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LAHORE, June 2: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf says though it strongly opposes US drone attacks, its Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will not create a rebellion like-situation in the province against the federal government.

“We’ll protest and raise the (drone) issue in the assemblies and make the (federal) government realise that drone attacks are unacceptable to the people, particularly those in tribal areas,” PTI’s former information secretary Shafqat Mahmood told the media outside party chairman Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence here on Sunday.

He, however, hastened to add that the protest would not create a rebellion-like situation as it would be against national and provincial interests.

Shafqat, who returned to the National Assembly from a Lahore constituency, told a questioner that his party wished that both federal and the provincial governments would devise a comprehensive strategy vis-à-vis drone hits.

KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, who had come to inquire after the party chairman, said the PTI would adopt a clear policy on drones though protecting territorial limits of the country was federal government’s job.

Replying to a question about talks with the Taliban, he said though formulating foreign policy was federation’s responsibility, he personally supported a dialogue with the militants for restoring peace in the province and the country.

Mr Qaiser said although law and order was a big challenge, his party accepted the challenge and would make KP a ‘model province’.

Law and order, education, and sports activities for youth would be priorities of the KP government, he added.

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Mohammad Arif Jun 04, 2013 07:31am
Hahahah....every body knows that Shareefs are as corrupt as Zardaris. But Punjabis have selected them, they should now not cry for any problems.
Mohammad Arif Jun 04, 2013 07:27am
Don't say about PTI. You have selected PMLN and ask those crooks and don't cry. You deserve it.
Paki First Jun 04, 2013 01:50am
What Aid & what loans? Do the Math properly. Begging is never a solution, Negotiating is & Pakistani government has done a pathetic job in doing so. Learn lesson from Malaysia & other nations. Pakistan's only solution is to stop getting the aid & rise up as a Nation & trust me we can. Jun 03, 2013 06:33pm
The only thing PTI will have is lame excuses as they can claim big but when it comes to delivery they have just excuses. Imran said" We have the best team" , Pervaiz khatak was appointed who served PPP and Q league and known corrupt gun. So where is the best team, hiding somewhere please bring your best people.
M Aslam Jun 03, 2013 01:12pm
If they could not apply rule of law and people have to do by themself, then why they criticise others and make a tons of promises
Shahbaz Jun 03, 2013 02:28pm
Nobody is concerned with the PML-N on this forum as everyone knows their track record of fulfilling promises. Hence, all eyes on PTI.
anony Jun 03, 2013 02:09pm
Very well said Sir.
Zack Jun 03, 2013 02:09pm
I totally agree with you. But PML, PPP, and other croonies never delivered and expectation is not there for them to deliver anything besides mangoes to their residences. PTI is the only hope, others are hopeless.
Riaz Ahmad Jun 03, 2013 01:34pm
Allah always wants to protect Pakistan, it is Pakistanis who are hell bent on destroying themselves. No morals and no ethics, no honesty and no integrity, no respect for rule of law and no respect for human life. You have a habit of blaming the army, politicians and institutions, but never admit how rotten and corrupt is your culture and your society. If you want to cure Pakistan, the change begins with YOU and millions of other like YOU. Don't get angry, truth is bitter, but you have to face it one day, or there won't be any change..
M Aslam Jun 03, 2013 01:11pm
PTI is going to colleting taxes on all imported goods and there will be no smuggling thru and within KPK from Ist of June 20??????
Jamal Jun 03, 2013 01:12pm
Yep, keep passing the buck to each other. I can see what is going to happen for the next five years.
Jamal Jun 03, 2013 01:09pm
And how is this different from previous government's stance? New faces same old politics. They are all hypocrites.
Schazad Jun 03, 2013 12:49pm
There is no feudalism in KP.
NASAH (USA) Jun 03, 2013 12:40pm
Finally some maturity and some sense of responsibility has entered Imran Khan's politics in KPK -- CM Khatak needs to leashed.
Iqbal Jun 03, 2013 12:10pm
false promises from both PTI and PML-N... election slogans only...
Abdul rehman Jun 03, 2013 08:57am
has the time not come for PML N to deliver???????? y everyone is talking about PTI?? same promises were made by pml n too bigger responsibility lies to federal govt now..its a fact....they shoud come up with strong policies all parties must play their respective roles,blame game must end now MAY ALLAH protect pakistan from all odds..aameen
akhter husain Jun 03, 2013 07:54am
It is good that IK.s PTI will not create a rebellion like situation while protesting against drone attacks.This reminds me the era of late sixties and seventies when China used to issue warnings to US for violating their air space.The last,if I correctly remember,was five hundredth warning as they were not technologically strong.Once they were at par with them ,they forced a US spy plane to land and US could not do any thing about it.It is time we learn some thing from our friend.
caz Jun 03, 2013 07:35am
Pakistan is politically , economically and morally bankrupt. It wont get any IMF loans if it does not do the US bidding. It cannot survive without US military and economic aid. That is its shameful reality.
Cobrajock Jun 03, 2013 07:19am
Its beyond them, they cannot do it. The people themselves will have to rise and shine.
M. Asghar Jun 03, 2013 06:47am
For the PTI, the time has come to move and deliver its engagements, particularly, against the feudalism's hold on the people's lives.
Tiger Jun 03, 2013 10:50am
Pakistan does need loan, pakistan needs respect. These slogans are being heard for 60 years. If pakistan focuses in future and past tax collection, it can actually loan out to other countries. If you cannot collect the above, then you have no right to live on this planet.
Tiger Jun 03, 2013 10:52am
No country can prosper without peace. No peace can be acheived without first dones are stopped. Pakistani military started war with the tribals, not the other way round. The first thing, not the only thing, should be drones stopped for peace and prosperity.
Muhammad Asif Jun 04, 2013 10:56am
they aren't going to stop NATO supply going through KPK to Afghsnistan, carrying all types of weapons. what a shame...