ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan expressed content over his party’s peace rally which tried to march into Waziristan to protest against US drone strikes.
Speaking to the media on Monday, Khan said that turning back from the Waziristan border was not a failure as he himself did not want the participants to be in the area at night.
“Fear was instilled among the participants. First it was said that there will be six suicide blasts, then the number was raised to nine. There were even rumours that the drinking water in Waziristan has been poisoned,” Khan laughed and said that if any unfortunate incident had happened during the rally, then it would have given a worse impression of Pakistan tribal areas.
Thanking all rally participants, his party workers, journalists and the tribal people, Khan said that this was the first time anyone had gone to the tribal areas to ask about the people. “All the parties which criticised me, I want to ask their leaders to at least go to DI Khan and see in what conditions the people are living there. Ask how they are alive.”
Khan also narrated the story of a drone attack victim whose son was killed in a strike and his family was injured. A friend of the boy who was killed, who was studying electrical engineering at Khan’s Namal University, went to Ghaznavi and carried out a suicide blast against the US, Khan added telling how drones end up making more terrorists.
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