Government seems unable to form counter-terrorism policy: Imran

Published: August 11, 2013
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PTI Chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: FILE

PTI Chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Sunday that the government seems unable to formulate a viable and holistic counter-terrorism policy.

He said that talks about the All Parties’ Conference are meaningless until the government has a counter-terrorism policy to present.

He said that a comprehensive policy was needed that could identify the different types of terrorism impacting Pakistan and the measures needed to counter it, aside from security.

The PTI Chairman said that the ill-trained and ill-equipped police forces were suffering the most in the absence of a holistic policy towards terrorism.

Offering suggestions of his own, Imran said that Pakistan needed to separate itself from the US War on Terror, as it allowed the militants to misuse the narrative of Jihad against Pakistani security forces.

He also said that since the illegality and negative impact of drone attacks has been established, such attacks needed to be brought to an end.

Imran said that Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa could not bear the cost of having no counter-terrorism policy any longer.

PTI is formulating a strategy to protest the continued participation of Pakistan in the War on Terror, he said.

“We will announce our line of action as soon as the by-elections end,” said the PTI Chairman.

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  • Jibran
    Aug 11, 2013 - 7:44PM

    True story! Both unable and unwilling!

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  • Irfan
    Aug 11, 2013 - 7:46PM

    why cant he protest against TTP? I fail to understand wats wrong with this “Educated” guy. Seems like Jamate Islami has a lot of influence on PTI.

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  • Faisal
    Aug 11, 2013 - 7:51PM

    KPK needs to have a counter terrorism policy asap. We also need to see strongest possible legislation against terrorism that strengthens law enforces and avoids their resources and time to be consumed by useless courts. I don’t have any hope from federal govt on this. Ch. Nisar may be a tough guy but there are too many pulling his legs back.

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  • Jat
    Aug 11, 2013 - 7:54PM

    The more he opens his mouth, the more stupid he sounds !

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  • roadkashehzada
    Aug 11, 2013 - 7:55PM

    confused IK continues to confuse the whole nation about drones. his favourite TTP was already targeting innocent pakistanis before drone attacks. and even if militants kill innocent pakistanis in peshawar, lahore karachi quetta as a reaction of drone attacks by US wht remedy does IK suggest for victims for suicide bombers? who should they go and blow?

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  • born in 1993
    Aug 11, 2013 - 7:55PM

    i am an indian,,,,,,i love u imran khan,,,,i love ur way of talking and ur accent of english,,,,i love u r ideas,,,if ur an indian,,i am sure,,,,u will be in much bigger position,,,certainly u should be in india!!!!,,,ur such a revolutionary person with new ideas in a country that is not willing to accept new ones and it will fear when any change happening!!!!,,if ur in india,,,i am sure u would have atleast 80 crores fan following,,more than sachin or whoever!!!!1

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  • bilal
    Aug 11, 2013 - 7:58PM

    hes blocking th ecounter terorism strategy and them blames the government. Its crystal clear now hes a hypocrite

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  • LUMS
    Aug 11, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Tiger Khan!

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  • Haseeb
    Aug 11, 2013 - 7:59PM

    formulating a strategy to protest, not to counter terrorism in KPK if not the whole country, what a joke Imran Sb……

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  • Javed
    Aug 11, 2013 - 8:08PM

    He seems to have replaced the TTP official spokesman. Loser!

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  • Amir
    Aug 11, 2013 - 8:12PM

    IK you need to get off your white horse, and sit with all parties and talk what needs to be done. Putting conditions right now is stupid.

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Aug 11, 2013 - 8:16PM

    Is Naya-KPKs counter-terrorism policy ready? Oops I forgot, ure policy is ready- no counter-terrorism just pro-terrorism

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Aug 11, 2013 - 8:17PM

    oh really Khan sahib… We thought you are also govt.
    What have you done to bring law and order in KP? Where are your police reforms? Where are the promises of good governance?

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  • Green Tiger
    Aug 11, 2013 - 8:23PM

    Everyone else is at fault.

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  • Majid
    Aug 11, 2013 - 8:32PM

    Yeah, you are right. Unfortunately Nawaz Sharif is unable to form counter-terrorism policy by participating in Elephant saving parties.

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  • Babar
    Aug 11, 2013 - 8:42PM

     What war on terror? What is going on in Pakistan is shia genocide and the security agebcies are behaving as sitting ducks. This guy wants to lower the response even further? He is totally legetimizing the Taliban.

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  • uet
    Aug 11, 2013 - 8:46PM

    Just a whiner!
    Always blaming others, He is neither a statesman nor a politician.
    ANP much better than this whiner… at least they stood up against Taliban.

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  • PRO PAK
    Aug 11, 2013 - 8:49PM

    Truth is every party have ability to counter terrorism no one can thats it..they joking to nation for decades..

