Imran Khan ‘convinced’ Kayani on phased pullout from FATA

Published: September 10, 2013
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PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  chairman Imran Khan reportedly convinced army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to administer a ‘phased withdrawal’ of troops from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas by initiating peace talks with militants, according to party officials.

“Sending military to tribal areas was a big mistake,” a senior PTI leader quoted him as saying to General Kayani prior to the All Parties Conference (APC) held at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat on Monday. “Having negotiations and fighting terrorism side by side is not a wise move.”

General Kayani, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director-General Lt General Zaheerul Islam stated that the military top brass agreed a ‘phased withdrawal’ of troops from Fata, said the PTI official.

During the meeting, he also conveyed his concerns to the ISI DG over militants’ attacks on jails in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Meanwhile, in his meeting with Prime Minister Sharif, the PTI chairman discussed matters relating to the security situation in Balochistan, Karachi and the tribal areas. “‘Give peace a chance’ should be the guiding central principle of the present government,” Khan was quoted as telling Premier Sharif.

A clear and loud message should be sent to Washington to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty by ending its drone campaign in the tribal areas, Khan put up his demand before the APC.

He raised other points at the multi-party forum in which he asked the government to quit the US-led war on terror, commence the dialogue process and start truth and reconciliation efforts for promoting peace in the country.

He urged the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government to take up the issue of drone strikes at the United Nations on a ‘now or never’ basis. “This will be a step in the right direction of proving that Pakistan is an independent state.”

The PTI chairman expressed his satisfaction over his meeting with General Kayani and Prime Minister Sharif, reads a statement issued by the PTI office. Khan termed the passage of a unanimous resolution at the APC “a beginning towards extricating the country from war on terror and moving towards a national holistic policy on counter terrorism”. It is a good start towards getting Pakistan out of the debilitating US war on terror, he added.

He hoped that now a comprehensive counter-terrorism policy and strategy would be swiftly drawn up and a dedicated institutional structure would be established to implement them. Needless to say, the APC was convened to do just that.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 10th, 2013. 

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Farhan Ali
    Sep 10, 2013 - 10:59AM

    IK is right…It is not our war.In order to bring peace and tranquillity in the country Govt. should act upon all the decisions of APC.

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  • Aalu Laylo
    Sep 10, 2013 - 12:02PM

    Amazing Khan….Keep it up!

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  • Rocketeer
    Sep 10, 2013 - 12:04PM

    If he is logical…then Army will agree!

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  • Iram
    Sep 10, 2013 - 12:07PM

    A sane voice.

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  • Subramanianmonkey
    Sep 10, 2013 - 12:07PM

    Sir Imran Khan.

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  • hmed
    Sep 10, 2013 - 12:10PM

    i hope more construtive and meaningful dailogue will be held after phased withdrawal of army from FATA

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  • Tahir Naseem
    Sep 10, 2013 - 12:17PM

    Hater gonna hate, to me he is my leader.

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  • Muhjir
    Sep 10, 2013 - 12:20PM

    Tiger !!Recommend

  • ironMan!
    Sep 10, 2013 - 12:40PM

    Why does the reporter have to give his own remarks “Needless to say, the APC was convened to do just that.” – his job is to REPORT only!

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  • Police
    Sep 10, 2013 - 1:00PM

    @Tahir Naseem:
    Very committed statement. The haters can not shake our trust in IK. No matter what they say or do.

    IK Zindabad!Recommend

  • Noman
    Sep 10, 2013 - 1:28PM

    great leader IK
    love u

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  • umar
    Sep 10, 2013 - 1:33PM

    Even after killing of 50,000 people it’s not our war. Oh wow. What a great nation we are.

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  • If Tribune allows to speak
    Sep 10, 2013 - 2:44PM

    So finally sanity prevails….

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  • Zubair
    Sep 10, 2013 - 3:16PM

    @umar:
    It was never our war. We owned it an lost 50,000 lives…But remember, every war ends on nagotiations table, sooner or the later.

