Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan. – File Photo
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan. – File Photo

LAHORE: Reacting to yet another US drone strike in Pakistan, that eventually killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan Friday demanded the government to block Nato supplies going through the country.

Five militants, including Abdullah Bahar Mehsud and Tariq Mehsud, both key militant commanders and close aides of the TTP chief, were also killed with two others injured in the drone strike.

Speaking to media representatives, he blamed the US for sabotaging efforts to establish peace in Pakistan by repetitive drone strikes in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. “Whenever initiative of peace talks are taken in the country, US drone strikes sabotage them,” he said.

The cricket legend-turned-politician, who’s party rules the restive northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said that they will not only table a resolution for blocking Nato supplies in the provincial assembly on Monday but in the National Assembly also.

Khan, on Thursday, had said his party had the capability to stop the Nato supplies and warned that his words must not be taken lightly. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is one of two routes Nato supplies move in and out of Afghanistan.

Senior PTI leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, present on the occasion, said anti-state elements were conspiring to sabotage peace process. He said Taliban themselves say that their leaders were targeted for initiating peace talks.

Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak said they were being criticised for supporting peace.

Speaker KP Assembly Asad Qaiser said the federal government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) took too long to initiate peace talks. He, however, added that it was still not too late. He vowed to support Islamabad for the dialogue with Taliban.


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Zeeshan Khan
Nov 02, 2013 12:27am

I think now is the time for PTI show to the nation that they have the guts to implement their statements. Stop the NATO supply NOW.

ASIM
Nov 02, 2013 12:34am

Its clear the US has no intention for Pakistan to have any constructive dialogue with the TTP. Each time the US bombards the tribal areas and sends the entire dialogue to crumbles. US want Pakistan to remain in a state of war. America has no desire to see Pakistan prosper as they are a money making war machine.

Critical_Thinker
Nov 02, 2013 01:36am

Did Imran get this outraged when three of his party leaders and ministers were killed by TTP?

rforroses
Nov 02, 2013 03:16am

Imran Bhai... U R being respected and loved by people of Pakistan but your stance on Terrorism by Taliban will surely take thousands of your supporters away from you. You need to understand the psyche and level of doctrination of these people . Couple it with the death and destruction they have caused , you instantly see that these are not the guys you can talk reason with. Even their current preconditions for talks should be enough to tell any sane person that they are trying to buy time and regroup. How can we forget that they struck at the heart of Pakistan's security, economy and polity. Example of attack on Mehran and destruction of P3C Orion, attack on Srilankan cricketers and Nanga Parbat tourists, Chinese engineers etc, is ample proof that their one point agenda is Total Destruction of Pakistan. Accept it before it is too late and you and your party is piushed into remore annals of history.

Salman
Nov 02, 2013 03:25am

I just saw on TV Mr Imran Khan full of rage on hearing that Pakistan

PAP
Nov 02, 2013 04:01am

When will Pakistanis realize they cannot reason with monsters, they cannot appease maniacs like the TTP. Let's be realistic here, the US did us a favor.

Muhammad
Nov 02, 2013 04:22am

Knock drone down. Stop NATO supply and declare war if further move from inside of Pakistan or outside of Pakistan against Pakistan. Yes I mean declaration of war conditional. We are muslim let them know and we can beat them by Iman (the weapon which they have no idea).

Nadeem Chaudhry
Nov 02, 2013 04:19am

Who's side is he on? Makes me sick to my stomach just thinking people voted for him.

ali
Nov 02, 2013 04:51am

What an absolute apologetic excuse. PTI is trying its best not to become another ANP. At least you now have a better standing on negotiation table after this barbarian's death.

ohsama
Nov 02, 2013 05:25am

This guy went to U.S and Canada to raise money for his election campaign last year, now he has the nerve to accuse that country for all the problems of Pakistan !!!

saleem
Nov 02, 2013 05:56am

as a protest IK should sell all his assets abroad and stop going to any of these 'infidel' countries and call his family to pak!

tojo
Nov 02, 2013 06:07am

Imran Khan just keeps talking without understanding the political dynamics of the region. He keeps calling for negotiation & dialogues with the terrorists but the terrorists keep killing innocent Pakistanis, and he does not condemn them openly. This double standard must stop. So if Pakistanis do not rein-in these terrorists, the United States is left with no choice but to take them down whenever they find them.

