Despite Malala attack, Imran Khan stands ground on political solution to terror

Real success would have been achieved if areas returned to normalcy immediately after operations ended, says Khan.

Ema Anis October 10, 2012

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan reached Peshawar on Wednesday to meet gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai where he reiterated his stance on finding a “political solution” to the rising terrorism in the country.

Khan has stood against the ongoing military operations in tribal areas as well as the US drone strikes, maintaining that these tactics only help in producing more terrorists rather than eliminating them. This stance has made Khan the subject of massive criticism where his critics have dubbed him “Taliban” Khan claiming that he supports the terrorists.

The party leader stressed on Wednesday that the military operations being carried out for the past eight years have failed, but maintained that a military option should be retained as part of a bigger political process.

“Even in Swat, such a huge military operation was carried out, but people are still being killed over there. The military operation was termed successful but the military is still sitting there instead of a civilian government,” Khan stated.

“Real success would have been achieved if the areas returned to normalcy immediately after the operations ended.”

Quoting government figures, Khan said that Rs90 billion were being wasted every month on the military operations.


HA | 9 years ago | Reply

if every threat to the country had a political solution then why have a standing army. the taliban are testing our strength to defend ourselves and are not interested in our ability to negotiate.

freed | 9 years ago | Reply

Imran is stuck between rock and hard place. He tried to thread the needle in appeasing the mullahs as well as public concerns for safety for political benefits. It becomes impossible task when mullahs sees nothing wrong with shooting their critics in head (even 14 year old female). Imran lost some luster in beng tenative in his response of repudiating this attack and attackers immediatly and unconditionaly.

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