On Monday, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf tabled a resolution in the Punjab and Sindh assemblies in retaliation to Thursday’s US missile strike in the tribal areas that killed a Taliban a leader and derailed government’s planned peace talks with militants.
Meanwhile, PTI’s rival JUI-F tabled a similar resolution in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.
Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly, Mian Mahmood-ur-Rasheed led a discussion, pointing out that the recent drone attack has sabotaged peace talks with Taliban. He also demanded that Pakistan should put a hold on the provision of Nato supplies for the US-led forces in Afghanistan.
The PTI also presented a similar resolution in Sindh Assembly which stated that NATO supplies must be stopped and the embargo should be upheld until the federal government is able to stop drone attacks and provide a clear commitment for structured dialogue with the Taliban.
JUI-F’s Latif-ur-Rehman led the argument against drone strikes in PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. JUI-F lawmaker demanded the provincial assembly to stop NATO supplies saying that US drone attacks boost terrorism in the country.
Mehsud, along with at least four other militants, was killed when a US drone targeted his car in the North Waziristan. He was one of the most wanted and feared men in Pakistan with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head, leading an insurgency from the Taliban stronghold.
Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf rules the KPK, has vowed to block US supply lines into Afghanistan in response to the US attack.
The PTI leadership has had coalition parties’ support for the resolution to halt the supply route which the PMLN-led government is unlikely to close, sources said.