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    PTI Nato supply routes blockade

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    LAHORE - The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday decided to suspend NATO supplies in the wake of the killing of TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud by a US drone.

    Announcing the decision at a press conference after a meeting of PTI’s top leadership, Imran Khan demanded an end to drone attacks and said his party had decided to adopt democratic means by seeking political support for the decision.

    “NATO supplies must be stopped and remain so till such time that the federal government is able to stop drones and give a clear commitment about the efforts for structured dialogue for peace. The CM of KP has decided to call an emergency session of the provincial assembly to pass a resolution and to build up support with all other parties for this purpose. It is imperative for the KP government to get passed a resolution in the provincial assembly on an emergency basis to stop NATO supplies. The people of FATA and KPK have been devastated by the over nine years,” he added.

    Experts view the move a major decision. If the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government blocks the NATO supplies, this may trigger a major constitutional crisis.

    “Now the PTI will move resolutions in the National, Sindh and Punjab assemblies to block NATO supplies. The KP Assembly will pass a unanimous resolution. I will move a resolution in the National Assembly on Monday,” Imran Khan said.

    He said that the only condition to talks with the TTP was an end to drone attacks. “But just before the talks began, we saw this drone strike taking place which is a part of “greater plot” to derail the peace process.”

    To a question as to how a provincial government could take a decision contrary to the federal government’s policy, Imran Khan explained that their decision was well within legal means available. He said that the recourse of blocking the NATO supplies had been approved by the Peshawar High Court in its decision on drone strikes and it had called on the government to do all it could, including approaching the United Nations.

    “We will forward a resolution in the Sindh Assembly, where we have representation, to stop the flow of NATO supplies and will also raise the issue in the National Assembly,” he said.

    He said a resolution would be moved by PTI’s opposition leader Mahmoodur Rashid in the Punjab Assembly. The nation – including the political parties – needed to be united to turn things around in the country, Imran said.

    Shortly after the press conference, the PTI issued a press release on its website, saying, “We call for an immediate All Parties Conference which must support our decision of stopping NATO supplies, given the disruption of the dialogue process.”

    Separately, PTI Senior Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi talked to PPP leader Khurshid Shah on the phone and urged to hold a joint meeting on Monday to review the situation.
    Both discussed the agenda with reference to peace talks during their contact. They agreed on holding talks with other opposition parties with regard to peace talks with the TTP on November 4 besides exchanging views on evolving joint strategy.

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013....5nqK11Rt.dpuf

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    Re: PTI announces to suspend NATO supplies

    Interesting. Do they have the jurisdiction to do so?

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    ISLAMABAD: Claiming how last week’s drone strike that killed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakeemullah Mehsud on the eve of peace talks had “droned the peace Jirga”, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan told the National Assembly on Monday that a motion had been moved in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly to block Nato supply lines from November 20, after the Muharram Ashura out of respect.

    Imran, while speaking in the Assembly after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, said that he had no intention of going to war with the US and thus could not shoot down drones, which left them with only with the options of stopping the Nato supply line or going to the United Nations Security Council.

    “On November 20, since there is Muharram and we have respect for it, we will stop the Nato supply line in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”

    Imran in his speech in the assembly extolled on the damage that Pakistan had suffered as a result of the War on Terror and how repeated military operations had failed to yield the desired results, and that “sending army and Lashkars into Waziristan was as big a disaster as sending the army to East Pakistan, Balochistan.”

    “We sent the army into Waziristan at the behest of US. We sent them in there for dollars.

    Today the reaction to that action has become such that 150,000 troops are now embroiled in seven FATA agencies.”

    Adding how the All Parties Conference had decided that peace and dialogue should be given a chance, Imran said that “this [September 2013] was the fourth APC. In the first APC three years ago organised by former Premier Yousaf Raza Gilani we talked about how military operations had not been able to achieve anything, ‘lets give peace a chance.’”

    However, he said that last week’s US strike had destroyed chances for peace. “Did they only have to kill Mehsud when there was a chance of peace.”

    “Does this mean that the US will not allow peace in Pakistan.”

    Saying that where the country stood today was the “defining moment of Pakistan,” Imran said that chance of peace looked bleak.

    “All the efforts made by [Interior Minister] Nisar and we reached talks, and then that peace jirga was droned. So I ask is US our friend or enemy?”

    Imran added that whatever the Interior Minister did now, it would be extremely difficult for any new TTP chief to come back to the table.

