Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Thursday renewed an appeal for a special session with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to discuss Pakistan’s so-called understanding with the United States on drone strikes.
“I, once again, want to put forward my request for a closed-door meeting to ascertain all the facts,” Imran Khan said in a statement issued here on Thursday. But Imran made it clear that the proposed meeting should be held prior to the All Parties Conference (APC).
“The APC is being held to formulate a comprehensive counter-terror policy relevant to on-the-ground facts and not mere political rhetoric.”
The PTI chairman says he is also curious about PM Nawaz’s meeting with General Kayani two months ago.
As a matter of policy, Imran said, the present government should inform political leaders about the nature of its understanding with the US. “Is the International Monetary Fund (IMF) package part of the understanding on Pakistan remaining a party in the war on terror?” Imran asked.
The public also wants to probe whether the military is on the same page as the civilian leadership because, he observed, without this clarity, no dialogue or agreement can proceed on the issue of counter-terrorism policy.
Imran Khan also claimed that the government had been refusing to take political leaders into confidence and had even lied to the people. So the truth as it were tends to come out in leaked bits of news, either through Wikileaks or books written by US authors, as happened in the case of President Zardari’s covert assent to drones.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2013.
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Now that Ik's wishes are about to be granted, he should come down from his high horse and start contributing positively towards curbing the menace of terrorism without this attitude of "main na manoo."
See my reports on USA's efforts at world inhumane domination; note that all USA prisoners of war are chipped and some are targeted for assassination (usually by drones) by intel after learning of activities and associates of the subject.
So long as the United States is at war, their power is preserved, and now that they have attained empire the USA must expand the war or fall, for the arts of peace they know nothing and have never engaged in any employment higher than torture & war. Aristotleemphasized text
How can there be candid talks behind doors...if they are really candid they should talk in public using mass media...
Musharraf's policies were very right to counter Indian hostile designs. India will never become friend of Pakistan so Pakistan will continue to maintain strategic partnership with USA. The previous govt and the Govt of PML(N)/PTI is adopting Musharraf ' s policies only because Pakistan has no other alternative. Even China is not re
Pakistan gave air force bases to the US for use in Mush's era and drone strikes started when Gen was in full power but he is only targeting and blaming the elected civilian leaders. Many of the PTI supporters including IK supported Gen Mush's dictatorial govt and some still have soft corner for Mush. PM NS should inform all the imp leaders the talks with Kayani. There is no reason to meet with every leader separately in isolation. NA and senate are for open and honest debate and people have elected them for this purpose. Why do we want to torpedo them?