PTI sit-in nothing more than a farce: Pervez Rashid

Published November 23, 2013
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervez Rashid.— File Photo
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervez Rashid.— File Photo

LAHORE: Criticising the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf’s decision to block Nato supplies through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid said Saturday that the party’s rally in Peshawar was “nothing more than a farce.”

The PTI, which governs northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province – a key route for Nato supplies to pass through to Afghanistan – had called for a sit-in rally in Peshawar after a US drone hit a seminary in the province’s Hangu district on Thursday, killing at least six people including senior commanders of the Haqqani network.

Speaking to reporters in Lahore, Rashid said: “The problem cannot be solved by waging a war against the US or the Taliban. Peace dialogue and negotiations are the only solutions.”

Rashid said that Pakistan cannot afford to pick a battle with friendly nations by blocking Nato supplies through the country Pakistan.

He further said that PTI chief Imran Khan and his party have an incongruity in its policies and actions over the drone attacks issue.

He accused the PTI of taking money in aid from the US on one hand, and threatening to block Nato supplies on the other hand.

The PTI should “stop taking dollars from the US” before issuing threats to stop Nato supplies, he said.

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