In two months, if it is evident that his controversial policy of negotiating with militant groups has failed, Imran Khan will reluctantly endorse military operations against the Pakistani Taliban, the former cricketer has stated.
The lawmaker has come under heavy fire in recent weeks for advocating peace talks at a time when bombings have killed numerous innocent civilians. Speaking to the Guardian, Imran Khan asserted that the nation would quickly learn whether his plan would be successful. In an interview at his hilltop residence outside of Islamabad, the capital, he stated, “By the middle or end of November, we will know if this isn’t going to work.”
“If [the Taliban] continues to make demands that we cannot meet, it may just come to a full standstill or collapse.” In two months, I predict you will find out. ”
His detractors and senior military officers have long argued that the nation needs to take militants seriously and launch an operation to destroy their safe havens in North Waziristan, a troubled region of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) that is home to several Islamist extremist groups.
Imran Khan stated that he would grudgingly support an operation in North Waziristan if it became evident that negotiations would not succeed. I oppose war, “he declared.” I reject the use of force as a solution.” But in the end, if there is no other choice, I will agree. ”
Pakistan’s army chief, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, has asked the government to give the military permission to start a clearance operation in North Waziristan. Still, Imran Khan indicated he would instead follow the army chief’s recommendation from three years prior.
“The militants will disperse, there will be significant collateral damage, and there will be significant city-wide fallout,” according to Kayani. Could you afford it? “Imran Khan said
Although Imran Khan’s Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf party is not the largest opposition group in parliament, it would be challenging to win over the country to a military solution in the face of such vocal opposition from such a well-liked politician.
An all-party gathering of top leaders supported Imran Khan’s preferred approach of unconditional discussions in full. Many experts were horrified, claiming that the conference’s final statement, which was sheepishly referred to as “stakeholders,” failed to set any red lines for terrorist organizations.
As a precondition, the Taliban demanded a government ceasefire and the removal of military personnel from the tribal regions near the Afghan border. They also stated on Wednesday that drone attacks must stop before they are willing to talk.
After receiving days of harsh media criticism, Imran Khan has become more adamant about the limitations of what the Taliban may anticipate. They would have to accept the constitution, Imran Khan said. The Taliban have long asserted their fight is for a strict Islamic law-based government.
“Second, we cannot accept any sectarian organizations that kill people in cold blood. What sort of arrangement is possible with them? All militias within Pakistan will have to disarm,” he further stated.
According to Imran Khan, there are no longer any simple solutions due to the rise of extremist groups. It is now such a mess, and according to our interior minister, some groups do not want peace and are supported by other countries. There are currently anywhere between 14 and 18 larger groups and 20 to 25 smaller ones.
His opponents sometimes use this defense, claiming that the dizzying array of parties renders a peace agreement unachievable. However, Imran Khan contends that communication will reveal which parties are amenable to reconciliation: “For me, the reasonable thing would be to at least attempt dialogue, so, if nothing else, you will find out who is willing to talk and who is not.”
He thinks the “ideological Taliban who wants to establish some form of sharia state” is a small portion of the more significant movement, a “very loose alliance” that could be disbanded through negotiations.
Imran Khan claims that the US has obstructed peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban.
Imran Khan is still persuaded that the aid previous military ruler General Pervez Musharraf provided to the US-led intervention in Afghanistan caused the militancy to destroy Pakistan. According to Imran Khan, this began a tribal uprising that can only be put to an end if the nation breaks its ties with the US, the CIA stops its drone attacks in Fata, and new authorities are installed in Kabul who are “not considered a proxy administration of the Americans.”
Imran Khan claimed that the primary militants that require separation are those who essentially reacted to the Pakistani army entering Fata, viewing it as an American ally. His detractors claim that his interpretation of history is flawed and that the nation’s extremism problems date back to 2001.
His steadfast defense of the discussion programmer in the face of a wave of terrible attacks, like the bombing of worshippers at a revered Peshawar church and another in the city’s bazaar, has come under attack in recent weeks. He asserted a plot to scuttle negotiations following the church attack.
Imran Khan claimed to be unaware of the organization responsible for the slaughter but revealed that in the past, government briefings had implicated the Afghan government in prior attacks. Imran Khan referred to the intelligence service of India, Pakistan’s longtime foe, as “Raw [Research and Analysis Wing].”
Imran Khan about the Taliban
He has been charged in the media with, in essence, being a Taliban friend and “providing the space for a pro-terrorist narrative in the mainstream.” All of it is dismissed by Imran Khan as liberal elitist snarky. Imran Khan claimed that liberals were the only people in the world who supported drone operations, unlawful assassinations, and the bombing of villages. “I don’t know any liberals anywhere that are so passionate about killing,” said the speaker.
A man of religion doesn’t fear death, Khan wrote to his followers on Twitter, adding that the planned “March against drones that have devastated millions of lives in FATA is worth dying for.”
He expressed hope to the Guardian that his “peace caravan” would draw 100,000 participants, most of whom would come from FATA.
Every man carries a gun and is a warrior in the tribal territories. They will be used to keep us safe, “said he.
International support for the march is also growing, and Code Pink activists from the US are expected to participate. Most of the group consists of women, including moms whose sons served in Afghanistan; some of these mothers are likely to participate in the march.