PTI claims to have achieved goals in Waziristan rally
09 October, 2012
LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) claimed to have achieved its goals in Waziristan rally and succeeded in raising voice against drone strikes that had reached world over, said a PTI leader and former minister, Malik Abdul Qayyum, on Monday.
He said, "Imran Khan deserves all credit who led this historic peace march to Waziristan with convincing courage and complete care for the participants. He kept under control thousands of emotionally charged workers; no confrontation took place at any stage and the protesters remained peaceful throughout. Once again it was proved that he had the capability to accept challenges and fulfil his commitments."
The PTI leader said well-known human rights activists, who participated in the rally and met the families of victims of drone strikes, had admitted and openly announced that the US government had been telling lies to its citizens. When they go back they would tell the truth to their fellow citizens that would strengthen the campaign against drones and enable them to stress upon the American authorities for an immediate end to drone strikes, as the more it continued, the more people would hate them. This policy would facilitate militants to bring more people on their side, he added.
In the end while evaluating the success of Waziristan march, Malik Qayyum said Medea Benjamin, leader of a delegation from US peace group Code Pink, apologised for the drone attacks, saying, "We are so grateful that you understand there are Americans in solidarity with you and against our government policy."