ISLAMABAD: Claiming how last week’s drone strike that killed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakeemullah Mehsud on the eve of peace talks had “droned the peace Jirga”, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan told the National Assembly on Monday that a motion had been moved in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly to block Nato supply lines from November 20, after the Muharram Ashura out of respect.
Imran, while speaking in the Assembly after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, said that he had no intention of going to war with the US and thus could not shoot down drones, which left them with only with the options of stopping the Nato supply line or going to the United Nations Security Council.
“On November 20, since there is Muharram and we have respect for it, we will stop the Nato supply line in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”
Imran in his speech in the assembly extolled on the damage that Pakistan had suffered as a result of the War on Terror and how repeated military operations had failed to yield the desired results, and that “sending army and Lashkars into Waziristan was as big a disaster as sending the army to East Pakistan, Balochistan.”
“We sent the army into Waziristan at the behest of US. We sent them in there for dollars.
Today the reaction to that action has become such that 150,000 troops are now embroiled in seven FATA agencies.”
Adding how the All Parties Conference had decided that peace and dialogue should be given a chance, Imran said that “this [September 2013] was the fourth APC. In the first APC three years ago organised by former Premier Yousaf Raza Gilani we talked about how military operations had not been able to achieve anything, ‘lets give peace a chance.’”
However, he said that last week’s US strike had destroyed chances for peace. “Did they only have to kill Mehsud when there was a chance of peace.”
“Does this mean that the US will not allow peace in Pakistan.”
Saying that where the country stood today was the “defining moment of Pakistan,” Imran said that chance of peace looked bleak.
“All the efforts made by [Interior Minister] Nisar and we reached talks, and then that peace jirga was droned. So I ask is US our friend or enemy?”
Imran added that whatever the Interior Minister did now, it would be extremely difficult for any new TTP chief to come back to the table.
“Unless we unite and tell US that you have destroyed a chance for peace, and we take a united stand on this. We have been condemning strikes for nine years. Condemnation will not change anything.”
Bring everyone on one page
Claiming how he was ready to go meet everyone to bring the nation on one page for peace he said that he was willing to put all differences aside.
“I am ready to go to everyone, even Maulana [Fazlur Rehman].”
“If we take a stand now. Beggars don’t become a nation, only unity can make us a nation.”
K-P approves resolution to block Nato supply lines
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly on Modnay unanimously approved a resolution to block the Nato supply line through the province, Express News reported.
Separately a resolution urging the federal government to take effective measures to stop drone strikes.
Express News correspondent Ehtisham Khan said that during Monday’s session of the K-P assembly, the resolution stated that the federal government had a 15 day deadline to make efforts to stop drone strikes after which the province can unilaterally block supply lines through K-P.