Lawmakers move to block Nato supplies, end drone strikes

Updated 04 Nov 2013

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PESHAWAR: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) submitted a resolution in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s Secretariat Monday against drone attacks and halting of Nato supplies via KP in response to the US drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud and 'sabotaged' peace talks, DawnNews reported.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is one of the two key routes Nato supplies move in and out of Afghanistan and is seen as crucial as US-led allied forces prepare to withdraw from the war-torn country in 2014.

Opposition parties in Pakistan have accused the US of using the drone strike to stymie the peace process before proper talks had even started.

JUI-F’s parliamentary leader Maulana Lutfur Rehman submitted the resolution in the KP Assembly today.

The resolution stated that drone attacks were against the national integrity and sovereignty of the country, adding that they should be stopped immediately.

Moreover, the resolution also demanded the blockade of Nato supplies to Afghanistan via Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Earlier, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Nighat Orakzai and JUI-F MPA Uzma Khan also submitted resolutions against drone strikes.

The PTI-led government in KP is also expected to submit a resolution against drone attacks and halting of Nato supplies during a meeting of the KP Assembly today.

Separately, the JUI-F also submitted a resolution in the Balochistan Assembly’s Secretariat, demanding a ban on Nato supplies.

The JUI-F presented its stance in the resolution, saying that drone attacks were against the national integrity of the country. The other point underscored was that the provincial government should request the federal government to take up the issue of drone strikes with America and protest over this matter at the international level.

The resolution also stated that Nato supplies should be blocked.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) also submitted a resolution against drone attacks in the Punjab Assembly today.

The resolution, submitted by opposition leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed, stated that drone strikes were fuelling unrest, chaos and extremism in Pakistan.

In view of the country’s national sovereignty, drone attacks should be stopped, the resolution stated. It also demanded that the issue of drone attacks should be raised at the Security Council and other international platforms.