ISLAMABAD – The chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan revealed in an interview that the ambition to invite Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at his house was to strengthen pro-dialogue lobby of the country.
In an exclusive interview, Khan said that we have been hearing about Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s internal pressure about launching a military offensive against outlawed Taliban instead of keeping up the peace talks.
“We wanted to make sure that dialogues should flourish. We wanted to strengthen the lobby which wants negotiations. That is why we called Nawaz Sharif here,” he added.
Speaking about the terrorism menace and law and order situation, Khan said “Terrorism is the biggest issue. No one will invest in Pakistan unless law and order situation is improved. Inflation will not be reduced without getting rid of terrorism. Although, we wanted to protest over 35 punctures (sic) [referring to alleged rigging in general elections] but keeping security situation in view, we had delayed it. But for dealing with the terrorism, we would always stand by the government.”
Replying to a question, Khan explained that talks with Taliban were already proved to be a success. “Talks are already a success that at least now we know which Taliban do not support dialogue and peace. Also, which of them are sitting in Afghanistan and sabotaging the peace process,” said Khan.
Opposing the military action against tribes, he said “If we do military operation then in post American-withdrawal scenario, we will not have any leverage to pay any positive role in Afghanistan. A civil war will erupt again and Pakistan would suffer the most.”