Mustafa
Nov 02, 2013 06:22am

Imran Khan is the best person to succeed Hakimullah Mehsud, to become Chief of Pakistani Taliban and fight America and Pakistan..

Sohail
Nov 02, 2013 06:39am

I have pretty much lost all of my respect for Imran Khan. I was praying for him to win the elections but that was a huge mistake. We are being attacked by Khwarjies and he is living in a la la land. I hope he stays irrelevant.

Naz
Nov 02, 2013 08:58am

Imran Khan aur Munawar Hassan per ghashi k dory . Both are so grieved by the loss of Hakimullah Massod that they were not able to talk properly. Both are saying that man was doing a reat job by attacking the innocent people and army too. Imran and Munawar have never ever condemn the attacks by taliban where thousands of people have been killed by their brutality Now you see drone are killing innocent people or the real terrorist.

Drone May you plz come again and kill all these monsters who are killing innocent people because our politicians have not got so much guts to stand against them

Azam
Nov 02, 2013 09:09am

Enough talking Khan Sahib. It is time for Action.

Qaiser Bakhtiari
Nov 02, 2013 09:14am

Can Imran Khan also demand the blocking of funding to Taliban as well? or is he on the same payroll as they are?

Suresh
Nov 02, 2013 09:38am

Mr.Imran Khan, you are very clever. Now your life is safe. You should also say when did Taliban really come up with a positive response to peace initiatives. Taliban is never going to settle for anything lesser than Power . If they get power they will kill all the politicians craving for democracy in Pakistan.

Haider
Nov 02, 2013 09:47am

I wish Mr. Khan also shows such reactions when innocent pakistanis are killed by taliban.

saad nazim
Nov 02, 2013 10:04am

So you're actually condemning a death of mass murderer ? Who has killed innocent people in the of Islam and who has waged war against the the state of Pakistan ? Imran, as much as I love you buddy, but that fall of yours in one of your Jalsa has really messed up your brain cells.

Masood Haider
Nov 02, 2013 10:19am

Imran Khan not Musharraf should be tried for treason.

Ayaz
Nov 02, 2013 10:44am

NATO supplies do not pass for free .... the Pakistan government actually gets paid in billions ....

Shyam Kokku
Nov 02, 2013 10:51am

Whatever be the motive of Mr Khan, when he makes such statements, he gets to be seen himself as a Taliban supporter. His comments would have been valid if there was any civilian casualty in the drone attack. It becomes difficult to understand why he becomes the first leader (even before any other militant organization) to come down heavily on the drone strike, which actually removed some of the most wanted terrorists in his own country.

Shoaib-Dara-KSA
Nov 02, 2013 11:24am

I agree with U Imran Bhai! These statue so called leaders who love to dance like Frogs before western powers by capitulating simultaneously, don't have courage and zeal to oppose & defy Drone strike to that extent as they must have while shoot it down ultimately as last option what must be adopted as now or never, and our unfortunately an ignorant society who is unable to perceive the implications of Drones which likely a horribly nasty conspiracy in order to not only sabotaging peace efforts but to divide our so called sovereign country simultaneously, from the very first strike! It

M Rafique
Nov 02, 2013 12:14pm

Action speaks lauder than words, go ahead Khan Saheb, close one route of NATO supply

Rick Shaw
Nov 02, 2013 01:11pm

Imran should demand immediate blockade to the TTP bombing and also a blockade on the long line of girls coming to his house at night.

Ashraf
Nov 02, 2013 02:49pm

Imran Khan has painted himself into a corner with his statements about blocking NATO supplies. Even after 17 years in politics, he has learned nothing. He'll gain nothing from his bravado and he has everything to lose.

