Afghans who are needlessly being butchered and thrown out of their homes it is a Jihad. But what kind of animals are those who kill civilians in the name of Religion??

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:14PM

    Jihad is only obligatory against the non-muslims enemies of Islam and the muslims when they try to harm only not in the state of peace and tranquility and on this stance/standpoint Imran Khan is absolutely rightful…..Recommend

  • Sage
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:18PM

    Sensationalist and criminally incriminating headline, Imran khan should sue the tribune for misquoting him just to get hits on the headline.

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  • Ajju
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:20PM

    Thank God, IK finally revealed his true loyalties. i was opting to vote for PTI, not now!

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  • Tch tch
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:20PM

    LOL talk about taking words out of context.
    ET headline tomorrow: Imran has used the words “I”, “Eat” and “Babies”
    (in th last years,maybe not in taht order)Recommend

  • Oct 11, 2012 - 1:22PM

    Well the mask is off now

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  • A J Khan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:42PM

    I like Imran Khan, but he is going a yard beyond where Talibani cult and Islam follow different highways.
    Talibani cult is based on deep public humiliation, injury and disgrace. They do not believe in human dignity, quality of life. They need pliant human bodies (Just the meat portion) without soul who would submit to them rather than the One and Only, the Creator, the Rehman and Rahim. They promote public contempt. Their belief is based on hate, violence and intimidation.
    Those who support their belief is not amongst the followers of this great religion of peace, where the religion takes it birth from Word Iqra, and where the start with the praise of Rehman and Rahim.

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  • Abdullah
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:49PM

    Any country fighting against invaders is Jihad.All these so called liberals should know that US is an invader in Afghanistan and thus for Afghan ppl/Afghan Talibans its Jihad to fight against them

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  • 1875pk
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:55PM

    I will never vote for IK! It is because of sentiment like this I miss General Musharraf even more. I wish him well in life and i pray somehow he comes back to power. Tere yaad aye tere jaanai kai baad!

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  • bercha
    Oct 11, 2012 - 1:57PM

    He is actually defending deobandi‘s ideology about called Jihad。。。。。。。

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  • True Muslim Paki (An Insafian)
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:03PM

    100% agree with IK.

    ““In the guise of the Taliban, there are several criminal gangs who didn’t even spare PTI workers by demanding extortion money.””

    An Insafian.

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  • Umer
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:04PM

    When is he going to this Jihad?

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  • Pro Truth
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:05PM

    misleading news story title to attract attention with almost opposite story details. Looks like some money is in action while drafting this news story here! Twist everything against Imran with negetive is the goal!

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  • Afgh
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:07PM

    he dosnt have the right take decision about Afghanistan its none of his business first of all he must start Jihad from his country which Muslman just by name

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  • Ahmed
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:11PM

    I was with imran but looking at his views and ideology I think he’ll empower the Taliban. He was the last hope, now there are a bunch of thieves or a Taliban. I really hope Musharraf can gain back some ground he was truly awesome, but I think there are equal to no chances of him coming back into power…

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  • Oct 11, 2012 - 2:11PM

    HOW FOOL ARE PEOPLE READING THIS ARTICLE AND TURNING AWAY FROM PTI

    YOU PEOPLE ARE CHEAP AND SENSE NOT EVEN UNDERSTANDING ROLE OF MEDIA

    ITS MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA AND ONCE MORE MEDIA

    HE IS GIVING AN ANALYSIS AND I AGREE THAT MOST WOULD THINK ITS JIHAD SO YOU HAVE TO TACKLE IT DIFFERENTLY

    IF YOU GUYS ARE CORRECT THEN WHY DOES HE NOT SAY LETS DO JIHAD IN PAKISTAN?????

    AND WHY DID HE SAY “attacking children was against the teachings of Islam and Pashtun traditions”

    If some dumb and senseless people want to chnage their opinion because of paid media, then go ahead, PTI does not need people like you who do not have there on sense

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  • Asif Ali
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:12PM

    I am amazed at the lengths that this man will go to, to prove that he stands for nothing. This is not the time to score political points or to be an apologist. There should be no doubt where we stand on this. There is no middle ground any more. As a nation we need to decide whether to stand up and fight this menace to the end and the eradication of the scourge of Taliban, or to accept them as a fait accompli. Mr. Khan has very much emerged as a dyed in the wool Taliban, and has made clear what side of this divide he stands on. My sympathies to his supporters.

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  • abdul khaliq nasar
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:12PM

    This man is a bully.. he is trying to make Afghanistan worse. He is following the same agenda that was and is followed by ISI and CIA. He is trying to push TTP towards Afghanistan and to kill the innocents there. There is no jehad in Afghanistan. There is just a game of ISI to make Afghanistan In-stable so, it never claims Durand Line. Pakistan has a threat to its security from US and India. It doesn’t bear the existence of India there therefore, through a cheap leader they are promoting the Voice of Jehad in-order to make worse the already unstable Afghanistan.

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  • usm
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:20PM

    @riz:
    This man doing a great job. Always follow a right path. Use your brain.

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  • TRUTH
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:24PM

    Only imran has the solution to so called “war on terror”! Geo IMRAN!

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  • Oct 11, 2012 - 2:26PM

    I like his uniformity in thought. Taliban are not evil, doesn’t matter TTP or Afghan Taliban. At least he is being honest to himself, even if that honesty is misguided.

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  • TRUTH
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:27PM

    @How can he say its Jihad in Afghanistan.Many civilians and Afghan Security forces are killing in taliban attacks.

    Many people also got killed in American Attacks!

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  • Ali Tipu
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:35PM

    Oh dear God. He said that the people(Taliban) fighting there in Afghanistan think that it is a Jihad. Et does it again….

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  • ASSAD
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:35PM

    @MBB!
    You Rocks! Comment of the day! Great!

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  • sid
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Tsunami??????Ha ha

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  • fahim
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:38PM

    To defeatTaliban first eliminate their upper level supportersRecommend

  • sidhu
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Well said Imran khan.we are with you

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  • ASSAD
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:46PM

    @Tanveer:
    Really bad decision!

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  • zeeshan sheikh
    Oct 11, 2012 - 2:57PM

    I support Imran Khan he is absolutely right fighting against US in Afghanistan is definitely jihad.
    He is a true muslim. Liberals gonna hate anyways .

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