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Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan (C) waves during a protest rally against the reopening of the Nato supply route to Afghanistan, in Peshawar on July 14, 2012. — File photo by AFP
Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan (C) waves during a protest rally against the reopening of the Nato supply route to Afghanistan, in Peshawar on July 14, 2012. — File photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has vowed to fulfill his promise of marching to the tribal region of Waziristan as a show of solidarity with the locals.

Khan, who plans to take a convoy to the South Waziristan tribal region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, was addressing a press conference along with tribal leaders in the capital on Saturday.

“The people of Waziristan are supportive of our peace march,” Khan told reporters, adding that security arrangements for the march would be undertaken by locals of the tribal region. Khan said a convoy of local and international journalists would be a taken along to the tribal regions in PTI’s ‘peace march.’

The PTI chief insisted that a military operation in North Waziristan could only be successful if locals were taken into confidence. He slammed the resurgence of US-led Nato drone attacks inside Pakistan’s tribal regions and claimed that locals have been killed in these missile strikes.

“There have been 12 drone attacks in the last 24 hours. The government should name the terrorists who they claim have been killed in these attacks.”

Slamming the Pakistan People’s Party led government, Khan said the ruling party came into power to fulfill “American agenda” and termed it an “NRO government.”

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Gul Khan
Aug 25, 2012 03:51pm
I am from south waziristan and welcome imran khan peace march. We love him as he has always spoken out about Waziristan, the forgotten people of Pakistan the current Government does not care about
Aug 26, 2012 09:55am
Well said Sarh
Aug 26, 2012 09:58am
Imran should not go to Waziristan. He is too valuable and only hope for better Pakistan.
Aug 25, 2012 11:59pm
Appeasing these ruthless Traitors would get you nowhere, Imran -- keep a distance and stay safe -- the country needs you.
Aug 26, 2012 12:11am
imran will doom to fail!
Cyrus Howell
Aug 26, 2012 12:08am
He must go there if he wants to be the president, but peace comes after the war is over and not before.
Aug 25, 2012 11:35pm
yes.. This march would prove to be a final nail in the coffin of the major right wing parties, especially to one that is ruling in Punjab right now, which is already feeling some heat since the mega PTI rally of 30th October 2011, Lahore!!
Cyrus Howell
Aug 26, 2012 12:20am
Now I wonder why the Army is slipping? I have it. They don't want to fight a losing battle.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 26, 2012 12:24am
If that is the case, why should Waziristan be part of Pakistan? Because you can by stolen goods, hashish and Chinese closeout items in Peshawar?
Aug 26, 2012 01:12am
Pakistan will suffer as long as individual like you are part of it. And afsos there are many of them.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 26, 2012 12:25am
Landlords and their families first.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 26, 2012 12:28am
If one does not promise such, one does not get elected. A leader has to be upbeat and positive, and dare I say inspiring?
Aug 26, 2012 12:29am
I agree with Ahmer. I do not trust anybody in Pakistan politics. Before election, they all claims to be honest and true representative of people. But I do have hope .
Aug 25, 2012 06:14pm
IK! Allah help you in your struggle. Amin
Cyrus Howell
Aug 26, 2012 12:34am
All power to Imran and the people of Pakistan. May his endeavors be successful, and may he bring all those responsible for our troubles to account. May he and his Navy Seal team succeed in saving Pakistan from the clutches of dishonest and incompetent leaders and hold them accountable.
Aug 26, 2012 01:20am
If Allah has decided for him to serv the nation and take us out of todays shame by getting rid of Mir Jaffers and Mir Sadiqs then don't you worry Moiz. I will be part of that march and would save this only hope of pakistan by taking any/every bullet on my chest. Just imagin if a march like the one which headed towards Islamabad for judiciary follows Imran to wazirastan would talban then not welcome it against drons.
Aug 26, 2012 01:29am
I think he is very busy,he did not read the newspaper.
Aug 25, 2012 06:17pm
He should not go there - so much Lawlessness - that i fear for his safety. But if he does go there and come back SAFELY - he could be TRUE Leader of Pakistan
Muhammad Alvi
Aug 26, 2012 01:53am
Ashraf, your comment is not understood. In your comment of two sentences, you talked about two different things. Both make no sense.
Aug 25, 2012 11:16pm