    “Unless we unite and tell US that you have destroyed a chance for peace, and we take a united stand on this. We have been condemning strikes for nine years. Condemnation will not change anything.”

    Bring everyone on one page

    Claiming how he was ready to go meet everyone to bring the nation on one page for peace he said that he was willing to put all differences aside.

    “I am ready to go to everyone, even Maulana [Fazlur Rehman].”

    “If we take a stand now. Beggars don’t become a nation, only unity can make us a nation.”

    K-P approves resolution to block Nato supply lines

    The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly on Modnay unanimously approved a resolution to block the Nato supply line through the province, Express News reported.

    Separately a resolution urging the federal government to take effective measures to stop drone strikes.

    Express News correspondent Ehtisham Khan said that during Monday’s session of the K-P assembly, the resolution stated that the federal government had a 15 day deadline to make efforts to stop drone strikes after which the province can unilaterally block supply lines through K-P.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/627025/w...20-imran-khan/

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    Re: We will block Nato supply line from November 20 in K-P: Imran Khan

    Dear IMran Khan Sahab

    why from november 20 .. it should implement immediately ... arey you playing politics ??????

    [MENTION=1244]Muse[/MENTION] Sir what do you say ... need something special from you
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    Re: We will block Nato supply line from November 20 in K-P: Imran Khan

    IK is a joke. I used to like him but not any more

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    Re: We will block Nato supply line from November 20 in K-P: Imran Khan

    Quote Originally Posted by Razamustafa76 View Post
    Dear IMran Khan Sahab

    why from november 20 .. it should implement immediately ... arey you playing politics ??????

    [MENTION=1244]Muse[/MENTION] what do you say ... need something special from you
    Does the provincial govt have authority to override federal govt? Perhaps IK's means to gain or score political points - If you will recall Dr. Askari Rizvi's latest article printed in the Tribune, "Foreign Policy and Security Challenges", you will note that for the hard core right wing of Pakistan, there are two important questions with regard to foreign policy " the political support base of the PML-N was obsessed with the drone and Aafia Siddiqui issues "

    Should we feel sorry for these idiots? Of course not, let them stew in the witches brew they themselves have made. But Dr. Askari Rizvi is duty bound as a scholar to be less emotional:

    The PML-N government faces an extremely delicate internal and external situation of how to balance the militancy disposition of its domestic support base and the imperatives of managing the Pakistani state that emphasise the need of avoiding isolation at the international system. The PML-N government has already taken the initiative by issuing two ordinances to create a strong legal framework for countering terrorism. It has to undertake a down-to-earth assessment of the available options. This calls for a review of its narrow ideological worldview and that it re-educate itself and its political support base.
    So here is the so called "Silent Majority" (Silent on stopping Militancy) and look, the PML-N, knows that they will react violently, that's why the new law for the "Defense of Pakistan" -- What a bunch of idiots the whole lot of them are.

    Perhaps IK can score points and perhaps his comments will encourage attacks on NATO convoys, but be rest assured that only Pakistanis will be killed by the Real Muslims and perhaps then IK's many trips to the West and his support base of funds from the West, will have to be re-evaluated.

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    Re: We will block Nato supply line from November 20 in K-P: Imran Khan

    Its a tragedy that a known murderer and killer of innocent Pakistanis. Even a killer of our armed forces personnel is killed and our so called leaders are falling over themselves to be critical of those that killed him. Shameless. One would think that some really good person had been killed

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    Re: We will block Nato supply line from November 20 in K-P: Imran Khan

    JI to block Nato supplies in Peshawar on 8th

    PESHAWAR: Jamaat-i-Islaami, partner of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led ruling coalition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Tuesday announced to block the main Nato supply route in Peshawar on next Friday (Nov 8).

    JI Peshawar district chief Behrullah Khan told a news conference here that thousands of party workers and supporters would block main supply route for Afghanistan-based Nato forces on Kohat Road and Ring Road Chowk at 2pm on Friday by staging a sit-in. He said senior provincial minister Sirajul Haq, JI central general secretary Liaquat Baloch and provincial chief Professor Mohammad Ibrahim would lead the sit-in.

    Mr Behrullah appealed to the Taliban not to reject the proposed peace talks with the government and said his party was ready to facilitate the talks.

    He said Taliban leader Hakeemullah Mehsud was ‘martyred’ in the US drone attack along with his commanders and that the US had tried to sabotage the peace process.

