Imran’s party threatens to choke NATO supply routes

Core committee meeting to discuss issue to pressure govt into announcing talks schedule.

Our Correspondent October 30, 2013
PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday threatened to choke Nato supply routes to Afghanistan if the federal government fails to announce a schedule of talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) by November 7.

The issue of halting Nato supply is at the top of the agenda in the party core committee meeting on Sunday, November 2.  PTI is deliberating as to how to mount pressure on the centre to compel the US to shut down its highly controversial drone programme.

“Imran Khan will deliver the final ultimatum to stop drone strikes on November 2 — if it remains unaddressed then the government will be facing public wrath soon,” warns PTI Deputy Secretary General Imran Ismail.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government failed to announce talks schedule with Taliban despite earning full mandate given by all political parties in recently held All Parties Conference (APC), the PTI laments.

PTI meeting will decide either to halt Nato supply routes or to set a deadline for the federal government to implement APC recommendations, Ismail added.

The party meeting will also discuss the option of military operation against militants in case the proposed talks with TTP fail, party sources said.

TTP’s sole demand of halting drone strikes should be taken seriously, said PTI Chief Imran Khan, adding that “drones are hurting the slow process of dialogue with Taliban. ”

Nisar meets UK delegation

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said drones were not acceptable to the government at any cost and the military leadership also agrees on the issue.

He conveyed this message to a British delegation comprising members of the House of Commons Defence Committee. The delegation discussed the present and future situation in Afghanistan, the aftermath of the drawdown of the Nato/Isaf forces in 2014 and the current state of relations between Pakistan and the UK, read an official statement.

Border tension

The minister also said that a similar role should be played in the context of India as Nawaz Sharif has already gone the extra mile to further the cause of peace.

While discussing the response from India on the positive statements from the Pakistan PM, Nisar said, unfortunately, the response from India is far from satisfactory and there is a constant tendency to drum up the posture of confrontation from across the border.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2013.


Dr.A.K.Tewari | 10 years ago | Reply

@Syed Zafar Hussain: If IK is the only hope left in your country then be sure that you are living in a hoeless nation . The childish statement again and again . When the federal govt. can't stop drone strick in next two years then how he can do it in next two days ? He is now on a pitch of politics and not on cricket pitch , my dear .

Syed Zafar Hussain | 10 years ago | Reply dear Imran khan,, keep up the pressure@,,,You have played well under Pressure n cricket before and i hope u can do it So take a bold step and stop the natto supply and prove what have u told before to u also have told that i will never tell LIE TO THE NATION...........................We only hope from u,,definitely u can do it..
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