PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) will take a peace caravan to Waziristan, a place engulfed by militancy and security operations, by late September, announced party chief Imran Khan during a rally in Peshawar on Saturday.
“We will take representatives of human rights organisations and the media with us. We will march for peace,” said Khan, adding that the party wants to show the government that ‘innocent people’ are being killed in the area.
According to Khan, the party is holding protests to force the government to come out of the US war. “This is not our war, this is not Pakistan’s war,” Khan said as the participants started chanting the famous slogan of “Amreeka ka jo yaar hai, ghaddar hai, ghaddar hai (Those who are friends with the US are traitors)”. Khan added that the government is fighting the war for dollars.
The party chief also called on President Asif Ali Zardari to “bring back his Rs1 billion from Switzerland”.
“If you try to destroy the Supreme Court to save your looted money, then the tsunami march will reach there as well,” Khan warned and went on to bash the newly elected Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. “Raja Rental, end this loadshedding. This is because of your theft and ineligibility that people are suffering.”
Khan also targeted the major political party of the province, the Awami National Party (ANP). “We had high hopes from you, but you also became a pawn of Zardari and started looting along.”
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"Peace Cor vanes is the only way to show that innocent people are being killed there in wazirastan"
"so called the peace march" Is the only way to show that innocent people are being killed there in wzstan, you can not do all this by all alone Mr. Imran, please set with the different political parties, even with the PML (N) and MQM, try to make one point agenda on war on terror, try convence all of them to take part in this peace march under the flag of pakistan, not under any specific flag.
Rallies and jalsas don't solve the problems of Pashtun tribes in Wazaristan and Imran Khan cannot speak Pashto, the language of the Pashtuns to understand their grievances or to represent them.
He is only going there to garner attention to his cause and possibly secure a vote bank, he does not care about the Pashtuns because if he did he would speak to the local issues relevant to them.
@Jimmy Ghaffar: it is an area rife with murderers, extremists, smugglers, kidnappers. If you are so much in love with them, please by all means first shift your family and yourself and live among them. Then talk.
Wondering if Sheikh Rasheed will join him? ;)
The only hope this nation has got : Imran Khan
I am associated with PTI for last 10 years but I am getting disappointed fromt eh Khan sb move because people want to see your march to Islamabad. You arrived in Rawalpindi and people hoped that you would come to Islamabad next time but you go to Hyderabad. Are you waiting people died than you will come to Islamabad. Come to Islamabad. No compromise less than this otherwise ....................
Brave Move thats why we love you Imran Khan . inshaAllah next PM of Pakistan
Thank God its Caravan not TSUNAMI.
PTI team needs commendation for bringing every one into political activity. This will help in long run as society in fringes usually fall prey to bad elements.
Not a sane idea.it further strong my belief that IK really lack political acumen and vision.
Pakistanis beware! Imran Khan is a facade of your Deep State! He is a stooge of your Military just as Nawaz (& IJI) was in 1989! But now Nawaz has become wiser after burning his fingers & I hope Pakistanis elect this true Statesman & his party PML-N to rule them. Amen!
@Nadir You are wrong when you say that the “war on terror” was imposed on Pakistan. It was not. It was the choice of Pakistan's then dictator Musharraf because, as he said, "the ground realities had changed"! With one fell move, one 'about turn' executed with Military precision, Pakistan dumped Taliban regime in the trash can (& mind you, at that time, Pakistan was the ONLY country that 'recognised' it) & chose to be America's partner in the war on terror!
12 NA seats from FATA and Inshallah PTI will Clean Sweep , No other party or candidate can dare to Run an election campaign even..
@sick of this nonsense , I Challenge any party to win a Single Pakhtun Seat in Baluchistan , Inshallah PTI will win around 5-6 Of them and there are 14 NA seats in Total in Baluchistan..
Its a good initiative by Imran Khan to take the caravan to the waziristan.
I pray to Al Mighty ALLAH to help you, protect you and bless you Imran Khan. Wake up Pakistan, come back to Islam and stand up for your rights.
