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Imran Khan addresses the "Peace March" convoy on its stopover in Mianwali – Photo by Reuters
Imran Khan addresses the "Peace March" convoy on its stopover in Mianwali – Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Monday hurled allegation at the government and Maulana Fazlur Rehman that they tried to mount hurdles to disrupt his party’s peach march to Waziristan, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to a press conference, Khan said that instead of helping the participants of the peace march, government tried to scare them away with rumours of suicide attacks.

“First it was said that there will be six suicide attacks, and then the number was raised to nine. There were even rumours that the drinking water in Waziristan has been poisoned,” said the PTI chief.

The government also tried to block the road with containers and there were pamphlets distributed in the tribal area as well, he added.

Khan reiterated that people of the area are inclining towards militancy because of US drone attacks, adding that holding a rally at Kotkai would have curbed the militancy in the troubled area.

Assailing Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman for terming him an “agent of the west,” Khan said that people like Maulana Fazlur Rehman give a bad name to our religion. He blamed the JUI-F chief of making money by politicising in the name of Islam.

Meanwhile, speaking to a press conference, the JUI-F chief said that Imran Khan is not a visionary leader and his electoral success in the tribal areas is not possible. “He (Imran Khan) doesn’t belong to tribal areas and he doesn’t know anything about their traditions and culture….what to talk about a man who doesn’t even know about respect of Pagri (turban),” said Fazlur Rehman.