Imran to take peace convoy to Waziristan in September
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Saturday announced to take a peace pageant to the militancy-ridden Waziristan by the end of September, DawnNews reported.
Addressing a protest rally against the restoration of Nato supply routes, Khan said the purpose behind taking a peace procession to Waziristan is to bring the violence-effected families before the media, whose loved ones lost their lives in the drone attacks. “The convoy would also consist of human rights activists and members of the media,” he added.
The PTI chief assailed the rulers for fighting an “American war.” “The nation wants to get out of this war, as their blood is being sold out in it,” said Khan.
He demanded the government to reveal names of the victims of US drone strikes, claiming the dead were common people and not terrorists. “People, killed during drone strikes, were citizens of the country…..government should make their names public,” said the party chief.
The PTI chief vowed to raise voices at every fore against the government’s stance of fighting the “American war.”
Khan critisised President Asif Ali Zardari for hypocrisy over drone attacks. “Asif Zardari doesn’t condemn drone attacks….he does hypocrisy,” he said.
Commenting on the ongoing rift between the judiciary and the executive, Khan threatened the government with a “tsunami march” to Islamabad, if it tried to undermine the sanctity of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Moreover, the cricketer-turned-politician severally criticised the Awami National Party (ANP) for being a ‘pawn’ of President Zardari. “The coalition partners helped Asif Zardari in looting the wealth of the country,” he added.
In concluding his speech, the PTI chief reiterated to build a “new Pakistan” after coming into power. “The PTI tsunami will build a new Pakistan,” he said, adding the party will end American slavery from the country.
Khan also vowed to hold the biggest rally of Peshawar’s history in September.