    The JI leader said if Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain was killed in the US drone strike, his party would declare him, too, ‘martyr’.

    He said his party considered Benazir Bhutto and Bashir Ahmad Bilour ‘martyrs’.

    KP GOVT DECISION AFTER 20TH: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shah Farman on Tuesday said the federal government had the time until November 20 to finalise plan for negotiations with the Taliban otherwise Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf being a political party heading the provincial government was free to take own decision in this respect.

    During a news conference at the Civil Officers’ Mess here, he said the US drone strikes in the country’s northwestern tribal areas was a national issue and PTI would not use it to score political points.

    He said political parties should show unity on the issue.

    “In the past, PTI stopped supplies to Nato forces for three days and can do it again,” he said, when asked about future line of action of the provincial government if the centre did not act upon the resolution passed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly unanimously on Monday.

    Mr Farman said political parties were free to make own decisions.

    He said if the federal government didn’t work out plan to start dialogue with the Taliban, then PTI would decide its line of action,” he said.

    The minister said the All Parties Conference meant that the whole nation had given the mandate to the centre to begin talks with the Taliban.

    He said being a sovereign country, Pakistan had the right to resolve its internal issues and protect its sovereignty.

    “Being a nuclear state with 180 million population and the world’s sixth largest army, we should not be afraid of the US,” he said.

    Mr Farman said during a recent visit to Washington, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had conveyed his concerns to President Obama about drone strikes.

    He appreciated the statement of Afghan President Hamid Karzai against the Nov 1 killing of Hakeemullah Mehsud in the US drone strike in North Waziristan Agency.

    “This was an attack on peace process,” he said without mentioning the name of the Taliban leader.

    He said PTI wanted implementation of the APC decision in letter and spirit for peace.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1054430/ji-...eshawar-on-8th

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    Halting NATO supplies: All roads lead to Peshawar

    PESHAWAR:

    The provincial government managed to pass a much-hyped resolution against drone strikes and Nato supplies earlier this week. However, what this resolution is going to achieve is still unclear.
    After long deliberations with opposition lawmakers on Monday, the assembly unanimously passed the resolution, which seemed softer in what it asserted as compared to what Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan had claimed after the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike last Friday.
    The resolution brought nothing to the fore that had not already been discussed. It asked the federal government to take practical steps to stop drone attacks and Nato supplies by November 20, otherwise, the province will pursue its own course of action. However, the resolution stopped short of elucidating what that course of action might be.

    Constitutional expert Advocate Qazi Anwar said the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government cannot stop Nato supplies through a resolution. “The only way Nato supplies can be stopped is if the people of K-P came out and stopped them. The government does not have the mandate to do so,” he said.
    “Who is going to decide the next course of action?” asked Anwar. “Will the provincial assembly convene again after the expiry of the deadline?”

    He explained three grounds on which the provincial government cannot stop Nato supplies. Firstly, he said, the roads used for transporting these facilities fall under the domain of the federal government. Secondly, Nato supplies fall under foreign affairs, which again makes it a federal subject where the provinces have no powers. Lastly, Anwar pointed out that these supplies were not only American but rather there were several other countries with military presence in Afghanistan. “Can we move against all these countries at once?” he questioned.
    “If the federal government passes a resolution directly asking the provincial government to do something, it is binding, but not the other way round,” added Anwar, implying the final decision will lie with the centre.

    Published in The Express Tribune, November 8th, 2013.

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    Halting NATO supplies: All roads lead to Peshawar



    PESHAWAR: Jamaat-i-Islami, a partner of the ruling coalition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Friday staged a sit-in on Ring Road in the provincial capital against the US drone strikes in tribal areas and threatened to block Nato supplies in the province after Nov 20 over attacks by the unmanned aircraft.

    JI’s provincial Secretary General Shabbir Ahmad Khan, deputy chief Mushtaq Ahmad, Fata chief Haroonur Rasheed, Peshawar chief Bahrullah Khan and provincial Information Secretary Israrullah Khan led the sit-in amid tight security.

    JI Central Secretary General Liaquat Baloch and provincial Senior Minister Sirajul Haq were scheduled to speak to protesters but they didn’t show up.

    Around 3,000 JI activists and sympathisers staged the sit-in between 2pm and 5pm before holding a joint prayer for peace and dispersing.

