Imran Khan 30 October 2011 Rally Sunday - R U Coming? Reply With Yes Or No
Imran Khan 30 October 2011 Rally - R U Coming? Reply With Yes Or No
While condemning what he termed the “criminal silence” of non-governmental organisations, which claim themselves the champions of human rights, over the massive killings of civilians in continuous drone strikes, PTI Chairman Imran Khan has demanded of the government to quit if it could not stop such strikes.
Addressing a news conference here at National Press Club on Thursday, Imran categorically rebutted the US opinion that no civilian casualty is taking place in result of targeted strikes against high profile terrorists in Pakistani administrated tribal areas. Famous, human rights campaigner and Director of REPRIVE, a non profit organisation, Clive Stafford Smith also addressed the news conference, where Jemima Khan was also present besides representatives of drone’s victim families from federally administrated tribal area.
Imran was of the view that Pakistani government had lost the right to rule as they stood fail to protect the lives of the masses and that the incumbent government was supporting the drone strikes inside Pakistani territory.
He said civilian casualties were increasing in such strikes with each passing day but the government was keeping a mum over the most critical issue. He said apparently the government had ignored the unanimous resolution adopted by the Parliament on drone strikes. He demanded implementation of the resolution adopted in recently held All Parties Conference.
Mirza Shahzad, Director of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR) while displaying the scrap of missiles fired by drones on the houses of civilian said enough evidences were there to move the International Court of Justice against the US brutality.
He also announced holding of Waziristan Grand Jirga on Friday (today) here in Islamabad under the auspicious of Reprieve and FFR. Victim families would also attend this jirga and share the details of civilian casualties in such attacks.
Clive Stafford Smith, addressing on the occasion said, “We are interested solely in transparency, with an open and honest dialogue. The CIA cannot conduct what is patently an illegal war in Waziristan while simultaneously covering up any evidence of the death of children and other innocent civilians who are being killed on a regular basis.”
“If they really believe what they are doing is right, then they should not fear the truth. If they do fear the truth, then it is certain that what that what they are doing is wrong,” Smith added.
Agencies add: Imran Khan said educated youth were supporting PTI and October 30 rally in Lahore would prove the fact that they want change and resolution of their hardships which have multiplied during the three and half years regime of the so-called democratic government.
Imran claimed after coming into power, the PTI would introduce such an economic system which would protect the rights of consumers and investors and would convince foreigners to invest in Pakistan.