Imran fears suicide attacks if NATO supply resumes




By IANS,

Islamabad: Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan Saturday said he feared suicide attacks across the country following the reopening of the NATO supply routes to Afghanistan through Pakistani territory.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairperson said that if, as a response to the reopening of the NATO routes, there was any suicide attack in the country, the common people would have to bear the cost, Dawn News reported.

The routes were closed after a NATO air strike at a Pakistan Army border post in November last year killed 24 soldiers.

Imran's remarks came after the parliament reached a consensus not to allow arms to be supplied via Pakistan to Afghanistan, but gave a green signal for resumption of non-lethal supplies like food and medicine.

"How will this resolution benefit the people of Pakistan as over 40,000 Pakistanis have died in the US-led war on terror, while the country (Pakistan) incurred a loss of $50 billion during the last four years," Imran was quoted as saying by the Daily Times.

"The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will not accept restoration of NATO supply routes. It is not simply a matter of money. It is a matter of extricating Pakistan from this war which is not Pakistan's war at all and which has aggravated terrorism in Pakistan," he said.

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1) India certainly isn’t minssig any opportunities to bash Pakistan over its track record in dealing with terrorists. :- Pray what else can it do ? It has openly announced to the world that coercion is not an option and stated that talks are the only option available to it. Pakistan has noted the stance of India regarding coercion, and is not doing anything to book the culprits of 26/11 who are in Pakistan. The Indian government has to play act that they are serious about 26/11; otherwise, they will lose domestic support. If they do not even release hot air, then they will appear to be totally impotent. Let us not crib about this bashing business.2) By humiliating a sovereign nation and its people, are we really going to achieve the goal of eliminating terrorist networks?' :- They are not feeling the humiliation because of oral bashing. They feel humiliated because their duplicity has been exposed, and the US action inside their territory has violated their sovereignty. They are especially upset that US has publicized this violation. They would have not felt the humiliation if the operation had been conducted in secret.3) Regarding the goal of eliminating terrorist networks, it can be achieved only when Pakistan feels the economic costs of supporting these groups. Currently they are not feeling the economic pinch because US is subsidizing it's military modernization and giving it aid to keep it afloat. Alternately, they will think about it if the anti-India terrorist organizations turn back on Pakistan and attack them to sieze control of their government. This alternative is highly unlikely. Let us not day-dream that they will dismantle terror networks, after we keep on taking with them and induce a spiritual change of heart.4) . electricity was cut off to the area as the operation began. This could suggest that there was some kind of implicit understanding between the United States and Pakistani forces . If this were true, it could also suggest that CIA has penetrated into Pakistan official machinery and, not necessarily that thare was an implicit undertanding.If there was implicit understanding, then the author's case that Pakistan is feeling humiliated and isolated does not arise.