    Before the joint prayer, the participants unanimously adopted a resolution presented by Israrullah Khan against the US drone attacks.

    The resolution urged the government to order Pakistan Air Force to shoot down the US drones in the country, revisit the country’s foreign policy and publicly disown the war on terrorism.

    It appreciated the ‘clear’ policy of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government against the US drone strikes and Nato supplies.

    Earlier, speakers condemned the killing of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone attack and declared it attack on peace process.

    Former MNA and JI provincial secretary Shabbir Ahmad Khan said former military dictator Pervez Musharraf had compromised sovereignty and integrity of the country by allowing the US to carry out drone attack in the country, which was a clear negation of the country’s independence.

    He said the people had voted PML-N to power hoping its government would stop the US drone attacks and Nato supplies in the country and compensate the victims of the co-called war on terrorism.

    The JI leader said the people would come to the streets to stop Nato supplies if the government didn’t do so.

    He said Musharraf was to blame for the killing of at least 50,000 Pakistanis and loss of over $100 billion in the war on terrorism.

    Mr Shabbir said the United Nations had declared drone attacks a crime but even then, the US was bent upon killing innocent people by unmanned aircraft.

    He said the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone hit was an attempt to derail the peace process in the country.

    “The federal government should clarify its position on Nato supplies and drone attacks so that the nation could take a decisive step in this respect without delay,” he said.

    The JI leader said the provincial government deserved praise for setting a deadline for the federal government to end drone attacks.

    “The people of the province would stand by their government in the national interest,” he said.

    For the sit-in, police restricted the movement of the people to the venue, which had bared wires all around.

    The movement of trucks and trailers carrying goods from Peshawar to Afghanistan has already been restricted for security reasons.

    A police official said transporters were told not to take goods to Afghanistan on Friday, especially during the sit-in, to prevent untoward situation.

    Traffic police diverted heavy traffic to Kohat Road near Canal Road, while Hayatabad-bound vehicles were diverted to a link road via Scheme Chowk.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1055178/ji-...ies-after-20th

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    PTI to meet today over closure of Nato supply routes


    The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership has decided to meet on Sunday (today) to chalk out its course of action regarding closure of Nato supply routes.
    PTI provincial information secretary Ishtiaq Urmar told The Express Tribune his party’s provincial cabinet along with presidents and general secretaries of regional chapters will attend the moot. He added their aim is to devise a future strategy with regard to shutting down Nato supply routes, following which the leadership will announce its decision at a news conference at Officer’s Mess.
    Urmar said since it is a party meeting, it will be presided over by PTI’s provincial president and K-P Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser.
    The meeting is significant as it will give a clearer picture of what the provincial government intends to do to shut down the supply route. The issue cropped up after Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan earlier this month.
    PTI chairman Imran Khan then threatened to block Nato supplies going through Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to foreign troops stationed in Afghanistan if the US did not end its drone campaign in the tribal areas. He also accused the US of sabotaging peace talks with the Taliban by killing Hakimullah at a time when he had showed willingness to negotiate.

    The provincial government also convened a special assembly session on November 4 wherein it unanimously passed a resolution against drone attacks and passage of Nato supplies. The resolution, which came after much deliberation between the government and opposition members, urged the federal government to take concrete steps to put an end to drone strikes and suggest ways to halt Nato supplies going through the country. The resolution gave the centre till November 20 to do the same, claiming the provincial government would otherwise be independent to pursue its own course of action.
    Meanwhile, K-P Minister for Finance Sirajul Haq reiterated November 20 will be the day of closure of Nato supplies, adding the federal government should make an announcement in this regard.
    In a party statement issued following a meeting of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) to discuss a sit-in at its provincial headquarters, Haq said thousands of party activists will attend the proposed protest. The statement said Haq told participants of the meeting, which was attended by JI’s leadership, the government should review its foreign policy in light of the recommendations put forward by the recent All-Parties Conference (APC) and joint parliamentary resolution. Haq stressed drone attacks were not only a violation of human rights, but also the country’s sovereignty.
    During the meeting, JI’s K-P ameer Bahrullah Khan told participants thousand of activists will attend the dharna and local chapters of JI have been directed to mobilise as many people as possible. It also said Haq called PTI provincial president Asad Qaiser on Saturday to discuss a strategy to ensure the sit-in’s success.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/632666/m...supply-routes/

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    Re: PTI to meet today over closure of Nato supply routes

    This may be the only way to put pressure on stopping the drone attacks

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    PTI postpones sit-in againt Nato supply routes

    PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) and political parties in the coalition decided, on Sunday, to postpone a sit-in scheduled to take place on Nov 20, against Nato supply routes because of the sectarian clashes in Rawalpindi, DawnNews reported.

