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    US not bothered about Nato blockade: envoy

    PESHAWAR: A trader filed a writ petition at the Peshawar High Court on Tuesday challenging the blocking of Nato supply lines by members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the major coalition party.

    The petition was filed by Haji Lal Muhammad through his lawyer Shah Nawaz Khan. Muhammad is a businessman who exports various items, including rice, to Afghanistan. He filed the petition under Article 199 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

    The federation of Pakistan through the Ministry of Interior secretary, government of K-P through the chief secretary, Home and Tribal Affairs secretary, provincial police officer and PTI provincial president were made respondents.

    “Members of PTI and other [parties] continue sit-ins to block supplies to Nato, for which their supporters are checking documents of loaded trucks en route to Afghanistan without lawful authority.

    The unauthorised and unwarranted checking of documents and permits causes traders multiple problems, including losses because of the wastage of perishable items loaded in the trucks,” reads the petition.

    It further reads that of these respondents, four are duty bound to maintain rule of law, check and control violation of law, and address problems faced by citizens. However, at present they failed to perform their duties and have multiplied the public’s hardship.

    “The impugned action so taken with regard to checking of permits/documents of loaded trucks en route to Afghanistan by members/supporters of political parties is unconstitutional, illegal and without lawful authority,” it reads.

    “The respondents be directed to implement the rule of law by controlling the situation and address the hardship faced by citizens, including the petitioner, and to restrain members/supporters of political parties from violating rule of law,” seeks the petition.

    PTI has blocked Nato supply routes which run through K-P since November 23, along with other political parties in coalition with the provincial government.

    Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2013.

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    PESHAWAR: Ruling out any negative impact of the ongoing blockade of Nato supplies through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson on Friday said his country had many options to flow goods out of Afghanistan.

    “The so-called (Nato) blockade has no impact and role on our operations because Nato forces have very resilient supply chain for flowing in and out supplies from Afghanistan,” he told a group of journalists here.

    The US ambassador looked more concerned about local businessmen and truckers, who, he said, had largely suffered from to the blockade rather than International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel in Afghanistan.

    He said the US had an agreement with the federal government about the route that had been blockade by some local protesters.

    He said the US had many options to take out its goods from Afghanistan and this so-called blockade could not impede the operation.

    When asked whether the US government would directly approach Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan to resume Nato supplies through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa he replied: “We want to engage with those who want to engage with us. But there should be an internal dialogue because it affects local businesses.”

    Workers of PTI and its two coalition partners, Jamaat-i-Islami and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad Pakistan, have blocked inflow and outflow of Nato goods in Afghanistan by blocking supply routes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since November 23, 2013.

    The protest camp has been set up on Ring Road, Peshawar to prevent container-mounted trucks carrying supplies to Nato from entering Afghanistan.

    Imran Khan has declared that blockade will continue until the US stops drone strikes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.

    The ambassador said the blockade would not affect the US assistance to Pakistan and that Washington had committed to continuing partnership with Islamabad and never threatened to cease assistance.

    “Toady, I am going to announce formal programme in Peshawar,” he remarked although there might be domestic reaction in the US about the issue.

    Mr Olson did not comment on trial of former president Pervez Musharraf by a special court and termed it Pakistan’s internal issue.

    He said his government had good relations with the former president and that since the issue was sub judice, he would not comment on it.

    The ambassador expressed concern over Dr Shakil Afridi’s detention in Peshawar’s central jail.

    He said the US government had concerned about Dr Shakil’s imprisonment and his safety and that the issue had been raised periodically with the government.

    Mr Olson ruled out the possibility of the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of Nato forces and said proper mechanism had been put in place to cope US not bothered about Nato blockade: envoy with the post-ISAF situation.

    He said Afghan National Army was picking up and had been conducting combat operations independently since last year.

    “Lot of progress has been made in the past 10 years in Afghanistan. And really I don’t see any scenario that the Taliban would simply take over after Nato withdrawal at the end of 2014,” he said.

    The ambassador said the international community would ensure that there’s no repeat of the 1990 and 1999 experiences in Afghanistan.

    He said Afghan security forces and government had been strengthened, while the US was also going for signing bilateral agreement with Afghanistan.

    Also in the day, the US ambassador called on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah here and discussed matters of common interest.

    The two also attended a dedication ceremony of the southern part of Peshawar’s Ring Road, which has been improved and developed through the US support.

    The governor highlighting the importance of the project said it was a Rs4 billion partnership between the US and the provincial government.

    The ambassador said up-gradation and development of more than 18km long southern portion of Ring Road had been materialised through 60 per cent share on part of the US and the rest was shared by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

    Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Zahidullah Shinwari met the US ambassador and discussed the local investors’ problems.

    Mr Shinwari said the US government should install 400MW power plant to ensure interrupted supply to industrial units in the province.

    He said installation of mega power plant would generate employment opportunities for over 200,000 people in the region.

    The KPCCI president called for the participation of private sector in assistance being provided by the US government.

    He also urged the US to provide assistance for the expansion and upgradation of Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar.

    The ambassador said his government would ensure involvement of private sector in its aid for economic sector.