How many ultimate hope or hopes came to the Land of Pure.....Jinnah...Liaqat......Ayub Khan...Yahya Khan ... Bhutto...GREATEST HOPE Zia Ul Haq ...Bhutto... Sharif..Bhutto..Sharif...another Great hope Musharraf...then we have Zardari....a now according to some the ultimate ultimate hope Imran Khan...then what happens next...ring a ring a roses hasha pusha we all fall down?
Aug 25, 2012 03:08pm
Imran Khan will one day answer for the Pakistani lives lost because of the disinformation he is spreading that portrays the enemy attacking Pakistan as "our people" and portrays the civilized world (which is united in defending themselves from the terrorists who have been provided a safe haven in Pakistan) as the enemy. The fact that the Zardari government has failed to counter Imran Khan's disinformation by providing leadership to the nation in ensuring law and order in all parts of Pakistan is of course an even bigger problem.
Aug 25, 2012 03:10pm
I think going to an area where there is no LAW - it is extremely risky. If IMRAN survivies this TRIP - he would be TRUE HERO of Pakistan
Aug 25, 2012 09:02pm
Look there has been and still is law and order in Wazirstan. Don't paint the people there as savages ! They may have a different mindset than ours but there was mutuall accepatance of that until 9.11. They accept outsiders as guests as long the latter behaves as such They don't create heroes. Imran's visit is not a Bollywood drama. Please don't hype it up! What next prayers for his safe return in Mosques.? How estranged are pakistanis from each other!
Aug 25, 2012 10:07pm
God bless you Imran Khan for you belong to the few who have the correct intent for our country. Just don't disappoint us once you come into power(INSHALLAH) for this nation is already too wounded to go through another disappointment or a heart break. May God be with you and go for it.
Sannam Jon
Aug 25, 2012 09:45pm
Aug 25, 2012 09:13pm
I expect a similar rally from Imran Khan on the killing of Shia's and other minorities in Pakistan. He might not get much politically by taking out such a rally, but by doing so he can establish himself a true leader representing all segments of the society.
Aug 25, 2012 09:20pm
I like this. ye wakayi Allah ko khush kerney wala banda hai...jeetey raho Imran Khan!!!
Aug 25, 2012 09:22pm
Is watan k Parcham ka sar buland he rakhna...IK keep it up!!! Vote hum deyeingeh IA
Aug 25, 2012 09:33pm
Mr.Imran Khan, you are a great leader but i am disappointed at the fact that you are paying more attention to this Marches rather than helping a little child suffering from down syndrome rotting in a jail cell close to where you live for something she probably wasn't even aware of or maybe didn't even do. I would request you to help people such as her and closer to you to set an example for everyone else
Dr Shaaz Mahboob
Aug 25, 2012 09:36pm
If Imran Khan had any sense he'd first condemn the terrorists lurking wihtin Waziristan because if not for them, there would be no drone attacks! He would lobby the people of Waziristan to expel the militants first!
Michael Malcolm
Aug 25, 2012 08:08pm
Danger to Imran Khan is not from the Tribal Waziristan people but by those who would be jealous of his being successful in going there and creating peace
Allah ka banda
Aug 25, 2012 07:57pm
Allah khair karega ...... Allah is bande se razi hai
Aug 25, 2012 08:13pm
Imran, you are a courageous man. Please consider your own safety and security as No. 1 priority. You have many inside enemies. People can murder their own family members for personal gains. You are a good target for them. You are only good for this nation once you are alive. We pray for your safety. For sure you are not coward, for the future of this nation, I request you to please re-consider your decision.
Aug 25, 2012 08:22pm
He promised us world cup & he brought home glory He promised cancer treatment & he delivered Now he promises honestly & loyalty to Pakistan and without even giving him a chance you say "just talk no action"
Aug 25, 2012 08:39pm
We must all recite Ayat ul Qursi on him and his convoy. May Allah protect him, aameen.
Aug 25, 2012 04:28pm
Imran and PTI is the party of the day for pakistan-everyone should vote for him and if he stops corruption at the top that will fix pakistan 30% already. If he strenghtens thekey institutions then he would have fixed 50% of pakistans problems-I say let him come and pakistan prosper.
Aug 25, 2012 08:26pm
thanks for wishes Raj, yes he is the ultimate hope for Pakistan
Aug 25, 2012 04:33pm
I think its good idea, no one is protesting against these Drone Attacks. Govt and Army is sleeping as if these attacks are carried out side Pakistani soil. Afsoos, Govt and army leader both forgot their responsibilities and busy in looting the assests and hard earn money of citizens of Pakistan. Good Job Imran Khan. Waiting for the elections to come, my vote goes to you. Asim
Baber Khan
Aug 26, 2012 05:42am
Correct 100%! But what is 'Imran Khan' if he doesn't walk into the 'valley of death' undaunted!
Khurram kaleem
Aug 26, 2012 11:31am
