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Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf Chief Imran Khan gestures during a promotional function of a telecom company in Mumbai.—AFP

PESHAWAR: The administration of South Waziristan Agency has refused to allow the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf to hold a rally in Kotkai area of the conflict-hit region.

“Neither the condition in Waziristan is favourable nor the political administration has the capacity to provide security to about 100,000 participants of the rally in Kotkai,” an official said on Monday.

He said the administration had intelligence reports that terrorists might attack the rally and the authorities could not take a risk because local people were also opposing the planned demonstration in their area.

“The administration has received applications from local people against the plan to hold the rally in Kotkai,” he said.

People displaced by violence in the area have recently been repatriated from camps.

The PTI is reported to have sought permission from the administration to allow its chief Imran Khan to hold the rally in Kotkai, near the Jandola Frontier Region.

Local PTI leader Dost Muhammad met Political Agent Shahidullah at his office in Tank on Monday and discussed the matter.

Initially, the party had proposed to hold the rally in Spinkai Raghzai near Kotkai.

“The administration informed the PTI leader that it was not possible to allow political parties to hold any public meeting or rally in any part of South Waziristan,” the official said.

Imran Khan said at a press conference in Islamabad that a 30-member delegation of foreigners had arrived in the country to take part in the ‘peace rally’ in South Waziristan.

He said the Mehsud, Burki and Bhittani tribes had welcomed the plan and pledged to provide security.

Report in the media have quoted unnamed Taliban leaders as saying that they would not disrupt the rally.

But officials said that according to the tribal code it was the responsibility of local tribes and Khasadar force to provide security to outsiders in their areas and in the current situation both of them were not in a position to make adequate security arrangements for thousands of people.

Officials in the Civil Secretariat here told this correspondent that the capacity of the administration in the tribal region had drastically eroded because of the conflict and it was dependent on the army, Frontier Corps and other law-enforcement agencies for maintaining order.

“There are many stakeholders in the area and it is not possible for a weak administration to take the risk,” an official said.

He said local tribes had also lost their influence after their displacement.

He said local people had to get permission from the authorities for entering and leaving the area and a Rahdari (transit) system had been introduced for entry.

“It appears very difficult to issue permits to 100,000 participants of the rally,” the official said.

He said there was still no stability in the areas which had been cleared of militants and, therefore, the government would not take the risk of putting peace in the region at stake.


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Umer
Oct 02, 2012 04:05am
Afraid of Tsunami !!! PTI Rocks!
Malik Shahan Aslam
Oct 02, 2012 05:40am
Its just to take a risk of 100,000 people ...Administration of Government should check all the measures then allow .
Shahid Ali
Oct 02, 2012 02:56pm
Actually, Govt is worried about exposure of their lies, fraud, deaths and injuries of too many civilians rather than so called terrorists and worried about the back lash
adam memon
Oct 02, 2012 08:28pm
very sad.
Zack
Oct 02, 2012 05:02am
Give and take for both sides
Rehan
Oct 02, 2012 06:39am
Government can't secure 10 people there, talk about 100,000!
sf
Oct 02, 2012 03:43am
Very good decision, with all these rallys and demonstrations, when will the work be done for the development of the country. Already there are too many holidays plus all these demos., we are just staying behind. The Govt. should get tough and stop all these distractions.
NASAH (USA)
Oct 02, 2012 04:41am
How can Imran Khan guarantee the security of 100,000 people in an area fraught with so much strife -- this is another example of his irresponsibl naivety.
Majid
Oct 02, 2012 03:56am
PPP/Zardari also don't want this rally to be held :D
Curious
Oct 02, 2012 01:57pm
Perhaps, the journalists going along are a serious threat to both USA and Pakistan. Both parties hide certain facts, which if revealed to general public can harm the political regimes. We also have to keep in mind that both countries are preparing for elections.
Sagheer ahmed
Oct 02, 2012 05:55am
PTI and Imran khan zinda baad...Pakistan is with U
malik
Oct 02, 2012 03:24am
Good decision
Muhammad Alvi
Oct 02, 2012 01:56pm
I agree. Imran Khan should rethink about his approach towards politics. He is a good man and is very popular in Pakistan and with Pakistani's abroad, but he should not get carried away by enthusism.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 03, 2012 10:56am
Let it be.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 03, 2012 10:55am
Religious parties can never cooperate. It is the history of Islam.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 03, 2012 10:52am
No doubt.
KhanChangezKhan
Oct 02, 2012 10:55am
The provincial government is not in a threat of terrorists or militants attack but they are surely afraid about the rising popularity of PTI. Why the locals or anyone will attack when the PTI's programmes are matching and serving with their interests? It is not the plan of local government but instead US and other political parties in a risk of loosing their popularities. PML-N may never come in power but PPP may be, together with the cooperations of Allies and Horse tradings, because there is no choice left for the people if PTI is ignored. Religious parties are farway because of their deep differences between them.
A
Oct 02, 2012 01:51pm
Do you think we are staying behind because of holidays, I think it is incompetence.
kdspirited
Oct 02, 2012 02:02pm
Yeah Ok! The govt. has been unable to do what it was brought in to do...Govern. That is why we are where we are today. So please dont tout their in ability to control Pakistan. They are responsible for our devastation alongside us who brought them into power.
idrees mehsud
Oct 02, 2012 01:33pm
i live in that area and no thing come to my attention to divert to the common people that there are such type of threat who can you say that there are such type of threat ?
Nazir Ahmed
Oct 02, 2012 04:01am
This was expected from the Government.
jalaluddin S. Hussain
Oct 02, 2012 04:27am
Imran Khan's PTI denied permission, as expected. What next?
T Shah
Oct 02, 2012 03:45am
seems sensible enough....its a war zone....Imran is reckless to play with peoples lives.
Mard-e-Haq
Oct 02, 2012 04:23am
I thought Imran Khan had already settled this issue with the South Warizistan authorities whom he claims are his brothers. Or is this a ruse by Imran to avoid holding the rally?