Pakistan cannot afford full-fledged military action: Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan, condemned terrorist attack on a court in heart of Islamabad, and urged the government not to abandon peace efforts. Speaking to reporters at Islamabad airport, the PTI chief said Pakistan cannot afford a full-fledged military action in North Waziristan. “Military operation in North Waziristan was imminent, but Thank God Pakistan escaped it, it would have spawned a way of terrorism across the country…. So I congratulate the government for this success,” Khan said. The PTI leader is in favour of surgical strikes against terrorist elements in volatile tribal region, but opposes a full-scale military offensive in North Waziristan. Khan said many forces are bent upon sabotaging peace efforts and the govt-Taliban ceasefire, but the rulers must not abandon their efforts for a complete restoration of peace. Earlier, at least 11 people, including a senior judge and four lawyers, were killed and over 30 injured when gunmen burst into a court in Islamabad’s busy shopping area. Later, in a statement from Hangu, the Taliban disassociated themselves from the attack which came two days after banned TTP declared a one-month ceasefire in order to pursue stalled peace negotiations with the government.
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