Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) planned peace march to South Waziristan faces growing concern, with the Additional Chief Secretary of the Federally Administered Tribal Area (ACS Fata), Tafsheen Khan, saying on Wednesday that Imran Khan’s rally could result in serious consequences from a security standpoint.
Khan made the comments while speaking to The Express Tribune regarding the PTI’s public meeting scheduled to be held in South Waziristan’s Kotkai town on October 6.
Tafsheen said, “I do not term the security situation in Fata unsatisfactory, but it’s not equipped to host the visit of PTI chief Imran Khan … along with such a huge gathering of locals and foreign nationals. He (Imran) should realize that he is going to put everyone in danger.”
He added that the Fata secretariat had asked the central government to not permit Imran Khan to hold the rally. However, he added that the Fata secretariat has not received a reply from the government yet.
“We are working to establish peace in Fata, but that will be through development and welfare projects, not through rallies and adventures,” Tashfeen remarked.
K-P Governor Barrister Masood Kousar told The Express Tribune on Wednesday that Imran Khan’s decision to hold the peace rally was “merely a sentimental move.”
“Imran is an ignorant man and likes to live in his dreams but the government is fully cognisant of its responsibilities and cannot allow any adventurism in the tribal areas where the situation is already fragile,” said Governor Kousar.
The Secretary General of PTI, Dr Arif Alvi defiantly tweeted on Wednesday, “Govt denies permission for PTI Waziristan Aman Rally. Says cant issue 100K passes to enter. Security is issue. We Will We Will... definitely go.”
Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2012.