Running a civilaztion is different than winning a world cup.you don't make leaders out of celebrities and philantrapist.why tiger wood don't stand for presidential race in America or Bachan in India. Because American and Indian are comparatively mature nation than us.
Baber Khan
Aug 26, 2012 05:05am
US is the ONLY country in the world that officially doesn't recognise the World Court. However, it expects other countries to honor the court's verdicts.
Aug 26, 2012 04:33am
Imran khan has taken good step for peace of Pakistan.
Qudrat Ali
Aug 26, 2012 04:29am
It's a courageous step and will definitely soothe the hearts of the already drone victims.
Raj from India
Aug 25, 2012 04:52pm
I think he is last hope for Pakistan. Hope you will care for your country, you will not become like other politician, do not forget normal citizens of your country. Best of Luck.
Fida Sayani
Aug 25, 2012 04:54pm
my advise to Imran Khan, do what jinnah would have done in the case of drone attack resulting in the death of innocent tribal's. Take US to the world court demanding compensation of billion of dollars.
HM, Canada
Aug 25, 2012 04:56pm
Imran Khan should not march towards Waziristan. There are lots of people against you and they could harm you on pretext of Taliban. See what happened to Benazir.... Take a cool calculated decision.
Aug 26, 2012 02:39am
MR.khan do u have a single word against the Beast attack on the people of Gilgit Baltistan in the broad day light?How many more ??
Aug 25, 2012 05:32pm
It is well known that American agenda is to destroy the enemies of America who are also enemies of Pakistan. These militants and terrorists are killing innocent Pakistanis and destroying Government of Pakistan properties on a daily basis. Mr. Imran Khan wishes to appease the militants and terrorists to win the support of some population in Waziristan to beat his rivals President Zardari and Mr. Nawaz Sharif in forthcoming election. Best luck Mr. Imran Khan!
Hameed Ahmad
Aug 25, 2012 10:57pm
A little light about the people of Waziristan. They are very hospitable people and their traditions compell them to take the utmost care of their guests. Imran is their guest and I am 101 % sure they can die for Imran but won't let any harm come in his way. Brave men are not afraid of death, and Imran is brave. The prayers of the partiots are with you. Fe Amaan Ullah.
Nadeem Khan
Aug 25, 2012 02:57pm
This is one of the points on which I disagree with Imran, If operation is not suppose to launch then should we hand over all Pakistan to these foreigners so that they can expand there militant activities and spread terrorism in Pakistan & all over world. The taliban/Terrorists agenda is clear they said it several times and showing it to Pakistanis on a daily basis and when they captured Swat. Waziristan is part of Pakistan if Pakistani Govt fails to control it and foreigners spread terror in Pakistan & other countries then someone will attack through Drone or with other available resources, Dont blame others. Imran should leave his Pashtun nationalist mindset and think as a Pakistani.
Aug 25, 2012 02:54pm
Imran Khan you are the only courageous politician who can end the chaos in Pakistan.
Aug 25, 2012 02:54pm
All power to Imran and the people of Pakistan. May his endeavors be successful, and may he bring all those responsible for our troubles to account. May he and his team succeed in saving Pakistan from the clutches of dishonest and incompetent leaders and hold them accountable. The problems of waziristani and fata can only be solved with the active collaboration of the people of that area and the support of the rest of Pakistan.
Aug 25, 2012 02:47pm
Yes,This is another Pakistani dramatist.You should change the name of your country from 'Pakistan' to 'Military Operation'.
Aug 25, 2012 02:36pm
Peace march seems to have become a symbol of courage rather than politics. After all Imran is marching to a part of Pakistan. Why not a march to the Embassy of USA ? but please no death or destruction . Every body wants peace in Pakistan. Even the army is suffering from fatigue. Let there be no call to arms but let us embrace each other. We are pakistanis. The solution lies with us and not with others. Let us rise up to the occasion.
Agha Ata
Aug 25, 2012 02:33pm
Khan, it is not that I do not trust you, but your claims are just too good to be true, like a Welfare State with the help of JI, eradication of corruption within a limited time, getting rid of landlords with the help of landlords within PTI etc.
Sarah Khan
Aug 25, 2012 02:32pm
Imran Khan is the only courageous leader who has the guts to go to Quetta and Waziristan. People used to call Lion to Nawaz Sharif but to me he is a disgrace to Pakistan. He never utter a single word on issues like Drone Attacks...!!! Pakistan is so lucky to have leaders like Imran Khan and is so unlucky to have cowards like Nawaz
Aug 25, 2012 02:24pm
Peace March and all that in its place why is Mr Khan not helping the poor child that is in jail being abused for burning a book .When are these politicians going to stand up for the poor of Pakistan.
Aug 25, 2012 02:17pm
Just talk, no action.