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  • fawad
    Sep 10, 2013 - 3:52PM

    Imran Khan genuinely wants Pakistan to get out of this menace of terrorism.

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  • aaaaa
    Sep 10, 2013 - 4:00PM

    “Sending military to tribal areas was a big mistake.”

    And then Kayani saw the light emanating form the great Khan and reversed 66 years of the same policy in a single day.

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  • Ibrahim
    Sep 10, 2013 - 6:24PM

    Irony of this country is that only ONE man in the political corridors who is absolutely clean , speaks the truth and has a brilliant vision but unfortunately is not the chief executive of the government. By all means IK has got great vision and a great ability to lead and I just hope and pray that we as a nation get to benefit from his leadership qualities sooner rather than later.

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  • bangash
    Sep 10, 2013 - 6:42PM

    Leave FATA completely in the hands of the Taliban and criminal gangs? What kind of utter nonsense is this ? Taliban does not represent the people of FATA.

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  • np
    Sep 10, 2013 - 8:04PM

    @Ibrahim: he has a chance to implement his vision in KPK. PML-N had he best governed state during 2008-2013 and voters rewrded them. If Imran proves himself in KPK, he too will be rewarded. If he is unable to follow up talk with action, he will have no one else to blame.

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  • Another Pakistani
    Sep 10, 2013 - 10:36PM

    yes sir….please provide the militants with perfect space to stage a comeback!

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  • Shanawer malik
    Sep 10, 2013 - 11:25PM

    Sir Imran Khan is a blessing for Pakistan. No matter how much u criticize him for spending 30% of kpk’s budget on education and reducing class injustice by implementing same course. You retards need to understand only dialogues and education can end terrorism once and for all, military actions and spending most of your budget on defense in not an option. Thanks for spending on education and health.
    & to the supporters, dont bother about the haters, keep calm and trust + support IK (Y)

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Sep 10, 2013 - 11:43PM

    The news “according to party officials” says it all …
    All these “officials” of PTI are simply point scoring on sensitive issues of national defense.

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  • Fiz
    Sep 11, 2013 - 12:03AM

    Ok, we got it. One more feather in his cap.

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  • Vishnu Dutta
    Sep 11, 2013 - 12:26AM

    So, Mr Democracy Khan agrees that real power lies with the Army.

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  • rome
    Sep 11, 2013 - 12:48AM

    the Whole Circus abt withdrawal etc is all done by the pressure of American policy and not any nation interest thing from either the government or IK. its not abt hate or love, its abt open your eyes. America needs Peace in this fata in order to get out from Afghanistan phsycially. look at realities from an international perspective not an nationalistic one. and then people Wonder why we are not independent.

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  • Adil Khan
    Sep 11, 2013 - 12:49AM

    One thing i want to clear that After My ALLAH, I Believe on My Best & favorite Leader Sir IMRAN KHAN, I m Sure He is thinking Better for Me, For U & For All Pakistani & For All Pakistan,, So May God Give Him The Success that He Deserve…!
    And IMRAN KHAN Is My Leader, No Matter Who Wins,,.

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  • Sep 11, 2013 - 5:28AM

    There is no one like IK in Pakistan as well as in the World who has an enthusiasm for Change. He is a Noble man and work for Noble cause. IK is the most great Leader Of Pakistan. He is the most favorite Leader in Pakistan. He has vowed to Change Pakistan into NAYA PAKISTAN .

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  • omar
    Sep 11, 2013 - 10:44AM

    if swat like situation comes again then where imran khan will stand.

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  • Intekhab Alam
    Sep 11, 2013 - 2:44PM

    We love you IK, you always in our prays.

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    Sep 11, 2013 - 4:52PM

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Sep 11, 2013 - 9:00PM

    I wish people and the Khan above only understand why this uprising is there in FATA by TTP, not even 5% of people of FATA support this organization,What is ultimate objective of founding father of TTP is not known people.Army is not of fools which has gone in,it is proven best army of the world,TTP intention and demands will make you more clear.

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