Voicing concerns over reports about possible military operation in North Waziristan, opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the army should not push the country into a war at the behest of a foreign state.
The opposition leader while speaking to media said that Chief of the Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani should abide by the resolutions of parliament and All Parties Conference (APC).
When he was asked about PML-N’s contacts with the government over the interim setup, Chaudhry Nisar said that there was no contact between the two major parties, opposition and the government.
He raised a question why talks should be held with those who kept broking their promises, adding that talks regarding caretakers setup would be held only after assemblies are dissolved.
Ch. Nisar observed, “The opposition would contact opposition parties after Eid regarding caretaker set up. Launching a new war in tribal areas on the foreign behest will surely instigate a fresh wave of unrest, extremism and terrorism”.
The opposition leader while expressing fears said that people would no way back military operation in North Waziristan.
In his view, the government had already made ill-advised decision and brought bad name to the country by reopening Ground Lines of Communication (GLoC) for allied forces battling in Afghanistan.
Moreover, he asserted that they couldn’t afford another ill-advised decision in the present scenario.
Commenting about a caretaker setup ahead of general elections, the opposition leaders rejected the impression that the government and opposition were in contact over the matter.
He added, “Such speculations are irrational. Neither we are in talks nor in contact with the government. Our negotiations on the issue are even unlikely in the near future”.
Chaudhry Nisar said consultation with the government for an interim setup has now become a secondary thing after passage of the 20th amendment.
He further said that there is not legal status of opposition’s consultation, as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has a major role in this regard.
The opposition leader was of the opinion that his party would be holding talks only with other opposition parties after the Eid-ul-Fitr.