I wonder the popularity of Imran Khan who is love by the youth. He is like a darling whom they wait to listen. He is in fact on the right path.
and the taliban are making a one dish bar be que :)))))of humans ofcourse!!!
After a jalsa in Quetta, it is another bold decision of Imran Khan. Wish you best of luck IK, believe you'll steer the country out of crises.
To get popular or regain lost popularity you need to be seen in Pakistan as hating America and shout "Amreeka ka jo yaar hai, ghaddar hai, ghaddar hai"; to come to power you need to be seen in America as serving their cause; and to stay in power, you need to be serving America. It is always clear to everyone : "Amreeka ka jo yaar hai, ghaddi ka haqdaar hai"
To become popular, you need to be seen as hating America, to get to power you need to be seen as one who can serve America and to stay in power you need to be serving America.
Amreka ka jo yaar hai, Gaddhi ka haqdar hai.
He is friend of Taliban, coward man, so he can easily go there. Can he challenge Taliban like ANP and PPP and still go there? He can't dare even to condemn yesterday massacre in Quetta. In Pakistan only those politicians are brave who condemn taliban as that triggers reaction from both Deep State and Taliban, not so called Anti American psycho like IK.
Imran khan and veena malik both should get married as both are big drama queens! IK always keeps announcing he will do this and that soon but nothing ever happens, except for jalsas that provide free plastic chairs and crappy music.
Hope you come back alive!
@Nadir - PTI are doing their bit.
When will you do something for Pakistan instead of moaning PTI should be heading here and there?
We surely are very niave people & easily fooled by these emotional statements! Another magician trying to fool these innocent people. He has full blessings from the establishment & speaks their language. Besides never ever attacked by terrorists! They must be loving him & keeping his photos in their barracks.
Although I did not agree with his policies, up till now I believed that Imaran Khan was a reasonable man. But not anymore; Imran keeps repeating the mantra of "this is not outr war" without paying any attention to the 30,000 Pakistanis who have died at the hands of terrorists in the past decade. The war on terror may have been imposed on Pakistan, but subsequent evnts have shown that this is very much our own war. I don't know about others, but I'm ad to see that Imran Khan is calling the people fighting our army and murdering our countrymen innocent.
great move by ik! really brave
"Amreeka ka jo yaar hai, ghaddar hai, ghaddar hai (Those who are friends with the US are traitors)”. That's funny, I though Mr. Khan said he wanted to be friends with the US, and only opposed being their slaves, I guess that makes him a traitor too.
@sick of this nonsense: intezar ker lain :) we will win it every where just hold your horses
A good gesture to win few more seats from FATA
More political activity in Waziristan is good for the country. This will expedite their political, economic, and social integration into the main steam.
What a person he is. No has been so daring and so bold and outspoken in pakistani politics. If luck is on his side which i think so this man is here to bring a fundamental change in pakistan and may be he is the only one who can do it.
He is a person of high integrity, geart personal achievements and a world view. Another muhammad ali jinnah in the making.
Good luck to you Khan, we are wid you and our prayers are wid you.
@Pakistan politics: are u so simple or just pretending? This is to highlight the plight of the people of WAziristan as there is a media black out and the problems are being NOT being highlighted in the mainstream media.
@Nadir: That is a good idea but that is the government's job, ie law and order and if the goct cannot do that then there should be protests against it. Mind you, the army has taken somewhat of a back seat so your argument doesnt hold.
For once I will say he is wrong..
please stop talking and now start doing some thing i know you are out of ideas and failed in fasialabad and gujranwala protest marches. please look who all with you and what you are saying.
The bar is suddenly raised....
These politicians will do anything for cheap votes. Lets hope no one comes back in a body bag!
