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Govt planning to thwart PTI’s SWA march: Imran

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday accused the government of creating hurdles in the way of PTI’s proposed peace march in South Waziristan Agency.
Addressing a news conference at the PTI Central Secretariat, Imran said the government was pressurizing the PTI by refusing visas to several international journalists willing to participate in the march against drone strikes.
Flanked by international NGO Women for Peace, delegates of the American civil society and former US envoy Mary Ann Wright, Imran called the government’s lack of support for his peaceful march against the drone strikes “sorrowful”. He said a 60 member-delegation comprising international NGOs, media personnel and prominent anti-war American civil society members would participate in the peace march to express their solidarity with the victims of drone strikes and to raise a voice against the drone attacks.
He said foreign delegates participating in the march had also brought with them a petition signed by over 6,000 US citizens for restricting the drone strikes and it would be submitted to the US embassy in Pakistan. The PTI chief said he had had meetings with three major tribes of South Waziristan Agency including the Wazirs, Mehsuds, Burkis and Bhetanis, who not only assured security to foreigners, but also promised to arrange a warm welcome for the guests.
Asked why he had not chosen North Waziristan Agency for his march, Imran said when Wazir tribes in North Waziristan were contacted for their assurance regarding safety of foreigners in the rally, they warned of some isolated groups that might threaten the participants of the rally. Imran said all major issues of Pakistan would get settled on the day the government decided to quit America’s war against terror and stand by its tribesmen, adding that it was beyond comprehension who could have objections to the peaceful march on such an important issue.
“This is a symbolic peaceful march to raise the issue on an international level for which lives of our guests cannot be put under threat,” he added.
The PTI chief urged the government not to restrict visas of international citizens and journalists willing to participate in the peace march, saying such restrictions were against the will of the people. To a question regarding sacrilegious, controversial anti-Islam movie, Imran said some miscreants in the US and Europe were using the controversial movie to provoke Muslims and strong international measures should be adopted to restrict such acts.
PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the peace march would start from Islamabad’s Blue Area and would proceed towards Balkasar, Talagang, Mianwali and DI Khan on October 6. Qureshi said the rally would gather at Tank on October 7 to head towards South Waziristan, where a public meeting would be held at Kot Kai.
Former US envoy Mary Ann Wright also addressed the news conference, condemning the hateful movie as well as supporting the abolition of drone strikes in Tribal Areas. She held US President Obama responsible for these killings and said the people of Pakistan should stand up and launch strong protests against the drone attacks.



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6 Comments

  1. Nazia said:

    I again correct him for his guidance it was not government but army and its agencies who can given him green signal to go there.It is no go area for civilians but army and its backing touts are all time welcome there.I am ready to join him but march should be started from GHQ the right place to convey our message to right people but khan shaihb always pick left side and attack on left group who have no interference on this war policy

    • NO BS said:

      Last time I checked the army was still a department of the Government of Pakistan !!!

      • Nazia said:

        last time when you checked this was in 1970s when people had to listen PTV and they had to believe whatit was saying .Come out of your old theory here after 1971 government specially on defense, foreign or finance means army is heading the government.All others are taken over as per demand of time.

  2. NO BS said:

    Taking the international media to see destruction caused by drones will be a game changer…. hopefully it will open the eyes of the western media and fake liberals in Pakistan

  3. Beatle said:

    Mr. Khan, do not fabricate false excuses, be a man and go ahead with your plan.
    Otherwise we will have to rename you from IMRAN to I aM-RAN.
    Thank You.

  4. Lahori said:

    Some of the comments here are beyond me, how can you criticize such a step by Imran Khan? The whole nation should be behind him …

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