Sit-in to continue indefinitely: Imran
04 December, 2013
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan said on Tuesday sit-ins against NATO supplies to protest drone strikes would continue for an indefinite period.
"The United States regards us as slaves. However, this nation will no longer accept to live in slavery," he said while addressing PTI and coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) workers near toll plaza in Hayatabad where they were disallowing any Afghanistan-bound supplies to protest the November drone strike in Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Imran said NATO supplies would "remain suspended" as long as drone strikes were not halted.
"No NATO supply will pass through KP as long as drone strikes do not stop," Imran told reporters later.
"Out sit-in will continue for an indefinite period. We do not want war with the US nor any contradiction with the federal government," the PTI leader added. "We are only against drone strikes in which innocent people are dying. If some people think our workers have exhausted they are living in a fool's paradise," Imran said.
"The US considers Pakistan a friend but does not like to see peace returning to this country."
He said whatever success was achieved through the all parties conference on peace talks with the Taliban it was washed away through the drone policy of the US. "It was unfair," he said, adding, "We want an independent Pakistan and we will continue to strive for it."