10,000 Pakistani Soldiers and more than 30,000 civilians died in the war against Terror and mostly by attacks and bomb blasts of Taliban residing in tribal region. America did not killed our soldiers but Taliban did. Terror groups in majority are operating from Waziristan. I belong from Chakwal and merely there is a single village left where dead bodies of soldiers have not arrived on a monthly basis. My own friend is a marty when he was fighting against Taliban of Waziristan. Imran Khan you are such a hypocrite. My blood boils when killers of Our soldiers and Civilians are portrayed as Heroes while Imran Khan have not been able to visit a single home of a Martyr. In this week 9 servicemen from KPK were killed by Waziri Taliban. So imran Khan where were you that time. Just want to know Tribes of KPK dont pay a penny in taxes, they use free electricity, they are majorly involved in extortion and in drug business and also they provide refuge to terrorists of the world and now they got a new savior in the form of Imran Khan.
ooOOOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOOOO WHY ..........don't ever trust on talibans ..please don't go there Imran ..
I can understand how desperate Pakistan is for any hope of some leadership,it is this time fake messiah,gurus,leader emerge to take advantage,that is Con man,be careful,these are bad times.I do not feel good in my guts,he is too good to be true,watch out,Pakistan,you heard it from the grape wine or vine.
Looking forward to seeing IK the next PM of Pakistan. He deserves the prize. Opponent are decayed parties and decay leadership that can give nothing to public as they did so many years.
@Noor: Win a seat from Sindh and Balochistan and I will call it a national party :)
Cant wait for september, Waziristan here i come!!!! Captain Rocks!!!!
lol stupid of him..he will be killed
And I suppose by "innocent people" he means Taliban who plant bombs in buses and schools just for the fun of it.
Why isn't Mr. Khan taking a peace caravan to show solidarity to the family of the poor insane man who was set on fire for alleged "blasphemy"? Or for the Ahmadis who got their mosques demolished?
imran back in action...true liberal... if he can pull a succesful and safe show in waziristan, he is actually proving his point that we can for sure bring peace with our love and supoort of the local people... lets give peace a chance... we condemn terrorism but love our people!!
@Pakistan politics: IK's objective is not to 'overthrow this gov' like you suggested. It is to bring change in the right way, with constitutional means. If this government decides to completely subvert the constitution by further attacking the supreme court, that would justify a march to topple the government.
Imran will not go anywhere it is just "Words" and nothing. where is rally against NATO supplies, where is rally against Load shedding ???????? Master of U Turn......Typical Politicians like others
any person killed with out judicial trial is against universal morality.... hundreds of people are killed by drone attacks.... do we know their names?? they are labelled as terrorist..... but they must have their names.... to the people living in cities people killed in drone attacks are just mere numbers............. ik is doing a right move to highlight drone issue.... jimmy carter ex us president criticized obama on drone attacks..ik is hitting bulls eye
@Hegdefunder: The model for doing things the way you suggested is the 'chicken with its head cut off' model. These things need to be planned, and it's not like IK has nothing else to do. The party's internal election preparations are going to be concluded in September, which is also very important.
Wondering he's making such powerful statements ! Would he be worth being elected as a PM !!
Mr IK who I have much respect for has totally miscued his shot. The fact that innocent people are killed is a syptom of a chronic delibitating disease. Unless timely cure has been found for this meancing disease it is bound(in fact already happening) to engulf other parts of the bidy. The fault lies in the flawed double game pakistan has been playing all along these years. The pakistani military is using the pakhtuns and kasmiris as cheap canon fodder to progrss their dogmatic strategic depth. Thankfully this shameful policy had backfired and no IK can stop this by holding futile marches. IK would make a grat leafer uf he shows guts and changes the whole policy 180 degrees. For doing this he neefs ti enter war with the powerful but cunning army. He has an opportunity. Otherwise chances are big that he can be blown up rather cheaply by some fanatics.
@Faiza: Already visited Hazara people in quetta in Imam bargah quetta
Some people here are suffering from a mental condition called cynicisam! You go IK!
Well done Kaptaan, you give us hope of a better Pakistan
This month and august are fully booked for long marches, SC dramas and other shows. First 'Tamasha' for the month of september in pipeline.
We stand with PTI against crooks, against war, against corruption, against load shedding and against all cruelties that are imposed on us in the name of democracy.
rock on imran... yes we khan
Tsunami march is just like "Truck ki bati k peechay lagana" Mr. khan do u really want to overthrow this gov? is it possible with few protests and long march's??
