Waziristan march will go ahead: Imran
05 October, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday insisted a planned ‘peace march' to the Tribal Areas would go ahead despite security fears and doubts over whether the authorities would allow it.
Khan has planned to lead a convoy from the city to the village of Kotkai in South Waziristan and rally there at the weekend to protest against US drone strikes.
The PTI has also planned to take Western journalists, British head of charity, and 30 American anti-drone campaigners on the march.
A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban told AFP that the umbrella militia had not yet formulated its position on the march.
Khan said the Taliban had given their agreement through intermediaries in the Tribal Areas.
"The tribes have got in touch with the terrorists and the tribes have told us that it's fine, they have no objections to it," Khan told a news conference.
"I still don't understand why is the government going to stop us? When they know neither the terrorists, neither the Tribal Areas and certainly the army's not objecting to this," he said.
A senior administration official in South Waziristan said that this march would not be allowed to enter the district because of the security situation.