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  • Muziqmonk
    Aug 11, 2013 - 8:56PM

    @born in 1993:

    You can have him !

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  • Muziqmonk
    Aug 11, 2013 - 8:58PM

    Imran Khan “Drones blah blah blah…..War on terror blah blah blah….Sharamnak blah blah blah”

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  • Ali
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:02PM

    irresponsible pakis govt.

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  • uet
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:02PM

    Just a Whiner, Always blaming others!
    He used to blame ANP Provincial govt, now federal.
    He is neither a statesman nor a politician.
    ANP was much better than this whiner , at least ANP
    took a stand against Taliban.

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  • Shahid Kinnare
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:07PM

    I do not understand why we need counter terrorism policy according both PTI and PMLN it not our war, so why worry.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:12PM

    Just when has HERR KAPTAAN ever used the words “TTP” and “TERRORISTS” in the same sentence???

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  • afraid of
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:14PM

    Captain is afraid of terrorists, first abstaining from participation into APC now targeting terror policy. He will let this nation vanish for sake of his damn ego.

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  • Azmat Ali
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:16PM

    What I see in KPK till now a govt who dont know What to start and Where to start and also who will start………. and on media they are just mouth pullers..

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  • csmann
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:19PM

    Do you have any suggestions, Mr. IK?

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  • Obaid
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:20PM

    Obviously Mr Khan’s idea of CTP is where all the terrorist activities are portrayed as a consequence of drone attacks and the war on terror. PTI has so far failed to clarify its stance on TTP, Pakistan’s worst enemy yet they are blasting the government for not having a CTP.

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  • Nadir
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:24PM

    Errr, but the CM KPK is saying he doesnt know what or who the Taliban are. Who are you going to make a counter terrorism policy against?

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  • Aimal
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:27PM

    KPK Can not itself formulate policy against terrorism. Who will give the gurrenty that cowered federal govt will accept their policy? It’s up to federal govt to do some thing either fight or talk. Problem is that neither they are been able to fight nor talk.Recommend

  • Taimoor
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:38PM

    @Irfan:
    And that will stop the TTP from attacking, You nooras don’t want anything to happen to the precious tind.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:45PM

    He has tried his best to win the hearts and minds of terrorists but they haven’t shown interest in him because of his looks. He needs to grow beard and look like a Maulana to complete triangle with Fazal and Munawar.

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  • Kanwal
    Aug 11, 2013 - 9:46PM

    to all PTI/IK haters! I think he’s talking abt formulating a counter terrorism policy to deal with TTP only.

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  • unbelievable
    Aug 11, 2013 - 10:12PM

    Imran said that Pakistan needed to
    separate itself from the US War on
    Terror

    Old mantra simply doesn’t hold water anymore. Maybe IK can describe what exactly Pakistan is doing to help American in it’s “WOT”? When Pakistan closed down the NATO supply line that didn’t stop terrorism. Pakistan hasn’t launched a meaningful military campaign in many years and that hasn’t reduced terrorism. Pakistan refused American request to confront the terrorist in N Waziristan and that didn’t seem to help reduce terrorism.
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    The reality is that Pakistan’s terrorist problem is directly related to the military and politicians like IK who have pandered to the militants in order to achieve their own self interest goals. Fortunately many Pakistani’s are coming to the realization that when America leaves Afghanistan the terrorism in Pakistan is likely to increase rather than go away.

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  • Hasan
    Aug 11, 2013 - 10:20PM

    Continued conwardice of Imran Khan. He will not blame TTP for killing 30000 people because he is so scared of them. He doesnt deserve to be a leader, because he is no different that the rest of the hypocrites like Munawwar Hasan, FazlurRehman, and more.

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  • Liberal
    Aug 11, 2013 - 10:23PM

    Why can’t you come up with your own views to eliminate terrorism so that this sad Nation can support you?
    But if you remained silent on the TTP and other terrorist organizations then it will confuse me more.
    Please express your clear and precise views about terrorism and TTP.

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  • Khan
    Aug 11, 2013 - 10:28PM

    Why don’t you make a policy for your province, that’s where most of the trouble lies anyway.

    As the saying goes, put your money where your mouth is!

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  • Softcorner
    Aug 11, 2013 - 10:28PM

    Imran Khan and PTI has soft corner towards Pashtuns of KP because IK himself calls himself a Pashtun and they have won the provincial elections in KP where there are Pashtuns in large numbers. Taliban are Pashtuns and hence the soft corner by IK and PTI.

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  • Naya pakistan
    Aug 11, 2013 - 11:05PM

    It is very easy for IK and IK bashers to continue in a negative tone., very difficult to come up with a viable strategy. All these brilliant commentators in ET, can only come up with is vitriol and no constructive solution. Perhaps criticism for its sake comes naturally to Pakistanis.

