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Imran announces to stop NATO supplies

03 November, 2013

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LAHORE: Accusing the US of sabotaging peace process with the Taliban by killing Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday announced that NATO supplies would be stopped in Pakistan.

"We will not allow flow of NATO supplies through Pakistan even at the risk of losing our government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)," Imran told a press conference.

He said the PTI would move resolutions in the National and provincial assemblies of KP, Sindh and Punjab for halting NATO supplies to Afghanistan.

The KP government, he added, would not allow NATO trucks to enter Afghanistan through the province.

"Friday's drone attack has made it clear who is against the dialogue with the Taliban," the PTI chairman said and called for an All Parties Conference to get a formal decision in support of halting NATO supplies.

The PTI chief said the decision to stop NATO supplies was in accordance with law as the Peshawar High Court had ordered halt to these supplies if the US did not stop drone strikes in Pakistan.

He said Hakimullah was killed by the US on the day when dialogues process was going to be initiated formally. He added that entire conspiracy was hatched to create misunderstanding between the government and TTP leadership for sabotaging the peace initiatives.

Imran praised Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar for his "sincere efforts" for holding talks with the Taliban.

Referring to a telephone call from the minister, Khan said, "Chaudhry Nisar was angry after the killing of Hakimullah Masood at a time when peace talks were going to start formally."

Imran said that the APC had decided to initiate dialogue process with the Taliban to give peace a chance but after one week of the conference, three deadly blasts were carried out in Peshawar where hundreds of people were killed and the Taliban had distanced themselves from these bombings.

The PTI chief said enemies of Pakistan were behind these attacks which were aimed at sabotaging peace process. He said that for the last nine years, the army is engaged in the war against terror but internal conflicts have intensified further during this time.

Terrorism has destroyed the economy of Pakistan and affected the entire nation, he said.

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