31 August, 2014 / Ziqa'ad 4, 1435

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Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf chief Imran Khan. – File Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday expressed the need for good governance by depoliticisation of state institutions, bureaucracy and police.

He was talking to British Foreign Secretary William Hague, said a press release received here on Tuesday.

Khan also declared his support for devolution - giving power to people at the grassroots level.

He inquired about the specific purpose of the Hague visit at this particular time and was told it was a part of the expanding UK-Pakistan relationship.

The PTI chief reiterated his party's opposition to aid that is given to generally for fiscal budgetary support and aid given directly to social/educational projects.

He appreciated DFID aid especially in the education sector where he felt an emergency should be declared.

Khan explained how if governance was reestablished, the country would progress with an enabling environment to encourage the vibrant civil society and overseas Pakistanis.

Discussing the war on terror, Khan said that it was time to give peace a chance through dialogue with the tribal people.

Hague said that there was recognition that there has to be reconciliation in Afghanistan, even amongst the Americans. But, he added “there are some elements like al Qaeda who are not reconcilable.”

Khan explained why an apology for Salala incident was critical and concluded by saying that the present US policy of drones was absurd and senseless.


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