No drones to be allowed after 20th: Imran

  • PTI chief says KP govt to surely suspend NATO supply lines unless end to drone strikes guaranteed
  • All efforts for talks destroyed by drone attacks
  • Questions whether US a friend or an enemy
  • Unity, not beggary, to make Pakistanis a nation
  • Nisar says prospects of dialogue with militants no longer possible



Taking yet another staunch stance, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday announced to extend the deadline for blocking NATO supply lines across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KP) for 15 days in respect of Moharram, asking the US administration to stop drone strikes inside Pakistan or deal with the blockade of supply lines.

In passionate speech in the NA, Khan said the KP government would suspend the supply line on November 20, urging Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seek guarantee from America that no drone strike would jeopardise future peace talks with the Taliban.

Some PML-N leaders, however, termed the change in mood of Khan and the postponement of deadline to cut NATO supply line a result of backchannel contacts with Khan by Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan. They said Nisar had saved Khan and his party’s government from a head-on clash and tensions would decline as peace talks may soon be “back on track”.

Khan said there were bleak or no chances for peace and that the US strike had almost destroyed the prospects for that.

“Did they only have to kill Mehsud when there was a chance of peace? Does this mean the US will not allow peace in Pakistan?” he argued, stating that the nation stood at a “defining moment for Pakistan”, and despite that chances of peace looked bleak.

He, however, said joint efforts could still yield results.

Khan made it clear that he well understood the situation and had no “intention” of going to war with the US. However, he argued that a united nation could convince the Americans to respect the sovereignty of his country.

He said the drone strike on Mehsud on the eve of the start of talks had actually killed the peace process. “Now who remove the mistrust and convince the Taliban to come to the table?”

The PTI chief called for unity among the political leadership of the country to face the challenge to its sovereignty.

“We will have to stand united and tell the US that you have destroyed a chance for peace in Pakistan, and we take a united stand on this … We have been condemning (drone) strikes for nine years. Mere condemnation will not change anything. We will have to send a strong message,” Khan said.

The PTI chief, once known for his arrogance, even went to the extent to offer his services to unite the political leadership and said he was ready to go and meet everyone to bring the nation on one page for peace by putting all differences aside.

“I am ready to go to everyone, even to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, with whom my relations have not been good for some time.”

Khan added that visiting the US each time and begging for dollars would never help Pakistan get rid of the “slave mindset”, as masters never took slaves seriously.

“Beggars don’t become a nation, only unity can make us a nation,” he asserted, adding that if it did not work, Pakistan should use its options of stopping the NATO supply line and going to the United Nations Security Council against drone strikes.

Imran looked impressed with the efforts made by Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan for the success of the peace process.

“All efforts were made by Nisar and we got to the point of talks, but then that peace jirga was struck. So I ask, is US our friend or enemy?” Khan said.

“Whatever the interior minister does now, it will be extremely difficult for any new TTP chief to come back to the table for talks.”

Earlier, Nisar updated the House on the government’s efforts to hold peace talks with the Taliban and hurdles being created in doing so. He again termed the US drone attack, that killed the TTP leader on Friday, “a conspiracy to derail peace process”.

The minister, however, vowed to continue with efforts for holding peace talks with the Taliban. “This would only be possible after the militant outfit chooses a new chief,” he added.

Lamenting that a larger conspiracy was aimed at disrupting talks with the Taliban, Nisar said prospects of dialogue with the militants was “unfortunately” no longer possible.

He said the team formed to initiate the dialogue was meant to set off to meet the TTP a day prior the drone strike. Nisar commended all political parties for uniting to pursue peace talks and exhibiting patience despite the ongoing attacks.

He said evidence had been gathered for the Qissa Khawani attack, the Peshawar church attack and the killing of Major General Sanaullah Niazi, adding that the timing of these acts of terrorism was suspicious.

He also thanked the army for going an “extra mile” to protect the peace dialogue, despite the grave security situation that was developing.


    • The Blue tongue Lizard does not need any political oportunity, he is very well established and is a highly accomplished person . No one has come even close to his accomplishments of winning a world championship in cricket for the country, constructing and successfully managing the only cancer hospital for
      poor people, SHAUKATH KHANUM in the country. Also constructing and managing a world class university, recognized by Braford university. Also the blue tongue lizard does not get involved in money laundry activities like your favorite Nawaz Sharif. I agree with you, he has failed to impress Nuts like you. Do yourself a favor, in the next election vote for him.

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  1. LOL! How about imran taliban khan and his pti burgers won't be allowed in usa, uk and canada from the 20th november.

  2. Why was the NA Hall so thinly populated and where was the Prime Minister? What was Ishaq Dar doing there? The people who voted for this PMLN assembly members should drop dead with shame. The biggest worry for the party of baldies would be that Imran Khan stole the show. God works in mysterious ways.

  3. USA and European countries – must put ban on IK and PTI supporters to enter in their countries – they should not be allowed to travel to USA / UK nor they should be allowed to get any party support funds from these countries. Period.

    IK is the biggest enemy of Pakistan Army.

  4. IK is so narrow & stupid minded that he has forgot that just before elections he went to USA for raising money/funds for his election campaign.

    IK is not a leader bust just an ordaniry Hipocrate.

    • Not bad for being a astupid, he was able to win world championship in cricket for his country, build and successfully manage the only cancer treating hospital for poor people, – SHAUKATH KHANUM HOSPITAL and constructed and manages world class University for pooe students recognized by Bradfor university, England. Also he DOES NOT GET INVOLVED IN MONEY LAUNDRYING ACTIVITIES LIKE NAWAZ SHARIF AND HIS BELOVED BROTHER. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR IN THE NEXT ELECTIONS VOTE FOR IMRAN KHAN AND HIS PARTY PTI.

      • @sahmed – for how long you PTI supporter will quote these lines – come out of this confusion and wake-up – you ppl are trapped in a hole and IK is the one who have brought you at this stage.

        Had he been a good leader he could have shown some flexibility in his political behaviour – He was Negative , is Negative and will remain a Negative character. Sahiba is right – he is an absolute Hipocrate.

        • For being a hypocrite he has built and managed the best cancer hospital in Pakistan for you and Sabiha to receive free treatment- be grateful . Furthermore this hypocrite was able to win world cricket championship and build a world class university where yiour and Sabiha's children can receive free University education- Be grateful and learn to differentiate between honest people and those who steal elections and steal hard earned money belonging to the pakistani people


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