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Imran opposes full-fledged operation in NWA

28 May, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imaran Khan has once again opposed a full-fledged operation in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and has appealed to Army chief General Raheel Sharif to "think about Pakistan" while launching air strikes in the area.

Addressing a press conference at his Bani Gala residence on Tuesday, the PTI chairman said that bombs could not differentiate between a "terrorist" and an "innocent", adding that the operation would be damaging for the future of the country. Quoting the example of fall of Dhaka, Imran said that the NWA residents, who were migrating to Afghanistan, might become a source of permanent pain for the country in the future. He urged the government to resolve the issue through dialogue, reiterating that peace was a key for dynamic future of the country.

"Where the leadership of Pakistan is? What has happened to the peace talks? Nobody knows anything," Imran remarked while reacting to recent air strikes in the NWA.

It seemed that the PML-N government was just focused on bringing about development in Punjab Province alone, Imran said and added that other provinces were being ignored by the federal government

He said that Karachi was the biggest city of the country but its Circular Railway Project was shifted to Lahore at a higher cost. The PTI chief said that such actions would develop a sense of deprivation among the people of other provinces and would ultimately harm the federation.

"The prime minister has no concern with the state of Pakistan and he is only interested in foreign tours," Imran remarked. The PTI chief lashed out at the Punjab government for what he called "harassing" the youth after PTI's public meeting in Faisalabad. He alleged that the PML-N knows only rigging and bullying. He again accused the PML-N government of breaking all records of rigging in the elections. Speaking on the occasion, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak said that the province that produces gas, hydel power and oil was being deprived of its rightful share in distribution of funds by the federal government. He said that the federal government had yet to pay the province agreed payment of net hydel profit amounting to Rs 6 billion.


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