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PTI chief criticises US move to use force against Syria

Published Sep 03, 2013 06:51am


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Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan. — File photo
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Calling for a UN-sanctioned prescription to resolve the Syrian crisis, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has opposed America’s one-sided move to attack the country.

Condemning US President Barack Obama’s decision against Syria, Mr Khan said the allegation of use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime was being investigated by the UN inspectors and any action must be based on the report of these inspectors and according to the sanction of the UN Security Council.

“Unilateral military action against a sovereign member state of the UN is against the UN Charter and International Law and the powerful cannot be allowed to break these international norms with impunity,” said Mr Khan in a statement on Monday.

According to the PTI chief, President Obama’s decision to seek approval from the US Congress for a military action was an internal political issue of the country and not a source of “international legitimisation”.

“Even in that context, Secretary of State [John] Kerry’s declaration that congressional approval was not required was a reflection of militaristic policies displayed by the Obama administration during its previous and present tenure in office,” he said.

Mr Khan pointed out that Pakistan had suffered from this approach of the US in the shape of illegal drone attacks on Pakistani citizens.

“It is time to respect international law and collective security system as defined in Chapter VII of the UN Charter. This is the only way to protect the global community from intra-state and inter-state excesses and abuse,” he emphasised.

The government of Pakistan has supported a peaceful solution to the crisis.

Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in a policy statement made before the National Assembly on Friday said: “As the US is preparing for aerial strikes within Syria, Pakistan believes that it will make the situation more concerning.”

At the same time Pakistan opposed the use of chemical weapons by any country, he added.


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TI Sep 03, 2013 08:24am

I like Imran Khan for his charity work and mobilizing voters in the democratic process in the recent election. However, foreign policy is not his forte. Making Anti American statement does not constitute a forien policy. He's way off in this regard. Thank goodness, he is not in a position to make that kind of decisions yet. It would be totally reckless.

salisha baksh Sep 03, 2013 08:42am

pti chief has just demonstrated he needs to coach cricket on the fields. sorry sir, you are not ready for world politics.perhaps, this tells why you were unable to garner the votes tb commander in chief.

Rajiv Sep 03, 2013 09:41am

What an Dumb guy... its ok for Asad to kill his people and its ok for neighbouring muslim countires to sit quitely but its bad if USA intervens and saves some lives... wow...

Salman Sep 03, 2013 09:53am

The man obviously has no concern or sympathy for the suffering of Syrian people. He is fixated with his anti-american rhetoric. Either he has low IQ or he is a cynical politician.

ishi Sep 03, 2013 10:13am

That's like a Leader of International Standards, unlike so called Siri-Paye & Naan-Nihari leaders running Pakistan, Love you Kaptaan.

Sayyar Khan Sep 03, 2013 11:15am

Free Advice IK You really need to pay attention to Pakistan and your own party. Its getting filled with corrupt people.

Ahtisham Sep 03, 2013 11:52am

Well said.......Who has given US to attack other sovereign countries beyond UN charter. All nations of the world must stand up against devil of our times.

Farooq Kashmiri Sep 03, 2013 11:56am

Equating Syrian crisis to Pakistan crisis by Imran Khan is a wrong analogy. While Bashar has willingly used chemical bombs against its own civilians , US decision to attack bashar is ethically and morally correct. In Pakistan Imran ignores the fact the Pakistani govt has signed agreements with Americans for drone attacks , provided it airbasis for the same and even sold the Pakistanis to the Americans for USD 10K under contract. As a Kashmiri I wish that Pakistani govt takes stand with Americans on this issue and even offers its airforce to defeat this monster in Syria who has butchered innocent civilans most of them kids and women. One wrong somewhere shouldn't hold from doing one right thing when it comes to Syrian crisis.

EHTISHAM Sep 03, 2013 11:59am


M. Ahmed Sep 03, 2013 12:10pm

Chemical attacks were carried out by rebels/CIA/mossad as the US and it's allies are itching to attach Syria and over throw Assad. By installing a pro-US ruler in Syria, US and Israel intend to eliminate Hizbollah and also Iran's influence in the region. It's a shame that US uses terrorists to achieve its political objectives. One can say beyond doubt that both the US and Israel are the biggest sponsors of terrorism in the world. Sep 03, 2013 01:07pm

Imran Khan should concentrate his energies in solving problems of his country rather dole advise to US.

Pakistan problems of terrorism and population growth are those to which he should pay attention

Seek compensation from the bearded Cleric for defamation of his character

Safdar Sep 03, 2013 01:09pm

His ally JI has has got a completely opposite position on this issue. Good luck IK..!

Aamir Sep 03, 2013 01:42pm

Imran, the lovers of Syrian rebels will start targeting you here......... be careful dude.

ailly Sep 03, 2013 05:21pm

@Sayyar Khan: wow, look who is criticizing IK............. he is the only hope for our peace and betterment of life............. you seems to be either from PMLn or JUIF.

Oh Pakistan Sep 03, 2013 06:02pm

Jawed Saleem Sep 04, 2013 12:20am

Imran Khan need to be reminded about

Naeem Sep 04, 2013 05:56am

IK has has no business talking about Syria. He has to mind his own house. He is becoming a bigger goof as time goes passes. He is a big disappointment. He has to put his foot in his mouth over every news item