Pakistan on a suicidal course: Imran Khan

June 14th, 2009 - 3:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban London, June 14 (ANI): Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has warned that Pakistan is headed on a suicidal course as the offensive against the Taliban and other extremist organizations could prove counterproductive and fuel more extremism.

“I have never been so depressed in my life. Pakistan is on a suicidal course,” The Times quoted Khan, as saying.

Khan, who is in London to see his two sons and ex-wife Jemima, also denounced the notion of his party being a pro-Taliban organization.

“I’m not pro-Taliban. But my point is, shouldn’t we have looked at other options? How do you justify using heavy artillery, helicopter gunships and F-16 fighter-jets in civilian areas? Who in the world does this? Meanwhile all the top Taliban leadership have escaped. It’s so inhuman, what they have done, it will backfire,” he said.

Khan also highlighted that the Swat military operation coincided with President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to the United States, right after which the US announced an annual aid of 1.5 billion dollars for five years for Pakistan.

“Was this operation to save the people of Swat or to get dollars from the Americans?” he asked.

Khan pointed out that militancy could never be quelled in the Pakistan unless the US led allied forces were stationed in Afghanistan.

“Hatred of America is much more than of the Taliban,” he added. (ANI)

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