ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari has termed the US military halting ground cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan tactical success of party’s protest.
Responding to the stories about the new development, the PTI Central Information Secretary in a statement however said the strategic success would come when the US committed to stopping drone attacks on Pakistan.
She said that the impact of the PTI protest on the US has been admitted to by Pentagon spokesman Mark Wight who conceded that the protest had affected outgoing shipments of equipment and other goods from US units on Afghan soil.
Mazari said if the PTI’s determined protest through stoppage of NATO supplies from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa could register an impact with the Pentagon, a resolute show of determination by the federal government to stop drones backed by the APC mandate would have the desired impact on the US.
Unfortunately, Mazari said, the federal government after the Sharif visit to Washington has sacrificed the interests and mandate of the people of Pakistan and the APC to US interests. “It has become abundantly clear that the Sharif government has arrived at a covert deal on drones with the US in the same manner as its predecessors”, Mazari concluded.
Earlier, Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright in a media interview has said that the US military has halted ground shipments of cargo leaving Afghanistan via its key Pakistan supply route to ensure the safety of drivers following protests in Pakistan over American drone strikes.