Kabir
Nov 02, 2013 03:44pm

Imran Khan never protested against the killing of the innocent citizens of Pakistan by Taliban but he is furious on the killing of a top terrorist and his allies

S Sheikh
Nov 02, 2013 05:48pm

I believe Mr. Imran Khan is not showing any pragmatic and balanced approach to this issue. While he blames US for sabotaging the peace talks, he never blamed the Taliban for sabotaging the peace talks after bombing in Peshawar which killed many children also, rather he tried to create a rationale for the talks to take place on urgent basis. While I believe that military action is not the solution to the problems we are facing, however current stance of Mr. Khan will also not help the situation. One must remember the peace talks with Taliban will have a little chance due to various reasons including: you are dealing with the view which is so different to the mainstream, multiple factions within the same group, and by enlarge they have following of illiterate or ill-informed people who will not be very responsive to the change in the attitude of their bosses. I believe Mr. Khan should put his focus on the lives of innocents, and providing awareness and education to the masses as I believe his current focus has minimal chance of making any change.

Ghalib
Nov 02, 2013 07:21pm

So as per Ik it is okay if the terrorist kill innocent Pakistanis that does not derail peace talks but when a murderer is killed it is the time to protest .

Azriel
Nov 02, 2013 08:00pm

Go ahead khan, Pakistan is with you

M. Faheem
Nov 02, 2013 10:03pm

The nation is with you Mr. Khan whatever step you take. We can't afford to waste any more Pakistani blood in this American war on Terror.

El Cid
Nov 03, 2013 12:48am

@Rick Shaw: "Imran should demand...a blockade on the long line of girls coming to his house at night."

'Bothan', lies, and rumors are major sins. Legally you have 'earned' public disgrace and lashing. IK, if he wants, can enforce the Courts to carry it out...

narender modi
Nov 03, 2013 01:19am

Pakistan is a failed state. A country with nothing to cheer about

Sameer
Nov 03, 2013 01:17am

You people are so stupid , i never knew, do you even understand what Imran Khan tries to say, he's well aware of that the Talibans has killed about 50,000 civilians in which there are kids, mothers, fathers, son and daughters, he is more sad and guilty then you people are, have you ever wonder why those people got killed ? cause of those military operation in North and South Waziristan since last 9 years Yes same military operation that you people loved to see right, Well go ahead let the taliban kill another 50,000 civilans till the next decade then will you be satasfied , Keep on using Drone attack which kills civilians more then any militants and then what happens the relatives of those dead people go and get revenge for the dead ones, means there is no end to this.

Since last 9 years Imran Khan been saying to disengage yurself frm this war on terror, kept saying end drone attacks cause of high civilan casualties and now when situation is so worst there is no other choice but to have peace talk cause the miltary operation didnt worked , last 9 year example is infront of you and North wazirstan is not some Swat where yu just go and capture the talibans , it is the home ground of the talibans the demographics of this area way complicated then of Swat, the Talibans knw how the route works, thats the reason Pak army failed to defeat the terrorist.

My point is Imran khan never took any side of Talibans, all he wanted was peace to be restored in Pakistan, all he want is to stop these bomb blast so that nobdy dies, he thinks we are fighting our own brothers, which Americans kill in there drone attacks. So basically Imran Khan just want to stop the war in Pakistan and want peace to prevail, so people please stop hating on Imran Khan and give peace a chance , military action can always be done anytime and nothing big happened either look just after hakimullah death they selected another taliban leader in no time "Sajna" so was this any helpful ?

My brothers this is a never ending war, so open youre eyes and give peace a chance, if it fails we'll always have an option for military operation. And America doesnt wants peace to prevail in Pakistan, America funds other terrorist to sabotage the peace talk between pak gov and TTP,

Asif Hussain
Nov 03, 2013 01:56am

@Critical_Thinker: No, and the reason he is showing such an outrage is because he thinks that by showing empathy to the Zalimans he will save him and his party from more such incidents, but time will prove him wrong and one day unfortunately he and the whole country will be witness to it.

shar
Nov 03, 2013 06:42am

America India Afghanistan do not want peace in Pakistan they want it to implode to breakup into many pieces the corrupt pmnl and generals are taking orders from abroad great timing it was done to cause chaos imrankhan speaks his mind pak army and government is infiltrated by traitors who put there interests before there country unlike imrankhan the rest sold themselves long ago