    The announcement was made during a press conference in Peshawar.

    PTI chief Imran Khan had vowed to block Nato supplies from crossing through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in response to the US drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on November 1 and "sabotaged" peace talks.

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is one of the two key routes Nato supplies move in and out of Afghanistan and is seen as crucial as US-led allied forces prepare to draw down from the war-torn country in 2014.

    Opposition parties in Pakistan have accused the US of using the drone strike to stymie the peace process before proper talks had even started.

    Khan, whose party leads the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, had said: “Even if we lose our provincial government, we will not let Nato supplies pass through as long as drone strikes do not stop.”

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1056764/pti...-supply-routes

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    Re: PTI postpones sit-in againt Nato supply routes

    We have come too far to let any differences prevent us from achieving our shared peace objectives in the region. We've been able to overcome many obstacles and challenges in the past. At the same time, we've seen the negatives of staying on the opposite sides of the fence. Our common enemies certainly wish to see us part ways for the sake of pushing their deadly agenda forward. On the other hand, we certainly remain optimistic in regards to the future of our relationship. Our officials continue to meet to address our shared concerns in the region. The recent meeting between President Obama and PM Nawaz Sharif shows that we are not overlooking any shared concerns in regards to our common objectives in the region. It is simply imperative for us to work closely and remain unified for the betterment of the region.

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    Re: PTI postpones sit-in againt Nato supply routes

    Quote Originally Posted by US CENTCOM View Post
    We have come too far to let any differences prevent us from achieving our shared peace objectives in the region. We've been able to overcome many obstacles and challenges in the past. At the same time, we've seen the negatives of staying on the opposite sides of the fence. Our common enemies certainly wish to see us part ways for the sake of pushing their deadly agenda forward. On the other hand, we certainly remain optimistic in regards to the future of our relationship. Our officials continue to meet to address our shared concerns in the region. The recent meeting between President Obama and PM Nawaz Sharif shows that we are not overlooking any shared concerns in regards to our common objectives in the region. It is simply imperative for us to work closely and remain unified for the betterment of the region.

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    Its about time for the flying monkey to come down on table and talk, no?

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    Re: PTI postpones sit-in againt Nato supply routes

    p.s.

    People of KP must stop these war mongers from waging profitable war on us. go away, kill your own people as collateral damage !!

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    Re: PTI postpones sit-in againt Nato supply routes

    Agreed, but?

    Agreed, that the global war on terror (GWoT) is not our war. Agreed, that it is solely and wholly that of the US-led Nato nations. Agreed, that the war we are fighting against our own terrorists is the direct outcome of our involvement in the GWoT on the side of the US. Agreed, that our terrorists will go home once we get out of what many of us believe is somebody else’s war. So, let us chalk out a plan to achieve the objective. No need to call an APC for that.

    The federal government in consultation with the army could and should make the plan on its own because the nation has given it the mandate to do all that is needed to do to make Pakistan a safe and secure place to live in and not to waste time by convening APCs. If at all it needs to take the nation into confidence on such plans, which in civilised countries are disclosed only on a need-to-know basis, it can debate them in a closed door session of the joint parliament and/or circulate them to the provincial governments for comments.

    But before doing all that Pakistan is obliged, being a member of the United Nations and also because it was the UN Security Council that had, in the first place, sanctioned the invasion of Afghanistan by the Nato troops way back in 2002, to make an announcement on the floor of the UN General Assembly that it is withdrawing from the equation of the GWoT. In any case, we don’t have any troops in Afghanistan, though we did provide the invading troops a couple of air bases for air-lifting them and for flying sorties in aid of land troops, and for emergency supplies and later for launching the drones, but we have already withdrawn this facility. Another facility that Pakistan provided to the US-led Nato troops was the over-land supply routes from the Karachi port to Afghanistan and back, which are most likely to be closed down in the next 11 to 12 months as that is the deadline for the major drawdown of foreign troops from Afghanistan. This has been the most important element of our involvement in the GWoT.

