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PTI to abandon war on terror, if voted to power: Imran

Published May 04, 2013 10:18pm


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Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.—File Photo
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.—File Photo

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan pledged Saturday that if voted to power his party would abandon the war on terror as it was an American war being fought on Pakistan's soil.

“I will order the army to shoot down the US drone if it crosses the Pakistani border,” Imran said while addressing election rallies in Buner, Swabi and Charsasda and Nowshera districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He alleged that Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Falzur Rehman, Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan, and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif were dragging the country into a war of others.

The PTI chief alleged that Maulana Fazlur Rahman had enjoyed perks and privileges during the tenures of Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari and now he was again befooling the masses in the name of religion to seek their support. He remained silent on drone attacks in Waziristan, but is now critcising the same, added Khan.

The PTI chief alleged that some of the political and religious parties of the country were directly involved in the ongoing wave of militancy.

He said thousands of people were massacred during the Afghan war when they were misled by religious leaders during the US-Soviet Union war.

He said that according to US secret reports, Pakistani politicians had double standards as on one hand they supported the US aggression and on the other they spoke against the Americans in the public.

He further alleged that both Maulana Fazlur Rahman and Asfandyar Wali Khan had made huge assets abroad. Accountability of only 500 people after elections will put an end to the menace of corruption in the country forever, he said.

He added that the establishment of peace in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) was his top priority as their people had rendered matchless sacrifices for the country. The PTI was the only party, which could do so.

He said that no comprise would be made on peace and tolerance in the society.

After coming into power, he said that he would maintain zero tolerance against corruption, nepotism and injustice in the society and introduce reforms in police, local government and revenue systems for the socio- economic uplift of masses.

The PTI chief claimed, “We believe in uniform service of people, irrespective of clan, caste and creed, and that's why people from all walks of life are joining the PTI.”

He said that the PTI was a movement against corruption, injustices and favoritism and it would work for a uniform education and better health system in the country, where every individual would be master of his own destiny.

He said that the PTI would transfer power to the grassroots level and for the purpose, local body elections would be held within 90 days after formation of the government.

Imran Khan vowed that the PTI would leave no stone unturned to restore honour and respect of the Pakistanis across the globe. Pakistan would be made a progressive Muslim welfare state, where people would get all their basic amenities of life at their doorsteps and not to go abroad for jobs.

He said that education would be the top priority of PTI as it would increase its budgetary allocations manifold. A uniform and better education system would be introduced in the country. Only through education, we can move on the road to progress and development, he added.


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Kamin May 04, 2013 10:37pm

imtiaz May 04, 2013 10:50pm

IK stopped just short of promising 72 houris for everybody.

Najeebullah May 04, 2013 11:30pm

That's what they call a real ostrich. The TTP is waging war on Pakistan because they are against the democratic system of this county and this Mr is calling it war on terror.

nirmal May 04, 2013 11:31pm

what about those innocent 50,000 Pakistani civilians who have died in the name of jihad? from which country they belong to mr. khan? Pakistan should realize that threats are internal rather than external. it is no longer India or America rather than it is the religious fanatics who want to enforce their set of beliefs and nothing else...

omar May 05, 2013 12:27am

independentthinker May 05, 2013 12:37am

Finally, somebody has decided to stand up for what is right! This war was not ours to begin with. For the greed of money, we decided to sacrifice our brave soldiers and risked the whole population, as these 'so called terrorists' have now come into our country to fight us. The Talibans were not our enemies, but now they have become. We were doing fine - but it appears, we self-inflicted these atrocities upon ourselves and now, don't know how to get out of it. While it might be "too little - too late", I am a strong believer that one should not give up hope and unless we try - we will never know if we could right the wrong. None of the other parties are making this brave promise. Let us all give Imran Khan a chance - he cannot possibly make things any worse than they already are. If anything, he might be blessed and may bring the positive change that we are all praying for.

Rahat Khan May 05, 2013 12:37am

Imran Khan can change main stream of corrupt system of all institutions of pakistan.

skeptic May 05, 2013 12:47am

Though i am a staunch supporter of Imran Khan and will vote for his party but seriously this part of his thought makes me very nervous,though i completely support that one always has to try for peace among country men but this war is upon us now and i think we have no choice but to own it as far too much water has gone through under the bridge My two basic thoughts to Khan sb

1) it sounds too simplistic that you will order the military to shoot down the drones,ok good then are you ready for the back lash which comes along with your policy change(yet another one for Pakistan),do you reckon the rest of world will sit and watch quitely when day to day expenses of our state are barely met through economic lending of International financial institutions.We have far too baggage to set ourselves free.

2)and how do you propose handling the taliban after the policy change.your assumption is extremely naive that we will be a one big family again with taliban and army singing along khabhi khushi kabhi ghum again. taliban will always aspire to run over Pakistan and will never accept control over themselves by the state , they are renegades and this is their profession.

and Khan sb one last request stop scaring us by repeatedly telling us stories of Afghanistan and tribal areas being never governed by foreign occupiers, this is not applicable to our situation as Pakistanis we are not occupier the war is in Pakistani cities were hundreds are being killed with TTP and not in Afghanistan. Pakistan is our land

Coma Cat May 05, 2013 04:09am

I wont say this man speaks the absolute truth, but hes definitely closer to it than the rest.

RL May 05, 2013 08:46am

Mr. Imran Khan how can you make a statement about ignoring the war against terror?? Are YOU okay??? These are the people whether Talibans or Al-Quida have ruin the name of Muslims all over the world (by interpreting Quran in the wrong way)!! People look at the muslims as murderers!!! because of their retarded belief....we all have been unsuccessful so let someone else fix them if this is what it takes!!! Tell us how will you tackle it??

Shahid Iqbal May 05, 2013 12:47pm

I fully agree and support Imran Khan. Decision to go to war with USA by General Zai ul Haq was a blunder and the result of the decision is an irrepairable demage to Pakistan society. The outcome of the that decision is nothing but destruction. You are right Imran we should have no particiaption directly or indirectly to Afghanistan war or any other war. Enough is enough. It is better to live with less money then selling Pakistan for money to serve the interest of other country interest. USA is a rich country and they can afford to use air services to manage their Afghanistan war. I supplicate to Allah Almighty to grant PTI sucess in incoming election and may Allah guide PTI to make right decisions for Pakistan. Regards Shahid