Masood Mukhtar
Nov 03, 2013 07:29am

@Salman: 100% true; people please open your eyes.Where are the security agencies of pakistan; how come killers of Pakistan Army and murderers of thousands of innocent pakistanis are being supported openly.

bilal
Nov 03, 2013 03:17pm

@saleem: and also as a protest he should personally call saleem and help him clean the front of saleem's fruit chat rehri (stall) in purani anarkali.

bilal
Nov 03, 2013 03:34pm

@Suresh: This is where you are wrong! If power could cure it, then world's # 1 power shouldnt have seen herself stuck there for 11 years sir.

bilal
Nov 03, 2013 03:27pm

@Shoaib-Dara-KSA: great post..

bilal
Nov 03, 2013 03:29pm

@Naz: do you live in North? how many family members have you lost to drones? Do you engage in any welfare work? If the answer to these questions is No then i'm sorry. your words are useless.

RK
Nov 03, 2013 05:01pm

@Sameer: So family members of those killed by drone go on to take revenge, but those kin whose family members were killed by Taliban....do.they go on to take revenge by killing Taliban...? Do you know the ratio of those killed by drones/Taliban.

Ahmed
Nov 04, 2013 01:16pm

Agree with Khan Sb.

S Sheikh
Nov 04, 2013 02:55pm

@Sameer: I wish your argument had some weight and I wish you prove my opinion wrong. Negotiations are done with people with whom you have something in common. Unfortunately these hard core criminals have myopic view with no heart. I remember one of the Generals talked about his experience while negotiating during the Rawanda conflict. He could not forget the presence of an evil presence while negotiating with one of the man who openly encouraged and executed genocide. Negotiations with factions like these only lead to loosing one's soul and will not bring any peace to our society. I do not think we as a nation wanted to resolve this issue, rather encouraged those elements to flourish. Now we have people who are calling him martyr, knowing he got blood of children, elderly and women on him. Until our military, and administration gets serious about getting rid of these elements, we will always feel their presence in our backyard. Negotiations will only make them stronger and will give them more access and ways to recruit people for their heinous cause.

Kabir
Nov 04, 2013 05:02pm

@Sameer: Our successive Governments have entered in peace agreements with Taliban but all in vein Taliban always use peace agreement for gathering more power they are the enemies of state with their ulterior motives. None of our Governments fought against Taliban wholeheartedly they now have to give a chance to power and with full strength and backing of whole nation they should crush the Taliban once and for all.

Imran
Nov 04, 2013 05:10pm

I agree to Sameer. I think people in power needs to explain everything to the people. Problem is a bigger and more complex than we all think. We as normal people of Pakistan have very little understanding of this whole chaotic situation and that's mainly because our leaders and army don't give public the real/true story of this. We believe in these made up stories of our corrupt leadership. I totally agree with the frustrations of the people on this blog and people who are not on this blog, because we all get victimized by terrorism caused by these extremist elements. But I request you humbly to think over it again and analyse what is causing this. How long we have been fighting against these extremist, have we been able to stop terrorism by fighting them off? What sort dialogues we had in the past with these extremists? Why they failed? Why these extremists are getting stronger and stronger, are they scientists who can invent new weapons and kill many people? Where they are getting this support from? Who is using them? Should we link Drones with terrorism, to me they are 2 different issues and need to be handled differently, whatever approach we have, whatever opinion we have against terrorists and TTP, we all need to agree carrying drones attack in Pakistan is not justified and it needs to be stopped. We need to stop US, India and GCC infiltration in Pakistan and stopping NATO supplies is justified. It could be a political mover by Imran Khan to win back people

asif
Nov 04, 2013 06:29pm

agreed

dr vimal raina
Nov 04, 2013 06:42pm

can anyone remove the blockage from Imran's thought process please.

dr vimal raina
Nov 04, 2013 06:34pm

can anyone remove the blockage from Imran's thought process please.

Kabir
Nov 04, 2013 07:52pm

@Imran: Mr. Imran remember one universal principle in these situations and that is YOU CANNOT NEGOTIATE WITH ENEMIES OF STATE FROM THE POSITION OF WEAKNESS

NASAH (USA)
Nov 05, 2013 12:07am

The Mouse that roared!