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    OHC declares PTI protests in KP illegal

    PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court on Tuesday declared as illegal the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) protests during which party activists blocked Nato supply route in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and forcibly stopped and searched trucks carrying Nato goods, DawnNews reported.

    A two-member bench of the PHC comprising of Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Malik Manzoor Hussain resumed the hearing over the petition filed by a local trader, Haji Lal Mohammad, against the checking of the Afghanistan-bound cargo trucks by the activists of PTI and its allied parties.

    During the hearing, the court said that the government should ensure the protection of human and freedom rights.

    Moreover, the court also said that the stopping and checking of vehicles during the protests was illegal.

    PTI chief Imran Khan has long opposed the US campaign of drone attacks targeting Taliban and Al Qaeda militants in Pakistan's tribal areas and the objective of the protest was to stop the US drone strikes in Fata and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and force both the federal government and the Taliban to start talks to restore peace in the region.

    He had intensified his rhetoric after a US drone strike killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on November 1.

    Khan said that attack was a deliberate attempt by Washington to sabotage efforts towards peace talks with the militants, who have killed thousands in a six-year campaign of violence.

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    PTI stopping NATO trucks from entering Afghanistan is illegal, declares PHC

    PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) declared the stopping of trucks from entering Afghanistan by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers to be illegal, Express News reported on Tuesday.

    The court said that the government should safeguard the right of freedom of movement along with other human rights.

    On December 17, a trader had filed a writ petition at PHC challenging the blocking of Nato supply lines by members of PTI, the major coalition party.

    The petition was filed by Haji Lal Muhammad through his lawyer Shah Nawaz Khan. Muhammad is a businessman who exports various items, including rice, to Afghanistan.

    He had filed the petition under Article 199 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

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    The protests started on November 23 after the Hangu drone strike at a madrassa on November 21 that had killed six people including members of the Haqqani network and injured at least eight others.

    PTI Chairman Imran Khan had stepped up his rhetoric since a drone attack that killed the leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Hakimullah Mehsud on November 1.

    Imran had urged the government to halt trucks travelling through Pakistan with supplies for Nato forces in Afghanistan. But the government had shown no appetite for the move, leaving PTI activists to take matters into their own hands.

    PTI supporters armed with clubs set up checkpoints on roads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and forcibly searched trucks for Nato supplies being an inconvenience for Afghan transit trade as well.

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    PTI ends Nato supply blockade

    PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), which has been staging sit-ins to block the Nato supply to Afghanistan in protest against covert US drone strikes in the country, on Thursday announced an end to its campaign.

    The decision of the PTI, led by the cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, came after a local court ruled on Tuesday that no private individual has a right to block or check vehicles on roads.

    “Given PTI's commitment to rule of law and respect for the senior judiciary, the Party will end its blockade of Nato supplies,” said a statement issued by the party.

    “The Core Committee felt that the pressure of the blockade had already resulted in a shift in the Obama Administration's drone policy and as a result drones had been stopped for the present,” it added.

    PTI set up the unofficial checkpoints on November 24 last year in the northwestern city of Peshawar, which is on the main route leading to Afghanistan and has been a key stop for vehicles carrying NATO supplies to the war-torn country.

    Activists in northwest Pakistan, some armed with clubs, have been forcibly searching trucks in an effort to halt Nato efforts in protest over US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt.

    However, the Peshawar High Court (PHC), hearing a petition regarding the checking of the vehicles carrying items being taken to Afghanistan under the transit trade agreement between the two countries, decided on Tuesday that no private people have any right to check the vehicles.

    The US had already “voluntarily halted” shipments of cargo leaving Afghanistan through the Torkham border crossing in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in December 2013, the Pentagon has stated.

    Reports also said the US has halted the drone strikes to provide the Pakistani government a chance to have talks with the militants.

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    PTI likely to announce end to Nato supplies blockade

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    Re: PTI Nato supply routes blockade

    The U.S. and Pakistan are two independent partner nations, and it is no secret that we have not seen eye to eye on every matter. But we cannot deny the fact that we have overcome many challenges in our decade long partnership, and continue to iron out any differences for the betterment of the region. At the same time, we are well aware that certain terrorist elements would like to see us part ways and leave the door wide open for their terrorist activities in the region. Therefore, it is extremely important that we don’t let any differences over shadow our shared desire to restore peace in the region. We remain optimistic regarding the future of our relationship, and wish to continue our partnership for the betterment of the region, and greatly value and appreciate Pakistan’s assistance.

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    JI complains PTI ended Nato blockade unilaterally

    PESHAWAR: The Jamaat-i-Islami on Monday complained the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf had unilaterally ended the Nato blockade in the province.

    In a statement issued here, JI provincial spokesman Israrullah Khan said PTI usually took decisions on important affairs without taking allies into confidence.

    “The governments aren’t run in this manner,” he said.

    The JI leader said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan had announced end to the Nato blockade in the province without taking the party’s allies, JI and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad, into confidence.

    He said the Sehat ka Insaf programme was a provincial government plan but it had been marketed with the name of PTI.

    Mr Israrullah said there were many instances of PTI ignoring its allies.

    He said he was hopeful that PTI would avoid taking decisions on its own and take allies into confidence so that the government affairs could run successfully in the province. — Bureau Report

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