The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government’s coalition partners Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) have unanimously agreed to table the first resolution in the K-P Assembly against drone attacks in tribal areas.
This was decided at a meeting held at the Chief Minister Secretariat on Tuesday. Parliamentary leaders including JI senior minister Sirajul Haq, QWP senior minister Sikandar Sherpao, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Speaker Asad Qaiser and Deputy parliamentary leader Shaukat Yousafzai were in attendance.
The meeting also took stock of the investigation report of the murder of PTI MPA Fareed Khan and strongly condemned the incident. The law and order situation was reviewed and the participants pledged to take steps for the restoration of peace in K-P.
CM Khattak said he hoped the US would be forced to stop drone attacks, but clarified responsibility rested with the federal government.
“Stopping drone attacks is the responsibility of Nawaz Sharif and he should announce a clear policy on terrorism,” he said while talking to the media.
“Drone strikes are being carried out in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, which is directly administered by the federal government,” said Khattak.
Bringing an end to drone strikes was among the host of promises that the PTI had made during its election campaign.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2013.
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