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Khan demands Siachen demilitarisation

April 22, 2012


Activists of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) seen during a public gathering in Ayub Staduim on Friday, April 20, 2012. – Online Photo by Ahmad Kakar

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan on Sunday said that the Siachen front - the world's 'highest battle ground' - was proving costly for both India and Pakistan's resources.

Speaking to reporters at the Lahore airport on his return from Quetta, the PTI chief called for the demilitarisation of Siachen area, saying that both countries are bearing huge losses due to this war front. However, Khan said that withdrawal from the front should be from both sides and not unilateral.

Speaking about the tragic air crash near Islamabad that led to the deaths of all 127 on board, Khan urged for the impartial and free investigations of the incident.

Criticising the Pakistan people’s Party (PPP) government, the former cricketer said that Pakistan was “ruled by Zardari” and anyone could do anything with the help of bribery.

Moreover, Khan said that the Prime Minister was “willing to go down as a political martyr to conceal the president’s corruption.”

He further said that the only solution to Balochistan’s problem was a political one. Khan also urged President Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif to hold public gatherings in Quetta.

Khan also termed his his party's public gathering in Quetta as a "record rally", claiming that they had managed to hoist the Pakistani flag where no other party had managed to do so.