ISLAMABAD: Taking a U-turn, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan Monday called for a military action against Taliban militants.
Talking to media persons outside the Parliament House, Imran said surgical strikes should be carried out against those militant groups who kill our soldiers. The PTI chief called for a Swat-type military operation in North Waziristan, saying that like the army had evacuated Swat valley before the battle, similar action should be taken in North Waziristan. “Women and children must be pulled out from North Waziristan before military action, as bombardment could result in collateral damage and after that more people would take up arms against Pakistani state,” Imran said.
He said North Waziristan had a population of six hundred thousand and it must be protected during any military action against the terrorists. Imran Khan said eighty percent internally displaced people of the Mehsud tribe have not returned to South Waziristan after military action in the agency. Imran said the door of dialogue should not be closed as there are many militant groups which want negotiations with the government. The PTI chief advised the Taliban to announce an immediate ceasefire to save the dialogue process. He said Rustam Shah represents the PTI in the government side of the committee negotiating with the Taliban, and according to him many factions of the Taliban could be brought into the mainstream by negotiations.
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