LAHORE: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday declared that his party would block the Nato supplies at all costs, even at the price of ending the coalition government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
Briefing the media about the decisions made a little earlier at the meeting of the PTI core committee, Imran said the PTI would never allow Nato supplies to pass through KP territories from now on, adding that the party would pass a resolution of blocking Nato supplies from the KP Assembly on Monday (tomorrow).
He said the PTI would soon summon an All Parties Conference (APC) to develop a national consensus on blocking Nato supplies and get the army out of the US war.
The meeting was participated by KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak and almost the entire central leadership, including Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jahangir Tarin, Asad Umar, Hamid Khan, Khurshid Kasuri, Shireen Mazari, Shafqat Mehmood, Ijaz Chaudhry, Aleem Khan, Mehmoodur Rasheed, Ahsan Rasheed, Dr Arif Alvi, Fauzia Kasuri, Munazza Hasan, Andleeb Abbas and others.
Imran said the committee held that the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud on the eve of peace talks proved the US wanted no peace in Pakistan or a dialogue with the Taliban.
He said it also showed who had been sabotaging peace in the country. He referred to the recent bomb attacks in KP in the wake of the APC decision to hold talks with the Taliban, especially the one on the Pak Army convoy, a Peshawar church etc. and said the Taliban denied having a hand in those attacks.
Imran asked the federal government to probe those bombings to ascertain the involvement of a foreign hand since they were aimed at delaying the initiating of the dialogue process with the TTP. He said, “The people of Pakistan should rise against the powers which did not want peace in the country and region for their ulterior motives, and find whose actions had been pushing the country to continuous bloodshed for the last nine years.”
Imran lamented the previous governments who joined the US war and trapped the Pakistan Army against their own people to provide a winning situation for the enemies of the country. He said the PTI decided to block Nato supplies to force the US to stop drone attacks. He said starting from the KP Assembly on Monday, the PTI would table and pass resolutions in the national and other provincial assemblies in the coming week.
He said the KP chief minister had summoned an emergency session of the assembly on Monday for passing that resolution against Nato supplies.
He referred to the judgment of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) which had asked the government to block Nato supplies if the US did not stop drone attacks, and said the PTI core committee decided to block Nato supplies in the light of the high court judgment.
Imran appealed to all the political and religious parties to get united to save the country, as it was time to fight the war to protect the country. He said the entire nation should join hands for the sake of the unity of the country.
The PTI chief praised the efforts of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar for the sake of holding peace talks with the Taliban, and said Nisar had worked hard towards that end but the US sabotaged all those efforts.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the PTI would take all the opposition parties into confidence regarding the blocking of Nato supplies.