Waziristan residents supportive of PTI march: Imran

Published: August 26, 2012
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Imran Khan has vowed to march to Waziristan to show solidarity with locals. PHOTO: SANA

Imran Khan has vowed to march to Waziristan to show solidarity with locals. PHOTO: SANA

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Saturday invited local tribesmen to participate in his party’s planned peace march to Waziristan, insisting that locals were supportive of his plan.

He vowed to fulfill his promise of marching to Waziristan in a show of solidarity with the local people of the tribal region, adding that it was to disseminate the message of “peace” in the tribal region of Pakistan among those who have been facing militancy for years. “The people of Waziristan are supportive of our peace march,” said Imran.

“The march will expose to the world that killings being perpetrated by the US which is incessantly violating international laws and directly violating Pakistan’s sovereignty,” said the PTI chairman. Speaking to the media, he said the long march to Waziristan would take place at all costs. “We will not budge on this mission,” he added.

PTI has yet to decide on a specific date for their long march, Imran said, adding that a committee is looking into the matter. Responding to a question on security for his delegation, Imran said local tribesmen will arrange security and will decide which route should be followed to take the convoy to South Waziristan.

The PTI chairman said a convoy of local and international journalists would also be taken along to the tribal regions in the peace march. Imran emphatically stated that PTI will never let any individual or foreign power play with the fate of Pakistan, “which has a very important geostrategic position in the region.”

“A military operation in North Waziristan could only be successful if locals were taken into confidence,” he added.

Addressing the hot-button issue of drone strikes in the region, he asked why Pakistan had not raised the issue at an international level. Slamming the resurgence of consecutive US-led Nato drone attacks near the Pak-Afghan border, he urged the government to lodge a complaint with the United Nations Security Council.

“There have been 12 drone attacks in the last 24 hours. The government should name the terrorists who they claim have been killed in these attacks,” said Imran.

“No war can be won without the support of local people and hence PTI proposes a comprehensive debate in the parliament in light of consultation with esteemed tribal leadership,” the PTI chairman said.

He also told the media that Article 4 of the Constitution holds the government responsible for the protection of lives, property and reverence of the masses, adding that the government had failed to uphold the clause.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 26th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Ajmal Nasir
    Aug 26, 2012 - 11:03AM

    He dares where other fear to step in. Khan has proved himself and has taken big steps towards stronger and prosperous Pakistan. All the respect and love for bold leader.

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  • Naumann Malik
    Aug 26, 2012 - 11:16AM

    I have no doubts in my mind about this peace march

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  • ayesha azeem
    Aug 26, 2012 - 12:06PM

    We are with you Mr.Khan

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  • SAJ!
    Aug 26, 2012 - 12:29PM

    We support you IK..

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  • fahad
    Aug 26, 2012 - 2:45PM

    do whatever you want ,we are with you but please take care of your security because if something happens to you then i cant imagine what would happen to pakistan ,so please i advise you to go only if there is 100 percent security protection for you because sometimes too much bravery can lead to disaster too so please be careful

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  • hamad
    Aug 26, 2012 - 7:10PM

    PML-N can only solve Drone Issue. Imran is just fake politician! why he is going in danger zone? why he is putting his life and other people life in threat??

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Aug 26, 2012 - 9:21PM

    This is a good sign that could be used to save innocent lives may happen due to the on going Drone mission . If IK is their accepted leader then they should follow him and come out from the danger zone with arm and ammunition and surrender them to the Pak army . The govt. and IK will feed them till they live as refugee under them .

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  • Ijaz Mir
    Aug 27, 2012 - 2:17AM

    Imran all your supporter in Waziristan are running to safe haven in Afghanistan, Please join them. In land of pure we do not have place for TTP and its supporters. I think in Afghanistan they are short of leaders. In Pakistan we have Zerdari and Nawaz Gangs plus Islamic parties,MQM and ANP.
    We want to eradicate TTP and its supporters., This is a war of survival for Pakistan. Please stop this Noora Kushti now.

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  • MAD
    Aug 28, 2012 - 10:52AM

    Of course they are with him. has anyone ever visited those parts before.

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  • Jiangtao
    Aug 28, 2012 - 10:37PM

    Imran Khan, A wise cunning old fox who is the ultimate patriot. I wish him and the young fighting nation of Pakistan success.

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