ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday pointed out that all those who kept harping on how the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terror was related to a demand for imposition of Shariah stand totally exposed as the TTP agree to talk within the parameters of the Constitution of Pakistan.
According to a press release issued on Friday, the PTI chairman also reminded that in the nine accords the Pakistan army had signed earlier with the TTP, there had been no conditionality of imposition of Shariah.
Imran Khan said that the issue is moot since the Constitution of Pakistan provides for Shariah and states no law can be made repugnant to Islam.
The PTI chief stated that his consistent assertion that the TTP terrorism was directly the result of the US “war on terror”, has once again been validated as the main demands of the TTP are related to Pakistan extricating itself from the US “war on terror” and the stoppage of drone attacks.
Khan said that in this connection, US President Barack Obama’s decision to reduce drone usage because of its negative fallout on the population of the target areas is also a recognition of the PTI position on drones exacerbating terrorism in Pakistan.
Imran stressed that he had always opposed military action including the sending of the military into FATA in 2004.
“It has always been evident, and never more starkly than today, that the dollar-dependent lobby has been deliberately maligning me with false labels such as Taliban Khan, simply to draw attention away from the clear link between the US war on terror and terrorism in Pakistan,” Imran said.
In addition, Khan asserted that pro-war political parties – some with leaders self-exiled in the West; others exposed as having taken huge dollar amounts; and still others part of the US-brokered NRO (Condoleeza Rice has claimed her role in this in her book) – were deliberately opposing peace through dialogue with false narratives.
All these parties along with US dictated narratives stand exposed today, Khan concluded as he expressed the hope that the dialogue process moves forward and peace comes to Pakistan with an end to bloodshed and hatred.