Will consider stopping Nato supplies if drone strikes don't stop: K-P CM

Parvez Khattak says they will be forced to take unilateral decision if government does not talk to TTP, stop drones.


Web Desk October 26, 2013
Khattak says the government is neither talking to the TTP nor putting an end to drone strikes. PHOTO: APP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: With the recent trip of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yielding no visible gains on drone strikes, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government said on Saturday evening that their patience was wearing thin and that they may take a unilateral step, Express News reported.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief Minister Pervez Khattak told the media on Saturday evening that they were tired of picking up bodies, whether they are of victims of terror or of drone strikes and that if the government does not take decisive steps to stop both they may take unilateral steps, including stopping the Nato supply through Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

“If they [government] do not want to talk [with Taliban] and we keep picking up the bodies, and they [US] continue drone strikes, we will take a final step.”

Khattak added that if the federal government fails to stop the drone strikes “we will consider the option of stopping Nato supplies.”

PTI, which occupies the opposition benches in the National Assembly, has repeatedly called on the government to implement the decision arrived at in September’s All Parties Conference to hold talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

It has also pushed the government on the subject of drone strikes which it claims has threatened talks with the TTP.

Pakistan says violate its sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as being counter productive.

COMMENTS (63)

Sexton Blake | 7 years ago | Reply

@Rex Minor: Dear Rex Minor, I have to disagree with you somewhat. I am not a military expert, but without feeling proud of the Pakistan air force do feel that it has capabilities many other countries would wish to have. For example, it has kept the Indian air force, which is not insignificant in terms of capability, under control. It now has Chinese J20 aircraft, which are very good, GPS Jammers, and most probably other significant equipment I am not aware of. I think, at the very least that any military body which attacked Pakistan would be given a decidedly unpleasant experience. If the Pakistan air force was given the go ahead to attack drones it is my feeling that the US would find some place other than Pakistan to send its drones

Rex Minor | 7 years ago | Reply

@Sexton Blake: @The Failed Rebel:

I know the capability of the F16's but very much doubt the ability of the Pakistan pilots, who are too slow to react. Pakistan needs patriot missiles which react automaticaly or the chinese equivalent which the Turkish Government has opted for. Besides Pakistn does not have a National army but a very independent military. Self reiance and not reliance on foreign help. America is a super power and has a total control of the skies and the digital communication channels in most democracies of the world. This subject is currently being addressed by the European as well as several latin countries.

I am a bit inquisitive about the drones which have apparently become Mount Everest for the Pakistanis who study science subjects, have private flying clubs and do para gliding and continue to tolerate the deaths of innocent women and childrens in the tribal territories with impunity. Drone is a queer animal, the ww2 technology, I therefore wonder if any hobby flyer or a para glider in Pakistan has ever sighted or tried to intercept the beast? I guess the one which landed in the Iranian territory was brought down by the IT hecker!

Rex Minor

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