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Imran to go ahead with peace march

world Updated: Aug 17, 2012 01:24 IST

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and former cricketer Imran Khan has vowed to take out a peace rally to Waziristan “at all costs” despite threats from the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), adding that his party is fully determined to hold the event at Miranshah on September 23.

Khan asserted that the rally would demonstrate his party’s solidarity with the people of Waziristan, and especially with the Mehsud tribes, 80% of whom have become homeless and are leading suppressed lives due to repeated drone attacks.

The Daily Times further quoted Khan as saying that the rally would project to the world the hardships ordinary people of the region have to endure.

The rally would promote peace in the region, he added. No threat could diminish the resolve of the party to lead a peace rally, Khan said.

He also said that the current government was bent upon defaming the Supreme Court. He reiterated that the PTI would stand with the court in every hard time.

Khan also said that Nawaz Sharif has time and again failed to provide a credible and effective opposition.

Media reports had recently claimed that the TTP had threatened to kill Khan if he marches to Waziristan; the outfit had later denied the reports. However, Khan said that whatever authenticity the threat had, his party would proceed on the said date.