Reiterating his party’s stance on peace talks with militants, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said yesterday that an offensive in North Waziristan would unite militant forces against the Pakistani state.
“Conducting such a military operation when most of the groups in NWA want talks is suicidal,” Imran said in a statement, he went on to insist that most groups in North Waziristan “desire peace” talks with the government.
The populist politician Imran Khan has proven to be the greatest hurdle to any meaningful operation in North Waziristan.
His stance was echoed by Maulana Samiula Haq who is popularly known as the “Father of the Taliban”
Earlier, PTI leader Shireen Mazari condemned the recent US drone strikes in North Waziristan. The strikes killed a number of Uzbek militants. It is pertinent to note that Uzbek militants have claimed responsibility for the brazen assault on Karachi Airport that left almost 40 people dead.