With every passing day, the scheduled peace-march of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) towards South Waziristan faces growing concerns and security threats.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Barrister Masood Kousar warned the PTI about peace-rally, saying that Imran Khan lives in dreams.
Speaking to a private TV channel, he said army had restored peace in South Waziristan with great difficulty and no one can be allowed to disrupt the peace process.
He observed, “Imran is an ignorant man and likes to live in his dreams but the government is fully cognizant of its responsibilities and cannot allow any adventurism in the tribal areas where the situation is already fragile.”
He noted, “Imran is an ignorant person, unaware of the ground realities. There is no infrastructure in Waziristan and Imran Khan is talking about taking one lakh people there.”
He said no authority in Waziristan was ready to take the responsibility for the security of rally, adding that the former cricketer must realize that it is an unwise step on his part, the governor added.
It is vital to mention here that the PTI had announced to take out a rally to South Waziristan against the US drone attacks along with thousands of people, including international civil society activists.
However, the local as well as provincial administration opposed the idea, citing security threats.
Additional Chief Secretary of the Federally Administered Tribal Area Tafsheen Khan said that the PTI’s peace-march could result in serious consequences from a security standpoint.
He stated, “I do not term the security situation in Fata unsatisfactory, but it’s not equipped to host the visit of PTI chief Imran Khan along with such a huge gathering of locals and foreign nationals. He (Imran) should realize that he is going to put everyone in danger.”
He remarked, “We are working to establish peace in FATA, but that will be through development and welfare projects, not through rallies and adventures.”
He further stated that FATA Secretariat had asked the central government to not permit Imran Khan to hold the rally. However, he added that it hasn’t received a reply from the government yet.