A visibly angry Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan insisted on Saturday that Friday's drone strike that reportedly killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, had damaged peace talks, and that now their party will move to block Nato supplies through Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and introduce resolutions in the National, Sindh and Punjab assemblies to block the supplies.
Imran announced this at a press conference in Lahore after a core committee meeting of the PTI.
"The Taliban held only one condition for the peace talks and that was that drone attacks must end. But just before the talks began we saw this sabotage take place," said the PTI chief, emphasising that the attack on Mehsud was part of a greater plot to derail the peace process in Pakistan.
Accompanied by K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, and other senior PTI leaders, Imran explained that their decision to block Nato supplies in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was well within legal means available. He said that the recourse of blocking supplies had been approved by the Peshawar High Court in their decision on drone strikes earlier in the year where it had called on the government to do all it can to stop the strikes, including approaching the United Nations on the issue.
"We will forward a resolution in the Sindh Assembly, where we have representation, to stop the flow of Nato supplies and will also raise the issue in the National Assembly," he stated.
As for the Punjab Assembly, the issue will be raised by PTI's Mehmood Rashid.
The entire nation - including the political parties - needs to unite to turn things around in the country, emphasised Imran.
"There should be no doubts left about who does not want peace in the country," he said in the wake of the drone strike, while also sharing his suspicions about the real masterminds behind the recent attack on a church in Peshawar, for which the TTP denied any involvement.
Shortly after meeting with the media, the PTI issued a press release on its website stating: "We call for an immediate All Parties Conference which must support our decision of stopping NATO supplies, given the disruption of the dialogue process."
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