PTI will shoot drones down once in power: Imran Khan

Grenade attack following rally injures 16, including 8 police officers and women. Some in critical condition.

Iftikhar Firdous/ferya Ilyas February 10, 2012

SWABI/ KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said that those in power should be embarrassed about the ongoing drone attacks that violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and kill innocent people. Following the rally, a grenade attack injured 16 people including eight officers and women. Imran Khan expressed his deep concern over the attack, and sympathised with the victims.

At a rally in Swabi, Imran said the PTI will not let US attack Pakistan via drone strikes and will shoot their drones down.

“We will help them [US] to get out of Afghanistan but we will not become a part of their war,” Imran explained.

He further said that if the PTI comes to power, it will free the people of Pakistan from US slavery. “We won’t beg, we won’t take loans and will generate our own funds,” he said.

Bowling out the competition

Making predictions about the success of his party, Imran said even if Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) unite, PTI will "bowl them all out on the first ball."

“The nation has decided it wants a change and no political party can defeat PTI’s tsunami,” Imran said.

Respectful green passport

Promising a better Pakistan under PTI’s leadership, Imran said his party will bring investment to the country and will tax the rich. He also said that his party will fix the education sector and will put in place a uniform education system.

“Green passport will be respected and people from abroad will come to Pakistan in search of jobs,” Imran stated.

“Pakistan is a rich country and we will make it better,” he added.

Grenades injure 16 at PTI rally

At least 16 people including eight police officials and women were injured when assailants tossed grenades on a police van in Swabi, following the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf rally, acting DPO, Muhammad Ashfaq told The Express Tribune.

As the PTI rally concluded in Shavay Adda in Sawabi, unknown men hurled two hand grenades at a police van, stationed at the site to provide security for the rally attendants. As a result, 16 people were injured.

Sources said that the policemen were returning to their vehicle when the attack took place. Ashfaq said that "some critically injured people have been shifted to Mardan," before adding "there are no reported casualties so far, but we are not sure at the moment, as the numbers of the injured are still increasing."

There were women who were also amongst the injured, however, the extent of their injuries were unclear at the moment as authorities are busy in coping with the situation.

Imran Khan sympathises with the victims

Chairman PTI, Imran Khan expressed his deep concern over the attack on the police bus after the PTI rally in Swabi concluded.

“This is an attempt by terrorists to derail the peaceful political process in Pakistan. This attack on a police vehicle and bus is strongly condemned as innocent people have been injured,” the statement read, adding that Imran Khan sympathised with the families of the victims and the injured.

The statement also said that the attack symbolises the deteriorating law and order situation in the country and poor governance in KPK.


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zeeshan | 12 years ago | Reply

agree with IK

Sardar Rashid | 12 years ago | Reply

yes IK shoot down the drones.. and let us face the hardship.. we are no more humans .. we are afraid of US sanctions/invasions and we do not care for the innocent blood loss of our brothers and sisters when drones strike.. and we do not give a damn whoever comes and strikes inside our homeland. We know you are far better than our repeated leaders but still many of us would not vote you because you are not perfect and we know we sound stupid.

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