    The other equally important element is the ‘air corridor’ reserved within our airspace to allow unhindered flight of US drones to North Waziristan and back home. Drones come in presumably in ‘hot pursuit’ of those Afghan Taliban led by the Haqqani network that mount targeted attacks on foreign troops stationed in Afghanistan from the safe havens located on our side of the Durand Line. International law allows countries to cross borders in hot pursuit of intruders. However, it is only logical to presume that once the foreign troops leave Afghanistan, the US will have no reason to send in its drones.

    So, it would be very much in the self-interest of all those who want Pakistan to withdraw from the GWoT at the earliest, to facilitate, rather than block the departure of Nato containers from Afghanistan. Blocking would only delay the departure of foreign troops, tempting the Haqqani network to continue attacking from across the Durand Line, which in turn would instigate the US to send more drones, which in turn would infuriate our terrorists and force them to continue ambushing our security agencies, their installations and innocent civilians with IEDs and suicide bombings.

    “The choice was between boots and drones,” responded the then foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Quraishi, when I asked him “Why drones?” The place was London, the year 2009. I had approached him in a London hotel where he was scheduled to meet his British counterpart, David Miliband. He did not say so but I assumed that Pakistan preferred its sovereignty to be violated by drones rather than US boots.

    Let us keep in mind that this choice would not be available to Pakistan if the Haqqanis continue their bloody game from the safe haven of North Waziristan even after the departure of the foreign troops from Afghanistan because the 350,000-man well trained and well equipped Afghan Army is hardly likely to possess drones. It would be the Afghan Army boots that would be chasing after the intruders in hot pursuit.

    Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2013.

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    Halting NATO supplies: All roads lead to Peshawar

    ISLAMABAD:
    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) now has additional fuel and anger for its looming protest following Thursday’s drone strike on a settled area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
    With the objective of taking a firm stand on choking Nato supplies – a move they believe will push the United States to halt drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan – PTI Chairman Imran Khan called the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to protest on Peshawar Ring Road tomorrow (Saturday).
    “We have the legal right to halt Nato supplies now that a US drone has hit the settled district of Hangu,” Imran told a news conference. He added that this strike – the first outside the country’s volatile tribal regions since his party came into power – is a “decisive moment” for Pakistan.
    “Nawaz should put his foot down on this issue by piling pressure on Washington to stop its notorious drone campaign against a friendly state,” he said.
    Imran also questioned the prime minister’s stance on drones. “Nawaz Sharif must not play on both sides of the wicket,” he said, adding that the “dual policy of telling the US one thing and Pakistan another” must end.
    He revealed that K-P Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has summoned an emergency meeting, where members will chalk out how to cope with US aggression in Pakistani territory. “I wish K-P had the power to order the shooting down of drones — if it [was] so, the Hangu strike would not have been conducted by US forces,” he said, adding that the federal government has the power to ask the army to target unmanned drones.
    The K-P provincial cabinet will announce its strategy in response to this attack today (Friday), he revealed. Imran also promised to release names, video footage and pictures of those killed in the strike. “We will expose the lie that drones kill only ‘militants’,” he added.
    He said that the K-P government plans to block Nato supplies until the US in writing assures that it will halt the drone campaign in Pakistan.
    PTI to fly solo
    The latest drone attack in Hangu may have lent much-needed impetus to PTI, but it cannot bring political parties on the same page.
    The attack took place following Sartaj Aziz’s statement that America had assured Pakistan that drone strikes will not be carried out during peace talks.
    “It [attack] has challenged Pakistan’s foreign policy,” said leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah. “The Hangu attack has [actually] targeted Aziz,” Shah said in a sarcastic tone to refute the tall claims made by the advisor.
    Imran’s announcement of blocking Nato supply routes is also being met with suspicion from political opponents.
    “They are going to stage a sit-in as was done earlier but nothing is going to change,” said JUI-F chief Jan Achakzai. Responding to a question of changing strategy and joining the PTI on November 23, he said it was not going to happen because, “They [PTI] are not going to block the Nato supply, had they been blocking it we might have joined them.”
    ANP Senior Vice President Haji Adeel is skeptical of PTI’s attempts at a blockade. “I find it quite strange that the PTI is asking party workers to come for the protest demonstration instead of issuing an order to block the supply route,” he said.
    Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2013.

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    If KP govt do it, federal govt will declare emergency. however since yesterday's drone attack in KP may give a legal standing to KP govt, Im not sure though.

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    I hope Imran is successful and people back him on this one

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