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  • Haider
    Aug 11, 2013 - 11:27PM

    By Terrorism, Imran Khan means everything except what Taliban are doing.

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  • Aug 12, 2013 - 12:18AM

    Peace out all – How about whole nation come out with a plan instead of IK or PTI ?

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  • Liberal
    Aug 12, 2013 - 12:24AM

    @ Naya Pakistan:
    What do you mean respected commentator by a positive strategy? What those in power are doing? why all political leaders pledge to receive vote? — Probally to enjoy the power and subjugate this nation.
    If these chaps don’t know how to save the lives of the people they rule, then they don’t have the right to rule.
    Governing a Nation’s affairs needs competency which the people in power(both in centre and provinces) lack.

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  • An Academic
    Aug 12, 2013 - 12:33AM

    He is absolutely Right! We need a comprehensive national counter-terrorism policy that is not just slaving after anything and everything USA says. He is right: there is no Jihad against Pakistan. There should not be. Pakistan must resolve its own problems…we are killing our own people by following in America’s coat tails. I wish he had formed the government and was not merely sitting in opposition!

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  • Tamur
    Aug 12, 2013 - 1:01AM

    @Kanwal: First IK has to denounce TTP before he can fight against them. So far he has not said anything against them but seems to working against them. If IK thinks the counter terrorism policy should be enforced on the US to stop drone attacks, then he is a fool.

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Aug 12, 2013 - 1:06AM

    @Naya pakistan:
    IRONY: All IK can do is bash everyone else, PMLN/ANP/MQM/PPP/Courts u name it, and the only constructive suggestion he could come up with is a strategy to hold mass protests. My suggestion to u is to look inside ure own tank top before speaking abt others

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  • Ali Yousafzai
    Aug 12, 2013 - 3:16AM

    PMLN never had a policy on war on terror, never uttered a word on it in their entire election campaign. Protest is the only way to force them to think about the matter seriously!

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  • Ali Yousafzai
    Aug 12, 2013 - 3:27AM

    @bilal:
    and what exactly is that counter-terrorism policy?

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  • mirror
    Aug 12, 2013 - 3:45AM

    how successful he has been in KPK?

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  • azmat khan
    Aug 12, 2013 - 5:51AM

    @Jibran:
    Only unable and undecided.

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  • Aug 12, 2013 - 3:48PM

    IK has gone mad

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  • Imran Hayat
    Aug 12, 2013 - 4:05PM

    ppl criticizing IK, can they please elaborate if Fed gov is not unable then are they successful in tackling terrorism ?

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  • dada
    Aug 12, 2013 - 4:53PM

    No PML N is doing great job in all aspects

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  • born in 1993
    Aug 12, 2013 - 5:33PM

    @Muziqmonk:
    yeah,,if he is ready to come to india,,,,we indians are too happy,,,there r some dumb fellows in indian congress,,, i think IK should replace one of them!!!!,,again I like u IK!!!!!

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  • Burjor Rustomji
    Aug 12, 2013 - 5:43PM

    When people on both sides flaunt laws ( both in and out of power ) how can there be any agreement. Can 180 million people be served contempt of court ??.

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  • Burjor Rustomji
    Aug 12, 2013 - 6:10PM

    After 40,000 to 50,000 people killed, many more thousands injured, kidnapped, year after year has passed and still our nation is groping in the dark, what more can be said ???.

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  • arzal ahmed
    Aug 12, 2013 - 9:49PM

    After the DI khan jail break, not a single official of KPK govt (PTI ministers), condemned the TTP but always looks otherwise.

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  • SAK
    Aug 12, 2013 - 11:42PM

    @Softcorner: Not all Taliban are Pushtoons and not all Pushtoons are Taliban. Pushtoon blood is being spilled in a war for the past 30 years and rest of the country was getting American aid for supporting their stance. Shame on you for your bigoted comments.

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  • True Karachiwala
    Aug 13, 2013 - 10:05AM

    Years of whining, 70days in government, still looking around as if knows nothing about what’s happening in the country. Is there any body who could give reasons to make me believe IK is a leader?

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  • True Karachiwala
    Aug 13, 2013 - 2:47PM

    @Jat: The more he opens his mouth, the more stupid he sounds !
    Great single liner ! you should be here more frequently.

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  • Hamid Siddiqui
    Aug 15, 2013 - 1:24AM

    He is absolutely right in advising Pakistan must separate it self from American so called WAR ON TERROR, immediately if we are serious in rooting out the terrorists from our country. Imran Khan must put the same in APC, and I hope most of the people in that conference will agree with him. It will expedite the issue by having government moire under pressure.

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