Please also arrange a peace protest to Hazara,Para chanar and GB against shia genocide!
Wish I could join IK in Waziristan, Best of Luck. My family and neighbours vote is yours IK
Wish I could join IK in Waziristan
Why wait till September ? Why not tomorrow or next week ? Perhaps you too will need VVIP Security to enter this No GO Zone of your Country !
I wish him all the luck in the world
Good strategy. There is a media censorship in the tribal areas. People need to know that there are innocents being killed. As an example, in the latest strike where 22 were killed, only 5 were killed in the first strike, while the rest were only there to see the damage when another drone struck. This is against ALL humanitarian laws!
A good gesture to show the solidarity with Wazirastan people. Whatever is said about ANP is hundred percent correct.
It is a half-truth that ‘innocent people are being killed in the area.” The full truth is that ‘both innocent people and terrorists are being killed in the area.” Most of the time, half-truth is more dangerous than falsehood.
You better bring some protection for that peace train.
"This is not our war, this is not Pakistan’s war,” It wasn't our war but now it is, Imran Khan must realize this reality.
Thank you for speaking against corruption a hallmark of your campaign for the last 15 years: An issue that would have been swept under the rug, if it were left to the two mainstream parties. This will forever be a part of your legacy.
"Here's To The Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world - are the ones who DO!"
What about Peace caravan to Dera Bugti or Turbat Khan sahab? Obviously you are a pro-taliban what harm would they do to you
captaan going to his spiritual home. i hope the taliban don't give u lashes for being clean shaven.
Good Stance on war and terror, we appreciate IK on his stance. Ik's voice basically the voice of poor and victims. We assist you Mr. IK to get out from America's War. It can not be our war and never.
Imran Khan is the real lion and last hope for Pakistan. PTI zindabad !!!
Alright, I'm sorry, but this guy is reaching the level of a simpleton. It's foolish right from the start since it doesn't even have the potential of being considered evidence towards them being innocent. How that is not obvious is well beyond me. It must be one of those things where you have to think like a fool to understand the mind of a fool. Go take a group photo of yourself with a group of militants smiling. Then maybe, just maybe it could amount to something.
This man is a real HOPE for Pakistan. After historic gatherings in Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and all other cities of Pakistan he has proved what a REAL Leader can do.
He shocks his supporters and opponents with his bravery. His carvan to Wazirastan will change this WOT forever.
This is going to be major!
Be careful down there, Imran! Even Pak army doesn't want to go there. Remember the old saying - Fools rush in where angels fear to tread? (no, I didn't mean Pak army men are angels).
If Irman Khan can take the peace caravan to Waziristan why is he not contesting the elections there.
"Breaking News: PMLN also announced a peace caravan to waziristan". Coming soon.
Thats why we tribesmen love Imran Khan so much. He is the leader who can lead Pakistan fearlessly & would never be a poodle of any country. He truly believes in "Friends; NOT Masters". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYSUY3w1M2I
The only politician in Pakistan who has the guts to go to Waziristan and do a jalsa there. Cowards like those in PML-N can only sit in their fortified palaces.
if imran khan is able to take peace caravan all the way to waziristan...must say it will be a very bold step
may be that is the kind of leader pakistan needs.... brave not afraid of taking risks..
Why doesnt PTI take their Peace Caravans and Dharnas before the GHQ, the organ of the state that actually deals with the US and the US military. Why doesn't he ask the military high command why they are failing to fulfil their constitutional duty to protect Pakistan and Pakistani citizens? Or is it that Zardari has told the military to stand down? And the military, that ahem ahem, has a long history of following civilian decision making is "following orders"? This is nothing more than political theatrics. Drones are wrong, but going to Waziristan is not going to end them, as long as PTI and Imran Khan, DPC and all political parties realise that they are not the ones making the decisions, and neither for that matter is Zardari. While the "war on terror" may have been imposed on Pakistan, that doesnt mean that we should be making common cause with various terrorist and militant groups across the country. The people of Waziristan may hate the drones, but that does not mean that they should be left to be ruled by militant thugs!
Not a bad idea.
Great Move.Thats why PTI is national party