Government providing 'safe haven' to terrorists: Imran

Imran vows his party will eradicate terrorism if it comes into power.

Ema Anis March 04, 2013
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: PPI / FILE

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan blamed the federal government for providing “safe haven” to terrorists responsible for the rising sectarian violence in the country.

Imran, speaking to the media on Monday, vowed that his party will eradicate terrorism when it comes into power.

“These people are destroying our country,” he said.

“The federal government is responsible. [President] Asif Zardari does not have the time to see what is happening in the country. The provincial [Punjab] government only wants to win elections so they can build a new sugar mill,” Imran added.

“In five years, nothing has improved, except their bank accounts.”

Maintaining that there can be no future of the country if terrorism is not controlled, Imran said, “The people of Karachi should not vote for parties with militant, terrorist wings.”


noman1234 | 9 years ago | Reply

People making comments about IK "u-turns, immature politician, PTI policies, not taking him seriously etc..." make me sick to my stomach and should be ashamed. What would u rather have PMLN or PPP? Please for heavens sake stop! enough is enough!

These elections aside, PTI has altered the politics in Pakistan for the better. PTI is a reality, and Khan provides an alternative the country long hoped for. People were disappointed, detached from politics and politicians. IK changed this thought process, and introduced new approach to Politics.

Whether they criticize him with extreme bitterness or criticize all his moves due to jealousy and low esteem; he is now the new face of Pakistani politics and perhaps, the way forward too. His intentions are sincere and he is not gonna leave Pak in hands of these corrupt/evil entities destroying Pak from inside and out. Unlike Moghuls of Raiwand or Sultans of Sindh he is not detached from the issues of Pak people, and knows how to prioritize them.

bigsaf | 9 years ago | Reply

I've appreciated his recent comments condemning terrorists and showing solidarity with the vicitms, though note his earlier questionable comments and actions which seemed hypocritical and insincere, such as viewing the Afghan Taliban criminals as noble, willingness to hold talks with terrorist TTP (not condemning them by name), even though many of their recruits are from sectarian extremists LeJ, and all these organizations share the same hatred, ideology and openly support each other.

I do not find his current comments out of place in blaming the federal and provincial govts, however, not mentioning the military as well for creating these safe havens seems like a glaring omission.

Karachi would be so much better off if their political parties didn't have militant wings. However, due to the lack of law and order, and the rise of armed religious extremists that threatens the city, they are being seen as a necessary evil as the civil and army state fails to provide any security.

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