Imran Khan fears revolt in Pak army
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has said that a "revolt in the Pakistan Army" is likely to take place at any time because of the policies of the army and the PPP-led government, including their participation in the war on terror.Updated: Jul 23, 2011 15:39 IST
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has said that a "revolt in the Pakistan Army" is likely to take place at any time because of the policies of the army and the PPP-led government, including their participation in the war on terror. "The army is fighting America's war.
Now on its order, the Pakistan Army is set to launch an operation in North Waziristan, where according to the US 5,000 Taliban are hiding. "Will the Pakistan Army strike against 350,000 people living there to hunt down 5,000?" Khan said while explaining his claim that there would be a revolt in the army. "The operation will certainly cause massive casualties among innocent people," Khan, who heads the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, told a gathering in Lahore yesterday.
He questioned how a handful of terrorists engaged some 1,500 security personnel during the attack on a naval airbase in Karachi in May. "Even Rambo could not have done this.
It shows there is resentment among army officials, who are against fighting with their own men," said Khan, who had once offered to mediate between the government and the Taliban. Khan said there is a need to revise Pakistan's policy on the war on terror. "Innocent people are being killed in US drone attacks and the rulers shamelessly have given license to the US to kill Pakistani citizens," he said.
On the political front, Khan ruled out any alliance between his party and major political parties for the next general election. "The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf will not make an alliance with any major political party in the next general election.
"However, it will have no objection joining hands with clean politicians," he said. "We are confident of winning the next election after the Supreme Court's ruling to strike off bogus votes and enter the youth in voters' lists. The next election will be fair," he said. The passion of the people, especially the youth, was an indicator the desire for change, he said. "The corrupt will have to go home now," he said. He said the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf will emerge a strong political force in the next election.
First Published: Jul 23, 2011 15:36 IST